Message

TUESDAY, MARCH 17
Students,

So much has changed in the last four days. More will change in the days and weeks to come. What will not change, however, is the commitment we have in the College of Communication and Information to help you.

I hope you all have received President Capilouto’s message that the University of Kentucky is moving to online or other alternative learning formats for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. I know this changes a lot of plans many of you had, and that many of you are grieving what you have lost with this change. My heart goes out to all of you, and especially to those scheduled to graduate in May.

The faculty and staff in the College of Communication and Information want to assure you that this change will not change the quality of your instruction, only the delivery of the instruction. As I said Friday, our College is made up of the most caring faculty and staff I’ve ever seen. We are working hard to ensure that our instruction and services go forward. It will not be perfect, but we are trying our best. I know you will, too. 

Take time to care for yourself in the guidelines that are being presented. Note that these guidelines may change as new information is made available. Your safety and security are as important to us as they are to you.

As President Capilouto stated in his message, the shift to virtual instruction this does not change the date of the end of the Spring 2020 semester, only how we go about completing it. Our outstanding seniors, who have worked so hard over the past few years, will still earn their degrees as scheduled. A commencement ceremony will be held when it safe to do so.

Repeating some information from my message last Friday:

If you need help with your coursework, first reach out to your instructor directly. As we transition to online only, instructors may not be able to respond as quickly as they did before the transition. Again, we ask you for patience and kindness, and we promise to extend the same to you.

If you need help with technology, you can connect with UK’s Information Technology Services Customer Services by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: 859-218-HELP (4357). You also can visit the Technology Help Center at https://uky.service-now.com/techhelp or email 218help@uky.edu. You will see many more resources made available in the near future as the University transitions and increases online resources. We will do everything we can to communicate these resources to you as they are made available. If you do not have stable internet at home, UK asks you to fill out the survey at http://go.uky.edu/c19 so that they can provide assistance. This link is restricted only to students, as I understand it.

Our advisors are here to support you through all of this as well. You can reach out to them virtually as you would have done previously. For undergraduates, see http://ci.uky.edu/ci/advising. Graduate students can contact their adviser and program staff and faculty. They will continue to help guide you through the process as they have always done.

If you are having issues that your instructor or adviser cannot address, reach out to a member of our leadership team, which includes the following:

Chike Anyaegbunam, chair of the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication

Jeffrey Huber, director or the School of Information Science

Anthony Limperos, associate dean for Graduate Programs in Communication

Scoobie Ryan, interim director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies

Shari Veil, associate dean for Undergraduate Affairs and chair of the Department of Communication

You can find contact information for the leadership team here:  https://ci.uky.edu/ci/directory.

If you need to reach me, please do. You can reach me via email or by calling our main phone number at (859) 218-0290.

Be safe. I will keep each and every one of you in my thoughts.

Dean Greer

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

Students,

As you disperse for Spring Break and prepare for two weeks of virtual instruction at the University of Kentucky, I wanted to let you know that faculty and staff in the College of Communication and Information are thinking of you and are here to help you during this difficult time.

We are fortunate that we have a devoted faculty and staff who strive every day to build a caring, supportive community for our students. Do know that everyone is working hard to do their best in an unprecedented situation, and we know that you are, too.

I am the mother of three daughters in college (a sophomore, a senior, and a graduate student – all outside of Kentucky), and I know first-hand how hard it is for students in this uncertain time, especially for those preparing to graduate. I urge you to focus on what matters, ask for help, help others and above all be patient and kind. We, the faculty and staff of the college, are trying to do the same. We are all in this together.

If you need help with technology, you can connect with UK’s Information Technology Services Customer Services by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: 859-218-HELP (4357). You also can visit the Technology Help Center at https://uky.service-now.com/techhelp or email 218help@uky.edu.

If you need help with your coursework, reach out to your instructor directly. Do know that your instructor may have a delayed response time as they are dealing with personal matters, disruptions, and travel situations as we all are. Again, patience and understanding are something we all are working toward.

Finally, know that the leadership team of the college is here to support you. In addition to your amazing advising team (see http://ci.uky.edu/ci/advising), our academic leadership team includes the following:

Chike Anyaegbunam, chair of the Department of Integrated Strategic Communication

Jeffrey Huber, director or the School of Information Science

Anthony Limperos, associate dean for Graduate Programs in Communication

Scoobie Ryan, interim director of the School of Journalism and Media Studies

Shari Veil, associate dean for Undergraduate Affairs and chair of the Department of Communication

You can find contact information for the leadership team here:  https://ci.uky.edu/ci/directory


If you need me, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Be safe, be well and be kind.

Dean Greer