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TO: 菲也特 Campus students, 教师 and 工作人员
主题: 总统’s Message to 菲也特 Campus Students, Faculty, and Staff

Dear 菲也特 Campus Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I commend each of you for doing your part in creating a safe and healthy 菲也特 Campus during the past year. We have been faced with a very significant challenge; however, we continue to demonstrate what it is to be #peacockstrong in making the necessary adjustments to curb the spread of the virus and tend to those who fall ill. 在一起, we made the very best of a situation unlike anything UIU has faced in recent history, and now that vaccines are widely available in our area, I am even more optimistic about our future.

As Session 4 winds to a close, we are looking ahead to the start of Session 1 this fall. Our planning teams continue to collaborate closely with 菲也特 County Public Health and monitor 新型冠状病毒肺炎 in our area. Session 1 classes, which start August 30, will be in person and, if things continue to trend as they have the last few months, your classes should be close to what you experienced prior to the pandemic. 办公室, academic services, residential living, student activities, food service, 体育运动, and all other aspects of Campus life should have the familiar feel of our vibrant Peacock Campus community. 毕竟, the UIU experience is maximized through hands-on learning, small class settings, engaging curriculum, working in–person with 教师 and 工作人员, and a dynamic Campus experience. Faculty and 工作人员 are mentors, 顾问, and enthusiastic supporters of student success, and each of these roles is most helpful and comforting when we can safely do so in person.

With all this in mind, UIU has recently and safely conducted in-person activities to recognize our employees and students. 除了, we have been carefully planning for many internal and external events on campus which includes, but are not limited to, the following: banquets and luncheons, UIU’s upcoming Commencement ceremonies, OAR and Visit Days (prospective student group visits), 行为测试, summer athletic camps, 婚礼, and Northeast 爱荷华州 Community College’s Commencement ceremony! Throughout all the activities, UIU will continue to work with public health agencies to receive guidance on best practices for hosting these events safely.

Health and safety remain a top priority here at UIU, and our planning teams will make adjustments and advise precautions 根据需要 to safeguard the health of all 菲也特 Campus students, 教师, 工作人员, 和客人. UIU has been a leader in 菲也特 County in the fight against 新型冠状病毒肺炎, and more recently, a destination for a number of 新型冠状病毒肺炎 vaccination clinics. While we have made great progress against 新型冠状病毒肺炎, the battle is not over. Please continue to take all precautions advised by public health, and consider a 新型冠状病毒肺炎 vaccination if it is safe for you to do so.

We will continue to look after those among us who are most vulnerable to 新型冠状病毒肺炎, and we will continue to create a process to assess requests and provide accommodations whenever necessary. As Session 1 nears, we will provide all students, 教师 and 工作人员 with additional guidance on what to expect, 根据需要. 除了, while we are continuing to ensure the safety of our Peacock Family, our students will also continue to get a quality education and an engaging university experience unlike any other in 爱荷华州!

Thank you, and GO PEACOCKS!

威廉R. Duffy II, Ed.D., Ed.S.