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Friday, August 6, 2021

The Return to Campus

It has been wonderful to see the bustle on campus and in offices this week as the Work From Home order expired and we were able to see each other in person again. Thank you to all of you who have facilitated this return. 

We are in new times. That day in March 2020 when we left campus to begin working from home was the last time when more or less everybody, in the general though not literal sense, was on campus together. 

The new times have important continuities from the past. We remain predominantly a residential, place-based institution. Our commitment to the work, to each other, and to our teams and colleagues means we collaboratively take each other’s interests and needs into account as we arrange our work plans. Laura, my wife, has an Aunt Jenny, and one of her Aunt Jennyisms is that your presence is important to others, that it is important to others and their experience that you are there. I’ve thought of that wisdom during this week.