A Message of Gratitude for the College Academic Support Staff

This message was sent on April 2.

Dear College Academic Support Staff,

At the end of our third week of working from home and the second week of remote-learning for students, I want to express how much I appreciate the flexibility, hard work, and support you have shown to our faculty and students. You are the glue that connects our departments, and it is your kindness, grace, and encouragement that our faculty and students turn to in times of need. Thank you for the many phone calls you have fielded, for answering tough questions, and providing connections across the University. You enable the department’s “regular” operations to continue, albeit virtually from your own homes. All this was unimaginable two months ago and now just part of what we do.

You are the ones who take care of your departments. You nurture, you listen, you ask, you help.  With the month of April ahead of us, I ask that you take a moment to take care of yourself. How are you staying connected? Have you had a moment to join Leigh Anne Robinson’s conversation board, on the quad?  How is your at-home work flow? Take time to check out these resources:

  • Office of Academic Advising – this page is full of great information.  See FAQs here. We also have specific Pass/Fail FAQs for Students and for Faculty.
  • Residence Life & Housing FAQs
  • PDC Remote-Working Support and Resources
  • Virtual Drop-in Wellbeing Coaching – drop in hours Monday-Friday available free for anyone in the WFU community.
  • Thrive Remotely  – the Office of Wellbeing has put together a plethora of virtual resources to facilitate holistic wellness remotely
  • ResilientWakeLive – we are holding a resilience-focused-livestream on Instagram daily at 4:00pm @WFUThrive
  • Koru Mindfulness  – if you are interested in participating in a virtual Koru Mindfulness Basic class, please complete this doodle poll by COB Thursday (4/2) for the dates/times that would work best for you.
    • https://doodle.com/poll/hu3vuepihun5e6md = An introduction to mindfulness and meditation. Taught as a weekly, 75-minute class over four weeks.  Please select time(s) you can commit to for 4 weeks in a row beginning next week (April 6).
    • You can also read (free ebook from ZSR) “The Mindful Twenty Something” by Holly Rogers (don’t be fooled by the title! It’s a book for all ages!) and log daily meditations via the Koru Mindfulness app
    • If a live option does not work for you at this time, I encourage you to check out the “un-course” offered by Koru.

Thanks for all you do to keep things going, shining your light on our faculty and students. As we try to acclimate to the “new normal” of our stay-at-home professional life, I hope you are able to go for walks or sit outside to enjoy the spring blooms and fresh air. Take time for yourselves this upcoming weekend, and know that you have my deepest gratitude.