Looking Forward to Fall
As Interim Dean of the Trumbull Campus, I wish to thank you all for your continued patience as we updated the Fall 2020 Schedule of Classes. Our primary goal as we prepare for the Fall 2020 semester continues to be maintaining the safety of our students and staff as we seek to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. You should have recently received an email from the Office of the University Registrar concerning the course schedule adjustments and I suggest that you read that email carefully as it contains important information about the scheduling adjustments. However, I also wanted to reach out to you as Trumbull Students to make sure that you were aware of the schedule changes and some of the other things that we are doing to make sure we are keeping you and your families safe in the fall, while still offering an affordable and engaging academic experience.
As a commuter campus, we are diligently looking for ways to not only ensure your safety but also your family members who may be compromised. Part of this effort involves limiting the number of people on campus at any given time to allow for safe distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. As noted by the email from the registrar, remote learning will now compromise a significant portion of the courses we offer this fall at the campus. A remote course is one that was originally scheduled to be taught in an in-person format but will now be taught remotely using technology. I would encourage students to view the Coronavirus Student FAQ website for more information on remote courses:
More information regarding the particular delivery method of your remote courses will also be provided by the faculty teaching those courses and I advise you to pay careful attention to the information that your faculty will provide concerning the method of delivery of your courses as we get closer to the beginning of the semester. I would emphasize that regardless of the method of instruction, your classes will be engaging, and that you can expect the same personal attention from your faculty that you have come to expect at the Trumbull Campus. As many of our faculty members prepare to teach remotely, we will be upgrading our technology to support remote delivery of courses as well. While many courses have been moved to remote instruction to limit the number of people on campus at any one time, some classes will continue to be delivered in a face to face format and all students, faculty and staff will be asked to adhere to the principles of the Flashes Safe Seven while on the campus. As noted in the email from the registrar, students should check their schedules to see if their courses will be delivered online, face to face or remotely. If you have any questions about your schedule or need help adjusting your schedule, please contact a campus academic advisor.
Certainly, many things will be different this fall, but I can assure you that our faculty and staff are working this summer to make this fall a special experience. Although we will not be business as usual, we will be offering many virtual events and student activities to introduce students and provide meaningful experiences for you. We hope that you become involved in student activities or even start your own student club. Our Student Life coordinator Nanci Barker will continue to air "Nanci@Noon" every Thursday and feature students, faculty, and some special guests. The campus and our new Student Government plan to use social media and our Kent State Trumbull app to enhance our ability to connect. We would love to hear your ideas. Speaking of the app, I encourage you to download the app from the Google or Apple stores as soon as you can so you can begin to connect with one another. Our campus is fortunate to have this unique app which has created hundreds of student connections over the last two years.
We recognize that these are challenging times and we know that you may have questions or concerns as you prepare for the fall semester. We want you to know though that we are here to help, and I encourage you to reach out to us at any time with your questions; I can assure you personally that we will do everything that we can to help you with all of your needs, whether they be academic, financial or extracurricular. As a small campus with the resources of a large university, we will continue to offer a first-rate, affordable, and engaging academic experience this fall.
Daniel E. Palmer, Ph.D.
Interim Dean and Chief Administrative Officer
Kent State University at Trumbull