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Provost's Messages and Presentations

The Provost sends general messages via email to the academic community on a regular basis to provide updates and highlight areas of success at the University of Connecticut. These messages, as well as other broad campus presentations, are archived here for future reference.

Provost’s Message: A Moment of Gratitude

December 18, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Students: As we approach the end of finals and the end of this semester, I want to share my immense gratitude for your individual and collaborative efforts these last several months. Teaching, learning, and researching in a pandemic has come with an unprecedented scale and volume of challenges. We are

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Provost’s Message: A semester unlike any other

November 20, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: What a semester this has been. You have each been working at a persistent pace to adjust and adapt to different teaching modalities, research restrictions, and myriad other modified services for students, staff, and faculty. As we head into the Thanksgiving Break, I hope that each of you

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Launch of Strategic Planning Process

November 3, 2020

Dear UConn Community, For the past several months, many of us have had to focus our energy and attention on adapting to the challenges posed by COVID-19. Today, as we anticipate the results of the presidential election, many of us again find our attention focused to just the day ahead. While 2020 has in many

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Denouncing Acts of Anti-Semitism

October 30, 2020

Dear UConn Community, Our University is committed to an environment that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Recent reports of a series of anti-Semitic incidents on our Storrs campus undermine that goal. We denounce in the strongest terms acts of violence, hate, and intimidation aimed at members of our Jewish community. These recent reports were all

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Message from the President and Provost: Election resources, reminders, and dialogue

October 29, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Students: Election Day is approaching next week, Tuesday, Nov. 3. As this date approaches, we want to reaffirm our values as a public institution. Universities provide immense public service when they marshal their academic and research capabilities to illuminate and evaluate society’s pivotal moments. Presidential elections are exactly such times.

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Provost’s Message: Town hall updates

October 23, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: Over the past few weeks, UConn administrators in consultation with the University Senate have made and communicated several decisions about the spring semester. We shared a summary of many of those details in a message sent on Oct. 9, and reviewed the details and answered additional questions during

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Presentation, Academic Town Hall, 10/16/2020

October 19, 2020

On Oct. 16, President Katsouleas, Provost Lejuez and other University leaders discussed UConn’s reopening plans for the fall semester. The purpose of this session was to update the UConn community on the university’s academic progress in the fall semester, as well as decisions and plans for the spring. PDF of presentation slides from Provost Lejuez

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Provost’s Message: Summary of spring decisions

October 9, 2020

Dear UConn Community: We have reached the point where our community must make decisions about many aspects of the spring semester. Because we cannot know right now what the COVID-19 conditions will be in the spring, our best approach is to model our decisions for the next semester on what we have done for the

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Provost’s Message: Working Together to Move Forward

October 2, 2020

COVID-19 and the return to the UConn learning experience have presented our university with unprecedented challenges. We write today to celebrate our ability to maintain our core values, give you more information about the presence of COVID on our campuses, and indicate our path forward.

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Provost’s Message: Staff Keep UConn Running

September 24, 2020

As we prepared for this fall semester, instructional needs and changes inevitably dominated our discussions. Faculty, graduate assistants and post-docs put in countless hours to prepare their course materials and plans for engaging with students. Alongside them, but often out of the spotlight, were the herculean efforts of countless staff that enabled our fall planning and implementation.

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Provost’s Message: A Culture of Support

August 25, 2020

In any academic year, the week before classes begin is an intense time of preparation for nearly everyone across our institution. This year presents an additional layer of complexity, as each of you has had to reconfigure curriculum and syllabi, office operations, physical spaces, and events, in various combinations of virtual and in-person formats. For many of you, these efforts run parallel to intensified caregiving responsibilities and other personal stressors brought on by COVID-19, with disparate impact experienced by some of the most vulnerable in our community.

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Message from President and Provost on Community Responsibility

August 20, 2020

Dear UConn Community, The state of Connecticut is in a fortunate position to have a low transmission rate of COVID-19 overall, though we know some communities are disproportionately affected compared to others. Our UConn community has a big part to play in keeping the transmission rate low. On a broad level, the University has redesigned

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Provost’s Message: A View into the In-Person Experience

August 6, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: In just a few more weeks, we start a fall semester that looks different from any other year. Much of our instruction will take place through virtual and remote means; however, about 30% of fall semester classes will be conducted in person. For our instructors, students, and staff

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Presentation: Faculty Town Hall

July 29, 2020

On July 29, President Katsouleas and other University leaders discussed UConn’s reopening plans for the fall semester. The purpose of this session was to update the UConn faculty on the university’s plans and goals for reopening, as well as to answer related questions. PDF of presentation slides from Provost Lejuez Full video of town hall

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Provost’s Message: Planning for Fall as a Community

July 23, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: Over the past 6 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. Throughout this period, our faculty, staff, and graduate students have worked themselves ragged to shift courses, programs, and services to remote delivery with remarkable swiftness. These efforts have been essential in preserving our

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Provost’s Message: Whatever May Come, UConn Library is Ready

June 25, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: What is the right Library for UConn? Shortly after arriving here in 2018, Dean Anne Langley posed this question to the staff of UConn Library. At the time, no one would have known it was a prescient move that would help prepare the Library to weather a pandemic,

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Provost’s Message: Instructional Scenarios for Fall

June 11, 2020

Dear UConn Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students: Yesterday President Katsouleas shared the initial plans of our re-entry. By June 30, we will have a final decision regarding face-to-face classes for fall, with approval from the Board of Trustees. In the meantime, we know many of you are eager to make progress on fall course preparations and

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Message from President and Provost on Racial Injustice

May 31, 2020

Dear UConn Community, Recent events have called national attention yet again to the destructive power of prejudice and racism. The death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis serves as our most recent example. We are disgusted by the images we have seen capturing the unconscionable acts that caused his death. Demonstrations across the

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Provost’s Message: Advancing UConn Together

May 26, 2020

Dear UConn Community, As I begin my tenure as provost at the University of Connecticut this week, I am honored to play a part in building on UConn’s strengths, helping us all navigate current challenges brought on by COVID-19, and positioning us to emerge stronger than ever. At the end of this message, we are sharing

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