CANR Dean Ron Hendrick's March 16, 2020, message to undergraduate students

From: Ron Hendrick, Dean, CANR
Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
Subject: Message to undergraduate students

Dear CANR Undergraduate Students, including those on and off campus associated with the Institute of Agricultural Technology:

As the world has been working to navigate the novel coronavirus, the impact to you, our students, has been profound. We understand that your lives and work are changing in real time and affecting your well-being in layered ways. We want to assure you that we are here to help you navigate the implications of the novel coronavirus and that you are not alone. 

Your ability to confront change and continue forward has been nothing less than inspirational. I want to assure you that university and college leaders are meeting daily to address issues as they arise. 

The health and safety of our community and your success are our top priorities. There are many questions including, but not limited to, exams, grades, graduation, and mental and physical health support. The university and colleges are prioritizing these issues and dealing with the most urgent ones first. While it may be awhile before you get responses to some questions, we ask for your patience and will work to address your concerns as quickly as possible.

Several websites are available and are updated daily to address questions. Please continue to monitor them:

  • MSU response comprehensive website with updates, emails from the President to the MSU community, travel information

  • Guide for Keep Learning, including numbers to call if you have problems with internet connections.

  • Additional information that may be unique to CANR will be posted here. We have also added a section to submit questions you may have. You can submit anonymously or with your email address (responses will be sent directly to those who provide emails). We will be checking information coming into this site daily and responding as quickly as possible. 

We are encouraging faculty advisors to check in with you on things such as: basic needs, research progress, teaching assistantships and other funding, social distancing, and your general health and well-being. 

Career Services

Although MSU has transferred to distance learning, we want to make sure that you are aware that the staff at the Career Services Network is still available to support you.

  • APPOINTMENTS: We are expanding our advising availability and holding virtual phone and Zoom advising appointments daily. Appointments can be found by logging into Handshake ( and clicking on the Career Center tab at the top right of the platform.
  • CAREER FAIRS: We are working to reschedule a number of spring career fairs and events, including the Spring Career Fair and the Teacher and Administration Career Fair, as virtual events. Additional information will be sent out to all students as the details are finalized and will be updated in Handshake.
  • WORKSHOPS and EMPLOYER INFORMATION SESSIONS: Several career workshops and employer information sessions are being offered on a virtual basis. Information and access details will be updated continually in Handshake.
  • JOBS:Currently there are over 25,000 jobs and internships posted on Handshake. We encourage you to update your profile, upload your resume and apply virtually.

Please keep reaching out to your faculty instructors and advisors. You are also welcome to reach out to the CANR Office of Academic and Student Affairs (517-355-0234;, including, but not limited to:

  • Assistant Dean for Academic Advising and Student Success, Dr. Dorcia Chaison, (,
  • Assistant Dean for Teaching, Learning and Academic Analytics, Dr. Laura Bix, (, or
  • Senior Associate Dean and Director for Academic and Student Success, Dr. Kelly Millenbah (

I recognize that this is an exceptionally fluid situation, and urge you to do the best you can, be patient with each other and remain calm.

Ron Hendrick
Professor and Dean
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources