Message from the CANR Dean: March 17

From: Ron Hendrick, Dean, CANR
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Subject: Message from the Dean's Office

Dear CANR Community, including our MSU Extension colleagues:

I have a few quick announcements, pointing to helpful resources as you work to continue your remote teaching and programming.

Yesterday, I communicated with our students – Institute of Agricultural Technology, undergraduate and graduate – thanking them for confronting all that’s come their way over the past week and directing them to additional resources.

If you hear of students who are struggling with remote teaching and learning, or connectivity issues, please contact Dorcia Chaison via email at Additional resources are being gathered by MSU IT Services for connecting students from their homes.

We have also established an opportunity for you to ask questions of us directly. Please use this link to ask questions. We will respond directly to those who leave their email addresses and will begin building a CANR-focused frequently asked questions for those we hear more than once. We are checking this daily.

I spoke with the College Advisory Council and the Staff Advisory Council about their questions and concerns. Later this semester, I will host all faculty and all staff webinars to address some of the issues that have surfaced. Look for those in April and May. 

A large majority of our staff and faculty are working remotely. CANR HR services remain available to support your work even if you are working remotely. Please feel free to contact them by phone, email or request a Zoom meeting to discuss questions or problems that you are encountering.

As a reminder, if you are coming to the office, please refrain as much as possible from bringing children – we want to protect all our community members, that includes children of our faculty, staff and students.

I recognize that by nature of some people’s positions, they are unable to work remotely (e.g., farm staff). I am appreciative of their efforts to keep those parts of our mission moving forward in such an uncertain time.

Speaking a bit more personally here, I know that work isn’t the first thing on our minds. I wrote about some of that on my LinkedIn blog.

Thank you for all you are doing for our students, faculty, staff and our university. Please take care of yourselves.

Ron Hendrick
Professor and Dean
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources