Message from the CANR Dean: March 19

From: Ron Hendrick, Dean, CANR
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Subject: Message from the Dean's Office

Dear CANR Alumni and Friends,

Last week, Michigan State University (MSU) moved to delivering all student courses remotely, following guidance from local, state and federal public health agencies in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

During this time, it has been helpful for me to keep in mind two overarching priorities – the health and safety of our community and the success of our students. These two objectives are guiding decision-making here at MSU.

We are grateful for the kind words of support many have already expressed. Thank you!

A quick overview of what has been going on here on campus:

  • Classes are being delivered to students remotely.
  • Employees have been asked to work from home.
  • The university’s Emergency Operations Center has been activated. A taskforce has been created and leaders are meeting daily to address the many possible challenges this situation presents to our global community and to support students, faculty and staff.

As you might expect, this situation remains fluid and things are changing hourly. If you are interested in learning more on what MSU is doing to address this, please visit

Our faculty are doing excellent work and teaching in new ways to continue to maximize the learning experience for our students. Our students have remained gracious in the face of these changes and are adapting to online formats and news ways of remote learning.

Our research and outreach efforts continue through MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension. We will continue to provide a wide variety of programming, much of which will be delivered online.   

I’ve asked our campus and outstate community to remember that many members of our community are facing and will continue to face stigma associated with the novel coronavirus. Let us all be mindful of this and work to support and uplift each other in this difficult time.

Thanks, in advance, for remaining patient with MSU. We hope you and your loved ones all stay safe and healthy as we navigate these uncharted waters.

Ron Hendrick
Professor and Dean
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources