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A CAS ShoutOut… This is a new recurring feature on the CAS Department social media to recognize the applaud the contributions members of our community are making during these unprecedented times. The challenges are great, and so is our fortitude. A CAS ShoutOut to our Graduate Students: The impact of COVID-19 on the academic community has been substantial. Students are navigating a major shift in the classes they are taking, with everything from how to attend class to how to complete research papers subject to uncertainty and unfamiliarity. Instructors are working double-time to learn new and creative ways to reach, teach, and support their students. Researchers are confronting the reality of closed labs and libraries, a moratorium on research-related travel, and a lack of time to devote to scholarly work. Staff are scrambling to do the essential work of the department without the equipment and resources that are in their campus offices. For parents of young children, these tasks now compete with home schooling and child care. While each of these challenges touch someone in our community, virtually all of them affect graduate students. As students taking classes, as instructors teaching classes, as scholars working on theses and dissertation, as teaching or research assistants supporting faculty, and – for some – as parents, our graduate students are shouldering a considerable burden these days. And they are doing so with grace. Among many other successes, our graduate classes have made the pivot to remote delivery, largely because the students have shown up for class ready to go. Their attention to teaching and care for others in the community is palpable. Thus, this first CAS ShoutOut is to all of our graduate students: We see the challenges you are surmounting, we see what you are doing, and we are inspired by you. Depicted here is a screenshot from the first remote meeting of Rosa Eberly's graduate seminar on rhetoric, character, and sound -- #CAS597SoundXrs -- using the platform Discord, developed for online gamers, as suggested by CAS graduate student Michael Delayo.

A CAS ShoutOut…

This is a new recurring feature on the CAS Department social media to recognize the applaud the contributions members of our community are making during these unprecedented times. The challenges are great, and so is our fortitude.

A CAS ShoutOut to our Graduate Students:

The impact of COVID-19 on the academic community has been substantial. Students are navigating a major shift in the classes they are taking, with everything from how to attend class to how to complete research papers subject to uncertainty and unfamiliarity. Instructors are working double-time to learn new and creative ways to reach, teach, and support their students. Researchers are confronting the reality of closed labs and libraries, a moratorium on research-related travel, and a lack of time to devote to scholarly work. Staff are scrambling to do the essential work of the department without the equipment and resources that are in their campus offices. For parents of young children, these tasks now compete with home schooling and child care.  While each of these challenges touch someone in our community, virtually all of them affect graduate students.

As students taking classes, as instructors teaching classes, as scholars working on theses and dissertation, as teaching or research assistants supporting faculty, and – for some – as parents, our graduate students are shouldering a considerable burden these days. And they are doing so with grace. Among many other successes, our graduate classes have made the pivot to remote delivery, largely because the students have shown up for class ready to go. Their attention to teaching and care for others in the community is palpable. Thus, this first CAS ShoutOut is to all of our graduate students: We see the challenges you are surmounting, we see what you are doing, and we are inspired by you.

Depicted here is a screenshot from the first remote meeting of Rosa Eberly's graduate seminar on rhetoric, character, and sound -- #CAS597SoundXrs -- using the platform Discord, developed for online gamers, as suggested by CAS graduate student Michael Delayo.