Dear members of the UCAR community,
At UCAR, as with institutions across the globe, our day-to-day operations look radically different today than just two weeks ago. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak we convened our Crisis Management Team, closed our Colorado campuses on March 17, and instituted a mandatory telework policy for the foreseeable future. Our home base of Boulder and nearby metro hub of Denver have both instituted stay-at-home orders effective March 24. As many of you have experienced, similar orders are in effect across the country.
This upending of our daily lives poses huge challenges, both for our employees in Colorado and elsewhere across the country, as well as for all of you in our community. We know that for many of you, those challenges include finding new and virtual ways to educate and engage your students.
From our founding, UCAR’s purpose has been to provide support to the university community. That hasn’t changed in the intervening 60 years, and today in this newsletter we are highlighting a few of our resources that are available to help you during this transition to online teaching. Please also keep an eye out for the regular edition of UCAR Currents, which will be in your inbox late next week, for additional resources.
I also want to let you all know that our Crisis Management Team, which continues to meet regularly to find solutions to longer-term operational issues, has identified essential personnel who are key to making sure we can maintain the services the community relies on, including the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center and networking support.
Finally, I want to ask all of us to support each other. Please reach out to your colleagues, near and far, and check in with one another. We are all dealing with challenges that may not be obvious to others, such as an underlying health condition that may make us more vulnerable to the virus, a loved one who is sick, or trying to homeschool young children while working at the same time. Let us all respond to this crisis with support, understanding, and compassion. As I recently told UCAR staff, we may face uncertainty, but we face it together and we will get through it together.
Antonio J. Busalacchi