Published Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 2:20pm
Dear Alumni and Friends,
I am sending heartfelt hope that you are well and settled safely into your social distancing practices. As I promised in my communication March 23, I am continuing to share with you Mesa Community College’s ongoing responses to the coronavirus threat.
In step with expert health guidelines as well as state and local stay-at-home orders, MCC staff and faculty will continue working remotely through May 8. Our facilities remain closed to all but essential employees such as College Police. Regretfully, this means our renowned Rose Garden and athletic fields are closed, also.
Students in online classes are proceeding on schedule. Those registered for on-campus or hybrid classes have resumed instruction in remote learning formats. Students will not be returning to on-campus facilities this semester, which ends in May.
No in-person, campus events are being held through the end of the spring semester. Sadly this means in-person May graduation ceremonies are not taking place. However, we are working with District and student leadership to create virtual or delayed festivities so graduates might enjoy the memories of celebrating their academic achievements that so many of you hold dear.
During this unprecedented time, we are taking unparalleled actions to ensure our students have the tools and skills to succeed. Student services such as tutoring, academic advising, counseling and financial aid are now available via phone, email, video and chat. Staff continues helping those in need with resources for food, housing, employment and financial assistance.
We have launched a call campaign to connect with students who have never taken an online or hybrid course. It is vital they have their questions and concerns answered so they may be confident in their abilities to succeed in a virtual format.
In our traditional, long-standing role as a community partner, MCC has made available medical protective equipment to Banner Baywood and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
You’ll find our COVID-19 website is an up-to-date collection of college, community and health information related to the virus. Know we at MCC stand as a resource for you and others in our community as we meet this challenge.
Together we will rise above the uncertainties of these days and emerge Thunderbird strong!
Lori M. Berquam, Ph.D.
Mesa Community College