Mid Spring Message from the Provost

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Provost and Executive Vice President Paul Jarrell

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Monday, May 11, 2020 - 8:03am


Hello Students,

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you! You have made it through the first five weeks of a difficult and unique term. Thank you for all your patience as we deal with a situation of which we have never encountered.  I am humbled by your resolve and ability to persevere. I wanted to highlight a few happenings around campus and ask you for your help in completing a couple of surveys that will help us understand how we are meeting your needs and provide us with information to help serve you better.

Take care of yourself!

May is Mental Health Awareness month and as the pandemic safety measures continue to be in place more and more people are suffering from new mental health struggles or pre-existing ones that are exacerbated by these uncertain times. Please know you are not alone in feeling anxious or depressed at this time. We are here to help you and support you through the time we are currently in and in the future. During this month we will be sending you tips to stay healthy and to handle the stress that we are all going through at this time of uncertainty.

Here are some things you can do to help your frame of mind:

  1. Exercise is linked to positive mental health. While gyms may be closed, there are numerous exercise activities that can be conducted at home. These include yoga, dancing, and body resistance workouts. There are numerous YouTube channels and websites for you to review and find one that fits for your lifestyle and health.
  2. Getting a good night's sleep. Minimize screen time and media exposure, especially news that causes you anxiety.
  3. Establish and follow a routine:  a lack of structure and worry about COVID-19 can prompt a change in eating habits which in turn affects mental health.  This could be a good time to try new recipes and boost the immune system through healthy eating at regular intervals.
  4. Socialize safely: join one of the online social groups at LCC and meet with your fellow students, join a virtual book club, Zoom with your friends for an online game of Monopoly.

Fill out a couple of surveys!

In order to better serve you, we have a couple of surveys we’d like you to complete. One is for LCC to understand how we are performing during these Covid-19 times. The second one is for a national survey to get a sense how students nation-wide are coping with higher education during the Covid-19 pandemic. There is even an opportunity for you to win a prize if you complete these surveys.  Please click the links to complete the two surveys. Each should only take about 15 minutes and will provide us with valuable information.

Survey 1: Spring 2020 Student Survey

Survey 2: Center for Community College Student Engagement

We would love to have you complete these surveys ASAP so we can better serve you.

Register for Summer and Fall term!

Summer 2020 registration is open for all new and continuing students. We have a large number of offerings to help you get caught up, stay on track, or get ahead. Most courses will continue to be delivered via online and remote methods. We have increased our offerings of courses developed for online and have increased our support for you to be successful - both in general for online learning and also subject-specific tutoring and support. Check out all of the offerings and available support and tutoring for Summer classes. The Fall schedule will be live May 18th, and registration will begin May 26th.

For help in choosing the best courses for your educational goals, please be sure to contact the Advising Department. They are there for you!

Again, thank you all for your patience and understanding as we navigate the Covid-19 landscape. It is a journey we hope we will not need to take again.

Please remember…

We are here for you, and you belong at Lane Community College!

Sincerely,

Paul Jarrell
Provost and Executive Vice President