Messages from Patty Perillo to the UMD Community
May 20, 2020
You did it! The semester is done and commencement is in two days! Wow!! What a semester it has been, wonderful Terrapins. But you made it - and we did it - together as Terps! You made the move from campus to home, from classrooms to online, from in-person meetings to virtual ones.
May 13, 2020
Spring 2020 classes are in the books and all that's left are finals. It's been a different kind of workload that you've had to manage this semester - one filled with change and uncertainty. But, through it all, you've stuck to it. You've done the hard work, you've managed to take care of yourselves, and you've managed to offer care and kindness to those around you.
May 6, 2020
You've almost made it!! As of today, you have one more week of classes this semester!! Great job, Terps!! We've decided to focus this week?s Keep Connected e-Newsletter on ways you can support yourself and others! You will find some wise words from your fellow students - my Spring 2020 Student Advisory Board. I have been meeting weekly with this fantastic group of student leaders throughout the semester. Their collective voice has helped identify priorities, student concerns, and important questions.
April 29, 2020
Your health, safety and well-being are most important to us! As such, we decided to focus this week’s Keep Connected e-Newsletter on ways you can take care of yourselves best! You will find some wise words from the Dean of the School of Public Health, Dr. Boris Lushniak. We know that times are complicated, and things can sometimes feel overwhelming, and that is why we wanted to offer you good information about ways to stay healthy.
April 22, 2020
We continue to care about you and your experience. We know your world changed 5-6 weeks ago and you are now into week 3-4 of online learning, depending on your class schedule. It is a lot to manage. So, if you need to checkout sometimes please do so without feeling bad or guilty about it. Read a book in the backyard! Take a long walk in the sunshine! Enjoy a nap! Space out in an ENO! Do whatever you need to care for yourself for "checking out" is a normal and natural human response to all you are experiencing. BUT, please make sure you check back in! You've got three more weeks of spring semester classes. You need to stay the course and we want you to be successful.
April 15, 2020
As I told you last week in our first weekly newsletter, we miss you! Campus is so quiet without you. While we know we will all eventually return, we wanted to stay in touch with you during this time. In the Division of Student Affairs, we continue to think about ways we can keep connected and together! So, every week you will get this email as a way to remind you that we are here for you - always! Use these resources to find ways to take care of yourselves, to support others and to remain connected to campus. We never forget that you are the reason we are here. You got this! And, we got you! Enjoy all that you will discover here!
April 9, 2020
We miss you like crazy! You are the energy and lifeline to this campus community and it just does not feel like home without you here physically. While we know you will return, again and again and again eventually, we wanted to stay in touch with you during this time of physical distancing. You need to know that while we aren't together in one space, we are together in love and spirit for that is what it means to be a Terp!
March 20, 2020
Today I sent this letter out to all students. It was my desire to be supportive and caring and not cause more concern. I am sorry if my letter caused you undue worry in any way at all.
March 20, 2020
We appreciate you and thank you for your patience as we respond to these unprecedented times. I want to reassure all of you that our highest priority is the safety, well-being, and academic success of our students. Earlier today, I provided more details to students about support and updates. I’ve heard from students and families today who are very concerned that they will not be able to complete their move out of residence halls or fraternity and sorority houses by April 5 for many reasons.
March 20, 2020
By now you've heard the news from President Loh that we are moving to online education for the rest of the semester. We know that this is really difficult news for you to hear, so I wanted to start by saying that we are really sorry. We are sorry that you have lost a semester with friends on our beautiful campus - one that was filled with lots of plans, hopes, and possibilities. We are especially sorry for our graduating seniors and so many other students, such as our researchers, athletes, student organization leaders, performers and others, who were preparing to be "all in" on the Maryland student experience this semester.
March 10, 2020
This evening you received this message from President Loh which is the most recent and current communication from the university. In his letter, he stated that I would be following up with you directly regarding important information about student services and resources. As such, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a couple of updates that are especially relevant for you as students.