Updates For The Puget Sound Community

Thursday, March 26: SFI - SFI Students - Updated Deadline
Monday, March 23: Community Partners - CE Fellows Collective Connecting Virtually
Wednesday, March 17: RISE - Summer Opportunities, last class session, & "Drop-In" Hours
Tuesday, March 16: SFI - General Updates for SFI Applicants (Students)
Tuesday, March 16: SFI - General Updates for Community Partners
Sunday, March 8: ePortfolio - Continued ePortfolio Support for Courses
Sunday, March 8: RISE - RISE Updates


MONDAY, MARCH 26, 1:09 P.M: SFI - SFI Students - Updated Deadline
Dear SFI Students,

I hope you’re all hanging in there! I am writing to let you know we do still plan on moving forward with the SFI program. Originally we had planned on our community partners being able to make internship offers to you by tomorrow, Friday, March 27th.  In the midst of the collective uncertainty we are all facing, we have offered an extended deadline for you and our community partners to make those important decisions. For now, we are asking organizations to contact students with a offers by Friday, April 10.

Please let me know if you have questions or need anything. I am available to meet with you remotely at your convenience.

With gratitude,
Nicole Kendrick

MONDAY, MARCH 23, 3:11 P.M: CE Fellows Collective Connecting Virtually
Dear Fellows,

During this time we know that connections are more important than ever. For us, this means we want to continue supporting each other and connecting in a meaningful way around the issues that are important to us all. 

Let's come together virtually to wrestle with the community-based questions that we're facing at this time. Using social learning tools here is one questions that the CE Fellows team felt was relevant to the time:

During the present moment, what does successful connection in our community look like?
Still, we recognize that other questions may be more relevant to the broader CE Fellows cohorts so please come prepared with other questions or ideas that the group could consider choosing for a modified design clinic. 
 
Our hope is both to come together as a community and to create space to address the concerns and challenges you may be facing in your work or personal life. Please join us during a special one-hour virtual CE Fellows meeting on Wednesday, March 25th from 2-3 p.m. or Friday, March 27th from 10-11 a.m. Join us for one or both meetings by using this meeting link or dial-in: (US) +1 413-276-7491 PIN: 503 503 220# 
 
Sincerely, 
The CE Fellows Team

Skylar Bihl
Renée Houston
Nicole Kendrick
Meadbh Koenigsberg


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 12:46 P.M: RISE - Summer Opportunities, last class session, & "Drop-In" Hours
Dear RISE students,

At this time of uncertainty for all of us, I wanted to take a moment to reach out and let you I am here to support you. I understand the current COVID-19 situation may present you with challenges in finding and securing summer opportunities. Once the semester resumes, look for more information from me about reaching out to organizations to propose innovative ways to get involved, including virtual engagement. Additionally, I’m exploring options that would allow for greater flexibility in our RISE policy.

As of now, I encourage to move forward with your experiences search, keeping in mind your grade will be recorded as IP (in-progress) at the end of the semester and will remain IP until all coursework and experience hours are completed. I am committed to supporting your success in RISE!

Our last class session of the semester will take place via Google Meet March 30-April 1. I’ll send a reminder with the information for joining your class. I look forward to hearing from all of you during this virtual session.

In the meantime, I am still available to meet with you remotely one-on-one any time or day, at your convenience. Just email me back and let me know if you would like to schedule something. I will also be available during my newly established RISE “Drop-In” hours on Thursdays from 1-2pm PST.  Below you’ll find the link to drop in and ask questions, share concerns, or just check in! I would absolutely  love to hear from you.

"Drop-In" Hours

This is such a unique and challenging time in history! I encourage you to take a moment to recognize how the challenges you face now, and how you navigate them, are becoming a part of your story. My hope is that you will find inspiration, creativity, and strength to move forward in all of this.

Be well,
Nicole Kendrick
Elize Hellam


TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 12:58 P.M: SFI - General Updates for SFI Applicants (Students)
Dear SFI applicants,

As this is a time of uncertainty for many of you, I wanted to take a moment to reach out and let you know that we are in the process of communicating with our community partners and developing plans for the Summer Fellowship Internship Program moving forward. For the moment, we are continuing on as planned. We will be in touch with you as soon as developments arise. Please know that I am here for you. Reach out if you have specific questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Nicole Kendrick


TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 12:52 P.M: SFI - General Updates for Community Partners
Dear SFI partners,

We are thankful to work with such incredible community organizations who partner with us to create rich and meaningful learning opportunities for University of Puget Sound students. In this time of uncertainty we want to let you know that we recognize your working arrangements and capacity to host student interns in-person this summer may be in flux. We are committed to partner with you to adjust to the ever-evolving circumstances and welcome the chance to explore innovative and new ideas for offering work projects.

At this time all Puget Sound students are completing coursework for the remainder of the semester online and many will not be returning to campus in the next few weeks. With that in mind, we encourage you to reach out to applicants to schedule phone or video conference interviews as you wish.

Please be in touch to let us know if you have questions or would like support in your planning process.

Sincerely,
Nicole Kendrick


SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 8:27 P.M: ePortfolio - Continued ePortfolio Support for Courses
Dear ePortfolio Faculty users,

On Saturday, March 7, President Crawford sent a message to the campus community announcing that classes will be held virtually Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13. I wanted to be in touch to let you know that I remain available to support your classes. Also, student program assistants remain available to support your students working on ePortfolio-based assignments.

I recognize that some of you have ePortfolio trainings or visits for your classes scheduled this week.  A program assistant or I will be in contact via email to touch base about delivering that content virtually or rescheduling those trainings to meet your needs and the needs of your students.

In the event students are not feeling well, or are unable to come to campus, we are offering virtual appointments via Google meet or other free platforms like Zoom. I can have someone in our office reach out directly to your students offering our support if that would be your preference.

Please continue to reach out with any questions you might have. We are available and remain dedicated to supporting the important work you do with your students. 

Be well,
Elize Hellam


SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 8:15 P.M: RISE - RISE Updates
Dear RISE students,

On Saturday, March 7, President Crawford sent a message to the campus community announcing that classes will be held virtually Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 13. While we are not meeting in class now, I wanted to be in touch to let you know that I am still available to connect with you. 

During this time in the RISE break, I encourage you to continue exploring your options for finding the right summer experience for you. Keep me posted on where you’re at in your search and how I might be able to help. Campus remains open and operational, which means I am happy to meet with you in one-on-one meetings to support your search. 

In the event you are not feeling well, or are unable to come to campus, we can connect via Google meet or other free platforms like Zoom. If you would like to meet, please be in touch and we can work together to customize our meeting plan.

Be well,
Elize Hellam
Nicole Kendrick