Campus Community Updates

University of Dubuque continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic in coordination with local, state, and federal health and emergency preparedness organizations as it relates to the safety and well-being of our UD family on campus and at our LIFE sites.



DATE: May 27, 2020

DUBUQUE, Iowa – On Monday, June 1, fitness facilities at the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) and Veterans Memorial Training Center (VMTC) on University of Dubuque’s campus will reopen for use by UD faculty, staff, and students with strict precautions based on state and federal guidelines.

CRWC’s Cottingham and Butler Fitness Center will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The track and courts remain closed until further notice. CRWC staff will limit the number of participants to 50 percent capacity.

At the VMTC, only one patron per rack and lift will be allowed at a time by appointment through UD strength and conditioning coaches.

UD remains committed to providing a safe environment and mitigating the spread of COVID-19. Please observe the following precautions when visiting the CRWC and VMTC:

  • Patrons must wear a face covering when checking into the fitness facility. Face coverings will be worn by all staff.
  • Patrons and staff must sanitize their hands before and after entering the fitness facility.
  • Patrons will have their temperature checked with non-contact thermometers.
  • Social distancing of six feet should be practiced throughout the fitness facility.
  • All equipment must be sanitized by the patron when they are finished using the equipment.
  • All equipment used must be used by only one patron at a time.
  • Patrons must have their own water bottle.
  • Only the small men’s and women’s locker rooms on the main level of CRWC will be available for use. Two people will be allowed in the locker rooms at a time to shower and change. Lockers are not to be used to store belongings at this time.
  • In-Person Group Fitness Classes are postponed. Group Fitness Classes will be offered via Zoom this summer for you to workout wherever you are. Click here to find the classes.

UD is committed to providing a safe environment. Cleaning will be conducted at regular intervals during the day in line with guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have any questions about the fitness facilities, please contact Wendi Wipperfurth, assistant athletic director, at 563.589.3229 or WWipperfurth@dbq.edu.

If you have any questions about the CRWC, please contact Vic Popp, director of recreation, at 563.589.3449 or VPopp@dbq.edu.



 

DATE: May 20, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Welcome to the 12th edition of our COVID-19 written update. I trust and pray that all of you continue to be healthy and well. Unless there is an obvious reason to change direction, these updates will continue regularly, but will now be distributed every other week. I don’t want to waste your time with redundancy, but I do want to keep you informed. Please continue to monitor additional communications via email and at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19.

Students
We received many positive affirmations from students, families, trustees, alumni, and friends across the country about our virtual commencement ceremonies. In fact, we even received a few calls from other colleges and universities soliciting our insight as they work through the logistics of hosting their own ceremonies. Again, I want to compliment our very large team that worked tirelessly over the last month in pulling off this massive undertaking! Really, really well done! Thank you. You can view the commencements at www.youtube.com/UDBQMedia.

As we move into the summer term, we will continue to monitor the Technology Helpdesk from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday. If you need additional assistance, you may contact the Technology Helpdesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or 563.589.3737.

The Academic Support Center and Charles C. Myers Library have professional staff available to help you virtually and face-to-face. Please, do not hesitate to use these resources whether you need a tutor, assistance in researching a paper topic, or editorial advice on the best way to strengthen your essay. Click “Academics” at www.dbq.edu/covid-19 to learn how to schedule an appointment. Additionally, there are many options available to students who need to return books to the library. Please click here to find out more information.

CARES Act applications were sent out to all Title IV eligible students about 10 days ago. We will send out one more application notification in the next several days to students from whom we have not yet heard. CARES Act distributions will be made in June 2020.

We are finalizing our Room and Board Refund formula. A description of that formula and our calculation will be included in your refund. If you believe that the University is mistaken in its calculation, or that the calculation formula doesn’t fairly or equitably account for your individual situation, we invite you to contact us for a second evaluation. Our goal is to have these distributions completed by the end of May 2020.

Reopening Campus
We have begun a phased reopening of our Main Campus. The Babka Aviation Learning Center and Marge Kremer Little Spartans Childcare Center opened on Monday, May 18, with carefully planned protocols and limitations. Also this week, our physician assistant students returned to a modified classroom setting. Fitness facilities at the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center and Veterans Memorial Training Center will open Monday, June 1, for faculty, staff, and students with new guidelines based on guidance from Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. These guidelines will be clearly posted as you enter the buildings. I also anticipate that we will be seeing many more summer visitors, particularly campus visits for fall 2020 and fall 2021 prospective students. In all cases, we will be reciting the following mantra:

Practice Common Sense — good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering — for yourself and for others.

Abundant supplies, campus-wide, of face coverings and hand sanitizers should be arriving soon, and disciplined controls are in place at the Babka Aviation Learning Center and the Marge Kremer Little Spartans Childcare Center.

Summer instruction will remain in a distanced format for the first session, but we anticipate moving to a more traditional format (Practice Common Sense) for the second session. LIFE students in Dubuque as well as Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Tempe, Arizona, should check with their respective LIFE office for the reopening protocols at each site.

Some of you may have seen last week’s press release from the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C). Briefly, it is the intention of each school in the A-R-C to resume a complete schedule of regular competition in the fall. The A-R-C continues to work with the NCAA and the State Department of Health to provide a meaningful and safe competitive experience for all student-athletes.

Finally, I am aware that there is a lot of chatter in the media about whether colleges and universities will be open in the fall. It really is amazing to me how many opinions exist on this topic. As you know, I have previously declared my confidence that the University of Dubuque is “all in” for the fall. For our purposes, the opinions that matter most to us are those coming from our students and prospective students. In both instances, there is a strong desire, even passion, to be back together this fall. That desire is further highlighted in a recent study by the firm, Carnegie Dartlet. They are one of the first entities to provide empirical support to what we have been hearing, anecdotally from many of you; that is, only 2% of students have plans to delay their college admission and 42% will not delay — under any circumstance. And over 95% of students derive confidence if simple social distancing measures are practiced.

Parents
We continue to remain focused on maintaining a safe and healthy campus. Our COVID-19 Recovery Task Force is working to move our campus back to a face-to-face environment. In addition to equipping our campus with face coverings, hand sanitizer, thermometers, tissues, and newer safety and health protocols, we are collaborating with extremely gifted researchers and medical providers in anticipation of taking advantage of and learning from the natural seasonal increases in campus activity including students, faculty, personnel, and visitors. On top of these new practices, another task force is putting together plans to resource our new student health center. The Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center will serve students with counseling, physical health, dietary, wellness, and other health-related needs. This new facility will complement our existing relationship with UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.

Health Reminders
As you know, the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 are near 0% for the college-age population; a total of 59 deaths, nationally, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the CDC data, college students have been at greater risk for the more familiar pneumonia, and as you’ve seen in these updates, are far more susceptible to challenges related to extended isolation. Anxiety, depression, and death-by-suicide are the health issues about which I most worry these days, and as we reopen. Know that we will continue to provide support services for depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions throughout the summer. You are not alone, and it is a person of courage that endeavors to seek support. We are also working to staff our new Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health Center with the resources to assist monitoring students that require medications. Please — if you can benefit from professional guidance, call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911 or visit Counseling & Life Services online.

Giving Opportunities
We continue to experience an increase in giving by our alumni and friends as we near the end of our Fiscal Year on May 31, 2020. I believe that this time of isolation has helped to highlight both the need and benefits of our brand of higher education, and it has given individuals time to even more closely scrutinize their investment priorities and choices. Some of you have asked where you can find more information on giving options. Please feel welcome to reach out to a member of our Advancement Team at 563.589.3158 or visit www.dbq.edu/givingtoud to learn more about giving options and opportunities.

Final Thoughts
As I conclude this message, I want to encourage you to continue monitoring the University’s website for regular updates. This fall will surely be different in ways that we can’t completely anticipate, but I am confident that we will, nevertheless, be together. We’re all committing to getting used to our new mantra:  Practice Common Sense — good hygiene, social distancing, and wear a face covering — for yourself and for others.

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: May 13, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Welcome to the eleventh edition of our COVID-19 written update. I trust and pray that you are healthy and well. We are having internal discussions about whether and how to continue these updates. I don’t want to waste your time with redundancy, but we do want to keep you informed. Please continue to monitor additional communications via email and at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19.

Students
Welcome to the end of finals and the beginning of your virtual commencements. I hope that you feel like you gave your best effort in your final exams, papers, and projects. It isn’t the same as being in person; I get that and so do your professors. Those of you who are graduating received your Commencement in a Box last week and I hope you enjoyed the surprises that were inside. I reviewed the first virtual commencement trial run earlier today. It was really, really well done. But, like your classes, it wasn’t the same as being together in person. Though I was somewhat saddened by the experience, I was very grateful to our team and for their vision and effort to create a memorable moment for all of you! Our teams in the Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement, Office of the Registrar, and Office of University Relations have gone to extraordinary lengths to plan our virtual commencements. Thank you for doing your part in helping to make this experience come to life. It will be different—but special! Here is where you can watch virtual commencements Saturday, May 16:

Graduating students are also invited to return to campus to participate in December 2020 Commencement or May 2021 Commencement.

It’s still not too late for you to register for summer school courses. Summer school will keep you engaged and keep you moving along in your programs of study. Classes begin Monday, May 18, 2020.

Though there is very little usage, we will continue to monitor the Technology Helpdesk from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday for the first week of summer school, and then we will adjust the hours accordingly. If you need additional assistance, you may contact the Technology Helpdesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or 563.589.3737.

The Academic Support Center and Charles C. Myers Library have professional staff available to help you virtually and face-to-face. Please, do not hesitate to use these resources whether you need a tutor, assistance in researching a paper topic, or editorial advice on the best way to strengthen your essay. Click “Academics” at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19 to learn how to schedule an appointment.

Need to return a library book? We recognize that most of you aren’t still on campus. You have a few different options including multiple locations in Iowa to return items thanks to our friends at over 30 Iowa college libraries across the state. Here are some other options:

  1. If you’ll be back on campus in the fall, you can return your item(s) then. Email library staff at LibCirc@dbq.edu and tell them you plan to return item(s) in the fall. They will extend the due date on your items so you don’t receive overdue notices;
  2. If you’re in or near Dubuque, you can drop off your book(s) in the book drop in the lobby of the library;
  3. If you’re in Iowa, or nearby, check out this map of over 30 Iowa college libraries participating in this book return program. Drop your UD library book(s) at any of the libraries listed on the map and it will get back to us;
  4. Or you can mail book(s) back to the library. When you take them to the post office, ask for the media mail or book rate. It should be less expensive. The library’s address is: Charles C. Myers Library, 2000 University Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa

Finally, if none of these options work for you, please email library staff at LibCirc@dbq.edu and let them know you’re having trouble getting your items back to us. They’ll work with you to identify a solution.

The University received the first allocation of our CARES Act distribution about three weeks ago. Application and documentation forms were mailed to all Title IV eligible students. On a matter unrelated to the CARES Act, it is our goal to have room and board refunds in the hands of eligible residential students no later than Sunday, May 31.

Parents
We continue to remain focused on maintaining a safe and healthy campus. Our COVID-19 Recovery Task Force is working to move our campus back to a face-to-face environment. In addition to equipping our campus with face coverings, hand sanitizer, thermometers, tissues, and newer safety and health protocols, we are collaborating with extremely gifted researchers and medical providers in anticipation of taking advantage of and learning from the natural seasonal increases in campus activity including students, faculty, personnel, and visitors. On top of these new practices, another task force is putting together plans to resource our new student health center. The Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health and Wellness Center will serve students with counseling, physical health, dietary, wellness, and other health-related needs. This new facility will complement our existing relationship with UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.

Health Reminders
Though the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 are near 0% for the college-age demographic, this age group is far more susceptible to challenges related to brain health. Know that we will continue to provide support services for depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions throughout the summer. You are not alone, and it is a person of courage who endeavors to seek support. We are also working to staff our new Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health and Wellness Center with the resources to assist monitoring students that require medications. Please — if you can benefit from professional guidance, call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911 or visit  Counseling & Life Services online.

Giving Opportunities
It has been amazing for me to watch our alumni and friends identify new ways to support the University’s Mission and its students during this time. This week, I was approached by one of our Trustees about the possibility of endowing a scholarship fund to provide tuition support for students. Another trustee wants to provide support for students for use in our new health center. I never cease to be inspired by the way this Mission generates generosity, joy, and enthusiasm for giving. Some of you have asked where you can find more information on giving options. Please feel welcome to get in touch with a member of our Advancement Team at 563.589.3158 or visit www.dbq.edu/givingtoud to learn about giving options and opportunities.

Final Thoughts
As I conclude this update, I sincerely want those of you who are graduating to know that we will be with you in spirit this coming Saturday, May 16, 2020. I am proud of each one of you, and I look forward to following your adventures and joining you at alumni gatherings around the country. Please stay in touch with me, and with all of us. Come back to find your personalized alumni brick along University Park Drive this coming October during Homecoming. Your name will, literally, be engraved in stone! 

This moment in our nation’s history is memorable, but it will not define your future. Your futures will be defined by who you have become, in contrast to what you will do. Mark Ward, vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty, shared with me that you have become one of the 10% among the world’s population to have achieved an undergraduate degree. (You who are receiving a graduate degree join only 3% of the world population.) So, in your rarified air of achievement, you have become leaders, but I hope leaders with a servant’s heart. And as leaders with a servant’s heart, remember the words of the prophet Jeremiah: “Seek the welfare of the city, wherever you may be.” In other words, do well and be good wherever you may be, and the rest of your lives will fall into place. 

Congratulations, Class of 2020!!

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: May 6, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Welcome to the tenth edition of our COVID-19 written update. I have noticed more activity as the weather begins to warm and certainly more cars in our parking lots.  I trust and pray that you are healthy and well. Please continue to monitor additional communications via email and at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19.

Students
It’s hard to believe, but the semester is coming to a close. Those of you who are graduating should receive your Commencement in a Box this week. Our teams in the Office of Academic Affairs, Office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement, Office of the Registrar, and Office of University Relations have gone to extraordinary lengths to plan our virtual commencements. It will be memorable! Here is where you can watch virtual commencements Saturday, May 16:

Graduating students are also invited to return to campus to participate in December 2020 Commencement or May 2021 Commencement.

It’s still not too late for you to register for summer school courses. Summer school will keep you engaged and keep you moving along in your programs of study. Currently about 800 of you have registered for summer school courses.

Though there is very little usage, we will continue to monitor the Technology Helpdesk from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday. If you need additional assistance, you may contact the Technology Helpdesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or 563.589.3737.

The Academic Support Center and Charles C. Myers Library have professional staff available to help you virtually and face-to-face. Please, do not hesitate to use these resources whether you need a tutor for a math or chemistry class, some assistance in researching a paper topic, or editorial advice on the best way to strengthen your essay or paper. Click “Academics” at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19 to learn how to schedule an appointment.

The University received the first allocation of our CARES Act distribution about two weeks ago. According to the law, students that are Title IV eligible qualify to receive financial support through this federal government program. Eligible students will be receiving application information from the Office of Student Financial Planning. On a matter unrelated to the CARES Act, residential students who qualify for a room and board refund will soon be receiving instructions from the Office of Student Financial Planning. As I shared before, we are processing this information in May, and we’d like to have our work completed by the end of the month.

Parents
We continue to remain focused on maintaining a safe and healthy campus. Our COVID-19 Recovery Task Force is working to move our campus back to a face-to-face environment. In addition to equipping our campus with face masks, hand sanitizer, thermometers, tissues, and newer safety and health protocols, we are collaborating with extremely gifted researchers and medical providers in anticipation of taking advantage of and learning from the natural seasonal increases in campus activity including students, faculty, personnel, and visitors. Thankfully, according to the most recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the college-age population is the least at risk from the most severe effects of COVID-19. Additionally, another internal task force is putting together plans to resource our new student health center. The Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health and Wellness Center will serve students with counseling, physical health, dietary, wellness, and other health-related needs. This new facility will complement our existing relationship with UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.

Health Reminders
Though the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 are near 0% for the college-age demographic, this age group is far more susceptible to challenges related to brain health. As you all know and may be tired of hearing by now, this continues to be a major concern for me. We will continue to provide support services for depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions that more consistently impact students. Additionally, we are working to staff our new Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health and Wellness Center with the resources to assist monitoring students who require medications. Please — if you can benefit from professional guidance, call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911 or visit Counseling & Life Services online.

Giving Opportunities
It has been amazing for me to watch our alumni and friends identify new ways to support the University’s Mission and its students during this time. Any support for students, whether that be the student scholarship fund, the food pantry, or all opportunities in-between, is sincerely appreciated and genuinely cherished. I never cease to be inspired by the way this Mission generates generosity, joy, and enthusiasm for giving. Some of you have asked where you can find more information on giving options. Please feel welcome to get in touch with a member of our Advancement Team at 563.589.3158 or visit www.dbq.edu/givingtoud to learn about giving options and opportunities. 

Final Thoughts
As I was getting visibly agitated over the weekend by my youngest son’s propensity for pacing around the dining room table, I was reminded by my wife, with her kind smile, that Seth comes by this trait naturally. It is just harder and harder for me to stay still. I suspect that I’m not alone! 

It is good to see our country opening up again — even slowly. Yes, I realize that there will continue to be discussions and differences of opinion about appropriate social distancing, safety, and what it means to return to “normal.” I also know that we cannot live in fear forever. That is why we are doing everything we can to make sure that our campus is safe upon your return. Though we are still sorting out the details, we will surely operate differently than pre-COVID-19 days. When students aren’t feeling well, we will expect them to immediately seek help at our Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health and Wellness Center. If the required intervention is beyond our capabilities, then students will receive support through our existing relationship with UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital. That same self-discipline will apply to the rest of us as well. The lesson, here, is that we all need to take better care of ourselves, if not for our own benefit, then for the benefit of others. We will each commit to being more diligent in how we approach healthy living in a residential learning environment.

But even as we look to the future, I don’t want us to lose site of the accomplishments of our graduates. Traditional Class of 2020 undergraduates came into the world near 9/11 and will be bookended by COVID-19. LIFE students have put their lives and the lives of their families on hold so that they could complete their degree. Seminarians have studied and learned for three, four, and sometimes five years, and now they are entering an ecclesial world of service much changed. And I think of our students in health-related fields: I am grateful for their service and, yet, the dad in me continues to worry for them. In each instance, our graduates have pursued their educational dreams for a purpose — a new career opportunity, the opportunity to serve the underserved, a chance to be the first in their family to earn a college degree. Each student is different, and each dream is unique. And, yet, that which binds them together is that they will have received their diploma from a place like University of Dubuque that, at its core as stated in our Mission, is committed “… to serving the Church and the World.”

Now, more than ever, our country and our world are in need of such servant-leaders. I trust and pray that each one of our graduates will carry that mantel of privilege and responsibility with perseverance and integrity.

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: April 29, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Welcome to the ninth edition of our COVID-19 written update. I continue to trust and pray that you are healthy and well.

Students
We’re nearing the end of the semester. You have done a terrific job of transitioning into this new delivery format and, with any transition, I suspect you have had good and not-so-good experiences. I believe the same can be said for your faculty. Nevertheless, we are nearing the end of this semester, and you have admirably confronted the challenge that was set before us. 

I am pleased to report that 751 of you have registered for summer school courses. Summer school will keep you engaged and moving along in your programs of study. There is still time to register for summer school classes if you have not done so already.

Though there is very little usage, we continue to monitor the Technology Helpdesk from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday. If you need assistance, you may contact the Technology Helpdesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or 563.589.3737.

The Academic Support Center and Charles C. Myers Library have professional staff available to help you virtually and face-to-face. Please, do not hesitate to use these resources whether you need a tutor for a math or chemistry class, assistance in researching a paper, or advice on the best way to strengthen a paper. Click “Academics” at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19 to learn how to schedule an appointment. 

Earlier this week, the Class of 2020 received an email inviting you to create a “Digital You” and record a 10-second personal video message for Undergraduate Virtual Commencement and Graduate Virtual Commencement on Saturday, May 16. You can find the email with details on how to participate at bit.ly/2020UDgrad. Graduating students are invited to participate in the virtual commencement ceremonies and, if you would like, either the December 2020 or May 2021 Commencement services. We will also have a special recognition for all 2020 graduates during Homecoming on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Parents
We continue to remain focused on maintaining a safe and healthy campus. The University’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force is working on plans to move our campus back to a face-to-face environment. In addition to equipping our campus with facemasks, hand sanitizer, thermometers, tissues, and newer safety and health protocols, we are collaborating with extremely gifted researchers and medical providers in anticipation of taking advantage of the natural seasonal increases in campus activity including students, faculty, personnel, and visitors. Thankfully, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the college-age population is the least at risk from the most severe effects of COVID-19. To date, there have been 33 deaths nationally for this demographic. Though tragic in every way, these deaths represent a smaller overall percentage than the more familiar pneumonia or seasonal influenza.

Health Reminders
Though the catastrophic effects of COVID-19 are near 0% for the college-age demographic, this age group is far more susceptible to challenges related to brain health. That’s where most of my worry is. We continue to focus and provide services for depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions that more consistently impact this demographic. Please, if you can benefit from professional guidance, call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911 or visit Counseling & Life Services online.

Final Thoughts
As you have likely gathered, I am confident that we will soon be together to inaugurate the University’s 169th year of service to the church and world. We fully anticipate and are looking forward to a strong entering class and we will again welcome returning students from across the country and around the world. I have been in communication this week with one of our new students from Northern Ireland, which is both exciting and hopeful! She is excited about becoming a member of our University community, participating in our choir, and taking lessons on the new pipe organ (Opus 97 www.dobsonorgan.com) in John and Alice Butler Hall. 

Though I understand the fear that has gripped our country and world over the last six weeks, I am also cognizant of the fact that fear, as a way of living, isn’t healthy for human beings. Whether it is COVID-19, the economy, or circumstances beyond our control, fear, if we let it, will cloud our days and turn what is intended to be joyful into misery. We’re designed differently; that is, on this University campus in America. We believe that hope trumps fear and that faith in a promised good future is the core essence of our Mission. The overall purpose of that Mission is to equip and guide students into becoming leaders and message-bearers of that hope and promise the world so desperately needs to hear — especially now.

So, as we have every year since 1852, even as we celebrate the exceptional Class of 2020, we look forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 home to, this, your Alma Mater.

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: April 27, 2020

Dear Class of 2020,

Your resiliency and accomplishments deserve to be celebrated. Since we can’t gather in-person because of the pandemic, University of Dubuque is excited to hold virtual commencements for all undergraduate and graduate students in the Class of 2020 on Saturday, May 16. Virtual commencements will be shared on UD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/UDubuque. The times will be shared later.

It’s easy to participate! First, create a “Digital You” that will accept your diploma in a virtual Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center. Second, record a message for your family, friends, and others that will be shared during virtual commencement – a first for UD!

Step One – Create a “Digital You”

  • Visit 2020UDgrad.com and create your Bitmoji, a “Digital You!”
    - Undergraduates: Your Bitmoji will walk across a virtual stage and receive your diploma from a Bitmoji President Bullock.
    - Graduates: Your Bitmoji will walk across a virtual stage, be cloaked in your graduate hood, and receive your diploma from Bitmoji President Bullock.
  • Students who do not create a Bitmoji will have a Bitmoji Sparty accept their diploma on their behalf.
  • Submit your Bitmoji no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 1.

Step Two - Record A Personal Message

  • Record a 10-second video clip.
  • Tell us who inspired you. Give a shout-out to your family and/or favorite professor.
  • Video clips will play after your Bitmoji accepts your diploma.
  • Video clips MUST be no more than 10 seconds. Be sure to pause before and after you speak.
    - If English is your second language, feel free to speak in your native language.
    - Have a difficult name to pronounce? No problem. Record your name at the beginning of the video, wait one second before beginning your message. Stating your name will not count against your 10-second message.
  • To submit your video, email 2020UDgrad@dbq.edu with the following information:
      - Subject Line: Last Name, First Name, and Middle Initial, – ____ (Choose One: Bachelor’s or Master’s)
      - Submit your video no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 1.
      - If you do not want to submit a video, you may submit one photo of yourself instead.

Tips to Make the Perfect Video Clip

  • Video clips need to stay within the allotted time.
  • Clean your camera lens.
  • Always shoot in landscape mode.
  • Don’t use the zoom function.
  • Be aware of what is in your background.
  • Avoid standing in front of windows.
  • Be close to your recording device to ensure the microphone will pick up audio.
  • Wait one second before you begin speaking and wait one second after you stop speaking before shutting off the recording.
  • We are all representatives of University of Dubuque, and videos should reflect UD’s Code of Conduct. Be appropriate and remember the following:
      - No mention or view of alcohol or drugs.
      - No profanity.
      - Wear your UD blue or regalia.
  • All video clips will be reviewed. UD reserves the right to edit for time or deny the use of any video clip submitted.
  • Use your smart phone camera app to record your clip. No smart phone? No problem! Click Zoom or Microsoft Teams for help on how to record in those formats.

Don’t Forget

  • You can still order your regalia if you missed the Wednesday, April 22, deadline.
    - Herff Jones will accept orders through the end of May to have commencement regalia mailed to your home – at no cost.
    - Place your order at herff.ly/dubuque. Please know that orders placed now cannot be guaranteed to arrive by Saturday, May 16.
    - Students who placed their regalia order by Wednesday, April 22, were inadvertently told their order would take 28 days to receive. Herff Jones’ website automatically generated the message; however, UD students are guaranteed orders would arrive by Saturday, May 16, if their orders were placed by Wednesday, April 22.
  • We have a special commencement gift for you! If you haven’t already done so through your regalia order, please update your address by contacting the Office of the Registrar at Registrar@dbq.edu to ensure your celebration package gets to the right address.
  • Celebrate on Saturday, May 16! Get dressed in your commencement regalia, decorate your cap, share photos on social media with #2020UDgrad, and watch your virtual commencement.
  • Encourage your friends and classmates to participate!

UD’s virtual commencement isn’t the only way to celebrate! You are still welcome to return to campus to walk in-person in the December 2020 or May 2021 Commencement Ceremonies. The Office of Alumni Engagement will celebrate you at Homecoming 2020! The Class of 2020 will be recognized on October 24, 2020, during halftime and you will be invited to a celebration at the Spartan Nation Reunion at Old Chicago that evening.

Congratulations, graduates. We are proud of all of you and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: April 22, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Welcome to this eighth edition of our COVID-19 written update. I trust that this memo finds you healthy and well. Please continue to monitor additional communications via email and at www.dbq.edu/covid-19.  

Students
I want to affirm all of you in your adaptation to online learning. I have heard from traditional undergraduate students, LIFE students, and graduate students over the last week. They have shared that this method of instruction is different, but that they are still learning. Some have even shared some “silver lining” moments. 

Starting today, the Technology Helpdesk will return to their regular office hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday. You may contact the Technology Helpdesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or 563.589.3737.

Also, the Academic Support Center and Charles C. Myers Library have professional staff available to help you virtually and face-to-face. Please, do not hesitate to use these resources whether you need a tutor for a math or chemistry class or some assistance in researching a paper topic or thinking about the best way to write an essay. The ASC and library are full of amazing people, each one of whom is absolutely committed to your academic success! Click “Academics” at www.dbq.edu/covid-19 to learn how to schedule an appointment.

This is the time of year when we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. Last week, we inducted 50 new members into UD’s chapter of Alpha Chi, a national academic honor society whose purpose is promote academic excellence and exemplary character among university students. Members represent the Top 10 percent of students in the junior and senior classes. You can watch the virtual ceremony at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gosr31grFd4. We are proud of the outstanding work done by these UD students!

Parents
We remain focused on maintaining a safe and healthy campus. A Task Force is working with me to identify a safe and methodical process to open our campus and best prepare us for a healthy spring, summer, and new academic year. We are also committed to incorporating new, healthy practices and procedures that ensure the safety of our campus; in fact, we are working with some of the best minds in the country to meet that commitment. I am grateful that we will have the new Smeltzer-Kelly Student Health and Wellness Center in operation, and it will be resourced with health practitioners, clinicians, counselors, and dieticians. As an added and timely benefit, this new facility will also include a private, isolated quarantine space for students with the mumps, measles, or other contagious diseases.

Health Reminders
Don’t forget to take care of your brain health. Isolation is difficult for those among us who cope with depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions. Call a friend. Support one another. And, if you could benefit from professional guidance, please call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911 or visit Counseling & Life Services online.

Final Thoughts
There continues to be a lot of mixed messaging in the media on how we’re handling COVID-19 on a national and local level. As I shared last week, though I don’t have a crystal ball, I honestly believe that we are getting closer to a time when we will begin to return to our lives as we knew them. A culture premised on freedom just cannot stay locked up for an indefinite amount of time. Those of us with challenging health conditions will need to remain careful, and those of us with better immune systems will soon be entering back into our former routines. 

As we listen to various pundits sharing their various point of views, I want to assure all of you that we will be ready to open campus as soon as it is safe to do so. There will be a full entering class of new and returning undergraduate, graduate, LIFE, PA, and seminary students. There will be a fall season of Spartan athletics. There will be new friends made on campus and new jobs or other opportunities for our spring graduates. And—speaking of graduates—we WILL be celebrating with a Virtual Commencement on Saturday, May 16! No, it won’t be the same as graduating in John and Alice Butler Hall or the Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center—but it WILL be memorable and you won’t want to miss it!

And, finally, remember this: we are in this together!

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: April 20, 2020

Dear Class of 2020 Graduates,

Congratulations on all of your achievements! Although the pandemic forced us to cancel our in-person May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies, it will not prevent us from celebrating each one of you.

University of Dubuque invites you to return home to participate in on-campus ceremonies in December or May 2021. We also encourage you to attend a virtual commencement Saturday, May 16, 2020. Here are ways you can help make your virtual commencement memorable and meaningful:

Step One – Get Your Commencement Gear Now

  • We want to see you in your commencement regalia! Herf Jones has created a website for UD grads to have your cap, gown, and tassel mailed to your homes – at no cost.
    • Undergraduates: Order your commencement regalia by Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at herff.ly/dubuque.
    • Graduates: If you did not preorder your commencement regalia, please order your regalia by Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at herff.ly/dubuque All preordered regalia and new orders will be shipped to you.

Step Two - Update Your Address

  • We have a special commencement gift for you! Please update your address when you order your commencement regalia or contact the Office of the Registrar at Registrar@dbq.edu with your updated address.

Step Three - Send A Personal Message

  • Be on the lookout for updates on how to participate in your virtual commencement! You will receive details on how you can submit a 10-second video message that will play during your virtual commencement. Tell us who inspired you. Talk about who helped you along the way. Give a shout-out to your family and/or favorite professor.
  • We are working on a way to have digital versions of our graduates participate in virtual commencement. More details to come soon.

Step Four - Celebrate Your Commencement on May 16

  • Get dressed in your commencement regalia, decorate your cap, share photos on social media with #2020UDgrad, and watch your virtual commencement.

Congratulations, graduates. We are proud of all of you and we look forward to celebrating with you!

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: April 14, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Welcome to this seventh edition of our COVID-19 written update. As we settle into a new routine for this semester, future updates will be shared around noon on Wednesdays via email and at www.dbq.edu/covid-19.  This will be our primary weekly update for the UD community.  

Students
I trust that this note finds each of you doing well. I know that this is an adjustment for everyone, but I am also encouraged about what we have learned of ourselves — and each other — during this very unique time in our history. I hope that each of you registered for your fall 2020 classes. Each day, I am more and more confident that we will be greeted this fall with a regular school year. 

As a reminder, we are addressing rebates or credits for spring 2020 room and board in May. Early on in this process, we elected to wait until May because we wanted to make sure that we had appropriately followed US Department of Education guidelines. Each on-campus student’s situation will be addressed fairly and individually.

As you know, we canceled our in-person May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies based on guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus to participate in either the December 2020 or May 2021 Commencement Ceremonies.  In addition, we will be holding a memorable and meaningful virtual commencement on May 16, 2020, to celebrate your original commencement date. Over the next few weeks, you will be receiving additional information about how you can participate in your virtual commencement. Graduates, although we are physically separated, we are excited to celebrate your original commencement date.

Parents
We remain focused on maintaining a safe and healthy campus. Although we have reduced the number of personnel that are coming to campus to work, we continue to have three shifts of our security personnel and around the clock monitoring of our security cameras. Our campus has been very quiet and safe. 

Classes
A reminder that the Technology Helpdesk is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for those who have questions or are having trouble with technology. You may contact the Technology Helpdesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or 563.589.3737. LIFE students should continue to use their after-hours technology support number. 

Also, the Academic Support Center and Charles C. Myers Library have professional staff available to help you, both virtually and face-to-face. Please, do not hesitate to use these resources whether you need a tutor for a math or chemistry class or some assistance in researching a paper topic or thinking about the best way to write an essay. The ASC and library are full of amazing people, each one of whom is absolutely committed to your academic success! Click “Academics” at www.dbq.edu/covid-19 to learn how to schedule an appointment with the ASC or library.

Employees
I want to personally thank all of you for your continued commitment. I am hopeful that we will be back together sooner rather than later. I want to encourage each of you to maintain your healthy practices of social distancing and good judgment. I also want to encourage you to reach out to a colleague you haven’t heard from for a while. Call to check on them, and on each other. 

Health Reminders
As I’ve mentioned in earlier updates, we can all do our part to help prevent the spread of germs such as washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if ill. 

Don’t forget to take care of your brain health. Isolation is difficult for those among us who cope with depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions. Call a friend. Support one another. If you could benefit from professional guidance, please call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911 or visit Counseling & Life Services online.

The healthier we stay as a community, the sooner we will be able to get back to operating our Mission face-to-face.

Opportunities to Give
To our alumni and friends, thank you for the phone calls, emails, and social media posts asking how you can help students during this time. Please continue to pray for one another and for UD students, faculty, and staff and their families – as we continue to offer our prayers for all of you. Also, please consider supporting our students through the Annual Student Scholarship Fund. You can do this online at www.dbq.edu/invest or by mail at Office at Advancement, University of Dubuque, 2000 University Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Advancement Team by phone at 563.589.3158.

We know this current situation is concerning to our students and their families and, in some cases, may impact their ability to continue their education at UD. We want to be able to offer students every opportunity to continue their education and that includes being able to support them with additional financial assistance when it most matters. We have deployed University resources to help our students when a need arises, and your support of scholarships helps us to keep our students in the classroom – regardless of where that classroom may be located.

Final Thoughts
There have been a lot of mixed messages in the media over the last month. One day, the news is hopeful; the next day, it seems as if the sky is falling. Though I don’t have a crystal ball, I honestly believe that we are getting closer to a time when we will begin to return to our lives as we knew them. A culture premised on freedom just cannot stay locked up for an indefinite amount of time. Those of us with challenging health conditions will need to remain careful, and those of us with better immune systems will soon be entering back into our former routines.

As we move through these next weeks, there will be a lot of work to do. Pieces of our lives will need to be picked up, while lessons learned during this time will become part of our ongoing individual and cultural identity. In both scenarios, we will need to remain patient and hopeful.

And it is with an abundance of hope — and a bit of caution — that I look forward to greeting each of you in person in the not-so-distant future!

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: April 7, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Welcome to this sixth edition of our COVID-19 written update. These updates will continue to be shared around noon on Tuesdays via email and at www.dbq.edu/covid-19. We will also continue to share UD Talks videos around noon on Fridays at facebook.com/UDubuque.

Students
Mystery solved! Last week a reader responded with the background story of how the “WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER” sign showed up on the front door of my home. One of our recent graduates and current employees is helping to provide care to a child in our neighborhood. As an exercise in extending kindness, the child posted signs throughout our neighborhood. They have been an encouraging boost to all of us! If you’d like to see the sign, I shared a photo on my Instagram account at instagram.com/j.f.bullock/.

Summer School
Many of you registered for summer school over the last week. As an encouragement for you to stay engaged and progressing in your programs of study, UD reduced summer school tuition by 15 percent per credit hour.

Fall 2020 Registration
Registration has started for fall 2020! Yesterday, registration opened for seniors. Registration for juniors begins April 8, sophomores April 13, and first-year students April 15. Students should contact their academic advisor to discuss their course schedule for this fall.

In order to do our best to provide additional support for our students and their families, we eliminated the 2020-2021 scheduled increase in tuition, room, board, and fees for traditional undergraduates. Our rates will remain at the current 2019-2020 rate structure.

Parents
We remain focused on maintaining a safe and healthy campus. We have reduced the number of personnel that are coming to campus to work. For those of you whose children remain on campus, I want you to know that we continue to have three shifts of our security personnel and around the clock monitoring of our security cameras. Our campus has been very quiet and safe. 

Classes
Starting tomorrow, the Technology Helpdesk will have new hours. It will be open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for those who have questions or are having trouble with technology. You may contact the Technology Helpdesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or 563.589.3737. The Technology Helpdesk will be closed Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12, for Easter. LIFE students should continue to use their after-hours technology support number.

Also, the Academic Support Center has professional staff available by appointment from noon to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please, do not hesitate to use these resources whether you need a tutor for a math or chemistry class or some assistance in thinking about the best way to write your essay or paper. The ASC is full of amazing people, each one of whom is absolutely committed to your academic success! Click “Academics” at www.dbq.edu/covid-19 to learn how to schedule an appointment with the ASC. 

Employees
Thank you for your amazing commitment. We seem to have found a way to continue our high level of instruction and maintain our healthy community of support and interaction. As we all adapt to this different way of executing the University’s Mission, I want to encourage each of you to maintain your healthy practices of social distancing. I also want to encourage each of you to care for your brain health. Reach out to a colleague you haven’t heard from for a while. The healthier we stay as a community, the sooner we will be able to get back to operating our Mission face-to-face.

Future Dates
We are sorting through Commencement 2020 options and details should be available soon. We are working through two options for graduates: a virtual May Commencement and our regular December Commencement. A team is working through details for both of these options, and we’ll be providing more information as soon as is possible.

Health Reminders
As I’ve mentioned in earlier updates, we can all do our part to help prevent the spread of germs such as washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if ill.

Isolation is difficult for those among us who cope with depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions. Call a friend. Support one another. And, if you could benefit from professional guidance, please call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911 or visit Counseling & Life Services online.

Opportunities to Give
To our alumni and friends, thank you for the phone calls, emails, and social media posts asking how you can help UD students during this time. For right now, my answer is simple and twofold: First, please continue to pray for one another and for University of Dubuque students, faculty, staff and their families, as we continue to offer our prayers for all of you. Second, supporting our students through the Annual Student Scholarship Fund is essential. You can do this online at www.dbq.edu/invest or by mail at Office of Advancement, University of Dubuque, 2000 University Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001. As always, our Advancement Team is available to answer your questions by phone at 563.589.3158.

We know this unprecedented situation is concerning to our students and their families and, in some cases, may impact their ability to continue their education at UD. We want to be able to offer them every opportunity to continue their education and that includes being able to support them with additional financial assistance when it most matters. We have deployed UD resources to help our students when a need arises, and your investment through scholarships helps us to keep our students in the classroom – regardless of where that classroom may be located.

Final Thoughts
This week marks Holy Week observances for two of the three religious traditions that trace their lineage to Abraham: Passover and Easter. Passover is an eight-day commemoration celebrating the departure of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The name “pass over” references a passage from Exodus 12.13 in which God offers instructions on how to avoid the plagues upon the Egyptians after Pharaoh refused to free the Israelites. Easter, for Christians, is a celebration of victory over a different plague; that is, death itself. In each gospel account, after his crucifixion, women headed to Jesus’ tomb only to find it empty. He was gone—resurrected from the dead.

We are told that these next two weeks will be a time of both plague and death in our country, and around the world. There is no way to sugarcoat the bitterness of those words. People will suffer. Families will mourn. Parents will weep. And, yet, we know that suffering, mourning, and weeping are not foreign concepts within the great faith traditions. In fact, they are more often the norm than the exception—take the book of Lamentations, for example. It just so happens that we live in a time in human history when intellect often believes that it holds the superior hand to biology. But not now—not these next two weeks. Not ever, actually. Most certainly, this plague will end and our lives will return to normal, but it will be a normal that has been tempered by suffering, mourning, and weeping.  Those experiences always breed humility, and humility is a good thing—that’s why it’s called a virtue.

In ways that I can’t yet describe, my belief is that we will collectively become better as a nation, maybe even a little more patient and tolerant of each other, and of our world.  So as we move through this time of challenge, let us walk as people of hope and not as people of despair. Let us walk as people who come from faith traditions that have seen this before and know what to do and how to be in the getting there.

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: March 31, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Given that we are beginning to settle into a “new normal” routine, and knowing that your in-boxes receive plenty of activity, I will be reducing these written updates to once per week. The updates will be shared around noon on Tuesdays via email and at www.dbq.edu/covid-19. We will continue to share UD Talks videos around noon on Fridays at facebook.com/UDubuque.

Students
Over the weekend, someone attached a colorful “WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER” sign on the front door of my home. Thank you, to whomever, for those encouraging words! If you’d like to see the sign, I shared a photo on my Instagram account at instagram.com/j.f.bullock/.

Additionally, in order to do our best to provide additional support for our students and their families during these unprecedented times, we are eliminating the 2020-2021 scheduled increase in tuition, room, board, and fees for full-time undergraduate students.  These will remain at the current 2019-2020 rates.

Summer School
Many of you registered for summer school last fall. Classes are scheduled to begin the week of May 26. Many of the courses were already scheduled to be online and those will continue as scheduled. At this time, we are planning to offer face-to-face courses that are scheduled. If we are unable to move forward with face-to-face courses in late May, we will contact each registered student to discuss alternatives. As an encouragement for you to stay engaged and progressing in your programs of study, we are reducing summer school tuition by 15 percent per credit hour.

Fall 2020 Registration
We have delayed registration for fall 2020 classes by one week so that faculty and students have time to adjust to the online coursework. Registration will proceed on the following schedule:

  • April 6 – Seniors
  • April 8 – Juniors
  • April 13 – Sophomores
  • April 15 – First-Year Students

Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisor to discuss their course schedule for next year.

Additionally, in order to do our best to provide additional support for our students and their families during these unprecedented times, we are eliminating the 2020-2021 scheduled increase in tuition, room, board, and fees.  These will remain at the current 2019-2020 rates.

Parents
We remain focused on maintaining a safe and healthy campus and providing a strong learning environment for each one of our classes. For those of you whose children remain on campus, I want you to know that we continue to have three shifts of our security personnel and around the clock monitoring of our security cameras. Our campus has been very quiet and very safe. Additionally, the first week of distance delivery went well. Attendance was strong, our technology worked well, and our faculty and instructors continued to make adaptations to their coursework over the weekend. I anticipate that this week will go even more smoothly.

Classes
A reminder that the Technology Helpdesk is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for those who have questions or are having trouble with technology. You may contact the Technology Helpdesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or 563.589.3737. After 9:00 p.m., people will be directed via voicemail to send an email to HelpDesk@dbq.edu to leave a call back number. LIFE students should continue to use their after-hours technology support number.

Also, the Academic Support Center has professional staff available by appointment from noon to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please, do not hesitate to use these resources whether you need a tutor for a math or chemistry class or some assistance in thinking about the best way to write your essay or paper. The ASC is full of amazing people, each one of whom is absolutely committed to your academic success! Click “Academics” at www.dbq.edu/covid-19 to learn how to schedule an appointment with the ASC.

Employees
I want to personally thank all of you for your amazing commitment. We seem to have found a way to continue our high level of instruction and maintain our healthy community of support and interaction. Thank you for all that you do!

In addition to your COVID-19 adaptations, I am proud of so many of our faculty and instructors for their commitment to continue improving their talents and academic credentials. Please join me in congratulating the following individuals upon the successful completion of their Doctor of Education degrees:

  • Katie Boyer – Dissertation: A Program Evaluation of a District’s Elementary School Wellness Curriculum to Improve Undergraduate Training
  • April Elsbernd – Dissertation: Short-Term Athletic Foreign Tours and Student Learn Outcomes: A Program Evaluation
  • Michelle Grace – Dissertation: The Importance of Creating Curriculum and Practices for the 21st Century Master of Arts in Communications: a Program Evaluation
  • Liza Johnson – Dissertation: Social Emotional Learning in Higher Education: a Program Evaluation
  • Scott McCaw – Dissertation: Dialogic Impact: a Program Evaluation of On-line Learning in Pastoral Spiritual Formation, Connection, and Vocation
  • James Romagna – Dissertation: Creating a Culture of Physical Activity for Faculty and Staff on a University Campus
  • Jennifer Supple – Dissertation: The Role of Bi-directional Sensemaking in Developing Professional Learning Communities in Higher Education

Future Dates
We continue to work through our rescheduled plans for Commencement and other year-end celebrations. As I shared in previous updates, our May 16 Commencement ceremonies will be rescheduled to a later date. I expect these alternative plans to be clarified within the next two weeks. You will receive plenty of advance notice about the rescheduled date in order to adequately accommodate your travel plans.

Health Reminders
We can all continue do our part to help prevent the spread of germs such as washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if ill.

Don’t forget to take care of your brain health. Isolation is difficult for those among us who cope with depression, anxiety, and other brain health conditions. Call a friend. Support one another. And, if you could benefit from professional guidance, please call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911 or visit Counseling & Life Services online.

Final Thoughts
I am greatly encouraged by the way that our University community has adapted to this “new normal” in our country. I am also confident that when this “new normal” goes away, we will quickly adapt to a new routine but, perhaps, with a little more joy and thanksgiving for the great gift of a steady routine!  I travel a lot for my job, and I get irritated by the inconvenience that often accompanies many of these trips.  Never again.  I shake a lot of hands and extend a lot of greetings.  I’ll never again take those handshakes or greetings for granted.  One of the legacies of COVID-19 is that it will have changed us and changed our country.  Not all of that change is bad.  In fact, a lot of it – particularly the gift of daily interactions with those we love and with colleagues – is an important reminder about how the little things in life do, indeed, matter.

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: March 26, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Welcome to this fourth COVID-19 update to the University community. Please know that we are doing our best to provide accurate information in a timely way. All of these updates will be posted at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19.

Students
I continue to receive unsolicited confirmation that many of you are reaching out to infirmed neighbors or family members who may need assistance with errands, trips to the grocery store, or just for general support. Though I am not surprised, this makes me very proud of you. You are living our Mission! Continue to monitor your health and take care of yourselves, even as you serve others. For the time being, I would like to post some of these “paying it forward” moments on my Instagram account (instagram.com/j.f.bullock/) or through this written update. You may continue to send these “paying it forward” actions to me at President@dbq.edu.

Parents
I want to reiterate that we are focused on two primary objectives during these first several weeks of this new normal. First, we continue to remain focused on maintaining a safe campus and a healthy environment. To further illustrate this point, this past fall, we broke ground on the new Smeltzer-Kelly Health Center. The student health center will not only allow us to continue to stay proactively engaged with our students and their physical and brain health, but it will also provide additional safe and comfortable spaces designed for students who may need to be quarantined whether that be because of an outbreak of the mumps or, in our current case, COVID-19. I want to personally thank Barb and Jack Smeltzer, in addition to our other investors, for fully funding this new student health center. Importantly, we are not using tuition dollars to construct this or any other construction project on our campus. Secondly, we remain focused this semester on ensuring a distance learning environment that is supportive, productive, and of superior quality. As I mentioned in my last update, I understand that all of us are trying to make sense of what this new normal means to the finances of families and businesses. For some of you, your employment has already been impacted. For others of you, your company or business may be in serious financial jeopardy. In either case, I know that you are concerned, worried, and understandably frightened. Know that we will do everything we can to ease these concerns. We will get through this!

Classes
We’re receiving feedback about the transition to distance delivery of spring classes, and while there have been some bumps, many of you have been able to dive right into your classes. Mark Ward, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, will be my guest for our Friday, March 27, 2020, UD Talks video, which will be shared at Facebook.com/UDubuque. He will have additional information about the academic side of our Mission.

I also want to remind you that the Technology HelpDesk is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for those who have questions or are having trouble with technology. You may contact the Technology HelpDesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or at 563.589.3737. After 9:00 p.m., people will be directed via voicemail to send an email to HelpDesk@dbq.edu to leave a call back number. LIFE students should continue to use their after-hours technology support number.

Residence Halls
In a million years, I never thought I would utter this phrase: “It’s too quiet in the residence halls!” For those of you still living in the residence halls, continue to monitor www.dbq.edu/COVID-19 for guidance and times for food service distribution.

Campus Buildings and Facilities
The University’s main campus is open, but with limited and restricted access per CDC and the Governor’s guidelines. The Charles C. Myers Library will be accessible by appointment only for UD students, faculty, and staff from noon to 8:00 p.m. All athletic and wellness facilities and fields are closed. University food service carry-out meals will be available each day during posted hours, which can be found at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19.

Employees
Faculty colleagues: thank you for calming the nerves of your anxious students. I have sincerely appreciated receiving your insights about how this moment is providing some of you with an opportunity to innovate. Staff colleagues: thank you for your continued persistence and for the wonderful work you do for our University. And remember: please be healthy, and follow all of our guidelines as previously published for maintaining your health and reporting any illness. 

Health Reminders
We can all do our part to help prevent the spread of germs such as washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if ill. If you have flu-like symptoms, please stay at home.

It’s also important to remember to take care of yourselves physically. Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and get some exercise. Walking, running, or riding a bike are great stress relievers, and moderate exercise is good for your immune system.

Finally, please take care of your brain health. Isolation is difficult for those among us who cope with depression or anxiety and other brain health conditions. Call a friend. Support one another. And, if you could benefit from professional guidance, please call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911.

Final Thoughts
It is amazing how quickly this week has flown by. Please try to capture some rest over the weekend and learn to embrace this unexpected time with your family. I will be back in touch next week. Until then --

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: March 25, 2020

This information only applies to traditional undergraduate students. It does not impact graduate, physician assistant, seminary, or LIFE program students.

Dear University of Dubuque Undergraduate Students,

I hope that you are healthy, staying safe, and adjusting to the new online delivery format. Keep communicating with your professors. They are here to help.

Because of the unplanned change in course delivery in the middle of the semester, we are adjusting our normal grading policies for traditional undergraduate students for the spring 2020 semester and extending the deadline for withdrawing from a course. The new policy and deadline can be found here. You do not need to make any decisions at this time. You will have until May 26, 2020, or one week after final grades are available to you (on May 19) to make your choice. 

Our hope is that this policy change encourages you to make the best out of this semester. 

  • If you have been thinking about withdrawing from a course or courses, this policy should give you a reason to stick with your courses.
  • Keep working hard on your course work. The higher your final grade, the more options you will have.

Keep checking the COVID-19 student resource page for updates found under “courses” on UDOnline. If you have questions, email Joe Green, dean for undergraduate studies, at JGreen@dbq.edu. We are here for you!

Mark Ward, PhD
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty



DATE: March 24, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Welcome to this third COVID-19 update to the University community. It is my intention to provide an update from the President at approximately noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also intend to share a recorded message or Facebook Live broadcast every Friday at facebook.com/UDubuque. Given the rapidity of changing guidelines from our federal and state government, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other entities, some information may at times be outdated sooner rather than later. Please know that we are doing our best to provide accurate information in a timely way. All of these updates will be posted at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19. Our COVID-19 webpage has been redesigned to simplify the distribution of information related to UD’s response to the pandemic. I encourage you to be patient with us as well as with each other, and please get into a discipline of reviewing this update every Tuesday and Thursday, and on Friday.

Students
I hope that all of you are hanging in there and identifying ways to turn this present challenge into a new opportunity for growth. Are you taking care of yourselves? Are you reaching out to your family or those who are vulnerable in your community?

On Friday, my office received word that two UD students were walking through their neighborhood and volunteering to grocery shop or perform other needed errands for their older or shut-in neighbors during this difficult time. I was deeply touched by their actions. Knowing you, my guess is that many of you are performing similar acts of leadership and generosity. With your permission, I would like to share those acts of leadership and generosity through these updates and/or on Instagram at instagram.com/j.f.bullock/. You may send these “Paying it Forward” actions to me at President@dbq.edu.

Parents
I want you to know that we are focused on two primary objectives during these first several weeks of this new normal. First, we remain focused on maintaining a safe campus and a healthy environment. Secondly, we remain focused this semester on ensuring a distance learning environment that is supportive, productive, and of superior quality. But as we look further down the road, I also understand that all of us are trying to make sense of what this new normal means to the finances of families and businesses. For some of you, your employment has already been impacted. For others of you, your company or your business may be in serious financial jeopardy. In either case, I know that you are concerned, worried, and understandably frightened. I promise each of you that we will do everything within our means to address your worries in such a way that we can continue to provide a quality education at the lowest possible price point for your child. I know that I speak for our Board of Trustees, our faculty, and our entire staff as we each live into this commitment.

Classes
All undergraduate and graduate instruction is now being offered in a distance format through UD’s existing UDOnline platform, effective March 23, 2020. Every student is being contacted by a UD representative to make sure they have the resources to successfully continue their studies and to troubleshoot any problems that might arise. The University has modified certain academic policies for traditional undergraduate students. The most significant modification gives students more options for how the grades they receive during this semester will be recorded on their academic transcript and how the grades will factor into their overall grade point average. In addition, registration and course withdrawal dates have been extended.  By Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the modifications will be posted to UDOnline and to the Office of the Registrar’s page at www.dbq.edu.

Classroom instruction in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program also is now being offered in a distance format, effective March 23, 2020. Student clinical rotations are being suspended from April 1, 2020, through April 30, 2020.

The LIFE program is now being offered in a remote instruction option from March 23, 2020, through April 23, 2020, in Dubuque, Iowa; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Tempe, Arizona. At this time, all three locations are still open for students with protocols in place for maintaining social distancing and maximum class sizes under 10 people. Students have been contacted by LIFE program representatives to discuss individual concerns and options.

The Technology HelpDesk is now open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. You may contact the Technology HelpDesk at HelpDesk@dbq.edu or at 563.589.3737. After 9:00 p.m., people will be directed via voicemail to send an email to HelpDesk@dbq.edu to leave a callback number. LIFE students should continue to use their after-hours technology support number.

Residence Halls
I want to compliment all residential students, and I want to thank our Office of Residence Life staff for helping students move off campus in an orderly fashion. It is already too quiet for me, and I promise never again to complain about not having enough parking or having to wait too long in the lunch line! We currently have some students remaining in our residence halls for whom this is their primary home. Campus food service is available for those on campus per the Governor’s health guidelines. Please see www.dbq.edu/COVID-19 for guidance and times.

Campus Buildings and Facilities
The University’s main campus is open, but with limited and restricted access per CDC and the Governor’s guidance. The Charles C. Myers Library will be accessible by appointment only for UD students, faculty, and staff from noon to 8:00 p.m. All athletic and wellness facilities and fields are closed. University food service carry-out meals will be available each day during posted hours, which can be found at www.dbq.edu/COVID-19.

Employees
Thank you for your stellar efforts in keeping the University alive and well. To faculty members: thank you for converting over 900 undergraduate classes for distance delivery, and for embarking on this new adventure with confidence and enthusiasm. To the technology team: thank you for what you have done in support of strengthening our technology infrastructure and delivery systems, and for your willingness to resource our help desk nearly 109 hours per week. To our maintenance, grounds, and support colleagues: you’re all wonderful! I am very proud to be associated with such a dedicated team that is so committed to this Mission known as the University of Dubuque!

Health Reminders
We can all do our part to help prevent the spread of germs such as washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if ill. If you have flu like symptoms, please stay at home.

It’s also important to remember to take care of yourselves physically. Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and get some exercise. Walking, running, or riding a bike are great stress relievers, and moderate exercise is good for your immune system.

Finally, please take care of your brain health. Isolation is difficult for those among us who cope with depression or anxiety and other brain health conditions. Call a friend. Support one another. And, if you could benefit from professional guidance, please call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911.

Final Thoughts
This past week has been a week like none other in my life. I suspect that the same holds true for each of you. I want to urge all of us to remain calm and to be patient with one another. Observe appropriate social distancing. Be kind and generous. Offer to help those in your orbit who are vulnerable. Do not lose faith. I believe that each one of us was created for a special purpose. I also know that this University was founded for a special purpose 168 years ago, and we intend for that purpose to be even more evident 168 years from now as well!

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: March 19, 2020

In anticipation of further government guidance about restrictions, we’ve made the decision to cease all flight training related activities at the end of business today. Aviation classes will continue as planned in the distance delivery format starting Monday, March 23.



DATE: March 19, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Before I begin this second Spring COVID-19 Plan for Operation update to the University of Dubuque community, I want to compliment and affirm each of you. Your care for one another and your willingness to be flexible and adaptive in the days and weeks to come is an encouragement to me. We’re here for each other, and we will get through this challenge—together.

It is my intention to provide an Update From the President to this audience at approximately noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I also intend to share a recorded message or Facebook Live broadcast every Friday at facebook.com/UDubuque. Consequently, my message will be concise and, given the rapidity of changing guidelines from our federal and state government, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other entities, some information may at times be outdated sooner rather than later. Please know that we are doing our best to provide accurate information in a timely way. All of these updates will be posted on our website (www.dbq.edu), and I encourage you to share this update with others, particularly parents. I have been blessed with a strong campus-wide leadership team that meets for hours daily. We are processing vast sums of information, and we are working to prioritize our responses, decisions, and decision-making. We are doing our best, but we will not be perfect. So I encourage you to be patient with us as well as with each other, and please get into a discipline of reviewing this update every Tuesday and Thursday, and on Friday.

Students
My message to you may be different from what your friends may be hearing from their university presidents. That is, I believe in your ability to make the best decisions for you and your individual situation. I am convinced that this event will be your generation’s Pearl Harbor, Vietnam, or 9/11. This moment will be imprinted on your life, and the patterns you establish now will be the patterns that will accompany you on your life’s journey. It is with that imprint in mind that I expect you to both lead and learn. You can lead in this time by being the member of your family who is reaching out to others. This week, you can begin by contacting them through FaceTime, telephone, email, text, or social media. Call your grandparents or elderly neighbors. Check in with your family—your parents—to see how they are doing. They all need to know that you are okay, and now is your time to demonstrate your love and care for them. And this will be your opportunity to learn; in this case, you will learn by what I do well and by those areas in which I will fall short. Leaders lead, and leaders never stop learning. You are those leaders.

As you know, like virtually every campus in America, we will be going live on Monday, March 23, with distance delivery of your classes. We were one of the first universities that was authorized by our HLC/NCA accrediting body to deliver content at a distance nearly 15 years ago. You will receive the instruction and support you need to fulfill the content requirements of your class so that you will not lose ground in your academic progression. Though we are planning for every contingency, the volume of this transition will generate some anticipated bumps in our Monday launch. Please be patient as we, together, learn to learn in this different way and manage our own issues with our nation’s technology supply-chain.

Though we haven’t made a final decision about an alternative date, the guidance we are receiving from the CDC makes our May 16 Commencement Ceremonies, along with other year-end gatherings and recognitions, an impossibility. Our intention is to provide an alternate Commencement date—along with alternate year-end gatherings—in a format that best replicates our traditional spring celebrations. That date and those plans will be provided as soon as we receive guidance that allows us to establish an immutable time and date for these important ceremonies and celebrations. We will need to celebrate when this is over!

Finally, some of you and your parents have inquired about whether there will be a Room and Board adjustment to your University bill, given the fact that many of you are no longer on campus. Adhering to University policy, we intend to address each unique situation fairly but, truthfully, will not likely have that work completed until May. It is a priority for us, but not until we are confident about the health and safety of our campus, and the efficacy of our distance instruction. We will be in touch with you once our work is finished.

Classes
Our faculty has been converting classes for distance delivery for the last two weeks. We will go live Monday, March 23. Though your department has reached out to you, feel free to contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 563.589.3246 or VPAA@dbq.edu if you have additional questions.

Residence Halls
Students have been contacted by the Office of Residence Life about their living arrangements. Students leaving campus are asked to retrieve their belongings by 6 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Those in need of an extension for moving out should contact the Office of Residence Life at 563.589.3163 or ResidenceLife@dbq.edu. Students with specific academic program requirements or extenuating circumstances can petition to remain on campus and will be asked to note their intention on a housing registration form that has been emailed to students’ UD email addresses. Requests must be approved by the Office of Residence Life and are subject to change, pending CDC or other governmental directives. For those students who must remain on campus, please limit yourselves to your respective hall and room with no outside guests. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your removal from campus. Finally, campus food service is available for those remaining on campus per the Governor’s health guidelines. Please see our website (www.dbq.edu) for guidance and times.

Campus Buildings and Facilities
The University’s main campus is open, but with limited and restricted access per CDC and the Governor’s guidelines. Starting Monday, the Charles C. Myers Library will be accessible by appointment only for UD students, faculty, and staff from noon to 8 p.m. All athletic and wellness facilities and fields are closed. LIFE students in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Tempe, Arizona, should call each site’s director with their facility inquiries. If there are gatherings, they must be comprised of no more than 10 people at this time. On-campus in-person dining is prohibited, per CDC and the Governor’s guidelines. However, University food service carry-out meals will be available each day during posted hours, which can be found on our website (www.dbq.edu).

Employees
By now, many of you have filled out the Office of Human Resources COVID-19 Employee Survey. Please continue to stay in regular contact with your supervisor. We continue to access all employee-related concerns, and we are addressing them as quickly as is possible. 

Student workers remaining on campus who have not reached out to their supervisor are reminded to do so quickly.

Employees who are unable to report to work because their health symptoms led them to engage in self-isolation should contact their supervisor and the Office of Human Resources at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu to document the beginning date of their self-isolation. You will not be charged sick time during the 14-calendar day period of self-isolation.

Prospective Students
As much as we would love to host you and your families on campus and in person, our government is recommending significant restrictions to travel. All UD-related international travel has been suspended until further notice, and all UD-related domestic air travel has been suspended until further notice. For those of you who have not yet seen us in person, we are putting the final touches on an updated Virtual Campus Tour. Our Admission Counselors will continue to reach out to you, talk with you, answer your questions, and assist you in your application as you finalize your plans to enroll in August 2020. We are on track to receive another stellar entering class.

Health Reminders
We can all do our part to help prevent the spread of germs such as washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if ill. If you have flu like symptoms, please stay at home. 

It’s also important to remember to take care of yourselves physically. Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and get some exercise. Walking, running, or riding a bike are great stress relievers, and moderate exercise is good for your immune system.

Finally, please take care of your Brain Health. Isolation is difficult for those among us who cope with depression or anxiety and other Brain Health conditions. Call a friend. Support one another. And, if you could benefit from professional guidance, please call our University Counseling and Life Services at 563.589.3911.

Currently, no member of our UD community has tested positive for COVID-19.

Final Thoughts
I would be deceiving each of you if I said that I didn’t have concerns. Like each of you, I sometimes feel like an emotional ping-pong ball. However, I get stronger when I am around people I love and respect. I know that we will have some preliminary glitches in our Monday launch of distance delivery for spring classes, and I know those glitches will be repaired. I know that some of my friends and colleagues will become ill, yet I remain grateful for the amazingly talented care providers we have in our country. And though I get frustrated with some of our government leaders, I also understand that they are under a lot of pressure and doing the best that they can as well. I also know that we will get through this. All of us will be scared in some way, some of us more than others. But there will be a day when those scares will serve as reminders of what we endured, what we learned, and who touched our lives at this moment. I want to challenge each of you to be that encouraging memory in the lives that you touch. We will, of course, get through the challenge of COVID-19. How we get through this challenge will define this generation of leadership.

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: March 19, 2020

Due to the uncertainty of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, the following events have also been postponed or canceled:

  • April 1: Worship Night – canceled
  • April 16: STEM Festival – canceled
  • April 17: Give ‘Em Hell Harry! – A Tribute to President Harry S. Truman – postponed
  • April 18: Yid Vicious – postponed
  • April 25: Concert Choir Spring Concert – canceled
  • April 25: Run the Runway 5K Run/Walk Against Human Trafficking – canceled
  • May 4: Sparty Awards – canceled
  • May 5: Spartaneous Improv – canceled
  • May 8: Wind/Jazz Concert – canceled
  • May 9: Chamber Singers Concert – canceled


DATE: March 17, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

Before I begin this update to the University community, I want to both compliment and affirm each of you. Your care for one another, your focus on attending to the best interest of our students, and your willingness to be flexible and adaptive in the days and weeks to come is an inspiration to me. We’re here for you; we’ll get through this together.

As we all know, the University of Dubuque has a Missional, moral, and ethical responsibility to fully educate each student in a supportive and safe environment. The COVID-19 outbreak requires all of us to be adaptive. With that in mind, spring classes will move to distance delivery beginning Monday, March 23. All other scheduled events, and other details related to this change, are under consideration and will be regularly updated on the university’s website at www.dbq.edu.

Through the end of the semester, classes will be accessible remotely through Moodle, the online course management tool already in use at UD. Students can find their courses at udonline.dbq.edu. Every effort will be made and available technology will be used to provide the personal experience students are accustomed to receiving. UD has over 15 years of experience in distance learning. Our accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission, has approved UD to provide distance education.

Campus will remain open, and support services will continue remotely and on campus.

Currently, no member of our UD community has tested positive for COVID-19.

Classes
Our faculty, instructors, and staff are working this week to ensure we can sustain the academic experience that best supports learning. I am genuinely in awe of the work they do. I trust in their ability to make good decisions about meeting our high academic standards and continuing to go the extra mile for each student. 

Students will receive more information about their classes from their professors. In addition, flight, LIFE, nursing, physician assistant studies, and teacher education students will receive additional information related to their specific program.

For general academic questions, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 563.589.3246 or VPAA@dbq.edu. For student organization questions, please contact the Office of Student Engagement and Services at 563.589.3867 or NEdmonds@dbq.edu.

Residence Halls
All students currently living in UD-owned housing will be contacted by the Office of Residence Life with instructions on how to properly check out of their respective residence. Students are asked to retrieve their belongings by 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Those in need of an extension for moving out should contact the Office of Residence Life at 563.589.3163 or ResidenceLife@dbq.edu.

Students with specific academic program requirements or extenuating circumstances to remain on campus will be asked to note their intention on a housing registration form that will be emailed to students’ UD email addresses. Requests must be approved by the Office of Residence Life. For those students who must remain on campus, we are asking you to limit yourselves to your respective hall with no outside guests until further notice.

If you have questions about housing, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 563.589.3163 or ResidenceLife@dbq.edu.

Employees
All employees should report for work at their regular times. However, if your area of responsibility allows you to work remotely, you may do so with the documented authorization of your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources, which can be contacted at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu. At this time, if your responsibilities don’t allow you to work remotely and you choose not to come to work, you may use vacation time. We are assessing all employee-related concerns and operating options and will be communicating within the next week. Please contact your supervisor and the Office of Human Resources at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu with any questions.

Employees who are unable to report to work because their health symptoms led them to engage in self-isolation should contact the Office of Human Resources at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu to document the beginning date of their self-isolation. You will not be charged sick time during the 14-calendar day period.

Student workers will be contacted by their supervisor.

Health Reminders
We can all do our part to help prevent the spread of germs such as washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if ill. If you have flu-like symptoms, please stay home and notify the appropriate person as listed at www.dbq.edu that you will be out.

Events
All athletic and recreational facilities on campus, including Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center, are closed until further notice.

A decision regarding spring semester events, including May Commencement and the Board of Trustees meeting, will be made soon. Event postponements and cancellations will be listed at www.dbq.edu.

Travel
All UD-related international travel is suspended until further notice. Non-essential UD-related domestic air travel is also suspended until further notice.

We continue to follow guidance from the Visiting Nurse Association, Iowa Department of Public Health, and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Please monitor updates at www.dbq.edu and reach out to 563.589.3551 or VPAA@dbq.edu for any questions. Additional information can be found at the IDPHCDC, and Arizona Department of Health Services for those at LIFE – Tempe.

Though I have concerns, I am confident in our ability to weather this current crisis and to come out of it even stronger as the community of teaching and learning known as the University of Dubuque.

Mancherlei Gaben Und Ein Geist (Various Gifts and One Spirit),

Jeffrey F. Bullock, PhD
President



DATE: March 16, 2020

Due to the uncertainty of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, the following events have also been postponed or canceled:

  • March 20: Piano Fondue, Dueling Pianos – postponed
  • March 25: Jackson Katz’s presentation “Culture of Respect: Ending Campus Sexual Violence” – postponed
  • March 27: River Valley Conference High School Track Meet – canceled
  • March 31: Tri-College Take Back the Night – postponed
  • April 3-5: An Exploration of Endgame, An Adaptation of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame by Greg Wolf – postponed
  • Recreation Fitness Classes – postponed


DATE: March 14, 2020

The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin has canceled all conference competition for the remainder of the winter and spring seasons. The cancellation includes University of Dubuque Men’s Lacrosse.



DATE: March 13, 2020

Dear University of Dubuque In-Season Athletes,

The American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) announced today, Friday, March 13, 2020, that all conference competition for the remainder of the spring season has been canceled in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation. The cancellation, which includes all A-R-C spring regular season competition, championships, and awards, impacts University of Dubuque baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis. The College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), which includes men’s lacrosse, has not made an announcement to cancel the season as of yet.

We recognize the effort and commitment of coaches and student-athletes and acknowledge their contributions to their craft and intercollegiate athletics as a whole.

Yesterday, UD announced spring break would be extended by one week through Friday, March 20, for undergraduate students and certain graduate programs. Classes are scheduled to begin Monday, March 23.

Given the A-R-C’s announcement, in-season student-athletes are no longer encouraged to remain on campus during the extended spring break.

Students who are unable to stay at their homes next week are welcome to return to campus. If you have traveled to an area of ongoing COVID-19 spread and/or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, you will be asked to self-monitor for 14 days. This measure is out of an abundance of caution and in line with recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health. To self-monitor, take your temperature twice daily and monitor for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, or difficulty breathing, call the Visiting Nurse Association at 563.556.6200 before seeking in-person care. Please visit www.dbq.edu for a University of Dubuque Self-Monitoring Checklist document.

Campus will remain open. During this time, UD officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in coordination with local, state, and federal health and emergency preparedness organizations. We will assess the situation and share additional decisions as necessary that impact our community by email and at www.dbq.edu.

UD is committed to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, instructors, and staff. Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 among those individuals.

Please continue to monitor email and our website, www.dbq.edu, for up-to-date information. Additional information can be found at the IDPH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Arizona Department of Health Services for those at LIFE – Tempe.

Thank you for your flexibility as UD officials monitor and assess the COVID-19 pandemic.



DATE: March 13, 2020

Due to the uncertainty of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and out of an abundance of caution, the following events have been postponed or canceled:

  • March 13-14: UD High School Track Classics – canceled
  • March 15: UD Boy’s Youth Basketball Tournament – canceled
  • March 15: Football Camp – canceled
  • March 16-17: Darryl Van Leer presents The Norm of GreatnessA Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – postponed, will be rescheduled at a later date
  • March 20: Tri-Rivers Conference Track Meet – canceled
  • March 21: IATC Indoor Track and Field Championships – canceled
  • March 21: UD Wind and Jazz ensembles’ presentation of “Showstoppers: Music of Stage and Screen” – postponed, will be rescheduled at a later date
  • March 23: Spring Renewal with Jonathan Brooks – canceled
  • March 23: Christian Community Development – canceled
  • March 24: Tri-College Student of Color Leadership Luncheon – canceled
  • April 1: DAYLC – postponed, will be rescheduled at a later date
  • April 3: Celebrate Africa and the Diaspora – canceled
  • April 23: Bubble Soccer – postponed, rescheduled to the fall


DATE: March 12, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

By now you are all aware of the growing concerns surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. After careful study and further consultation with experts in the field, University of Dubuque has decided to extend spring break for undergraduate students and certain graduate programs by one week through Friday, March 20. Classes are scheduled to begin Monday, March 23.

Campus will remain open. During this time, UD officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in coordination with local, state, and federal health and emergency preparedness organizations. We will assess the situation and share additional decisions as necessary that impact our community by email and at www.dbq.edu.

UD is committed to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, instructors, and staff. Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 among those individuals.

Students
Students who are unable to stay at their homes next week are welcome to return to campus. If you have traveled to an area of ongoing COVID-19 spread and/or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, you will be asked to self-monitor for 14 days. This measure is out of an abundance of caution and in line with recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health. To self-monitor, take your temperature twice daily and monitor for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, or difficulty breathing, call the Visiting Nurse Association at 563.556.6200 before seeking in-person care. Please see the University of Dubuque Self-Monitoring Checklist document.

In-season student-athletes are encouraged to return to campus to continue scheduled practices and competitions. Student-athletes will be required to report to their sport’s athletic trainer daily.

The extension of spring break will impact students in different ways:

  • Undergraduate Students. For general questions, contact VPAA@dbq.edu or Christina Stringer, administrative assistant for the Office of Academic Affairs, at 563.589.3246. Flight, nursing, and teacher education students will receive program-specific information via a separate email by Friday afternoon. 
    • Note: Current undergraduate online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • Graduate Students. Please watch for an email from your program director outlining the impact on your program of study. For specific questions, contact your program director.
    • MBA, MM, MAC. New courses, scheduled to start this week, will now begin the week of Monday, March 23.
    • MSPAS. At this time, all face-to-face classes and clinical rotations will continue as scheduled. 
    • UDTS. Residential classes will move into the online format beginning Monday, March 16. 
    • For general questions, contact VPAA@dbq.edu or Christina Stringer, administrative assistant for the Office of Academic Affairs, at 563.589.3246.
  • LIFE (Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, Tempe). At this time, all classes will continue as scheduled. If you have questions, contact the academic director at your location.

Faculty, Instructors, and Staff
Faculty, instructors, and staff who are healthy should report to work. If you have traveled to an area of ongoing COVID-19 spread and/or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, you will be asked to self-monitor for 14 days. This measure is out of an abundance of caution and in line with recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health. To self-monitor, take your temperature twice daily and monitor for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, or difficulty breathing, call the Visiting Nurse Association at 563.556.6200 before seeking in-person care. Please see the University of Dubuque Self-Monitoring Checklist document.

Faculty, instructors, and staff who have flu-like symptoms should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. Please notify your immediate supervisor and Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at 563.589.3619 or JMacTaggart@dbq.edu, that you are ill and unable to work.

Faculty, instructors, and staff will receive further communication from the Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Human Resources in the coming days.

Campus Services and Activities
All campus services including the Academic Success Center, Charles C. Myers Library, Chlapaty Recreation and Wellness Center, Heritage Center, and food service will remain open under regular academic calendar hours.

Currently, UD athletic events are still scheduled. Updates will be available at www.dbq.edu.

All student meetings during this week will be rescheduled. UD officials are reviewing other activities, such as those at Heritage Center open to the general public, to determine whether they should be postponed or canceled. Updates will be available at www.dbq.edu.

Campus visits through the Office of Admission will operate as usual.

University Travel
At this time, there are no restrictions to university-related domestic travel. International travel for university-related activities are suspended until further notice. 

General Health Reminders
While the immediate risk of COVID-19 to the general public is believed to be low at this time, we can all do our part to help prevent the spread of germs. Those precautionary measures include washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if ill. The Iowa Department of Public Health recommends people get a flu shot if they haven’t already done so. While a flu vaccine does not prevent COVID-19, influenza activity is widespread in Iowa.

Please continue to monitor email and our website, www.dbq.edu, for up-to-date information. Additional information can be found at the IDPH and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Arizona Department of Health Services for those at LIFE – Tempe.

Thank you for your flexibility as UD officials monitor and assess the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeffrey F. Bullock
President



DATE: March 11, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

We are excited to welcome students back to campus for classes on Monday, March 16.

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to develop, we want to assure you that University of Dubuque is actively monitoring the situation in coordination with local, state, and federal health and emergency preparedness organizations.

Many members of our UD family have traveled during spring break. As we return to campus, we all play a role in helping to mitigate not only the potential exposure of COVID-19 but also influenza.

For the health and safety of our community, UD is asking faculty, instructors, staff, and students who traveled during spring break to an area of ongoing COVID-19 spread and/or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 to self-monitor for 14 days after travel. This measure is out of an abundance of caution and in line with recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

To self-monitor, please take your temperature twice a day and monitor for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop a measured fever (100.4F or higher), cough, or difficulty breathing, you should call your healthcare provider or the Visiting Nurse Association – liaison to the Iowa Department of Public Health – at 563.556.6200 before seeking in-person care. 

While there are presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa and Arizona where LIFE – Tempe is located, no UD faculty, instructors, staff, or students are reported to have COVID-19.

UD continues to follow guidelines established by the US Department of State regarding international travel, which assesses the risk to traveling Americans by county. We do not sponsor travel to areas with Level 3 or Level 4 travel advisories. At this time, those countries include China, Italy, and South Korea.

While the immediate risk of COVID-19 to the general public is believed to be low at this time, we understand that there is a natural psychological reaction that many people may initially have. With that in mind, everyone can do their part to help prevent the spread of germs:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If a tissue is not available, you should sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
  • Get a flu shot if you haven’t already done so. While a flu vaccine does not prevent COVID-19, influenza activity is widespread in Iowa right now.
  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
    • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask, then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
    • If you are not sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Non-residential students with flu-like symptoms should stay home. Please notify your professors that you will miss classes. You will not be penalized for missed classes because you are sick, and you will be expected to make up missed assignments.

Residential students with flu-like symptoms should stay in their residence hall and immediately contact Erin Barsema, health services administrator, at 563.589.3857 or ebarsema@dbq.edu. If necessary, we have plans in place for quarantine and care on campus. Please notify your professors that you will miss classes. You will not be penalized for missed classes because you are sick, and you will be expected to make up missed assignments.

Faculty, instructors, and staff who are sick also should stay home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. Please notify your immediate supervisor and Julie MacTaggart, director of human resources, at 563.589.3619 or jmactaggart@dbq.edu, that you are ill and unable to work.

At this time, classes will continue to be held in person at University of Dubuque’s main campus and LIFE sites. UD leadership representing key areas at the university continue to communicate regularly to review and plan for the potential impact of COVID-19. Should anything change, UD will notify you immediately.

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found at the IDPH and CDC as well as Arizona Department of Health Services for those at LIFE – Tempe. Please refer to our website, www.dbq.edu, for up-to-date information on how UD is responding to COVID-19. Thank You



DATE: March 11, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, University of Dubuque has canceled the UD High School Track Classics on Friday, March 13, to Saturday, March 14, and the UD Boy’s Youth Basketball Tournament on Sunday, March 15. Thank you for your understanding.



DATE: March 9, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Family,

University of Dubuque continues to closely monitor the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in coordination with local, state, and federal health and emergency preparedness organizations as it relates to the safety and well-being of our UD family on campus and at our LIFE sites.

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced three presumptive positive cases of COVID-19. The individuals, one middle-age adult between 41 and 60 years old and two older adults between 61 and 80 years old, are from Johnson County and were part of a cruise in Egypt. None of the individuals required hospitalization and all are recovering in isolation at home. Confirmatory testing is pending at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The individuals have no known connection to UD’s main campus or LIFE – Cedar Rapids site. At this time, the presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 do not immediately impact the operations of UD including classes, events, and activities.

No additional or special precautions were recommended by IDPH for those in Iowa beyond the simple daily precautions to combat the flu including washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill. The IDPH recommends people get a flu shot if they haven’t already.

Also over the weekend, the Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in Arizona to five. Two of the five cases were in Maricopa County where LIFE – Tempe is located. There are no reported cases of COVID-19 for LIFE – Tempe students, instructors, or staff at this time.

If you have flu-like symptoms, please consult your healthcare provider and your UD Health Contact listed above. 

While there is no immediate threat to faculty, staff, and students, UD leadership representing key areas at the university continue to meet regularly to review and plan for the potential impact of COVID-19 on campus and at our LIFE sites.

UD encourages you to stay informed with the latest information on COVID-19 and practice daily habits such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when ill to prevent the spread of illness. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found at the IDPH and CDC as well as Arizona Department of Health Services for those at LIFE – Tempe.

University of Dubuque will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and update our UD family as it evolves. Thank you,



DATE: February 28, 2020

Dear Members of the University of Dubuque Community,

University of Dubuque, in coordination with state and local public health experts, continues to closely monitor reports and recommendations from national and regional health departments regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as it relates to the health and well-being of our campus community. We will provide updates as appropriate through a campus-wide email.

The respiratory disease, first identified December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, has been detected in 50 locations internationally including cases in the US. There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Iowa and the risk to the general public in the US is low at this time. This may change over the days and weeks ahead.

Currently, UD-sponsored faculty, staff, and student travel to and from China and South Korea is temporarily suspended. We are monitoring developments in other countries closely. No students, faculty, or staff have recently returned from China, South Korea, Japan, or Italy – areas impacted by COVID-19 – in the last month.

The safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is a top priority. UD is blessed to be a diverse campus committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. 

Spring Break Advice
If you plan to travel internationally during UD’s Spring Break March 7-15, please monitor travel advisories due to the outbreak of COVID-19. You can find up-to-date travel information as well as frequently asked questions and answers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For questions or concerns about international travel, please contact UD’s Office of International Student Services and Study Abroad at 563.589.3712.

Symptoms of COVID-19
COVID-19 symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. At this time, the CDC believes that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear between two to 14 days after exposure.

Seek care immediately and notify UD’s Office of Health Services at 563.589.3857 if you have recently traveled within the affected region or been exposed to a sick traveler from the affected region and are experiencing these symptoms. You will be asked for your travel history and if you have been in contact with people known to have COVID-19. We will follow guidelines from the CDC and UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital.

Individuals who have not traveled within the affected region but have influenza symptoms such as a fever, cough, body aches, severe sore throat, or runny nose should consider seeking medical attention for the possibility of the flu. Students who are ill can contact UD’s Office of Health Services at 563.589.3857 or consult their regular health care provider. Faculty and staff with flu-like symptoms should stay home, contact their personal physician, and notify their supervisor.

General Health Reminders
UD CARES about you. Here are general everyday health reminders:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed around campus.
  • Get between 7 to 9 hours of sleep daily.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid sharing beverages, food, and school supplies.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, you should sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.

Flu Shot
The CDC recommends people get a flu shot. Consider visiting your family physician or one of the following pharmacy walk-in options to get a flu shot without an appointment:

  • Hartig Drug Stores, 1600 University Avenue – Open 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday through Sunday
  • Hy-Vee, 3500 Dodge Street – Open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday
  • Hy-Vee, 400 South Locust Street – Open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday
  • Walgreens, 55 John F. Kennedy Road – Open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily

Individuals with health insurance should remember to take their insurance card. Those who do not have health insurance should be prepared to pay $20 to $30 for a flu shot.

For non-emergency health concerns, please call UD’s Office of Health Services at 563.589.3857 or visit Room 304, Stoltz Sports Center.