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President's message distance learning
OCU took to the Internet in late March for classes and daily work. Clockwise from left: Beth Adele teaches Principles of Advertising, Zack Reaves’ cello class meets using Zoom, student Victoria Wilson convenes with a musical theater class, student Caroline Purdy uses a Christmas tree platform as a tap board at home, and student Zane Berglan borrows an OCU marimba to continue music lessons. Photos courtesy of students and professors.

Greetings Alumni & Friends,

As we publish this issue of Focus, we are navigating our way through unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to make drastic changes in our work, study, and life routines.

At OCU, we moved all in-person classes fully online immediately following spring break. Our devoted faculty and staff have transitioned to remote work except for essential personnel who are maintaining campus operations. Residence halls have been closed except for a few instances where we have made accommodations for emergency housing.

What I have been fortunate to see through all of this are the many heroes who have made our transitions successful throughout this process. Administrators, faculty, and staff have continued to thoughtfully and proactively address the health, safety, and educational needs of our OCU community.

And while we are social distancing, we are not isolated. We are staying connected with our OCU family through Zoom, Skype, Google Hangout, and other technology. We may be online instead of on campus, but our commitment to our students, alumni, and the broader community is stronger than ever.

I would like to extend a special thank you to our alumni who are on the frontlines of COVID-19, helping the sick, protecting the vulnerable, and serving others.

OCU has proven our resiliency in the face of challenges time and time again. We will navigate these uncertain times with decisive confidence and unwavering commitment to our mission, and we will emerge from this crisis as the strong, vibrant university we have always been.

—Martha A. Burger

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