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COVID-19 Update - March 30


From: President <President@manchester.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 11:00 AM
To: All Colleagues <AllColleagues@manchester.edu>; NMStudents <NMStudents@manchester.edu>; FWStudents <FWStudents@manchester.edu>
Subject: COVID-19 update 3-30-2020


Dear MU Community,

Today marks the beginning of the first full week of remote learning for undergraduates and the second full week for students in our Fort Wayne programs. As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, I hope that finding a new routine and rhythm to our days will help many of us cope with these uncertain times.


Even though faculty, success advisors and other support staff are working remotely, they are still available to help you.

Government initiatives

As most of you know, President Trump has signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Although details are scarce at this point, it appears there is some funding for universities and colleges. We are looking for more information and clarity over the next week or so, particularly about how the CARES Act might benefit Manchester University specifically.

Please remember that staying home and keeping a distance from others will mitigate your exposure to this virus and, ultimately, it will help save lives. In Indiana, Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home order, which allows people to go out only for essential activities, continues through April 7. It is likely the date will be extended. In addition, the White House Sunday extended its social distancing guidelines through April 30.

We continue to monitor the situation daily, following the advice of public health professionals.


An old friend reached out to me over the weekend, someone I haven’t spoken with for a number of years. She said, simply, “I’ve been thinking about you … .” When I wrote back, I told her that her email was an unexpected gift in a way that she couldn’t imagine when she sent it. I encourage you to reach out by phone or electronically to others during this time of social distancing. You never know how much it will be appreciated.

Stay safe and healthy. If you are reading this, know that you are an important member of the Manchester community.


Dave McFadden
Manchester University