Dear alumni and friends of the College of LAS,
Greetings from the College of LAS. Our thoughts are with you as no doubt you’ve been forced to adjust and sacrifice in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of you likely are serving on the front lines of this outbreak, working in healthcare and other directly affected fields. You all have our support and gratitude.
I am proud to say that through creativity and hard work, we continue to educate and support our students. Professors, teaching assistants, and technology and academic support staff have been working with students to continue their courses via Zoom and other online options. The transition has not been easy, but it’s remarkable how everyone has shifted mid-semester to an entirely online learning system.
The college also continues to recruit the next class of Illini. The college is offering opportunities for both admitted and prospective students to learn more about LAS remotely. Admissions advisors and academic units are meeting with hundreds of incoming students each week via Zoom.
Finally, faculty, staff, and students from across the college are involved in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic itself. This includes helping healthcare officials increase testing, providing equipment to fight the virus, and sharing expertise on how to foster children’s learning while sheltering at home.
We look forward to the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to campus returning to its normal, vibrant self. When that day comes, and with thanks to the invaluable lessons that we are learning now, we will be even stronger and more connected than ever.
With warmest regards,
Feng Sheng Hu
Dean, College of LAS