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Thank You

February 25, 2023

Dear Colleagues,  
This has been a difficult week for the entire Spartan community. As this week has come to a close, I am taking a moment to write to express my deep appreciation to you. You have navigated the week with compassion and flexibility. While grappling with the recent violence, you adjusted syllabi, you employed empathy and flexibility as you interacted with and advised students, and you supported each other and your staff—serving as a listening ear, compiling resources, advocating, and in a variety of other ways. You have shown up in big ways and small ways and it has not gone unnoticed. I thank you, very much so. 
None of us know exactly what will unfold in the weeks ahead and beyond, and there will continue to be challenges, but I do know that we will move forward together as a community. We may not get everything right, but we will try and we will make adjustments.  Our roles require continuous learning and improvements. As we go through the next several weeks together, I ask each of us to continue to extend compassion and kindness to one another. 
With my support of you and in appreciation,

Thomas D. Jeitschko (he/him) 
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs 
Professor of Economics