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A Note of Appreciation to Our Faculty

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Provost Ronald L. Elsenbaumer

Please allow me to express my gratitude for the extraordinary way that the faculty of The University of Texas at Arlington responded to the December 5 ice storm. The sleet and freezing fog came at the most inopportune time—just as we were bringing the fall 2013 semester to a close. In response, many of you worked diligently to accommodate our students with grace and concern for their welfare. It is the first time in my 22 years with the University that I remember a weather event that disrupted schedules at such a significant time.

Several students have commented about faculty members who took international travel plans into consideration. Other students expressed appreciation for professors who reassured them that there would be no negative impact from the rescheduled exams.

I appreciate the flexibility of faculty members whose semesters were extended and who adapted quickly to finish out exams and final grades.

Our work was supported by an unfailing Facilities Management staff and by the dedicated members of the UT Arlington Police Department. Both offices provided staff throughout the storm to assess campus conditions and, where possible, to clear our paths so we could return to work.

During times like these, I am reminded what an extraordinary faculty we have at The University of Texas at Arlington. I am pleased to be your colleague, and I wish you all the very brightest holiday season.

Sincerely,

Ronald L. Elsenbaumer
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs