From the Desk of William Stackman, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Since the middle of March, most people from our community have left campus, working and learning from home, myself included. While technology has allowed us to shift campus operations in this way, some of our staff continue to work on the front lines, ensuring that our students are supported.
There are so many staff who have been going above and beyond for our students that I can’t name them all. But I did want to highlight a few areas where staff are continuing to work on campus to make sure all our students receive the support they need.
Student Health Center
While classes have gone remote, resources for student health and well-being remain open and ready to assist all of our students. Along with the MU Counseling Center, which is providing remote therapy services, and the Wellness Resource Center, which is hosting wellness workshops and programming, the Student Health Center remains open and serving patients from all over, both by Zoom and in person.
Thanks to our dedicated medical team, students can call 573-882-7481 to schedule in-person or virtual health appointments.
“This situation is difficult for all of us, but we want our students to know that we are here for them,” said Joni See, RN. “Students can call or message their Student Health Center provider with questions or concerns. We are here for all of them.”
With the sudden shift in campus operations, our Residential Life team had a lot of work to do. Not only did they have to help students navigate the partial closure of our halls, but they are now working hard to make sure those remaining on campus feel supported while also supporting our students who moved back home.
Recently apartment manager Luis Cordoba visited our families living in Tara Apartments to deliver bubbles and activity packets for the children who are social distancing. Administrative Supervisor Patrick Ward has been busy working to make sure all Residential Life residents continue receiving their mail.
“There is no doubt that the Residential Life team had to deal with a lot of changes really fast,” said Tyler Page, director of Residential Life. “They didn’t even blink when asked to shift priorities. I am so proud of this team for always doing what is best for our students.”
With the weather warming in Columbia, people in town have been taking advantage of outside spaces for fitness, including our beloved Stankowski Field. Maintenance Mechanic Greg Kemp regularly monitors the field to make sure that it is well-maintained and that no large groups are gathering.
Students who have left Columbia are no doubt missing the fitness programming offered at MizzouRec. Staff have been working hard to find new ways to provide fitness opportunities for our community. Earlier this month we announced a partnership with Fitbod, a new app to provide at home workouts. And starting this week MizzouRec has begun providing free virtual fitness programs to all students, faculty and staff.
Ali Randazzo, a senior studying journalism, is one of fitness instructors teaching the new online programming available to the Mizzou community.
“Teaching TigerX virtual classes not only provides a sense of familiarity for members and me, but it builds the MizzouRec community,” Randazzo said. “Social media is saturated with at-home workouts and it can be overwhelming. Connecting with new and old students through our TigerX classes is so rewarding and more impactful than following an online video workout. At the end of the day, we are going through this together, so why not workout and empower one another along the way?”
I couldn’t be more grateful for students like Ali who are finding ways to stay connected during this time.
I wouldn’t be able to tell this story without the support of my communication team, especially our division’s photographer Sam O’Keefe. Sam has continued to travel to campus to capture photos of critical staff, flowers blooming and our beautiful buildings so that our students can continue to feel connected to campus. His photos have been used not only here but through the main Mizzou channels as well. Thank you, Sam, for helping Tigers stay connected to campus through photography.