to the fall 2020 semester. It is a semester unlike any other we have faced
before. We’re about to embark on an unchartered journey together. Given the
talent that we have and the quiet determination I’ve seen over the last six
months from the D’Amore-McKim community, I’m confident about our ability to
craft a thriving future.
the summer and with Science as our guide, we have seen thoughtful and robust
planning around the re-open of our university. While keeping the safety and
health of our faculty, staff, and students as the topmost priority,
Northeastern has invested time and resources in developing a robust testing
infrastructure, instituting workplace safety protocols, and re-thinking student
services. Through a collaborative process and with input from several
stakeholders, we have diligently prepared to offer NUFlex – a curricular
platform that offers safe, socially-distanced, on-campus educational
experiences for this academic year.
While we have prepared thoughtfully, this academic year will be unlike any other that we’ve seen in the past. I know there have been many things thrown at you regarding our re-opening over the last few weeks, but I’m confident that we’ll get through it together. I’ve been chatting with several students on campus recently, and they are really excited for new beginnings. They are eager to start their study, engage with you – our faculty and staff – meet new people, and make new friends. We’re advising them to be patient as we all adjust to a new normal. They also appear to be taking the pandemic seriously as evidenced by the current low seven-day positivity rate of 0.06 percent showcased on the Northeastern testing dashboard. I see them wearing masks at all times and maintaining social distancing.
we start a new chapter, I would like to once again place on record my heartfelt
gratitude to all of you for your exceptional efforts and great commitment to
complete the spring 2020 semester and navigate the summer semesters
successfully. I saw firsthand how our community banded together and worked hard
to fulfill our mission.
- Our faculty worked tirelessly to ensure
world-class educational experiences for our students and many of them served on
university and school-wide task forces to help prepare for the fall and think
strategically about the future;
- Our Faculty Administrative team found new
ways to ensure our academic groups had the foundation to be successful during
- The Undergraduate and Graduate program teams
delivered great experiences for our current students, while also ensuring that
we attract and yield high-quality incoming classes;
- The Co-op and Graduate Career Services teams
navigated extremely difficult circumstances and spent countless hours (often
nights and weekends) to ensure as many students as possible could still have
their desired business experience;
- The Development team found new and
interesting ways to connect our alumni with their office and with each other;
- The Corporate Learning team continued to
deliver on great programming while also working on new and exciting
opportunities for the future;
- And last but not least, the teams within
the Dean’s Office often worked around the clock to ensure the school and all
its moving parts remained highly functioning and connected, including Human
Resources, Budget/Operations, Communications, Faculty Services, IT Services,
and Instructional Design.
It’s clear that our resilience has been
in full display over the last six months. I have seen incredible compassion and
kindness from our community, as well as adaptability that augurs well for the
future. Not only did we focus on current execution, but we
also engaged in thoughtful exploration of what we should be doing differently
in the future. Owing to the diligence and innovativeness of our community, we
have generated many ideas to build a vibrant future. I look forward to
socializing and implementing these ideas with you in the near future.
believe that business education at D’Amore-McKim is especially noble. We
pioneered education powered by experiential learning – a model that has stood
the test of time. We provide wide-ranging access to opportunities so that our
students can go out and make an impact on the world. We espouse a
humanics-infused curricular philosophy that develops well-rounded students who
can help build a more inclusive economy. In the midst of these challenging
times created by the global pandemic, D’Amore-McKim remains steadfast in our
mission to generate impactful research and develop enlightened leaders in order
to shape the future of business in a landscape shaped by digital convergence.
Despite the weight of COVID-19 upon us, I’m confident about the success of this new academic year. Let us look out for each other, be kind to one another, and do the right thing. By doing so, we will endure these trying times gracefully and come out of this test with flying colors. We owe this to the future generations of D’Amore-McKim. As always, thank you for all you do to make our school a great place to learn and work.
Dunton Family Dean
D’Amore-McKim School of Business
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