Welcome, all, to the Fall 2020 semester in the College of Fine Arts!
Whether you are with us on campus or attending remotely, I want you to know that all of us in CFA are here to help you in any way we can, and that we are working to help ensure that you have all that you need for a successful academic year.
Last March, we adapted to a new way of living and learning as the COVID pandemic abruptly changed our world. I’m proud of how well students, faculty and staff pivoted to the conditions. We will continue to follow new protocols and operating principles that are in place to help us continue our work, both in person and virtually. (You can refer to general COVID information at CMU's COVID-19 Updates site.)
For those of you in Pittsburgh, the campus environment will be different this fall. You’ll see fewer people, and social distancing rules are in place. We made a conscious effort to limit the number of staff and faculty on campus in order to accommodate as many students as possible within health and safety regulations. Even though you will not see as many of us, we are here for you; there is signage throughout the CFA facilities to provide quick access to someone who can help you.
All students, local and remote, will receive contact information along with details on curricula, advising, and support services very soon.
Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. You also are welcome to "visit" the virtual CFA Office of the Dean Zoom Room (Andrew ID login). This Zoom Room will be open and staffed weekdays between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. US EST (currently GMT-4).
As I mentioned above, life on and off campus amid the pandemic is, for now, the new standard. I know that you are eager to return to a COVID-free lifestyle — as are all of us. We will return, I’m sure. In the meantime, I know we can work together to make this year a positive experience.
My best regards,
Dan J. Martin
Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean
Professor of Arts and Entertainment Management, School of Drama
P.S. We’ve all seen the stories of COVID outbreaks at a number of universities around the country. I am asking all of us — students, faculty, and staff — to be disciplined and diligent in following the commitment we made in A Tartan’s Responsibility and to be respectful of everyone’s health and safety needs.