COVID-19: Updates from AUN

Dear Parents,

Have you been reflecting on the meaning of COVID-19, coming to an understanding of this pandemic for yourself and letting go of old ways of operating? 

 

This letter will be about COVID-19: Updates from AUN

 

The past two weeks since my last letter have been quite interesting. Our students are completing their final exams online, and we are on track to complete our Spring 2020 semester. Did you know that AUN has never suspended operations or had to disrupt a semester since opening in 2005? Our learning community is resilient and flexible, able to adapt to changing conditions. Because of our technical infrastructure, we were able to move to a fully online platform to complete the Spring 2020 semester. Yes, there were a few growing pains; however, I have appreciated the patience of the students and the communication between professors, students, and staff to quickly resolve all glitches. 

 

I am also pleased to share with you that we formed Team Generosity at our campus, and we completed our first activity. We raised enough funds to purchase 10kg of rice for 200+ of our colleagues at campus who are most affected by this pandemic – our security officers, gardeners, drivers, cleaners, and other affected employees. We distributed the rice a few days ago, and it was a lot of fun to see everyone together, many smiles and laughs. The Stallion Spirit is strong.

 

One of our professors, Dr. Malachy Ifeanyi Okeke, has also written an exceptional article about COVID-19 for Premium Times, and if you have not read it, I encourage you to do so. Here is the online link:

 

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/features-and-interviews/387067-feature-are-africans-immune-to-coronavirus-dr-malachy-ifeanyi-okeke.html

 

COVID-19 has reached Adamawa State, our first case was confirmed this week. As such our Governor has declared a 14-day lockdown, which begins tonight at midnight. Our campus remains closed, and our professors and staff have prepared to stay at home during this period. We will take all precautions to remain safe and healthy. 

 

Here is my favorite quote from my reading recently: “Infectious diseases are inevitable, but pandemics are optional.” American epidemiologist Larry Brilliant said this – he is known for his work to eradicate smallpox. If we follow the protocols for social distancing, handwashing and other hygiene, and follow the directives of our public leaders regarding lockdowns and curfews, then I believe Larry Brilliant is correct -- pandemics are optional. We can get out ahead of them.

 

Always, with best regards, stay safe, Semper Gumby

 

Dawn Dekle, PhD

AUN President (Vice-Chancellor)