4/13/2020 - A Note for Right Now
To: Caltech Staff
Dexter A. Bailey, Jr., Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations
Diana Jergovic, Vice President for Strategy Implementation
Jennifer T. Lum, General Counsel
Scott H. Richland, Chief Investment Officer
Joseph E. Shepherd, Vice President for Student Affairs
Margo Steurbaut, Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Michael M. Watkins, Vice President and Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
David A. Tirrell, Provost
Stephen L. Mayo, Division Chair, Biology and Biological Engineering
Dennis A. Dougherty, Division Chair, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Guruswami Ravichandran, Division Chair, Engineering and Applied Science
John P. Grotzinger, Division Chair, Geological and Planetary Sciences
Jean-Laurent Rosenthal, Division Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences
Fiona A. Harrison, Division Chair, Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy
Thomas F. Rosenbaum, President
Ours is a community of staff united by its dedication to the Institute, its desire to contribute to society through the advancement of research and education, and its drive to provide Caltech with the best work possible, day in and day out.
The pandemic that has overtaken the world has driven us apart physically and compels us to face personal and professional stressors we had never imagined. Some of us are working from home with young children who require constant attention, some have older children who are trying to manage significant adjustments to schedules, activities, and routines. Some of us have new responsibilities and concerns in managing the care of parents, family, and friends. Some of us are required to leave our families and perform essential services on campus. Some of us do not have enough work because of reduced operations. Each one of us has family and friends also responding to personal and professional stressors and losses they never imagined.
Thank you for your rapid response to fight the pandemic while performing your job duties under circumstances that are drastically different than usual. We will continue do our best to support all employees as we all support each other during this crisis. You are the reason Caltech will emerge from this crisis strong.
The pandemic will clear and each of us will emerge to re-connect to the world. The barriers that now stand between us and the aspects of our daily lives that bring fulfillment and joy will be removed. We look forward to working with you, once again, each from our campus locations. Until then, please take good care and stay safe.