Dear A&GS Friends, Students, Staff, Faculty, and NWC Colleagues--
As we together return to campus for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, OU and the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences (A&GS) remain committed to safety, inclusivity, intellectual growth, and excellence. Even in these trying times, A&GS faculty and staff are committed to making this academic year a fun and rewarding experience for our students.
Our College is unique in that one of our main two academic buildings is the National Weather Center (NWC), a shared facility with NOAA federal partners and several OU and State operational and research units. This adds a bit of “complexity” in safety planning, but “complexity” is not new to A&GS students.
In the COVID-19 environment, A&GS and NWC leaders have focused, particularly and appropriately, on the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and the NWC Community. This is of utmost importance. I should add that this leadership team was enriched by the new leadership of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability (Chair Professor Scott Greene and Associate Chair Bruce Hoagland).
This leadership team has worked diligently on a path forward with a particular focus on NWC specific policies and procedures for the safety of all. We have encapsulated these policies and procedures into a living document that gives guidance to this path. This document (pdf) builds upon and is consistent with OU policies and procedures; it is also sensitive to NOAA and State guidelines. As the environment changes, this document will change as needed. We will be actively watching and planning to help overcome the hurdles of the evolving and changing COVID-19 pandemic. Together we will navigate the paths going forward.
Again, we are all in this together, and we will prevail together.
Berrien Moore III