UToledo Interim President - Dr. Gregory Postel

Dear Rockets,

I want to congratulate you all on an outstanding semester. This has been an unprecedented experience for all of us as we’ve navigated COVID prevention measures, social isolation, remote learning and online teaching. We have prevailed, despite the pressures and stress caused by the pandemic.

I am proud to say that despite the recent spike in positive cases, our UToledo campuses remained safe with positivity rates well below the state averages. This was due to your caring, cautious behavior. Each of you played an integral role in protecting our campus community, and for that, I am extremely grateful. As you head home for the holidays, I ask you to remain vigilant in order to keep you, your family and our communities safe during the winter break.

As you prepare for final exams, I encourage you to take care of yourself. I know the end of the semester can be especially stressful and overwhelming, but you don’t need to go it alone. We are here for you. And this year is unique with many of us also experiencing “pandemic fatigue” — tired of all of the virtual learning and teaching, concerned about our own health or the health of loved ones, financial worries and elimination of many of our usual social experiences, including those special holiday traditions.

If you are feeling depressed, stressed or anxious, I encourage you to reach out to one of the many resources available here at UToledo. We are a community committed to helping one another stay healthy during these difficult times — and that includes our mental health. I encourage you to reach out to others if you need help, and support those around you who may be struggling. Above all, I want you to know that you are not alone.

If you are in need of counseling or want to check in with a receptive listener, please reach out to the Counseling Center which can offer a supportive voice. You can access counselors by calling 419.530.2426 or texting “ROCKET” or “HOME” to 741741. In addition, faculty and staff can access support through the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or call 1-800-227-6007 (Use “UT” as the username). For more resources, Lucas County offers assistance as well, just visit lcmhrsb.oh.gov.

Have a safe and healthy winter break.

Gregory Postel, M.D.
Interim President


 

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Last Updated: 11/20/20