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Principles guiding our decision-making for fall and beyond: President’s letter

April 30, 2020 Dear Members of the McMaster community, I would like to begin by thanking McMaster’s faculty and staff. I appreciate everything that you are doing to continue to serve our students, to advance our research wherever possible, and to maintain the campus and the vital services we and others rely on. I would […]

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“I wish we had all the answers. We do know there will be a fall term.” President’s letter

April 22, 2020 Dear Members of the McMaster community, It is amazing how quickly we can adapt in extraordinary times. Staying at home, meeting with colleagues by video and lining up at the grocery store – a hockey stick apart – have all become part of our new routine. And as anxious as everyone is […]

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“Campus just isn’t the same without students:” President’s letter

April 2, 2020 Dear members of the McMaster community, Living close to the university means that on most evenings I am able to take a walk around campus, keeping the required distance from anyone else, of course. That isn’t difficult to do. Although there are lights still glowing in labs and in residence buildings where […]

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The quiet heroes of this disquieting time: President’s letter

March 27, 2020 Dear Members of the McMaster community, Life as we know it has changed considerably at the University. Only the most essential activities are continuing across our campuses; the vast majority of our community is studying, teaching and working remotely. The end of the term is like none we have ever seen before […]

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Together, we are meeting the challenge: President’s letter

March 20, 2020 Dear Members of the McMaster community, When the world is fundamentally shaken, what do we need to do? That question had to be answered by all of us – in every hour, of every day this week. I have witnessed truly outstanding commitment to our students, to the important work that happens […]

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No more in-person classes and exams: President’s letter

These are unsettling times.  The spread of COVID-19 around the world and its arrival in our own region has brought McMaster and all other organizations to uncharted territory. As of today, the risk of catching the virus continues to remain low. The University’s focus is always clearly on our students, faculty and staff.  And while […]

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