Sent to Membership on April 22, 2020
Dear UMR Membership:
We, as the UMR Executive Committee, hope that you all are doing well, staying safe, and successfully managing this ever-changing situation on your campuses during this global pandemic. We hope that you will continue to take care of yourself as you work to take care of your students, staff, and families. The UMR Executive Committee has been meeting to discuss the best options of how to address COVID-19's impact on future association events.
We have made the decision to move Summer Committee Meetings to an online format. Our collective safety is important and we are also aware that many campuses are facing uncertainty with budgets moving forward as well as travel freezes. Thank you to Becky Bahe and Joe Hazelton for their flexibility as host as we made this decision. The UMR Leadership Team will be meeting soon to discuss the format of a virtual summer meeting and committee chairs will be reaching out to their committee members individually to discuss moving forward.
We are making plans to move the 2020 Annual Conference to be an online/digital experience. We acknowledge that continuing to have an in-person conference in October 2020 will likely limit the amount of people or institutions that can participate. As an Executive Committee we believe it is important to reach our goal of professional development for all our members and will work to create a virtual experience that is affordable and accessible for as many members as possible. We will continue to work with Becky Bahe and Joe Hazelton to potentially host our Fall 2021 Annual Conference in Fargo, North Dakota. We will also hope we can use this time to learn things about what a virtual experience can provide to help us consider educational opportunities that we continue to offer past Fall 2021.
As plans are solidified, we will continue to share updates to our members.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or the rest of the Executive Committee for any questions or concerns that you may have.
Jacque McKenna, UMR President