Message from the Chancellor

Most recent message from the Chancellor

January 12, 2021 - Floyd County Health Department Vaccination Clinic at IUS

Dear IU Southeast Community,

The IU Southeast campus is now the host site for Floyd County Health Department (FCHD) to administer doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Floyd County residents. Vaccinations began this week and will continue through at least June or July of 2021. The vaccine is currently limited to specific groups and is offered by appointment. The drive-through clinic is located at the Evergreen East parking lot by the Multipurpose Building.

Eventually, the clinic will be prepared to provide vaccinations for our students, faculty, and staff, regardless of the state or county of residency. As of today, we don’t know when that will be, but we know that it will be at the directive of Governor Holcomb.

More communication will be forthcoming as we approach vaccine opportunities for our campus community. Please monitor your email for updates.

We are proud to collaborate with FCHD on this critical step to vanquishing this virus. IU Southeast students, staff, and faculty now have the option to schedule a free asymptomatic COVID-19 test on campus. Time slots are limited; if there are no appointments available, check back the following week.

Additionally, there will be a special Ask Aaron session on Friday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. that is specific for IU Southeast, IU East, and IU Kokomo. Students, faculty, and staff can have their COVID-19-related questions answered by an expert, Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., Professor of Pediatrics, and one of the leaders of IU's COVID-19 response team. Register for this session here.

I continue to be very proud of our campus community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

Chancellor’s past messages

December 16, 2020 - Important Athletic Update

Dear Grenadier Community,

I want to thank you all for your outstanding work over the course of the fall semester and for remaining vigilant on following precautions during this pandemic to keep safe on and off campus. As much as we have done to keep the COVID-19 virus at bay, we have seen an increasing number of positive cases on our campus and other regional campuses related to athletics.

After thorough review, and with the recommendation by IU’s Medical Response Team (MRT), we will be putting all athletic activity on pause beginning Saturday, December 19th.

This pause in athletic activity will include competition, practice, and training. It will allow time for athletes to be distanced and remain healthy during the height of the flu season.

The earliest practices and training may resume is January 19th, and the earliest competition may resume is February 1st. This is, however, dependent upon ongoing assessment of the prevalence of COVID in our communities and on our campuses. The decision to resume athletic activity will be made in consultation with the other regional campus Chancellors, IU leadership and the MRT.

I assure you this decision was not made lightly; however, it was made with the utmost importance to our athlete’s health and safety, and the health and safety of teammates, coaches, fellow campus community members and families.

Please take great care over the coming weeks and take all necessary precautions to care for your health and the health of those around you.

It is my true desire that we can resume athletic practice in January, and competition in February.

Have a truly wonderful holiday. Wear your mask, wash your hands, and practice physical distancing to stay safe.

Go Grenadiers!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

December 15, 2020 - Happy Holidays

Dear Grenadier Community:

Another successful semester is coming to a close, and the holidays are upon us. We hope you have a safe and restful holiday season. Enjoy your well-deserved break! We wish you health and prosperity in the new year. 

I would like to thank you all for your hard work during this unusual time. I appreciate all of your efforts to adapt to the changes and difficulties of this year. 

I’m looking forward to seeing you back on campus for the spring semester.

Until then, take a look at the IU Southeast holiday video. Remember to follow health and safety guidelines. Wear your mask this holiday season, maintain physical distancing, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.

Description of the video:

From all of us here at IU Southeast, we hope you have a safe and prosperous Holiday season. We wish you health and happiness in the new year, but please remember to follow health and safety guidelines and don’t forget to wear your mask, use your hand sanitizer and practice physical distancing. Have a wonderful holiday season and we’ll see you next year.

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor

November 20, 2020 - Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Colleagues,

I take this opportunity to thank all of you as we enter this week of Thanksgiving. I am thankful for each one of you and all the things you do to make IU Southeast a great place for our students to learn and advance their futures.

As we enter the next phase of online instruction followed by final exams and project grading, I want to remind you that our campus will remain open throughout the intersession (with exception to holiday hours in late December). The entire IU Southeast administrative team and many support offices will be here for you, even though classes will be completely online.

Cases of COVID-19 in our region have reached dangerous levels. I must therefore remind you that we all share common obligations to our campus community, family, and community at large:

  • DO NOT come to campus if you feel ill – no matter the severity of the illness, stay home,
  • Practice physical distancing,
  • Always wear your mask, and
  • Take all necessary precautions to keep our students, faculty, staff and your family safe.

You have persevered and successfully navigated this semester despite the unpredictability of the pandemic. You have supported our students and I am confident that we will finish the fall semester and begin spring semester with equal zeal.

Take stock of your blessings this week and give thanks. Thanks for your family and friends, thanks for your colleagues and students, and thanks for all those things in your lives that make your life a bit better.

I wish all the blessings and good tidings of this time of year to you and your family.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cordially,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor, IU Southeast

August 27, 2020 - Mitigation testing begins

Dear Grenadier Community,

Thanks to all of you, we are nearing the end of our first week of classes. Given the unprecedented times we are all in, I hope you feel as excited as I do about that milestone. It has been wonderful to see the activities around campus and welcome back our students, faculty and staff.

Today, I wish to inform you that Indiana University has begun mitigation testing as part of our COVID-19 testing and contact tracing program. What started this week on the Bloomington campus will expand to include IU Southeast faculty, staff, and students next week.

In order for our medical experts to assess the viral spread and identify hot spots, this testing will include up to 400 people per week from our campus. If you are selected for testing in a given week, you will receive notification via your IU email that asks you to schedule a COVID-19 test. We ask that you comply with this request as promptly as possible. The email you receive may come from a no-reply email address with a subject line of “You’ve Been Selected for COVID-19 Mitigation Testing”. Please respond to these emails, do not delete them.

For our campus, testing will occur by appointment at our IU Health Multipurpose Building (formerly the Children’s Learning Center) on the south end of our campus adjacent to the Evergreen East parking lot. Mitigation testing will be conducted using saliva samples and not require nasal swabs. We ask everyone tested to use the drive up testing and remain in their car. An exemption process is available for students, faculty and staff who will not come to campus at all this semester. A link to the criteria and form, which must be completed to determine exemption qualification, will be included in the testing email you receive.

Mitigation testing will continue throughout the semester, so you may be tested more than once throughout the fall. Please check your IU email often and watch for these testing email notifications. Questions? Visit IU’s fall 2020 website.

This is a challenging time for all of us. Please accept my sincere gratitude for all that you are doing to promote the safety and health of the IU Southeast community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor, IU Southeast

August 24, 2020 - Welcome back to fall semester

Dear Grenadier Community,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone back for the fall semester. While the semester may look a bit different this year, IU Southeast is committed to offering an outstanding educational experience while maintaining a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff. That’s not to say that we won’t have fun…we will.

Please take a few moments to view my welcome video.

Description of the video:

Greetings, Grenadier Community.

The fall semester has officially begun, and I’m so excited to see campus alive again.

It is an understatement to say that this year has presented unique challenges to everyone, but I feel that we are on the right path to making the upcoming semester a productive and positive learning experience. Remember, we will ALL get through this together as one IU.

To our students, I am proud of your resilience and determination. Familiarize yourselves with your class schedules and the different learning modalities, and don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure about something. While you may not meet face-to-face with your professor or advisor, they are all available through Canvas, email, or by phone. Please reach out. We are here to help you.

To our faculty and staff, you are doing an outstanding job. You continue to demonstrate that we can rise to any occasion and thrive. The unwavering support from our campus community is inspiring. I know if we continue to show this level of perseverance and dedication, we will overcome any obstacles that we may face together. I know you will keep working hard to ensure our students have a great semester.

Remember, this health crisis is constantly changing. For the most up-to-date information about the IU Southeast campus, I encourage you to check our campus updates page.

Grenadiers, by our very definition, we are fighters. We will persevere. We will come back stronger than ever. We will be better, together as one IU. Go Grenadiers.

Grenadiers, we are in this together. We will make the best of these times and come out better for our efforts. We will work united, to overcome any obstacles and rise to any occasion. We are #IUSstrong.

Sincerely,

Dr. Ray Wallace
Chancellor, IU Southeast