Dear Salve Regina Alumni:
The outbreak of the coronavirus has had an unprecedented impact on our students and their spring semester, with the fast-changing environment requiring navigation through uncertain times. To date, we have no presumptive or confirmed cases of coronavirus at Salve Regina University, but as a Mercy institution, our mission impels us to act on behalf of our students, faculty, staff and extended community in service to the common good.
Our Emergency Management Team has been working closely with public health officials to determine the best strategies to mitigate and contain the virus’ spread. Recognizing that the circumstances surrounding the pandemic are evolving from day to day, the University has extended the spring break until March 27. Students will transition to remote learning beginning March 30 and our faculty and staff will continue working to ensure that the educational experience for our students remains engaging and robust.
I encourage you to visit salve.edu/coronavirus for up-to-date information as we continue to monitor the situation and make further decisions in the weeks to come.
While recent days have been punctuated by shocking headlines from around the world, I am grateful for our extraordinary alumni, who are making a difference every day by embracing Salve’s mercy mission. Whether on the front lines in health care and public service, or looking for opportunities to reach out with kindness and concern to our neighbors, Salve Regina alumni demonstrate care and generosity in accompanying one another during these unpredictable times.
My hope is that every member of our Salve Regina family remains safe and well; you are in my heart and my prayers, along with all those who have been affected by this global pandemic.
Kelli J. Armstrong, Ph.D.