Dr. Livingston Letter Regarding Mumps Outbreak

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Dr. Livingston Mumps Outbreak Letter to Lewis University Community

Published: December 6, 2018.

Lewis University Community,

This has been a challenging week for everyone. You have shown great resiliency and demonstrated your care and concern for others. I am so proud to be a part of this community.

The last week has been filled with disappointments and frustrations. Events designed to celebrate the many accomplishments of our students have been cancelled and artistic, sporting and holiday events have been cancelled or postponed. All this understandably leads to a natural tendency toward anger and frustration. Instead, the community has pulled together and found ways to support each other in our disappointment.

I have to announce one further disappointment. We will not be holding our Commencement ceremonies and the associated activities this December. Out of a sense of caution and concern for our community and the loved ones who would join us to celebrate, we believe it is the most appropriate decision. More details will follow with the university’s daily mumps update from Joseph Falese as well as communication from Dr. Kurt Schackmuth.

I have heard stories of faculty members going out to dinner with families who had travelled great distances to be at an honors night celebration but found it was cancelled. I also have observed members of our community reaching out to help those who cannot be at work or attend a class. These actions represent the best of who we are as a Lasallian community.

I appreciate all those who have refrained from an impulse to blame those who exhibit symptoms of mumps or have contracted mumps, or those that cannot be vaccinated due to religious or medical reasons. Social media has been a very valuable communication tool for all of us during this outbreak; I am grateful for those who express care and concern for the entire community while engaging in respectful dialogue.

Over the next two weeks, we will complete the semester, and our students will demonstrate all they have learned, through projects, papers and exams. My hope is that the conclusion of the term, you will enjoy the many blessings that come from time with your family and friends. I also hope that when you return in January, the mumps will be behind us and we can begin the new semester with the sense of possibilities that the new year always brings.

Blessings on you and your family, and thank you again for all that you do for each other.

Sincerely,
David J. Livingston, Ph.D.
President of Lewis University


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