As this week draws to a close, I think it is helpful to reflect on what has transpired. It is sometimes hard to believe that in a little under three weeks, we have gone from planning for the return of our students from Spring Break to this complete shift in the way we work, teach, and learn.
As of Monday, March 23, all Lindenwood University faculty and staff will be working from home and all on-campus offices will be closed to the public and university employees. Lindenwood personnel and offices will be available for business by telephone and email to provide continuity in university operations and student support services.
Lindenwood University announced March 16 that it will offer classes solely in a virtual format through the duration of the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move was announced in an email to students, faculty, staff, and parents from Lindenwood President John Porter.
In light of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Lindenwood University has determined it will switch entirely to virtual classes from March 13 to 29 for all class sessions at all locations. Residential students, who are on spring break through March 15, are strongly encouraged not to return to campus if possible.
John R. Porter’s life, education, and career have taken him from Chicago, Ill., to Pittsburgh/Altoona, Penn.; Atlanta, Ga.; Springfield, Mo.; South Africa; and Dubai. In July, he added St. Charles, Mo., to that trajectory as he assumed the role of Lindenwood University’s 23rd president.
On July 1, John R. Porter took office as Lindenwood University’s 23rd president. Prior to this, on June 27, Porter spoke to the university’s faculty and staff at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts’ Lindenwood Theater. Porter was introduced by Art Johnson, who has served as acting president since February, and gave an informal address.
Danielle Laramore, classes of 2017 and 2018, came to Lindenwood University-Belleville after transferring as an undergraduate student to complete her bachelor’s degree, and she credits the relationships she built at Lindenwood Belleville as the reason she is now poised to start law school at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in August 2019.
Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo., has named John R. Porter its 23rd president. Porter has worked for 33 years for IBM, including the last 15 in senior management, and has also served as a board member in higher education and as an adjunct instructor and visiting professor.
Lindenwood University-Belleville’s 2019 Commencement Ceremonies, previously scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in Lindenwood Stadium, will be instead held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Lindenwood Auditorium on the university’s Belleville campus at 2600 W. Main St.
The Division of Education and Counseling at Lindenwood University-Belleville again will host Camp Lynx Tales Monday through Friday, June 3-21, from 9 to 11:30 a.m.