A Message from the Director: March 30, 2020
The last couple of weeks have been challenging for all of us, individually and collectively. In many ways, being apart has highlighted how important it is to come together. Fort Lewis College students are starting their online classes today and our interns are continuing to work on their projects for the Center of Southwest Studies remotely. During this time of social and physical distancing I miss our students and their discussions about classes, family and life, as they work on projects in the museum workroom and run up and down the elevator with collection items as they work with Liz and Amy. I miss seeing them huddled behind archives boxes as they work on projects for Nik and Gretchen. I miss seeing them behind the library desk or in the book stacks as they serve library patrons or work on the book inventory for Clyde. My staff and I are here for them and will do whatever we can to ensure that they successfully complete this semester.
We are fortunate to live in a caring and giving community here is the southwest corner of Colorado. I want to take a moment to thank those on the frontlines at FLC and in the community who are working to protect us and to keep us all safe. This includes our first responders and medical professionals who are working to save lives during these extraordinary times. The FLC essential employees who are assisting those students who are remaining on campus. I also want to thank those working in our local grocery stores who are keeping the shelves stocked, the restaurants who are providing carry out and delivery services, and those who are feeding our school kids and the needy in our community. I send a BIG THANKS to all of you as we work through this crisis together.
To all, stay safe and stay well!
Shelby J. Tisdale, Ph.D.