Happy summer to all! I hope that you are all enjoying the warm weather, the extended hours of sunlight, and the warmth of the Michigan summer. Unfortunately, the warmer weather also brings with it storms and summer rains.
These storms, as many of you know, have had very serious consequences for many members of our community who have lost personal items in their homes and, sadly for some, on campus as well. I am very sorry for any such losses that you may have incurred. The storms that dumped over 6 inches of rain on the Dearborn area just a couple weeks back, caused significant damage in the CASL building, both because of flooding from the culvert on the west side of the building, and the flooding of the 4th floor rooftop patio. The resulting water damage affected many classrooms and offices in the northwest corner of the building. The university, along with external partners, have been working diligently to clean up the damaged areas and to begin the process of restoring the impacted spaces. All should be ready for the fall academic term. I am also assured that the university will be taking steps to hopefully ensure that this does not happen again in the future. Thank you to the impacted faculty and staff for your rapid assessment of losses and for your cooperation with the university. Your cooperation and attentiveness are much appreciated.
On a happier note, the college’s buildings are once again open and accessible to faculty and staff during normal business hours. If you’ve not been to campus in some time, be forewarned, it is a bit eerie wandering the halls and seeing things as we left them back in mid-March of 2020! I cannot wait to see the halls bustling with students, faculty, staff again!
In the interim, enjoy the remainder of your summer. I look forward to seeing you all very soon!
- Martin Hershock, Dean