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A Message from Provost Janoyan

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year – I hope this letter finds you safe and well. Despite the unprecedented challenges our university has faced over the past year and a half due to the pandemic, the fact that we are in place to have a timely start of the fall semester is testament to the character of the entire university community.

The theme Resiliency and Reflection is especially appropriate considering the challenges we’ve faced, and also because of all we’ve accomplished despite – or in some cases, because of – those same challenges. We have much to be thankful for and to celebrate. 

While most of our focus of late has been on COVID-19, I want to first thank you so much for the work you accomplished last year. Even though last year was challenging, we were able to continue our momentum and boldly move forward, guided by the 2025 Strategic Plan.

We are actively organizing the College of Health and Community Well-Being as the fifth college of the University of LaVerne, which is a truly transformational focus. We are continuing to support and grow the Regional and Online Campuses that serve so many of our students, alumni, and community members. We are increasing the investments in instructional technologies as well as support for teaching and learning. We are reaffirming the recognition of our outstanding faculty and strengthening our commitment to reward excellence in teaching, research, and service.

Finally, as we start the semester, we are fully cognizant of the challenges we face with COVID-19, especially with the Deltavariant. While we are all coping with the many uncertainties, we are committed to make the return to campus as smooth and safe as possible for the faculty, staff, and students. Please take time to review the detailed information contained in the La Verne Safe Return Plan at laverne.edu/safereturn and review the guiding principles for faculty and colleges to follow at laverne.edu/safereturn/frequently-asked-questions-for-faculty.

Please consult with the Provost’s Office or the deans with any questions that are not covered in the plan or guidelines. We are all here to support one another and truly appreciate everyone’s patience – we are all on the same team. 

As you reflect on the past year and look forward to the upcoming academic year, I encourage you to share your stories of resilience with others to provide inspiration and successful strategies for us all as we face future challenges. Your voice is always welcome in the University of La Verne community. On behalf of the Provost’s Office, I hope to hear from (and see) you sometime soon. 

Sincerely,

Kerop Janoyan
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs