I had seven days at UW-Stout when we were functioning under standard operations, and since then, until very recently, all interactions have been virtual. While stressful situations often bring out the worst in people, I have truly seen the best in people and evidence of what makes UW-Stout such a special institution. Faculty and staff have worked incredibly hard to put student success first and to plan for a safe and successful start to fall semester. In an effort to connect with people and make myself available to the campus, I held open office hours throughout spring semester. During the summer, when fewer people are under contract, I encourage people to reach out to schedule time to meet. I also attend numerous department and college meetings, and along with members of both the Pandemic Planning Committee and Recovery Planning Steering Committee have held regular employee forums. While circumstances are certainly unusual, I strive to make myself as accessible as possible so that I can learn about the campus, local community, and colleagues and community partners.