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Lake Campus Profs: Talks About Summer and Fall

Lake Campus | Photo by Shannon McCabe | Edited by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian

Whether students are coming to Lake Campus for their first-ever semester or returning to continue their college education, this upcoming fall semester will present changes for both students and professors.

Wright State University sent out an email this past Tuesday, June 30, 2020 stating that both the Lake and Main campuses would be open with a mix of in-person and remote courses for students.

Coming Back to Changes

“I’m really excited that we’ll be coming back together as a campus community, and I’m looking forward to working with students again, whether that will be face-to-face or in a virtual environment,” said Dr. Christine Junker, associate professor of English.

Christine Junker has been spending her summer semester working on making her fully online classes more interactive. She said, “I’ve spent a lot of time researching different models of hybrid online/face-to-face pedagogy”.

Professors are dedicating their time to making sure that students and themselves are prepared for any changes the world is currently going through.

“I’m spending a lot of time planning my courses for every possible contingency. I really want to make the fall special for students, no matter what happens,” said Dr. Megan Faragher, associate professor.

Library, Technology and Student Success Center

“When we initiated virtual services, both the students and the tutors were a bit confused [about] how tutoring appointments would look. Now I believe students enjoy the ease of connecting with a tutor from home. The same can be said about the virtual library appointments,” said Jamon Flowers, director of the library, technology and student success center.

These virtual services for tutoring and library appointments will continue through the Fall semester.

Summer Plans

Much like students of Lake Campus, professors have been spending their summer days working, playing and enjoying the hot weather. With quarantine making the summer seem longer than most, everyone is ready to get back to classes and schedules.

“The endless days indoors have led me to adopt a kitten, who is endlessly entertaining… I’ve been doing quite a bit more baking and dessert-making than I ever have in the past, with decidedly mixed results,” said Faragher.

“My family and I are practicing social distancing and abiding by all of the CDC recommendations. So, no fun trips anywhere for us, just home with the dogs,” said Flowers.

“I’m trying to come up with new ideas of fun things to do at home, but I think we’ve baked and painted and cleaned and organized everything we can at this point. We did plant a garden this year, and it’s a small bit of joy every morning when I water and find something new growing that wasn’t there the night before,” said Junker.