Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear GT Computing community,

I want to start today by reminding everybody that the normal rhythms of the school year are still happening even under these strange circumstances. 

In particular, let’s take a moment to celebrate our new class of incoming students, who have just learned they were admitted. Congratulations to them for getting in, and congratulations to us for bringing the next generation of yellow jackets! We are lucky to have them, and they are lucky to get the opportunity to work with our world-class faculty and staff.

On a more mundane note, I’d like to pass along a pro tip to keep everyone’s remote meetings flowing smoothly. Please be aware that you don’t have to use the VPN to access BlueJeans, or Canvas, or Webex. When you do use the VPN to access those resources, you will definitely slow down your connection. 

We’ve posted a list of links that allow you to bypass the VPN and directly connect to campus services on our business continuity website. The information is under a new heading, “VPN.” Given how many people are trying to connect at once, it is certainly in our best interests for us to reduce the load.

Finally, please take the time to carefully read the e-mail we all got earlier today about non-closure emergency leave. I do not think that the College of Computing has many employees who are unable to complete their job from home, but we are working to identify those who are eligible. Our goal is the same as the Institute’s: to keep people working, and to protect those who cannot. 

Our current situation is difficult, but it won’t last forever

Charles L. Isbell, Jr.

John P. Imlay, Jr. Dean

College of Computing

Georgia Tech

EA: Alicia Richhart,, 404-894-8357

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