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COVID-19 Update from Thayer School

Date: March 26, 2020
From: Dean Alexis Abramson

Dear Thayer Alumni:

The world around us is changing more rapidly than many of us could have imagined just weeks ago. From the moment I joined Dartmouth last June, I have known that Thayer is a special place, but it is in times like this, where our community—from faculty to students, parents to alumni—rallies together that I have the opportunity to truly experience your enormous generosity of spirit, heart, and resolve.

I write to you today with hopes that you and your loved ones are healthy, and to share with you the note of gratitude that I sent our faculty, staff, and students last week (below) as well as the ways that Thayer alumni can support our students amid this ongoing world health crisis.

Many alumni have reached out to ask how you can support our students. At this time, the best way you can help is to stay connected — or to make new connections — with our current students. The challenges they face today go beyond adapting to new ways of learning. As our students navigate uncertainties, including loss of spring and summer internships — and for our seniors, a difficult post-graduation job search — feeling connected to and supported by our larger Thayer alumni community will be critical to their ongoing success.

In this time where physical distance is a necessity, I encourage you to connect online with students on the Thayer School of Engineering LinkedIn Group, provide career advice through the Dartmouth Career Network, and offer internship and job opportunities through Handshake. The connections they make, the relationships they build, the guidance they receive from our Thayer alumni will prove invaluable in the years to come. If you would like to speak to someone at Thayer directly about opportunities to connect with our students, please reach out to Jennifer St. Laurence and Amy Keeler from our Career Services team.

I understand that even as we ask you for help, many of you also face unimaginable challenges at work, at home, and in your personal lives. I am so grateful to all our alumni who have offered support so far, all while caring for the health and well-being of loved ones.

Thank you all for your continued thoughtfulness and support. I am truly honored to be a part of this greater Dartmouth community.

With all good wishes,

Alexis Abramson
Dean, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth