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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Remembering and honoring the first loss in our UMD community due to COVID-19

I write to share the heart-breaking information of the first known death, on April 1, 2020, of a member of our University community due to complications related to COVID-19. I do so with the consent of the family. He is Distinguished University Professor David C. Driskell, a renowned artist, art historian, collector, and curator.

Under the Governor's directive, all Maryland residents must now shelter at home, except to leave for "an essential job or for an essential reason, such as obtaining food or medicine ... or other necessary purpose." Over one-half of the states are under a similar order. 
 
It is a reminder of our civic responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe. Only then will we slow the spread of this pathogen that has upended our lives, shuttered wide swaths of the economy, and caused the number of unemployed workers to soar.

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I am pleased to provide testimony to the General Assembly for our FY 2021 capital budget request.  We greatly appreciate the General Assembly’s ongoing support of our capital requests, which is transforming our campus and the state’s economy.  Together, we are constructing the state’s future.  The University deeply appreciates all that your support makes possible.

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I would like to wish a safe and enjoyable break to our students who are leaving for spring break next week, and to our faculty and staff who will have a couple of days of well-deserved break next week. 

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I am pleased to provide testimony to the General Assembly for our FY 2021 capital budget request.  We greatly appreciate the General Assembly’s ongoing support of our capital requests, which is transforming our campus and the state’s economy.  Together, we are constructing the state’s future.  The University deeply appreciates all that your support makes possible.

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