3-18-20 Message from Provost and AVP

Dear Miami Community,

Like you, we are feeling the need to reach out to family and friends, including all of you in our Miami Community. We hope your first day of working remotely went well, and we truly appreciate that you are facing unusual challenges and coming up with solid solutions. For example, a wooden kitchen chair was never meant to serve as an office chair for eight hours. Pillows help. If you are experiencing any difficulties or need additional resources, please don’t hesitate to contact your supervisor or Miami’s Human Resources Call Center at 513-529-3131.

It’s heartening to see all the ways that we’re looking out for each other as we go through this historic and unprecedented public health crisis. We’re hearing of people—strangers to each other only days ago—becoming friends as they brainstorm on how best to comfort our children away from their classmates and our elderly cut off from their families. Unfortunately, this pandemic will likely persist for some time. Being isolated at home can be lonely for all of us. Please stay in touch with your supervisor and co-workers. If you need assistance, the following websites may help:

We can and will get through this together—with intelligence, integrity, and kindness. Please take care of yourselves and your families.

If you have suggestions for improvement, a work-from-home tip, a happy thought, or something funny to make everyone smile, please send it to, and we will share it if we can.

Stay well!

Love and Honor,

Dr. Jason Osborne, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. David Creamer, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Services