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  • Writer's picturePatrick Killion

Checking In, Zoom Sessions with Me & Continuing this Fall

Updated: Apr 7, 2020

Good Afternoon,

Okay, I have a few things to talk with you about today. Hang in there with me.

First, FIRE Town Hall Meetings.

On Zoom, heard of it? I would like to give you a chance to speak with me about your FIRE experience, about how FIRE is working to handle changes this semester and ideas regarding our future together. I have scheduled two times - details have been sent to your email. Please see there. Second, continued encouragement.

Stephen Colbert recently said, "The last 2 weeks have been a strange ten years". Please continue to do everything you can to take care of yourselves, your family, your friends while practicing really proactive social distancing. It matters. Academically, keep the ship together, bring it into harbor. You can do it. Day to day, decide what's most pressing and do that. Do that the next day, do that the next day. We'll get there together. Third, continuing with FIRE in the Fall.

Please remember that FIRE is a 3-semester experience and that we have this fall to make up ground and advance research goals targeted together.​ We recently updated the about page on the FIRE website to talk a bit more about the advantages of completing FIRE. Please take some time to touch base with this information. TL;DR - be a part of The FIRE Summit, be a Peer Mentor in 2021, get Next-Step Assistance, GenEd Credit, Transcript Citation, a transition from trainee to practitioner in a way that lets your FIRE Research Educator write effusively and positively about you as a scholar and professional (that cannot happen in just one semester, especially this semester). I'll end this section by saying the FIRE team and I are considering a number of options to ensure FIRE Semester 3 is an amazing experience - no matter how instruction might work this Fall. Be a part. Please reach out to me any time if I can be of assistance, stay healthy, and stay rested.


Patrick Killion

Director of Discovery-Based Learning​

Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost

University of Maryland


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