As it cancels all public events like the annual Bread ‘N’ Bowls fundraiser and the Morris Community Meals, the University of Minnesota Morris’ Office of Community Engagement is adjusting to the new virtual reality as all classes have gone online and the campus is vacated. Director Argie Manolis told the KMRS Community Connection that the decision to go online was made during spring break, so there was at least some time for staff to prepare.
“Two days ago I had seven Zoom meetings right in a row. So it was a little weird to do meetings over a screen with students and my colleagues,” said Manolis. “But we’re making it work as best we can and trying to provide instruction remotely as best we can. We didn’t have a lot of time, obviously, to figure all of those things out, but we’re just plugging away here and moving forward.”
Manolis said some of her office’s programs have moved online, such as TREC and Big Friend, Little Friend. Community ESL is not running this semester. She also noted that while the Bread ‘N’ Bowls event will not be held this year, people can still donate to the agencies that benefitted from the event: the Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance.