After causing Alpha Chi to cancel its 2020 National Convention that was to be held March 19-21 in Albuquerque, NM, the unprecedented worldwide novel coronavirus pandemic, for which treatment options are well-known to be limited, has continued taking its toll across the nation. In a time of rapid media consumption, both true and false information can spread as quickly as a virus. As calls continue for social distancing to slow the spread and flatten the curve of this virus, I find myself in the extreme quiet of my home office pondering how Truth and Character, the tenets of Alpha Chi, are never far from the surface of things.
One Truth is currently hoping to set us free by ironically calling us to confinement. Confined to a 6-foot bubble of my own personal space, Character calls me to care for myself and, in so doing, care for those around me.
College students, my call to you is to exercise caution so that you stay safe and take care of your physical, emotional, and mental health. This may require that you reach out for assistance. It is okay to ask for help. It is okay to not feel okay right now. I hope your colleges and universities are doing their best to assist you during this time of elongated spring breaks, canceled overseas programs, interrupted face to face instruction, and even requests for students to leave campus housing. It is a time of great concerns, and I want you to know that Alpha Chi is thinking about you.
Alpha Chi has been around for nearly 100 years and will still be here next semester. Truth and Character are timeless and will see us through these challenges, too.
In Scholarship and in Service,
Lara Q. Noah