Dear members of the U of G community,

As we continue to find new ways to work and learn this week, I hope you’re all beginning to establish some new daily routines.

I’ve been hearing about some creative solutions being generated by teams across our University to keep us connected. As you’re aware, during the last few years, the University has been focusing on Wellness@Work. Today I learned that hundreds of people took part in online fitness courses that are being offered by our Athletics department! I am so pleased to see so many of you finding ways to continue to build wellness into your daily schedules. You’ll find more information on these classes in the section below.

I have also been reflecting on our students who remain on campus in residence. Many of them are far from their families or home countries – please know that we are here to help and support you during this unprecedented time. I also want to give a big shout out to the staff who have remained on campus – those in student housing, student health services, open learning and educational support, registrarial services, hospitality, campus community police, computing and communications services and physical resources, to name a few – they are working each day to support our students, faculty and staff, and to keep our University running smoothly.

Each day, our administration remains focused on resolving the many and varied emerging issues. We will continue to use our daily updates to provide timely information to our University community in this regard.

As always, please remember that as we physically distance from each other, we should also take a moment to make a call or send a note to connect and check in with others.

Thank you to all.


Franco Vaccarino
President and Vice Chancellor

Daily Updates: March 25, 2020

Athletics Department Helps Us Stay Active Together While We’re Apart
U of G’s athletics department is helping the community stay active during this time of social distancing. You can participate in NRG Live fitness classes via Gryphon Fitness and Recreation’s Instagram account. Classes run 45 minutes and are presented live at different times Sunday through Friday. The recordings remain available on Instagram for 24 hours so you can participate at a time that works for you. Classes cover a variety of exercise formats, such as yoga and Tabata, and require little to no equipment.

Join a free class on Instagram and encourage those you know to check it out. More than 150 people joined the first live class and 1,500 watched the recording while it was available. Visit @gryphons_fitness on Instagram or view the NRG Calendar online to learn more.

Parents: Your Kids Can Take Part in Virtual Gryphon Camps!
Looking for something to keep your kids engaged while schools are closed? Guelph Gryphon Summer Camps are active on Facebook, sharing riddles, games, colouring contests and crafts you can do with your kids while at home. Activities are rooted in our I Am A Gryphon values of being respectful, authentic, determined, engaged and caring.

The University of Guelph’s COVID-19 website is your best source of information about the University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.