Dear TLT colleagues,

I want to send a huge thank you to everyone at TLT for giving me a sense of normalcy and support over the past couple of months. After hearing that remote learning was to continue for students through the end of the semester, my world (and everyone else’s, for that matter) was turned upside down. When I learned that I could continue my internship remotely through the end of the year, it gave me that small glimmer of hope that I so needed during this time.

Before starting my internship in October, as a communications student, I had no prior experience in information technology and little knowledge of TLT. As I eased my way into my role as a communications intern for the Center for Immersive Experiences (CIE), it was amazing to learn about the many technology resources available to students and faculty. I was tasked with helping promote the launch of the Center, which showcased augmented and virtual reality and 360-degree video. I could not help but think what a great opportunity it was to be at the forefront of bringing advanced technology resources to Penn State.

Little did I know that a few months later, the TLT team would be the driving force behind helping PSU make the transition to remote teaching and learning a smooth one. While my role slightly pivoted, I was able to learn what it is like to work through a crisis in the professional arena. I gained an even stronger appreciation for you and the faculty as I have personally observed the stresses all of you have faced moving to remote teaching. Your team, the teachers, and faculty have gone, and continue to go, above and beyond to make the best out of a difficult situation. I am humbled to have worked with all of you, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in efforts to help the greater good.

While life as we all knew it will change, Penn State’s deep commitment to education and community will never change. Thank you again, TLT team and staff, for giving me that small sense of security these past few months, for your continued support, and for making me and all of us feel like WE ARE a part of the Penn State community.


Sarah Robie

Penn State Student Class of 2020