The year 2021 will be remembered as a year of social distancing, staying home, facial coverings, and ZOOM. It has also been an historic time that we want to document for future researchers to learn from.
This project includes oral history interviews and donations of creative works created during the pandemic.
Job Yang shares some experiences during the COVID lock-down as a senior in High School at Bothell and then a freshman at Central Washington University. Bothell was the first school system to shut down during the pandemic. He spent time making models during the lock-down. He is looking forward to attending classes in person now.at CWU.
Rebecca L. Lubas
CWU’s Dean of Libraries reflects on providing library services during a pandemic, exploring a very quiet Ellensburg, and keeping in communication with friends far away.
Maurice R. Blackson
Hear tales of covid lock-down and more! Poultry imprinted on a human, and terrorized by undead skunks! Then hear how victims of a serial killer hen met their fate one by one. Also some comments about being locked down with previously far flung family.
Staci Sleigh-Layman talks about her various jobs at Central. Working for human resources and the changes to her work during the pandemic. Discussion includes the Tuesday Talks series conducted during the lock-downs.
Marie Marchand talks about her experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic lock-down. She also shares some poems written during that time. Marie is a poet and an Associate Director of the GEAR UP program at Central Washington University.
Throughout her career, Marie has been committed to equity and community service. She served for five years as an adjunct faculty member in the Human Services Program at Western Washington University. She was executive director of Friendship House homeless shelter in Mount Vernon, and the Whatcom Peace & Justice Center in Bellingham, where she ran a program offering high school students post-graduation resources. Marie is a recipient of the Whatcom Peace Builder Award and the Bishop Melvin E. and Lucile Wheatley Peace & Justice Award. She served on the boards of the Bellingham Boys & Girls Club, the Wyoming State Poetry Society (WyoPoets), and NAMI Whatcom. She is currently a board officer of THE MONARCH TRAIN, a nonprofit that provides free books to children in rural Idaho. In her free time, she pursues her passion for poetry.
Nathaniel Sandell shares some of his experiences as a senior in High School and then as an incoming freshman during the covid-19 pandemic. He also talks about a song he wrote about the pandemic.