Louisiana Women: Roxanne Dill, LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication

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Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, LSU’s campus looks a lot different. Weeks ago, the Manship School of Mass Communication was full of students and professors, but now the halls are bare and classes are being held virtually.

“They didn’t pay for this. They didn’t sign up to do this” said Manship professor Roxanne Dill. “I have really early classes, but everybody came” she said.

Dill has been teaching at LSU for about a decade and never expected she’d be ending her semester online.

“I thought they’re just going to close down for a week, so that was shocking to me” she said.

But in her true teacher spirit, she jumped into action finding ways to make the experience easier for everyone.

“You go through all those thoughts, you know? You think ‘oh I’ll be home I can bake bread’. Well no, none of that’s happened” Dill said. “I’ve literally sat in front of the computer from the first time I get up in the morning until I finally shut it when it’s time to go to bed.”

Despite the challenges, her focus remains on the students.

“You’re not creating an online class. You are taking a normal class, a class meant to be in a particular room with people, face to face interaction, and you’re putting that class online in a national emergency. That’s two different things” she said

While class may look a little different, Dill says they will get through it together.

“You know, they were in their pajamas and we had pajama class, and they had their blankets pulled up to here, but they were there” she said.

“That’s what I want to make sure happens with the students that I teach that they can look back and say yea this was a bad time, but some good came out of it at this time in my life” Dill said. “So that I have to say at the bottom of it all, that’s the thing that gets me up in the morning and gets me” she said.

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