In Remote Operations Through Spring 2021
Announced: September 11, 2020
Following the system-wide recommendation made by CSU Chancellor Timothy White, Student Affairs will continue operating remotely through the Spring 2021 term. We will continue to live answer our phone line and monitor our email daily. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding during these difficult times.
Subject: I see you. I hear you. I feel you.
Announced: Friday, March 20, 2020
This is a scary and uncertain time for all of us. Information is coming fast and furious, and we have been moving so rapidly to provide operational and instructional information to you, that we haven’t yet stopped to acknowledge our collective humanity in this situation. I myself haven’t really paused to reflect or feel because it is just too much — it is overwhelming and nearly impossible to wrap my mind around. We’re all trying to adjust our lives and plans while doing all we can to safeguard public health and the wellbeing of those around us while making academic progress.
To every Stan State student — I know you are anxious and uncertain about what comes next, and I share those feelings with you. You have goals and dreams left undone; plays and concerts not being performed; games and meets not taking place; research and internships interrupted; spontaneous late-night conversations not occurring; student organization events cancelled; and a thousand other losses both large and small that we all mourn. It hurts, and you are not alone.
You are already or will soon be adjusting to unfamiliar territory with classes held in virtual ways. You may be the tech savvy student and think your faculty member can’t even send a text message. Maybe it’s reversed; your faculty member is an outright techno-geek, and you need your 10-year-old to get your voice mail for you. And though most of us probably fall somewhere in between, this is a learning opportunity for us all, and I think patience and grace is essential. Everyone is a learner, and everyone can be a teacher. For me, my outlook is more positive when I keep in mind that everyone is doing the best they can right now.
To our graduating seniors,
You have sacrificed and worked so hard for so long and achieved so much. And now, life-altering global events that affect all of us have taken away something that is uniquely yours: your final semester surrounded by friends and faculty, enjoying all of the accomplishments, milestones and traditions that you have gone to such lengths to earn and enjoy. This is a heart-wrenching loss.
But your Stan State story does not end this way. The importance of our Commencement ceremonies to our students and families has been included in our many discussions, and we are committed to holding your ceremonies when it is safe and feasible to do so. As a first generation graduate myself, I know how significant and symbolic this milestone is for you and your family; in fact, it is generation changing. It will be some time before we know the specifics, but we will do our best to give your achievements and time here at Stan State a full celebration.
Governor Newsom's Stay-at-Home Order and Travel
On Thursday, March 19, Governor Newsom issued a stay-at-home order. This will NOT further disrupt operations at the University. Campus remains open, all classes have moved to virtual instruction beginning April 2, and the semester is still in session. Most services are available online or by phone, and the Student Health Center, Housing & Residential Life, and Warrior Food Pantry remain physically open on campus with social distancing protocols in place. Please stay up to date about services by visiting the University’s COVID-19 Update & FAQs website often. This is where updates will be posted.
Each one of you is a precious, non-renewable, natural resource. Please take good care of yourself so that you can take good care of your family, both given and chosen. Please be safe and protect the health and safety of others by practicing social distancing and complying with stay-at-home directives. I know that BC (Before COVID-19), many of your Spring Break plans included traveling to other parts of the state, country and world. With the constant changes to travel and health regulations from the CDC and U.S. State Department, I ask that you strongly reconsider traveling. The current Travel Advisory is at the highest level, Level 4. In addition to putting your very own health at risk, if the situation of COVID-19 escalates further, you should prepare for additional travel restrictions or quarantine for all domestic and international travel. In other words, you may not be able to get home. And, if you are in another country, the U.S. may not have the resources typically available to support you.
This is a Difficult moment for Everybody
I truly want to thank everyone for working together in doing what’s right even though it means giving up things we cherish. If you are aware of something that has not been addressed or is unclear, please submit a question — we are here to support you. The Student Affairs team and I are working around the clock to remove barriers so that your studies continue without further disruption.
I am humbled to be here at Stan State with you at a time such as this. I have witnessed your inner Warriors time and time again, and I am so proud of you all. I see you. I hear you. I feel you.
Together we’ll persevere because we are Valley Tough. Go Warriors!
Very Sincerely Yours,
Vice President for Student Affairs
Updated: January 12, 2021