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March 20, 2020 - President Markwood's Message

The announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus in Muscogee County elevates the urgency of this health crisis and the importance of our unified efforts to do all we can to keep our campus community as safe as possible, while minimizing the disruption to our learning environment.

Since my last message, we have emailed and posted the following major updates on our webpage:

  • March 20, Admissions Changes
  • March 19, Residence Hall Move Out Plan
  • March 19, Events Cancellation
  • March 19, USG Partial Refund Announcement

We will continue to update you via email, social channels, and on the resource page at as this situation develops and additional directives are issued. Contact Chip Reese if you have any questions,

At this time, to ensure that we are continuing to provide the support services our students may need, our Campus Health Center, Counseling Center, and Food Bank will remain open. If you know of students who need these services, please encourage them to seek our assistance. Our Dining Halls will also continue to serve students who remain on campus, on a limited schedule.

We know that there has been a significant disruption in our ability to work. Some units on campus have employees that could use direction and tasks that can be accomplished at home, and we have some units on campus that need people to get some things accomplished. I have asked Todd Reeser to spearhead an effort to connect people with units that need work that can be accomplished at home. If you have ideas, please feel free to contact him,

As an example of creating new work teams, we are forming a temporary University Relations Communications team by bringing the talents and skills of the marketing and communication specialists from across our campus together. This expanded team will support campus-wide initiatives and strategies related to the coronavirus, and to continue to support our recruitment marketing campaigns, social media, and website communications.

As a timely reminder, our brand promise states that Columbus State University challenges the seekers and the creators to see possibilities from fresh perspectives and make awe-inspiring collaborations that improve their lives and our world in dramatic ways. That challenge now applies to all of us, as we create new ways to work together to overcome the challenges before us, and those yet to come. You will soon receive information on how you can share your ideas on creative alternatives to commencement ceremonies.

This challenge is different in so many ways. For many tragic situations, we naturally come together for comfort and support. For this situation, we are being forced to distance ourselves from each other, to isolate, and to work and teach remotely. This separation is difficult for many of us who are in the business of building relationships and interacting with people. I encourage us all to not forget about the human needs we have for connection and interaction. While our technology will be useful in accomplishing the tasks we need to complete, please take the time and make the commitment to reach out to people and check on how they are doing.

I am inspired by what I see and hear happening around our physical and virtual campuses. The creative solutions to problems and the selfless acts of assistance and sacrifice give me confidence that we will navigate this situation and be stronger on the other end.

I want to assure you that our team is focused on our number one priority, the health, wellbeing, and safety of our campus community.

Thank you for all you do for our students, our community, and each other.

Dr. Markwood's Signature

President Chris Markwood

Virtual Advisor