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March 30, 2020 - Message from President Markwood


Today, in a way, is a second welcome back to the semester as we relaunch our courses primarily through our online portal. This has been a heavy lift for many of us, particularly as we approached this task at home.

Thank you for your patience and creativity as we continue to manage through this constantly changing environment.

Our campus, our community, and our country have changed in dramatic ways, and we understand how this has impacted the way we educate and the way our students will learn going forward, starting today.

Our faculty and academic team have been hard at work getting our online educational delivery system ready for us to continue the Spring semester this week. We really appreciate your efforts in making this transition as stress-free as possible.

Students, don’t hesitate to reach out to your professors if you have class questions. Faculty, continue to reach out to the Center of Online Learning.

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

  • March 27, Free COVID-19 Screenings for Employees
  • March 27, Admission Announcement
  • March 26, Refund Plans

We received numerous responses from our students for ideas on creative alternatives to our traditional commencement ceremonies. We will have an update on our plans to celebrate the Class of 2020 in the next few days.

Our Emergency Management Team is meeting, by telecom, at least once a day, to review, adjust, and execute our plans to keep our campus safe and minimize the disruption to our learning environment.

This challenge has changed our normal. It will change our institution, our community, our economy, and our society. As we finish the semester apart from each other, we have an opportunity to be reflective, to be creative, and to change.

Together we will navigate this challenge and the change it will bring. Together we can be leaders and creators of a new normal.

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

I have seen firsthand how extraordinary the CSU community is, and I am proud of the dedication, compassion, and leadership you have shown throughout these uncertain weeks.

Stay strong, be safe, and be kind.

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

Dr. Markwood's Signature

President Chris Markwood

Virtual Advisor