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April 21, 2020 - President Markwood's Message

Good afternoon,

As we start another week of managing through the daily issues, let me start with my gratitude and thanks for the incredible work being done on our campus. Our combined efforts are providing students with the best educational experience possible under these circumstances.

You have probably heard about the Governor's plan to phase in the reopening of the state’s economy, starting with some businesses being allowed to reopen on Friday. While this is a very encouraging sign of the first steps of our community returning to a somewhat normal environment, keep in mind that we must continue to focus on doing what is needed to keep our faculty, staff, and students as safe as possible. His announcement did not include permission to return to campus.

Our Emergency Management team has been discussing a strategy and process as we anticipate the future reopening of campus. While the timetable is not set, we will provide updates on our instructional and operational plans throughout the summer. As we develop these plans, we are doing so with a commitment to both safety and care for our students, staff, and faculty.

Our immediate focus is on increasing Summer and Fall enrollment. I encourage all faculty and staff to contact Sallie McMullin in Enrollment Services and ask how you can help. You know our students best and I'm sure they would welcome contact from you. Just like our response to COVID-19, "We're All in This Together" for our students and for CSU.

I continue to hear inspiring stories every day of new ways our campus community is taking care of each other. Inspired by a project started by Kim Garcia in CSU’s Theatre Department, our HR team is launching a campus-wide initiative to sew face masks for our employees who continue to provide essential services on campus. If you are craft-inclined, have a sewing machine and some basic sewing skills, please consider signing up here. Mask kits will be available for pick up at the front desk of the Campus Police department on Main Campus. For more information about the project, please contact a member of the HR and Payroll team.

Please continue to reach out to your colleagues, family, and friends who may be feeling isolated to stay connected and to lift each other up, even if we have to do so virtually. You may find out that you are the one who needs to be recharged by reconnecting with others.

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

Dr. Markwood's Signature

President Chris Markwood