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Columbus State University

July 23, 2020 - A Message from President Markwood

Good afternoon,

It is good to see some increased activity on campus as there are more cars in our parking lots, and more of my masked colleagues. With the increased activity, we must also be mindful of the additional precautions we need to take to keep us all as safe as possible - including wearing face covering, social distancing, and extra cleaning and hygiene.

Today’s update focuses on collaboration and innovation among our faculty, staff and students, and an update on our fall sports season.

P.R.O.W.L. Goes Virtual with MINECRAFT

Our campus may be closed to visitors right now, but incoming CSU students will have the opportunity to experience and explore the CSU campus through a virtually designed world in the game of Minecraft. The virtual campus was created by a team of CSU computer science students and faculty. Activities in the virtual world will be offered as part of P.R.O.W.L., our interactive and extended orientation that provides incoming students a preview of Cougar Nation.

This project serves as another game changer as we overcome obstacles and turn them into opportunities for growth amid the pandemic. I had no doubt that our innovative students, faculty, and staff could rise to the challenge of creating an exciting virtual adventure for our incoming students. Stay tuned as we share more news about this exciting project as we continue to develop our virtual CSU.

On a related note, please consider sharing and celebrating your team’s creativity and finding new ways to live out our core values as related to our brand pillars of Cultivating Creativity, Inspiring Collaboration, Reimagining Education, and Expanding Worlds. The deadline on this project is July 27. For more information on this celebration of creativity, contact Chelsey Powell in The Leadership Institute by email, powell_chelsea@columbusstate.edu, or click https://bit.ly/39nXrBm

Peach Belt Fall Season delayed until October 1

Yesterday, the Board of Directors of the Peach Belt Conference made the difficult decision to delay the start of fall competition until October 1. This will give us additional time to assess the situation. As our board representative, I joined with other board members to evaluate conference recommendations and guidelines. In the end, this is the best option to protect the health and safety of our student-athletes. This decision impacts our cross country and soccer teams here at CSU. A decision on men’s and women’s basketball will be made at a later date. We also await additional guidance from the NCAA.

As we get closer to the start of fall semester, we will continue to share information with you by email and online, so you remain up to date on our return-to-campus plans, and your role in protecting yourself and others. For the latest information, please check our site, https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/, and share your questions and concerns in our portal, https://columbusstate.formstack.com/forms/returning_to_campus_ideas_and_questions.

We are in this together, and together we remain committed to creating the most productive and safe environment for all of us. Cougars care, so please continue to do your part by wearing your mask while you are on campus, practicing social distancing, and employing rigorous hand-washing practices.

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

President Markwood