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Columbus State University

August 6, 2020 - A Message from President Markwood

Good afternoon,

Columbus State University has built a reputation and identity as an institution that cares for people, invests in people, and helps every member of our campus community be creative to the core in their academic and personal endeavors.

We want to kick off the fall semester in the spirit of caring for, investing in and uplifting others through next week’s Welcome Week events. We’re accepting the challenge of being creative to the core by applying a virtual format to the week’s events, which begin on Monday and extend through Friday, Aug. 14. Dr. Deborah Bordelon will join me to kick off our activities beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 10th. We will be live from Legacy Hall, so please join us at https://aa.columbusstate.edu/welcome-week/.

I want to particularly invite you to join our Keynote event on Tuesday, August 11. Dr. Peter Felton will discuss Relationship Based Education and its importance to us in this environment. For a campus that has designed its identity about connecting, engaging, and building community, this session is timely and important.

The move to a virtual format has led to changes to our typical Welcome Week schedule so make sure you visit our Welcome Week webpage, where you can sign up for sessions now.

It’s important that you sign up for events in advance so we can connect you easily to those virtual sessions. They range from how to lead in our new virtual environment to taking better care of yourself, both mentally and physically. These opportunities will include faculty and college meetings in your areas.

Following Monday’s opening remarks, we will celebrate our colleagues’ years of service and the launch of a new milestone recognition program. These special faculty and staff members are examples of our core values in action. They exemplify the dedication to the high quality and transformational education experience our students have come to expect from CSU.

Considering the enormous challenges we continue to face, it is even more important that we take the time to celebrate, honor and connect with each other. Our forward momentum will rely on your ongoing commitment, and as well as our students’ commitment and cooperation. Thank you to each of you who have helped us plan, adjust, and adjust again as we strive to provide the safest and most productive learning environment possible this fall.

Because of changing circumstances, our plan undergoes regular updates so we will continue to share information with you by email and online, so you remain up to date on our plans, and your role in protecting yourself and others. The entire Return-to-Campus plan can be found online at https://www.columbusstate.edu/covid-response/, where you can also monitor future updates. The site includes information for faculty, staff, and students, as well as a section containing your most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see a question you want answered, please submit it through our portal at: https://columbusstate.formstack.com/forms/returning_to_campus_ideas_and_questions.

With just over a week until the start of the fall semester, please continue to observe the safety guidelines to protect yourselves, our students, and our campus community.

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

President Chris Markwood