SCSU town hall: Feb. 1; March Commencement plans in progress

SCSU held another town hall on Monday, Feb. 1 at 12:15 p.m.

Speakers at the town hall included Robbyn Wacker, SCSU President; Brent Nielsen, Medical Director; Jason Woods, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management; and Jenn Furan-Super, Director of Emergency Preparedness.

University

President Wacker thanked everyone for “Laying Low” and that the reported cases are very low for the beginning of the semester.

The campus will slowly transition into large in-person events.

Huskies Athletics is starting to allow spectators at events.

Health Matters

There are currently not enough vaccines available for all those who are eligible right now.

The following groups are priority for vaccinations: healthcare workers, emergency services personnel, mental health professionals, long term care residents and workers, and those 65 years and older.

It is expected that K-12 educators and childcare workers will be added to the priority list soon.

A survey was sent out late last week asking that if you fit the criteria for top priority for vaccinations. The deadline to fill out that survey is today, Feb. 1.

“We are working with Stearns County Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health to identify our students and employees who are 1a eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations but have not received them through a Stearns County 1a Eligible Survey,” read the email sent to students on Jan. 27 and 29.

SCSU will not become a vaccination site until there are enough vaccines readily available. For now, the campus community will need to be vaccinated in coordination with the county.

Filling out the survey does not mean that you are guaranteed to be vaccinated, it means that you will be added to the contact list to potentially be vaccinated.

Campus Operations

“The MDH Testing Center at the River’s Edge Convention Center has been extended into the month of February,” shared Furan-Super.

The center will take a month off from Feb. 22 through March 22, and then continue operations.

Campus will have some testing events: March 3 and 15. Like the previous events, the testing will take place in Atwood and are open to the public.

Commencement

“The office of Records and Registration has the sole responsibility for coordinating and organizing all aspects of SCSU’s official commencement ceremony(ies),” reminded Vice President Woods.

The goals for the March Commencement include having a face to face ceremony and allowing for at least two family members to be in attendance.

Each ceremony can have 150 people at this time. Currently, they are planning for five ceremonies.

If the ceremonies were to be cancelled, those attending would be notified at least a month in advance.

If the March ceremony is cancelled, students would be able to attend the spring commencement ceremony on May 7.

More information was shared during the town hall. Only new information was shared in this recap. For all information, please check out the previous town hall recaps at universitychron.com

This article was updated on Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. for grammar.

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Anna is a junior at St. Cloud State University and is double majoring in Math Education and Spanish Education, with a minor in Special Education. She is the Managing Editor for the University Chronicle this year. When she is not at campus attending class, working as a learning assistant or math tutor, or writing for the University Chronicle, she enjoys volunteering, reading, being overly competitive at board games, and telling horribly funny puns.

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