SCSU town hall: Feb. 16; More campus members are eligible for the vaccine

SCSU held another town hall on Tuesday, Feb. 16 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; Jenn Furan-Super, Director of Emergency Preparedness; Daniel Gregory, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Clare Rahm, Student Life and Development Interim Vice President.

Health Matters

The CDC has been providing more information on variants of COVID-19. There are currently three main variants. Research currently shows that the vaccines are effective against all of the variants.

If you have been completely vaccinated (two weeks after your second dose), you do not need to quarantine for 90 days if you have been exposed. It is still important to practice social distancing and masking guidelines.

Minnesota is currently vaccinating people in categories 1a, Priority 1, 2, and 3. St. Cloud State sent out a survey to all members of the campus community this week for those in the given categories to ask to be put on the vaccination list.

Campus Operations

The testing center at the River’s Edge Convention Center will be closed Feb. 22 through March 2.

Students who would like to be tested can call the SCSU Medical Clinic at 320-308-3191.

Employees are encouraged to contact their personal health care provider for testing.

Campus will be hosting testing events on Wednesday, March 3 and Monday, March 15.

Last week, the CDC changed their recommendation about masking. Double masking recommendations are for people who don’t meet all of the criteria. For example, a properly fitting mask with two layers qualifies as double masking.

Groups on campus who would like to travel (out of state or internationally) need to submit a request at least one month prior to the travel plans and go through the process.

Academic Affairs

Planning continues for the Fall 2021 semester in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Health.

Ideally, the University is planning to have predominantely in-person offerings.

Student Life

All campus events can be found on Huskies Connect.

There is a training session for Student Organizations on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. for how to to host face to face events under the latest guidelines.

Strategic Enrollment Management

March Commencement will continue as planned. The limit of people was increased from 150 people to 250 people. The plan is to have five ceremonies that day, split by colleges.

Volunteers are needed for the commencement. Those interested can contact Nichole Pazdernik at nlpazdernik@stcloudstate.edu.

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 Panek

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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