SCSU town hall: May 29, 2020; Fall plans include on-campus instruction

St. Cloud State held another town hall meeting at 9 a.m. on May 29, 2020. Speakers at the webinar included President Robbyn Wacker, Jen Furan Super, Clare Rahm, Dan Gregory, Phil Thorson, Jason Woods, and Corie Beckerman.

University – presented by Robbyn Wacker

Wacker acknowledge the death of George Floyd and announced she would be sending out a communication later in the day. The email communication was sent late in the day on May 29 and shared that as members of the community we have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

The goal is still to have students return to campus in the fall, which will of course include following guidelines from all agencies involved in health guidelines such as the CDC. Wacker made it clear that this is not a promise, but a plan.

The Bring Huskies Home Task Force is continuing to work and is currently identifying key activities and how they can continue to operate under new guidelines. The group will be reaching out to key stakeholders about those decisions. The six key activities include general campus wide operations, academic instruction, residential life, student services and advising, athletics and recreation, and engagement.

Academic Affairs – presented by Daniel Gregory

Course offerings will be adaptive in case another stay-at-home order is put in place.

While courses will not be “normal”, the primary form of instruction will be on-campus instruction.

Faculty will have a lot of options on how they will be delivering their courses in the fall.

Strategic Enrollment – presented by Jason Woods

Woods announced he will send out an enrollment update out on June 9.

Student Life – presented by Interim Vice President of Student Life and Development Clare Rahm

The Huskies Food Pantry has new hours. Updated hours and information are on their website.

Career services is currently helping international students find summer jobs.

The student emergency grants are still available and will reset at the beginning of the second summer session.

Information Technology –  presented by Phil Thorson

The IT team is continuing to work on finding more platforms to support distance working and learning. One specific site was MoveIt Securely. More information can be found on the website.

Health – presented by Corie Beckerman

More information will come on the next town hall meeting on SCSU’s development of procedures and practices that are inside of guidelines by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

The Medical Clinic and Pharmacy continue to serve students.

Operations – presented by Jen Furan Super

Parking permits will go on sale on June 2 at 9 a.m.

More than 375 SCSU logo masks have been made by volunteers. New volunteers are welcome.

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. 

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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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