SCSU town hall: Oct. 9, 2020; Operations continue as preparation for spring begins

SCSU held another town hall at 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Speakers at the town hall include Robbyn Wacker, SCSU President; Brent Nielsen, Medical Director; Jenn Furan Super, Director of Emergency Preparedness; Jason Woods, Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management; Dan Gregory, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Phil Thorson, Deputy Chief Information Officer.

University Information

“Our COVID numbers are really being managed well and that’s due to everyone here on campus,” shared Wacker. “We have folks really doing an amazing job to keep everybody here on campus safe.”

Conversations are happening about adjusting the academic calendar. A decision has not been made yet.

Homecoming begins Oct. 12. All of the events are shared on the University’s website and Huskies Connect

Health Matters

The number of cases are increasing; however, due to more people being tested, the percentage of positive cases is staying roughly the same.

Anyone who is a close contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 should quarantine. Any questions can be directed to the SCSU Medical Clinic

A negative test for COVID-19 does not mean that one’s 14-day quarantine is over. 

If you become aware you are a close contact of a positive case, you should wait 5-10 days before getting tested.

General Campus Operations

Anyone entering campus needs to complete and pass the self-assessment every day. If you get a “red” screen contact your professors and/or supervisors about how to proceed with not going to campus that day. The questions were also updated on Oct. 9, 2020, so be sure to carefully read the questions to avoid getting an accidental “red” screen.

There is a community testing event Oct. 13-Oct. 15 at the River’s Edge Convention Center from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. each day.

Strategic Enrollment Management Update

There will be an in person fall commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. More information will be coming.

SCSU is holding a retention summit on Friday, Oct. 16, 202 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Woods shared that the University wants to hear what is holding students back from continuing their education due to the pandemic that will help them “be as intentional as possible to help our students persist.”

Academic Affairs

Spring registration will be opening soon. Gregory walked through how the spring semester will be offered, at least what the plan is right now. More information was shared in the spring registration explanation article

IT

D2L is being utilized significantly more this semester than in previous semesters. 

Amazon Alexa devices now offer St. Cloud State skills such as asking about locations on campus and events being hosted.

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 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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