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Messages from the President

2022-2023 Academic Year

 

Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

August 24, 2022

Dear University Community:

Today the Biden administration announced $20,000 in student loan debt forgiveness for those who received Pell grants and earn less than $125,000. This long-awaited decision is great news for our students and alumni.

This historic move could have a profound impact on many in our community. In the fall of 2021, more than 60% of Cal State LA students were eligible for Pell grants. A study by the think tank Third Way found that Cal State LA students take out fewer loans and take far less time to pay them off than other students. With today’s decision, our graduates will spend even less time carrying student loan debt, which will make climbing up the ladder of economic success that much smoother.

The Biden administration also announced other measures:

  • $10,000 in student loan debt forgiveness for individuals who did not receive Pell grants and earn less than $125,000 
  • Individuals with undergraduate loans will be able to cap their student loan payments at 5% of their discretionary monthly income 
  • The pause on repaying loans has been extended to Dec. 31 

In the coming weeks, more information on claiming relief will be available. You can sign up to be notified when this information is available and find answers to frequently asked questions on the Federal Student Aid website. For questions about debt forgiveness, you may also contact your loan servicer.

The administration has also made changes to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. These changes will make it easier for many to have their payments qualify and to have the remainder of their loans forgiven. I encourage you to visit the White House website to learn more.

I look forward to seeing the many ways student debt forgiveness will benefit our community.

Sincerely,  

William A. Covino
President

 

Announcement from President Covino

August 18, 2022

Dear Golden Eagle Family: 

Today at Convocation, I announced that I’m retiring at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year, in June 2023. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to serve as president of Cal State LA and to work with you for nearly 10 years.   

When I consider all that we’ve accomplished together—and all the storms we’ve weathered along the way—I’m grateful. The incredible work that’s taken place at Cal State LA could not have happened without you—the students, faculty, and staff. Debbie and I thank each of you for all the ways you’ve helped to make our community stronger, more compassionate, and simply better.  

My last year as president coincides with Cal State LA’s 75th anniversary celebration. Anniversaries are a time of looking back and looking forward—and sometimes making big moves. Now is a good time for each of us—for me and the University—to boldly step into the next chapter of life. My next chapter will include time for exploring new ventures, visits with my grandchildren, maybe a return to writing, with Debbie, and getting back to my accordion. 

In the many months ahead, I’ll still be here. As I said at Convocation, I look forward to getting to know our new faculty and staff, staying focused on student success, well-being, safety, and expanding our commitment to campus diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Debbie and I are thrilled to be part of the transformative energy that makes this University great. 

I’m confident that more good things lay ahead in the next chapter of the University’s history.  At Commencement each year, I send our students off with a reminder of my deep belief in them. Today I share that same reminder with you: You’re a Golden Eagle and you … will … soar! 

With gratitude, 

Bill Covino 

2021-2022 Academic Year

 

Message from the President regarding the overturning of Roe v. Wade

June 28, 2022

Dear University Community:

This is a pivotal moment in the history of our nation. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, we are witnessing the dismantling of half a century of protection and commitment to women’s reproductive health and to a woman’s right to choose. The court’s ruling is being felt deeply by many in our community.

I want to assure you that our Student Health Center will continue to provide the services it has always offered. We remain committed to providing our students quality health care that addresses their needs, including reproductive health care. This summer, Counseling and Psychological Services will offer free counseling to all students who need assistance because of the court’s decision. To make an appointment, students can visit the CAPS website.

In challenging times, our community comes together. I encourage you to check in on your friends and colleagues who may need support. Please remember that help is available through our Employee Assistance Program.

Let’s continue to take care of each other.

Sincerely,

Bill Covino
President

 

Message from the President about Juneteenth

June 17, 2022

Dear Cal State LA Community: 

The two-day CSU Juneteenth Symposium, held on June 15 and 16 at the Hyatt Regency LAX, featured a deeply engaging and informative array of speakers and presentations, and drew a large and enthusiastic audience. I was pleased to join a group of Cal State LA cabinet members, administrators, faculty, staff, and students for the live event, and those who participated via livestream.  

The event activated discussions that will continue through the summer and into the fall. I look forward to hearing ideas and proposals and continuing to support the ongoing work that moves us forward.  

The Juneteenth Symposium coincided with a June 14 news article describing the newly established Economic Mobility Index for higher education institutions, and noting that Cal State LA and Cal State Dominguez Hills are the top two institutions in the U.S. for the economic mobility of our students.   

Both Cal State LA and Cal State Dominguez Hills primarily serve students of color, and feature administrative leaders, staff, and faculty who represent the diversity of our student population and surrounding communities, and who are devoted to creating a campus and classroom climate that makes us the top universities in the country for student success.

There is much to celebrate, and there is work to do. Juneteenth calls our attention to that work, and to the crucial importance of our continuing improvement of all of the elements that contribute to the deep sense of equity and inclusion that must define Cal State LA. 

Happy Juneteenth, 

Bill Covino
President

 

Commencement 2022: Thank you!

May 31, 2022

Dear Staff:

You played an important part in making Commencement 2022 a wonderful celebration for more than 5,500 graduates and their family and friends. Please watch the video message below. 

 

Message from the President about the Uvalde School Shooting

May 25, 2022

Dear University Community:

There are no adequate words to describe the feeling of watching this national tragedy unfold again.

Before we’ve had time to catch our collective breath from the last mass shootings, we learned that an 18-year-old gunman massacred 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas yesterday.

Once again, we are in mourning. Once again, our hearts are broken.

Our experience does not become more bearable with time or repetition. It hurts to witness the grieving parents who dropped their children off at school, never to see them alive again. It hurts to know that teachers, who’d dedicated their lives to educating young minds, were gunned down in the act of doing what they love. It hurts to know that families will gather for holidays and birthdays, and always there will be an empty spot at the dinner table.

Whether it’s Sandy Hook in Newton, Connecticut, Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, or Geneva Presbyterian Church in Orange County; whether its 10 years ago or yesterday, this does not get easier. The more it happens, the more we must confront the question “why?”

Kids should be able to sit in a classroom with their teachers without fearing that bullets flying from an assault weapon will strike them. This is not too much to ask.

Yet, it’s in the most mundane, everyday acts of life that this hideous violence has interjected itself: an elementary school classroom, a supermarket, a church.

Our flags on campus had been at half-staff for the million lives lost to COVID-19. But there is another plague on our nation that we cannot ignore. We owe it to grieving families in communities across this nation. We owe it to those who have died. And we owe it to our future to remember the loss and grief and to say: No more.

During our Commencement ceremonies today, we observed a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting in Uvalde. Our flags are at half-staff for them. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and our prayers to the survivors and the community. We join with people around the nation in condemning gun violence.

Sincerely,

William A. Covino
President

 

Message from the President

May 18, 2022

Dear Cal State LA Community:

Over the last few weeks, I’ve heard from a number of people in our University community. The incidents at the mayoral debate and the subsequent vote of no-confidence by the Academic Senate have led to difficult questions and for some evoked strong feelings, including hurt and anger.

Within our University community there are varying views and perspectives, yet our faculty and staff are deeply committed to each other, our students, and our community. Extraordinary work happens at Cal State LA every day. I do not dismiss the feelings and concerns some have. I am listening and I welcome inclusive dialogue.

I want you to know that Cal State LA is continuing and expanding our work on diversity, equity, and inclusion through our Community Care Council, the Office for EquityDiversity, and Inclusion (in the Division of Administration and Finance), the Department of Public Safety, and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Together, we all can continue to address the ways in which our University can become an even more caring community. I’m committed to this work, and I know you are as well. I’m thankful for all you do to make good things happen for our students and for our community.

I look forward to coming together as a community to celebrate our graduating students next week at Commencement. Seeing the exhilaration, pride, and happiness of our graduates and their families brings us all joy.

Sincerely,

William A. Covino
President

 

A Message About Recent Mass Shootings

May 17, 2022

Dear University Community: 

Each time a mass shooting takes place people of goodwill suffer. We suffer knowing the pain, feeling the hurt, witnessing the grief of the victims.  

Our hearts ache for them and with them. 

This weekend we learned that an 18-year-old man carried out a horrific mass shooting at a market in Buffalo, New York, as part of a plan, rooted in white supremacy, to kill African Americans. Today we mourn with the families of the victims, and we pray for the survivors. Our hearts are with the Black community, and all those who are grieving. We stand against the hate that fueled this shooting. 

With growing frequency, we find ourselves in this position: of being horrified by the senseless loss of life and the cause. On Sunday, in Orange County’s Laguna Woods, another gunman carried out a mass shooting at a Taiwanese Presbyterian church. Political hatred was the motivation. Our prayers are with the community.  

We can never normalize shootings such as these or the hatred that causes them—even as they seem to happen more often. To normalize them would be to accept this as the human condition. As an institution of higher learning, we guide the development of the human spirit and potential through education.  

President Biden referred to the Buffalo shooting as an act of domestic terrorism and said, “a racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation.” We agree. We join with the president and other people of conscience around the nation in condemning these hateful acts. 

William A. Covino
President 

Robert Avalos
Vice President, University Advancement 

Amy Bippus
Acting Provost 

Octavio Villalpando
Vice President for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Student Life 

Joyce Williams
Vice President for Administration and CFO 

 

Message from the President regarding HEERF III funding

Feb. 28, 2022

Dear University Community:

We have good news to share about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III, or HEERF III.

Over the next several days, Cal State LA students will receive funds provided through HEERF III. We are preparing to distribute the $27,098,393.26 allocation earmarked for students. Students can use HEERF III funds for expenses related to the COVID-19 crisis. These include food, housing, course materials, child-care expenses, health care, and other priorities.

I’m pleased to note that federal guidelines have changed and more of our students qualify to receive assistance than with previous HEERF funding, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or undocumented status.

Students will receive varying amounts of assistance, based on financial need. Most enrolled students, regardless of their need or financial aid award, will automatically receive a baseline amount of assistance. No application is required to receive the funds. Students who have set up a direct deposit account in GET will receive the funds via direct deposit. Others will receive a check via U.S. mail. Information on HEERF III eligibility and our funding model can be found on the Cal State LA Cares Program website.

HEERF III assistance is available for enrolled international students. To receive a disbursement, enrolled international students may apply for HEERF III funding by completing the online Emergency Grant Application through the Office of the Dean of Students. More information is available on our Cal State LA Cares Program website in the section that details the HEERF III emergency aid amounts.

I’m glad to see that conditions related to the pandemic are improving and to know that our students have this funding to assist them.

Sincerely,

William A. Covino
President

 

Introducing [email protected], our new student well-being platform

Feb. 11, 2022

Dear Golden Eagles: 

As a college student, you have a lot to manage this semester, including your physical and mental well-being. That’s why I’m pleased to introduce you to our new well-being platform: [email protected].  

[email protected] is a personalized web portal that connects you to an extensive collection of online tools and campus resources to help you stay well and have a successful semester.

Here are just a few of the things that [email protected] can help with: 

  • Coping with stress and anxiety  
  • Studying and time management 
  • Learning about important campus resources like the food pantry, academic and career advising, university events, and getting involved in clubs and organizations 

You can create a completely confidential account at you.calstatela.edu with your MyCalStateLA login information and begin exploring the portal today. The platform is made especially for students, and new content is being added to [email protected] on a weekly basis. 

This digital platform, offered through our WellBeingU initiative, joins other resources available to you, including the services and programs offered through Counseling and Psychological Services

I encourage you to explore [email protected] and make the most of this new resource. Take care, stay well, and have a successful spring semester.  

Sincerely,  

William A. Covino
President

 

Spring Welcome and Return to In-Person Classes

Jan. 26, 2022

Dear Golden Eagle Family:

Welcome to spring semester 2022! As we start this new semester and new year, I’m grateful for your resilience and commitment. You’ve done what it takes to continue moving forward—learning, teaching, supporting one another—in spite of the twists and sharp turns caused by the pandemic.

A remote start to our new semester is not how many of us imagined the semester would begin, and I thank you for your flexibility as we adapted amid the surge of COVID-19 cases earlier this month. I’m encouraged by the recent data that shows COVID-19 case numbers declining in the county, as public health experts and data scientists predicted. With these improving conditions, we look forward to welcoming you back to campus on Feb. 14 to resume in-person classes as planned.

During the remaining two weeks of the remote phase of our semester, please remember that our University offices and services are still open in person and virtually as we continue to meet the needs of our community. As we prepare for the return of in-person classes, I want to share some important information and reminders that may be helpful to you.

Booster Clinics: During February, we’re offering a series of COVID-19 booster shot clinics on campus outside of University Library North near the Main Walkway that are open to students, faculty, and staff by appointment only. The next clinics are Feb. 1-2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will also have clinics on Feb. 8-9, 15, and 22. You can make an appointment today using the links on our We Are Healthy LA website. These clinics, offered in partnership with QueensCare Health Centers, are an opportunity for you to comply with the CSU booster requirement.

COVID-19 Websites: Our Health WatchReturn to Campus: EmployeesReturn to Campus: Students, and Faculty Guidance websites have been updated for the spring semester and offer a wealth of information to help keep you safe, healthy, and informed. I encourage you to continue to check these websites throughout the semester as they are regularly updated.

COVID-19 Testing: Our two free COVID-19 testing kiosks on campus are open to all students, faculty, and staff. You can find the hours, locations, and more information about our free COVID-19 testing on Health Watch.

COVID-19 Hotline: If you still have unanswered questions after reviewing our websites, you can contact the Cal State LA COVID-19 Hotline. Faculty and staff can call 323-343-3385 or email [email protected]. Students can call 323-343-3633 or email [email protected].

We continue to monitor the pandemic and to stay in touch with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We have been planning and preparing to ensure that we are ready to resume our plans for an in-person semester.

Our fall semester was successful because of our community’s care and concern for each other. Our students, faculty, and staff complied with the vaccination policy, masking protocols, and other practices. Our on-campus case numbers were low last semester, as they have been throughout the pandemic. I encourage those who are eligible and haven’t yet received a booster shot to do so as a way to keep you, your loved ones, and our community safe.

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon as we celebrate Cal State LA’s 75th anniversary together.

Sincerely,

William A. Covino
President

 

Message from the President

Jan. 10, 2022

Dear Faculty and Staff:

With mixed emotions, I am writing to announce that Janet Dial, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the Cal State LA Foundation, will be leaving the University to become vice president for advancement at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) in March 2022. The GLAZA mission aligns with Janet’s passionate interest in biodiversity and global conservation.

Janet came to Cal State LA in 2014 and later launched our first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. We began the campaign with a seven-figure gift that named the Erika J. Glazer Family Dreamers Resource Center, an accomplishment that is especially dear to Janet’s heart. Under Janet’s tenure, many other University entities were also named, including the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery, the Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing, and most recently the Mary Levin School of the Arts in the College of Arts and Letters.

“WE ARE LA: The Campaign for Cal State LA” has raised more than $98 million and engaged more than 15,000 donors. Thanks to Janet’s leadership, there is a greater culture of philanthropy on campus, and an array of gifts that have transformed the University and enriched the lives of our students and the communities we serve.

Please join me in congratulating Janet on this new opportunity, and thanking her for her dedication and many achievements. We wish her well in her new pursuits.

Sincerely,

Bill Covino

 

Message from the President about Spring Semester 2022

Jan. 4, 2022

Dear Cal State LA Community:

As a historic COVID-19 surge continues, we’re taking several steps to help make this semester as safe and successful as possible. This message outlines those steps and addresses important questions you may have related to the pandemic.

Our spring semester begins on January 24 and coincides with what public health experts expect to be the peak of the largest surge in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Out of concern for the health and safety of our community, we’re moving to temporary remote instruction for the first three weeks of the semester. From January 24 through February 11, classes will be held remotely.

By allowing the peak of the surge to pass before beginning in-person instruction, we hope to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our University community and the other hardships it causes. We look forward to returning to in-person instruction and activities. We will keep you informed and provide you with updates in the days and weeks ahead.

Although instruction will take place remotely, our campus facilities will remain open. Student services will be available in person or virtually. We encourage students to continue to handle matters such as financial aid questions in the format that works best for them.

Just before the winter break, we announced a new CSU policy that requires students, faculty, and staff to provide proof of a booster shot. We will provide information about the rollout of the CSU booster shot requirement as soon as it is available.

We strongly encourage anyone who has not received the booster shot to get it now. Taking this important step will help protect you, your loved ones, and others. Booster shots are available through your healthcare provider and at sites throughout Los Angeles County. Our We Are Healthy LA website provides a list of local vaccination sites and resources, such as the Los Angeles County at-home test kits. We encourage you to visit the Health Watch website for updated information.

As you know, changing circumstances may require us to again adjust our plans and procedures. Throughout the pandemic, your health, well-being, and academic success have been our priority. They remain at the center of our plans and decisions.

Sincerely,

William A. Covino
President

 

Spring Semester Update

Dec. 29, 2021

Dear Cal State LA Community: 

We recognize that the surge in COVID-19 cases may raise questions in our community about plans for the spring semester. This update is to inform you that we are monitoring the surge and reviewing our plans for the new semester, including our rollout of the new CSU booster shot requirement.  

A few local universities have announced plans to begin their spring terms remotely due to the surge. These universities are either on the quarter system or were scheduled to start the spring semester in early January.  

By contrast, Cal State LA’s spring semester is scheduled to begin on January 24. Along with other similarly situated local universities, we will continue to monitor the situation and determine the best approach for the spring semester. I met today with the director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, who did not advise that we change our current schedule. We will announce any changes in advance of January 24.  

In the meantime, we strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to get a booster shot as soon as possible when you are eligible. You can receive your booster six months after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Last week, the CSU announced a new policy requiring booster shots of students, faculty, and staff in spring 2022. More information about uploading proof of booster shots will be shared in January. 

Please do not wait until the start of the spring semester to get the booster shot. Vaccines remain our most powerful means of combating the virus and variants.  

Booster shots are available through your local healthcare provider and at sites throughout Los Angeles County, including locations in neighborhoods surrounding the University. You can find information about these local vaccination opportunities on our We Are Healthy LA website.    

We hope this break provides you with an opportunity to rejuvenate as we all prepare for the year ahead. 

Sincerely, 

William A. Covino
President

 

Celebrate our national champion men’s soccer team on Wednesday

Dec. 14, 2021

Dear Golden Eagle Family: 

Please join us as we celebrate the Cal State LA men’s soccer team and our historic national championship!  

We’ll congratulate and welcome the team home on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 11:30 a.m. near the steps of the University Bookstore and the Golden Eagle statue.  

The Golden Eagles scored the program’s first ever NCAA Division II National Championship in a 1-0 victory over the University of Charleston on Dec. 11 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  

With their hard work, grit, and determination, our team showed the nation what it means to be a Cal State LA Golden Eagle.  

We’re proud of our players, Coach Chris Chamides and his coaching staff, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Daryl Gross, the staff of our Department of Athletics, and everyone who helped make this victory possible. Our national championship is the eighth for any sport in Cal State LA’s history and our first since 1981. 

We look forward to seeing our champions and celebrating their historic achievement at Wednesday’s event. I hope to see you there.  

In the meantime, you can read more about the win in the Cal State LA Newsroom.  

Sincerely,  

Bill Covino
President 

 

Finals Fest

Dec. 13, 2021

Dear Students:

If you’re on campus today, Monday, Dec. 13, between noon and 2 p.m., stop by the University-Student Union Lobby and take part in Finals Fest. There will be games, therapy pets, and giveaways to give you a break from studying and help you make it through finals.

And be sure to check out our webpage that lists finals week hours for the library, computer labs, and other places on campus. This information will help you prepare for the week. You may also want to watch our WellBeingU videos, which offer student-tested tips on dealing with stress.

You’ve worked hard this semester, and we wish you success and well-being during finals week.

Sincerely,

Bill Covino
President

Aaron Burgess
Dean of Students

 

Message from the President

Nov. 18, 2022

Dear Cal State LA Family:

I want to take this moment to express my gratitude to you for all the ways you’ve contributed to Cal State LA this semester. I’m thankful to be a part of a caring and compassionate community of faculty and staff who give their best to our students, and students who work hard to achieve their dreams.

During this holiday season, I encourage you to take precautions that will help keep you, your loved ones, and our community safe and well.

  • In the state of California, COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are now widely available and recommended for all adults. You can make an appointment with your healthcare provider to get a booster shot, or find information about other locations offering booster shots from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
  • If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, please get vaccinated. The vaccine is still the best tool we have against the virus. You can find information about where to get vaccinated from the L.A. County Department of Public Health.
  • The influenza vaccine is also widely available. Please consider getting a flu shot. The L.A. County Department of Public Health also provides flu shot information.

Last year the holiday season was followed by a nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases. Together, we can avoid a resurgence. Please encourage your friends and loved ones to get fully vaccinated against COVID, if they have not already.

I hope this holiday season brings you rest, joy, and good times with your loved ones.

Sincerely,

Bill

 

Join our WellBeingU Speaker Series webinar tomorrow, Oct. 7

Oct. 6, 2022

Dear Cal State LA Community:

I hope you’ll attend our WellBeingU speaker series event on stress and resiliency scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 7 at noon. WellBeingU is our initiative to help support your inner and physical well-being by providing the University community with vital behavioral health services, resources, and basic needs.

Our guest speaker is Dr. Eva Selhub, an internationally recognized resiliency expert and coach. Dr. Selhub takes a holistic approach to providing the tools we need to reduce stress and cultivate resilience.

We all know life can be tough. We’re still facing the extraordinary challenges that come with living in a pandemic, along with the everyday stressors of school, work, family, and relationships. In spite of these challenges, our students, faculty, and staff are continuing to persevere while supporting one another.

It’s good to take a moment to explore healthy ways to cope. If you have not registered, please sign up for the webinar online.

Sincerely,

William A. Covino
President

 

Message from the President regarding HEERF III disbursements

Oct. 5, 2021

Dear University Community:

We have good news to share about the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III, or HEERF III.

Over the next several days, Cal State LA students will receive funds provided through HEERF III. We are preparing to distribute the $54,097,891 allocation earmarked for students. Students can use HEERF III funds for expenses related to the COVID-19 crisis. These include food, housing, course materials, child-care expenses, health care, and other priorities.

I’m pleased to note that federal guidelines have changed and more of our students qualify to receive assistance than with previous HEERF funding, including students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or undocumented status.

Students will receive varying amounts of assistance, based on financial need. Most enrolled students, regardless of their need or financial aid award, will receive a baseline amount of assistance. No application is required to receive the funds. Students who have set up a direct deposit account in GET will receive the funds via direct deposit. Others will receive a check via U.S. mail. Information on HEERF III eligibility and our funding model can be found on the Cal State LA Cares Program website.

Some assistance is available for enrolled international students. To receive a disbursement, enrolled international students may apply for HEERF III emergency aid funding by completing the online HEERF III Emergency Grant Application through the Office of the Dean of Students.

I’m hopeful that conditions will continue to improve and that this assistance will help our students. Let’s continue to take care of ourselves and of each other.

Sincerely,

William A. Covino
President

 

Message from the President

Sept. 10, 2021

Dear Faculty and Staff:

As we wrap up the third week of the fall semester, I want to share a few thoughts about our return to campus.

It’s exhilarating to feel the campus buzzing with excitement again. Seeing students on the walkway headed to classes or the food court is a reminder of how far we’ve come, how different this semester is from the last two. It’s been good to welcome home students, faculty, and staff, and I’m grateful that we are together again.

Being on campus now is different from our pre-pandemic life together. It is familiar and yet new. There are COVID-19 testing kiosks on campus, a face mask requirement, a vaccination requirement, and other protocols. There is a new responsibility that comes with being together and a new set of expectations.

Thank you to everyone who has complied with the CSU vaccination requirement, and those who plan to comply by the deadline. Last week students learned that a registration hold will be placed on the accounts of those who have not uploaded proof of vaccination or received an exemption.

This hold and other requirements are in place to help us keep our community safe. We all want this semester to be the very best that it can be. We will continue to listen to you and to provide the needed resources, strategies, and protocols. When new situations arise, we will continue to work together to resolve them.

I’m proud of the way our community takes care of each other. Let’s continue moving forward together.

Sincerely,

Bill