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Touch Base Tuesday 1-19-21
Dear Faculty and Staff:
Welcome to the first edition of Touch Base Tuesday for the spring 2021 semester.
As we return from our day of remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, and transition to a new semester, I thought you might enjoy listening to Dr. King’s Letter From a Birmingham Jail, spoken in his own voice. Though it was written on April 16, 1963, I believe his powerfully convicting message resonates with us today, as we continue on this road toward social justice and racial equity.
On Thursday at the Spring Semester Faculty Update, I presented an overview of state and national news that affects higher education, reviewed our Fall Semester accomplishments, and recognized our exemplary faculty. Dr. Holly Martin, vice president for academic affairs, provided an update on changes within academic affairs, HLC accreditation work, and progress on fall goals. As always, Todd Galbierz, vice president for administrative services/COO, reviewed the current state of our FY21 budget, and the news was good. Revenues are up, funds have been released by the state, and enrollment is trending above budget projections. He concluded his remarks with details about construction and Proposition CC projects and the latest from the Pandemic Committee. Following a spirited trivia game hosted by Vice President Dave Leenhouts, Dr. Martin concluded the meeting with self-care tips and mindfulness exercises. The Staff Spring Update is set for Friday, February 19.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has helped to prepare for the Spring Semester. Whether you have served students, cared for the grounds or our buildings, or have fine-tuned your syllabi and class plans, we continue to come together under extraordinary circumstances to support our students’ success. Thank you and have a wonderful first week of classes.
Here is this week’s COVID-19 update: