I hope you’re having a safe and healthy summer. I’m sure you have many questions as we are heading into fall, and you are beginning to think about returning to campus. I would like to update you on progress being made, so we can begin to answer some of your questions.
I have been working with a group of dedicated student leaders for the past few weeks as part of the Fall Reopening 2020 Committee. Thank you to this group for their dedication to the process.
First, I would like to introduce you to the COVID-19 planning website, Steadfast and Resilient.
Since this website is being regularly updated as decisions are being made, this is the place to go to find answers to many of your questions. We also created an online form for you to use in helping us plan for the fall. If there are questions you believe should be addressed in future communications from me or the university, or that you believe should be included on this website, please fill out the form and let us know.
Student committee members expressed to us that you are looking for more direct guidance. Moving forward, I (and other administrators on the Winona Campus) promise to communicate with you on at least a weekly basis to discuss and share what is happening within various areas. For example, I will be able to update you on the following areas:
- Overall university safety policies
- Food service
- Campus safety
- Classrooms and academics
- Gostomski Fieldhouse (athletic and recreational)
- Residence halls
- Wellness Center (health and counseling)
- Tutoring and Writing Center
- Access Services
- Policies and procedures
- Fine arts
- Clubs and organizations
- Campus Ministry
- Quarantine and isolation procedures
- Other areas of interest highlighted by each of you
Although this fall may look and feel a little different, we are committed to providing you with a wonderful student experience. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. Together, we will find solutions to make your fall successful. Stay safe and remember, together, we are Saint Mary’s.
Tim Gossen, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs