Today's Update: Tuesday, January 5

January 5, 2021

Dear Student Life Team,  As we have continued to plan for spring semester, there have been some new developments over the past few weeks, and I want to be sure you are up to date on all that is going on. 

Remember that the first two weeks of spring semester classes (January 11-15 and 18-22) are via virtual delivery. Then, beginning the week of January 25, classes for the rest of the semester will be a mix of in person, online and blended teaching, as we had in the fall. 

Move-In will run from January 17 through 24. More details to come, but we will need help with this important effort. You can sign up online: The process is designed to keep everyone safe and healthy, while still making sure we properly greet students and their families.  

Some students will be living in residence halls for the first time, or at least the first time this academic year. As students learn how each of their classes will be delivered, those first- and second-years who will receive in-person instruction are being invited to contact Student Life Housing Administration if they would like to arrange for a room on campus.  

The calendar for spring semester has changed a bit, with expanded instructional breaks. The first of these two-day breaks from classes will take place Feb. 23-24. The second will be March 31-April 1. These will replace the previously announced single-day instructional breaks. It will give students a couple days to catch their breath, and I hope we will utilize these days to pause as well.  

Also, please be aware that the university has extended the current restrictions on domestic and international travel through June 30, 2021. This follows the public health guidance of local, state and federal officials.  

As you may have seen in my earlier message, Carla Smith Jones will be joining us on January 25 as our Senior Director of development. In addition, in case you missed it over the break, Dr. Shawnte’ Elbert has agreed to assume the role of Associate Vice President for Well-being and Health in the Office of Student Life, effective January 25. Dr. Elbert, currently the Associate Dean for Health and Wellness for Central Washington University, is an accomplished leader and student affairs administrator with a depth and breadth of experience in college student health and wellness, including harm reduction, prevention and risk management. You can read more in a special update I sent a few weeks ago:

Let’s get ready for a Scarlet and Great semester!