Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Dear fellow Gators,
While most of us remain away from campus – learning and working remotely – I still want to welcome you personally to our spring semester, so video will have to do. I recognize the difficulty of our current reality, and I want to congratulate and thank you for your perseverance.
Last semester, the California State University stated its goal of returning to primarily in-person instruction this summer. We don’t know exactly what that will look like – how many of us may return to campus or when or if things like vaccinations and physical distancing will be required. Our goal for fall is to offer as many in-person experiences as we can, but in a safe and responsible manner. As always, we will be guided by the advice of state and local health professionals. As such, it is still too early to make broad pronouncements about summer or even fall. But there are many encouraging signs of progress, including signals of financial assistance and support from the federal government and the development and distribution of vaccines. As I write this message, plans are being developed to offer vaccinations to our community – including SF State students and employees – on our campus. More details to come after the plan is finalized.
As I said, there are many positive signs, including – as I mention in this short video – a small symbol of persistence that I came across in my own office during a recent visit to campus.
As difficult and unusual as these circumstances are, I hope you will find joy this spring semester as we progress slowly but consistently towards the brighter days that I know are ahead.
As always, I wish you good health.
Lynn Mahoney, Ph.D.