Campus Co-presidents Excited for Phase 4, Start of Fall Term

Friday, July 30, 2021

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

On Sunday, August 1, 2021, we will reach a milestone in our journey through the pandemic, the end of Phase 3 operations and the start of Phase 4 in our Roadmap for Reopening. It is very exciting to celebrate the return of many staff members next week, followed by faculty beginning Tuesday, August 17, 2021. We want to acknowledge and thank all of the faculty and staff who worked onsite to support campus operations and student learning throughout the pandemic.

Faculty Welcome Back activities will begin on Tuesday, August 17 and will include both virtual and onsite activities. The collegewide Academic Assembly will take place virtually and is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 19, 2021. After Academic Assembly, College President Kathleen Plinske will host three open virtual town halls. Learn more about Academic Assembly and the town halls here. 

Campus-based faculty activities will take place on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Individual faculty work time is allocated for the mornings and virtual division-specific activities will take place at or after 4 p.m. We are still in the process of developing our region and campus faculty engagement plans, which will offer both in-person and virtual options for participation.

While we officially begin Phase 4 next week, the pandemic is not over, and we will continue to focus on our two priorities of protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students and supporting the continuity of learning for our students.

We have heard the concern coming from many of you about how will we return to campus. Please be sure to view this latest update from Vice President of Organizational Development and Human Resources Amy Bosley that we will continue to require masks indoors and accommodate physical distancing as we begin our Phase 4 operations.

We encourage you to continue sharing with us your range of emotions and using our Optum Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as you deem necessary.

Let’s continue to be available with grace, patience, and understanding for one another. Remember we want to always honor and respect the emotional and physical space that others may need to feel safe. Let us continue to be present, as well as value and serve each other and our students with care and thoughtfulness. We are looking forward to our return to campus and serving our students, staff, and faculty.

And remember, your campus leaders are here as resources to support you throughout this process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your dean, director or campus president if you have questions or need assistance.


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