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Dec. 4 Safe Return update

Safe Return

Safe Return

Dear College Community,

I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgivings and came back reenergized for the remaining time of our semester as we head into the winter break. I understand news and updates within our world and our own closer communities are ever changing, and I appreciate the hard work everyone has put in to keep the College community running smoothly and positively. 

Important Spring Semester Information

Spring Term: We have been getting questions from students about spring semester, and some confusion about how we plan to return. As a reminder, our spring semester, with classes beginning on January 19, will be operating in a hybrid format just as fall semester started. Classes will be held in their scheduled formats (in-person, online or hybrid as determined by the departments), residence halls will be open, and campus/extended site operations will continue as we have in the fall term. 

Upon return, we will have a 2-week quiet period at the beginning of the semester that will limit in-person student activities and visitors in the residence halls, similar to what we did at the beginning of the fall semester. The hybrid schedule will not be altered.  

Spring Dates for No classes: Also, we have finalized the spring no-contact dates in lieu of spring break. There will be no classes on the following dates, administrative offices will be open:

  • Tuesday, February 16
  • Thursday, February 25
  • Wednesday, March 3 (moved Community Day here)
  • Tuesday, March 16 (during original Spring Break week)
  • Friday, March 19 (during original Spring Break week)
  • Monday, April 12

my.CSS
Cor is being upgraded to a new internal communications platform called my.CSS. Brightspace, the College's new learning management system will have a landing page for all current students, faculty and staff. Please enjoy this short video introduction to my.CSS.

Before the formal launch on January 4, introductory sessions will be hosted featuring hands-on training! If you'd like to get a peek at what's coming, please join one of these Demo Zooms:

9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8: https://css.zoom.us/j/2248506237
11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8: https://css.zoom.us/j/2248506237
1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11: https://css.zoom.us/j/2248506237

Additionally, you can sign up to be a my.CSS beta-tester!

Native American Heritage Month Celebration
On Monday Native Studies hosted a ceremony to close out Native Heritage month. Three jingle dress dancers were brought in to accompany our college drum, Odagaaki-Bines (Thunder being on the hill). In traditional Ojibwe and Indigenous culture, the jingle dress is a healing dress. The dress and songs are meant to provide hope and healing to all. If you were unable to attend this session here is a link to the recording. We were given permission by the singers and the dancers to share this with our campus community. Many thanks to Native Studies, the EDI office, and all those involved who made this very special occasion happen.

Congratulations to Dr. Kim Kruger!
Dr. Kim Kruger has been awarded the Rural Health Hero Award by the MN Dept of Health (MDH) Office of Rural Health & Primary Care in recognition of her service to the UMD residency program and CSS PA program. She was nominated for this award by Bria Schurke, PA-C (CSS PA Program, Class of 2019) and the nomination was supported by the entire department as well as current and former students. We are so proud of this recognition! 

President's Holiday Celebration
In celebration of the Advent Season, we held the annual President's Holiday Event virtually. The video event features an Advent reflection from Sister Beverly Raway, Prioress of the St. Scholastica Monastery, reflections of hope from the St. Scholastica community, my holiday address, the previously recorded Lighting a Tradition event held on Nov. 18 and music from the College's Concert Choir. A huge shout out thank you to the Advancement Office, facilities, IT and our wonderful Concert Choir for making this event so special this year!  You can check it out here: View the President's Holiday Event. 

Winter Zoom Backgrounds
We have added some new winter campus scenes to our collection of Zoom backgrounds. Enjoy!

Thank you again for all of your hard work this week, for your generous spirits, and flexibility. Because of you, we continue to be that beacon of light and hope for our Saints Community. Enjoy your weekend, many blessings to you, stay safe and be well!

Barbara