Dear St. Scholastica Community,
I hope the last week of classes have gone smoothly for you and our students as we approach the end of the term. As I've said throughout the semester, I am incredibly grateful for all the hard work each of you have put in to keep our campuses running smoothly, engage our students in and out of the classroom, and maintain services across all of our sites. Thank you for being Bold and Benedictine! It's been quite a journey.
MDH Updated Quarantine Guidelines
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has released updated guidelines for quarantine timeframes which includes situations for 7-, 10- and 14-day. We encourage our community to review these guidelines as we approach the holidays. Also, if you haven't already, we strongly encourage you to download the free COVID-19 exposure notification app, COVIDaware MN. The app notifies you if you've been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you've been near. If you are outside of Minnesota, you can download your state's app.
Our 2020 Virtual Commencement will be held next Saturday, December 19 at 12 p.m. We will celebrate our Spring and Winter 2020 graduates with personalized slides during the ceremony.
Our commencement speaker is Marcy Steinke '85, Principal at MRC Strategic Consulting and Advocacy, focusing on National Security, Space and AI/ML Information issues. She is a retired US Air Force Colonel and combat pilot with 25 years Department of Defense experience. Steinke also served both PResidents Bush and Obama as Director of White House Operations Directorate. Student Leadership Award recipient, Andrew Bailey '20, will also provide remarks.
You will be able to watch the ceremony on the virtual commencement platform MarchingOrder.
Congratulations to Dr. Leah Prussia who has been selected from a large national pool to serve as a Health Futures Fellow through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Portland State University School of Social Work has launched a national cohort of 26 social work experts from around the U.S. and Canada, who will spend the next 18 months learning about how to apply a futures lens to some of the most challenging problems of society. Look for a full press release coming next week!
We could use your help!
Career Services and Alumni Engagement have partnered with the Career Leadership Collective to distribute a survey to alumni who are five and ten years out (2015 and 2010 bachelor's level grads). This survey is called the National Alumni Career Mobility Survey and has been distributed via email to over 1,600 CSS alums.
Survey questions fall into five domains: career pathway preparation, career satisfaction, community engagement, economic mobility, and educational satisfaction. This will be important data and the survey findings will provide insights about our alumni and how we can shift and enhance our existing student programming and services.
If you are in contact with alums from 2010 or 2015, or connect with alumni on social media, could you encourage their participation? See following for language and links Social Media Content to share on your personal pages or to share with your network.
Next Friday will be the last weekly update of the semester. I hope you have found these useful as we have navigated through this challenging semester.
Have a safe weekend and finals week ahead. May you feel the blessings of the Christmas season, and find hope and joy in your daily lives.
Stay safe and well,