Apr 7: Weekly Update from President Nowaczyk

Apr 7, 2021 2:30 PM

Good afternoon, 

We shared some good news about vaccines yesterday. All FSU students — and employees as well — can sign up to receive the single-dose Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccines here on campus this Thursday through next Tuesday or at UPMC Western Maryland on Friday. FSU has been prioritized for these vaccination appointments by the state of Maryland as a residential campus. Students and employees should check their FSU email for signup details — you must make an appointment. Thanks to the Allegany County Health Department, UPMC Western Maryland, the State of Maryland, and FEMA for their efforts.

We must also remain vigilant

It is essential to test twice every week AND follow proper health and safety guidance. Last week, our positive cases (mainly students) held steady with the previous week, while the region, state and nation continue to see increases. Vaccinations will help, but we must continue making smart, healthy decisions. Abide by our social compact, follow health guidelines, and use the Check-in Portal daily.

My Vaccines Info

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccination — 1st dose, 2nd dose or single shot — through any provider, please log into FSU Check-in Portal, look for “My Vaccines” in the menu at the top right, and record your information.  Over 700 staff and faculty have recorded receiving at least one dose of the vaccine.

Academic Assistance and Counseling

Students, I urge you to reach out to your faculty as needed for assistance as we enter the final weeks of the semester. The Academic Success Network offers a variety of options for assistance. If you’re struggling but are not sure what kind of help you need, the people in the Programs Advancing Student Success (PASS) Office can help point you in the right direction. This time of year is also stressful — and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can provide help.

Virtual Coffees

Students and employees, watch for invites to our next Virtual Coffees the week of April 19. You can review previous virtual coffees here.

Stay safe and be well,
Ronald Nowaczyk, PhD