I write this greeting at the end of the Academic Year during a time which is usually celebratory.
Students look forward to commencement ceremonies, receiving honors and scholarships, accepting job offers, completing exams and projects, and looking forward to a summer of rest and rejuvenation. Unfortunately, our globe has been impacted by the microscopic novel corona virus 19 that has magnified our physical vulnerability. Following the directives of the Center for Disease Control and local Departments of Public Health the State moved to limit public gatherings and issued stay-at-home orders.
As CSUN was entering Spring Break the decision was made to move our instruction away from in-person to virtual/online. Students, Staff, and Faculty made the switch deftly and with the understanding that it was for the greater good. It would be a short term sacrifice leading to long term benefits. At CSUN and the College we have prided ourselves on teaching and student engagement. Our classrooms, where students learn from each other and their instructors, are our sacred spaces. But as the CSBS tagline indicates Locally Engaged, Globally Prepared we also are present across Greater Los Angeles and the world. We had to make painful decisions to postpone travel. CSUN's touch went from being in person to virtual.
I want to stress, however, that while the touch is no longer in person, it remains personal. I remain delighted to welcome you to CSBS.
Faculty continue to be available and accessible to students. Our offices remain open, albeit virtually. We remain phone calls away. We
are still available to answer questions, listen, and provide direction.
Too many people offer the phrase that we have to adjust to the new normal. I do not like that admonition. I suggest that we are simply adjusting. Our always normal is that we care. The CSUN ethos is that we face adversity and find opportunity despite the adversity and we rise and shine. We have it in our history. We did it when rebuilding from the Northridge Earthquake of 1994 and we are doing it now.
Almost all of us now have a relationship that has been impacted by COVID-19. I wish comfort during this time of loss. I wish encouragement during this uncertain time. We know that our summer classes will be online.
We remain uncertain when campus will fully reopen. This decision is the Governor's. Fall Semester 2020 decisions are impacted by daily national, state, and local briefings.
While we await direction about Fall 2020, know that care, logic, and sustainability impact the decision making.
All of us in CSBS, however, look forward to seeing you in person.
Please continue to take good care.
Looking forward to celebrating your achievements together,
Yan Dominic Searcy, Ph.D.