May 20, 2020 Weekly Chronicle

Dear CSN Family,

I hope you all had a chance to attend our Virtual Town Hall yesterday, where we had over 400 attendees and answered dozens of your questions. The topic of returning to work came up frequently. Let me assure you that our phased-in return-to-work plan will closely adhere to social distancing and other safety guidelines.

A limited number of employee groups will begin returning to campus on June 1. This will include the Executive Council — vice presidents and others who report directly to me — as well as some Facilities employees needed to ensure campus safety and readiness. While we have not finalized return-to-work dates for other employees, please know that we continue to follow guidance from the chancellor and the governor. In addition, I heard you loud and clear when you voiced concern for adequate notice for return to work. Thus, we will provide a minimum of 10 days’ notice to return to campus.

We will strictly maintain six-foot social distancing protocols on campus. This will be especially important once students return to campus in the fall. Please be prepared to wear masks or face shields when on campus. Anyone who has specific circumstances should consult with their supervisor and Human Resources.

HR continues to hold its virtual “Collaborative Conversations.” Please email to schedule a time to hold a conversation with HR leadership regarding questions you may have about topics such as returning to campus or leave policies. These conversations are confidential, and are meant to be another means of communication to our employees in answering their questions and concerns.

You may be aware that our Campus Life coordinators have been busy holding virtual events for our students. Ranging from yoga sessions to live chats, these events have focused on putting our students first, helping to keep them informed and engaged. I want to thank our campus vice presidents & provosts and our coordinators for their continued focus on our students.

Finally, I want to strongly encourage you to submit your nominations for a Distinguished or Excellence Award. These prestigious awards include cash prizes, and they’re always very competitive. The deadline is 5 p.m. this Friday, so the time to get your nominations ready is now. Recognizing the outstanding work of everyone in our CSN family is vital — especially now, when you have all been working so hard to ensure that our students get all the support they need during an unprecedented time in higher education. And yes, self-nominations are appropriate.

Thank you and remember that we are in this together and together we remain Vegas strong and CSN proud.

Stay safe and God bless.

Federico Zaragoza
College of Southern Nevada

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