A Message from President Denise M. Trauth
January 11, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
The spring semester at Texas State University always holds a unique sense of hope and promise for me, and this year is no different. I am excited to begin another semester with my fellow Bobcats and look forward to celebrating the achievements and growth the semester is sure to bring.
We begin this term anticipating that Texas State will soon be providing COVID-19 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff on our campuses. I look forward to the added freedom this will eventually bring to our lives. In the meantime, we remain dedicated to making our university as safe as possible for all of you.
Texas and the nation are in the throes of another COVID-19 surge. As students return and we ramp up COVID-19 testing, we anticipate a spike in reported positive cases at the university -- and we are prepared. I am confident in the mitigation strategies we have in place that carried us through the fall with no evidence of classroom transmission, no disruption of university operation, and no outbreaks. Because of your diligence and hard work, we were able to complete the semester offering not only some face-to-face instruction, but also outdoor, socially distanced in-person commencement ceremonies.
Stay HealthyWe all did our part last semester and followed the university’s health and safety guidelines -- and it made all the difference. For the spring, we are continuing to take every precaution to have another safe and successful semester.
Because we know testing is critical to mitigating virus spread, we are expanding testing on the San Marcos Campus. Recently, we added a second kiosk, allowing us to conduct 200 to 250 additional tests per day. Random testing will continue throughout the semester, and with the additional testing capacity, we will be able to test more people throughout the semester.
We are also requiring all students and staff living and working in residence halls to be tested prior to move-in day. This will help ensure that we give our students the best opportunity to have a successful spring semester.
I was tested for COVID-19 during the week prior to my return to campus on January 4 and will continue to get tested throughout the semester. Please join me in this effort to keep ourselves, our friends and families, and fellow Bobcats safe.
You can review the complete list of additional precautions in place this semester in the January 6, 2021, email from our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Emilio Carranco.
Staying informed is vital to staying healthy. The university has adopted the following eight-pronged approach to providing you with the most current and relevant COVID-19 updates. This will become even more important as we begin to share details about our mass vaccination distribution plans.
- The Roadmap has been updated for spring with a new look and structure to provide easy access to the most important information.
- More information and data will be added to the COVID-19 Dashboard to increase our reporting capability.
- Dr. Carranco will send out COVID-19 updates to the university community every other week.
- On a regular basis, supervisors will receive tips/talking points to share COVID-related information with their employees.
- A COVID-Round-Up section will continue to be included in the TXST Connections email which you receive every two weeks.
- As appropriate, COVID-19 information will be included in my regular From the Hill email.
- We will reinforce and share COVID-19 messaging via social media channels.
- We will host a series of virtual Town Halls, with the first scheduled for January 15, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., for faculty and staff to address the beginning of the spring semester. More information will be forthcoming.
Let me end by thanking you for all you do for the university. We have overcome so much together, and although it has been hard at times, it has been rewarding to be on this journey with you. Let’s stay healthy and continue to learn, grow, and take care of one another this semester.
Denise M. Trauth