03.19.2020

Dear Students,

Job well done on making it through another week of the ever-changing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. I applaud you all for your Herculean efforts to adjust to our new (temporary) way of living. For those of you who are adjusting to taking classes fully online, keep at it. You can do this. If I could give each of you a fist bump, I would in a heartbeat.

A couple of updates:

  • Beginning immediately, per the Governor’s request, if you are coming to campus, you should take your temperature that morning. It would be ideal to take it twice per day (morning and night).
  • Effective Friday, March 20, the campus library will be closed, and all library services will be remote only. Students may use computer labs, classrooms, and other spaces to access the Internet as long as social distancing measures are maintained. The library will remain closed until further notice. If you have questions, please contact Janelle Hubble at jhubble@zanestate.edu or 740.588.1408.
  • Labs are being evaluated as we transition to an online format. Your faculty should have contacted you with information regarding the new instructional format for your class (please continue to check your email and Blackboard throughout the term.);
  • Please continue to review the FAQs on the Coronavirus web site:https://www.zanestate.edu/info/. It changes daily and has lots of helpful information you should know;
  • You’ll see signage around campus about limiting room/area occupancy to a maximum of 10 people at any one time. Please continue to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people. If you have questions, call the Coronavirus Help Line at 740.588.1224;
  • If you are facing an unexpected financial hardship, you could receive up to $500 to cover costs through an emergency program established through the United Way of Muskingum, Perry & Morgan Counties. Examples of financial need could include: car troubles, paying medical bills, unexpected need for childcare. For more information or to find out if you qualify, visit https://my.zanestate.edu/ICS/Finances/Emergency_Grant.jnz or contact Kisha King at 740.588.1321 or kking1@zanestate.edu.

For those who were planning to walk the stage and graduate in May, I want nothing more than to honor you, shake your hand, and celebrate together. Commencement is by far my most favorite, cherished tradition. Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation, Zane State College’s Commencement that was planned for May 7, 2020, will not take place as scheduled. Diplomas will still be mailed on time, but at this time, it’s too soon to decide on next steps regarding the ceremony and after party.

As we march forward together, please know each and every one of us at Zane State is fully committed to helping you successfully complete this semester.

Be well,

Dr. Brown