Message to Students

October 2, 2020

Good morning Bulldogs!

Today marks the end of the fifth week of classes.  We hope you are feeling a sense of routine with your fall schedule and are excited about all that you are learning.  Thank you for your continued efforts to keep yourself and our community healthy. 

Thursday, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Bobby Fleischman announced as part of the University’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the decision has been made to eliminate Spring Recess scheduled for March 6-14, 2021.  Instruction will continue through this week and the semester will end a week earlier than previously planned. The last day of classes will be Friday, April 23, with exam week now scheduled for April 26-30, 2021. ​​​​​​​ This information as well as the temporary academic accommodations shared last week are posted on the Academic Affairs Website.  

Tips for Maintaining Mental Well-being

The pandemic has resulted in increased feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and stress for many.  This is completely normal during this unusual time of physical distancing, uncertainty, and many changes and abrupt transitions.  All the actions that will keep us healthy including face coverings, physical/social distancing, and restrictions on larger, in-person events and activities can lead to feeling less connected to friends, Registered Student Organizations, and loved ones.

If you are feeling this way, please know it is normal, and it is okay to feel how you are feeling.  It can help to set goals and maintain a routine, to eat well and be physically active, to maintain a consistent sleep schedule of 7-9 hours per night, to regularly connect with friends and family even if it is by video or phone call, and to take a break every day where you take time just for yourself.

If your feelings begin to impact your ability to function like your normal self, please reach out to our Personal Counseling Center (PCC) for additional support.  For main campus and statewide students, visit the PCC website for a list of resources and support and/or call (231) 591-5968 or send an e-mail to [email protected] to set-up an appointment with one of our Counselors. Students at our KCAD campus can reach out to Marie Yowtz, director of Counseling and Disability Services, at (616) 259-1136 or via e-mail at [email protected], for resources and support.

Bulldog News

Bulldog News is a concise e-mail digest that uses Microsoft SharePoint as a collection point for important information, including event information for students. Bulldog News is delivered every weekday afternoon to your address.  Reading Bulldog News is one of the most effective ways to be aware of activities and events happening!

When using an iPhone we recommend you shut off your Focused Inbox to ensure you see this timely news.  To do so, open the outlook app on your iPhone, tap on the upper left photo bubble to open the options, then tap on the gear at the bottom left to open settings, and slide switch to turn off 'Focused Inbox'.

Additional $250 Scholarship Drawing!

Please take a moment to review your local address and cell phone number in MyFSU using the link “Verify/Update Address” which can be found in the MyRecords channel for Students. From the main MyFSU page click on Student, then click on the MyRecords icon, and click on the Verify/Update Addresses in the left hand column. Select “Local” to update your local address and “Cell Phone” to provide the most up-to-date mobile number.

The process is simple and takes less than five minutes. We will enter all students who update their information this week into a drawing for a $250 scholarship!

Phase 2 CARES Grants Still Available

More information and a link to the application can be found here. Note: you will need to log onto MyFSU to complete the application. 

Best regards,

Joy N. Pulsifer
Dean of Student Life