Welcome back for the spring semester! I hope your winter break was relaxing, enjoyable and productive.
Although you were away for six weeks, we have spent much of that time planning for spring. Collective bargaining has continued between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF), and we remain committed to reaching a fair agreement with our outstanding faculty. PASSHE’s goal is to control costs so we may continue providing you with an excellent, affordable education.
Both sides agree progress has been made and we hope the spring semester will move forward uneventfully. I assure you the university administration remains committed to your success and will take every possible step to ensure your continued progress toward your degree.
In the event of a faculty strike, you should remain here and go to your classes, as individual faculty members may choose to teach. If a faculty member chooses not to teach, you would be able to make up missed coursework, just as students did after the effects of Tropical Storm Lee closed the university in fall 2011.
Student activities and programming would be expanded and enhanced. The campus would remain open including: residence halls; dining venues; Andruss Library; Kehr Union; Warren Student Services Center and all support offices therein, such as financial aid, registrar and admissions; and the Student Recreation Center. Nelson Field House also would remain open and all athletic events would proceed as planned. University Police would continue to provide services to the campus community and shuttle bus transportation would be available.
We also see this as an opportunity to engage in meaningful service to our fellow citizens within the extended community. As engagement beyond the classroom contributes to your overall educational experience, we would encourage you to volunteer in the community or expand upon existing opportunities offered through the Colleges, Student Life, CGA, the SOLVE Office, alumni and business partners.
It is my hope that the spring semester remains on course with classes meeting as planned and all students progressing uninterrupted toward their degrees. You have my assurance we will do everything within our power to make this happen.
David L. Soltz, President