OCTOBER 15, 2021
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The weather this week certainly ushered in change. We are surely transitioning from a beautiful fall to colder temperatures and, yes, eventually winter.

This change is much like what we are experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic, as we hope that in the coming months we will move into more of an endemic—meaning, the management of illness and transmission. And like any transition in life, it will take focus and mindfulness to progress smoothly.

I kindly ask that we be mindful that not everyone is vaccinated. This may be due to medical reasons, or simply a choice based on religious or personal beliefs—that is okay. To accommodate this, we have a testing policy in place for our unvaccinated brothers and sisters. This does not mean, however, that only the unvaccinated are being tested. We want to be respectful of everyone’s decision while maintaining full safety practices and protocols.

I encourage all of us to practice compassion toward everyone, and to withhold judgement, because not all of us make the same choices. Again, we are all family. We wish to eliminate all forms of discrimination or segregation. Join me in continuing to treat each other with respect.

In coming weeks, we plan to offer more vaccination clinics addressing not only COVID-19, but influenza. As we head into the cold weather season, let’s work to take the best care of ourselves, and each other, to prevent all forms of illness. Together we can keep striving for the best environment for learning.

Dr. Abel Chávez
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success
Trustee news
The Presidential Search Committee has completed its stakeholder meetings this week conducted by AGB Search. Don't forget that an online survey will be available until Oct. 20 at midnight. Access it here.
Flu, COVID-19 update and registration

Health officials are recommending everyone be vaccinated against influenza this year. Last year, flu activity was low as people were actively preventing the transmission of COVID-19. This may have led to lower immunity levels against the flu this year. Here is information on where you can get a flu vaccination.

  • November 2: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., North Conference Room
  • November 3: 3-5 p.m., North Conference Room

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated it is safe to get the flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine simultaneously.

Don't forget: If you have recently become vaccinated for COVID-19, please submit your paperwork! You can do so through our StarRez system.

Please note: those who are unvaccinated will be tested once per week for COVID-19. Daily testing is held Monday through Friday from 12-2 p.m. at the University Center Movie Theater. Sign up through StarRez.

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we have an easy way for you to screen and report illness. Scan the QR code here and the information will go directly to the COVID Response Team. You will be contacted and provided assistance.
Spring registration
Spring registration begins Nov. 1. To be able to register, you must have any fines, such as those imposed by COVID-19 testing non-compliance. Please settle those accounts so you can proceed with getting your classes for spring 2022.
News you can use
Family weekend!
Each year we invite our parents & families to campus during Family Weekend to experience life as a Mountaineer. Family Weekend offers a snapshot into the life of our students, highlights academic and extracurricular resources and events, athletic competitions, student performances, and other events that highlight the traditions of Western and the life of your student. 

This year's Family Weekend is Oct. 29-30, 2021. Find out more about the Family Weekend events and register here
Did you know?

Beginning Oct. 24, 2021, you will be required to use all 10 digits in dialing area codes 719 and 970.

Additionally, the Federal Communications Commission has adopted "988" as a new 3-digit number to be used nationwide to reach the National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

For "988" to work for everyone with a telephone number in these two area codes, 10-digit local dialing must be implemented.
Dates to remember
Oct 21: 9-week progress reports
Oct. 29-30: Family Weekend
Nov. 1: Spring registration
Nov. 4: Withdrawal deadline
Nov. 8: Spring registration for new students
Nov. 22-26: Thanksgiving break