Jan. 06, 2022: Faculty and Staff - A Message from President Kelly Miller: Return to Campus Next Week

Dear Islander Faculty and Staff,

As we look toward the start of the spring semester, the situation surrounding COVID-19 in the Coastal Bend and in the Islander community remains dynamic. Although this situation is ever-evolving, I am certain of our ability to overcome obstacles when we work together. The semester will begin as scheduled, and I ask you to do your part to ensure the health and well-being of everyone on campus.  

As a reminder, those who test positive for COVID-19 must report it and quarantine as required. Those who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and are not vaccinated are required to self-isolate. We understand the CDC has updated their recommendations for self-isolation periods; however, at this time due to local conditions, our campus plans are to remain with the earlier 10-day recommendation. Additionally, we want those self-isolating or quarantining to have the ability to participate in the opening meetings for this semester as their health permits. Therefore, a virtual option should be available for any meeting taking place in the next week. 

The focus of this spring’s Faculty and Staff meeting is our strategic plan, The Islander Impact 2030. Given the importance of this meeting, originally scheduled for January 11, we are postponing it to a date to be determined later in the semester. The reason for this decision is two-fold. First, we are awaiting feedback and final approval of our strategic plan from the A&M System, a critical step in the process. Second, adding a virtual option to a meeting of this size has historically resulted in low virtual participation, and my goal is to have as much of the campus community engaged as possible. I remain extremely impressed by the work done across campus and look forward to sharing the plan with all of you. Every unit on campus plays a valuable role in its success, and without all of you, there would be no Islander Impact. Moving from plans to accomplishments will no doubt increase our student success, advance the work of our faculty and staff, and positively impact our community, our state, our nation, and the world through innovation on all levels.  

While none of the steps below are mandated, you are strongly encouraged to please do your part by following these recommendations: 

  • Get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To contact the University Health Center to schedule an appointment, call 361.825.2601.
  • Get tested before returning to campus. Free testing is available at the Curative Kiosk and the University Health Center.   
  • Get the flu shot. 
  • Wear a well-fitted mask or face covering indoors, regardless of your vaccination status. Dos and donts of mask-wearing are outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
  • Don't come to work if you're sick. 

As a reminder, classes begin on Tuesday, January 18. Between now and then, helping our students register for classes and prepare for the start of the spring semester is critical to their success, and that preparation includes looking after your health, as well as the safety of our entire Islander community. I look forward to seeing all of you as we welcome our students back to campus.  

Sincerely,

Kelly M. Miller, Ph.D.President & CEOTexas A&M University-Corpus Christi