Campus Notes (10/11/20)

Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief

Enrollment remains steady

While some colleges are seeing a decline in their enrollment numbers, enrollment has remained steady at CSUSM. 

CSUSM’s final stateside enrollment is 14,643 for the fall 2020 semester, a slight increase of 124 students as compared to fall 2019’s headcount of 14,519, said Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Services Scott Hagg in an email to The Cougar Chronicle. 

One active coronavirus case at CSUSM

CSUSM has just one reported coronavirus case reported as of Oct 11. (Photo from the CDC on Pexels)

There is one active case of COVID-19 at CSUSM as of Oct. 11. There have been 24 cumulative cases over the course of the semester.

CSUSM may have more cases than they have reported, as the data does not include employees working remotely or those who live off campus and do not participate in any campus activities. Those individuals are not obligated to report a positive case. 

CSUSM data can be found at csusm.edu/csusmasone/contact/report-case.html. The site is updated whenever there is a change in case numbers.

The library now offer a contactless way to pick up materials through Library Lockers. (The Cougar Chronicle File Photo)

Library launches contactless pick-up of physical materials

Kellogg Library now offers students, faculty and staff a way to borrow physical materials. Requested materials will be held in a designated locker to allow for contactless pick-up. 

To borrow an item, go to biblio.csusm.edu, search for the desired item and request it. The library will email you when the item is ready for pick-up.

Materials will be held for six days and can be picked up 24/7. The lockers are located in Craven Circle outside of the second floor of the library. To return materials, use one of the return boxes in Craven Circle.

Currently, you can borrow books from the CSUSM University Library collection, although the library hopes to expand to loaning media, equipment and interlibrary materials soon. 

For more information, visit biblio.csusm.edu/lockers.

CSUSM to celebrate homecoming virtually

CSUSM will offer a week of virtual events and social media campaigns to celebrate homecoming from Oct. 19 to Oct. 23.

There will be 15 events total with various intended audiences, including events for students, for alumni or for anyone.

Scheduled events include trivia nights, a scavenger hunt, a game night, a magic show, a cooking class, a drawing class, a showing of past basketball games and more.

For a full list of events and social media campaigns planned for homecoming, visit csusm.edu/homecoming/index.html.

While students cannot currently visit the library to access computers, the university has opened a socially distanced computer lab in the USU Ballroom. (The Cougar Chronicle File Photo)

CSUSM aids students with technological needs

During the mainly virtual semester, students struggling to get the technology they need can take advantage of resources offered by the university.

Students needing laptops or wireless hotspots can receive a loan from Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS). 

Pick-up is by appointment only Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment, visit csusm.edu/iits/.

There is also a socially distanced computer lab set up in the USU Ballroom. There are 30 computer stations and an additional 20 desks with power hookups for students who bring their own laptops. 

Stations are sanitized after each use, and a face covering is required to enter.

The computer lab is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. To check if there is an available station, students can go to the “On Campus” button on the CSUSM app.

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