‘Welcome FSU’ message to faculty and staff

This message to all faculty and staff has been approved by Dr. Amy Hecht, Vice President for Student Affairs.

The time has come—the Fall semester is upon us and students are returning to campus! A lot has happened over the last few months as we have helped serve and support students during this global pandemic and we would be remised to not acknowledge that. Thank you for all of your energy and talents. Although it has not been easy, our University has remained strong because of you and we truly appreciate it all.

With the return to campus, we are embarking on a very exciting time as we help welcome new students into our community and reunite with returning students. Welcome FSU is a collaborative initiative aimed at helping students acclimate to campus and explore what FSU and this semester has to offer them!

This semester, Welcome FSU will be held August 12-28 and will feature a variety of remote and in-person programs, held both synchronously and asynchronously to provide the most versatile welcome to the campus community, despite COVID-19. Please use the media kit and advertise welcome.fsu.edu widely within your networks. Programs will be featured weekly, so we encourage you to revisit the website often to see the most up-to-date details and offerings. A full schedule can be found at welcome.fsu.edu/events.

Virtual FSU (studentaffairs.fsu.edu/virtualfsu) will continue to offer engagement opportunities and community building for new and returning students throughout the Fall semester. As we continue to assist students living on-campus, off-campus, and at home, please help share these opportunities on your social media platforms, websites, and email communications.

Additionally, Student Affairs needs your help! If you are able, volunteer staffing is needed at the FSU Testing Site at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center from August 10-23.  Duties include greeting & providing a warm welcome for students, assisting College of Medicine staff with registration, instructing students to take a wristband if they live on-campus, watching them immediately put the wristband on, and directing them to the exit. Staff will be behind a glass divider and masks will be required throughout the shift. For more information and to sign up, please visit signupgenius.com/go/fsutesting. Remember, for most of our incoming students, this will be their first visit and welcome to FSU, so let’s make it great!

For questions about Welcome FSU, please contact Alison Leach Hughes or Edwin Darrell. Thank you to the Welcome FSU committee for the positivity and intentionality and thank you to all of you for supporting our efforts as we engage and welcome students to FSU!

Go ‘Noles!

Amy Hecht, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs