Update from RVCC President Michael McDonough (April 2)
My Thursday update will be a brief one. I hope classes are going well and that you’re all safe and healthy.
- Governor Murphy has extended the fiscal year to September 30th. This decision impacts RVCC in two ways: first, it means that FY20 is extended for three months and we anticipate a cut in our operating aid (the $9.7 million identified for our sector); second, it suggests that a brand new FY21 budget will be developed and that because of the decline in revenues the state may cut operating aid to the community college sector. I have no details at this point, but I’ll continue to report on the financial consequences of this unprecedented health crisis.
- HESAA (New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Authority) has extended the deadline for current students to renew state financial aid. Current students now have until June 1st to complete and file FAFSA. New students – those students enrolling for the first time in the fall – have until September 15th to file.
- Colleges and universities across the country are dropping the requirement of SAT or ACT for admissions. Many institutions are going “test optional,” and are paying more attention to a student’s high school record (GPA, course selections, and other experience) and material contained on the Common Application. It will be interesting to see if, after this event has receded into memory, if institutions will return to requiring a SAT or ACT score for admissions or if they will stay with these newer, more holistic approaches to admissions.
- I’ve included two updated pdf files from the NJCCC containing updates to the resources that are available during this crisis. (See links below)
- The outdoor Wi-Fi is complete. Lots 2, 8, and 9 have good coverage. Lot 3 will be improved when our delivery of additional access points arrives. At that time, we will add an access point on the Workforce Building.
- Our planning for Summer I is almost complete. As a reminder, Summer I will be entirely online. We will soon advise those students already registered for Summer courses and new students how registration and enrollment will unfold. Hopefully, I’ll provide that detail by Monday.
As always, please let me know about your concerns or your questions – or just send me an email letting me know how things are going. There will be no executive staff meeting tomorrow, but I’ll be on campus and I provide an update. Please take care.
Click here to read Past RVCC President Messages
Employment and Assistance Resources for New Jersey Community College Students and Community Members Affected by the Coronavirus
Health Resources for New Jersey Community College Students and Community Members Affected by the Coronavirus
Update on RVCC Events (March 31)
- Admission Events: Click here for updates
- March 26 Spring Open House has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 25, from 10am-1pm as a Virtual Event.
- March 30 Engineering Career Night event has been cancelled.
- Art Gallery: is closed until further notice.
- The spring seasons for the teams which include baseball, softball and golf have been cancelled.
- The RVCC swimming pool, fitness center and gym are closed until further notice.
- Clubs: All events cancelled through April 10.
- Library: Has moved to offering virtual/remote services only right now. Our online hours are Monday - Thursday 8:30am-9pm and Fridays 8:30-4:40.
- Planetarium: All school and public programs have been cancelled for the rest of March.
- RVCCArts: For additional information, visit www.rvccarts.org.
- March 12 The Boy Who Grew Flowers has been rescheduled for May 11.
- March 20 performance of Artrageous has been rescheduled for August 7.
- March 27 New Shanghai Circus, school-time and public performances, will be rescheduled; date is TBA.
- April 18 Shadows of the ‘60s will be rescheduled; date is TBA.
- The March 25 Paul Robeson Youth Achievement Awards has been rescheduled for May 27.
- The March 31-April 1 "Learning Through Experience" has been cancelled. For additional information, contact email@example.com.
- The April 4 bus trip to MOMA has been cancelled.
Update on Community Events held at RVCC
- April 4: American Red Cross Regional Conference for the Service to Armed Forces (ABC) - cancelled
- April 7: Iacangelo Financial (102) - cancelled
- April 9: Branchburg Rotary Board Meeting (102) - cancelled
Symptoms of the coronavirus appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. For people who have traveled to China or other areas impacted by the virus or have had close contact with someone infected with this new coronavirus and have developed symptoms, contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible, and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure to a patient with the coronavirus. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, nor is there a medicine to treat it specifically.
There are simple daily precautions you can take to help prevent the spread of the virus, flu or colds:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cough or sneeze into your clothing sleeve.
- Do not reuse tissues after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- Refrain from coming to campus if you are sick.
For Up-to-Date Information
The New Jersey Department of Health has set up a 24/7 public hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
For the most up-to-date and credible information about the coronavirus, visit the following websites:
- Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov
- New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health
- Somerset County Department of Health at http://www.co.somerset.nj.us/health