Phone Banking, Student Support
Good afternoon, Comets!
It’s time for another edition of the C-C-C Four-One-One!
VIRTUAL TOWN HALL
You will not want to miss tomorrow’s virtual town hall! We’ll be talking about the budget, staff, instruction and student services. It’s happening on Zoom from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Elephant in the Room save the date invitation will be updated beforehand to include the link.
It is a clear and beautiful Earth Day! If you’re anything like me, you are missing campus today more than ever. I’m told that last year, the sustainability committee held CCC’s biggest-ever Earth Day celebration. We’ll have to wait another year for an event like that, but for now we can still celebrate online!
I appreciate that we’re all feeling a little isolated from our colleagues right now. But, our inboxes are also busier than ever. And, there are policies that detail the acceptable use of all-campus emails. Going forward, we ask that you abide by them and use all-campus emails very sparingly.
Any all-campus email should pertain to everyone who will be getting it. Other announcements, personal opinions, musings, etc. should relate to college business and be sent only to parties who are directly involved. The same goes for replies: please only respond only to people who need to be involved in the given conversation. Don’t be afraid to take someone out of the to or CC field if your reply doesn’t impact their work.
We also ask that you send only one announcement per event. As always, you should use the website update and marketing support request to request event promotion. It’s linked at the bottom of every page of the website. That will get it on the website and social media calendars, which are then used by marketing to promote the events on social, by email, etc. In fact, we hope to reinstate the bi-weekly event blast emails once we all get back to campus.
The CCC Foundation has started connecting in-need students with six months of free internet access, via their partnership with Comcast. Congrats to Sara Marcellino for securing the deal! Please direct students who struggle with internet access to this program. And, remember, we also have a limited number of laptops, scientific calculators and webcams available for students to check out. Please make an effort to make sure your students can access your instruction.
As the phone banking project reaches its end, our colleagues have personally called 7,000 CCC students. It’s all an effort to make sure they’re handling the transition to remote learning well, and to try to address any challenges they’ve faced. Thanks so much to everyone who has been involved in this effort. There are far too many to name, but they have each gone above and beyond for this. Extra-special shout-outs to Linda Johnson, Xiao Pena and Brian Williams, who have called way more than their fair share of calls. In the neighborhoods of 500, 800 and 1,000 calls, respectively! Next, we will be reaching out to students who have dropped this semester, to see if there’s anything we could do to get them back in class next semester, and how we might help other students overcome the same challenges.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions.