HSU Graduation 2016
Jason Dale Johnson was just three days into his return as a student at Umpqua Community College when his brightly lit future was suddenly taken on October 1st, 2015.
Before his passing, and upon his return from a six-month treatment program through the Salvation Army, Jason found a new way of life, clean and sober.
Jason’s story is that of redemption, grace and courage.
Studying general education, Jason was determined to meet his educational goals through Umpqua Community College. “He was turning his life around and he was ready for a change” said his cousin, and CR staff member, Jennifer Bailey. “He always extended his hand to those who were hurting. He was always one for the underdog.”
In light of this terrible tragedy that prevented Jason from pursuing his own path of triumph, the Redwoods Community College District family asks the community to help create a special scholarship for students, just like Jason, who need financial assistance as they pursue their own triumphant return to college.
CR’s goal is to raise $2,000 in efforts to create a scholarship that will forever live on in Jason’s name, a kind-hearted and daring individual who never gave up.
We have the opportunity to lend our hand to honor Jason, by contributing to the Jason Dale Johnson Triumphant Return Scholarship.
Although donations will be always be accepted, the Scholarship Office hopes to reach our goal by March 1st so we may begin to offer this scholarship to students beginning in fall of 2016.
For more information, please contact the CR Scholarship office at 707-476-4191, or email Jordanemail@example.com
Faculty Association Concerted Activities Update
Dear HSU students:
As you may be aware, the California Faculty Association and the California State University system are in the midst of negotiations about the current faculty contract. These negotiations are conducted at the system-wide level, rather than at the campus level, so the discussions are happening at the Chancellor’s Office in Long Beach, not here at HSU.
Just over a week ago, the California Faculty Association (the collective bargaining agent for the faculty) announced that its membership had voted to authorize its leaders to initiate specific activities, which could include a strike, if no contract agreement can be reached at the bargaining table. The bargaining process is complex, and additional steps are required before any decisions about a strike or other actions will be made. The faculty are not on strike now, so you should not experience any disruption in your classes or exams this semester.
I know that news like this can cause uncertainty about how your studies could be impacted. I want to assure you that this recent vote does not mean that a strike is about to happen – or that one will necessarily happen at all. Additional hearings and negotiations are scheduled for late November and early December. For its part, the CSU has stressed its desire to work through the collective bargaining process and reach a fair agreement.
Most importantly, I want you to know that the faculty and staff of Humboldt State University are deeply committed to your success. Even if the negotiations become more contentious, I am confident that your faculty members do not want this issue to impact your educational progress. In the next few days, you may hear and see reports of rallies at the CSU system office or here at Humboldt State; these events are likely to draw media attention, but they are not part of a strike, and classes will continue to meet.
We will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available. If you would like more information about the process, the CSU system posts updates at www.calstate.edu/LaborRel.
Lisa A. Rossbacher, Ph.D.
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