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Good morning, and thank you for coming today.
Joining me on stage are:
First, a little bit of housekeeping.
I encourage everyone here to sign up for Sacramento State’s Emergency Notification System, which is also known as ENS.
This is the system we use to send text messages and emails to faculty, staff and students in the event of a campus emergency.
To sign up, go to the Sac State home page and click on the ENS icon.
And encourage your friends on campus to sign up as well.
It only takes a few seconds.
ENS is a state-of-the-art system, but we can’t reach you unless you sign up.
Now, I wish I had better news about the economy and the state budget.
Here’s what this means to us at Sacramento State:
First of all, we are complying with the cost-saving measures ordered by the Chancellor’s Office, including restrictions on travel, and stopping non-essential purchases and non-essential hires.
Next, I want to say that I realize it’s difficult to talk about some of the better news for our campus when there is a proposed increase to student fees.
It’s a sad reality that the same economic forces that jeopardize our state funding also put tremendous pressure on our students.
So while our budget is shrinking, our commitment to improving what we provide our students must be stronger than ever.
The new Residence Hall and the Recreation and Wellness Center are going ahead as planned because they are not being built with state funds.
The move to the CalSTRS building is proceeding as scheduled.
The CSU is different from other state agencies because we do not fall under the Governor’s recent order for furloughs and pay cuts.
The members of the University Budget Advisory Committee have done an outstanding job under difficult circumstances, and I want to thank them.
Together, we closed the campus’s structural deficit, and as a result, we don’t have to deal with a problem that is $7.2 million larger than it could have been.
We also prudently cut nearly $5 million from the current fiscal year’s budget.
And Student Affairs has managed our enrollment to preserve the quality of education we offer and ensure that we do not lose funding due to impaction.
The state budget is a long way from being signed, and we likely will have some tough choices to make.
So I will be meeting regularly with UBAC throughout the Spring and Summer.
We will do everything we can to protect this campus.
Last August, in my Fall Address, I said that it is ironic that in times like these, the demand for education rises.
We also know that the need for higher education grows.
Friends and colleagues, our economy, state and nation need educated graduates now more than ever.
The people of our communities need the degrees and courses we offer.
History has shown us that an innovative workforce is the best way to overcome an economic downturn.
Thank you very much.