COSAM News Articles 2020 August Message from Dean Giordano - August 2020

Message from Dean Giordano - August 2020

Published: 08/04/2020

By: Dean Giordano

To all COSAM faculty, staff, and students: 

As we prepare for the start of a new academic semester, I would like to invite you to join me for office hours tomorrow, Wednesday, August 5, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. I will be holding office hours via Zoom each week during this semester as long as needed, so please feel free to connect with me to ask any questions or discuss any concerns you may have at this link:

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I wanted to update you with important information about our return. First, all students will be tested for COVID-19, and all faculty and staff will have the ability to also be tested.

Faculty, staff, and students will notice a new GuideSafe Healthcheck Survey icon on your AU Access Employee page. You will be asked several questions regarding your health to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on the Auburn campus, and given specific directions if you need to seek medical attention. 

Planning for the fall semester continues including events that reach out to our alumni. COSAM’s Fall Leadership Council meeting will be held virtually on September 26. We have been able to consistently keep in touch with our members through Zoom meetings in both the Spring and Summer, and we have found ways to improve our communication including closed captioning for our council presentations.

This year, Linda J. Stone will be honored as this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award. In lieu of banquet this year, we will feature an article about her and plan on celebrating her accomplishments at a future celebratory banquet, hopefully in Spring 2021. 

Non-academic events that involve more than 50 people require special permission through October 10. As more information is available about potential upcoming events, I will share it with all of you. 

I would like to encourage you to explore the AHealthierU website,, which includes information about operational, academic, and student plans with frequently asked questions for each area and additional helpful resources.  

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. Again, I look forward to you stopping by my virtual office hours to address any of your concerns. 



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