Message from the Chancellor: May 10, 2021
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
As the 2020-21 academic year draws to a close, I would like to express my deep appreciation to Blinn’s faculty and staff for making the past year so successful. Building connections with each of our students to provide life-changing educational opportunities is a cornerstone of our mission and our culture. This year, to fulfill that mission, our faculty, staff, and administrators overcame the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic with resolve, innovation, and skill. Words cannot express my gratitude for your tremendous service to our students and communities.
I also would like to congratulate our students, who have demonstrated their own adaptability, creativity, and commitment to higher education. At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 13th, we will recognize more than 650 graduates during a virtual commencement ceremony on the Blinn College YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/Blinn1883. I invite each of you to join us as we celebrate the Blinn College Graduating Class of 2021 and wish them well in their future endeavors.
In recent months, I have shared our plans to resume offering face-to-face courses on our campuses during the summer I and summer II terms, to host College and community events on campus, and to resume offering youth camps and activities. We plan for an increased number of employees and services on all campuses as we transition to expanded summer activities. Supervisors have been asked to work with their vice chancellors to develop staggered, alternating schedules that meet the College’s business needs, with final approval from the Human Resources Department.
We also look forward to returning to regular campus operations, courses, and services this fall. With five course formats to choose from, students will be able to select the best modality for their learning styles. These options include:
- Traditional – Face-to-face courses that take place on campus at a specific time and location.
- Live Online – Live classes that are held at scheduled times using Zoom videoconference software. This method of instruction does not require students to be on campus.
- Flex Online – All class content is posted online with no scheduled class sessions. This method of instruction does not require students to be on campus.
- Blended – Students participate in face-to-face classes that take place on campus at a specific time and location. More than half of class content is posted online in eCampus. The eCampus portion of the class has no scheduled class sessions.
- Blended Zoom – Students participate in live classes held at scheduled times using Zoom videoconference software. More than half of class content is posted online in eCampus. The eCampus portion of the class has no scheduled class sessions.
At 10 a.m. on Friday, August 27th, we have another celebration in store – the grand opening of the Brenham Campus science, technology, engineering, and innovation building. This three-story, 72,000-square-foot facility includes 17,000 square feet of laboratory space and a 3,000-square-foot innovation center featuring a 3D printing lab, soldering space, robotics area, virtual reality space, and high-tech fabrication shop. I look forward to welcoming many of you back for the fall semester as we celebrate the start of a new academic year and launch a new era in scientific education and discovery at Blinn College.
Thank you again for making so many sacrifices in recent months to keep our campus communities safe. You truly have demonstrated the values and civic-minded leadership that make Blinn such a unique Texas institution. With an eye toward brighter months ahead for all of us, I wish you and your families good health and best wishes this summer.
Mary Hensley, Ed.D.
Chancellor of the Blinn College District