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    March 23, 2020

    Good morning, and I hope you all are remaining safe and focused on the well-being of yourself and your family and friends. It goes without saying that the coronavirus pandemic has altered our professional and personal lives in vital and varied ways. On behalf of the NACE Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank all of you for stepping up to support each other. As always, your willingness to share expertise, ideas, and data continues to demonstrate our commitment as a community.

    As we need to rely on each other more than ever, I would like to offer two key ways we can help each other:


    Also, although we cannot meet up in person for the time being, we can tap into our collective thinking in a variety of ways. We are planning for additional ways to connect virtually. There are currently several ways we can continue to connect including:

    • Town Hall – April 8: Our next free Town Hall is dedicated to practices higher education and university recruiting can use to ensure the safety and well-being of staff, employees, and students. (Register here.)
    • Quick Poll Results: Get the latest updates on what is happening in higher ed and industry and how that affects recruiting and employment.
    • Member Ideas/Suggestions: Get insights and ideas from your fellow members to help you manage your operations and services. This resource is updated multiple times during the week.
    • Buyers Guide: Many of our Business Affiliate members are positioned to help you manage your operations and deliver your services. You’ll find information about their products and services in the NACE Buyers Guide.
    • Coronavirus Updates: This page offers a collection of relevant links.

    Updates: First-Destination Surveys, In-Person Events
    We have received some questions regarding the survey currently underway (Class of 2019) and the pending survey (Class of 2020).

    We are extending the deadline for reporting results for the Class of 2019 to June 30, 2020.

    In addition, we recognize that, as many institutions collect data at graduation, many members will need to use different strategies to collect data from the Class of 2020. We are developing recommendations to assist and will reach out to all college members with guidance.

    Finally, please be aware that we continue to monitor guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding travel, large gatherings, and safety concerns and will keep you apprised of any changes or modifications to the NACE conference and other NACE in-person events scheduled for June and beyond. Your safety and that of our staff and partners is paramount.

    In the meantime, and as I noted in my last message, we will provide a full refund on registration to anyone who must cancel their paid registration for an in-person event scheduled between now and the end of June 2020 due to illness or travel restrictions implemented by their organization. (See refund details.)

    As always, we will keep you apprised of developments, but I encourage you to reach out to me, the Board, or the NACE staff if you have questions or concerns. Stay safe, and stay connected!

    Sincerely,

    Christopher Carlson
    2019-20 NACE President
    Northrop Grumman


    March 11, 2020

    On behalf of the NACE Board and staff, I want to share with you how your professional association is responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in relation to the upcoming NACE20 conference.

    We recognize that, while many of our members are currently in low-risk areas, we have seen how the coronavirus has impacted our member organizations. Several university member organizations in high-risk areas have moved their classes online and restricted international travel. Several employer members have also restricted travel as well as engagement at large events, and some have asked their employees to work from home. Whereas not all our members work in high-risk areas, we want to emphasize our commitment to the safety and well-being of our community.

    NACE20, scheduled for June 2 – 5, in Minneapolis, promises to be yet another excellent opportunity to gather, learn, share, and celebrate, but we need to ensure that we support our community and each other by taking sensible and appropriate action to make our time together successful. We are closely monitoring the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance. As of now, the CDC has not issued guidance limiting domestic travel or public gatherings, but we will continue to monitor the CDC and other credible sources and will keep you apprised.

    In addition, we are working to ensure robust and effective health and safety standards as part of planning for our annual gathering, and I want to assure you that we are working closely with the Minneapolis Convention Center, hotels, and our other partners in Minneapolis to ensure all appropriate measures will be in place both behind the scenes and out in front. Hand sanitizers are standard at most gatherings these days, but we will also implement sensible policies, such as “no hugs, no handshakes.”

    Because we recognize that this is a very fluid situation, we have made a number of modifications and taken a number of steps to support our community:

    • We are extending the discounted Early-Bird Rate for NACE20 through June 5, 2020. This will provide you with the flexibility to make last-minute decisions about attending conference, if necessary.
    • The extended Early-Bird Rate also applies to the preconference workshops, which are scheduled to coincide with NACE20.
    • We have modified our policies for NACE events, including NACE20, the preconference workshops, and 2020 Executive Leadership Symposium: We will provide a full refund on registration to anyone who must cancel their paid registration for an in-person event scheduled between now and the end of June 2020 due to illness or travel restrictions implemented by their organization. In addition, we are reaching out directly to those who are hosting NACE in-person events in the next six weeks to determine whether those events will proceed as planned; we will keep registrants apprised of the status of those events as well as their options.
    • Regular updates: To keep the community up to date on what is happening both in terms of NACE events and on campus and in college recruiting, we have created the Coronavirus Updates page: naceweb.org/updates. This will provide you with easy access to the latest results from our quick poll of members, articles about how members are managing the virus in their organizations and institutions, and news about conference and other NACE events. We are also providing a place for our members to share resources—see the NACE Community Library > Coronavirus Resources (member login required).
    • Town Halls: We are planning a series of virtual Town Hall meetings to give our members and the larger community the opportunity to get the latest information and insights and share their questions and experiences. Details on these free events will follow.

    We will keep you apprised of developments, but please reach out to me, the Board, or the NACE staff if you have questions or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Christopher Carlson
    2019-20 NACE President
    Northrop Grumman


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