JCSTF COVID-19 (coronavirus)

JCSTF COVID-19 (coronavirus)

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Learning Opportunites

Update (3/24/20)

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) is available to support students and families and will make every effort to mitigate financial burdens created by this extraordinary situation. If you have incurred—or will incur—additional expenses or severe financial hardship, please contact Husker Hub at 402-472-2030 or huskerhub@unl.edu to request a financial aid review for the Spring 2020 semester.

Update (3/20/20)

Dear Students, 

We know that you are receiving a lot of rapidly changing information as regards university, college and school policies related to COVID-19. We recognize that it may be challenging to manage all of this information. The most accurate and up-to-date resource for all of the latest information on COVID-19 at UNL is: https://covid19.unl.edu/students. We encourage you to check this site daily for updates.

Included here is important new information regarding access to the Carson Center and Temple buildings. (As a reminder, The Carson Center is closed to all students throughout Spring Break as there will be repairs to the floor happening.)

As of 5 p.m., Friday, March 20the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts and the Temple building will be temporarily closed until further notice amid increasing Covid-19 concerns. Student keycard access will be suspended during this time. Any Theatre, FNM, or EMA student who needs to use the Carson Center computer lab as the only method to complete assignments should contact Megan McMasters at megan.mcmasters@unl.edu or 402-525-1990 to request access. This permission will only be granted under extenuating circumstances in that the student has no other option to complete coursework. Any access will be temporarily granted and may only be to complete coursework. We will do the same in RVB 213. (All other rooms/studios in the Carson Center and Temple buildings will be closed.)

As of 5 p.m., Friday, March 20, no students, GTAs, or other student workers should be working on campus. GTAs and student workers should reach out to their direct supervisors to determine alternate methods for them to meet their contractual agreements. We intend to continue to pay our GTA and student workers. Supervisors should provide alternate assignments that can be completed remotely. No student worker should be asked to do work that requires them to be on campus.

Faculty should avoid giving students assignments that require the use of specialized materials only available on campus. Students are encouraged to reach out to their professors if they are having challenges meeting the course requirements due to their remote access. Megan Elliott, megan.elliott@unl.edu, is a resource for EMA and Film and New Media related curricular questions. Christina Kirk, ckirk9@unl.edu, is a resource for Design/Technology, Performance, and Directing/Management related questions or general questions regarding School policies and procedures. As well, students may reach out to Jackie Mattingly at jmattingly@unl.edu and/or Chris Marks at cmarks2@unl.edu for further assistance managing challenges related to COVID-19.

Please remember to practice all precautions: wash your hands frequently; avoid touching your face; practice social distancing; and check regularly to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.

These are extraordinary times. We encourage you to take care of yourselves and to make your physical and mental health and safety your first priority. While it is important to stay informed, it’s also important to find ways to alleviate stress. CAPS has a great list of resources you may find helpful: https://caps.unl.edu/2019-novel-coronavirus-and-covid-19-response

We are in this together. Now, more than ever, we need to be in community with one another and reaching out to one another for support. Know that we are here for you.

Warm Regards,

Christina and Megan

A Message from Christina Kirk (3/16/20)

Dear Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film:

As we have noted, per Chancellor Green’s update (https://www.unl.edu/chancellor/important-update-2019-novelcoronavirus-covid-19, the JCSTF has cancelled all classes beginning March 16, and in-person classes will move to remote access on March 30. 

All events at the Carson School and Carson Center are canceled as of March 14.  

We need to keep in mind to practice “social distancing”. Students may follow Chancellor Green’s counsel to go home, if they have not already done so. That being said, we intend to be creative in how we deliver our remote instruction.  Meetings can and will be conducted remotely using conference calls or zoom. Under no circumstances are we to require ourselves to be on campus to meet in group settings, whether it is voluntary or not. We must do all that we can to stay healthy.


Building Access 

The Temple Building will be open until 6pm on weekdays and closed on weekends.  There will be no changes to current card access to Temple.  The Carson Center building will be temporarily closed to the public for this week. Card access for students and faculty will remain active, but the staff in the Carson Center will be working from home in an effort to social distance themselves and to take care of their families. Several of the Temple building staff will be working from home for the same reasons. 

In the event you do access either the Temple or the Carson building, we would like to remind you to use best practices in avoiding the spread of germs by staying home if you are ill, frequent handwashing, using hand sanitizer and using sanitizing wipes before and after using equipment. Please be sure to practice your own social distancing as well. Gatherings in either building are prohibited at this time.

A reminder that the Carson Center is still scheduled to be closed next week for floor repairs. Your card access will not work next week and you should not enter the building while repairs are being done. The computer lab at the Ross/Van Brunt (Room 213) is still accessible should you need it. 

Staff are still working regular hours, although many are doing so remotely.  We are all accessible to you via email.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance.   

Links to Important resources



Thank you for your understanding, patience and flexibility during this challenging time. We are doing all we can, as quickly as we can to work through this.  Please reach out with any questions. 

Stay healthy, all!