Safe Return and Welcome Back

January 21, 2021

Greetings students,

Our Spring Semester is off and running, and I want to extend a warm welcome back to all of you. I hope you are settling into your classes as we anticipate our return to in-person classes on February 8. I know this semester will not be without challenges, but I am confident in, and encouraged by, the passion and dedication you bring to your education and to keeping our campus safe.

I know that many of you, as I am, are excited by the roll out of vaccinations across the country and here in our community. Some of our own healthcare professionals, Public Safety officers and first responders were among the first to receive the vaccine. When my time comes, I too will be getting the vaccination and I strongly encourage all of you to do the same. When more information is available, we will share it with you. I don’t know about you, but I am excited about the prospect of being together again as a campus community and getting back to a sense of normalcy.

But, until then, I’m asking that you do a few small things:

  • Consider getting tested and self-quarantining before returning to campus
  • Continue to be diligent, intentional and vigilant
  • Maintain the safe practices that allowed us to have a successful Fall Semester
  • Demonstrate patience and move forward with a positive attitude

I’ve recorded a short welcome back video for you which includes more thoughts on the safe start of our semester.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Ronald S. Rochon, PhD