For the most current update and resources, visit the COVID-19 Resource page. Below is an archive of all Marietta College messages updating campus about COVID-19.


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Dear Marietta College Community,

About a month ago, I informed you that Marietta College would welcome students back to campus this fall for in-person learning. Today, I am excited to tell you that we are another step closer to this goal.

During a live Town Hall meeting this morning, I announced that the fall semester will begin August 17th — three days earlier than originally planned. The semester will end with final exams spread across seven days and wrapping up on Tuesday, November 24th.

These changes to the fall semester allow us to take advantage of better weather earlier in the year and situate classes in a time frame when experts expect lower rates of COVID-19 cases.

As I have said repeatedly, the safety and well-being of all Marietta College students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We have included a good cross-section of faculty, staff and students to gather multiple ideas and at the same time, we are relying on the best health and safety guidance that is available at this time in controlling the spread of COVID-19.

This adjusted plan, which requires classes to be conducted on Labor Day and on the two days of the traditional fall break, was approved by the College’s Board of Trustees last week. We hope this is the only year we have to do this.

At this time, we have not made a final decision on when the spring semester will begin. We are being flexible about the spring start so we can evaluate any impact a potential second wave of COVID-19 might have on the nation and our region. Our goal is to provide more information about the spring in October or November.

Our plan also includes some online component to every course during the fall semester. There are also some faculty members who may choose to offer dual delivery courses, which allows for in-person learning and online learning at the same time.

In addition to the calendar changes, we will announce later this summer our approach to mitigating the spread of the virus.

Since the winter break will be at least six weeks — and could be as long as 12 weeks, depending on any spikes in COVID-19 cases — we are looking at offering online classes to help fill the void. And I have asked the folks in the Career Center to speak with employers about any internship opportunities that might be available during this time.

Also, we will make disposable masks available to all students, faculty and staff, and we have increased the number of hand sanitizer stations set up all over campus. Everyone will be required to wear a mask while they are on campus until they are in their residence hall room or office.

There is still a lot of work that needs to be completed between now and August 17th, but we will be ready to welcome everyone back. I look forward to seeing you in the fall, but, unfortunately, I won’t be able to give any high fives or shake any hands as we all do our best to physically distance.

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

While we continue to follow guidelines on physical distancing and wearing masks on campus, things are starting to look a little more familiar as more employees have returned to campus and we begin reopening other parts of the College.

On Tuesday, March 26, the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center had four people waiting outside as it opened at 9:00 a.m. The DBRC will be open from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and is limited to a maximum of 50 people — only 25 in the Fitness Center. Learn more about the DBRC’s new rules and regulations.

On Monday, June 1st, Gilman Dining Hall will re-open for in-person meals. Of course, our partners with Parkhurst Dining have been working hard to reconfigure the tables and chairs to accommodate appropriate physical distancing. As I mentioned last week, the Office of Admission will resume on-campus visitation by prospective students and will utilize the College’s new visitor policy to ensure those visits are conducted following guidelines set forth by the local and state health departments, as well as the CDC.

You can also find the College’s Travel Policy and the Employee Guide for Returning to Work on the College’s COVID-19 website.

Also beginning June 1, is a new one-credit summer course that is free for first-year students. Students can still register for College 194 – The Road from Crisis to Campus: Pioneering through a Pandemic.

There is even more great news as we are excited to welcome 36 new students — the Class of 2022 — into the Physician Assistant Studies Program on June 15. And on Saturday, June 6, we are conducting our final virtual PioSOAR event with more than 80 accepted students, who will register for fall classes.

As we have been doing since in-person learning was halted because of COVID-19, we have been recognizing inSPIREing employees on a regular basis instead of selecting one recipient. Today, we’d like to acknowledge the entire Physical Plant trades group for their proactive communication with the campus community to prepare for four planned power outages during the month of May.

There’s even more good news to share about our partnership with Anthem, as we have extended the cost-share waiver of telehealth/telephone-only visits through September 13. This means employees who use the College’s health benefits can utilize the telehealth/telephone-only services, regardless if the symptoms are COVID-19 related or not, without paying a co-pay.

Currently, Washington County has 118 cases of COVID-19 and 19 deaths; and Wood County, West Virginia, reports 50 cases and two deaths.

The newest Pios in 5 podcast features Christy Burke, Marietta College’s Director of Education Abroad, who is sharing her thoughts on the future of study abroad and what options are available. You can listen to her interview here.

Lastly, I am pleased with the progress we are making in regard to how we will reopen for in-person learning this fall. We have multiple task forces working on everything from academics, residence life and athletics to make sure we provide a safe and appropriate experience this fall. We will be announcing more soon.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

As the state of Ohio begins shifting from the Stay-at-Home mandate to the new Urgent Health Order: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans, we at Marietta College are also hard at work drafting plans to ensure that our campus remains a vibrant and healthy place for our students and employees to learn, live and work. Currently, Washington County has 116 cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths; and Wood County, West Virginia, reports 48 cases and two deaths.

Starting June 1st, we will resume on-campus visitation by prospective students and will utilize a new visitor policy to ensure those visits are conducted following guidelines set forth by the local and state health departments, as well as the CDC. Staff in the Office of Student Life report that fewer than 25 students still need to complete the move-out process. Additionally, they are working on the June 6 virtual PioSOAR event, which will engage about 75 accepted students and assist them in the registration process. Students coming to campus this fall will also be notified of a new immunization policy, which will be completed in the coming weeks.

Our folks in Student Financial Services strive to learn and share the latest news impacting students. Student loan interest rates disbursed after on or after July 1, 2020, will be dropping. Undergraduate student loan interested rates will go from 4.53% to 2.75%. Graduate student loans will go from 6.08% to 4.3%. Parent Plus Loan interest rates will go from 7.08% to 5.3%.

More great news comes from our alumni support. Marietta College recently received a shipment of 50 laptop computers, which were purchased with a donation made by an alumnus and member of the College’s Board of Trustees. We have incredibly supportive alumni!

The newest Pios in 5 podcast features recent graduate Kelsey Carver ’20 sharing her thoughts on how her final semester at Marietta College, as well as what the Marietta Women’s Soccer alumna plans to do moving forward. You can listen to her interview here.

I am excited that campus continues to move forward and I want you to know that our goal is to see our students and employees back on campus for the fall semester. We will continue to put forth our best efforts into making that a reality and will keep you informed of our progress.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

During today’s COVID-19 Task Force meeting, we discussed how the Recovery Teams were approaching ways to reunite campus this fall and what we could expect to accomplish over the summer months. The topic of new ideas and new approaches being applied to the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year might seem challenging to some, but for us at Marietta College, these are opportunities to embrace and celebrate. These ideas and approaches always have the safety of all involved at the top of the list.

We know that not every idea will work, and some of the plans we put in place will need adjusted, but we also know that our creativity and flexible thinking give us a tremendous advantage when planning for our comeback. I am confident that any challenges that may arise as we attempt this historic feat will be met with the same pioneering spirit that has propelled Marietta College through nearly two centuries.

Locally, Washington County is reporting 114 COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths; and Wood County, West Virginia, reports 43 cases and two deaths. Ohio is gradually opening up, with consumer, retail and services reopening today with certain restrictions. Later this week, hair and nail salons and outdoor dining will be available; and on May 21, indoor dining will be available with restrictions.

We are about a week away from the start of our expanded summer online classes. There is still time to register — and save $100 per credit hour! You can see the summer course schedule here.

Last week, the College issued ACH payments and mailed physical checks to students to refund room and board for the portion of the spring semester impacted by the pandemic. For students whose account balances were greater than the refund, that amount was applied to their balances. Also, this week, students who qualify for the CARES Act fund were mailed physical checks as required by the program.

Marietta College Athletics Hall of Fame softball alumna and MCAA Outstanding Young Alumna Dr. Lindsey Romick-Rosendale ’07 discusses how her work in medical research, and offers advice to current students and new graduates during the latest episode of Pios in 5, which you can find here.

As a reminder, there are phishing attempts happening on a regular basis. Aaron Cowdery, our Chief Information Officer in the College’s IT Department, urges students and employees to forward any questionable emails to him, especially if they include attachments. His email is cowderya@marietta.edu. Most recently, a phishing attempt that included a “voicemail” alert was sent to some Marietta.edu accounts.

Lastly, in case you missed it, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine wore a Marietta College neck tie during Monday’s COVID-19 briefing to the state. Emeritus Professor Ed Osborne gave the College his tie to send to the Governor, who also shared some kind words about Marietta College alumni Kim Murnieks ’93, Director of the Ohio Department of Budget and Management, and Dave Rose ’01, the Internal Communication Manager for the Ohio Department of Transportation. You can watch that portion of his press conference here.

Regardless of where our Marietta College experience takes us, our Pioneers continue to blaze new trails every day!

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Dear Marietta College Family:

I have said it many times, but I feel it is worth saying again. I am so proud of what the Marietta College family accomplished this spring as we pulled together as a team and navigated a tumultuous semester. I have received overwhelming feedback and have monitored what other colleges and universities across the region and nation have done, and I can attest to the fact that we accomplished this feat with an efficiency that rivals any other college or university in the nation.

We were able to do this because of each and every one of you.

THANK YOU!!!

It is because of my faith in our outstanding students and employees that I am excited to announce that we plan to open for in-person learning this fall at Marietta College. That’s right, we will be open in the fall with students and faculty in classrooms. We also expect our residence halls will be full of students, especially as our Admission team continues to build a strong incoming class. You may be asking, “Does that mean everything will be the same as in the past?” It is not likely.

We are living in unpredictable times, and our plans must be nimble and adaptable as we return to in-person education. Throughout the summer months, the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force will monitor local and national health trends and make adjustments as warranted. Also, the College will conduct business with a focus on public safety brought about by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

We know there are still a lot of unknowns and we cannot answer every question you may have today, but be assured that we will make sound decisions based on well-informed science. We believe that by fall that the science and data will be better, and as a college, we will be able to better equip our community with the tools needed to provide personal protection.

Our goal is that every class will be taught in-person, but we are also looking at alternatives that could allow for a blended approach of in-person learning and remote. Also, the traditional classroom that all of us have known for most of our lives will look different as the need for physical distancing is still important.

To achieve our goals and make sure we can safely reopen campus in the fall, our recovery plan must be a comprehensive organizational approach. We will look to Academic Affairs to quickly develop recommendations for conducting in-person classes, but we also expect they will look to others on campus for help executing those recommendations.

And as we take these steps to reopen this fall, we will continue to do so from a standpoint of safety. Without an effective vaccine, there will be some in our community who are vulnerable to COVID-19. Some faculty members may not be able to physically teach in a classroom. Some students may not be able to risk attending classes in person. As we make our plans for fall, we will take these considerations into account to help ensure the success and safety of everyone in our community.

As many of you know, Marietta College continued to keep our residential halls open for those students who needed to remain on campus this spring. This has provided invaluable experience on how to create the necessary distancing and safely serve these students. Our residence halls will be open in the fall, and we look forward to welcoming our students.

We will also gain some valuable insight when we welcome 36 new Physician Assistant students to campus in June.

The closing of campus this spring happened quickly and with little warning. When we re-open this fall, it will be more complex and executed with precision. To do this, we will spend the next three months planning on contingencies and seeking out ideas from our highly talented team members.

It almost seems trite to say, but we are blazing new trails at Marietta College and we will find a way to thrive during these trying times.

Sincerely,

Bill Ruud
President


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

We have successfully completed our spring semester and it is time to look forward to summer and fall. We will continue to keep our Pioneer family updated on new happenings pertaining to campus, but you will notice that these messages will become more episodic as we work toward our plans for the fall.

For now, our students have a great opportunity this summer to take advantage of our discounted online course schedule. There are more than 40 classes available during this session — and our faculty are ready to deliver a great educational experience online.

It is a new normal for the foreseeable future to continue to practice safe distancing. Locally, in Washington County, there are 103 COVID-19 cases and 14 deaths; and Wood County, West Virginia reports 42 cases and two deaths.

**MARIETTA’S MEMORIAL HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS CONFERENCE:

Health officials at Memorial Health System invite the community to watch a livestream press conference starting at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 6th, to discuss Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s recommendation to open more surgical services and encourage people to seek health care. Memorial Health System President and CEO Scott Cantley and other leaders will announce measures taken to continue to safeguard our employees, patients, visitors, and community, and share changes and enhancements that ensure the community can seek health care safely. The press conference will stream live at mhsystem.org/together.

**SCHEDULE YOUR MOVE-OUT TIME:

We have already begun the process of helping students move out of their residence halls. We are strictly adhering to health and safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our Pioneer family and the overall Marietta community, which is why students must follow the procedures sent to students last week in an email from the Office of Student Life Vice President Dr. Richard Danford. If you have not scheduled a move-out day and time, click here to do so. Move-outs will take place through May 17th and must be pre-approved.

Due to a planned power outage, no move-outs from the First-Year Complex will be scheduled from Monday, May 11, through Friday, May 15. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, EMAIL THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY LIVING AT ocl@marietta.edu OR CALL THE OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE AT 740.376.4784.

Return Your Rented Books:

Students who need to return text books that they rented can mail back their books for free. There is a free label you can print here. You will need the email you registered for as well as the order number, this will be in your emails from the bookstore or reach out to the bookstore manager at jaf007@marietta.edu.

PIOS In 5:

Marietta College has a new podcast called Pios in 5, which features a member of the Marietta College community. This week, we chat with alumnus Sean Munfield ’13 about seeing the impact of COVID-19 from his home in New York City. You can listen to her interview here.

Summer Lunch:

Marietta College employees can purchase lunch during the summer months at Gilman Dining Hall for $4. Employees are encouraged to add money online to their Marietta College ID cards to facilitate the purchase process.

On Sunday, we welcomed 180 members to The Long Blue Line when 179 students received their undergraduate baccalaureate degrees and one student received his Master of Arts in Psychology degree during a virtual Commencement ceremony. Thank you to all who watched and supported our newest class of alumni during this celebration of achievement.

And to the Class of 2020: you are prepared to accomplish remarkable things for the people you serve in your professions and for the communities in which you live. Always, Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Friday, May 1, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

By now, nearly all of the exams have been taken and final projects submitted. Our devoted faculty have already begun the grading process and our students can now take a well-deserved break from their computers. As I write the following words, I want you to say them aloud:

I am proud of what we have accomplished together!

At 1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 3rd, we will have our very first — and hopefully last — virtual Commencement Ceremony honoring the Class of 2020. You can link to the ceremony at that time here.

Marietta College Rock during Covid-19

Also, for those who are currently living in the Marietta area, if you have been on campus today and passed by McDonough, you likely noticed that The Rock has a new paint job. The Office of Advancement wants to welcome the Class of 2020 to The Long Blue Line in a unique way – and they need your help! Stop by The Rock, grab a Sharpie, and write your congratulations/welcome message in the white section. You can make it as simple or elaborate as you wish. Or, if you cannot make it to campus, email Courtney Wentz at caw006@marietta.edu with your message and she will make sure it gets transcribed. We will send a picture of The Rock with all of the messages next week. Thank you for helping our seniors feel welcome as they prepare to transition from Marietta College students to Marietta College alumni!

#BETHELIGHT:

Tonight, we will honor our #MariettaCollege Class of 2020 for the #BeTheLight campaign by turning on the lights at Don Drumm Stadium and Marietta Field from 8:20 (20:20 in military time) to 9:20 p.m.

Show Your Support:

We have partnered with Peoples Bank to create signs thanking the heroes at Memorial Health System. Show your support by picking up a sign for your yard at Peoples Bank in downtown Marietta or Belpre, while supplies last.

April inSPIREing Employee Recognition:

As Marietta College began navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, countless employees have notably stepped up to the plate to help the campus community during a time of great need. Their work has not gone unnoticed, and as colleagues began submitting their good works for the monthly inSPIRE award, the College has opted to recognize each of them through campus-wide messaging and social media.

  • Nicole Hill (Admission) – Nicole continues to be a vital part of the Admission process throughout COVID-19.
  • Amanda Haney-Cech (Academic Resource Center) – “Amanda voluntarily takes on many roles on top of her regular responsibilities, actively looking for ways to support students, staff, and faculty. She is an incredible asset to the College and inSPIRES me to do more.”
  • Mary Roberts (Communication & Brand Management) — She has produced so many meaningful videos since mid-March that have helped visually tell the Marietta College story during this pandemic, and she has also afforded faculty, staff and administrators the opportunity to send very personal messages of encouragement to our students during this challenging time.
  • Parkhurst Dining — Although they are not Marietta College employees, the people from Parkhurst Dining have stepped up during the pandemic and have provided great service to the students who had to live on campus and to essential employees who continued to work on campus.
  • Christy Burke (Education Abroad/Admission) — Christy continues to help our international students, many of whom have remained on campus throughout this time. She has also continued to fill food pantry requests to students — regardless of their current location — who are experiencing food insecurity in addition to being affected by the pandemic.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine continued the stay-at-home order through May 29th, and added modifications for certain services to begin opening to the public. In Washington County, there are currently 95 reported cases of people with COVID-19, and 12 deaths; in Wood County, West Virginia, there are 39 cases and two deaths. For the foreseeable future, Marietta College will continue the mask-wearing policy, which means that students, employees, visitors and vendors must wear a protective mask when on campus, including in parking lots and in common spaces of our residence halls. We will continue to practice safe distancing and follow other health guidelines provided to us by the Governor’s Office and health officials.

As you begin making your weekend plans, please include some time on Sunday to celebrate our newest graduates — and also include time to relax and have some fun. You have earned it!

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

It is a beautiful spring day in Marietta — the trees have filled out and the tulips are up. Our grounds crew keeps the College looking picture-perfect and our building services staff are working around the clock to keep all of the classrooms, residence halls, offices and other interior spaces clean. Thank you to all employees for continuing to work through this challenging time and for maintaining the same level of excellence that is associated with Marietta College.

Locally, Washington County reports 95 cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths, and Wood County, West Virginia, reports 39 cases and two deaths. We must continue to do our part to keep those numbers plateaued, and eventually see those numbers decline.

This is a long update, but there is a lot of important information contained in it that impacts the entire Marietta College community — students, families, employees, and anyone who visits the College. Please read it and share with your family.

**REOPENING OHIO AND MARIETTA COLLEGE:

On Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine started to outline his plan for reopening Ohio amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a big takeaway for Marietta College — NO MASK, NO WORK, NO SERVICE ... NO EXCEPTIONS.

Starting now until these restrictions are lifted, all Marietta College employees, students and vendors must wear a mask on campus (to and from your vehicle). You must also wear it as you enter your workspace. If you have a workspace where you are alone and can shut the door, you can remove the mask at that time.

For folks who have multiple workspaces — grounds, housekeeping, Marietta College Police, etc. — or if you work in an area that you would anticipate regular visitation, the masks will need to be worn at all times.

Also, if you leave your workspace and walk to or through a “common space” in your building you must also wear a mask.

Students are expected to wear masks whenever they are in workspaces and common areas not only on campus but also in residence hall spaces outside their bedroom or apartment.

We will also follow Governor DeWine’s recommendation that employees who can continue to work at home will be able to continue doing so.

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON SCHEDULING MOVE-OUT — FOR STUDENTS CURRENTLY NOT LIVING ON CAMPUS:

Students who are not currently living on campus but who still have items in their residence hall need to schedule to come back and complete their move-out. Gov. DeWine announced yesterday some specific orders for a gradual re-opening of certain businesses in Ohio, under very clear guidelines designed to continue Ohio’s efforts to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19.

One of Gov. DeWine’s directives includes what colleges and universities must do in order to allow students to return to campus to complete move-out from their residence halls. Marietta College was required to submit a proposal to our local Health Department outlining the policies and procedures we will follow to manage your move-outs carefully, in a way that addresses concerns about community spread of COVID-19. Our proposal was submitted yesterday and just approved earlier today. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that Marietta College complies with the expectations laid out by Gov. DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, and our local Health Department! THIS MEANS YOU, TOO!

Below you will find the details of what you need to do to schedule your move-out.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, EMAIL THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY LIVING AT ocl@marietta.edu OR CALL THE OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE AT 740.376.4784.

**THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION, SO READ IT CAREFULLY AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR FAMILY!

Registered Sign-Ups in Advance: You will sign up in advance for a specific move-out date and time, using a Sign-Up Genius created by the Office of Community Living. The link to this Sign-Up Genius is provided at the end of this message. Once you have completed the required information on the Sign-Up Genius, the Office of Community Living will send you a follow-up e-mail confirming the date and time of your scheduled move-out.

Move-Outs will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, and will continue through 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17. Due to a planned power outage, no move-outs from the First-Year Complex will be scheduled from Monday, May 11, through Friday, May 15. The Office of Community Living will work individually with any first-year student who is unable to schedule move-out during the dates available on the Sign-Up Genius. There will be a check-in and check-out process for all move-outs, held at The Gathering Place.

Limiting the Number of Individuals in Residence Halls at Any Given Time: No more than three (3) move-out groups will be scheduled during any single time block for each floor in a residence hall, or for each wing on each floor in the case of McCoy and Harrison.

Registering the Individual(s) in Your Move-Out Group: As you complete the Sign-Up Genius, you will be required to indicate whether you will be returning to campus to complete your move-out alone or with assistance from others. If you intend to have others come to campus to assist you, you will be required to provide the names of those individuals on the Sign-Up Genius as well. You will also be required to include a phone number and the city and state from which each member of your move-out group is coming, to facilitate contact tracing if that becomes necessary because of suspected community spread of COVID-19.

You are very strongly encouraged to limit your move-out group to individuals you have been living with during the pandemic.

No move-out group will be larger than four (4) individuals, including the student.

No individual will be permitted to come to campus for move-out if:

a) they have received a positive test for COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding the move-out date (i.e., they have been ordered by a public health authority to be in isolation); and/or
b) they have been in direct contact with someone in the 14 days immediately preceding the move-out date who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who has displayed symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., they have been ordered by a public health authority to be in quarantine); and/or
c) they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the move-out date and/or have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 during the 14 days prior to the move-out date.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include cough and/or shortness of breath; and/or a combination of at least two of the following: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headaches, new loss of taste or smell.

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS TO COMPLETE YOUR MOVE-OUT WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FROM THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY LIVING.

Anyone who comes to campus for the purpose of move-out without prior authorization will be required to wait until the check-in staff has determined that you and all members of your move-out group have provided the required information. The Office of Community Living must also provide authorization for you to proceed with move-out, so that they can effectively manage the number of individuals in any given residence hall at the same time. Once all move-out group information has been recorded and the Office of Community Living has authorized move-out, the check-in staff will activate your student ID card access to your residence hall. This could require you to return on a different date!

Additional information about what the process will look like on your scheduled move-out day will be provided in a follow-up email. That email will include information about what you and your move-out group will be required to do to ensure physical distancing and elevated hygiene practices, and what Marietta College is and will be doing to ensure the same on our end.

CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE YOUR MOVE-OUT.

Helpful Tips From Marietta College’s Information Technology Department:

Nearly all cellular providers have allowed hotspots for free during the COVID-19 era. This turns your cell phone into a personal Wi-Fi service that you can connect your laptop to or a computer with Wi-Fi capabilities. This is also useful if you battle congestion with the primary Internet connection in your household and may provide you a better personal Internet service. Call your cell provider to see if the service is offered and for more details. You aren't limited to one Internet connection in your home, so this is just offering a secondary method that you may not realize you have. Of course, you have to have cell service in the area to make this work.

All the ways to contact IT for help have remained the same. Visit https://help.marietta.edu for everything you need. When you Text-a-Ticket, Aaron Cowdery, our Chief Information Officer, personally receives an email at that time and if something is urgent, IT staff will respond during off hours. If you are in an emergency and need an immediate response then calling the phone number and stating it is an emergency will result in IT being called immediately. The phone is staffed 24/7. No matter how you contact us using the methods on the help site, the request gets routed to the best person on our team to help you with the particular scenario.  

Also, a reminder that we create email lists for every class and update them daily. You can easily find them by starting to type in the 4-digit year in the “To” line of an email you are composing. The lists format is: 2020_SP_BIOL_106_05@marietta.edu.

Celebrate The USPS and Delivery Workers:

Join the Office of Education Abroad to celebrate International Workers’ Day on Friday, May 1st, as we honor postal and delivery workers around the Marietta community. There are many ways you can say thanks:

  • Display this flier on your mailbox, front door or porch this week for your postal and delivery workers to see. You can print the flier from here, or pick up a copy in Upper Gilman or at the Reference Desk in Legacy Library.
  • Write chalk messages of thanks in your driveway for all to see.
  • Send an email to our Marietta College mailroom staff and thank them for all their hard work during this challenging time.
  • Share the May 1 post on Marietta College social media to spread the appreciation wherever you may be right now.

If you live in Marietta and would like a flier but cannot get to campus, contact Christy Burke, cb002@marietta.edu.

April inSPIREing Employee Recognition:

As Marietta College began navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, countless employees have notably stepped up to the plate to help the campus community during a time of great need. Their work has not gone unnoticed, and as colleagues began submitting their good works for the monthly inSPIRE award, the College has opted to recognize each of them through campus-wide messaging and social media.

  • Dash McNeal (DBRC) and Linda Roesch (Academic Affairs) – “For all their help in getting the MC group fitness classes together online in Zoom. They are both awesome!”
  • Claire Crane (Academic Resource Center) – Claire developed training modules to provide professional development to student employees supporting their peers and assisted with nearly 70 hours a week of virtual tutoring. “Thank you, Claire, for all you do to make Marietta College a great place to learn!” 
  • Tina Hickman (Records) – “It amazes me how much she has on her plate and her dedication and drive to make sure it is done and done well. This is true all year long, but even more so now due to COVID 19! I can’t imagine where MC would be without her.”
  • Nancy Huffman (Admission) – “Nancy is always doing so much… from data entry, dealing with transcripts, and making sure mailings go out to all future students.  She is one of the go-to persons when there is a Slate or Datatel issue. Nancy has taught me so much.”

We are halfway through finals week. Keep working hard and taking care of yourself. As always, we are here to support you and we cannot wait until we can be together, face-to-face, again on campus. The Pioneer family is doing a tremendous job during this uncertain time, and I am so proud of each and every one of you!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Monday, April 27, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

This is a busy week for our campus community and it will wrap up with our first ever virtual Commencement ceremony honoring the Class of 2020. While there is not much new news to report, I wanted to let our students, faculty, staff, alumni and special Pioneer family members know that our work will continue throughout the summer with online classes and with planning on how we will re-start on-campus living this fall.

As a reminder, please continue to follow the advice posed by the CDC and local health officials to continue safe distancing and healthy habits. Washington County currently has 94 confirmed cases of people with COVID-19 and, tragically, 10 deaths; and Wood County, West Virginia, has 35 cases and only two deaths.

COVID-19 Resource Page:

In addition to my emails, the College will continue to post updates to Marietta’s COVID-19 Resource Page that detail newest developments regarding campus operations, so please be sure to share that link with family members who may need to know or want to know more information.

April inSPIREing Employee Recognition:

As Marietta College began navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, countless employees have notably stepped up to the plate to help the campus community during a time of great need. Their work has not gone unnoticed, and as colleagues began submitting their good works for the monthly inSPIRE award, the College has opted to recognize each of them through campus-wide messaging and social media.

  • Roy Johnson, Brian Friedlane, Jared Bloomfield (Information Technology) – IT has been dedicated to keeping campus connected and “these guys have been a Godsend! Please see that they get recognized for doing a fantastic job during this pandemic!”
  • Linda Adelson (Mailroom) — “She has provided extraordinary service to ensure the College's success during this COVID-19 pandemic by going over and above for students, and doing all that she can for staff/faculty to fulfill their needs… with a friendly smile and joyful attitude.”
  • Alicia Abramski (Center for Health & Wellness) — “Alicia is very dedicated to the well-being and mental health of Marietta College students. She has been meeting both in person and virtually… and has been incredibly helpful in these uncertain times.”

Lastly, the Office of Student Life/Community Living will be reaching out to students with information regarding moveout following the guidance set forth by the Ohio Governor’s Office and local health department.

Students: Please read and share that information with your family as soon as you receive it.

Best of luck this week as you finish out the semester. I am proud of each of you and I know you will finish this week of testing with the same determination you showed throughout this unique semester.

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Monday, April 27, 2020

Dear Marietta College Family:

Last night, Judy and I were enjoying a nice quiet dinner at the house when we started discussing how unbelievably wild and unpredictable life is right now. Our focus quickly pivoted to our Marietta College family and how everyone showed true Pioneer spirit during the second half of the spring semester.

As we begin finals week today, I want to take a moment to wish you the best of luck. Compared to what you are dealing with every day, I am confident that finals week will be a breeze. But do not forget to study hard, eat regularly and get plenty of rest.

I am proud to say that everyone worked hard during the spring semester, and you once again made a difference in the life of this great college. Our mutual successes are many. Thank you for the role you play at Marietta College and congratulations on completing another successful semester.

We are blessed that our students and employees have such passion for the College. As we look to the future, I want to take a moment to thank our faculty, staff, students and alumni for making sure we are thriving at a difficult time. I am proud of what we are accomplishing and the energy that I see and feel around our conversations and actions.

Thanks to all of you, Marietta remains one of the top liberal arts colleges in the region and the country — and we will continue to improve as we move into the future.

To the Class of 2020, I know you have missed out on many of the rites of passage that come during the final semester of your undergraduate years, but I promise you that this will only strengthen your bond with each other and your alma mater. I know the job market may be challenging right now, but I assure you it will turn around and you will adjust and prosper. Make sure you reach out to the Career Services Office on campus for assistance.  And, I still promise that we will have an on-campus Commencement as soon as we can.

For the rest of our students, take some time to decompress and know that we are still here for you during the summer months. Of course, you may want to take one or more of the 40-plus online classes we are offering, and we hope to see all of you back on our beautiful campus in August.

REMEMBER, WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER AND PIONEERS ALWAYS RISE TO THE CHALLENGE.

Sincerely,

Bill Ruud


Friday, April 24, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Today we reach an important milestone: the last day of virtual learning for the Spring 2020 semester. I know finals are approaching next week and that you need to continue to prepare yourselves for those exams, but I also want you to take some time to celebrate what you have already accomplished. In addition to today’s message, I have recorded a special Finals Week video — which you can watch here — wishing you the best of luck with the last phase of the semester. What you have already done during this unique semester makes me confident that you are capable of any undertaking.

We had a successful live Q&A event on Thursday and I appreciate all the great questions being asked. Many of the questions surrounded move-out plans, which will be sent out early next week. Please watch your email for updates and share that information with parents and loved ones as early as possible, as these decisions also impact them.

Regarding the local COVID-19 impact, Washington County currently reports 75 cases and eight deaths, and Wood County, West Virginia, reports 35 cases and two deaths. Please continue to follow the guidance provided by the CDC and health experts to help prevent infection and spread of this virus.

Virtual Late Night Breakfast:

Be on the lookout this weekend for a video on the College’s Facebook page and YouTube channel kicking off our virtual Late Night Breakfast. Like and comment with text or a photo on the post by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 26th, to be entered for prizes. Be sure to use #MClatenightbreakfast. Prizes include Roku streaming devices and Apple Watches, and will be awarded to randomly selected participants after midnight. This event is sponsored by the Office of Community Living.

**FINDING WIFI HOT SPOTS IN OHIO:

With the start of finals week and the abundance of summer online courses being offered, our Information Technology Department wanted to share a link that may be helpful for students in Ohio in locating wifi hotspots in the state. You can find those locations here.

PIOS IN 5:

Marietta College has a new podcast called Pios in 5, which features a member of the Marietta College community. This week, we chat with alumnus and CEO of Boathouse Sports John Strotbeck ’79 about how he transitioned his sportswear company into a manufacturer of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can listen to his interview here.

April inSPIREing Employee Recognition:

As Marietta College began navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, countless employees have notably stepped up to the plate to help the campus community during a time of great need. Their work has not gone unnoticed, and as colleagues began submitting their good works for the monthly inSPIRE award, the College has opted to recognize each of them through campus-wide messaging and social media.

  • Hanah Dawkins (Psychology) — Hanah has taken a lead role in helping faculty place their exams online and training volunteers on how to type up exams for Moodle.
  • Franci Bolden (Physics) — Franci provides online proctoring and tutoring. “She squeezes work into every minute of her day and makes a real effort to be part of making our online efforts successful.”
  • Jared Bloomfield (Information Technology) — Jared is always willing to help out with technology matters, often times last minute, “but he always remains pleasant and dedicated to getting the task done.”
  • Jeanne Catalano (Legacy Library) — “I do not think I could do my job as well as I do without the physical presence of Jeanne on campus right now.”
  • Linda Roesch (Academic Affairs) — Linda is making sure remote learning is going as smoothly as possible. “Linda has taught me so much… Her knowledge is powerful!” Another colleague submitted, “She has been unbelievable at getting the campus ready to work online!”

Gallery 310 Wants To Display Your (Grand)Child's Art:

During quarantine, many kids are making exciting art, and Marietta College's Gallery 310 would like to show their hard work through a virtual art exhibit on Facebook. If you want to participate in the exhibit, please email the following to gallery310@marietta.edu:

  • a clear image of your child or grandchild's artwork (Limit one per artist. For privacy and consistency, please do not include the child in the photo.)
  • the child's first name and age
  • (optional) a one or two-sentence description of their piece

Open to the children and grandchildren of Marietta College employees. Submissions accepted through May 4th. Be sure to follow Gallery 310 on Facebook (facebook.com/gallery310mc) to see the exhibit!

Book Rental Returns:

Students who need to return text books that they rented can mail back their books for free. There is a free label you can print here https://marietta.bncollege.com/shop/marietta/page/rental-book-return?fbclid=IwAR3J7o71gnLXKRP4xv4ZA9HTh5Y_ejcyN9JuyUf1JD7unmlU5FUSV05FLXk. You will need the email you registered for as well as the order number, this will be in your emails from the bookstore or reach out to the bookstore manager at jaf007@marietta.edu.

**SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES REGARDING INCOME AND JOB LOSS:

Marietta College understands that the disruption from the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused income reductions and job losses that are impacting many of our current and future students. As financial aid administrators, the financial aid staff has statutory authority to use professional judgment to adjust on a case-by-case basis. As we make decisions, we appreciate your willingness to share your individual circumstances so that we can assess the depth and scope of the impact on our community for the 2020-2021 academic year. To request a review of your unique circumstances, please email covid19appeal@marietta.edu. One of our administrators will review your request and share important information with you about timelines and required documentation that is specific to your case.

Helpful Contact Information:

The Academic Affairs Responsibility Chart is for parents, students and employees to be able to access the right person for the right issue. The table below is information to help find an actual person to speak with about a specific issue. This is also available online here.

Area Contact Number Hours
Academics Angie Stevens 740.376.4741 Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Campus Police On Call 740.376.3333 24/7
Finance & Administrative Services Michele Marra 740.376.4720
614.506.9059
Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Financial Aid Stacy Miller 740.376.4712 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Office of Admission Katie Fennell 740.376.4369 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Physical Plant Paul Miller 740.376.4789 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
President's Office Paula Lewis 740.376.4701 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Records Office Tina Hickman 740.376.4740 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Student Life On Call 740.376.4784 24/7

 

**ALTERNATIVE GRADING OPTIONS OR WITHDRAWALS:

Lastly, today is the final day to take advantage of alternative grade options or to withdraw from class for the Spring 2020 semester. Students have until 4:00 p.m. to communicate this decision to the Records Office and should have already communicated with your professor and/or advisor before making this decision. More information about the Spring 2020 grade options and the procedure for request to use them can be found here.

I know this weekend will be a busy one for you as you prepare for your finals. Please know that all of us here at Marietta are rooting for your success and will remain to offer our support to you as a member of our Pioneer family.

WE WILL ALL GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER!!!

Bring Forth A Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Our students and faculty are busy wrapping up this unique semester and preparing for finals next week. It is amazing how far we have come! Keep plugging away at your projects and studies — we are almost at the finish line.

Some good news from campus: we have at least two hatchlings! You can watch our resident red-shouldered hawk family on our live stream here. It is a great reminder of how much green space we have on our beautiful campus and in the surrounding community.

As I mentioned last week, testing for COVID-19 locally became a bit easier when Memorial Health System’s drive-thru assessment clinic no longer required referrals for testing. The clinic is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week and is located at 800 Pike St. Currently, Washington County reports 69 COVID-19 cases and six deaths, and Wood County reports 33 cases and two deaths.

Keep practicing healthy habits — eat right, sleep well, get some exercise and have some fun — and continue to practice safe physical distancing!

Alternative Grade Options for Spring 2020 Semester Ends Friday:

Students have until this Friday (April 24th) to choose alternative grade options for some of their courses this semester. More information about the Spring 2020 grade options and the procedure for request to use them can be found here. Students also have the option of withdrawing (“W”) from a course by Friday, April 24th. Please make sure your consult your professor and/or advisor before you make either of these alternative decisions.

Livestream Q&A Thursday:

Be sure to tune into the College’s Facebook, Instagram or YouTube channel tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. for our Live Q&A session. Joining me tomorrow will be Provost and Dean of Faculty, Dr. Janet Bland, and Vice President for Student Life and Diversity, Dr. Richard Danford. I encourage you to post questions during the event in the comments section.

Office of Community Living:

Students and parents who need information about residence halls need to contact the Office of Student Life at ocl@marietta.edu or 740.376.4784. They will have the latest information about housing selection and move-out plans.

Move-Out Update for April 22

Flashback Friday in Athletics:

Pioneer fans are invited to join us for our third Flashback Friday video replay as we revisit the 2012 NCAA Division III Baseball National Championship this Friday (April 24) at 7:00 p.m. You can find the link to the rebroadcast here.

April inSPIREing Employee Recognition:

As Marietta College began navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, countless employees have notably stepped up to the plate to help the campus community during a time of great need. Their work has not gone unnoticed, and as colleagues began submitting their good works for the monthly inSPIRE award, the College has opted to recognize each of them through campus-wide messaging and social media.

  • Sue Hiser – (Petroleum Engineering & Geology) “Sue has been the most reliable and on-top-of-it person in my career at Marietta College.”
  • Allen Gattis, Marilyn Wenzel, Jared Bloomfield – (Information Technology) “They got me set up, checked on me frequently and provided excellent response times, making the transition [to working at home] seamless.”
  • Offices of Admission & Financial Aid – “For being able to adapt quickly and help our current and future students receive the information they need.”
  • Jena Blair – (Athletic Training) “Her ‘can do’ attitude is much appreciated during this busy time.”
  • Anna Marie Offenberger — (Admission) Anna volunteered to run the online proctoring program. “Her leadership in this area has been invaluable.”

Summer Online Courses:

Faculty have been busy preparing for summer online courses. Currently, there are more than 40 courses being offered online for the summer term. You can see the course offerings and the deadlines to register for them here. These courses are being offered for $375 per credit!

Teacher Leadership Students Host Zoom Panel:

Marietta College’s Teacher Leadership students are hosting a panel discussion about their experiences working with the Marietta City Schools this semester at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22nd. Join them on Zoom at https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/92681471049

As they discuss the impact of service learning and the importance of community involvement. This discussion is sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement and the Education Department.

Today’s weather in Marietta is beautiful, so I encourage you to spend a few moments outdoors to soak up some Vitamin D. I know this is a busy time for everyone but remember to fit in a few breaks in your day to get outside or to call a friend.

Continue to reach out to your classmates and your professors, share your good news with the College, and stay safe!
Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Monday, April 20, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

It is a beautiful spring day in Marietta — and the start of our final week of remote, online learning. Let’s start the last week of the semester by de-stressing with some adorable pet photos from our faculty, staff and students. The Academic Resource Center is pleased to present the Virtual De-Stress with Dogs — a tradition that typically happens on campus and is always popular. You can watch the video here.

PIOS In 5:

Marietta College has a new podcast called Pios in 5, which features a member of the Marietta College community. This week, we chat with Finance and Marketing major Taylor Rinard ’20 about her experiences as a graduating senior during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can listen to her interview here.

Live Q&A This Week:

Join me, Provost Janet Bland, and Vice President of Student Life & Diversity Dr. Richard Danford at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24th, for our livestream Q&A session, which can viewed on our YouTube channel, Facebook and Instagram Live. Be sure to submit your questions in the comments section.

Teacher Leadership Students Host Zoom Panel:

Marietta College’s Teacher Leadership students are hosting a panel discussion about their experiences working with the Marietta City Schools this semester at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22nd. Join them on Zoom at https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/92681471049​As they discuss the impact of service learning and the importance of community involvement. This discussion is sponsored by the Office of Civic Engagement and the Education Department.

Continue to Practice Physical Distancing:

Washington County reports 65 cases of COVID-19 and, sadly, 6 deaths; Wood County, West Virginia, reports 31 cases.

 It is imperative for us to continue to practice physical distancing so we can prevent the spread of this disease and to protect the most vulnerable populations.

#BETHELIGHT:

Tonight, Marietta College begins to honor the graduating seniors and senior athletes whose final semesters were abruptly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the #BeTheLight movement, Marietta will pay tribute to local high schools, as well as Marietta College’s graduating 2020 graduating class, by turning on the lights at Don Drumm Stadium and Marietta Field starting at 8:20 p.m. (which is 20:20 in military time) to 9:20 p.m. every day through May 22nd. The first school to be honored will be Marietta High School. Marietta College will be honored on May 1st and we will also recognize all of the incoming freshmen from the Class of 2020 on May 22nd.

Job Opportunities:

Marietta College’s Career Center is doing an excellent job in setting up Zoom meetings with alumni across the U.S. to speak with students. This week, there are three Zoom sessions set up with representatives from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Wright-Patterson is anticipating a large number of civilian jobs will be available over the next 12 months and they are interested in learning more about Marietta College’s students.

Here are the three sessions:
FOR FACULTY ONLY: Tuesday, April 21st from 12:15-1:15 p.m. The first 45 minutes will cover an overview, benefits, opportunities, and skills they are seeking in students. The rest of the time will be spent in breakout rooms for more specific information about opportunities. The Zoom link is https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/93868714144?status=success.

FOR SENIORS ONLY: Wednesday, April 22nd from Noon-1:00 p.m. https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/97886594007.

FOR ALL OTHER STUDENTS & ALUMNI: Friday, April 24th from Noon-1:00 p.m. https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/93243628996.

As I have said throughout the semester, I am incredibly proud of the work that our students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni have committed to do to continue the mission of the College. Judy and I cannot wait until we can be together with the our fellow Pioneer community again. As I was leaving my office yesterday, I saw one of our international students sitting at a bench wearing her mask, as I was. I asked her how she was doing and she smiled and said “I do not like this physical distancing but I love Marietta College.” I also do not like physical distancing, but I will do it for you for as long as necessary because I care about my Pioneer family.

GO PIONEERS!

Bill Ruud
President


Friday, April 17,2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

We have had quite a week of accomplishments. Today, we completed our fourth week of online, remote learning; and yesterday, many of our students gave virtual presentations of their research and creative works during our first ever virtual All Scholars Day. Our Virtual Food Drive raised $9,300 — more than four times higher than our original $2,020 goal — over a four-day period.

Thank you all for your hard work, dedication and generosity — now it is time to celebrate! All week, the staff in Campus Involvement and Alumni Engagement have been working to ramp up excitement for tonight’s Virtual Doo Dah Day, which starts at 7:00 p.m. Be sure to visit the Doo Dah Day 2020 Facebook page tonight to connect with the evening’s events via a Zoom link.

Also, in case you missed it —WE MISS YOU! Here is a short video of some of the reasons why.

Flashback Friday With Athletics:

Marietta College’s Athletic Department is excited to present its second Flashback Friday replay at 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 17th. This week’s featured game is an exciting 31-25 victory by the football team over rival Muskingum in the annual Shrine Game. Pioneer fans can get an inside perspective on the game from Marietta coach Andy Waddle during the replay. Coach Waddle will be live-tweeting during the broadcast from his Twitter account @CoachWaddle. Follow the coach for some special insight into the Pioneer victory.

Brian Knost and Ron Cook will have the call for Fourteen55 Media as the Pioneers host the Muskies under the lights at Don Drumm Stadium in the home-opener for Marietta College this past fall. Senior running back Tanner Clark rushed for more than 200 yards as the Pioneers retained the Shrine Trophy for the third straight year. Fans can access the rebroadcast by clicking HERE.

In-Person Commencement In September:

I want to thank all of the seniors who took the time to fill out a recent survey about when we should conduct an on-campus Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. While we have not officially set a date, at this time we are planning to have our graduation celebration on Saturday, September 19th, during Family Weekend. We are also considering the following Saturday, September 26th, as a possible date for the ceremony. Our hope is that every member of the Class of 2020 will be able to return to campus, but we also know no matter what date we pick that is likely impossible. The goal for sharing these two dates now is so you can start some initial planning and save the dates on your calendar. Of course, these dates are also contingent on our ability to host an event with this many people attending. Stay tuned for future updates.

April inSPIREing Employee Recognition:

As Marietta College began navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, countless employees have notably stepped up to the plate to help the campus community during a time of great need. Their work has not gone unnoticed, and as colleagues began submitting their good works for the monthly inSPIRE award, the College has opted to recognize each of them through campus-wide messaging and social media.

  • All of Grounds, Housekeeping, Marietta College Police Department, and Information Technology
  • Amanda Mullen — (Student Life) Amanda has been the key Student Life staff member on the front lines on campus, to support the needs of students, represent her colleagues, and lead the staff of Student Life in delivering a variety of virtual events. “Throughout this entire process, Amanda has remained calm, composed, professional, and positive.” Another colleague submitted, “I saw true leadership at the beginning of all this from Amanda… she honestly helped keep me sane during this stressful time.”
  • Amy Williams – (Business & Economics; History, Philosophy & Religion) “She really inspires me during this challenging period.”
  • Lisa Henderson – (Financial Aid) “Lisa makes my job easier, and I know I can always count on her!”
  • Gi Smith — (Communication & Brand Management) Gi has been working tirelessly to ensure the campus community receives effective and timely communication through COVID-19 Updates.

Skill-Building Opportunity Through Adobe:

Join our upcoming Acrobat Skill Builder session on Creating Accessible PDFs. This session is helpful for novices in PDF remediation, those who want a refresher course, and those interested in the latest updates to Acrobat Pro DC.

It will be held twice on Wednesday, April 29; once at 11:00 a.m. (EST)/8:00 a.m. (PST) and repeated at 1:00 p.m. (EST)/10:00 a.m. (PST). For more information and to register, please click the button below.

Register Now!

There will also be a Getting Started session on April 22. To connect with that session, email Ming Liang, an Adobe Customer Success representative at adobecustomersuccess@adobe.com or visit adobe.com for more information.

Marietta Featured On Road Trip Masters:

Be sure to tune into the Discovery Channel at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, as Road Trip Masters features local hotspots in Marietta. Hosts Brian and "Captain" Nick explore this beautiful riverboat town, starting with the Historic Lafayette Hotel.

Opportunity For Fun:

Would you like something fun to do after staying at home these past few weeks? Join the College at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 21st, for a virtual, all-campus Trivia Tuesday hosted by College Trivia Nerds. Blow off some steam, show off your trivia knowledge and enjoy an evening of friendly competition with fellow Pioneers. Join on Zoom at https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/99993562876 with your smartest friends and family members to start the fun.

​Tutoring Services Still Available:

Finish the semester strong by working with a peer or professional tutor. The Writing Center and Tutoring & Learning Center are still open for online tutoring. Visit MyWCO.com/marietta to sign up for tutoring in math, chemistry, physics, history, and political science. There is also writing tutoring available via email or Zoom. 

In addition, Marietta College is providing free professional tutoring through Smarthinking. For questions in classes like accounting, economics, biology, and more, you can have a video chat or live messaging chat with an online tutor, or submit a question for later response. You can also submit papers for online writing review. If you would like to connect with a Smarthinking tutor, please email Claire Crane at cac005@marietta.edu and she can add you to the College's Tutoring Moodle page.

COVID-19 Assessment Clinic At Marietta Memorial:

Washington County is reporting 53 cases of COVID-19, with five deaths in the county, and Wood County is reporting 27 cases. The Memorial Health System has opened a drive-thru COVID-19 Assessment Clinic to anyone with respiratory (flu or COVID-19) symptoms. Patients no longer need a referral to be assessed at the drive-thru. The clinic is open from 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., seven days a week and is located at 800 Pike St. If you need to visit the clinic, the hospital asks that you register prior to going to make sure they have your information as soon as you pull up for an evaluation. You can register at mhsystem.org/COVIDregister.

If you are on campus, please be sure to wear a mask when you are outside of your residence hall room or office, maintain safe physical distancing — which includes not holding doors open for people, especially people you do not know.

We have one week of classes left, followed by final exams. Be sure to keep practicing healthy habits — eat, rest, study, exercise, stay connected with your friends virtually, and carve out a little time in your day for some fun. Tonight’s Virtual Doo Dah Day is a great way to connect with your friends. Be sure to add the #doodahday2020 hashtag to your photos and shared memories of past Doo Dah Days. I look forward to seeing all of the photos our students and alumni post tonight.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

When we started navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic together, our task force set out to make sure we positioned ourselves to make the best decisions for the health and safety of our campus community as possible by following the guidelines set forth by health experts in the CDC and in our local and state health departments. Washington County has a reported 44 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and tragically three deaths associated with the virus, and Wood County, West Virginia, reports 21 cases.

It is important that we maintain our physical distancing, and remember that travel outside of the area where you are living or welcoming guests who are traveling outside of your area is highly discouraged. We must continue to do our part to flatten the curve.

Time To Wear A Mask At Marietta College:

The CDC is recommending that individuals should wear a cloth face covering whenever you are in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. I am asking that anyone who comes to campus to follow these guidelines. I am not suggesting that you wear a mask if you are in your office alone; however, I am asking everyone that comes to campus to have a mask in their possession at all times. I am asking everyone to wear a mask as you walk across campus, go to another location or to your vehicle, while you are picking up your meal from Gilman or any other activity that may cause you to cross paths with other individuals. I am also asking that you only enter and utilize the buildings where you work or in the buildings that you need to have access to do your job.

2020 Jewett Speech Competition:

It is with great pleasure that I get to congratulate the winners of the 2020 Jewett Speech Competition:

First place — Ryan Menapace, “Embrace The Fear”
Second place — Ashley Olszewski, “Climbing Mountains”
Third place — Kelsey Carver, “The First”

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who participated in this special competition.

Virtual Doo Dah Day:

Each day we will have challenges on social media for students to share their Doo Dah Day memories using the #doodahday2020 to win Doo Dah Day prizes on Instagram. The Office of Campus Involvement’s Instagram is @mariettainvolvement. Each day, the office will post challenges on Facebook. You can connect with that event here. On Friday, I will kick off Virtual Doo Dah Day at 7:00 p.m. A comedian and trivia competition will start at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to participate for your chance to win virtual door prizes and trivia prizes.

All Scholars Day:

On Thursday, April 16th, the campus would have celebrated All Scholars Day. In honor of the dedication that our students and faculty have committed to undergraduate research and original creative works, we have posted the authors and abstracts of each project on our website.

Job Opportunities:

Marietta College’s Career Center is doing an excellent job in setting up Zoom meetings with alumni across the U.S. to speak with students. There are three Zoom sessions set up with representatives from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. Wright-Patterson is anticipating a large number of civilian jobs will be available over the next 12 months and they are interested in learning more about Marietta College’s students.

Here are the three sessions:

FOR FACULTY ONLY: Tuesday, April 21 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. The first 45 minutes will cover an overview, benefits, opportunities, and skills they are seeking in students. The rest of the time will be spent in breakout rooms for more specific information about opportunities. The Zoom link is https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/93868714144?status=success.

FOR SENIORS/ALUMNI ONLY: Wednesday, April 22 from Noon-1:00 p.m. https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/97886594007.

FOR ALL OTHER STUDENTS: Friday, April 24 from Noon-1:00 p.m. https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/93243628996.

PIOS IN 5

McCoy Professor of Chemistry Dr. Kevin Pate gives a faculty perspective of how Marietta College quickly transitioned to remote classes during this week’s edition of Pios in 5. You can listen to his broadcast here.

Marietta Featured On Road Trip Masters:

Be sure to tune into the Discovery Channel at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, as Road Trip Masters features local hotspots in Marietta. Hosts Brian and "Captain" Nick explore this beautiful riverboat town, starting with the Historic Lafayette Hotel.

Serving The Marietta Community:

The College remains a valuable resource to the broader Marietta community. This week, the campus is conducting a virtual food drive that will help stock local pantries. I have challenged faculty and staff to help us reach a goal of $10,000 to help combat local food insecurity. So far, we have raised a little over $6,000. I ask our campus community who are able to please give at a level they are comfortable with by midnight Thursday, April 16th. You can donate online here. We will announce the total amount on Friday.

Also, the Office of Civic Engagement is promoting a campus community engagement campaign to encourage campus members to stay connected to the Marietta Community. One unique need now more than ever is to show our elderly population that we have been thinking of them in this time of prolonged and particular isolation. We are coordinating a letter-writing effort to the O’Neill Center, email letters to kae003@marietta.edu. Include some information about you and your time in Marietta, feel free to share a bit about how this time is challenging for you and all of us, consider including some positive thoughts/well wishes, funny stories/anecdotes. Also, letter-writing will count as service hours, if you are interested! This will count toward our #PiosStayEngaged Campus Challenge, simply post a photo of you writing the letter on social media, using #piosstayengaged, tag @ocemarietta and challenge a friend to participate. The prize for either best photo or video demonstrating community engagement and its impact wins a gift card to a Marietta restaurant of your choice. For more information, contact Katie Evans, kae003@marietta.edu.​

  • Continue to focus on your studies and completing your coursework — there is a little more than a week left of classes, so now is not the time to take your foot off the gas pedal.
  • We will not have our Thursday Live Q&A event, as there have been no major updates regarding academics or housing since our last broadcast.
  • Please be sure to interact with your professors and fellow classmates, respond to emails, and share information.

I am so proud of our students and how well they adjust to changes — you really are trailblazers!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Monday, April 13, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

As we begin our final two weeks of remote learning, I would like to give a virtual high-five to our Enrollment Management team — particularly our Admission counselors and Financial Aid staff — who continue to recruit future Pioneers. Today, Marietta College has received deposits from 301 incoming students for the fall semester, which is on track with our two most recent recruitment classes. Our Enrollment Management team remains committed to recruiting a class of 425 new students for fall semester — regardless of the challenges we are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was our goal at the start of the 2019-20 academic year, and we plan to move forward.

It is important for you to know that as you are working hard to finish this semester in a good place, we at the College are also working hard to keep operations, upkeep and planning at a high level.

Locally, there are 39 people testing positive for COVID-19 in Washington County, and 18 in neighboring Wood County, West Virginia. To help support our health care workers during this time, Marietta College, with the help of our partners at Parkhurst Dining, delivered 26 dozen “MC” sugar cookies to our frontline healthcare workers at Marietta Memorial Hospital. One message that our local hospitals and doctors’ offices want you to know is that health care is still being offered to those who need it — not just for people affected by COVID-19. Take care of your physical and mental health, and reach out for help if you need it.

Fun Videos From Campus:

We know you are missing some familiar faces and places from campus as you are taking virtual classes, so we have put together a few videos for our YouTube channel that might brighten your day. Today’s video shares a glimpse of our faculty hard at work in their new working environment. You can watch it here.

Virtual Doo Dah Day:

Today kicks off a week of activities leading up to Marietta College’s first ever Virtual Doo Dah Day. Join Natalie of NatterDoodle for a fun evening of coloring and conversation at 7:00 p.m. tonight (Monday, April 13th), over Zoom. You can join here. You can download and print the page here or upload the page to an iPad and use a coloring app such as Procreate. You can also create your own Doo Dah Day-themed artwork. Be sure to share your creation on Instagram with the #doodahday2020 hashtag for chances to win special Doo Dah Day prizes.

Serving the Marietta Community:

Today, campus community kicked off a Virtual Can Drive in support of the Marietta Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Plan: Support our Food Pantries. Starting at 8:00 a.m. Monday, April 13th, through midnight Thursday, April 16th, you can click on this link to donate to this worthy event. By mid-morning, the College had nearly reached halfway to our $2,020 goal.

Flashback Fridays:

We know you are missing watching the Pioneers in action, which is why the Athletics Department is rebroadcasting memorable games from the past year at noon and again at 7:00 p.m. on Fridays. You can find more information about Flashback Fridays, as well as find the link to the rebroadcasts here.

Please remember to share these messages with your parents and family members so everyone in your household has the same information. Another reminder is that our COVID-19 resource page also has important contact information that may be useful as we get closer to the end of the semester. Continue to work hard and take care of yourself and others during this unique time, and reach out to us when you need a little extra help. We are here for you.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Friday, April 10, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

We have completed the forth full week of remote learning and working, and although we have had a few challenges along the way, I fully believe that we are on pace to complete the Spring 2020 semester successfully and better prepared for the world of work than when we started — just two more weeks and then finals.

As an update, there are now 35 confirmed cases and unfortunately one death in Washington County, 18 in Wood County with continued single digits in the surrounding counties.

Yesterday, Provost Janet Bland and I had another live stream Q&A session, which has more than 1,000 views on our social media accounts. One of the questions that we were unable to answer right away was about financial aid awards and families financially impacted by COVID-19. Emily Schuck, our Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management, said returning students should expect to begin receiving their financial aid awards for the 2020-21 academic year in the middle of May after grades have posted. Please remember if your FAFSA has been selected for verification, you must complete that process before we can generate an award letter.

If your family’s current financial situation has been impacted by COVID-19 please contact the financial aid office at covid19appeal@marietta.edu and one of our staff members will contact you about your specific circumstances.

New Zoom Backdrops:

Marietta College’s licensing partner created a series of free, downloadable backdrops for our campus community to use. Learn how to download a backdrop for Zoom here.

Here are the links to the four different backdrops (Also available in the "Additional Coronovirus Resources" dropdown on the resource page):

De-stress With Dogs:

The Academic Resource Center is putting together a virtual De-Stress with Dogs as this is always one of the students’ favorite events and a great way for them to connect with faculty and staff. Instead of bringing your dog to campus, email us a picture of you and your pet (dog, cat, turtle, etc.) to be added to the slideshow. This will be a great way for our students to feel connected with the faculty and staff on campus, as well as a great way for faculty and staff to connect with each other.

Please email your picture to Kristin English at thomask@marietta.edu by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 15th. We are excited to share this with you and the more pictures the better.

Marietta College's Food Pantry:

Students and employees who are experiencing food insecurity can complete this form to receive a box of food. Marietta College has a stocked pantry available to you confidentially, regardless of where you are currently living.

Marietta Brings Resources to You:

Amanda Haney Cech gives students great tips on how to maintain or develop strong time management skills with a quick video update from the Academic Resource Center. You can watch her video here.

Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Medical Town Hall:

I had the pleasure of emceeing a Town Hall meeting hosted by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce on some of the medial issues surrounding COVID-19. Representatives from the Marietta/Belpre City Health Department, Quality Care Associates, WVU Camden Clark Medicine, and Memorial Health System were on a panel that discussed a variety of COVID-19 issues including the virus, testing, medical care, reporting, and the future. It was a very good Town Hall with the panelists reminding all members of the MOV community to still use them for health issues other than COVID-19, stay safe, and they thanked the community for their support and their willingness to continue to follow the CDC and Governors guidelines. I cannot echo enough their message of maintaining our efforts to minimize contact with others outside of our immediate circles and to continue practicing healthy habits.

The meeting recording can be found at the following link:

https://zoom.us/rec/share/595wFoCg6GlIcLfB62r-BvIdGNm0T6a80yBNqKALykgq3ClZnoMFrt_4LRvpubHk

Serving The Marietta Community:

Marietta College continues to find ways to serve as a resource to the community at-large. This week, we read classic children’s stories so children could enjoy a new bedtime story each night.

Starting on Monday, the campus community will participate in a Virtual Can Drive in support of the Marietta Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Plan: Support our Food Pantries. Starting at 8:00 a.m. Monday, April 13th, through midnight Thursday, April 16th, you can click on this link to donate to this worthy event.

With Passover, Good Friday, and Easter upon us, I know it is a challenge to refrain from gathering with loved ones, but it is important that we all do our part. We will get through this pandemic, but we must consistently follow the direction of our health officials.

We can do this!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

As we settle into our new routines for this unique semester, I believe we are prepared to successfully complete this academic year as well as withstand the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to thank you all for continuing to work hard, staying as positive as possible and for following CDC guidelines.

It’s is working!

New numbers out on COVID-19 positive tests are now at 27 in Washington County – which is expected to go down due to double counting and still at 13 in Wood County.

Student Government:

Congratulations are in order to the students elected to next year’s SGA leadership. President-elect is Katie Kitchen, Vice President-elect is Taiylor Williamson, and Treasurer-elect is Breck Baker. 

Esports:

Marietta’s esports program is hosting a Jackbox Party Pack Game Night this Thursday (April 9th) from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The campus community is invited to join at www.twitchtv/MariettaCollege. The series includes an audience feature, so an unlimited number of people get to play.

Virtual Town Hall:

On Friday, April 10, 2020 at 11:00 am, I will once again serve as the emcee for a Virtual Town Hall for a webinar sponsored by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Marietta College, The Marietta-Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Marietta Main Street. Joining me virtually will be representatives from Marietta/Belpre City Health Department, Memorial Health System, Quality Care Associates and WVU Medicine Camden Clark. Community members can submit questions about current measures being taken to protect the citizens of Marietta and Washington County at ankrom@mariettachamber.com no later than 5:00 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 8).

Pios In 5:

Marietta College has a new podcast called Pios in 5, which features a member of the Marietta College community. Our first guest is Marietta College’s new physician assistant in the Health and Wellness Center — and also an alumna of our PA Program — Brittany Peppel. You can listen to a quick update from her at https://soundcloud.com/user-475194276/physician-assistant-brittany-peppel.

Bedtime Stories:

This week, select members of the Pioneer family began reading nightly stories to help engage and entertain young viewers. On Monday, I read “The Tales of Benjamin Bunny,” by Beatrix Potter, which you can watch here. On Tuesday, Jaclyn Schwieterman, Director of Athletic Training, read “The Original Adventures of Raggedy Ann: Raggedy Ann and the Kite,” by Johnny Gruelle, which you can watch here. Tonight, Provost Janet Bland will read “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” by Beatrix Potter, which can be viewed here. Thursday will feature Kelsey Hall ’23, who will read an original book that she created during her first year as an education student. “You Milk How Many Cows?” is a book she wrote that was inspired by her research on the Schramm Dairy Farm in Reno. You can watch her read it here. The story time series will close with Larry Hiser, Director of Athletics reading, “Mr. Jeremy Fisher,” by Beatrix Potter, which can be viewed here.

One final reminder is that we will be hosting another livestream Q&A tomorrow. The event will be broadcast at 11:30 a.m. on Facebook Live, Instagram Live, and YouTube Live. You can submit your questions in the comments section during the event. Thank you, again, for keeping in touch with your Marietta College family. It is important to remember that you have a very large team of supporters in your corner today and always.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Monday, April 6, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Today marks the start of Week 4 of Marietta College’s endeavor into virtual education. I cannot overstate how proud I am of our students, faculty and staff as we continue to show our agility when it comes to achieving the mission of the College while also maneuvering the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are now eight confirmed cases in Washington County and 10 in Wood County, West Virginia. I know this is a challenging time for everyone, but we must continue to do our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Continue to practice physical distancing, resist the urge to interact with family and friends who are not part of your original quarantine group, and resist the urge to travel and receive travelers.

Virtual Monday Music Night:

Join the all virtual Monday Music Night from 7:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, April 6th, which is being hosted by Raquel Ravaglioli, Marietta College’s Director of Music Therapy. This is the second weekly song sharing event. All are welcome to join the Zoom meeting here. Each week, five people will have the opportunity to share a song they have been listening to, followed by a facilitated discussion. You can sign up here.

Grading Options:

The College’s Faculty and Administration have announced grading options and alternatives for the Spring 2020 semester. You can read about those modifications here.

Prevent Phishing Scams:

Marietta’s IT Department is aware of numerous phishing attempts over the past week, and ask that if you receive a suspicious email, do not open it. Forward the email to Aaron Cowdery at cowderya@marietta.edu. Also be aware that there are phone scams related to the 2020 U.S. Census, Coronavirus Stimulus Checks, and the IRS. You should hang up on these calls without pressing any buttons, as that would indicate a “valid” phone number to scammers.

Marietta Brings Resources to You:

Amanda Haney-Cech, Director of the Academic Resource Center, has created a quick video on taking notes and effective study skills for students. You can watch the video here. You can connect with the ARC via email at arc@marietta.edu. The ARC staff, as well as other departments on campus, will continue to provide these short videos throughout the semester.

Food Pantry:

Students, staff and faculty who are experiencing food insecurity have access to Marietta College’s Food Pantry. All requests are confidential. If you are in need of food, please submit this form: bit.ly/mcfp_19.

In case you missed it, over the weekend I sent out a video update from The Christy Mall. You can watch it here. I look forward to seeing you in person on campus soon. Until then, do your part to keep you and your family safe and healthy, continue to work hard on your studies, and do your best to keep a positive attitude — we will get through this together!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Greetings to all you Pios who are still in campus housing!

We’re happy to have you on campus — and we’re going above and beyond to keep your living environment safe and healthy. This message is to remind you that we need each and every one of you to do your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, too.

I'm sending you this e-mail to make sure you understand that all students currently residing in campus and sorority housing are required to follow Ohio’s shelter-in place mandate, which means that you may not travel outside of the Marietta/Parkersburg area and you may not receive guests. Please tell your parents, family, and friends that you can't go to visit them until the shelter-in-place order is lifted, and they can't come to visit you.

If you travel outside of Marietta/Parkersburg and we become aware of that travel prior to your return to campus, you won't be permitted to return to campus housing. If you wish to return to campus before the end of the semester, you'll have to first complete a 14-day period of self-quarantine at another location in Marietta/Parkersburg. You'll receive a credit on your student account for pro-rated room and meal plan charges to reflect any time you've been denied access to campus housing. Any student denied the ability to return to campus housing will have the right to appeal that decision, if extenuating circumstances make it impossible for you to comply with our requirements. Such appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you travel outside of Marietta/Parkersburg and we find out about it after you've already returned to campus housing, or if we learn that you've received guests, you'll be required to self-quarantine for a 14-day period in a location identified by College personnel. You'll also be found responsible for violation of the Student Code of Conduct and fined to cover the expenses associated with managing your quarantine and/or the College's mitigation response.

I know this may be a scary and lonely and stressful time for you, but it’s very important to your health and the health of our community that we follow the Ohio shelter-in-place mandate.

Please remember that you’re not alone — the staff and faculty are here for you. Below are some important contact numbers and email addresses you should keep on hand for your use:

Marietta College Police Department — 740.376.3333 (or dial 911 for emergencies)

Marietta College Center for Health & Wellness (medical or counseling needs) — 740.376.4477 or email healthandwellness@marietta.edu

COVID-19 Crisis Text Liine — text “home” to 741741 to be connected with a Crisis Text Line Counselor

Office of Community Living — 740.376.4784 or email ocl@marietta.edu

You can also contact me at any time, I'm more than happy to provide you with my help and support.

Continue to practice physical distancing and enhanced hygiene practices, but also try to remain active — take walks, sit outside, FaceTime or Skype with friends and family, and don’t forget your classes! We care about your health and will do our part to make sure you have the support you need.

My best to all of you, and keep Pio'ing on!

Dr. Danford


Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Days like today really make me miss our Pioneer family being together. The sun is shining and campus is bright with spring colors — but it is very quiet. Judy and I are looking forward to seeing you all again on campus. As for now, I am honing my cooking and baking skills (Chocolate Chip Cookies), and staying productive throughout the day. Try to stay positive at this time; we will be together soon!

Bill Ruud baking cookies

Travel Reminder:

With Passover and Easter coming soon, we know it is difficult to be away from family and friends — but it is vitally important to everyone’s health that we do not travel at this time or invite others to visit us. We must comply with Ohio mandates that require visitors to quarantine for 14 days prior to entering the state — and we will enforce Marietta College mandates, which require anyone traveling to campus from outside the Mid-Ohio Valley to quarantine in the Mid-Ohio Valley for 14 days prior to coming onto campus. This includes students, faculty and staff living in this area who travel outside of this community on weekends or at any other time.

This policy extends to students and families attempting to return to campus to move items out of the residence halls. Move-outs cannot happen until May 1st, at the earliest. Anyone who comes to campus for this purpose will be turned away by MCPD and staff in the Office of Community Living. If you have items in your room that you absolutely must have, please email the Office of Community Living at ocl@marietta.edu and we will have those items shipped to you.

Any student currently residing on campus who disregards the shelter-in place mandate, either by traveling or by receiving guests, will be required to self-quarantine in their approved campus housing assignment for 14 days. They will also be subject to student conduct proceedings for violating this College mandate.

Ohio Has Essential Positions Open:

The Ohio Governor’s Office has created a site where healthy Ohioans who are in search of work can look through available positions currently hiring essential workers. Temporary and permanent positions can be searched at Coronavirus.Ohio.gov/JobSearch. Stay connected with Marietta College’s Career Center by following the LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marietta-college-career-center-59237819a/.

Internet Security and Scam Prevention:

We recently partnered with Knowbe4, a security training company that specializes in Internet safety and scam prevention. With the increase reliance on email and digital sharing for remote learning and working, it is even more important to stay one step ahead of scammers and become an expert in recognizing fraud. Fraud campaigns revolving around taxes, COVID-19, and the stimulus checks have already started and will only get worse. We have stepped up our efforts to help protect you by deploying a new state of the art email security system that identifies the ground work for this fraud and starts blocking it before it hits your inbox. Now you can also help contribute to our efforts by ramping up your skills at cyber-sleuthing! We have put together a package of videos that are both educational and entertaining. There are three very informative videos that we felt were important for our community: Security Awareness Fundamentals, Security Awareness Proficiency Assessment, and Phishing Fundamentals. These provide a very solid base for recognizing electronic fraud. And for those wanting a more entertaining experience, after building your fundamental knowledge of course, check out the series The Inside Man! These are short mini episodes in Netflix binge worthy delivery! You can find all you need here: https://training.knowbe4.com/. You will need to log in with your Marietta College email address and then you will be redirected to our email system to enter your password (if you are already logged in and using the same browser then it will take you straight to the videos). Enjoy and thanks for your help squashing fraud!

Don't Forget to Vote:

The Secretary of State’s office recently announced that April 28, 2020, will be the final day of Ohio’s Primary Election. There will be no in-person voting. Voters may request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application. The applications may be printed from this website or be obtained by calling the Washington County Board of Elections office at 740-374-6828. The Board of Elections website is https://www.boe.ohio.gov/washington/

Stay Positive:

Marietta Women’s Basketball assistant coach Jenna Andersen put together a fun clip of the team practicing. The video is gaining popularity on social media. You can watch it on Twitter here.

Please continue to practice safe physical distancing — we are making a difference. I know it is hard and it is OK to reach out to ask for help or to talk about how you are feeling. The resources that are on campus are accessible to you — including our Health and Wellness Center (740.376.4477), which continues to offer telemedicine and telecounseling services. You can also reach out to your professors or to me. We are here for you and we will get through this together.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Today, we had our fourth productive live Q&A event. I enjoy being able to interact with students and families in this way, and I hope that these updates provide you with good information and a sense that we miss you, we care about how you are doing, and we want you to take care of yourselves at this time. Locally, our COVID-19 cases remain the same as yesterday, which is three in Washington County and two in Wood County, West Virginia.

As I asked during today’s live Q&A, please share these updates with your family — mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, brothers and sisters. We are all in this together and we need to have the same information in order to make the best decisions possible.

Move-out Date Has Changed:

The earliest date at which students can return to completely move out of their residence hall rooms has been changed from April 6 to May 1, in alignment with Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s recent announcement that Ohio public K-12 schools will not re-open until that date. This is in order to ensure that Marietta College is doing all we can to mitigate community spread of COVID-19. Specific instructions on finalizing move-outs will be announced as we gain greater clarity on when travel for non-essential purposes becomes possible.

Housing Selection for Returning Students:

Housing Selection is coming soon! A reminder that students must be registered for the Fall 2020 semester to be eligible to participate in the housing selection process. Housing applications will go live for eligible students to access and complete on April 15, 2020, at:

https://marietta-residence.symplicity.com

*If you register for classes late, you will need to email a screenshot of your confirmed Fall 2020 class schedule to OCL@marietta.edu to initialize housing application/roommate matching access. All full-time undergraduate students are guaranteed a housing assignment on campus, even if you register late. Students who are registered but do not select their own rooms in the housing selection process will be placed individually into available housing assignments by Office of Community Living professional staff unless OCL has already approved the student to live off-campus.

Housing Selection Important Dates:

  • April 15: Access to housing application will go live (for students registered for Fall 2020) & students can begin forming roommate groups with other eligible students
    • Date/time slot assignments for housing selection will be assigned and communicated within the RESIDENCE website; see the attached guide for additional information
  • April 20: Building/room selection begins (according to assigned date/time slot assignment of the roommate group)
  • April 23: Selection process ends

Please visit the housing page for a detailed guide to the Housing Selection Process. Even if you are a seasoned veteran at Housing Selection, you are encouraged to review this guide as it has information important to this year. As always, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Community Living with any questions, comments or concerns at OCL@marietta.edu.

Online Exercise Classes:

We have been working hard to get some available online group Exercise classes that you can be a part of via Zoom. We have taken extra safety precautions to be sure that the classes are safe and secure. We will be using a Zoom Webinar Room, which means you will be able to hear and see the instructor but they will not be able to hear and see you. When you enter the room your camera and microphone will be disabled. There will be a Q&A chat feature that the instructor will be able to see. Some of the classes will be answering questions in live time but some they will have to answer at the end.

This is a private link for all Faculty, Staff, Students and DBRC Community members. These classes will start on Monday April 6th. The link to these classes will be sent via the More Marietta email on Friday morning and we ask that you do not share the links publicly. Here are a list of online ZOOM Classes that are being offered:

Hatha Yoga – Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. – Joy Held

Join Joy from her home studio for a live 55-minute basic hatha yoga class. We’ll practice the essentials of the 24 fundamental hatha yoga poses slowly and gently using only a yoga mat and blanket or large towel for props. Suitable for all levels.

Home Bodies – Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 a.m. – Marybeth Peebles

This fitness class focuses on strength training, flexibility, and correct form using various “props” that are available in local stores or already in your home, e.g. broom stick, water bottles, towel, heavy rubber bands, etc. Each HOME BODIES class includes a full-body warm up, exercises in the “work zone” that target specific muscles, and a cool-down segment that incorporates restorative yoga stretches. Participants progress at their own pace through carefully modulated exercise routines.

Pilates Mat Class – Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. – Joy Held

Join Joy from her home studio for a live 30-minute Pilates beginner level mat workout. You won’t miss your crunches when you practice Pilates! All you’ll need is a yoga mat and a blanket or large towel for props. Suitable for all levels.

Hopefully you can take advantage of one of these classes. We will also be working to add more classes as time goes on. Thanks for the support as we move through this transitional time.

Marietta Brings Resources to You:

In another helpful video, Kelly Campbell, who is the Assistant Director of Career Services & Employer Relations, introduces students to Handshake, our Career Management Software. Learn more about Handshake and Marietta’s Career Center here. You can send questions about Handshake to Kelly at khc001@marietta.edu.

Alumna Competing on Tonight’s Jeopardy!!!!

Long Blue Liner Tiffany Eisenhauer ’96 will be on Jeopardy! Tonight — so be sure to root for your fellow Pioneer.

Lastly, I know that most of you are back home and have no way of seeing campus at this time, but I want to send a special shout-out to our staff in Physical Plant. Our dedicated grounds crew and our building services crew are working tirelessly to keep our campus — inside and out — clean and beautiful. They are making sure your home away from home remains cared for and picture-perfect. Thank you for that!

We will all continue to work hard and blaze this trail together!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Greetings, fellow Pioneers! All is well on campus and in the community. Washington County, fortunately still only has three confirmed COVID-19 cases and Wood County is also holding at two cases. We will be conducting our fourth Livestreamed Q&A session on Thursday, April 2nd, starting at 11:30 a.m. I encourage you and your parents to join us via Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Live — and submit questions!

Senior Survey:

We conducted a town hall forum for our graduating seniors on Tuesday and received great ideas and information about how the Class of 2020 would like to commemorate their achievements. Seniors are asked to complete the short survey they were sent in an email so we can move forward on planning any upcoming celebration.

Zoom Security:

Zoom recently published a great resource for helping with educating, working, and running events through Zoom. It also includes a great section on securing your session to keep the Crashers out of your meetings and classes. The main topics include: Effective Remote Working, Educating Over Zoom, Hosting Virtual Events, and Telehealth. The security tips can be found under the first section of Effective Remote Working under the Stay Secure list. These tips include how to password protect your meetings, disable join before host, using waiting rooms, locking a meeting, and managing participants. A highly recommended item to review is the second item under Stay Secure, Blog: How to Keep the Crashers From Crashing Your Zoom Event, which includes how to remove unwanted guests, disabling video and muting participants, and putting participants on hold. You can find the full page here: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html.

Marietta Brings Resources to You:

Alicia Abramski, Counselor in our Center for Health & Wellness, shares tips on how to establish a routine while you are learning and working from home. You can watch her video here. The Center continues to provide virtual medical and counseling services to students. Call 740.376.4477 or email healthandwellness@marietta.edu to make an appointment.

Virtual Events:

The College has a variety of virtual events in the works for students to enjoy. Every Wednesday (starting tonight) through the end of the semester, Marietta students are invited to join a 7:00 p.m. Netflix Party. Tonight’s screening will be of “American Factory,” which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary. If you haven’t already, download the Netflix Party extension on your laptop or desktop via www.netflixparty.com/. Click on the link below and click on the NP icon to join the party. To join on Wednesday, go to www.netflix.com/watch/81090071?npSessionId=0422ed537f0ec3de&npServerId=s97.

Contact Information:

We want to make sure you have access to people who can help answer specific academic, student life, financial aid and other questions, so we have created a quick resource list for families:

 

Area Contact Number Hours
Academics Angie Stevens 740.376.4741 Monday-Friday
8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Campus Police On Call 740.376.3333 24/7
Finance & Administrative Services Michele Marra 740.376.4720
614.506.9059
Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Financial Aid Stacy Miller 740.376.4712 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Office of Admission Katie Fennell 740.376.4369 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Physical Plant Paul Miller 740.376.4789 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
President's Office Paula Lewis 740.376.4701 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Records Office Tina Hickman 740.376.4740 Monday-Friday
​8:00 a.m.-5:00p.m.
Student Life On Call 740.376.4784 24/7

 

Census Day:

Today is Census Day. Students should be counted in the place where they would normally be residing for most of the year (even if COVID-19 has them staying somewhere else for the moment). The Census Bureau has produced a short video and fact sheet to clarify how college students are to be counted. You can watch that video here.

April is here and the end of the semester is just a few short weeks ahead. Keep working hard, stay focused on your goals and be vigilant with your health. We care about you and we are excited seeing and celebrating your success during this challenging semester.

We are in this together!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Hello from campus! There are a few updates to share today that you will find helpful. In recent days, we have heard from a few parents for whom we do not have email addresses to share these daily updates. If your parent is not receiving regular updates from us, please share these messages with them. One bit of good news is that the Ohio River does not appear to be rising to flood levels. We will continue to monitor what is happening weather-wise and are ready to respond when necessary to protect our fields and other areas on campus. Also, the current COVID-19 cases in Washington County remain at three with two in Wood County, West Virginia. The city of Marietta has also created a COVID-19 resource site that includes information pertinent to the city’s response to the pandemic.

More Good News — Taco Tuesday:

Our partners at Parkhurst Dining continue to provide free breakfast, lunches and dinners to our students on campus, as well as to faculty and staff who are working on campus during this time. Christy Burke, Director of Education Abroad, sent in a pic of today’s lunch:

Marietta College free Taco Tuesday lunch during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Marietta Brings Resources to You:

As we get further into this unique semester, faculty and staff want to reassure students that they will continue to provide academic and wellness support. Amanda Haney-Cech, Director of Marietta’s Academic Resource Center, created a video to help students maintain successful routines and study habits while working from home. You can watch the video here.

The ARC staff, as well as other departments on campus, will continue to provide these short videos throughout the semester.

Special Circumstances Information for Campus:

Marietta College understands that the disruption from the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused income reductions and job losses that are impacting many of our current and future students. As financial aid administrators, the financial aid staff has statutory authority to use professional judgment to adjust on a case-by-case basis. As we make decisions, we appreciate your willingness to share your individual circumstances so that we can assess the depth and scope of the impact on our community for the 2020-2021 academic year. To request a review of your unique circumstances, please email covid19appeal@marietta.edu. One of our administrators will review your request and share important information with you about timelines and required documentation that is specific to your case.

As a reminder, we have a live Q&A event planned for 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Submit your questions via Facebook, YouTube and Instagram, and we will do our best to answer them. Please share this message with your family members so they can be informed — and continue to be well, work hard and share your good news with us so we can celebrate together.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Monday, March 30, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Greetings from a very windy Marietta College campus! Today marks the start of Week 3 of online instruction — continue to challenge yourselves and to celebrate your progress. As you may have seen on the news, President Trump has extended the physical distancing mandate through April 30, 2020. The College’s Leadership Team is in discussion on how this will affect the move-out process and timeline. You will receive updates on these changes as soon as they are available. Please remember that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused our long-term planning to remain fluid.

Current COVID-19 cases in Washington County remain at three with two in Wood County West Virginia.

Painting the Rock:

On Friday, Provost Janet Bland and Associate Provost Suzanne Walker — while practicing safe physical distancing — spent some time Friday painting The Rock.

Students, faculty and staff still in the Marietta area can sign up to paint The Rock here.

Service to the Community:

Earlier today, I served as a moderator for Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce’s Virtual Town Hall meeting, which featured updates from Marietta’s Mayor Josh Schlicher, U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, Marietta Police Chief Rodney Hupp, Marietta Fire Chief C.W. Durham, Washington County Commissioner David White, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks, MACC President & CEO Carrie Ankrom, and MACC Board Chair Kris Justice. This is the first of several Virtual Town Halls for the community. You can watch the re-broadcast on the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or use this link to view the recording directly.

Don't Forget to Vote:

The Secretary of State’s office recently announced that April 28, 2020, will be the final day of Ohio’s Primary Election. There will be no in-person voting. Voters may request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application. The applications may be printed from this website or be obtained by calling the Washington County Board of Elections office at 740.374.6828. The Board of Elections website is https://www.boe.ohio.gov/washington/

Questions About Refunds:

If you would like to learn more about Marietta’s pro-rated room and board refunds, you can find additional information here.

Telemedicine:

In an effort to support all our students while also alleviating pressures on health care providers in their communities, Marietta College’s Center for Health and Wellness is now offering medical and counseling appointments via Zoom. These are available whether the student is at home or on campus. In order to proceed with a Zoom appointment, we will ask the student to sign a privacy disclosure form. Currently, all modalities of tele-technology are acceptable, and state boundary laws for telemedicine have been waived during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in a telemedicine appointment, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness at 740.376.4477 or by e-mail at healthandwellness@marietta.edu and they will work to accommodate your needs.

It is as important as ever that we all practice good health and mental health habits. Take care of yourself, keep your mind occupied with positive things and if you need to, reach out for help.

I cannot stress this enough: what you are doing is making a difference!

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

We need to continue to find reasons to celebrate. Today, students and faculty can celebrate completing two full weeks of remote/online learning. It is remarkable how quickly Pioneers are able to adapt and excel to changing situations. Keep up the good work and thanks!

There is still only one case of COVID-19 in Washington County, one case in Athens, and two cases in Wood County, WV. Keep practicing physical distancing and stay safe.

Online Tutoring:

Students now have access to 24/7 on-demand, individual instruction and support from expert tutors. Marietta College has partnered with Smarthinking to offer students access to expert tutoring in a wide range of subjects, including Accounting, Business, Computers and Technology, Mathematics and Statistics, Psychology, Reading, Science, Spanish, and Writing. In addition, students can continue to use Marietta’s Academic Resource Center and Tutoring, and the Communication Resource Center. Students can access the link to Smarthinking and campus tutoring services through MC Tutoring Moodle page. This is FREE, LIVE TUTORING for students. Contact Marietta College’s Instructional Technologist, Linda Roesch, at lr002@marietta.edu or Associate Provost, Dr. Suzanne Walker, at walkers@marietta.edu to gain access to the Marietta College Tutoring Page.

Esports At Marietta College:

Students are still able to participate in esports online. Though some of the tournaments have been canceled or postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19, Marietta teams are still able to compete in some tournaments while finding other tournaments as well.

For example, Marietta’s PUBG team competed in its Collegiate PUBG match yesterday, and they’ve advanced to the finals, which will consist of several matches for the next few weeks. Another example, Marietta’s Rainbow Six team is actually competing tonight, Friday, March 27, in Collegiate R6 against Baylor University. Marietta’s esport teams are also trying to broadcast some of our practices on Twitch, if anyone wants to watch.

To watch most of the matches, you can go to Marietta’s Twitch channel at https://www.twitch.tv/MariettaCollege. We’ve also opened up our Discord server to allow students, faculty and staff to communicate with each other. You have to create a free account first, but you can then join by going to https://bit.ly/PioDiscord. I know we have a lot of students who are playing video games during this crisis, so our Discord server could be a way to help them stay in touch with each other.

If any students want to participate in any of our teams, reach out to Esports Head Coach and Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Dr. Matthew Williamson at williamm@marietta.edu.

Career Center Update:

The Career Center is offering ALL resources online and we are interested in partnering with students and professors! The most critical students are those who graduate in May or August or still need an internship to be on track to graduate on time. Résumé reviews, interview prep, job search guidance, connecting to alumni — all of these can be done via Zoom or a phone call.

Appointments: Students can be directed to Handshake to make an appointment with a member of the team. (All students have a Handshake account and do not have to create one). If that doesn't work, students may reach out to Career Center Director Betsy Knott directly (emk004@marietta.edu) and we will find a time that works. Twice a week (Wednesday and Thursday), appointments between 5:00–9:00 p.m. EST will be available for students.

Handshake: Handshake may seem like only the place where students apply for jobs on campus, but it is so much more. There are nearly 3,000 jobs and 1,800 internships available for current college students in the system, for the state of Ohio and throughout the country. Students can also access opinions and tips from other students (from over 800 colleges and universities) to better understand a company’s culture, their interview process, and what worked well within a past internship or job role.

Connections: Alumni are eager to help students with where they are in their career development process. If you (student) are looking for valuable insight, please connect with Betsy Knott (emk0004@marietta.edu) and she will introduce you to an alumnus or alumna.

Please continue to take care of yourselves. I know this physical isolation from your friends, professors and others is difficult. Try to stay in contact via email, social media and phone calls. You may also reach out to your professors during office hours. Continue to celebrate your accomplishments and those of others — regardless of how small. Remember: you are not alone — you have a very large Pioneer family thinking about you every day and we are ready to help!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

It is a beautiful day in Marietta. A few of the trees on The Christy Mall are beginning to bloom and our landscape experts in Physical Plant have begun planting flowers in many of our large outdoor planters. As I closed today’s live-streamed Q&A, I encouraged each of you to step outside to enjoy a bit of sunshine and fresh air. There aren’t many new updates to share with you today, but during the broadcast, some of you asked for specific contact information.

For Questions About Move-out Approval & Having Items Shipped to Your Home; Address to Return Keys:

Office of Community Living

215 5th St.
Marietta, OH 45750
ocl@marietta.edu
740.376.4784

Room & Board Refunds, Tuition Credit for Fall 2020, Payment Information:

Office of Student Accounts

mcbill@marietta.edu
740.376.4619

Telemedicine/Telecounseling Appointments:

Center for Health and Wellness

healthandwellness@marietta.edu
740.376.4477

Tutoring:

Academic Resource Center

arc@marietta.edu

Tutoring Services

https://mariettacollege.mywconline.com/

Work Study:

If you have questions about work study jobs, contact Stacy Miller at seo@marietta.edu. For questions about paychecks or amounts, please contact Robin Eschbaugh at rse001@marietta.edu or Rhonda Bumgarner at rjb006@marietta.edu.

Legacy Library Resources:

Contact the Research Help Desk by phone at 740.376.4543, by email at library@marietta.edu, and by messaging using Microsoft Teams at library@marietta.edu.

Changes to Student Loan Repayment:

The U.S. Department of Education made an important announcement affecting student loan borrowers. Read that announcement here.

Commencement:

Seniors will be sent emails inviting them to join a livestream event next week to discuss commencement options. Seniors are strongly encouraged to be a part of this discussion.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act:

Under the FFCRA, every covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. According to the Department of Labor, since many employers have all or part of their workforce working remotely an employer may satisfy this requirement by emailing or direct mailing this notice to employees, or posting this notice on an employee information internal or external website. You may read the notice here.

Keep up the hard work and be sure to make some time to enjoy your day. Be sure to reach out to your friends and family via texts, phone calls, emails, social media and even hand-written letters. It is important to stay connected during this time — we will get through this together.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

As we get further into our semester and become more seasoned to adjusting to frequent change, I hope these updates will continue to inform you on what we are doing as a College to help continue to progress learning, as well as keep you connected to Marietta. Even though we are apart for the semester, we will remain united as a campus community!

As an update, there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Washington County (still only 1), but there is one new case in Wood County West Virginia.

Alumni Speaker Series Continues Via Zoom:

The Long Blue Line Speaker Series is set to continue, with Christian Sanders ’14 speaking to students tonight. The event begins at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 25th, via Zoom using this link.

Sanders, who majored in Broadcast Communication, works for St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He is the Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Director of REACHing Magis. During his time at Marietta College, he played football and was an Admission tour guide. For three years he was involved with Forensics, and was an Orientation Leader for three years. He was a member of Student Senate for two years, a peer mentor for two years, a senior interviewer for one year, and the president of Pi Kappa Delta for one year.

On Thursday, March 26th, the Long Blue Line Speaker will be Ashlyn Heider ’06, a regulatory intelligence analyst for KeyBank in Cleveland. Her talk will begin at 7:00 p.m. and can be accessed via Zoom using this link.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grade Option:

In light of Marietta College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Faculty Council plans to enable students to employ the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option for a limited number of classes per student during the spring 2020 semester. This may not be the right decision for every student, so students should consult their advisors about making this shift in certain courses they may need for their academic standing, licensure, graduate admission, and so onBecause the consequences of this policy will impact the campus community in different ways, Faculty Council is working with departments, students, and administration to work out the details. We will make a more detailed announcement via President Ruud's daily communication in the coming days. At this point, please reach out to your faculty advisor if you are struggling with a class, and we ask that you delay any decision to drop a course until the S/U policy has been made official.

Yoga With Joy:

Joy Held’s yoga class will take place during her normal time (5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays) via Zoom. To access the Yoga Zoom class, click on the link below — if you have a webcam, great, but it is not necessary; and if you have a microphone, even better. Please mute your microphone when you get into the meeting. You do not have to use the video access but you may choose to do so. If you are joining from a smart phone or tablet, please download the Zoom app and enter the meeting ID provided below:

https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/807230954

If you have any questions, please contact Dash McNeal at dm008@marietta.edu. You will use this link every time that you want to access the class. This is just one step that we are trying to take to help fill a void in your fitness routine. Additional fitness classes will begin as early as next week.

Questions About Refunds:

If you would like to learn more about Marietta’s pro-rated room and board refunds, you can find additional information here.

Security Advice From Marietta's IT Department:

Here is a comprehensive resource about COVID-19 scams to avoid and remote working/learning security tips. It was put together by the National Cyber Security Alliance and also contains information about Government Assistance and Guidance. I would like to bring special attention to the items towards the bottom from TrendMicro. TrendMicro is an antivirus and anti-malware company that offers a free online system scan. If you do not have antivirus software on your personal computers, then I highly recommend using this tool to help ensure your system is safe and clean.

https://staysafeonline.org/covid-19-security-resource-library/

Gilman Dining Menu:

Our partners at Parkhurst Dining will continue to serve a continental breakfast, lunch and dinners to students and employees. You can check out what is on the lunch and dinner menus in the links below:

 

Facebook/Instagram/Youtube Live Event:

The College is hosting the third livestreamed event starting on Thursday, March 25, starting at 11:30 a.m. for students and parents who may have questions about what is happening in Academics, Finance or the College overall. Please remember to submit questions in the comment section during the broadcast.

We are working on a number of ways to continue to keep our students, faculty and staff engaged — both inside and outside of the classroom. Don’t forget to engage with SGA and your class representatives to share your ideas and be a part of the conversations happening in Student Life. Your input matters!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Spring has definitely reached campus. Our resident hawk remains on her nest and the familiar sounds of mowing and leaf-blowing can be heard from my house. I definitely miss seeing students, faculty and staff — especially during this season — but I know following health officials’ orders this is what is best for the community.

Again, there continue to be no NEW cases of COVID-19 in Washington County. We still are at only one positive and that individual is quarantined at home.

Building Access:

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has prohibited non-essential travel, SO STUDENTS CANNOT COME TO CAMPUS TO MOVE OUT OF THEIR RESIDENCE HALLS UNTIL APRIL 6TH — at the earliest. When Gov. DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health approves resuming travel, students must first obtain approval by the Office of Community Living (ocl@marietta.edu or 740-376-4784) to re-enter residence halls for move-out.

Also, Campus Police are reminding those who are on campus: DO NOT PROP OPEN DOORS FOR ANY REASON. This is for the safety and security of our campus community.

Barnes and Noble Bookstore Temporarily Closed:

The health and well-being of customers and employees of the Marietta College Bookstore are incredibly important to us. It is with careful consideration that we have made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Bookstore starting on Tuesday, March 24th, with a tentative plan to reopen on Monday, April 6th. The Bookstore will continue to accept orders online for delivery with free shipping, though you may experience longer shipping times than usual. Orders can be placed here. Any purchases returned via shipment to Barnes and Noble will be processed when the stores reopen. Stay safe and healthy​! You may contact Jessica French with any questions or concerns regarding the Bookstore at jaf007@marietta.edu.

Gilman Dining:

Parkhurst Dining offers packaged meals — both hot and cold options — as well as grab and go items to students and employees on campus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. THIS TAKEOUT IS AVAILABLE ALL DAY, WITHOUT LIMIT, AND DOES NOT REQUIRE A MEAL SWIPE. Students and Marietta College employees who have food allergies or dietary restrictions (who have not already communicated with Parkhurst since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak) should contact General Manager Adria Handley at alh007@marietta.edu. If you have any questions, please call 740-376-4433.

COVID-19 Continental Breakfast Info
COVID-19 Lunch Menu
COVID-19 Dinner Menu
COVID-19 No Swipe Information

I remind all of you who may have additional questions or concerns to please join our livestreamed event at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on Facebook Live, Instagram Live and YouTube Live. As always, take care of yourself, practice healthy habits, keep practicing physical distancing, continue to work hard, and know that your entire Pioneer family supports you.

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

After a busy weekend of many students moving out of their residence halls and preparing for this week’s virtual classes, and our faculty, Student Life and Enrollment Management folks working to enroll incoming first-year students for the fall, plus our buildings and grounds crews working hard to keep our campus ready for everyone’s return, I would have to say the Marietta College community is as productive as ever. I have included some new information and some reminders of other important items below.

Please read and share this message with your fellow Pioneers!

Hold Off On Your Campus Move-Out!

Pursuant to Governor Mike DeWine’s recent announcement prohibiting all non-essential travel in the state of Ohio through April 6th — at the earliest. Please note that Governor DeWine has stated that this is a health ORDERnot a health suggestion. As such, he expects people to comply, and local health departments and local law enforcement agencies will begin enforcing this order on Tuesday. The goal of this travel restriction is to slow the community spread of COVID-19 so that Ohio hospitals don't become overwhelmed, and to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections and associated deaths. This means that students who have not moved out of their residence halls cannot do so until April 6th — at the earliest — and must contact the Office of Community Living before doing so. If there is something in your room that you absolutely must have, please notify the Office of Community Living by email at ocl@marietta.edu or by telephone at 740-376-4784, and we will have it shipped to you.

Don't Travel!

This is just a reminder that under Gov. DeWine’s new directives regarding travel through April 6th, you should not be going anywhere, with anyone, unless it is for essential purposes (for health care treatment, food, gasoline, essential work, etc.). Please continue to follow the CDC’s guidelines of keeping a six-feet physical distance around other people.

Reminder About Keys:

If you have already completely moved out of your residence hall but have not turned in your key, please mail it to us as soon as possible. If you have a mailbox key, you can also send that to us that. The address to return keys is:

Office of Community Living
Marietta College
215 Fifth Street
Marietta, Ohio 45750
 

News About Financial Aid/Student Loans:

In a press release, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced all borrowers with qualifying loans would automatically have their interest rate set to 0% for at least 60 days from March 13, 2020, and added that they would be able to halt payments on their loans for at least two months by requesting an administrative forbearance through their loan servicer. Borrowers that choose to forgo asking for an administrative forbearance would not see a reduction in monthly payments. Rather, the full payment would be applied toward the principal balance of the loan.

Posters:

The College has created two posters for our community to download and post when their classes are “in session.” They are below and you can download them from the Covid-19 website.

Keep Calm and Pio On
Education In Progress

Yoga With Joy:

Staff in the DBRC are looking at ways to offer some virtual instruction so the community can continue exercising and maintaining healthy habits. The College will be offering Joy Held’s yoga class at her normal time (5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday) via Zoom. We are working some of the other classes as well.

To access the Yoga Zoom class, click on the link below — if you have a webcam, great, but it is not necessary; and if you have a microphone, even better. We ask that you mute your microphone when you get into the meeting. You do not have to use the video access but you may choose to do so. If you are joining from a smart phone or tablet, please download the Zoom app and enter the meeting ID provided below:

https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/807230954

If you have any questions, please contact Dash McNeal at dm008@marietta.edu. You will use this link every time that you want to access the class. This is just one step that we are trying to take to help fill a void in your fitness routine.

Telemedicine & Telecounseling:

In an effort to support all of our students while also alleviating pressures on health care providers in their communities, Marietta College’s Center for Health and Wellness is now offering medical and counseling appointments via Zoom. These are available whether the student is at home or on campus. In order to proceed with a Zoom appointment, we will ask the student to sign a privacy disclosure form. Currently, all modalities of tele-technology are acceptable, and state boundary laws for telemedicine have been waived during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in a telemedicine appointment, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness at 740-376-4477 or by e-mail at healthandwellness@marietta.edu and they will work to accommodate your needs.

Voting in the Ohio Primary:

The Secretary of State’s office has changed the Primary Election day to June 2, 2020. There will be no in-person voting. Voters may request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application. The applications may be printed from this website or be obtained by calling the Washington County Board of Elections office at 740-374-6828. The Board of Elections website is https://www.boe.ohio.gov/washington/

Facebook Live Event:

Members of the College’s Leadership team and COVID-19 Task Force have conducted two Facebook Live events for current and incoming students, parents, alumni and the community. We will expand the opportunity to watch upcoming broadcasts by adding Instagram Live and YouTube Live, in addition to Facebook Live. The next broadcast will start at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 26th.

I cannot express how proud I am of each of you. I know these are challenging times for everyone, and everyone is facing different challenges — but I also know that we are Pioneers and, together, we will continue to work hard to get through this adversity. We will rise to this challenge together and we will be a stronger community.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Sunday, March 22, 2020

On Sunday, March 22, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a broad-based shutdown of activity in Ohio. The governor’s order begins at 11:59 p.m., Monday, March 23, and continues through April 6.

The order follows several other governors who have made similar orders in their states. Among the alternative models in various states, Ohio has followed the Illinois model, which from a higher education perspective is the best of the alternatives. The highlights of the order are as follows:
 

  • All individuals in Ohio are to remain in their residences except for a number of exemptions listed in the order.
  • All "non-essential businesses" must cease operations, and all essential business must practice physical distancing.
  • All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • Most travel is prohibited, except with physical distancing travel for health and safety, procuring supplies such as food, essential work, and outdoor activity (in essence, exercise).


Essential business operations include several activities including higher education, defined as follows:

"Educational institutions. Educational institutions-including public and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges and universities-for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible." (Section 12(m))

Beyond that. "Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services" is permitted. (Section 14(c))

In addition, it is clear that certain activities of higher education institutions beyond that paragraph are also permitted. These include: health activities; food provision and preparation; critical trades such electricians, janitors, security, HVAC, etc.; residential facilities; and professional services such as legal and accounting. These provisions are all that will be necessary to support the operation of student housing.

Further, minimum basic operations are permitted while carrying out exempted operations, such as physical plant, security, payroll and employee benefits, and related functions.

The order provides the College’s administration with the necessary authority to continue to support students who remain on campus, to determine which staff are necessary to work on campus, to support the work of staff who work from home, to determine which staff will work from home, and to support staff who are working in a safe manner on campus performing functions necessary to maintain the institution.


Saturday, March 21, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

A full week of virtual classrooms is in the books, and today the College conducted its First Ever Virtual PioSOAR for our accepted students who will join our campus community this fall. Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we operate on a day-to-day basis, it has not stopped us from continuing our educational mission.

DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR KEYS:

As you move out of your campus housing, or if you’ve already moved out, please remember that we Need your keys returned to us. This includes your residence hall key, as well as your mailroom key (if you have one). Both of these can be placed in the same envelope and deposited in the black key deposit box at the front entrance to your residence hall, or you can mail them to:

Office of Community Living
Marietta College
215 Fifth Street
Marietta, Ohio 45750
 

TELEMEDICINE:

In an effort to support all our students while also alleviating pressures on health care providers in their communities, Marietta College’s Center for Health and Wellness is now offering medical appointments via Zoom. These are available whether the student is at home or on campus. In order to proceed with a Zoom appointment, we will ask the student to sign a privacy disclosure form. Currently, all modalities of tele-technology are acceptable, and state boundary laws for telemedicine have been waived during the current COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in a telemedicine appointment, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness at 740-376-4477 or by e-mail at healthandwellness@marietta.edu and they will work to accommodate your needs.

TIPS TO IMPROVE AT-HOME WI-FI AND INTERNET:

We know that some of you may be having some challenges with technology services. There are many factors involved with Internet and Wi-Fi experience at home, and it all starts with your provider. In general, the types of providers are listed below in fastest speed order:

  1. Cable
  2. DSL
  3. Cell
  4. Dial Up

Note that DSL and Cell are almost neck-in-neck, depending on what is available to you and what providers are in the area. Also, when configuring your network, make sure you have an Internet connection available to Google information. This can be a cell phone, or even a computer hard-wired to the cable modem or new router while you tweak Wi-Fi configurations. Google is your best friend for information during this process. If you need help getting into your equipment, just type in the manufacture and model number and your question to Google. And remember, you can also always call the manufacturer for help — they are usually happy to walk you through and make recommendations.

Example Google query to find info quickly:

Google screenshot of search for netgear router login info

  1. Call your provider and ask for free speed increases and data cap removals during the COVID-19 situation (while you have them on the phone, ask for the admin password to your modem so that you can manage Wi-Fi settings).
  2. Ensure you have a password set for all the Wi-Fi options you are broadcasting (even guest Wi-Fi settings). You may be accidentally providing free Wi-Fi to neighbors who are using your bandwidth to stream their movies. Even if they have their own service, the devices could have seen a stronger signal from your Wi-Fi and used it, so don’t assume it is intentional use. A password protects you from this.
  3. Use your own router and not the Wi-Fi built into the equipment provided from your provider. Not all equipment is of the same quality and quantity of internal components to handle numerous devices and network streams. When you have your router installed and set up, be sure to go into the settings for the providers equipment and disable Wi-Fi so the signals don’t interfere with each other. Marietta’s Chief Information Officer Aaron Cowdery’s home router is the Netgear Nighthawk series. It is expensive but worth the investment. The other brand our IT Department most trusts is the Linksys lines from Cisco.
  4. Name your 2.5Ghz and 5Ghz channels the exact same name with the exact same password, and turn off the guest network (more on that later). Not all devices work on both channels, and 5 is faster. So rather than you figuring what to connect to what, this will allow your device to pick which is best for you with no work or decisions on your part — so fast devices will use the fast speed and you will spread out the load on your router.
  5. Enable QOS option if it is disabled, but don’t provide your own rules. This is quality of service and the router will likely have some built in rules that handle prioritization of traffic for performance increase and still have quality in the service. These rules can be counter intuitive and are very complicated, so resist the urge to tinker.
  6. Lastly, test the signal strength in locations where you are using service, then relocate your router to be closer to important locations. Wi-Fi speed decreases with distance. After you relocate the router, test the strength again. You will have new obstacles between your device and router after you move it that may interfere with the signal strength so always post test. A good free app for this is the NETGEAR Wi-Fi Analytics app for your phone — just make sure you are connected to your Wi-Fi when you use it since it will test the signed in Wi-Fi.
Guest Wi-Fi:

If you have your home network working as desired, you might consider adding a new layer of security. Many home routers are coming with a guest network, so you don’t have to give out your Wi-Fi password to short-term visitors that may also be your bank password (btw - never do this!!!!! Always use different passwords for different services). You can also use the guest network to separate your non-personal and IOT (internet of things - Alexa, smart lights, TVs, game consoles, etc...) devices from your personal devices (computers, tablets, and phones). The same rules apply for set as above. TIP: Name the Wi-Fi the same as you home with an apps at the end and use a different password. So, if you call your home Wi-Fi: mynetwork, then call your guest Wi-Fi: mynetwork apps. Also make sure you DON’T allow cross talk between the main network and guest network (usually disabled by default). After you move your non-personal devices to the guest Wi-Fi, you will have much less to worry about if your IOT devices get hacked. It will keep your personal systems and information just a little more protected.

GILMAN DINING AND LOCAL RESTAURANT OPTIONS:

Parkhurst Dining offers packaged meals — both hot and cold options — as well as grab and go items to students on campus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This takeout is available all day, without limit, and does not require a meal swipe. Students who have food allergies or dietary restrictions (who have not already communicated with Parkhurst since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak) should contact General Manager Adria Handley at alh007@marietta.edu. If you have any questions, please call 740-376-4433. The weekly menus will be posted online.

Clutch MOV has also created a list of Marietta-area restaurants that continue to offer takeout and delivery meals: https://clutchmov.com/distance-socially-eat-locally/

Once again, THANK YOU to our entire campus community for its patience, perseverance and commitment to finish this challenging semester successfully. This is going to be a marathon, so it is important for everyone to follow the safe distancing guidelines, be mindful of their physical and mental well-being, eat, sleep, exercise and know that we will get through this together.

Bring Forth A Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President


Friday, March 20, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Our students and faculty have completed their first full week of remote/online classes, and I continue to be impressed with the ability of the Pioneer community to respond to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue the great work you are already doing and know that you have the entire Long Blue Line supporting your efforts.

STAY CONNECTED:

Students — it is important for you to remain in contact with your professors, not just in class but also through Beacon, which is our student success software. This will let us know of any challenges you may be experiencing such as limited wi-fi access or the need for tech support. We are here to help cause your success.

RESIDENCE HALL SPRING SEMESTER MOVE-OUT:

Our Physical Plant staff will be available in residence halls this weekend to assist students who are moving out. They will also make best efforts in keeping common surfaces such as door handles and bannisters cleaned throughout the process.

Thanks to all the students who have already completed the questionnaire letting us know your plans with regard to campus housing during our current closure of the residence halls. THERE ARE STILL MANY OF YOU WE NEED TO HEAR FROM! We need to know what your plans are so that we can prepare for when you will be on campus and make sure you have the building access you need.

  • We need to hear from you if you’ve already been approved to stay and still intend to stay!
  • We need to hear from you if you’ve been approved to stay but now intend to leave!
  • We need to hear from you if you’ve already completely moved out of your room!
  • We need to hear from you if you still need to completely move out of your room, regardless of when you plan to be able to do that!
  • We need to hear from you if you live in a sorority house!

Please complete the survey provided at the link below to indicate your move-out plans:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ResHallClosure2020

SUPPORT FOR WELLNESS AND HEALTH:

As we continue to adapt to our current realities, it is important to take care of your emotional and physical health. Remember that you can receive COVID-19 counseling support by texting “home” to 741741. You can also receive guidance from the staff in the Center for Health and Wellness by following them on Instagram: @mc_healthandwellness. You can also send them an e-mail to healthandwellness@marietta.edu or call them at 740-376-4477. Your well-being is important to your ongoing success, so please do not hesitate to reach out for support.

As always, stay tuned to our website and social media pages, keep checking your emails, touch base with your professors, take care of your selves, and reach out if you need help. We care about you and understand that this is a challenging time. We will get through this together.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President


Thursday, March 19, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Important emails were sent to the campus community on Thursday (March 18, 2020) regarding the College’s next steps for the semester. Marietta will continue with remote/online learning until the end of the spring semester (April 24, 2020) and will include finals (April 27, 2020 – May 1, 2020).

Commencement will not happen in May — the College is looking at how the ceremony will take place at a later date. Again, if you are a senior and have completed all of the requirements for graduation, you will graduate and receive a diploma.

MOVING OUT:

Dr. Richard Danford, Vice President for Student Life & Diversity, sent students an email Thursday afternoon asking students who are able to be moved out of their residence halls by Sunday, March 29. If that is not feasible, students need to contact the Office of Community Living via email (www.ocl@marietta.edu). The College will continue to make exceptions for students who absolutely must remain in campus housing — and campus dining and other student support services will continue to operate for the remainder of the spring term.

Visit this link to learn about Express Checkout: https://www.marietta.edu/sites/default/files/documents/mc_032020_express_check_out.pdf (PDF)

All students — including students who have already completely moved out of their residence halls and students living in a sorority house — must complete this survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ResHallClosure2020

The Office of Student Life reached out to local storage companies to help families in need of storage solutions. Here is a list of companies that currently have space available:

Wheaton World Wide Moving
  • 800-282-9703
Reno Rentals
  • 740-373-4539
    Limited Spaces
Vienna Mini Storage
  • 304-295-0965
Safe-N-Secure Storage
  • 304-295-1010
Azinger Self Storage
  • 304-991-4314
    ​One Space Left
U-Haul Moving and Storage
  • 304-485-6220

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:

With classes moving online for the remainder of the semester, International Students need to communicate with the Office of Education Abroad regarding travel plans BEFORE leaving campus. Christy Burke and her team will continue to help our international students with questions they may have about traveling, returning to their home country, and more. Please fill out the information on the following link as soon as possible and contact the office with any additional questions: https://edabroad.wufoo.com/forms/zpuhqsp04uabnu/. You may email Christy with your questions at cb002@marietta.edu.

ROOM & BOARD PRO-RATED REFUNDS:

The Business Office will be doing an overall review of all students accounts for room and board and will begin sending out pro-rated refunds for room and board after May 4th.

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID NEWS:

For students who are in repayment of their student loans who need assistance during this time, please contact your loan servicer. You can locate your loan servicer information by logging into the National Student Loan Database at www.studentaid.gov.

New and returning students are encouraged to the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for next Fall by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov or www.studentaid.gov. The financial aid office continues to process new and returning FAFSAs daily.

ACCESS TO LEGACY LIBRARY:

Students may still use Legacy Library to access Wi-Fi, and are asked to maintain healthy distances from each other. On Saturday, March 21st, faculty and staff will conduct a virtual PIOSOAR event using the library to register incoming students for the fall semester, so limitations may be placed in various areas of the library to accommodate this event.

The College is also looking at other areas on campus, including The Gathering Place, for local students to be able to access Wi-Fi.

NAVY BLUE AND WHITE DAY:

The Office of Admission is hard at work recruiting the next class of Pioneers, but has had to adjust scheduled events due to COVID-19. The April 4th, 2020 Navy Blue & White Day is canceled, including the Group Fly-In. We are continuing to register students this Saturday, March 21, 2020 during a virtual PIOSOAR.

Lastly, we conducted our second Facebook Live broadcast today. Our panel answered questions about refunds, federal student loans, finals, book rentals and more. You may access a recording of this broadcast on Facebook.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the College with any questions and to your professors for help. We are in this together, you are doing remarkable things right now, and I am proud of how the Pioneer community is adapting to change.

Be well,

Bill Ruud President


wednesday, March 18, 2020 — Dr. Danford

Hello again, Pioneer Students,

After careful review of current information regarding the COVID-19 situation, Marietta College has made the decision to close our residence halls for the remainder of the spring term. This is a difficult decision, but it’s being made with the safety and welfare of the greater community in mind. We’re asking that if at all possible, you try to be completely moved out of College residence halls by the end of the day on Sunday, March 29, 2020. Please be assured that if this isn’t feasible for you, your belongings will be safe in your room until you’re able to get them moved out (but no later than 12 noon on Monday, May 4, 2020, after we wrap up the semester). No student needs to move their belongings into storage in Marietta, unless that’s what you’d be doing anyway at the end of the semester, and you have until that time if you need it to get your items moved.

We’ll continue to make exceptions for those students who absolutely must remain in campus housing this semester. This includes all students who’ve already been approved to remain in campus housing. Campus dining services and other student support services will continue to operate for the remainder of the spring term.

RESIDENCE HALL SPRING TERM MOVE-OUT

Please complete the survey provided at the link below to indicate your move-out plans, even if you’ve already completely moved out of campus housing. This will be particularly helpful in ensuring that you have appropriate ID card access to your residence hall on your intended check-out date.

IF YOU LIVE IN A SORORITY HOUSE, PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY BELOW AS WELL SO THAT WE CAN SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR CHAPTER’S HOUSING CORPORATION AND THEY CAN COMMUNICATE WITH YOU ABOUT YOUR MOVE-OUT PLANS.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ResHallClosure2020

HOW TO DO AN EXPRESS CHECK-OUT

  • For students moving out of College residence halls (not sorority houses), see the instructions below or the attached PowerPoint (PDF):
    • There’s a black key deposit box hanging on the wall near the designated front door of every College residence hall. Blank express check-out envelopes will be located on top of or next to these key deposit boxes. To return your key:
      • Fill out an express check-out envelope with your information;

      • Put your key inside the envelope and seal it;
      • Drop the key inside the black key deposit box.
    • If you lost your key, you can complete your express check-out by emailing ocl@marietta.edu and confirming your lost key and move-out completion.
  • If you’ve already completely moved out and returned home, you can complete a remote express check-out by mailing your key to the Office of Community Living at:

    Office of Community Living
    Marietta College
    215 Fifth Street
    Marietta OH 4575

SPECIAL PROTOCOLS FOR MITIGATING SPREAD OF ILLNESS DURING MOVE-OUT
  • Any student or visitor who is experiencing fever and/or symptoms of upper respiratory illness should not come to campus at this time and should delay coming to campus until those symptoms have completely disappeared. Please email ocl@marietta.eduto schedule an appointment for check-out once symptoms have cleared.
  • Any student or visitor who has been in direct contact with someone who has received a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 should not come to campus at this time, and should wait for at least 14 days since last contact with that individual before coming to campus. Please email ocl@marietta.eduto schedule an appointment for check-out once you have passed the 14-day self-quarantine period.
  • While completing the move-out process, please note that moving carts will NOT be available for your use. This is part of the College’s efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by reducing contact between individuals, so please plan accordingly for your move-out needs.
  • Housekeeping staff will continue to regularly clean and disinfect the residence halls during this move-out process, with particular attention to high-touch surfaces in common areas in those buildings.
  • Be prepared to encounter large numbers of people during the move-out process. We ask that all students and visitors practice proper hygiene and physical distancing techniques– for example, that you avoid sharing elevators with others, that you avoid standing in close proximity to one another, and that you avoid congregating in groups of 10 or more.
STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES
  • For any student who is absolutely unable to return to campus and complete check-out by Sunday, March 29,2020,please email ocl@marietta.eduand include detailed information regarding your circumstances so that we can develop an individualized alternative move-out plan for you.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
  • Please be in contact with Christy Burke (cb002@marietta.edu) regarding your travel itinerary and plans to confirm completion of all immigration paperwork with the Office of Education Abroad before departure if you choose to move out of your current housing, regardless of whether you live on-campus or off-campus.


We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has created, and will continue to create, unique challenges and hardships for you as a student, and we want to do all we can to support your needs, as we also work to do our part as responsible citizens to mitigate community spread of this illness. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s anything at all we can do to make sure your needs are being met. And just another gentle reminder about the valuable services available to you through our Center for Health and Wellness by calling 740-376-4477 or sending an e-mail to healthandwellness@marietta.edu.

Be healthy, be safe, and continue to Pio on!

Dr. Danford


wednesday, march 18, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

The College’s Leadership Team and COVID-19 Task Force continue to work diligently to evaluate what our best options are for the care and education of our students, and the well-being of our entire campus community.

We believe that it is in the best interest of our students and employees to continue remote/online instruction through the end of spring semester (May 1, 2020). This is a difficult but necessary decision, and it is being made out of care and consideration for everyone’s health. The College remains open and faculty will continue to deliver their classes remotely.

This will also mean Commencement and related activities will not take place in May. We are in discussions within our campus to come up with a way to celebrate the achievement of the Class of 2020, and we will communicate those plans as soon as they are made.

On Thursday, March 19 we will convene for our second Facebook Live broadcast. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST. With me for the session will be Dr. Janet Bland (Provost & Dean of the Faculty), Michele Marra (Senior Vice President for Finance & Administrative Services/CFO), Amanda Mullen (Associate Dean of Students/Office of Student Life), and Emily Schuck (Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management).

RESIDENCE HALLS:

The Office of Student Life/Office of Community Living will be emailing students with instructions on when to move out of the residence halls and other important details that must be completed during this process. Students: please read your emails and respond accordingly, and also please share that information with your parents.

WORK STUDY:

The College will be paying students based on the number of hours they would have been scheduled to work vs. an average amount as required by U.S. Department of Education guidance. If you have questions about work study jobs, contact Stacy Miller at seo@marietta.edu. For questions about paychecks or amounts, please contact Robin Eschbaugh at rse001@marietta.edu or Rhonda Bumgarner at rjb006@marietta.edu.

LOCAL MARIETTA COLLEGE STUDENTS:

Current Marietta College students who live near Marietta and who need wi-fi access can connect with the College for help. Please let your professor know you need assistance
 

VOTING IN THE OHIO PRIMARY:

The Secretary of State’s office has changed the Primary Election day to June 2, 2020. There will be no in-person voting. Voters may request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application. The applications may be printed from this website or be obtained by calling the Washington County Board of Elections office at 740-374-6828. The Board of Elections website is https://www.boe.ohio.gov/washington/

One bit of good news I want to share with the campus community is that our resident hawk has apparently laid her eggs and is now staying on the nest. Our Hawk Cam is up and ready, and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BK86npNsqNY

I hope you can tune into Thursday’s Facebook Live event. Again, keep checking your emails and our website for updates, keep practicing healthy habits, keep up with your coursework — and keep your head up. We will get through this together!

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud, President


tuesday, March 17, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Marietta’s Leadership Team and COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet on a regular basis, and our campus community stands ready to adjust our schedules to the latest changes being made to help prevent the spread of the virus. I am incredibly proud of our students, faculty and staff for their ability and willingness to be flexible during this time, and I look forward to the time when we can be together again as a campus.

WORK STUDY

Marietta College is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has given institutions the ability to make Federal Work-Study payments under limited circumstance to disaster-affected students who are unable to continue working while off campus. Students who were enrolled and working under the federal work-study program before Marietta transitioned to remote/online classes and residence halls enacted restricted on March 15, 2020 due to the COVID -19 outbreak will continue to be paid as long as the student has available work-study funds in their financial aid award.

The College will be paying students based on the number of hours they would have been scheduled to work vs an average amount as required by US Department of Education guidance. This payment does not apply to students who are continuing to work a federal work-study job remotely or on campus during this time. If you have questions about paychecks or amounts, please contact Robin Eschbaugh at rse001@marietta.edu or Rhonda Bumgarner rjb006@marietta.edu in the Payroll Office. If you have questions about work-study jobs, please contact Stacy Miller at seo@marietta.edu. Students will receive paychecks under this new provision beginning April 3, 2020. Please note this program only applies to student workers funded by the federal work-study program. Students funded solely by institutional funds (including Blue Card) are not subject to this policy.

Students are permitted to work on campus only if they reside locally or if they have been approved to live on campus. Just as with everyone else, students should not be working in groups larger than 10. Local students and those approved to live on campus are the only students that are permitted to work right now.

LEGACY LIBRARY RESOURCES

The Legacy Library’s electronic resources (research databases, full-text journals, and E-books) remain available from off-campus locations as they always have been. For instructions on remote authentication, please see our Off Campus Access FAQ.

If you have any need for research assistance, there are several options available. You may contact the Research Help Desk by phone at 740-376-4543, by email at library@marietta.edu,

and by messaging using Microsoft Teams at library@marietta.edu. We can also use Zoom to work with you directly on screen. Please message us using one of the contact points above to set up a Zoom consultation.

The Circulation Desk will be extending loan periods for students off campus with books and other physical resources checked out. If you have any questions please contact the Circulation Desk at 740-376-4757 or circulat@marietta.edu.

If you live in Ohio, you can request books to be delivered to a college near you using OhioLINK’s Pick Up Anywhere capability.

The Legacy Library will provide services according to the following schedules during the COVID-19 Response. For more details on the services available, see the library website at: library.marietta.edu.

Legacy Library Building Hours:

Monday: 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Virtual Research Help Desk Hours:

Mon-Thu: 8:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Contact the Research Help Desk by phone at 740-376-4543, by email at library@marietta.edu, and by messaging using Microsoft Teams at library@marietta.edu.

Special Collections will follow their traditional schedule. They will be closed to the public, but available to the college community.

Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED Contact Special Collections by phone at 740-376-4545 and by email at SpecColl@marietta.edu.

DYSON BAUDO RECREATION CENTER

As of Monday evening, access to the DBRC’s exercise and recreation areas (weight room, climbing wall, basketball courts, racquetball courts, walking track, etc.) are closed to students and employees. This was in response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s order to close all gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys and movie theaters to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

ISSUE WITH MYMARIETTA NOT WORKING WITH FIREFOX BROWSER

Firefox recently updated how the browser handles secure communications and now no longer works with myMarietta. Our IT Department is looking into options for resolving this, but in the meantime, students and employees will need to use an alternate browser like Chrome or Edge to access the myMarietta site.

ADVICE FROM OUR CENTER FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS

Center for Health & Wellness would like to encourage you to take some time from your day to disconnect from media, get some fresh air, and practice some self-care. If you need to talk to someone, immediate crisis services are available. Text “home” to 741741 to be connected with a Crisis Text Line counselor. The Center for Health & Wellness will continue to offer one-on-one counseling services to students in-person, and phone consultations and/or referral resources for students where applicable. If you have any questions or concerns about our services or about an upcoming appointment please call (740) 376-4477 or email healthandwellness@marietta.edu.

As always, we will work hard to keep our community informed, and I strongly encourage students to frequently check emails, keep an open communication with professors, and reach out for help when concerned or in need.

Be well,

Bill Ruud
President


monday, March 16, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Remarkable things are happening at the College as we address the global threat that is COVID-19. We are modeling what it means to be a Pioneer, and we are doing it together.

CLASSES:

Online/remote instruction began at 8:00 a.m. this morning. We have decided to extend the remote and virtual classes format until April 10th. The Marietta Leadership Team and COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor and adjust the College’s operations as needed, and will pay close attention to the guidance set forth by the CDC, local health officials, and federal, state and local governance.

GRADUATION:

Graduating seniors: if you complete all of the graduation requirements at the end of this semester, YOU WILL GRADUATE AND EARN A DEGREE FROM MARIETTA COLLEGE. However, the graduation ceremony is likely to be postponed. You and your families will be kept up to date on when and how the ceremony will take place.

HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER:

Students can reach out to the Health & Wellness Center for questions or concerns or to schedule an appointment or to discuss existing appointments at healthandwellness@marietta.edu or 740-376-4477.

DINING:

Gilman Dining Hall is open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for TAKEOUT ONLY, in compliance with Governor Mike DeWine’s most recent announcement closing dine-in for restaurants and bars. Takeout meals are available to students living on campus, students not living on campus, and employees.

FOOD PANTRY

I know these are uncertain times, but the people who are connected to Marietta College are showing how much they care and appreciate what we do. Over the weekend, we had a number of significant gifts to support Marietta College’s Food Pantry. So it has a great supply and our food pantry is available to students and employees of the College — and it is confidential. If you are in need, please submit this form: bit.ly/mcfp_19.

KEEP IN TOUCH:

Students: please read the email updates and website updates on a regular basis and communicate that information to family members who may also need to know. Today, I gave a video update, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/j_R2o_jvpu8. We will also share it on our social media pages. Last week, we conducted a Facebook Live update, and we will provide another Q&A broadcast on Thursday. If you have questions, concerns or ideas you can share, please send an email to campusinfo@marietta.edu or to me directly at wnr001@marietta.edu

Be safe,

Bill Ruud
President


monday, March 16, 2020 — Dr. Danford

Hello again, Pio Students:

As the College works to transition to online course delivery during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be sure we're able to support each and every one of you regardless of where you're located physically. To that end, please take a few quick moments to respond to the 2-item questionnaire provided at the link below, which will allow you to share with us where you are and how to best contact you:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OCLTempHousing

And you're all aware that Coronavirus talk is everywhere and that it can feel overwhelming. The Center for Health & Wellness would like to encourage you to take some time from your day to disconnect from media, get some fresh air, and practice some self-care. If you need to talk to someone, immediate crisis services are available. Text “home” to 741741 to be connected with a Crisis Text Line counselor. 

We will continue to offer one-on-one counseling services to students in-person, and we will also work to provide phone consultations and/or referral resources for students where applicable. If you have any questions about our Counseling services or about an upcoming appointment, please call 740.376.4477 or email healthandwellness@marietta.edu

Finally, even though primary voting is scheduled in Ohio tomorrow, Governor Mike DeWine has just filed a lawsuit that seeks to have in-person voting postponed until June, and his lawsuit will likely be successful. Other states with primary elections tomorrow are Illinois, Florida, and Arizona, which may also postpone in-person voting. If any of these states moves forward with opening their polls tomorrow and you're registered to vote there, we strongly encourage you to participate in the democratic process, while being mindful of mitigating the risk of community spread of COVID-19. As you go to the polls, be sure to practice appropriate physical distancing and good hygiene. Wash your hands, don't touch your face, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you're sick.

We appreciate everyone's continuing dedication to making the best out of the challenging circumstances you're facing, and we encourage you to contact us if there's anything we can do to support your success.

All our best, and Go Pio Nation!
Dr. Danford


saturday, March 14, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Community and The Long Blue Line,

I know many students and parents are preparing their vehicles for a trip to campus tomorrow to pick up books and other items from residence halls. Yesterday, Dr. Richard Danford, Vice President for Student Life & Diversity, sent an email to all students detailing information on housing and other areas related to Student Life. The contents of that message were posted yesterday on this site and linked on Marietta College’s social media pages. For questions, email the Office of Community Living at ocl@marietta.edu or call 740-376-4784. If you are traveling to campus, be safe.

If you are unable to return to campus tomorrow, and there are essential course materials and equipment in your room that you absolutely must have, please email the Office of Community Living at ocl@marietta.edu and we will arrange to ship those items to you.

On Friday, members of the College Leadership and COVID-19 Task Force conducted an hour-long Facebook Live presentation that discussed what our students can expect for the coming weeks with regards to their education, housing, work study, possible reimbursements, study abroad and athletics. The full recording can be viewed on the Marietta College Facebook page — thank you to all who sent in great questions and words of encouragement.

DINING OPTIONS

Our partners at Parkhurst Dining say that Gilman Dining Hall will reopen for students who are approved to return to campus on Sunday, March 15th. Dining will operate normal hours in Gilman Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All other dining locations will be closed at this time.

FOOD PANTRY

We know food insecurity is a concern for some of our students. Marietta College has a stocked food pantry that will make accommodations for students who are leaving campus on Sunday. If you need items to take home, please submit this form: bit.ly/mcfp_19

MAIL ROOM

Marietta College’s Mailroom will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 15th, to allow students to pick up packages and mail. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the mailroom at lja002@marietta.edu.

HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER

Students can reach out to the Health & Wellness Center for questions or concerns or to schedule an appointment or to discuss existing appointments by emailing healthandwellness@marietta.edu.

ACCESSING BUILDINGS

Students who are permitted to live on campus will have access to their specific residence hall; students who do not obtain a waiver to live on campus at this time will not have access to their residence hall using their Student ID. All Marietta College students, faculty and staff will have card reader-access to Legacy Library, the Gilman Hall, the DBRC and other specific buildings. If you need assistance or have questions about access, call 740-376-3333. The DBRC will be open Monday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to students and employees. Use your College ID to access then building using the north side entrance only.


friday, March 13, 2020 Update: Fall Registration

COURSE REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER & FALL 2020

Pre-registration for Summer and Fall 2020 will be postponed one week and will begin on March 30. This delay will allow faculty and students time to settle into the recently adapted strategies and technologies for learning online.

Students will receive updated registration dates by email next week. However, you can calculate the new date by simply adding 7 days to the date originally assigned.

With the vast majority of students off-campus, advising appointments will take place electronically. The specific method will be at the discretion of the academic advisor and may include Zoom meetings, Skype, FaceTime, email exchanges, or other methods convenient for both the advisor and advisee. As always, students are encouraged to review their program evaluation and the course offerings prior to the advising meeting and to select a tentative schedule.

After the virtual advising meeting, pre-registration will proceed as normal. Advisors will clear students electronically for registration, and students will submit their registration online via WebAdvisor in MyMarietta. Those who are unable to register online may be registered by the academic advisor or may request assistance from the Records Office by emailing the selected course section details to records@marietta.eduThe email must be sent from the MC email account.

Students registering for a course that requires an override (e.g., enrollment over capacity or waiving a course requisite) should email the instructor to discuss the exception. If approved, the instructor should then forward the email to records@marietta.edu noting approval for the specific override.

Similarly, students enrolling in more than 18 credits for the fall must ask their advisor to email the Records Office with approval for the overload. Registration in greater than 19 hours requires a 3.500 or higher cumulative grade point average, as well as advisor and Registrar approval, and will result in overload fees. Please note that the new fee tables allowing up to 19 hours at the full-time tuition rate replaces ALL prior overload fee exceptions.

Please contact Registrar Tina Hickman at perduet@marietta.edu or by phone at 740.376.4740 with any questions.

MARIETTA COLLEGE ATHLETICS

The OAC has canceled all spring sports and all spring exhibition games and practices.

OTHER INFO

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that all K-12 schools in Ohio are closed for the next three weeks.

Friday, March 13, 2020 Update — Dr. Danford

Good afternoon, Pio Students:

As you're very likely aware, there have been significant changes in Ohio and across the United States in the last couple of days with regard to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. These developments have shifted Marietta College's plans for allowing students to return to campus housing after Spring Break. At this point in time, all residential students are asked not to return to campus housing after the Break (including sorority housing). This measure is intended to mitigate -- to the greatest degree possible -- the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the surrounding community. The College's COVID-19 Task Force will re-visit this situation on March 27, and further information will be provided at that time about a possible timeline for your return to campus housing.

You can still return to your room on Sunday, March 15 starting at 9 am to retrieve any course materials and personal belongings you feel you might need during this temporary change in the College's normal operations.You do not need to completely move yourself out of your residence hall room at this time. Your course instructors will be working to make all your course materials available to you electronically, so if you can forego returning to campus to retrieve items from your room, that would be ideal. If you do choose to return, please don't plan to stay in your room for any longer than it takes to gather the items you need, and then leave. We'll be turning off student card access to residence halls and other buildings on campus at 6 pm on Sunday, March 15. The Mail Room in Upper Gilman will also be open from 9 am to 6 pm, in case you have any mail or packages you need to retrieve.

If you're a student athlete returning from Spring Break with your team and your arrival on campus falls outside the 9 am to 6 pm time frame on Sunday, March 15, we'll be working with Campus Police to ensure that you still have card swipe access upon your return. Our encouragement to spring athletes is the same as to all other students, namely that you gather whatever items you need from your room and then leave as quickly as possible, keeping in mind that we also want you to be safe and not get on the road to go home if you're driving and are not well rested.

Please be assured that during this temporary campus housing closure, College personnel will not be entering your rooms unless it's with your express written authorization, or for legitimate purposes that are outlined under the terms of your housing agreement.

We're also committed to addressing food insecurity challenges that individuals may face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to be certain that you have access to items from our campus food pantry. If you need items to take home with you for the next couple of weeks, please complete a request form at bit.ly/mcfp_19. The campus food pantry will be open on Sunday to fulfill and distribute orders. The online request form represents a typical week of need, so if you're requesting multiple weeks, keep those numbers in mind when submitting the form. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Amanda Haney-Cech at cecha@marietta.edu or 740.376.4837.

We recognize that for some of our students, returning to or staying at home after Spring Break will be an impossibility or a serious hardshipThis is true of:

  1. international students;
  2. students whose home is beyond a reasonable driving distance from Marietta;
  3. students whose home is within a reasonable driving distance from Marietta but who don't have access to transportation to return home;
  4. students who would face such significant challenges in accessing internet resources in their home community that this would substantially impact their ability to successfully participate in the temporary online course delivery that Marietta College is providing;
  5. students who would be safer, or whose household members would be safer, if they remain in campus housing because of their own health conditions or the health conditions of their family members.

If you're a student who resides in campus housing (including sorority housing) and you fall into one or more of these categories and you wish to return to campus housing after Spring Break, we need you to complete the housing application at the link provided further below.

Please be assured that for those students who do need to return to campus housing after Spring Break, the College will be implementing measures to effectively manage and minimize any spread of COVID-19 among our residential student population. This includes requiring each student who applies to remain in campus housing to complete a questionnaire that will allow us to assess any possible risk of COVID-19 infection, so that we can provide appropriate guidance and care as needed. We also have plans in place should it become necessary to quarantine or isolate anyone. In addition, College employees will be managing their respective areas of operation to intentionally create distance between work stations (including computer stations in the Library), as well as enhancing daily cleaning measures.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Because of the College's change in plans regarding students' return to campus housing, you MUST complete this new housing application if you wish to return after Spring Break, even if you already completed the application that was sent out earlier this week.

Here is the link to the new housing application and associated questionnaire:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OCLApplication

We recognize that the COVID-19 outbreak is providing you with unique challenges as a student, and we appreciate your patience and collaboration as we work to move your Marietta College education forward as smoothly as possible in the face of current realities. Please stay tuned for further updates from the College, send us any questions you might have, and by all means do everything you can to keep yourselves and those around you healthy and safe. This means: 

  • exercising physical distancing practices such as not shaking hands with others, keeping as much distance between yourself and others as possible, avoiding close contact with those you know or suspect to be ill, and doing the same if you yourself are ill;
  • practicing effective hygiene measures, including washing your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol) for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs or sneezes;
  • immediately contacting a health care provider by telephone or e-mail to seek guidance if you believe you are ill. If your only, or your best, health care resource is the College's Center for Health and Wellness, please call them at 740-376-4477 or send them an e-mail to healthandwellness@marietta.edu

Thanks again for all you're doing to Pio on in the face of these current challenges, and our very best to all of you!

Dr. Danford


thursday, March 12, 2020 — President Ruud

Dear Marietta College Community and The Long Blue Line,

Members of our College’s Task Force of COVID-19 continue to meet with key groups, including members of the local health agencies, the NCAA, Ohio Athletic Conference schools, and task forces from other Ohio colleges and universities.

Students — Your professors are working to transition classes to online-only formats — which will utilize programs such as Zoom, Moodle, FaceTime, Skype and others.

If your class is virtually meeting as a group, it will/must take place during the normal class time/day.

All Scholars Day -- It will not be presented in the traditional format this year. The College is working out how this very special event will take place and will communicate those plans as soon as they are in place.

All building access (academic and residence halls) will transition to card reader-only for at least the next two weeks. Access to buildings on campus is restricted to current students and employees. Campus Police asks the community to not prop open doors.

Work Study students should contact their supervisors via email to determine how they can do work remotely.

Here are other changes to the upcoming schedule:

  • The McDonough Leadership Conference (April 3-4, 2020) is canceled;
  • The Esbenshade Series performance by The Steep Canyon Rangers concert (March 22) at the Peoples Bank Theatre has been canceled and we have a tentative date in November for it to be rescheduled for the 2020-2021 Esbenshade Series;
  • Beginning March 16th, Marietta's Dyson Baudo Recreation Center (DBRC) is solely limited to Marietta College students and employees. All usage by family members, community members, walkers and guests is not permitted until March 30th. This includes all group exercise classes. This is a fluid situation that will be continuously reassessed;
  • Alex Tha Great's performance play, "Passport to Womanhood," scheduled for March 18 in The Gathering Place, is canceled;
  • Career Connect Job Fair, scheduled for March 19th in Marietta's DBRC, is postponed indefinitely;
  • The Krause Lecture and related events and programming (April 1, 2020) are canceled;
  • The Pioneer Pipeline Program is canceled; and
  • Phi Beta Kappa speakers (March 16, 2020) are canceled.

We will continue to monitor what is happening on campus, in our community and in the rest of Ohio/U.S., and will make adjustments when needed. We are all in this together and I appreciate your patience at this time.

Bill Ruud
President


wednesday, March 11, 2020 Update — President Ruud

Dear Members of the Marietta College Campus Community,

The College’s Task Force on COVID-19 continues to evaluate risk and develop contingency plans. Yesterday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made the recommendation to Ohio-based higher education institutions to transition to online and/or remote learning for the foreseeable future in an effort to combat and mitigate the spread of Coronavirus. Based on the recommendations from Governor DeWine, the College is following those recommendations and taking proactive measures. Currently there are no confirmed cases on the Marietta College campus or in Washington County, Ohio, and most individuals remain at low risk. These actions are being taken to enhance public health measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. The College remains open and offices are still open.

The College is taking these actions:

As we move to alternative delivery formats; Marietta College offices, residence halls, dining facilities and other support services remain open to students, faculty and staff.

  • Professors/Instructors are currently preparing for remote and virtual instruction. You will hear more from the Provost’s office regarding training(s) to enhance online/remote delivery.
  • Students will receive instructions for accessing classes prior to the start of online/remote coursework. Students can also expect additional instruction as the online and remote instruction continues.
  • All divisions of Marietta College are working on other challenges, including health and wellness, athletics, student life, campus police, IT, and food delivery for a variety of circumstances. We will keep faculty, staff, and students up to date as we progress.

Effective Monday, March 16th, all College classes will be moved online or remote at least through March 27th, and we will reevaluate the situation continuously. Again, residence halls, dining facilities and other campus services remain open to students and employees.

  • While completing classes online or remotely, students may stay locally or in their residence hall or choose to return to their permanent place of residence. Students should make the choice that is best for their own personal situations.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should maintain appropriate physical distancing and hygiene measures.
  • Clinical placements, student teaching, and internships can continue if the host organization is continuing its activities and business. Consultation with the Provost’s Office is appropriate.
  • No face-to-face labs, one-on-one instruction, and other necessary hands on learning methods are being held. Instruction for these particular courses will be coordinated with the instructor and the academic department.
  • The Provost’s Office has created a technology team to help students who do not have access to the technology required to participate in online learning. Assistance can be reached at teachingtech@marietta.edu
  • Advising and tutoring will move to online and telephone delivery. Contact information will be made available.
  • A separate communication related to residence halls and dining services will be forthcoming.

Events: We are beginning to cancel and postpone events, either College-sponsored or on College property, until at least March 27th. This includes student organization events, speakers, and events that generally have groups larger that 50-75 participants.

  • We strongly recommend the use of teleconferencing, group chats, or live streaming as alternatives to in-person gatherings.
  • We will address public events on campus, if the goal is to limit exposure to groups. We are beginning to cancel speakers (Phi Beta Kappa, for instance on Monday March 16th Kenyon had invited the same speaker and they have cancelled also.), and we’re considering canceling artistic and theatrical performances. We will need to address rehearsals for group ensembles. The cancellations and/or changes will be included in future daily updates.
  • Additional information will be provided to the event organizer for events that are impacted by these cancellations.
  • We have admissions and visit days for prospective students, and on March 21st we have early PioSOAR. We are currently exploring ways to conduct these events virtually, including registering incoming new students for classes and selecting housing. Campus visits may be postponed until later dates.

Sporting events: Effective immediately, at least through March 27th , indoor sporting events will be held without spectators other than athletes, parents and others essential to the game.

  • We will be working with the NCAA, the Ohio Athletic Conference, and state and local authorities to determine other limitations to events and practices as needed.
  • An update will be provided tomorrow, March 12, 2020 after a meeting between Presidents and Athletic Directors in the Ohio Athletic Conference.
  • Athletic events will be streamed for viewing.
  • Student-athletes should follow NCAA Recommended Healthy Tips

International Travel: We are prohibiting all international College-related travel through August 19th, 2020;

  • For additional information on student travel, please contact the Christy Burke at cb002@marietta.edu or 740.376.4708.

Domestic travel: Through March 27th, College-related travel will be limited to business essential travel; travel is not recommended to U.S. areas experiencing widespread community outbreaks or to large events or conferences; exceptions to this policy must go through your Vice President.

  • We also strongly discourage all members of the College community from any personal travel that could result in quarantine or isolation upon your return — for example, countries designated as high risk (level 2 or 3) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or to domestic areas experiencing widespread community outbreaks.
  • Work with your Vice President regarding travel through the end of the fiscal year (June 30th).
  • Please note: the CDC differentiates between the terms “isolation” and “quarantine.” Isolation means the separation of a person or group of people known or reasonably believed to be infected with a communicable disease and potentially infectious from those who are not infected to prevent spread of the communicable disease. Isolation for public health purposes may be voluntary or compelled by federal, state, or local public health order. Quarantine, in general, means the separation of a person or group of people reasonably believed to have been exposed to a communicable disease but not yet symptomatic, from others who have not been so exposed, to prevent the possible spread of the communicable disease.

Employees are expected to continue to report to work. If you are at high risk, or are experiencing symptoms (i.e., cough, shortness of breath, fever (over 100.4)) you should not physically be in offices or public spaces on campus.

  • Professors/Instructors will work with students who are at high risk, or symptomatic, or required to self-quarantine.
  • Human Resources will work with employees who are at high risk, or symptomatic, or required to self-quarantine, and managers should be flexible in allowing telecommuting when possible.
  • We strongly recommend the use of teleconferencing, group chats, or live-streaming as alternatives to, or in conjunction with, in-person meetings.
  • We must treat all members of our community, students, faculty, and staff, with patience and flexibility through this crisis.

Center for Health and Wellness: If you are a student who is symptomatic and need to access health services, call the Health Center prior to coming in for services, 740.376.4477.

If you are a member of the faculty or staff who is symptomatic and need to access health services, please consult your primary care physician or preferred health care provider prior to coming in for services for the correct procedures.

The Ohio Department of Health Call Center regrading COVID-19 is 1.883.427.5634 seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Continued Evaluation: The College’s Task Force on COVID-19 continues to evaluate risk and develop contingency plans, working directly with the Washington County Public Health Department and following the guidelines of the CDC and local, state, and federal authorities. We have established regular updates on the Marietta College Website to provide up-to-date information. Check this page regularly for answers to frequently asked questions. If you have questions related to the College’s response and plans for COVID-19, you can email campusinfo@marietta.edu.

Marietta College greatly appreciates your partnership in this important and urgent effort. We are committed to sustaining our core educational mission even in the face of this unexpected global health crisis, and we are confident that we can count on every member of the Marietta College community and The Long Blue Line to work alongside us.

We will continue to update you as more information emerges.

tuesday, March 10, 2020 Update

All Marietta College courses will be moved to online-only starting on March 16th until further notice. Marietta is following the recommendation that all Ohio colleges and universities received from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine on Tuesday (March 10th).

It is important to know that Marietta College has no reported cases of coronavirus on campus.

Residence halls and dining services will be open to students who choose to remain on campus during this time. Residency on campus is optional for as long as the online-only coursework is implemented.

Students will continue to have access to dining services, student life services, student financial services, academic/tutoring services, health services and varsity athletics during this time.

For students who choose to remain home and complete online coursework from home, they will have access to their residence hall to retrieve books and personal belongings starting at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, March 15th. Students choosing to take courses from home are asked to contact their Residence Assistants to communicate those plans.

Parents who have questions or concerns about these changes may contact Dr. Richard Danford, Vice President for Student Life & Diversity at danfordr@marietta.edu.

Faculty and staff with questions regarding workplace flexibility should contact their immediate supervisor, who will work with the Human Resources Department to assess work options.