Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Our students, faculty and staff are now three days into the Fall 2020 semester, and I am pleased to reaffirm that the many months we have prepared to make this momentous return to campus a reality have paid off. We have more than 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students engaged in learning in our classrooms and labs, and with almost 150 applications already, our Office of Admission has already begun the work to recruit new students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The feedback that I have received so far is that our talented faculty are continuing to deliver their courses and that our students and employees are following the Marietta College Cocktail — wearing their facemasks, maintaining safe distancing, washing their hands, and monitoring for temperature and symptoms. Students are doing a good job utilizing the PioHub app, which gives a daily review of their health each day before they engage with the campus. Student Life reports that nearly 80 percent of our students are using the app — let’s do our best to get that response rate to 100 percent. Our faculty and staff also must submit a daily COVID-19 Personal Health Assessment before coming to campus each day.

The College has created a website to track and inform the campus community on any COVID-19 cases that may arise from campus. We are currently at zero cases. The site  — www.marietta.edu/covid-19-cases-reporting — provides the number of Active Cases, number of Recovered Cases, and the number of Total Cases for both students and employees. Questions about the site can be emailed to recovery@marietta.edu.

Physical Plant staff are monitoring the Self-Help Cleaning Kits placed in every classroom, lab and common space on campus. These kits are intended for people to disinfect their desks and workspaces prior to using them. We are aware that some students are running into situations where they may not have time prior to the start of class to clean their space, as well as some students who may not be able to use the chlorine-based disinfectant. We are working to resolve those issues quickly.

Physical Plant staff have also been very busy disinfecting academic rooms, public bathrooms and residence hall spaces twice a day, as well as increasing trash pick-up on campus and focusing on HVAC operations to keep the air filter systems working properly. If you notice a Self-Help Cleaning Kit is low on supply or missing, or need a plexiglass shield installed in a classroom, please submit a work order via email at mc_physical_plant@marietta.edu or contact your building coordinator or residence assistant. You can find contact information for each at www.marietta.edu/physical-plant.

Parkhurst Dining has opened all dining locations on campus, and encourages the campus community to visit the Rickey Grab & Go Kiosk and The Gathering Place for lunch options. Parkhurst also anticipates mobile ordering to be operational very, very soon.

Campus Police are working hard to help guide students and employees to open parking areas. We have had an increase in the number of parking permits issued to freshmen — we are up 50 permits from last year — and we are asking our faculty and staff to consider parking at our new lot on South Fourth Street. If you are interested, please contact Chief Weaver at jsw003@marietta.edu.

It is another beautiful day in Marietta and seeing our students, faculty and staff on campus makes it even better. I am encouraged by the amount of effort that our entire campus community has made to make this in-person semester a reality. Many thanks to each and every one of you for the commitment you have made to be a part of our special community.

Bring Forth A Pioneer,

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management