Dear Marietta College Community,

Before getting into our COVID-19-related update, I want to congratulate our athletic teams on their spring seasons and wish them the best of luck as they compete this week. Men’s and Women’s Tennis compete today against Otterbein, Men’s Lacrosse travels to John Carroll today for competition. Volleyball will compete against Muskingum University in the semifinals of the OAC Tournament on Thursday, April 15th, after winning yesterday’s competition against Heidelberg. Men’s Soccer, which set a new school record for the most conference wins in a season, will also compete on Thursday against Wilmington College in the OAC semifinals. Football hosts Wilmington on Friday, April 16th for the final game of the season. This weekend, Baseball and Softball will compete against Baldwin Wallace both at home and in Berea. Baseball plays a doubleheader at home on Saturday, and Softball is home on Sunday. Track and Field will travel to Otterbein on Saturday for the OAC Elite Meet. As a reminder, you can watch many of the contests live at pioneers.marietta.edu. As of today, Marietta College is the only member of the OAC who has not cancelled a competition because of COVID-19 positive issues.

Our campus continues to do an exceptional job of following the Marietta College Cocktail and, as of Wednesday morning, we had no active cases on campus and only one person in quarantine. That is subject to change with yesterday’s voluntary testing clinic offered to us for free by the Ohio National Guard. You can track Marietta College’s COVID-19 numbers daily on our site — www.marietta.edu/covid-19-cases-reporting.

The CDC and FDA issued a pause in distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an abundance of caution regarding an extremely rare adverse reaction in a small number of people. As you know, the College’s vaccine clinics used the J&J single-dose vaccine, so our on-campus distribution is also on hold. Locally, Memorial Health System, the Marietta-Belpre Health Department, and local pharmacies have plenty of doses of both Moderna and Pfizer for anyone age 16 and older, regardless of citizenship or residency. As a reminder, these are two-dose vaccines. Moderna shots must be taken at least 28 days apart, and Pfizer shots are taken at least 21 days apart. If you are uncertain about your ability to return to the site where you plan to receive your first dose, you should consult with that provider to determine if you are able to schedule your second dose at a different location. Anyone who would like to schedule a vaccine appointment can use the Vaccine Finder site to locate available appointments. You can also sign up for vaccines at the following sites:

We are so close to the finish line of this marathon academic year. Next week we will celebrate research and creative projects by our students during All Scholars Week, which also happens to be the last week of classes before finals begin on April 25th. I know there are a lot of projects, papers and exam preparations happening all at once, and with that a lot of stress and anxiety. It is as important as ever to take opportunities to practice self-care — whether that is eating healthy, getting sleep when you can, getting outdoors for a little exercise, or reaching out to friends. It is also important to extend understanding and compassion to your peers during this time, as they also are feeling the pressure of the end of the academic year while navigating the pandemic. Our students will have an opportunity for some fun this Friday as we celebrate the return of an in-person Doo Dah Day. As I said when COVID-19 first came on the radar, we are in this together and we will get through this together.

Go Pioneers!

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management