Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

We are now in Week 8 of in-person learning — AMAZING — and our students are more than halfway through their Fall semester.

As a reminder, we began classes early this year — starting on August 17th — and will wrap up instruction on November 17th, with finals lasting through November 24th. Once we settled into this semester, our students have been working hard to stay engaged in their academics, follow through with the Marietta College Cocktail of wearing facemasks, washing hands, social distancing and monitoring their health for symptoms, and also have a little fun in the process.

For their commitment to making this semester a success, our students were treated to a special Late Night Wing Night this past Saturday. About 400 students stopped by Izzy’s for wings, fries and ice cream novelties — a reward made possible with the help of our great partners at Parkhurst Dining. We look forward to future reward events for our students, faculty and staff as a way to celebrate what we are accomplishing. The Office of Student Life is planning a mystery pop-up on Thursday afternoon on The Christy Mall — I would elaborate more but it’s even going to be a surprise for me.

To give you an idea of where we are with COVID-19 measures, we currently have 10 students in quarantine. Our medical staff in the Center for Health and Wellness have kept us informed about a common upper respiratory virus that could be causing the symptoms, in which case the symptoms would abate in a few days. Regardless, we will continue to monitor their health as they continue to complete their coursework via Zoom until they are medically cleared to return. You can monitor Marietta College’s daily numbers through our site — www.marietta.edu/covid-19-cases-reporting.

The College has received 2,000 white cotton facemasks, which will be distributed to students and employees soon. If you need one, contact the President’s Office and there will be distributions on The Christy Mall.

We have also been informed that the College will be a recipient of some of the $5, 15-minute Abbott tests that the federal government purchased. Though we do not know how many of these tests will be provided to us, we do know that they will be free and will be arriving late this week or early next week.

Last week, I informed our community about conducting COVID-19 community sampling of our students and employees on a voluntary basis. The College met with two Ohio National Guard medical personnel this morning to go over the logistics of how this will take place next week. Again, these tests will be provided to the College for free and will give us a baseline of our campus’ overall health with regard to COVID-19. It will also meet the state’s recommendation of testing 3-5 percent of our student population. More extensive details will be sent out once they have been established, but we are currently planning to have our first round of voluntary testing from noon to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 14th, in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.

We will continue to keep our community informed with the latest information regarding testing or other news that our students, faculty and staff need to know. Keep working hard and be sure to take some time to get outside today to enjoy this perfect weather — our campus looks beautiful!

Bring Forth A Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management