Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Years from now, when we look back at how Marietta College faced the COVID-19 pandemic, I hope each of you will be able to see how you, as an individual, contributed to the success of the College. When the pandemic hit us in March, we had no idea that we would still be impacted in October and beyond. And while I often express my gratitude for how we have come together to respond, I want you to know that my appreciation extends individually to your ability to endure daily challenges, adjust to changing demands and environments, and your willingness to stay the course.

We are still in the midst of a global pandemic and we still need to practice the Marietta College Cocktail — properly wearing facemasks, frequently washing our hands, maintaining a safe, physical distance, and monitoring our daily health for symptoms and temperature before engaging with others — and we also need to practice self-care, especially caring for our mental health. Students can access counseling services through the Center for Health and Wellness. I encourage everyone to reach out to one another, take time to engage in something enjoyable, and turn off the news for a while to give yourself a break for the daily stressors. Also, know that the College is pursuing additional CARES Act funds to help support the increase in our mental health services.

To keep you up to speed regarding our COVID-19 actions, today we had the Ohio National Guard Medical Division on campus to test students, faculty and staff who volunteered to be screened for COVID-19. Next Wednesday (October 21st), and three weeks from today (November 4th), the testing will be in the DBRC and will be offered solely to students and employees. Volunteers can sign up for testing through the MyMarietta portal and through a link in the daily More Marietta email. For the other visits (October 28th and November 11th), the testing will take place in the Physician Assistant Studies parking lot and will be offered to the greater Marietta-area, in addition to our campus community. This testing is offered to us for free.

We currently have four students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past six days. From the two positive cases on Friday, 30 additional students were identified through contact tracing and put into quarantine. We are still conducting contact tracing on the two new cases that were reported earlier today. You can monitor Marietta College’s daily numbers through our site — www.marietta.edu/covid-19-cases-reporting. If the College’s dedicated quarantine space reaches capacity, we have an agreement with a local hotel to house additional students.

This is the ninth week of the semester, and students are nearing the time to register for Spring semester. If you are looking for opportunities to take a break, this weekend’s StayHomecoming events will feature intra-squad competitions in soccer, baseball, softball, rowing and volleyball. You can find the schedules here. Students and employees are welcome to watch these events in-person. Family members and other Pioneer fans can watch the events via live video streams here.

Thank you for all you do at Marietta College. Stay safe, stay healthy, and reach out if you are in need.

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management