Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,
This week, we are welcoming our first wave of students to campus, and we are very excited to begin the move-in process. McDonough EXCEL Leaders and new Resident Assistants returned earlier this week, and later this week we will welcome the First-Year EXCEL students, returning Resident Assistants, H.O.M.E. Orientation Leaders, PioPrep Academy participants and Greek movers to campus.
Many of you joined us on Monday evening for our virtual Town Hall Q&A, and we were able to answer a number of great questions that our parents and students submitted. Much of this update will address some of those areas. Throughout the semester, we will continue to host live virtual sessions on our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels as a means to keep our parents and family members aware of what is happening on campus.
Move-In Information: New and returning students were emailed information from Dr. Richard Danford, Vice President for Student Life, regarding the move-in process. That document included two documents that students must review and sign prior to arrival. Please be sure to review the document and share that information with your family.
As a reminder, here is the schedule for Move-In:
August 6 — First-Year EXCEL Participants (11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.) check-in Hermann Fine Arts Center Lobby
August 6 — Returning Resident Assistants (8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) check-in Andrews Hall
August 7 — H.O.M.E. Orientation Leaders (1:00–4:00 p.m.) check-in Andrews Hall
August 8 — PioPrep Academy Participants (10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.) check-in Hermann Fine Arts Center Lobby
August 9 — Greek Movers (Noon–3:00 p.m.) check-in Andrews Hall
August 10 — Remaining New Students, including First-Year commuters and all transfer students (8:00 a.m. –2:00 p.m.) Hermann Fine Arts Center Lobby
August 11 — DBRC Student Supervisors (1:00–4:00 p.m.) check-in Andrews Hall
August 14–16 — Remaining Returning Students (8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.) check-in Hermann Fine Arts Lobby
For the check-in process, only the student should enter the building, and face masks are required everywhere on campus except when the student is inside their residence hall room. At check-in, students will complete a health status questionnaire for themselves and for all members in their groups. New students will have their photos taken for their student ID and check into H.O.M.E., which is Marietta’s student onboarding program. Other stops will include to the Records Office to confirm and verify enrollment, and to the Financial Aid and Student Accounts offices. Students who have already reached out to the Financial Aid and Student Accounts office to set up payment plans, etc. will be able to skip this step — so be sure to check your accounts ahead of time. The final step for students living on campus will be to verify that you have completed the Housing Application and Agreement, which can be found here.
For first-year students, after the check-in process is complete, Marietta’s Campus Police will direct you to the unloading zone for your residence hall. You and your family can park temporarily in front of the building and your vehicles are unpacked. There will be volunteers ready to help you and your family move items into your rooms. Once your vehicles are unloaded, you will be asked to move them to other areas on campus.
Parking Passes: Students can obtain free, on-campus parking permits for the 2020-2021 academic year here.
Self-Help Cleaning Kits: Every classroom, shared bathroom, kitchen and laundry space will feature a blue or white bucket filled with special disinfecting supplies for students, faculty and staff to use to clean areas they will be using, such as classroom desks, countertops and computers. Provost Janet Bland gives a demonstration of how these supplies are to be used in the classroom here. Please note that the disinfectant that is used contains bleach — so it will bleach clothing and other items while the surfaces are wet. Avoid touching the surfaces until they are completely dry.
Marietta’s Health & Wellness Center: The J. Michael Harding Center for Health & Wellness is available for in-person and virtual medical and counseling appointments. This fall, we will add a second nurse to our staff. Students can make appointments by calling (740) 376-4477.
Food Service: We have made numerous changes to our dining service, thanks to our great partnership with Parkhurst Dining. The College will use the Food U app, a mobile-ordering-only operation for students to place lunch orders at three of our dining locations — Red Brick BBQ (upper Gilman), Izzy’s (Andrews Hall) and The Gathering Place. You will also notice that we have added a large outdoor tent to a portion of The Christy Mall, which will serve as an additional eating space during peak dining times.
Marietta’s Bookstore Hours:
- Wednesday, August 5: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, August 6: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Friday, August 7: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Saturday, August 8: closed
- Sunday, August 9: closed
Week of August 10
- Monday, August 10: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 11: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 12: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Thursday, August 13: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Friday, August 14: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Saturday, August 15: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
- Sunday, August 16: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Week of August 17
- Monday, August 17: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 18: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 19: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Thursday, August 20: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Friday, August 21: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, August 22: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
- Sunday, August 23: closed
If you still have questions, you may find an answer at our FAQ page here, or you may find answers on our On-Campus Health Practice Recommendations and Requirements website. There are a lot of moving parts to re-opening campus for the Fall semester, and we are incredibly proud of the work our special community has done to make this a reality. Our work is not over, and we will likely see some adjustments to how we operate once everyone returns to campus and classes begin. Changes are to be expected — and that is OK. It shows we are closely monitoring what is happening in our community and that we are adjusting how we do things in order to maintain a safe environment for our students, faculty and staff. For now, remember the Marietta College Cocktail — wear a mask, practice safe distancing, wash your hands, monitor your health for any changes — and I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.