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Our First Week Back

The first week of the academic semester is always a powerful reminder of why we are here. We welcomed our students back and saw our classrooms come alive once more with engagement and learning. Our faculty and staff continued to foster the kind of community that is only possible on a robust, residential campus like ours.

A New Semester: Expectations for Student Success and Our Community

The following message from President Capilouto was sent to all of campus on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Campus Community, The sound of shovels and tractors throughout the night and into the morning reinforced for me in a compelling way the unwavering commitment this community has to service — service to students, service to care and service to our state.

Our Plans for Return to In-Person Classes Next Week, Keeping Our Community Safe

At the start of this semester, we know we will experience many more cases of the virus as we continue to offer free testing services for those with symptoms and resume the required weekly testing of unvaccinated faculty, staff and students.

Weekly Update

As we begin a holiday period that I hope provides you with time for rest and renewal, I want you to know that we will continue over the break to monitor the trajectory of the COVID-19 virus as part of our efforts to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Weekly Update- Get Your COVID-19 Booster

Today, I have the distinct honor and privilege of addressing our December 2021 graduates at Commencement. These ceremonies celebrate the core of our mission — preparing students for lives of meaning and purpose.  

Weekly Update: Our Continued Progress

As we prepare for the end of the semester, what I hope is a time of rest and renewal for everyone, the importance of COVID-19 and flu vaccines is increasingly evident. We have made booster shots readily available on our campus. I urge you to take advantage of this availability.

90% Vaccinated: Grateful for This Community

As of late last week, our campus community hit the 90 percent mark for COVID-19 vaccinations. That’s 90 percent of our campus community either partially or fully vaccinated.

Weekly Update: Grateful for This Community

The holiday season affords us the opportunity to reflect upon what makes us most grateful. More than ever, I’m grateful for a community so committed to keeping each other safe. This week, our campus vaccination rate is 89.7%.

Weekly Update

Each and every person who becomes vaccinated against COVID-19 makes our community safer. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to each of you who have made that choice – who have added another layer of protection for yourselves and those around you.

Weekly Update: Our Progress Continued

Because of your compassion and determination — the care you demonstrate and the effort you exert to protect those around you — we continue to make incredible progress in combating this pandemic. This week, our campus vaccination rate is at more than 89%.