December 21, 2020

Dear Wilson Students and Families,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying some downtime during the holiday season. As you enjoy this special time of year, I would like to encourage you to mark your calendars and plan to join me for an important virtual town hall on January 13, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST. Parents and families are also encouraged to join.

As you know from our earlier announcements, we will return to in-person instruction in the spring, barring any additional restrictions from the local, state, and federal authorities. Every effort has been made to create a safe environment where you can continue your studies in-person. Thus, the on-campus student experience will be different this spring due to changes we have implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This meeting, which will be held via Zoom, will provide you with an overview of what the spring semester on campus might look and feel like. The meeting link will be sent out via email the morning of January 13. I will be joined at this meeting by representatives from Academic Affairs, Student Development, Athletics, and other campus departments that can assist in providing details about the experience on campus this spring.

You are likely to have a myriad of questions about a number of different topics, such as testing, quarantine protocols and expectations, athletic competitions, and more. So that we can be sure to cover the topics most important to you, I would encourage you to submit any questions you might have ahead of time - before January 11, 2021. We will use your questions as the basis for the materials we present during the town hall discussion. Please submit questions using the following link:

As you well know, the pandemic has created an ever-changing environment to which we all have had to respond. I so appreciate the patience you have exhibited and the grace you have extended to faculty, staff, and one another. I know if we continue to work together, as #OneWilson, we can make the spring semester a great success.

As you consider how you spend your time during the break, let me encourage you to continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, limit yourself to necessary travel, and avoid large gatherings. Together, we can help reverse the trend of the virus. I look forward to chatting with you January 13. Be well, and be safe!

My best,

Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D.
Wilson College

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