From: Trey Berry
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 8:59 AM
To: STAFF; FACULTY
Subject: Campus Update
We are now passed the half-way mark of the semester!
We celebrate each milestone as we all strive to keep our campus and ourselves healthy and safe. Thank you for all you continue to do in staying vigilant, cautious, wearing your face coverings, keeping mindful of social distancing, and watching out for your friends and colleagues.
Campus and Community COVID-19
As of this morning, we only have 3 active cases on our campus and 5 people who are quarantined. Of course these individuals are isolating at home or in a designated spaces on campus. There are truly not enough words to express our appreciation for the heroic efforts of our Health Services Office. Thank you all for the long hours, professionalism, and the positive outlook you all portray each day!
The COVID-19 active case numbers continue to be high in Columbia County. As of this morning, there are 98 confirmed/probable cases throughout the county. Please keep this in mind as you visit public spaces in Magnolia or if you attend gatherings held throughout Columbia County.
Today – is the final day of our Flu Shot Clinic (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.). This is a drive-through clinic that begins behind Columbia Hall and continues to the front of Childs Hall. I hope you be able to take of advantage of this convenience today.
On the whole, it seems that our classroom experiences have gone very smoothly this semester despite many major adjustments. This is a testament to our faculty’s hard work and continued resilience in the face of unprecedented times. It is also a great sign of our students’ willingness to change and adjust to their new reality this semester. Thank you!
Please know that we do have several students who continue to have some struggles in their virtual learning environment. Please, please be very aware and sensitive to these students in your classes, or as you talk to them in your work spaces, or even in hallway conversations.
Intercession Semester – December
As you all may know, because of our condensed Fall Semester, we will have an extended Intercession Semester during the month of December. SAU will provide more than twenty courses during that month. If you have students who may need one of these classes to stay on track or to work to improve their academic record, please encourage them to consider these Intercession possibilities.
We will begin to have detailed conversations about our Spring Semester this week with our faculty leadership, staff, and administrators. Many factors will be taken into consideration as we consider the best time frame to provide quality instruction, flexibility, and safety. We should be able to make some announcements about the spring term by late next week.
Our student athletes continue to participate in conditioning exercises and practices, despite the fact that they are not able to compete this semester. Our coaches are making every effort to keep their teams safe, while still maintaining an active schedule for their athletes.
Yesterday, Coach Bill Keopple announced his retirement after eleven seasons as the head football coach of the Muleriders. We want to wish him all the very best as he moves into his retirement and we want to thank him for all of his work in leading our football program. Thank you, Coach Keopple, for all you have done for hundreds of student athletes during this past decade.
Mike McCarty, our offensive coordinator, will begin to serve as interim head coach. We look forward to his leadership as he moves our program through this interim period.
Thank you, everyone!
Campus colleagues, we continue to move through unpredictable times this academic year. We also continue to rely on the unity of our campus community as we adjust each day to our changing realities and as we plan for the future. Continue to be strong, be positive, and be caring of each other.
Have a great week!