Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman sent this message of encouragement to students after their first week of online classes.
As I write this, you are finishing your first week of online learning. I know it was not easy—for you or your professors. But all of you got through it. I can’t thank our faculty and staff enough for diving into this situation and working countless hours to make sure things ran as smoothly as possible. And all of you have my gratitude as well, for your understanding, your patience, and your positivity.
As unnerving and hard as the past weeks have been, I have been reminded time and time again of the strength of our community. I have seen faculty members working closely together to help those who are not as familiar with the technology involved. I’ve seen staff doing what’s needed to be done to support our students in this transition. And most importantly, I’ve seen you, our students, stepping up to this challenge with grit and determination. It’s not what many of you are used to—or what you wanted for the spring semester–but you’ve accepted our reality as it is now and are making the best of a tough situation.
I miss you here on campus, and I’m sorry that you are not able to finish out the academic year as we all planned. You are the spirit of this institution, and it is just not the same without your energy and laughter. Yet even though we are physically apart, I know that the close bonds that have been formed here will remain, helping to make this time a little easier. I encourage you to reach out and stay connected to your classmates and friends, your professors, and others. If you have questions or concerns during this time, our staff are willing to help. In addition, we have many resources on our COVID-19 webpage.
The coming weeks won’t be easy, but I believe in you, and I believe in our faculty and staff. Together, our Randolph family will persevere.
Keep up the hard work. We are proud of you. And we are here for you.
Bradley W. Bateman