Randolph College President Bradley W. Bateman sent this message to faculty and staff.
It is beautiful this week to see the wisteria blooming on campus. As we work through unprecedented circumstances and deal with the disruptions to our spring rhythms, it is reassuring to see the return of something that we always look forward to.
But, of course, we are seeing many familiar Randolph sights every day: excellent teaching, friendly colleagues, and people working hard to provide a great education to our students. In this sense, it is business as usual at the College. We are dedicated to the College and our students and that hasn’t changed.
Nonetheless, I know that continuing to provide this quality of education is difficult under the circumstances. For most of us, everything about our daily lives is altered and that takes a toll on us. I hope that you are able to find some respite and are taking care of yourselves.
As we head toward the end of the semester, I know that we are all buoyed by the hope that we will return to normal campus operations in the fall. In the Coronavirus Task Force and in Senior Staff, we are doing the work now to prepare for that return. Everything is being done to make a return to normal autumn campus life.
Of course, we cannot know the course of the pandemic, nor can we know what new government guidelines will be issued. But we are doing the planning needed to return in August to the new academic year that we always look forward to.