“It’s #WorthAShot, Beloiters” letter sent to employees
How does a nearly normal fall semester sound to you?
It sounds absolutely fantastic to us. What allows it to happen? Vaccinations!
As we’ve said, we intend a fully in-person academic year this fall: courses, residential living, campus activities, amenities, services, and a return to the traditional 15-week semester. We expect our theater, dance, and music performers will be back in the studio and on the stage, and the Midwest Conference recently announced its intention for full league competition in the fall.
To that end, vaccines are what will allow us to to be a fully in-person, residential campus. We’re grateful to everyone who has taken the vaccine so far.
The academic year we just had in the midst of a pandemic was possible because we relied on our entire community’s commitment to our health and safety. You embraced that self-care is community care, and it worked.
The New York Times took notice, identifying Beloit College as “the bright spot” in their coverage of colleges and COVID. And the Powerhouse proves to be exactly the building we would have designed if we’d known COVID was coming.
Preparing for an in-person fall will require our continued, shared commitment to health and safety. As we write, infection rates throughout the country remain too high, as do deaths from COVID-19. We are in a race between vaccines and the variants to achieve herd immunity from the virus.
As the vaccine rollout continues, we encourage your full participation to give us the best shot at being together, in person, on campus. It’s how we will be able to provide the best possible student experience, and share in all the activities that make Beloit, Beloit.
In the meantime, best wishes as we speed toward the end of the 2021 academic year. Beloiters, we’re #worthashot.
President Scott Bierman
Provost Eric Boynton
Dean of Student and Chief Diversity Officer Cecil Youngblood