Emory & Henry Moves in 150 Additional Students for Second Session of Fall 2020 Semester

Posted by Allison Galloway
On Saturday, October 3, approximately 150 students moved into residence halls to kick off the second session of the fall semester at Emory & Henry. This is in addition to the more than 200 students that moved onto campus in August for the first session of the semester.

Because of the number of regional COVID-19 cases, there was a limited number of students who were able to opt-in to live on campus and take classes either seated or in a hybrid format for the first seven-week session that began August 14. These changes have supported a reduction in density in the residence halls and classrooms. Because of the safety measures taken by faculty, staff and students during the first session of the fall semester, Emory & Henry has experienced a low number of cases on campus, which has allowed the College to move forward with its cautious, phased approach and expand the number of students on campus.

“We have been incredibly impressed and proud of our students’ response to the pandemic,” says President Dr. John W. Wells. “We continue to hope that we will be able to return to a full residential experience in the spring. As such, it is imperative that our faculty, staff and students continue to follow the COVID-19 policies that have been set forth.”

Emory & Henry has stayed connected with students both on and off campus with unique opportunities. A collaborative between Emory & Henry College and Barter Theatre is helping theatre artists break through the limitations of a pandemic and into a world of innovative theatre production. The virtual, digital series, called “Outbreak: Appalachia in the Time of Covid-19,” are being directed, designed and choreographed by E&H faculty and Barter professionals and performed by E&H students. The van Vlissingen Center for Career & Professional Development is hosting weekly Zoom events with topics ranging from resume tips to internships. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion also continues to provide training and workshops on diversity.

The College will continue to enforce social distancing guidelines and require face coverings on campus. The College’s COVID-19 Task Force will continue to meet regularly, monitor national, regional, and campus trends and respond accordingly.

Second session classes begin Tuesday, October 6.

  • Move-In Day
We have been incredibly impressed and proud of our students’ response to the pandemic. We continue to hope that we will be able to return to a full residential experience in the spring. As such, it is imperative that our faculty, staff and students continue to follow the COVID-19 policies that have been set forth.
- President Dr. John W. Wells

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