Looking Ahead to Fall
May 11, 2020
Dr. Mauri Ditzler and Dr. Mathew Johnson, Albion College president and president-elect, respectively, shared the following message in an email to current students and newly enrolled students on Friday, May 8.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to, or back to, campus this fall! Your resilience, tenacity, and courage are inspiring. Your demonstration of these qualities exemplifies what it means to be a Brit. We are committed to the Brit way as well and we are determined to open this fall with on-campus classes and programming for you.
From on campus (President Ditzler) and from Rhode Island (President-Elect Johnson), we have been impressed, and at the same time unsurprised, by your willingness and ability to adapt — exemplified in both current and incoming students. We know it’s not been easy. The transition, for current students, from a residential college experience — that you came to Albion for — to virtual learning and student engagement in a matter of days is, like this pandemic, a once-in-a-generation event. Likewise, for many incoming students, the transition from in-person visits to virtual visit days and all the other virtual ways you have stayed engaged with our staff and faculty has demonstrated you have the qualities to join us in the fall to Become a Brit!
Our tremendous faculty, the instructional technology staff, and the many other campus partners made finishing the spring semester as seamless as possible for our current students and opened our campus to incoming students in new and exciting virtual ways. We are so happy we were able to celebrate our graduating seniors with virtual commencement exercises and we look forward to seeing them, again, in October for an on-campus celebration.
For all of our students who will join us on campus this fall, President-Elect Johnson, and his partner, Dr. O’Neill, are looking forward to seeing you. While it may be a bit ahead of your own schedule, they have started packing as you read this message. Stay tuned for a video message from them next week.
As President Ditzler has often said, “an Albion education is dramatically residential,” and we intend to hold true to that idea in whatever path we may need to walk. Driven by this commitment, steadied by the strength of our community, and challenged by our own claims to be bold, Albion College will do everything that is in our power to be open as a residential campus for the fall semester. We are committed to doing it as safely as we can while following the public health guidelines provided by the state and the CDC.
In the weeks ahead, please stay tuned for more information from President-Elect Johnson, and track his move to Albion as the staff and faculty of Albion plan to welcome back students to campus this Fall. As we proceed forward, together, we hope you will continue to give grace to each other and support one another. After all, our boldness, our tenacity, our courage, all flow from our community. We are Albion College Britons!
Dr. Mauri Ditzler
Dr. Mathew Johnson