Covid-19 Updates

These pages are a resource for students, parents, and our entire community.

 

An Update for Fall 2020

Dear Students and Colleagues – 

Given that we have a holiday coming up, and it’s a short work week, I wanted to get this weekly update out a bit earlier than has been our previous practice.

The safety protocols established by the Fall 2020 Task Force have passed their first test. Just as our campus is not immune from the virus of racism, we are not immune from COVID-19. We have had two cases – unrelated – of community members testing positive for the virus. In each case the exposures took place off-campus. In one of the cases our community member was on campus on two days in recent weeks. I’m pleased to report that the two individuals have indicated that so far their symptoms are mild. 

We have been planning for this; it’s irresponsible to do otherwise. We have protocols in place, guided by Public Health Madison & Dane County, that we followed in these cases. We will continue to follow those protocols. They are available online, and are updated regularly. 

The Public Health Madison & Dane County definition of ‘contact’ with an infected person includes being within 6 feet of the person for a total of fifteen minutes or more. No one on campus meets this definition of ‘contact.’ Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, anyone who had any encounter with that community member on campus (regardless of brevity) has been notified by our Human Resources colleagues of the potential for exposure to the virus. If you have not been contacted, you are not at additional risk. I’d like to express my gratitude to both community members for reaching out to healthcare professionals, and to public health officials. The protocols work. 

There’s an important point here as well: what we do away from campus counts just as much as what we do when we’re on campus. Especially as we move into the summer, and enjoy a safe and happy Independence Day holiday, I urge all of us to be thoughtful in our interactions with each other. Research has consistently shown and public health officials continue to advise that wearing a mask and following social distancing is effective in limiting the spread of the virus. 

Just this morning, Dane County has issued a new order limiting gatherings, bar and restaurant activity. That order goes into effect at 8:00 am tomorrow morning. We will follow the direction of our public health professionals to the letter. I urge you to do the same. 

Next week we’ll get an update from the Academic Task Force. Margaret Noreuil, Interim V.P. for Academic Affairs, is leading that group, which includes faculty, staff in the Office of the Registrar and in ITSO, and colleagues from Facilities. They are working to ensure we maximize our technology, our size, and our expertise in teaching and learning to deliver the best possible learning environment for our students.  

Until then - we will continue to wear masks while inside campus buildings (as we do today) this fall. And I ask you to do the same when you go out in public places – this weekend and through the summer.

Be well!

Cor ad cor loquitur.
  
-Andrew P. Manion, Ph.D., President

Task Force Fall 2020

A work group charged with shaping the return to campus this fall. We remain committed to on-campus, in-person living and learning at Edgewood College, beginning with welcoming our newest students on Sunday, August 16, 2020.

Members:

Andrew Manion

President, Co-Chair

Margaret Noreuil
Interim V.P. of Academic Affairs, Co-Chair

 

Al Brisack

Athletics Director & Head Baseball Coach

Frank Byrne
Trustee

Dawn Crim

Trustee

Patrick Gumieny

Director of Information Technology

Michael Guns
V.P. Business & Finance/CFO

Heather Harbach

V.P. for Student Development/Dean of Students

Cristie Jacobs

Executive Assistant to the President

Lucy Keane
Trustee

Michelle F. Kelley

Registrar

Mary Klink

Associate V.P. for Dominican Life and Mission

Scott Lanphear

Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Manager

Willie Larkin
Diversity Officer

Claire Mand

Director of Residence Life

Michael Metcalf
Director of Security & Transportation

Suann Saltzberry
Associate Director of Athletics/SWA

Amber Schultz

V.P. for Enrollment Management

Ed Taylor
Director of Strategic Communications

Katie Vesperman
Interim V.P. for Institutional Advancement
 

Dave Wittwer
Trustee

We Are Here For You

On March 23, 2020, Edgewood College moved all classes fully online for the remainder of the Spring Semester. While teaching and learning may feel different this spring,  what has not changed is our commitment to our students, to our shared community, and to each other. While we (like many of us) are today in an online learning environment, we are first and foremost a community. Faculty and staff have produced a video that reminds students, and reminds all who are touched by this community, that “we are here for you.”