First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Our Community

April 23, 2020

Dear Amherst Students, Staff, Faculty, and Families,

I’m writing to let you know that we have the first confirmed on-campus case of COVID-19. A custodial staff member received the news of the positive test results yesterday and is in isolation at home and doing well. I know you will join me in wishing this individual a complete and speedy recovery. The staff member’s last day on campus was April 18; at that time, they displayed no symptoms, wore a face mask while working, and did not engage with any students. 

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April 22, 2020

Dear Alumni,

During this challenging time, many of us are finding solace in the strength and connectivity of our communities. At Amherst, we have been buoyed by the response and generosity of our alumni, and by the ingenuity and adaptiveness of the faculty, staff and students. At the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, we are making critical adaptations to the ways we support student career planning in this moment, and the ways we help students navigate the professional uncertainty that lies ahead.

April 17, 2020: Staying in Touch

Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, and Families,

Thank you for your warm responses to last week’s note. The gratitude you expressed to and for our staff and our frontline workers was remarkable. One alumna has offered to host any Amherst College staff members who find themselves in Poland once we are able to travel again. Another has volunteered to help with the “cheering up” efforts on campus by joining Val staff in writing encouraging notes to students. 

Reflections on Learning, Distance, and Bias

April 3, 2020

Dear Amherst Faculty, Students, Staff, Alumni, and Families,

I am writing to provide you with some reflections at the end of our second week of remote learning. But, first, I want to extend my best wishes to each and every one of you. I hope that you and your loved ones are well and safe and that you are finding workable and even meaningful ways to spend this difficult period of social distancing.

Rising to Meet the Challenge

March 31, 2020

Dear Amherst Family,

In my current role as Chair of the Board of Trustees, I have had the distinct privilege to meet and speak with so many of you, all over the world. What do I know from these conversations? You care deeply about Amherst. Our students inspire us with their promise, and our alumni and families with their compassion and courage, now more than ever.

We Will Miss You This May

March 26, 2020

Dear Alumni,

I write with wishes for good health and safety to you and yours. Our Amherst team is scattered throughout the Valley and beyond, attending to the work of the college and the continued connection of our community across the globe. Reunion 2020 promised to be that moment when we came together, on our campus, to celebrate you, your connections and the College.

Message About Commencement and Reunion

March 23, 2020

To Students, Families, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni,

Earlier today I sent this note to our seniors. It will come as no surprise to many of you that we have postponed Commencement until a time when we can safely have the Class of ’20 on campus for an in-person ceremony. We are soliciting ideas from our seniors for how to celebrate their class and time here at Amherst.

Warmest‌ ‌Wishes‌ ‌for‌ ‌Your ‌Wellbeing‌ ‌and‌ ‌Safety‌

March 17, 2020

Dear Alumni,

I‌ ‌want‌ ‌you‌ ‌to‌ ‌know‌ ‌we‌ ‌are‌ ‌thinking‌ ‌of‌ ‌you‌ ‌in‌ ‌this‌ ‌extremely‌ ‌difficult‌ ‌moment.‌ ‌Every‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌you‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌busy‌ ‌finding‌ ‌ways‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌yourselves‌ ‌and‌ ‌your‌ ‌loved‌ ‌ones‌ ‌safe.‌ ‌I‌ ‌hope‌ ‌you‌ ‌have‌ ‌the‌ ‌support ‌you‌ ‌need‌ ‌and‌ ‌that‌ ‌you‌ ‌remain‌ ‌well.‌‌

Over‌ ‌the‌ ‌past‌ ‌week, ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌seen‌ ‌firsthand,‌ ‌in‌ ‌yet‌ ‌more‌ ‌ways,‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌are‌ ‌far‌ ‌more‌ ‌than ‌a‌ ‌campus.‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌been‌ ‌moved and inspired‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌many‌ ‌alumni,‌ ‌parents,‌ ‌and‌ ‌friends‌ ‌who‌ ‌have‌ ‌reached‌ ‌out‌ ‌to‌ ‌offer‌ ‌support,‌ ‌kind‌ ‌words,‌ ‌and‌ ‌offers‌ ‌to‌ ‌help‌ ‌students‌ ‌as‌ ‌they‌ ‌face‌ ‌the‌ ‌challenges‌ ‌of‌ ‌having‌ ‌their‌ ‌on-campus‌ ‌experience‌ ‌significantly disrupted.‌‌