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November 24, 2020

Faculty Letter

Dear faculty,

As we wind down this semester, we’ve considered what has worked this fall and what has room for improvement in the spring.

Before we look ahead to next semester, we want to acknowledge that life at Mississippi College during this pandemic has been hard. Some of you have been sick. Some of your loved ones have been sick. All of you have adjusted your teaching to accommodate students and life with quarantines, isolations, and social distancing. It’s been overwhelming and exhausting. We see you, and we thank you.

But life at Mississippi College during this pandemic has still been good. We have witnessed grace abounding from faculty, staff, and students. We have loved and served each other in new ways. MC family members have worked together to stay together—laying down preferences, wearing masks, not gathering in large groups—and we're still here. By doing the hard things, we retained our students and stayed on campus. This is no small accomplishment as universities all around us have not fared as well.

Next spring, we’ll continue to work together. We’ll provide updated information prior to the start of the Spring 2021 semester, but as of today, we can share these guidelines:

  • Masks will still be worn at all times on campus.
  • Classroom arrangements will follow the same guideline of 50% capacity in the room.
  • There will be breaks! The campus will take a Spring Break Day on Tuesday, March 2. In addition, Good Friday has been added to the Easter Break.
  • We will have remote learners again in the spring.
  • Some professional development opportunities will be offered for faculty to further engage in best practices in both pedagogy and technology.

In closing, we encourage you to remember the verse we’ve been leaning into this semester, Joshua 1:9:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

As we finish this semester and plan for a spring that may look very much like this fall, take courage. The promise God made to Joshua to be with him wherever he goes, He also makes to us. We can face the new year boldly, knowing we are not facing it alone.

Dr. Jonathan Ambrose
Spring Opening Task Force Co-Chair

Dr. Cindy Melton
Spring Opening Task Force Co-Chair