This Saturday, we are hosting an Admitted Students Day–the most important event of the year for prospective students and their families. You may even recall from your own personal experience the role this event played in your decision to ultimately join the Ursinus family. This is perhaps the final opportunity we have, as a campus community, to showcase the very best of Ursinus for a new generation of Bears.
This year’s event, however, is rather unique. Many of these students have only seen Ursinus through the lens of our virtual events. And they are coming to campus at a time when we’ve seen an escalation in positive cases. We are writing today to ask for your support, which we know you’ll offer, but also to reassure you that this event is being managed with your health, safety, and well-being in mind.
Please understand we are managing this event in a highly responsible manner. In the past, this was a singular event; this year, however, we reorganized ASD into four smaller programs split across two weekends. All visitors are required to complete a pre–visit health questionnaire, have their temperatures taken upon arrival, and must wear masks. Presentations are organized primarily by academic majors, and activities are being held in a physically distanced manner. The classroom tents will be used for breaks, and food service will only be provided outdoors. We have smaller group settings than in previous years, designed in a way that prevents overlap and unintended interactions. All faculty, staff, and students supporting the event are required to follow current guidelines themselves and to take on-campus tests the following week.
Since the beginning of the academic year, we have seen zero evidence of transmission in the classroom or at institutional events. That has particularly been the case the past two weeks, when all data from contact tracing has, again, clearly indicated that transmission originated–and continued–through a series of social gatherings. That is why it is very important that all students, as well as faculty and staff on campus, understand the roles we all play to Defend the Den–and why we remain confident that we can welcome prospective students in a way that accounts for their health, and yours.
Thank you for your support, cooperation, and understanding.
Shannon Zottola, vice president and dean for enrollment management
Missy Bryant, associate vice president and dean for student affairs