Interim President David McFaddin welcomes students back to EKU

Dear EKU Students,

Welcome to the start of the 2020-21 academic year at EKU! We have anxiously waited for this day all summer. It is hard to believe that it has been more than five months since we have seen many of our returning students. And to our incoming freshmen, we are so excited to welcome you to EKU.  

This is sure to be an unforgettable semester, and we need everyone’s help to make sure it is remembered for how we were able to safely gather, overcome adversity and successfully learn, live and work on our campus. 

We wish we could welcome you with all the traditions and events we hold so dear, but understandably some of them had to be adapted. In spite of a limit on in-person gatherings, I hope you will still be able to make important connections with your fellow students and faculty. We can still meet socially either virtually or in-person with the proper safety measures.

You will notice things are different on campus, but so much of what we love about EKU is still the same. Reach out to your friends and professors, and make a point to meet someone new. 

We all will adjust this year but plan now to succeed. Our caring and supportive faculty and staff have worked throughout the summer to prepare us for the best start possible. We are ready, and we hope you are too. 

By now you have heard a lot of reminders about all the things we need to do to stay safe: wear a mask, wash your hands, practice social distancing, avoid large gatherings and watch for any signs or symptoms of illness. We know this is an added assignment on top of everything else you will need to do for your classwork. The reality is if we all don’t do these things to stay healthy, every single day, our semester could be drastically altered before we even get it fully started.

If you are already a pro at following these guidelines, thank you. This is what we mean when we say “Colonels Care”. Taking personal responsibility for our own health, in turn, supports the health and safety of others. If you’re having trouble adjusting, reach out for help. Whether its an advisor, professor, support staff, Student Health Services or the EKU Counseling Center, there are so many resources available to you to make this easier and help us get through this together. Making smart choices now will give us the best shot to continue classes in a variety of formats and offer safe campus programming and experiences throughout the semester.

I hope you are as excited to start the new semester as I am to see you back on campus or online. We have missed you. YOU are the reason all of us are here and we will do everything in our power to continue providing first-class opportunities for learning at EKU. Good luck, study hard and Go Colonels!

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