Sustaining a Healthy Community
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March 29, 2021 — Wrapping up the Spring Semester
Dear Central family,
What a difference a year makes!
A year ago, we were starting into the unknown. Globally, the WHO declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic. For Central, our students were home, finishing the semester with remote learning. Athletics had been canceled. Annual events postponed. And we weren’t sure when we’d all be back on campus.
The COVID-19 pandemic certainly changed everything. We’ve become accustomed to physical distancing and wearing masks. We’ve learned and met through Zoom. We’ve persevered apart and together, all while having a heart for others.
So here we are a year later, and there’s plenty to celebrate. We’ve been on campus for the academic year. Athletics have resumed. Commencement is around the corner — in person and in May this year.
Nevertheless, now is the time to stay the course. Please continue to practice the protocols that have gotten us here. Get vaccinated if you can. Stay safe. There are just six weeks of classes remaining, followed by finals week. We’re close to the end. Together, we can get there.
When eligible, we encourage all members of the Central College community to get vaccinated.
All Iowans could be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5 — if the federal supply continues to increase as projected.
Current national projections show between 20 million and 29 million doses of vaccine will be distributed weekly starting in April. Iowa could expect about 200,000 to 290,000 doses out of that supply, enough for about 10% to 15% of the state’s adult population. Federal officials have approved the shots for use in Americans 16 or older.
Cheer for the Dutch!
Athletics returned to campus with winter sports, although limited spectators were allowed. That changed a bit for outdoor spring events. Students are encouraged to come cheer on the Dutch. In addition, other fans also are welcome on campus for events. Health and safety protocols will be in place for all spectators, and everyone is required to wear a mask at all times as well as maintain physical distance guidelines with all but immediate family members. Check out the up-to-date schedule.
Mark your calendars! The fifth-annual Hoo-Rah Day is Tuesday, April 13. It’s a day set aside to help and celebrate the entire Central family. Current students, alumni and friends of the college are encouraged to show the world how special it is to be part of the Dutch family. Events for students are planned throughout the day. And as always, you’re asked to share your words and pictures on social media and use the hashtag #HooRah Day.
After being canceled last year because of the pandemic, Pella’s annual Tulip Time festival will return this year. The 86th annual event is scheduled May 6-8. Things will look a bit different, of course, to keep guests as safe as possible. Food stands and vendors will be spaced out, enhanced sanitation stations will be provided, and physical distancing will be encouraged. There will be new attractions, classic floats on display and pop-up happenings during the three days. Be safe and enjoy before starting finals!
Speaking of finals, the last day of classes for the spring semester is May 7, with finals scheduled for May 11-13. As always, the Monday following the last day of classes will serve as a college-wide study day. In addition, the Central tradition of Breakfast of Champions will return with adjustments keeping safety in mind.
Commencement remains scheduled Saturday, May 15, for the Class of 2021. We are planning to hold the event outdoors at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium unless pandemic circumstances warrant a change or prevent such a large event. Shannan Mattiace, a 1990 graduate of Central, will serve as the commencement speaker.
Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication amidst the pandemic. Let’s get to the finish line and hope for maskless days in our future.
Yours in health,