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President Clark's Message

A Message from President Clark

Updated May 14, 2021

Dear Students,

Since the pandemic began, Husson University’s first priority has been to protect the health of our campus community. Toward this end, the University created a series of campus healthcare protocols that strictly adhere to federal and state Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

With distribution of COVID-19 vaccines now underway nationally, the CDC is strongly recommending that every eligible person get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccinations are proving to be the best way to ensure that everyone avoids the serious health complications associated with the coronavirus. To protect the safety of our campus, Husson has decided to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students returning to campus this fall. The University shares this information with you now so you can make plans to get inoculated over the summer, if you have not already been vaccinated.

If you’ve already been fully inoculated against COVID-19, please upload a copy of your vaccination record to the student portal using the “Upload Immunization” link. This documentation shows where and when you received your vaccination(s).

Once uploaded, your documentation will be sent to the Wellness Center. If you prefer, you can also mail a copy of your vaccination record to our Wellness Center.

Any online students who won’t have physical contact with our campus community will not be required to submit their vaccination records. If you have any further questions, please contact the COVID-19 Information Line at 207.992.1919.

We appreciate your support as Husson University takes this important next step in protecting the health of our campus. Take your best shot and get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible!

 

Sincerely,

Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President

A Message from President Clark

Updated April 23, 2021

Dear Students,

Before you become immersed in finals week and depart for the summer, I wanted to share Husson University’s vision for our 2021/2022 academic year.

When we all return to campus in late August, we hope to reinstate many of our pre-pandemic campus experiences. Provided the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates it’s safe, Husson University will be continuing to offer face-to-face classes. Students will be able to resume living in our residence halls. We expect to offer students the opportunity to participate in athletic competition. In addition, we anticipate resuming a series of robust Student Life initiatives.

We all need to do our part if we are going to end the pandemic. Husson University strongly encourages you to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. Our goal is to have a fully vaccinated campus when we begin the Fall 2021 semester.  If you are already vaccinated, please provide proof of vaccination to the Wellness Center.

You’ve all done exceptionally well during the past year. I’m very proud of the efforts we all made to comply with our healthcare protocols. Husson University had a 99.5% compliance rate for students getting tested for COVID-19. Out of 19,407 tests administered to students since August 26, 2020, only 137 came back positive. That means that we had a positive testing percentage of only 0.7% among our student population. 

This summer, we must take the same level of conviction we all invested in adhering to our campus healthcare protocols and apply it to our vaccination efforts. Please do your part to make sure we can all enjoy a happy and healthy campus experience this fall by getting vaccinated as soon as you can. When you get vaccinated, you are supporting Husson and showing that you care about protecting the health of your family and friends.

 

Sincerely,

Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President

A Message from President Clark

Updated October 30, 2020

Dear Students,

As the weather turns colder, everyone on our campus will be spending more time indoors.  Being indoors makes it easier to catch a cold or the flu from another person. If you haven’t received a flu shot as yet, we strongly encourage you to do so. Vaccines are available at the Wellness Center by appointment while supplies last.  To schedule an appointment, call 207-941-7625.

Moving indoors also has ramifications for our COVID-19 prevention efforts. Our goal is to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus during cold and flu season, when more people are inside more. Having identified this need earlier in the semester, the University made the decision to increase our surveillance testing capacity. This increase in testing begins on Monday. Identifying individuals who test positive as soon as possible is the key to preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19.

We are approximately two-thirds of the way through the semester and I’m very proud of the results we have had to date. Despite these good results, it’s important for you to continue to adhere to the University’s masking, physical distancing and testing protocols. Just this morning, we identified a second student who has tested positive.  The student is currently in isolation.  Contact tracing is underway, and those that are identified as direct contacts will be notified and told to quarantine.

The total number of individuals in our Husson campus community who have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the semester now stands at three – two students and one employee. Both of the students and the employee were exposed to COVID-19 because of off-campus interactions.

Positive cases at Husson have stayed low because of the careful preparations and precautions taken by our community. As a campus community, we must continue to take COVID-19 seriously. Now is not the time to be complacent. 

Being informed is still the best way to protect your health. You can find information on the Protect Husson webpage in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section and on our Factsheet. If you still have any questions after reviewing these materials, please call our University COVID Information Line at 207.992.1919.

I want you to know that I am grateful for your cooperation. When you follow the University’s procedures and protocols, you are helping to keep everyone on campus safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,
Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President

A Message from President Clark

Updated September 2, 2020

Dear Students,

Husson University is committed to keeping you fully informed about our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. Your diligent adherence to our strict safety protocols and behaviors is greatly appreciated. Over the course of the coming semester, we will be updating you regularly on our COVID-19 efforts as part of the University’s commitment to transparency.

Toward that end, I wanted you to know that we have identified one individual who has tested positive this week for COVID-19. This individual is currently in isolation at home. As planned, we immediately activated our tracing program and began reaching out to the people in our campus community who may have been in contact with this individual. Those who were identified as contacts have already been informed. If you haven’t been contacted, you are unaffected. 

Our protocols call for anyone who tests positive to be notified immediately. Contact tracing for students commences as soon as the University is informed that they have tested positive.

As I’m sure you know, there is an expectation that there will be positive cases within our community.  COVID-19 is everywhere, and many of those at other institutions testing positive are asymptomatic. With your help, we are taking all necessary steps to prevent additional cases or a spread.  After preparation all summer, in consultation with public health jurisdictions and experts, I am pleased that our planned prevention, testing and response programs worked as intended.

We appreciate your support of Husson’s ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. Please continue to participate in physical distancing, hand washing, masking and testing. Also, please avoid gatherings with large numbers of people in close proximity to each other. These prevention efforts, combined with our robust tracing and quarantine/isolation programs, are our best defense against the coronavirus. 

Your support is essential to our success. Let’s work together to keep our campus community healthy. The health and well-being of everyone on our campus remains our first priority.

In an effort to keep everyone at Husson up to date on our current situation, we have added a new dashboard to our website at husson.edu/return-to-campus/dashboard. This dashboard will be updated daily and will keep you informed of our testing activities and results.

Your patience, flexibility, and responsible behavior will allow us to continue to deliver top-quality experiential learning through on-campus classes and help keep you healthy. Thank you for your cooperation!  

Sincerely,

Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President

A Message from President Clark

Updated August 5, 2020

Dear Students,

Back in March 2020, Husson University made the difficult decision to postpone Commencement until October. Our hope was that the United States would have made significant progress in battling COVID-19 and the limits on public gatherings would have been lifted by then. Unfortunately, under the restrictions put in place by Governor Mills the current Maine limit on indoor public gatherings is 50 people. Nevertheless, understanding how disappointing it would be to all parties to cancel Commencement, we have developed an alternative ceremony to recognize this singular achievement. 

Instead of a large Commencement ceremony in an arena, Husson will offer students the opportunity to participate in smaller graduation ceremonies via Zoom. These online ceremonies will recognize students by college or school. This will allow our graduates to be honored in their regalia with their families, friends and professors able to join these Zoom events. The graduation sessions will take place, in the early evening during the week of October 12. A save the date correspondence about each ceremony will be forthcoming. 

Prior to the graduation ceremony, each student will be mailed a diploma cover and a copy of the full Commencement program. Students who earned honor cords will also receive them in the mail. Our talented faculty and staff in our New England School of Communications will be producing this high-quality presentation where every 2020 graduate will have the opportunity to be recognized.

Students who graduated in December 2019, May and August 2020, may join their school’s Zoom Commencement ceremony. These ceremonies will recognize students from the following Husson colleges and schools: College of Science and Humanities, New England School of Communications, School of Accounting, School of Business and Management, School of Hospitality, Sport and Tourism Management, School of Legal Studies, School of Nursing, School of Occupational Therapy, School of Pharmacy, and School of Physical Therapy.

Despite Maine’s restrictions on public gatherings, Husson University is determined to give all of our students the recognition they deserve for their academic accomplishments. We continue to be incredibly proud of the Class of 2020, and look forward to seeing you in your regalia online as part of your special 2020 Commencement ceremony.

 

Best regards,

Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President

Updated July 9, 2020

Dear Students,

As I think about you returning to campus in the fall, I’ve wondered how you are feeling. In our current pandemic environment, I certainly understand that this year is different than usual. We all have concerns and questions. We all want as normal an environment as possible, but life will be different at 1 College Circle. 

Information changes daily around COVID-19, but we are busy evaluating the best available information as we prepare to bring you to campus this fall.  Our number one goal is the safety of our students, faculty and staff. I encourage you to visit our new “Return to Campus” section of the website often for the most recent updates. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights of our plans.

The current best practices to keep our campus community safe will be through physical distancing and the wearing of facemasks. These two measures are the cornerstone of our efforts to minimize the risk of COVID-19 on our campus. We need you to do your part—wear a mask when required and physically distance when possible--so that together we can keep you, your friends and your teachers safer. An additional suggestion is that you get a flu shot prior to leaving for campus. While it is not mandatory at this time from the CDC, it is highly recommended.  

We will be conducting regular screenings for COVID symptoms. Details are also being worked out for proactive testing of students to help identify COVID cases. In the interest of reducing the amount of external interaction that could bring the coronavirus to our campus, Husson is compressing the academic calendar. Classes will be held on Labor Day and there will be no fall break. Most students will return home for the Thanksgiving holiday and not return to campus until the beginning of the next semester. These students will complete the last week of classes and their final exams online.

While we hope our preparations will be sufficient to allow students to remain on campus through the Thanksgiving holiday, we recognize that infection rates can quickly escalate. Our faculty are prepared to move classes online if needed. Along these lines, it may interest you to know that Edmit, a website dedicated to helping families navigate the financial challenges of paying for college, recently evaluated the online experiences offered by colleges and universities in Maine. They shared their results with the Boston Globe. Husson University was the only school in Maine whose online experience Edmit rated highly.

Rest assured, we are dedicated to continuing to deliver a quality education regardless of whether you are studying in the classroom or online. We are seeking to provide you with the safest environment possible. To do so we are monitoring events and will post changes that are necessary. Check the website regularly, stay tuned for more detailed information in the coming weeks, and plan to do your part to keep Husson safe this fall. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President

Updated June 11, 2020

Dear Students,

With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, I wanted to keep you posted on the efforts being undertaken at Husson to protect your health. The University is continuing to focus considerable time and effort on COVID-19 prevention as we prepare for the reopening of our campus in the fall. We’re following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and doing everything we can to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in an effort to keep our campus community healthy.

Actions we have already taken include:

  • Providing training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to Wellness Center medical professionals and staff.
  • Installing Plexiglas physical barriers and signage to help protect the health of students and staff in strategic areas.
  • Distributing cleaning products effective in fighting COVID-19 as part of a more aggressive campus-cleaning regimen on door handles, handrails and other frequently touched surfaces.
  • Adopting new PPE protocols in dining services as part of a strict adherence of ServeSafe food handling sanitation guidelines.
  • Installing new mobile payment and touchless remote card readers in various campus departments that will reduce contact during payment transactions.
  • Rearranging furniture in the Campus Center to encourage social distancing.

In the weeks to come, we will be sending you a guide with more information about social distancing, masks, and other activities that will help prevent the spread of the coronavirus when you return to campus.

Later this summer, we will be making decisions about the disposition of our fall collegiate sports seasons based on future conference and NCAA guidelines.

Even though the pandemic has changed life for all of us, Husson University is continuing to move forward in preparation for the fall. We will get through this. Our best days still lie ahead!

Sincerely,

Robert A. Clark, Ph.D., CFA
Husson University President