Hello, Campus Community:
We are excited and ready to welcome you to your first day of classes and on-campus living for the Spring 2021 semester in a few weeks. Important and detailed information about the semester—in particular, the health and safety protocols we have in place to ensure the well-being of our entire campus community—can be found here. I urge you to become familiar with this information. While we are confident that we have the right protocols and systems in place for your health and well-being, due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 we will provide updated communications as needed. I urge that you check your Becker College email, Student Portal, and Canvas frequently so you are aware of any new information.
Considerable planning was undertaken to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all of Hawk Nation. We will take care of you in the best ways we can. Yet it is up to each and every individual to take care of themselves, and one another. Our community will thrive under these very challenging circumstances only through dedicated commitment to following the College’s guidelines. That means wearing your mask, practicing social distancing, showing up for scheduled COVID-19 testing, and not coming to campus if you are not feeling well or living off-campus and engaged in remote learning. There will be consequences for those who do not abide by the College’s health and safety guidelines.
I hope you are ready to begin this new year refreshed and revitalized. No matter what format you have chosen for your classes, the Spring semester tends to go very quickly. Start strong, and hold steady for the next four months. If you are a new student, thank you for choosing Becker—and welcome to our community! We pride ourselves on being a small, exceptional College with a true community atmosphere, which our students tell us feels like home. Do not hesitate to ask for help or guidance. For our seniors, you are just four short months away from graduation! Make sure you are doing all you can to prepare yourself for life outside of Becker College.
Get Involved, Stay Focused, and Take Care of Yourself
Virtual events will be held throughout the semester—through clubs and organizations, CASL, residence halls, and more. In addition, everyone is welcome to participate in alumni events. Follow Becker Alumni on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/beckercollegealumni/ and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/beckeralumni/. I urge everyone to be optimistic, positive, and excited to participate.
Your generation has mastered the art of developing friendships online. Join a virtual program, get involved in a club or organization, be involved with your teammates and coaches, and create connections within your classes. Do not let the semester pass you by. These initiatives will make your transition to campus much smoother and more effortless.
If you can safely gather with students while following all local policies and guidelines, by all means do so! Small groups gathering outside or in an appropriately sized venue, while ensuring social distancing and wearing masks, can be accomplished safely.
No matter what format of learning you have chosen, our support and care for you have not wavered. We are there for you and dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.
Upcoming Events: Commencement
There are a number of scenarios we are looking at for Commencement, including a combined Commencement ceremony for the classes of 2020 and 2021. Please know that a combined ceremony will in no way diminish the celebration and recognition provided to each class. More details will follow.
President’s Office Community Hours
As a reminder, any member of the community is welcome to meet with me to discuss a topic of your choice during my Community Office Hours. The 2021 schedule is listed below. Meetings, which last for 10-15 minutes, are on a first come, first serve basis, and are held in the President’s Office Building (Southgate House) at 84 William Street, 2nd floor, Worcester. Please contact Pattie Kalinowski at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for an in-person or virtual meeting.
2021 Community Office Dates (3-5 pm)
Stay well and #HawksMaskup!
Nancy P. Crimmin, Ed.D.
President, Becker College