From the President, re: An Appeal for Your Assistance on Move-in Day

January 13, 2022

Dear Colleagues,

I am reaching out to ask for your help with an important campus health and safety initiative next Tuesday.

As you know, our residential students will be moving in for the spring semester that day, in advance of the start of classes on Wednesday.

As part of our evolving health and safety protocols, 1,400 students must receive an antigen test for COVID-19 at the Moore Fieldhouse before they are given permission to move in to their residence halls.

Testing will be scheduled throughout the day, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with 200 students tested per hour during that period. 

Clearly, this is a massive undertaking, and even though there will be COVID testing and tracing staff in attendance, we will still need an additional 64 volunteers  (32 in each of two, five-hour shifts) to help at the 10 testing stations.

There are a variety of tasks that will need to be performed, including: monitoring the tests, confirming the results and communicating them to students via cell phone and to a contact tracer (if necessary) via Teams. Not all of the duties involve contact with the students or the tests, so you can perform whatever role you are comfortable with.

The shifts are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 12 to 5 p.m.  Please come to the field house lobby.  You may sign up for either or both shifts here by noon tomorrow (Friday) – please confirm with your supervisor before you do so. As a thank you, each volunteer will be entered in a drawing for one of 10 Apple iPads.

I realize that a number of you may be pre-engaged in important tasks preparing for the start of the semester. And others may understandably feel apprehensive about working at a testing site. But if you are able and willing, I encourage you to lend a hand in this critical effort – the first time that we have undertaken mass antigen testing on campus. If you have questions, please call Vice President for Student Affairs Tracy Tyree at ext. 2-5309 or email Tracy at: tyree@southenct.edu.

As I have mentioned on several occasions, one of the great strengths on display during the course of the pandemic has been the selfless teamwork and the compassion that we have shown for others. In that spirit, please consider volunteering on move-in day: in doing so, you will help to protect the health of our students and preserve the safety of our campus community.

Sincerely,

Joe Bertolino
President