Samford Community…Thank you for continuing to keep our campus community safe. Your diligence and commitment are making a real difference.
We remain optimistic as data indicates COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline both locally and nationally. Thanks to your conscientious efforts, as evidenced in the university’s COVID-19 dashboard, the number of COVID-19 cases on our campus remains low.
Further, a majority of our full-time employees have chosen and received the first dose of the Pfizer SARS CoV-2 vaccine to prevent COVID-19. In appropriate consultation with your health professional, we are encouraging all employees to consider a COVID-19 vaccination. Part-time employees are also in the queue for vaccination access in the next week or so. We would again like to thank our friends at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for working with us to provide this opportunity. Of course, vaccine access is determined by published Alabama Department of Public Health access protocol. Hopefully, vaccination access for students will be available in the coming months for those interested.
Based on these data and projections from local and national health authorities, I am pleased to share the university’s plans to resume normal operations and classroom instruction for the fall 2021 semester. The university’s news announcement can be seen here.
Yesterday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced an extension of the state’s Safer at Home order. While some elements of the order were modified, masking and social distancing remain a mandate through at least April 9, 2021. It is important to remember that COVID-19 continues to present a risk on our campus and in our community. It’s imperative that we all maintain our diligence and continued compliance with university health protocols throughout the remainder of the spring semester. Don’t forget, it is your diligence and care that has delivered us to this point.
Other good news includes the following. We have . Details have been communicated to students by Residence Life staff and can be viewed in the Residence Life FAQs on the coronavirus website. We are evaluating inter-residence hall visitation and working with groups across campus on ways to safely expand events and gatherings which will further enhance social opportunities. Additionally, subject to improving conditions in the UK and international cooperation, we plan to resume certain international travel for the fall 2021 term, notably the semester program at the Daniel House in London. Details will be available from the Global Engagement Office and the Travel FAQs on the coronavirus website. Finally, our 17 athletics programs have returned to action with great success and, even better, student and fan support. We are excited about cautiously moving toward the normal college experience and university operations.
The COVID-19 pandemic remains a fluid situation but there is flickering light at the end of this crazy tunnel. We will continue to monitor all local, state and national health authorities as well as recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will alert you if our plans must change.
In the meantime, we appreciate your continued partnership as we seek to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus while endeavoring to responsibly expand social opportunities, events and gatherings. Thank you all for what you are doing and especially for the ways you are doing it. God bless and take care…. Buck Brock
Harry B. Brock III (Buck)
Executive Vice President