At Ithaca College’s spring 2021 all-college gathering, held virtually on Feb. 9, President Shirley M. Collado welcomed students, staff and faculty and thanked all those who helped make this semester on campus possible.
“Getting to this moment, it goes without saying, has required incredible dedication and hard work by so many staff, faculty and volunteers,” said Collado.
Many steps went into making this semester happen, including reconfiguring hundreds of spaces on campus to accommodate face-to-face classes with distanced students; moving and marking more than 3,000 chairs to indicate where people could safely sit; creating 15,000 wall signs and floor stickers to remind people of guidelines; and building and installing 400 hand-sanitizer dispensers and seven saliva test kit drop boxes.
Collado also thanked faculty members who have been preparing for the semester. Starting on Feb. 8, approximately 61% of Ithaca College courses switched to either fully in-person or hybrid mode, with about 32% of courses being offered as synchronous online and around 7% asynchronous online.
“Providing options for students has been so critical during the semester, including giving our students the option to either be on campus or at home,” said Collado. “I want to thank our faculty for your effort in preparing and offering learning opportunities that support our students’ circumstances and comfort levels.”
Many staff and faculty members volunteered their time to help students move in, including 175 volunteers who worked a total of 965 volunteer shifts.
“I was so moved by the energy and enthusiasm of our students returning to campus, but really also the excitement of our staff and our volunteers, it really has taken a village,” said Collado. “I want to also acknowledge the dedication of all members of our community who stepped up on behalf of our students and our college. Because of you, this community remains strong.”