I wish we were all back on campus, heading into the last half of the semester together, instead of apart.
But as I have thought more about it today, I have come to realize that we ARE together, bound to one another by friendship and love that only comes from being part of a community like Milligan; a community that is built upon a shared sense of mission and faith in God. Wherever we are, no matter how far apart we may be, we are united by our membership in the community that is Milligan College.
I want you to know how proud I am of our students, faculty, and staff, who have been forced to make major adjustments in light of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. And I’m proud of Milligan’s leadership team, who have been meeting regularly over the past couple of weeks to sort out the constantly changing situation and making the difficult decisions that must be made in order to protect the safety and health of our college and our broader community.
Like any great team, we will get through this as long as we individually and collectively remain focused on the things that are most important. Above all else, you should be taking care of yourself and taking care of each other. You shouldn’t panic, but you should play your part in minimizing the spread of this virus by being responsible and heeding the advice of the CDC and others. That’s why we’ve made such dramatic changes in the way we’ll be conducting our classes over the coming weeks. We’re going to do our best to complete this semester in a way that fulfills the responsibility we have to our students, while protecting the health and welfare of our entire community.
We know that God is in control, this will pass, and we will get back to normal. But in the meantime, as circumstances continue to change, our response may also have to change. And so, I ask for your continued patience and grace as we make these decisions in uncharted waters. Most importantly, especially during times of stress, let’s remember to be kind to one another, to help one another, and to pray for one another.
Milligan’s leadership and response team will be meeting each day at 9:00am during the coming weeks. We will be addressing issues that need special attention and making sure that we are directing the affairs of the college in the way that protects our community and meets the needs of our students. And we’ll be praying for each of you and for the world, that this challenging time will be brought to a swift conclusion.
If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your academic advisor, your supervisor, or your area vice president. We’ll do our best to get you an answer as quickly as we can. And be sure to monitor our website https://www.milligan.edu/health/ for the latest updates.
And so, Milligan, you are in my prayers and the prayers of many. Let’s always remember the good news of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
May God’s blessings be with you BuffNation!
President Bill Greer