From the President - March 27th Update

March 27, 2020 - Update from the President

Good afternoon AMC Students-

Please see the below message from President Retelle. 

 

Sincerely,
Mary Lou Retelle
President of Anna Maria College

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From the President - March 23rd Update

March 21, 2020 - Update on COVID-19

Colleagues - 

As the senior management team continues to work together, and with the announcement today from Gov. Baker regarding the closing of physical workplaces beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th at noon, through Tuesday, April 7th at noon, for organizations that do not provide COVID-19 Essential Services, President Retelle and AICUM offer the following message regarding exempt status from the Governors message:  Educators and staff supporting public and private emergency childcare programs, residential schools for students with disabilities, K-12 schools, colleges and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning, provision of school meals, or performing other essential student support functions, if operating under rules for social distancing.  

 

The preparation for Anna Maria College to continue supporting its students remotely has been tremendous and each and every employee is to be applauded for the hard work accomplished.

 

I continue to strongly encourage all faculty and staff to work from home. Please consult with your supervisor on plans for working remotely and assuring that realistic expectations are met to complete the work necessary to serve our students as best we can under the circumstances. If you need to report to campus, you are welcome to do so by contacting Security at 508-494-9010 (office) for office access when needed.

 

You have received information from Human Resources earlier this morning regarding employee benefits ensuring that you understand we support you one-hundred percent! I want to assure you that the College will do everything to make sure that you are not worried about your status or compensation in the weeks ahead. 

 

Thank you for all you are doing to help during this difficult time. I am always available to you for any questions or concerns, so please call me at any time.

Sincerely,
Mary Lou Retelle
President of Anna Maria College

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From the President - March 21th Update

March 21, 2020 - Update on COVID-19

Dear Anna Maria Students and Parents,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at the College, I am writing to make sure you are updated on the latest news from campus and to check in on how you are doing during these difficult days. Little did we all know when we left for spring break that so many changes would happen, not just here at Anna Maria, but around the world. You are being asked to change your learning environment and, for some of you, your living situation since many of you had to move off campus. All of the activities that you were looking forward to for the rest of the semester cannot be held. And for all of this, I am truly sorry.

 

I have been on many calls with our Board of Trustees, other college presidents and government officials to make sure that we are making the best decisions on your behalf as a student at Anna Maria College. Every college is different and there is a lot of competing information out there.  Please be advised that many of our decisions are being informed by the federal and state officials as efforts are being taken to control COVID-19. In the meantime, the College will continue to provide timely updates on matters that affect you and your family. 

 

A few things I want you to know before you begin your classes on Monday:
While the delivery of your classes is not what you’re used to, the faculty have been working very hard to make sure that the quality of your courses is as strong remotely as in person. The same educational outcomes will be expected so that there will be no question of your earned credits and your continued path to completing your degree. During this transition to online learning, the IT department has been working non-stop to ensure you have access to your coursework, your faculty, and the resources necessary for your success. If you have technical difficulties, please email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your faculty will also be available to help you with any course difficulties and will still have office hours posted for any discussions outside of the class – you will just have to see them remotely! 

 

The Student Life staff is also working hard in planning online activities that will help you stay in touch with each other. I realize it isn’t Spring Weekend, a baseball softball or lacrosse game, a terrific fashion show, a drama production, or your art or music presentation, but I hope that you will participate and enjoy since we are all limited in what we can do and where we can go.

 

The refunds for room and board are being calculated and we are just waiting for some additional information from the government, both state and federal, to make sure we are being accurate in our determinations. In the meantime, you will be receiving a message from the business office at Anna Maria to sign up for E-Refund which will allow for direct deposit to your preferred bank account.Please pay attention to this notice and follow the instructions. You should expect this message sometime next week.

 

And last, but not least:
For those graduating this year – the Anna Maria College 2020 Commencement will be held on August 22, 2020 on our beautiful campus. We hope that by then that COVID-19 will not disrupt our plans. A Mass of Celebration will begin the day followed by the commencement ceremony with all of the pomp and circumstance that you deserve and expect. The Board of Trustees will host a Congratulatory Social after for your family and friends to celebrate the day together. This is an exciting day for you and we will make sure it is a day you will remember.

 

As you begin your classes on Monday, stay focused, connected and healthy. I know this is not easy, but we are here for you and miss you very much. Please feel free to reach out to me atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Sincerely,
Mary Lou Retelle
President of Anna Maria College

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From the President - March 20th Update

March 20, 2020 - Update on COVID-19

Dear Members of the Anna Maria Community,

As mentioned in Tuesday’s email, senior management continues to work closely with all involved in the COVID-19 virus and its impact to the public. Everyone on campus has been working hard to ensure that we are prepared to operate remotely and each hour brings another decision to make in order to meet the ever changing complexity of this crisis.

 

The preparation for Anna Maria College has been excellent and you are all to be commended for your patience and hard work as we sorted through the necessary steps to meet the challenges for the remainder of the semester.

 

I encourage all faculty and staff who wish to work from home to do so. Please consult with your supervisor on plans for working remotely and assuring that realistic expectations are met to complete the work necessary to serve our students as best we can under the circumstances. If you prefer to report to campus, you are welcome to do so unless otherwise advised.

 

You will be receiving more information from Human Resources on employee benefits that we continue to support one hundred percent! I want to assure you that the College will do everything to make sure that you are not worried about your status or compensation in the weeks or, hopefully not, months ahead. 

 

Thank you for all you are doing to help during this difficult time. I am always available to you for any questions or concerns, so please call me at any time.

 

Sincerely,
Mary Lou Retelle
President of Anna Maria College

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From the President - March 17th Update

March 17, 2020 - Update on COVID-19

Dear Members of the Anna Maria Community,

 

I would like to begin by expressing my sincere thanks for your patience during this unprecedented time. Senior management at Anna Maria has been working closely with the Department of Public Health, medical experts, guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and adhering to instructions from government on both the state and federal levels. Based on the best available information from the public health community, we are at a pivotal moment with respect to both the spread of the COVID-19 virus and our ability as a college to take proactive, rather than reactive, steps.

 

In this letter, I will update you on the following topics:
· Online learning for the remainder of the academic year
· Cancellation of all campus events through the end of the semester
· Financial considerations for reimbursements
· Guidelines for working remotely for faculty and staff

I had hoped that we could complete the semester in our regular classes and in-person community, but for reasons that are increasingly apparent, I am very sorry to say that this course of action is no longer possible. This is why I have made the difficult decision to finish out the spring semester with remote instruction.

 

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, all classroom instruction will be moved online. The faculty have been hard at work to ensure that the transition from classroom to online learning is as seamless as possible. I ask the students to please check your email regularly for updates from your professors as there will be many updates relative to technology support, advising and registration. All offices within Student Life will be available remotely throughout the semester, including the Student Success Center, the Counseling Center, and the Career Center. Also, the Student Life Office will be sending out messages encouraging students to stay connected with all of these services and to participate in online activities.

 

To the students, I fully understand your deep disappointment at having your academic and social experience here on the Anna Maria campus end so abruptly. The guest lectures, drama productions, concerts, athletic games, and student-led events that are a highlight of the spring will be missed by many; however, there was no choice but to cancel all campus events through the end of the semester. The College will evaluate the situation as it relates to all Commencement activities as decisions associated with COVID-19 are made. Safeguarding the health and safety of the entire Anna Maria community is top priority.

 

With regard to reimbursement to students for room and/or board, the College is developing a process to address refunds. I ask that you allow time to finalize the work involved and if you have any questions, please reach out to the Student Account Office at 508.849.3394 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

To faculty and staff, while the students will be attending classes online, it is important to note that Anna Maria College remains open as there is much work to do. We find ourselves in a situation that is, quite literally, beyond our control. I understand that the solutions we are offering place extra demands on all members of our community. However, I am confident that we will resolve the issues we face together.

 

There are many circumstances that have or will continue to present themselves for the employees and that will inform personal decisions for minimizing risk of exposure. Please consult your supervisor if you wish to explore flexible work options.

 

In closing, I want to recognize and thank the members of this wonderful community for their seriousness of purpose, generosity of spirit, and commitment to addressing this time of great challenge. I appreciate your hard work and solidarity as we address the current complexities.

 

Sincerely,
Mary Lou Retelle
President of Anna Maria College

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From the President - March 12th Update

March 12, 2020 - Update on COVID-19

Anna Maria College continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 public health crisis. Although there are currently no recorded COVID-19 virus cases on our campus, the safety of our campus community is our top priority. Accordingly, the College will extend the spring break currently underway through Sunday, March 22, 2020. The extension of the break through March 22 will also allow the College to prepare for remote instruction, should that become necessary. No campus events will take place and students should not return to campus during this time with the exception of resident students needing to pick up necessary items for an additional week away; those students must contact Residence Life to schedule a time to pick up their belongings.

 

The campus will otherwise remain open and all faculty and staff should continue their regular work schedules the week of March 16-20.

 

Athletic Director Joe Brady is in touch with his coaches, fellow athletic directors, and the Conference to determine next steps for our athletic teams. We will update you when we know more from his discussions.

 

To be clear, this public health crisis is a very fluid situation. On Tuesday, March 10, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency in the Commonwealth and advised businesses, institutions and residents to follow the guidance of the CDC and the Department of Public Health and take mitigation steps where possible to help slow the spread of the disease, including avoiding large group gatherings. The College already had provided guidance about avoiding travel to high risk areas, accessing campus health services, and maintaining proper hygiene. However, the emergency declaration confirms the seriousness of the situation.

 

These are not easy decisions and I recognize this is very disruptive to the college experience. However, our top priority is the safety of everyone on our campus. We are committed to working to ensure that coursework will progress unimpeded.

 

I want to acknowledge the hard work and care shown by our faculty, staff, administrators and Trustees in making this difficult decision. Because this is an evolving situation, please continue checking the COVID-19 information on www.annamaria.edu for further guidance and stay alert to ongoing updates from the College.

 

Signed,

 

President Mary Lou Retelle

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