COVID-19 Updates, From the President

Monday Message from President Walker—May 3, 2021

The following message was sent to Students, Families, Faculty, and Staff on May 3, 2021.

Dear Bennington community,

Happy Monday, Bennington College.

We are slowly but surely turning the corner with this pandemic and I am feeling especially optimistic today. I had the opportunity to meet my 1-year-old great nephew Jack for the first time this weekend. Jack was born to a COVID-positive mom just over a year ago and he has been safely ensconced with his family since then. It was such a joy to finally meet him as he begins to greet the broader world. There are so many stories like this one among us and so much to be hopeful about today.

COVID-19 Update

  • We currently have NO cases of COVID-19 within the Bennington community.
  • Everyone at Bennington is now eligible for vaccination in Vermont. If you have not yet, please make an appointment as soon as possible.
  • Vaccine Clinic Tomorrow on Campus: Tomorrow, there will be a Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic in Greenwall. All you need to do to get this one-shot vaccine right here on campus is be sure to register in advance, select May 4 as the date, and select Bennington College/Greenwall as the location.
  • We expect the clinic to fill up fast as it will be open to the public, so we recommend signing up as soon as possible.

Student Town Hall

  • On May 13 at noon, I plan to host a student town hall that can accommodate both in-person attendance in Tishman and virtual attendance. Sign-up details are forthcoming.
  • This will be an opportunity to get updates on campus initiatives and share your thoughts for the coming months.
  • I know this is a busy time for many of you. The idea for this town hall came out of my recent discussions with students; I welcome the chance to connect with more of you.

Robert Frost Stone House Museum

  • The Robert Frost Stone House Museum has opened for the season! The Museum will be open on weekends in May. Admission is always free for students and employees. Please email to make a reservation. A new poetry trail is on the grounds.
  • An exhibition of the erasure poetry of Vermont Poet Laureate Mary Ruefle '74, curated by Mark Wunderlich and Erin McKenny, opens in June.
  • There will be workshops, including a natural ink-making workshop with Emily Tareila '10, poetry readings, including Rage Hezekiah and Camille Guthrie, a stargazing evening with Hugh Crowl, and concerts will be happening throughout the season.

Best Wishes to Ken Collamore

  • I want to wish Director of Campus Safety Ken Collamore all the best in his next endeavor. We are deeply grateful for his 11 years at Bennington and I know he will be missed.
  • Ken has kindly agreed to assist us through the end of June.

COVID-19 in India

  • And finally, our thoughts are with the people of India and everyone in this community who may be worried about loved ones as the pandemic continues to reach record highs across the country.
  • As a reminder, mental health services are always available to Bennington students who need additional support.
  • If you wish to donate toward the delivery of meals, PPE, medical expenses and oxygen in India, you will find a list of reputable organizations here and here.

Thank you and have a good week,

Laura Walker