Dear Concordia Cardinals,
I have told many people that August is my favorite month of the year. Our campus was not built to be empty, but rather to be filled with an incredible group of faculty, staff, and students who are living our uncommon mission. That’s why it’s both exciting and exhilarating to see so many of you BACK, and I cannot wait for even more to return in the days ahead. Our campus theme for this academic year comes from Colossians 1:9-11: “Walking in Faith.” Indeed, that is what we seek to do, by the power of the Holy Spirit, as a Concordia community.
The purpose of this email is to share important information regarding the start of the fall semester. Please review it carefully and let me know if you have any questions.
- Please visit CUAA.EDU/COVID19 for the latest information.
- DAILY SYMPTOM TRACKER: The University will no longer ask community members to complete the daily symptom tracker, nor will any formal COVID screening be done for those participating in athletics and other co-curricular programs.
- QUARANTINE/ISOLATION: The University will no longer provide individual isolation rooms for students who test positive. Anyone with a positive COVID diagnosis is asked to go home or self-isolate for five days per current CDC guidelines.
- VACCINES: The University does not mandate vaccinations but does encourage all community members to consider this option.
- MASKS: Masks are not required. Masks will be available at major entrances for those who wish to continue wearing them.
It has been a busy summer! Several campus improvements have been underway and some are being completed in the next few days. Here are just a few of the things you can expect upon your return:
- New Center for Intercultural Affairs (East Campus)
- New roof on the Zimmerman Library
- New firepit, Kreft patio furniture, and hammock poles (thank you, Student Government Association!)
- Improved landscaping around various Residence Halls and other campus buildings
- New floor installed in Rebekah Hall
- A completed School of Health Professions wing at our North Building
- Repaving of various sidewalks on Central Campus
- New monitors for Food Service and in other places on campus
I am excited for the start of our 60th academic year at Concordia University Ann Arbor. Even more so, I am eager to support you and encourage you through the opportunities and challenges this year will bring. Stop by my office at any time or feel free to reach out if I can help you in any way.
With gratitude for you,
Dr. Ryan Peterson