Daily COVID-19 Update: May 26, 2020

Dear Bereans,

This is the update for Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Kentucky update

I held this update a little later than usual today so that I could provide the Kentucky update.  Today Gov. Beshear very movingly addressed Sunday’s horrible protest, which included a hanging in effigy and a blatant attempt to bully the Governor and his family as a group approached the Governor’s mansion.  He rightly termed those actions by a small group as terroristic and called out the elected officials who had supported these individuals at earlier rallies.  He then stated emphatically that he would not be bullied and he would not back down.   We need to stand with our great Governor as he stands up for what is right; we will get through this TOGETHER.

The Governor reported 387 new cases over the last three days, which tends to confirm that cases are continuing to decline in KY. For three days of the holiday weekend, there were only three new deaths reported.  Last Friday, no new deaths were reported, so the state is seeing good overall improvement in that area as well.

Request for student input

Late this morning, you received an e-mail from Dr. Scott Steele with the subject line, “Student Feedback Needed.”  We very much want to hear from our students during this time; your thoughts on re-opening the campus are important to us.

Update from Financial Aid (Additional aid for qualifying students)

FOR SUMMER 2020 ONLY:  If you are a local student who is not currently living in the College’s residence halls and you are not able to work on campus this summer and you are not taking any classes, you may qualify for assistance with summer expenses.  If so, please contact a counselor in the Financial Aid Services Office by email or via the general office email (finaid@berea.edu).  The counselors will be able to assist you with the application process.  This does include students living in the Ecovillage who meet the above criteria.  Priority deadline is June 10.

Update from Financial Aid (Summer Savings Expectation)

In light of the early dismissal in the spring and the nationwide lockdown, as well as the very limited amount of summer hours that students will be able to work this summer, we will adjust the summer savings expectation for this academic year only.  In lieu of the $1,000 expectation, we will be awarding grant money up to that amount toward your term bill depending upon your EFC  However, students involved in certain Berea programs (EPG, BONNER, internships, etc.) will receive their summer savings from their programs and would not receive that grant with their financial aid package.  Students who have outside scholarships will have their summer savings replaced in part or all with that outside scholarship.

While we work diligently to address all individual situations, there may be additional issues that need to be addressed. If you have any questions, please contact a financial aid counselor for more information.

Stay safe everyone,

Lyle Roelofs, President