This is the update for Friday, June 12, 2020.
Kentucky and Madison County COVID-19 update
Kentucky has not reported its daily stats yet—I will include that information in tomorrow’s update. As of today, Madison County is up to a total of 85 cases, an increase of 12 since Monday, with just one person hospitalized. Twenty-eight people are still infected, but recovering at home.
(A group of Bereans has been working to articulate the position of Berea College with respect to the current Black Lives Matter protests responding to the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of law enforcement and other instances of mistreatment. The following short statement will appear as a banner on our web site. A longer version also announcing an action plan will also be found on the web site and will be included in the update on Monday.)
Berea College stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and those peacefully demonstrating against police brutality across the country and around the world. As the first interracial and coeducational college in the South in 1855, this moment calls for our support. Our history and our commitments demand it.
Town Hall for staff and faculty
Thanks to all who tuned in this morning. One of the announcements made in the Town Hall is that the AC is now working toward a decision concerning the fall return options and hoping to release it on this coming Friday, June 19.
A message from VEPAC (Voter Empowerment and Political Awareness Coalition)
The Kentucky Primary Election is scheduled for June 23, and Kentuckians have been urged to vote by mail-in ballot this year. The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is Monday, June 15. Visit the Kentucky Secretary of State’s page to request your ballot and to find additional information about the election: www.govoteky.com.
VEPAC is a cross-campus collaboration, including Student Life, CELTS, and any interested students, faculty, or staff; the goals of VEPAC include non-partisan support and encouragement of voter engagement among members of the Berea College community.
A message from the AC and HR
Because a number of employees are bumping into the limit of vacation accrual and many have had to cancel vacation plans, the AC has approved an increase to the vacation accrual limit from 240 hours to 280 hours for a period of two years, i.e. through June 30, 2022. The payout limit for an employee leaving employment remains at 240 hours.
Getting Through This Day
I got out of bed this morning because of all those who had to get out of bed before me:
Martin and Coretta, the day after their home was bombed. (What did they tell the children?)
My father, every day of his young life in Lowndes County, Alabama.
John Lewis, after narrowly escaping death on the Edmund Pettus bridge.
My ancestors, who were dragged to the U.S. in chains, laid flat like chattel on ships… and survived.
They survived and got out of bed each morning.
I am sick and tired and grieving and ready to quit this country.
But I got out of bed, shamed by the thought of letting these ancestors down.
For now, that’s how I am getting through this day.
Rev. Theresa Hardy
Have a nice weekend, Bereans, but stay safe and careful,
Lyle Roelofs, President
*Selected by Chaplain Jake Hofmeister