COVID-19 Update, May 29, 2020

Dear Davis & Elkins College community,

Even though we are at the beginning of the summer months, D&E is churning with activity. From the task force working on the reopening of campus to student housing, and from delivering important student services to packaging meals for the children of Randolph County, D&E is working to positively impact you and your world every day. We hope this is the start of a safe, healthy, and happy summer!

Staff return to campus

As time nears to reopen the college, staff will begin gradually returning to their offices for hands-on work days. The remote efforts by many employees have provided continual progress and essential support for the educational enterprise to succeed. Administrators are beginning to reach out to employees informing them of dates and times to return to campus and resume responsibilities in person. This will be done with careful consideration and every effort will be made to protect the safety and health of our entire campus community.   

Task Force: Health and safety means changes on campus

As the Davis & Elkins College Re-opening Task Force works optimistically toward an August reopening of campus, one element is certain: change is coming. The task force was assembled by D&E President Chris Wood to take a comprehensive approach in adopting new measures for campus operation. “Our number one priority is making sure that campus is healthy and safe for students, faculty, and staff,” Wood said. “We have established 10 separate subcommittees on our task force to cover all aspects of campus operation. This is a huge effort, and the realization we all have had is that our world has changed dramatically, and we must change with it. For that to happen, we all will see a lot of changes on campus, both physically and operationally.” The task force is expected to meet through July.

Student housing assignments

Returning residential students will receive their housing assignments via D&E email on Monday, June 1. If you do not receive your housing assignment by the close of business on June 1, please contact Ms. Kate Garlick, Assistant Dean of Students and Title IX & Section 504 Coordinator in the Office of Student Life, at Returning residential students with holds on their accounts will not receive their housing assignments until the hold is resolved. Starting Friday, June 12, new residential students will begin to receive their housing assignments via email. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, housing assignments may be temporary or change as necessary. D&E does not guarantee specific halls, rooms, or roommates, and reserves the right to assign or reassign residents to other rooms and halls as necessary.

D&E will help with food distribution beginning June 8

Davis & Elkins College has recently formed a partnership with Randolph County Schools to support the 2020 COVID-19 Emergency Simplified Summer Food Service Program. The partnership was designed to continue to feed children in Randolph County throughout the summer and to address additional challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Randolph County Schools will purchase and provide approximately 25,000 meals per week and D&E will provide the manpower to ensure this mission is accomplished. The five-day meal packs will include both breakfast and lunch and will be assembled on the D&E campus. The meal packs will then be delivered to three sites in Randolph County, including Elkins High School, Elkins Middle School, and Tygarts Valley Middle/High School. Randolph County school employees and community volunteers will distribute the meals every Monday throughout the summer beginning June 8 from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

Career Services prepares students for life after D&E

The Office of Career Services & Student Employment is here to support you throughout your college tenure. For freshman and sophomores, we are here to help you select an academic major that aligns with your overall career goals, as well as learn more about yourself. By understanding your skills, values, and interests, you can start investigating career options. For juniors and seniors, Career Services can connect you with employers via internships, full and part-time jobs, service learning projects and informational interviews. Preparing to connect with employers means you may need a resume, cover letter, or support with an application, and Career Services is here to support those needs. COVID-19 has truly changed the landscape of this summer for you, and you should consider completing your Davis & Elkins Career Plan, scheduling an informational interview or learning more about yourself by taking a career assessment.

Counseling and Wellness Services will be closed in June and July

The Office of Counseling and Wellness Services will be closed in June and July. For all non-emergency/non-urgent Counseling and Wellness Services-related questions during this time, please contact the Office of Student Life at 304-637-1211. The Office of Public Safety is available 24/7 and can be reached at 304-704-9111. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Please practice social distancing and stay well.


Dr. Rosemary Thomas

Vice President for Enrollment Management
Institutional Advancement