In Email To Gettysburg’s Senior Class, Iuliano Announces Plans To Maintain Traditions This Spring
By Jane Fitzpatrick, Assistant News Editor
On the afternoon of Feb. 18, President Bob Iuliano wrote an email to the class of 2021. “Your class has been on my mind a lot this year, but especially as of late, as you settle into your final semester as Gettysburg students,” he began.
Iuliano expressed sympathy for the seniors experiencing their final year far differently from what they may have expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “In short, I know these past 11 months weren’t all that you dreamed they would be. I am so sorry for this,” he continued. He also expressed gratitude for the class and their response to the ongoing global health crisis.
The president recalled the significance of various traditions on campus that have been cancelled or altered to abide by safety standards set for the community, such as Thanksgiving Dinner, Snowball, and International Food Fest. According to the email, plans for maintaining upcoming special events during the spring semester are underway and will be shared in the near future.
“We are working hard to maintain some or all of these traditions this spring, even if they may need to look different than in previous years. You will hear more about this planning soon.”
President Iuliano reported that he will be meeting with the officers of the class of 2021 to receive input on how the semester has been going thus far from the class’s perspective and how the administration can assist in making these final months as engaging as they can be. Members of the graduating class are also encouraged to schedule personal meetings with President Iuliano to express further thoughts and ideas.