Considered to be the most solemn American holiday, Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday to honor and mourn the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. On this Memorial Day, the Mayville State family pays special tribute to our brother, Melville Albert Lurth, Jr., or “Buzz” as he was more affectionately known. Buzz attended Mayville State in the late 1960s.
While the focus of late has been on Mayville State students, as well as college students across the country, who have had to move from on-campus course delivery to online delivery because of the COVID-19 pandemic, those students who choose to engage in higher education online as their norm have continued to pursue their goals. Sidney Wagner, a Mayville State student who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree online, is grateful for this opportunity. Learning online has given her the time needed to pursue other important avenues in her life, including working full time.
We have made the decision to return to face-to-face course delivery at Mayville State in the fall. This comes after the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education unanimously passed a motion on April 29 to express their intent to have students return to campuses for classes in the fall. It is exciting to think about a situation that looks a little more like what we are familiar with and miss. While we know that things will continue to look a little different from normal, it will be a big first step.
This last week, students have been taking their final exams and wrapping up the Spring Semester of 2020. If the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t intervened, we’d have been having a commencement celebration with this year’s graduates on Saturday, May 16. Instead, we will postpone that event until Friday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m. We eagerly await the opportunity to be together and recognize our graduates for their outstanding achievements.
We are making plans for Mayville State University to return to face-to-face instruction in the fall, with precautions taken for the safety of students, faculty, and staff. We also plan to open residence halls for the fall semester. Our students, faculty, and staff are very excited about this decision, which helps to bring a sense of reassurance during what has been a time filled with uncertainty. Bottom line, we’re open and will be ready for business at Mayville State in the fall semester of 2020.
“Just because we couldn’t gather at Mayville State as we have in the past, didn’t mean we couldn’t carry on the tradition, right?” Cheryl Angen, Mayville, N.D., has been a table designer for the annual Mayville State University Tables du Jour event for years. She has used this opportunity to get members of her family together for a morning of fun each year. Cheryl’s sister, Audrey Myklebust, wasn’t about to let the COVID-19 pandemic sideline their annual gathering, so they held their own family Tables du Jour event via Zoom technology on Saturday, April 25.