COVID-19 Updates

COVID Weekly Update - Week ending April 23, 2021

Publication Date


As of 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, Union had:
2 active cases/individuals in isolation (0 students, 2 faculty/staff)
0 students in quarantine
For more information, visit the COVID-19 dashboard.


  • For the first time in many weeks we had a full week of zero positive student cases and there are no students in quarantine. Congratulations to all of you who are using good judgement and staying safe.
  • As of April 22, 586 employees and 1,114 students have reported at least one dose of the vaccine via emocha.



We have planned a series of community conversations by constituency to ensure we have planned time to share updates and address questions you may have related to COVID-19 or other important matters. Upcoming dates:

Faculty - Thursday, April 29 at 1:20 p.m., Hosted by Strom Thacker. Zoom link will be available on the Academic Affairs: Faculty Governance page

Staff - Friday, April 30 at 1 p.m. • Register Here, Hosted by Michele Gibson and Beth Glassman


Will vaccines be mandatory for our College community?
There are colleges and universities that are requiring their community to be fully vaccinated before returning to school in the fall. We are assessing this requirement and considering the options. We will inform the community once we have made a final decision.

Do you have an unanswered question? Send it to and we’ll get back to you with an answer.


It’s been an extra special week at Union. We have two kudos to share with you this week.

Employee Recognition

Our employees who reached a milestone anniversary or retirement with the College last year were unable to celebrate in person so Union brought the celebration to them. Thank you to staff from Human Resources, Communications and Marketing and the President’s Office who delivered lawn signs, cookies and a letter from President Harris to employees and retirees at home and on-campus. You can read more about this and watch a tribute video for our milestone awardees here: A sign of the times: ‘thank you’ at home.

The Union Fund team, with help from the rest of College Relations as well as members of Athletics and Communications and Marketing departments, put together a giving day in which we raised the most amount of money in recent history and doubled the number of donors compared to last year. Thank you to all who made this day a success on the back end, front line and with your generous donations.


Our COVID-19 positive cases are down, but we know from experience that can change quickly. We encourage you to continue making good decisions and practice all health and safety protocols.

Have a question or need more information on something related to the College’s COVID-19 response, email