Dear SUNY Broome Hornet,
During tough times, families stick together. We reach out and communicate to those we care about – hoping that all is okay, especially when times get rough. Members of our college faculty and staff are doing this every day for our students and each other, and this is why we are reaching out to you today, not only as Hornet alumni, but also as an important part of our SUNY Broome family.
Our hope is that you are weathering the storm in this unprecedented time and we want you to know that we are here for you. As of today, we aren’t aware of any COVID-19 cases directly impacting any of our families and we hope it is the same for you and yours.
As an alumnus of SUNY Broome, (or BCC, Applied Tech, Institute, etc. depending on when you attended), you may be interested to know how things are going with our students, faculty, staff and campus. The College has implemented many dramatic measures to protect our campus community and, at this writing, it appears these efforts have been successful in limiting transmission of the virus. With the help of our committed employees, our students are now in their second week of distance learning and online coursework. While this was no easy feat, hard work by so many made this rapid transition a reality. Continuation of coursework at a distance allows students to complete their semester’s requirements and for many of them it is the final component of their studies before they graduate.
The campus remains operational for vital services and our computer labs are open for students, some of whom have no computer or internet access at home. While many of our employees work remotely to help in the efforts to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, support services remain 100% available for anyone needing assistance. Information regarding these services is located on SUNY Broome’s main webpage. Additionally, we are so fortunate to have a dedicated group of individuals who are here on campus daily during this time, maintaining our operations and physical facilities to ensure important services can continue to be provided.
Even though our spring in-person Alumni events are cancelled, we remain committed to staying connected with you. We are here to answer any questions that you may have, and we will be continuing our regular forms of communication. In fact, the BROOME magazine is currently in pre-print production and should be mailing sometime around the last week of April. Most of the magazine articles were written prior to the COVID-19 outbreak but we took the opportunity to modify some content given the current situation.
While our Foundation has suspended our student Phonathon calling program, we are still accepting and processing gifts that we receive in the mail and online. Our regular spring appeal was already in progress, printed and in the queue for mailing before the escalation of the virus, so please excuse us if you get an appeal letter under personally difficult circumstances. Many alumni have reached out and asked how they can help – and our answer is: in any way you can, in whatever time frame works best for you. While your continued financial support is more important than ever, our first priority is that everyone remains safe and healthy.
First and foremost, please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Remain healthy and stay connected. We promise to do the same and look forward to the strengthened relationships we will share as a result of this challenging time.
Dr. Kevin E. Drumm,
SUNY Broome President