MMI Update on Coronavirus
4.20.20 – President’s Mid-Semester Update
MMI cadets, families, alumni and friends:
At this time of year we would normally be in the final days of our Spring sports season; we would have just completed our annual Alumni Weekend; and we would be gearing up for the Spring Formal and the final events that mark the end of the academic year. Of course our world looks a little different now. Despite a quiet, empty campus, we are still executing our education mission and maintaining contact with our cadets through a variety of communications means to include recurring live virtual updates and student success recognition. We will continue this through the end of the semester.
MMI is happy to announce that we have developed plans for virtually conducting our traditional end-of-the-academic year ceremonies. These ceremonies are now going to be changed from what were originally scheduled to two weeks later to be live-streamed from the historic MMI Chapel via three formats simultaneously – Zoom, Facebook and Instagram. The Service Academy Program Convocation will proceed on Wednesday, May 20th at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (CT). Honors Convocation is Friday, May 22nd at 4:00 p.m. CT. Commencement will go on Saturday, May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. CT. The MMI Army ROTC Department will conduct the virtual Commissioning Ceremony on Saturday, May 23rd at 1:00 p.m. CT.
Out-processing and the barracks move-out for our Early Commissioning Program (ECP) cadets (ECP) is now scheduled for May 11 – 22. The plan for this is being coordinated by the Army ROTC Department directly with our ECP cadets and will include various coronavirus mitigation measures. Similarly, we have also developed a detailed plan for out-processing and move-out for all remaining cadets to take place at the end for May and early June. Exact dates and details of this plan will be forthcoming and disseminated via various means.
Regarding the question of reimbursement, we have completed a plan for a prorated reimbursement for all cadets who were enrolled at MMI after March 16 and through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. The business office will begin issuing reimbursements in the coming days in accordance with guidance from our higher headquarters, the Alabama Community College System.
Finally, I wanted to thank everyone again for the patience and perseverance that has been demonstrated and made apparent since we went to remote operations after Spring Break. At MMI we will continue to do all we can to support our cadets and their education, and at the same time to keep all of our constituencies, from cadets and their families, to our alumni and friends, up to date and connected despite the challenges of remote instruction, shelter-in-place, and tele-work. We will get through this crisis so long as we do it together, after all, that is what we as Americans have always done.
Colonel David J. Mollahan, USMC (Ret.)
3.24.20 – Commandant’s Guidance for Cadets
General Situation: As we enter the “danger zone” of possible exponential growth of the Covid-19 virus cases in Alabama, Marion and Perry County still do not have any reported cases. MMI is on minimum manning with most of the faculty and staff working from home. Campus is closed per order of Governor Ivey.
FOCUS AREAS FOR MMI:
On-line education. Faculty and staff are focused on supporting you through this period to ensure you not only finish the semester, but finish strong. If you focus on your studies and exercise a bit of self-discipline, you will do fine and continue on with your plans. Remember, “Finish what you start!”
Campus clearance. Our secondary mission is to plan for and execute an efficient and safe plan for you to return to campus and clear your rooms, etc. Two criteria drive this plan, 1) to safeguard the health of you and all our staff – remember we are not young like you! 2) to ensure that you have the opportunity to take care of all your requirements required by specific programs (such as ECP).
Preparing for Fall. Lastly, we are looking at our Fall Semester, and it is looking good! We are taking advantage of an empty campus to get ahead of our maintenance and renovation projects, such as putting new windows into Rane Hall and extending the running trail. We are also revamping our ITC program and working out a plan to conduct leadership boards for all of you who want to compete for a position. We are looking at taking in a large C1 class in the Fall, so plenty of leadership opportunities will be available. The future is bright!
Graduation, convocation and commissioning and just staying involved. The Dean and staff are looking at possible options to commemorate your achievements this year. Additionally, we are continuing with Year Book work (a slightly different format), class coin design and other ways to stay in touch and involved with your fellow cadets. Keep your eye on our social media pages for more details and the opportunity to participate.
Stay away from campus! The next 2-3 weeks will be critical in the effort to “flatten the curve” of new cases of the virus. Marion and Perry County are particularly vulnerable due to our demographics. Unfortunately, many of you spent Spring Break in places and circumstances that exposed you to the virus – you may be a carrier and not even know it. Therefore, we ask that you do not come to campus until your designated time. This will allow us to manage the numbers and control, to the greatest extent possible, risk factors. Until then, if you come to campus you will be asked to leave. Barracks are closed and locked. Not to worry, we still love you, but we have to act according to the Governor’s direction and in the best interest of everyone. If there is an emergency situation, you may send your request through your TAC for consideration. Unfortunately, approvals will be rare.
Practice Social Distancing and Self Isolation! This will help to limit exposure to yourself, your family, friends and those around you. Additionally, this will help mitigate risk factors for you, your fellow cadets and faculty and staff when you return to clear your rooms etc.
ECP and SAP Cadets and DODMERB. Mrs. Sumlin is still available to assist you in your DODMERB processes. Please call or email her directly (email@example.com) 205-441-3278. Ensure you leave your name and good contact information should you text or leave a voice mail.
Keep tuned to new developments. This is an evolving situation, and so our plans are evolving as well. Expect some changes, remain flexible and we will get through this quickly!
UPDATE 3.20.20: For our Cadets, their Parents and Families. After much careful thought, staff discussions and consultation with State leadership, like many of our sister institutions around the country, MMI will complete all remaining classes this semester remotely with off-campus on-line academic instruction. Therefore, cadets will not return to campus for classes this semester. This is done based on evolving guidance from State leadership and public health authorities, and is in the best interest of the health, welfare and safety of our cadets, their families, our MMI faculty and staff, and our local community. We ask our cadets to stay disciplined and focused in their studies and, should they have any issues, to reach out to their instructors for assistance. As per recent direction from Governor Kay Ivey, there will not be any of our traditional on-campus end-of-year events and activities, to include commencement and commissioning ceremonies where large groups of people would gather. In the next few days, and in the coming weeks, we will provide updated information as necessary, as well as guidance associated with administrative and logistical implications posed by this situation, to include a plan for our cadets to retrieve their personal items and clear their rooms. Please continue to monitor cadet email, MMI’s website and social media, and communication links through the TACs and faculty. Again, thank you for your understanding and flexibility!
UPDATE 3.19.20: MMI would like to inform our community partners that, under state and Alabama Community College direction, the MMI campus has gone to minimum manning temporarily, and so all facilities are closed to general public use to include the Excess House, QM, tennis courts and golf course until further notice. Essential administrative functions continue to operate, including Enrollment Management, but please call ahead if you have plans to visit campus to ensure someone is here to receive you. We apologize for any inconvenience.
UPDATE 3.18.20: To safeguard employee health, as directed by AL Governor Kay Ivey and ACCS, MMI will be operating primarily in a telework mode until Monday, April 6, 2020. Supervisors have been charged with managing their departments and will be responsible for determining employee telework schedules, as well as on campus work schedules if such work is essential, but this will be kept to a minimum and coordinated with the President. Those employees who cannot do their work in a telework mode, and are not otherwise required by necessity to be on campus, will remain home on paid emergency leave until April 6. Thank you for your patience as we continue to adjust to a rapidly changing environment nationwide. Please continue to check MarionMilitary.edu/coronavirus for updated information.
State of the Community:
Comprehensive Coronavirus information for Alabama can be found at the Alabama Department of Public Health:
Office of the Governor of Alabama COVID-19 info:
Johns Hopkins University https://systems.jhu.edu/
Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/
Department of State (overseas travel) https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/
World Health Organization (overseas travel) https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Coronavirus Prevention Guidelines:
MMI strongly encourages all cadets, faculty and staff to follow the following prevention guidelines:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.