We’ve just commemorated Memorial Day, considered to be America’s most solemn holiday as it honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. While this special day of remembrance in America had its beginnings during the Civil War, Memorial Day was not officially recognized nationwide until the 1970s, with America deeply embroiled in the Vietnam War.
Kristi Lentz will long be remembered by members of the Mayville State family as someone who left a lasting impact of positivity and kindness. Lentz has served as Director of Counseling and Freshmen Retention Services, as well as a Student Success instructor, for the last 10 years. She has always greeted students, faculty, and staff as friends and with an open door. Kristi will retire from her position at Mayville State at the end of May.
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.