Message to the Mercer Community from President Underwood

November 19, 2020

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year. It’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all the blessings we have received.

As a community, we at Mercer have much to be thankful for. We’re blessed with an amazing staff – a staff that works hard to enable our students to experience Mercer fully. We have a committed faculty, whose work in our classrooms, laboratories and programs empowers and inspires the lives of our students. And we have gifted and talented students, who have evidenced persistence and determination as they have worked through an especially challenging semester.  Our students have faithfully committed themselves to being safe and keeping their colleagues safe. I am thankful for all of you.

We want every member of the Mercer community to be safe through the holidays and to help keep those around us safe. Many of you have scheduled COVID-19 testing through Mercer Medicine in advance of whatever Thanksgiving travel you have planned. If you have not done so, I would urge you to consider being tested at the Student Health Center. To schedule a test, students can log in to MyMercer then click > Dashboard > Action Items > Schedule a COVID-19 Test with Mercer Medicine. Employees can schedule a test online in the COVID-19 Test Appointment Scheduler for Employees. Testing is available today through Sunday on the Macon campus; the Atlanta campus is offering testing today and Friday. You will receive your results promptly and no later than Wednesday. My spouse and I are being tested Friday morning as we continue to evaluate our holiday plans.

Should you test positive, the University will provide isolation facilities for students as well as meal service and health care through Mercer Medicine to ensure that you are appropriately cared for until it is safe for you to leave isolation. Regardless of your plans, please have a safe and restful Thanksgiving holiday. Best wishes on your final exams. I am already looking forward to your return in January.