We know that some of our Columbia College students and faculty will face new challenges as they navigate this crisis. With this in mind, we have made the decision to postpone our second annual Giving Day, originally scheduled for April 7th, and focus our efforts on the Columbia College Cares Emergency Fund.
In nearly every corner of the world, normal life has been upended, and Columbia College is no different. Thousands of Columbia College students and hundreds of faculty and staff have returned home. In a matter of days, the college has both completely transformed how it operates and yet continues to provide quality education as it has the last 169 years.
Columbia College announced today it will be suspending all on-campus classes for students nationwide and transitioning to a virtual learning platform through the end of the Spring Semester, which concludes on April 25. While the college does not have any known COVID-19 cases among its faculty, staff or students at this time, college leadership is taking a preventative stance in accordance with public-health recommendations.
What started as an outlet for unimaginable grief has turned into a thriving small business for Saundra Newsom. Her business, Hidden Tears, was one of a record 27 vendors with booths at the third annual Columbia College Black Business Expo last Saturday.