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2020 News Archive

Zero Residential COVID-19 Cases as Simon’s Rock Concludes In-Person Portion of Fall 2020 Semester

November 24, 2020
Simon's Rock concludes fall 2020 with zero reported COVID cases during the in-person portion of the semester.

A Conversation with Professor Maryann Tebben on Her New Book, "Savoir-Faire"

November 02, 2020
Simon’s Rock speaks with professor of French and head of the Center for Food Studies, Maryann Tebben, about her latest book, "Savoir-Faire: A History of Food in France."

Remembering Constance Hall Buchanan, Faculty in History and Leading Women’s Religion Scholar

October 19, 2020
Simon’s Rock mourns the passing of former faculty member and world-renowned scholar of women’s studies in religion, Constance Hall Buchanan, who died at age 73 on September 16, 2020, of complications from Parkinson’s disease.

Simon’s Rock Announces Early College Research Institute

October 15, 2020
Simon’s Rock announced the establishment of the Early College Research Institute (ECRI) to foster research, preservation, and scholarly discussion of the theory and practice of early college. As part of the initiative, ECRI will publish a digital, open-access academic journal focused on the early college movement starting in fall 2020, Early College Folio.

In Memory of Gabriel Asfar, Professor Emeritus of French and Arabic

September 04, 2020
The Simon’s Rock community mourns the passing of Gabriel V. Asfar, Professor Emeritus of French and Arabic, who died unexpectedly on August 11, 2020.

Message of Support for Our International Community

July 10, 2020
To the Simon’s Rock International Community, We hope this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. We are reaching out in response to the latest regulations from the Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)—the government branch of the Department of Homeland Security charged with oversight of international students and scholars in the U.S. with F-1 and J-1 visas.

Fall 2020 Reopening Plan Announcement

July 10, 2020
It is our intent to reopen the campus with primarily in-person, socially distanced classes; we will do so with the utmost priority being the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors. Our plan has been formulated in close coordination with state and local authorities as well as public health officials. As the public health situation evolves and the state provides new guidance, we will adjust our planning accordingly and will keep you updated.

John B. Weinstein Assumes Role of Provost

July 02, 2020
Dr. John B. Weinstein assumed the role of Provost and Vice President on July 1, 2020. His appointment was announced in February by Bard College President Leon Botstein. He assumes the role from interim provost Dimitri Papadimitriou, who will return full time to Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus as president of the Levy Economics Institute and member of the economics faculty.

Affirming Black Lives Matter

June 03, 2020
Dear Simon's Rock Community, Following the recent message from Bard College President Leon Botstein, we write with a message of support and solidarity to the Simon’s Rock community, specifically to our Black students, faculty, staff, and families. We are sorry, we are incensed, and we condemn the police brutality and racism that have yet again impacted our nation’s communities of color. We take this time to reiterate to our Black community members that you are valued, you are loved, and you are an integral part of Simon’s Rock.
Jessica Mah Simon's Rock commencement speaker

Jessica Mah '06 to Deliver Commencement Address

March 04, 2020
Alumna Jessica Mah '06 will address the graduates at the 51st Commencement ceremony on May 16, 2020.

John Weinstein Named Next Provost of Simon's Rock

February 28, 2020
Bard College President Leon Botstein announces Dr. John Weinstein as the next provost of Bard College at Simon's Rock.

COVID-19 Updates

February 28, 2020
News and updates on Simon's Rock's response to COVID-19.