Female student wearing a mask studies next to Westhampton Lake

Many Spiders, One Web

September 2, 2020
A guest post by Erica Riesbeck, Associate Director of Admission

It started with a message on January 30. Wash your hands with soapy water, don’t share spit, use your elbow to sneeze or cough, and be healthy. By March 11 the University made the decision to close the campus. It was a whirlwind spring, full of disappointment and anxiety. Richmond tried to ease the burden on students, staff, and faculty. We provided housing for those who could not return home, funded transportation for students in need, and reimbursed housing, meal costs, and parking for the remainder of the semester. Professors pivoted, research resumed virtually, and students socialized through their screens. President Crutcher kept our collective spirits high with thoughtful video and email messages.

Fast forward through lots and lots of Zoom meetings, planning sessions, and creative ideas for the successful start of the fall semester: 117 days.

What do 117 days look like for a Richmond Spider? It’s covered in colorful masks. It’s signs everywhere reminding us to physical distance. It means sharing responsibility to protect our web. We’re also smiling underneath those masks, happy to be together again and ready to make this work.

We’re fortunate to have a community at Richmond who confronts challenges with creativity. Read on for a few examples of the really cool ways that our students, faculty, and staff are keeping our web healthy, happy, and safe:

August 24, 2020
Student Experience
With the help of the Richmond Guarantee, 400 students complete summer research and internships

Students across the globe engage in virtual and hometown internship and research opportunities thanks to The Richmond Guarantee.

August 11, 2020
University News
Robins Arena and other unique campus locations transformed to classrooms

With social distancing guidelines in mind, classes are being held in spread out spaces.


June 26, 2020
Biology professor Shannon Jones mails science-themed kits to incoming STEM students
Biology professor Shannon Jones assembled 24 kits containing everything a young scientist might need to begin exploring their fields of study.

The dining experience at Richmond: there’s an app for that!