Messages from The President

January 17, 2021: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich points to many signs of hope for the future.

She extends well-deserved thanks to the members of our community who have built the layers of support needed to invite our students back to campus this week, and who have collaborated in creating safe and engaging campus programs.

The President asks Hartwick parents to encourage their sons and daughters as they settle into the rhythm of J Term learning and activities.

Citing a new FlightPath initiative, she thanks the more than 300 employers who have committed to offering transformational pre-professional experiences for Hartwick students.

Looking forward, Dr. Drugovich has chosen “High Hopes,” performed by Bing Crosby and the Bugs Bower Orchestra, as today’s music selection.

January 10, 2021: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich highlights plans we have in place to welcome students back to campus this week, and what it will take to keep the learning happening as we continue to work with the challenges of COVID-19. She notes that our first priority remains the education of our students and preparing them for their future. 90% of our J Term and Spring Term classes will be offered in person, masks on with social distance.

President shares important and timely information on the NYS COVID vaccination plans for higher education.

She also speaks of the events in Washington, DC last week, and reminds us that the future of our country rests on our willingness to open ourselves to new points of view and discover spaces where we can agree because it is in agreeing we can move forward together. Dreaming of a better world is a good place to begin.

Her song selection is “A Million Dreams” as performed by Ziv Zaifman, Hugh Jackman, and Michelle Williams.

December 20, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich celebrates the winter wonderland of campus before addressing the start of J Term in just a few weeks. Students are referred to the email they received outlining move-back instructions and highlighting some campus activities they can look forward to.

The President provides updates on the state of COVID-19 in the State of New York and emphasizes that controlling the spread depends on each of us.

Turning to one of our college’s points of distinction, President Drugovich announces a major grant awarded in support of Hartwick’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage and our work in food safety.

The President reflects on the season and the opportunities it brings us to gain new perspective on our place in the world and in our Hartwick community. She closes with a song from her childhood, sharing the first recording of Winter Wonderland.

December 13, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich P’12 congratulates our students, faculty, and professional employees for successfully completing the fall semester, and notes her pride at being a member of the Hartwick Community.

Looking ahead to January term, the President details a five-step plan to assure that all returning students can begin classes on January 18. She also makes a special request of students and employees who contract COVID before the start of J Term.

The President shares what we learned from the survey of our students about their fall experience, and how we will use those insights to be as well prepared as possible for J Term and Spring Term. She updates us on COVID-19 on campus, and once again points to evidence of how important it is to wear a mask as a way to keep everyone safe.

President Drugovich shares some early milestones in the implementation of Hartwick’s FlightPath, including the fact that nearly 500 alumni have volunteered to mentor our students in their professional area of expertise.

Her song selection this week is “Home by Another Way” by James Taylor.

December 6, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich looks back at 12 “more typical years” in this close-knit community and looks ahead to when we can gather again.

She provides updates on COVID at the campus, state, and national levels and notes that infections continue to be tied to social gatherings.

The President speaks to balancing real anxiety with necessary hope, and applies that to the College’s preparations for J Term and spring term on campus. She also shares news of COVID testing going forward and plans for controlled move-in.

Speaking to parents and all College supporters, the President asks that we set examples for our students as we guide them to make safe decisions. She thanks all donors for their generosity on a record-setting Giving Day; your support makes this experience possible.

Speaking to our students, President Drugovich encourages them to do their best in this exam week as they continue to learn how to learn.

Finally, the President shares a song inspired by one student’s senior thesis: “Butterfly” from The Story of My Life.

November 22, 2020: President’s Address

President Drugovich congratulates the community on successfully completing the planned period of on-campus residency in our fall semester. She points to the thousands of COVID tests, inconvenient restrictions, and many good decisions that have made continued campus residency possible and have helped us develop lasting, valuable tools. At the same time, she details two new student cases.

As she looks ahead to this upcoming holiday week, the President asks everyone to remain vigilant in our behaviors going forward, and suggests that we are each saving lives by putting the interests of others first.

President Drugovich draws parallels to our nation’s early days, recalling that the Pilgrims fought an epidemic, endured harsh conditions, and faced the sometimes unbearable need for patience before they could gather to give thanks for the bounty of their harvest. In this spirit, Dr. Drugovich’s song selection is “Dawn Chorus,” written by JoAnne Harris and performed by the Hartwick Faculty Wind Octet. This piece is from their soon to be released album, Stravinsky: Alone no More.
(CD and MP3 are available at MarkCustom Music Store.)

November 15, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich P’12 reflects on the tens of thousands of life-changing ideas that have been sown and nurtured over the course of the fall semester, and applauds our faculty and students for continuing their commitment to learning together.

Her COVID update includes the results of our rapid testing effort with students, and our commitment to completing this last week of on-campus instruction in the fall semester. The President encourages students to reach out for help if needed, and asks that they complete an important survey this week that will help us shape our plan for their J Term and Spring term experience. She also reminds employees about our plan through December for on-campus and remote work.

President Drugovich acknowledges the strain that COVID has caused, and encourages us all to actively choose to love our life with the poem “The Thing Is” by Ellen Bass. Dr. Drugovich’s musical selection is the medley “Somewhere over the Rainbow/It’s a Wonderful World” performed by the late Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole.

November 8, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich reflects on the passage of time and how much has been accomplished by the Hartwick community this fall semester. As the College prepares for the Thanksgiving break, the President encourages families to check in with their students on their academic progress, and she outlines specific steps for COVID testing that will begin Monday as we prepare students to return to their homes.

The President discusses planning that is underway for J Term and Spring term, offers updates on new steps taken to control the spread of COVID, and encourages students to share what we can do to best support them in J Term and the Spring semester.

Finally, President Drugovich thanks members of the Hartwick community and the broader first responder community, assuring them that we continue to be grateful. Her song selection, Alicia Keys’ “Good Job” performed by the One Voice Children’s Choir, is a touching thank you note to all who continue to serve and protect us.


November 1, 2020: President’s Address

President Drugovich provides an update on new steps being taken to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus among our campus community and reviews changes to the NYS travel policy that may impact student and employee travel.

The President announces a change to the COVID diagnostic testing schedule that will allow all on-campus students to be tested within the 10-day period prior to their departure for the Thanksgiving break.

Finally, she highlights an important takeaway from Friday’s A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Fall Lecture and she reminds us that a quiet life can be the perfect life, as illustrated by her song selection, “That’s What You Call a Dream.”


October 25, 2020: President’s Address

President Drugovich updates our community on new cases of COVID on our campus and throughout NYS, points to valuable resources that will help keep everyone informed, and reviews new steps we are taking to protect our community.

The President provides details of important actions taken by the Board of Trustees during last week’s meeting, and passes on their gratitude to members of our community for advancing FlightPath even as we manage COVID-19.

Finally, President Drugovich acknowledges several in our community for their standout service to our students, and shares an original composition of photos of fall in Oneonta, set to the music of “Autumn,” Movement IV of Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

October 18, 2020: President’s Address

President Drugovich updates the Hartwick community on the success of our COVID-19 efforts, and provides information about the spread of the infection within and outside of New York State, including on other college campuses. She announces a new step we will take to keep our campus safe, and shares a valuable informational resource made available to all members of our community.

The President celebrates our early success in launching FlightPath, the College’s new promise to our students.

She notes the impact of the compassionate care she observes among members of our community, and reinforces this with Not While I’m Around performed by Kira Guloien with PJ Perry.

October 8, 2020: President’s Address

In this Thursday night video, President Drugovich asks Hartwick students to join her in protecting our community in the face of a rise in COVID cases in New York State. She reminds us that we each have the power to keep ourselves and our campus safe. That may require saying “no” to those who aren’t prepared to take the personal responsibility necessary to stem COVID. We can finish the last 44 days of this semester strong – our J Term and spring semester depend on it.

To encourage us to do what we must do, she shares the inspiring song Brave by Sara Bareilles.

October 4, 2020: President’s Address

President Drugovich sets the stage for an announcement this week on the 2021 J Term and Spring Term schedule and congratulates the Hartwick community for making this possible through its collective effort to manage the spread of COVID. She also shares really good news of Hartwick’s official fall enrollment.

The President recognizes members of the Hartwick community who are actively contributing to efforts in the Oneonta community, and celebrates the contributions made by employees who continue to do good work from home because of COVID-19.

In celebration of this community and all those who seek equality for everyone, the President shares the song Look For The Good by Jason Mraz.

September 27, 2020: President’s Address

President Drugovich reflects on True Blue Weekend in the time of COVID, and reminds us that our stories are still being written. She describes Hartwick’s FlightPath and how the College’s new approach to education and experience will assure that all Hartwick students will be career ready upon graduation. Dr. Drugovich encourages sophomores, juniors, and seniors to take an important step forward by signing up for the Success Summits being offered in October.

In celebration of the opportunities we all have to shape our individual and collective stories, the President concludes with two songs by Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten and Together in This.

September 20, 2020: President’s Address

President Drugovich begins by congratulating our Hartwick students: because of their adherence to the terms of our Social Compact, we were able to return to in-person instruction on September 16. She reflects on the work of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg and assures our students that they have the ability to make their own impact. She concludes by challenging us all to consider how we will spend our precious time during the next year and shares the song “Seasons of Love” from Rent.

September 6, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich updates the community on ways Hartwick is mediating the impact of SUNY Oneonta’s COVID-19 outbreak and shares precautionary measures Hartwick is taking in response to Department of Health recommendations. She recognizes the vast majority of Hartwick students who are honoring the terms of the College’s Social Compact and cites disciplinary actions being taken with those who fail to comply.

The President closes with the empowering “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten.

August 30, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich shares her excitement over our students’ return to campus, reflects on what looks and feels familiar, and updates us on what’s different about the reopening of this academic year.She offers reassurance that our community is serious about taking care and staying safe, and outlines some of the measures being taken to ensure this continues. In closing, the President reflects on the importance of moving forward and shares the uplifting sound of Des’ree in “You Gotta Be.

July 5, 2020: President’s Address

In this week’s video message, President Margaret L. Drugovich shares an overview of the Promise process that has evolved into the new Board-approved FlightPath program. She cites important initiatives, such as the College’s emphasis on career readiness, mentoring for all students, preparation for evolving workplace opportunities, and a vibrant campus experience.

The President refers viewers to her June 28 video for an overview of the College’s reopening plan. She notes that future communications related to COVID-19 will come principally through the Hartwick Cares channels, though she will provide videos as needed. She also unveils the new Hartwick face mask that will be given to all students and employees upon their return to campus.

President Drugovich reflects that advancing freedom always requires hard work and a commitment to shared goals. In that spirit, her music selection is America the Beautiful as performed by Ray Charles.

June 28, 2020

This week’s message from President Margaret L. Drugovich is lengthier than those of past weeks. As promised, President Drugovich goes into some detail about Hartwick’s extensive plan to reopen in the fall. Her objective is to ensure that everyone feels welcome, well informed and that students, parents, employees, alumni, and friends in Oneonta and beyond are reassured: Hartwick is taking every step it can to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in the Oneonta community.

Addressing the continued national discussion and input from Hartwick students and graduates, the President shares next steps in Hartwick’s effort to support and prepare our students to address social and racial injustice, wherever it is found.

She also announces the Board’s action on the College’s Promise / FlightPath plan for the future.

Her first musical selection – March, March – reminds us of the power of one and her second – You Raise Me Up – reminds us that we can find courage and inspiration in the company of others.

June 21, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich invited the first wave of employees back to campus this week in preparation for the return of our students starting August 22; announces the release of NY State’s guidance for higher education; speaks of our intentional decision to reopen rather than remain remote as being built on our foundational belief that this is the best way to learn; and introduces “Our Social Compact: A Healthy Hartwick College.”

The President closes with two musical selections: Eric Whitaker’s inspiring Fly to Paradise and a celebration of Father’s Day with Polka Village, one of her father’s favorites.

June 14, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich outlines our continued progress toward reopening and provides our students with a preliminary schedule for fall, pending final guidance from the State of New York.

She announces the new College Sustainability Fund, established with gifts from the Senior Leadership Team to support the College and our students. And she thanks all donors for their generous support as we approach the end of the fiscal year.

The President encourages members of our Hartwick community to participate in “Coloring in between the Lines: A Discussion on Race through Hartwick Student Voices,” a forum to be held this week. 

Eyes On The Prize (“Hold On”)


June 7, 2020: President’s Address

President Margaret L. Drugovich addresses the pain resulting from the tragic death of George Floyd and asserts that our commitment to social justice is a personal commitment. She offers insight into how our societal sense of what is right and what is wrong begins with each of us.

She shares that at Hartwick the Promise initiative will add increased support, programming, and focus to related work already being done in this community.

The President appends to this video the message she emailed to the community this week and the 2015 Oscars performance of “Glory” from the film Selma.

June 3, 2020: A message from President Drugovich on the death of George Floyd

Dear Members of the Hartwick Community,

Simply occupying the office of the College Presidency does not give me the right to presume that I know how every member of our community thinks or feels. We do not all agree on politics, culture or even the meaning of words. The very nature of an academic community begs us to question and debate every thought, every statement, and every idea that takes flight.

But there are some ideas that stand clearly apart from all others. When it comes to human decency, justice, and fairness, there is no room for equivocation.

And so I write to every member of our Hartwick Community to say to all who will listen that we condemn the murder of George Floyd. There is no room for bias-fueled hatred at Hartwick. At Hartwick, we stand with all who seek justice for Mr. Floyd’s death.

It is our responsibility to eliminate the social, health and economic inequities that allow bias fueled hate to continue. We must stare into the truth that these inequities result in pain for both individuals and our society as a whole. There is no benefit to any one of us if others are treated with less respect, care, compassion, or opportunity and more prejudice, mistrust, anger and cruelty. It is easy to say the words “Black Lives Matter.” Each of us must act in a way that makes it clear that Black lives do matter. Each of us must act in a way that makes it clear that every life matters.

In my video message on May 31 I spoke to our students about how important it is to get an education that will open doors to spaces of influence so that we can make the change that is so overdue. I hope that my message planted the seed of hope that this madness does not need to continue. Education certainly is not the full answer, nor is it the only answer, but it is one path to a more just future.

I am a white woman who has worked hard to move to a place of relative privilege, but I have also been allowed the opportunity to do so. I cannot claim to fully appreciate the depth of rage and anguish of a woman of color who has been deprived of this same opportunity. I cannot know what it is like to be a black man who fears for his life when he leaves his home. But I do understand the fear that comes with the inability to breath. If you are angry, hurt, frustrated and afraid, please know that you are not alone. We do care about you. And we will defend and protect your right to live without fear.

We will soon organize a forum for our community to discuss what we have learned from this tragedy and how we can turn that learning into meaningful action. I hope that you will participate.


President Margaret Drugovich

May 31, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich begins with a message specifically for our students about how, through education, they are preparing to ensure justice in the world. She shares Hartwick’s reopening plans for the fall and asserts, “When given permission, we will be ready.” And she again thanks those who are keeping us safe during this COVID-19 crisis. The President invites viewers to watch this week’s Honors Convocation and celebrate the winners. And she closes with one of her favorite musical selections: Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat.

May 23, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich offers words of thanks:

  • To members of Congress who made CARES money available for students experiencing great adverse effects of the virus and the members of Hartwick’s staff who throughtfully allocated funds to 300 of our deserving students.
  • To the dedicated Hartwick staff who are now reuniting students with their belongings, and to the students and their families who are following the necessary social distancing and other parameters.
  • To the 100+ staff and faculty who spent the last three weeks crafting plans for 15 COVID-related problem sets, helping to ensure that when the Governor says GO, Hartwick Will Be Ready!
  • To the hundreds of students, faculty, and staff who contributed to the Promise Implementation Plan, which is now in my hands for consideration and review with the Board.
  • And, on this Memorial Day Weekend, to those who have served to keep others safe throughout our history and those who are struggling and/or serving now.

May 17, 2020

Thinking of our newest graduates, President Margaret L. Drugovich reflects on disruptions to the rhythm of our lives and shares a video created especially for the Class of 2020. Noting “there is hope on the horizon,” she speaks to evolving plans for reopening Hartwick’s campus in the fall and offers a reminder that progress is in everyone’s control.

May 10, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich congratulates Hartwick students on successfully completing the semester, shares her perspective on what we have learned in these seven weeks, highlights some fundamental truths, and offers advice to those students and graduates seeking employment now.

May 3, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich praises students and faculty/staff as we move into the semester’s last week of remote instruction; recognizes Hartwick’s talented and devoted Board of Trustees, who held their spring meeting this week with the aid of technology; and offers an update on the College’s 15 working groups that are immersed in COVID-related planning for the fall.

April 26, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich shares what she misses, speaks to the balance between the sadness of not being together and the richness of having made memories with one another, and talks about how Hartwick is getting ready for fall through scenario-based planning.

April 19, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich announces resources the College has secured for students through the CARES Act; makes a special request that we all support this week’s Day of Giving because “in learning there is hope”; and shares an inspiring performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”


April 11, 2020

President Margaret L. Drugovich shares how Hartwick has stepped up to house first responders, encourages students to continue giving feedback on remote learning, addresses when campus will reopen, and reinforces the importance of our continuing to care for ourselves and others.


President Drugovich reflects on our personal and college-wide responses to COVID-19 and shares an update on how Hartwick is adapting and preparing for the future.

April 5, 2020

President Drugovich shares important announcements and a powerful insight from one of Hartwick‘s nurse leaders on the front lines.

March 29, 2020


President Drugovich Addresses the Hartwick Community

March 22, 2020


President Drugovich on coming together in these trying times.

March 19, 2020

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