PROVIDENCE, RI [Brown University] – Three weeks into his fall 2021 semester, with near-universal COVID-19 vaccination on campus and positive single-digit test results, Brown’s return to near-normal operations after 18 months of public health forced by the pandemic is more evident than ever.
Celebrations, student events, community building, athletic competitions, outdoor gatherings, local food truck tours – many of which continued during the pandemic, but with changes – increasingly look like what they were before COVID-19.
On Wednesday, September 29, the third time was the charm of Brown staff members who gathered on College Green Day for Staff Appreciation Day, which had been postponed twice due to bad weather. Hosted by President Christina H. Paxson and Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration Barbara Chernow, the event provided an opportunity for employees to reconnect for games, gifts, snacks, drinks and entertainment.
Three days later, Paxson and other senior Brown leaders welcomed the students to a Saturday afternoon celebration of the new academic year. Students posed for selfies, enjoyed lawn games and music near the Van Wickle Gates on Front Green, and sampled takeout treats from local food trucks including Championship Melt, Del’s Lemonade, Gnarly Vines , JA Patty, Lotus Pepper, Poppy’s Waffles and Supa Dupa.
Slideshow photos by Nick Dentamaro, Office of University Communications, and Carson Fowler, class of 2023.