COVID-19 Student Digest: February 12, 2021

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Supporting Our Community

Today we are continuing to support our students and colleagues who had to endure an abhorrent act of hate during last night’s “Keeping It Professional” panel sponsored by the McClain Center for Diversity & CBS. President Frandsen shared more on this hurtful display and the University's response in an email to campus yesterday evening. To read his communication, click here.

Bundle Up

Over the coming days we are expecting frigid temperatures and a potentially dangerous wind chill. As you travel, wear layers, coats, hats, gloves, and be sure to minimize your time spent outside.

COVID Reminders

  • IMPORTANT: Residential students are permitted only one Wittenberg visitor in a residence hall room or neighborhood house or yard per resident. Students can be in any residential property after 11 p.m. as long as they comply with the visitor policy. All must wear masks and be physically distanced by at least six feet when welcoming visitors into one’s residential space. This is critical to slow the spread and preserve our residential experience.

  • For registered organizations and campus departments, the Entertainment Venue Guidelines that allow for event gatherings larger than 10 have been reinstated! This means your organization or campus events can now host groups larger than 10 if the campus events and entertainment venue guidelines are followed.

  • If you have been vaccinated for COVID-19 please email deanofstudents@wittenberg.edu to notify us of your vaccination. Additionally, per the CDC, once you are fully vaccinated (more than two weeks following your second dose), you will not need to quarantine as an exposed contact so long as it is within 90 days, and you are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

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Mark Your Calendar

The first Tiger Time Break Day is on its way! To help you enjoy your day off from classes, we have a SNOW DAY. Want to be the first to know the event schedule and details? DROP YOUR EMAIL HERE. All who sign up will get a first-access look at SNOW DAY and receive some SNOW DAY Swag.

Need to Leave Campus for a Job Interview?

We at Wittenberg are committed to your success post-graduation and realize some students may have in-person job interviews. Students needing to leave campus for a job or summer internship interview should notify the University of their need to travel as we continue to protect our campus community in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Upon return to campus from your interview, we will require that you complete a COVID-19 test. Complete this form in advance to notify us of your upcoming departure from campus. Information will then be shared with you regarding when and how to take your COVID-19 test upon your return.

Reminder Regarding Class Participation

When a student is required by the University to quarantine or isolate due to COVID-19, they are approved to participate in classes remotely. In all other situations, students must adhere to the attendance policies outlined in the academic catalog and/or listed in class syllabi.

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Multiple Events Underway

Check out the numerous events and programs to celebrate Black History Month by visiting here. Our thanks to C.J. Witherspoon, director of the McClain Center for Diversity, for her leadership in this year's programming series.

Need Immediate Resume/Job Search Guidance?

The following "Quick Reference Guides" have been developed to assist you in getting a head start on searching for professional opportunities or with creating a resume and cover letter. Click Searching for Job & Internship Opportunities; Resume Creation; Cover Letter Creation. You can also book a meeting anytime HERE.

Weekend Events

Friday 2/12: "Mindful Leadership for Women," featuring CJ Witherspoon; Email CJ for Zoom access.

OPEN NOW: Doppelgangers Game Room: Regular Hours Friday and Saturdays, 8 p.m.-10 p.m.
 
Saturday 2/13
: Palentine’s Day Party, 7p.m.-10 p.m., Founders, Student Center, Sponsored by GSDA & Student Involvement

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Housing Selection Process Begins

The following dates are provided to keep all residents on track.

  • 2/15: All housing intention, ADA, and housing release applications due. Make sure all holds are cleared, and credits are correct.
  • 2/16: Housing agreement open.
  • 2/22: Housing agreement due.
  • 3/2: Renewal and roommate selection open.
  • 3/8: Theme living applications DUE, and renewal selection closes.
  • 4/9-11: General housing selection begins.

Attend Athletic Contests In-Person

The Athletics Department is happy to announce that beginning this weekend, Feb. 12-14, it will be providing limited spectator access to home games for indoor sports in the Pam Evans Smith Arena and the 1929 Fieldhouse for Wittenberg students, faculty, and staff members. In addition to these groups, each player/coach will be provided the opportunity to identify two guests to attend home contests. First-come, first-serve sign-up opportunities are available for this weekend for Wittenberg students, and all health/safety protocols must be followed.

  • Friday, 2/12: Women’s Basketball vs. Ohio Wesleyan, 7 p.m., Pam Evans Smith Arena (75 total slots). Sign up here.
  • Saturday, 2/12: Men’s Volleyball vs. Baldwin Wallace, 1 p.m., 1929 Gymnasium (20 total slots). Sign up here.
  • Sunday, 2/14: Men’s Basketball vs. Wabash, 4 p.m., Pam Evans Smith Arena (75 total slots). Sign up here.

Click here to review parameters for attendance and all expectations.

Resources for Success

Is your class meeting in a hybrid or remote format? Read the COMPASS: Sweet Success Center's Remote Learning Guide to assist you in adjusting to this format and in supporting your success. Set up a meeting with COMPASS to talk through your strategy and build plans that work for you here.

Additionally, here is a downloadable time management sheet for you to start building your routine for next fall! Unsure where to start in building a routine? COMPASS can assist you with that, too!

Financial Aid Evening Hours

The Office of Financial Aid now offers EVENING APPOINTMENTS to better serve you! In addition to standard business hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, Financial Aid is open Monday-Thursday until 7 p.m. The office is also available to meet virtually or by phone with you and/or your parents or family to answer questions, review your aid package and options, and more. Call (937) 327-7231 or email financial-aid@wittenberg.edu to set up an appointment or connect.

Explore Majors or Career Paths

PathwayU has officially launched at Wittenberg. A passion, interest, values, and skills assessment links you with Wittenberg majors and various career clusters, and then connects you with jobs in those fields. Access by visiting https://wittenberg.pathwayu.com. You can then schedule an appointment to discuss results! This resource will be important for first- and second-year students looking for assistance in major or career plans. Questions? Contact Drew Sawyer.

How To Report Concerns

If you have a concern about a member of our community not fulfilling our community expectations, please complete the Wittenberg University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. A member of the COVID Response Team will follow-up as appropriate. If you have a concern about exposure to COVID-19 (yours or someone else’s), please use the same form above. For general questions about COVID-19 and Wittenberg University’s response, please email covid@wittenberg.edu.

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