COVID-19 Student Digest: February 5, 2021

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Bundle Up

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

COVID Reminders

  • A statewide curfew remains in effect but now is from 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Students and employees needing to go to the hospital, obtain essential items such as food or medication, or who need to work during these hours may do so. All campus facilities will continue to be locked by 10 p.m. Dining services will not be offered after 10 p.m. Students should also not walk in groups larger than two after 11 p.m.

  • 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. 

Message from Green Senator Camryn Spencer '23

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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 outline in the academic catalog and/or listed in class syllabi.

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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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 5: Art After Dark, 9 p.m., Lower Level, Student Center

NOW OPEN: Doppelgangers Game Room, Regular Hours: Friday and Saturdays 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday, February 6: Valentine's Day Party, 8 p.m., Lower Level, Student Center

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 your study plan 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!

Commuter Student Resources

The Traveling Tigers are Wittenberg's New Commuter Student Organization! To welcome this group, Wittenberg has upgraded several features to campus.

  • Traveling Tiger Lounge with study rooms located in Zimmerman Hall  
  • Designated parking spots in the gated lot of Tower Hall and the Student Center parking lot.   
  • Updated website resources and group chat feature on TEAMS - Traveling Tigers | Wittenberg University

Please connect with Associate Director of Student Success Drew Sawyer for any further information.

Where to Get a COVID Test

The Clark County Combined Health District has provided a listing of testing sites in the city should you need a test. Click here for PDF. As always, the Wittenberg Mercy Health Center provides testing for students M-TH.

Additionally, there is a new, FREE testing site located in Springfield: CTEC on East High Street at corner of High and Buxton. Phone number to schedule test is 937-717-2436.

Hours are:

  • Monday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.  
  • Thursday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Friday 10 a.m - 2 p.m.

The free tests are PCR and are distributed drive-through style. If you go to take a COVID-19 test, please remember to follow student health protocols and notify the deanofstudents@wittenberg.edu.

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.

New Mental Health Resources

Headspace is a platform for mindful living with 1,000+ hours of guided mindfulness exercises, videos, and more to help you get healthier and happier. Enroll in Wittenberg University's student Headspace program for free here.

Talkspace is an online therapy service that connects users to a dedicated, licensed therapist via private messaging and live video from a secure, HIPAA-compliant digital platform. Click here to enroll.

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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