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COVID-19 Student Digest: October 9, 2020

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Stay The Course

Tigers, We are at the halfway point of the semester, Tigers! We’re In This Together, and together we can slow the spread and finish the semester as a community. A big THANK YOU to all those students that have followed and continue to follow guidelines, taking them and the health of your community seriously.


Community Reminders

As We’re In This Together, please remember to follow and promote these critical safety measures.

  • Avoiding being a direct exposure contact to others is one of the things you can control – simply keep your distance (more than 6 feet apart) and limit amount of time spent at a closer distance to less than 15 minutes.
  • Most community spread comes from people who are asymptomatic at the time of contact. Keep yourself and your community safe – maintain your distance at all times!
  • Vice President Gill also recently communicated our revised visitor policy. To read, please click HERE.

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Student Mask Distribution

All students will receive a new Wittenberg mask as we hit the halfway point of the semester. The mask, voted as the winning design of the Mask Design Competition, will be distributed Friday, October 16, from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. on Alumni Way as part of the Registration Carnival and Campus Social. Mark your calendars to stop by, pick up your mask, enjoy food and fun!


Entertainment Venue Guidelines

Campus departments and registered student organizations are able to host limited, larger-capacity events in certain entertainment venues designated on campus per the State of Ohio order for entertainment venues. If your organization or group is interested in socially distant meetings or events that can allow slightly larger groups to gather, please read the Entertainment Venue Guidelines found HERE and schedule your event well in advance for approval via 25 Live. Please note: all events in entertainment venues must have a University official present for the duration of the event.


Why Do You Take COVID-19 Protocols Seriously?

We want to hear from you! As we navigate this semester together, we would like to hear how each of you is adapting and persevering with the changes. Our intent is to share your stories to remind us that We’re In This Together. As we share your stories, we will be keeping them anonymous, so don’t share any identifying information in your answers. Share your story HERE.


Chats with Mrs. CJ

CJ WitherspoonGreetings Witt Family! My name is Corrine “CJ” Witherspoon. I am very excited to now be serving as your Director of the William A. McClain Center for Diversity! During the month of October, I will be holding “Chats with Mrs. CJ” every Friday virtually from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. This is a great opportunity for you to drop in, say hello, and share with me your ideas and support needs from the Center for Diversity! Chat with me every Friday via Microsoft Teams by clicking HERE.


COMPASS Registration Carnival

It is time to register for spring semester classes! Need assistance searching for courses to take? Want to prepare for your advising meeting? Curious how to plan your major courses? Unsure of what to major in? Need assistance in how to clear holds on your accounts? Stop over on Friday, October 16, from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. on Alumni Way. Connect with the COMPASS team and other University staff, grab some snacks, relax, and get advising and registration support. Also, pick up your new Wittenberg mask at the event! Ready to set up a meeting to talk through course plans or to talk through your options? As always, you can request a meeting by clicking HERE.


Campus Cupboard

Campus Cupboard LogoThe Pastor's Office and Hagen Center are pleased to announce that a new and expanded Campus Cupboard space enjoyed a Virtual Grand Opening, Oct. 1. This new space and its live tour were made possible thanks to the support of many campus partners.

The Campus Cupboard is located at 721 N. Fountain Avenue and may be entered from the same back porch as the Hagen Center (the space is next to the Shouvlin Center). The new location is open to students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. During the pandemic, students must schedule their visit ahead of time by clicking HERE. Students will also be expected to wear a mask and wash their hands. Student volunteers will be at the cupboard to help anyone who may need assistance. In addition, the original small cupboard will remain open at Weaver Chapel Sunday through Friday from 9 p.m.-5 p.m. Questions about the Campus Cupboard? Contact Dan Jacob by email.


Weekend Fun

Check out fun virtual or limited events this weekend:

FRIDAY, OCT. 9

  • Food Truck Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Alumni Way, Pa’s Pork
  • Chalk Out Loud in Support of Coming Out Day 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., East Campus Drive (between Blair and Weaver Chapel), sponsored by Campus Ministries
  • Frisbee Golf Tournament Weekend, sponsored by Athletics
  • Outdoor Movie, 8:30 p.m., Alumni Way, Ratatouille, sponsored by RHA
  • Founders Pub, 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Celebrity Bartenders featuring Residence Life

SATURDAY, OCT. 10

  • Halloween Adventure Hunt, sponsored by Residence Life 
  • Frisbee Golf Tournament Weekend, sponsored by Athletics 

Follow @Wittshappening on Instagram and @witts_happening on Twitter to be notified of all events and things to do on campus and in the community.


Greater Springfield Events & Happenings

Interested in staying connected with Greater Springfield Events and Happenings, including the Downtown food truck schedule and fun things to do a short walk from campus? Sign up for the Springfield Chamber of Commerce weekly events newsletter here.


Academic Department Major Group Advising Sessions!

Learn more about majors and meet faculty advisors!

  • Exercise Science: Friday, October 9, 2:15 p.m.- 3:20 p.m., HWA 212 and Virtual (Teams)
  • Sport Management: Monday, October 12, at 3:30 p.m. in HWA 212
  • Communication & Digital Media: Monday, October 12, at 4:30 p.m., Virtual (Teams)
  • Political Science: Monday, October 12, 2:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m., Virtual (Teams)
  • Accounting / Finance / Financial Economics / Economics: Wednesday, October 14, 12:30 p.m.-1 p.m., Virtual (Teams), and from 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Virtual (Teams)
  • Entrepreneurship / Marketing / Management: Wednesday, October 14,12:30 p.m.-1 p.m., Virtual (Teams), and from 1:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Virtual (Teams)
  • Psychology: Wednesday, October 14, from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Tent outside Recitation Hall
  • English: Wednesday, October 14, from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Tent Outside Hollenbeck Hall and Virtual (Teams)
  • Biology: Thursday, October 15, from 11:50 a.m.-1 p.m., Virtual (Teams)
  • Physics and Pre-Engineering: Thursday, October 15, 12:15 p.m.-12:50 p.m. Science 319, and Virtual (Teams)
  • Math/Computer Science: Monday, October 19, at 3:30 p.m., HWA 212

REMINDER

  • Formal Advising: October 19-30
  • Registration for Spring 2021 Classes: October 28-November 8. Your specific registration time can be found at selfservice.wittenberg.edu 

Build Your Academic/Personal Support Plan

With the semester halfway through, this is usually the time when mid-term assessments, tests, projects, or other may occur in your classes. Now is the time to build a study plan, review test-taking strategies, and map your time so you feel prepared and less stressed! COMPASS can help. Set up a meeting with COMPASS today at www.wittenberg.edu/success. Stay connected with COMPASS resources and helpful information by following @WittCOMPASS on Twitter and Instagram.

Mid-Term Grades will be posted via Self-Service on Thursday, October 15. You can access selfservice.wittenberg.edu All faculty are asked to submit each student’s grade at the mid-point in the semester. Based on your grades, please contact your professor, advisor or COMPASS if you need assistance in improving your grades or to discuss course-withdraw options.


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.

The campus community can also use the WITTTIP safety alert system to send a confidential tip via text message to the Wittenberg University Police division regarding safety concerns or criminal activity. Users should text the word WITTTIP and your message to 79516. A response will come from the text system promptly, to acknowledge it was received. Note: This is not to be used for emergencies. For emergencies, call Wittenberg Police at (937) 327-6363.


It's Almost Mid-Term Time!

As we turn to October, this is usually the time when mid-term assessments, tests, projects, or other may occur in your classes. Now is the time to build a study plan, review test-taking strategizes, and map your time so you feel prepared and less stressed! COMPASS can help. Set up a meeting with COMPASS today at www.wittenberg.edu/success. Stay connected with COMPASS resources and helpful information by following @WittCOMPASS on Twitter and Instagram.


Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

The COVID Response Team is working to answer all questions and respond as needed. The WITT: We're In This Together website is another helpful resource. In addition, here is a reminder on helpful terms:

  • Quarantine is for individuals that are asymptomatic and/or have reason to believe they have been exposed to the virus.
  • Isolation is for individuals that have tested positive for COVID-19.

If you are contacted by a contact tracer, be upfront and honest about your interactions with others. This helps us get ahead of the spread and stop it short.

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