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COVID-19 Student Digest: September 24, 2020

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Finish Strong

We’re In This Together, Tigers, and together we can slow the spread and finish the semester. A huge Thank You to all those students that have 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!
  • While you are not permitted to have visitors in your residence hall rooms or houses, you are allowed to gather with other students in public spaces on campus. To do so, you must maintain six feet of distance, wear masks, and limit gatherings to 10.

From the Dean of Students

Last week Dean Gill communicated our visitor policy, expectations regarding daily behavior and leaving campus, as well as consequences for policy violations. Remember: Your decisions affect not only you, but those that live in our community and call Springfield home, so we implore you to follow these expectations in order to help protect against spread in the greater Springfield community and on campus. To read the communication again, click here.

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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.


Sharing 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 (yours or someone else’s) to COVID-19, please use the same form. 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.


Welcome To Corrine "CJ" Witherspoon

Greetings 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 1-3 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! I look forward to connecting with you! You can also schedule 1:1 time with me via my scheduling link: https://witherspoonc.youcanbook.me/. Below is a bit more information about me!

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Mrs. CJ

CJ WitherspoonPrior to coming to Witt, Mrs. CJ worked at the University of Cincinnati and the College of Engineering and Applied Science. In that role, she led retention and advocacy initiatives for students of color, LGBTQ+, and Veteran students. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University with a focus in English Literature and Black World Studies, and her Master of Education degree in College Student Personnel from Ohio University. Mrs. CJ is originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, and she and her husband/partner have two children: Kimberly, 6, and Caleb, 1.5. Mrs. CJ is a second-generation student affairs practitioner with over 15 years of experience at five different institutions, including Miami University, Arizona State University, The University of Dayton, Ohio University, and the University of Cincinnati. She is dedicated to helping others with their holistic and professional development journeys. Mrs. CJ is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University. Her research interests are mentoring, retention, intergroup dialogue, self-efficacy, sisterhood, and self-authorship. She enjoys organizing, reading, traveling, and cooking in her spare time and volunteers for her beloved sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


Weekend Fun

Check out fun virtual or limited events this weekend:

FRIDAY SEPT. 25

  • Art-To-Go with Deacon Dan: Create Your Own Bookends
  • Amazing Race, 9 p.m.- 11 p.m., Sponsored by Residence Life

SATURDAY SEPT. 26

  • Springfield Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Downtown Springfield (100 S. Fountain Ave.) Shop dozens of local vendors featuring fresh, local vegetables, meats, dairy products and baked goods on North Market Place adjacent to the Heritage Center and CoHatch. Need more info? Click here
  • Outdoor Movie, Birds of Prey, 9 p.m., Alumni Way 

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.


Unsure of Major or Career Options?

COMPASS is hosting a virtual Focus 2 Major/Career exploration workshop on Wednesday, September 30, at 5 p.m. The Focus 2 assessment is a tool used to gauge a student’s skills, passions, and personality type. Armed with this information, students gain insight into possible major and career occupations correlated with their Focus 2 results. The second part of the training directs students to whatcanidowiththismajor.com to further explore career opportunities. Reserve your spot today by clicking here.


Coffee and Conversation Series

Interested in service post-graduation? Join the Coffee and Conversation featuring the ELCA Young Adult Global Mission (YAGM) program on Thursday, October 1, at 12 p.m. Learn about how a year of global service can assist communities and fuel your passions further. Register Here.

Additional Coffee and Conversation Dates:

  • Thursday, October 15 (12 p.m.), Topic TBD
  • Thursday, October 29 (12 p.m.), Topic TBD

Questions? Email Internship Coordinator Heath Queen.


Unsure of Major or Career Options?

COMPASS is hosting a virtual Focus 2 Major/Career Exploration Workshop on Wednesday Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. The Focus 2 assessment is a tool used to gauge a student’s skills, passions, and personality type. Armed with this information, students gain insight into possible major and career occupations correlated with their Focus 2 results. The second part of the training directs students to whatcanidowiththismajor.com to further explore career opportunities. Reserve your spot today by clicking here.


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.


Group Advising Sessions by Major

Learn more about majors and meet faculty advisors!

  • Education: Thursday, Oct. 1, from 12 p.m.- 12:50 p.m., Chapel Lawn Tent  
  • Art: Wednesday, October 7, 3:30 p.m., Tent Outside Recitation Hall
  • 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: Monday, October 12, at 4:30 p.m. Virtual (Teams)
  • Accounting/Finance/Financial Economics/Economics: Wednesday, October 14, from 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, from 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
  • Biology: Thursday, October 15, from 11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. Virtual (Teams)
  • Math/Computer Science: Monday, October 19, at 3:30 p.m. In-person, HWA 212

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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