The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. (Psalm 28:7)
This week’s updates include protecting our campus community and the impact on fall campus events, using meal exchanges at Chick-fil-A, Getting Started information for new students, a quick guide to important return-to-campus contacts, a first look at the annual faculty and staff sessions, a new video showing the latest updates to campus, and the anticipated release of our fall Caring Well. Staying Well. operating plan.
Fall Campus Events – As we continue to prioritize the health of our students, faculty, and staff on campus this fall, we have decided not to host large group events on campus, including Homecoming and Parents Weekend and Junior Jam. Unfortunately, this also means we will postpone our 2020 Commencement, an event we had deeply hoped to celebrate with our graduates. We will evaluate our hosting plans periodically and may reschedule or resume should conditions change. Check cedarville.edu/events for the latest calendar updates.
Chick-fil-A Exchange Meals – We are getting excited for the grand opening of the new Chick-fil-A on campus, and we think you’ll be excited about the exchange meal options! Below are details on how students can use their meal plan exchanges at Chick-fil-A:
- Exchange Meal – An exchange meal includes your choice of Chick-fil-A sandwich, spicy chicken sandwich, or Chick-fil-A nuggets plus a side (medium waffle fries or self-serve fresh whole fruit), a self-serve medium fountain beverage, AND a chocolate chunk cookie.
- Exchange Meal Plus – For those who want something from the menu other than the choices above, choose anything on the menu up to $7.50. Any amount over $7.50 can be paid for using dining dollars, flex dollars, cash, or charge.
Getting Started Update – The STING leadership team wants to pass along the following information this week:
- New students should fill out the ID Portal as soon as possible, if they haven’t already done so.
- We request that immediate family only accompany students for Getting Started Weekend.
- New students should check out the new orientation course called Yellow Jacket Prep. This course works like an easy-to-use website with information you need to know as a Cedarville student. You’ll find information on getting involved on campus, adjusting to residence hall life, connecting to Wi-Fi, using CedarPrint, and much more. Log in to cedarville.edu/culearn to access this course and get started on your journey as a Yellow Jacket!
Contacts List – As you prepare to return to campus, here is a convenient list of campus contacts to answer commonly asked questions.
- Student Health Concerns
University Medical Services
- Residential Living
- Student Invoices
- Student Schedules
- Dining Plans
- Campus Visits
- Getting Started
Faculty/Staff Sessions – The annual Faculty/Staff Sessions will be held in person on Friday, August 7, and are being planned with the protection of our employees in mind as we return to campus and prepare for the upcoming year. Please connect with your supervisor if you have concerns or questions. Updates to this year’s event:
- All sessions will be held in-person in the chapel with social distancing maintained. There will be no Zoom option for the day.
- Faculty and staff are expected to wear masks (unless exempt), pursuant to the Governor’s Responsible Restart Ohio plan for higher education. Yellow Jacket-branded masks will be provided for all employees, or you are welcome to bring your own.
- The annual faculty/staff service awards will be presented via video with honorees acknowledged from the floor.
- Boxed lunches will be provided; faculty and staff will be able to enjoy the meal in small groups at locations around campus.
- Beverages will be provided throughout the day, but we will not be able to serve the standard continental breakfast.
Getting Ready for Your Arrival – Construction on the three new facilities is nearing completion. All we’re missing is YOU! We can’t wait to have students back on campus in just a few weeks. Take a look and join in our excitement!
Caring Well. Staying Well. Guide – Late this week, Lord willing, we will release the comprehensive Cedarville University COVID-19 Operating Plan, which will outline our strategies and protocols for living, learning, and working in community during this academic year. Guided by Philippians 2:3-4, our planning is focused on balancing two priorities:
- Providing a vibrant residential experience for our students
- Maintaining a healthy work and study environment for our entire campus community
We are seeking to remain flexible and responsive, ready to adapt our plans as needed.