He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)
This week’s jam-packed update includes plans for a comprehensive Caring Well. Staying Well. guide, answers to questions about residence life, dining on campus this fall, latest COVID-19 news that may affect our planning, a reimagined Getting Started Weekend, a video interview with Brian Burns talking about Getting Started, and contact-less processes for ordering textbooks and registering vehicles before arriving on campus.
Caring Well. Staying Well. Guide and FAQs – We are working on a comprehensive Caring Well. Staying Well. guide that will bring together the information and resources you need related to classes, dining, residence life, and more in one easy-to-access brochure. This guide will be available later this month. In the mean time, here are answers to a few frequently asked questions about residence life:
- Will students be required to wear masks in the residence halls?
In our current planning, we are considering the residence halls to be students’ homes and will not require masks there.
- Can students visit friends in other residence halls on campus?
To limit spread of any infection, students will be strongly encouraged not to visit residence halls other than their own, and student proxy card access will be limited to their own residence hall.
- Will there still be fun student events on campus this fall?
Yes! Campus Experience will be offering events, but they may look a little different. An app is being created that will allow students to check in virtually, avoiding waiting in lines. Events will also be spread out into multiple locations to limit crowd size.
- What about campus traditions?
Events like Campus Christmas will still take place this year, but will look a little different. We plan to hold this celebration in early November.
Dining on Campus – With the opening of Chick-fil-A and Tossed, Pioneer College Caterers, our food service provider, has put together a helpful flyer describing dining options for the fall. Check it out!
Latest COVID-19 News – We want to share recent news that will guide us as we continue to develop and communicate our return-to-campus plan:
- On June 30, the CDC announced that it does not recommend COVID-19 entry testing of all returning students, faculty, and staff.
- The Greene County Health Department posts daily updates about the status of COVID-19 in our area. We enjoy a strong partnership with our local public health officials, and their expertise is helping to guide our planning efforts.
- And, interesting research coming out of Cornell University: Inside Higher Ed noted a recent Cornell study that estimated that residential education at the university will result in 1/5 as many infections as remote learning, and 1/4 as many hospitalizations.
Getting Started – The STING leadership team wants to pass along the following information this week:
- New students should fill out the ID Portal no later than July 10.
- Families of new students are welcome to come to campus for Getting Started Weekend. We highly encourage spreading out and going outside once your student is moved into his or her residence hall. You can explore the beautiful campus, check out the food trucks, or attend the variety of sessions held during the day, which you can find on the Getting Started schedule. Attendance at the information sessions will be limited to ensure adequate distancing.
A Reimagined Getting Started Weekend – Continuing our “Caring Well. Staying Well.” video series, Brian Burns, Director of Campus Experience, explains how a reimagined Getting Started Weekend will emphasize health, confidence, and trust.
Vehicle Registration – As we continue to move toward as many contact-less processes as possible, all students who plan to bring a car to campus should register their vehicle prior to their arrival. Please note that this applies to new and returning students and residential and commuter students.
Online Textbook Ordering – Avoid lines at the bookstore and order your textbooks online before you arrive on campus in just five easy steps:
- Go to bookstore.cedarville.edu.
- Click: Course Materials > Online Ordering > Order by Schedule.
- Log in and click “Buy my Books” to see all your required books in one place.
- Compare prices between the bookstore and the competition, then checkout from your selected retailers.
- Enjoy free shipping on University Bookstore orders over $49 through August 1.