“The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.” Psalm 111:7
This week’s updates include:
- what you can expect at Getting Started
- accessing Getting Started events and seminars via livestream
- finalizing your course schedule for the fall
- extending the grace period on past-due interest
- fall sports
- finding on-campus jobs
- telehealth option revisited
- where to pick up your books from the bookstore (don’t forget to order your textbooks before you return to campus!)
- picking up packages at Postal Services just got easier!
We begin this week’s update with a video featuring our student body president previewing Getting Started Weekend and letting students and their families know what to expect. We’re excited to welcome you home, Yellow Jackets!
Getting Started Livestream Sessions – This year we are livestreaming many of the Getting Started sessions and events to make these opportunities available to as many guests as possible. Capacity will be limited in the face-to-face sessions to ensure physical distancing. You will be able to access any of the livestreams using links from the Getting Started weekend calendar or through the Getting Started app. Following are the available sessions and times:
- Parenting From a Distance – Aug. 14, 2-3 p.m.
- Life Outside the Classroom – Aug. 15, 10-11 a.m.
- It’s Academic – Aug. 15, 1-2 p.m.
- Chick-fil-A Dedication – Aug. 15, 2-3 p.m. (also streaming to Facebook Live)
- Jacket Jaunt – Aug. 15, 6-7 p.m. (also streaming to Facebook Live)
- Getting Started Program – Aug. 15, 7-9 p.m. (also streaming to Facebook Live)
“How Do I Change My Schedule?” – We’re glad you asked! New students, if you are wondering when you will meet with your advisor or if you can change your class schedule for fall semester, we have answers! Maybe you’re asking, “Should I plan to take the calculus readiness exam?” or “What about foreign language placement tests?” Join the registrar for a livestreamed presentation to learn answers to these questions and find out other important information regarding final registration and registrar services. Join us for Finalizing Your Schedule With the Registrar this Thursday, August 6, at 3 p.m.
Student Accounts – In an effort to continue to help students affected financially from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are extending the grace period for past-due interest on student accounts through December 31. We will not charge additional late fees nor interest on unpaid balances through the rest of the calendar year. Our goal is to work with you to help you achieve your educational goals at Cedarville.
Fall Sports – The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) has announced its plan to return to competition for the 2020-21 season, following a delay of practice and competition for the fall championship segment. The Great Midwest has designated Friday, August 28, as the first permissible practice date for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, and cross country. The first permissible date of competition has been delayed until Thursday, September 24.
Student Job Fair — Students who want to work on campus are encouraged to participate in an online job fair tomorrow, Tuesday, August 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., hosted by Handshake, an online network of jobs. Note that new users will need to set up an account through Handshake.
Telehealth Update — After additional review of telehealth options and the needs of our students, we determined that most families already have some type of telehealth services included with their personal insurance plan. As we continue to seek to steward our resources well and not add unnecessary expenses, we have determined to forego offering an additional telehealth option this fall. Our own University Medical Services as well as local providers stand ready to serve your health needs.
Changes to University Bookstore Processes – As students return to campus, they will notice changes in University Bookstore procedures that will follow COVID-19 protocols and allow for physical distancing and safer shopping for everyone. All textbook pickup, purchase, and return transactions will be conducted outside of the physical store in surrounding hallways. Visit the bookstore’s website for complete information on purchasing textbooks and other merchandise this fall.
Post Office Package Pickup – To eliminate long lines for package pickup, the campus post office is introducing a new scheduling feature to the package pickup process. Students will be notified when they receive a package (look for email from “Smart Track Pro”); then use the link in the email to schedule a pickup time. Students should wear a mask and follow physical distancing guidelines when coming to pick up their package. To better accommodate package volume and student schedules, the window will be open Monday-Friday from 12-9 p.m. for the month of August.