I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Welcome to Week 5! We continue to be impressed with how well our campus community is following and adjusting to COVID-19 protocols. Don’t stop now — remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint!
Today’s update includes:
- This week in chapel
- Making standardized tests optional for admission
- Evidenced-based answers to COVID questions
- Disabling water fountains for safety
- Improvements to dining on campus
- Changes at Stinger’s
- COVID reporting
This Week in Chapel – Here’s what is planned for chapel this week. Follow along with us via livestream at cedarville.edu/chapellive, CU Chapel+ app, or Facebook Live. Or, you can always access past chapels in our chapel archive. If you missed it, you can watch Dr. White’s message from this morning on the “Know Jesus. Know Joy.” sermon series archive.
Standardized Test Optional – Due to the many restrictions and limitations for standardized testing (ACT, SAT) during this COVID season, Cedarville is no longer requiring standardized test scores for admission to the University. This change will apply to students applying for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years. Please pass this information on to high school students you know who may be interested in applying to Cedarville.
Concerning COVID – We’re continuing our Concerning COVID series, where senior nursing students, as part of their NSG-4000 Care of Populations course, investigate your COVID-related questions each week, researching each question and providing evidence-based answers.
Here’s this week’s question: What are the risks of standing too close together in dining lines, even if wearing a mask? Find Answer
Water Fountains on Campus – With water fountains being used by many hands to water many mouths, they are excellent viral transmission vehicles. In an abundance of caution, since it is impractical to thoroughly clean them after each use, and at the recommendation of our Return to Campus Committee experts, we have taken all campus water fountains out of service as a way of caring well for our students, faculty, and staff. Using private water bottles is a much safer way to hydrate as we work together to look to the needs of others as well as our own (Phil. 2:4). We also are in the process of installing a bypass valve on some of the combination water fountain/bottle fillers so the fillers can be used despite the fountain part being disabled. We will provide an update as soon as this repair is completed.
Dining DYK – In order to provide more dining options and better service to the campus community, Pioneer College Caterers, our food service provider, has implemented the following changes this semester:
- Extended hot breakfast service till 9:30 a.m.
- Moved Grab+Go station out of dining hall entrance; now in three locations: BTS, CAL, and SSC event rooms
- Offering individually wrapped desserts and fresh whole fruit
- Added a made-to-order salad bar
- Offering a takeout option at every meal
- Created overflow seating the SSC event rooms
- Offering four home cooking stations for Sunday lunch
As always, we encourage you to use cedarville.edu/CrowdChecker to eat during a time when lines are lower. We have appreciated both your excellent suggestions and your patience as Pioneer serves our campus community while abiding by the public health constraints required during this pandemic.
New at Stinger’s – Stinger’s wants to share the following information with the campus community:
- Wraps are back this week! You can choose from Laaci, Rah-cue, Southwest, Stinger, and an all-new Yellow Jacket.
- Faculty and staff now receive a 20% discount on all purchases at Stinger’s. And, if you purchase $100 or more in Flex Dollars, you’ll receive an additional 20% in Flex Dollars — that means a 40% discount at Stinger’s! With the popularity of Chick-fil-A and Tossed, you’ll notice greatly reduced wait times this year as well.
COVID Reporting – You can always access the current count of residential undergraduate or graduate students who are in isolation due to a lab-confirmed positive test on our COVID-19 reporting dashboard. Continue to pray for the Lord’s grace and protection upon our campus community.