September 8 Update: Chapel, Evidenced-Based COVID Answers, and Dining DYK

September 8, 2020 |

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (Psalm 73:26)

We’re in our fourth week, and we continue to be thankful for how our students are following COVID protocols and persevering, even without a day off for Labor Day yesterday. We are grateful for God’s protection on our students, faculty, and staff and ask that you pray with us for His continued grace to us.

Today’s update includes:

  • This week in chapel
  • Evidence-based answers to COVID questions, brought to you by our School of Nursing senior students (NEW!)
  • Last week’s COVID town hall
  • Dining DYK
  • Cedarville Faculty in the News: Economic impact of COVID
  • Yellow Jacket masks and chapel-themed T-shirts for sale
  • COVID reporting

This Week in ChapelHere’s what is planned for chapel this week. Follow along with us via livestream at, CU Chapel+ app, or Facebook Live. Or, you can always access past chapels, including this morning’s chapel with Dr. Rick Melson, vice president for advancement, in our chapel archive.

Concerning COVID – There are so many questions and opinions related to COVID swirling around, it’s hard to know what to believe! Senior nursing students, as part of their NSG-4000 Care of Populations course, will be investigating your COVID-related questions each week, researching each question and providing evidence-based answers. We’d like to share their answers with you in a new series we’ve entitled “Concerning COVID!”

Concerning COVID

Here’s our first question: What’s the benefit of Cedarville’s choosing to contact trace and quarantine students who may have been exposed to a symptomatic student before there’s even a COVID-19 positive test result? Find Answer

COVID Town Hall – In case you missed it, watch last week’s COVID town hall as Mark Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations, speaks with Dr. Zach Jenkins, Associate Professor Pharmacy Practice and infectious disease expert, and Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, Professor of Political Science, discussing the effect COVID is having on health, education, and politics.

Dining DYK – Did you know that Chick-fil-A and Tossed are serving approximately 1,750 exchange meals EVERY DAY?! (That doesn’t count the number of meals that are purchased at the counters.) We appreciate all that our dining partner, Pioneer Food Service, is doing to operate within the public health constraints of a pandemic (no self-service and limited seating capacities being the biggest challenges) while seeking to serve our campus community a variety of tasty meal options. Their top recommendations for avoiding lines: enjoy a meal at Stingers (where traffic is down due to the new Chick-fil-A and Tossed options) or take advantage of the Grab & Go’s across campus. And, don’t forget

Faculty in the News: Economic Impact of COVID – How many of the millions of jobs that have been lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic will return? Listen as Dr. Jeff Haymond, Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Economics, discusses the economic impact of the coronavirus with local station WDTN TV.

Purchase Yellow Jacket Masks and “Know Jesus. Know Joy.” T-shirts – Many have asked, so we wanted to let you know our Yellow Jacket-branded masks and T-shirts from Dr. White’s “Know Jesus. Know Joy.” chapel series are now available for purchase at the online bookstore.

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.

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  • Linda Divan says:

    If there are fac/staff who have positive COVID tests, will those also be noted in the dashboard, or are we only counting students? (just wondering, since it’s probably inevitable that at least some of the fac/staff may be diagnosed with it)

    • Sarah says:

      Hello, Linda! Great question. Although faculty and staff are required to follow Caring Well. Staying Well. protocols related to testing, self-quarantine, and isolation, they are not mandated to report this HIPAA-protected health information to the University as their employer. Therefore, we will only be reporting student cases on the dashboard.