October 27 Update: Shining Our Lights, Semester Break Info, and New Package Lockers

October 27, 2020 |

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)

With cooler fall weather upon us, we have moved our all-student chapels from outdoors at the North Field to inside in the Doden Field House. The location may be different, but we are enjoying the same vibrant community as we gather together. We have experienced a drop in positive COVID cases recently, and we are grateful to our campus community for their vigilance and to the Lord for His gracious protection. We have just four weeks left in the semester. Let’s finish strong!

This week’s update includes:

  • Shining our lights in a darkened world
  • Semester break dates
  • Concerning COVID: Coping with mental health issues during this season
  • Changes to mail pickup
  • New specialty burgers at Stinger’s
  • COVID reporting

Know Jesus. Know Joy. – If you missed Dr. White’s chapel message yesterday morning, you can find it on the Know Jesus. Know Joy. sermon series page. Dr. White spoke from Philippians 2:12-18, encouraging us to be lights in the world by cultivating and displaying the faith that God has given us.

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Semester Break Information – To help with planning, we wanted to make sure students and their families are aware of important dates for our long break between semesters.

  • End of Fall Semester – The residence halls will close Wednesday, November 25, at 8 a.m. The last contract meal for fall semester is lunch on Tuesday, November 24.
  • Start of Spring Semester – The residence halls will re-open on Sunday, January 17, at 8 a.m. Classes resume Tuesday, January 19, at 8 a.m.

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.

Concerning COVID

This week’s question is an important one for our students: Why are mental health concerns such a significant part of this COVID-19 pandemic, and what can we do about it? Thankfully, we are not without hope! Find Answer.

Changes to Mail Pickup – Construction begins next week on our new package lockers. Here’s what you can expect during construction: Starting November 2, all students and SSC departments will pick up regular mail as well as packages at the counter through the remainder of the semester. When you arrive back for spring semester, a fast, new, automated package pickup process will be ready for you! When you have a package, you’ll receive an email (or be alerted using a mobile app). You’ll be able to head to the SSC anytime the building is open and pick up your package from the new package lockers. There will be NO waiting in line! Regular mail will also be changing. You’ll be notified when you have mail, then pick it up at the window.

New at Stinger’s – Tired of the same old, same old? Stop by Stinger’s to try something new! Stinger’s is now offering new specialty hamburgers. Does a Philly Burger with provolone cheese, sauteed onions, and peppers sound good? Or, a Cowboy Burger with cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, and fried onion straws? Today’s feature is the BLT Burger! These new menu items are $4.50 and are not available as an exchange meal.

COVID-19 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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  • Sandra Smith says:

    So what happens to their mailboxes that they are using now? Does their mailing address change? I send my daughter mail every week. Why can’t they just keep their mailbox, and packages go in the new lockers?

    • Janice Supplee says:

      Sandra, thank you for writing. As far as regular letter delivery, we are checking and confirming details with the Post Office and will provide an update as soon as we know more about the long-term plan. We can confirm now that students will continue to use their same box number. This week’s post about having students pick up mail at the windows is a short-term solution during construction. Thanks again for writing, and we apologize for the delayed reply!

  • Cheryl Shupe says:

    For the mailroom changes – how should mail be addressed to the students – just their name and no PO number? Thanks.

    • Janice Supplee says:

      Students will continue to be assigned a box number. We are confirming the long-term plan for letter mail pick up once the construction of the new package locker area is completed.