But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
We’re down to just a few days until students return, and we are excited to welcome them back to campus for spring semester. Today’s updates include:
- Chapel schedule for next week
- Expanded COVID testing
- Dining enhancements for spring
- Wireless upgrades to residence halls
- Spring athletic events
- Communication plan for spring
Chapel Next Week – We can’t wait to be back together in chapel again! Chapel will be in the Doden Field House and will include a daily time of worship. Note that Tuesday’s chapel will be an exciting welcome back to campus from Dr. White and an update on all God has been doing while you’ve been away! Masks and distancing will be required for daily chapels. If you are unable to attend in person, follow along with us via livestream at cedarville.edu/chapellive,
Quarantine and Testing – With greater access to testing now available, we are expanding our testing capacity to better serve our students in quarantine. University Medical Services will continue to coordinate all testing but we are opening new space, we have added additional staffing, and we have increased availability of rapid test kits to facilitate earlier release from quarantine with a negative test, following CDC guidelines. COVID-19 testing on campus for quarantined students will be offered free of charge.
Changes to Dining for Spring – Based on feedback from fall semester, we have made several changes to improve and expand dining services for our students:
- Stinger’s will be open on Sundays from 1–5 p.m.
- A Mongolian Grill manned station will be offered Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for lunch in the dining hall. Menu selection will change each day, and both brown and white rice will be available. A vegetarian option will also be available each day. Additional days may be added later as staffing allows.
- Increasing staff in the Chick-fil-A and Tossed dining areas to ensure tables are cleared and sanitized and trash receptacles are emptied more quickly.
And don’t forget to use Crowd Checker to monitor crowd sizes at each of the dining facilities on campus!
Wireless Upgrade in Residence Halls – Over break, our Information Technology (IT) department completed a major upgrade to the Wi-Fi in Brock, Willetts, Printy, Lawlor, Rickard, and Murphy residence halls. Students, you should notice increased Wi-Fi speed and reliability and a more “home-like,” less institutional wireless experience. IT plans to provide similar upgrades in other residence halls in the future.
Spectators at Athletic Events – Cedarville University team members receive a restricted number of tickets for family and friends for each home game, and a minimal number of season ticket holders have purchased tickets. In addition, visiting teams receive a small allotment of tickets. No other spectators will be able to attend. If you are considering attending an away game, please call the hosting school prior to the game to verify its spectator policy.
Communication Plan for the Semester – We will continue to update the Caring Well. Staying Well. blog with pertinent information throughout the semester:
- Students will receive a text when a new blog post is published. Be sure your emergency notification information is updated so you receive Caring Well updates and any communications related to campus closures or other emergencies.
- Faculty and Staff will receive a link to each new blog post in the daily Campus Today e-news (starting January 19).
- Parents will receive a Parent Connect update with a link to each new blog post.
- You can also subscribe to this blog to receive immediate notification.
Final Notes – As a reminder, Cedarville offices are closed on Monday in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. However, we will have staff available to serve new and returning students. The dining hall will also be open for breakfast, lunch, and supper. Classes begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Have a great weekend, and travel safely back to campus. We are excited to welcome you back home!
P.S. Please be sure to conduct a personal wellness check before traveling to campus. If you exhibit any COVID-19 related symptoms, contact your physician. Please do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms or are under a quarantine order. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements for your delayed return, and contact University Medical Services at 937-766-7862 so they can assist with any health concerns. We will be glad to work with you!