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Message to Welch College Residential Students: Dorm Move-out Appointments

Thank you for your patience and prayers as we have navigated together the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 storm. We are encouraged that President Trump, Tennessee Governor Lee, and other state and local officials are now implementing a phased lifting of “Safer at Home” executive orders. As a result, Welch College will schedule Dorm Move-out appointments as planned beginning May 4 through May 15, 2020.

The Welch Special Committee on Coronavirus has conferred with local officials, including leaders in the medical community, about a planned, controlled dorm move-out process. Medical officials with whom we have consulted deem the planned process to be appropriate and in accord with social distancing guidelines.

Students who return for dorm room move-out are required to observe the guidelines published earlier (e.g., no entry into campus buildings other than their dormitory, observation of social distancing practices while on campus, frequent handwashing, and covering coughs/sneezes). (See the information communicated originally here.) No one with a temperature of greater than 100 degrees is allowed to enter the buildings; therefore, temperature checks are required upon arrival (for students and their guests). Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or greater must reschedule for a later date. Furthermore, a face mask/covering (not provided by Welch College) is required during move out. Students must leave the campus no later than the ending time of their appointment. The College has arranged to disinfect public areas in dormitories daily during scheduled dorm move-outs, unless, due to a large number of appointments, multiple cleanings are advisable.

Dorm move-out appointment times occur on Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 15* as follows:

  • 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

To schedule your dorm move-out appointment, see your college email. If you have questions or need assistance, email the Special Committee on Coronavirus at COVID-19@welch.edu.

We greatly appreciate your many expressions of support and encouragement, and we look forward to seeing you on campus again soon!

Special Committee on Coronavirus

Members, in alphabetical order:
Matthew Steven Bracey
Greg Fawbush, Co-chair
Dr. Jon Forlines
Russell Houske
Dr. Greg Ketteman
Craig Mahler, Co-chair

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A Letter from President Pinson: What Welch College is Doing to Prepare for the Fall

Dear Students and Parents,

This is a time of great uncertainty. Yet we serve a God who is able to do far more abundantly than we could ever ask or think because of His great power which is active in our lives (Eph. 3:20). We’re so excited about the students who are going to attend Welch this fall, and I wanted to write a brief letter and let you know about some things we are doing to prepare for the fall semester.

Safety
Our Special Coronavirus Committee was out in front of the pandemic in February, before it ever gained traction in the U.S., and we will be following best practices regarding safety protocols for colleges and universities when we gather together in the fall. We’re going to go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure your safety in our Christian community of faith and learning. We will keep you apprised as we move forward in our safety planning.

Financial Aid
Another concern many prospective students and parents have is finances. Some parents have lost their jobs or have suffered a pay cut. Government grants for students who have been hurt by the Coronavirus will be made available through Welch College based on need. These are grants, not loans. So they won’t need to be repaid. Welch will also be making need-based grants available to students beginning this fall, many of which will be provided by friends of the college who will be making charitable contributions for this purpose.

Tuition Freeze
Welch normally increases its tuition, room, and board costs to keep up with inflation and the rapidly rising cost of providing a quality education. We had planned to increase these costs by 3% this year. However, the Coronavirus pandemic and the economic upheaval this puts many of our families in has prompted us to freeze the increase in tuition, room, and board this year. Thus these costs will remain the same as last year’s costs.

Contingency Planning
Based on current projections from public health experts, we believe the fall semester will begin on campus. So while we don’t anticipate remote or online learning for dorm and commuter students, we will keep you posted if this eventuates. When we gather this fall, we will be taking every precaution necessary and carefully observing the best practices recommended by public health officials. We will keep you informed as we move forward with this planning.

We look forward to seeing you in the fall. If we can do anything to be of service to you, please contact us.

The Lord bless you and keep you in these trying times.

Sincerely,

Matt Pinson
President

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A Call for Prayers of Thanksgiving

Dear Friends of Welch,

As a way of keeping you updated on the impact of COVID-19 on Welch College, and urging you to pray for Welch, I wanted you to have a copy of the letter I sent the Welch faculty and staff this morning.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

Matt Pinson
President

Dear Faculty and Staff,

These are perilous days financially for small Christian colleges like Welch as we cope with the Coronavirus pandemic. We have had to send students home, gear up for remote teaching and learning, and credit dorm students for unused room and board. Summer sources of revenue are drying up, giving is going down, and almost certainly our fall incoming class will be smaller than we had projected.

Yet we are confident that God is going to meet our needs as He has in the past, and I wanted briefly to share some news with you and ask you to join us in prayers of thanksgiving. We have applied for a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan, which is part of the recently passed CARES act, and we have received a $785,000 loan from this program. We thank God for these needed funds. Welch has never received direct government funding. But our Administration and Board of Trustees strongly believe that this “wartime” situation demands that we receive these funds.

While this is a large sum of money, it pales in comparison to the shortfall that we—like hundreds of other colleges and universities—will face as a result of COVID-19. We are running budget contingency scenarios to ascertain the spending reductions that will be necessary to sustain Welch through these difficult times. We believe it will be possible to maintain all academic programs and not to engage in layoffs or salary reductions. We are carefully monitoring the situation and will be communicating with you soon about the process by which we will formulate our revised budget for the 2020–21 fiscal year.

In addition to prayers of thanksgiving and prayers for wisdom as we move forward and engage in needed budget reductions, please join me in praying for the Lord to provide for the needs of Welch as He has in the past. Pray that God will raise up donors who are in a position to help us in this once-in-a-lifetime crisis. And pray that God will bring us the students He wants us to have this fall.

Thank you for all you are doing to continue mentoring and ministering to our students toward the fulfillment of our mission to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through biblical thought and life. The students treasure you, and I do as well.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

Sincerely,

Matt Pinson
President

Welch College Strong and Courageous 2020 Event Delayed

Dr. Matthew Pinson, president of Welch College, has announced that the annual Strong and Courageous event has been postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The safety of our event sponsors and guests are of primary importance to us,” Pinson said. “The event was originally scheduled for May 11.We’re delaying it and will set a new date when health officials determine it’s safe for larger groups to be together once again.”

The annual event is centered on the theme of honoring and celebrating Christian faith in Sumner County and includes music, drama, and inspirational messages. Money raised from Strong and Courageous goes to fund scholarships for students attending Welch College. Former speakers and entertainers include Dr. Ming Wang, Ricky and Sharon Skaggs, Congressman John Rose, and a guest dramatic performance about the biblical character Joshua.

According to Dr. Charles Lea, Special Assistant to the President, Strong and Courageous will take on a new meaning this year as our community celebrates the courageous faithful in healthcare and how God has strengthened all of us through the pandemic crisis. “We are grateful to our many community leaders and sponsors who have made this a signature event for the college,” Lea said.

Welch College continually ranks among the best colleges in the South yet remains affordable for area residents. For more information about Welch College visit welch.edu. An announcement as to a specific date for Strong and Courageous 2020 will be forthcoming.

Welch Biology Professor Dr. Ian Hawkins Answers Questions about COVID-19

Members of the Welch College community have been asking various questions about COVID-19. Dr. Ian Hawkins, who leads the natural science programs at Welch, answers some of them below.

What is COVID-19 and Coronaviruses?
Scientists have known about coronaviruses for quite some time. This group of viruses has mostly caused minor colds in individuals. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) was the first-known coronavirus to become a significant health concern, which led to a renewed interest in understanding coronaviruses. MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) was another coronavirus that enhanced the understanding of these viruses. Mostly, these viruses have been confined to different animals, but, in the cases of SARS, MERS, and now COVID-19, they have accumulated mutations and began infecting the human population.

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
Healthcare workers are looking for three main symptoms: fever, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Many patients who have coronavirus also experience chills, headaches, body aches, and sore throats; however, these are not the symptoms that healthcare workers would use to warrant testing someone. As testing becomes more widespread, more individuals with fewer symptoms will be tested.

What Should We Do in This Pandemic?
Stay calm and do the things that you can do such as: wash your hands regularly, keep away from people outside your family, stay away from crowds, keep your hands away from your face as much as possible, and clean surfaces that are touched often. These are the best preventative measures. Also, continue to reach out to those in need and to your friends and family. Still, maintain social interaction, even with the restrictions on face-to-face meetings.

When Should You Quarantine Yourself?
If you know you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive, or you have tested yourself and are awaiting results, then you need to quarantine yourself away from everybody for fourteen days. This course of action will prevent you from spreading the virus if you have it or have been exposed to it. If you have been exposed to it, symptoms may take up to fourteen days before appearing; consequently, you do not want to infect other people accidentally.

What Should You Do if You Test Positive for the Virus?
Individuals who have tested positive should stay quarantined and away from other family members if they are living in the house with you. You should have a separate room and preferably a separate bath. Your healthcare provider should continually keep in touch with you, probably once or twice a day, and monitor your situation to determine if hospitalization is necessary. If your breathing gets worse to the point that you are having difficulty getting out of bed, then they would probably advise you to seek hospitalization. Your healthcare provider will keep you informed and monitor your condition to advise you on whether that is necessary.

Why are We Taking This Virus So Seriously When We Usually Do Not Do This for Other Flu Viruses?Healthcare workers are taking this virus more seriously for two main reasons. First, COVID-19 seems very contagious so that one person can infect many people all at once. Secondly, since the virus can spread so rapidly, health care systems will be overwhelmed with patients if measures are not taken to limit the spread. By taking this disease seriously, we can curb the speed of the spread so that our healthcare system can maintain safe and important treatments.

Are There Any Medicines That Can Help Against Coronavirus?
Over the past few weeks, doctors have prescribed certain medications that could be beneficial. They have used chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in many cases, and some of them have shown positive results. Also, a few antiviral drugs, which are either new or were used for other viruses, may also prove helpful. Several other treatments including antibodies from patients who have survived the virus are also being used. The current challenge is that the evidence is inconclusive, and some of these medicines are new and require more extensive testing. Over the next few months, doctors and scientists will be more able to correctly determine the best treatment options we have.

What Should Our Churches Do During This Crisis?
Our local congregations can serve an important role during this pandemic. We need to help people stay calm, and we need to provide emotional support. Churches should maintain social distancing and support the orders of governmental agencies, but that will not mean that churches cannot reach out. We can provide grocery runs and pickups for our older members and place them on their doorsteps. We can increase social interactions through telephone calls, prayer times, and other means that will allow us to keep our distance while still maintaining relationships. These are just a few suggestions, and not only will they help our members during isolation but also will lead to a stronger church body. This time of heartache and uncertainty is also a time when God’s people can demonstrate their faith in Christ, which gives us the peace that others may want, leading to opportunities to share our faith. May God give us peace and courage to help others and be good examples of Christ in these perilous times.

About Dr. Hawkins
Dr. Ian Hawkins serves as Associate Professor of Biology, Chairman of the Department of Arts and Sciences, and coordinator for science programs at Welch College. He holds undergraduate degrees in both biology and biochemistry from East Carolina University, an M.S. in biology from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University. He has served at Welch since 2006.

WELCH COLLEGE COVID-19 UPDATE, APRIL 2, 2020

Dear Students,

I trust you’re doing well in these trying times. We miss you, and we’re praying for you. Daily, things change drastically with the Coronavirus pandemic. I appreciate your patience with us as we pivot quickly in response to government orders.

This afternoon, after the Special Committee on the Coronavirus emailed you, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued a stricter stay at home order, like that of at least thirty-seven other states, that prohibits leaving home except for “essential functions.” Thus the Special Committee has elected to change its decision and not allow exceptions for moving out and retrieving items from the dorms.

We have also consulted with Dr. McAffee about students who may have left textbooks in their dorm room. If you left a textbook or other item that you need for a course, please email Mrs. Terri Cockrell at tcockrell@welch.edu, and arrangements will be made to get you what you need.

When Craig Mahler of the Special Committee notified me of this recommendation this afternoon, I had been informed of the Governor’s new order, and I assured Mr. Mahler that I concurred with the committee’s recommendation. I also told him that our students would understand completely. We will update you as to when it will be possible for you to move your things out.

Students, you have been extraordinarily mature and understanding in this very difficult set of circumstances. I’m proud of you, as we all are. And we pray and look forward to having you back on the Welch campus as soon as possible.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

Sincerely,

Matt Pinson
President

Welch President Matt Pinson Requests Prayer for Employee Testing Positive for COVID-19

Welch College officials learned this afternoon that Welch Men’s Resident Director Russell Houske received notice of a positive COVID-19 test earlier today, according to President Matt Pinson. Houske’s test followed exposure during his duties as an EMT on or about March 16 to a non-college-related individual who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Houske continues to exhibit no symptoms but is rigidly following all CDC and Tennessee Department of Health recommendations, including the required 14-day period of self-quarantine, which both he and his family will observe in their campus apartment.

Upon receiving the test result today, Houske immediately notified college officials. He also notified family members and other individuals who were in recent close contact. Presently, none of the notified individuals has symptoms, and there are no other reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the College community.

Welch students, faculty, and staff left the campus for spring break beginning on March 11, and the campus has remained closed for business since that time. At that time, there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sumner County. Students, faculty, and staff were to return from spring break on March 23. However, following “Safer at Home” orders from Governor Bill Lee and Sumner County Executive Anthony Holt, College officials elected to cancel campus for the rest of the semester, with all courses now being taught online. The campus is closed until further notice, and faculty and staff are working remotely.

Nine students with hardships were permitted to remain in the residence halls. One of the three male students in the men’s residence hall has been appointed as resident assistant, and Dr. Jon Forlines, Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students, has assumed resident director duties during Houske’s self-quarantine. All these students and most of their parents were informed via video conference Wednesday night about the details of the quarantine, as well as the safety precautions the college has put in place for them.

The College’s facilities contractor initiated a special antiviral cleaning protocol before learning of the positive test. This “deep cleaning” of campus facilities continues in preparation for the yet-to-be announced reopening of the campus.

College President Matt Pinson asked that all in the college community pray for Houske and his family during the self-quarantine period. Pinson said, “I’m calling on the whole extended family of Welch College to pray for Russell and his family during this time. Neither he nor his family have any symptoms. Russell is a meticulous healthcare professional who’s taking every precaution and understands what ‘quarantine’ means. Let’s all be in prayer for this dear family who love our students so much and have invested their lives in their spiritual and personal development.”

Additional updates will be provided as warranted.

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A Letter to Students from President and Mrs. Pinson

Dear Students,

This is a time of mixed emotions for the Welch College family. Combined with the changes and difficulties the Coronavirus is bringing to our daily lives, and the suffering wrought by it, we see all around us people who are responding with wisdom and hard work and the love of Christ.

We have seen this in our Welch College family and its students, faculty, and staff. We are especially thankful for all the outstanding work we have seen from our Welch Coronavirus Special Committee (co-chaired by Craig Mahler and Greg Fawbush), which got out ahead of this pandemic very early on, as well as our Provost Dr. Matthew McAffee.

We wish we didn’t have to write this email, because we so miss you being on campus. Yet, like so many other colleges and universities, our college leadership has concluded that it will be necessary to finish the spring semester remotely. This online format will include the taking of exams, and the ending date for the semester will be the same as it originally was.

As we said to you in a previous email, our faculty is already skilled at teaching remotely/online. Unlike most college faculties, they have the advantage of having already done this two years ago, when the opening of our newly constructed campus was delayed by several weeks.

Sadly, we will not be able to have commencement ceremonies on the regularly scheduled date in May. We are considering our options for a ceremony later in the year. We know how much of a blow this is to our seniors and their families, as it is to us, and will have everyone on campus as soon as possible to celebrate our graduates and the signal accomplishments for which they’ve worked so hard.

The Special Committee in concert with the Offices of the President and the Provost are developing plans for keeping in touch with you and for delivering online chapel content from the faculty. Like you, the sense of community at Welch is one of the things we love the most about the college. So a committee has been appointed to keep faculty and staff in touch with students, one-on-one, to give spiritual and emotional support over the coming weeks. We are also planning pro-rated credits for room and board. We will get you details on that as soon as we finalize them.

We know you have a lot of questions. The Office of the Provost and the Special Committee on Coronavirus will be communicating with you soon with more detail and answers to your questions. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email them to covid-19@welch.edu. Continue to check your email for further updates from the college.

We want to remind you of God’s promise to you in life’s worst circumstances. We urge you to meditate prayerfully on this promise from Isaiah 41:

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

We also encourage you to observe the widely communicated guidelines on social distancing and stay safe. Use the technological means at your disposal to keep in touch with your fellow students, as well as faculty and staff, and to show Christ’s love to those in need. We’d even recommend that you call the people who love you, especially the elderly in your church, family, and neighborhood, to let them hear your voice. We know you’ll continue to join us in prayer for those affected by the Coronavirus.

We’ll never forget when we had “survived” the move from the old campus to the new one, having been separated from our students for all that time—Christmas break, followed by several weeks of online instruction with our faculty and staff working from home as campus construction was completed. When it came time for everyone to come back, a sign was hung out in front of the campus that said, “Welcome home!” The reunion was sweet. Please know that you are dear to us, and we are looking forward to seeing our wonderful Welch students back on this campus and saying, “Welcome home!”

In the meantime, let’s keep praying and being who the Spirit is leading us to be in Christ.

The Lord bless you and keep you.

Matt and Melinda Pinson
President

 

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Welch Coronavirus Update from Provost Matthew McAffee

Dear Students,

As you all know, Welch College is temporarily moving all of its traditional courses to an online format, beginning March 25, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are currently planning to carry on with this modality until class sessions resume on April 8. This plan, however, is subject to change as the College administration monitors ongoing developments related to the Coronavirus.

Our faculty are currently making plans to convert all courses to online delivery. We will host an online orientation for faculty members on Monday, March 23. I have instructed all faculty members to reach out to you by the end of this week with any information you may need to know in preparation for you online classes to begin on March 25.

I would also like to draw your attention to a tool that we will use for video conferencing and class lectures. Many of your professors may utilize Google Hangouts. You can access this app in your Welch email account. Simply click on the Google apps icon in the top right hand corner of your screen [three rows of three dots]. Click the “Meet” app. That will then launch a new browser in your browser: meet.google.com. It gives you the option of joining a meeting. Some of your professors may ask you to access lecture content through this app. The app is also available for download on your smartphone. Once you have downloaded “Google Meet” to your smartphone, simply sign in with your Welch College email and password. I would encourage you to familiarize yourself with this app prior to the start of classes on Wednesday, March 25.  (For more help and support for Google Hangouts, go to https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/9282720?hl=en.)

Please remain vigilant in keeping up with all College communication that you receive. Each communication piece is intended to provide vital information for our college family as we respond to the ever-changing circumstances surrounding this Coronavirus. The Special Committee on the Coronavirus and college administrators are monitoring the situation daily and will update you as needed.

Also remember that classes resume March 25. Our move to online courses does not mean that Welch College is taking an extended vacation. It is extremely important for you to remain vigilant in pursuit of your education at Welch. This resolve is all the more imperative for our college family as we continue fulfilling our mission in this temporary season of online education.

As we approach March 25, I ask you to do the following things in preparation:

  1. Check your email daily for important communications from your professors and Welch College updates on the Coronavirus.
  2. Review all of your course syllabi for upcoming assignments and lecture topics.
  3. Familiarize yourself with Google Meet.
  4. Pray for the Special Committee on Coronavirus and College administrators as they monitor this global crisis and make important decisions daily.

We are thankful for the Lord’s guidance during these days of change and uncertainty. We are confident in the hope and security that is found in Christ alone. I pray that the Lord will bless you richly in the coming days as all of us weather the current storm.

Sincerely,

Matthew McAffee
Provost

Welch College Update on the Coronavirus

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

As announced by Dr. Pinson on March 13, the college is adjusting its academic schedule as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. Rather than returning to campus on Monday, March 23, as planned, students will remain at home and conduct their courses online. Faculty will return to campus on March 23 for in-service training regarding remote teaching and learning. Courses will resume online on Wednesday, March 25.

At this juncture, on-campus classes and residence in residence halls (with limited hardship exceptions) will not resume until April 8. We realize, however, that this is subject to change, and we will keep you updated as changes are made.

The Special Committee compiled the following Frequently Asked Questions to update the campus community with important information related to the unprecedented event. Both the Special Committee and the Provost’s Office will issue updates as necessary; thus please monitor campus email. The Special Committee asks that all stakeholders direct questions to covid-19@welch.edu.

The Special Committee appreciates patience as both the committee and the Provost’s Office continue to monitor this global phenomenon and plan for a successful transition to remote learning that both preserves academic quality and fosters community.

Special Committee on Coronavirus,

Members, in alphabetical order:
Matthew Steven Bracey
Greg Fawbush, Co-chair
Dr. Jon Forlines
Russell Houske
Dr. Greg Ketteman
Craig Mahler, Co-chair

See the following pages for Frequently Asked Questions. Please bear in mind that reviewing other announcements from Welch College regarding COVID-19 may be helpful. Those include:

February 19 (Initial statement from the Special Committee to review Coronavirus outbreak)
March 2 (Statement announcing Welch College’s intent not to sanction planned international trips)
March 7 (Letter to FORUM20 attendees)
March 10—including a list of important FAQs
March 12 (Statement from Dr. Pinson)
March 13 (Dr. Pinson’s statement announcing remote teaching and learning)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAMPUS OFFICES

Are campus offices open?
Yes, though both faculty and many staff are out of the office currently for spring break and will return on or before March 23. Office hours remain 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Faculty report to campus on Monday, March 23 (see other FAQ and future Provost’s Office communiques for more information). Staff report as normal. Welch College will announce any adjustment to either office hours or employee work arrangements, when and if necessary.

STUDENTS

When will students begin classes?
Spring break is extended by two days (i.e., from March 23 to March 25), and students begin remote learning on Wednesday, March 25. At this juncture, on-campus courses and residence in residence halls will not resume until April 8; however, that is subject to change. Welch College is offering limited hardship exceptions for living in residence halls. See FAQs below.

What does remote/online learning mean for students?
While both the Provost’s Office and/or faculty will communicate specific details soon, generally, remote/online learning utilizes Populi and/or other technology to provide lectures, class discussion, assignments, etc. Though a number of technological resources are available, both the format and technology used is by discretion of the Provost and/or faculty and may look different by class or faculty member. However, both the Special Committee and the Provost have emphasized the importance of maintaining the same academic quality to which Welch College students are accustomed. The Special Committee will find ways to support the Provost’s Office, faculty, and students during the online experience and is confident in the college’s quality faculty and capable students.

Are residence halls open?
Residence halls are closed and, therefore, unavailable for living, with limited hardship exceptions. However, if students need to visit the residence hall to gather only their belongings, they should contact their Resident Director to make arrangements.

How do I request a hardship exception for living on campus?
Complete the form linked here. Hardship exceptions are limited and considered only on a case-by-case basis by the Special Committee, which will respond to requests as soon as feasible.

What does remote learning mean for graduate students?
Graduate students will receive important details regarding their courses from either the Provost’s Office and/or the respective Program Coordinator/Dean.

Will library services be available to students during the remote learning experience?
Though we are still finalizing the details, we expect that library services—especially electronic resources—will be available to students. More information is forthcoming from the Provost’s Office and/or Mrs. Thornsbury.

What is the status of commencement? See the FAQ in the EVENTS section below.

GENERAL

Does the college continue to discourage international travel?
Yes. As reported previously, any faculty, staff, or student who travels internationally is subject to a fourteen day quarantine prior to returning to Welch College to complete the spring semester.

EMPLOYEES

If an employee has a hardship, can he or she request to work from home?
Yes; the request will be reviewed. Requests from faculty may be submitted to Dr. McAffee, while requests for staff may be submitted to Mr. Mahler.

Will training be available for faculty?
Yes. All regular faculty report to campus on Monday, beginning at 10:00 a.m., for orientation. Training (corporately and individually) and class preparation continue Monday and Tuesday, March 23–24. Remote teaching and learning begins on Wednesday, March 25.

Though the Special Committee will share important updates to faculty (due to their being employees), the Provost’s Office will communicate specific academic-related details moving forward. Faculty, please direct all academic-related questions to the Provost’s Office.

Where can employees find important information regarding sick time and other employee benefits?
Please see the Business Office, which is currently compiling an Employee Resource Guide with this and other related information. NOTE: Though we understand that this transition to remote learning will be an especially busy time, any employee who is ill should seek appropriate medical treatment and remain home until well PRIOR to returning to the office. 

Are employees allowed to travel for college purposes?
Employee travel for college purposes is suspended until at least March 31, and the Special Committee will review it at that time.

EVENTS

What is the status of upcoming events? (This list is fluid, which the Special Committee will update to include other events as necessary.)

  • With a Voice of Singing! Welch College Choir Tour: cancelled after March 13
  • Community Worship Service for Area College Students/March 28: cancelled
  • State of Sumner County; Hendersonville Chamber/April 7: TBD
  • Rejoice! Travel: postponed until students return to Welch
  • Spring Musical/April 15–18: postponed until later date due to inability for rehearsal
  • Welcome Days/April 16–18: TBD

Will commencement and related activities continue as planned?
Though we hope that commencement will occur on Friday, May 8, as originally planned, it is subject to change, depending on how the COVID-19 situation unfolds and impacts Welch College.

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