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Message from Interim VP Student Affairs

DATE: March 18, 2020, 5:07 p.m.

Dear Students,

Life teaches us to be prepared for anything that is thrown at us.  So we prepare, and we plan, and then the emergency happens.

I am a planner, but I have learned, that even the best plan needs to be flexible in order to adjust and adapt. That’s where we are now.  Your university has been planning and strategizing for this situation for months. Now that it is here, please be assured that Shepherd’s faculty, staff, and administrators are truly working day and night to keep you safe and your academic pursuits on track.

As you now are aware, the decision has been made to finish the remainder of the spring semester via distance learning beginning March 30. Again, our priority is to help all students through the semester successfully and safely.

We have resources on our website that are designed to keep you informed about what Shepherd is communicating to all our constituents as well as some helpful links. Also, please take a look at the Teladoc link which can provide you with 24/7 access to clinical health care from your phone, tablet, and computer. All Shepherd students are signed up for this free service, so please consider using the service if you feel you need to speak with a licensed, board-certified physician.

For our residential students, we want you to be safe and we feel it would be in your best interest to remain at your primary residence for the rest of the semester. We have limited services available on campus. Our Residence Life staff is ready to help.  Please direct all questions to residencelife@shepherd.edu. Additionally, beginning Friday, March 20 and continuing through the end of the semester, only students with prior approval from Residence Life may remain in the campus residence halls, including Dunlop and Printz.  More information will be sent Thursday by noon.

Shanan, Rhonda, and Wendy, our Counseling Center staff, are fully available to meet with you remotely if you need them. Call 304-876-5161 to schedule a time. Please don’t try to get through these times alone. We may not be on campus all together, but together we are still a campus community.

There’s no denying it – this is a stressful time.  We will get through this, one day at a time, one problem at a time.

Life will return to normal and when it does, we will celebrate our success.

Sincerely,

Holly Morgan Frye                          

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and
Director of Community Relations