The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that limiting face-to-face contact is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The terms social distancing, isolation/self-isolating, and quarantine have been heard a lot over the past few weeks in reference to COVID-19, so it’s important to know what each of those means.

Social Distancing

Social distancing is also known as physical distancing. It means physically staying farther away from people than you might normally.

  • Stay at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

Isolation

Isolation is for individuals who have already been diagnosed or are showing symptoms of COVID-19. If you have had known exposure to someone with COVID-19 or have returned from traveling outside the country, you are expected to self-isolate for 14 days while you monitor your symptoms.

  • You should not leave your home for any reason. If you go outside to exercise, maintain physical distance.
  • If you need groceries or medicine, order them online or ask someone to drop them off to you with no contact.
  • Do not have any visitors, even friends or extended family, in your home.

Quarantine

Quarantine is put on groups of people and communities to separate or restrict the movement of individuals who may have been exposed. Because COVID-19 travels easily between people without necessarily showing symptoms, the state of Florida has issued a Stay-at-Home order to limit all non-essential movement/travel.

  • Non-essential workers must stay home.
  • Leave home only for essential services such as food, medicine or outdoor exercise.

What to do if you or someone else is sick or fears exposure:

Any member of the Stetson community who has been to campus in the last 14 days and feels they may have come into direct contact with the virus causing COVID-19 or is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.3, cough, shortness of breath, possible nausea/diarrhea, possible loss of taste/smell) should alert Stetson immediately. Fill out this online form: Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. During business hours, call Health Service (386-822-8150). After business hours, call Public Safety (386-822-7300). If you are concerned about someone else’s exposure, also let us know — don’t just tell them to do so. This applies to our College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Dear students, staff and faculty on the DeLand campus:

We write to ask you to help us decide on the topic for the quality enhancement plan that will start in 2022. A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a ten-year plan dedicated to improving an aspect of student learning or student success. The QEP is an integral component of the SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation process, and it reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall quality and effectiveness by targeting a specific issue with substantial resources in order to improve student learning outcomes and/or student success.

The QEP Taskforce—made up of students, faculty, and staff–has been collecting and analyzing data and conducting community forums for the past several months. A number of potential QEP topics have been identified from the research and community feedback. This is where we need your help.

To gather preference data from everyone in the Stetson Community (students, staff, faculty), please share your insight on the QEP topics to allow us to develop a QEP topic that improves student learning and/or student success at Stetson. You’ll be asked to identify whether you are student, staff, faculty, or administration, and you’ll have the chance to explain or support your preferences after stating them.

https://stetson.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSkaRC5v1qF8KTb

Thank you very much for completing our brief survey. For more information on the Stetson’s reaffirmation process and the QEP, click here.

QEP Task Force
Stacy Collins
Lisa Coulter
Joseph C Francis
Angela Henderson
Daniel J Hendrick
Colin MacFarlane
Stuart Michelson (co-chair)
Megan O’Neill  (co-chair)
Harry Price
Tom Vogel

Peer Success Coaching continues to be available to all students via phone sessions and video chat sessions on Microsoft Teams. Students can make appointments with a Success Coach through Stetson SSC by pressing the blue “Get Assistance” button, emailing studentsuccess@stetson.edu, or calling the Hollis Family Student Success Center at (386) 822-7345.

You can access Microsoft Teams by going to Microsoft Teams and signing in with your Stetson email and password. You can also download the desktop app and sign in the same way. The Teams group for Peer Success Coaching is available through the direct hyperlink: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a5591dd9407b24819acd29e0f526abdc7%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=bdc8d4f6-3d6e-44eb-a9b2-3a049b872b22&tenantId=7d854659-4213-48c1-80ca-df7831c02e6d

Peer Success Coaches are creating presentations to help with the transition to the virtual learning environment available in the Files tab of the PSC Teams Group. I have attached the first presentation, below, which addresses tips to succeed online.

In difficult times, fiction can provide an escape – or hold up a mirror to the challenges we face. Read about a nation under siege from Martians and discuss how our own situation compares!

This special virtual edition of the duPont-Ball SF Book Club will meet online at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 – about two weeks from now. Email cfinkle@stetson.edu with the subject line “Book Club” for information on how to participate.

H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds is a classic work of science fiction that invented the “alien invasion” genre. It has been adapted dozens of times, including in a famous 1938 radio drama by Orson Welles that may or may not have incited mass panic. The book will take a quick reader only about four hours to get through, and the radio drama is only an hour. Links to both will be included in the orientation email for people who sign up.

On April 23, we will gather online to discuss the themes and legacy of the story. Cultural Credit will be offered to participating students! Once again, sign up by emailing cfinkle@stetson.edu with the subject line “Book Club!”

The Office of Faculty Engagement at Stetson University hosted the first in a series of webinars on COVID-19 on April 3, entitled COVID-19 in the United States: How did we get here?­”

A recording of the webinar is now available at: https://us-lti.bbcollab.com/recording/74eafd21616f4793a635b44b468695f5

Stetson University’s chaplains and other spiritual resources are still available to all students, regardless of faith tradition. It may not be quite as easy as stopping by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life to say hello, but chaplains and others are available for virtual religious services and online conversations.

Even outside of the current global circumstances, college life can be stressful. Chaplains are available to listen or offer guidance as requested. For an informal conversation, students are invited to Chat with a Chaplain every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The conversations are held on Blackboard Collaborate: just go to https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/d1d65fac6bc14504980b0a60debd80fb.

Students can also make an appointment to meet with a chaplain online, one-on-one. Stetson’s chaplains are confidential resources, meaning that what students say to a chaplain can’t be shared without your permission.

We still have spiritual observances available, too.

Sensei Morris Doshin Sullivan hosts Buddhist services every Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Services are open to all members of the Stetson community—you do not have to identify as Buddhist to attend. Services last about an hour and consist of a brief period of chanting, plus meditation and discussion. Questions are encouraged.

To attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/446047958

Stetson Hillel is hosting two virtual events each week, Torah on Tap and Shabbat Blessings on IG. Torah on Tap, a discussion of Jewish values and living in the age of the coronavirus, is on Zoom, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. https://hillel.zoom.us/j/207694388.

Fridays at 6 p.m., join Hillel for Shabbat Blessings on IG. To attend, follow stetsonuniversityhillel on Instagram.

DART will hold an online info session on Wednesday, April 15, at 6 p.m. ET to discuss careers in community organizing. All Stetson students and alumni welcome, particularly those graduating this May or December.

RSVP at www.thedartcenter.org/Stetson

DART organizations unite congregations to work for social, economic and racial justice, including:

* Plugging the school-to-prison pipeline
* Reining in predatory lending practices
* Expanding access to primary health and dental care
* Prioritizing funding for affordable housing and job training
* Fighting for immigrants’ rights
* Police accountability

Positions start Aug. 10, 2020, and Jan. 11, 2021, in:

Florida: St. Petersburg, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami
Kansas: Lawrence
Virginia: Richmond

Starting salary $39,064/year + benefits.

DART organizations are largely made up of low- and moderate-income, minority and immigrant communities. We strongly encourage people from these backgrounds, as well as fluent Spanish speakers, to apply.

To apply or learn more about DART, visit www.thedartcenter.org. Still have questions? Contact hannah@thedartcenter.org or 202.841.0353.

Are feeling bored and eager to positively impact your community during this tumultuous time?

Stetson Tutors is seeking volunteers who will facilitate virtual tutoring sessions across various subject areas for K-12 students. The need for academic support in our local schools is especially high at this time when they are venturing into the unknown territory of online learning and understandable distraction from coursework.

If you are interested in getting involved with this initiative, please fill out this online form.

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WORLD is now accepting proposals for the upcoming AY 2020/2021 Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs.  Each year, WORLD invites faculty from all disciplines at Stetson University to step outside of the DeLand campus and explore the possibilities of teaching abroad.

Last month, Wendy Viggiano, Program coordinator for International Learning, hosted a Lunch and Learn webinar on leading faculty-led programs abroad. She covered topics, such as program types, student considerations, working collaboratively with WORLD and benefits of working with a study abroad provider, and walked through the proposal process.  You can check out each topic in the short videos on the WORLD Blog, as well as on our YouTube channel.  We hope these informative videos will clarify the proposal process and encourage faculty to submit proposals.

Stetson University has seen an increase in faculty-led programs abroad and we hope to continue that trend next year.  Students are eager to study abroad and we look forward to offering students more programs in a variety of disciplines to meet the demands of our students.  No matter the subject or discipline, WORLD can find the right location abroad for your course. How can a new place enhance your teaching and the student’s understanding of the topic? Feel you don’t have the time to make all the arrangements and organize all the logistics of the program? Not sure even where to begin? No worries! WORLD is here to help you every step of the way.

Start your Faculty-Led Study Abroad Proposal and we will help you take care of the rest!

Join us on April 10 at 3 p.m. EST for an hour of trivia, language and cooking as we explore the cultures of Vietnam and South Korea! This event is hosted by Stetson international students on Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/724468315).

This is the first in a series of Virtual Culture Hours hosted throughout April every Friday at 3 p.m. EST. We will explore countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, East Africa, the Caribbean and South America!

Questions? Contact Morgan Egan, WORLD Marketing coordinator, at meegan@stetson.edu.

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Dear students, staff and faculty on the DeLand campus:

We write to ask you to help us decide on the topic for the quality enhancement plan that will start in 2022. A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a ten-year plan dedicated to improving an aspect of student learning or student success. The QEP is an integral component of the SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation process, and it reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall quality and effectiveness by targeting a specific issue with substantial resources in order to improve student learning outcomes and/or student success.

The QEP Taskforce—made up of students, faculty, and staff–has been collecting and analyzing data and conducting community forums for the past several months. A number of potential QEP topics have been identified from the research and community feedback. This is where we need your help.

To gather preference data from everyone in the Stetson Community (students, staff, faculty), please share your insight on the QEP topics to allow us to develop a QEP topic that improves student learning and/or student success at Stetson. You’ll be asked to identify whether you are student, staff, faculty, or administration, and you’ll have the chance to explain or support your preferences after stating them.

https://stetson.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSkaRC5v1qF8KTb

Thank you very much for completing our brief survey. For more information on the Stetson’s reaffirmation process and the QEP, click here.

QEP Task Force
Stacy Collins
Lisa Coulter
Joseph C Francis
Angela Henderson
Daniel J Hendrick
Colin MacFarlane
Stuart Michelson (co-chair)
Megan O’Neill  (co-chair)
Harry Price
Tom Vogel

The Office of Online Learning and Educational Technology (OOLET) has recently implemented a proctoring tool for online exams, called Respondus Monitor. Respondus Monitor builds upon the LockDown Browser technology to ensure the computing device isn’t used to cheat during a non-proctored exam. After a quick one-time installation, Respondus Monitor will auto-launch from the student’s browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE) whenever the exam settings require it. Students are then guided through a pre-exam sequence, including a webcam check. Exams can be taken with Respondus Monitor without advanced scheduling and without additional registration by the student.
Training is critical for instructors to be successful in using LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor. While training resources are provided below and in the application itself, OOLET strongly encourages instructors to attend a training session currently being offered daily by Respondus.
Daily training webinars for LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor: https://web.respondus.com/webinars/.
The trainings are about 45 minutes, with an extended Q & A period where questions are answered live.
Rapid Rollout for Instructors answers the top questions instructors have about LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor
If you require assistance with this tool after you have reviewed the available instructions, please send an email to the Help Desk and your inquiry will be directed to an OOLET staff member.
-The Office of Online Learning and Educational Technology

Dear students, staff and faculty on the DeLand campus:

We write to ask you to help us decide on the topic for the quality enhancement plan that will start in 2022. A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a ten-year plan dedicated to improving an aspect of student learning or student success. The QEP is an integral component of the SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation process, and it reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall quality and effectiveness by targeting a specific issue with substantial resources in order to improve student learning outcomes and/or student success.

The QEP Taskforce—made up of students, faculty, and staff–has been collecting and analyzing data and conducting community forums for the past several months. A number of potential QEP topics have been identified from the research and community feedback. This is where we need your help.

To gather preference data from everyone in the Stetson Community (students, staff, faculty), please share your insight on the QEP topics to allow us to develop a QEP topic that improves student learning and/or student success at Stetson. You’ll be asked to identify whether you are student, staff, faculty, or administration, and you’ll have the chance to explain or support your preferences after stating them.

https://stetson.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cSkaRC5v1qF8KTb

Thank you very much for completing our brief survey. We will send a reminder later in the week. For more information on the Stetson’s reaffirmation process and the QEP, click here.

QEP Task Force
Stacy Collins
Lisa Coulter
Joseph C Francis
Angela Henderson
Daniel J Hendrick
Colin MacFarlane
Stuart Michelson (co-chair)
Megan O’Neill  (co-chair)
Harry Price
Tom Vogel

As information is continued to be shared across news and social media platforms, the term “higher risk” keeps popping up. In order to keep yourself and those around you safe and healthy, it’s important to know what that really means.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on the information currently available about COVID-19, those at high risk for severe illness include:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • Other high-risk conditions could include:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have heart disease with complications
    • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment
    • People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [(BM]I)≥40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date, data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk.

So, if you are not included on this list, does that mean you’re less likely to contract it? No.

  • The CDC specifies that people are at higher risk for “severe illness,” which means that if someone who falls into a category on that list does become ill with COVID-19, it could be much more harmful to them than someone not included on that list.
  • No information suggests that one type of person is less likely to get sick or show symptoms. In fact, data from the CDC’s March 16 report shows that 38% of 508 people hospitalized in the U.S. for COVID-19 were between the age of 20 and 54.
  • Remember COVID-19 is easily spread as it can be carried by an individual and passed onto another person, even if that individual does not show any symptoms. So wash your hands often, clean frequently used surfaces as much as possible, and stay home whenever you can.

What to do if you or someone else is sick or fears exposure?

Any member of the Stetson community who has been to campus in the last 14 days and feels they may have come into direct contact with the virus causing COVID-19 or is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.3, cough, shortness of breath, possible nausea/diarrhea, possible loss of taste/smell) should alert Stetson immediately. Fill out this online form: Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Concern Form. During business hours, call Health Service (386-822-8150). After business hours, call Public Safety (386-822-7300). If you are concerned about someone else’s exposure, also let us know — don’t just tell them to do so. This applies to our College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Join us on April 10 at 3 p.m. EST for an hour of trivia, language and cooking as we explore the cultures of Vietnam and South Korea! This event is hosted by Stetson international students on Zoom (for the meeting code, go to our Instagram @stetsonworld).

This is the first in a series of Virtual Culture Hours hosted throughout April every Friday at 3 p.m. EST. We will explore countries in Southeast Asia, Europe, East Africa, the Caribbean and South America!

Questions? Contact Morgan Egan, WORLD Marketing coordinator, at meegan@stetson.edu.

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As we continue to work together through these challenging times, the IT department is shifting our face-to-face support to “by appointment only” scheduling for our Helpdesk area on the lower level of the Lynn Business Center.

Did you know that 90% of technical issues can be resolved remotely?

Please reach out to us for assistance by email to support@stetson.edu or by phone at 386.822.7217.  If it turns out that your technical issue cannot be resolved remotely, our Helpdesk staff will schedule an appointment with you for an on campus in-person visit.

Note that although face-to-face interaction will be limited, the Helpdesk will continue to maintain its extended virtual support hours on Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, in addition to our existing 24/7 after-hours support.

Every ten years, the U.S. Constitution mandates a nationwide census to be administered to everyone in the country, regardless of citizenship or immigration status. By answering a few basic questions, you are directly assisting the government in getting an accurate picture of the nation. Below are a few commonly asked questions with links to more information if needed:

Why is the Census important?

  • Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs—impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy. 
  • They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Do I need to fill out the Census?

  • Everyone living in the United States and its five territories is required by law to be counted in the 2020 Census.
  • If someone, such as a college student, is just living with you temporarily due to the COVID-19 situation, they should be counted where they ordinarily would be living on April 1, 2020
  • For more information go to: https://2020census.gov/en/who-to-count.html and https://www.deland.org/resources/census

How can I fill it out?

  • Households will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can use the code provided to respond online here:  https://my2020census.gov/ 
  • You can also fill it out by phone: 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish).
  • All homes will receive a paper questionnaire if they do not first respond online or by phone. When responding, use blue or black ink to fill in the questionnaire. Do not use a pencil. When finished, return the questionnaire in the envelope provided.  

How is Census 2020 affected by COVID-19?

  • The Census Bureau will closely follow guidance from public health authorities when conducting this operation, as they do when conducting all field operations. 
  • All households that have not responded online or by phone will receive a paper questionnaire by May 1.
  • The public is strongly encouraged to respond online.
  • The deadline to respond by mail, online, or by phone has been extended to Aug. 1.
  • For more information on how the U.S. Census Bureau is responding to COVID-19, go to: https://2020census.gov/en/news-events/operational-adjustments-covid-19.html

At Stetson University, advisors embody the values of the university and should be recognized for their contributions to our community. Stetson University’s Excellence in Faculty Advising Award recognizes faculty who demonstrate outstanding academic advising for undergraduate students. Please nominate a Faculty Advisor by May 1 to be considered for this award.

The Writing Center now offers tutoring online. To meet with a tutor, make an appointment via Stetson SSC, like you usually would, but this time select the location, “Online Writing Center.” Your tutor will then email your Stetson email with an invitation from Microsoft Teams.

You no longer need to make an appointment 10 hours in advance, so you can receive immediate help when the Writing Center is open.

Our tutoring hours will remain the same:
Monday-Thursday: noon-10 p.m.
Friday: noon-3 p.m.
Sunday: 3-6 p.m.

In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we are transitioning our individual counseling services to consultations via telephone/telehealth for the duration of the semester.

To schedule a telephone appointment, please call (386) 822-8900 during office hours: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed daily from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch).
If you are experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, call WellConnect at 833-848-1765 to speak with an on-call counselor.

The Hatter Pantry will remain accessible Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed daily from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch). The Counseling entry door to Griffith Hall is locked to students as of 3/24/20. Faculty and staff can swipe access during business hours.
Please call (386) 822-8900 or Public Safety at (386) 822-7300 to be sure that there is someone available to provide access.

If you wish to donate food and toiletries to the Hatter Pantry during this time, you can do so at Public Safety anytime.

You can also donate money online. Please select “Other” in the designation field and specify “Hatter Pantry” in the box below.

For additional assistance regarding the Hatter Pantry, contact Nicole at ncurrie@stetson.edu.

For more details regarding the changes to services offered during COVID-19, please visit the Student Counseling Services website.

Dean of Students Lynn Schoenberg will continue her weekly Office Hours for students this Spring semester. This is a time to talk through anything about your Stetson experience. Her open Office Hours are always Tuesday from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Log in to a “Teams” group created just for this purpose, which is open to all students digitally. The following link will take you to the group: Dean of Students Office Hours Tuesday 12-1 in Teams. If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Teams, it is a platform that facilitates team collaboration and is accessible online at email.stetson.edu or can be downloaded to a smartphone or computer. Within Teams, you can chat, perform video or audio calls, store files and collaborate in real-time. Here is the link to locate the correct installation files, based on your device.

 

Effective Monday, April 6, Stetson Post Office will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for mail and package pick-up.

The Campus Bookstore also will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For other coronavirus updates, visit the Stetson Coronavirus Communication website. And keep up with the latest campus news at Stetson Today.

 

The Office of Online Learning and Educational Technology (OOLET) is now offering weekly Q & A virtual sessions for open questions regarding Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Ensemble, online pedagogy and best practices, and any of our related educational technologies (Respondus, Qwickly, etc.).  To make ongoing support easier, these sessions will be conducted at the same times every week.

Weekly Virtual Q & A Schedule

Tuesdays at 10  – 11 a.m.

*Wednesdays at 12 – 1 p.m.

Fridays at 12 – 1 p.m.

*Julie Kitzmiller will be hosting the Wednesday meetings, so if you have CoL-specific concerns, please join her session.

Use the link below to access any session during their scheduled time.
https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/95498eb6acb145d0a1149c22b83b04e2

You can also email OOLET to request individual or group training, and feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns – we are happy to help!

-The Office of Online Learning and Educational Technology

COVID-19 is presenting unanticipated challenges for many of our students and their families. Financial worries are spreading through our community.

Every day, we learn about more students who need our help. We hear stories about losing their jobs, parents who have been laid off, concerns regarding being able to return to Stetson in the fall, worries about graduating.

In addition to the great work everyone is doing in support of our students, many of you have been asking, “What more can I do to help?” In response, we have created the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund, which provides aid to Stetson students to lessen their unexpected and sometimes devastating financial burdens.

We hope you will consider a gift. Your donation, in any amount, can make a tremendous difference to students who need help. Please donate at this link if you are able: Hatters Care (COVID-19 Emergency Fund).

Students can apply for support from this fund by submitting the online 2019-2020 COVID-19 Related Request for Review.

Times like these test our resilience and resolve, but such times also bring out the best in people. They remind us of the Hatter spirit that has long rallied and sustained our strong sense of community. Thank you for being a part of this incredible community. Your kindness, generosity and grace are truly appreciated.

Lynn Schoenberg
Dean of Students

Heidi Goldsworthy
Director of Financial Aid

George Alderman
Student Government Association President

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A Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a ten-year plan dedicated to improving an aspect of student learning or student success. The QEP is an integral component of the SACSCOC reaffirmation of accreditation process and is derived from an institution’s ongoing comprehensive planning and evaluation processes. It reflects and affirms a commitment to enhance overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on an issue the institution considers important to improving student learning outcomes and/or student success.

The QEP Taskforce has been collecting and analyzing data and conducting community forums for the past several months. A number of potential QEP topics have been identified from the research and community feedback. This is where we need your help. To gather preference data from everyone in the Stetson Community (students, staff, faculty) the QEP Taskforce will be sending a survey to the Stetson Community on Monday morning to be completed next week. Please share your insight on the QEP topics to allow us to develop a QEP topic that improves student learning and/or student success at Stetson.

Thank you very much for completing our brief survey next week. For more information on the Stetson’s reaffirmation process and the QEP, click here.

QEP Task Force
Stacy Collins
Lisa Coulter
Joseph C. Francis
Angela Henderson
Daniel J. Hendrick
Colin MacFarlane
Stuart Michelson (co-chair)
Megan O’Neill  (co-chair)
Harry Price
Tom Vogel

 

Students, Faculty and Staff,

Join the Office of Faculty Engagement at Stetson University for a webinar series on COVID-19. This week’s seminar draws attention to the evolving and dynamic nature of the novel coronavirus, based on evidence that is known today and that may change.

Questions about the webinar series? Contact associate.provost@stetson.edu.

COVID-19 in the United States: How did we get here?­
April 3, 1:30-3 p.m. EST
https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/90c1db7bf6f647c6bdd2e9f6e3cc6d40

So much is happening at such a fast pace since the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 as a global pandemic. How did we get here? Join our panel of experts from Stetson University, Yale School of Medicine, and Rollins College for an informed update on the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States. Presenters will offer a cohesive picture of the nature of the novel coronavirus, medical interventions, the public health response, and how we can support each other. Lots of time will be available for Q&A. Open to Stetson students, staff and faculty.

MODERATOR
Sarah Cramer, PhD, MPH, is the Brown Visiting Teacher-Scholar Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems. She holds a PhD in agricultural education from the University of Missouri, where her research focused on examining school gardens as agents of food system transformation. Dr. Cramer teaches courses about food and agriculture at Stetson University. She has continued her school garden work at Stetson in collaboration with Volusia County Schools, and been involved in other local food systems initiatives in the region.

PANELISTS:
Sean Beckman, PhD, is assistant professor of Biology at Stetson University. He teaches physiology, mammalogy, and biostatistics. His research focuses on identifying the prevalence of vector-borne zoonotic disease in animal reservoirs.

Allen Johnson, PhD, MPH, is assistant professor of Public Health and director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at Rollins College where he teaches a variety of graduate-level public health courses. He has also taught several public health courses at Stetson University. Before joining the faculty at Rollins, Dr. Johnson worked for the Hawaii State Department of Health on efforts to reduce infectious diseases, such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

Asal Johnson, PhD, MPH, is assistant professor of Public Health at Stetson University where she teaches epidemiology and global health. She investigates variations in disease outcomes in relation to the distribution of spatial and geographical advantages and disadvantages.

 James Perlotto, MD, is a family physician and associate clinical professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. In addition to his appointment at Yale, he has taught public health courses and advised pre-medical students at Stetson University. Dr. Perlotto started treating AIDS patients during the early years of the HIV epidemic before much was known about the virus and has worked on HIV reduction efforts and treated AIDS patients for over three decades.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a dynamic situation. This panel is not offering medical advice. If you have concerns about your personal health make sure to speak directly to your health care provider. This is a novel virus and the information we are learning is rapidly changing. These comments are based on individual research and expertise and do not represent the views or opinions of Stetson University.

Starting Monday, April 6, the Campus Bookstore‘s new hours will be 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

The Accessibility Services Center has compiled tips to help the campus community with the switch to online learning. This guide is meant to assist with suggestions to help faculty and staff create online content that is accessible for everyone.

The guide can be found on the Resources for Faculty page on the Academic Success website: https://www.stetson.edu/administration/academic-success/resources/faculty.php

 

Effective Monday, April 6, Stetson Post Office‘s hours of operation for mail and package pick-up will be Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

 

The Office of Online Learning and Educational Technology (OOLET) is now offering weekly Q & A virtual sessions for open questions regarding Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, Ensemble, online pedagogy and best practices, and any of our related educational technologies (Respondus, Qwickly, etc.).  To make ongoing support easier, these sessions will be conducted at the same times every week.

Weekly Virtual Q & A Schedule

Tuesdays at 10  – 11 a.m.

*Wednesdays at 12 – 1 p.m.

Fridays at 12 – 1 p.m.

*Julie Kitzmiller will be hosting the Wednesday meetings, so if you have CoL-specific concerns, please join her session.

Use the link below to access any session during their scheduled time.
https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/95498eb6acb145d0a1149c22b83b04e2

You can also email OOLET to request individual or group training, and feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns – we are happy to help!

-The Office of Online Learning and Educational Technology