Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Kentucky Wesleyan College is closely monitoring the spread of the novel coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, in China and has since spread to locations around the globe.

Kentucky Wesleyan College continues to closely monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. A college planning and preparedness team meets daily to assess the status and impact of the spread of COVID-19 to minimize health and safety risks Wesleyan students, faculty, staff, families and the larger community.

We are not aware of any coronavirus cases at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Information on the impact of the virus on our neighbors throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky is available.

This site is a resource for information about COVID-19 and communications to the Kentucky Wesleyan College community. The site will be regularly updated with new information and messages.

The college is observing social distancing, and taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of all campus community members.  The latest information on office availability and contact information is here.


Updates from Campus

 

  • April 3, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 3, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • As we have discussed in past communications, the situation around the COVID-19 virus is in continual flux as we do our utmost to slow the spread of the contagion in our communities. Given the current situation within the state of Kentucky, and following upon the Governor’s recommendations, we will be having students move out of the residence halls by 5:00 pm Monday, April 6, 2020. We are circulating a survey to all students currently on campus to determine their status and ability to vacate in this timely manner in a safe fashion.
    • All offices will be officially closing to physical walk-in traffic on Monday, April 6, 2020. Although some workers will still have to be present on campus for activities that cannot be completed remotely, all conducted business with the outside community will occur in a remote fashion. We urge you to reach out via this fashion whenever you have the need. We remain ready to help ensure our students’ education at the highest level, and to continue serving the community in the best possible manner. Our only change is that we will be conducting these activities by virtual means rather than by in-person meetings at this time.
    • This is a challenging period for everyone, and social distancing can create a feeling of isolation. Please reach out to each other by phone, video, or other means to say hello and keep your connections. Get outside to wave to your neighbors and take in the beauty of nature. As Governor Beshear stated: “Social distancing does not mean social isolation.” Kentucky Wesleyan College hosted a “First Thursday” event last evening on a virtual platform. We were delighted to welcome participants from across the country who partook in what resulted in a wonderful event. As we practice social distancing, your communication style may have to be altered, but it does not have to taper by any means.
    • Stay strong, keep planning forward, and stay calm!!! We at Kentucky Wesleyan College are there for you if you need to reach out!! We will make it through this time and be stronger having persevered.
    • You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (https://kwc.edu/coronavirus/) for further information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to this epidemic.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • April 2, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 2, 2020 at 12:45 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • As addressed by the Governor of Kentucky, and during national updates, the key to slowing the COVID-19 spread is social distancing. As a community, we at Kentucky Wesleyan College must act to ensure that we are part of the solution with respect to this crisis and that we can look back upon our actions and know that we helped in every way possible. As such, we are going to be implementing further changes for your individual safety, the campus’s safety, and the community’s safety.
    • All chairs will be removed from the Winchester Center. There are too many possibilities for campus members to not follow social distancing protocol within this area, creating a danger we can no longer allow. Chairs will be removed Thursday 04/02/2020. The basketball rims will be raised in the HRC. Any activity that requires multiple people sharing equipment heightens the potential of spreading the COVID-19 virus and violates the social distancing thought process. Germs may easily spread from person to person through handling of the same equipment and you should refrain from any sport or activity that requires this involvement. I also urge you to maintain social distancing when participating in any athletic activity. We have witnessed runners in groups of eight to ten during their workouts. Running is a great exercise, but you must remain at least six feet from those around you. I know this changes the dynamic of the routines around which we have built our comfort for years, but this is a unique time and we must be aware and heedful of our actions.
    • The following changes will be implemented beginning on Saturday, April 4th. The Student Success Center will no longer be accessible as a physical space. All the online resources and remote information will still function in its normal manner and you are encouraged to reach out for service whenever the need arises. The Winchester center will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for campus use. Reducing the hours will help decrease the potential of groups coming together in close spaces. The HRC will be closed. Although you are encouraged to continue to remain active, the potential for violation of social distancing in the HRC has made this decision necessary. All students who have personal belongings in the HRC should have them removed before Saturday. The College’s Library hours will change to the following hours beginning this weekend: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; closed on the weekends.
    • As a reminder, the “Healthy at Home” policy remains. It is recommended that you not travel out of Daviess county, and that you travel only for essential needs. We must all help keep our community safe and healthy.
    • Freshman registration is ongoing through midnight on Friday, so do not delay in getting all set for the fall 2020 semester. If you have questions, please reach out to the Registrar’s office (Registrar@kwc.edu).
    • For Seniors living within the Daviess county area who wish to pick up their caps and gowns, Wednesday’s curb side pickup was successful with 35 students participating. The next curb side pickup will be today (Thursday, April 2, 2020) from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information please contact Mr. Scott Kramer (scottkr@kwc.edu). A reminder to seniors living outside the Daviess county area who wish to receive their cap and gown, they will be mailed to you with your diploma.
    • As mentioned previously, but events for which I am extremely enthusiastic to celebrate with our graduating class, we will host two commencement ceremonies. On April 25, we will be hosting a virtual ceremony for all of our graduating class, family and friends. On September 25th, we will host a traditional graduation ceremony on the campus of KWC! You may participate in both events, and I hope you will do so.
    • The bravery, collegiality, caring, and calmness of the campus community heartens me every day. We will get through this crisis, and we will emerge stronger than ever! Stay well, stay healthy, stay informed, and stay calm!!
    • You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (https://kwc.edu/coronavirus/) for further information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to this epidemic.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • April 1, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 1, 2020 at 3:45 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • Conditions concerning the COVID-19 virus continue to change hourly if not daily. I want to thank those groups who have kept the campus community updated, and who have kept the campus community running smoothly for those students remaining in the residence halls.
    • To our custodial and cleaning staff. I cannot thank you enough for going above and beyond your normal duties to continuously wipe and sanitize surfaces in all the buildings and traffic areas. Your dedication to KWC has always been strong but has risen to heroic over the past several weeks!
    • To our food service staff. You have kept our campus community fed through multiple changes in venue and rules regarding how food is to be prepared and disseminated. The carry-out format under which you now use to supply our caloric needs is not easy to set up or operate, yet you do so with smiles and collegiality every single day.
    • To the COVID-19 response team. You have been tasked with making some of the most difficult decisions of your lives over the past 2-4 weeks. We face new challenges multiple times a day, and you have never flinched in carrying out the responsibility laid before you. I have never met a finer group of colleagues who have come together to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community, who have constantly placed others before yourselves, and you have continuously worked under high stress conditions in a collegial and professional manner. I cannot thank you enough for the insight and guidance.
    • The latest national predictions forecast that up to 200,000 deaths in the United States could occur before the pandemic ends. Another article has revealed that 25-50% of carriers of the virus exhibit no symptoms. What do these statistics mean for us? They mean that we need to remain vigilant in our daily routine to remain “Healthy at Home,” to keep social distancing, and to follow the directives and recommendations of the national, regional, and local experts.
    • As mentioned in a previous update, the Governor of Kentucky has issued an executive order banning travel to other states with few exceptions: 1) Required for a job, 2) Live on a state border and require food or medicine they cannot get at home, 3) Must travel for health care needs, 4) Have a loved one in another state who cannot travel, and they are needed to administer care, 5) A court date requires travel. If you do travel out of state, except for those stated needs, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days under Kentucky mandate. The Governor has further recommended that travel be restricted to our own county (Daviess County). You are urged to leave campus for essential needs only, such as groceries, gas, medicine, etc. For the safety of our campus community, students and employees violating the above directives and recommendations will not be allowed to return to campus until the COVID-19 crisis has passed. We have, unfortunately, had to reinforce this rule with a student already. Our overarching goal is to keep the community safe and help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These “Healthy at Home” rules may seem difficult to follow, but we all must do our part to help ensure the healthiest possible outcome. If you know of someone who has violated these directives and recommendations, please contact (RA on call: (270) 231-9707; Campus Security (Nighthawk) (270) 929-8609)…See Something; Say Something.
    • Freshman registration is ongoing through midnight on Friday, so do not delay in getting all set for the fall 2020 semester. If you have questions, please reach out to the Registrar’s office (Registrar@kwc.edu).
    • For Seniors living within the Daviess county area who wish to pick up their caps and gowns, we will be offering curb-side pickup from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday and from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Thursday. For more information please contact Mr. Scott Kramer (scottkr@kwc.edu). For seniors living outside the Daviess county area who wish to receive their cap and gown, it will be mailed to you with your diploma. We hope to see you back with your regalia on September 25th when we hold the traditional graduation ceremony on the KWC campus.
    • I continue to be heartened each day by the actions of the majority of our campus community in response to this trial thrust upon us. Please remember that we will get through this pandemic and we will continue to plan for our and your future. Stay well, stay healthy, and stay calm!!
    • You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (https://kwc.edu/coronavirus/) for further information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to this epidemic.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 31, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 31, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • This past weekend, the region around Owensboro was subject to a variety of weather, some of which sent us scurrying to our basements! Luckily, the campus was not a target of Mother Nature in this round of activity. The days were brilliant, and I hope you were able to enjoy some of the beautiful spring weather. As a reminder, park areas such as basketball courts, tennis courts, and other areas that bring people closer than the 6’ of recommended social distance have been closed. The trails are all open, and I would urge you to get out and enjoy a walk/run to clear your mind and activate your body. Please be aware of those around you during this endeavor and remain 6’ from your fellow outdoors people. The President has extended the “Healthy at Home” recommendation nationally until April 30th (an additional 15 days). There is a good chance that Kentucky will follow with similar recommendations and we will keep you updated as we learn more in this area. Governor Beshear will be updating the state each day at 4:00 pm CT and I urge you to tune into his newscasts. You may do so either by television, or the Governor’s Facebook page.
    • The Governor has issued an executive order banning travel to other states with few exceptions [ 1) Required for a job, 2) They live on a state border and require food or medicine they cannot get at home, 3) They must travel for health care needs, 4) They have a loved one in another state who cannot travel, and they are needed to administer care, 5) A court date requires them to travel]. If you do travel out of state, except for those stated exceptions, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days. For our students on campus, this executive order covers your travel as well. We ask that you also remain “healthy at home” on the campus.
    • Freshman registration began Monday at noon and is open until midnight on Friday, April 3. Please be sure to talk with your advisor, then get your classes arranged for the fall 2020 semester. That date will arrive much sooner than you may think, and you want to ensure that your schedule is in line well before fall arrives. For sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have yet to register, you may still do so but must contact the Registrar at this time (registrar@kwc.edu).
    • A reminder that the doors on the campus are now locked 24 hours a day. For the safety of our on-campus and off-campus family, your Kentucky Wesleyan ID card is required to gain entrance. You may still contact any of the offices at KWC for your needs or questions.
    • Kentucky Wesleyan College is still conducting student events in a virtual manner. Please see the following link (kwc.edu/virtual-activities) to find events in which you will wish to participate! We may not all be on campus physically, but that does not mean we cannot all get together!!
    • Thank you all for your diligence, focus, and collegial demeanors. Yes, this is a difficult time for everyone. The manner in which each of you has responded, however, has ensured that we continue to reach our goals of educating our students at the highest level, while remaining a strong family at the same time. Each day, we are one day closer to the time when we will be able to meet once again in person to celebrate our accomplishments and discuss our plans. For now keep safe, practice social distancing, continue to care for each other, and remain calm!! Adverse situations, could and should, bring out the best in us as we work together to help eliminate COVID-19.
    • You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (kwc.edu/coronavirus) for further information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to this epidemic.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 27, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 27, 2020 at 10:35 a.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

      The spring weather has arrived with a flourish this week. Yesterday reached 82 degrees. I saw much more outdoor activity on the campus with the warming of events. I am heartened to see people getting out of the residence halls and out of their offices, and I just wish to remind each of us to be mindful of social distancing and retain a six-foot separation. We can still enjoy the company of our friends and family, just from a slightly larger gap than that to which we are accustomed. Governor Beshear stated eloquently in his address Thursday that “social distancing is not social isolation.”

      A reminder that the doors on the campus are now locked 24 hours a day. For the safety of our on-campus and off-campus family, an ID card is required to gain entrance. You may still contact any of the offices at KWC for your needs or questions.

      Campus offices will be open for “walk-in” service from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Outside of this time, office personnel will be working remotely and may be reached by phone or e-mail during normal business hours. Office information is available on the Kentucky Wesleyan College website and will also be posted on office doors.

      The semester is quickly coming to a close. Classes end in three weeks, and finals will be concluded in four weeks. I have said this before, but I am so proud of the manner in which you have all switched to remote coursework. I know it has been difficult, but we are so close to finishing the semester. Keep up your spirits! Students, continue your academic focus and know that your hard work will reap the benefits in just a few more weeks. The faculty are there to help you and ensure that you do not lose any of your academic gains during this time.

      Like you, I enthusiastically await the day that we can all gather on the campus once again. That day is coming and we will celebrate with each other at that time! For now keep safe, practice social distancing, continue to care for each other, and remain calm!! Adverse situations, could and should, bring out the best in us as we work together to help eliminate COVID-19.

      You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (https://kwc.edu/coronavirus/) for further information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to this epidemic.

    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 26, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 26, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Wesleyan Family,

    • As I walked to the office this morning, I reflected on the past two weeks and the swiftness with which events have been occurring. It is hard to grasp that just 15 days ago, we participated in an actual “in-person” meeting with all the health officials of the greater Owensboro region to discuss COVID-19. I also reflected on how proud I am of the Kentucky Wesleyan College community. With little warning, this campus moved from in-person to remote learning, an enormous transition for the faculty, staff, and students. We are continually in contact with professors and students to help mitigate issues that may arise with this move, but I am elated to note that the transition has gone smoothly overall. I am proud of the way the campus has embraced remote working and the basis of “remote essential.” KWC has kept almost every resource open to students, and much of it now via remote technology. The importance of social distancing will become ever more important in the coming weeks and your vigilance in this area will help slow the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. I am most proud of the collegial and helpful attitudes I see everywhere around campus with all the Panther employees and students. We are working through this difficult time together, and the family nature of Kentucky Wesleyan College has never been more apparent than during this crisis! I am humbled to have joined this family, and I look forward to our working together in the coming weeks and months as we deal with our present issues while planning for the future of our great institution.
    • As mentioned in yesterday’s letter, we will be locking all doors on campus this evening (Thursday) at 5:00 pm. You will need to use your ID to gain entrance after this time. All electronic doors are currently locked and will remain so. I urge everyone on campus to check their IDs today with the electronic entryways to ensure they are working. If you have issues, please contact Ms. Lori Etheridge (lori.etheridge@kwc.edu). Any off-campus students who require access for academic needs should contact Dr. Paula Dehn (pdehn@kwc.edu) to enquire about exceptions to the rule of remaining off campus.
    • Many of our campus offices have moved to working remotely. You may still contact that office for your needs during normal hours, just not in person. Other offices have remained physically open to complete essential activities. Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, these offices will limit their physical hours on campus from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. They will be available at other times remotely. Department leaders will be in conversation with those whose hours may be altered. We realize this change may affect student worker hours as well. We will try to redistribute workers where possible during this time to help mitigate any changes from shorter in-person office hours. A list of all the offices with in-person hours will be circulated in the next few days.
    • The distribution of caps and gowns will occur via curbside pick-up. We will post the hours during which students may stop by for this purpose.
    • Situations such as the one in which we find ourselves can lead to confusion and angst. We will work to ensure that we update you in a timely fashion. Should you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out. Our COVID-19 response team remains in close contact with public safety and health officials to help make the best choices for our students and community. You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (https://kwc.edu/coronavirus/) for further information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to this epidemic.
    • Keep safe, practice social distancing, continue to care for each other, and remain calm!! Adverse situations, could and should, bring out the best in us as we work together to help eliminate COVID-19.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 25, 2020 – 5:00 p.m. Update

    • (Posted on March 25, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CT)

      Dear Students,

    • As the letter to our community earlier today noted, the campus is now closed to the public for safety reasons. For those students who do not live on campus, or have chosen to move off campus, at this time we must ask that you do not visit the campus until this pandemic has passed. For those students still living on campus, we ask that you limit any movement off campus to the Governor’s directive. These trips are limited to essential issues such as grocery shopping or other direct needs. We are making this change to protect you, and the members of our campus community who remain. Thank you. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Rebecca McQueen-Ruark (rmcqueen@kwc.edu).
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 25, 2020 – 12:15 p.m. Update

    • (Posted on March 25, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • The weather in Owensboro is slated to be warm this week with temperatures in the 70s on Thursday. As per the CDC statements, getting outside is good for both your mental and physical well-being, so take advantage of the weather and engage in an outdoor activity that still allows for prudent social distancing. We will get through this pandemic, and the acts of kindness I have witnessed from the community lead me to believe we will emerge even stronger than we are today because of the care we are showing for each other.

      On Tuesday during his address, Governor Beshear directed that all non-life sustaining businesses in Kentucky close. Kentucky Wesleyan College is not one of the businesses that falls under this directory, but it reminds us that we must continue to follow the regulations put forth in the state of Kentucky for our safety. We must remain ever vigilant with social distancing. I know you wish to meet with friends and co-workers during the course of the day, but you must do so with a minimum distance of 6 feet between yourselves. For those who continue to violate this rule, you will be asked to leave campus for the remainder of this pandemic. If we cannot police ourselves with respect to social distancing it may become necessary to close the campus to all students and employees. Let us not get to this point of disruption. Please be aware of safe practices and be a good model for those around you.

      To align further with Governor Beshear’s directive, we will be locking all the campus doors for the remainder of the pandemic as of 5:00 pm Thursday, March 26, 2020. This move is a safety precaution since we are officially closed to the public at this time. All employees and students should be able to gain building access using their ID cards. The electronic doors will be locked beginning Thursday morning, allowing you time to test your card. If it does not work, please contact Lori Etheridge (lori.etheridge@kwc.edu) to have it activated correctly.

      For students who chose to leave campus, I wanted to remind you that Brightspace has a mobile phone application “Brightspace Pulse” that you may access to conduct your coursework. Microsoft 365 and Google docs are also mobile friendly, giving you options for completing your coursework as we move forward. If you are having difficulties, please contact us for support.

      Sophomores have begun their registration period, so please remember to complete this project in preparation for the fall 2020 semester. Freshmen will begin their registration period on Monday, March 30, 2020. If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Lindsey Crowe in the Registrar’s Office (lcrowe@kwc.edu) or to Mr. Scott Kramer (scottkr@kwc.edu).

      This situation continues to shift quickly. Our COVID-19 response team remains in close contact with public safety and health officials to help make the best choices for our students and community. You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (https://kwc.edu/coronavirus/) for further information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to this epidemic.

      Keep safe, practice social distancing, continue to care for each other, and remain calm!! Adverse situations, could and should, bring out the best in us as we work together to help eliminate COVID-19.

      Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 23, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 23, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • It is hard to believe that the last day of classes, scheduled for April 17, is less than a month away. So much has occurred, and so much change has been put into place to try to slow the spread of COVID-19 that we do not always realize that our academic calendar too keeps moving toward completion.

      Online courses continue to be administered in strong and positive fashion. I am so proud of everyone who helped with the transition of Kentucky Wesleyan College from traditional classrooms to remote teaching in just a few days. I am especially proud of the students who appear to be adapting to this delivery method for the spring 2020 semester. Our goal is to ensure that every class is completed and that no student academic pathway is lengthened due to COVID-19.

      There have been questions as to whether KWC could go to a pass-fail option for courses during the spring 2020 semester. That is not an option we may pursue. Changing from a graded system to pass-fail would have broad implications on scholarships, graduation needs, athletic eligibility, and other areas. Keep striving to do your best in each of the classes and earn that grade of which you will be so proud!!

      We still have 195 students on campus. I urge you to get out and get some exercise when you are able. Being outside and moving around is healthy for the mind as well as the body. As long as you maintain safe Social Distancing (6’), there is no reason for you to feel that you cannot leave your room. At this point, the College has closed its buildings to outside visitors. It is a difficult decision as it feels somewhat like we are telling our extended family members they may not visit. We still love the Owensboro community as much as ever, but have taken this precautionary measure to safeguard our students, faculty, and staff and help slow the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. As soon as we are able, we will welcome everyone back with open arms!

      There are now active cases of COVID-19 in Daviess County. We knew this occurrence would eventually arrive, and it is not a cause for panic. It is a good time to remind ourselves that proper hygiene is essential and that illnesses need to be reported. We cannot defeat this pandemic by covering up information, but by communicating with each other, and practicing safe Social Distancing when prudent.

      Sophomores begin to register for classes tomorrow (Tuesday, March 24, 2020). All juniors need to complete this process as quickly as they are able. If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the Lindsey Crowe in the Registrar’s Office (lcrowe@kwc.edu) or to Mr. Scott Kramer (scottkr@kwc.edu).

      This situation continues to shift quickly. Our COVID-19 response team remains in close contact with public safety and health officials to help make the best choices for our students and community. You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (https://kwc.edu/coronavirus/) for further information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to this epidemic.

      Keep safe, practice social distancing, continue to care for each other, and remain calm!! Adverse situations, could and should, bring out the best in us as we work together to help eliminate COVID-19.

      Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 19, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 19, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • As we move more solidly into the spring semester, I was pleasantly surprised to see flowers blooming, trees budding, and general outdoor activity increasing (with the requisite social distancing of course). Nature reminds us that time and natural processes continue to advance and move inexorably forward. As we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19, I am grateful to be with the Panther and greater Owensboro community. We live in a wonderful area that has already shown its strength in coming together during these times that test our internal mettle and our greater empathy for each other. As we see with nature, we will also continue to move forward, and we will emerge stronger as individuals and a community because of our relationships and actions already undertaken along with those to come.
    • There have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Green River District area, one in Henderson and the other in Daviess County. As testing continues, we should expect this number to rise. We ask that everyone maintain safe protocols and distance. If you are ill, remain at home or in your residence hall.
    • As before, campus remains open. Students can choose to remain rather than travel by a high risk mode of travel or into a high risk area. At present, over 200 students have elected to remain. In the next several days, we will be consolidating residents into more central buildings to lower the footprint of what our facilities team must oversee each day and to continue to ensure student safety and well-being. With the campus staying open, the College’s dress code remains in place.
    • Classes have recommenced in a remote fashion. I want to take this time to thank the faculty and staff who worked so diligently to move from a traditional pedagogy to an online forum in just a few days. What a herculean effort!!! Although there were a few mishaps during the first day, the overall procedure of moving to online instruction has been successful to date. Should you have any questions or issues, do not hesitate to contact your professor and/or the student help desks. Although we are working remotely in some instances, we are still there to ensure full support for each student during this spring semester.
    • There are several study areas around the KWC campus. The Library remains open during normal hours. Within the Administration Building, rooms 103 (unless reserved for a meeting), 203 (this is a computer room), 214, and 211 (The Commuter Lounge) are available. The Winchester Campus Community Center is also available. We ask that you practice good social distancing when utilizing these spaces.
    • Jones Gymnasium in the Woodward Health and Recreation Center remains open for your use from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and when the lobby desk is staffed (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm; schedule subject to change). The following activities are prohibited (Competitive basketball [5 on 5, 3 on 3, 1 on 1, etc.], Any activity that involves close contact).
    • A reminder that juniors begin to register on Thursday, March 19! Please meet with your advisor then enter your courses for the coming fall semester. It will arrive much faster than you realize.
    • In light of the current CDC recommendations with respect to large gatherings, we are exploring the use of technology to offer a virtual commencement ceremony. The current graduation date falls within the eight week window put forward by the CDC recommendations for the enforcement on participation of such events.
    • For faculty and staff who qualify to work remotely and wish to do so, please contact the HR office for further information.
    • This situation continues to shift quickly. Our COVID-19 response team remains in close contact with public safety and health officials to help make the best choices for our students and community. You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (https://kwc.edu/coronavirus) for further information, resources, and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to this epidemic.
    • Keep safe, practice social distancing, continue to care for each other, and remain calm!! Adverse situations, could and should, bring out the best in us as we work together to help eliminate COVID-19.
    • Sincerely,

      Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 17, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 17, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • Thank you to everyone who remains vigilant during this time of dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. As you are aware, the Governor has ordered the closure of all restaurants in the state while recent CDC guidelines recommend no gatherings of 10 or more people. KWC continues to hold its food resources open for students and staff, but has shifted the facility to the Panther Café and Grill. The area will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with breakfast, home-style dishes, and the regular menu available as take-out for its patrons. The 24-hour Panther Pantry also has grab-and-go boxed meals available.
    • Classes are set to resume Wednesday, March 18, 2020 in an online format. Students who have traveled back to their home states need to be aware of time zone changes and how their geographic location may alter the interval for when they need to sign in for any particular course. Faculty and staff have worked diligently to ensure the transformation of our academic coursework for remote learning has transpired in a manner that allows students continue to receive a high caliber of instruction through the end of the semester. Faculty office hours, tutorial sessions, and other aids will all be available for the courses, so please take advantage of these resources as needed and remain in close communication. With the end of the semester quickly drawing upon us, this is the time to focus on your courses and make sure you end the semester in a positive pedagogical fashion.
    • Seniors have begun to register this week. Juniors will begin the process on Thursday, March 19! Make sure you and your advisor have discussed your upcoming schedule, find your time for registration and prepare for the coming year!
    • There have been numerous enquiries regarding spring events. The CDC has advised no large gatherings for at least eight weeks. Previous updates have shared that all athletics have been suspended for the spring semester. At this time, KWC is cancelling all physical gatherings for the next eight weeks per the CDC recommendation. We are studying the possibility of hosting events in a virtual manner, allowing for viewing and participation of some of our important milestones. We will update this area as soon as we have further information.
    • At this time, the campus does remain open. We are allowing students to remain on campus rather than risk their return to potential high risk areas or by traveling via high risk transportation modes. We are offering our employees the chance to work remotely where appropriate and have not considered furloughs or further closures at this time.
    • This situation continues to shift quickly. Our COVID-19 response team remains in close contact with public safety and health officials to help make the best choices for our students and community. You are urged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site (https://kwc.edu/coronavirus/) for further information on this epidemic.
    • Keep safe, practice social distancing, continue to care for each other, and remain calm!! Adverse situations, could and should, bring out the best in us as we work together to help eliminate COVID-19.

       

    • Sincerely,

      Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 13, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 13, 2020 at 4:25 p.m. CT)

      Dear Campus Community,

      First, thank you to everyone as we remain calm and work our way through the unique situation that has manifested due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As always, our first priority is safety of the entire Panther family and our community while we strive to ensure as few disruptions to our student education and experience. We have been in constant communication with local/state/national health officials who are guiding our steps to help ensure that we implement the most effective strategies for your safety and education.

      At present, there have been no cases of COVID-19 in the immediate community or our commuting radius. Events can and do change rapidly, however, so we are enacting the following protocols to protect the campus, KWC family, and larger Owensboro community.

      1) The KWC campus will be open for normal hours. Employees are expected to arrive on campus to fulfill their duties as usual.

    • 2) Classes will be canceled on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 as we transition from traditional delivery to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. Workshops are available to faculty to help with this transition.

    • 3) Fall registration will begin on Monday, March 16. Seniors have four days to complete the registration process at which time juniors will begin the process.

    • 4) Classes will resume Wednesday, March 18 utilizing remote delivery. Students and faculty need to be in contact to ensure a smooth transition and uninterrupted learning environment for the remainder of the spring semester.

    • 5) Faculty will keep normal office hours and ensure normal student access in either a traditional or remote setting.

    • 6) During this time, normal working attire is expected of all employees.

    • 7) Employees who exhibit symptoms of the flu or cold should remain at home and work remotely when possible. Any students with symptoms of the flu or cold should not return to campus until the symptoms have abated.

    • 8) Campus events with external stakeholders will be canceled indefinitely. This protocol will be revisited on March 31, but will remain in effect until we may safely resume these types of gatherings.

    • 9) Only essential college sponsored employee travel will be allowed through at least March 31. Employees will need to clear travel with their supervisors.

    • 10) The College will institute a policy allowing employees with medical or risk factor reasons the opportunity to work remotely. These decisions will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Those wishing to utilize this policy should complete the necessary form(s) and work with their supervisor and HR regarding the accommodation.

    • 11) The College will continue its policy of cleaning and disinfecting. These spaces include table and desk surfaces, common areas, lavatories, and other high use areas of the campus. We have ample supplies of sanitizer distributed around the campus, and you are encouraged to wash your hands as often as feasible.

    • 12) As mentioned, the College remains open with normal business hours with access to usual student services. As we meet and greet our Panther family on the campus, to help ensure our safety, please be aware of the following measures:

    • •  Social distancing is an important aspect of maintaining your health. The CDC recommends keeping a distance of six feet from each other to remain out of the sphere of normal spread of this virus from person to person. Although we cannot ensure 100% that you will have full protection using this measure, it will greatly reduce your chance of being infected from another individual.

    • • At this time, we recommend that inside gatherings reach no more than 20 people, and that social distancing is observed during any such meeting.

    • • Avoid mass gatherings both on and off campus.

    • • Good hygiene practices including covering your mouth and nose with your elbow should you sneeze, washing your hands frequently, not touching your face, and remain out of congregate settings.

    • 13) Although we will continue to send you updates via e-mail, you are encouraged to visit the KWC COVID-19 site at (www.kwc.edu/coronavirus) daily to receive updates on this situation and gain access to the FAQ section.

    • 14) The COVID-19 Response Team is meeting daily to review ongoing responses and situation status. We will keep you informed as soon as we are able!
      We recognize that this is a difficult time for many of you. We cannot overstate how proud we are at the manner in which you have faced this issue with calm, efficiency, and even some light humor. We will all do the best we are able to ensure the least amount of disruption for our Panther family.

    • Thank you all, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you in our vigilance to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

    • Sincerely,

      Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 12, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 12, 2020 at 8:20 p.m. CT)

      Dear Campus Community,

      In our promise to continue updating you in this rapidly changing environment concerning the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) our latest news is listed in this newsletter. It is our hope that you continue to take proactive measures relative to recommendations of hygiene, remaining home if ill, and use of social distancing. In line with those personal measures, we want to share updates relative to Kentucky Wesleyan College.

    • • Beginning Wednesday, March 18 through the end of the spring 2020 semester, all classes shift to online delivery. Health professionals and government leaders have been consistent in their recommendation to limit large-scale gatherings. While our class sizes fall within the recommended size limits, the safety of all is to be considered when determining how best to offer student education.
    • • In order to allow for faculty to expedite their preparations to move classroom instruction to remote delivery and learning, classes will be cancelled on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17.
    • • All student events will be canceled through the end of March and we will continue to evaluate these and other institution-sponsored activities during the days and weeks ahead.
    • • The Kentucky Wesleyan Campus will remain open, including student support services, academic services, residence halls and dining facilities. Students will have the option to check out of the residence halls, and if doing so, an Express Check Out Form will be made available in Student Life beginning Friday (3/13). All residential students wishing to remain on campus will be emailed an online application similar to what they complete when remaining on campus for breaks.
    • • Fall 2020 housing selection, registration and advising will also be moving to an online format. More details will follow, and communication will be vital to ensuring as smooth a process as possible.
    • • There is no final decision on Commencement at this time. As with other events, we will continue to evaluate as circumstances allow.
    • This is a time when all of us must be patient and calm, as we are all working through uncharted territory. Again, all updates will be sent via email and posted on our microsite at www.kwc.edu/coronavirus when available.

      Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 11, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 11, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. CT)

      Dear Campus Community,

      As promised, we want to keep you informed as the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread, and colleges and universities around the country begin to respond. We want to reassure everyone that we are in constant communication with the Health Department and our health professionals. Our COVID-19 Response Team is also in regular communication relative to our campus operations.

      First and foremost, the only official communications from the College will be made via email or on our special Coronavirus microsite at kwc.edu (www.kwc.edu/coronavirus), and shared on official College social media channels. All other information is not to be trusted. The website also contains important links to official external resources, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and more.

      We are not currently aware of any reported cases of COVID-19 at Kentucky Wesleyan College, in Owensboro or Daviess County. However, the situation continues to rapidly change and we are recommending the following steps to protect members of our campus community, effective through the end of March:

    • • Classes remain as scheduled, but faculty are planning for potential disruption and a remote delivery option should it be necessary.
    • • Campus events will be held with only in-house audiences and will be streamed online where possible.
    • • Non-essential travel for students, faculty and staff should be reviewed with appropriate Cabinet members and no travel should be made to areas where there is a high concentration of infection. Where possible, seek virtual alternatives for meetings and events outside of the immediate area.
    • • We encourage the campus community to limit personal travel to areas where are known cases of the COVID-19 virus. In this manner we can help slow the spread of the virus to our area.
    • • For those KWC members in high risk categories, should you wish to work remotely we will work with you to allow this arrangement.
    • We will continue to review these steps and reevaluate these items along with all other aspects of our response and steps toward ensuring the safety of our students, faculty and staff – our family.

      It is also of utmost importance that, despite the challenge it might be, we all remain calm. Everyone must remain vigilant and follow the instructions from our health professionals and agencies, including hand washing, self-monitoring your health, remaining home from class or work if you are not feeling well, avoiding others who are sick and taking measures to avoid shaking hands – remember “Paws Up!” Our tenets of The Wesleyan Way are no more important than now as we support and love one another.

      We will continue to update you as necessary.

      Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 10, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on March 10, 2020 at 2:45 p.m. CT)

      As the spread of the coronavirus continues, we at Kentucky Wesleyan College want to assure you that we are focused on ensuring that the campus and community is informed and prepared for COVID-19.

      We are maintaining contact with the health department and have created a campus response team with representatives from residence life, facilities, and dining services. Additional measures have been set with regard to campus cleanliness and food preparation with outgoing messages to our community on how to maintain good health practices.

      Although we hope not to have to use them, we have also planned for potential quarantine protocols should the need arise, and we are working with our faculty to deliver courses in a remote manner if we feel this pathway is required.

      Moving forward, should we suspect any possible threat to our campus, we will provide further information to the community via email and publicly at kwc.edu/coronavirus.

      If you have concerns about your health, please contact our Director of Student Health at 270-852-3288 or the Office of Student Services at 270-852-3285.

      If you are feeling anxious or have concerns, we encourage students to reach out to our Office of Counseling Services at 270-852-3183 or terri.petzold@kwc.edu.

      We also encourage everyone to continue to take preventative steps to limit the spread of any illness on campus.

      Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
      It is especially important to wash your hands before, during and after you prepare food; before you eat and after you use the bathroom; after handling cash; more frequently when someone in your residence is sick; before and after using public computers.
      Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
      Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm
      Frequently clean doorknobs, light switches and other commonly touched areas with disinfectant wipes
      Avoid contact with people who are ill
      Avoid sharing personal care items (cups, utensils, bedding, towels, etc.)
      Stay home from work or school if you are ill

      Our goal at Kentucky Wesleyan College is to educate our students at the highest possible level in the most well-rounded fashion. Their safety, and your safety, are a paramount aspect of this goal and we will remain ever vigilant toward this aspect.

      Thank you and do not hesitate to contact us at KWC should you have any questions.


Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • What is the operating status of Kentucky Wesleyan College?

    • Kentucky Wesleyan College is continuing to operate as normal, with a few modifications.  Academic instruction began online on March 18 in an online delivery model for the remainder of the semester. All offices will be officially closing to physical walk-in traffic on Monday, April 6, 2020. Although some workers will still have to be present on campus for activities that cannot be completed remotely, all conducted business with the outside community will occur in a remote fashion.
  • Will classes continue to meet?

    • Faculty will teach their courses remotely through the end of the spring semester. We are currently working with faculty as they adapt to their courses for remote delivery. These adaptations may result in changes to course requirements, assignments, and examinations. If you have any questions about a specific course, please contact the instructor.

  • Will my course be canceled for the remainder of the semester?

    • No.  All Wesleyan courses are continuing via remote instruction for the rest of the semester.

  • Who should I contact if I have questions about a course?

    • For all questions related to specific courses, please contact the course instructor.
  • How will I access academic support or tutoring if I am not on campus?

    • The Student Success Center remains open with staff and online peer tutoring and supplemental instruction.  Specific times and schedules will be distributed via campus email. For other questions or information, call 270-852-3220 or email studentsuccess@kwc.edu.

  • Is the Greenwell Library and Learning Center open?

    • Yes.  The Library is open and available to on-campus community members during the following operating hours, while observing social-distancing recommendations.

    • Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Beginning 4/6, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

      Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

      Closed on weekends.

  • Are food services still being offered?

    • Yes, for the campus community only. All meals are carry-out only from the Panther Café and Grill. Additionally, the grill will serve hot breakfast, home-style dishes and its typical menu. Their hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
    • The 24-hour Panther Pantry is fully supplied and has many to-go options and boxed meals available.  
  • Can I continue my work-study position?

    • If you are leaving campus for the semester, you should turn in your final time sheet prior to departure.  If you have other questions, please contact Financial Aid at 270-852-3120 or finaid@kwc.edu.
  • Are admissions tours and events affected?

    • All admissions visits and events have been cancelled through April 30th.  At that point, decisions about future events will be made.

      The Future Panther Day event on April 18th, has transitioned to a Future Panther Week event April 13-17.  All registered students were notified between April 1-3.

      If you have other questions, please contact the Admissions Office at 270-852-3120 or admissions@kwc.edu.

  • How does this impact athletics?

    • The Great Midwest Athletic Conference has canceled all spring athletics competition and championships. All team-related activities are suspended. Following that date, institutions will review and implement team-related activities at their discretion as permitted by NCAA legislation.  For other questions or information, please contact Athletics at 270-852-3330.

  • Is my previously scheduled event still on?

    • At this time, campus events through April 30th have been cancelled.

    • We currently have many different types of virtual events and activities available for the campus community. You can find them here.
  • What about Commencement?

    • On April 25, Kentucky Wesleyan College will be hosting a virtual ceremony for all of our graduating class, family and friends.

      On September 25th, we will host a traditional graduation ceremony on campus! You may participate in both events, and we hope families will do so.

  • If I am a residential student and choose to go home, will refunds be available for campus housing?

    • All campus services and offices are available to students. Students are not required to leave campus, so refunds will not be processed.  However, once a student chooses to leave campus, we must ask that you do not visit the campus until this pandemic has passed. For those students still living on campus, we ask that you limit any movement off campus, limited to essential issues such as grocery shopping or other direct needs.

  • Are faculty and staff expected to report to campus?

    • All offices will be officially closing to physical walk-in traffic on Monday, April 6, 2020. Although some workers will still have to be present on campus for activities that cannot be completed remotely, all conducted business with the outside community will occur in a remote fashion.