COVID-19 Campus and Community Updates

From the outset of the Coronavirus pandemic, messages and updates have been regularly shared with the Kentucky Wesleyan College community. All communications may be seen below and will be updated when shared by the President’s Office.

 


Latest News and Updates

  • April 13th Update

    • April 13, 2021 – 12:35 p.m. CT

    • Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • As I walked to the office this morning, the myriad of spring colors found on the Kentucky Wesleyan campus held me in awe! From the purple and white shades budding from the trees to the vivid green of the lawn and the varied color of the returning wildlife, I realized how lucky are we all are to be able to call this campus our home! The threat of rain did not deter the students, who were outside earlier than usual. Whether going to breakfast, meeting an early morning study group, or hastening to be on time for class, each of them was also enjoying the spring weather and wonder that accompanies this season.

      We are fewer than two weeks from Commencement. A time for me that is both happy and sad. We are so proud of our senior students who will be graduating on April 24th and entering the next phase of their lives and careers. The culmination of their hard work as a Panther undergraduate has finally come to fruition and they are now ready to take the societal mantle and help lead us into the coming generation!! We cannot be more happy for this group and what they have achieved! It is also a sad day as it is the end of the academic year. The campus will become much more quiet, the grounds more empty. The hallways will echo, in a sense calling for the students to come back and refill the spaces.

      We will begin to prepare the campus for our students’ return immediately after Commencement. There is much to do in preparation for the fall 2021 semester, and the summer season is a time to complete all these projects that help make the students feel more comfortable and part of the KWC community as they strive toward the goal of earning their college degree.

      THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL TASK THIS YEAR, AND IT IS FOR EACH OF OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE. As I have mentioned, Kentucky Wesleyan College plans to be fully open in the fall of 2021 with face to face courses and return of events that make higher education as a Panther so special. Our faculty, staff, and students have done wonderfully over the past year of physical distancing, hybrid learning, wearing masks almost every moment on campus, and ensuring the safety of those around them. With the availability of vaccines, we will once again be able to meet in groups, have face to face learning, and be able to relax the mask mandates. We will be able to reinstitute the residential nature that is so important to the learning and well-being of our students and entire community.

      Being vaccinated will help ensure your safety on campus. It will also help keep those around you safe.

      I look forward to a beautiful spring Commencement ceremony in the coming days, and to opening the campus as a fully residential experience once again in the fall of 2021. Paws up!

    • Sincerely,

    • Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • April 2nd Update

    • April 2, 2021 – 11:40 a.m. CT

    • Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • As we enter April, I reflect on how quickly this year has appeared to pass. I would not have expected to make that statement with COVID-19 changing the fabric of our daily lives, seeming to slow daily time as we fought against this pandemic to keep the community safe. The physical distancing, hybrid course work, and new campus rules caused all of us to adjust our daily schedules and find our “new normal” over the past 12 months. Your hard work and diligence has been a major factor in allowing this year to proceed in such a positive manner.

      We are planning to open the campus fully in the fall with a return to face-to-face teaching and full residential activities. For this experience to happen, we must be even more diligent in keeping each other safe. The availability of vaccinations nationally has given us hope to be able to open our communities, our schools, indeed our lives to each other once again. With millions of doses already administered, the vaccines have shown to be safe and effective. Pfizer’s vaccine reveals a 91% protection rate after the passage of a full six months, the most time researchers have had to study the efficacy, and may prove to provide protection for longer periods at a high level. I urge everyone who is able to get a vaccine! This action is not just for your individual safety, but for the safety of all those with whom you come into contact. The eradication or control of many diseases has been witnessed by the effective use of community vaccinations (polio, measles, smallpox, Rubella just to name a few). If you have questions, talk with your doctor. For our fall 2021 semester to be successful, a vaccinated community is necessary for the safety of the campus and our surrounding city. Please contact Linda Keller (LKeller@kwc.edu) if you are interested in a campus vaccine clinic.

      We have been through an extremely difficult year. You have all shown your strength, kindness, empathy, and fortitude in helping to implement the necessary changes to ensure that KWC remained a vital institution to higher education learning. As we enter this next phase, I hope you will remain steadfast in keeping KWC at the forefront of how we educate our students for the coming generations. Our actions will be a guide to the entire student body and I know we will continue to lead them in a positive direction.

    • Sincerely,

    • Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 22, 2021 Update

    • March 22, 2021 – 12:05 p.m. CT

    • Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • On Monday, March 15, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus along with the availability of quarantine spaces, KWC moved to Level 4 (Red) in the College’s alert level. A pause in all in-person classes and campus activities began on that day while we continued to monitor our numbers.

    • Thanks to your vigilance and concern for the safety of those around you, the campus was able to move back to Level 2 (yellow) today, Monday, March 22, 2021.

    • Classes will remain virtual through March 22, 2021 but will return to normal on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. All other activities are able to resume on campus at noon Monday, March 22, 2021. Campus food services will remain grab and go through this evening and will return to normal operations Tuesday morning.

    • Let us continue to remain vigilant and stay the course with the Panther Promise, doing all we can to ensure normal and safe operations through the end of the semester.

    • Sincerely,

    • Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 19, 2021 Update

    • March 19, 2021 – 10:25 a.m. CT

    • Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • As I mentioned on Monday, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases on campus along with the availability of quarantine spaces, KWC moved to Level 4 (Red) in the College’s alert level. A pause in all in-person classes and campus activities began on Monday, March 15 at 6:00 pm.
    • We continually monitor the status of these COVID-19 cases, and quarantine spaces on campus. I thank each of you for your cooperation and diligence during this time. We will be reassessing the numbers again on Monday, March 22 at which time we will be able to determine whether we have dropped below Level 4.
    • With this information, all classes will remain virtual through Monday, March 22. It is possible that we will be able to resume some activities once again Monday and we will update the campus on that day as to whether a change is possible.
    • To summarize our current status, classes will be delivered remotely, and all athletics and student life activities are cancelled at this time through Monday, March 22. Residents are asked to limit movements unless otherwise necessary, and commuter students should not report to campus. Campus dining will remain remote services with grab and go options. The College will reassess the situation concerning a return to regular operations on Monday, March 22. Further communications will be sent as updates are available.
    • All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to monitor health and report any symptoms. If any member of the KWC community begins to experience symptoms, they should immediately contact the following:
    • Students – VP of Student Affairs, Rebecca McQueen-Ruark-(270) 852-3285; rmcqueen@kwc.edu
      Faculty – VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Paula Dehn-(270) 852-3117; pdehn@kwc.edu
      Staff – Director of Human Resources, Linda Keller-(270) 852-3110; lkeller@kwc.edu
    • To learn more about Kentucky Wesleyan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.kwc.edu/coronavirus. The microsite includes the College’s COVID-19 tracking dashboard, a threat level indicator table, resources and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to operations amid this pandemic, and campus and community updates.
    • Thank you once again for helping Kentucky Wesleyan College work through this recent rise in COVID-19 cases, and for helping to ensure that we are able to resume regular classes and activities as quickly as possible.
    • Sincerely,
      Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 15, 2021 Update – President Mitzel

    • March 15, 2021 – 5:40 p.m. CT

    • Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • In light of a recent increase in positive COVID-19 test results and a move into Level 4 (Red) in the College’s alert level the Kentucky Wesleyan campus will pause all in-person classes and campus activities effective Monday, March 15 at 6:00 pm.

    • Classes will be delivered remotely, and all athletics and student life activities are cancelled through Sunday, Mar. 21. Residents are asked to limit movements unless otherwise necessary, and commuter students should not report to campus. Campus dining will adjust to remote services with grab and go options. The College will reassess the situation concerning a return to regular operations on Monday, Mar. 22. Further communications will be sent as updates are available.

    • “This is a decision we have taken due to the rising number of positive cases and limited quarantine space available on our campus. Although we hoped not to have to enact this level of response, it is important that we do in order to keep our campus community safe. We anticipate this proactive response will help limit the impact overall and help us resume and complete our spring semester in the safest and soonest manner possible.

    • What does Level 4 (Red) indicate?

    • Campus Quarantine – Widespread outbreak with threat of overwhelming our student support systems – including quarantine/isolation. Limit access to campus, restrict movement, close non-residential buildings, remote classes, remote work where possible, all measures taken previously.

    • All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to monitor health and report any symptoms. If any member of the KWC community begins to experience symptoms, they should immediately contact the following:

    • Students – VP of Student Affairs, Rebecca McQueen-Ruark-(270) 852-3285; rmcqueen@kwc.edu
      Faculty – VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Paula Dehn-(270) 852-3117; pdehn@kwc.edu
      Staff – Director of Human Resources, Linda Keller-(270) 852-3110; lkeller@kwc.edu

    • To learn more about Kentucky Wesleyan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.kwc.edu/coronavirus. The microsite includes the College’s COVID-19 tracking dashboard, a threat level indicator table, resources and answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to operations amid this pandemic, and campus and community updates.

    • Sincerely,
      Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 15, 2021 Update – Dean McQueen-Ruark

    • Students,

      I hope that you have read Dr. Mitzel’s announcement regarding the current status of campus. Beginning immediately, we are in CAMPUS QUARANTINE. We will reassess our threat level on Monday, MARCH 22. Until then, there is a STAY-IN-PLACE order for campus – effective immediately.

      STAY-IN-PLACE DETAILS
      During the stay-in-place period:
      • All in-person courses including lab classes will shift to remote-only delivery.
      • Students living on campus must remain in their residence hall room or apartment at all times except for essential activities related to food, health, or safety.
      • Students living off-campus are not permitted on campus, except to participate in surveillance testing, seek medical care through Student Health Services, or pick up grab-and-go food orders in Winchester Center (5 minute limit).
      • Common spaces will only be open to residential students for essential activities (for example, food or package pick up).
      • Libraries will be closed to undergraduate students.
      • See additional details for on-campus and off-campus students below.

      ON-CAMPUS STUDENTS
      • On-campus students must remain in their residence hall room or apartment at all times except for essential activities.
      • Essential activities are:
      • picking up food
      • participating in surveillance testing
      • seeking medical care
      • picking up essential supplies such as toiletries or mail
      • spending time outdoors for exercise and recreation in a manner that does not increase the potential spread of COVID-19, in a maximum group of 3. This means no spikeball, volleyball or other group outdoor games, even if masked and socially distanced.
      • On-campus students are expected to remain on campus grounds for the duration of the stay-in-place period and limit any unnecessary movement or activity outside of their room/apartment.
      • All dining will be pick-up only. NO eating together, either indoor or outdoor.
      • Maximum group size for students OUTSIDE on campus is 3 people (you and two other people), with masking and social distancing required at all times. This EXCLUDES dining—no eating together, whether indoor or outdoor.
      • No group gatherings indoors. Common rooms and other gathering spaces in residence halls will be closed until further notice.

      OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS
      • Students living off-campus may not come to campus for any purpose except to:
      • participate in surveillance testing
      • seek medical care from Student Health Services
      • pick up grab-and-go food orders in Winchester Center (5 minute limit)
      • Students living off-campus will not have access to campus facilities for any other purpose

  • March 8, 2021 Update

    • Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Community,

      The spring season has arrived and the mid-terms have passed. For those of you who wished for some winter spice in Owensboro, your dreams came to fruition and for this year we will be able to bask in all four seasons of Mother Nature.

    • Thank you for your hard work and diligence as we navigate a full 12 months of the coronavirus pandemic on the KWC campus. COVID numbers remain low at KWC and activities are being safely held in a myriad of contexts and situations. In a year when the world was cast asunder you have helped to show the strength and community guidance that keeps us all together and working as a family.
    • Vaccinations are now available to anyone working in higher education in Kentucky, and I urge each and every person who is able to sign up for the vaccine to do so as quickly as possible. Each of the vaccines has been shown to be highly effective against the virus. The country’s emergence from this pandemic will take all of us ensuring that we continue to take actions that mitigate the spread and mutation of this virus at each possible step and in the earliest feasible manner. The US has fought pandemics in the past, and vaccinations have historically shown to be the best method for recovery of our community and a return toward a more standard and customary way of life.
    • As we look forward to the coming months. We have every intention of a full return to campus for the fall 2021 semester. Given the current trends and vaccination rates, I am optimistic that we will be able to return to a fully operating residential experience for our students and larger KWC community. Although we will not be able to carry out all of our actions in the same manner as pre-COVID, high vaccination rates among our community will allow the campus to begin many of its normal operations with requisite safety protocols in place. Kentucky Wesleyan College is known for its strong community and interrelationships that are built among our students, faculty, and staff. The return of everyone to campus in the fall of 2021 with the safety of vaccinations among our other actions will be a most welcome sight indeed.
    • We will, of course, continue to monitor the COVID situation and will always follow the CDC and Kentucky guidelines concerning the safety of each of our Panther family members. We have entered an exciting time in our fight against the virus and the tools are now available to allow for us to once again become that residential family for which we all aspire to return.
    • I urge everyone to continue living up to the Panther Promise following the safety protocols for your health, and the health of those around you. Among some of those actions are the following.
    • 1) Wear your masks when on campus, keeping the nose covered! If the mask does not cover the nose, the result is similar to wearing no mask at all!!!
    • 2) Wash your hands frequently! Use the sanitation stations that have been placed in the buildings around campus.
    • 3) Keep physically distancing!! Furniture that was removed in the fall of 2020 has been replaced in public areas. Students are urged to use this furniture for studying, resting, or visiting. The furniture has been placed in a physically distanced arrangement and it must be kept as such. Please visit and be social but do so with physical distancing standards in place.
    • 4) GET VACCINATED AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE!! The way for us to beat the virus and return to any semblance of normal will be to have a vaccinated community. There are many rumors that circulate in the U.S. about vaccines overall, but every study has shown the COVID-19 vaccines to be safe and effective against the virus. I am eagerly awaiting my turn to receive the vaccine. It is not just for the safety of ourselves, but for everyone around us. The following link includes information for finding vaccine locations and appointment opportunities: https://vaccinefinder.org/
    • One year ago in March, we faced an unknown and scary future. We have fought valiantly in the past 12 months to keep the community safe. With the aid of vaccinations and continued perseverance, we are planning to welcome everyone back to our beautiful campus and home for the fall 2021 semester. Thank you again for your help in assuring that we emerge from this period stronger and closer as a family as we work toward an ever brighter future.
    • Sincerely,
      Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • March 3, 2021 Update

  • January 29, 2021 Update

    • Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Community,

       

      Just one year ago today COVID-19 was a strange new word that described a potential virus on the other side of the globe. What a difference we have witnessed in 12 months. After closing the school in March of 2020, we have an open campus for the fall 2020 semester. The higher education experience is much better when a residential aspect is a strong and leading part of the overall process. In an effort to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff many new rules were implemented on campus. Although the new structure and set of rules is not always easy to follow, the alternative is to have to close the campus again. The return to online only instruction with our community dispersed back to individual homes is an alternative I hope we never need to utilize again. During the entirety of the fall semester, the KWC community recorded only 32 COVID-19 cases on campus. That is a rousing success by any standard, and you should all be proud of the actions that allowed for such a high level of well-being.

       

      As we begin the spring semester, we have eased some of the rules from last fall. We did so based on student input and insight. Our hope is to continue to keep the campus safe while allowing our student population more flexibility in their activities at KWC.

       

      We find ourselves at this moment faced with increasing COVID-19 cases among the student population as well as the faculty and staff. We are at a pivotal point in how our semester can continue to move forward. I am asking each and every person within the Panther community to double your efforts toward virus protection with regard to COVID-19.

       

      • Wear your masks when on campus, keeping the nose covered! If the mask does not cover the nose, the result is similar to wearing no mask at all!!!
      • Wash your hands frequently! Use the sanitation stations that have been placed in the buildings around campus.
      • Keep physically distancing!! Furniture that was removed in the fall of 2020 has been replaced in public areas. Students are urged to use this furniture for studying, resting, or visiting. The furniture has been placed in a physically distanced arrangement and it must be kept as such. There is an urge to move these pieces closer together. Human beings are social animals, and this distance can often feel large. We have also removed 50% of the furniture from the dining hall as there is concern of spread from close contacts in this area. Please be respectful and not move this furniture closer to others. It is an important safety factor to keeping everyone healthy. Please visit and be social but do so with physical distancing standards in place.
      • GET VACCINATED AS SOON AS YOU ARE ABLE!! The way for us to beat the virus and return to any semblance of normal will be to have a vaccinated community. There are many rumors that circulate in the U.S. about vaccines overall, but every study has shown the COVID-19 vaccines to be safe and effective against the virus. I am eagerly awaiting my turn to receive the vaccine. It is not just for the safety of ourselves, but for everyone around us.

       

      We know much more about COVID-19 now than we did 12 months ago. We know the actions required to remain as safe as possible. Your help with these guidelines will ensure that we have a healthy and productive spring semester! I am so proud of what we as a community accomplished in the fall 2020 semester and let us proudly carry those activities forward!!

       

       

      Sincerely,

      Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.

      President

  • December 8, 2020 Update

    • Dear Kentucky Wesleyan College Community,

       

      We have heard much this past year about the difficulty of carrying forward in the midst of COVID-19. I have written about our trials, tribulations, and triumphs over the past summer and fall. Our students, faculty, staff, and community proved themselves to be able to rise above all barriers to ensure the success of KWC. We have much of which to be proud.

       

      Athletics were held throughout the fall with cross country, golf, and tennis hosting fall seasons. Football was able to practice with the goal of playing games in the spring of 2021. Our basketball teams are currently in season and working hard to stay healthy so their season may go forward as well.

       

      Giving Tuesday was held on December 1st, 2020. The KWC community responded by helping the college raise $312,392, easily exceeding its goal of reaching $1 million dollars over the past 6 years. The Festival of Lessons and Carols was streamed on Facebook on December 4th. If you have not heard the glorious voices of our choir, I urge you to listen to this event, which remains on Facebook for your listening pleasure.

       

      I mention these activities to stress that KWC continues to try to be a glowing light for the city of Owensboro and state of Kentucky.

       

      As we enter into our Holiday season, please stay safe. We are all being asked to physically distance, wear masks, wash our hands, and keep each other healthy. Much like the past semester, this holiday season will necessarily be different, but that does not mean that we cannot enjoy the celebration with our family and friends. We must ensure, however, that we conduct our activities in a manner that will allow for us to enjoy each other’s company for years to come.

       

      We have been faced with a tremendous challenge. It is a challenge that we will meet and overcome together. During this holiday season, give thanks to those around us who are still healthy and working through this pandemic. We may not be able to meet in large groups physically, but that does not mean we cannot come together in other ways to cherish each other as much as we have always.

       

      I hope you all have a wonderful end to the year 2020, and look forward to overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, working toward the day when we can all meet once again to strengthen our friendships at a level higher than ever in the past.

       

      I remain optimistic about 2021 and the potential that it holds. I look forward to embarking upon this adventure with you as we move toward an ever bright future.

       

       

      Sincerely,

      Tom Mitzel, Ph.D.

      President

  • October 29, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on October 29, 2020 at 10:50 a.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Community,

    • We have just over three weeks remaining in the fall 2020 semester. It is safe to assume that this is a semester upon which discussions will be built for decades to come.
    • While we have just over three weeks, it is imperative that we continue to follow our COVID-19 safety protocols. The spread of this virus is rising daily nationally and Kentucky has over 60% of its counties listed in the red zone for COVID-19 spread among the population. The ease and veracity with which the virus spreads means that we must remain vigilant at all times. That we must follow our daily habits to keep ourselves and all those around us safe during these trying times.
    • Make sure to keep tables and chairs separated by the correct distance, which is a minimum of six feet. These areas have either been clearly marked, or the tables and chairs previously arranged in the correct format. It is tempting to begin sliding chairs and tables together, but this is one of the best methods to ensure spread of the virus in public spaces. As the weather outside turns colder, we must work that much harder to remain safe indoors as we interact with our fellow family members. Masks must be worn at all times in public spaces while indoors! The mask must cover the mouth and the nose for it to be effective. Partial use of the mask renders it useless and does not lower the potential for COVID-19 spread. For students living in residence halls, no-one other than the official occupants of any room may enter that space. There are public spaces on campus for safe and physically distanced gatherings and conversations. Residence Hall rooms are not considered public space and may only be entered by those living within that specific room.
    • We have several local and national events approaching that tend to draw crowds together in celebration. I implore you not to participate in social events of this type this year! These type of “super spreader” events have been the cause of multiple institutions having to close, so let us remain safe during this time.
    • I am so proud of everyone on campus for getting us safely to this point in the semester. Let us remain attentive and aware so that we may reach the end of the fall 2020 semester in a safe and positive manner.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • October 9, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on October 9, 2020 at 10:35 a.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Community,

    • We have reached the end of week eight in the fall 2020 semester. The weather has become more crisp in the morning, mid-term grades are ready to be announced, and we can begin to imagine the holiday seasons that are quickly arriving.
    • I want to take this time to pause and reflect on what has allowed for us to reach 8 weeks of campus life and instruction. Students, faculty, and staff returned to a campus in the fall of 2020 that had changed much from previous years. The hallways were lined with physical distancing signage, furniture was moved and re-arranged, stairways were converted to one-way directions, elevators accommodated only one person at a time, residence hall rooms were to be visited only by those students who lived in that particular room, and masks were required to be worn in indoor public areas at all times and outdoors when physical distancing was not an option.
    • We spoke of keeping yourself safe and keeping all those around you safe based on how you conducted yourself pertaining to COVID-19. Our goal was, and still is, to slow the spread of this virus as much as possible. You not only kept up this vigilance on campus, but when you traveled off campus as well. Your actions not only kept you safe but helped to ensure that we could continue to keep our campus open and continue our educational pathway in a residential rather than remote model.
    • We have done well to date, but there are signs of complacency in how we are conducting ourselves with respect to COVID-19 leading to a rise in cases, and possible cases. Overall, people are wearing masks improperly, keeping the nose uncovered. Wearing a mask in this fashion is similar to not wearing a mask at all. Please keep both the mouth and nose covered at all times. Physical distancing guidelines are beginning to blur as people edge closer together for conversations, meetings, and to share information. Off campus behaviors have become more dangerous as noted that Daviess County has now been flagged as being in the RED ZONE with respect to COVID-19 cases among its population. When we leave the KWC campus, we must be ever more aware of our surroundings and avoid large crowds or areas where safe habits are not being followed.
    • Now is the time for all of us to reassess our behavior pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic. For our campus to remain safe and open, we must all be as attentive as possible to help lower the spread of this virus and to keep each other safe. We have five weeks remaining in what has been a thus-far successful semester. Your help, guidance, and safety will ensure that we reach the end of the semester in the same successful and safe manner!!! Our individual actions will determine whether we are able to remain a residential college or must shift back to remote learning with no campus activities. Let us all work together to avoid the latter scenario!!!!
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • August 20, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on August 20, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Community,

    • The first week of classes is quickly coming to an end. Thanks to everyone involved from our faculty, staff, administration, students, parents, and the community who have planned and worked so hard to make a residential experience possible for the fall 2020 semester.
    • I continue to state that it is up to the students as to whether KWC is able to keep its campus open during the semester. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are having to live in a new reality. One that requires that we do all that is possible to keep ourselves and those around us safe. Each student signed the Panther Promise prior to arrival, and success at hosting a residential campus this year resides within the actions of each student! It takes only a small group flaunting the rules to place the entire community at risk.
    • Our biggest challenges this week have been with physical distancing and wearing masks. We all understand that masks may not be the most comfortable. We also know from the CDC that masks help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by trapping droplets which may carry the virus and which may become airborne. KWC mandates that masks be worn indoors in any public space, and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible. KWC has also mandated that only roommates are to enter a residence hall room. All other meetings or gatherings need to occur in the public areas of residence halls with masks being worn. I applaud those of you who are following these rules! You are helping to ensure that the campus can remain open for your educational experience. For those students who refuse to follow the rules, they cannot be allowed to stay on the campus. The safety of our community is too vital to allow a small subset of the campus to place us all in jeopardy. Refusal to wear a mask or breaking the residence hall rules will result in that student or students being sent home for the semester, forfeiting his/her right to be a part of the residential experience on the KWC campus. As of this writing, we have been forced to send several students home for violations of the Panther Promise already in this first week of classes. Your safety is of the utmost importance and these students chose to ignore your safety in their actions. Let me reiterate that whether we are able to remain open is entirely up to the students. Safety protocols must be followed. You must adhere to good hygiene practices. You must realize that you are not on campus for yourself only, but for all of those with whom you interact each and every day!!
    • As articulated during our summer planning stages, classes are being taught in a hybrid manner. There have been some questions as to why teach hybrid courses if the students are on campus. One of the reasons is that classrooms were rearranged to accommodate physical distancing in the spaces. As a result, it is not possible to place all the students in a classroom at one time. To ensure that KWC continues to deliver the high-level education for which it is known, a combination of online and in-class teaching methodologies is being utilized for our students. A second reason is that some of our faculty are in high risk areas with respect to the COVID-19 virus. As a result, they are teaching their courses remotely. In these instances, Supplemental Instructors have been hired to augment the in-class experience of the classroom. A Supplemental Instructor is a peer leader who has completed (and excelled in) the course, has gone through special training by KWC, and is available to answer questions and help current enrollees with any issues. The addition of a Supplemental Instructor ensures that a faculty member’s lesson is understood and that students are able to digest the material efficiently, thereby heightening the overall experience. Supplemental Instructors are not teaching the class, that is the purview of the professor only! The Supplemental Instructor leads face to face study sessions to build upon what the professors have taught and to ensure that the students have a firm grasp of the principles espoused in the course. The Supplemental Instructor and the faculty member are in close contact with respect to the course, study sessions, and the progress relating to classroom materials.
    • We are grateful to have our students back on campus. We thank the parents for entrusting their children to us with respect to their growth and education. We continue to plan each day for the safety and well-being of KWC and our surrounding community. We must all work together, follow the safety rules, and be mindful of those around us. Working together, the fall 2020 semester can be extremely successful and memorable!! Let us make sure to work together toward this goal.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • August 15, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on August 15, 2020 at 3:25 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Community,

    • The arrival of students has brought with it much excitement and energy to our beautiful campus. We have been delighted to welcome new and returning Panthers throughout this week, and look forward to the start of the academic year on Monday.
    • The new reality provided to us by COVID-19 has resulted in several policies and other procedural changes on our residential campus. One such policy surrounds visitors in campus residence halls. To reduce external traffic flow in our residence halls, we have instituted a campus-wide no visitor policy, and each residence hall room should only ever be occupied by the residents of that unit. Gatherings are to take place outside of rooms in common areas with appropriate physical distancing and masking at all times indoors.
    • Several students gathered in a residence hall room on Thursday evening, highlighting the need to reinforce awareness of this new policy. As a result of this behavior, these students have been asked to isolate for 14 days and will continue their academic pursuit remotely.
    • The safety of our campus community is a shared responsibility for each of us – students, faculty and staff. It is not something we can afford to take lightly in this pandemic. Personal responsibility is paramount to our residential campus experience now and the foreseeable future.
    • The only way to mitigate risk and safely return to our residential campus is for every member of the Kentucky Wesleyan College community abide by the Panther Promise. There is no room for those members of the Panther family who choose to shirk these responsibilities, thereby placing everyone else, as well as the mission of the College, in jeopardy.
    • We appreciate all who continue to fulfill the expectations of the Panther Promise and help us keep our campus community safe. We must do this together for the health of all in our Panther family and larger community. I am confident we will continue on a positive trajectory for a safe and enjoyable fall semester.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • August 11, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on August 11, 2020 at 10:55 a.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Community,

    • As many of you may be aware, Governor Beshear requested that public and private K-12 schools delay the beginning of in-person classes until September 28, 2020. His request was put forth to allow these institutions more time to plan for the face-to-face return to education.
    • Governor Beshear also stipulated that this request does not cover higher education, much of which deals with the residential model of students moving to campus and treating the institution as their home over the next several months. This is also an acknowledgement of the months of work higher education has conducted to make the campus experience as safe as possible during this time.
    • Kentucky Wesleyan College continues its plans to begin classes on August 17, 2020 in the hybrid fashion that has been explained in previous correspondence to the community. We are still welcoming all of our residential students back to campus and are currently moving them into their residence halls, with all the requisite safety protocols in place. The health of our students, faculty, and staff remains utmost in our minds.
    • We continue to work with our local and state public health offices, the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges, and Council of Post-Secondary Education as we move forward toward planning for a successful and enlightening fall semester.
    • With the NCAA’s decision to cancel fall championships and the implementation of new requirements for all athletic activity, the G-MAC has voted to move all high-contact sports to the spring. Low contact sports such as golf, tennis, bowling, and cross country will maintain their ability to compete in the fall with cross country planning to hold its conference championship in October. The athletic department is awaiting additional guidance from the NCAA and will be communicating plans and schedules for resuming workouts and practices this fall in the near future.
    • For the semester to be successful, it is critical that we all take into consideration those around us. We are a Panther family and acting as such will be more important this semester than in any other. Following proper protocols such as physical distancing, wearing masks inside buildings and when physical distancing is not possible outside, following hygiene practices as noted around the campus, and ensuring that we are not placing ourselves in situations off-campus that could expose us to the virus, are crucial.
    • Living through a pandemic puts a unique strain on us all. We can work through these issues together, acting and caring for each other. I strongly believe that the 2020-21 academic and athletic year can still be one of our best and most memorable. I have every confidence that we will act accordingly to ensure that the KWC experience remains that of which we are so proud.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • July 28, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on July 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

      We are slightly less than three weeks from the beginning of classes on the Panther campus. Excitement is increasing as we implement planning to welcome our students back safely back to Kentucky Wesleyan College. For both new and returning students, fall 2020 will be a unique and rewarding experience along the pathway toward earning a well-deserved KWC degree and becoming a stronger member of the Panther family.

    • As mentioned in previous notes, courses will begin Monday, August 17, 2020. This date aligns well with the Governor’s recommendation to begin classes in the third week of the month. We will begin to welcome students to their fall home on August 9, 2020. To ensure physical distancing and safety, there will be four blocks of time each day from August 9 to August 14 in which students have been alerted to move their belongings into their residence hall. We are excited to welcome each of you back to campus and have planned to do so in the safest manner possible.
    • New signage has been placed around campus, reminding each member of the Panther family to keep the safety of those around you at the forefront of your mind. Everyone will need to be mindful of stopping the spread of COVID-19 to ensure a successful semester!! I have no doubt that we will all conduct ourselves in the most prudent manner at all times.
    • The G-MAC athletic conference will begin competition on September 24, 2020. This date is later than in previous years, giving our campus community time to settle into the fall routine of campus activities prior to the beginning of sports. At this time, we are planning on conducting a full fall team sports schedule in association with the conference decision and protocols.
    • We are proud to introduce Activity Hall, which will open in the fall of 2020. This property, formerly used as a Church, lies adjacent to the main campus on College Drive and Frederica Street. Our campus faculty and staff have been working diligently all summer to ready the structure for use in the fall and we anticipate it will be a popular spot for activities and gatherings that require larger amounts of space. I want to thank Shawn Tomes and Scott Kramer for their tireless efforts in readying the space!! I hope it becomes one of your favorite memories of your time at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
    • COVID-19 has been the most disruptive event within our society in generations. When faced with barriers, one can either cede future plans and allow for external societal forces to determine that person’s success, or alter those plans within the premise of current conditions to ensure the future remains bright. Kentucky Wesleyan College’s future remains bright, mainly for two reasons. The first is the loyalty, love, and hard work of our faculty, staff, and our alumni. These groups ensure the College’s academic, social, and financial stability in the uncertain times in which we find ourselves. The second reason is our students. For over 160 years, it has been our students who create and carry forward the character of Kentucky Wesleyan College, allowing for us to cheer the Panther name with pride. This fall will be unique, and we will face challenges. I believe it will also be one of the best semesters in which we have ever participated! We will act as a family, caring for each other and ensuring that our plans for a bright future go forward in an undaunted manner. I look forward to August 17 with great enthusiasm!!
    •  
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • July 15, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on July 15, 2020 at 3:05 p.m. CT)

      Dear Campus Community,

      Click image to view the Phase III Opening Executive Summary

      To help navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the College established a COVID-19 response team in February, 2020. This team has been integral in helping guide the institution through the difficult but necessary decisions that have been made on campus this past spring and summer. In accordance with the safety guides established by the state of Kentucky and the CDC, I asked the COVID-19 response team to draft Phase I, Phase II and Phase III plans for re-opening our campus which had closed to the public on April 6, 2020.

      We are currently in the midst of Phase II, which is the plan to bring our employees back to campus. You have most likely been contacted by your supervisor during this phase to talk about the various possibilities. I thank everyone for the smooth transition that has occurred in preparing our campus for the fall semester. The Phase III plans focus on bringing our students back to campus and planning for the fall 2020 semester itself. (Click link above or image to right for Executive Summary; Click links below for detailed plans in each respective subunit.)

      Our COVID-19 response team has been working diligently on these plans in the following areas:

    • Academic Affairs
    • Admissions
    • Athletics
    • Facilities
    • Student Services and Safety
    • Although each of the five areas requires its own focus, you will notice that there is a tremendous amount of overlap among the various parts. We will all be working together as a team to ensure a successful and safe opening of the KWC campus. You may read each section separate from the others, but I would urge you to go through all of the documentation to familiarize yourself with the intricacies of the pathway forward that we will be following in the coming months.

      These are living documents. By that I mean that they are flexible and will be updated as needed regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic may change as we enter the fall months. The landscape is much different now than it was when this planning process began, and we understand that the landscape may keep shifting, requiring us to realign best practices when needed. The teams will keep working and updating the documents as necessary to ensure that we constantly focus on how to keep the campus safe and our educational experience at the same high level that our students have come to expect and deserve from KWC.

      You are encouraged to visit this page for the latest changes.

      Thank you.

    •  
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • June 23, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on June 23, 2020 at 3:20 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • The summer solstice has already occurred, and the fall season will greet us more quickly than we realize. I do hope you have been able to take advantage of the nice weather to venture outside, enjoy nature, and re-unite with family and friends (with physical distancing of course). We at Kentucky Wesleyan College are focused during this time in preparing for our fall 2020 semester and academic year.

      We will be bringing all of our students back to campus. In preparation for their return we have been following the Kentucky guidelines for safety as well as those of the CDC and various higher education safety models. The campus will necessarily flow differently as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will still resonate with the strong Panther pride and history of which you are all such an important part.

      The following calendar changes will occur for the fall 2020 semester:

    • Classes will begin on August 17, 2020
    • Labor Day Holiday will be cancelled with classes held
    • Fall Break will be cancelled with classes held
    • Regular classes will conclude Tuesday, November 24, 2020
    • Finals will occur after the Thanksgiving break via online delivery
    • To alleviate large crowds while moving back onto campus, students will be invited back in “waves” prior to the start of classes. Cancellation of the Holiday Break and Fall Break help to keep our community on campus with less potential exposure to COVID-19.

      Classrooms have been reset to allow for physical distancing. As such, courses will be taught in a hybrid fashion, allowing students to attend classes during part of the week while keeping up with material online during other parts of the week. We are excited to bring about these new methods of interaction in which students will still have access to their professors and classmates, yet will also have the freedom to complete some of their coursework in an online fashion.

      Campus areas have been arranged to allow physical distancing to increase your safety on campus with your friends and classmates. Many activities will be scheduled to be held outside. From courses, to meals, to activities and other meetings, you may find yourself with no roof over your head and with a gentle breeze wafting against your cheek as you participate in your college activities this fall. Bring your sunscreen and get ready for some outdoor adventures!!

      We are excited to bring our Panther Family back to campus and begin the process of a wonderful residential-life education with all that it entails.

    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • May 19, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on May 19, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • During the spring of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic changed the format of higher education, and indeed our entire global economy. Education moved online, businesses were shuttered, and “healthy at home” became the new catchphrase of our times. Our country has witnessed the Gilded Age, the New Deal, the Cold War, and the Roaring Twenties eras to name a few. It may well be that history will look upon this time as the “COVID-19” or “coronavirus” era. As the world begins to slowly emerge from the hold of this pandemic, many questions are brought forth. Can we and should we test everyone for the virus? Should the test we use tell us whether a person currently harbors the virus, or should the test tell us that the person previously had the virus and now has built up antibodies. Should we or should we not wear face masks (yes, because they protect others from you). Will the world ever return to a “normal” phase, or are we truly entering a new normal for how the human race lives upon this earth? Each of these questions, and many more, will be studied, discussed and argued over as we look to the future together.
    • Kentucky Wesleyan College was forced to adapt to the new COVID-19 world as well. All classes were switched to remote delivery on March 18. The residence halls were closed on April 6, and the campus closed to the public. We continue to offer the education for which this institution has been known for the past 162 years with students and their families always at the forefront of our thoughts. As we enter the latter stages of May, we now begin to discuss how to welcome everyone back in the best possible manner.
    • At present, we are working through the three Phases outlined by the state of Kentucky to open our campus fully once again. Our COVID-19 team is operating tirelessly to make sure that the campus restyles its areas to keep our students and campus visitors safe when they return to this beautiful College setting. We are ordering PPE, discussing potential walking pathways and one-way lanes. Our building spaces and furniture layouts have been redesigned to help enforce physical distancing and we are planning how a 24/7 campus will have to integrate correctly so that we are able to offer our education at the highest possible level while helping our students understand COVID-19 and how they can work to remain safe.
    • We plan to bring students back to the campus for the fall 2020 semester. There are five sub-units of the COVID-19 team working to deliver plans of what is the “new normal” during this time. These teams are tasked to view their particular areas to determine what PPE is necessary, what type of testing and monitoring will be required, and how does their particular area need to be reshaped to keep our Panther family safe on the College’s campus. The reports generated from this work will form KWC’s operation plan that will be prepared and disseminated prior to July 1.
    • Our academic year will adhere to the traditional August start. We are discussing the removal of fall break with a potentially early release. Once the students have been tested and are on campus, it is safest to keep them on campus rather than send them to myriad areas of the nation or globe for vacation during the semester. Courses and programs will be taught in a mix of traditional and hybrid delivery. The flexibility of this approach will allow the use of campus spaces in a more efficient manner for our faculty and students. We are working under the assumption that athletics will be held this coming academic year. We plan to field all of our Panther teams. It is possible that schedules will need to be changed from past years, and we are working with conference and national entities to determine this course of action. As we learn more, we will update you.
    • This past spring has been one of the most disruptive times in the past century. It has changed our outlook on the environment, and the part within it that we play. We at Kentucky Wesleyan College are planning for your future and to prepare you for whatever the world may hold in the coming years. We look forward to seeing you back on the campus this fall and continuing your path as a proud member of the Panther family.
    • Sincerely,

      Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D.
      President

  • May 13, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on May 13, 2020 at 5:25 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • As we enter the summer session for Kentucky Wesleyan College, there are many questions with regard to the coming fall semester and what will be the model surrounding a Panther education. It is our highest hope and desire to have the campus open for the community in the fall of 2020. There are however, a plethora of active parts at present, and many decisions that must be made and enacted at the state and national level. Kentucky Wesleyan College is preparing at multiple tiers with respect to the fall 2020 semester. We are acting alongside the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) to focus on a three step process which follows benchmarks established by the Governor of Kentucky. Our aim is to prepare our and your campus to continue giving the same high level education and experience our students expect.
    • The College created a COVID-19 response team in mid-March to guide our decisions and help plan our pathways through this time. As this planning process moves forward, we have created five sub-units within the COVID-19 team to help focus on the following areas:
    • 1) Students
    • 2) Academics
    • 3) Safety
    • 4) Facilities
    • 5) Athletics
    • These units have submitted the first step of their plans and we are now focused on step two. Step three planning will begin immediately following with its focus on the fall semester, educational models, and student interaction with the KWC campus and larger Panther family.
    • Once again, our hope is to have an open campus this fall. Given the spread of the virus, however, we must also plan for contingencies if that pathway is not possible. At present, there are too many variables to determine whether any one model will prevail in our planning. We can say the following. Much like the spring of 2020, we will conduct as many of our events as possible, hopefully in person, but using virtual means if needed. Our students will still be able to rush for Greek life, students will still be able to participate in Student Government and Campus Ministry. Students will be able to join a Club, Organization, or a Society…or as in the past start a new one if the idea arises!! An education at Kentucky Wesleyan College is more than just a conglomeration of courses. You are joining a family, one of which you will be a part well beyond the day you graduate. We are planning to ensure that your education as a Panther remains at the highest possible level, remains a life-altering experience, and remains one of the most important times of your life.
    • The COVID-19 pandemic has placed us in a position unlike any in the past century. We understand that this is a time of confusion and angst in many aspects of your life. We want you to know that we are planning to ensure that we can take those worries from you with regard to your experience at KWC. We will ensure your time as a Panther is as strong a positive influence on your life as it has since 1858.
    • Please continue 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

  • May 8, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on May 8, 2020 at 3:20 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • The first week of summer classes is now complete! Best of luck to all of you who are enrolled in the summer session. Our resources remain open and ready to offer assistance should you have the need, so do not hesitate to reach out.
    • The first wave of Department of Education funding has now been dispensed by the College. We hope it helps ease the strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are still awaiting arrival of the second part of the DOE funding but will keep you updated as to the timing of its arrival. These funds will be used as additional aid to help our students and to maintain the educational strength of Kentucky Wesleyan College. The College is offering grants for “Hardship” cases, expenses incurred due to COVID-19, that may not be covered under current program dispersal. Students may fill out an application at the following location (https://kwc.edu/admissions/financial-aid/emergency-requests/). The deadline to submit an application is May 14, 2020.
    • Thank you to all our Panther friends and family who have remained active on social media and continue to show us their #pantherpositivity. It brightens our day each time we see an update and learn more about your actions during this pandemic!! Let us make sure to keep the communication strong with all of our Kentucky Wesleyan family and continue to grow our connections with one another. The KWC alumni office hosted a First Thursday event this week. First Thursday events generally entail meeting at a restaurant or other establishment to share food and memories once a month. KWC has now hosted two First Thursday events virtually using Zoom. Although we are not sharing food, the memories that are recounted make the events a wonderful time!!! I look forward to meeting more of you on the virtual airways until we reopen once again.
    • In March, a COVID-19 task force was created to help keep connections with our local health officials, state offices, the local community, and other entities who have help navigate this time. The task force is instrumental in aiding the campus as we make necessary changes to protect our students, faculty, and staff while continuing to offer the best possible education for our students. This group has conducted excellent work in a tireless fashion and I thank them for their selflessness as we continue plan through this time. Recently, subunits were created within the task force to address the Kentucky Governor’s recommendations and pathways for phased reopening and preparing for the fall 2020 semester. It is our hope to welcome all of you back at that time, though we are also drafting plans in case the pandemic keeps us apart a little longer. The units shared their Phase 1 plans this week. We are now beginning to plan for Phase II and Phase III, the last of which deals most directly with bringing students back to campus and resuming the fall 2020 semester in a traditional Kentucky Wesleyan College fashion. We will make sure to keep you updated as we progress through this process.
    • Kentucky Wesleyan College staff volunteers are reaching out to all students this week by phone. We want to get your feedback on the semester, and to see how you and your family are getting along during our “Healthy at Home” stays. We may not yet be able to gather in a physical manner, but we can still be in contact and share our stories. We care about your well-being and look forward to the conversation.
    • Every day that passes brings us one day closer to emergence from the pandemic. Do not despair, and do not lose hope! Know that you are highly valued and that you are always in the hearts and minds of the KWC Panther family. Working together, we will grow ever stronger as a community. A community that is caring for each other, and understands the importance of each individual.
    • Please continue 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

  • May 5, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on May 5, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • It seems that the spring semester just concluded, but summer classes have begun this week. Best of luck to all of you who are enrolled in the summer sessions. Remember to take advantage of Kentucky Wesleyan College resources if you need information or support during this time. Our goal is to ensure you get the best possible education and experience as you pursue a Panther degree!
    • I want to thank all the students who checked their mailing addresses last week to ensure their accuracy. The first wave of Department of Education funding will be sent from KWC this week and we hope it helps ease the strain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A second round of DOE funding is anticipated soon, and we will use these funds to also help our students and to maintain the educational strength of Kentucky Wesleyan College.
    • Even though the semester has ended, we would still love to hear from you so please continue to share your #pantherpositivity and other updates from wherever you reside at the moment. Let us make sure to keep the communication strong with all of our Kentucky Wesleyan family and continue to grow our connections with one another.
    • In my last update, I mentioned that COVID-19 subunits were created to address the Kentucky Governor’s recommendation pathway for preparing for the fall 2020 semester. It is our hope to welcome all of you back at that time, though we are drafting plans in case the pandemic keeps us apart a little longer. The units have shared their Phase 1 plans this week and we will be discussing them in more depth in the coming days. We will share these plans with you as soon we are able.
    • Kentucky Wesleyan College staff volunteers will be reaching out to all students this week by phone. We want to get your feedback on the semester, and to see how you and your family are doing at present. We may not yet be able to gather in a physical manner, but we can still be in contact and share our stories. We care about your well-being and look forward to the conversation.
    • Every day that passes brings us one day closer to emergence from this pandemic. Do not despair, and do not lose hope! Know that you are highly valued and that we will continue to work hard to ensure your experience as a Kentucky Wesleyan College Panther is one you will treasure always.
    • Please continue 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

  • May 1, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on May 1, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • The College has officially moved into its “summer” mode of planning as we enter the first week of May. As you probably expect, much of our planning is currently centered around COVID-19 and the ramifications of this pandemic on our community.
    • I want to remind everyone that the first installment of the Department of Education funding has arrived. We will be sending allotments to students no later than early next week. As we requested before, please be sure that your mailing address is current. We ask that students check their information on the portal. From the portal choose “My Grades,” then “Letter Grades.” If the information is not correct, please send an update to the Registrar (registrar@kwc.edu). There will be a second round of funding from the DOE as well, and we are awaiting its arrival.
    • We are also planning on how best to prepare for the fall 2020 semester. There are a plethora of moving parts at present, and many decisions that still must be made and enacted at the national and state level, but we are preparing ourselves at Kentucky Wesleyan College for multiple contingencies.
    • The Governor of Kentucky has set in place Benchmark criteria for the state to move to a Phase 1 of openings. These criteria are listed as follows:
    • 1) Fourteen days where cases of the virus are dropping.
      2) Increased testing capacity and contact tracing.
      3) Personal protective equipment (PPE) availability.
      4) Ability to protect at risk populations.
      5) Ability to social distance and follow Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on large gatherings.
      6) Preparedness for a possible future spike.
      7) Status of vaccine and treatment.
    • Phase 1 openings are scheduled to begin in Kentucky on May 11. As part of the plan with the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), we are currently following a three-step process to prepare for the fall 2020 semester which encompasses the seven steps above while preparing our campus to continue giving the same high level of education and experience our students expect. These three steps are:
    • 1) Guiding Principles.
      2) A projected date for “face-to-face” learning on campus.
      3) A detailed, phased in plan of a “new normal” for an on-campus experience.
    • As a campus, we already have been focusing much in these areas. Our COVID-19 response team has been meeting and planning since early developments in March, and I thank them for their hard work to date. To help with this next phase, the response team has created five sub-units to help us prepare for the areas mentioned above. The sub-units are focused on the following areas:
    • 1) Students.
      2) Academics.
      3) Safety.
      4) Facilities.
      5) Athletics.
    • Each of these sub-units has been tasked with developing a plan in their area that will help the campus in its entirety as we complete the three steps. Although we have the five separate units, we realize that many of their areas will have overlapping concerns and planning steps. The units will be coordinating closely with each other and myself as we navigate the next several weeks and months. As we learn more from the state and AIKCU, we will keep you updated. As our plans for the fall become more firmly set, we will also relay them to you in a timely manner.
    • As always, we remain in constant contact with our local health providers, the state educational system, and our government officials at the state and national level as we begin to plan for the fall 2020 semester.
    • Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been disruptive in a multitude of ways, it has also taught us good lessons. It has taught us that we can be more flexible than we ever imagined. It has taught us that treating people in a collegial manner is important no matter the circumstances. It has taught us that no matter the situation, there is always a future for which we need to be planning. I am so proud and humbled to be a part of Kentucky Wesleyan College as we navigate these rough waters to find a safe harbor for our students and community. I hope the best for you all this weekend! Stay safe, stay positive, and stay calm.
    • Please continue 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 28, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • Classes have ended and our spring Commencement ceremony was held on April 25 in a virtual setting. I cannot thank our team enough for getting this project together so we could celebrate this most important of days with our students and their families. Thank you to everyone who followed the ceremony, and to those of you who shared your thoughts during the ceremony using multiple media pathways. Although we were not in the same room, we were celebrating together in a special manner! Congratulations to all the graduating students!! Please remember that we will be hosting a traditional ceremony on the Kentucky Wesleyan College campus on September 25, 2020. I hope to see you all back on campus, walking across the stage, and celebrating with your Panther family in person.
    • The first installment of the Department of Education funding has arrived. We are currently completing our methodology for dissemination with respect to this Emergency Financial Aid Grant and hope to begin sending allotments to students no later than early next week. As we requested before, please be sure that your mailing address is current. We ask that students check their information on the portal. From the portal choose “My Grades,” then “Letter Grades.” If the information is not correct, please send an update to the Registrar (registrar@kwc.edu). There will be a second round of funding from the DOE as well, and we are awaiting its arrival.
    • We have begun to plan for the coming semester. As states begin to loosen their “healthy at home” recommendations, we want to make sure that we are able to bring our family back to campus in the most safe and timely manner. We remain in constant contact with our local health providers, the state educational system, and our government officials at the state and national level as we begin to plan for the fall 2020 semester.
    • As always, 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 24, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 24, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • It is surreal to realize that we have reached the final day of the semester, yet we are at that point. The fountain is flowing beautifully in the morning sunshine, the bell tower continues to look over the campus majestically, and Minerva continues to hold watch over Kentucky Wesleyan. To state that this semester has been preternatural is an understatement. Along with the rest of the nation, our community has been thrust into an eerie form of existence where we are presently taking courses remotely, meeting via Zoom, swerving to avoid getting too close to another person physically (and thanking those who do likewise), and wondering how and if our lives will return to a pre-pandemic normal.
    • By some methods, I hope we do not return to normal. During this pandemic, I have witnessed an outpouring of care and collegiality among our communities that is greater than any time I can remember. Although our lives remain busy, we now realize that taking time to check on a colleague, say hello to a neighbor, or recognize the importance of our family and friends are areas that have gained much in importance. I hope we do not forget these characteristics…ever. I have been able to view the joy people have rediscovered in taking a walk (with social distancing), enjoying the wide-eyed wonder of children who find joy in almost any type of setting, and wallowing in the ever-flowing love of a pet. We have begun to find happiness in the more immediate parts of our daily lives, and I hope we do not lose that aspect…ever.
    • As we maintain our planning for dealing with the pandemic, we are also focusing on our future. Once again, I wish to thank everyone who helped with our traditional to remote teaching transition, which occurred over a 48 hour period. To our faculty, who have discovered how to navigate the trials and tribulations of teaching higher education online. Who have adapted to not just what happens with coursework, but advising, committee work, and the joy of keeping up with their students via a virtual world. To our staff, who have heroically kept the campus functioning for what now passes as normal. Keeping a campus on track is difficult when we are all together, and the ability to do so while working from disparate areas is monumentally more difficult. They have made this transition appear easy, and I am forever grateful. Finally…to our students. The travails of the past semester have forced you into roles at which you could not have guessed. Your campus activities were curtailed, then stopped. Your learning moved to a remote format. You may have been placed in a position of taking care of family members, other community members, or finding your own way in an unfamiliar area. I am so proud of fashion in which you continued to forge ahead with your studies while attempting to keep some semblance of normalcy in you day. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus, either as a returning student, or as a recent alum for those of you graduating tomorrow. Kentucky Wesleyan College is still, and will remain, your home.
    • We continue to work with federal agencies to procure aid to help our students. We recently received guidelines from the DOE on the distribution of Emergency Aid funding. Although the funds from the DOE have yet to arrive, we hope to receive them shortly. We are preparing to disseminate the aid once we receive the money. In order to ensure that the funds reach students correctly, please confirm that your mailing address is current. We ask that students check their information on the portal. From the portal choose “My Grades,” then “Letter Grades.” If the information is not correct, please send an update to the Registrar (registrar@kwc.edu). There will be a second round of funding from the DOE as well, although it too has yet to arrive. We will be setting parameters for using these funds to help students as soon as we are able.
    • KWC is studying contingency plans for the fall 2020 semester. Our hope is to have a fully open campus, but we are also planning in the case that this scenario is not a possibility. We will work diligently to ensure that student education remains at the high level demanded by the College, our students, and our community. As we move forward, we will keep you informed of any choices and decisions that are made with respect to the fall semester.
    • A reminder that we will be honoring our graduating students with a virtual commencement tomorrow, April 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. (https://kwc.edu/commencement/). Although we are unable to meet in a physical setting, we will be acknowledging all of our Panthers who are finishing their time at Kentucky Wesleyan and embarking upon the next step in their exciting lives. Please join us as we celebrate with our newest members of Panther Alumni!!! We are so proud of what they have accomplished and look forward with great excitement to what they will achieve as leaders in the generation to come. We will also be hosting a traditional graduation ceremony for this graduating class on September 25. I hope you will participate in both events!!
    • It has been a unique and sometimes frightening semester. I have no doubt that we will emerge from this crisis ever stronger. I have been heartened to see the family ties at Kentucky Wesleyan College deepen during this experience and look forward with enthusiasm to our proud future!!
    • As always, 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 21, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 21, 2020 at 4:15 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • Finals week has arrived!! During this time, I generally walk around campus chatting with students who are ingesting too much caffeine and reminding them to take care of themselves mentally and physically. Do not over-caffeinate, make sure to get some exercise and fresh air (Yes the pollen count is high, but the weather is still wonderful.), make sure to get plenty of sleep, and make good use of the campus resources! Although I cannot walk around this spring speaking with the students physically, I will still give the advice! You will think better with a rested mind and body. I will add one more piece of advice given the unique nature of this semester. Make sure to reach out to your friends and peers. You may not be able to share a table at the Winchester Center, or have dinner on campus together, but you can still reach out via media and share a laugh or a tear!! It is important to remain connected to those who have been so important to your life.
    • I want to thank the Student Government Association for meeting with me today (Tuesday, April 21, 2020) for a noon CT discussion. It was a bit early for some of our Las Vegas family members, but they all joined the gathering with good cheer. We discussed multiple topics including how best we can communicate, summer activities, and the fall 2020 semester. I thank them each for their time and look forward to our next meeting in two weeks.
    • We continue to work with federal agencies to procure funding to help our students. We are awaiting guidelines from these programs that will allow the release of funding, permitting us to plan how best to disseminate the funds within the program guidelines. Thank you for your patience, and please know we are working in this area as fast as we are able. We are hoping to have more information to share in the next few days.
    • We continue to follow the COVID-19 updates carefully. The state of Kentucky remains in a “Healthy at Home” status and the Kentucky Wesleyan College remains closed through this time. Our first priority is the safety of the entire KWC and Owensboro community. When we are able to open once again, we will invite everyone back with open arms and great enthusiasm. Until that time, we ask that you stay safe and keep planning for the future with us.
    • KWC is studying contingency plans for the fall 2020 semester. Our hope is to have a fully open campus, but we are also planning in the case that this scenario is not a possibility. We will work diligently to ensure that student education remains at the high level demanded by the College, our students, and our community. As we move forward, we will keep you informed of any choices and decisions that are made with respect to the fall semester.
    • We reported earlier that two students at KWC tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, both students are recovering nicely and they thank you for your positive thoughts and support.
    • A reminder that we will be honoring our graduating students with a virtual commencement on April 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Although we are unable to meet in a physical setting, we will be acknowledging all of our Panthers who are finishing their time at Kentucky Wesleyan and embarking upon the next step in their exciting lives. Please join us as we celebrate with our newest members of Panther Alumni!!! We are so proud of what they have accomplished and look forward with great excitement to what they will achieve as leaders in the generation to come.
    • As always, 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 17, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 17, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • We are entering the last weekend of the spring semester. A semester that will always be remembered for the COVID-19 virus and the disruption it has caused across the globe. I would like to thank our community for working so diligently and efficiently to get us to this point of the term.
    • Students, all resources that you may require during finals week will still be available. If you need anything with regard to your education, please call or e-mail the particular office and someone will be available to help you.
    • Honor’s Convocation will be held this evening at 6:30 p.m. Please join us as we recognize and celebrate with those students who have shown outstanding achievement during their time at Kentucky Wesleyan College. Also remember that our virtual commencement will be hosted on April 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Although we are unable to meet in a physical setting, we will be acknowledging all of our Panthers who are finishing their time at Kentucky Wesleyan and embarking upon the next step in their exciting lives. Although you may be graduating, you are always a part of KWC!! We hope that you will remain connected to the college as you go forward, and we will be enthusiastically following your careers with pride.
    • We continue to receive questions based upon refunds for students and thank you for your questions and input. As I have stated previously, we are currently studying how federal funding is to be received and how it may then be disseminated. Our goal is to help all of our students in need. As soon as we receive the correct clarity pertaining to use of the federal funding, we will begin this process. I thank you for your patience as we work through these issues.
    • During this time of being “healthy at home,” we will continue our outreach using social media outlets. I look forward to visiting with your during these sessions. I have thoroughly enjoyed those sessions held already, and we have been able to reach students and alumni across the nation. Take care Panther family. Remember to connect with those around you as you are able! We continue to social distance, not social isolate! Remain positive and stay calm!!
    • As always, 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 16, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 16, 2020 at 3:15 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • It is hard to believe we have arrived at this part of the semester, but tomorrow (Friday, April 17, 2020) marks the final day of regular classes. Not that classes this semester have appeared regular to anyone. Kentucky Wesleyan College has been teaching courses in a remote fashion since March 18, 2020, a period of just over four weeks. I would like to thank our faculty once again for the incredible effort required to recreate classes from a traditional delivery to an electronic format in the span of 48 hours. I want to thank our students for their flexibility and diligence in continuing to work hard on their academics while keeping the end goal of this semester in sight. At this time, I would also like to thank our student tutors and supplemental instructors. These groups of students continued to perform their duties within the monumental pedagogical shift we have witnessed. Without their help and guidance, much of what was accomplished would not have been possible. As always, our staff members are the silent backbone of the campus, keeping all the activities on time, and ensuring that all requirements are met. This week is Future Panther week, and our Admissions team has put together a phenomenal program for each of our incoming KWC students. I thank admissions for ensuring that our future students receive the same wonderful welcome and information they need to make a smooth transition into higher education.
    • We have twelve students and four first-responders remaining on the campus at this time. Social distancing is still enforced in all areas of KWC as we all work together to flatten the curve on the COVID-19 virus.
    • As with our academics, Kentucky Wesleyan College meetings have also turned to electronic platforms. People who had never before heard of Zoom are now experts in the intricacies of this application. The Advancement office hosted a meet and greet earlier this week, attracting alumni from six different states. It was a wonderful way to reach out and meet with members of our Panther family from a distance in real time. Just this morning, Admissions hosted a campus social on an electronic platform. We were able to visit with faculty and staff who are currently working remotely, and who we have not been able to greet physically in weeks. These meetings are a wonderful way for people to realize that we may be “healthy at home,” but that we are not alone, and we can still share our stories and lives.
    • As mentioned in a previous update, KWC is actively seeking available funds to help our students disrupted by the COVID-19 virus. These funds require certain guidelines and we are awaiting clarity in particular areas to determine how we may move forward in the best possible manner. We will continue to update you as we learn more in this area.
    • There have been questions as to whether the College will change its grading system to a pass-fail. For multiple reasons, we have determined that this move would cause more harm and angst then retaining our historical policy of assigning grades to courses and other academic areas. We thank everyone for the input and guidance we received.
    • The weather started quite cool this week but is supposed to warm as we move toward the weekend. I urge you to get outside and enjoy nature, with social distancing of course. If you see your neighbor, friend, or fellow human being, give that person a nice wave and brighten their day too. It is more important now than ever to let others know that we are still a community and supportive of each other! Take care Panther family! Please remain safe, optimistic, and calm!!
    • As always, 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 15, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • On April 6, 2020, Kentucky Wesleyan College officially closed the residence halls. As of that date, students who were able to vacate the campus were requested to do so. With this action, there has been a question of refunds for residence hall and food service fees.
    • I write to tell you that the College is pursuing funding to help cover costs and expenses caused by the COVID-19 disruption. Some funds will be distributed to institutions as early as next week. In an effort to protect the students and the institution, we are seeking clarity in multiple areas including but not limited to the following: How the funds may be utilized?; What may the potential tax implications for students?; Proper documentation; etc.
    • It is our goal to ensure that the funds are used in the most efficient manner for our students and the institution while following the federal and state guidelines surrounding these programs. We continue to seek information to make sure we can act in both a timely and safe manner.
    • We thank you for your patience and will continue to update you as we learn more about this process.
    • Please visit the KWC COVID-19 site (www.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 14, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 14, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. CT)

      Dr. Mitzel used his weekly radio show, The Wesleyan Air Way, to share an update relative to the COVID-19 response at Kentucky Wesleyan College. 

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  • April 13, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 13, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • As of today, only one week of the semester remains before final examinations begin. I urge all students to continue working hard on your studies. We did not expect to be delivering your classes in a remote fashion, but the hard work of yourselves and the faculty have contributed to a semester in which courses were given with minimal disruption, and your educational pathway maintains its forward motion toward graduation. I cannot thank you for your flexibility and collegiality. Your term is almost complete, so now is the time to focus more strongly, study with more alacrity, and make the next two weeks some of your most productive educationally.
    • A reminder that Kentucky Wesleyan College will be hosting Commencement for our graduating students on April 25, 2020 in a virtual setting. We invite the students, families, and friends to join the event as we celebrate this wonderful accomplishment! Also remember that we will be hosting a traditional Commencement on Friday, September 25 on the campus of Kentucky Wesleyan College. Every student who graduated in the spring of 2020 is invited to attend this event, to walk across the graduation stage, and to receive your well-deserved accolades in person! I look forward to welcoming each and every one of you! The Commencement will be held in collaboration with our Presidential Inauguration. I cannot think of a better way to show the importance of our students than to be able to share this gathering with them.
    • Kentucky Wesleyan College is currently studying several pathways to find relief for our students with respect to occurrences of this spring. Although events are continuing to evolve in a quick fashion, we have been able to secure some sources of funding for this purpose. We are presently studying how this support may be disseminated best, in accordance with the guidelines from issuing agencies, and will update you as soon as we have discerned all the details. We ask for your patience as we all navigate these turbid times.
    • I would like to remind the faculty and staff to please complete the survey based on your input for guidance as the College maps it future for the next generation of education. During these difficult times, it may be hard to plan more than a day or two in advance. Yet, we owe that plan to every alumni, student, and future student of Kentucky Wesleyan College. Make sure you lend your voice to this movement and help guide the College’s future!
    • Thank you all once again. As the entire globe struggles with COVID-19, a myriad of stories arise from disparate areas. In some instances, people have worked together well, and in others their cohesion has frayed. I have been so proud at how Panther nation responded to the hurdle we face. Working as a family, we will overcome this pandemic and be stronger as a result.
    • 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 7, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 7, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • Spring truly is one of the most beautiful times of the year. If you live in an area where the plants are blooming, and yes even the site of an early spring fly is exciting, take advantage of this wonder and enjoy the physical world around you. For those of you who are reading this note from a somewhat colder clime, do not despair for spring will reach you shortly.
    • There has been much speculation about the Easter Holiday during the COVID-19 crisis. This is a time for families and friends to gather and give thanks for their loved ones. For the younger crowd, it is a chance to await the Easter Bunny laden with colored eggs and candy. Will the Easter Bunny be able to get around this year? New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that the Easter Bunny was an essential worker in her country, and that the rabbit may continue its job this Sunday. I am not sure if the Easter Bunny is considered an essential worker in the United States, but I would be willing to conjecture that there may be some hidden eggs and candies around the homes this weekend to brighten the faces of our children…of all ages.
    • In observance of Good Friday, Kentucky Wesleyan College will not be open as in years past. We want for our campus community to be able to spend this valuable time with their families, whether it be the immediate family at home or the more extended relations using social media. Please remember that “healthy at home” does not mean that you have to be alone. Reach out to your family and friends this coming weekend and share the wonderful holiday in a virtual manner.
    • Social distancing is beginning to work. Studies released today predict that hospitalizations and overall deaths are going to be lower than thought even last week due to social distancing practices within the United States. Please stay strong, and keep the six foot minimum distance that is recommended while avoiding public places except for essential needs. We are all working together, and we are all here to support each other! We have a long way to go to defeat the COVID-19 virus, but the work accomplished thus far has shown us that we can ease the burden on everyone by remaining diligent, calm, and continuing to think in a forward fashion.
    • Until next time, take care Panther family!!
    • 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 6, 2020 Update

    • (Posted on April 6, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. CT)

      Dear Kentucky Wesleyan Family,

    • I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this past weekend. What a great time to cook on the grill or do some yard work. Rhonda and I were able to take the dogs around campus for some exercise and fun. With the spring bloom having arrived, they were excited by all the new smells, and they always have a wonderful time trying to catch the squirrels and rabbits. Wherever the weekend had you located, I hope you were able to find some enjoyment in your surroundings.
    • As mentioned in the April 3, 2020 update, students are moving out of the residence halls by 5:00 pm today. We will retain a small contingent of students on the campus for whom traveling at this time is not reasonably possible. The library will be physically closed for the remainder of the semester. Students and faculty may still access material by going to the library’s home page (library.kwc.edu). The library staff is available to assist you with any potential needs, they will just be doing so in a virtual manner.
    • Our Food Service on campus will be transitioning from hosting open hours from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to having “windows of time” for students and others to pick up meals for carry out. More information will be released as this transition is completed.
    • Governor Beshear mentioned that the next two weeks are going to be the hardest but most important for Kentucky as we all work to slow the spread of COVID-19. Although we cannot gather, we are all working together as a family to get through this period. Stay strong, keep reaching out through the various social media channels, and remain 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 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.