Campus Updates

Emory & Henry College is constantly monitoring this evolving situation and the latest COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) updates will be posted here.

  • April 2, 2020-Updates to Summer I Curriculum Delivery, Campus Events, and Travel In Response to VA Executive Order #55

    All,

    Please read this email in its entirety as it contains important College updates at Emory & Henry College in response to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. 

    On Monday, June 30th, Virginia Governor Northam issued Executive Order #55 (2020), which is a “stay at home” order. This executive order is effective immediately and is effective through June 10th, 2020. As a result, these updates are in direct response to this Executive Order. 

    Online Class Announcement for Summer 1, 2020 Session 
    At this time, we will be moving the entire curriculum online for the first summer session. We are announcing this at this time in order to provide students, faculty, and staff time to prepare for transitioning those offerings completely online. 

    If faculty wish to add additional online course offerings for Summer 1, please work directly with Provost Dr. Michael J. Puglisi and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Dr. Matthew Frederick. 

    For students at the School of Health Sciences, please be on the lookout for additional information on your summer schedule from Dr. Lou Fincher and Dr. JP Barfield. 

    Cancelation of Campus Events, All International, and All Domestic Travel Through June 30th
    At this time, we are canceling all on-campus events through June 30th in direct response to the Governor’s Executive Order. 

    Camp Directors are working on camps and conferences that will be impacted by this update. 

    Further, we are canceling all college-sponsored domestic and international travel through June 30th. 

    We strongly encourage all faculty, staff, and students to follow the executive order in regards to personal travel. 

    As this COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, Emory & Henry College will continue to make updates to the campus community in a timely fashion with the intention of keeping the campus community as safe as possible. 

    Please let Associate Provost and Dean of Students Ryan Bowyer know if you have any questions regarding this information at rbowyer@ehc.edu

    Sincerely,

    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Michael J. Puglisi, Provost
    Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students

  • April 2, 2020-Updates to Room and Board Refund Discussion in Response to COVID-19

    Dear Emory & Henry College Students and Families,

    Thank you for your patience during this enormous change in all of our lives due to COVID-19. 

    We appreciate you being flexible as we move to a remote learning environment to round out Spring 2020 semester. Our faculty have worked very hard over the past two weeks to move their curriculum to an online or remote learning format so you can finish the credits you signed up for–and so seniors can meet their graduation requirements. 

    While we are relieved to be able to offer the opportunity for you to complete the credits covered by your tuition, we are looking into how we can provide partial reimbursements to families for room, board, and some fees. We are weighing many considerations as we shape that plan, including residence halls and meal plan costs, financial aid, and payment plans or balances. We want to take the time necessary to be as fair as possible.

    We appreciate your patience as we navigate this new and unexpected territory. We will send you an email with specifics about the reimbursement plan as soon as possible. If you have questions in the meantime, please email any of us.

    You are also invited to bring your questions to Zoom Drop-In Office Hours with Dean of Students Ryan Bowyer and Dean of Student Success Jolie Lewis, 12:30-1:30 p.m. today. The zoom link is here: https://ehcmeeting.zoom.us/j/763670437

    Together, we will get through this. 

    Sincerely,

    Angela Edmonson, CFO
    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Michael J. Puglisi, Provost

  • March 26, 2020-Important Updates: Mail Forwarding Form and Selling/Renting Books from The Emory Mercantile
    All,
    Please read this in its entirety as it contains important announcements regarding mail forwarding and returning books/selling books back to the Emory Mercantile. 

    Please see that information below. This information will also be available on our website. 
     
    Mail Forwarding Form
    Please fill out the following mail forwarding form in order to effectively have any mail sent here to the college forwarded to you. 
    From now until the end of the semester in direct response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and how that is impacting our normal mail operations, if you have any questions regarding this process, please email Faith Blankenship at fblankenship@ehc.edu
    At the end of the semester, we will no longer be able to forward UPS or FedEx packages as we will return to our normal summer mail forwarding operations. If students have packages that have been delivered over the summer months by UPS or FEDEX they can email us a shipping label from UPS or FEDEX. For questions on this, please email Faith Blankenship at fblankenship@ehc.edu.
    How do I return books and/or sell books back to The Emory Mercantile? 
    Students will be asked to mail books that have been rented back to the Emory Mercantile at the end of the academic semester. Books may be mailed back at the following address
    Emory Mercantile
    PO Box 949
    Emory VA 24327.
    Students will receive Emory Mercantile store credit for the shipping costs in the form of a gift certificate. The Emory Mercantile will have a buy-back event to pay cash for other books that will extend into the fall term. 
    Please forward any questions regarding books or the Emory Mercantile to Terry Richardson at trichardson@ehc.edu
    Mr. J. Ryan Bowyer, M.S.Ed. 
    Associate Provost & Dean of Students
  • March 26, 2020- A Message from President Wells, Emory & Henry College: A Place of Permanence

    Watch the video message from President Dr. John W. Wells 

    President Dr. John W. Wells shares a message to alumni and friends of the College about the pandemic and how Emory & Henry is continuing to operate while safeguarding the health of students, faculty, staff and the community. E&H students need your financial support now more than ever. The College has moved to a remote learning format for instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Because of this change, the College will refund students and their families a pro-rated portion of the room and board paid for the current academic year.

    Should you wish to support us and ensure the College’s continued financial stability during these unprecedented times, we ask that you make a gift today. Your gift allows us to direct resources to the areas most affected by the necessary changes in our operations and will help us withstand the financial effects of this pandemic and enable us to continue the remarkable, high-quality educational experience our students expect and deserve. Please give at https://www.ehc.edu/giving/give-online/

  • March 26, 2020-COVID-19 Updates to Academic Program and Academic Calendar

    Emory & Henry College Community,

    Please read this email in its entirety as it contains important information regarding updates to the academic program and academic calendar at Emory & Henry College for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    Changes to the Academic Calendar, Spring 2020

    Due to the extension of Spring Break and U.S. Department of Education requirements, the College is extending the end of the semester by one week. The official end of the Spring semester will be Friday, May 8th. Because of the variety of delivery for the remainder of the semester, professors will schedule final exams appropriate to their classes during the final week. 

    March 30: Online/distance classes begin

    April 10: No classes (Good Friday)

    April 24: Ampersand Day is canceled. April 24 will be a normal class day. 

    May 8: Last day of classes/exams. 

    Announcing Pass/Fail Option

    Due to the implementation of distance delivery, students will have the option to take any or all of their classes on a Pass/Fail basis (certain caveats apply). 

    Students will have the opportunity to opt-in to the Pass/Fail option between April 13 and May 1. Full instructions will follow. 

    • Grades of A+ through D- count as a “pass;” courses with these grades will count toward graduation (certain caveats apply); a grade of F counts as “fail”; a failed course will not earn credit or count toward graduation. 

    • Academic standing status will not be negatively impacted by the results of the Spring 2020 semester (except in cases of all F grades); status can be improved by grades counted toward Grade Point Average (GPA). 

    FULL INSTRUCTIONS AND EXPLANATIONS WILL FOLLOW. 

    Announcing Withdrawal Deadline Update

    The withdrawal for the Spring semester is extended to Thursday, April 16. All withdrawals will be recorded as W (not WP or WF). 

    FULL INSTRUCTIONS WILL FOLLOW. 

    Please forward any questions you have regarding these changes to Associate Provost Dr. Matt Frederick.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Michael J. Puglisi, Provost
    Ryan Bowyer, Dean of Students

  • March 24, 2020-COVID-19 Update to SHS Community

    Dear SHS Students, Faculty, and Staff,

    This email provides the latest update on COVID-19 as of 1:00pm on March 24, 2020. We ask that you please read this email in its entirety to ensure you remain up-to-date on this ever-changing situation.

    Online Course Delivery for Remainder of Spring Semester

    As you may recall from our last COVID-19 update, the School of Health Sciences had hoped to resume face-to-face, on-campus instruction on Monday, April 13th. Unfortunately, based on the ever-expanding spread of the virus, the latest CDC recommendations, and Governor Northam’s recent announcement banning public gatherings of more than 10 people through April 23, 2020, it has become clear that we must revise this plan. Effective today, the E&H SHS will complete the remainder of the spring semester via online instruction. Courses with labs involving the instruction and assessment of clinical skills will likely need to be delayed until the summer term. This will result in an incomplete grade. Your Program Director will work with the faculty to determine which lab courses will be delayed and will communicate this to you.

    The status of your clinical rotations remains fluid at this point and is dependent on the health system and the specific clinical site. Your Program Directors and DCEs/FWCs will continue to communicate with you regarding your ability to complete your current or upcoming rotations.

    The SHS Faculty and Staff remain committed to supporting you during this incredibly difficult and stressful time. The faculty have been working very hard to ensure that the online delivery of your program’s didactic content continues to meet the quality and rigor expected of Emory & Henry College and required for preparing you for your chosen healthcare career.

    Suggestions for Being Successful in an Online Environment:

    • Check google calendar regularly for schedule changes.
    • Check each course on Moodle on a regular basis for postings of instructions, lectures, assignments, resources, etc.
    • Be organized and create a schedule for each week to include Zoom sessions, online lectures, assignments, and group Zoom meetings.
    • Find a quiet space with reliable internet access. This may include finding a location in your area that has free high speed internet that can be accessed from a parking lot.
    • ALWAYS practice social distancing.
    • Keep your devices fully charged and keep a close power source during Zoom sessions.
    • If you have limited bandwidth you many need to turn video off and use audio only.
    • Always mute your microphone in a live Zoom session. Unmute to ask or to reply to a question.
    • Communicate regularly and timely with your instructor regarding technical problems, clarifications, etc.

    Prevention of Community Spread of COVID-19

    The number of COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing in Virginia. Governor Northam and the Virginia Department of Health are relying on every Virginian to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.

    • Stay home and ALWAYS practice social distancing. If you have to go out, stay 6 feet away from others.
    • Avoid public spaces, public activities, and group gatherings (including parties with your classmates or neighbors).
    • Put distance between yourself and others if you are sick. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, contact your physician. Call ahead before seeking medical care.

    Stay Informed

    There is a lot of information being shared about COVID-19 via social media; however, not all of this information is accurate or up to date. Two reliable sources for the latest information on this pandemic include the CDC Website and the Virginia Department of Health.

    The E&H COVID-19 Task Force and the SHS Leadership Team continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation and will continue to provide informational updates as they become available.

    Sincerely,

    The SHS Leadership Team
    Dr. Lou Fincher, Vice President of Health Sciences
    Dr. J.P. Barfield, Associate Dean of Health Sciences
    Dr. Jean Irion, Chair, Department of Physical Therapy
    Dr. John Jackson, Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy
    Dr. Christy McGhee, Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

  • March 23, 2020-Announcement Regarding Online Classes, College Housing, and Commencement

    Dear Emory & Henry College Community,

    Please read this email in its entirety as it contains important information regarding the College’s response to the ever-evolving COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus situation. 

    As the COVID-19 Task Force has navigated this incredibly complicated and nuanced situation, we appreciate your patience as we make decisions that are best for Emory & Henry College. At this time we believe that the following announcements are necessary to preserve the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and campus community 

    Online Classes Announcement for the Remainder of the Semester for the Emory Campus

    Emory & Henry College will move fully online for the rest of the Spring 2020 Academic Semester. We understand that some students may have difficulty navigating this situation. Should students foresee issues accessing the remote and online resources necessary for your education during these weeks, please work directly with Associate Provost and Dean of Student Success Jolie Lewis at jllewis@ehc.edu for accommodations. Please be as creative as possible in finding ways to access Internet and technology to complete classes from home.

    In regards to online classes, faculty are currently engaging in training all week as to how this process will work. Faculty should be reaching out very soon, if they have not already, in regards to this transition to online classes. 

    For students at the School of Health Sciences - please look for information from Dr. Lou Fincher. 

    College Housing Announcement for the Emory Campus

    Students that live in College Housing should be on the lookout for an email from Josh von Castle, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Housing/Residence Life and Faith Blankenship, Housing Operations Coordinator, with detailed instruction on how checking out of the residence halls will work. Please wait until you have received this information before reaching out with questions. We will engage in a staggered check-out process to ensure that we are meeting CDC guidelines. It is imperative, to protect your own health and the health of those around you, that you adhere to the check-out process that will be communicated by Dean von Castle. 

    At this time, we are examining how to conduct room and board refunds for the remainder of the academic semester. We will announce more information by Monday, March 30th. 

    Student Pay for Those Receiving Federal Work Study

    For students that are part of the Federal Work Study program, please be on the lookout for more information from Tracy Peery, Director of Human Resources. 

    Commencement Announcement

    At this time, graduation will occur as scheduled but the commencement ceremony will be delayed. Emory & Henry College administration is dedicated to providing our amazing graduates an Emory & Henry commencement ceremony. We are continuing to watch how the national and global situations evolves, and will make decisions regarding how commencement will occur in the coming weeks. 

    We understand that some of this information may be difficult. Please reach out to Ryan Bowyer, Dean of Students and chair of the COVID-19 Task Force, with any questions that you may have regarding this information. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Michael J. Puglisi, Provost
    Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students

  • March 17, 2020-A Message from President Dr. John W. Wells

    Friends and Students of Emory & Henry,

    Events have moved quickly in our nation and communities over the last week. As always, Emory & Henry has stood to the challenge. Please take a moment to listen to some of the moves we have made as well as some reminders about the strength and resilience of our great College.  

    Of note, we will begin online/alternative class offerings Monday, March 30 and plan to run them through Friday, April 10. We will make an announcement Monday, April 6, if we need to abandon having seated classes through the remainder of the year. I know this could equate to lots of logistical challenges and very possibly delaying commencement. We will work through this together for our safety and that of our country. These are unprecedented times to manage but in true E&H spirit, we will persevere and rise to the occasion. We will do what is right, just and fair.

    Over the course of the coming weeks, I will plan to provide periodic written and video updates of the unfolding situation. We know there are lots of questions yet to be answered. Please send them to me so I can take them forward to our planning team. I remain grateful to the Board, the faculty, staff, and administrators who are working so diligently to maintain the unique level of excellence that is Emory & Henry.

    With optimism,
    John 
    Dr. John W. Wells, President

    View the video message from President Wells

  • March 20, 2020-Emory & Henry Athletics, ODAC Cancel 2020 Spring Seasons

    With continuing developments in the outbreak of COVID-19, the Emory & Henry College Department of Athletics and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) via unanimous vote from the President’s Council and Board of Directors have chosen to cancel all spring athletics competition for the remainder of the academic year.

    “As a result, and in the best interests of the Emory & Henry community, we are making this difficult decision, which I know will be disappointing to so many of our student-athletes, coaches, and fans,” said Anne Crutchfield, director of athletics. “Despite the disappointing news, I am confident that these are the right steps to take together. This decision was guided at all times by our commitment to protecting the health, well-being, and safety of our student-athletes, staff, and supporters.”

    RELATED - ODAC Release

    The Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) and Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) previously announced their decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 competition seasons.

    Following the guidance of public health and medical professionals, Emory & Henry College will be moving to remote teaching beginning Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 10. The College will continue to monitor the situation and will make a recommendation for the rest of the semester (Monday, April 13 – Friday, May 4) by Monday, April 6.

    Emory & Henry College and the ODAC looks forward to showcasing the achievements of its spring sport athletes over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for content about our spring sport seniors, end of season awards for those sports, and other features highlighting the 2019-20 athletic campaign.

  • March 16, 2020-Important Updates to Classes and Residence Hall Access

    Dear Emory & Henry Community on the Emory Campus,

    This information is meant only for faculty, staff, and students at the Emory campus.

    Please read this email in its entirety as it contains important information regarding the College’s plans for the COVID-19 Coronavirus response. We recognize that this is a rapidly evolving situation and the College is responding to these conditions. 

    Online Class Announcement Starting March 30th through April 10th

    The College has made the decision to conduct classes fully online beginning March 30th, 2020 through Friday, April 10th. The College will continue to monitor the situation and will make a recommendation for the rest of the semester (April 13th-May 4th) by Monday, April 6th. We know many of you also have questions about commencement; we will continue to monitor and make recommendations in as timely a fashion as possible.

    Should students foresee issues accessing remote and online resources necessary for your education during these weeks, please work directly with Associate Provost and Dean of Student Success Jolie Lewis at jllewis@ehc.edu for accommodations. Please be as creative as possible in finding ways to access Internet and technology to complete classes from home. Watch for an email from Dean Lewis this week requesting further information.

    Residence Halls Will Close Tomorrow at 12:00 PM through April 12th

    At this time, the residence halls will close at 12:00 PM tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. A form for exemptions is available here for students in extreme situations.

    Card access to the residence halls will be shut off at 12:00 PM tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. Only students that have been approved for an exemption will continue to have access to the residence halls.

    Should you have any questions regarding the process for applying for an exemption or to discuss your personal situation, please contact Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Housing & Residence Life Josh von Castle at 1.276.944.6529. 

    If you have any questions regarding this information, please feel free to contact Dean of Students Ryan Bowyer at rbowyer@ehc.edu

    Sincerely,
    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Michael J. Puglisi, Provost
    Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students

     

  • March 16, 2020-Admissions Office Announcement

    E&H COVID-19 Update Currently Suspended: Admission Tours, Visits and Open Houses

    March 15, 2020

    Dear future students and families,

    Emory & Henry is committed to stay in contact with you while keeping everyone’s safety in mind. So here’s our plan for the time being:

    Visits, tours and open houses temporarily suspended. In an effort to do our part and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and protect our future students, families and staff, we are electing to suspend all guest tours through the Admission and Athletic offices and any planned open houses until the government feels we can resume large group gatherings. The health of our future E&H students, families and current staff remain a priority during this time of uncertainty.

    What is currently suspended (to prevent close contact):

    • All face-to-face tours, visits on campus, including meeting with coaches.
    • Admission Open Houses and Events: Blue & Gold Admitted Students Day, March 27 and Junior Visit Day, April 4
    • Please hold these dates for a LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT from 10-11 a.m. EST

    But, let’s stay in touch virtually!

    A virus will not get in the way of your college dreams and aspirations! Our team plans to use Facetime, Facebook Live, Skype, texts, videos, emails and phone calls to keep our admission counselors, faculty and coaches connected to you and keep our conversations going! We know you’ve worked hard to get where you are today and we are here to answer your questions and make sure you’re here this Fall!

    Alternative Options

    • You and your family are more than welcome to drive through our campuses in Marion (Exit 44), Emory Main Campus (Exit 26) and The Equine Center (Exit 10) should you be traveling through the area.
    • Watch our virtual tour online: www.ehc.edu/tour
    • Talk to our admission staff anytime at your convenience. Feel free to text, email or call anytime! www.ehc.edu/admission/meet-our-team
    • Admission staff and faculty will be making calls to your home or cell to talk with you and your parents to answer any questions.
    • Keep connected with our Social Media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and SnapChat
    • Check out our great alumni connections on LinkedIN—we’d like to see you here soon.
    • Please know we value you and are thinking of you during this most disruptive time in the world. We look forward to a bright future with you on our campus soon!

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer Pearce, VP for Enrollment Management and External Affairs
    Trace Harrison, Events & Affinity Admission Counselor

  • March 14, 2020-Emergency Dependent Care FAQs

    Per Human Resources 03/14/2020: 

     
    To:  All Emory & Henry College Employees
    Re:  Emergency Dependent Care FAQs
    Our office has fielded several questions from our previous email so we would like to share them with the broader group as a whole, along with our answers.  
    Q:  Can I bring my dependent child or children to work with me?
    A:  Unfortunately, no.  Due to the increased risk of illness and/or injury, we require that employees utilize one of the previously mentioned options for dependent care instead (paid sick leave, paid annual leave, unpaid Family Medical Leave and/or telecommute (if reasonable, able, and necessary) to provide emergency care for dependent children).
     
    Q:  Are we working on Friday, March 20th?
    A:  No, we are continuing to observe Friday, March 20th as a paid holiday.  Employees will return to work on Monday, March 23rd.  
     
    Q:  How can I view my current leave balances?
    A:  Employees may view their current leave balances in Self Service under Employee > Leave 
    Q:  What are the qualifying reasons for leave under the Family Medical Leave Act?
    A:  Please visit the US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division fact sheet for reasons that may qualify as unpaid leave.  
    Q:  Who do I contact with questions that are not listed here?
    A:  Please contact TracyMaggie, or Teresa in Human Resources with any questions or to request Family Medical Leave.  
    We appreciate your ongoing dialogue, cooperation and understanding as we seek to navigate this rapidly and quickly evolving situation together.
    Sincerely,
    Tracy 
    Tracy Peery, MBA, MA, SHRM-CP, PHR
  • March 13, 2020-Employee Informational Update

    Per Human Resources 03/13/2020:

    To:  All Emory & Henry College Employees
    Re:  Governor Northam Orders All Virginia K-12 Schools Closed for Minimum of Two Weeks
    Due to the Governor of Virginia’s declaration of mandatory school closings for the next two weeks, employees may be eligible to take paid sick leave, paid annual leave, unpaid Family Medical Leave and/or telecommute (if reasonable, able, and necessary) to provide emergency care for dependent children.  Please immediately work with your supervisor to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.  Employees may view Leave Balances in Self Service under Employee > Leave (balances are current as of February 29, 2020).  Please contact Tracy or Maggie in HR with any questions regarding leave options or to request Family Medical Leave.  
    Sincerely, 
    Tracy
    Tracy Peery, MBA, MA, SHRM-CP, PHR
  • March 13, 2020-McGlothlin Center for the Arts Update

    A message to our McGlothlin Center for the Arts Community:

    Due to ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the McGlothlin Center for the Arts will be canceling and tentatively rescheduling some events.

    A performance by the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, which was set for April 7, has been canceled. Organizers are hoping to reschedule the event for a date in the summer or fall.

    An Artalk focused on the works of Dorothy Gillespie, which was scheduled for April 6, also has been canceled.

    Performances of the musical, “Little Women,” originally scheduled for April 2-4, have been canceled. 

    The Spring Choral Concert, which is scheduled for April 18 at 7:30 p.m., has been canceled.

    The Spring Symphonic Band Concert, which was scheduled for April 25, has been canceled.

    Ticket sales for these events will be restricted to box office sales on the day of the performances. These plans are subject to change, pending decisions made by Emory & Henry College with regard to its academic calendar in response to the viral outbreak.

    Dirk Moore, Executive Director
    McGlothlin Center for the Arts

  • March 11, 2020-Statement From Emory & Henry Athletics Regarding COVID-19

    Wednesday afternoon, March 11, 2020, the Emory & Henry College COVID-19 (Coronavirus) task force, in collaboration with officials from the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV), decided to suspend College activities, including athletic competitions from Sunday, March 15 to Sunday, March 29.

    Athletic competitions prior to March 15 will go on as scheduled. In-season sports may continue to practice during a portion or all of this time at the discretion of the head coach. 

    Emory & Henry College anticipates a return to the regular class schedule on Monday, March 30. Athletic competitions canceled or postponed before this date will not be considered forfeits, and the College continues to be in constant communication with the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and NCAA about the remaining games for the rest of the season.

    The NCAA has also released information regarding its own COVID-19 advisory panel including a statement from NCAA President Mark Emmert.

    RELATED - NCAA COVID-19 Advisory Panel Statement | NCAA President Mark Emmert Statement

    For the most up-to-date information on Emory & Henry Athletics, including all updates regarding competition schedules, visit www.GoWasps.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/GoWasps or follow us on Twitter @GoWasps and Instagram @WaspsAthletics.

  • March 12, 2020-COVID-19 Update for E&H Marion Campus

    Dear SHS Students,

    Emory & Henry College’s top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. The COVID-19 Task Force and the E&H Administration continue to monitor the evolving nature of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health issue to both guide us in our decision making and to ensure that we keep the E&H Community informed and up-to-date. 

    Please read this entire email as it contains updates regarding the College’s COVID-19 response plan specific to the Marion Campus.

    • The E&H School of Health Sciences has suspended face-to-face classes on the Marion Campus for the week of March 23-27, 2020. 

    • Beginning Monday, March 23rd, lecture class instruction will be delivered via online delivery methods (e.g., Moodle and Zoom). Please follow the steps via this link to access the Zoom software. https://www.ehc.edu/live/blurbs/840-zoom-details Students must ensure that they have reliable internet access during this time.

    • Your Program Director and Faculty will send out additional information on the specific schedule and format for your online classes.  

    • Laboratory and clinical skills instruction will be rescheduled by your Program Director once the Marion Campus returns to regularly scheduled face-to-face instruction.

    • Should any clinical or fieldwork rotations require changes, you will receive this information from your Program Director or Director/Coordinator of Fieldwork/Clinical Education.

    • The School of Health Sciences plans to resume face-to-face classes on the Marion Campus on Monday, March 30, 2020. However, please recognize that this plan may be subject to change due to the rapidly changing and evolving nature of this public health issue. 

    • Please continue to monitor your E&H email over spring break and the week of March 23-27 as the College will continue to provide regular updates via email and LiveSafe. Updates will also be posted on the new webpage www.ehc.edu/flu

    • The E&H Marion Campus will remain open and continue to operate under normal business hours (8:00am - 5:00pm) during the week of March 23-27. Students may access the building during this time only if necessary on a limited basis; however, please note: any student who has been exposed to COVID-19 or who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT be on the Marion Campus during this time. 

    • Please exercise common sense when traveling over spring break. The College suggests that you avoid traveling through major airports and metropolitan areas in states where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19. Information on confirmed cases by state can be found at this CDC link. Please consult the CDC’s travel guidelines before making travel plans. 

    • Students who travel to areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19 or who are exposed to individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-isolate and self-observe for the development of symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing). In the event you are exposed to COVID-19, please notify your Program Director.

    • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider immediately. Also, should this occur, please contact your Program Director to update them on your health status.

    • Remember to practice good personal hygiene and normal preventive procedures:

      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
      • Stay home when you are sick. 
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow. 
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
     

    The COVID-19 outbreak continues to be a rapidly evolving situation and the College’s Administration will continue to closely monitor reports from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.  

    If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me,

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Lou Fincher, Vice President of Health Sciences

  • March 11, 2020-COVID-19 Marion Campus

    Dear SHS Students,

    You received an email earlier this afternoon from Associate Provost Ryan Bowyer regarding the College’s plan to extend Spring Break for one week on the Emory campus, through Sunday, March 29, in response to the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. 
    Please note: The Marion Campus will NOT be following this extended spring break schedule. SHS classes will resume on Monday, March 23 via ONLINE instruction (e.g., no on-campus classes will occur). 
    I will be working with your Program Chairs to prepare a more detailed message that will be shared with you tomorrow, but I wanted to share this preliminary information with you this evening.
    This is a rapidly evolving situation and the College’s Administration will continue to closely monitor reports from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health. 
    If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me,
    Sincerely,
    Dr. Lou Fincher, Vice President of Health Sciences
  • March 11, 2020-COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates to Spring Break and Domestic Travel

    Emory & Henry College Community,

    Please read this email as it contains significant updates in response to COVID-19 Coronavirus planning. 

    The COVID-19 Task Force, comprised of professionals from across campus including academic affairs, student affairs, housing, athletics, the business office, facilities, dining services, and marketing/communications has been working diligently to monitor and respond to the rapidly changing global and national situation as it pertains to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. 

    The COVID-19 Task Force continues to stay informed, utilizing such sources as the CDC website, our EAB consultants, the Virginia Department of Health, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, and the NCAA and ODAC.

    SPRING BREAK NOTIFICATION FOR STUDENTS ON THE EMORY CAMPUS

    Students at the School of Health Sciences - Please look for a separate email from Dr. Lou Fincher for more information. 

    Students at the Emory Campus: As a result of all of the available information at this time, the College has made the decision to extend Spring Break for students on the Emory campus for one week. Therefore, Spring Break will be from Saturday, March 14th through Sunday, March 29th.

    This extra week allows for the college and the COVID-19 Task Force to continue to monitor the global and national situation, respond appropriately and with as much information as possible. We recognize that many colleges and universities are responding in similar ways. 

    At this time, classes on the Emory campus will resume on Monday, March 30th, 2020 at 8:00 AM. Please recognize that depending on the global and national situation, this is subject to change. 

    To that effect, students should plan to take at least two weeks worth of belongings with them. It is our expectation at this time that we will finish classes and academic work in person on campus. Should things change between now and March 30th, however, please take your textbooks home for Spring Break, along with technology and other materials that would be needed to complete academic work remotely.

    Faculty and staff will operate as they normally would. The second week of Spring Break will be used for professional development and operational workshops here on campus for faculty and staff to develop implementation plans should the need arise for alternative educational content delivery methods. Faculty will receive an email with specific instructions from Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Matt Frederick. 

    Campus will remain open and operate during this extended spring break. If as a student these changes create a hardship for you, please contact Dean Ryan Bowyer at rbowyer@ehc.edu.

    Students - please continue to monitor your email over the extended spring break as the college will issue any announcements directly to your Emory & Henry email address. You may also be hearing from your advisor regarding building your Fall 2020 schedule. 

    GENERAL DOMESTIC TRAVEL

    There have been some questions about the email that was sent this morning regarding the cancellation of all College-sponsored and non-NCAA athletic travel. We would like to take a moment to expand on this decision. The College’s top priority is the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. We must make difficult decisions that we feel are in the best interest of members of the Emory & Henry community. Please know that these decisions are not made lightly, or in a vacuum; they are made after thoughtful deliberation and consultation with appropriate parties, resources, and experts. 

    All College-sponsored travel–travel that is funded by or on behalf of the College–is cancelled indefinitely. This applies to travel by students, faculty, and staff. This does not apply to travel between E&H locations (i.e. Emory campus, School of Health Sciences, Equestrian Center, Bartlett-Crowe Field Station, nor does it include students who are currently in an internship, practicum, or clinical placement).

    Athletic travel will be suspended for two weeks, from Sunday, March 15, through Sunday, March 29th. We are continuing the conversation regarding NCAA athletic travel for competition and will remain in communication with ODAC and NCAA in the coming days and weeks.

    Should we receive information that indicates that domestic travel is safe for our faculty, staff and students, we remain open to the possibility of reinstating these travel opportunities should they be available. We are most appreciative of the feedback we have received and welcome your considerate communication.

    QUESTIONS

    For faculty with specific questions, please see Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Matt Frederick. 

    For staff with specific questions, please see Director of Human Resources Tracy Peery. 

    For students with specific questions, please see Associate Provost and Dean of Students, Ryan Bowyer.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Michael J. Puglisi, Provost
    Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students

  • March 11, 2020-Memo Regarding EHC Sponsored Domestic Travel COVID-19 Coronavirus

    March 11, 2020

    Dear Emory & Henry College Community,

    Effective March 11, 2020, all Emory & Henry College sponsored non-athletic domestic travel is canceled moving forward through the end of the academic year. This includes trips, conferences, tours, and research. 

    Given the rapidly evolving global and national situation and recent spread of COVID-19 into our area, and as of March 10, 2020 with a confirmed case in Sullivan County, Tennessee, this move is prudent to consider the health and safety of our campus, faculty, staff, and students. 

    If you have questions or concerns regarding insurance, reimbursements, or other financial matters related to the cancelation of pre-planned travel, please see the Business Office, your supervisor, or department chair.

    Please consider using technology when appropriate to communicate with others such as conference calling or a Skype tool when appropriate.

    In regards to Athletic travel, we are in constant communication with both the NCAA and ODAC. Athletic travel at this time is restricted except for competition purposes. For specific questions regarding athletic travel, please see Athletic Director Anne Crutchfield. 

    Sincerely,

    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Michael J. Puglisi, Provost
    Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students

  • March 10, 2020-Employee Informational Update
    Dear faculty and staff, 
    As we continue to monitor and prepare for illnesses such as the flu and the Coronavirus, we would like to encourage each of you to stay up to date regarding your comprehensive personal wellness.  This may include items such as:
    • creating a personal and family preparedness plan
    • updating your beneficiary information where needed (Standard Life Insurance beneficiary update form attached), 
    • making sure you have your health insurance cards and information readily available, 
    • updating your emergency contact information (in Self-Service under user options, or contact Human Resources), and
    • visiting the Human Resources website to access important links for our benefit providers.
    Our Anthem Employee Assistance Program (see attached flyer) can provide assistance with a multitude of items such as crisis consultation, ID theft, financial advice, work/life balance and more.  
    EAP contact information: 
    • Phone: 800-346-5484 
    • Website: anthemeap.com 
    • Login: Emory & Henry 
    • Twitter: @AnthemEAP   
    For questions about reporting travel plans please email Ryan Bowyer at rbowyer@ehc.edu. Please also check out our new website, www.ehc.edu/flu for more information concerning the flu and Coronavirus.  If you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness or virus, do not come to work; contact a healthcare provider for further evaluation. 
    Sincerely,
    Tracy
    Tracy Peery, MBA, MA, SHRM-CP, PHR
    Director of Human Resources
  • March 9, 2020-COVID-19 Coronavirus Update to EHC Sponsored Travel

    Faculty and Staff,

    Please read this email in its entirety as it contains important information regarding college-sponsored travel moving forward through the end of the academic year.

    Please know that, ultimately, decisions will be made to best protect the College from any type of significant closure, extended break from classes, and/or disruption to our normal day-to-day operations. 

    In making the following decisions, the COVID-19 Task Force considered the CDC Guidance on College/University international travel, considered what other institutions are doing, examined what EAB is providing us as our consultants, and have been in contact with CICV and the Virginia Department of Health.

    Travel Notifications

    • Effective March 9th, 2020, Emory & Henry College is canceling international programming such as spring break programs, internships, and field-based research. Given the quickly evolving nature of COVID-19, there are serious risks of travel disruptions as well as potential exposure to COVID-19. Those who choose to engage in individual travel internationally and return from or transit through a country that is rated as a CDC Level 2 or 3 will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, and those returning from or transit through a CDC Level 1 will be required to self-observe for 14 days before returning to campus. 
      • For faculty and staff whose programs are impacted by these spring break cancellations - please work to communicate with your students that changes have occurred. Please work directly with The Business Office to consider the financial implications of the trip. 
    • Effective March 9th, 2020, Emory & Henry College is placing an indefinite moratorium on all international travel. Given the quickly evolving nature of COVID-19, there are serious risks of travel disruptions as well as potential exposure to COVID-19. As a result, all international travel related to college functions is to cease. 
      • For faculty and staff engaging in study abroad trips after the semester ends, please see Dr. Celeste Gaia for more information. 
    • All future domestic travel that is not already planned should not occur through the remainder of the academic year. 
    • A planned trip means that any or all of the following has occurred: hotels/motels have been booked and/or paid for; flights have been booked and/or paid for; rental cars have been booked and/or paid for; conference fee have been paid for. 
    • We currently have three students that are abroad in two different countries. Should those countries have their threat level raised to Level II or Level III, we will require that those students immediately end their study abroad trip. 
    The COVID-19 task force is closely monitoring the national and global COVID-19 situation as it pertains to travel. All travel, both in and out of the college, is under consideration at this time. Please visit www.ehc.edu/flu for any further information.
    If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Bowyer at rbowyer@ehc.edu.
    Sincerely,
    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Michael J. Puglisi, Provost
    Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students
  • March 6, 2020-Memo Regarding Personal Travel Over Spring Break

    March 6, 2020

    Students,

    While we have sent communication regarding international travel for Spring Break and Study Abroad, please see the following information regarding personal domestic travel during spring break. 

    Please exercise common sense when engaging in personal travel over spring break. The College suggests that you avoid traveling through major airports and metropolitan areas in states where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus), which can be found here. Please continue to monitor the CDC website found here for Level 2 and Level 3 travel restrictions. 

    We will continue to offer regular updates via email; post them on our new webpage www.ehc.edu/flu, and send updates via LifeSafe. Please take the responsibility to stay educated on the situation as it continues to change and please use good personal hygiene at all times by washing your hands and not touching your face; sneezing in your sleeves, and staying home if you are ill and/or have a fever. (Treat this like the flu.)

    For questions about reporting travel plans please email Ryan Bowyer at rbowyer@ehc.edu or if you have questions about your specific medical condition, please contact Susan Stanley, Director of Health Services at sstanley@ehc.edu.

    We will continue to provide frequent updates as the situation unfolds.

    Thank you,

    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Mike Puglisi, Provost
    Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students

  • March 5, 2020-Letter to Students

    Dear Students,

    We realize this is a concerning and ever-developing situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) moving through our country and world. 

    This email contains important information regarding the College’s current planning regarding COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. A planning team is meeting regularly to monitor the situation and prepare accordingly. Associate Provost and Dean of Students, Ryan Bowyer, is leading the team of administrators.

    We will continue to offer regular updates via email; post them on our new webpage www.ehc.edu/flu, and send updates via LifeSafe. Please take the responsibility to stay educated on the situation as it continues to change and please use good personal hygiene at all times by washing your hands and not touching your face; sneezing in your sleeves, and staying home if you are ill and/or have a fever. (Treat this like the flu.)

    Below are updates as of March 5, 2020:

    • The health and well-being of our campus community is our top priority.

    • There are no reported cases of COVID-19 in Virginia.

    • Any member of the campus community that elects to engage in personal travel to any Level 2 or Level 3 country as shown here (or is currently visiting) will be expected to self-quarantine off-campus for a minimum of 14 days and not return to campus unless they are free of symptoms. This includes situations in which the level rises to 2 while on the trip.

    • Students traveling to Level 2 and 3 countries should report their travel as soon as possible before traveling to Ryan Bowyer at rbowyer@ehc.edu.

    • Any group trips (domestic or abroad) should be reported to Katherine Hanshew in the Provost’s office at khanshew@ehc.edu (by faculty or staff leading the trip with a list of attendees).

    • Provost Puglisi will communicate with individual faculty members regarding academic plans for the time those returning students self-quarantine off-campus. This case-by-case handling by Provost Puglisi will help facilitate the process given the specifics of each situation.

    • Please check the website for updates: www.ehc.edu/flu

    We encourage everyone to be supportive of one another during this time, including your peers who may have to make difficult decisions about their travel.

    As a reminder, any students, faculty and staff who elect to engage in personal travel to any Level 2 or Level 3 country will be expected to self-quarantine off-campus for a minimum of 14 days and not return to campus unless they are free of symptoms. This includes situations in which the level rises to 2 while on the trip. This is crucial for the health and well-being of our campus community, particularly for those who may be immunocompromised. Further information will be forthcoming pending guidance as we learn more.

    For questions about reporting travel plans please email Ryan Bowyer at rbowyer@ehc.edu or if you have questions about your specific medical condition, please contact Susan Stanley, Director of Health Services at sstanley@ehc.edu.

    For questions about academic plans for students returning from travel to Level 2 and 3 countries, please contact the Provost’s Office at khanshew@ehc.edu.

    We will continue to provide frequent updates as the situation unfolds.

    Thank you,

    Dr. John W. Wells, President
    Dr. Mike Puglisi, Provost
    Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost and Dean of Students

  • March 2, 2020-Information for Employees

    Emory & Henry College continues to monitor the ongoing Coronavirus situation and seeks to provide accurate information as it becomes available from reliable sources. At this time, the risk of exposure for the general public in the United States remains low. However, because this outbreak is changing, the best course of action is to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the trusted organization charged with monitoring and controlling the coronavirus in the U.S.

    Information and Resources

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following:
    Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, a fever (100* F or greater using an oral thermometer) should stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medicines. Employees should notify their supervisor, stay home if they are sick, and seek care from their local healthcare provider if symptoms do not improve.
    Employees are strongly encouraged to use their sick leave to cover absences from work due to illness.  Do not come to work if you have any symptoms of an acute respiratory illness. 

    Additionally, the CDC also recommends employees take the following steps before traveling:

    • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from China, and information for aircrew, can be found on the CDC website.

    • Check yourself for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel and notify your supervisor and stay home if you are sick.

    • If you become sick while traveling or on temporary assignment, understand that you should notify your supervisor and should promptly call a healthcare provider for advice if needed.

      •If outside the United States, sick employees should contact a healthcare provider or overseas medical assistance company to assist them with finding an appropriate healthcare provider in that country. A U.S. consular officer can help locate healthcare services. However, U.S. embassies, consulates, and military facilities do not have the legal authority, capability, and resources to evacuate or give medicines, vaccines, or medical care to private U.S. citizens overseas.


    Please continue to practice proper hygiene measures to limit the spread of any illness:


    • Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.

    • Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
    • Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

    • Environmental Health Action: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects including cell phones. 

    • Do not eat or drink after another person.


    If you are at work and begin feeling ill, there are disposable thermometers located in first aid kits in offices across campus. You may contact the College Health Center (276-944-6219) to check for nurse availability if you would like to have your temperature checked. You are strongly encouraged to receive your seasonal influenza vaccine available until May at the Health Center (https://www.ehc.edu/college-health-center/). The $17 charge goes on your E&H account. If you do not have a primary care provider, you may contact the Emory Internal Medicine office, 276-695-0205, to check for the availability for new patients with Brenna Hinchey, FNP-C. Private insurance applies.  Ballad Urgent Care is located at Exit 19 in Abingdon.

    Tracy Peery, MBA, MA, SHRM-CP, PHR

    Director of Human Resources