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May 22, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
Update from President Schneider.

 

May 15, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
Updates to the FAQ section including reopening campus, adjustments to the grading policy, CARES act and financial hardship information.

 

Classes resume remotely.

 

March 17, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
McPherson College announced today it will complete the second semester remotely using online technology beginning March 30, 2020. More details are outlined in the FAQ section below.

 

March 16, 2020, 2:18 p.m.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that it is cancelling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately in response to the current COVID-19 situation.
Read more about the NAIA decision.

 

March 14, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
The uncertainty of this situation presents challenges and many considerations. McPherson College will make a decision by Thursday, March 19 regarding whether students will return to campus for in-person classes or complete the semester remotely using online technology. Students, families, faculty, and staff can find more information in an email dated March 14, 2020 from President Michael Schneider.

 

Message from President Michael Schneider, Prof. Becki Bowman, and our students.

 

March 13, 2020, 4 p.m.
Following the recent decision made by the KCAC, McPherson College Athletics will suspend indefinitely all athletic-related practice, travel, and competitions out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus. Read more about the KCAC decision.

 

March 12, 2020, 8 p.m.
McPherson College is dismissing students for the 2020 spring break one week early, beginning Monday, March 16.

 

Our highest priority at McPherson College is providing a healthy and safe campus environment for our students, faculty, staff, and guests. In addition, we are committed to all of our students completing their degrees and coursework this semester even given the challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Therefore, even though Kansas is still considered a low-risk state for the spread of the novel coronavirus, McPherson College is dismissing students for the 2020 spring break one week early, beginning Monday, March 16.

From President Schneider

Campus Message - May 22, 2020
Campus Community,

Congratulations graduates! Sunday is the big day for the class of 2020. Tune in to the livestream event starting at 1.30 p.m. CDT: https://www.mcpherson.edu/experiences/graduation/. Graduates and families are invited to a virtual brunch at 11.00 a.m. CDT to share memories and spend time together—special guests will drop in to congratulate the class. I will email a Zoom link to graduates on Saturday for the virtual brunch.

The state of Kansas has made progress reopening as we moved to Phase Two today, which means we are on track to move additional administrators to campus and students can coordinate moving into apartments for the summer. Gatherings are limited to 15 people with six-foot social distancing. I would encourage you to continue checking the website for updates on reopening at: https://www.mcpherson.edu/covid/#faq.

Planning for the fall semester is going well. We are finalizing residential housing sign-up details and guidelines for students returning to campus. In addition, the faculty Educational Policy Committee approved an updated schedule for the 2020-2021 academic year which condenses the fall semester to limit student travel to/from campus. The new schedule starts on August 17 (as planned) but fall finals will be completed before Thanksgiving. Details around the new schedule and plans for accommodating students given any outbreak disruption will be shared next Friday, May 29.

Graduates, your resilience the last two months has set an example that we will always remember. Thanks for making an impact at McPherson College. We look forward to celebrating you on Sunday.

Have a great weekend.

Michael

Michael Schneider
President, McPherson College
ask@mcpherson.edu

Campus Message - May 15, 2020
Campus Community,

While faculty and staff have done a remarkable job operating the campus remotely during the pandemic, we are working toward a gradual reopening of campus consistent with Kansas’ phased plan to reopen the state. Yesterday the state announced modest progress toward reopening by moving from “Phase One” to “Phase 1.5,” allowing for some restrictions to be lifted, including our stay-at-home orders. In Phase 1.5 we continue to limit gatherings to fewer than ten people, while practicing six-foot social distancing. However, we have received authorization from the county during this phase to allow a few key administrative employees to start working on campus as well as schedule time for Kansas students to retrieve their belongings from dorms and host limited numbers of campus visitors from known locations.

Our plans to reopen are being shared and refined across campus in consultation with state and local health officials as well as our on-campus health clinic partner. Reopening this summer is the first step to getting students back in classrooms, labs, studios, and shops and onto playing fields. Here are a few highlights of how the Kansas plan to reopen affects campus:

Kansas Phase Two, which will begin no sooner than June 1 includes bringing additional administration back to campus; summer apartment move-in for students; gatherings limited to 30 people; six-foot social distancing and continued remote campus operation.

Kansas Phase Three will include departments moving back to campus gradually; Mohler Hall open for student services; facilities available to students when supervised on a limited basis; gatherings limited to 90 people; six-foot social distancing and continued remote operations for staff meetings.

Kansas Phase Out plans, which we hope will be realized in June would allow us to fully open the campus; reconsider our travel policy; allow in-person meetings with continued use of remote technology as needed and allow more student engagement on campus.

Additional details on reopening as they relate to different areas across campus will be shared over the coming week. Students can find out how reopening will affect them at: https://www.mcpherson.edu/covid/#faq

We are all anxious about the fall semester. However, I refuse to let this pandemic define McPherson College. We don’t know yet if next year will be a little different or a lot different. And there isn’t a college on the planet that has the answer yet. However, we will press for a safe return to physical classrooms and activities, while we prepare for possible disruptions. We will have a plan for next fall in place by June 1—a plan that will serve our students no matter the outbreak status.

Most of us chose McPherson College because it is small. Our size has been and will prove to be an advantage during this outbreak. We are able to adjust quickly to serve students and keep the campus safe. You have already proven that you, the members of our community, will continue to define McPherson College.

Thanks to each of you for making it a great day to be a Bulldog. Good luck with finals next week!

Michael

Michael Schneider
President, McPherson College
ask@mcpherson.edu

Campus Message - May 8, 2020
Campus Community,

Today we celebrated your accomplishments at our annual awards convocation. Your good work this year did not go unnoticed. The awards convocation which premiered this afternoon on our social media networks can also be viewed online at:

https://www.mcpherson.edu/event/awards-convocation-2020/

Our marketing and public relations team produced this video and countless other multimedia this semester. Thanks Brian Lundberg, Tina Goodwin, Colleen Gustafson and Corey Long for your dedication to keeping our campus culture alive online. Also, thanks to Andy Ullom and Kevin Morris in computer services for making sure we have the platforms and bandwidth to deliver the messages. This update is dedicated to all our employees who have pitched in adapting to meet the changing needs of our campus this spring.

When the outbreak started in March, it became clear that some employees would be overwhelmed and others would have their work put on hold. One of the most impressive parts of this COVID-19 experience is witnessing people from across campus pitch in to help co-workers make an impact.

As faculty worked through the remarkable task transitioning to remote instruction, the registrar’s office took over the responsibility enrolling students for fall courses. Since the registrar’s office was already short staffed, others across campus from academic services, admissions and advancement to student life have stepped up to keep us on track enrolling students. Entire teams have set aside their normal routines, including Linda Barrett, Carole Barr and Lisa Goering in academic services; Gabrielle Williams, Danielle Sutter, Justin Wiltfong and Aaron Bachura in student life; as well as Kendra Flory and Monica Rice in advancement, to make sure students are ready for the fall semester. Even Jaime Perez, our Fresh Ideas Foodservice Director, is finding time outside preparing quarantine meals to help support our efforts.

A new partnership between career services and human resources has been created to better serve students. The uncertainty in the job market has created a heavy workload in our career office. Brenda Stocklin-Smith in human resources has been quick to shift her responsibilities to contact students and support our work to ensure students get jobs.

Staff make a lot of calls during a normal year, but between student life, academic services, business office, athletics, advancement and admissions, we have recently been contacting 3,000 people a week to stay in touch since we can’t meet in person. Brian Martin and Abi Morgan, who would typically be in the shop or at an automotive event, have altered their work, making dozens of calls a week to students, donors and employers in preparation for next year.

Jamie Makatche and Lindsey Loucks, who would normally be serving a buzzing Miller Library, are now on the front lines making sure students have what they need to complete the semester and recently started supporting admissions efforts to review transcripts for fall transfer students.

Athletics and facilities staff are helping with projects in the business office. Andrew Gustafson and Connie Stucky are normally focused on taking care of our physical plant but have now crossed over to help with accounts payable. And although Phil Schoenwetter’s spring season got cut short as our head athletic trainer, he has also agreed to spend a few hours a week supporting the business office.

Even Dave Barrett, who should be on the road raising money, has stepped up to relive his glory days in admissions by making a few recruiting calls each day. And when I thanked Dave for helping out, he said, “Let me know what else I can do to help.”

Next Friday I will share our plans to reopen the campus in preparation for the fall semester. And although there is uncertainty as we plan for the fall, I am confident we will be ready because of the people who serve McPherson College—the same people who are leading us through this semester working outside their normal duties asking what they can do next.

The sun is out in McPherson, KS. Have a great weekend.

Michael

Michael Schneider
President, McPherson College
ask@mcpherson.edu

Campus Message - May 2, 2020
Campus Community,

In the spirit of our seniors, this update is dedicated to you. I have enjoyed following social media the last week as we began to recognize you and your time at McPherson College. I encourage the campus to celebrate our senior capstone projects as they come online the next few weeks.

Career is important to all students, but particularly relevant to our seniors who will soon scatter out into the world. Seniors, you should have all received a graduate outcome survey link. This survey helps us understand where you are in the process of securing employment or graduate school placement. If you have not completed the survey, please do so at: https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/graduation_outcomes_2019_20

  • We recently reallocated staff on campus including our human resources department to support students with securing internships and employment. We continue to be committed to your careers. Here are a few things for all McPherson College students to know about career services:
  • Questions or concerns about internships, jobs or other topics related to your career should be directed to Amy Beckman at beckmana@mcpherson.edu. Many students have already taken advantage of the new programs created to support you in this complicated job market.
    We are part of the Handshake network with hundreds of certified McPherson College employers and jobs across the country. The following link will help: Getting started in Handshake.
  • The Student Debt Project is moving into its fourth year and we are accepting any student committed to reducing their student debt. Debt Project students work with mentors in small cohorts learning financial skills to manage their budgets. McPherson College matches part of every dollar applied to a student’s account. Debt Project students are graduating with 1/3 less debt than other students at McPherson College.

Finally, on Thursday night the Kansas Governor announced the state’s plan to “ease” out of our stay-at-home orders and open the economy. We continue to social distance and public gatherings are limited; however, the plan moves us in the right direction to welcome students on campus in August. Many students, faculty and staff have struggled at some point to make the best of this situation. You might be questioning whether your “best” is good enough. Please know one thing as you work hard to complete this semester—your best is good enough for me.

Michael

Michael Schneider
President, McPherson College
ask@mcpherson.edu

Campus Message - April 24, 2020
Campus Community,

My next couple updates will be dedicated to our seniors. Seniors, when we were together in Brown Auditorium a few weeks ago, we knew an in-person commencement ceremony was uncertain given the limitation on large group gatherings. After consulting a group of student leaders and others on campus, we have decided to host a virtual commencement on the scheduled May 24th date. We considered a Homecoming commencement but concluded that there are too many unknowns and asking families to come back in October could be unrealistic or even a hardship. There are already too many hardships given this situation. Families have the current date saved, so we are proceeding with a virtual commencement to allow everyone an opportunity to participate no matter your location. Here are some highlights of the planned event:

  • Virtual Brunch with President Schneider @ 11 a.m. CST
  • Live Stream Graduation @ 2 p.m. CST
  • Cap and Gowns will be mailed ASAP
  • Visit the Bulldog Connect homepage for instructions

Social media the next few weeks will focus on seniors. Follow all of MC’s social media accounts, sharing your comments and likes. We are also working on a dedicated webpage to celebrate our senior capstone projects.

Every student has made an investment into their career at MC. And we recognize our returning students have a lot on the line for next year. Please know that although this COVID-19 outbreak creates uncertainty, many faculty and staff are working hard to make plans for next year. We will be ready. And we expect you will, too.

Keep up the good work in your classes and enjoy the weekend.

Michael

Michael Schneider
President, McPherson College
ask@mcpherson.edu

Campus Message - April 17, 2020
Campus Community,

I continue to be impressed by your effort to work through our complicated world. Each day brings a new challenge. Students, I recognize that you would rather be in the classroom but hang in there and keep showing up. Thanks to each of you for doing your part.

We had a “Zoom” huddle this week with nearly 150 employees attending the meeting. It was fun to get the campus together even though we had to quickly “mute all.” I shared some of the themes we are learning from our remote operation and how we will start plans to be ready for next year. The uncertainty this outbreak has caused is frustrating, but please remember the following about next year:

  • McPherson College will be ready to start classes by August 17.
  • We will be ready for students to return when it is safe.
  • We have a group on campus working through different options for next year.
  • We will get students back in labs, studios and shops as soon as possible.
  • Support and services will continue, and our top priority is graduating students on time.
  • We are committed to every sport competing in 2020-21 and discussions are underway in the NAIA to make sure your seasons take place at some point in the year.

We have groups of faculty and staff working on planning for different scenarios in preparation for next fall. They are exploring all options but know that the most important part of the equation is maximizing the student experience no matter the situation.

Keep taking care of each other, and know that I can’t wait to get you all back to campus. I miss you.

Michael

Michael Schneider
President, McPherson College

Campus Message - April 10, 2020

Campus Community,

Thanks to each of you for your commitment to the temporarily “new” McPherson College. Everyone is doing their part. Students are encouraging each other and patiently waiting on how we can help them through this difficult situation. Faculty are pressing forward remotely to complete the semester. And staff keep the operation moving. I recognize how much you miss each other, and I am thankful for your grace during this time. If this crisis has proven one thing, it is how much we appreciate being a community.

Since my last note, students displaced from campus dorms have received credits on their student accounts. In addition, there is new guidance in the “FAQ” section of www.mcpherson.edu/covid for students and families. Staff are ready to help navigate options for students with significant hardship. I appreciate your understanding as we balance personal situations with the ongoing challenges of our institution.

Let me be clear on two points as many are curious about what fall semester will look like at McPherson College. First, we will be ready to start classes by August 17. Second, we are committed to every student learning in the classroom, competing on the field, creating in the studio, researching in the lab and working in the shop next academic year even if there is a delay because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The challenges continue, but I am confident each of you will help us navigate this situation. I think one of the parents of a prospective student during our virtual Presidential Scholarship day this past weekend said it best.

“Your team did a great job adapting to the current situation. I work with Fortune 500 companies and state government organizations and they’ve been struggling to get up to speed with online activities. It almost appears as if your school was prepared in advance due to how seamlessly you moved to an online format.”

Stay safe and happy Easter.

Michael

Michael Schneider
President, McPherson College

Campus Message - April 3, 2020

Campus Community,

Thanks to your great work, we finished our first week of remote classes on our way to completing the second semester. There continues to be a lot of uncertainty in the world; however, it is nice to be part of a focused institution with a persistent student body.

I had the chance to meet with student leaders today via Microsoft Teams. I am impressed with their work to keep other students informed and engaged. We talked about student concerns related to finishing the semester as well as engaging students online and recognizing our senior class. I want to personally thank our Student Government Association president, Diamond Blaylock-Norris. She has shown strong leadership keeping our student organizations in place, while advising me and others on staff, during this difficult situation.

As we look to next week, students displaced from campus dorms should be receiving notices of credits toward their student accounts, and by next Friday there will be more information in the FAQ section of this page related to the CARES Act and how MC can support students. In addition, make sure to follow MC on social media as there will be a lot of activity to connect students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends.

Facebook: McPhersonCollege
Twitter: @Mac_College
Instagram: @mcphersoncollege

Finally, I heard from MC graduate Lou Schneider ’06 this week. Lou is managing over 100 physicians who are battling the COVID-19 outbreak in New Orleans. His family has a special connection to MC. When Hurricane Katrina left them homeless in August 2005, Lou’s family joined him in McPherson as classes started that fall. They lived for several months in a home owned by the college. This week Lou was reflective of his time at MC and was moved to share a few words of encouragement with our campus. I’ll share his thoughts with you Monday on social media.

Lou is one of many alumni and friends who have reached out to me over the past week. Please know that people are thinking about you and praising your good work.

Enjoy the weekend.

Michael Schneider
President, McPherson College

Campus Message - March 27, 2020

Campus Community,

Our first day of the second semester starts Monday. Although this isn’t the semester that any of us planned, here we are together at our digital devices finding a way to move forward. Most of the campus is working remotely. Leading from a laptop presents new challenges but I’m finding a new appreciation for our work and lucky to be surrounded by so many talented co-workers.

Many of you continue to have concerns and questions. I would encourage you to look for updates here. The “FAQ” at the bottom of the page provides information related to students. Congress recently passed unprecedented legislation called the CARES Act, which is a $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package. There are important allocations for higher education to support emergency aid to students. Although we don’t have enough guidance on the new bill to share specifics, we are still committed to credits for displaced students and we plan to notify those students about credits to their accounts by April 6. We are evaluating all costs associated, including the percent of interterm/spring semesters remaining, fixed costs associated with the credit as well as the timing. I also recognize others are struggling with hardships and we are working on ways to support you. We will share more details on how we can help in the next few weeks.

Students, as you sit down in front of a screen next week to start classes, know that there is a person on the other end—a person who cares and worries about you. A person who is working hard to find a way to finish the year in spite of our current situation.

Faculty, you inspired our campus the past few weeks. You stepped up and exceeded my expectations to recreate how learning will happen in courses.

Seniors, I am in awe. It was me who made the decision to upend the year. I cancelled the spring athletic seasons and end-of-year events. I moved classes online. And I asked many of you to leave campus. It was hard to share all of this with you two weeks ago when we were together in Brown Auditorium. I expected to be met with anger and resentment. However, what I found was grace. Many of you were worried about me— the guy who ruined your year. Your overwhelming support has made me better. You motivate me to find a way forward.

It isn’t what we planned but you are ready. Have a great first day of class!

Michael

FAQ:

NOTE: This is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation which continues to evolve rapidly. All information is subject to change as deemed necessary by college leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

Reopening

While McPherson College has maintained its day-to-day operations remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, campus personnel are working toward a gradual reopening of the campus that is consistent with the state’s phased plan to lift restrictions. The college has worked with task forces from across campus and the community to develop a plan that focuses on a healthy and safe environment when students, faculty, staff, and visitors return to campus.

What is the timeline for reopening campus?
McPherson College will follow the recommendations of state and county health officials as it moves through the three phases and eventual phase-out plan. Timing of each phase will be determined by state and county recommendations. We will move into Phase 1.5 on Monday, May 18. Phase Two will be in effect no sooner than Monday, June 1 as the state meets key health metrics. This plan is subject to change with guidance from the state and county. Here is an overview of the college plan:

Phase 1.5 – No gatherings of more than 10, social distancing of six feet

  • State stay-at-home order lifted
  • Limited residence life staff, business office staff and enrollment services return to campus as needed
  • Kansas students and families begin recovering personal belongs from dorms
  • Limited campus visits from known locations
  • Campus personnel continue remote operations

Phase Two – No gatherings of more than 30, social distancing of six feet

  • Additional administrators return to campus
  • On-campus and summer students move to Baer, Harter, and smaller dorms
  • Metzler and Dotzour Halls cleaned
  • Campus continues remote operations

Phase Three – No gatherings of more than 90, social distancing of six feet

  • All staff members may gradually return to offices on campus
  • Mohler Hall opens for normal business hours with limited staff
  • Out of state families and students begin recovering personal belongings from dorms
  • Campus facilities available to small groups of students when supervised and while practicing social distancing
  • Remote operation continues with staff meetings and other group meetings

Phase-Out – Personal hygiene guidelines in place

  • Faculty may begin work from campus
  • Social distancing orders are lifted but recommended whenever possible and supervised gatherings including athletics can commence with new safety guidelines
  • Small in-person group meetings allowed with continued use of remote technology for larger groups
  • College travel reconsidered based on CDC guidelines
  • Campus fully open
When can I return to campus to pick up my personal belongings?
The Office of Student Affairs is implementing a plan for students and their families to return to campus to retrieve personal belongs that were left prior to spring break in the dorm rooms.

Dotzour Metzler, Bittinger, Morrison:
Beginning on May 11, Kansas students living in Dotzour, Metzler, Bittinger, and Morrison can request an appointment to return to campus to pick up their belongings. Out-of-state students can sign up for appointments beginning May 23. Students have until June 5 to check out, and can sign up for an appointment time here. Students unable to return to campus in person or by June 5 can fill out this form.

Baer, Harter:
Baer and Harter residents have until May 25 at noon to check out. Students who have already moved out need to contact Danielle Sutter, director of residence life & housing. Any student unable to return by May 25 can fill out this form. Late check outs will be subject to a fee.

Terra Nova, Lakeside, and MC Houses
Residents of Terra Nova, Lakeside, and MC Houses also have until May 25 at noon to check out. Students who have already moved out need to contact Danielle Sutter, director of residence life & housing. Any student unable to return by May 25 can fill out this form. Late check outs will be subject to a fee. These residents also have an option to stay during the summer, and need to fill out this form and contact Dara Dix at (620) 242-0450 to make arrangements. Residents returning to the same apartment next fall need to fill out this form and contact Dara Dix at (620) 242-0450 to make arrangements, and contact Danielle Sutter with roommate information or have a roommate assigned.

Can I live on campus this summer?
Campus housing is available during the summer to residents of Terra Nova, Lakeside, and MC Houses. Other students remaining on campus during the summer will be moved to Baer.
Can I use campus facilities?
As soon as the campus is able to move into Phase Three of its reopening plan, campus facilities including athletic facilities will be open to students in small groups, with supervision, and practicing social distancing.
When will students return to campus?
Plans are underway for students to safely return to campus during Phase Three of the campus reopening plan in accordance with state and local health guidelines. Instruction for the fall semester is scheduled to begin on August 17.
When can I sign up for housing for fall?
Applications for fall housing are now open. Housing application and demographic forms can be completed online now. Notifications about placements will be made by June 1 for returning students and by mid-July for new students.
What is the plan for the fall semester given the outbreak?
McPherson College plans to open in the fall with in-person classes and social distancing as necessary. A new housing plan is under consideration that allows for social distancing in dorms. Faculty and staff will be prepared to accommodate students’ individual situations as well as outbreak disruption. McPherson College is working with state, county and local officials as well as our on-campus clinic partner to be ready to welcome all students in August. Plan details for the fall semester will be shared by June 1.
Guidance for Students (academics)
Will there be an adjustment to the grading policy this semester?
Yes, but you won’t see a change in the grades professors keep in their class gradebooks. Professors will assign and report grades as always—on an A, B, C, D, and F scale. However, after final grades for the spring semester are submitted to the registrar’s office, all D’s will be converted to P’s (Pass). Faculty overwhelmingly approved this one-time policy change because they recognize the significant disruptions created by the coronavirus outbreak can affect students’ academic performance. A grade of P earns the credit hours for the course but does not affect the GPA. The policy eliminates the negative impact of a D on students’ GPAs while still allowing them the chance to improve their GPAs with grades of A, B, and C.
Will on-campus classes resume this semester?
Students will complete courses remotely using online technology.
What if I don't have a computer?
Students who do not have a computer or wifi should contact Carole Barr, Director of Academic Development, at barrc@mcpherson.edu. Be sure to set yourself up for success by prioritizing academics in your new environment! If you need assistance with the new process, access, etc., please reach out to the staff at in academic affairs: Carole Barr, barrc@mcpherson.edu; Linda Barrett, barrettl@mcpherson.edu; or Lisa Goering, goeringl@mcpherson.edu.
How will courses with labs, studios, performances, or other hands-on projects required for credit be completed?
Your faculty are committed to developing creative, realistic solutions for meeting all of course requirements. You will hear directly from your instructors about how to proceed.
Do I attend class during the regularly scheduled time?
A few classes may still meet virtually at the regularly scheduled time, but most will not. Each professor will give clear instructions on the expectations for class attendance and participation.
What if I have issues with Bulldog Connect?
Students who are struggling to access their online course through Bulldog Connect should contact helpdesk@mcpherson.edu. Be sure to set yourself up for success by prioritizing academics in your new environment! If you need assistance with the new process, access, etc., please reach out to the staff at in academic affairs: Carole Barr, barrc@mcpherson.edu; Linda Barrett, barrettl@mcpherson.edu; or Lisa Goering, goeringl@mcpherson.edu.
What tutoring services are available?
Tutoring services are available. Please contact Carole Barr, Director of Academic Development, at barrc@mcpherson.edu. Be sure to set yourself up for success by prioritizing academics in your new environment! If you need assistance with the new process, access, etc., please reach out to the staff at in academic affairs: Carole Barr, barrc@mcpherson.edu; Linda Barrett, barrettl@mcpherson.edu; or Lisa Goering, goeringl@mcpherson.edu.
How will I enroll for my Fall 2020 classes?
We want you to focus on finishing your courses this semester so the registrar’s office will take care of enrolling you for next fall! If questions come up, we will certainly reach out to you by phone or email. Students will be notified once they have been enrolled to view their schedule in Bulldog Connect by selecting the Fall 2020 semester. Your enrollment will also be coordinated with your online touchpoint person (Carole Barr, Linda Barrett, or Lisa Goering) to let them know when you are enrolled. Once you return to campus, you will work with your advisor to enroll for Interterm and Spring 2021.
Will the library remain open?
The library building is closed through the rest of the semester. Librarians are still available to help with research needs, and can be contacted at library@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0487. Visit the Online Catalog to access off-campus links to the library’s 100,000+ eBooks and Online Journals. A chat service will also be available on the Online Catalog M-F, 10a-4p. Materials borrowed from Miller Library are now due back on 5/25/2020.
Will the college hold a graduation ceremony?
McPherson College will host a virtual commencement on May 24, the same day that the on-campus ceremony was scheduled. Highlights of the day will include a virtual President’s Brunch at 11 a.m. and a Livestream commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Instructions for seniors can be found on Bulldog Connect, and more details regarding the decision can be found in President Michael Schneider’s Campus Message, April 24.
How will I get my diploma?
Diplomas are always mailed to home addresses about six weeks following commencement.
Guidance for Students (housing, meals, employment, campus life)
Is campus open?
Yes. While students have been asked to leave dorms, staff will continue to provide services both in-person and virtually.
Will offices remain open?
The administrative offices will be open unless the threat of COVID-19 continues to spread and it is a threat to the safety of the campus. At that time, employees may work from home.
When can students come get personal belongings from resident halls?
Once it is safe for students to return to campus to collect the items they have stored in their residence hall rooms an email will be sent with directions as to how to collect these items. Arrangements can be made by contacting Danielle Sutter (sutterd@mcpherson.edu) or Jamie Pjesky (pjeskyj@mcpherson.edu) in the Office of Student Affairs.
Will students be reimbursed for room and board?
Students displaced from dorms (Metzler, Morrison, Dotzour, Bittinger) will receive an adjustment to their account beginning on April 6. The process and amount of credit was outlined in an email and letter that was sent to students on April 6.
Will I get a refund if I live in campus housing other than Dotzour, Metlzer, Bittinger, or Morrison?
Students in campus apartments (Baer, Harter, Lakeside Towers, Tara Nova, Deerfield) and other McPherson College housing who have not been asked to vacate, will not receive a credit for room and board.
Is tuition being refunded?
Tuiton is not being refunded as students will be finishing the academic year.
How do I find help with financial hardship?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on March 27, 2020, and allocates funding to higher education. To find out if assistance is available to you through the CARES Act or from McPherson College, contact the Financial Aid Office at ask@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing your financial hardship and contacted about your options.
What assistance is available in the CARES Act for college students?
Student Loans

  • The bill directs the Department of Education to automatically suspend payments on most federal student loans – Direct Loans and FFEL Loans held by the federal government – through September 30, 2020.
  • No interest will accrue on any loans during the six month pause in payments.
  • The bill allows for temporary suspension of involuntary collections on default loans.
  • Payments on private education loans will not paused and borrowers holding private loans will be required to continue their normal loan repayment schedule.

Emergency Aid

  • The CARES Act allows more flexibility for colleges and students to facilitate access to funds from the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Student emergency aid disbursed through the SEOG structure will not be treated as financial aid for purposes of student need analysis.
  • The bill also takes steps to ensure students who have to leave school due to the effects of COVID-19 will not be penalized in the future by excluding the term from counting toward financial aid time limits and waiving Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

To find out if assistance is available to you through the CARES Act or from McPherson College, contact the Financial Aid Office at brubakes@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing your financial hardship and contacted about your options. Find more details about the CARES Act at, https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.

What happens if I’ve lost my job?
The McPherson College Career Service Office offers resources for students seeking employment. Contact Amy Beckman, director of career services, beckmana@mcpherson.edu.

If you are having trouble making your monthly tuition payment due to a loss of job, please contact the business office at studentbilling@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire and contacted about options available to you.

What will happen to my sports eligibility?
No spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent, according to a statement released by the NAIA.
Will resident halls be closed for the remainder of the semester?
We will make available limited housing and dining services for those who are unable to leave campus.
What if I can’t go home now?
Students who are unable to go home are allowed to stay in the residence halls. These students need to coordinate with the Office of Student Affairs by contacting Danielle Sutter (sutterd@mcpherson.edu) or Jamie Pjesky (pjeskyj@mcpherson.edu). However, students staying in the residents halls are not allowed to travel outside of McPherson County.
Will packages and mail be forwarded from school to home?
Please complete the form found at https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/forwarding_addresses to submit the address you would like to have your mail forwarded to. All USPS mail and packages will be forwarded. We are unable to forward UPS or FedEx packages.
If I live on campus where can I eat?
The dining hall will remain open for brunch hours Monday-Sunday 11:30 AM-1:00 PM and 5:00-6:30 PM. The food, single use utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments are no longer self-serve and will be served by cafeteria staff (new cups will be used for refills). Students are also reminded to practice social distancing (maintaining a 6-foot distance from others if possible.)
What steps are McPherson College taking during meals to protect student safety against COVID-19?
  • Students are instructed about any new policies or procedures and asked to use hand sanitizer before entering the dining hall.
  • Cafeteria staff monitor students during check in and ensure there are no more than 40 patrons total at any time in the cafeteria.
  • Food, single use utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments are no longer self-serve and are served by cafeteria staff (new cups will be used for refills).
  • Students are asked to touch only the chair they sit in and get assistance when needing additional service (i.e. microwave, blender, etc.).
  • Students are also reminded to practice social distancing (maintaining a six-foot distance from others if possible).
  • Cafeteria staff presence has also been increased in the dining hall to aid in disinfecting the areas in use and assist students with their needs in navigating all of changes during meal times.

If the COVID-19 situation progresses, cafeteria staff are prepared to move toward a to-go service only and provide delivered meals if a quarantine situation were to occur.  All cafeteria staff are frequently reminded that if they are symptomatic in any way, they are asked to go/stay home for everyone’s safety.  Please note during this time the cafeteria will only serve students and essential staff, no public or non-essential staff will be served.

If I am in town with a meal plan, can I still eat on campus?
Yes, students living in town will still be able to eat on campus. The dining hall will remain open for brunch hours Monday-Sunday 11:30 AM-1:00 PM and 5:00-6:30 PM. The food, single use utensils, plates, cups, napkins, and condiments are no longer self-serve and will be served by cafeteria staff (new cups will be used for refills). Students are also reminded to practice social distancing (maintaining a 6-foot distance from others if possible.)
Will I be allowed to come back if I visit home for spring break?
Students living in the residence halls who travel outside of McPherson County will not be permitted to return to campus. This includes residence halls and dining facilities. Students who do not live in residence halls but have meal plans and travel outside of McPherson County must self-quarantine for two weeks before returning to the dining facilities. Food service will deliver meals to those students during that time. Any student traveling outside of McPherson County must contact the Office of Student Affairs.
Can students leave their car on campus?
Students may make arrangements to leave their car on campus and make arrangements to pick up their belongings at a later date. Students should coorindate with the Office of Student Affairs.
Will my access card be turned off after I temporarily check-out?
Once you have left campus, your access card will be shut off. This will prevent access to those who are not approved to be in the residence halls. When you return to campus students should contact the Office of Student Affairs to have their access reactivated.
What services are available to me if I am still on-campus?
For those students who remain in campus housing, dining services will provide modified meals.
Is the campus health clinic open?
Yes. The clinic has a separate waiting area available for people who have symptoms including a fever, and ask that if you are not feeling well, please call the campus health clinic at (620) 242-0404. Office visits are free to full-time students.
Are mental health services available to students?
Yes. The counselors at Client Centered Counseling are still available, either in person or remotely, to students, faculty and staff of McPherson College. Please call (620) 241-2300 to make an appointment and mention you are a McPherson College student. Services are free to students.
Will the campus store remain open?
The campus store will be open Monday-Friday from 9:30 AM-Noon.
Can I use the gym or other workout facilities?
At this time campus facilities will not be accessible to students.
Is the CARS Car show cancelled?
Due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, the McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club has announced the cancellation of its 2020 car show scheduled for May 1-2. Pre-registrations for this year’s show will be retained and registered for the 2021 event.
How can I secure housing for next semester?
Students can complete the 2020-21 Housing Application found at https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/returning_student_housing_application
Guidance for Families
Will on-campus class resume this semester?
Students will complete courses remotely using online technology.
What if I don't have a computer?
Students who do not have a computer or wifi should contact Carole Barr, Director of Academic Development, at barrc@mcpherson.edu.
When I left for Spring Break, I didn't take everything from my room, how and when will I be able to get my things?
Students may make arrangements to leave their items in their residence hall and make arrangements to pick up their belongings at a later date. Students should coorindate with the Office of Student Affairs.
Is campus open?
Yes. While students have been asked to leave dorms, staff will continue to provide services both in-person and virtually.
Will offices remain open?
The administrative offices will be open unless the threat of COVID-19 continues to spread and it is a threat to the safety of the campus. At that time, employees may work from home.
When can students come get personal belongings from resident halls?
Once it is safe for students to return to campus to collect the items they have stored in their residence hall rooms an email will be sent with directions as to how to collect these items. Arrangements can be made by contacting Danielle Sutter (sutterd@mcpherson.edu) or Jamie Pjesky (pjeskyj@mcpherson.edu) in the Office of Student Affairs.
Will students be reimbursed for room and board?
Students displaced from dorms (Metzler, Morrison, Dotzour, Bittinger) will receive an adjustment to their account beginning on April 6. The process and amount of credit was outlined in an email and letter that was sent to students on April 6.
Will I get a refund if I live in campus housing other than Dotzour, Metlzer, Bittinger, or Morrison?
Students in campus apartments (Baer, Harter, Lakeside Towers, Tara Nova, Deerfield) and other McPherson College housing who have not been asked to vacate, will not receive a credit for room and board.
Is tuition being refunded?
Tuiton is not being refunded as students will be finishing the academic year.
How do I find help with financial hardship?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is the third COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress on March 27, 2020, and allocates funding to higher education. To find out if assistance is available to you through the CARES Act or from McPherson College, contact the Financial Aid Office at ask@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing your financial hardship and contacted about your options.
What assistance is available in the CARES Act for college students?
Student Loans

  • The bill directs the Department of Education to automatically suspend payments on most federal student loans – Direct Loans and FFEL Loans held by the federal government – through September 30, 2020.
  • No interest will accrue on any loans during the six month pause in payments.
  • The bill allows for temporary suspension of involuntary collections on default loans.
  • Payments on private education loans will not paused and borrowers holding private loans will be required to continue their normal loan repayment schedule.

Emergency Aid

  • The CARES Act allows more flexibility for colleges and students to facilitate access to funds from the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). Student emergency aid disbursed through the SEOG structure will not be treated as financial aid for purposes of student need analysis.
  • The bill also takes steps to ensure students who have to leave school due to the effects of COVID-19 will not be penalized in the future by excluding the term from counting toward financial aid time limits and waiving Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements.

To find out if assistance is available to you through the CARES Act or from McPherson College, contact the Financial Aid Office at brubakes@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing your financial hardship and contacted about your options. Find more details about the CARES Act at, https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.

What happens if I’ve lost my job?
The McPherson College Career Service Office offers resources for students seeking employment. Contact Amy Beckman, director of career services, beckmana@mcpherson.edu.

If you are having trouble making your monthly tuition payment due to a loss of job, please contact the business office at studentbilling@mcpherson.edu. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire and contacted about options available to you.

Will the college hold a graduation ceremony?
McPherson College will host a virtual commencement on May 24, the same day that the on-campus ceremony was scheduled. Highlights of the day will include a virtual President’s Brunch at 11 a.m. and a Livestream commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Instructions for seniors can be found on Bulldog Connect, and more details regarding the decision can be found in President Michael Schneider’s Campus Message, April 24.
What will happen to my sports eligibility?
No spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent, according to a statement released by the NAIA.
Is the CARS Car show cancelled?
Due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus, the McPherson College C.A.R.S. Club has announced the cancellation of its 2020 car show scheduled for May 1-2. Pre-registrations for this year’s show will be retained and registered for the 2021 event.
Guidance for Prospective Students
Can I visit campus?
In-person campus visits are suspended at this time. Prospective students can sign up for a virtual visit here. During the virtual visit prospective students will visit with an admissions counselor and ask questions related to being a student at McPherson College.
What if I am unable to take the ACT or SAT?
Given the current situation and the cancellation of ACT/SAT test, we have implemented revised standards for fall 2020, including a test optional process.
Are enrollment/orientation days cancelled?
Enrollment/Orientation will be delivered in an online format.  Students who have committed to McPherson College by sending in their $150/$250 deposit will be invited to participate.    Enrollment/Orientation will take place over a series of 5-6 weeks beginning the week of April 27. Deposited students will receive an email with more information.
Are you still doing Presidential Scholarship Days?
The final Presidential Scholarship Day took place online April 4th.  Contact admiss@mcpherson.edu if you have questions about this event.
When will I find out if I've been accepted?
The offices of admissions and financial aid are committed to timely communication. This includes communication about acceptance, visit days, enrollment and next steps.

 

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Staying Healthy:

Follow these guidelines to limit exposure to COVID-19:

  • Wash your 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 at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if/when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Practice social distancing

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