Commencement

The date for the graduation ceremony has been moved to August 28, 2020. Please see the video below for details.

Student Information

Dear Students,

Greetings from AWC! With the tightening down of restrictions in Ohio relating to the spread of coronavirus, the Administrative Council felt it would be in your best interest to stay put in one place for the rest of the semester, so we are providing your courses remotely for the rest of the semester.

Please be assured that the Faculty at AWC are committed to providing you with the needed resources to finish your semester. We are asking that you attend all the lectures that will be provided during regular class times. This way you will have direct access with your faculty every week. AWC classes are not cancelled.

The IT Department has worked hard to get the faculty setup with Zoom through the Populi interface. They will be providing instructions for you to access those live lectures through Populi.

Below we have provided some answers to often asked questions. If you still have questions, feel free to contact the correct department with a question.

Academic—(330.337.6403 or academicoffice@awc.edu) Jeanne Zvaritch or Jim Dentler

Business Office—(330.337.6403 Ext. 121 or business@awc.edu) Katrina Kaufman or Jeannette Pears

IT—(330.337.6403 or itdept@awc.edu) Tom Sanders or Matt Davis

Student Services—(724.809.6339 or studentdean@awc.edu) Timothy Forrider

General Office—(330.337.6403 Ext. 102) Susie Zeigler

FAQs for Students

I left some of my course materials in my room. May I retrieve them?

Dorms currently are locked, and if you need to retrieve belongings or textbooks, you will need to contact a Dorm Dean prior to coming to campus. Students may come to campus by appointment with their dorm dean on March 26-27 or April 3-4 to shut down their rooms for the summer. The residence halls will be closed to all students as of April 4, unless special arrangements are made with the Dean of Students. If you have further questions, please contact Timothy Forrider at 724.809.6339 or studentdean@awc.edu

I am new to Populi. What do I need to know to use it?

We have put together a Student eGuidebook to help you; this resource can be accessed through Populi "Files" tab.  Also, in the upper right-hand corner of your Populi page you will find a tab called “Help”. Click on that tab and you will see another tab called "Search the Knowledge Base." In the next view you will see different groupings of helps. These have been very beneficial to many of us. Also, feel free to call Jim Dentler (330.337.6403 Ext. 171) if you are having trouble uploading an assignment or taking a test.

What do I do if I do not have internet access?

 

Not having internet at home or having limited access will certainly be an issue for you and we understand the challenge that it presents. Due to the nature of remote learning, it will be important for each student to get access to a source that will provide a consistent, unlimited and adequate internet connection. The options below are ones that we would recommend:

  • Get a mobile hotspot. These can be purchased from your local cell phone company or at a major retailer, such as Walmart. You can use a hotspot to connect your smart device or laptop to the internet.
  • Upgrade your cellular plan to unlimited data. Many providers already provide a cell phone hotspot, but you may need to check with your carrier to verify.
  • Check home broadband internet options in your area. Some companies are giving discounts or even free internet during this time.
  • Go to an acquaintance's house. Depending on your circumstance, this may be the simplest solution.
  • Get WIFI from a local business that provides free WIFI. This option is only recommended if the signal strength is adequate and if you have certainty that the business will remain open during this period of time.

 

How do I contact my professor as I am used to talking to them in person?

There will be some time available after each class before the professor disconnects from Zoom. You can contact them and ask them to set up a special Zoom meeting just with you. Also, feel free to text or email them. Please do not contact them between 9:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., if possible.

Will I still have access to academic support?

Yes, your professors will be available for live sessions or you may contact Daniel Forrider in the Student Success Center. At this time, we ask you to connect remotely with your Professors.

What dress standards are required in remote live sessions in your virtual classroom?

Students' dress and appearance must adhere to policies outlined in the Student Handbook. Exception: male students are not required to wear a tie.

Can I come to campus?

We really miss having you here on campus, but unless you have clearance from a Dorm Dean or are using the Library Curb service, we ask you to refrain from coming to campus. Even if you are picking up or dropping off a book, we ask you not to socialize with faculty or staff on campus. We are trying to do our part to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

When are my assignments due?

Assignments and due dates will be refreshed for your course by April 1 and should show up in the syllabus or assignment deadlines on Populi.

How do I pay my school bill?

The Business Office will be corresponding with all students concerning their bills.

Will I get credit for choir?

Yes, Mr. Quales has already stated that he will give credit for choir. Please wait for further announcements from him. We really feel bad that we had to cancel the choir tour. We know that several of you were looking forward to your first choir tour. There will be another year for most of you. However, we will miss the seniors next choir tour.

Will I be able to finish my music lesson?

Mr. and Mrs. Don Quales along with Jeremy Sommers will continue to give you lessons. You will need to be in contact with them for further instructions.

Will I have the same schedule as I did on campus?

Yes, the classes are going to be offered at the same time, and faculty will be giving live lectures that you will be able to listen to through Populi under the Conference Tab in your course. In fact, we suggest that you set up a routine for each day wherever you are. It can be as simple as setting a time to get up, a time for devotions, a time for your classes, a time to study, a time for meals, and a time to rest. You will feel more organized if you set up a routine for yourself. Family will come to respect your time as they also value your education.

How will I be able to fulfill my Christian Service assignments?

A file will be uploaded in your Christian Service course on Populi that will give details on how you can accomplish Christian service during this new situation. If you find something different than what President Hardy has suggested, feel free to get his approval. You will need to send an email through Susie at receptionist@awc.edu to receive credit for each assignment. All assignments need to be handed in by May 19.

Will the Academic Calendar be changed?

Yes and No. The calendar will remain the same except May 19 will be the end of the semester. All events listed on the calendar will be canceled unless the Governor of Ohio lifts the State of Emergency Ordinance.

How do I meet with my advisor and register for next semester?

You will be notified as soon as the Fall semester schedule is ready. You will be able to meet with your advisor remotely. Registration for the fall will take place at the beginning of May.

What if I miss my AWC community?

We already miss you! You can keep in contact with us through texts, emails and the Populi Bulletin Board, and the Campus Updates Page. Make sure you follow your classmates, faculty, staff and administrators on the Bulletin Board. You have to follow each person or you will not see what they post. It is very important to keep connected during a time of crisis. Connecting will encourage someone else.

Remember that you can call any person here on campus and talk to us if you are having a bad day!

How should I pray?

Pray for the health and well-being of the AWC family.

Pray that God will show you how to be a blessing and Christian witness in your area.

Pray for national, state, and local leaders as they work together to protect us during the Coronavirus situation.

Pray for those who have lost loved ones due to the Coronavirus.

Pray for your church leaders as they try to minister during this time.

Pray for the faculty and staff who will continue to work during this time.

Pray that the Lord will give everyone wisdom to make wise choices so as to avoid exposure to the coronavirus.

Pray that people will come to know Christ during this time of health crisis.

Pray for the countries affected by the COVID-19 and the persecuted churches in those areas.

Response to COVID-19

March 12, 2020

At Allegheny Wesleyan College, our mission is to prepare young people to serve God, the church and society. In doing so, it is our responsibility to seek God’s direction for daily operational decisions. We truly want what is best for our campus community.

In light of the COVID-19 cases which are increasing in the United States, we have had to take consideration as to what it means to the college campus. There are several confirmed cases in the three surrounding counties of our institution. We want to prayerfully do what is necessary to keep our campus as safe and healthy as possible. Thus the Administrative Council of Allegheny Wesleyan College has made the following actions to do our part in limiting the risk relating to COVID-19.

  1. Choir Tour—Canceled
  2. Spring Break begins Friday, March 13, and extends through March 23.
  3. Classes scheduled March 24-27 will be held remotely. Faculty will be getting in touch with students through Populi.
  4. Face-to-face classes will resume on Monday, March 30.
  5. The Dining Hall will be closed March 13 through lunch of Friday, March 27.
  6. Student residences will remain open only for students who are unable to leave.
    1. Any student remaining on campus with financial hardships regarding food should contact their Dean.
    2. Any student who must remain and desires to work on campus, please contact the Work Director.
  7. Any further updates will be posted on our website and forwarded to the students through Populi.

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms (listed below) or have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19, follow the steps below immediately:

  1. Notify Student Affairs personnel immediately:
  2. If you are away from campus, you will not be permitted to return to campus until approved by Student Affairs to do so. Do not head back to campus until you are cleared by Student Affairs.
  3. Students on campus should follow Student Affairs instructions regarding isolation and quarantine.
  4. Follow Student Affairs staff’s instructions to be cleared to return to campus and/or resume normal activities. 

Any absences you accrue because of this process will be excused, and faculty will work with you to continue to make progress in your classes.

COVID-19 Symptoms seen below may show up 2-14 days after exposure:

  1. Fever
  2. Cough
  3. Shortness of breath

Please see the CDC website for more in-depth information regarding prevention, symptoms, and recommendations regarding COVID-19.

Please join with us in prayer not only for what it means for our campus, but for all who are affected around the world. We serve a God who knows and understands. As we seek Him for wisdom, He has promised to guide us.