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President Brewer summarizes COVID-19 responses
Dear Louisiana College Family:
These are difficult days for you, your family, your church, and maybe for your vocation, as well. Louisiana College’s administration, faculty, staff, and students face similar challenges as you. Yet, we all must rely on God, who states: “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10.
Your Louisiana College leaders have asked for God’s wisdom to navigate these new waters wherein we find ourselves, and the information below represents our best efforts to respond to what some are calling the new normal. Whatever comes to pass, we, like you, will not fear but will rely on God’s strength for the coming days.
College leaders have worked tirelessly to safeguard the health and well-being of our campus family. Most students have returned home, and only necessary staff remain on campus. Other staff members are teleworking. We postponed the May 9 Commencement to August 8. Such decisions reflect what countless other schools have done, and were made prayerfully with the best interest of all at heart. Rest assured, however, Louisiana College remains open. We also remain open-minded in looking for ways to enhance current efforts or add new ones.
To help stay connected with our campus community, and to maintain the effective pursuit of our Vision of Preparing Graduates and Transforming Lives, we have made several adjustments.
On March 30, we launched Campus.Health, which offers free medical and mental telehealth visits for ourstudents. This provides unlimited, 24/7, FREE, on-demand access to medical advice or immediate therapy. Whether students are feeling physically ill or are stressed through other stimuli, they can obtain professional information and recommendations from licensed and trained specialists.
Our new Center for Online Innovation and Development enables 100 percent online learning, where digital tools have significantly advanced the online classroom experience. Additional online resources include the Student Success Center, Writing Center, and Library.
Leaders from Louisiana College, students, and other friends and supporters of the College have submitted devotional thoughts via video, as well as by text. These we are posting on lacollege.edu, and are sharing them on social media, too. On April 9, Chapel will resume in video format to be shared by email and social media with the Louisiana College family. Adding to that ministry is the newly established prayer request opportunity, whereby a student’s needs can be shared in confidence with select Louisiana College personnel who will pray for each request. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although there is an air of uncertainty blowing across the country, we live in the certainty of God’s love and care that know no limits. Thank you for continuing to pray for us.
If you are not already connected with Louisiana College on social media, you may do so.
- TWITTER @LA_College @rickbrewer
- FACEBOOK @lacollege
- INSTAGRAM @la_college
Following, liking, sharing, and retweeting our social media posts help us keep in much closer contact with you. That also aids in informing increasing numbers of people about who we are and what we are doing not only about COVID-19, but the avenues we choose to answer our calling on behalf of the students God has entrusted to us.
Keep Pressing On!
Rick Brewer, PhD, MBA
Professor of Management