Update for Fall Term - Undergraduate Students

To: W&L Undergraduate Students
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Wednesday, October 21

Below is this week's update on the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please remember to check the COVID-19 Resources website for the latest campus messages, resources, and FAQs that are being updated regularly, and to submit your questions to covid19@wlu.edu.

COVID-19 Committee Office Hours

Thanks so much to all of you who joined the recent COVID-19 Committee Town Hall Zoom forum. Your thoughtful questions, concerns and ideas were incredibly helpful as we continue to make recommendations on the university's COVID-19 response to President Dudley and the Cabinet, and we'd like to keep the lines of communication open. To that end, we will host a series of COVID-19 Committee office hours in the coming weeks.

For now, the office hours will be held via Zoom and you can use the links below to drop in. We look forward to seeing you!

Testing Update

Last week, we increased capacity with our testing partner, Bode Technologies, and are now testing up to 600 students and employees each week as part of our ongoing testing program, which includes asymptomatic testing of identified close contacts of known cases, as well as surveillance testing.

Check Out the Latest Programs Available for Students

Student Affairs, Student Activities, Campus Recreation and numerous student organizations continue to develop and deliver programming to help students connect in these challenging times. Among the many activities taking place in the days ahead, there will be a virtual student voice recital, Outing Club sessions (bike rides, whitewater paddling, trail run), a new art exhibit (Lisa Elmaleh: American Folk) at Lenfest Center, auditions for "Little Women the Musical" and "Burn" at Lenfest Center and daily Open Rec Hours at the Duchossois Athletic and Recreation Center. Other highlights include:

  • Wednesday at 5 p.m., join other students for a pumpkin carving at the Village.
  • On Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., grab a donut and enjoy some karaoke with friends on the square in front of Huntley. Register for a 30-minute jam session (https://tinyurl.com/y6jl8w4e).
  • Monday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m., W&L Contact Committee hosts a virtual visit with former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. Register online: go.wlu.edu/andrewyang.
  • Through Oct. 31, Student Activities is subsidizing trips to Hull's Drive-In until the venue closes for the season. Tickets can be reserved online at https://www.hullsdrivein.com/hullss-drive-in/; forward your receipt to kgoodwin@wlu.edu to get reimbursed for your group ticket.

If you have suggestions or ideas for additional student programming, please share them with your class dean or Kelsey Goodwin (kgoodwin@wlu.edu).

Caught You! (doing the right thing, that is!)

Public Safety and Residential Life have started a fun recognition program to "catch" students doing the right things - distancing, wearing face coverings - with a raffle beginning this week. Keep an eye out for public safety officers, CAs, and RAs on the lookout for COVID-safe behaviors. They'll be recognizing students on the spot, and handing out raffle tickets for great prizes!

Reminder - Get Your Seasonal Flu Shot

If you did not get an opportunity to attend one of the flu shot clinics on campus, flu vaccinations are also available at the Student Health Center by appointment any time 24/7 (except 12-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. daily). Please call ahead for a nurse appointment as there are no walk ins for flu shots at the SHC.