Welcome back to a very interesting and exciting semester, Fall 2020! I say exciting because we do not have to use the hashtag #alonetogether now, we are back for face-to-face learning, of course with face coverings. The hallways have been empty these past five months. We at the School of Population Health, Nutrition & Wellness missed you very much. Very happy to have Andrew's family back. God had kept us safe, while we have also experienced the loss of many loved ones. The COVID-19 Pandemic has been described by the United Nations as the worst global health crisis in their 75-year history. It is more than a health crisis; it has been a socio-economic crisis among others.
Despite the destruction, the pandemic has brought innovation to the forefront of higher education. Remote learning is fun, you can sleep late into the morning and have bed-time breakfast and lectures at the same time in the comfort of your suite. You can interact with your professors while zooming in with them. So this is our new norm. While the second wave of the pandemic fluctuates with cases, and the end is not in sight, we might as well make the best use of the innovative opportunities and appreciate technology outside the classroom. Of course, we will meet with you face-to-face as well.
Professors in the school of PHNW are preparing informative webinars about the pandemic for you. I just did one on “COVID-19 Pathology, Treatment and Prevention.” We are preparing additional webinars on the topics of enhancing your immune system through plant-based foods and exercise.
Would like to bring to your attention, the “Community Covenant of Care” pledge established by our president and the administrators. “we regard our personal rights and preferences as secondary to His call to care for the wellbeing of others, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Read more about the pledge here https://www.andrews.edu/worldchangers/changingworld/covenant-of-care/index.html
Accordingly, we are required to always wear masks and social distance ourselves to keep ourselves and others safe from COVID-19 pandemic.
Also please read Andrews University COVID-19 updates here: https://www.andrews.edu/services/safety/resources/covid19/index.html
May God bless you and keep you and your families safe!