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Milligan Coronavirus response


JOIN US IN PRAYER

The community of Milligan and Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan appreciates your prayers and asks you to join with us, wherever you are, in a few minutes of prayer each day at 12 noon (EDT). Please pray for Milligan—for our students, our faculty, staff, and leadership, for the needs of the college, and for our ministry. Also pray for our nation and our world.

In the midst of the current climate where it’s easy to feel helpless, we can rest assured that prayer is one of the most important things we can be doing. Take heart in knowing that God hears our prayers.

Bill Greer (’85), Ph.D.
President

Current Information

Confirmed Case: Milligan had its first confirmed case on March 26, 2020. See March 26 update below.

Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.

Precautionary:  Anyone returning from travel from an area known to have a significant number of cases – whether domestically or internationally – should not return to campus until they follow the guidance from CDC and their local health department regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.

 

Below is a summary of current operations in response to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. Be sure to review the CAMPUS UPDATES for all communication and details.


Campus

  • Classes: As of Monday, March 23, classes are officially online and will continue online through the end of the spring semester.
  • Campus is closed: Out of respect for current government guidance to limit travel and social interaction, campus is closed to students, faculty, staff, and the public until at least April 6.
    • Campus Directory – Email or call to schedule an appointment with any office, including Registrar, Business Office, Career Services, etc.
    • Fieldhouse, gym, wellness center – closed
    • Libraries – A rich array of electronic information resources are accessible 24/7 from the Milligan Libraries website (library.milligan.edu). Email library@milligan.edu to arrange for local pickup at the front doors of items from the physical lending collections.
    • Bookstore – For any bookstore business, email JPresnell@milligan.edu.
    • Cafeteria – closed
    • Counseling Center – virtual support counseling services available via Zoom or phone calls. The center will provide compassionate emotional and social support, assessment of helping resources available near you, and make referrals as necessary as well.  Email counselingcenter@milligan.edu to schedule an appointment.
    • Tutoring – A tutoring schedule was emailed last week. Students can email the tutors to schedule a time to meet via phone, FaceTime, etc. Questions? Email HMJackson@milligan.edu.
    • Career Development – Students may make appointments for career advice via the online scheduling link. Students should include a telephone number in their appointment confirmation. All appointments will be conducted via telephone. Students may submit resumes, cover letters, personal statements for graduate school applications and other job search documents for feedback at banderson@milligan.edu.
    • Health Clinic – Triage services by phone consultation at 423.461.8667. This involves acquiring information about your health history and symptoms and directing you to appropriate treatment centers off-campus as necessary.
    • Online chapel & other events: Watch for announcements about opportunities to stay virtually connected with your Milligan friends and colleagues. Watch Thursdasy online chapel services via YouTube.
  • Staff: Most employees are working from home. Only those with essential needs and approved in advance by the appropriate senior administrator are permitted on campus and should practice social distancing.
  • Events: All college-sponsored events requiring a physical meeting are cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Events that can be delivered remotely may continue.

STUDENTS

  • SFP credits: Every full-time student will receive 33 credits this semester for events scheduled during the time campus is closed. These are in addition to whatever you’ve already earned this semester.
  • Residential students: Students can now make appointments to check-out of the residence halls beginning May 1 (note date change). No students are allowed in residence halls until their designated time. The locks for all the exterior residence hall doors have been changed for security and safety.
  • Chapel: Join us for an online chapel service Thursdays at 11 am. This can be found on Milligan’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
  • Credits/refunds: With the transition to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester, the administration is developing a plan to provide prorated refunds/credits for room and board charges. Information is forthcoming. We appreciate your patience. 
  • Athletics: The NAIA made the difficult decision to cancel the spring 2020 sports season. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.
  • Commencement: The May commencement ceremonies have been cancelled, but we will have a commencement celebration when we are able to so do. More details will be shared when we are able to finalize plans. We are deeply saddened about the impact of this on our graduating students. We are very proud of you!
  • Summer & Fall registration: Class schedules are now available. Online registration will be March 30-April 7. Advising will be done remotely. Check your email from the Registrar’s Office for details.

ADMISSIONS

  • Visits: We are offering virtual visits until the campus re-opens.
  • Connections Orientation: We have rescheduled the April 18 Connections Orientation to July 11. Or you can attend the June 13 Connections.
  • Decision Deadline: We have moved our decision deadline from May 1 to June 1 in order to give you and your family more time to make your college decision.
  • Transcripts & Test Scores: Requesting official transcripts and test scores has been hard for most students. We can use unofficial copies for admissions purposes. We will work with you individually to use whatever you can provide us at the moment.
  • Chat with our staff: Schedule a meeting with our Admissions Staff! They’re a fan of video chat through Zoom, which gives you a chance to meet face-to-face while our campus is closed, but feel free to select one of the options to talk on the phone or text. We look forward to connecting!
  • Graduate Programs & Seminary: Contact your program recruiter to discuss any changes.

Campus Updates

APRIL 6, 2020

We have no new updates again today, but as we move through this Holy Week and prepare for Easter Sunday, it is a time for us all to reflect on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I hope we all can take time this week to reflect on both the agony and the joy in our ultimate celebration of Easter. It is through Christ’s sacrifice that we are reconciled with God. That is the good news of Christ and the basis of our mission at Milligan.

May you be blessed this week as you reflect on this good news, even in the midst of other not-so-good news with which we are surrounded. Focus on this good news and let the cause of Christ drive you in your studies and preparation to be the servant-leaders that our world so desperately needs.

Beginning today, I’ll send an update only when there is a need.  Otherwise, I’ll be staying in touch with you every few days.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

APRIL 3, 2020

I have no updates for you today.  So, I thought I would take the opportunity to simply say thanks to all of you for the many ways you are caring for one another and how you are continuing on the work we do so well together.

I especially want to thank the Coronavirus Response Team.  Here they are:

  • Mark Fox – Vice President for Student Development and Athletics
  • Lee Harrison – Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Management
  • Garland Young – Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
  • Rhajon Smith – Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Jacqui Steadman – Vice President for Business and Finance
  • Brent Nipper – Director of Property and Risk Management
  • Tony Jones – Dean of Students
  • Karen Maughon – Campus Nurse
  • Kathy Barnes – Assistant to the President

We owe this group a huge thanks for the additional time and energy they have put into keeping the people of Milligan safe and well.  I am so proud of the work they have done and the dedication with which they have done it.  We have been meeting every weekday morning at 9:00am since this whole thing began.  We pray each day for the health and safety of every person in our community, we pray for the doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers, and we pray for the people of our nation and world who are all sharing in this global pandemic.  I hope you will keep this group in your prayers as well.

There are a lot of other people at Milligan who are protecting our campus and taking care of the essential matters that need to be tended to each day.  There are people continuing to work with prospective students who are busy making decisions about next year.  There are people continuing to raise financial support for our work.  There are people seeing to the needs of others in our community who are less able to care for themselves.  There are still others who are working to make sure we all stay connected through virtual campus activities, weekly virtual chapel, and in other ways.  SGA is also still at work.  In fact, I had the pleasure of joining their “zoom” meeting just last night.  It made me proud and happy to see so many of our students stepping up and continuing to lead and serve.

I’m grateful, also, for the many donors and friends who have continued to support us through this time of change.

And, of course, our faculty and students are all working together to carry on the educational mission of Milligan.

The life of Milligan has continued – and I’m grateful for the ways each of you have made that possible.

And remember what Joshua 1:9 tells us:  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

I pray each of you have a peace-filled weekend.  Continue taking care of yourselves and each other!

President Greer

APRIL 2, 2020

Today’s Updates:

  • Serving – Please share with PR@milligan.edu any ways you or others from the Milligan community are involved in service related to the pandemic, either as an individual, class, or group. Thanks for all you do for Milligan and for all the ways you work in our wider community as a servant leader!

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

APRIL 1, 2020

It is good to see the interactions and updates – on email, social media, and Milligan Today – from our campus community on all the ways we continue our commitment to Scholarship, Community, and Faith. Thank you for helping us to live out our mission in a very important way at a very important time.

Today’s Update:

RESIDENCE HALL CHECK-OUT:  The date to begin checking out of housing has now been moved to May 1 (and possibly may be moved later depending on further governmental guidance). This decision was made to honor the many safer-at-home orders issued around the country and to protect our students, staff, and local community from the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Students who signed up for a date on April 30th or earlier will need to sign up for a later date.  Please email milliganhousing@milligan.edu with any questions.

Thank you for your patience as we have had to adjust our procedures due to this constantly changing situation.  I understand it can be frustrating, and I’m grateful for your understanding and flexibility.

We continue to post updates at http://www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 31, 2020

Yesterday, local governments and the Governor of the State of Tennessee all issued “Safer at Home” orders that restrict travel to essential purposes only. This affirms what we have already been doing and encouraging at Milligan for several weeks now. As we mentioned yesterday, campus will be closed until April 30. Most employees are working from home. Only those with essential needs and approved in advance by the appropriate senior administrator are permitted on campus and should practice social distancing. If you have any questions, please consult with your supervisor.

We hope your studies are going well and you’re finding ways to stay connected to the Milligan community. Remember that we are still the same caring, Christ-filled Milligan family we’ve always been. We all have a responsibility to be there for one another—except at appropriate “social distance.” Stay connected and committed to our pillars of scholarship, community, and faith.

We have no specific updates today. You can view past updates at http://www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 30, 2020

We appreciate your prayers on behalf of our employee who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Our colleague continues to recover at home. I invite you to continue to pause for a few minutes of community prayer at 12 noon (EDT) each day as we weather these strange days together.

Below are updates for today: 

  • Campus closed until April 30: With the extension of the nationwide social distancing guidelines announced yesterday, campus will now be closed until April 30 – to students, faculty, staff, and public. Most employees are continuing to work from home. Only those with essential needs and approved in advance by the appropriate senior administrator are permitted on campus and should practice social distancing.
  • Campus services: Physical facilities are closed but many services can be accessed virtually, such as:
    • Campus Directory – Email or call to schedule an appointment with any office, including Registrar, Business Office, Career Services, etc.
    • Libraries – A rich array of electronic information resources are accessible 24/7 from the Milligan Libraries website (library.milligan.edu). Email library@milligan.edu to arrange for local pickup at the front doors of items from the physical lending collections. See 3/23/20 email from Academic Dean Garland Young for guidelines.
    • Bookstore – For any bookstore business, email JPresnell@milligan.edu.
    • Counseling Center – virtual support counseling services available via Zoom or phone calls. The center will provide compassionate emotional and social support, assessment of helping resources available near you, and make referrals as necessary as well.  Email counselingcenter@milligan.edu to schedule an appointment.
    • Tutoring – A tutoring schedule was emailed last week. Students can email the tutors to schedule a time to meet via phone, FaceTime, etc. Questions? Email HMJackson@milligan.edu.
    • Health Clinic – Triage services by phone consultation at 423.461.8667. This involves acquiring information about your health history and symptoms and directing you to appropriate treatment centers off-campus as necessary.
    • Career Development – Students may make phone appointments for career advice via the online scheduling link. Students may submit resumes, cover letters, personal statements for graduate school applications, and other job search documents for feedback at banderson@milligan.edu.
  • Commencement: The May 9 commencement ceremonies have been cancelled, but we will have a commencement celebration when we are able to so do. More details will be shared when we are able to finalize plans. We are deeply saddened about the impact of this on our graduating students. We are very proud of you!
  • Residence Halls: Students can now make appointments to check-out of the residence halls beginning April 15. Check email for details. No students are allowed in residence halls until their designated time. 
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.

Review current information and all past updates at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 27, 2020

We are thankful that the employee who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing well. Please join me in continuing to pray that this member of our community has a full and quick recovery. We are now able to share that this employee works in the Business Office. Her last day in the office was Friday, March 20. She is self-isolating at home.

The Tennessee Department of Health has now contacted all persons who had close contact with this employee. If you were not notified, then you are not deemed to have increased risk because of exposure to this individual. Those employees who did have contact have been asked to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14 days since last contact, and they are doing so. The impacted offices are closed for appropriate cleaning according to Department of Health guidelines. Everyone should continue to follow social distancing and good health protocols.

Below are other updates for today: 

  • Residence Halls: The locks for all the exterior residence hall doors were changed yesterday for security and safety. Students will receive an email today to begin making appointments to check-out of the residence halls beginning April 15. No students are allowed in residence halls until their designated time. 
  • Credits/refunds: With the transition to online classes for the remainder of the spring semester, the administration is developing a plan to provide prorated refunds/credits for room and board charges. Information is forthcoming. We appreciate your patience. 
  • Financial aid: As long as students remain enrolled full-time through the end of the spring semester, financial aid for Spring 2020 semester will not be impacted. If you receive financial aid and have any other questions, please contact Student Financial Services at SFS@milligan.edu or call 800.447.4880. 
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 26, 2020 - CASE CONFIRMED

Today, March 26, we learned that an employee in the Milligan College community has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). This is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 directly related to the Milligan College community. This individual is an administrative staff member who was last on campus on Friday, March 20.

This individual is self-isolating at home in accordance with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Tennessee Department of Health. Please join me in praying that this member of our community has a full and quick recovery. For reasons of health privacy, the college cannot provide additional details regarding this case.

Contact investigation and notification is overseen by the local Tennessee Department of Health. Persons who have had close contact with the individual in question are being notified by the Tennessee Department of Health in accordance with standard public health principles. If you are not notified, then you are not deemed to have increased risk because of exposure to this individual. Out of an abundance of caution, the impacted offices are closed for appropriate cleaning according to Department of Health guidelines.

Academic courses continue online, but the campus remains closed to students, faculty, staff, and the public. Milligan has not had on-campus courses since March 6 when the college’s spring break began. On March 12, the college extended spring break one week and moved classes online for two weeks. As many staff as possible began working remotely March 19. Following increased global concerns about the pandemic, the difficult decision was made March 20 to extend remote learning through the end of the Spring semester.

It is important to reinforce that, per healthcare guidelines (HIPAA), we have a responsibility to maintain the privacy of this individual. Thank you in advance for helping us honor our obligation to maintaining our employees’ privacy while fulfilling our commitment to keep the campus community informed.

Milligan’s health website at www.milligan.edu/health remains the best source of information about the impact of the virus on our college community.

Social distancing is critical to our community response. Please continue to take these steps to keep yourself and those around you safe. Let me again thank you for partnering with us to help slow the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and protect the community at large.

Sincerely,

Bill Greer, Ph.D., President

MARCH 25, 2020

Today, Karen Maughon, our campus nurse who is serving on our Coronavirus Response Team, led us in a prayer of gratitude and thanksgiving for the ways God loves us. In difficult times, we sometimes lose track of the reality and magnitude of God’s love and mercies. We are thankful.

Today’s updates:

  • Residence Halls – On Friday, we will send out sign-ups for students to begin making appointments April 15 and later to check-out of the residence halls. No students will be allowed to spend the night on campus as part of this process.
  • Campus Activities – watch your email and MilliganToday for upcoming virtual activities.
  • Chapel – join us for an online chapel service tomorrow at 11 am. This can be found on Milligan’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

Review current information and all past updates at www.milligan.edu/health. And remember to pause for a few minutes of community prayer at 12 noon (EDT) each day.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Greer

MARCH 24, 2020

Last week, Mark Fox, our Vice President for Athletics and Student Development, shared some scriptures and a devotional with our Response Team that is a good reminder for all. Psalm 84:12 and Matthew 6:34 both remind us to put our trust in the Lord and not worry about tomorrow. Trust is not a natural response for many, but God reminds us frequently in the Scriptures that the Spirit is with us to lead and comfort us. Trust one day at a time, which keeps our dependence focused on God.

We have no new announcements today. We have restructured the www.milligan.edu/health page so you can find a summary of all current information at the top, followed by a list of the daily updates in recent weeks. Please refer to this page often to stay current.

Please remember to pause for a few minutes in community prayer at 12 noon (EDT) each day. Please pray for Milligan—for our students, our faculty, staff, and leadership, for the needs of the college, and for our ministry. I ask that you also pray for our nation and our world.

Also, starting Thursday at 11 a.m., we’ll be offering a three-part virtual chapel series on the theme of “Faith, Hope, and Love.”  Please join us in worship from wherever you are. The chapel service can be found on Milligan’s Facebook page, live at 11 a.m. and anytime thereafter. It will also be available on YouTube. More details and a link to follow.

Stay well. Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 23, 2020

Welcome back to classes – to “e-Milligan,” where scholarship, community, and faith engagement will happen online for the rest of this semester. This will be different for all of us, and we appreciate your patience, grace, and positivity as we address a number of questions and details as soon as possible.

Below are updates for today:

  • Back to School: Online classes began today. As Academic Dean Dr. Garland Young advised last week: stay caught up, communicate with your instructor and with each other, build community, and get help when you need it.   
  • Campus is closed: Out of respect for current government guidance to limit travel and social interaction, campus is closed until at least April 6 – to students, faculty, staff, and public. Most employees are continuing to work from home. Only those with essential needs and approved in advance by the appropriate senior administrator are permitted on campus and should practice social distancing.
    • Fieldhouse, gym, wellness center – closed
    • Libraries – buildings closed. Online access available. More info forthcoming about accessing physical resources.
    • Bookstore – facility closed. For any bookstore business, email JPresnell@milligan.edu.
    • Cafeteria – closed
    • Counseling Center – virtual support counseling services available via Zoom or phone calls. Center will be provide compassionate emotional and social support, assessment of helping resources available near you, and make referrals as necessary as well.  Email counselingcenter@milligan.edu to schedule an appointment.
    • Tutoring – A tutoring schedule will emailed to campus later this week. Students can email the tutors to schedule a time to meet via phone, FaceTime, etc.
    • Health Clinic – Triage services by phone consultation at 423.461.8667. This involves acquiring information about your health history and symptoms and directing you to appropriate treatment centers off-campus as necessary.
    • Campus Directory – Email or call to schedule an appointment with any office, including Registrar, Business Office, Career Services, etc. 
  • Residence Halls:  The residence halls will not be open for students to collect belongings until at least April 6, and perhaps later depending on the developing situation and travel restrictions. The college will provide information to residential students later this week about how and when students can schedule a designated time to collect their belongings. Campus is otherwise closed and students will not be allowed on campus until their designated time.
  • SFP credits: Every full-time student will receive 33 credits this semester for events scheduled during the time campus is closed. These are in addition to whatever you’ve already earned this semester.
  • Online chapel & other events: You’ll soon hear some announcements about opportunities to stay virtually connected with your Milligan friends and colleagues. We will have several online chapel services, and the Student Activities Office is planning some online community activities. Routine announcements and news will be shared, as usual, on MilliganToday, so keep an eye there.
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.
  • Precautionary: Anyone returning from travel from an area known to have a significant number of cases – whether domestically or internationally – should not return to campus until they follow the guidance from CDC and their local health department regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

We will miss being with you face-to-face on campus. We know that being personally present with our faculty, staff, and other students is one of the best things about your student experience at Milligan. We regret having to make these sacrifices but know it is in the best interest of your health and safety. We will be working hard to continue delivering the best Milligan experience possible during these difficult times.

Updates continue to be posted at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 20, 2020 - ONLINE FOR SEMESTER

Today, the Milligan College administration made the difficult decision that our transition to remote learning will be extended through the end of the Spring semester. This decision was made in response to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and with a desire to act in the best interests of all members of the Milligan community.

As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Milligan’s campus. However, the developments in recent days and the guidance of government and public health authorities have led us to the conclusion that substantial changes to the college’s operations for the remainder of the semester must happen.

A few important details are below. More will be shared on Monday.

  • Residential students: The college will provide information to residential students by Wednesday, March 25, about how and when students can return to campus to collect their belongings. Students will have to sign up for a designated time to do so and follow clear distancing guidelines. Campus is otherwise closed and students will not be allowed on campus until their designated time.
  • Employees: Many Milligan employees began working remotely yesterday and will continue to do so until further notice.
  • Events: All college-sponsored events requiring a physical meeting are cancelled for the remainder of the semester. Events that can be delivered remotely may continue.
  • Commencement: We are deeply saddened about the impact of this on our graduating students. We are working on a plan to celebrate your accomplishments in a meaningful way. We are very proud of you.

These decisions are not easy due to the operational implications and logistics, but what is easy is the decision to put the health and safety of our college community as our first priority. As we face the challenges brought about by this situation together, I am encouraged to be a part of the Milligan community where such challenges are addressed with grace, compassion, and unity of spirit.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 20, 2020

Dear Milligan and Emmanuel Community,

These are indeed uncertain and challenging times for our world, our nation, our college and seminary, and for each of us. What brings great comfort in the midst of the unknown is that the God we serve is in control.

In recent days, we’ve become acquainted with social distancing and limiting contact with each other in order to preserve and protect the health of ourselves and others. In a place like Milligan, where a strong community is essential to who we are, this is especially challenging, but we have taken numerous precautions to limit physical contact with one another, while still encouraging teamwork and community.

And so, while we won’t be able to gather in person at this time, I invite you to join us, wherever you may be, in prayer each day to pray for our Milligan community, our nation, and our world. Each day at noon (EDT), I ask you to pause for a few minutes in prayer. Please pray for Milligan—for our students, our faculty, staff, and leadership, for the needs of the college, and for our ministry. I ask that you also pray for our nation and our world.

In the midst of the current climate where it’s easy to feel helpless, we can rest assured that prayer is one of the most important things we can be doing. Take heart in knowing that God hears our prayers.

The community of Milligan and Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan appreciates your prayers and asks you to join with us as we pray for the college and each other.

Bill Greer (’85), Ph.D.
President

MARCH 19, 2020

Today is the first day of spring, and we are thankful for blooms and a bit warmer weather that helps lift our spirits and give us hope for the future.

Below are updates for today:

  • Online classes March 23-April 5: Beginning Monday, the extended spring break is over and we will be back in session via online instruction. Watch for more details in tomorrow’s update about online instruction and how to access student services during this period.
  • Service opportunities: Our mission of educating and being servant-leaders is more important than ever. We want to continue to make you aware of community needs for volunteers. Those choosing to volunteer should use precaution and prudent judgment in determining if this is something you can and should consider. These needs will be shared at https://today.milligan.edu/category/crisis-response/.
  • Summer & Fall registration: All the focus is on the here and now, for good reason, but do begin thinking about this summer and fall. Class schedules for those terms will be available next week, and online registration will be March 30-April 7, following the schedule at www.milligan.edu/onlineregistration. Advising will be done remotely. Check your email from the Registrar’s Office for details.
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.
  • Precautionary: Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should follow the guidance from CDC and their local health department regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 18, 2020

We remain hopeful that we will return to normal operations and campus schedule on April 6, but this is subject to change. We continue to monitor developments and discuss how to meet mission-critical operations during this uncertain time. Below are updates for today:

  • Closed to public: Beginning tomorrow, March 19, and continuing through April 3, the campus will be closed to external visitors and guests.
  • Employees:
    • All staff who are able to perform their job duties remotely (confer with your supervisor and/or VP for approval) should work remotely March 19 through April 3.
    • Those who continue to work on-campus should comply with social distancing expectations and confer with supervisor/VP about flexible work arrangements.
    • All employees are expected to conduct your work with the same professional, technical, and ethical standards as always. All policies and procedures remain in effect, including expectations for performance and productivity.
  • Events:
    • Admissions Preview Day on March 20 has been cancelled.
    • Johnson City Symphony Orchestra on March 21 is cancelled.
    • Conference on Christianity and Literature on March 27 has been postponed until next academic year.
    • MCA Multicultural worship (Sounds of God) on March 31 is cancelled.
    • VITA tax preparation days are cancelled.
    • Theatre spring production March 26-29 is cancelled.
    • Kappa Delta Pi induction on April 4 is cancelled.
    • ALM Ladies Lunch has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 19.
    • Symphony of the Mountains on April 4 is cancelled.
    • Connections Orientation on April 18 has been rescheduled for July 11.
    • Book of Ruth concert on April 25 is being postponed until next academic year.
    • Greenwell-Aldridge Memorial Golf Classic on June 15 is being postponed. Date TBA.
  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.
  • Precautionary: Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should follow the guidance from CDC and their local health department regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 17, 2020

As of now, we continue to be hopeful that face-to-face class meetings will resume April 6. However, we continue to monitor public health developments and know that this is a fluid situation. We will provide daily updates of any changes.

Below are updates for today:

  • Residence halls are now closed and will not open until April 5. Only students who have official approval from the Student Development Office are permitted to be on campus and in the Residence Halls at this time. All other students should not return to campus prior to April 5.
  • RA application deadlines for next year are postponed. We will communicate more details at a later date.
  • Staff will soon receive information from your area vice president about plans for modifying our work schedules, including the possibility of working remotely if it is feasible to do so.
  • Childcare challenges: We understand that local school closures have created some challenges for employee childcare. Please discuss these with your supervisor and area vice president. Currently, we want to discourage any employees from bringing their children to campus as part of the health precautions and virus response.
  • Online teaching: We thank Dr. Brian Eisenback for helping us find some joy and laughter during these challenging times with his humorous video: https://youtu.be/wxnXWi4_TJI. As we said on Milligan’s Facebook post, “Our faculty are approaching the coming weeks of online teaching in the traditional Milligan way – with enthusiasm for sound scholarship, pedagogy, and a little creative humor.”

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

Stay well.  Take care of yourself and each other.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 16, 2020

Our Coronavirus Response Team is meeting daily to review developments. Below is an update for today:

  • Protocol for reporting risk:  Any student or employee who has been exposed, has symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine and contact the Milligan Health Clinic: Karen Maughon, R.N., at 423.461.8667.
  • Precautionary: Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should follow the guidance from CDC and their local health department regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.
  • Health Services: For students approved to remain on-campus, Milligan’s Health Clinic will provide triage services by phone consultation at 423.461.8667. This involves acquiring information about your health history and symptoms and directing you to appropriate treatment centers off campus as necessary.
  • Athletics:  The NAIA announced today the decision to cancel the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately. We know this is extremely disappointing, especially for our student-athletes. All possible options for maintaining the spring season were discussed at great length by multiple governance groups. However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant they could not in good conscience move forward, possibly putting student-athletes, staff, and fans at risk. In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport 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. Student Athletes will receive additional information from the Athletics Department and their coaches.
  • International Students: International travel regulations are changing daily and we understand that students and their families want to take action while travel is still possible. International students who choose to return home will be offered online instruction to complete their semester. All international students should email Cindy Wymer with an update on their plans and addresses. International students should check their email for more details on this guidance.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 15, 2020

I wish we were all back on campus, heading into the last half of the semester together, instead of apart.

But as I have thought more about it today, I have come to realize that we ARE together, bound to one another by friendship and love that only comes from being part of a community like Milligan; a community that is built upon a shared sense of mission and faith in God. Wherever we are, no matter how far apart we may be, we are united by our membership in the community that is Milligan College.

I want you to know how proud I am of our students, faculty, and staff, who have been forced to make major adjustments in light of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.  And I’m proud of Milligan’s leadership team, who have been meeting regularly over the past couple of weeks to sort out the constantly changing situation and making the difficult decisions that must be made in order to protect the safety and health of our college and our broader community.

Like any great team, we will get through this as long as we individually and collectively remain focused on the things that are most important. Above all else, you should be taking care of yourself and taking care of each other.  You shouldn’t panic, but you should play your part in minimizing the spread of this virus by being responsible and heeding the advice of the CDC and others.  That’s why we’ve made such dramatic changes in the way we’ll be conducting our classes over the coming weeks.  We’re going to do our best to complete this semester in a way that fulfills the responsibility we have to our students, while protecting the health and welfare of our entire community.

We know that God is in control, this will pass, and we will get back to normal.  But in the meantime, as circumstances continue to change, our response may also have to change.  And so, I ask for your continued patience and grace as we make these decisions in uncharted waters.  Most importantly, especially during times of stress, let’s remember to be kind to one another, to help one another, and to pray for one another.

Milligan’s leadership and response team will be meeting each day at 9:00am during the coming weeks. We will be addressing issues that need special attention and making sure that we are directing the affairs of the college in the way that protects our community and meets the needs of our students.  And we’ll be praying for each of you and for the world, that this challenging time will be brought to a swift conclusion.

If you have questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to your academic advisor, your supervisor, or your area vice president.  We’ll do our best to get you an answer as quickly as we can.  And be sure to monitor our website https://www.milligan.edu/health/ for the latest updates.

And so, Milligan, you are in my prayers and the prayers of many.  Let’s always remember the good news of Psalm 46:1, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

May God’s blessings be with you BuffNation!

President Bill Greer

MARCH 14, 2020

Thank you for your grace, compassion, and unity of spirit that we have seen in the last 24 hours as we face this unprecedented situation. Below are updates on a few items:

  • Housing: Housing exemption form is only for international students or those who have a strong compelling case that they have no other viable option. Students who are approved to remain on campus will do so with additional housing conduct expectations and requirements.
  • Dining: Beginning Monday, March 16, the limited food service schedule in the Cafeteria will be: Breakfast: 8:00-9:00, Lunch 12:00-1:00, Dinner: 5:30-6:30.
  • Academic advising, counseling services, career advising will all be available remotely March 23-April 5.
  • Events on campus: Beginning Monday, all college-sponsored events requiring a physical meeting are cancelled until April 3. Events that can be delivered remotely may continue. The Johnson City Symphony has cancelled their March 21 concert. The ALM Ladies Lunch on April 4 is currently still scheduled.
  • Athletes: The Appalachian Athletic Conference has suspended all athletic competition through April 5. Student athletes should not return to campus until they receive further guidance from the Athletics Department and their coaches.
  • Work-Study: No decisions about any possible changes will be made until March 20 (end of extended spring break).
  • Off-campus study: The Poland group is in-flight on their way to the U.S. Two other students doing off-campus study also will be returning home in the next few days.
  • SACSCOC has postponed their on-site visit originally scheduled for March 17-19. They will reschedule at a later time.
  • Precautionary: Any students, faculty, or staff members experiencing any symptoms common to COVID-19 such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath should not return to campus. Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should contact their local health department for guidance regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.

This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 12, 2020 - ONLINE UNTIL APR 5

Based on the changing dynamics and heightened levels of risk of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, today the senior administration of Milligan College made the difficult decision to extend Spring Break an additional week through March 20 and transition to online classes following spring break through April 5. More details are provided below.

We did not make this decision lightly. We have closely monitored and researched the ongoing COVID-19 public health developments. We also have been in communication with many of our peer institutions in the Southeast and throughout the country who have made similar decisions in recent days and hours. We understand this decision will have a profound impact on us all. Ultimately, our decision is grounded in our responsibility for the well-being of the Milligan community and to support the international attempt to mitigate the further spread of this virus. We also aim to ensure our students continue to receive a high quality learning experience during this unprecedented situation.

Below is specific information on what you should do to prepare for the weeks ahead. This remains a fluid situation and additional changes may be forthcoming.  We will share updates by campus email and at www.milligan.edu/health. Be sure to monitor your campus email closely and make sure you are signed-up for the free text alert system (Rave).

MILLIGAN CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19:

  • Spring break is being extended an additional week. Traditional undergraduate and seminary classes are cancelled March 16-20 to give our faculty and students time to prepare for two weeks of online learning. We ask students not to return to campus after spring break until April 5. Graduate and Professional Studies programs will receive further direction from their program.
  • Online classes through April 5: Following spring break, all classes will be moved online from March 23 until April 5. As of now, courses will return to their normal format and delivery method on Monday, April 6.
  • Housing: Students are asked not to reside in the residence halls from now through April 5. Students with compelling need––for example, international students, students who live a significant distance from home, or students without a home or safe home––may request to remain on campus during this time via a housing exemption form. Students who are approved to remain on campus will do so with additional housing conduct expectations and requirements.
  • Retrieving items: Students may collect personal items from campus housing that are absolutely needed during this time, such as laptops and books, until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. If at all possible, students are encouraged to wait to retrieve other items and to not return to campus until April 5.
  • Easter break: There will be no changes at this time to the currently scheduled Easter Break.
  • Campus Access: At this point, we do not have plans to close the college. Staff and Faculty will continue to have access to their offices. Services and amenities on campus will be limited and the college will practice recommended social distancing and mitigation efforts.
  • Employees: Faculty, staff, and all employees must continue to fulfill their job responsibilities and students must fulfill course requirements. Campus offices should continue normal business operations. Everyone should practice social distancing. In some cases, this may mean simply shifting in-person meetings online; for others, it may include making arrangements for telecommuting where appropriate and approved by the supervisor. Any employee who does not feel like they should be on campus due to heightened risk of infection should confer with their supervisor.
  • Faculty: Faculty should utilize the additional spring break week of March 16-20 to move all coursework online. Faculty should be prepared to continue with online instruction beyond April 5 in the event that becomes necessary. Please refer to the guidance outlined in the Thursday email from Academic Dean Garland Young.
  • Internships, clinicals, student teaching, etc.: Issues related to internships, clinicals, student teaching, and other special learning situations will be handled individually. Students have the option of continuing these activities with the permission of their host sites and faculty advisor.
  • Dining: Beginning Monday, March 16, the limited food service schedule in the Cafeteria will be: Breakfast: 8:00-9:00, Lunch 12:00-1:00, Dinner: 5:30-6:30 (Updated 3.13.20)
  • SFP credits: All students will be granted SFP credits for currently-scheduled SFP events between now and April 5.
  • Academic advising, counseling services, career advising, and many other student services will be available remotely March 23-April 5. (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Events on campus: Beginning Monday, all college-sponsored events requiring a physical meeting are cancelled until April 3. Events that can be delivered remotely may continue. The Johnson City Symphony has cancelled their March 21 concert. The ALM Ladies Lunch on April 4 is currently still scheduled.   (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Athletes: The Appalachian Athletic Conference has suspended all athletic competition through April 5. Student athletes should not return to campus until they receive further guidance from the Athletics Department and their coaches. (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Work-Study: No decisions about any possible changes will be made until March 20 (end of extended spring break). (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Travel: All college-sponsored travel should be approved by your area vice president.
  • Precautionary: Any students, faculty, or staff members experiencing any symptoms common to COVID-19 such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath should not return to campus. Anyone returning from travelling both domestically and internationally, especially in countries or regions known to have a significant number of cases, should contact their local health department for guidance regarding the potential need for self-isolation or testing.
  • Off-campus study: The Poland group is in-flight on their way to the U.S. Two other students doing off-campus study also will be returning home in the next few days.(Updated 3.13.20)
  • SACSCOC has postponed their on-site visit originally scheduled for March 17-19. They will reschedule at a later time. (Updated 3.13.20)
  • Commencement: As of now, plans remain unchanged. Our hope and prayer is that we will all be back together in May for our graduation ceremony.
  • See more updates at milligan.edu/health.

As we face the challenges brought about by this situation together, I am encouraged to be a part of the Milligan community where such challenges are addressed with grace, compassion, and unity of spirit.

President Bill Greer

MARCH 11, 2020

Milligan is currently on spring break, March 9-13.

We continue to monitor the spread of the COVID-19, including actions taken by local, state, and federal agencies to address the potential for the further spread of this coronavirus.  Part of our discussions involve contingency planning for the continuation of academic activities in the event that on-campus, in-person classes and activities are not possible due to worsening conditions or directives from the health department or other government authorities.

Milligan administration will provide another update on Thursday, March 12, via campus email and posted here. 

MARCH 5, 2020

We continue to be in contact with multiple community partners and local agencies to gather information about COVID-19 and its potential impact on our community.  With spring break coming up next week we encourage all students, faculty, and staff travelling over the break to be aware of travel considerations before embarking on spring break travel.

We strongly encourage our campus community to act out of an abundance of caution when considering travel to countries that the CDC has identified as having confirmed cases of COVID-19 (the list is constantly updated and available HERE).

All travelers are encouraged to make themselves aware of full travel guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. State Department.

Additionally, conditions surrounding COVID-19 continue to develop so travelers should be aware that travel advisories and restrictions may change in advance of planned travel or even while travelers are out of country.  Please consider both existing and potential travel complications when deciding whether or not to travel, especially internationally.

Click here to download information from the CDC about controlling the spread of germs both at home and when traveling.

Information about COVID-19 will be posted and updated as further developments warrant at milligan.edu/health.

Additional resources:

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

https://www.balladhealth.org/medical-services/infectious-disease

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

As you are probably aware, a coronavirus designated COVID-19, which began late last year in Wuhan, China has now spread to other countries, including the United States.  No cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at Milligan College or in the Northeast Tennessee region.

Milligan’s administration has been in contact with multiple community partners including  local and regional health departments, Ballad Health, The Tennessee Department of Emergency Management, and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA) to discuss the college’s preparedness for the possibility of the virus spreading into our area.

All Milligan students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to closely monitor travel guidelines when making Spring Break or other travel plans.  We will continue to monitor the situation and develop further plans as more information becomes available.  Further updates will be provided to the campus community in the coming days and weeks.

More information about COVID-19 is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html.