NWU Families Blog

Spring Semester Calendar Update


By Graciela Caneiro-Livingston

When we started the fall semester, we knew coronavirus cases would emerge, and we planned accordingly. After 10 weeks together, we have no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted within NWU classrooms. The vigilance and sacrifices made by our students, faculty and staff are what allow us to be together this fall; and they are what will allow us to be together again for the spring semester.

About Mid-semester Reports

By Jodi Ryter

It’s hard to believe we’ve passed the midpoint of the fall semester. Students have taken midterm exams and are working hard on papers and projects. This also marks the point in the semester when faculty submit midterm progress reports.

Faculty submit feedback to the CARE (Concern, Assessment, Response, Education) Team via Midterm Progress Survey reports. Faculty consider students’ academic performance, including current grades, attendance, assignment completion, assignment quality and exam scores.

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The Importance of Flu Shots

By Nancy Newman

All semester, we’ve embraced a “Protect the Pack” mentality, encouraging everyone on campus to wear a mask, watch our distance and limit the number of people with whom we’re in close contact. It’s how we minimize the spread of coronavirus.

Now we’re asking students to add another layer of protection—by getting a flu shot. Flu vaccinations can lessen the spread of seasonal flu, which helps protect hospital capacity as our community deals with the pandemic.

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Social Distance Makes the Heart Grow Thankful

By Brandi Sestak

At this point in the semester, it’s not unusual for students to miss family and friends at home. (We know you miss them, too.) During this pandemic, we’ve encouraged students to stay on campus as much as possible to minimize chances for the virus to move in either direction between campus and students’ hometowns.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts to protect the pack. With just four weeks remaining before we finish the semester remotely, we need those efforts to continue.

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Students’ Perspectives: Smiling with Our Eyebrows

By Samantha Redfern, senior

NWU has always been a welcoming campus of smiling faces. These days, those smiles are mostly hidden behind our masks. But we’re getting better at communicating with our eyebrows.

Nobody would call this masked and distanced semester normal, but it’s been worth it to be together.

We’ve coped with challenges and struggles that can sometimes be too much to face alone. Even before the pandemic, seeing my classmates and professors has helped me in my toughest moments. During a pandemic, that support system is even more important.

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How We Share COVID-19 Information

Nebraska Wesleyan University prepared thoroughly for students’ return to campus and put into place the necessary protocols to deal with the pandemic. That work included plans to keep the entire campus community up to date with reliable information.

Each Monday, the university sends an email to all students, faculty and staff regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases and recoveries from the previous week, as well as the total number of positive cases and recoveries since tracking began on August 3.

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