Alverno is here for you during this challenging time. Whether you're a current student or a prospective one, a faculty or a staff member, a parent or an alumna, we're all navigating this together. And we're doing it the best way we know how — in #AlvernoStrong fashion.
Students are strongly discouraged from coming to campus. This will help minimize the potential for transmission of the COVID-19 virus.
We hope that you are refreshed having spent some time over the weekend with those you love, whether that was inside your homes or outside. We also hope that the online learning experience is going well for our entire community.
You may have seen that Governor Tony Evers plans to formally issue a “safer-at-home” order that we expect to take effect this week. Though we do not know what the order will entail specifically, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU), our state agency, is seeking exemption language to allow continuation of online learning and other essential functions for colleges and universities.
We are in the midst of a very new and different way of being, and the Administrative Council and campus leaders are being deliberate about the best way to do this, consulting appropriately. We are in continual contact with our colleagues around the country and those at the Milwaukee Health Department, and we are following all guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization. Additionally, WAICU is working with the Governor’s office to ensure that the essential work of educating students and keeping individuals employed – while keeping people safe and healthy – are at the forefront of all decisions being made.
Please continue to monitor your email and this page the situation evolves.
Counseling and Health Services and Campus Ministry are available to help students who need support during this chaotic time. See this page for more information.
Finally, many of you have asked how you can continue to support our students. Here are some ideas:
The Food Pantry will now be open every week, and students can pick up an order every other week. Students must complete an order form at https://alverno.wufoo.com/forms/food-pantry-request/ before picking up. We anticipate that demand for the food pantry will increase in coming weeks, so there are bins in the Commons Lobby and Christopher Hall Lobby to collect non-perishable items.
To help bridge the financial gap for our students, particularly tuition, the college has established the Alverno Strong Bridge Fund. Please visit alverno.edu/bridge-fund to find out more and share information about the fund.
The CDC recommends the following measures to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.
A note to prospective students: The Alverno Admissions and Financial Aid Teams are here for you. Although our on-campus tours, visits and events are postponed, we still want to connect. Visit alverno.edu/discover to start or continue your journey to becoming #AlvernoStrong.
Students participating in internships and clinicals, and those enrolled in field work,
practica and student teaching, as well as graduate community psychology and school
psychology students, should watch for specific information regarding their sites from
Per CDC recommendations:
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reschedule your event or discuss virtual options.
As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our top priorities. This is the framework through which all campus decisions are being made, and will be made, and we pledge to communicate as appropriate and in a timely manner.
As of March 13, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Alverno. Still, we are taking great care to closely monitor the situation and make wise, thoughtfully considered decisions. As this situation evolves, campus determinations are being led by the Incident Response Team and Counseling and Health Services, in consultation with the President’s Office and Administrative Council. These groups will continue to meet regularly and to rely on information from the Milwaukee Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization. Additionally, we are in close contact with our WAICU peers and leaders of institutions around the country.
As Sister Andrea said in her March 11 communication, Alverno has extended spring break by one week. No classes will be held, in person or online, between March 16 and March 20 at 4 p.m. A decision will be made early next week about all classes beyond the evening of March 20.
All Alverno administrative and business operations remain open, including the Early Learning Center, Campus Safety, the Library and the Computer Center. Alverno staff should report to campus as usual. If an employee has special circumstances, including childcare considerations or a compromised immune system, please speak with your supervisor.
Currently, Human Resources, on behalf of the IRT, is compiling information about essential personnel and functions of the college to ensure that operations and student instruction continue as closely to normal as the situation evolves.
We will be providing the following to the campus community on or before Monday, March 16:
Internal and External Campus Events
Internal and external campus events of more than 100 people are being postponed or canceled through March 29.
Additionally, the following policies have been established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All internal and external events will be reviewed, and a subcommittee of the Incident Response Team will meet weekly to discuss them and make recommendations to the Administrative Council and IRT. These policies were created based on recommendations from the CDC and Milwaukee Health Department; benchmarking with other local colleges and universities and event sites; and with the safety of our students, faculty and staff at the forefront.
The Council of Chief Executive Officers of our Athletics conference, the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC), has canceled all remaining competition for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Hours of Key Campus Services
Finally, we know that this rapidly changing situation is layered with fear and stress. Please take good care of yourself and your colleagues; practice patience; and be well. Alverno will continue to communicate updates in a timely manner, and we ask you to continue monitoring this page.
A letter from Alverno President Andrea Lee, IHM
Dear Alverno College community,
Like our peers in Milwaukee and all over the globe, we have been monitoring the quickly
evolving outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
To date, March 11, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Alverno and no Alverno students are currently studying abroad. The first priority in managing our response to this situation is to focus on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Our next priorities are to ensure that teaching and learning will continue in a meaningful way; to ensure continuity of college business and services to the greatest extent possible; and to ensure frequent communication with our community.
We have decided to extend spring break by one week. No classes will be held, in person or online, between March 16 and March 20 at 4 p.m. A decision will be made early next week about graduate classes for the evening of March 20 and all classes beyond March 20.
This will allow all faculty to prepare classes to be offered online in the event that on-ground courses do not resume March 24. Faculty will receive additional information shortly about preparing courses to go online.
We recognize that some within our community may not have access to technology off campus, and we are developing a mechanism by which you will be able to communicate this with us.
All other Alverno administrative and business operations remain open, including the Early Learning Center, Campus Safety, the Library and the Computer Center. Alverno staff should report to campus as usual. On-campus events will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and notification of any rescheduling will be done as quickly as possible.
• Housekeeping and Dining Services have heightened their cleaning efforts based on industry standards related to the coronavirus. In addition, as a preventive measure, you will see slight modifications in Dining Services to reduce the likelihood of shared utensils, condiment dispensers, etc.
• Residence hall students who have traveled elsewhere for spring break are asked to remain off campus. If this is not possible, students may return to their residence hall. Dining Services options will be limited during this extended spring break time.
• Students who work on campus are excused from work during this extended break; however, student employees who would like to work may do so. Students should contact their supervisors.
• College-sponsored travel will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the appropriate vice president.
• We will make short-term study abroad decisions soon and in consultation with the host countries, the World Health Organization and the faculty leading these courses.
As this situation evolves, campus decisions are being led by the Incident Response Team and Counseling and Health Services, in consultation with the President’s Office and Administrative Council. These groups will continue to meet regularly and to rely on information from the Milwaukee Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the WHO.
As a college community, we must hold true to our values during this time. It is important that fear resulting from the situation never be turned toward individuals or groups based on race, country of origin or other factors. Additionally, we have a special responsibility to those who are far from home who are concerned for loved ones at risk and who may be at risk and be the least likely to have a local network of support. I know that we will all remember to support one another during this time.
Finally, the CDC recommends the following measures to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
• Avoid close contact with those who are ill
• Avoid touching your face
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue into the garbage
• Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using household cleaning spray or wipes
• Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.
In the meantime, Alverno will continue to communicate updates in a timely manner to students, faculty and staff. Please also continue to monitor alverno.edu/coronavirus.
Andrea Lee, IHM
President, Alverno College