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A Note From Glenn

St. Lawrence College LogoIt is hard to believe everything that has taken place in the past two weeks – moving to alternate program delivery, remote work, helping our students leave residence and campus.  There is a long list of things people have done and are doing to help our students succeed. Through it all I have been incredibly grateful to our community and team for demonstrating dedication and compassion in these trying times. As we mark the return of the weekly SLC newsletter, you'll see stories about community connections, teamwork, and putting students first. I am inspired by our people, our students, and our community. Thank you.  

 

 

Our People 

Creating Connections

KeyboardOn incredibly short notice, ITS (Information Technology Services) developed automation to generate and populate memberships for over 2,800 new Microsoft COURSE teams to support alternate program delivery. Kudos to David Myers, Michael Zeleny, and Adam Etherington who championed this initiative. The entire IT Service Desk and extended ITS team, in partnership with SCTL, continue to support faculty and students with using this new collaboration platform. 

The IT team of technologists have been helping prepare and distribute loaner laptops to staff and students who lacked the necessary technology to complete their term. Connectivity issues, general IT hardware problems, and software questions has been channeled through Jeff Hoekstra and Jeff MacDonald to the COVID-19 IMT. Their work is not done, and the volume of requests has been unprecedented. To help anyone needing basic information, remember IT “How-To” documents for staff and students found on the SLC website here (scroll to bottom of the page).   

Our Programs  

St. Lawrence College Helps Local Hospitals in the Fight Against COVID-19    

medical masksSt. Lawrence College (SLC) has donated three state-of-the-art ventilators, purchased last year, to local hospitals, one to the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), and two to the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC). 

In addition to the ventilators, other important supplies have been donated to the CCH, the Brockville General Hospital (BGH), and the Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC). These supplies include more than 20 boxes of examination gloves in various sizes and 6000 masks amongst the three hospitals, as well as hand sanitizer.  

The requests were coordinated through administration at the hospitals and Barb Le Blanc, Associate Dean, School of Baccalaureate Nursing, and the supplies were delivered by the lab technicians at both campuses.   

“It is important to us that we provide whatever help we can to our community partners during this extraordinary situation,” Barb said. “We care about the health and welfare of the communities we serve and are committed to working with our partners throughout this.” 

The college is continuing to distribute remaining inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to community agencies this week and has provided local public health officials with specifications of on-campus labs dedicated to health sciences, for possible use in the future. Additionally, eight 3D printers owned by the college have been loaned to produce mask components in Kingston, in an initiative being jointly run by Queen’s University and local health organizations. As the college continues talks with the City of Kingston on possible uses of their residence space, Glenn Vollebregt, SLC President and CEO, is pleased the college can help.  

“Contributing in this essential way speaks to the valuable relationships we have with our partners in health care during this critical time of need,” Vollebregt said. “We will do whatever we can to help our frontline healthcare workers stay safe and able to care for those who are in need.” 

Our Students

Supporting Our Students 

man talking on cell phoneTo help staff and faculty support any student who has questions or needs support, a quick list of resources and tips can be found below. From reminders about the hardship bursary program, to mental health resources and online student services, SLC is adapting and continuing to ensure our students have the support and information they need.  
 
The following tips are provided based on the questions being received online and in the Covid inbox.  

  1. An FAQ for students is live on the SLC website.  It contains answers for current, international, graduating, and prospective students. The FAQ is a live document and will be updated as needed, and as more questions and answers emerge.  
  2. For any student that may be experiencing financial hardship, they can apply for help via the hardship bursary. Details can be found here
  3. A number of mental health resources exist for students, including: 

  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a free digital platform with a Mobile app designed to support well-being 
  • Counselling or Accessibility Services including Academic Accommodations resources can be found here, students can also email wellness@sl.on.ca 
  • Good2Talk remains open 24/7 to support all students. Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868.  

Our Communities  

Kingston Community Organizations Meet to Discuss Concerns During COVID-19 Crisis 

City of Kingston logoSLC took part in a Kingston community meeting hosted by Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson last Saturday, March 21. The meeting, coordinated by Rob Wood of 8020 Info Inc., brought together organizations from a wide range of services who were asked to provide an update as to how they are operating during the COVID-19 crisis.  

Beth Sills, Director of Facility Management Services at SLC represented the college at the meeting, which also included members of the local clergy, the United Way, Queen’s University, the Kington Frontenac Public Library, several local businesses owners, KFL&A Public Health, KEDCO, Partners in Mission Food Bank, and many more. Each organization has its own set of concerns, as the city grapples with business and school closures, and restricted access, resulting in economic hardship and barriers to many services people need.  

“I was happy to be a part of the ongoing conversation around community needs and concerns,” Beth said. “This situation is completely unprecedented and the more dialogue we all have together, the better we’ll be able to help each other through the sharing of ideas.” 

Important Dates

RECENT UPDATE – a list of important dates can be found here.

March 23, 2020: Classes resumed via alternate delivery

April 6, 2020: Deadline to withdraw for all winter courses*

April 10. 2020: Good Friday (No classes)

April 17, 2020: Winter semester end date for most programs

April 27, 2020: Spring/Summer term begins for most programs

April 28, 2020: Final grades will be posted on slc.me

May 1, 2020: College offer acceptance deadline

May 18, 2020: Victoria Day (No classes)

June 2020: Credentials will be processed and mailed to graduates

*date extended from what was originally set