Students required to test negative before returning to campus

Students required to test negative before returning to campus

Although Davidson County’s COVID-19 policies don’t look that much different from when students left campus last November, Lipscomb’s plan for this semester has a few significant changes.  The first major change for students this semester will be the required testing for students. Lipscomb revealed this plan to students via email on Dec. 18 from the Incident Management Team of Lipscomb.  “I’ve really enjoyed hearing that everybody had to be tested to come back to campus. I felt like it left no discrepancy. It kind of puts everyone on a level playing field of being healthy and getting to start the semester off on a better note,” Freshman, Madison Schomer. “I think it’s great that they’re being so cautious. I’m a nursing student so I get to see what covid looks like first hand and I’m proud to go to a school that takes it so seriously. I’m ready to be back to normal and by being so cautious, we will be back to normal life faster. I think the testing before coming back requirement is crucial in avoiding people bringing it to campus,” said Junior Nursing Major Kaelyn Miller. Below we’ve answered some questions that students might be wondering.  What if I already had COVID?  If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last three months (or on or after Oct. 18) you don’t have to get retested. You can instead upload your positive test results to Med Proctor.  What if I’m a commuter student?  You still must get tested to come on campus as a commuter student. For testing, locations click here.  “Sure it was annoying to have...
Students don’t mince words when describing Fall 2020

Students don’t mince words when describing Fall 2020

Tim Ghianni, adjunct professor/journalist-in-residence, asked his Multimedia Storytelling class to choose one word that best described this unusual semester and then explain it. Some needed more than one word.  Other students may see a bit of themselves in the following short essays: Unmotivating & Exhausting Don’t get me wrong, this semester has definitely not been all bad. But I think we can all admit, COVID sucks! It has been hard to focus on school work with everything going on, and a lot of times I have felt completely drained. Sometimes I even get the “what’s the point attitude?” Which really sucks. I have had ups and downs with motivation— some days I’m eager to work, and on others work is the last thing on my mind. It feels like we were go-go-going without being able to take a break or even a breath. Pretty much all of my teachers have been understanding, which I really appreciate. This semester has not been an easy one… But it has been one to appreciate the smaller moments of joy in between all the doom and gloom stuff. Hopefully, this will be a season of being more grateful, humble, and understanding than ever before! I like to think something good will come out of all this. -Josephine Ballard Blessed When I think of the semester that is coming to a close in hindsight, my word is blessed. When I think of the moments that were difficult, I would say overwhelming, but when I think about how those two things work together, I think that I feel lucky. At the beginning of the semester,...
Thanksgiving with COVID: Students describe how unwanted ‘guest’ flavors holidays

Thanksgiving with COVID: Students describe how unwanted ‘guest’ flavors holidays

Adjunct professor Tim Ghianni, journalist-in-residence at Lipscomb, asked his 21st Century Media students to ponder the holidays, their traditions and what COVID-19 will or will not spoil this year. Here are some of their responses: Extra cautious because of grandparents My extended family loves being together. Both on my mom’s side of the family and my dad’s. We alternate each year who we spend each holiday with, and each year it is always a blast, laughing together, playing games, sharing memories and just having that time to slow down and just spend time together. Leading up to this year’s holiday season, I think we all feared that we would not be able to spend time together. Thankfully, my family’s holiday plans have not changed drastically because of COVID, but a few things leading up to the holiday season have had to change. I  know for me personally, I had a few trips planned recently that I was really looking forward to, but because I knew that I would be spending Thanksgiving with my grandparents, I had to cancel those trips. Both myself and my brother have had to be extra cautious in these last few days at Lipscomb in preparation for spending time with my grandparents. … I know so many are not even able to be with anyone outside of their immediate family for this holiday season. So many things have been taken away from us this year because of COVID, and it is unfortunate that such a joyful time such as Thanksgiving and Christmas has to be taken away as well. But, hopefully we can all come away from...
Students’ reactions to COVID-19 impact on fall semester

Students’ reactions to COVID-19 impact on fall semester

Tim Ghianni, journalist-in-residence and a Lumination adviser, asked his 21st Century Media students to reflect on the impact of COVID-19 on their lives.   Faith, loneliness and worries about infecting their parents are among their tales of studying in the middle of a pandemic. Here are their stories: Never thought freshman year would be covered by masks COVID-19 has caused many changes and problems in our world. Many people have died or experienced serious health complications because, so I always hesitate to share my frustrations with COVID. I realize that other people are dealing with worse than me. But as a college freshman, so many things are changing in my life just because of the transition from high school to college. Then if you add COVID on top of all that, that is a lot of change. My senior year of high school was drastically cut short. I missed out on a lot of things that seniors should be able to do. The biggest being graduation. I was never a person who loved high school, but not getting to walk across the stage in my cap and gown was pretty disappointing. I was able to have a virtual graduation but that just is not the same. Now that I have transitioned into college, I don’t really still feel anger or disappointment about that time, but I do wish I had that memory to look back on. Another major problem that has come with COVID-19 is my freshman experience at Lipscomb. Lipscomb has done an amazing job with keeping us healthy and involved on campus, but there are still some things that...

COVID-19 Tracker

Updated on Feb. 2 For more info visit the university COVID-19 Statistics page. This page will be updated every Monday with news and new statistics of Lipscomb’s COVID-19 status.  ...