Flattening the Curve
Dr. Kerrie Kimbrow, AdventHealth Endowed Chair of Nursing, and Dr. Jared Wood, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, explore principles from Creation Health and share ways individuals can do their part to help flatten the curve. Stay safe and healthy, we will win the war together! Watch the video and click below to learn more.
Updated April 3, 2020 (1:00 PM)
The Financial Aid office will be providing refunds to students who decided to move out of the residence halls and who are no longer using our dining services. The refunds are based on the days students stopped using these services. Refunds will be credited to students’ accounts. If there is no account balance the refund will be credited to the student’s account for next year or if requested, a check will be issued to the student.
Updated April 3, 2020 (12:00 PM)
The following summer 2020 classes will be offered fully online via Zoom during the following dates:
- Theology Department
- RELL 340 Intermediate New Testament Greek
- RELP 425 Field Evangelism
Offered May 11 - June 19, 2020 (6-week session)
- Education/Psychology Department
Offered June 8 - July 31, 2020 (8-week session)
Updated March 27, 2020 (5:00 PM)
Due to Johnson County's Stay Safe at Home orders which go into effect at 11:59 PM on Friday, March 27, 2020, we have made the decision to close the University's facilities to the public beginning Monday, March 30. Regardless, the public is welcomed to connect with university departments via phone by calling 817-645-3921.
Updated March 23, 2020 (5:00 PM)
Our various campus teams are actively exploring and planning ways to engage and support our students academically, socially, and spiritually. During a time when we must all alter our activities to help flatten the curve, it is our priority that social distancing does not cause social disengagement.
Please note the following updates:
- All students who live in places where there is a shelter-in-place order will need to complete the semester online and should not return to campus.
- The library is closed until further notice.
- Students needing access to academic buildings will need to be accompanied by a faculty or staff member.
- Graduation has been postponed until 10 a.m. Sunday, August 9, 2020. The Nursing Pinning Ceremony will take place that Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. More details to follow.
Updated March 19, 2020 (4:00 PM)
Our Crisis Management Team met today for several hours to review the comments from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, review the latest updates from the CDC and sharpen contingency plans. We discussed and formulated processes on how to deal with campus visitors and access to buildings and computer labs. We noted:
1. Cleaning Services staff are hard at work making things sanitary,
2. Our faculty are in training today to develop plans to continue to deliver a top-notch Christian Education online, and
3. Student Services staff are making plans to create a campus life with as much normalcy as possible for our returning students within the current health guidelines and with the ultimate goal of keeping everyone healthy and safe during these uncertain times.
Pastor Russ Laughlin, VP for Spiritual Development, shared the following relevant message with the SWAU family earlier today.
"Good Afternoon Southwestern Family,
This spring break has certainly turned out to be very different then we planned! These are interesting, uncharted times. As I type this email, I am praying that you are healthy.
This week I have been reading and reflecting on two chapters of Scripture. The first has been Psalm 91. This Psalm speaks of God’s power to protect His people from plagues and pestilence. While this was written hundreds of years ago, we still have hope in a powerful, protecting God.
As I focused on Psalm 91, I also was reminded of Daniel 3 where the three Hebrew men on the plain of Dura told the king that God could save them from the furnace ... but if He did not save them, they would still serve Him. These men lived their faith!
It is so easy to talk about faith. Our tagline is Knowledge, Faith, Service. I really like our tagline. It helps define who we are. When the academic year is running smoothly, faith seems to come naturally. But, in these interesting, uncharted times, faith, or lack thereof is revealed.
Today, I am thankful for the powerful God of Psalm 91 and I long for the faith of Daniel 3.
May God hold the SWAU family as we continue to serve Him.
Praying for you.
Updated March 17, 2020 (2:00 PM)
Commitment to Learning
It is our goal to ensure our students are able to complete the courses they started this semester. With an intent to accommodate students to the best of our abilities, the following actions are being taken:
- After Spring Break, students who choose to return to campus will be able to return to the residence halls upon clearance from Student Services.
- All courses are moving online effective March 30, 2020.
- Students may choose to live on campus or stay at home.
- Gymnasium, Cafeteria and Library will remain open with reduced hours.
- Professors are actively preparing for the transition to the online format.
- Students should expect correspondence from their professors regarding next steps.
Updated March 17, 2020 (8:00 AM)
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, Southwestern Adventist University remains committed to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and extended community. Additional updates will be forthcoming as we prepare for the changes ahead. We encourage students to stay up to date with detailed announcements through their campus email.
Commitment to Learning
It is our goal to ensure our students are able to complete the courses they started this semester. We are discussing and preparing for the best course of action for each area of study. It is our intent to accommodate students to the best of our abilities.
Commitment to Services
After spring break, students will be able to return to residence halls upon clearance from student services. Students are required to complete our campus Travel Log prior to returning from break. Please monitor campus emails for further details.
For 30 days, through April 15, all campus facilities will mostly be restricted to current students, faculty and staff. Certain departments/buildings will operate with limited hours or access. Please contact departments for specific details.
Through April 15, all public University events, on and off site, are postponed or canceled. Student assemblies and vespers will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube without a live audience.
- Alumni Homecoming Weekend is postponed until 2021.
- Graduation Weekend plans will be announced as soon as they become available.
Commitment to Well-being
Custodial Services is implementing a campus sanitation plan during the two weeks of Spring Break. This process entails wiping all desks, chairs, doors, and all high touch areas, as well as using an electrostatic sprayer with a chlorine based solution to thoroughly disinfect all areas.
Following the extended Spring Break, these processes will continue regularly. Additionally, individual departments are being equipped and trained with the resources and information needed to keep their areas sanitized.
Healthcare and counseling services will continue to be offered to our students.
Commitment to Faith
Please know that your Southwestern Adventist University family is praying daily for our students, employees, and community. We believe that prayer is our strongest weapon to combat fear and anxiety. As we continue to consider the best course of action, please keep our institution in your prayers as well. Even in this time of uncertainty, as Christians, we cling to the truth of God’s promises and the assurance that He cares for each of us.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 NIV
Updated March 13, 2020
As of noon today (March 13), the state of Texas has declared a statewide emergency in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). As the situation continues to evolve, Southwestern Adventist University remains committed to the safety and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and community. In response to this national crisis, we are taking the following steps to ensure that we continue to safely provide a high quality education for our students.
Spring Break will be extended by one week, with limited on-campus activity resuming March 30.
We are working to ensure our students are able to complete the courses they started this semester. This may include delivering selected course content online for the remainder of the term. Further information will soon be available.
The following essential services will continue: residence halls, dining services, the Chan Shun Library, and offices. Students are welcome to return to campus and access these facilities.
As of March 13, the following events have been cancelled:
the 48-Hour Film Challenge
Nursing Transfer Day
Adventist Intercollegiate Association Convention
Student Association Mimosa Banquet (Postponed)
As additional events are cancelled, we will update this list.
The Southwestern Adventist University family announces this news with sadness. We believe in the value of face-to-face education and the personal interactions that occur on our campus. We remain committed to maintaining both academic integrity and student support during these difficult times, and we are working actively to develop plans for course completions. Updates will be provided at https://www.swau.edu/virusinfo. Students should also check their emails frequently for additional information.
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) goals and recommendations, we have taken these actions to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which is vital for protecting the vulnerable and preventing our healthcare infrastructure from being overwhelmed. Though our campus has yet to be affected by COVID-19, we are monitoring the situation with vigilance. For further information on COVID-19 and North Texas, please visit the following CDC links:
Updated March 12, 2020
Southwestern Adventist University is deeply committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff; this is our first priority. Administration has been regularly monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and its potential impact on our campus. The University is following guidelines and recommendations from public health experts, who have the best understanding of how to carefully manage public health risks.
Currently the risk in North Texas is low and there are no confirmed cases on campus.
An Emergency Management Team is activated and has been meeting regularly. The team is communicating with regional and state health officials to ensure Southwestern Adventist University is following proper procedure and creating adequate protocols for planning, preventing, and responding further, if and when needed. The team is monitoring CDC guidelines and recommendations specific to higher education.
Measures have been implemented in various spaces on campus to help prevent the spreading of germs.
Currently we are planning to continue classes, spring break, and campus events as currently scheduled. As this situation is evolving, updates will be promptly announced.
We are reminding students via written and announced correspondence to take measures to stay healthy.
The following links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide valuable information: