Website is official Pillar College source for COVID-19 information. – As of 4/1/2020

A message from Dr. David E. Schroeder

Remote Learning Resources for Students

Note to students – Pillar College supports Google Classroom as the application to support your online courses. Your instructor will enroll you in your Google classroom. Check your student email account and accept the request to join the course.

Pillar College Directory of Student  Assistance

1-800-234-9305 | 973-803-5000 Option 0 for Receptionist

DepartmentEmailPhone extension

Academic Resource Center

(English and Spanish support)

ARC@pillar.edu1138
AdmissionsAdmissions@pillar.eduOption 4
Career ServicesCareerServices@pillar.edu1029
Enrollment ServicesEnrollmentServices@pillar.edu
Financial AidFinancialAid@pillar.eduOption 5
Lead ProgramLead@pillar.eduOption 8
Library/Online ResearchLibrary@pillar.edu1140
Online Class SupportClassSupport@pillar.edu
Prayer RequestsPrayerRequests@pillar.edu
RegistrarRegistrar@pillar.eduOption 6
Student AccountsStudentAccounts@pillar.eduOption 7

Academic Resource Center – Director Michael Wattkis

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) staff is available to assist you with tutoring, online research and reference citations using MLA/APA. Also if you have problems accessing Pillar resources through your email login, we can help you.

Contact us:                                              

Academic Tutoring                                         thearc@faculty.pillar.edu       973-803-5000 Ext. 1016

Email Password & Portal Reset         Arc@pillar.edu                       973-803-5000 Ext. 1138

Online Research                                library@pillar.edu                   973-803-5000 Ext. 1140

 

Library and Online Research  – Associate Dean Vinell Spied

Reference Resources: http://www1.youseemore.com/pillar/readyref.asp

Online Resources: http://www1.youseemore.com/pillar/contentpages.asp?loc=38

Learn about online databases: http://www1.youseemore.com/pillar/

Spiritual Care – Director of Spiritual Development Nishanth Thomas

We understand that we are all living in unprecedented times. One of our goals is to encourage and strengthen each other. To that end, if you have a prayer request for healing, provision, relationships, family, or any other need, the Pillar Community would like to pray for you. We pray God’s peace, joy, hope, love, mercy and presence be with you and your families in this chaotic season.

 

Email prayer requests to PrayerRequests@pillar.edu

Request pastoral counseling at nthomas@faculty.pillar.edu or call 973-803-5000 ext. 1115

Community Resources

In the wake of Covid-19, since children and families are home, Audible has created stories.audible.com – a place where anyone, anywhere can stream hundreds of titles for kids and families, no strings attached. Audible’s talented editors have handpicked a mix of education, entertainment, classics and general-interest titles in English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian. The experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen. Click here to get started.

  • Newark Board of Education Closure Resources: Learning at Home Plans

The Newark Board of Education has developed Instructional Packets containing lessons for all students from PreK through high school to ensure continued instruction during an extended school closure. Click here to access school closure packets.

  • Project Ready Coronavirus Resources for Parents, Families & Students

Project Ready is committed to providing various resources and information for families and community members during this time. Project Ready has pooled information and resources from several government, education, and community organizations and will update the document on an ongoing basis. Click here to access.

  • Breakfast and Lunch Locations

The Newark Board of Education’s Breakfast and Lunch Program is available for all students at designated schools from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Student can pick up food at any NPS site nearest to their home. Click here for details.

  • Education Companies Offering FREE Subscription

With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in bit of a panic as they try to figure out how kids can learn and obtain their education from home. If this sounds like you, stop stressing. This is going to be super helpful! We have the Entire List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closings. Click here to learn more.

Coping with Covid 19

Maxine A. Bradshaw, Ph.D., Professor and Chair
Psychology and Counseling
Traditional Undergraduate Program

We are living in perilous times and many yearn for the return to normalcy. Can you remember when your concerns could be summed up in the cares for what you will eat, or what you will drink, what you will wear (Matthew 6:25); and other non-life threatening concerns? But “normal” stress as we know it is replaced by a new Reality. Jane Wagner once wrote; “Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.”

When the news of the ravages of COVID 19 in Wuhan, China hit the airwaves, it seemed so far removed from our reality. This was half-way across the globe. The impact of the spread of this pandemic within other countries seemed a safe distance away from us. While we empathized with their plights, we could not conceive how their lives must have been torn apart. The news that the COVID 19 virus reached the shores of the United States seemed to send shockwaves in the tapestry of the psyche of America. This pandemic levelled the playing field, having no respect for age, gender, religion, socio-economic status or race, and political affiliations. Now, survival mode dictates that we practice social distancing and stay indoors. Indeed, the social structures that once brought solace, such as family gatherings, social hangouts, Church services, contacts with peers at school, and our Colleagues at work have been replaced by a virtual reality.

So how do we manage during these perilous times? In addition to the recommendations to wash your hands regularly, restrain from touching your face, remain at home and practice social distancing, here are some other helpful tips:

1. Monitor your thoughts. When you realize that your thoughts are thoughts of despair and gloom, make a conscious effort to refocus your thoughts. Reflect on the challenges you have overcome in the past and encourage yourself with the assurance that you are an overcomer.

2. Practice self-care. Do not lounge around all day in pajamas. Get up, get dressed and do something “for you” that you have longed and wanted to do but did not have the time.

3. Pamper yourself and do so often. Smother yourself in a long intoxicating luxurious bath with your favorite aroma. Enjoy the silence or listen to

your favorite music. Remember this is your alone time to focus on you. Complete a manicure or pedicure regimen. Or eat your favorite dessert or meal in moderation. Remember the aim is not to gain weight, but to enjoy a much needed treat.

4. Change the mood in your home. Watch a comedy or some cartoons with the children and remember the days of innocent bliss.

a. Do a family circle with a chair in the center. Have one person sit in the chair with the other taking turns trying to make the person laugh. The person who held off the laughter longest wins. You will be amazed at the fun you will have in trying to make someone laugh.

b. Start a Story. One person begins a story and each person adds on to the story. Take turns until it is finished. (Depending on the size of the family, each person may add to the story multiple times. Example. First person: Once upon a time I was walking on the beach and heard a strange sound. Second Person: I looked towards the direction of where I heard the sound and saw a bright light. Etc.)

c. Grateful log. Discuss things for which you are grateful.

d. Plan an imaginary trip that you would take if money and time were unlimited. Enjoy the dream and live in the moment of imagined bliss.

5. Exercise: Just Move. Dance to your favorite music.

Science shows that moving our bodies stimulates the creation of norepinephrine and dopamine. These chemicals energize and elevate one’s mood.

6. Practice regular wellness checks where you contact friends, families, and co-workers. Try to use a medium where you can have a visual connection, either through Zoom, Google meets, WhatsApp, or Facebook Messenger.

7. Post inspirational messages on social media. This will spread the love, instill hope and build faith. Or listen to inspirational messages and music.

8. Pray, and then pray some more. Tap into your faith. In prayer, tell the Lord your concerns and believe He hears you and He is concerned about the things that concerns you.

9. Read the Bible more. Give yourself a challenge to memorize at least one passage of Scripture daily. The Word of God is a solace against the daily onslaught of news of gloom.

10. Have Hope. Be encouraged by the fact that there is a time and season for everything. This test too, will pass. Plan how you will celebrate the end of this season in your life and how you will adapt to the new normal in your situation.

11. Journal your thoughts. Some of your thoughts may be the idea for your book yet to be written.

12. Take a moment to get a breath of fresh air. Be innovative. This may be done by standing by an open window, on the porch, or take a brisk walk around the home or property. Remember to practice social distancing as you do this walk.

13. Keep abreast of the requirements of the online classroom. You do not want to exacerbate an already stressful situation by falling behind on your school work

Free Resources

Cengage Unlimited: cengage.com/covid-19-support.

JSTOR: COVID-19 resources for higher education and academic libraries

Online Research contact: Email: library@pillar.edu or call 973-803-5000 Ext. 1140

Career Services – Coordinator Ingrid Ortiz

Your success is important to us! Our main goal is to provide you with the resources to help you enhance your professional skills and develop a strategy to search for a job or internship.

Email careerservices@pillar.edu or call Ingrid I. Ortiz at 973 803-5000 ext. 1029.

What to do if you are sick, please review the following link:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

New Jersey’s Preparedness update, please review the following link:

https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml

Accommodations for Students With Disabilities

Students with documented disabilities are entitled to receive approved modifications, accommodations, or utilize auxiliary aids which will enable them to participate in and benefit from all educational programs and activities at Pillar College. Reasonable accommodation includes the utilization of adaptive technology aids in the online classroom, modification to testing, extended time on assignments, and alternate course delivery options that allows access by individuals with disabilities.

Prior to receiving this assistance, the student must submit documentation to the Registrar’s Office verifying his/her disability from a qualified professional source, outlining the nature of accommodations in instruction and testing required by the student and the length of time the accommodations will need to be provided.

Free student aid-related COVID-19 guidance for students, families and student loan borrowers.

Mapping Your Future is a very reliable source as they work with NJ State Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) – this is offering information about Covid19 and student loans:

Web Link:

https://www.studentaidpandemic.org/index.cfm

About This Website

StudentAidPandemic.org provides up-to-the-minute student guidance on student loans and financial aid during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Your learning path is customized to your needs. All services are free to everyone and no registration is required.

We will update the content as additional guidance is received from the Department of Education and publish the date of the most recent update on this landing page so you are sure you are getting the most up to date information.

Need personalized help?

Mapping Your Future and TISLA are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations supported by grants, donations and sponsorships. If you would like to support our missions and allow us to continue to provide these services free to consumers, please visit our sites for support opportunities.

TISLA and Mapping Your Future would like to thank Decision Partners for donating their financial education platform to support this service.

Updated Information for the State of New Jersey :  https://covid19.nj.gov/

Request to all staff, faculty, and students, based on the best practices shared by the CDC:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workersand people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often 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.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website

For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

Regarding International Travel:

During this period, if anyone that personally travels to a country with a Level 2 or higher travel advisory related to the Coronavirus, we will require a 14-day self-quarantine period. Please notify my office (ex.t 1017), if this applies to you or if you are aware of someone else’s travel (e.g., a student) that falls into this category. We are asking students to contact the office of the Vice President of Student Engagement (studentlife@pillar.edu) for notification regarding travel to and from Level 2 or higher countries. Level 2 or higher countries as defined by the CDC, click here for more information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html