Website is official Pillar College source for COVID-19 information. – Updated 8/14/2020
A message from Dr. David E. Schroeder
Pillar College tiene la oportunidad de ofrecerles a ustedes el fondo del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, llamado el Fondo de Ayuda de Emergencia (HEERF), debido a la pandemia de COVID-19 que nos ha afectado juntos como nación y como universidad. El HEERF es un subsidio de ayuda financiera que se proporciona a los estudiantes para gastos relacionados con la interrupción de las operaciones del campus debido a Coronavirus. Esto se otorga por orden de llegada a estudiantes activos (no retirados) del semestre de Primavera 2020 (estudiantes actuales de los siguientes programas: Tradicional, Pre-Lead, Lead, BLEND y maestría que no son estudiantes internacionales). El formulario de subvención debe enviarse antes del 30 de mayo del 2020.
Pillar College acknowledges that the institution has signed and returned to the United States Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that Pillar College has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
The total amount of funds that the institution has received is $281,240 from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.
$281,240 is the final and total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Ace as of 6/22/2020 which has been scheduled and/or disbursed to students (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).
381 students is the total number of students at Pillar College who were eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus were eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act of 2020.
Out of the 381 Title IV eligible students, 345 students received either the HEERF COA and/or HEERF Technology Awards due to need-based applications. ($29,240 was awarded as HEERF Technology (computer, internet needs of students), and $252,000 was awarded as HEERF COA (Cost of Attendance: education expenses, living expenses, travel, etc.)).
The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act was to first consider the timeframe after March 23, 2020 and run an excel file that produced the in-seat, active, current spring 2020 semester students who are in the Traditional, pre-Lead, Lead, Blend, graduate (not international students) programs. A form was created that presented two awards – a $500 for Technology, and/or $800 for Cost of Attendance.
There were instructions, directions, and/or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Pillar College sent an email to each student from the President’s office stating where to go on the Pillar College website to apply. A dedicated banner and link was created to make it readily accessible for students to fill-out the request form, download it and send it back to [email protected] Upon receipt of the form, the financial aid office reviewed the applications and scheduled the award for disbursement through a stipend check which was sent to the students.
Testing and Contact Tracing Public Awareness and Education Campaign
The New Jersey Department of Health has launched a testing and contact tracing public awareness campaign with the slogan, “For Each Other. For Us All.” The goal is to increase knowledge of what contact tracing is and address issues regarding privacy, with a particular focus on educating individuals under the age of 30, who are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases.
The Department created a downloadable toolkit (attached and available here: https://nj.gov/highereducation/documents/toolkit.pdf) of social media and digital, radio and TV ads. Please help the state amplify this public awareness campaign by sharing these materials on your social media and websites, as well as with your broader communities, to help us spread the word about the importance of testing and contact tracing.
Thank you for your help in sharing these materials.
Director, Policy and Outreach
Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE)
1 John Fitch Plaza, 10th Floor | PO Box 542
Trenton, NJ 08625-0542
609-984-2804| [email protected]
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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.
- Login to Google Classroom à classroom.google.com
- Tutorial video on getting started in Google Classroom à Google Classroom for Students
- Technical support for online courses à Email [email protected]
- Resources for students needing access to mobile devices or internet: Click Here for Technology Resources
Pillar College Directory of Student Assistance
1-800-234-9305 | 973-803-5000 Option 0 for Receptionist
Academic Resource Center
(English and Spanish support)
|Admissions||[email protected]||Option 4|
|Career Services||[email protected]||1029|
|Enrollment Services||[email protected]|
|Financial Aid||[email protected]||Option 5|
|Lead Program||[email protected]||Option 8|
|Library/Online Research||[email protected]||1140|
|Online Class Support||[email protected]|
|Prayer Requests||[email protected]|
|Registrar||[email protected]||Option 6|
|Student Accounts||[email protected]||Option 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.
Academic Tutoring [email protected] 973-803-5000 Ext. 1016
Email Password & Portal Reset [email protected] 973-803-5000 Ext. 1138
Online Research [email protected] 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.
- New Jersey State Information à https://covid19.nj.gov/
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- 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
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Coping with Covid 19
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
Cengage Unlimited: cengage.com/covid-19-support.
Online Research contact: Email: [email protected] 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 [email protected] or call Ingrid I. Ortiz at 973 803-5000 ext. 1029.
What to do if you are sick, please review the following link:
New Jersey’s Preparedness update, please review the following link:
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:
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?
- For questions about financial aid, contact Mapping Your Future.
- For questions about your current student loans, contact The Institute of Student Loan Advisors Corporation (TISLA).
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 ([email protected]) 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