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COVID-19 Updates

This page is the official Pillar College source for COVID-19 information

Updated 06/21/2021

Where, how, and when can I get vaccinated?

Dear Colleagues:

Everyone 12 or older who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey is now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Learn more HERE

Office of the Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE)

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)

[email protected]1138
Admissions[email protected]Option 1
Career Services[email protected]1029
Student Support  
Library/Online Research[email protected]1140
Online Class Support[email protected] 
Prayer Requests[email protected] 

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
[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

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.

Community Resources

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

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.

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. Students can pick up food at any NPS site nearest to their homes.

With schools closing across the nation, parents and educators are in a 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.

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:

Free Resources on the Web:

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.

Accommodations for Students With Disabilities

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.

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Updated Information for the State of New Jersey

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:

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: 

COVID-19 Updates

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Student Services

Amy Huber

Amy Huber
Vice President of Academic Affairs & Student Engagement

Contact
Phone: 973-803-5000 ext. 1104
[email protected]

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Non-Discriminatory Policy to Students

Pillar College admits qualifying students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

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