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Warner University 2020 Commencement News

Warner University 2020 Commencement News

Warner’s Commencement Ceremony Will Be Unique This Year

Listen as President Hoag and Duke give the directive for this year’s virtual graduation ceremony.

 

 

 

 

Warner Student Vlogs: COVID-19 Updates

Warner Student Vlogs: COVID-19 Updates

Student Video Update: COVID-19 3/24/2020 3 pm. 

Student Video Update: COVID-19 3/23/2020 2 pm. 

Student Video Update: COVID-19 3/20/2020 2 pm. 

Student Video Update: COVID-19 3/18/2020 6 pm. 

Student Video Update: COVID-19 3/17/2020 4 pm. 

Student Video Update: COVID-19 3/16/2020 3 pm. 

Warner U’s Coronavirus Precautions

Warner U’s Coronavirus Precautions

UPDATED – 03/20/2020 2:00PM

Warner Students and Parents, please make sure to be following the Student Vlog Updates for more frequent student related news such as course work and registration. Click HERE to follow!

UPDATED – 03/13/2020 4:00PM

The Warner University Emergency Response Team continues to participate in ongoing meetings to review Warner University’s response to COVID-19 health concerns. 

Out of an abundance of caution, starting Monday, March 16 throughout the remainder of the Spring semester, Warner University traditional, classroom-based, courses will be transitioning to a remote learning delivery system.  Our goal is to make sure that your academic work is fairly recognized and that any disruption does not present any disadvantage to your future academic progress.  Non-traditional and graduate online courses will not be affected.

The instruction of all courses will be managed through our online platform, Moodle.  Some unconventional courses such as science labs, music lessons, etc., may utilize other technologies such as Google Hangouts or online labs.  Course instructors will communicate the remote design of each course to students on Monday, March 16.

It is important to note that as of March 13, 2020, 2:00 pm there are no reported or confirmed cases of the virus on campus or in Polk County. 

Warner University’s campus will remain open.  Our campus community has a history of working together to focus on the success of students during transitions such as this.  Please review the following details about operations moving forward:

  • Residence halls remain open for students who choose to stay.
  • There is a residential hall check-out procedure students must follow if they choose to complete their remote learning off-campus.
  • Athletic competition schedules will determined by the policy issued by our athletic conferences. Student-athletes should contact coaches for further information related to their team.
  • All campus services, including admissions, financial aid, student accounts, library, academic success center and campus dining services will remain open.

Campus personnel in both Student Life and Royal Resources stand ready to answer student questions and provide guidance.  These offices can be contacted at:

studentlife@warner.edu
advisor@warner.edu

If you are a student, please click here for information regarding courses this semester.

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UPDATED – 03/12/2020
The well-being of all members of the Warner University community continues to be our highest priority.  The campus Emergency Response Team met this morning to review Warner University’s ongoing response to COVID-19 health concerns.  Cooperative efforts across the campus are focusing on active ways to keep our community safe and healthy at this time.

Currently, there are no reported or confirmed cases of the virus on campus or in Polk County.  The institution is utilizing resources to receive the best and most up-to-date information available. 

Our faculty and staff are committed to serve our students and make accommodations as needed.  Faculty have begun exploring ways to implement remote learning options and activities to potentially provide the greatest flexibility for course delivery in the days ahead.  At this time, campus classes and athletics events will continue to meet as scheduled. 

We continue to promote mindful health practices to support personal and community health such as, regular and thorough hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and staying home if sick. We encourage community members to consider limiting travel outside of Polk County unless it is necessary. 
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UPDATE: Warner’s Emergency Response Team is meeting regularly to monitor the situation. Updated statement will be shared on March 12th, 2020. 

Dear Warner University Students, Faculty and Staff,

The well-being of all members of the Warner University community is our highest priority. To that end, for the past several weeks, University officials have been closely monitoring the global threat posed by the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Warner University students and faculty are on spring break this week, however, we want to provide you with the latest information and updates as you prepare to travel back to campus next week. 

Health Advice

There are simple actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. It cannot be emphasized enough that good self-care habits are vitally important, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Cover your cough with your sleeve, not your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Don’t share food or drinks
  • If you get sick, stay home and rest

 

On Campus

We have consulted Polk County Health Department and based on current information there is no reason to believe there is an immediate risk to anyone on Warner University’s campus. At this time we plan to continue normal operations. 

The University Emergency Response team will continue to closely monitor this health risk and provide updates when warranted. 

For further information about COVID-19 please click on the following links:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html

http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html

 

COVID-19 Student Updates

COVID-19 Student Updates

UPDATED – 03/13/2020 4:00PM

Dear Warner University Students:

In our opening chapel this year we talked about one of the biggest issues people struggle with and that is Anxiety.  COVID-19 has raised the anxiety level for each and every one of us. As a faith based institution, we rest on God’s promises and the hope we have in Jesus.  In Philippians 4 we are reminded not to be anxious. 

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Please take more time to pray than to dwell in the hopelessness that the media is sharing.

The campus Emergency Response Team continues to participate in ongoing meetings to review Warner University’s response to COVID-19 health concerns.  Out of an abundance of caution, starting Monday, March 16 throughout the remainder of the Spring semester, Warner University traditional, classroom-based, courses will be transitioning to a remote learning delivery system.  Our goal is to make sure that your academic work is fairly recognized and that any disruption does not present any disadvantage to your future academic progress. The instruction of all courses will be managed through our online platform, Moodle.  Some unconventional courses such as science labs, music lessons, etc., may utilize other technologies such as Google Hangouts or online labs. Course instructors will communicate the remote design of each course to students on Monday, March 16.

The link to the Moodle login page is https://online.warner.edu/login/index.php

Friday, March 13, 2020 will be the last day of campus classroom-based instruction.  Students should plan to check-in to each of their course Moodle sections on Monday, March 16, 2020 for updates and instructions from faculty.

It is important to note that, as of March 13, 2020, 2:00 pm there are no reported or confirmed cases of the virus on campus or in Polk County. 

Warner University’s campus will remain open.  Our campus community has a history of working together to focus on the success of students during transitions such as this.  Please review the following details about operations moving forward:

        Residence halls remain open for students who choose to stay.  Residential living for the remainder of the semester will have different expectations and guidelines.  Open visitation hours for residence halls will be discontinued. Overnights guests and off-campus visitors will not be permitted to enter the halls.

        A check-out procedure must be followed for students who choose to complete their remote learning off-campus.  The check-out policy form is attached to this message. Check-out is not complete until it is signed by both parties indicated.  

        Continued spring sport athletic competitions will be determined by the policy issued by each conference.  Student-athletes should contact coaches for further information related to their team.

        Off-season practices and conditioning for all fall sports will conclude at the end of the day on Friday, March 13, 2020.  This includes practices and conditioning for Football, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s & Women’s Cross-Country, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, and Cheer. 

        Campus dining services will remain open.  

        Student employees should check with their supervisor about working during the remainder of the semester.

        RoyalMD wellness services will continue for the remainder of the semester for all enrolled students.  Therapy Now provides mental health support through the same app and website.

        Spiritual Growth Credit requirements have been adjusted to a total of 15 for the semester.  Watch for more information on this programming from spiritualgrowth@warner.edu.

        Room and board refunds will not be given for those who choose to leave campus.  Additionally, payment plan schedules will continue.  

Campus personnel in both Student Life and Royal Resources stand ready to answer student questions and provide guidance.  These offices can be contacted at:

studentlife@warner.edu
advisor@warner.edu

President Hoag, Dr. Sutton and Mrs. Meadows will be in the North Rigel Center Lobby today, March 13, 2020, from 5:30-6:00 p.m. to answer student questions.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS BELOW

WU-COVID-19-Response-Handbook

Remote Learning Check Out

The Mission of Warner University

The Mission of Warner University

 

Warner University is committed to guiding individuals toward Christ-like character

and intellectual maturity while equipping them to serve.

 

Warner University’s Loss of Student Athlete

Warner University’s Loss of Student Athlete

The Warner University family has been deeply saddened by the loss of one of our students today, Tuesday, October 8. 

Theodore “Boobie” Hammonds, a senior member of the football team collapsed after a non-contact football drill.  Members of the Warner University athletic training staff were on hand immediately and provided emergency care.  Polk County Emergency Services responded and transported Theo to the Lake Wales Medical Center Emergency Department. Unfortunately, Theo was not able to recover, and he later passed away at the hospital.

Warner University places the highest priority on the health and safety of its students and student-athletes.  Certified athletic trainers were on hand at the time that the athlete collapsed and provided immediate emergency care.  The cause of Theo’s collapse and ultimate death are not currently known, and it would be inappropriate to speculate regarding the cause of death at this time. 

On behalf of Warner University and our faculty, staff, coaches, and trainers, we offer our deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to Theo’s family, friends, and teammates in this difficult and uncertain time. We are devastated by his passing.  We have made a Warner University Care Team available to provide compassion, support, and counseling to members of our community.  We know that our students, coaches, and staff are in the hearts, prayers and minds of this community, and we thank you for your continued love and support.

We will share information about services as soon as it becomes available.

For those interested, there has been a GoFundMe account set up for the family: GoFundMe – Theo Hammonds

Dr. David Hoag

Dr. Hoag believes everything he’s experienced in life prepared him to lead Warner University. An expert in finance and fundraising with over 29 years in higher education, Dr. Hoag understands how to relate to and inspire students, faculty, and staff. He wholeheartedly accepts the WU Statement of Faith. And his relationship with Jesus Christ is genuine and dynamic.

Dr. Hoag shares his adventures with his wife and college sweetheart, Joanna. Together they have two beautiful daughters, Jamie and Joni, who are both married.