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COVID-19 Student Updates

COVID-19 Student Updates

As of September 30, 2020, all funds for Cares Act Section 18004(a)(1) Student Allocation ($539,051.00) have been spent.  This is the final quarterly update.

   

CARES Act Reporting Update – September 30, 2020

The Coronavirus has impacted each and every one of us in one way or another. This semester has been difficult for everyone whether you are a student, parent, or a Warner employee. The leadership team at Warner University has been working diligently on a financial assistance plan for all of our traditional students. Beginning Friday, April 17, we applied Emergency Grants on all of our traditional student accounts. These grants are designed to provide financial assistance to students who have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the interruption they have experienced this semester.

Warner University received a total of $1,078,101 in Emergency Relief Funds.  $539,051 was designated for emergency grants for student aid and $539,050 designated for emergency relief for the institution.  The institution signed and returned to the Department (DOE) the Certification Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used more than the required 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  Signed by Dr. David A. Hoag, President on April 14, 2020.

The University has 882 Title IV eligible students, 368 of whom were prohibited by the CARES Act from receiving HEERF grants because they were online only students. This means that the University has 514 eligible students.

A total of $658,022.88 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants was distributed to the 514 eligible students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

The primary method used to determine the student’s emergency grant was calculated by reviewing various criteria including the following needs: housing, food, and financial need based on the student’s FAFSA.

In addition to these Emergency Grants, the university established a “Deacon’s Fund” for those who have experienced a severe financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Examples of financial hardship would include sickness, unemployment, death in the family, etc. These grants are limited and will be reviewed by a stewardship committee. A total of $44,642.42 was distributed from the Deacon’s Fund to Title IV eligible students.

 

COVID-19 Update 6/12/2020 3:00PM   —   The Royal Return

We look forward to the return of our students in August.  The Leadership Team continues to work toward finalizing the plans for a safe return to campus.  In preparation for the return of our students we wanted to provide some key dates for you to put on your calendar.  Further details and times will be forthcoming.

 

Saturday, August 8 – Returning Football and Women’s Volleyball Students

Sunday, August 9 – New Football and Women’s Soccer Students

Tuesday, August 11 – Men’s Soccer Students

Friday, August 14 – All Cheerleading Students

Tuesday, August 18 – Resident Assistants

Saturday, August 22 – New Students (non-fall athletes)

Sunday, August 23 – Returning Students (non-fall athletes)

Monday, August 24 – First Day of Classes

 

Let’s continue to pray for a safe return and a great start for our new students.

 

CARES Act Reporting Update – 6/9/2020  3:00PM

The Coronavirus has impacted each and every one of us in one way or another. This semester has been difficult for everyone whether you are a student, parent, or a Warner employee. The leadership team at Warner University has been working diligently on a financial assistance plan for all of our traditional students.

Beginning Friday, April 17, we applied Emergency Grants on all of our traditional student accounts. These grants are designed to provide financial assistance to students who have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the interruption they have experienced this semester.

Warner University received a total of $1,078,101 in Emergency Relief Funds. $539,051 was designated for emergency grants for student aid and $539,050 designated for emergency relief for the institution. The institution signed and returned to the Department (DOE) the Certification Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used more than the required 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The University has 882 Title IV eligible students, 368 of whom were prohibited by the CARES Act from receiving HEERF grants because they were online only students. This means that the University has 514 eligible students.

A total of $658,022.88 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants was distributed to the 514 eligible students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act. The primary method used to determine the student’s emergency grant was calculated by reviewing various criteria including the following needs: housing, food, and financial need based on the student’s FAFSA.

In addition to these Emergency Grants, the university established a “Deacon’s Fund” for those who have experienced a severe financial hardship due to the coronavirus. Examples of financial hardship would include sickness, unemployment, death in the family, etc. These grants are limited and will be reviewed by a stewardship committee. A total of $44,642.42 was distributed from the Deacon’s Fund to Title IV eligible students.

 

CARES Act Reporting Update – 5/11/2020 2:30PM

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted each and every one of us in one way or another. This semester has been difficult for everyone whether you are a student, parent, or a Warner employee. The leadership team at Warner University has been working diligently on a financial assistance plan for all of our traditional students.

Since Friday, April 17, we have been applying Emergency Grants on all of our traditional student accounts. These grants are designed to provide financial assistance to students who have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the interruption they have experienced this semester.

Warner University received a total of $1,078,101 in Emergency Relief Funds. $539,051 was designated for emergency grants for student aid and $539,050 designated for emergency relief for the institution. The institution signed and returned to the Department (DOE) the Certification Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used more than the required 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The University has approximately 875 Title IV eligible students, 368 of whom were prohibited by the CARES Act from receiving HEERF grants because they were online only students. This means that the University has 507 eligible students.

A total of $692,915.03 in Emergency Financial Aid Grants was distributed to the 507 eligible students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

The primary method used to determine the student’s emergency grant was calculated by reviewing various criteria including the following: housing, food and financial need based on the student’s FAFSA.

Included in the Emergency Grants awarded above, was a “Deacon’s Fund” for those who have experienced a severe financial hardship due to COVID-19. Examples of financial hardship would include sickness, unemployment, death in the family, etc. These grants are limited and will be reviewed by a stewardship committee. To apply for assistance from the Deacon’s Fund, please send an email to deaconsfund@warner.edu with detailed information about your circumstances and specific need.

 

UPDATED – 4/16/2020 10:00AM

The Coronavirus has impacted each and every one of us in one way or another.  This semester has been difficult for everyone whether you are a student, parent, or a Warner employee.  The leadership team at Warner University has been working diligently on a financial assistance plan for all of our traditional students.  By the end of Friday, April 17, we will have applied Emergency Grants on all of our traditional student accounts.  These grants are designed to provide financial assistance to students who have been negatively affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and the interruption they have experienced this semester.

Each student’s emergency grant was calculated by reviewing various criteria including the following: housing, food, and financial need (using information from their FAFSA).   If a student has an unpaid balance, the balance will be reduced by the amount of the grant.  If a credit remains after a balance has been satisfied, checks will be issued and mailed to the address in the student’s ROAR account.  If you would like to leave the credit on the student account to assist with your summer or fall charges (not yet posted), please contact studentaccounts@warner.edu immediately.  You should also contact that email address if you would like the check mailed to a different address than is in ROAR.  We will begin processing checks on Monday and plan to have all checks mailed by Friday, April 24.  We appreciate your patience as we work through all of these details.

In addition to these Emergency Grants, we have established a “Deacon’s Fund” for those who have experienced a severe financial hardship due to the Coronavirus.  Examples of financial hardship would include sickness, unemployment, death in the family, etc.  These grants are limited and will be reviewed by a stewardship committee.  To apply for assistance from the Deacon’s Fund, please send an email to deaconsfund@warner.edu with detailed information about your circumstances and specific need.

As we all are trying to cope with our current national emergency, please be reminded there is hope in our Savior, Jesus Christ.  If you need someone to talk to, I would encourage you to reach out to one of our faculty, staff members, or coaches.  Resources at TalkNow, mental health support offered through our RoyalMD program, are also available 24/7 to all traditional students and participating non-traditional students.  We are all in this together.

May God continue to watch over you and your family.

God Bless,

Dr. David A. Hoag

President

 

UPDATED – 4/15/2020 1:00PM

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

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

Warner Student Vlogs: COVID-19 Updates

Warner Student Vlogs: COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Return Plan for Fall 2020

Student Video Update: Welcome Back Royals 8/7/2020 4 pm.

CARES Act Reporting Link for June

Student Video Update: Royal Return this Fall 5/20/2020 2 pm.

CARES ACT Update link here.

Student Video Update: COVID-19 4/16/2020 10 am.

Student Video Update: COVID-19 4/10/2020 6 pm.

Student Video Update: COVID-19 4/3/2020 1 pm. 

Student Video Update: COVID-19 3/30/2020 3 pm. 

Student Video Update: COVID-19 3/27/2020 4 pm. 

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. 

WU Welcomes Anne Tohme as the New VP for Student Life

WU Welcomes Anne Tohme as the New VP for Student Life

 

Warner University is pleased to announce that Anne Tohme has accepted the position of Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students. This position reports to President David Hoag and is part of the Warner Leadership Team.

Anne will play a key role within the Warner community and will be responsible for oversight of all co-curricular activities, students’ spiritual formation and provide direction for the Student Life team.

Anne comes to Warner University after serving 17 years at Trinity International University in Illinois. She was born and raised just outside of Milwaukee, WI. Anne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from John Brown University and a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

Anne has been married to Kelvin Tohme for 13 years and has two kids: Landon, age 11 and Lauryn, age 9.

“I am so excited about joining the Warner Community and to have the opportunity to be a part of the Kingdom work happening there,” says Tohme. “My family and I have already received such welcome; everyone we have met has been so warm and caring and genuine that we feel like there is already a community waiting and wanting to welcome us.”

Anne feels like God has led her to accept this calling on her life and to advance to this new role as an opportunity and a challenge.

“We feel complete peace and confidence that this is the Lord’s leading. God has shown up in so many ways already to confirm our call to Warner and we are excited to be a part of the work he is doing there. Our family is stepping out in faith and following God’s call to serve him in Florida.”

“Even in our short time, we have already sensed that Warner is a special place where people love one another and where God is on the move – making and growing disciples.  That’s something we want to be a part of!”

Anne enjoys any time spent with her family including bike rides, movies, games, baking and fort-building! She also loves running and has competed in four Chicago marathons!

Anne is a HUGE Bon Jovi fan and a little-known fact is that she has attended ten of their concerts – even one in the UK, while on an engagement trip after Kelvin proposed to her in a castle in Wales.

“I have a passion and commitment to Christian Higher education and my heart resonates with the mission of Warner University ‘to guide individuals toward Christlike character and intellectual maturity who are equipped to serve.’ What a privilege it is to participate in this mission!”

“Working with young and emerging adults is a passion area of mine. My relational abilities help me to connect and build safe places where people can be authentic,” says Tohme. “I love seeing and supporting student as they come alive and gain deeper insight into who they are and how God has uniquely wired them – allowing them to flourish and succeed academically and vocationally.”

 

Warner Welcomes the Entire Tohme Family to the Royal Family!

Warner U’s Coronavirus Precautions

Warner U’s Coronavirus Precautions

UPDATED – 04/3/2020 1:00PM

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

 

Essential Employee Announcement

Essential Employee Announcement

Warner Teammates,

As you may know Gov. DeSantis has issued an executive order to stay at home. Educational institutions are still considered essential, however, only a few individuals will need to come to campus.

So what does that mean for you? Please review the attached document which will let you know if you are essential, remote, or hybrid. If you are essential or hybrid please print out a copy of the attachment in case you are questioned by authorities.

As always if you have any questions ask your supervisor or cabinet member. Remember we need to continue to Recruit, Retain, and Serve our students.

May God continue to watch over you through the COVID-19 pandemic. Be safe.

Essential Employee Announcement

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.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.