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July 2020

July 31, 2020, at 11:00 AM

The fall semester begins in a little over two weeks!  Campus is never the same without you, and we look forward to welcoming all members of our ALC family home. 

Our Back To School Task Force has been meeting weekly since March and is conferring with the CDC, state health officials, and medical advisors as we have developed a plan to complete the fall semester safely. I especially appreciate Dr. Brad Moore and Dr. Anthony Yonts, who have each provided important medical insight regarding our response.

Kentucky State Health Commissioner, Dr. Steven Stack, has told us that college-aged students are among “the safest of the safe” regarding COVID-19.  Because we care for the health and safety of each individual, our COVID-19 response plan provides measures in which we all will come together to help protect the most vulnerable among us.  I know we can count on each member of the Eagle family as we make the adjustments outlined in our plan.

Last week, you heard from Dean Cornett and Dean Crum regarding a summary of our re-opening plan. This week, I am providing a more extensive plan of action as we near the start of classes.  The entirety of the plan can be found at www.alc.edu/covid19.   

Highlights of the plan include:

  • Return to In-Person Education: The College will return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, August 18.  Plexiglass shields are installed in front of each classroom for instructor use.  Classrooms will be sanitized twice daily.  Students will be required to wear face coverings while in the classroom.
  • Face Coverings: All members of the campus community must follow government guidelines concerning the wearing of masks. This includes inside classrooms as well as indoor and outdoor common spaces in which social distancing is not feasible. 
  • Social Distancing: Social distancing is expected in common areas around campus.
  • CDC Good Practices: Employees and students should practice good hand hygiene and cover their coughs.  If a campus community member is sick, he or she should stay home and not report to workspaces, classrooms, and/or community facilities.
  • Campus Housing: Students who share dorm rooms will be considered “campus families” and will not be required to adhere to social distancing requirements when together on campus (dining services, convocation, etc.).  Common spaces will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily.  Until further notice, overnight guests are not permitted in the residence halls.
  • Food Service: Dining services will resume/continue, and the campus community will have service options at Hunger Din, Miss Irma’s Café, and the Campus Center Café.  There will be no self-serve stations.  Seating capacity in these areas will be restricted to levels deemed appropriate by governing agencies.  Dining hours have been extended to help avoid large crowds gathering during the lunch and dinner periods.
  • Athletics: The College will continue athletic programs in accordance with NAIA and NCCAA guidelines.

We look forward to seeing you all on Caney Creek soon!  Until then, please join me in praying as King Solomon did (1 Kings 3:9), for an understanding mind, not only for ALC campus family, but for our community, Commonwealth, and great nation.  May God bless you as we begin our Fall 2020 journey on the Purpose Road.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

July 23, 2020, at 3:00 PM

Greetings from Pippa Passes and the Alice Lloyd College campus community. Over the last several months, our campus community, and the nation as a whole, has faced many challenges. Alice Lloyd College remains committed to offering a high-quality education. Below is a brief summary of ALC’s reopening plan for the fall semester. While this summary isn’t meant to be comprehensive, it provides an overview of some of the steps ALC has taken to ensure that students remain safe while receiving an on-campus, character-based education this fall. You will get a letter from President Stepp next week which will outline a more detailed reopening plan for the fall 2020 semester.

A back-to-school task force has been developed and has worked together to develop ALC’s reopening plan. Throughout this process, the task force consulted with public health officials, government leaders, higher education organizations, and various members of our campus community. The list below contains a few details from this reopening plan. We’re looking forward to having everyone back on campus this fall, but there will be a couple of significant changes for fall 2020 compared to past fall semesters. Below are some of these changes.

  • Classes will begin on August 18th, and the fall semester will end on November 25th. The spring 2021 semester will begin January 12th.
  • ALC now offers a Communications Studies major. The Communications Studies major has been approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Resident students will move into the dorms on August 15-16. Move-in day will be a little different this year. In order to promote a safe environment, students will move into the dorm at a scheduled time. Students will receive a scheduled time to move in along with a housing letter letting them know about roommates this week.
  • Registration for the fall semester will take place on August 17. We’ve made some changes to the registration process this year in effort to reduce lines and facilitate social distancing. We will share more details regarding registration soon.
  • Masks will be made available for all staff, students, and faculty. We ask that all students, staff, and faculty wear a mask when social distancing isn’t possible. Masks are available at the Pippa Passes Police Department, or students who need a mask can get one from their Resident Advisor.
  • In addition to the services offered in the Infirmary, we have appointed an on-campus COVID-19 point-person, Darlene Cornett. Students who aren’t feeling well can see Darlene for a wellness check and if necessary, be put in contact with a healthcare professional.
  • Barriers, shields, and physical guides designed to minimize contact between employees, students, and guests will be added to any point of contact service area and classrooms, as deemed necessary.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned daily.
  • Dining hours have been extended in the Hunger Din to help avoid large crowds gathering during the lunch and dinner dining periods. Lunch will be served for ALC students from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dinner will be served for ALC students from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Take-out options will be provided.

Again, you will get a more detailed letter from President Stepp next week which will outline a more comprehensive reopening plan for the fall 2020 semester. We look forward to seeing you on campus in August. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

Lafie Crum                                                                                            Scott Cornett
Alice Lloyd College Academic Dean                                                 Alice Lloyd College Vice President for Student Services

July 10, 2020, at 4:00 PM

The fall semester is quickly approaching. There are only four more Fridays until classes resume here on Caney Creek! We are looking forward to having you back on campus.

The Back to School Task Force continues to meet weekly to advance the school toward opening day. Below are a few of the measures put in place to ensure the health and safety of our ALC family:

• Classes will begin August 18, and the fall semester will end on November 25. Fall break has been canceled for this semester.

• Employees and students will be expected to maintain safe social distances throughout campus.

• Barriers, shields, and physical guides designed to minimize contact between employees, students, and guests will be added to any point of contact service area and classrooms, as deemed necessary.

• Classrooms will be cleaned daily. • Masks will be available for all faculty, staff, and students at the Pippa Passes Police Department and through Resident Advisors.

• Darlene Cornett, a former employee of the Knott County Health Department, has been named the COVID-19 point person on campus.

• Students who share dorm rooms will be considered “campus families” and will not be required to adhere to social distancing requirements when together on campus.

• Dining hours have been extended in the Hunger Din to help avoid large crowds gathering during the lunch and dinner dining periods. Lunch will be served for ALC students from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dinner will be served for ALC students from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Take-out options will be provided.

As this situation remains fluid, we will continue to meet weekly to review federal, state, and local guidelines, as well as consult with healthcare professionals. You will be updated as detailed plans continue to develop across campus. Please join me in prayer for our campus community and our team as we make preparations to return to educating the future leaders of our region.

May God bless you and your loved ones.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

June 2020

June 26, 2020, at 9:00 AM

The last few weeks on Caney Creek have certainly been busy.  I have spent time in meetings with my colleagues across the Bluegrass, with our administration here on campus, and with top health officials in order to ensure that our return to campus in August goes as smoothly, and safely, as possible.   

Dr. Steven Stack, Public Health Commissioner of KY, reiterated to me and other presidents across the state that college aged students are the safest of the safe, when looking at COVID-19 risk.  While we take great comfort in this sentiment, the Back to School Task Force is still working daily on our fall reopen plans in order to assure students, faculty, staff and parents that ALC’s campus is indeed coronavirus safe.  

To date, plans have been developed for the dining hall, dorm rooms, move-in day, registration, and The June Buchanan School / Daycare.  As these plans are finalized, our team will begin to send out detailed information.  Please be patient with us, as we make the best decisions for the campus community.  

If you have not completed your financial aid information, please take time to do so.  You may contact the Financial Aid Office at  606-368-6058 or email  financialaid@alc.edu.  Additionally, if you are interested in setting up a tour of campus, please contact the Admissions Office at 606-368-6146 or admissions@alc.edu  

Only 7 more Fridays until classes start!  Until then, I continue to pray for you and your loved ones.  May God bless you.  

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

June 4, 2020, at 10:30 AM

This morning, I would first like to encourage you to join me in prayer for our campus community, our Commonwealth, and our nation.  James 5:16(b) tells us, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”  The truth of scripture is that each of us are created in the image of God and we all have value in His sight.  Ultimately, I believe we can find peace only through following the Person and teachings of Jesus Christ. 

In that spirit, we are excited to welcome our entire ALC family back to campus this fall.  On Tuesday, August 18, classes will resume here in Pippa Passes.  The semester will end on Wednesday, November 25.  This change in schedule will help us to provide a longer Christmas break, in which faculty and students will be able to spend more time with their families.  In order to meet SACS guidelines and have better continuity of education, we will not have fall break. 

The Back to School Task Force, in conjunction with medical professionals, continues to work to ensure that our campus is coronavirus safe.  I am proud of these folks and their work for our campus community.  In the coming weeks, you will receive communication from this team.  Please monitor your campus email for those updates.  

As always, remember that we are here for you.  Our offices are open and we continue to prepare for your arrival on Caney Creek.  

May God bless you and your loved ones! 

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

May 2020

May 29, 2020, at 10:00 AM

Good Morning!  I hope that your week has been blessed.  Here on Caney Creek, we have had a busy and productive week.  As things progress toward the fall semester, our goal is to keep you updated on all that is being done to ensure your health and safety.

The Back to School Task Force met this week.  A plan is being formulated, based on advice from medical professionals, which will enable us to safely return to full operations in the fall.  This team is working to do all they can to provide a seamless transition into college for our incoming freshman, and a welcome home for our current students.

Projects on campus continue to move along this summer.  Herman Hall is up to three stories now and is progressing quickly.  The parking lot for the campus center is being blacktopped this week and is looking beautiful.  A bit of additional work is being done on the inside of the campus center.  Over $100,000 of renovations are taking place in the men’s dormitories this summer.  The dorms are being completely repainted inside, and all of the bathroom flooring is being replaced. I look forward to having everyone back on campus, and being able to utilize all of our facilities.

The Summer Work Program is now up and running.  There are approximately forty students working on campus.  While this is a very limited number of students in comparison to our typical Summer Work Program, they are accomplishing a lot.  Each building is being cleaned and sanitized daily by trained student work teams.  The grounds are looking wonderful thanks to the young men taking care of them.  I am very proud of our students and their effort.

As always, remember that we are here for you.  If you have any questions, or need assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

You and your families remain in my thoughts and prayers.  May God bless you.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

May 15, 2020, at 11:00 AM

The Back to School Task Force met again this week, as they will continue to do until we are able to return to campus in August.  As I mentioned last week, our primary goal is to create a coronavirus-safe campus.  We do have an advantage in this endeavor with our small class sizes and the ability to promote social distancing.

While we are beginning to transition into preparations for the fall semester, please know that the class of 2020 has not been forgotten.  Our deans continue to plan for a commencement ceremony to celebrate our graduates.  I will update you as information becomes available.

Thank you to all of our students for your good response to pre-registration, dorm sign-ups, and dorm check-outs.  It is my understanding that all but a few have completed these processes.  If you still have not completed pre-registration, please contact Dean Crum.  If you have not signed up for a dorm, or have not been able to check-out of your dorm, please contact Dean Cornett or Brandon Arnold.

As you know, through this process, I have been communicating weekly.  At this point, as we move into the summer, you will receive information periodically, as needed.  Remember, beginning Monday, May 18th, offices on campus will resume regular working schedules (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.). 

I look forward to all of us being back together soon! As Miss Irma always says, “God is in control.” 

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

May 8, 2020, at 11:30 AM

Last week marked the end of another semester here on Caney Creek.  I want to personally congratulate all of you for finishing strongly.  To our seniors, I want to remind you, once again, that we are extremely proud of your accomplishments and you will always be a part of Alice Lloyd College.  While this semester was drastically different than what any of us expected, together you rose to the challenge.

As I mentioned last Friday, a Back to School Task Force has been established to begin preparations for the fall semester.  The team met again on Wednesday, and will continue to meet weekly until faculty and students return.  The goal of the team is to make your return to campus as safe as possible.  We know that there will likely not be a vaccine by August, meaning that few places in the world will be coronavirus-free.  However, ALC will be coronavirus-safe.  I will update you as things move along.   

I am pleased to announce that returning students have already registered for fall classes at an even greater percentage than last year.  We cannot wait to see you back on campus, as we also welcome our new first-year and transfer students.

For those students who have not yet pre-registered, Dean Crum will be reaching out to you within the next few weeks to get this completed.  Additionally, those of you who have not signed up for a dorm room will be hearing from Dean Cornett and Brandon Arnold.

Beginning Monday, May 18th, offices at ALC will resume regular working hours from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  The College will continue to practice social distancing, sanitizing according to CDC guidelines, and require daily temperature and health checks of all employees and students on campus to ensure the safety of our community.

As I remind my cabinet each week, let us dwell on 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

May 1, 2020, at 2:30 PM

I want to commend our 2020 graduates for your hard work and resilience during your time at ALC.  We are very proud of you!  Always remember that even though your literal walk along the Purpose Road has come to a conclusion, Alice Lloyd College will always be a part of you and you will always be a part of Alice Lloyd College.

Next week, you will receive your diplomas and work-study certificates in the mail.  For those of you who were not able to return to campus to pick up caps and gowns, you will receive those in the mail also.  Also, by way of update, the deans continue to discuss options for a future commencement ceremony.

Earlier this week, we established a Back to School Task Force on campus.  This team has been assembled to prepare for the fall semester.  We are excited about the prospects of resuming class on Caney Creek, and are working with healthcare and government officials as we plan for your arrival.  We will keep you updated as our preparations develop.  

Regarding room and board adjustments, students please check your EagleNet portal to review your account.  As of today, all adjustments are posted.  If you have any questions, contact the Financial Aid Office at 606-368-6058 or financialaid@alc.edu.

For those of you who remain on campus, the Hunger Din will continue meal service through the end of May.  Meals will be on a carry-out basis with social distancing protocols in place.  Check your campus email for a meal schedule.

At this time, we are not ready to announce the hiring of additional student summer workers.  We hope that in a few weeks, as restrictions are lifted, we will be able to return summer workers to campus. 

As always, you and your loved ones remain in my thoughts and prayers. 

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

 

April 2020

April 24, 2020, at 7:00 PM

It has been another busy, yet quiet, week here on campus.  As we near the end of the semester, there is always a certain aura on campus – an energy of excitement and of accomplishment.  While things are certainly different this year, I want to encourage each of you, especially our students, to finish the semester strongly.  We are proud of your perseverance through these unusual times.  

Earlier this week, I reminded my cabinet that we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13) and I want to take this moment to remind you of the same thing.  And, although we may not be together physically at this time, I remain in constant prayer for each of you and your families.

On Monday, we will be announcing Honors Awards winners.  Please be on the lookout for this press release from our Office of Marketing and Communications.  Winners will receive their awards in the mail, along with specific instructions should the award be accompanied with a monetary prize.

Please check your campus email for instructions from Dean Cornett and Brandon Arnold regarding the dorm check-out procedure for the end of this semester.  During dorm check-outs, seniors will be able to pick up their caps and gowns in the lobby of the Campbell Arts Center.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Office of Student Services at 606-368-6120. 

Next week, we will be able to offer more information on work-study awards, room and board adjustments, and diplomas for our graduating seniors. 

May God bless you and your loved ones.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

April 17, 2020, at 12:00 PM

As many of you are already aware, on Sunday, April 12, Alice Lloyd College was struck with a windstorm which I know affected many of you as well.  Thanks be to God, no one on campus was injured.  We were very blessed, in that it could have been much worse.  The campus suffered some damage and many downed trees.  Additionally, the electricity was off throughout campus for several days and has still yet to be restored to certain portions of campus.

While the majority of campus employees could not work during this time, I want to express my sincerest gratitude to those folks who came in to get things back up and running, and those who came in and set up shop in the Perry Campus Center to ensure the mission of the school could continue.  I am thankful to have you all on my team and your hard work is greatly appreciated.

This week, as we continue to regain a sense of normalcy, I encourage you to dwell on Paul’s writing to the church at Philippi.  In Philippians 4:6-7, he writes, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I continue to meet with line officers and others across campus to keep things moving here on Caney Creek.  Please be on the lookout for updates regarding Work Study Awards, as well as Honors Day Awards by the end of next week.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

April 10, 2020, at 12:00 PM

It has been a busy week here on campus. While classes continue remotely, we are operating with essential staff on campus, and observing proper social distancing as recommended by CDC guidelines. This weekend, for the first time in my 37 years on campus, Hunger Din will be open on Easter weekend, serving meals on a take-out basis for those staff, faculty and students who remain on campus.

For nearly 100 years, Alice Lloyd College has been blessed to provide a quality, character-based education to students of the Appalachian region. During this time, the College has overcome many historical challenges through the blessings of God and the support of our wonderful friends. We know that God will continue to be with us and will help us to persevere through this COVID-19 pandemic. I want to personally thank our dedicated faculty and staff, our hardworking students and our generous friends as we strive to continue to be a light unto the mountains for the next 100 years.

During these times of uncertainty, I would encourage you to reflect on what the Proverbs writer says in chapter 3, verses 5 and 6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Next week, you will receive additional updates as things continue to move along here on Caney Creek. And, remember, as Miss Irma always says, God is in control.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

April 2, 2020, at 2:30 PM

As this situation continues to evolve, I hope that you and your family are doing well. Remember, God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).  I want to take a moment to update you on how things are moving here on Caney Creek. 

A team of officials at ALC, in conjunction with local healthcare officials, is actively monitoring and responding to the threat of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The health and safety of our students and employees is our number one goal. As a result, the decision has been made to continue with remote education through the end of the semester.

The College has also made the difficult decision to not hold May Commencement activities. Dean Crum is looking at other options for celebrating the accomplishments of our graduates and he will be in contact with you. I understand how disappointing this news will be for you and want you to know that we did not make this decision lightly.

In the coming weeks, I will be working closely with line officers and others across campus.  Please monitor your inbox for emails from the academic dean (Lafie Crum) and student services (Scott Cornett or Brandon Arnold) for information regarding final grades, dorm check-out and retrieving belongings, and dorm sign-up for the fall semester.

You can find updated information and a list of frequently asked questions at www.alc.edu/covid19.  We are continuing to monitor this pandemic, meet with local healthcare officials and follow CDC guidelines in order to make the most informed decisions possible for our institution.

I remain in prayer for our campus community, our state, and our nation.  May God bless you.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

March 2020

March 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Good afternoon from Caney Creek.  It is quieter here today as we begin our transition to remote education.  While we miss the buzz of students on campus, the safety of our Alice Lloyd College and June Buchanan School family is our number one priority.

This morning, I met with division heads and line officers for updates.  I have also met with our admissions staff to ensure that we continue recruiting for the fall semester.

Please remember that pre-registration begins today and continues through Friday.  This can be done on the EagleNet portal.  It is imperative that all students complete this process for the fall semester.  If you cannot access the portal, or are having difficulties, contact Lafie Crum (claudecrum@alc.edu) or Dana Dotson (danadotson@alc.edu).  Additionally, dorm-signups begin today.  You may contact Student Services for more information.  

You can find updated information and a list of frequently asked questions at www.alc.edu/covid19.  We are continuing to monitor this pandemic, meet with local healthcare officials and follow CDC guidelines in order to make the most informed decisions possible for our institution.

I remain in prayer for our campus community, our state, and our nation.  May God bless you.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

 

March 20, 2020, at 3:00 PM

March 19, 2020, at 9:30 AM

Over the last several days, I have met extensively with administration, staff, and local healthcare officials.  At this time, the College has decided to postpone students’ return to campus until further notice, depending on guidance from the CDC in regard to how the COVID-19 situation progresses.

Effective Monday, March 23, Alice Lloyd College will transition to remote education and will continue until a determination is made that students can return to campus.  A final decision regarding instruction for the remainder of the semester will be made by April 5th.  Students will be receiving an email from the Academic Dean within the hour which will provide clarification regarding this transition.

We understand students may have many questions about academic continuity, convocation requirements, work hours, etc.  A fact sheet with answers to common questions has been developed and is posted at www.alc.edu/COVID19.

We believe the steps that we are taking are in the best interest of our students, faculty, and staff.  Thank you for your understanding as we seek to care for our campus family. We will communicate updates regularly.  In the meantime, stay healthy, study hard and may God bless you.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

March 16, 2020, at 4:30 PM

I have met with administration and faculty to discuss our course of action for the rest of the semester.  Our major objective is to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.  

We are scheduling meetings for the next two days and will continue to monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local healthcare officials.   

I will release a statement by Thursday, March 19, regarding our plan moving forward.  

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

March 12, 2020, at 6:30 PM

This is a rapidly changing public health situation. Over the next few days, we will continue to communicate directly with students, faculty, and staff. After extensive conversations with campus leadership and local healthcare officials, we have taken the following initial actions:aaa

  •  Spring break is extended through March 20, 2020 for ALC and JBS students.
  • Alice Lloyd College and June Buchanan School staff and faculty should report for their regular hours the week of March 16-20.
  • Residential students are asked to return to their permanent residences, if at all possible, through March 21. Exceptions to this policy may be requested from the Dean of Students for students who cannot easily return home.
  • Non-essential school-related travel is suspended, effective immediately.

The administration is monitoring the situation very closely. Our first priority is the wellness of our faculty, staff and students. The College is taking appropriate precautions and monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from local health authorities. The College is committed to making decisions based on the latest information available.

I would encourage you to take precautions and use good health and hygiene practices, as recommended by the CDC here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html.

I appreciate your hard work and understanding as we navigate these decisions.

Joe A. Stepp
Alice Lloyd College President

Public updates on ALC’s response will be posted on this webpage. For more information on the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control website.