Warhawk Weekly 1-5: Spring calendar updates; COVID testing requirements

University modifies spring semester calendar

With the COVID-19 pandemic remaining a public health concern for Montgomery County and the State of Alabama, Auburn University at Montgomery has made modifications to its Spring 2021 semester operational plan.

In addition to delaying the start of Spring 2021 classes until Wednesday, Jan. 20, the university has eliminated the traditional spring break. The modified calendar will allow for the completion of final exams by May 5.

In addition to new COVID-19 testing requirements for new and returning resident students before the start of the semester (see related item below), AUM will continue the random Sentinel Testing program and provide weekly updates on caseloads within the campus community through its online COVID-19 Dashboard.

Employees and students are also encouraged to monitor their personal health and utilize the AUM Healthcheck tool daily.

You can also help “Protect Your Nest” by:

  • Covering your beak. Properly wearing a face mask (securely covering your nose and mouth) when in public settings.
  • Watching your wingspan. Allowing 6-foot buffer zones for social distancing.
  • Washing your hands.Wash your hands frequently, using soap and hot water.
  • Getting a flu shot.Public health officials recommend this precaution given the overlap with flu season.
  • Avoiding large gatherings. The more people who congregate together in the same space, the higher the odds are of being around someone who can transmit the virus.

COVID-19 testing requirements for new, returning resident students

Auburn University at Montgomery will continue to prioritize the safety of students, faculty, and staff through a variety of COVID-19 testing mechanisms aimed at minimizing community spread of the virus.

In addition to the random Sentinel Testing Program introduced during the Fall 2020 semester that provides weekly testing for AUM students and employees, the university will require testing for campus housing residents before their arrival for the Spring 2021 semester.

Testing approaches include:

Campus Housing Residents

All students living on campus at the beginning of the Spring 2021 semester will be required to undergo COVID-19 testing before classes begin on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Campus housing residents who test positive will be required to temporarily relocate to an on-campus quarantine facility until cleared to return to their residence hall by Warhawk Health Services.

Auburn University at Montgomery may immediately terminate its housing agreements with on-campus residential students who do not comply with these requirements.

Access to rooms will be limited on January 13, prompting students to proceed to Warhawk Health Services for testing if they have not already obtained test results.

Requirements for campus resident students include:

  • New students arriving at Auburn University at Montgomery to live on campus during the Spring 2021 semester will be required to receive a COVID-19 test before arriving at AUM as a condition of residence. Tests must have been obtained between January 4-15, 2021, to be accepted. Test results will be compiled by Warhawk Health Services and shared with Housing & Residence Life and the Dean of Students.
  • Returning residents planning to live in the residence halls during the Spring 2021 semester are required to receive a COVID-19 test through Warhawk Health Services between January 4-15. Warhawk Health Services will offer several testing days, in partnership with the School of Nursing, at Moore Hall. Returning students will be notified before their return to campus of available rapid test appointment times. Test results will be shared with the Dean of Students and AUM Housing & Residence Life.
  • Residents who remained on campus during the holiday break will be required to receive a COVID-19 test from Warhawk Health Services or to share test results obtained from an off-campus healthcare provider between January 4-15, 2021, with Warhawk Health Services.Test results will be compiled by Warhawk Health Services and shared with Housing & Residence Life and the Dean of Students.
  • International students arriving after January 4, 2021, who plan to reside on campus will be contacted by the Office of Global Initiatives. These students will be required to be tested within 48 to 72 hours of arrival in the United States or, if they arrive during a weekend, tested on Monday by Warhawk Health Services. Students will be reminded to limit their activities, wear a mask, and observe social distancing between their first and second tests. Students will be retested by Warhawk Health Services five days from the date of the first test in the United States. Test results will be compiled by Warhawk Health Services and shared with Housing & Residence Life and the Dean of Students.
  • International students arriving between December 18, 2020, and January 4, 2021 will receive information from AUM’s Office of Global Initiatives on testing requirements. Students will need to be tested by Warhawk Health Services within 48 to 72 hours of their arrival. AUM staff who greet international students upon arrival to campus will coordinate test scheduling with Warhawk Health Services. These students will need to be tested again five days after their first test in the United States. Test results will be compiled by Warhawk Health Services and shared with AUM Housing & Residence Life and the Dean of Students.
  • Student Athletes participating in intercollegiate sports must adhere to NCAA-mandated test requirements. The NCAA requires 100 percent roster testing for high-contact/risk sports – basketball and volleyball – and 25 percent roster testing for other intercollegiate sports. Student-athletes will be tested each week, based on NCAA guidelines. Testing will consist of either one PCR nasal swab test or three rapid tests. Warhawk Health Services will secure PCR tests at no cost to the student-athletes. AUM Athletics will either administer or work with Warhawk Health Services to schedule testing appointments during the Spring 2021 semester.

Enroll in Sentinel Testing program

Auburn University at Montgomery will continue to offer the random Sentinel Testing Program for students and employees during the Spring 2021 semester.

Students and employees can create an account through the Verily platform in order to be entered into the random testing pool. This testing program aims to prevent community spread of COVID-19 by identifying asymptomatic carriers of the virus.

Testing, unless otherwise noted, will be conducted on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning January 13, at the AUM Library Tower.

An update on COVID-19 employee leave

AUM has modified its Emergency COVID-19 Administrative Leave for employees, extending it through the end of May 2021.

Eligible employees will have a maximum of four weeks (20 working days) of ECAL available through the end of May that can be used for all six qualifying reasons listed under the current Families First Coronavirus Response Act (ECAL is currently unlimited and only applicable for reasons 1-4 and 6.).

ECAL will now be available for eligible employees to use when childcare or on-site learning is not available due to COVID-19 related issues. 

ECAL will not be applicable in instances where childcare or on-site learning is available but the parent chooses not to participate.

Although all eligible employees would have four weeks of ECAL available to use if necessary, unused ECAL will not carry over into the summer.

If the government extends or replaces FFCRA leave, the university reserves the right to terminate ECAL at any time.

Beat the lines with online shopping

Beat the lines. Get your books and other supplies for the Spring 2021 semester without worrying about standing in line.

The AUM Bookstore has simplified your shopping process. Place your orders online at: aumbookstore.com.

AUM Athletics a finalist for NCAA Division II award

Auburn University at Montgomery Athletics is one of 28 finalists for the 2021 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, which recognizes departments for student-athlete leadership and community engagement efforts.

NCAA Division II honors its members each year for conducting events that promote student-athletes giving back and serving as leaders within their communities or on their campuses.  A committee of athletics administrators determined this year’s finalists, and the national Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee selects the winner, who will be announced at the Division II business session January 15 at the virtual 2021 NCAA Convention.

Each finalist will receive $500. The winner will receive an additional $2,500, while the runner-up will receive $1,250 and third place will receive $1,000. All prize money is intended for future SAAC initiatives or community engagement events.

Learn more: https://aumathletics.com/news/2021/1/5/general-aum-athletics-named-finalist-for-2021-ncaa-division-ii-award-of-excellence.aspx

AUM Wellness offering virtual and live group fit classes

If any of your New Year’s resolutions are fitness-related, the AUM Wellness Center has you covered with a variety of group fitness class offerings in January.

Classes held January 4-15 will be held virtually through Zoom. In-person classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19. “Live” classes are only available for students.

Masks and social distancing will be observed in all in-person classes. Register for in-person classes through the IM Leagues website. Space is limited.

The full schedule of January classes is below. Classes that will only be offered in-person beginning on January 19 are denoted with an asterisk:

Monday

10 a.m. – Low Down Take Down with Erin
12:35 p.m. – Midday Yoga with Lisa
5:30 p.m. – Dynamic Yoga with Velvet*
5:45 p.m. – Aqua Zumba with Leigh Anne*
6:30 p.m. – Kettleballs AMPD & Grind with Angel*

 

Tuesday

10 a.m. – Bike, Box, Strength Training with Leigh Anne*
11 a.m. – Stretch, Strength & Stability with Mel
3 p.m. – Zumba Toning & Zumba with Monette
5:30 p.m. – Queenax Bootcamp with Rachel*
5:45 p.m. – Belly Dance Fitness & Pilates with Velvet*
6:30 p.m. – Jungle Body Konga with Angel*

 

Wednesday

10 a.m. – Arms & Abs with Brenda
11 a.m. – Yoga with Rebecca
12:30 p.m. – Body Barre with Angel
5:45 p.m. – Pilates with Sonya*
6:05 p.m. – Zumba with Leigh Anne*

 

Thursday

10 a.m. – Bike, Box, Strength Training with Leigh Anne*
11 a.m. – Stretch, Strength & Stability with Mel
3 p.m. – Zumba with Monette
4 p.m. – Active Yoga with Angel*
5:30 p.m. – Meta Fit with Teresa*
5:45 p.m. – Aqua Fitness with Susan*

 

Friday

11 a.m. – Jungle Body & Kettleballs AMPD with Angel
12:30 p.m. – Pilates with Angel

Pick up your campus parking permit

AUM parking decals can be picked up at the Campus Police office Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students and employees who do not already have a parking permit can register online or receive assistance at the Campus Police office.

Register your vehicle and reserve your permit: https://www.aum.edu/how-to-register-your-vehicle/

Get ready for the Career Workshop Series

The Career Development Center will offer a Career Workshop Series during the Spring 2021 semester that will cover a variety of topics, including expectations for student employees, identifying workplace mentors, professionalism in a virtual workplace, effective cover letters, managing job search anxiety, and understanding work ethic.

The series will begin with the session “Expectations for Student Employees” on Wednesday, Feb. 10. More information on start times for each series event will be shared in the near future. Students can register for each event through the Handshake app.

The full calendar includes:

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Expectations for Student Employees

What does it mean to be a student employee at AUM?  This workshop will examine some of the expectations the university has for its student employee workforce, and share best practices for how students can use this experience to prepare for their future careers.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
Finding a Workplace Mentor

Mentorships can be a great resource for navigating the workplace and growing professionally.  This workshop will discuss ways to discover and build relationships with workplace mentors. 

Wednesday, March 3
Work Ethic: What Does it Mean?

Strong work ethic is something that is mentioned a lot, but can sometimes be a confusing subject.  This workshop will define work ethic, provide basic principles for ethical behavior in the workplace and some best practices for demonstrating your work ethic.

Wednesday, March 17
Professionalism in the Virtual Workplace

Remote working has changed the dynamic of the workplace, allowing some flexibility surrounding traditional office etiquette, while introducing new issues.  Understand the concepts central to virtual workplace professionalism and how to avoid missteps. 

Wednesday, April 14
Cover Letters Made Simple

Sometimes a great cover letter can make all the difference in your job search.  This workshop will discuss simple ways to connect your value to employers in a way that enhances your knowledge and skills. 

Wednesday, April 28
Coping with Job Search Anxiety

Even for confident people, searching for a job can be a stressful process.  This workshop will provide strategies for coping with the stress of the job search and overcoming personal obstacles along the way.