April 2020
Dear Parents,

If there was ever a time to ask the question, “how are you doing?" it is now. I mean seriously, how are you doing?

Our lives have been turned upside down this past month. It’s likely that you have your student under your roof again. I keep coming back to the realization that in this life, we do not have control. While many people around us are fearful, we as a Christ-followers are called into action for such a time as this.  

Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Paul is in prison when he writes this and reminds us that we are to be thankful, and not anxious. You might feel like your confinement these past days feels somewhat like a prison, but despite our current circumstances, we have hope. 

What the world needs most right now is that message of hope and this is our time to point others to the source of that hope. We need not fear, although uncertainty may be at an all-time high. While UNW students are now in a virtual learning environment, they are continuing to develop into leaders who will take this message of hope into their homes, churches, workplaces, and the world for such a time as this. 
 
Finally, please know that our leadership is prayerfully doing all they can to care for our students, faculty, and staff. Please pray for UNW students as they face new challenges and uncertainty looking towards the future. The financial needs are great, but we serve a big God. I am including a video from Dr. Cureton that I hope will offer you encouragement. 

God bless you and let your student know that we miss seeing them on campus,

Scott Anderson ‘84
PARENT BLOG
In this unprecedented time in the history of the world God created, remember that He is still in charge. We can rest, knowing that He cares more about us, our families, and the Christian community that is the University of Northwestern, than we could fathom. We can honor Him by refusing to react out of fear. Rather, we can peacefully pursue our part while we trust Him to do His. 
TOP 10 REASONS WE ARE ALREADY GOOD AT THIS…

  • Northwestern has been delivering online education since 1994. That’s more than a quarter of a century of experience in virtual learning communities.

  • Courses that were already online just kept going as scheduled. We didn’t skip a beat.

  • Pre-pandemic, every campus-based course already had a Moodle course shell in place and a host of training materials ready for instructors to transition to virtual learning quickly.

  • Relationships are in UNW’s DNA so The Academic Continuity Team is providing extra training in community-building online. 

  • An Emergency Response Team has been routinely meeting and training for such a time as this. When COVID-19 hit, the team was ready to move into action.

  • Our Office of Campus Ministries is delivering spiritual encouragement to our student, faculty, and staff community online.

  • TheROCK’s new, mobile friendly format went live just ahead of our transition. God knows what we need!

  • Students can absolutely stay on track and on-time for their academic goals. Even registration for summer and fall are staying on schedule.  

  • The mission hasn’t changed. You have a faculty and staff team fully committed to delivering a quality, Christ-centered education.

  • You are being prayed for by a team of faculty and staff who are fully committed to Jesus Christ.  
PARENT INFORMATION
Did you know that students with at least one parent who is a Northwestern alum are eligible for our Legacy Discount ($1,500)? Your student may qualify for even more discounts and grants! Check out our page to learn more about payment strategies, and encourage your student to apply at unwsp.edu/apply ! Continue your family’s Northwestern legacy!
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, UNW has moved all operations online for the remainder of the spring semester. Career Development has been putting together a variety of virtual resources for students:

  • Several online resources (Careers by major, resumes, mock interviews, and networking tips, next steps for graduate school, job board, virtual events, and more.)
  • Weekly webinars (Resume/Cover Letter Basics, Job Search Basics, LinkedIn Profile & Networking: The Essentials, etc.)
  • One-on-one career coaching by phone or through Zoom video (Personal discovery and self-assessments, choosing a major/career path, graduate school assistance, job search strategies, resume reviews, interview preparation, and more.)

Please encourage your students to review their email and incorporate our weekly webinars into their schedules. This is also a great time for them to research various career paths and network with family members. Whether your student is in their first or last year of college, it’s always the right time to connect with our office. Our career coaches have a strong desire to come alongside students, help them explore their God-given design, and share various resources to help them succeed in accomplishing their goals. 

Your students can also review the new FAQ and find additional information about our services as well as other academic services on the home page of theROCK. If they have additional questions, they can email us below.
Fill your Easter baskets and support Northwestern at the same time! The Campus Store is having an Easter Sale online, everything from UNW items to Christian gifts, and more! Save 20% on your entire purchase (see website for exclusions and details) or save 30% on purchases over $50. Pick up for free with curbside delivery or have it shipped to your home.
Although COVID-19 prevents us from being able to meet with families face-to-face, the Financial Aid Office is available to help answer any questions related to financial aid. Please email at us below and someone will be in touch with you. We can answer questions by phone, email and video conference. Also, now is great time to complete your 20/21 FAFSA at fafsa.gov . We hope to start awarding our continuing/returning students within the next month.
Academic Achievement will continue to equip all UNW students for academic success by transitioning to offering our quality resources in an online format at this time. This includes Disability Services appointments and accommodations, the Writing Center (ALPHA) for writing tutoring, Academic Coaching appointments and Subject Tutoring. Students can access further information regarding these resources and how to connect with us on theROCK>Student Home>COVID-19 portal>Internal FAQs.
SPRING COMMENCEMENT
University of Northwestern spring commencement will take place on May 16 in the Knight Performance Hall. If there are changes due to COVID-19 you will be contacted from UNW.
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES
Registration has begun for summer sports camps! Northwestern is a great place for students to learn quality skills and character. This year we have 16 sports to choose from. Reserve your spot today!
Blending high quality instruction from experienced faculty with the fun of shared music making, all in the Christian environment of the University of Northwestern, we have camps for all ages and ability levels that will spark your music loving enthusiasm.
July 24-25 | St. Paul, MN

Northwestern Christian Writers Conference is your opportunity to learn from successful authors, acquisitions editors, and literary agents. Gather with writers from around the country for a time of encouragement, equipping, and inspiration. Learn from and ask questions of other industry experts during the breakout sessions, 1:1 appointments, and in the Pro Advice Room. It could be the catalyst for your publishing breakthrough!
RESCHEDULED FOR FALL
Monday, September 21
RESCHEDULED

University of Northwestern – St. Paul is responding to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the 2020 Five16 Film Festival has been rescheduled to Monday, September 21.
Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure
RESCHEDULED

University of Northwestern – St. Paul and UNW Theatre are taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our guests, students, faculty, and staff. For that reason, we are postponing UNW Theatre’s production of Peter Pan: A Musical Adventure until October 29-November 14, 2020. Please consider whether you prefer exchanging your tickets for the Fall dates, receiving a refund for your tickets, or donating your tickets as a gift to the theatre program.

Thank you for your continued patronage of our UNW Theatre productions. Please contact the UNW Ticket Office directly if you have any questions (651-631-5151 or ticketoffice@unwsp.edu).
MORE NEWS
Do you have a master's degree? Have you every considered becoming an adjunct instructor? The Office of Dual Enrollment is seeking qualified candidates to teach online courses. If you are interested, complete the application process and submit your transcripts, indicating at least 18 master's level credits in your field of expertise. We are looking to increase our pool of instructors and we would be delighted to hear from you.
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