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Pandemic information, guidelines and statistics continue to evolve.

Likely, we'll need to evolve with them. Look for weekly updates each Wednesday to keep you informed of the latest AACC decisions and resources.

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Sept. 23, 2020 - Library Pickup, Periodicals and Tech Gear (Students)

Dear Students:

It is hard to believe that October is upon us. We continue to make great progress on our recovery plans and have made additional adjustments on much-needed services that I want to share with you.

Library Sidewalk Pickup

Truxal Library will begin "Sidewalk Pickup" of books starting Monday, Sept. 28. You may request library books by placing "holds" on them in the library catalog. Library staff will notify you when the books are ready and will provide instructions for scheduling a pickup appointment. Thirty-minute windows to pick up your library materials will be offered:

  • 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays
  • 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Thursdays

The pickup location is the first floor entrance to the library, across the sidewalk from the Pascal Center for Performing Arts. 

A library card or AACC ID card is required to place holds in the catalog. If you need to apply for a library card or register your college ID number with the library, use their form. Email Truxal's circulation desk at circdesk@aacc.edu if you have questions. 

Library Periodicals

The library will also provide print or digital copies of articles in periodicals that are not available through library databases. Use the form typically reserved for borrowing materials from other libraries, and indicate your preference for a print or digital format. Digital files will be emailed to your AACC email address. Print versions can be retrieved through the library's Sidewalk Pickup service. Chapters or articles in reference books can be requested using the same form. Copyright law and fair use guidelines apply to this service.

Technology Equipment for Students

Truxal Library continues to lend technology equipment to students. Laptops, hotspots and webcams are available. For these services, contact Truxal's circulation desk at circdesk@aacc.edu, using your MyAACC email address, to request devices. All items will be shipped via UPS to your home, with a prepaid address label for returning devices to the college. 

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Sept. 23, 2020 - Library, Technology Equipment and Strategic Plan (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

It is hard to believe that October is upon us. We continue to make great progress on our recovery plans and have made additional adjustments on much-needed services that I want to share with you.

Library Sidewalk Pick-up

Truxal Library will begin "Sidewalk Pickup" of books starting Monday, Sept. 28. Students and college employees may request library books by placing "holds" on them in the library catalog. Library staff will notify the borrower when the books are ready and will provide instructions for scheduling a pickup appointment. Thirty-minute windows to pick up your library materials will be offered:

  • 1-4 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays
  • 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays and Thursdays

The pickup location is the first floor entrance to the library, across the sidewalk from the Pascal Center for Performing Arts. 

A library card or AACC ID card is required to place holds in the catalog. If you need to apply for a library card or register your college ID number with the library, use their form. Email Truxal's circulation desk at circdesk@aacc.edu if you have questions. 

Library Periodicals

The library will also provide print or digital copies of articles in periodicals that are not available through library databases. Use the form typically reserved for borrowing materials from other libraries, and indicate your preference for a print or digital format. Digital files will be emailed to the patron's college email address. Print versions can be retrieved through the library's Sidewalk Pickup service. Chapters or articles in reference books can also be requested using the same form. Copyright law and fair use guidelines apply to this service.

Technology Equipment for Students

Truxal Library continues to lend technology equipment to students. Laptops, hotspots and webcams are available. Students should contact Truxal's circulation desk at circdesk@aacc.edu, using their MyAACC email address, to request devices. All items are shipped via UPS to the student's home, with a prepaid address label for returning devices to the college. 

The college has some technology equipment available to faculty and staff. Contact the Technical Call Center at helpdesk@aacc.edu for more details about what is available and how to make a request. 

Save the date

Fall convocation kicked off the term and allowed us to come together as a college community early in the academic year. While we touched on the new strategic plan at that time, I would like to hold a similar kickoff of the 2020-2024 strategic plan next Thurs., Oct. 1 at 3:45 p.m. This will be a brief but live overview of the plan and an update on initiatives already underway. We have selected this time in hopes that most faculty and staff will be able to join us. The presentation will be recorded as well, and both the live event and recording will be available through YouTube. More details on access to the event will be sent next week.

As always, thank you for all that you do for our students and our college community.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Sept. 16, 2020 - Clubs and Activities, Recovery, Teach-in (Students)

Dear Students:

This week kicks off our 13-week classes! Welcome to new students beginning this term and thanks to all of the returning students for continuing your journey will us. As you know, we will have one more opportunity for you to register for fall classes – our second eight-week session – beginning next month. As we progress forward with this term, I thought you might want to know about other resources and activities available to you.

Student Clubs and Activities

In this time of virtual learning, you may be wondering if you can still participate in college clubs and organizations. Many of our student clubs and organizations are still active remotely and are a great way for you to get involved, gain leadership skills and make new friends. This week the Student Government Association has been hosting a Virtual Club Fair to help you find a club that you might like to join. The fair will continue to highlight student organizations, including the E-Club, Campus Activities Board, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and others, for the remainder of the week.

You can find details about this event and other upcoming virtual events at The Nest. In addition, the Office of Student Engagement is a good contact: studentengagement@aacc.edu or Facebook or Instagram. Remember, too, that our college community can stay connected digitally through the Riverhawks at Home community at www.riverhawksathome.com or on social media using #riverhawksathome.

Stages of Recovery

The county held a town hall yesterday to field questions and clarify plans for further reopening and recovery. I want to remind you that AACC has developed a phased-in approach to recovery.

We are currently at Stage 2 of our recovery program and working toward Stage 3 for spring 2021. That means in addition to the face-to-faces classes running in stages 1 and 2, we will schedule up to a maximum of 50% face-to-face classes for composition, reading, math and other select courses. Our longer-term goal is to move to Stage 4 by the second eight-week session in the spring. 

I recognize that because the situation is fluid, the details of the stages can be confusing. Again, state and county decisions help inform the action steps that AACC takes, but our recovery plan will continue to place the safety of our students and workforce first. The important thing to remember is that we will launch or retract these stages based on the health and safety of the college community. For the latest information, visit our recovery webpages.

Teach-in

Lastly I want to share that last week’s “teach-in” on equity and inclusion drew nearly 200 registrants in 20 presentations, including some sessions offered at multiple times and on multiple days. Of the participants, 40% were staff, 27% full-time faculty, 10% adjunct faculty and 22% students. The program was filled with helpful information, thoughtful reflection and meaningful insights. Look for more such opportunities in the future.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and one another. Thank you for continuing your educational journey with AACC. Despite these challenging times, we are here to help you succeed and achieve your educational goals.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Sept. 16, 2020 - Enrollment, Recovery, Teach-in (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

This week kicks off our 13-week classes, so thank you to everyone for making this happen! As you know, we will have one more opportunity for students to register – our second eight-week session, which begins next month. As we move forward with the term, I thought you might want an update on our enrollment.

Enrollment Update

Year to date, we continue to hold steady at around 1% below where we were at this time last year. As I have mentioned before, this is due to an outstanding summer that saw a significant increase in enrollment. With the start of the 13-week session, our fall enrollment has remained at minus 6% compared to last fall. So the increase in summer enrollment has helped to minimize the fall decrease for a year-to-date overall decline of around 1%.

According to reports as of the first day of fall classes, the state average for community colleges is minus 9%. Unfortunately, a number of colleges are experiencing double-digit declines both in the state and nationwide. While we are pleased with our overall enrollment for the year, we must continue to work hard to encourage our students to stay on track for the balance of the year.

Stages of Recovery

The county held a town hall yesterday to field questions and clarify plans for further reopening and recovery. I want to remind you that AACC has developed a phased-in approach to recovery.

We are currently at Stage 2 of our recovery program and are working toward Stage 3 for spring 2021. That means in addition to the face-to-faces classes running in stages 1 and 2, we will schedule up to a maximum of 50% face-to-face classes for composition, reading, math and other select courses. Our longer-term goal is to move to Stage 4 by the second eight-week session in the spring. 

Because the situation is fluid, the details of the stages can be confusing. Again, state and county decisions help inform the action steps that AACC takes, but our recovery plan will continue to place the safety of our students and workforce first. The important thing to remember is that we will launch or retract these stages based on the health and safety of the college community. There will be future discussion of the stages at constituency meetings and potentially division meetings (such as the Division of Learning check-ins) to field questions and further clarify for faculty and staff. For the latest information, visit our recovery webpages.

Student Clubs and Activities

In this time of virtual learning, you may be wondering if students can still participate in college clubs and organizations. Many of our student clubs and organizations are still active remotely and are a great way for students to get involved, gain leadership skills and make new friends. This week the Student Government Association has been hosting a Virtual Club Fair to help students find a club they might like to join. The fair will continue to highlight student organizations for the remainder of the week. Students can find details about this event and other upcoming virtual events at The Nest. In addition, the Office of Student Engagement is good contact for interested students: studentengagement@aacc.edu or Facebook or Instagram. Thanks to all of the club advisors for helping students stay connected this year. Remember, too, that our college community can stay connected digitally through the Riverhawks at Home community at www.riverhawksathome.com or on social media using #riverhawksathome.

Teach-in

Lastly, I want to share that last week’s “teach-in” on equity and inclusion drew nearly 200 registrants in 20 presentations, including some sessions offered at multiple times and on multiple days. Of the participants, 40% were staff, 27% full-time faculty, 10% adjunct faculty and 22% students. Thank you to all of the facilitators for providing outstanding professional development filled with helpful information, thoughtful reflection and meaningful insights. Look for more professional development opportunities related to our strategic plan and initiatives in the future.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and one another. Thank you for everything you are doing to help our students achieve their educational goals.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Sept. 9, 2020 - Board of Trustees, New Faculty, Library Pickup (Students)

Dear Students:

I hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day weekend and had a great start to the fall term. Last night we resumed our regular monthly meetings of the board of trustees. The board of trustees provides policy and oversight to the college, and AACC is one of the few community colleges that selects a voting student member each year. I want to share a little about your new student trustee and the other new members.

Board of Trustees

New Trustees
Each year I am pleased to welcome a new student trustee to the board of trustees. Briana Barone brings a lot of energy and curiosity to the position. She is an aspiring teacher who is also earning additional credentials in marketing. She is excited to be the voice of our students this year and will be a great addition to the board. We have already filmed a welcome video together, kicking off our fall term.

We also welcomed our newest board member, Kathleen Johnson. Ms. Johnson provides a strong community perspective as a long-time business owner and community activist. Those experiences and outlook will no doubt serve the board and AACC well in our work with the business community, county chambers of commerce, and community agencies.

Lastly, we are joined by Brig. Gen. Irene Zoppi Rodriguez, Ph.D., U.S. Army Reserves. Gen. Rodriguez can help us from both an academic and a leadership perspective. As a career military officer, she brings a wealth of knowledge about an audience we serve well – active military, veterans and their families. Her perspective and insight will be invaluable.

Retiring Trustee
Last night we said goodbye to long-time trustee Walter Hall who served the college for 36 years. He was appointed to the board of trustees under AACC President Tom Florestano. Some of what you recognize as integral to AACC were encouraged or influenced by Mr. Hall such as the nursing program, paramedics and police program and the Florestano Building. Mr. Hall was also instrumental in many other areas, from securing funding for AACC’s athletic fields to establishing a presence for AACC at Arundel Mills. Much of Mr. Hall’s time with AACC reflects the success of the college, and we will miss the expertise and unwavering support he provided throughout his tenure.

New Faculty

In addition to welcoming new trustees, we also introduced and received approval for three new professors, all of whom were adjunct professors with AACC. Christopher Harmon is a new assistant professor, Medical Lab technician. Mr. Harmon holds a master’s degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. Tanisha Meade is a new assistant professor of nursing. Ms. Meade holds a master’s degree in nursing from Towson University. Jaime Van Allen is also a new assistant professor of nursing. Ms. Van Allen holds a master’s degree in Leadership/Education from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. Welcome to our newest professors!

Library Pickup

The college is working on a plan for pickup of library materials. While a number of resources can be accessed online, stay tuned for details on curbside pickup, similar to the recent textbook pickup from the AACC Bookstore.

As you know, our 13-week classes begin next week. If you need to adjust your class schedule, or if you didn’t find all the courses you were looking for, be sure to review the 13-week and upcoming second eight-week options for additional classes you might like to take. The fall term is truly underway!

Take care and be well.

Sept. 9, 2020 - Board of Trustees, New Faculty, Library Pickup and more (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

I hope everyone enjoyed the Labor Day weekend and had a great start to the fall term. Last night we resumed our regular monthly board of trustees meetings with a new chair. We welcomed new board members and said goodbye to outgoing board members as well. As our trustees provide policy and oversight to the college, I want to share a little about them.

Board of Trustees

Retiring Trustee
Last night we said goodbye to long-time trustee Walter Hall. A number of you have met or worked with Mr. Hall over the years as he served the college for 36 years. He was appointed to the board of trustees under AACC President Tom Florestano. Mr. Hall encouraged Dr. Florestano to expand the nursing program, paramedics and police program to meet growing demand, and worked closely with Del. Robert Neall to obtain funding for what would become the Florestano Building. Mr. Hall chaired the search committee to find the new president, Dr. Martha Smith, when Dr. Florestano retired. Mr. Hall was instrumental in many areas, from working with Sen. Jack Cade to develop the Cade funding formula for community colleges, to securing funding for AACC’s athletic fields, to establishing a presence for AACC at Arundel Mills. Much of Mr. Hall’s time with AACC reflects the success of the college, and we will miss the expertise and unwavering support he provided throughout his tenure

New Trustees
Each year I am pleased to welcome a new student trustee to the board of trustees. Briana Barone brings a lot of energy and curiosity to the position. She is an aspiring teacher who is also earning additional credentials in marketing. She is excited to be the voice of our students this year and will be a great addition. We have already filmed a welcome video together, kicking off our fall term.

We also welcomed our newest board member, Kathleen Johnson. Ms. Johnson provides a strong community perspective as a long-time business owner and community activist. Those experiences and outlook will no doubt serve the board and AACC well in our work with the business community, county chambers of commerce, and community agencies.

Lastly, we are joined by Brig. Gen. Irene Zoppi Rodriguez, Ph.D., U.S. Army Reserves. Gen. Rodriguez can help us from both an academic and a leadership perspective. As a career military officer, she brings a wealth of knowledge about an audience we serve well – active military, veterans and their families. Her perspective and insight will be invaluable.

New Faculty

In addition to welcoming new trustees, we also introduced and received approval for three new professors, all of whom were adjunct professors with AACC. Christopher Harmon is a new assistant professor, Medical Lab technician. Mr. Harmon holds a master’s degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University. Tanisha Meade is a new assistant professor of nursing. Ms. Meade holds a master’s degree in nursing from Towson University. Jaime Van Allen is also a new assistant professor of nursing. Ms. Van Allen holds a master’s degree in Leadership/Education from the University of Maryland, School of Nursing. Welcome to our newest professors!

Library Pickup 

Thank you to the team working on a plan for pickup of library materials. In addition to providing access to a number of resources online, the library will provide curbside pickup, similar to the recent textbook pickup from the AACC Bookstore. Stay tuned for details soon.

Convocation
Of course, this year’s fall convocation was a little different. Prior to convocation, we asked for your input on the topics of most interest to you. Now we would like your input on how we did. Please take a moment to help us assess how we approach convocation in the future by filling out this survey.

As you know, our 13-week classes begin next week. The term is truly underway. Thank you for everything you are doing for our students and community.

Take care and be well.

Sept. 2, 2020 - Health Forms, Recovery and Teach-In for Equity (Students)

Dear students:

Happy first week of the fall term! Thanks to all of our faculty and staff who have worked hard to get us underway, we are excited to make this an amazing semester for you!

As a reminder, although our fall term officially began this week, additional 13-week classes will be available starting Sept. 14, and an eight-week session begins Oct. 26. If you need to adjust your class schedule or did not find all the courses you were looking for, be sure to review the 13-week and second eight-week options for additional classes you might like to take this fall.

New Health forms

Another reminder I want to share is for anyone coming to campus. Once a term, students taking an in-person class will be required to submit a health pledge. Before arriving on campus or any AACC satellite location, download, print and sign the Student Attestation form, then provide it to your instructor.

Stages of Recovery

We are moving to Stage 3 of our recovery program for spring 2021! We have scheduled a maximum of 50% face-to-face classes for composition, reading, math and other select courses. Gov. Hogan’s announcement yesterday that the state will be moving to its own Stage 3 is encouraging and will help inform our decisions for AACC’s continued recovery. We are making plans for Stage 4 in the hope that it can commence for our second eight-week spring session. As we work to meet your educational needs, please know the safety of our students and workforce remains our first consideration. For information, visit our recovery webpages.

Teach-In for Equity

As we begin our fall 2020 term after a summer characterized by national unrest associated with racial upheaval and health concerns, we want to provide everyone with the resources to engage each other, our students, our faculty and staff, and the community at large. AACC will host a number of virtual programs to include lectures, presentations, readings, panel discussions and structured dialogues on the topics of race. These are meant to provide students, faculty and staff tools to address the concerns that are on our students’ and employees’ minds, while also advancing our institutional work toward greater equity. Our strategic plan promises to “eradicate systemic inequalities through high-quality educational practices.” Look for information soon about a special program for Sept. 8-9.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Sept. 2, 2020 - Health Forms, Recovery and Social Security (Employees)

Dear colleagues:

Happy first week of the fall term. I want to thank all of our faculty and staff for working so hard to get us underway and make this an amazing term for our students!

As a reminder, although our fall term officially has begun, additional 13-week classes will be available starting Sept. 14, and an eight-week session of classes begins Oct. 26. Please encourage your students to review the additional course offerings and determine if there may be additional classes they would like to take for fall.

New Health Forms

A reminder for anyone coming to campus. If you are teaching a class or are on-site this fall, you need to complete a new Employee Attestation form even if you filled out a form in summer. Completed forms should be sent to COVIDSafety@aacc.edu prior to returning to campus.

Stages of Recovery

We are moving to Stage 3 of our recovery program for spring 2021. We have scheduled a maximum of 50% face-to-face classes for composition, reading, math and other select courses. Gov. Hogan’s announcement yesterday that the state will be moving to its own Stage 3 is encouraging, and will help inform our decisions for AACC’s continued recovery. We are planning for Stage 4 to commence for our second eight-week spring session. As we work to meet the educational needs of our students, please know the safety of our workforce and our students remains our first consideration. For information visit our recovery webpages.

Teach-In for Equity

As we begin our fall 2020 term after a summer characterized by national unrest associated with racial upheaval and health concerns, we want to provide everyone with resources to engage each other and our students. AACC will be hosting a number of virtual programs to include lectures, presentations, readings, panel discussions and structured dialogues on the topics of race. These are meant to allow faculty, instructional staff, staff and supervisors with tools to address the concerns that are on our students’ and employees’ minds while also advancing our institutional work toward equity. Our strategic plan promises to "eradicate systemic inequalities through high-quality educational practices." Look for more information soon about a special program for Sept. 8 and 9.

Social Security Tax

You may have heard in the news about a new presidential executive order that allows some employees to defer Social Security taxes beginning Sept. 1. The federal government just issued guidance a few days ago and we are reviewing these guidelines to determine if and how best to implement. We will keep you apprised as we learn more about this.

Thanks for all you are doing to educate our students.

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Aug. 26, 2020 - Recovery Stages, Campus Processes and Bookstore (Students)

Dear students:

The fall term is upon us with some classes beginning this Saturday and most classes starting next week. In preparation, here are a few important updates:

Stages of Recovery

I want to remind you that AACC has developed a phased-in approach to recovery. Over the summer, we were in Stage 1, which meant that most of our classes were online. A few classes (in Health Sciences and our Police Academy) were on campus, and all support services were provided by email or phone. Campus buildings remained closed, except the Florestano and CALT buildings, where a few classes were being offered.

We are now entering Stage 2, which builds upon Stage 1 by offering a few more courses on campus, primarily in visual and performing arts. Most classes and all student services remain online, with the exception of the pick-up option at AACC Bookstore.

We are working hard on strategies that will allow us to move into Stage 3. This stage will bring a maximum of 50% of composition and reading, math, and other select courses classes in person or in a hybrid format that blends face-to-face with online. Ideally, we will achieve this stage by the spring.

The important thing to remember is that we will launch or retract these stages based on the health and safety of the college community. State and county decisions will impact our actions. Most importantly, the stages are not tied to each term. While we are in Stage 2 now, we will continue to evaluate the situation and take steps that are in the best interests of all students, faculty and staff.

Be sure to look for regular updates and visit our recovery webpages for the latest information.

New Campus Processes

On the recovery webpage, you will find the most recent information and forms required if you visit or have classes on campus. Once a term, students taking an in-person class will be required to submit a health pledge. Before arriving on campus, download, print and sign the Student Attestation form, then provide it to your instructor.

Also, anyone within a college building must wear an appropriate face mask, covering their mouth and nose. Masks are also required outdoors when social distancing may not be possible. Some classes may require students to wear additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Not all masks provide appropriate protection. Visit Guidelines for Acceptable Face Coverings for details.

Bookstore Reminder

Lastly, we want to make sure you are fully prepared for your first day of class. Be sure to log in to Canvas three days prior to the start of class. The AACC Bookstore is offering free shipping on all orders at this time. If you prefer to pick up your web order in person rather than have it mailed free of charge to your home, you may select that option at checkout through Sept. 4. For details, visit the Student Services section of the AACC recovery pages.

I know this is a challenging time, and I want to thank you for your confidence in AACC. We are excited to begin the fall term and look forward to helping you achieve your educational goals!

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Aug. 26, 2020 - Recovery Stages, Campus Processes and Enrollment (Employees)

Dear colleagues:

The fall term is upon us with some classes beginning this Saturday and most classes starting next week. In preparation, here are a few important updates:

Stages of Recovery

I want to remind you that AACC has developed a phased-in approach to recovery. Over the summer, we were in Stage 1, which meant that most of our classes were online. A few classes (in Health Sciences and our Police Academy) were on campus, and all support services were provided by email or phone. Campus buildings remained closed, except Florestano and CALT, where a few classes were offered.

We are now entering Stage 2, which builds upon Stage 1 by offering a few more courses on campus, primarily in visual and performing arts. Most classes and all student services remain online, with the exception of the pick-up option at AACC Bookstore.

We are working hard on strategies that will allow us to move into Stage 3. This stage will bring a maximum of 50% of composition and reading, math, and other select courses classes in person or in the hybrid format. Ideally, we will achieve this stage by the spring.

The important thing to remember is that we will launch or retract these stages based on the health and safety of the college community. State and county decisions will impact our actions. Most importantly, the stages are not tied to each term. While we are in Stage 2 now, we will continue to evaluate the situation and take steps that are in the best interests of all students, faculty and staff.

Be sure to look for regular updates and visit our recovery webpages for the latest information.

New Campus Processes

On the recovery webpage, you will find the most recent information and forms required if you visit or have classes on campus. Once a term, we are requiring students taking an in-person class to submit a health pledge. Before arriving on campus, they must download, print and sign the Student Attestation form. They should provide the signed forms to their instructors.

If you need to come to campus to maintain critical operations, don’t forget to advise your supervisor as to the date, time and building to which you require access.  They will obtain the necessary approvals. You must complete the required Employee Attestation form and send it to COVIDSafety@aacc.edu prior to returning to campus.

Also, anyone inside a college building must wear an appropriate face mask, covering their mouth and nose. Masks are required outdoors when social distancing may not be possible. Some classes may require students to wear additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

I want to point out that not all masks provide appropriate protection. Please visit Guidelines for Acceptable Face Coverings for more information.

Enrollment Update

During convocation I shared that we saw an increase in attendance this summer. Since then, our office of Planning, Research and Institutional Assessment has reviewed the data further and found that our summer attendance was the highest we have seen in the last five years. This holds true for both new and returning students – encouraging information!

We continue to make progress with fall enrollment. As of Monday, we were down 9% compared to last year and 2% off our target numbers. We hope to close the gap further by next week. Remember, too, that students still will be able to register for 13-week classes and the second eight-week class session after next week.

As I mentioned during convocation, please continue to take care of yourselves and one another. I know this is a challenging time, and I want to thank you for everything you are doing to help our students achieve their educational goals. I am excited to begin the fall term!

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Aug. 19, 2020 - Bookstore and Student Services

Dear students:

We are less than two weeks away from the start of fall classes and want to make sure you have the resources you need to be successful. Despite the pandemic, a full complement of support services are available to you. So whether you are new to AACC this year or are returning, you will want to start this term off right by being fully prepared. 

Bookstore

As I mentioned in last week’s update, you have the choice of receiving your books by free delivery (UPS Ground) or curbside pickup at our campus in Arnold. These options are provided at the completion of the book order process. The option to select “Curbside Pickup” will be available starting today, Aug. 19, with pickup available Aug. 24 through Sept. 4. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details on how to select your preferred option, visit our Student Services page.

Student Services

The Student Services section of the recovery web page is a good ongoing resource for you. There you will find FAQs and contact information for Enrollment Services, Academic and Instructional Support and other supports, such as Counseling, Disability Support Services, Health and Wellness, Technical Call Center and much more. Again, visit our Student Services page.

Though the majority of classes are online and our services remain at a distance, we are here to help you at every step in your educational journey. Let’s work together to make sure are ready for class and you have a great fall term!

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Aug. 12, 2020 - Books and Supplies, Convocation (Students)

Dear students:

As promised, here is your weekly update with news and information to help you prepare for the upcoming fall term. We’ll send an email every Wednesday with updates, so be on the lookout. At the same time, we will be updating the dedicated webpage, aacc.edu/riverhawk-recovery, so be sure to check that frequently for changes to the FAQs and other important information.

Books and supplies

To ensure you get the books you need for class, the AACC Bookstore is offering two options. The first is free shipping on every order. The second is curbside pickup, which will be available Aug. 24 through Sept. 4. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Curbside pickup will be conducted in Lot A. We ask that you bring your student ID or driver’s license, a copy of your web order and course schedule. And don’t forget to wear your mask, which is required for pickup!

Fall convocation

Lastly, we want you to be aware that the college will hold a virtual convocation to kick off the fall term on Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Student services may be limited or delayed during that time to allow staff and faculty to participate in this important event.

Learn more about remote student services.

We look forward to helping you succeed this fall term. Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Aug. 12, 2020 - Bookstore, Federal Compliance and Convocation (Employees)

Dear colleagues:

we have returned to our weekly Wednesday update with news and information to help you prepare for the upcoming fall term. We will also continue updating our dedicated webpage, aacc.edu/riverhawk-recovery. Please check this site for updates to the FAQs and other important information.

Student news

To ensure that students get the books they need for class, the AACC Bookstore is offering two options, which may be helpful for you to know and possibly share. The first is free shipping on every order. The second is curbside pickup, which will be available Aug. 24 through Sept. 4. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Curbside Pickup will be conducted in Lot A. Students must wear masks, bring their student ID or driver’s license, a copy of their web order and course schedule.

Federal compliance

Last week I shared we would be initiating the search for our new chief diversity officer. Please know, we have launched the search. I look forward to naming our CDO in fall. Special thanks to our constituent group leaders who assisted in the recruitment of our hiring committee.

I am pleased to announce Tiffany Boykin, Ph.D., Esq., has been named our new chief compliance and fair practices officer. She will assume this role August 16th. In this role she will be responsible for federal compliance, Title IX and other duties. Dr. Boykin will report directly to me.

I will explain the restructuring and delineation of responsibilities in more detail during our virtual fall 2020 convocation. However, since Dr. Boykin assumes her new role this week, I wanted to make you aware of her transition. Please join me in congratulating Tiffany, who has been in an interim position of FCO for the past several months.

Fall convocation

Next week’s virtual convocation, will be conducted on Zoom and YouTube. 

[Login information was provided in the email, but is redacted here for security reasons.]

We will also send a follow up email with just the login information.

For participants in the Monday evening presentation by Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D., the Zoom link will be sent Monday morning. Participants in the breakout sessions that follow will receive a different login that will be sent Monday morning as well.

I look forward to “seeing” you next week.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Aug. 5, 2020 - Recovery and Fall Term (Students)

Dear students:

The start of the fall term is right around the corner, and we are excited to begin a new year with you. Beginning today, we will send weekly updates each Wednesday to keep you informed of the latest news and available resources from the college. Because of changes at the state or county due to COVID-19, we want to make sure you have the most accurate information in a consistent and timely way.

With that in mind, we have created a dedicated webpage related to AACC’s plans for recovery so please take a look. This page is organized into sections, such as “Health and Safety” and “Teaching and Learning,” and includes information about the college’s proposed stages for recovery. There are also FAQs, attestation forms and contact information for various Student Services.

Fall Term

As you know, most courses for the fall term are being delivered online. There are a limited number of classes, primarily in Health Sciences, that will meet face to face or in a hybrid format. Because we offer two types of online experiences, Online and Online Sync, we want to make sure you understand fully the difference and benefits of the two formats. Both options are explained in a fun video that can be found on the Recovery webpage and in more detail on the Ways to Take a Course page.

Student Services will continue to be provided remotely. The AACC Bookstore is offering free shipping on all orders at this time. AACC will not have sports this fall; however, we are working on live streaming games for when competition resumes and exploring e-sports as well.

I want to thank you for your confidence in AACC and continuing your education with us. We know this is a difficult time, and we are here to support your educational journey. Please look for regular communications each week and check the dedicated webpage for periodic updates.

Stay safe and be well.

Aug. 5, 2020 - Recovery and Fall Updates (Faculty and Staff)

Dear colleagues:

The start of the fall term is right around the corner, and I am excited to begin a new year with you. I want to let you know that starting today I will resume weekly Wednesday updates to keep you informed of the latest news and resources from the college. Because of changes at the state and county levels due to COVID-19, we want to make sure you have the most accurate information in a consistent and timely way.

With that in mind, we have updated the dedicated webpage related to AACC’s plans for recovery, so please take a look. This page is organized into sections, such as “Health and Safety” and “Teaching and Learning,” and includes information about the college’s proposed stages for recovery. There are also FAQs, attestation forms and contact information for various Student Services that may be helpful to you and our students.

Fall Term

As you know, most courses for the fall term are being delivered online. There are a limited number of classes, primarily in Health Sciences, that will meet face to face or in a hybrid format. Because we want students to understand the two types of online experiences, Online and Online Sync, we have created a fun video that can be found on the Recovery webpage and on the Ways to Take a Course page.

Student Services will continue to be provided remotely. The AACC Bookstore is offering free shipping on all orders at this time. AACC will not have sports this fall; however, we are working on live streaming games for when competition resumes and exploring e-sports as well.

Enrollment update

As I have done previously, I want to give you an update on our fall enrollment. Registrations continue to improve as we are now down 13% overall compared to this time last year. New student registrations are down more than returning students, but we continue to aggressively recruit before classes begin at the end of month. Please keep in mind that the college opened registration much later than previous years and has been catching up at a steady pace. We adjusted our weekly targets and are only 3% off this week’s goal. If we continue at our current pace, we should meet our enrollment numbers.

While we remain positive about enrollment, we are hopeful that the state does not cut funding further. It is important to note that we have built several financial scenarios for FY 2021 that rely on curbing expenditures so we have funds available in the event of further reductions and/or enrollment declines.

Chief Diversity Officer

I want you to be aware that soon we will be posting the chief diversity officer position for a nationwide search. As equity is a key component of the strategic plan, it is important that we conduct a thorough review to find the ideal candidate to help us continue our progress. We are also committed to finding the right person for the Federal Compliance Officer position. We are reviewing that role and its responsibilities, and will update you on progress in the near future.

Fall Convocation

I look forward to “seeing” all of you at our virtual convocation on August 18, 2020. Thanks to those of you who submitted questions or topics you would like addressed by the vice presidents and me. Thanks, too, to everyone who signed up for the virtual presentation by Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D., on Aug. 17. As this event is sponsored jointly with Anne Arundel County Public Schools, we are nearing 3,000 registrants, but there are still spots available for AACC faculty and staff. If you have not signed up yet, we have extended the registration through the end of this week.

Thank you for everything you do for our students and to support one another.

Stay safe and be well.