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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.

Think you missed something? This is where you'll find current and past communications.

June 24, 2021 - Fall Updates (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

Though we are taking a break from weekly updates during the summer, I promised to alert you to any significant changes. As Gov. Hogan and County Executive Pittman have ended state of emergency orders, it is time to move from “Riverhawk Recovery” to “Riverhawks Reunite!”

With this shift, we are updating our website and social media that communicates how we are increasing our in-person presence safely. I encourage you to check this information regularly for updates. Also, I ask that you watch my recorded video message. In addition to these resources, here is a brief overview of what you can anticipate for the fall, and in some cases, as early as July 1, 2021:

Masks: No longer required indoors, effective July 1. The wearing of masks will remain optional and encouraged for those not fully vaccinated. Campus signage will be updated to reflect this change.

Social distancing: Recommended but not required, effective July 1. Flexibility, personal responsibility and respect should guide us. Campus signage will be updated to reflect this change.

Room capacity and class scheduling: For fall classes, instructional spaces are being reset to pre-COVID course capacity levels. Student demand will continue to drive the schedule for in-person classes and schedule management will continue at the dean level. Summer classes will continue as scheduled.

Plexiglass: Will be installed at all service counters for the foreseeable future. 

Events: Events will be permitted indoors on campus with PVP approval.

Meetings: Remote meetings are encouraged and in-person meetings should allow for remote access for attendance by individuals who are working remotely.

Support offices: Offices that can continue to work remotely may do so at supervisors’ discretion. Consistent with class schedules and student services, on-site office hours for support offices may be determined college wide.

Travel: College travel will be permitted effective July 1 with supervisor approval.

Health attestation: No change. Current attestation requirements for both students and employees will continue. Faculty will continue to read attestation requirements in class.

COVID reporting: No change. Employees and students will continue to report symptoms, exposure and positive tests.

Cleaning and disinfection: No change to current cleaning protocols. Cleaning supplies in classrooms, labs, etc., and hand sanitizers around campus will continue.

I hope this overview and related resources begins to paint a picture for our preparations this summer, the launch of the fall term and beyond. Your hard work and commitment to health and safety have enabled us to get to this point, and relax many of the restrictions we have followed for more than a year.

As we move forward, please continue to be patient and kind with one another, especially those who choose to wear masks for whatever reason. I am excited to see you and our students in person as Riverhawks Reunite!

Have a wonderful summer,

Dawn

June 9, 2021 - Hiring and Weekly Updates (Employees)

Dear Colleagues, 

We have just a few reminders this week. Hopefully, too, you noted that we will close Friday, June 18, in honor of Juneteenth.  

Updates on hiring process 

You have likely seen a number of open forums introducing AACC to our candidates for provost/vice president of Learning and the chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. We are getting close to making decisions and hope to announce new hires by the end of June. Please take time to attend the remaining open forums or review the candidates’ presentations to the college community, and provide us your feedback. Our goal is to have these important positions filled in time to begin the fall term.  

Weekly updates take a summer break 

As we did last year, we will take a break from the weekly updates during the summer months. If there are any urgent matters, of course, we will update you as needed. Otherwise, look for the updates to resume as we get closer to the fall term.  

Some of you are off for the summer, some will be taking much-needed vacation time, and others will be working hard during the summer terms. Many thanks to all of you for getting us through this academic year and preparing us for an exciting fall. I hope each of you finds some time to recharge and enjoy these warmer months. 

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

June 2, 2021 - Fall Planning and Strategic Plan (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

Thanks to everyone who joined us last week for Carmencement and a special thanks to everyone who helped put on the celebration. There was a lot of planning and behind-the-scenes work that led to an even bigger and better event than last year. If you missed the excitement, check out some of the Carmencement photos!

Updates for fall anticipated

Hopefully you have had a chance to review our plans for the fall on the updated Riverhawk Recovery webpages. As we have found throughout this pandemic, we must be prepared for additional updates and changes. Clearly, more and more organizations and businesses are opening as the state and county have relaxed a number of previous restrictions. These adjustments will have an impact on the college’s plans for the fall.

Keep in mind that our goal as a college is not to return to exactly what was in place before COVID, but to learn and grow from the experience. Continually meeting the needs of all of our students requires that we strike the right balance of on-site and online learning and support services. The plans we have in place for the summer terms will remain while the fall plans will continue to be refined as state and county regulations are updated. 

For fall, we are increasing our on-site presence and anticipate further growth. To recap, here are some of the current guidelines related to fall:

  • Due to changes at the state and county levels, we will remove social distancing requirements.
  • Masks continue to be required indoors.
  • Student support services will continue to be provided remotely with additional days and times added for in-person services.

Throughout the pandemic health and safety have been, and will continue to be, our top priorities. We remain committed to excellence and innovation as we educate our community. To remain informed of our evolving plans as we work to transition from “recovery” to “return,” be sure to visit the website regularly. It will have the most up-to-date information.

Important strategic plan updates

As many of you know, the college has conducted an administrative services review, which included recommendations that Information Services (IS) and Instructional Technology (IT) be consolidated under a new division of Information Technology to be led by a new vice president. With the addition of Rick Kralevich, Ed.D. the Virtual Campus will join IS and IT under the guidance of our new vice president effective July 1.

With this move, the new IT division will help spearhead AACC’s strategic plan objective to be the premier online community college in Maryland. The new division will continue to promote student and faculty success, and deliver accessible solutions that promote equity, diversity and inclusion. It will likewise serve as a conduit between IT and Learning by partnering with the academic community to solve interesting challenges, redesign courses and incorporate innovative technologies.

In addition to this transition, the Sarbanes Center will join the Division of Learner Support Services under the dean of Student Success. This change will also be effective July 1. This move will combine career services functions under student success in Learner Support Services, thus allowing for a seamless student experience through a one-stop shop for career service, internships, service learning and advising.

We are confident that the realignment of these departments will help us meet the ongoing needs of our students and continue to provide the same high level of service and support to the entire college community.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

May 26, 2021 - Masks and Carmencement (Employees and Students)

Dear Colleagues and Students, 

Happy first week of the summer term! I hope to see many of you at tomorrow’s Carmencement as we celebrate our newest graduates beginning at 10 a.m. Here are a few reminders about summer and fall, including AACC’s mask policy.

To mask or not to mask?

Changes at the state and local levels have left some people confused about mask protocols. Here is a reminder of AACC’s current policy, which is in effect during tomorrow’s event:

  • Masks and face coverings are not required outdoors unless social distancing is not possible.
  • Masks continue to be required indoors at all AACC facilities.
  • Effective June 1, masks and face coverings will only be required outdoors at:
    • The Cade amphitheater, stadium, or other live performance or ticketed events on campus
    • Outdoor college activities where social distancing is not possible

As we noted in last week’s update, plans for the fall have been posted to the Riverhawk Recovery webpages. Be sure to watch for next week’s message for additional fall updates.

2021 AACC Commencement Ceremony 

Finally, if you can join us for tomorrow’s “Carmencement”, it officially begins at 10 a.m. As we did last year, we are assigning campus parking lots to each academic school. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to set up in your lot. Staff may join those locations or other spots along the route. Each school will be marked with a flag:

  • School of Business and Law – Lot C 
  • School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development – Lot C 
  • School of Health Sciences – The front of the HLSB building 
  • School of Liberal Arts – Lot B 
  • School of Science, Technology and Education – Lot A  

To maintain traffic flow, students will arrive at the following times:
10 a.m. School of Liberal Arts
10:15 a.m. School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development
10:30 a.m. School of Science, Technology and Education
10:45 a.m. School of Business and Law
11 a.m. School of Health Sciences

Students are receiving custom grad boxes in the mail, which include parade materials and gifts. There are also downloads available on riverhawksathome.com like cake toppers, T-shirt iron-ons, chalk stencils and e-cards. Students can view commencement addresses and post photos in our Graduating Student App. Easy-to-purchase yard signs are available at Riverhawks at Home. The day of, students will receive a diploma cover and a digital photo. Also, if you have a spouse or child graduating, you may wish to assist in the award of the degree or certificate. Contact Dean John Grabowski at jfgrabowski@aacc.edu with your request. 

New this year will be a post-ceremony photo station in the CALT parking lot. For information on the parade route (including a map) and other details, visit the commencement webpage. If you or others you know are unable to attend but would like to watch live from home, see AACC's YouTube

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

May 19, 2021 - Fall Plans and Commencement (Students)

Dear Students, 

I am excited to share additional information about our fall planning. Please remember we are making decisions based on information we attain from our County Health Officer. As the external world changes so will we.

Based on recent county and state announcements, it is very likely this plan will change and be updated in the coming weeks. Also, I hope you will join us for Carmencement, AACC’s celebration of our newest graduates, Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.m.

Plans for the fall 

You can find information on the current plans for student services, teaching and learning, health and safety, and more, we have updated the Riverhawk Recovery webpages with this information. Our fall plans are based on county and state guidance as well as the success of our current protocols. AACC has consistently made safety a priority. We will make a decision on new COVID-19 policies by July 1. This could impact the summer and fall terms. Until then, we will continue with current safety measures including masking indoors, social distancing, COVID-19 reporting, etc.

Here is a quick snapshot as a reminder of what we are working toward:  

  • This fall AACC will offer more in person classes.  
  • Many support services will be available, on a limited basis, for in-person by appointments for summer. Hours of service will be expanded for fall. 
  • Remote classes and services will continue to be available.  
  • Our vision of the future is a continued balance of in-person and remote classes and services.  
  • Employees and students are not required to be vaccinated at this time but are encouraged to do so.  

Throughout the pandemic, health and safety have been and will continue to be top priorities. If circumstances change we will change with them, but we will not change our commitment to excellence and innovation in service to our community.

2021 AACC Commencement Ceremony 

This year’s Carmencement officially begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 27. This year’s grand marshals, Professors Sandra King and David Tengwall, Ph.D., will lead the procession. Faculty and staff will participate to show support for and to celebrate our graduates with enthusiastic applause, cheering, posters and music along the parade route.

To maintain traffic flow, students will arrive at the following times:

If you are graduating, you should have received a custom grad box in the mail which includes parade materials. You also have the option to download on riverhawksathome.com cake toppers, T-shirt iron-ons, chalk stencils and e-cards. Easy-to-purchase yard signs are available at Riverhawks at Home. The day of, you will receive a diploma cover and a digital photo. If you are graduating and did not receive a grad box, email strategiccommunications@aacc.edu with the subject line “Grad Box.”

New this year will be a post-ceremony photo station in the CALT parking lot. You should have received a text message from Full Measure to RSVP and join our Graduation Experience App. If you did not, visit Full Measure. For information on the parade route (including a map) and other details, visit the commencement webpage. If you or others you know are unable to attend but would like to watch live from home, see AACC's YouTube

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

May 19, 2021 - Fall Plans and Commencement (Employees)

Dear Colleagues, 

I am excited to share additional information about our fall planning. Please remember we are making decisions based on information we attain from our County Health Officer. As the external world changes so will we. 

Based on recent county and state announcements, it is very likely this plan will change and be updated in the coming weeks. Also, I hope you will join us for Carmencement, AACC’s celebration of our newest graduates, Thursday, May 27, at 10 a.m. 

Plans for the fall 

You can find information on the current plans for student services, teaching and learning, health and safety, and more in two places. We have updated the Riverhawk Recovery webpages with this information. Also, we will provide a single document for employees on our intranet homepage, which will bear the current date. Since the information will likely change, we will update the website with the latest information over time.  

Meanwhile, our fall plans are based on county and state guidance as well as the success of our current protocols. AACC has consistently made safety a priority. We will make a decision on new COVID-19 policies by July 1. This could impact the summer and fall terms. Until then, we will continue with current safety measures including masking indoors, social distancing, COVID-19 reporting, etc. 

Here is a quick snapshot as a reminder of what we are working toward:  

  • This fall AACC will offer more in person classes.  
  • Many support services will be available, on a limited basis, for in-person by appointments for summer. Hours of service will be expanded for fall. 
  • Remote classes and services will continue to be available.  
  • Our vision of the future is a continued balance of in-person and remote classes and services.  
  • Employees and students are not required to be vaccinated at this time but are encouraged to do so.  

Throughout the pandemic, health and safety have been and will continue to be our top priorities. If circumstances change we will change with them, but we will not change our commitment to excellence and innovation in service to our community.  

2021 AACC Commencement Ceremony 

This year’s Carmencement officially begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 27. This year’s grand marshals, Professors Sandra King and David Tengwall, Ph.D., will lead the procession. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate, showing support for and celebrating our graduates with enthusiastic applause, cheering, posters and/or music. Decorations are also welcome. Faculty may choose to wear regalia or spirit wear, including any medallion awards, as long as you are comfortable. 

As we did last year, we are assigning campus parking lots to each academic school. Be sure to arrive by 9:30 a.m. to set up in your lot. Staff may join those locations or other spots along the route. Each school will be marked with a flag: 

  • School of Business and Law – Lot C 
  • School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development – Lot C 
  • School of Health Sciences – The front of the HLSB building 
  • School of Liberal Arts – Lot B 
  • School of Science, Technology and Education – Lot A  

To maintain traffic flow, students will arrive at the following times:
10 a.m. School of Liberal Arts
10:15 a.m. School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development
10:30 a.m. School of Science, Technology and Education
10:45 a.m. School of Business and Law
11 a.m. School of Health Sciences

Students are receiving custom grad boxes in the mail, which include parade materials and gifts. There are also downloads available on riverhawksathome.com like cake toppers, T-shirt iron-ons, chalk stencils and e-cards. Students can view commencement addresses and post photos in our Graduating Student App. Easy-to-purchase yard signs are available at Riverhawks at Home. The day of, students will receive a diploma cover and a digital photo. Also, if you have a spouse or child graduating, you may wish to assist in the award of the degree or certificate. Contact Dean John Grabowski at jfgrabowski@aacc.edu with your request. 

New this year will be a post-ceremony photo station in the CALT parking lot. For information on the parade route (including a map) and other details, visit the commencement webpage. If you or others you know are unable to attend but would like to watch live from home, see AACC's YouTube

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

May 12, 2021 - Vaccine News and Registration (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

I want to thank everyone for continuing to follow health and safety guidelines as we work together to keep one another safe. We are in the process of updating some of AACC’s guidelines as well as planning for summer and fall, so please read on.

Changes to outdoor mask requirements

As a reminder, the college’s current policy regarding masks is that 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.

To align further with new state and county guidelines, effective June 1:

  1. Masks will continue to be required indoors for all AACC facilities.
  2. Masks and face coverings will no longer be required outdoors unless:

a. at the Cade amphitheater, stadium or other live performance or ticketed events on campus

b. at outdoor college activities where social distancing is not possible*

*The college may impose mask requirements to ensure the safety of the college community.

For further reminders on appropriate face coverings, please check out our guidelines for acceptable face coverings.

Summer and fall plan - guidelines coming soon

As shared previously, we are in the process of developing guidelines for an increase in in-person classes and student support services for the fall semester. Some of these services will be implemented at the start of summer. Information will be updated as needed and can be found on the college’s website. Information will also be shared through other communications, such as this weekly update and departmental trainings.

Our intention is to be as comprehensive as possible. However, we must recognize that things change rapidly and so we must remain flexible. I want to thank all of the teams and individuals who have been working so hard to prepare us to balance our current online and remote work with more in-person learning and support for our students and community. Our goal is to get the information to you next week, so please stay tuned.

Thank you for all you do!

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

May 5, 2021 - Vaccine News and Registration (Students)

Dear Students-

Fall registration opens today!

This fall we will be offering more in-person classes along with the full range of online and hybrid options. We encourage you to sign up early to ensure you get the class formats you want and are prepared for the fall term. Also, summer classes begin later this month, so maintain your momentum through the summer terms as well.

Clarification about vaccines

In last week’s update, I stated that AACC does not intend to require vaccines as we have not done so in the past for other vaccinations. While it is true that AACC has not required vaccines for all college employees and students, the Health Sciences programs do have separate requirements. For example, the flu vaccine is required of Health Sciences students and employees. Also, for clinical sites and clinical rotations, we follow the guidelines of the partnering organizations. Here is the AACC Health Sciences language on the flu vaccine:

The School of Health Sciences’ Health Examination Requirements are aligned with our clinical site requirements. The clinical sites allow our students to fulfill their program-required clinical rotations pursuant to an affiliation agreement with the college. Therefore, the college and its students are required to abide by and follow the clinical site requirements. Most of our clinical sites require proof of the influenza vaccine and will not permit students on site without evidence of the vaccine. If you do not show proof of an annual influenza vaccine, you may not attend clinical and will therefore be at risk of not completing your program requirements.

Similarly, clinical sites may require the COVID vaccine, specific PPE or other standards set by that organization. I hope there wasn’t too much confusion and this clarifies the policy.

Have a great rest of the week.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

May 5, 2021 - Vaccine News and Registration (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

Yesterday we presented our FY 2022 budget to the county council. Our presentation was very well received. Please look for a separate communication with more information about the budgeting process and next steps.

Clarification about vaccines

In last week’s update, I stated that AACC does not intend to require vaccines as we have not done so in the past for other vaccinations. While it is true that AACC has not required vaccines for all college employees and students, the Health Sciences programs do have separate requirements. For example, the flu vaccine is required of Health Sciences students and employees. Also, for clinical sites and clinical rotations, we follow the guidelines of the partnering organizations. Here is the AACC Health Sciences language on the flu vaccine:

The School of Health Sciences’ Health Examination Requirements are aligned with our clinical site requirements. The clinical sites allow our students to fulfill their program-required clinical rotations pursuant to an affiliation agreement with the college. Therefore, the college and its students are required to abide by and follow the clinical site requirements. Most of our clinical sites require proof of the influenza vaccine and will not permit students on site without evidence of the vaccine. If you do not show proof of an annual influenza vaccine, you may not attend clinical and will therefore be at risk of not completing your program requirements.

Similarly, clinical sites may require the COVID vaccine, specific PPE or other standards set by that organization. I hope there wasn’t too much confusion and this clarifies the policy.

Fall registration underway

Don’t forget to remind students they may now register for fall classes. For fall 2021 will be offering more in-person classes along with the full range of online and hybrid options. As I noted last week, students tend to register closer to the start of each term. However, we want them to sign up early to ensure they get the class formats they want and are prepared for the fall term. Also, summer classes begin later this month, so please encourage students to maintain their momentum through the summer terms as well.

Thank you for your work and commitment to our mission.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

April 28, 2021 - Vaccines and Fall Registration (Students)

Dear Students-

We are entering the home stretch for the spring term. I know you are very busy as you complete this term and wish you continued success with your studies! Here are two brief updates:

More colleges require vaccines

Many of you may be aware that the University System of Maryland will require COVID-19 vaccines next fall. A number of other state universities and private, four-year colleges are doing the same, which may prompt questions about what to expect at AACC. Keep in mind that these colleges are residential institutions that already require other vaccines for attendance. As a community college without residence halls, AACC has never required vaccinations of any kind for students or employees. While subject to change, particularly if the county, state or federal government initiates any such requirement, AACC currently does not intend to require the COVID-19 vaccine.
We encourage both students and employees to get the vaccine both for your safety and the safety of others. Remember, too, that if you have not received the vaccine and would like one, the state and county have opened up more opportunities for anyone over the age of 16. Visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccination website for information.

Fall registration opens May 5

Fall registration opens Wednesday, May 5. We will be offering more in-person classes and encourage you to sign up early to get the classes and class formats you want. Many students wait, and register closer to the start of the term. However this hurts your chances of getting the courses you want. The earlier you sign up, the more prepared you will be for the fall. Summer registration is also well underway; be sure to maintain your momentum through the summer terms as well. A steady pace will help you achieve your educational goals that much sooner!

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

April 28, 2021 - Accreditation, Vaccines and Fall Registration (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

We are entering the home stretch for our spring term. I know you are very busy as you complete this term and prepare for the summer and fall.

Accreditation

This morning our Middle States liaison, Dr. Bonfiglio, provided an overview of the re-accreditation process to our Board of Trustees and our college community. Special thanks to Dr. Greg Schrader for his leadership as Chair of our accreditation self-study.  Dr. Bonfiglio encouraged our workforce to get involved and participate in the study. Our site visit is scheduled for spring 2023.

Vice President of Information Technology

On May 3, 2021 our new Vice President Dr. Rick Kralevich will be joining our college. This is an inaugural position that will help provide further resources for our employees and students. Please join me in welcoming Rick to AACC.

Vaccines

Many of you may be aware that the University System of Maryland will require COVID-19 vaccines next fall. A number of other state universities and private, four-year colleges are doing the same, which may prompt questions about what to expect at AACC. Keep in mind that these colleges are residential institutions that already require other vaccines for attendance. As a community college without residence halls, AACC has never required vaccinations of any kind for students or employees. While subject to change, particularly if the county, state or federal government initiates any such requirement, AACC currently does not intend to require the COVID-19 vaccine.

We encourage both employees and students to get the vaccine both for your safety and the safety of others. Remember, if you have not received the vaccine and would like one, the county has continued to set aside a select number of vaccines for AACC employees and their families. Please look for emails from Arlene Crow as to when those vaccines are available.

Fall registration opens May 5

Please be sure to share with students that fall registration begins Wednesday, May 5. We will be offering more in-person classes and encourage students to sign up early so they get the classes and class formats they want. Based on past behavior, students typically register closer to the start of the term. However, the earlier they sign up, the more prepared they – and all of us – will be for the fall term. Also, summer registration is well underway, so don’t forget to encourage students to maintain their momentum through the summer terms as well.

Keep up the great work and thank you for all that you do!

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

April 21, 2021 - Vaccine Appointments and Professional Development (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

Today is Administrative Professionals Day, so I want to send a thank you to all of AACC’s administrative professionals. We appreciate all that you do and hope you had a great day!

New vaccine appointments for AACC employees

Hopefully you saw the alert that vaccines for AACC employees are now available from the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. You should have received a detailed email on Monday from our emergency manager, Arlene Crow. The appointments are for next week and for first vaccines.

As a reminder, we will continue to provide an announcement and link for the designated vaccination clinics for the following week for all employees. All of these emails will be sent from Arlene Crow.

  • You will have until noon on Thursday each week to make an appointment for the following week.
  • At noon, any remaining appointments will be opened to the general public (so no appointments go unfilled if AACC employees don’t sign up).
  • This process will continue weekly until AACC employees have had adequate opportunity to be vaccinated. There should be plenty of opportunity for those employees who have not yet received the vaccine.
  • We hope to provide opportunities for families of AACC employees in the future as well.

Professional development during COVID

At this time, AACC continues to support professional development through virtual trainings, webinars and conferences. While some organizations are planning for in-person conferences in the future, the college does not support travel or attendance at these events at this time. Of course, we will continue to provide more outstanding professional development opportunities from AACC’s Center for Faculty and Staff Development and encourage you to take advantage of the virtual offerings provided by other organizations as well.

That’s all for this week. Look for updates about the fall in the coming weeks.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

April 14, 2021 - COVID Reporting, Vaccines and Student Planning (Students)

Dear Students-

I hope you are having a wonderful week and continue to have an excellent spring term! This week’s update provides some information on the fall and COVID-19 vaccines. 

More in-person courses and services for the fall

This fall we look forward to providing more in-person classes and services for you. While some students have thrived online, others look forward to being back in the classroom. As we move forward with our Riverhawk Recovery Plan, we will increase the number of in-person classes currently offered to complement the online and hybrid formats available.

Within the next few weeks, we will be posting to the AACC website the details of the fall plan, including health and hygiene protocols, cleaning of spaces, social distancing requirements, what to do when you are sick, what the college will do when someone tests positive and other health guidelines, along with more information about the types of services that will be offered in person and remotely. This information will give you a better picture of what to expect this fall and how AACC will continue to ensure the health and safety of the college community.

Remember, this remains a fluid situation and we must remain flexible. Our goal is to continue to meet the needs of all students in an equitable way through a variety of formats for both classes and services. Look for more detailed information soon as we continue to update you on our recovery progress.

Vaccine appointments continue

As shared previously, anyone 16 or older may now register for the vaccine. Visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccination website for information. AACC employees continue to receive the vaccine, which will further ensure our goal to keep our students and community healthy.

COVID reporting – even when vaccinated

What happens if you come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 but you have been fully vaccinated? To be safe, we ask that you report the incident to our COVID Safety team, who will consult with the county health department to advise on any precautions you should take. The COVID-19 reporting button can be found on the Riverhawk Recovery pages of the website. Thank you in advance for remaining vigilant and helping us maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

April 14, 2021 - COVID Reporting, Vaccines and Student Planning (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

I hope you are having a wonderful week. For today’s update, we have some great news about vaccines for AACC employees and other important information.

New vaccine appointments for AACC employees

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health plans to set aside 300 vaccine appointments weekly for AACC staff and faculty. The appointments will be spread over two clinics with 60 openings on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and 240 openings on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. The appointments are for first vaccines and are subject to change depending on vaccine shipments.

Here’s how this process will work:

  • Once the health department provides links to the designated vaccination clinics for the following week, we will send the links collegewide to all employees.
  • You will have until noon on Thursday each week to make an appointment for the following week.
  • At noon, any remaining appointments will be opened to the general public (so no appointments go unfilled if AACC employees don’t sign up).
  • This process will continue weekly until AACC employees have had adequate opportunity to be vaccinated. There should be plenty of opportunity for those employees who have not yet received the vaccine.
  • The designated clinics will begin the week of April 26 and invitations for appointments will be sent beginning April 19 or 20.

We hope to provide opportunities for families of AACC employees in the future as well.

COVID reporting – even when vaccinated

What happens if you come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and you have been fully vaccinated? To be safe, we ask that you report the incident to our COVID Safety team, which will consult with the county health department to advise on any precautions you should take. The COVID-19 reporting button can be found on the Riverhawk Recovery pages of the website. Thank you in advance for remaining vigilant and helping us maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Student planning available to credit students

This month, in preparation for the start of fall registration on May 4, a new online planning and registration tool will be available to all credit students. Student Planning, Scheduling and Registration is an online tool designed to help students understand course sequences, plan courses to create a graduation timeline, track progress toward graduation requirements and register for course sections. One year ago, in spring 2020, Student Planning was made available to new degree- and certificate-seeking students in all Fields of Interest. Last year, we prepared the tool for students not seeking a degree, making it available to all credit students to help them plan ahead and register for classes. 

This tool supports the Engagement Matters goal to increase completion of all students and will eventually replace the existing online registration system slated to sunset in summer 2022. Be sure to share this information with students as this will be a powerful new resource for them. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Erin Reeder in Enrollment Services.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

April 8, 2021 - Commencement, Vaccines and Study Spaces (Students)

Dear Students-

I hope everyone had a nice first week back from break and feels energized as we start the countdown for the second half of our spring semester..

“Carmencement"

Graduates will be able to take one last loop around Ring Road as we celebrate AACC’s graduates with “Carmencement” The parade is scheduled for Thursday, May 27. After the success of last year's event, all graduates from fall, winter and spring are invited to participate. The rain date is Thursday, June 3. Check for details and updates on our Commencement page.

Vaccines

The governor announced this week anyone 16 or older may now register for the vaccine! Visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccination website for information. Many AACC employees have already received the vaccine, which will further ensure our goal to keep our students and community healthy.

Student Study Spaces

Remember that you can register for a learning space at Arnold or AACC at Arundel Mills. Monitored computer labs are designed for registered students to participate in online and online sync classes, or to work independently on AACC coursework at no cost. Just register through MyAACC under the search code LSP. The registration process is rolling, so you may register at any time for the day and time that works best for you. Remember, space is limited and times can fill up. If you cannot attend your selected times, we ask that you withdraw to make room for other students. Be aware that to maintain the learning environment, group work is prohibited and students must arrive and depart within scheduled times. Headsets are required for online class participation; headsets with microphones are required for synchronous online class participation.

Summer Registration

Summer is a great time to advance your education goals. AACC offers courses that meet for two, four, six, eight, 10 or 12 weeks starting May 24, June 1, July 15 and July 7. See what’s available and register on AACC’s website.

Library Curbside Pickup

Truxal Library still provides curbside pickup. You can get your books and other materials, as well as borrowed tech gear, from the library by appointment. Tech gear can also be shipped to a home address. This guide explains how to request items from the library as well as the pickup process.  

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

April 8, 2021 - Commencement, Annual Leave and Vaccines (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

I hope everyone came back from spring break energized and refreshed as we start the countdown for the second half of our spring semester. There is no doubt the pandemic has made the past 13 months difficult. However, because of our amazing workforce we have evidenced resiliency and are considering the lessons we learned as we shift to a new paradigm.

“Carmencement"

Graduates will be able to take one last loop around Ring Road as we celebrate AACC’s graduates with “Carmencement” The parade is scheduled for Thursday, May 27. After the success of last year's event, all graduates from fall, winter and spring are invited to participate. The rain date is Thursday, June 3. Check for details and updates on our Commencement page.

Convocation

Save the date, Thursday, Aug. 19, for our virtual fall convocation. All college employees are welcome and encouraged to attend this event as we discuss values, vision and direction. Stay tuned for more details.

Annual Leave

For anyone in a “use or lose” situation with annual leave – please remember to submit your vacation requests. It is important you use your earned vacation and take time for yourself and your family. Emails were sent from Human Resources to all eligible staff members and their supervisors detailing leave that must be used by June 30. Check your email for this information. If you missed the email, and suspect you may have leave that needs to be used, please reach out to your supervisor immediately.

Vaccines for Educators

Governor Hogan announced that as of yesterday, all Marylanders 16 and older can be vaccinated at any of the state’s mass vaccination sites. Meanwhile, all AACC employees are still eligible for vaccinations as part of Phase 1B of the county vaccination rollout. Regardless of residency, AACC employees may register through the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website or visit a mass vaccination site.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

April 1, 2021 - COVID Leave and Enrollment (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

Happy spring! I hope everyone was able to take some time last week to relax and enjoy the break.

COVID leave extended:

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) officially expired on Dec. 31, 2020. This act provided employees with paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave for specific reasons related to COVID-19. Along with most of our fellow colleges in Maryland, AACC voluntarily continued this leave through March 31 for employees who were unable to work because they tested positive, had COVID-like symptoms or were required to quarantine due to COVID exposure. 

New federal legislation was anticipated prior to today, but there has been no new legislation on the topic. However, the county recently announced that it would continue the benefit until 6/30. AACC has decided to also extend this benefit through the end of our fiscal year, June 30. The extended leave will continue to allow employees to use up to 80 hours of FFCRA leave to care for themselves without using earned sick leave for COVID-related symptoms, illness or quarantine due to COVID exposure. Please note that this leave cannot be used to receive the vaccine.

Enrollment:

  • Classes for our second eight-week session began this week.
  • Summer registration has started. Please encourage your students to register for summer 2021 classes.

Thank you for everything you do for our students and our community.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

March 17, 2021 - Athletics and Second Eight-Week Session (Students)

Dear Students-

It is almost spring break, so this will be brief. I want to thank the faculty and staff who will be working during the break to keep our college operating even though we are officially closed!

Spectators may Swoop back to AACC Athletics

AACC Athletics will welcome spectators to cheer on their teams in person on the Arnold campus beginning Saturday, March 20. AACC and NJCAA Region XX have modified their guidelines for spectators at AACC and Region XX athletic events. Spectators must follow these guidelines:

  • Fill out this form prior to each visit to campus.
  • Wear masks at all times while on campus.
  • Social distance – remain 6 feet away from others. 
  • Must sit in designated areas. Spectators are not permitted between the dugouts at the baseball and softball facilities, nor are they permitted on the track at Siegert Field.
  • Also, spectators may not have contact with student-athletes during competition, including between doubleheader games.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and watch the event online.

Spectators who do not follow these guidelines may be subject to removal from campus.

The decision remains with each Region XX school whether or not they will allow spectators. Therefore, before traveling to another school for a game, check their schedule to ensure spectators are permitted. Additionally, if a visiting team can only compete at sites without spectators, Anne Arundel Community College and Region XX may modify spectator guidelines for these competitions.

Second eight-week session begins March 29

Our second eight-week session begins March 29, the day we return from break. If you haven’t registered for classes, now is the time. This is a great way to pick up an extra class or two and keep up the momentum toward your goals. Remember too that while we’re on break next week, you can still register online through MyAACC.

I wish you an enjoyable and relaxing spring break!

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

March 17, 2021 - Athletics and Vaccines (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

It is almost spring break, so this will be brief. I want to thank the faculty and staff who will be working during the break to keep our college operating even though we are officially closed!

Spectators may Swoop back to AACC Athletics

AACC Athletics will welcome spectators to cheer on their teams in person on the Arnold campus beginning Saturday, March 20. AACC and NJCAA Region XX have modified their guidelines for spectators at AACC and Region XX athletic events. Spectators must follow these guidelines:

  • Fill out this form prior to each visit to campus.
  • Wear masks at all times while on campus.
  • Social distance – remain 6 feet away from others. 
  • Must sit in designated areas. Spectators are not permitted between the dugouts at the baseball and softball facilities, nor are they permitted on the track at Siegert Field.
  • Also, spectators may not have contact with student-athletes during competition, including between doubleheader games.
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and watch the event online.

Spectators who do not follow these guidelines may be subject to removal from campus.

The decision remains with each Region XX school whether or not they will allow spectators. Therefore, before traveling to another school for a game, check their schedule to ensure spectators are permitted. Additionally, if a visiting team can only compete at sites without spectators, Anne Arundel Community College and Region XX may modify spectator guidelines for these competitions.

Vaccines for educators

As mentioned previously, AACC employees are eligible for vaccinations as part of Phase 1B of the state vaccination rollout. If you have not registered, you may register through the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website. Once you register, eligibility is selected by the county at random and is not within the control of the college. When you have an appointment, you will need to show your college ID or you can ask for a letter from Human Resources at least 24 hours in advance through humanresources@aacc.edu. As a reminder, you do not have to live in Anne Arundel County to receive the vaccine by working for AACC. Many AACC employees have already received the vaccine, which will further ensure our goal to keep our students, faculty, staff and community healthy.

I wish you an enjoyable and relaxing spring break! Thank you for everything you do.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

March 10, 2021 - No. 1 Community College and Printing Options (Students)

Dear Students-

This week feels like spring, so fingers crossed that it’s around the corner. With that good news, we received other exciting information this week!

AACC named No. 1 community college

In case you didn’t see it yesterday, Forbes magazine reported that AACC has been named the No. 1 community college in the country by Academic Influence, which previously has ranked a range of higher education institutions including liberal arts colleges, research universities and international institutions. This is the organization’s first-ever rankings of two-year colleges, and we topped the list. Congratulations to us!

Printing options for students

We recognized that some students may be in need of printing. Despite the majority of support services operating remotely, there are a number of options for you:

  • Faculty have been encouraged to accept digital submission of student work to reduce the dependence on printed materials.
  • If you do need to print work during the spring and summer terms, you may print at multifunction devices in buildings that are currently open on the Arnold campus:
    • Careers Center, second-floor hallway (outside Room 252)
    • Florestano, second-floor hallway (outside Room 212)
    • Cade, second-floor student lounge (Room 201)
    • CALT Atrium
  • These coin-operated machines allow printing from USB drives. The port is in the upper right corner of the machine. You need to insert 10 cents to get to the home screen where you will see a removable drive icon. Tapping on that icon will allow you to navigate through the files and folders on the drive and select the one you want to print. While the machines recognize most file formats, only PDF files can be printed. Each page in the PDF costs 10 cents to print.
  • You may also sign up for learning spaces (listed as LSP in the MyAACC course search) and print there as well.
  • Additionally, the Technology Learning Center in the library will open (at reduced capacity) this fall, and students will be able to access computers to print there.

For other student support, visit the Student Services pages of the Riverhawk Recovery section of the AACC website.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

March 10, 2021 - Travel Restrictions and Printing Options (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

This week feels like spring, so fingers crossed that it’s around the corner. With that good news, we received other exciting information this week!

AACC named No. 1 community college

In case you didn’t see it yesterday, Forbes magazine reported that AACC has been named the No. 1 community college in the country by Academic Influence, which previously has ranked a range of higher education institutions including liberal arts colleges, research universities and international institutions. This is the organization’s first-ever rankings of two-year colleges, and we topped the list. Congratulations to us!

State travel restrictions lifted

Also yesterday, Governor Hogan lifted the Maryland state travel restrictions, which Anne Arundel County adopted as well. Out-of-state travel quarantine requirements are no longer in place effective as of Fri., March 12 at 5 p.m. This change replaces the previous requirements in place as of Dec. 17, 2020. This news comes just in time for Spring Break!

Printing options for students

As we continue to support our students, please keep in mind the printing challenges some of our students face. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Faculty are encouraged to accept digital submission of student work.
  • Students who need to print work during the spring and summer terms may print at multifunction devices in buildings that are currently open:
    • Careers Center, second-floor hallway (outside Room 252)
    • Florestano, second-floor hallway (outside Room 212)
    • Cade, second-floor student lounge (Room 201)
    • CALT Atrium
  • These coin-operated machines allow printing from USB drives. The port is in the upper right corner of the machine. You need to insert 10 cents to get to the home screen where you will see a removable drive icon. Tapping on that icon will allow you to navigate through the files and folders on the drive and select the one you want to print. While the machines recognize most file formats, only PDF files can be printed. Each page in the PDF costs 10 cents to print.
  • Students can also sign up for learning spaces (listed as LSP in the MyAACC course search) and print there as well.
  • Additionally, the Technology Learning Center in the library will open (at reduced capacity) this fall, and students will be able to access computers to print there.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

March 3, 2021 - Support Services and Learning Spaces (Students)

Dear Students-

Be sure to save the date for this year’s graduation celebration on Thursday, May 27. Last year’s socially distanced event was so successful that we will once again hold a “Car-mencement” at 10 a.m. that day. Look for more details soon.

Support services to align with courses

As I shared last week, we will increase our on-site presence with more face-to-face classes in the fall. Some people have asked how we will determine what services will be available for students. The goal is to align the support services with the types of courses being offered. For example, math classes will need math labs. The details of classes and corresponding support services are still being determined. We will continue to update you as we progress.

Student resources – learning spaces clarification

Access to the new learning spaces mentioned last week is now available through MyAACC. As a reminder, the new learning spaces are monitored computer labs designed for students to participate in online and online sync classes, or to work independently on AACC coursework at no cost. You need to register for either the Arnold campus or AACC at Arundel Mills under the search code LSP. The registration process is rolling, so you may register at any time for the day and time that works best for you. However, space is limited and times can fill up. If you cannot attend your selected times, we ask that you withdraw, as with a class, to make room for other students. Staff monitors will be in each of the learning spaces and Help Desk support will be available in the same buildings. For more information, visit the Riverhawk Recovery Student Services webpage and search for learning spaces.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

March 3, 2021 - Fall Planning and Learning Spaces (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

This week is Employee Appreciation Week, and I can’t say enough how much I appreciate all of you. Your hard work and resilience throughout this pandemic is nothing short of amazing. I want to thank Human Resources for helping us celebrate this week. With that in mind, I have a special announcement to make.

Extra day off – save the date

In appreciation of all that you do, we are providing you with an extra day off.  We will be officially closed on Friday, May 28th  so you can enjoy a long weekend.

Please save the date for this year’s graduation celebration. On Thursday, May 27 at 10 a.m. we will once again hold  “Car-mencement”. Last year’s socially distanced event was so successful we decided to do it again. More details to come.

Fall planning

Support services to align with priority courses

As I shared last week, we will increase our on-site presence with more face-to-face classes in the fall. A number of you have asked how we will determine what services will be available for students. The goal is to align the support services with the types of courses being offered. For example, math classes will need math labs. Many of the courses noted as “priority courses” will be aligned with the related support services. The details of classes and corresponding support services are still being determined. We will continue to update you as we progress.

Guideline manual to come

To that end, we are in the process of developing a manual of guidelines for all faculty and staff for the fall. We hope this approach will supplement these weekly communications, department communications and the work of the Riverhawk Recovery Team by providing you with additional answers to your questions. Examples of topics that will be covered include health and hygiene protocols, cleaning of spaces, social distancing requirements, what to do when you are sick, what the college will do when someone tests positive and other health guidelines, along with more information about the types of services that will be offered in person and remote. The manual should be ready to share with the college community after spring break.

Employees returning to campus

As we anticipate more faculty and staff returning to classrooms, the expectation is that all employees will return to campus upon request by their supervisor. If an accommodation is needed, Human Resources has updated its intranet pages to include required employee forms. Three documents can be found on the HR intranet under Riverhawk Recovery Resources. One document must be completed by an appropriate medical professional and one by the employee. There are also instructions for the ADA process. All employees can now easily access what is needed to begin the first step of the accommodation process.

Student resources – learning spaces clarification

Access to the new learning spaces for students is now available through MyAACC. As a reminder, these learning spaces are monitored computer labs designed for students to participate in online and online sync classes, or to work independently on AACC coursework at no cost. Students will need to register for either the Arnold campus or AACC at Arundel Mills under the search code LSP. The registration process is rolling, so students may register at any time for the day and time that works best for them. However, space is limited and times can fill up. If students cannot attend their selected times, we ask that they withdraw, as with a class, to make room for other students. Staff monitors will be in each of the learning spaces and Help Desk support will be available in the same buildings as well. For information, visit the Riverhawk Recovery Student Services webpage and search for learning spaces.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Feb. 24, 2021 - Learning Spaces and Athletics (Students)

Dear Students:

Last night, AACC’s board of trustees took the first step of the Fiscal Year 2022 budgeting process by approving a comprehensive budget for FY22. You will be pleased to hear that the board voted to not raise tuition and fees next year. The budget process has two more steps to complete before being finalized – support and approval from the county executive next month and then the County Council in June.

Important COVID reporting

As a reminder, anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who has been exposed to someone with COVID or tested positive, must not come to campus. You must complete the COVID Safety form within 24 hours of:

  • Receiving a positive COVID-19 test
  • Exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  • Having an intimate partner, housemate or caregiver who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has received a positive COVID-19 test
  • Unprotected close contact with a person who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has received a positive COVID-19 test

A college representative will contact anyone you have come into close contact with. Local health departments will conduct contact tracing and advise employees and students of next steps regarding testing and quarantine requirements. Thank you for helping us keep our students, colleagues and community safe by following these steps.

New learning spaces available

Do you need a place to study or participate in AACC online classes? Starting March 1, new learning spaces will be available to students registered for spring credit courses. These spaces are monitored computer labs designed for students to participate in online and online sync classes, or to work independently on AACC coursework at no cost. Sessions are available at Arnold and AACC at Arundel Mills. Registration is required through MyAACC.   

Be aware that to maintain the learning environment, group work is prohibited. Students must arrive and depart within scheduled times. Headsets are required for online class participation; headsets with microphones are required for synchronous online class participation. Students who are unable to provide the appropriate headset may check one out for the term from the Truxal Library. Also, the library has a limited number of loaner devices (e.g., laptops, WiFi hotspots, headsets and webcams) available for direct shipment to students. Email your requests to Circdesk@aacc.edu

AACC Athletics to return

AACC Athletics is gearing up for the spring season! Competition begins in early March for baseball, softball and men’s lacrosse. Men’s and women’s soccer begin competition in early April. The NJCAA canceled the women’s lacrosse season due to lack of participating teams.

Competition will be limited primarily to Region XX opponents. All schedules are live on the AACC Athletics website and subject to change.

Per NJCAA Region XX guidelines, no spectators will be allowed at any events. However, we plan to livestream and provide live statistics for most, if not all, home games. Links to live video and live statistics will be posted on the AACC Athletics website and shared via social media. Once games start, weekly updates on Instagram stories will resume for upcoming events at the college.

Any students interested in participating in one of our teams can fill out a prospective player form. Just visit the AACC Athletics website and choose Recruit Me. Students must be full time (12 credits) and meet eligibility criteria to participate.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Feb. 24, 2021 - COVID Reporting and Student Updates (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

Two important communications – the first of our budget updates and a video on fall planning – went out yesterday. Today I want to share some information we are providing to students this week as well as remind you about COVID reporting.

Important COVID reporting

As a reminder, anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who has been exposed to someone with COVID or tested positive, must not come to campus. You must complete the COVID Safety form within 24 hours of:

  • Receiving a positive COVID-19 test
  • Exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
  • Having an intimate partner, housemate or caregiver who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has received a positive COVID-19 test
  • Unprotected close contact with a person who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or has received a positive COVID-19 test

A college representative will contact anyone you have come into close contact with. Local health departments will conduct contact tracing and advise employees and students of next steps regarding testing and quarantine requirements. Thank you for helping us keep our students, colleagues and community safe by following these steps.

Student updates

New learning spaces available

Starting March 1, new learning spaces will be available for students registered for spring credit courses. These are monitored computer labs designed for students to participate in online and online sync classes, or to work independently on AACC coursework, at no cost. Sessions are available at Arnold and at AACC at Arundel Mills. Registration is required through MyAACC. If you know of students who need of such a space, be sure to encourage them to sign up.

AACC Athletics to return

We’re excited to see the return of AACC Athletics for the spring season! Competition begins in early March for baseball, softball and men’s lacrosse. Men’s and women’s soccer begin competition in early April. The NJCAA canceled the women’s lacrosse season due to lack of participating teams

Competition will be limited primarily to Region XX opponents. All schedules are live on the AACC Athletics website and subject to change.

Per NJCAA Region XX guidelines, no spectators will be allowed at any events. However, we plan to livestream and provide live statistics for most, if not all, home games. Links to live video and live statistics will be posted on the AACC Athletics website and shared via social media. Once games start, weekly updates on Instagram stories will resume for upcoming events at the college.

If you know of students interested in participating, please encourage them to fill out a prospective player form! Just visit the AACC Athletics website and choose Recruit Me. Students must be full time (12 credits) and meet eligibility criteria to participate.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Feb. 17, 2021 - Upcoming Registration and Counseling (Students)

Dear Students:

We have made a few adjustments to the summer and fall terms and want to make sure you are aware of the timing so you can plan ahead.

Summer and fall registration

Summer registration will open March 10 and the summer term will begin May 24. Pending board approval next week, including summer terms 2 and 3, there will be a variety of options for students this summer! This year we’re including six-, eight-, 10- and 12-week sessions. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the summer calendar so you can find the timing that works best for your schedule.

To help you plan your fall term, fall registration will open on May 4 this year. We will keep you posted on our plans for the fall, including class formats and student services, as we move forward.

Counseling available

For those of you who don’t know, AACC offers free, personal counseling to students. We know this can be a difficult time and are here to support you. To make appointments for confidential, remote sessions, email counseling@aacc.edu or call 410-777-7111. You may want to listen to today’s episode (Puzzle Pieces) of AACC’s podcast Redefine U to learn more. AACC Coordinator for Personal and Career Counseling Diane Hallila speaks about the benefits of seeking support, stress management and embracing life’s challenges.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Feb. 17, 2021 - Vaccine and Upcoming Registration (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

I know many of you are eager to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and some of the information in the news about the timing of rollout may be confusing. To help, here is what we have learned from the county:

Vaccine update

As mentioned last week, AACC employees are eligible for vaccinations as part of Phase 1B of the state vaccination rollout. If you have not registered, you may register through the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website. Once you register, eligibility is selected by the county at random and is not within the control of the college. When you have an appointment, you will need to show your college ID or you can ask for a letter from Human Resources at least 24 hours in advance through humanresources@aacc.edu. As a reminder, you do not have to live in Anne Arundel County to receive the vaccine by working for AACC. Also, in case of inclement weather, the Department of Health will determine if the clinics will remain open separate from college delays and closures.

Summer and fall registration

We want to make sure you and your students are aware of the timing for summer and fall registration. Summer registration will open March 10 and the summer term will begin May 24. Pending board approval for FY22, which includes summer terms 2 and 3, there will be a variety of options for students this summer, including six-, eight-, 10- and 12-week sessions. Please encourage students to familiarize themselves with the summer calendar. Also, fall registration will open on May 4 this year, which students may also want to know in advance.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Feb. 10, 2021 - Fall Planning, New Paradigm and Student Activities (Students)

Dear Students-

With the start of the spring term, our college is also in the midst of planning for fall. We thought you might want to know sooner than later where we are headed. With that in mind, here is a brief update on our planning.

Planning to increase student presence for the fall

As you have likely seen and read, in-person services are increasing in the county, state and around the country. More schools and colleges are planning for increasing in-person attendance starting as early as this spring. Conferences and other travel are being scheduled for in-person events. Most importantly, COVID cases are declining and vaccine distribution is spreading across the county.

While this continues to be a fluid situation – and we must remain flexible as a result – we anticipate an increased need for on-site classes and services by the fall. We know some students have thrived online, while others have struggled. To provide greater equity, we plan to increase the number of in-person classes to complement the online and hybrid formats. To accommodate a greater student presence on-site, we are beginning a process to increase the number of faculty and staff on-site to be ready for opening day of the fall term as well.

Our goal is to continue to meet the needs of all students in an equitable way following a timetable that supports an increased presence of students by the beginning of next fall. Though we are at the early planning stages, we wanted you to be aware of what is happening behind the scenes. I will continue to update you as we progress.

Long-term Planning for the New Paradigm

At the same time, we are looking beyond the fall to envision AACC of the future. We would like to hear from you about what is working for you with online learning and student services, what are some of the challenges, and what are some of the opportunities as we move forward.

You can participate virtually in three ways:

  • Virtual forum – there will be a facilitated virtual session on Monday, Feb. 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m. just for students. I ask that you come with open minds to brainstorm, generate ideas, and fully engage in collaborative conversations. Please RSVP to presidentsline@aacc.edu to receive the Zoom information and if you need a captioner or ASL interpreter.
  • Padlet – an online virtual “bulletin” board, where you can respond to the questions and reflect or comment on other students’ contributions.
  • Electronic survey –  where you can provide written responses to three questions.

We look forward to hearing from 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 month we have several Black History Month events hosted by AACC and other members of our community. You can find details about clubs 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 Riverhawks at Home or on social media using #riverhawksathome.

I wish you continued success this spring semester!

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Feb. 10, 2021 - Fall Planning, Vaccine and New Paradigm (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

With the start of the spring term, we are in the midst of planning for fall. It is challenging to envision anything six months in the future, including the warmer weather. From a planning perspective, though, that time is right around the corner. With that in mind, I want to provide you with important updates on our planning.

Planning to increase student presence for the fall

As you have likely seen and read, in-person services are increasing in the county, state and around the country. More schools and colleges are planning for increasing in-person attendance starting as early as this spring. Conferences and other travel are being scheduled for in-person events. Most importantly, COVID cases are declining and vaccine distribution is spreading across the county.

While this continues to be a fluid situation – and we must remain flexible as a result – we anticipate an increased need for on-site classes and services by the fall. We know some students have thrived online, while others have struggled. To provide greater equity, we plan to increase the number of in-person classes to complement the online and hybrid formats.

To accommodate a greater student presence on-site, we are beginning a process to increase the number of faculty and staff on-site to be ready for opening day of the fall term in August. We are relying on the teams in place through the Riverhawk Recovery Team to start. These teams will continue to develop a framework to guide the gradual return to in-person activities. Human Resources will be setting up appointments with supervisors to work with individual departments to help evaluate workforce capacity to provide a balance of in-person and online services.

I want to emphasize that we are in the beginning stages of this analysis. All employees will have plenty of time to prepare and make adjustments for the fall. We want to address not only staffing needs, but facilities, technology, and health and safety concerns. Our goal is that everyone is ready to meet the needs of all students in an equitable way following a timetable that supports an increased presence of students by the beginning of next fall. I will continue to update you as we progress.

Vaccine update

No doubt many of you will feel more comfortable and confident with our fall planning knowing that the demand for vaccines is being met. We have learned that AACC employees qualify for vaccinations under the “education” section of Phase 1B of the state vaccination rollout. However, the county controls the timing of when different segments of the education sector will be vaccinated. Supply still remains low, but you can sign up now to receive the vaccine when more supplies become available. Because you work at the college, you do not have to live in Anne Arundel County to receive the vaccine through the Anne Arundel County Department of Health. To sign up, visit their website. We will continue to provide you with updates about the eligibility of the college community as it becomes available from the county.

Long-term Planning for the New Paradigm

Lastly, I want to thank those of you who have already filled out surveys, posted on Padlet or attended this morning’s open forum as we look beyond the fall and envision the AACC of the future. Your input is greatly appreciated. Remember that you can participate through:

  • Open Forums – Attend a virtual session through Zoom Friday, Feb. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. RSVP to presidentsline@aacc.edu with the session you would like to attend. The Zoom information will be sent to participants the day before the session. If you need a captioner or ASL interpreter, just email presidentsline@aacc.edu as soon as possible with your request and session date.
  • Padlet – Post responses to three questions on this online virtual “bulletin” board and reflect or comment on your colleagues’ contributions.  
  • Electronic Survey – Provide written responses to the three questions.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Feb. 3, 2021 - Inclement Weather, Attestation and Vaccines (Students)

Dear Students-

I hope everyone weathered the snow and ice OK! This week’s update includes a number of important reminders, including our updated inclement weather policy.

Inclement weather reminder

This week we have seen our first significant winter weather and with it, the rollout of our new inclement weather policy. As a reminder, the college will continue with virtual instruction and staff will work remotely during times of inclement weather. If conditions or another emergency warrants, classes that are scheduled for in-person instruction may be canceled. In this case, instructors will communicate to students how instructional time will be made up or how established course learning outcomes will be achieved. Additionally, in the event of widespread power or internet failures, the college may cancel all instruction. Visit Campus Alerts for a full description of the policy.

Student attestation forms

Another important reminder is that all students must complete an attestation form starting with the spring term, even if all of your classes are online. Student attestations should have been included as part of the registration, and you are not required to complete an additional form. We continue to receive some paper versions, but that isn’t necessary. For clarification, visit the Health and Safety pages of the Riverhawk Recovery section of the website.

Bookstore delivery for 13-week classes

Our 13-week classes begin Monday, Feb. 8. Free shipping is available from the AACC Bookstore on all orders, so make sure you order now to receive your materials on time. Curbside pickup from AACC Bookstore will not be available next week.

CALT building used for police training

For those who come to campus, please be aware that on Friday, Feb. 12, from 7-11 a.m. the CALT Building will be used by the county police for a training session. Lot G (CALT) and entrances to the building will be restricted during the training and signage will note “Police Training in Progress.” Members of AACC’s Department of Public Safety and Police will be on-site during this time as well.

Vaccine clinic change of location

Also, the Anne Arundel County Health Department vaccine clinic being held at AACC is moving from CADE to the SUN Hawk’s Nest. As previously shared, remember that the distribution is run by the Health Department, not AACC. If you receive questions about the clinic at AACC, you can advise people to contact the Health Department at 410-222-3663 or through its website.

Spring video message

If you missed my spring video message, I want to share it with you here. Also, as I have mentioned before, there will be opportunities to participate in our planning for a new paradigm for the college. Be sure to look for a separate communication tomorrow with details of how you can get involved.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Feb. 3, 2021 - Racial Equity, Inclement Weather and Vaccine (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

I hope everyone weathered the snow and ice OK! This week’s message includes a reminder of our updated inclement weather policy as well as new information, starting with an exciting opportunity with Achieving the Dream.

AACC is one of 10 colleges chosen for Racial Equity Leadership Academy

I’m proud to announce AACC’s participation in the Racial Equity Leadership Academy by Achieving the Dream and the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. AACC is one of only 10 colleges nationwide selected to participate in the yearlong program that will begin this summer. In higher education we have seen COVID-19 further exacerbate inequities and disproportionately impact students of color. This is a welcomed time to receive a boost in our work to address equity gaps and other inequities through high-quality educational practices. 

The intensive program will support a team from the college as they develop a strategic racial equity plan with actionable solutions. By the end of the process, our team will have identified a racial equity change effort, participated in coaching engagements, developed a new vision for our college’s racial equity work and launched the rollout of the racial equity change effort with a comprehensive, prioritized plan. The long-term outcome is to increase student persistence and completion through an intentional design that eliminates structural barriers to equity. This effort will no doubt further the work we have already begun, and I am excited for our participation.

CALT building used for police training

Be aware that on Friday, Feb. 12, from 7-11 a.m. the CALT Building will be used by the county police for a training session. Lot G (CALT) and entrances to the building will be restricted during the training and signage will note “Police Training in Progress.” Members of AACC’s Department of Public Safety and Police will be on-site during this time as well.

Vaccine clinic change of location

Also, the Anne Arundel County Health Department vaccine clinic being held at AACC is moving from the Cade building to the Sun Dining Hall. As previously shared, please remember that the distribution is run by the Health Department, not AACC. If you receive questions about the clinic at AACC, you can advise people to contact the Health Department at 410-222-3663 or through its website.

Inclement weather reminder

This week we have seen our first significant winter weather and with it, the rollout of our new inclement weather policy. As a reminder, the college will continue with virtual instruction and staff will work remotely during times of inclement weather. If conditions or another emergency warrants, classes that are scheduled for in-person instruction may be canceled. In this case, instructors should communicate to their students how instructional time will be made up or how established course learning outcomes will be achieved. Additionally, in the event of widespread power or internet failures, the college may cancel all instruction. Visit Campus Alerts for a full description of the policy.

Student attestation forms

Another important reminder is that all students must complete an attestation form starting with the spring term, even if all of their classes are online. Student attestations should have been included as part of their registration, and they are not required to complete an additional form. However, we continue to receive some paper versions so if there is confusion, be sure to clarify the policy for students. You can also direct them to the Health and Safety pages of the Riverhawk Recovery section of the website.

Bookstore delivery for 13-week classes

Our 13-week classes begin Monday, Feb. 8. Free shipping is available from the AACC Bookstore on all orders, so encourage students to order now to receive their materials on time. Curbside pickup from the Bookstore will not be available next week.

Spring video message

If you missed my spring video message, I want to share it with you here. Also, as I have mentioned before, there will be opportunities to participate in our planning for a new paradigm for the college. Please look for a separate communication tomorrow with details of how you can get involved.

Stay safe and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Jan. 27, 2021 - Riverhawk Recovery and Resources (Students)

Dear Students-

Happy New Year and welcome to the spring 2021! We’re so glad you’re here and wish you a great start to the new term.

Regular updates

As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will provide consistent updates to keep you informed about important information related to our operations and recovery. At the start of the term, we will provide weekly updates each Wednesday and will likely move to every other week as the term progresses. Be sure to watch for these Wednesday updates in your MyAACC email.

Riverhawk Recovery webpages

This spring 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 section of the AACC website that provides details of where we are today and where we are headed in the future. This section includes links to Student Services, Health and Safety and more, and provides FAQs, attestation forms and contact information for various departments and resources for you throughout the term at Riverhawk Recovery.

Resources available

Please remember that we have many resources for you, despite the majority of faculty and staff working remotely. For information about accessing books from the library or the AACC Bookstore, check out Student Services, where you can get information on curbside pickup. You may be interested in receiving advising, tutoring, counseling and other services, which are noted in that same section. Our student clubs remain active and the Student Ambassadors are available to answer questions as well.

Lastly, I want to remind you of another website designed to support you: Riverhawks at Home. This site is home to AACC’s “digital community” and includes contributions from students, faculty and staff. Look here for fun stories, tips and engaging social media posts.

I want to thank you for your confidence in AACC and continuing your education with us. We are here to support your educational journey and want you to achieve your goals! Look for regular communications each week and check the dedicated webpages for periodic updates.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Jan. 27, 2021 - Middle States, Students and Vaccines (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

Happy spring and best wishes for a great start to the new term!

Middle States review

I want to thank Dr. Greg Schrader, chair of the Middle States Steering Committee, and the members of that committee, as well as the many volunteers involved in the process. This is a huge undertaking and a critical step toward AACC’s reaccreditation. To give you an update on the process and how all of us can help, watch this brief video message from Schrader.

Student update

Today we resume our weekly updates to students. I will be sharing with them links to Riverhawk Recovery webpages and Riverhawks at Home as resources for them. Be sure to remind students that AACC’s many resources, clubs and other support are still available to them, despite the majority of us working remotely. Information and links to department emails or phone numbers are provided in the webpages as well as FAQs that students may find helpful.

Statewide vaccinations

I’m sure many of you are eager to learn when we will have the opportunity to receive vaccines for COVID-19. There are three factors affecting timing:

  • Availability – As you have likely read or heard, there is currently more demand than supply. However, the supply continues to increase so we are hopeful that enough vaccinations will be available in the near future.
  • Eligibility – The state has shared with us that: Due to the limited supply of vaccine, Maryland does not anticipate significantly fulfilling any specific educational vaccine requests until a majority of Marylanders over age 65 are vaccinated. Also, the state has announced that Maryland has moved to phase “1C,” which includes “educators,” but the county has posted to its website that Anne Arundel is still in phase “1B.”
  • Location – As noted in previous updates, AACC is a location for the county Health Department. The state announced that it will be opening regional centers in addition to the current distribution through counties and private providers.

Please bear with us as we seek greater clarity from the state and county. We will share with you additional details as we learn more.

Thank you for everything you do for our students, colleagues and our community.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Jan. 20, 2021 - Spring Forecast, Curbside Textbooks and Vaccines (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, spring classes begin next week. Thanks to everyone for all of your hard work to prepare for the return of our students.

Spring Forecast recording

I hope you were able to join us for last week’s Spring Forecast. If you were unable to attend, the recording is available on YouTube. (Note: The opening audio, following the student videos, was lost for roughly 30 seconds, and then resumes.) 

Curbside textbook delivery

Also, thank you to everyone who has volunteered for the AACC Bookstore, which has resumed its spring curbside pickup program as of yesterday. The program will continue through Monday, Feb. 1. 

Volunteers are still needed so if your schedule permits, please consider helping our students by signing up for a shift. The college’s strict social distancing and safety protocols will be upheld. Just sign up to volunteer!

Vaccines on campus

As shared in previous updates, AACC is a county site for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. The distribution is run by the Anne Arundel County Health Department, not AACC. If you receive questions about the clinic at AACC, you can advise people to contact the Health Department. 

The county has moved from Phase 1A, which included health care providers and first responders, to Phase 1B for residents age 75 and older. These residents can preregister online or by phone on weekdays at 410-222-3663. Appointments will be at county vaccination clinics including AACC, Glen Burnie and other sites around the county.

There has been some confusion around the category of “education” for receiving vaccinations. As of now, our understanding is that this eligibility refers to K-12, but we have asked for confirmation from the health department, which we have not yet received. We will update you as soon as we know and can advise with confidence on the timing and process for faculty and staff.

Planning for the future

As I mentioned in last week's Spring Forecast, it's time for us to start planning for the future and post-pandemic recovery. To help us do that, we want to hear from you. 

During February, we will launch a process similar to the Innovation Spaces we conducted last year for strategic planning with questions designed for feedback/comments through:

  • Virtual, facilitated forums via Zoom for all faculty and staff
  • Electronic padlets and
  • Survey Monkey electronic surveys

The Strategic Planning Committee will begin work in late February to coalesce the responses and develop plans to communicate the results back to the campus community in March. We will also follow a similar process of outreach to students as well.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Jan. 13, 2021 - COVID Leave, Curbside Pickup and COVID Form (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

I look forward to tomorrow’s Spring Forecast as we prepare to kick off the start of the spring term and plan for the future. As a reminder, we will begin at 3:30 p.m., and you can access by YouTube or Zoom. Yesterday’s email from the presidentsline@aacc.edu has the details.

COVID leave extended

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) expired on Dec. 31, 2020.  This act provided employees with paid sick leave or extended family and medical leave for specific reasons related to COVID-19. 

The college will voluntarily continue this leave for employees who are unable to work because they have tested positive, have COVID-like symptoms or who are quarantining due to COVID exposure through March 31, 2021.  This allows employees to use up to 80 hours of FFCRA leave to care for themselves without using earned sick leave. We will not be continuing the benefit for the care of family members with symptoms or a diagnosis. This leave will also not provide a benefit for employees who have to care for children who are unable to attend school or daycare due to COVID shutdowns.

If you have any questions, contact Human Resources at humanresources@aacc.edu

Curbside textbook delivery returns

As you may have seen in a separate email, the AACC Bookstore needs volunteers for its spring curbside pickup program from Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Feb. 1. 

Volunteers are needed to fill several openings each day, with most shifts running 2½ hours. This is a great opportunity to get some exercise and enjoy a change of scenery while helping our students achieve their academic goals.

The college’s strict social distancing and safety protocols will be upheld. Just sign up to volunteer!

New health reporting form

The COVID safety team has developed a secure new form for COVID reporting. This form replaces the previous method of emailing reports to COVID safety and simplifies the process by clarifying the specifics of what to report and how. It is available in one click from the Riverhawk Recovery webpages.

Concerns about violence

Many of you may have heard about possible protests at state capitals around the country and possible attacks during or around the time of the presidential inauguration. We have no indication that AACC could be a target of violence in the next week. However, Public Safety and Police plan to step up their presence in buildings where students and employees are present.

Clearly the New Year has not begun as we had wanted or hoped. We continue to see increases in COVID cases and the threat of more conflict is unnerving. I want to remind you of the resources available to employees:

  • EAP: Employees have access to counseling through the Employee Assistance Program. Also, short-term counseling is available at no cost to students through HIPPA-compliant video conferencing platforms.
  • AACC’s Health & Wellness Center continues to offer free services, including substance abuse and recovery support as well as nicotine cessation services. Email bamays@aacc.edu.
  • Emergency/Crisis: Due to remote access and counselors fluctuating availability, if there is a concern of safety to self or others, call 911 or the Anne Arundel County Warmline at 410-768-5522 immediately.

Thank you for all that you are doing to prepare our students for a brighter future and for the support you are showing for one another.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Jan. 6, 2021 - Health Department, Direct Deposit and Spring Broadcast (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

Welcome back! I hope each of you had an opportunity to enjoy some time off during our winter break. With the spring term right around the corner, we will resume our weekly updates.

County Health Department at AACC

Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, the Anne Arundel County Health Department will begin holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics on the Arnold campus. These clinics will be for specific priority groups (i.e., law enforcement, health care workers not affiliated with a hospital, etc.) and are by appointment only. The clinics will initially be held in the CADE Building for a few weeks and then moved to the SUN Hawk’s Nest for an extended period of time. We wanted everyone to be aware of what will be taking place in case you are on or near campus and notice increased vehicular traffic in those areas while the clinics are operating. Eventually, we expect the clinics to be open to the public according to the state rollout plan. We will notify everyone immediately when that transition takes place.

Direct Deposit Reminder

As you may have heard, the USPS is struggling with the volume of mail as a result of the holiday season and the impact of COVID-19 on its workforce. As a result, there have been increased incidents of lost or delayed mail being reported. If you haven't already done so, you can ensure timely receipt of your paycheck by signing up for direct deposit. Also, be sure to reach out to temporary employees and adjuncts within your departments and ensure they also take advantage of direct deposit.

Spring Broadcast Jan. 14

To kick off the spring term and provide you with important updates, we will hold a “spring broadcast” on Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. We will follow a format much like our fall convocation with a Zoom link and broadcast on YouTube. Look for a link to the broadcast next week and plan to join the vice presidents and me so we can begin the new year together.

On that note, I want to wish all of you a very happy New Year!

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Dec. 18, 2020 - Emergency Travel Order

Dear Colleagues and Students,

This message supersedes the travel information in my email dated 12/16/20.

Governor Hogan announced last night a new emergency travel order that requires Maryland residents to limit travel to essential purposes only.  Marylanders who travel out of state must obtain a negative COVID-19 test or self-quarantine for 10 days.

Until this new travel order is rescinded by the Governor, AACC employees and students who travel out of the state will not be permitted on campus until they meet the state’s requirements (negative COVID-19 test or self-quarantine for 10 days).  Travel to the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the States of Delaware and West Virginia by Marylanders is exempt from this requirement.

If you choose to travel restricted locations, you will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to class. As a reminder, AACC’s class attendance policy can be found in the college catalog. Faculty will explore options on ways to accommodate students who may need to temporarily complete assignments remotely.

During the winter break, please contact COVIDsafety@aacc.edu if you have any questions.  Beginning Jan. 4, 2021 you may also email Suzanne Boyer, executive director of human resources with any questions (slboyer1@aacc.edu). 

Things could change again so we ask that you check your email before returning to campus on Jan. 4th to make sure there have not been any further changes and so you have the most up-to-date information.

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Dec. 16, 2020 - Winter Break and Inclement Weather (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

Happy Holidays! By now, I hope you have had a chance to see this year’s holiday message. If not, be sure to watch for a little “joy” from Swoop and your colleagues. I know all of us are looking forward to the winter break, and we will be communicating to supervisors to work with their teams to ensure a true break as much as possible. Before it begins, I want to share two brief updates.

Staying Safe for Winter Break and New Year

As you spend time with family and friends, and some may plan to travel, please exercise caution and use your best judgment to stay healthy and safe. Governor Hogan has asked that we continue to practice social distancing and avoid traveling to states with a positivity rate of more than 10% or seven-day case rate of 20 cases per 100,000 people. If you do travel to these locations, we request that you self-quarantine for 14 days upon your return and refrain from coming to campus during that time.

Inclement Weather

As you may have anticipated, the college plans to have virtual instruction, and staff will work remotely on days with inclement weather. For any classes that are scheduled for in-person instruction, the instructor should communicate to their students how instructional time will be made up or how established course learning outcomes will be achieved. However, in the event of widespread power or internet failures, the college will cancel instruction. For details on how we will approach decision-making and communications related to inclement weather, visit our inclement weather webpage.

Enjoy the winter break! I have never looked forward to a New Year more than this one. I am hopeful that we come out of this pandemic soon. You have my commitment that we will continue to work together to make the college even stronger in 2021.

I wish each of you a very happy and healthy New Year!

Take care and stay well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Dec. 9, 2020 - End of Fall Term and COVID Cases (Employees)

Dear Colleagues-

For this week’s update to faculty and staff, I want to share a short video message.

In addition, I have been asked by the constituency groups to provide details about what impact the rising number of COVID cases is having on AACC. Because we have taken a conservative approach focused on health and safety, I am happy to report that our numbers have been quite low relative to the number of students and employees at the college.

The total number of positive COVID student cases since March 14 totals 28, and the number of positive employee cases in the same timeframe totals 22.  Additionally, the number of people we track as being “at risk” is 214 students and 54 employees. Some “at risk” individuals may have had symptoms but did not test positive or have had a positive contact and must quarantine. Many of the positive student and employee cases have not been on campus.

I want to thank our COVID-19 Safety Team of Suzanne Boyer and Beth Mays, with much support from Donna Carpenter and Anne Bashore, for the time-intensive work required to monitor and track cases day and night. Emails are answered during on- and off-business hours. Not only do they handle case management, from talking to the individual, getting background information and periodically checking in with those individuals, they communicate with the county Department of Health about every case.

Please know that if a potential or positive case is on campus, the facilities affected by that case gets thoroughly sanitized according to CDC guidelines. In addition, if you have been potentially exposed, you will be contacted immediately.

Take care and stay well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Dec. 2, 2020 - Final Exams and Registration (Students)

Dear students-

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed a bit of a break!

As you know, the county and state continue to see a significant number of COVID cases and anticipate increases in illnesses throughout the winter. AACC intentionally has taken a conservative approach to our decisions and actions, which has resulted in a low number of COVID cases within the college community. I want to stress the need for us to continue this approach and to remain vigilant. I appreciate your support as we move into the colder months so that we may continue to reduce the risks to our students, faculty and staff.

Fall Final Exams

Final exams for the fall are required and must be given according to the published schedule from Dec. 14 to Dec. 19. Exams for Online and Online Sync classes must be completed no later than Dec. 19. The scheduled time for a synchronous exam is available on the website. Also, if Honorlock is being used, a Google Chrome extension is required. The extension, support and additional information can be found online. Final grades will be submitted by your instructor 48 hours after the exam is given. The college will process term grade reports and transcripts immediately after the exam period ends so you may receive your grades prior to the end of the year.

Winter and Spring Terms

Registration is well underway for winter and spring terms. In addition to online classes, we have scheduled a number of hybrid offerings. We intentionally capped the in-person portions of hybrid classes at 10 students in anticipation of possible state or county restrictions on meetings. To help you review the different formats and determine the best fit for you, visit “Ways to Take a Course” on our website.

You’re in the home stretch for the fall term – be sure finish strong so you are ready for the winter and spring terms!

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Dec. 2, 2020 - Hiring Searches, Final Exams and Registration (Employees)

Dear colleagues-

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed a bit of a break!

As you know, the county and state continue to see a significant number of COVID cases and anticipate increases in illnesses throughout the winter. AACC has intentionally taken a conservative approach to our decisions and actions, which has resulted in a low number of COVID cases within the college community. I want to stress the need for us to continue this approach and to remain vigilant. I appreciate your support as we move into the colder months so that we may continue to reduce the risks to our students, faculty and staff.

Update on Chief Diversity Officer and VP of Technology searches

After receiving your input, followed by a thorough committee review and much discussion, I have decided not to hire our next Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer from our initial pool of candidates. With the full support of the hiring committee, we will extend the search in an effort to widen the pool of applicants to find the best person for our college. I am pleased to share that the members of the committee have agreed to stay on and provide continuity in the search process. I want to thank them for their dedication and service.

At the same time, we continue to move forward in our search for a Vice President of Information Technology. We will continue to keep you informed of both searches as we progress.

Fall Final Exams

Just a reminder, final exams for the fall are required and must be given according to the published schedule from Dec. 14 to Dec. 19. Exams for Online and Online Sync classes must be completed no later than Dec. 19. The scheduled time for a synchronous exam is available on the website. Also, if Honorlock is being used, a Google Chrome extension is required. The extension, support and additional information can be found online. Final grades must be submitted 48 hours after the exam is given. The college will process term grade reports and transcripts immediately after the exam period ends so students can receive their grades prior to the end of the year.

Winter and Spring Terms

Registration is well underway for the winter and spring terms. In addition to online classes, we have scheduled a number of hybrid offerings. We intentionally capped the in-person portions of hybrid classes at 10 students in anticipation of possible state or county restrictions on meetings. To help students understand the different formats available, you can reference “Ways to Take a Course” on our website.

Thank you for helping our students end strong this fall and prepare for winter and spring terms.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Nov. 18, 2020 - Thanksgiving (Employees)

Dear Colleagues,

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I would like to share some of the many things I am grateful for as this week's update. I hope all of you have a restful, happy and safe holiday!

Take care and stay well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Nov. 11, 2020 - Military, Attestation and Spring Registration (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

Yesterday Gov. Hogan provided a health advisory for Maryland, including guidance to residents regarding out-of-state travel. Traditionally, Thanksgiving is one of the most heavily traveled holidays, and many of you may be wondering how best to handle the upcoming breaks, including winter break. County Executive Steuart Pittman will hold a news conference tomorrow morning, which could provide additional direction from the county. The state advisory is not mandatory for residents or college employees, but if you have any questions about how it may impact you, contact humanresources@aacc.edu

We encourage you to review the full advisory provided by the state.

Spotlight on Military Service

In observance of Veterans Day today, AACC honors its service members and thanks them for their and their family’s sacrifices. You can watch my message on YouTube as well as a video message from Samson Reis, AACC chapter president of the Student Veterans of America. There are a number of other ways you can mark the day as well.

In case you haven’t contributed yet and would like to acknowledge someone in particular or share a heartwarming message of thanks to veterans in our community, visit the Veterans Appreciation Month Board where you can post by clicking the + icon on the board. While we are unable to meet on campus, we will share these messages with the same level of reverence and gratitude to veterans in the AACC community.

Also, if you are serving or have served in the military, we would like to recognize you! If you would like to be featured in the “Spotlight on Military Service” profile series, fill out and submit this online form. We’ll feature students, faculty and staff throughout the month on AACC social media accounts as one more way of recognizing those members of the AACC community in the armed forces.

Finally, if you visit Riverhawks at Home you’ll find additional activities, including coloring pages, discounts and a link to Andrew G. Truxal Library’s virtual exhibit. The Veterans Appreciation Month webpage also lists upcoming events, virtual activities and special initiatives for our veterans and military-connected community.

Attestation Forms Due Friday, Nov. 13

As I mentioned last week, all current employees are required to complete a health attestation form. Thank you to everyone who has completed a form already. Please complete by this Friday, Nov. 13, even if you completed an attestation form previously. With the help of the Information Services team, the attestation is set up as a Microsoft Form. You no longer need to email a PDF to the COVID safety email box. You may access the form from the link above or from the Riverhawk Recovery Health and Safety page. Log in as you normally would on the college’s sign-in page, read each statement and, if appropriate, click on the “Agree” box, sign and complete the form. The information will be stored securely, and you will receive an email confirmation with a copy of the attestation for your records. This should be completed no later than this Friday, Nov. 13.

If you have any questions, contact Suzanne Boyer, executive director of Human Resources, at slboyer1@aacc.edu. A Spanish version of the form is forthcoming.

Spring Registration Underway

As you know, spring registration kicked off yesterday! We’re building on the online options available in the fall by adding a number of hybrid classes. To help students understand the different course modalities, be sure to familiarize yourself with the online and hybrid formats on the Ways to Take a Course page on our website. A tutorial is also being provided in the registration section of MyAACC as well as in Canvas.

Students may also attend Virtual Early Registration Drop-in Advising from noon to 6 p.m. today and tomorrow to connect with an advisor who can help them sign up for classes.

Take care and stay well,

Dawn

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Nov. 4, 2020 - Veterans Day and Athletics (Students)

Dear Students:

Registration for the spring term begins Monday, Nov. 10, and winter registration is well underway. There are two important changes for these upcoming terms. First, we’re not be printing and mailing a credit class schedule, so be sure to visit either the main website, aacc.edu, or use MyAACC to locate the classes you wish to take. Second, in addition to the online options available in the fall, this spring we will increase the number of hybrid classes, which combine online with in-person classes. Don’t forget to familiarize yourself with the different formats to find the courses that are right for you.

Veterans Day Recognition

AACC will honor our servicemen and servicewomen in observation of Veterans Day on Wed., Nov. 11, by featuring messages of appreciation from administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders. Unlike in years past, we will share these messages in a virtual format on AACC’s social media accounts. While these messages will not be presented “live,” they are still shared with the same level of reverence and gratitude to veterans in the AACC community. In addition, the library's Veterans Day exhibit will also be virtual this year.

We are honored to have many service members and veterans in the AACC community. If you are currently serving or have served in the military, we would like to recognize you! If you would like to be featured in the “Spotlight on Military Service” profile series, fill out and submit this online form. We will feature students, faculty and staff throughout the month on AACC social media accounts as one more way of recognizing those members of the AACC community in the Armed Forces.

Getting more involved – the Bunker Network

If you would like to be more involved in supporting military and veteran students, I encourage you to participate in the Military/Veteran Resource Center’s Bunker Network, a growing community of faculty and staff members who have a particular interest in understanding and supporting the needs of the military learner. For information about the Bunker Network, contact the Military/Veteran Resource Center at veterans@aacc.edu

To learn more about the variety of virtual activities and special initiatives happening Nov. 1-30, visit our Veterans Appreciation Month webpage. For information about AACC’s services for military, veterans and dependents, visit the Military/Veterans Resource Center page, email veterans@aacc.edu or call 410-777-4838.

AACC Athletics Returns

I am happy to share that sports are coming back to AACC this spring! In preparation, athletes will begin practices and conditioning outdoors for all sports. If you are interested in participating in a sport, fill out the AACC athletics interest form. Go Riverhawks!

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Nov. 4, 2020 - Attestation Form, Veterans Appreciation and Spring Registration (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

There are a number of important updates to share with you this week.

Attestation forms – now required of all current employees

As a follow up to my Oct. 21 message, we now require all current employees to complete a health attestation form. Previously, the form was only required for employees coming to campus. Please complete the form even if you completed one previously. We are making this change to streamline and shore up the tracking process.  With the help of the Information Services team, the attestation is set up as a Microsoft Form. You may access the form from the link above or from the Riverhawk Recovery Health and Safety page. Log in as you normally would on the college’s sign-in page, read each statement and, if appropriate, click on the “Agree” box, sign and complete the form. The information will be stored securely and you no longer need to email a PDF to the COVID safety email box. You will receive an email confirmation with a copy of the attestation for your records. This should be completed no later than Nov. 13. If you have any questions, contact Suzanne Boyer, executive director of Human Resources at slboyer1@aacc.edu.  A Spanish version of the form is forthcoming.

Chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer search

If you were unable to “meet the candidates” yesterday or Monday, don’t forget you can review the recorded presentations of our three candidates for the chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer position. We welcome your feedback, so please complete the anonymous surveys for each of the candidates. Thank you again to Nicole Williams, Ph.D., (chair) and Vickie Mazotas for co-facilitating the presentations, and thank you to the other committee members for recommending such strong candidates. 

Veterans Day activities

Continuing with our long-held special tradition, AACC will honor our servicemen and servicewomen in observance of Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Unlike years past, we will feature messages of appreciation from administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders on a digital board linked to Riverhawks at Home. If you would like to acknowledge someone in particular or share a heartwarming message of thanks to veterans in our community, visit the Veterans Appreciation Month Board where you can post by clicking the + icon on the board. While we are unable to meet on campus, we will share these messages with the same level of reverence and gratitude to veterans in the AACC community.

Spotlight on Military Service

We are honored to have many service members and veterans in the AACC community. If you are currently serving or have served in the military, we would like to recognize you! If you would like to be featured in the “Spotlight on Military Service” profile series, fill out and submit this online form. We will feature students, faculty and staff throughout the month on AACC social media accounts as one more way of recognizing those members of the AACC community in the Armed Forces.

Getting more involved – the Bunker Network

If you would like to be more involved in supporting military and veteran students, I encourage you to participate in the Military/Veteran Resource Center’s Bunker Network, a growing community of faculty and staff members who have a particular interest in understanding and supporting the needs of the military learner. For information about the Bunker Network, contact the Military/Veteran Resource Center at veterans@aacc.edu

To learn more about the variety of virtual activities and special initiatives happening Nov. 1-30, visit our Veterans Appreciation Month webpage. For information about AACC’s services for military, veterans and dependents, visit the Military and Veterans Resource Center page, email veterans@aacc.edu or call 410-777-4838.

As always, thank you for helping us honor our veterans and servicemen and servicewomen.

No 2020 Turkey Trot

Unfortunately, we have canceled the AACC Turkey Trot this year. We are looking to have another event in the spring, if possible, so that we can come together as a community either in person or virtually. Thank you for your support of the event in the past, and we look forward to having another Turkey Trot next year.

Spring Registration

As you know, registration for the spring term begins Monday, Nov. 10, and winter registration is well underway. In addition to the online options available in the fall, this spring we will increase the number of hybrid classes. We are developing a number of communications to help students understand the different course modalities. Please familiarize yourself with the different formats so you are able to help students find the courses that are right for them. One starting point is the Ways to Take a Course page on our website. More resources for you to review and share will be coming soon.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Oct. 28, 2020 - Personnel, Athletics, Construction and Voting (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

As noted last week, we will continue our weekly faculty and staff updates with the goal of keeping you informed of important progress in our Riverhawk Recovery plan. Students will receive updates every other week. The next student communication will go out Nov. 4.

Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer Search

Thanks to the hard work of the search committee, next week, we will hold open forums with the candidates for our next Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. A special thanks to the committee chair Dr. Nicole Williams for her leadership. A separate email has been sent with login instructions to attend Monday, Nov. 2, and Tuesday, Nov. 3. The forums will be recorded and saved on our intranet for those who are unable to attend.

Athletics

Sports are returning to AACC this spring! In preparation, athletes will begin outdoor practices and conditioning on campus. Thanks to everyone working behind the scenes to prepare and keep our athletes, coaches and staff healthy and safe.

Buildings Update

Since most of us are not on campus regularly, I want to alert you to the continued progress of our newest buildings. The Health and Life Sciences building remains on schedule to open and ready for classes in time for next fall, 2021. In addition, the private fundraising for the Clauson Center for Skilled Trades and Innovation has been overwhelmingly positive. That building is expected to be substantially complete in October 2021, and later that month or early November we will dedicate the building. We anticipate classes starting in January 2022.

Spring Term

Thanks to everyone preparing for spring registration which begins Nov. 10. We continue to plan for Stage 3 for the spring term, which includes an increase in hybrid classes. For details, visit the AACC recovery webpages.

Vote 2020

Finally, I received a letter from the governor’s office asking that we encourage our students and workforce to “make a plan to vote.” In response, we will share that information with students and would appreciate your efforts to reinforce that message. Remember, early voting is underway through Nov. 2, and Election Day is Nov. 3. To help all of us make a plan to vote, we can visit the State Board of Elections website

Have a great rest of the week!

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Oct. 21, 2020 - Riverhawks at Home and Future Classes (Students)

Dear Students:

Happy Wednesday! There is no news to report this week. With that in mind, we will shift to a message every other week, rather than weekly. Please remember the following:

  • Riverhawk Recovery Plan – Details of AACC’s recovery plan, past communications, attestation forms, resources with contact information and other important information can be found within our recovery webpages. Be sure to visit often for updates to FAQs.
  • Riverhawks at Home – Our community continues to thrive online. For photos, videos, tips and other helpful ways to connect with your AACC community, visit riverhawksathome.com.
  • Future classes – To help you stay on track with your educational goals, registration is underway for winter classes, and spring registration begins Nov. 10.

Again, we will not send an update next week, but will resume Nov. 4. In the meantime, I wish you continued success with your studies!

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Oct. 21, 2020 - Riverhawks at Home, Attestation Forms and Winter Schedule (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy Wednesday! Thank you for your positive comments about the weekly update. We are pleased you are finding it informative. The primary goal is to keep everyone informed while making sure the content is relevant. Below you will find a few of the resources we reminded students of today: 

  • Riverhawk Recovery Plan – Details of AACC’s recovery plan, past communications, attestation forms, resources with contact info and other important information can be found within our recovery webpages.
  • Riverhawks at Home – Our community continues to thrive online. For photos, videos, tips and other helpful ways to connect with the AACC community, visit riverhawksathome.com.
  • Future classes – To help students stay on track with their educational goals, registration is underway for winter classes, and spring registration begins Nov. 10.

Attestation forms – to be required of all employees

To ensure the continued health and safety of our college community, next week we will require that all current employees complete a health attestation form. Previously the form was only required for employees coming to campus. We are making this change to streamline and shore up the tracking process. Details of this new process are being ironed out at this time, and an update will be provided in the coming weeks. Until then, make sure you complete an attestation form if you are coming to campus. Send it to COVIDsafety@aacc.edu

Winter schedule

As I noted in last week’s update, the last day of the fall term will be Dec. 19 to allow for a full two-week winter break for most employees. To clarify further, there are some personnel who will continue to work during the break, as always. Also, some winter classes begin Dec. 21. As a result there will be some faculty and staff required to support our students at that time. Be sure to work out the details with your supervisors to ensure adequate coverage to respond to student needs.

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Oct. 14, 2020 - Sources of Support (Students)

Dear Students:

This week marks the midway point of the fall term and serves as a good reminder to pace ourselves and continue to care for yourself and others. With that in mind, I want to remind you that there are many resources available that can support you throughout the school year. Please take advantage of helpful resources to support your financial, physical, mental and academic health.

Academic Health

We want you to finish the term strong. Reach out to your instructors and ask for help if you need it. Tutoring and the Writing Center are available to help you get through your classes. You can also chat with a librarian about questions related to research, online resources and loaner equipment, such as laptops and hotspot devices.

Contact: truxal@aacc.libanswers.com 

Financial Health

If you or your family are struggling with finances, be sure to contact AACC’s financial aid office to find out if you are eligible for additional financial aid or scholarships.

Contact: finaid@aacc.edu  

You may also apply for a HelpLink grant to help with food costs, living expenses, medical care or course materials. HelpLink awards will be distributed by direct shipment.

Contact: studenthelplink@aacc.edu 

Mental and Physical Health

Taking care of your physical and mental well-being at this time is critical to maintaining resiliency. Short-term counseling is available at no cost to students through HIPPA-compliant video conferencing  platforms.

Students, faculty and staff may receive one-time or weekly deliveries of food from AACC’s food pantry via direct shipment. Contact: studenthelplink@aacc.edu 

The Health & Wellness Center is continuing to offer free services including substance abuse and recovery support, nicotine cessation services (nicotine patches, gum and lozenges), safer sex condom kits, and pregnancy test kits.

Contact: bamays@aacc.edu 

Emergency/Crisis: Due to remote access and counselors fluctuating availability, if there is a concern of safety to self or others, call 911 or the Anne Arundel County Warmline at 410-768-5522 immediately.

Contact: counseling@aacc.edu 

State and County Resources

Lastly, if you’re willing and able, you can help others by donating to HelpLink, visiting Maryland Unites or volunteering in the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps. Thank you for working together to stay safe and healthy.

Have a good rest of the term!

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Oct. 14, 2020 - Sources of Support (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

This week marks the midway point of the fall term and serves as a good reminder to pace ourselves and continue to care for ourselves and one another. With that in mind, I want to share that the college has added two days to our winter break. The college will close Dec. 19 rather than Dec. 23. I hope these additional days will allow you to take meaningful time to rest and recharge over the holidays.

Until then, I want to remind you that there are many resources available to students, faculty and staff that can support you throughout the school year. Please share appropriately with students and take advantage of helpful resources to support your financial, physical and mental health.

Academic Health

We want students to finish the term strong, so we are reminding them to reach out to their instructors and ask for help if needed. You can also suggest the Tutoring and the Writing Center to help them with class assignments. Additionally, they can chat with a librarian about questions related to research, online resources and loaner equipment, such as laptops and hotspot devices.

Contact: truxal@aacc.libanswers.com 

Financial Health

Students and their families may be struggling with finances for a variety of reasons at this time. Students should contact AACC’s financial aid office to find out if they're eligible for additional financial aid or scholarships.

Contact: finaid@aacc.edu  

Students may also apply for a HelpLink grant to help with food costs, living expenses, medical care or course materials. HelpLink awards will be distributed by direct shipment.

Contact: studenthelplink@aacc.edu 

Students, faculty and staff may receive one-time or weekly deliveries of food from AACC’s food pantry via direct shipment.

Contact: studenthelplink@aacc.edu 

Mental and Physical Health

We know it is common to feel extra stress or anxiety at this time. Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is critical to maintaining resiliency. Employees have access to counseling through the Employee Assistance Program. Short-term counseling is available at no cost to students through HIPPA-compliant video conferencing platforms.

The Health & Wellness Center is continuing to offer free services including substance abuse and recovery support, nicotine cessation services (nicotine patches, gum and lozenges), safer sex condom kits, and pregnancy test kits.

Contact: bamays@aacc.edu 

Emergency/Crisis: Due to remote access and counselors fluctuating availability, if there is a concern of safety to self or others, call 911 or the Anne Arundel County Warmline at 410-768-5522 immediately.

Contact: counseling@aacc.edu 

State and County Resources

Help Others

If you’re willing and able, you can help others by donating to HelpLink, visiting Maryland Unites or volunteering in the Maryland Medical Reserve Corps. Thank you for working together to stay safe and healthy.

Thank you for everything you are doing to help our students and each other.

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Oct. 7, 2020 - Recovery Stages and Registration

Dear Students:

Last week Gov. Hogan and state Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon, Ph.D., held a news conference to address public schools gradually returning to in-person classes. This week, the Board of Education for Anne Arundel County met to address the issue at the county level, including athletics. Since you may be seeing these discussions in the news, I thought it was a good opportunity to remind everyone that AACC remains on its own timetable.

AACC is currently at Stage 2 with learning mostly online, Student Services operating remotely and the majority of faculty and staff working remotely as well. We noted last week that the library has begun providing Sidewalk Pickup of books at select times from Monday through Thursday.

Winter Term

For the winter term, we will continue forward in Stage 2. The term will run from Dec. 21 through Jan. 22 with two-week classes running primarily Jan. 4-17. Registration opens next week Oct. 13. This term provides an opportunity for you to continue your studies and maintain momentum toward your goal in an accelerated format.

Spring Term

For the spring term, we are planning to move into Stage 3. We're building on Stage 2 classes in two ways: First, we are scheduling a significant number of hybrid classes, which blend face-to-face meetings with online learning. Second, potentially half of our composition, reading, math and other select courses are being scheduled to meet face-to-face. Student Services will continue remotely. Registration for the spring term begins Nov. 10, and classes begin Jan. 23.

As we continue to schedule classes for spring and get closer to the registration date, we will share more information about the different class formats that will be available. I want to thank the faculty and staff who have been working so hard to prepare us for Stage 3. For further clarification of the stages and AACC’s Riverhawk Recovery Plan, please continue to visit our Riverhawk Recovery pages.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Sept. 30, 2020 - Financial Aid, Library Pickup and Technology Equipment (Students)

Dear Students:

Happy October (almost)! This week I want to share a few reminders to help you with your studies now and potentially help with funding your education going forward.

Financial Aid

If you are seeking financial aid for next year or currently have financial aid and need to renew, the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens tomorrow, Oct. 1. Filling out the FAFSA is a critical first step in applying for financial aid for college. Schools use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid, including grants and scholarships. There is no downside in completing the FAFSA early but waiting could result in lost opportunities for aid. If you are seeking aid for this academic year, the AACC scholarship application is still open for 2020-2021.

You may also wish to know that the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Workforce Development Scholarships are available for AACC noncredit students. This scholarship will fund up to $2,000 for tuition and fees for awarded students in approved noncredit programs. For a list of approved programs, visit our website or contact the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development for details. 

Library Sidewalk Pickup

Beginning this week Truxal Library will begin Sidewalk Pickup of books. 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

In addition the library will 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, including laptops, hotspots and webcams. 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. 

Please be sure to take advantage of these important resources. For additional information on student support services, visit our recovery webpages.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Sept. 30, 2020 - Strategic Plan, Financial Aid and Library (Employees)

Dear Colleagues:

Happy October (almost)! The primary news for faculty and staff this week is that tomorrow I will provide a live update on AACC’s 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. You should have received an invitation through Outlook for 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. This will be a brief overview of the plan and an update on initiatives already underway. We have selected this time with the hope 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 – including closed captioning – will be available through YouTube.

In addition, we’re sharing reminders to students on accessing library services, which are available to employees as well, and alerting them to the FAFSA opening up tomorrow. So you receive the same news, here is what is going to students:

Financial Aid

If students are seeking financial aid for next year or currently have financial aid and need to renew it for the future, the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opens tomorrow, Oct. 1. Filling out the FAFSA is a critical first step in applying for financial aid for college. Schools use the FAFSA to determine eligibility for federal, state and institutional aid, including grants and scholarships. There is no downside in completing the FAFSA early but waiting could result in lost opportunities for aid. If students are seeking aid for this academic year, the AACC scholarship application is still open for 2020-2021.

Students may wish to know also that the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Workforce Development Scholarships are available for AACC noncredit students. This scholarship will fund up to $2,000 for tuition and fees for awarded students in approved noncredit programs. For a list of approved programs, visit our website or contact the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development for details. 

Library Sidewalk Pick-up

Beginning this week, Truxal Library will begin Sidewalk Pickup of books. Students and employees 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 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, including laptops, hotspots and webcams. 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. 

Please encourage students to take advantage of these important resources and remind them additional information on student support services is available at our recovery webpages.

Take care and be well,

Dr. Dawn Lindsay
President
Anne Arundel Community College

Sept. 23, 2020 - Library Pickup, Periodicals and Technology Equipment (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.