Update for Course Request Period

Online Course Request Period for the Fall 2020 semester will begin 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 30 and will continue through 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2020. Be sure that your financial accounts are clear before Wednesday, March 25. If you have a hold on your account, you will not be able to participate in the Course Request Period. Students will request courses via Banner Self-Service – see Registrar’s web page for details.

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President Ensign to Present “Rwanda: History and Hope” (Webinar) – Register Today!

The Office of Alumni Engagement regularly holds webinars for alumni and parents. We thought students may be interested in this webinar, which features President Margee Ensign.

Rwanda: History and Hope
Friday, April 3
1 – 2 p.m. EDT

President Ensign will discuss the causes of the genocide in Rwanda and how the country has rebuilt over the past 25 years. In her words, “it is an example for the world—especially now.”

Please register by Thursday, April 2. Click "More Information" below to register. Access link will be sent to registrants the morning of the webinar.

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The QR Center deadline for accepting applications to work as a tutor in QR Center/ and or Quantitative Reasoning Associate has been extended to April 17.

Please return the completed form (the signatures will not be required right now) to Prof. Emily Marshall by email at by April 17. The form and more information can be found on the QR Center webpage.

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Campus Alert

Available Technology Resources for Working, Teaching and Learning Remotely

LIS has put together a list of available resources to enable you to work, teach and learn remotely. Click the More Information link below for:

* Important announcements regarding changes to technology resources
* Information to assist in working remotely for employees
* A Spring 2020 Technology Resources page outlining available technologies for distance learning
* A Page Updates Log for highlighting updates within the Working Remotely and Spring 2020 Technology Resources pages

LIS will be updating these pages frequently so please review them daily.

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Library Offering Online Services

The Library is offering online services only. Information about Library services will be continuously updated on our COVID-19 page linked from both the Library homepage and the College COVID-19 Dashboard. Priority for services is support of online courses. All dues dates have been extended, and checkouts will not incur fines. To return books and DVDs, use the book drop to the left of the front entrance outside the building. See: if you have questions,

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Room Selection Postponed

In order to provide students more time to prepare to select housing for next semester, the housing lottery will be postponed to April 28 – April 30. We recognize that many of students are adjusting to online courses, and you are managing a lot of information being shared via email. We hope that postponing the housing lottery will be helpful to students during this time.

Students, if you have additional questions, please review an email sent to you on 3/31/2020 or review our website (listed below).

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General Announcements

Microsoft Windows Campus System Patching While Working Remotely

To All Dickinson Faculty and Staff:

For those using remote desktop to a Windows 10 computer on campus: Once a Remote Desktop session is disconnected, Windows 10 no longer recognizes that a user may be logged into the computer. As such, the computer security update/patching process may reboot the computer given that it thinks no one is logged in.

As always, LIS recommends closing applications, saving your work, and/or working on documents from OneDrive to assure that no unsaved work is lost due to a computer rebooting from the update process after you have disconnected from your remote desktop session.

Thank you.

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All Dickinsonians Invited to Join the Online EcoChallenge

Dickinson's Center for Sustainability Education (CSE)?invites you (and anyone you want to challenge) to (STILL) join us in an ONLINE sustainability-focused behavior change challenge April 1-21, 2020!??We Are Still On! EcoChallenge 2020

We like EcoChallenge as it’s holistic, real-time, free, and allows participants to select the commitments they want to work on; providing a custom challenge for each individual. This challenge is 100% online, and offers unique opportunities for engagement during this difficult time of social distancing. With our campus closed, we will not have our kickoff and finale events, but we plan to proceed with the online challenge. We think it’s a great time to assess our behaviors, resource use, and impact on others.

Dickinson students, faculty, staff, alumni and families can make individual commitments that contribute to Climate Change Needs Behavior Change in the year of Carbon Neutrality 2020. Additionally, since many students and employees are at home, we invite anyone that wants to join our team to do so. Students are invited to challenge parents or siblings in their homes. Faculty and staff are encouraged to get their kids involved. They do not need a Dickinson email address to join Campus EcoChallenge 2020.

The process is simple:?
• Register and join the "Dickinson Green Devils 2020 Team" at the link below
• Make?your personal?commitments?(ASAP-now through April 1)
• Check-in daily when?you?complete commitments?(this will start April 1)
• Comment, challenge, engage & encourage others? (Share This)
• Challenge your friends and colleagues to join the EcoChallenge: We Are Still On
• Use #dsonEcoChallenge to share your actions on social media
• Invite your parents, siblings, or those in social isolation to join to provide positive outlets for engagement
• Create sub-competitions between friends or family to motivate each other

We are excited about creating more sustainable behaviors and unique opportunities for engagement during this time of isolation and cancellations!

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Experienced Beekeeper Wanted To Assist with Dickinson Hives

The Center for Sustainability Education is looking for an experienced local beekeeper that would like to assist with the Dickinson hives on campus. The bees are alive and doing well! With students gone, we need someone with experience to help our team manage the two hives over the spring and summer season. Hoping that within our faculty, staff, spouse, partner and local network there is someone close by that wants to care for bees in the borough. Please contact for more information or a recommendation.

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SLCE Monthly Newsletter Live

The Office of Student Leadership & Campus Engagement (SLCE) has put together a newsletter with great resources for Dickinson students while we are spread all over the world!

You can access it by following this link:
You can also subscribe to future SLCE newsletters by signing up here:

We are aiming to send out a newsletter every other week for the remainder of the semester.

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Progress on Title IX Agreement

Actions taken on the Title IX agreement can be found in the April 1 update on the Title IX webpage. The update also can be accessed by clicking on the ‘more information’ link.

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Vitality April 2020 - Dickinson Employee Newsletter

As a convenience to all employees, the April 2020 issue of Vitality is now available via the Human Resource Services homepage through the Vitality icon in the left sidebar area, where there is also an access link for archived issues.

April celebrates Earth Day and is also Sexual Assault Awareness month. These two topics are the focus of the Building Community initiative this month. As we all continue to balance our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, this issue includes a variety of resources and tips for keeping us connected while offering some free activities and programs. See below for opportunities available to the entire Dickinson community during the month of April to nurture our minds and bodies holistically:

• Building Community: Earth Day and the Campus EcoChallenge 2020
• Building Community: Sexual Assault Awareness and Denim Day on April 29
• Mental Health & Wellbeing | Alcohol Awareness Month – Tips & Resources
• Free Financial Wellbeing Webinars from TIAA & HTA Financial Services
• Aetna & CVS Caremark | Special COVID-19 benefits update
• COVID-19 Tips & Resources for Working from Home
• Spring Into Fitness Challenge – Free fitness options online in April
• Virtual Book Discussion | The Five People You Meet in Heaven on April 8
• Virtual Meeting | College Prep for Parents on April 7 & 14

Enjoy a variety of other community-based programs, events and opportunities that are also shared in the monthly issues of Vitality throughout the year. For details and more information regarding events offered in the upcoming month, check out the April issue of Vitality – and remember to register via Totara in the Gateway!

In the spirit of being sustainable, economically efficient, and allowing instant access to Vitality, we provide all issues in electronic format. We will not be offering printed copies of the April 2020 issue due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We hope that you enjoy the convenience of viewing Vitality online!

For questions or more information about any items or information in this month's issue of Vitality, please click the "More Information" links below.

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Professional Development and Wellness

Medicare Webinars

Monday, April 13
Webinar Times: Noon-1 p.m. and 6-7 p.m.
Presented by Kathleen Bretzel, HTA Financial Services

Enroll and sign-up in Totara by clicking on the more information link below.

Join either of the online HTA Medicare Webinars to learn…
--What is Medicare?
--When and how to enroll
--Initial enrollment vs Special Enrollment and how to avoid penalties
--Enroll vs defer if not retiring at age 65
--Cost-benefit analysis; Employer Coverage vs Medicare when still working

Make sure your coverage is complete:
--What does Medicare cover/not cover
--Is secondary insurance necessary and what are the options
--How do a Medicare Supplement and Original Medicare coordinate
--Overview of Medicare Part D and how it works
--Changing insurance coverage—how & when

Guidance regarding your personal situation and much more…

Bring your questions… this is a great opportunity to gather helpful information.

Follow the instructions in Totara to connect to this ZOOM webinar at the time that best suits you.

HTA Financial Services is dedicated to offering services and educational programs about Medicare and Long Term Care Planning with a mission to alleviate confusion around these two topics.

Although anyone can attend these programs, the information is focused on those nearing age 65, working past age 65, nearing retirement, or retired.

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NEW OpenSesame Courses in Totara: Coronavirus Prevention, Information & Working Remotely

To find any of the OpenSesame courses listed below, go to Totara via the Gateway, search by the course name or for a complete list go to Find Learning, Courses, Filter by, toggle yes under Tagged covid19 & remote work.

In an effort to keep you informed on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we've added two courses which are available to all users:

-Coronavirus Precautions and Prevention: Stay Calm, Stay Informed
-Coronavirus: COVID-19

Working Remotely
Many of us are not used to working from home. You probably needed to determine where and when to work. The first few days might have been hard to not allow "home" work mix in with your "work" work. Below is a list of OpenSesame Courses that may help give you a few best practices to keep you motivated and productive.

Available to All Users:
-Working Remotely
-Working From Home - Top Tips

Available to Employees:
-Working From Home-Strategies for Remote Employees

Available to Staff Managers:
-Leading Teams - Leading and Managing Effective Virtual Teams
-Leading Virtual Teams - Beginner
-Managing Remote Teams

It’s also important to maintain a healthy workplace environment whether working on campus or at home. Below are two helpful videos that provide an overview of several ergonomic best practices to ensure you have your workstation set up correctly. And they just might make you chuckle!

-Designing an Ergonomic Workstation
-Chair Safety and Proper Posture

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College Prep for Parents - Live Online

April 7 | noon- 1 p.m. | Admissions & High School Counselor

April 14 | noon-1 p.m. | Financial Aid & Tuition Assistance

The College Prep sessions will be available to view online through ZOOM. For more details and the ZOOM access links, please register in Totara by clicking the more information link below.

Human Resource Services, Admissions and Financial Aid, in conjunction with local area high schools offer workshops for employees and their families to learn more about the college selection and financial aid process. The program will provide guidelines for starting the college search while attending high school, when to apply for college admission and early tuition grants, what is available through Financial Aid, and a summary of Dickinson’s three tuition programs. We encourage all parents to attend if your child is a junior or senior in high school and planning to attend college.

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Student Jobs/Careers/Internships

2020-21 Popel Shaw Center student project manager applications

The Popel Shaw Center for Race & Ethnicity (PSC) is hiring four new student Project Managers for 2020-21. Student project managers work together as a collective to advance the PSC’s missions and promote its programs & event. The positions provide each student with specific projects and responsibilities to help them develop a palpable set of skills and competencies.

Project Manager: Academic affairs

Coordinates PSC programs co-sponsored with academic departments, promotes relevant programming from Academic Advising, assists with PSC and Clarke Forum related speakers and events, such as Salons, and liaises with academic resources such as Waidner-Spahr Library, Office of Accessibility & Disability Services (ADS) and S.O.A.R, the Writing Center and QR Center and Career Center to cross-promote programs and share information.

Project Manager: International student affairs

The project manager connects the PSC with the needs and interests of international students and bridging gaps between domestic and international students to build community. The ISA has the following duties:
-Serve as a liaison with W.I.N.D.
-Serve as a student contact with the Center for Global Study and Engagement (CGSE).
-Serves as the PSC’s liaison with the campus community including Enrollment Management, Advancement & Alumni Relations, as needed.
-Design and distribute the PSC’s weekly e-newsletter and manage PSC social media communication and outreach with the multicultural student outreach project manager

Project Manager: Office of Equity & Inclusivity/OEI programs

Coordinates matters related to the PSC’s co-sponsored programs with Asbell Center for Jewish Life, LGBTQ services, CSSJ and WGRC. These include planning monthly Landis Lunches, assisting with the marketing of PSC-sponsored annual events such as Campus Inclusion Week, Comfort Food, Love @ Landis, and Out on Britton as well as select co-sponsored programs (various). The OEI project manager also assists with organizing assessment data and annual benchmarking/research projects. Finally, the project manager will provide general program support for the A.C.E peer mentor program

Project Manager: Multicultural student outreach

Connects the PSC with multicultural student concerns. The project manager will plan cross-cultural programs the monthly Multiracial Mixer and assist with heritage month programs including Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month and AAPI week. Student will also liaise with culturally focused student organizations, including suggesting partnerships, collaborating on programs/events and cross-promoting programs. Student will also assist with initiatives and programs related to intercultural competence, including student trainings and campus dialogues, and design and distribute the PSC’s weekly e-newsletter and manage PSC social media communication and outreach with the international student affairs project manager.

All applicants must be enrolled as full-time students on campus for the full 2020-21 academic year, be in good academic standing, have a positive conduct record that reflects Dickinson’s community standards, and available to work late afternoons and evenings

Project Managers are paid based on prior work experience. The position is typically 4-5 hours/week.

Please email a cover letter and one page résumé, including major, GPA, co-curricular experiences, and work experiences, to Vincent Stephens, Director of the PSC at: Applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled, with preference for applications filed by Monday March 30.

Candidates will most likely be interviewed using remote technology during the first few weeks of April.

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Clarke Forum Seeking First-Years to Apply for Student Project Manager Positions for 2020-21 Academic Year

The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues is hiring for the 2020-21 academic year. Applicants for the student project manager position must be current first years and may be majoring in any field. All applicants should possess strong writing and communication skills. If you are interested, please contact us by email ( and we will send you an application. Application deadline is extended to Sunday, April 5 at 11:59 p.m. Student project managers at the Clarke Forum become part of a vibrant, intellectual community whose work is essential to enhancing the Dickinson and Carlisle community. Student project manager responsibilities include researching topics and speakers, publicity, interviewing and introducing our visiting scholars, writers, and artists, and shaping the programming itself. This valuable work experience strongly benefits both students' experiences at Dickinson and their employment opportunities once they graduate.

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Application Deadline Extended: The College Farm is Hiring for the 2020-2021 School Year

During the academic school year the Dickinson College Farm offers students unique employment opportunities! Student interested in hands-on work in sustainable agriculture or farm-based environmental education are encouraged to apply!

Learn more about these positions and download an application at Applications are due by midnight on April 13, 2020. Please contact with any questions.

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Hiring: Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring

Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring is hiring for the 2020-2021 academic year! We are hiring 2022 and 2023 students who are interested in working with communities on clean water initiatives. More information on our web page.
• We will be having an e-Open House on March 31, 2020 at 5 p.m. (EST) on zoom to answer student questions. To tune in, have students follow this link: Meeting ID: 931 717 0434
• Applications are due April 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. to Go to: to find the application.

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