Volume 16, Issue 2 | September 1, 2021
Campus News
Reasoning behind this decision: 

As of August 24, for the week of August 16-23, 11 students have tested positive for COVID while 4 more are quarantined. Because of the sudden surge in positive cases, along with the rising numbers in the Twin Cities area, UNW has instated a mask mandate in academic settings and chapel when 6-feet distancing is not possible. This is to protect vulnerable students, as well as those that are concerned with COVID, in the settings that they are required to attend.

Required Spaces

Masks are required in academic settings, chapel, and alternative chapels where 6-feet distancing is not possible. Masks in academic settings means they are required for the extent of an instructor-led class or lab. In addition, faculty offices and academic support service areas are considered academic settings and therefore face coverings are required if 6' distancing cannot be maintained.  Face coverings are required during chapel and alternative chapels, as well as when riding all UNW provided transportation.  In all other indoor settings masks are encouraged, but not required.

Duration of Policy

The situation will continue to be monitored and evaluated going forward. It is the goal of the university through these policies to slow the spread of COVID on campus and keep us on-campus and in-person.

To keep up with the campus COVID status you can use the Campus COVID Dashboard.
Student News
Media Production student, Monique Harbaugh ('22), is one of our students that is currently studying abroad in Rome, Italy! 
Recent Communication Studies graduate Olivia Hagstrom ('21) has started her position at Crown College as "Student Activities Graduate Intern" as she starts her journey to a masters in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education.
Upcoming Dates
September 2-4, 4-11, 14-18
Theater: Marvelous Wonderettes '58
Nazareth Courtyard, 7:00 p.m.

September 6 
Labor Day (no classes) 

September 21
Faculty Artist Series Recital: The Suite Life
Sonja Grimes, piano; Sarah Grimes, violin
Nazareth Chapel, 7:30 p.m.
Featured Student
Rylie Karges ('22)
Media Production: Radio and Recording Arts
What are your plans for the future?

"I have no idea what the future holds, but I love radio and I hope to work at a radio station as an on-air talent or work in productions."

What opportunities have you had at UNW?

"I have been able to be immersed in the world of radio by getting involved in Radio Workshop. I got to serve as the music director on the executive staff this past year and it's been a blast! I have also had the opportunity to work on projects for KTIS and Faith Radio throughout the semester."

What is your favorite thing about UNW?

"My favorite thing about being at UNW is the community of people I have found here. I know I have made a network of friends that will last a lifetime."
Featured Alumnus
Evan VanHoever ('17)
Public Relations
Where has life taken you after UNW?

"Life has taken me to Seattle, WA, where I started at a local publishing company the year I graduated. I was brought on to lead digital strategy for the publishing companies advertising clients, as well as to work with the reporters on areas to grow the newspaper and websites. That role led me into Performance Marketing/Advertising at a startup in downtown Seattle where I was managing a $60m+ annual budgeting for a large ecommerce company. After this role, I landed at The Stable (where I currently work) leading strategy for brands selling on Amazon and Walmart. I recently accepted a new role at my current company leading Digital Strategy for Conair on their Target business."

What advice do you have for current students?

"My advice to current students is get as much relevant experience in the field as you possible can. Do informational interviews as soon as possible, intern as much as possible and as soon as possible. In the communications/PR world, Social Media is becoming ever more prevalent (even more so than traditional Press Release and Media Advisory work). The world is changing fast and Digital innovation is at the front of it! This means lots of new opportunities for new graduates who have been living and breathing the digital world since they were born."
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