May 18 Update

We are planning to open the fall 2020 semester without change to our academic calendar. This means that dormitory check-in for new students living on campus will be Wednesday, August 26 and New Student Orientation (for all new students) will begin on Thursday, August 27. Check-in for returning dormitory students will begin on Friday, August 28. Classes will begin on Monday, August 31.

As we always do during summer months, we are getting our campus ready for the return of our students and as always, our foremost concern is the health and well-being for our entire campus community – students, faculty and staff.

This summer, of course, we are facing new realities brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, so we are working extra hard to make sure our campus is safe and secure, and we are committed to making the right decisions to do so. While we don’t know everything, we know that “right” decisions are ones that consider public health guidance, the law, and the safety of our campus community above anything else.

We want to assure every student and every parent that we are paying close attention to federal, state, and local public health recommendations and guidelines as we make plans to open our campus for the fall 2020 semester.

We can’t wait for our new Warriors to arrive on campus and join with our returning Warriors. With the uncertainty we are experiencing at this time, I believe God is preparing us for an unusual move of his Spirit on our campus.

I believe no student attends SAGU AIC by chance, EVERY STUDENT MATTERS, and that God directs students to our campus to help them find and pursue their purpose in life. To help make this happen, we are committed to providing a healthy and wholesome campus environment, one that enables students to uncover the destiny that God has placed within them.

In times of uncertainty our strength is tested. I believe God wants to use this time to develop grit and determination in the life of every student and make every student a Warrior fit for service.

“You spoke in a vision; to your faithful people you said: ‘I have bestowed strength on a Warrior’.” (Psalm 89:19)

My prayer is that you will be strong!

President Moore


Watch for symptoms

Coronavirus self – checker - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Lack of smell or taste

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Please call your doctor or hospital ahead of going.

Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Know how it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Stay home if you’re sick

  • Stay home or in your dorm room if you are a student currently on campus if you are sick, except to get medical care Learn what to do if you're sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect 

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:

Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.


Update - March 24th

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

While we are thankful for the positive developments we are hearing about nationally, we have not seen the progress we had hoped to see to allow us to begin face-to-face classes on campus by April 6.

For this reason, we have made the decision that we will not be able to resume face-to-face classroom instruction on campus this semester. Therefore, we will complete the semester by remote instruction.

I want to especially thank our faculty and staff during this difficult time for caring for and serving our students. They have worked extremely hard and long hours and given testimony to what makes SAGU AIC so special. I am also  impressed by the optimism and patience of  our students and their families as we have gone through this together.

As challenging and unsettling as these days are, do not lose sight of God’s hand on your life and His plans for you. God’s challenge to Joshua is our challenge in the midst of this pandemic – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” With God’s help we will join together next fall with a sense of gratitude for God’s help and with a personal and overall campus desire for the presence of God like nothing we’ve ever experienced.

Please carefully review the details provided below concerning steps for going forward.

Remote Instruction for On-Campus Courses
The remote learning for all current on-campus students that began this week will continue for the remainder of the semester. Students will continue their coursework according to directions provided by their instructors. If you have specific questions relating to a course, please contact the instructor directly. To be clear, you are still enrolled for courses for the remainder of this semester and responsible to complete all assignments as directed by instructor.

Graduation
Graduation scheduled for May 3 is postponed. I realize the disappointment this brings to students who are completing their studies now and whose family will not be able to see them handed their diploma at a public ceremony at this time. Please know that we are looking at possibilities that will move graduation to another date and we will communicate this to our graduates well in advance so families can be present for this important occasion. 

Activities and Student Ministries
All campus activities, including student ministry teams are canceled through the end of the semester. We will send further notification about students scheduled for summer ministry.

Student Housing: Dorms
Students with possessions in dorm rooms who did not return from Spring break may make arrangements for retrieving your possessions. We must manage this check-out process very carefully to comply with health restrictions. Access to the dorm will be managed by our Residential Life staff. Please contact Nick Zamorano (Director of Student Development) or Bobby and Natalya De Luna (Resident Directors) to schedule an appointment to retrieve possessions. Students who are still living on campus and wish to remain must also check with Residential Life.  Please do not come to campus to retrieve your belongings until you receive guidance from Residential Life.

Cafeteria
Presuming government authorities do not impose more stringent regulations related to COVID-19, food service in the campus cafeteria will continue throughout the entirety of the semester for those who remain in campus housing.

Student Employees
Contact your supervisor concerning your work schedule for the remainder of the semester.

 Sincerely,

David Moore
President

Update - March 20th


Dear SAGU AIC Campus Family,

I encourage you to not be overwhelmed by the chaos around us, but keep our eyes fixed on our great and mighty God who is in control and meets the needs of His people – health, finances, and family. As we face this pandemic together, all of us fully understand that God is our source of provision and wisdom. We are also taking advantage of every resource available to us, such as monitoring federal/local guidelines, collaborating with the SAGU main campus, and consulting with a variety of legal and professional resources.

As of today, we remain hopeful of keeping the following announced schedule:

  • March 23-April 3 – All on-campus classes will be taught by remote instruction. During this time, our Phoenix campus will remain open including offices, dormitory rooms, library, computer lab, and gymnasium. For some students, the most secure place is on our campus; however, we are also supportive of students' families' decisions regarding their well-being, so during this two-week period of remote instruction (March 23-April 3) students may elect to not return to campus. 
  • April 6 – On campus classes taught through remote means will transition back to face-to-face classes on campus.

 

For Students: Questions about your health and well-being

Just a reminder during this time that you should make use of your Warrior-Care telemedicine feature that all SAGU AIC students are automatically enrolled in.  They can answer and diagnose (by remote means) a wide variety of medical questions and concerns including questions about the COVID-19 virus.  You can get to that feature through this website by clicking on the "MY SAGU" logo  in the upper right hand corner of the home page, then under "Resources for Students" scroll down the page and go to "WarriorCare (Telehealth) and follow the instructions and prompts.  If you have questions about this feature please contact Nick Zamorano.  As always, for any serious medical concerns immediately seek qualified medical assistance from a licensed physician.

 For Faculty and Staff

We value the men and women who serve this institution and are praying daily for you and your families. Please reach out to Dr. Saggio, Nick Zamorano, or me if you have comments or ideas during the next few weeks. Your SAGU AIC leadership recognizes the load we are all carrying and has decided to allow those who can to work from home, though our offices will remain open during normal work hours unless otherwise notified. 

Updates 

  • 10-Person Limit – SAGU AIC will limit group gatherings to no more than 10 for at least the next 15 days. For those on campus during this time, our cafeteria will be providing pre-packaged meals only. You will be served your food with some ability to select what you want, but you will not be able to create your own salads at the salad bar or sandwiches at the deli bar. Salads and sandwiches, like all other food, will be pre-packaged and a variety of selections will be available. Dining in the cafeteria will not be limited to no more than 10 with no more than 3 at one table. Others can sit outside, in the Cree Student Union, or elsewhere on campus – but again no more than 10 per room or outside setting.
  • Going Forward – Presuming the 10-person group maximum expires on March 31, we will abide by whatever County, State, or CDC recommendations are currently in place for April 1 and beyond, which we currently anticipate will be a limitation for groups of no more than 49.
  • Canceled Events – In view of the fact we anticipate 49 will be the maximum number allowed for a group throughout the month of April we have made the decision to limit Warrior Worship attendance to no more than 49. To accommodate this we will make adjustments to the attendance policy to assure that all students are able to attend at least two of the three Warrior Worship gatherings each week. Dorm devotions will continue as scheduled, but again with the same limitation of no more than 10 in one group setting. Finally, within the next 10 days, we will have an updated announcement concerning graduation exercises. 
  • Travel Restrictions – Until further notice, all SAGU AIC-sponsored travel including outreach ministry trips is suspended.
  • Statement regarding employee work, employees working from home and the impacts of the COVID-19 on employee work arrangements

o   Employees infected by the COVID-19 virus, showing symptoms of the virus including fever, coughing, shortness of breath, or have a member of their household infected with COVID-19 or its symptoms should stay home from work. To the extent possible, arrangements will be made to assist the employee to work remotely.
o   Employees in high-risk groups due to the effects of COVID-19, including employees over the age of 60 or those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease, may be excused from their work at the campus location in favor of working from home.
o   Employees who care for an individual with COVID19, who care for an individual under quarantine at the direction of a public health official, or care for a high risk individual (see just above) may be excused from their work at the campus location in favor of working from home.
o   Employees who must care for a child because the school or childcare closed due to the COVID-19, and the child cannot care for themselves, may be excused from their work at the campus location in favor or working from home.
o   Employees should work with their supervisors to determine (1) whether their job duties can effectively be accomplished from home and (2) whether effective office operations can be maintained with the employee away from the office.

If these past two weeks have taught us anything, it’s that changes can occur at a moment’s notice and alter our plans. Your SAGU AIC leadership is committed to do our best to respond to new developments and address all questions as they arise. Please look for further email updates and continue to monitor this webpage. 

In addition, we invite each of you to join us daily in seeking God’s protection and direction. The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Doug Clay, is hosting a Facebook Live prayer at 10 AM tomorrow. I encourage you to participate: You can access this live prayer at [Facebook.com/AssembliesofGodUSA/Live]Facebook.com/AssembliesofGodUSA/Live.

Be assured of our continued prayers for all of you.

President Moore and the SAGU AIC Administrative Team

Update - March 17th


Good afternoon everyone,

We all know that new information about the Corona Virus threat keeps coming out almost by the hour. For this reason it is vitally important for you to read carefully all information we send out to you. This is the third communication we have sent and there will be at least one more before the end of the week that will clarify some of the information in this communication. We will also provide updates on our website and our SAGU AIC Facebook and Instagram pages. Our foremost concern is the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff. We also understand that the education of our students is paramount and we must do all we can to ensure that good decisions are made to best achieve their academic progress toward semester completion, and graduation for those expecting to finish their studies.

We want to update you on our current plans going forward amid this public health crisis. We are thankful that our campus is small and it is not located in an area near any confirmed cases of Corona Virus. The decisions we have made are 1) in complete harmony with the SAGU main campus in Texas, and 2) proactive measures to help us do our part in slowing the spread of the virus.

How We Will Teach Classes Going Forward

As announced in previous statements, we will resume instruction for on-campus classes this coming Monday, March 23. However, in order to limit face-to-face exposure in classrooms and large gatherings, an adjustment will be made so that these courses will be taught by means of remote instruction from March 23 through April 3. What this means is that instructors will connect with their students through electronic means (such as power point, video, and discussion forums in Blackboard; telephone interaction with instructors; and through other means that will be communicated to you later this week). As much as possible, we are making arrangements for assignments to be completed through Blackboard using smartphones as we know that some of our students have limited internet access. Again, more information regarding these procedures will be released to you by the end of this week. For students currently enrolled in online courses there are no changes.

Activities on Campus Going Forward

During this period of remote instruction from March 23 – April 3, the SAGU AIC campus will remain open including dorm rooms, cafeteria, library, and computer lab. For many students, the most secure place is on campus; however, we support students' families' decisions regarding the well-being of students; so during this two-week period of remote instruction students may elect to not return to campus. We hope that this move to remote instruction as described above will be temporary. Further updates will be provided by email, the SAGU AIC website, and social media pages. 

Just to clarify, we announced in previous statements that we were extending Spring Break. That is still the case, and no assignments will be due for on-campus classes this week (March 16th – March 20th). Consequently, instructors will adjust the time table for their various student assignments, exams, and projects, and will communicate the how, when, and what to their students.

 

Again, SAGU AIC plans to resume face-to-face classes on April 6, 2020. In the meantime, the SAGU AIC Campus will remain open and ready to serve students through the areas mentioned - dorm rooms, cafeteria, library, and computer lab.

Faculty and staff will continue their office work as usual, observing all safety precautions that have been previously communicated and that are accessible through CDC (Center for Disease Control) at [cdc.gov]cdc.gov.

A Final Word

We recognize that the moves we are announcing may create challenges for our students, faculty, and staff. Please know that we are doing everything in our power to support you during this temporary adjustment to safeguard the health of our campus family and friends as well as our community.

We are thankful for your support and understanding. Please continue to monitor email and the SAGU AIC website, as circumstances may change. We have complete confidence that we will get through this together as we lean on the Lord for help and guidance.

With continued prayer and care,

President David Moore

Administrative Dean Joseph Saggio

Director of Student Development Nick Zamorano


March 15, 2020 12:00 PM (CST)

Hello to All SAGU AIC Students, Faculty, and Staff,

This message is a further update to our response to the Corona Virus threat. As I indicated in my first email communication, we are carefully monitoring all information as it becomes available to us to ensure that we are doing all we can to lessen the risk of anyone on our campus contracting the virus.

We are also in constant communication with the main SAGU campus in Texas to make sure that our actions are in coordination with theirs.

The following guidelines are based on recommendations by the CDC (Center for Disease Control). If you get sick with a fever of 100.4°F/38°C or higher, cough, or have trouble breathing immediately contact your healthcare professional for diagnosis and guidance. In addition, again IF YOU GET SICK WITH A 100.4°F/38°C OR HIGHER,

  • SAGU AIC employees: Report your situation to your immediate supervisor or to Dr. Saggio, whomever is most readily available.
  • All students: Whether you are currently on campus or elsewhere contact Director of Student Development, Nick Zamorano.
  • Students currently in the dorm or those who are returning to their dorm rooms at any time next week:
  • Stay in your room, contact Resident Director Bobby DeLuna or Nick Zamorano then call Warrior Care and follow the doctor's orders. Thanks to each of you for your help as we battle this public health issue. Please continue to take necessary caution and follow these recommended hygienic practices to limit the spread of the virus, including:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  3. Stay home or in your dorm room when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  7. We will continue to monitor and update you with information as needed. Pertaining to on-campus classes restarting -no definitive plans have been finalized. We are hoping to resume normal schedule on Monday, March 23, 2020, so please continue to check your email, the SAGU AIC website, the SAGU AIC Facebook page, and your phones (for Robo calls and text messages) for updates. Students, if you are taking classes online there are is no change. Please stay in contact with your online instructors for questions or concerns you may have.

Feel free to reach out to Dr. Saggio, Nick Zamorano, or me should any of you have questions

These are difficult times for all of us. We are all in this together and I want you to know that we are doing our best to make the most prudent decisions for the health and well-being of our entire campus community.

President Moore




March 12, 2020 (4:00 PM CST)

Dear SAGU AIC Students, Faculty and Staff,

I want everyone to know that we have been carefully monitoring all available information regarding the threat posed by Coronavirus (COVID -19). Though this information changes rapidly, we feel it is now time to take measures to increase your confidence that we are doing all we can to lessen the risk of anyone on our campus contracting the virus. After consultation with two physicians with expertise in communicable diseases and public health issues, and after looking at data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), cdc.gov, we have decided on the following actions:

Spring break will be extended one week through Sunday, March 22. Classes are expected to resume on campus on Monday, March 23. We will send you updates of any changes to this timetable.Offices will remain open and faculty and staff will report to work as usual March 16-22. Between March 16 and 22, dormitories will remain open and cafeteria service will continue for students now on campus and for others who may wish to return at any time between March 16 and March 22, though no classes will be held this week. Meal service and times will be adjusted. You will receive specific information from Nick Zamorano, Director of Student Development. The computer lab will remain open for students who remain on campus who wish to catch up on school work. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and take whatever additional precautions we feel are necessary for the health and well-being of our students and that may be recommended by local, state, and federal agencies. We will provide further information as it becomes necessary.

We are praying for a speedy resolution to the threats posed by Corona Virus that are impacting not just our campus but the entire world.

President Moore

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