COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATES

Update from the President

6/5/20 @ 4:30 pm

Dear Campus Community,

I’m writing to you after a week in which we have mourned, spoken out, and witnessed our Art Garden emerge as a convening space for protests and serves as a forum for creative and powerful voices of dialog, healing, and action. Our campus’s physical proximity of this welcoming greenspace to the police station, centered in the heart of Lancaster’s arts district, creates a synergy for thoughtful expression. As I shared in my letter to the College community on Sunday, we have the ability and responsibility to shape a better tomorrow through acknowledging, reflecting, and educating ourselves on racial injustice and inequality, and to support a movement greater than ourselves as we strive for equity and justice within our communities. I look forward to continued creative partnerships in reimagining the possibilities for this space in terms of public art installations and performances.

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In our Monday evening campus Listening Session with the President's Council, we heard from our students, faculty, and staff the desire to creatively engage and make sense of times that feel chaotic. In last night’s Lancaster NAACP virtual town hall, part of a “We Are Done Dying” series with local black leaders to discuss the ongoing racial unrest across the country and in Lancaster County, a solution that emerged is to “utilize creative outlets and create spaces for Black and Brown youth to learn how to express their feelings.” Our art garden is emerging as one such space.

FB Jolley_ArtistTalk_FacebookAnother is our student-led Core Gallery, which tonight features an Instagram Live presentation of junior Illustration major Delaina Jolley's solo exhibition for June's virtual First Friday beginning at 5 pm at @pcad_core_gallery Delaina is a member of the President’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which works to foster an inclusive and equitable campus environment. It is incumbent on all of us to look inward as we check our own biases and work to support those who continue to experience a lifetime of rage, disempowerment, and injustice. As creatives, we are the ones who can illuminate and shine a light forward, and I hope we can do this together in community.

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In addition to the powerful work of students, we also celebrate the work of our Center for Creative Exploration. Director Natalie Lascek, who is a masterful up-cycler in turning perceived trash into inspired art projects. Tonight at 6 pm at @pcad_ce follow along as she and local business owner Debbie Serdy (My Aunt Debbie) and alumna Nicole Duquette (curio. Gallery & Creative Supply) co-create an “Exquisite Corpse” art piece. 

Today also marks the beginning of the Yellow phase of opening in Lancaster County. This milestone allows us to continue to move forward in planning for our return to campus for the fall semester. This week, the final wave of our students who left campus on March 17 were able to return and collect their belongings.

In support of our students, the College is also in the process of disbursing $137,950 in direct aid from the CARES Act to eligible students in emergency funding designed to pay for expenses related to campus disruption due to the pandemic.

llamasAlso this week, Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera announced that schools could open for in-person instruction as early as July 1 if they follow current national and state guidelines and safety plans. Currently, we are offering a wealth of opportunities for remote learning this summer, including our summer certificate classes which begin June 15.

In light of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s announcement, we are also evaluating face-to-face youth programming opportunities and will share more soon. Until then, the Center for Creative Exploration has designed a number of Creativity At Home activities to engage and inspire.

As creatives, we are the ones who can illuminate and shine a light forward, and I hope we can continue do this together in solidarity and in community.

Take care of yourselves and others,

Mike

Update from the President

5/31/20 @ 5:15 pm

Dear Campus Community,

This weekend, I watched friends and neighbors gather on our campus, filling the art garden and Chestnut and Prince Streets, to protest in front of the Lancaster police station. They joined together, in solidarity, to protest the brutal deaths of George Floyd, Ahmed Aubrey, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and several other recent racial injustices like that of Christian Cooper happening across the United States. Those gathered were in a state of suffering, anger, and confusion, and I join them in these feelings and their collective resolve. I can not help but reflect on my experiences in Baltimore, witnessing the acknowledgment of long-standing systemic racism and its impact on the Baltimore community following the death of Freddie Gray. As difficult as those days were, I was inspired by so many people as they offered their voices, actions, commitments, and leadership to effect some change and expand understanding.

I am also thinking about the pain, anger, and fear that our students, alumni, staff, and faculty may be experiencing, as more people of color lose their lives at the hands of law enforcement officials. As protests continue throughout cities across the United States, we must raise our collective voices and actions as an educational and creative community. It is my hope we come together with purposefulness to address issues of racial inequality. We have the ability and responsibility to shape a better tomorrow through acknowledging and reflecting on these painful and unjust acts and to support a movement greater than ourselves. We have the ability and responsibility to empathize, take action, create meaningful moments, and learn alongside our partners, as we strive for equity and justice within our communities. I am so angered and saddened that the lives of our Black and Brown community members continue to include unfair, unjust, and unacceptable treatment and violence.

The pandemic has challenged all of us, and yet, through the lens of racial justice, we also acknowledge the disproportionately and devastating impact this disease is having on communities of color nationally. Now, during an unprecedented pandemic, the need to protest, to take a stand, to make voices heard is even more critical. These most recent tragic deaths are built upon more than 250 years of violence and anti-blackness in this country, with thousands of deaths of black individuals by the hands of law enforcement and civilians who take on policing roles. 

As we have shared with our community in the past, it is the artists who can make sense of chaos, and the artists who can hold up the mirror to our society. How will PCA&D's voice and actions lead as our society struggles with exhaustion, rage, and need for justice? How are you called to action in this moment, utilizing your creativity and imagination?  No community can sustain itself without progress, without addressing the barriers and systems that continue to privilege any one group over others. We will continue on the journey and through the struggle until there is progress, and we hope each one of you will join us on this journey.

Each of us will experience this moment through our own lens and life experiences, and the feelings that come with it. You may be searching for ways to make sense of what you are seeing, hearing, and feeling, and reflect on your own response. To help our community navigate ways of making, creating, expressing, and processing, at the end of this letter, we have included work by creative colleagues who are already moving in directions that can help us as individuals and our society internalize what is happening to and around us. 

We also want our community to come together to share stories, speak truth, and reflect upon ways we can move forward together as a PCA&D community. Please join me and members of the President’s Council for a Listening Session tomorrow, June 1 at 5 pm, During the Listening Session, you can share how you are doing in this moment, poems, works you have made or fabricated that reflect your current state of mind, and if you want, share ideas for how we can learn from what is happening at this time and move forward as a community. A Zoom link will be sent tomorrow to the campus community. 

Although we have been working as a community to foster an inclusive and equitable campus environment through the President’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and our diversity programmatic initiatives, I know we still have much to learn and ways to grow to help transform our society and support those who continue to experience a lifetime of rage, disempowerment, and injustice. As we begin to move forward on a longer road, I appreciate you joining me as we turn inward, within our own community, for what we can do to affect change. As creatives, we are the ones who can illuminate and shine a light forward, and I hope we can do this together in community.

Stay safe. Stay in touch. Help us reimagine a better tomorrow.

Mike

Update from the President

5/15/20 @ 7:15 pm

Dear Campus Community,

As we move into our third month of pandemic separation, we take heart in all of the ways you continue to create and inspire us. Although we are physically apart, we are bound together by the drive to make and share our art, not despite the coronavirus, but because of it. 

Screen Shot 2020-05-15 at 6.38.28 PMThis week, Justin Phillips (Foundation Adjunct Instructor) acknowledged this: "I know that this crisis will be in my work. I am not sure how but it will."  Phillips was recently featured in Artists in the Time of Coronavirus Part 23, an ongoing virtual exhibition hosted by Artblog.com, which includes this piece, “Introductions, Knowing #2″ 2020, mixed media on mulberry paper, 9″ x 12”.

Justin has been leading some of our inaugural sampler classes through the the Center for Creative Exploration, demonstrating to our community how art lessons translate to virtual classrooms. Don't miss his upcoming Watercolor, Drawing, and Mixed Media courses. They are part of our rich online schedule of summer courses, including three new professional certificate pathways in Game Art, Animation, and Communication Design.

We're also excited to see the CORE Gallery's Instagram takeovers and getting a sense not only of student art-making, but their curatorial sensibilities as well. Students can sign up for their own opportunity in the spotlight.

Some of the artists on our Admissions staff, Rebecca Adey, Julya Nichols, and Osmyn Oree, are offering accepted students a window to their own creative process, hosting their first virtual Chill, Chat & Create session today from each of their own art-making spaces. We appreciate the opportunity to connect with our incoming class and welcome them to our community of creatives.

In our wider community of alumni, we are also excited to see how they are using the skills they honed at PCA&D in ways that demonstrate how the ability to think and execute ideas creatively makes a real difference. We recently featured the work of Seth Crider ('18, Fine Art), whose work for institutions such as the United Nations and the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents data in ways that are not only intuitive and informative, but also influence his art.  

As artists, we see differently, and in that difference, we have the opportunity to offer the kind of insight and innovation that make this world a better place. 

I'll leave you with something else from the beautiful short essay accompanying Justin Phillips' artwork: "One of my dearest friends used to say to me often … 'be gentle with yourself.' I encourage you all to do the same right now when it comes to your relationship to your practice."

There are no more fitting words. Be well. Make great things. Share with your community.

Take care of yourself, and others,

Mike

Update from the President

5/8/20 @ 5:30pm

Dear Campus Community,

As many of you know, Governor Tom Wolf and State Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine extended Pennsylvania's stay-at-home order for 47 Pennsylvania counties, including Lancaster, until June 4. Although we will be sequestered longer, it does not mean we will stop making and innovating.

Our faculty and staff members have been creating new opportunities for learning and engagement this summer, and I'm excited to share details about our first-ever Summer online semester.

The Summer 2020 term, which runs May 27 to July 31, will host both credit and noncredit online classes. They will be open to current students enrolled in the College’s BFA programs, as well as alumni and community members.

In addition to the lineup of professional and adult enrichment classes and workshops, the College will also now offer:

We are especially excited that two of our newest faculty members, adjunct professor and Emmy Award-winning artist Norma Klingler and associate professor and former Disney animator Johan Klingler, are teaching classes that fulfill requirements for our new Animation certificate and Game Art certificate.  As you know, our greatest strength as a College is our working faculty who bring their professional industry experience into our classrooms.

Please continue to share and tag your art-making on social media. You inspire our whole community with what you create.

Take care of yourself, and others,

Mike

Update from the President

5/1/20 @ 4:30pm

Dear Campus Community,

Today was bittersweet as we recognized our senior class in an online congratulatory moment and virtual yearbook signing event. Tonight we'll see some of our seniors during their First Friday Instagram Live Senior Spotlight event. 

This is not how we envisioned this day...AND...as innovators, we were still able to mark this milestone while continuing our mandated physical distancing. 

Rather than walking across the stage to receive them, seniors were mailed their official diplomas. (We can't wait to make this moment still happen in the fall.)

Our faculty recorded messages of congratulations to each department: Animation & Game Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Photography & Video. And then they hosted online "rooms" to facilitate the creation of yearbook pages.

Some of our guest speakers throughout the year also shared messages of congratulations, And we delighted in seeing a preview of the Senior Show to come in the exhibition catalog, Vision 20/20.

Just because today marks the end of our academic year, it does not mean we won't continue to reach out. If we've learned nothing during this time of sequestration, it's that connections are more important than ever. We hope to "see" you in our online classes, some of which start soon. We hope you continuing to share what you're making and creating. And of course, we hope to see you in person the moment we are able to be together again.

Take care of yourself, and others,

Mike

Update from the President

4/29/20 @ 7:30pm

Dear Campus Community,

I’m writing to you as we complete a most unusual semester, in which we were all asked to abruptly change course and embrace the unknown. Together we have weathered grief and uncertainty by pledging to never stop growing and never stop creating. You are my inspiration and the work that you share brings joy to each day. I am so proud of each one of you and can’t wait to see you in person again on campus.

Celebrate the Class of 2020: Provost Massey and I will host a recognition event on Friday at 10 a.m. on what would have been Commencement for the Class of 2020. Rather than a graduation ceremony, (which is postponed until October), we will share special messages from the community, then open up online yearbook pages for all of you to contribute well wishes for your classmates. Each of the eight yearbook rooms will be hosted by faculty and staff, so you’ll have a chance to contribute in real-time with your classmates and professors during a signing party until 1 p.m. You can also support our seniors by attending the Instagram Live Senior Spotlight event at @pcad_exhibitions on Friday at 5 p.m. 

Career Day Resources: Our virtual Career Day resources are online in case you weren’t able to catch all of the sessions or want to review. Remember that Network to Success remains a resource for you as well.

New Program Opportunities: As Provost Massey shared earlier today, we are excited to announce new minor and certificate program opportunities that will launch this summer and fall. We want your feedback on your interest in these programs as well as virtual advising sessions we will host in May, June, and July. Look for more information soon.

Planning for our Future: Finally, although the future is uncertain, know that your College is proactively modeling a plethora of scenarios for the fall semester. Clearly, we must abide by any federal, state, county, and city mandates. With this realization, we are anticipating best-case, worst-case, and hybrid options. Our desire is to be on campus together as soon as possible. We hope for a fall start as planned, and we are looking at a number of different options in case physical distancing regulations of six feet remain in place. We are mapping out classroom and studio spaces, as well as coordinating class schedules to look for ways to honor regulations, prioritize health and safety, and still be able to convene together. We are committed to communicating our plans with you as soon as they are solidified. Until then, know that like you, we are creatively innovating, planning for any of these scenarios, and building infrastructure and resources to ensure our nimble and rapid adaptation.

Please continue to stay in touch, continue to share your work, and continue to hold this community as a touchstone in these times. We are here for you, and I love to hear from you. Let’s fill this summer with your creative energy.

Take care of yourselves, and others,

Mike

Update from the President

4/22/20 @ 7:30pm

Dear Campus Community,

It feels strange today not celebrating together at our All-School Picnic. I miss these tangible milestones we mark as a community and am grateful for the virtual ways in which you share yourselves and continue to stay connected.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, your College leadership is facing uncertainty proactively by plotting myriad timeline scenarios so that we have a Plan A, B, C, and D in place to best respond to our future. What this means for you is that we are committed to being together physically on campus as soon as we are able to safely do so and we are planning out a variety of options to accomplish this and care for your wellbeing.

In the meantime, know that we are hard at work finalizing late spring and summer online opportunities to keep our community learning and growing, including three sampler courses beginning next week.

Additionally, Provost Massey is working on exciting minors and certificate opportunities for students. Two new business minors, Business in Creative Industry and Esports Management, will begin this fall. The College will also offer two new certificate programs based on current BFA minors: a Certificate in Graphic Design and a Certificate in Animation & Game Art. Existing students can begin pursuing these minors this summer through online courses. Current PCA&D students who complete these minors before graduation will also earn a certificate in these media. More information to come soon.

Lastly, I wanted to share that students should see credits and adjustments in accordance with our refund policy this week:

Seniors: Graduation fees and prorated parking fees were credited to all graduating seniors for this term. Current residential seniors received a prorated credit (from March 18 through May) in the current term. Additional credits will be reviewed for North Market and 10 S. Prince Street leases that extend through July 2020. If these adjustments created a credit on the graduating senior's account, a refund check was issued today.

Foundation-Juniors: Prorated parking fees will be credited to the current term for student account by the end of the week. Returning residential students will see a prorated credit (from March 18 through May) in the current term for the Fall 2020 term on their account by the end of the week. Additional credits will be reviewed for North Market and 10 S. Prince Street leases that extend through July 2020. 

Spring 2020 balances are still due. We know that the daily changes brought on by this emergent situation may present significant challenges to you and your family. We have suspended late fees and are available to discuss payment plan arrangements.

Keep making and creating and sharing your work. What you do matters and seeing your creativity in action is heartening to us all.

Take care of yourselves, and others,

Mike

Update from the President

4/17/20 @ 4:30pm

Dear Campus Community,

Today we had the opportunity to share updates through a town hall with students, thanks to our friends at Triode. Provost Massey and Dean Edonick offered a glimpse into their behind-the-scenes work in student engagement and academic planning for the summer and fall. (See above for details on Summer Online Opportunities.)

I wanted to take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate your adaptability and your innovation. What we know is that uncertainty is the new certainty. When we get back to campus, it will look different. We will come back when we have the confidence that the health and safety of our entire community can be well managed.

Although it may feel unsettled now, it’s in the midst of chaos where artists and designers show their value and shine. Even though our circumstances are different, your drive and our community are the same. We can take this opportunity to encourage each other and share our work.  

Circumstances may shift for you during this time of uncertainty. Please let us know how we can help. Take advantage of the resources of Student Life and our Financial Aid office. As we move towards the end of the semester, please stay in touch with us. Keep Sharing. Keep Learning. Keep Growing. Keep Creating. Keep Staying Healthy. And keep taking good care of yourself, and others.

I'm here to answer your questions: send them to askthepres@pcad.edu

Kind regards, 

Mike


Update from the President

4/10/20 @ 6:30pm

Dear Campus Community,

I’m reaching out in what for some of us marks one of the holiest times in several religious calendars. It is a season in which we find light in the darkest places. It is a message I, and I suspect many of you, may need even more right now.

I learned yesterday that one of our own lost both of her parents to coronavirus this week while she struggles with her own positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This devastating news magnifies the grief and loss many of us are already feeling as a community. While we are understandably saddened to lose the ability to finish the academic year in-person and celebrate with each other, our alumna’s tragic story is a stark reminder of why we are sheltering in place to protect ourselves and the larger community.

While the specter of this global pandemic looms large, I am heartened to witness all the ways in which you persevere. Your art-making and your robust contributions to online learning remind me of the strength and resiliency of this community. Please continue to share your creations. It does us all a world of good.

Take care of yourselves,

Mike

 

Governor Tom Wolf Orders PA Schools Closed for Remainder of Academic Year

4/9/20 @ 3:30pm

Governor Tom Wolf announced that all K-12 Pennsylvania schools will stay closed for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, colleges and universities will not be allowed to reopen their physical locations until Wolf lifts the closure of businesses not deemed “life sustaining” or releases a separate order.

Dear PCA&D Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, Friends, & Family,

I’m reaching out in what for some of us marks one of the holiest times in several religious calendars. It is a season in which we find light in the darkest places. It is a message I, and I suspect many of you, may need even more right now.

I learned yesterday that one of our own lost both of her parents to coronavirus this week while she struggles with her own positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This devastating news magnifies the grief and loss many of us are already feeling as a community. While we are understandably saddened to lose the ability to finish the academic year in-person and celebrate with each other, our alumna’s tragic story is a stark reminder of why we are sheltering in place to protect ourselves and the larger community.

While the specter of this global pandemic looms large, I am heartened to witness all the ways in which you persevere. Your art-making and your robust contributions to online learning remind me of the strength and resiliency of this community. Please continue to share your creations. It does us all a world of good.

Campus Update

4/8/20 @ 8:30pm

As we shelter in place, we watch the regional impacts from the virus begin to accelerate. We are certainly in an unprecedented moment of crisis and change, as we continue our work remotely and work diligently to make decisions and stay committed to our College's mission. Our Critical Incident Management team meets nearly every day to navigate the impacts of the pandemic on our campus.

As such, we've added updates on our refund policy in regard to housing and fees, we've designated October 2-4 as the weekend to celebrate Commencement and host the Senior Show for the Class of 2020, and we've postponed our Governors Island exhibition to 2021. We will continue to share updates and decisions here.

Campus Status

4/3/20 @ 8:30pm

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design moved to virtual instruction on March 23. Our focus is to ensure that students have the support they need to complete their studies this semester and beyond. Our College leadership will continue to maintain its high level of dedication and service to our community. In light of this, we will continue to share updates and information on this page.

 

Senior Show & Celebration and Commencement Postponed

3/31/20 @ 5:30pm

As we continue to monitor guidance from local, state, and national sources, it has become evident that we will not be able to physically rejoin as a campus community before the end of the academic year. We have, therefore, made the decision to continue our virtual classrooms for the remainder of the semester and to reimagine our signature events of Commencement and Senior Show & Celebration. 

We are heartbroken that PCA&D, along with schools across the nation, cannot hold these events as planned in May in light of the CDC’s ban on public gatherings for the next two months. The events of Commencement and Senior Show are some of our community’s favorite occasions of the year, a chance to celebrate all that our students have created and accomplished as they launch their professional lives. Few moments in our academic year are as purely joyous as these.  

We want to reiterate that our first priority is to support the successful completion of the semester for all students and ensure the Class of 2020 is able to fulfill the degree requirements as scheduled for a May 1 graduation date. As part of this, we will develop a virtual catalogue of senior work. Additionally, we want to state that our Commencement and Senior Show will be postponed and reimagined. 

We will develop a plan, as quickly as possible, to schedule a fall weekend to host both an in-person Senior Show & Celebration as well as an in-person Commencement ceremony. We will be crafting and working on all of the details surrounding these events in the next few weeks. Faculty and staff will work with graduating students in conjunction with class leaders to plan and implement this enduring celebration.

We will continue to communicate plans as they take shape for all of these initiatives. We are excited for when we can be together in person again to celebrate and honor the Class of 2020.

 

Governor Tom Wolf added Lancaster County to Stay At Home Order

3/27/20 @ 3:00pm

As Covid-19 is highly transmittable, people must have little to no contact with others to slow or stop the transmission of the virus. Lancaster County has now been added to the list of Counties with a Stay At Home Order. This means all people must STAY AT HOME except for certain essential activities and work to provide life-sustaining business and government services. The Stay at Home Order will go into effect at 8pm on 3/27. Please note:

  • You can continue to purchase groceries, obtain medicine and medical assistance, and be outside while practicing social distancing. 

  • Local travel is permitted currently. 


    The City of Lancaster already had declared a State of Emergency and the County of Lancaster already was operating under a Declaration of Disaster Emergency. Lancaster County residents already had been strongly encouraged to remain home, other than to get essential needs, to work at life-sustaining businesses, to purchase groceries, to obtain medicine or other medical assistance, to take care of others, etc. The difference between what we’ve already been asked to practice and the new Stay At Home Order is enforcement around these activities. Law enforcement has the ability to give warning or fines to those in violation of the order.

     

    For the most up-to-date, reliable information, please continue to refer to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s website for Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/

 

Message from the President

3/22/20 @ 2:00pm

 

Letter from the President

3/18/20 @ 12:00pm

Dear Campus Community,

After this whirlwind of ever-changing directives, planning, and preparing, I’ve had a chance to stop and reflect upon all of you and our College. As I stood in the Core Gallery, our newly dedicated student space, and heard the quietness of the campus this morning, I couldn't help but consider the prophetic show and title of this soulful participatory installation imagined by Fine Art senior Nikki Hagginbothom. Coming to Terms, felt like it was more than fitting for this moment of time.

You are remarkable. I am amazed at how each and every one of you stepped up to help each other through these challenging past few days.

It is only natural to feel an array of emotions including being angry, worried, and sad. Although we don’t know what will happen in the future, what we do know is that we can control our reaction to what is unfolding and meet any uncertainty with creativity.

As you know, it is the artists and designers who best make sense of chaos, best can live in ambiguity, and point the way to understanding and compassion. The world needs creative energy and ingenuity now more than ever.

And we need you -- to care for one another (virtually) and to hold this community together by sharing your thoughts, your work, and your inspirations. I am quite confident that we will weather this experience in innovative ways that will be tremendous sources of growth for us all.

My gratitude is overflowing for the generosity of spirit and cooperation our students, alumni, parents/families, staff, faculty, and Trustees have offered over the past few weeks. I am proud of you and I am so grateful to be part of this wondrous community.

Please take care of yourselves and each other. I leave you with a bit of the links that we share.


Mike

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Reminders:

The College moves to virtual instruction on March 23. We will continue to monitor and evaluate the return to on-campus classes and housing to complete the Spring semester.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading authority in the United States on understanding and providing guidance around COVID-19. The situation is rapidly evolving and recommendations from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State change daily. PCA&D community members are encouraged to monitor the CDC and U.S. Department of State websites. The CDC has issued information regarding symptoms, prevention, and treatment, as well as a number of other frequently asked questions and answers.

 

NEW: Housing

The PCA&D Housing team is working with the President’s Council and Dean of Students to coordinate a plan for move-in and return to campus housing. At this time, we are evaluating a tentative plan for student move-in to PCA&D Housing to take place from Thursday, August 13th through Monday, August 17th. As we are committed to student’s health and wellness, the College will facilitate the move-in process with strict safety guidelines and expectations. Please watch for additional information and updates regarding move-in to PCA&D Housing in early August. 

New Housing Agreements will be issued in mid July. In the meantime, a “Housing Confirmation of Interest” letter has been emailed to all students who have applied for or renewed their housing applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please check your PCA&D email for this letter, and respond by the confirmation deadline of Tuesday, June 30th. Spaces in PCA&D Housing are limited for the 2020/2021 academic year, and we want to make sure your space is secured.

Students who are returning to their assigned housing from last year in North Market Street Apartments and 10 S. Prince will be given access to their apartments starting on July 1

For questions about PCA&D Housing, please email housingservices@pcad.edu.

Summer Online Opportunities

Our first-ever Summer 2020 online semester, which runs May 27 to July 31, will host both credit and noncredit online classes. They will be open to current students enrolled in the College’s BFA programs, as well as alumni and community members.

In addition to the lineup of professional and adult enrichment classes and workshops, the College will also now offer:

Existing students can begin pursuing these minors this summer through online courses. 

Current PCA&D students who complete these minors before graduation will also earn a certificate in these media.  

Refund Updates: Housing and College Fees

We have been working hard on our refund policy for various services that were either reduced or terminated due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This policy includes prorating the Spring 2020 semester housing and refunding certain fees. Students should see credits and adjustments in accordance with our refund policy beginning April 22.

Housing

All returning residential students will receive a prorated credit (from March 18 through May) to their student account that will be applied to future term charges. Current residential seniors will receive a prorated credit (from March 18 through May) in the current term. Additional credits will be reviewed for North Market and 10 S. Prince Street leases that extend through July 2020. 

Other Fees

  • Graduation Fee:  Although the College is committed to an in-person graduation in the fall, we will refund graduation fees for seniors in recognition of the disappointment of needing to shift the ceremony. 
  • Parking fees will be prorated for students who have purchased campus parking permits.

There will not be any reductions for tuition or the comprehensive student fee as faculty continue to provide a quality education for all of our students by adapting courses to remote instruction and other student services moved to remote delivery and virtual platforms. These services will remain available to students through May 1. 

Amounts credited to student accounts may vary from student to student. Refunds owed will be based on outstanding balances. If a student is owed money, payment will be issued within 14 days of credits/refund being posted on the student’s account. Please update your address through your MyPCAD account.

Offices across the campus are working diligently to ensure the accuracy of each student’s refunds, and we appreciate your patience. If you have additional questions on student account balances, please email lgood@pcad.edu

Senior Show & Commencement

UPDATE:

After engaging the seniors in a robust discussion on plans for the Class of 2020 Commencement and Senior Show & Celebration events, we are currently planning to host these events over the first weekend in October (2nd - 4th) in correlation with Lancaster Art Walk Weekend. Our Commencement committee is working swiftly to solidify locations and plans and hopes to have specific details on the weekend schedule very soon. Should these dates need to shift as a result of the COVID-19 issues, we will send further communication. For now, we wanted to announce proposed dates so that students and families could plan appropriately. While still not yet knowing the full impact and timeline of COVID-19, we would recommend that families confirm hotel rooms are transferable or refundable when making reservations. The Commencement committee is excited to work with graduating students to help shape these ceremonies. 

 

Our Senior Show & Celebration and Commencement are the highlights of our academic year and the capstone activities for the senior class. We are heartbroken that PCA&D, along with schools across the nation, cannot hold these events as planned in light of the CDC’s ban on public gatherings for the next two months. The events of Commencement and Senior Show are some of our community’s favorite occasions of the year, a chance to celebrate what our Senior Class has created and accomplished as we look forward to all that they will achieve. Few moments in our academic year are as purely joyous as these. 

To that end, we want to state that our Commencement and Senior Show will be reimagined. With feedback from the seniors in mind, we will develop a virtual catalog of their work to fulfill all of the degree requirements for graduation as well as to honor their May 1 graduation date. Additionally, we will develop a plan, as quickly as possible, to schedule a fall weekend to host both an in-person Senior Show & Celebration as well as an in-person Commencement ceremony. We will be crafting all of the details surrounding these events in the next few weeks to plan and implement this enduring celebration. 

Governors Island, NYC Exhibition

In our assessment of the next few months and in anticipation of the continuation of restrictions on work and travel, in consultation with the staff at Governors Island, we have decided to postpone our participation in the Governors Island exhibition this year. We don't make this decision lightly; we have so many members of our campus, alumni, and the Pennsylvania community who have responded to our exhibition call with gusto and excitement. Given this work and our community's investment, we wanted to remain part of this opportunity, but cannot do so this year out of concern both for the health and safety of our community mounting and staffing the exhibition, as well as a reluctance to potentially contribute to the spread of the coronavirus. Thankfully, with the support and affirmation of the Governors Island staff, we are able to shift our participation to the 2021 season (with the understanding that the specific house/space we have available may change).

Additionally, we have the opportunity to develop or present programming this year in relation to the Island, such as organizing an outdoor event or creating a virtual exhibition. We will consider these possibilities and see if they make sense for our community.

Academics

Our faculty have worked around the clock to build new online environments for student learning and expand opportunities for group and one-on-one engagement with students. To ensure that all students have the opportunity to successfully complete the semester, faculty have restructured syllabi and course calendars to adapt to this new environment. Administrative leaders and faculty also work diligently to complete registration for Fall 2020, conduct individual advising meetings, continue career support services and programming, and maintain the robust support for retention for our students.  

Academic affairs is surveying faculty and students to solicit feedback and input on the experience and to identify areas where support could be expanded.  Students and faculty may also reach out to the Provost for more information and support: cmassey@pcad.edu.

Continuing Education

Summer Sessions: Given the shifting timeline of the coronavirus epidemic, PCA&D has decided that Summer Continuing Education instruction will be offered through distance and/or remote learning (no in-person instruction) modalities. Faculty are transforming their classes into engaging online learning for students of all ages. More information about summer classes and continuously updated information can be found on the CE website

Summer 2020 course registration for Continuing Education classes will continue online at pcad.edu/classes.

 

Student Support and Engagement

Mental Health Support 

Current Counseling clients who wish to maintain contact with their counselor should contact them via email to make arrangements. Please visit our website for additional mental health resources. We will do our best to provide students with mental health support during this time. If COVID-19 is making you feel isolated, stressed out, or anxious, you are not alone⁠—and it's okay to ask for help.

  • Reach out to one of our PCA&D Counselor by emailing Dean of Students, Jessica Edonick at jedonick@pcad.edu
  • Attend Lyceum, PCA&D’s group for mental health and wellness, on Tuesday nights at 7 PM through the end of the Spring 2020 term. For a link to join Lyceum, please contact Dean of Students, Jessica Edonick at jedonick@pcad.edu.
  • The Lancaster YWCA provides counseling services and resources for individuals who have experienced sexual and domestic violence. They are offering online counseling sessions during this time. To set-up an appointment and/or ask questions, please go to https://ywcalancaster.org/wehearyou
    • If you have experienced or are experiencing sexual or domestic violence and need support or want to make a report, students, please contact Dean of Students, Jessica Edonick at jedoinck@pcad.edu, for faculty and staff, please contact Director of Finance and Administration, Jonelle Matthews at jmatthews@pcad.edu
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Connect with the Crisis Text Line: Text PA to 741-741

Career Support:

Advisor for Career Success, Chris Wagenheim, is still working to support students in seeking out career opportunities. Wagenheim can be reached through PCA&D email, as well as on the Student Life Discord channel where students can arrange text-only, voice-only, or audio-visual meetings on a number of conferencing platforms including Zoom, Google Meet, and Discord itself.

PCA&D’s Network to Success serves as the college’s portal for career and employment opportunities. In addition to these job opportunities, Network to Success now also connects students with a number of resources, relief, opportunities, and programming--both governmental and private--for artists and students affected by COVID-19.

PCA&D’s Career Day, which had been originally envisioned as an in-person job fair and career development conference, has transitioned to an online format and will host a number of employers and speakers across creative industries. Career Day will include a keynote presentation by Juno award-winning, multidisciplinary artist and designer Tracy Maurice: tracymaurice.com

 

Admissions

The PCA&D Office of Admissions is still accepting applications and has extended the refundable deposit deadline from May 1 to June 1. Rolling  admissions for Fall 2020 will continue after this date. Applicants should prioritize completing their applications by April 17, so they can enter PCA&D’s Portfolio Scholarship Merit Competition. Additionally, PCA&D has recently announced $5,000 esports scholarships. If you are interested in applying to PCA&D, please find more information about our admissions process here: https://pcad.edu/admissions/apply/

Financial Aid

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency for State Financial Aid (PHEAA) has extended its  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing deadline to be considered for a PA State Grant from May 1 to May 15 for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you miss this deadline or not a Pennsylvania resident, you should still complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible to be considered for federal and institutional aid. For questions or support with this process, please work with our Financial Aid Office and contact Director of Financial Aid, Dave Hershey at finaid@pcad.edu

Resources

For more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) click on the links below:

What to do if you are sick?

Those who believe they may have been exposed to or infected with the novel coronavirus should seek medical care right away. Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. PCA&D students, faculty, and staff should consult their primary care doctor, or contact the Lancaster General Health Urgent Care Center and/or the Lancaster Health Center.

If you or a person you are living with do not need medical attention or are sent home after being hospitalized from COVID-19, the CDC also recommends action steps for Home Care.

PCA&D Community Reporting Guidance

To support the health and wellbeing of the PCA&D community, PCA&D asks students, faculty, and staff who have been exposed and/or who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, to report their situation to Dean of Students Jessica Edonick or their supervisor respectively. Students or family members of students in the Continuing Education and young artist programs should report exposure or COVID-19 infection to Director of Continuing Education Natalie Lascek. 

Reporting Guidelines for Students

  • Seek medical care at Lancaster General Health Urgent Care Center and/or the Lancaster Health Center, or your primary health care provider for a medical assessment. 
  • If the medical assessment indicates the potential acquisition of the virus, it is important for you to isolate yourself to keep the virus from spreading; this includes isolation from other PCA&D students, faculty, and staff. 

Reporting Guidelines for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff should notify their supervisor if they or a family member they live with experiences symptoms as described by the CDC for COVID-19. These symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, respiratory distress, and fatigue. 

  • Report COVID-19 symptoms to your supervisor immediately.
  • If you are out of work for more than three consecutive days, you are required to provide a statement from your doctor supporting your absence and releasing you to return to work. 
  • Supervisors should notify the Human Resources staff (Director of Finance & Administration or Disbursements & HR Coordinator)  immediately following the report of a flu-like illness and/or a diagnosis of COVID-19.
  • Questions can be directed to the Director of Finance & Administration, 717-396-7833 x1015 or hr@pcad.edu.

PCAD follows Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. PCAD is not able to disclose names and certain information regarding employee medical records.

 

What are ways to avoid illness?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If you are infected with the COVID-19 virus, know that you could infect others in your community, including young children and older adults who are more susceptible to the effects of the virus.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. Here is a video on preventing the spread of COVID-19 from the CDC: https://youtu.be/7-lW0s2yJA0

For more information on the Coronavirus, please visit the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.