October 23, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
It’s been a great week at The University of Olivet, thanks to each of you and your commitment to shared responsibility. We continue to work together to fend off the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for all you are doing!
This week’s communication covers the following topics:
- Be Kind – Mask Up
- Make a Plan to Vote November 3
- Students: Take a Quiz and You Could Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card
Mask Up, Comets!
Looks like Clyde and Haley aren’t the only two who mask up. Even Mona Lisa masks up because she knows it’s the kind thing to do.
Masks are itchy, make it difficult to understand one another, make our glasses fog up and are one more thing we need to remember to grab in the morning. But masks can also be a fun fashion accessory and, with a chill in the air, masks serve as a handy face warmer! Most importantly, masks help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Masks are required when in buildings (with the exception of your private living space) and outdoors when six-feet physical distancing is not possible or not being practiced — even when you’re with friends. Masks are also required at student events, indoors and outdoors.
It can be awkward when you encounter someone in close proximity who is not wearing a mask. What can you do?
- If you encounter a fellow Comet not wearing a mask, simply and politely say, “Mask up, Comet! Thank you!”
- If you’re not wearing a mask and someone asks you to mask up, be kind and mask up. Then say, “Thank you!”
Mask up, Comets. It’s the kind thing to do.
Make a Plan to Vote November 3
This year’s general election is sure to be one for the history books. Voting is your right. Don’t let the COVID-19 pandemic detour you from letting your voice be heard.
Did you know in Michigan, you can register to vote up to and on Election Day? Now until November 3, Election Day, you may register to vote in person at a clerk’s office. As a student, you can register to vote at your school address or your permanent home address. It’s your choice. For details on how to register to vote, visit Michigan.gov/Vote and choose “Register to Vote.”
There are four ways to cast your ballot this year:
- Mail the absentee ballot you received in the mail. (If you have an absentee ballot, now is the time to send it in to ensure it arrives by Election Day.)
- Deliver the ballot you received in the mail in person to your local clerk’s office or designated drop box by November 2.
- Vote early in-person at your local clerk’s office by November 2.
- Vote on Election Day at your polling location. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You have the right to vote if you are in line by 8 p.m.
For more details on the ways you can vote, including finding your clerk’s office or your polling location, visit Michigan.gov/Vote.
If you choose to vote early in-person or on Election Day, be sure to talk to your professors or work supervisor in advance in case you have to miss class or work time. You may experience long lines and long waits due to COVID-19 safety precautions that will be in place. Clerk’s offices and polling places will be supplied with protective and hygiene supplies, and will follow protocols to ensure safe in-person voting. Be sure to wear a mask, be patient and be kind. And, consider taking along a bottle of water and a snack, just in case!
How much do you really know about COVID-19?
Students: Take a short quiz by October 27, 5 p.m. and you could win a $10 Amazon gift card! Answer all 10 questions correctly and you’ll be entered to win the random drawing.
“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.” – Rabbi Harold Kushner