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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for a lot of us, particularly for The University of Olivet students whose lives have been turned upside down. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19, your college courses, family and more can cause strong emotions. The University of Olivet offers the following resources to help manage the stress you may be experiencing. Of course, the faculty, staff and coaches are here for you, too – just reach out by phone, email or even a video chat. We will get through this together!
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Mental Health, Wellness and Counseling Services
Adult Mental Health Emergency Crisis
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-TALK (8255)
Text TALK to 741741
The University of Olivet Mental Health Triage Counselor
Lyza Ballard
Community Mental Health
812 East Jolly Rd., Lansing
517-346-8200 (to schedule appointment)
888-800-1559 (non-crisis services)
800-372-8460 (mental health emergency crisis)
Abbott Road Center for the Family
425 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing
Peaceful Balance Counseling
64 Van Sickle Dr., Charlotte
Reflective Spirit
Tom Jones
123 Lansing Rd., Charlotte
Comforts of Home Counseling
Lisa Ottenhoff
Liz Chamers
391 South Shore Dr., Ste. 214, Battle Creek
The University of Olivet Campus Counseling Center Days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For more information and hours, email Gayl Dotts or call 269-749-7607. And of course, students can also contact the wellness or mental health provider of his or her choice.
Visits are not free. Your health insurance will be billed when seen by a medical or mental health provider (most forms of insurance are accepted.) Students are responsible for all expenses associated with treatment.
If a student would like assistance making an appointment with any of the above providers, please email Gayl Dotts or call 269-749-7607.
Safe Living Space
Help is available from the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7/365 if you have been placed in a home that is not safe. Visit thehotline.org, call 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 for support.
Medical Services – The University of Olivet
Oaklawn Medical Group (downtown Olivet)
202 N. Main St., Olivet
Oaklawn Hospital
200 N. Madison, Marshall
Sparrow Eaton Hospital
321 Harris St., Charlotte
Other Health Resources


  • Food bank locations or food resources can be found by visiting auntbertha.com or by contacting the Why Hunger hotline at 1-800-5-HUNGRY.
  • Feeding America also offers a food bank locator and information about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits at feedingamerica.org. Some students may become newly eligible for SNAP during this crisis.
  • Learn more about SNAP or other food assistance programs through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at michigan.gov/mdhhs.

The University of Olivet Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund is an emergency fund for The University of Olivet students who need extra support for academic-related expenses as well as health and personal needs. Learn more by contacting the Office of Student Engagement at gdotts@uolivet.edu.
Stay Active
Free workouts from Planet Fitness
Live-streamed daily at 7 p.m.
Workouts will be led by their trainers and surprise celebrity guests.
 Uplifting Resources

  • Weekly Christian scripture lesson with Professor Mike Fales ’75 and Jacob Richards ’18, Mondays at 4 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Be sure to follow your favorite artist or musician on social media. Many are giving free virtual concerts and performances.
  • Subscribe with Insight of the Day to receive a daily quote or inspirational message.

Travel Needs

Storage Needs

  • Penske rents trucks to 18-23 year-olds without a surcharge and provides a 10% discount to college students.
  • UHaul is offering 30 days of free self-storage to college students.

Internet Access and Computers
Comcast Xfinity
Comcast Xfinity is currently offering its Internet Essentials program free for two months to new customers. The internet provider is also automatically increasing speeds for all Internet Essentials customers. Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots are also open and free to use by anyone.
Charter Spectrum
Households with students K–12 or university students can sign up for a new Charter Spectrum internet account to get the first two months of internet with speeds up to 100 Mbps for free. Installation fees will be waived for those who qualify for the offer. Call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Spectrum Wi-Fi hotspots are also currently open and free to use.
Altice internet providers Suddenlink and Optimum are offering 60 days of free internet service for households with K–12 or college students. Internet speeds are up to 30 Mbps if you do not already have access to a home internet plan. To sign up, call 1-866-200-9522 if you live in an area with Optimum internet service, or call 1-888-633-0030 if you live in an area with Suddenlink internet service.
Until May 12, 2020, Cox is offering the first month of it’s low-income internet program, Connect2Compete, for free. The internet service is also providing free phone and remote desktop support for technical support during that time.
Programs for low-income internet
The Federal Communication Commission’s Lifeline Program
$9.25 discount on internet service through participating ISPs
Learn more
Xfinity’s Internet Essentials program
$9.95/mo. for up to 15 Mbps
Learn more
Spectrum Internet Assist
$14.99/mo. for up to 30 Mbps
Learn more
Cox Connect2Compete
$9.95/mo. for up to 15 Mbps
Learn more
AT&T’s Access program
$10.00/mo. for up to 10 Mbps
Learn more
Mediacom’s Connect2Compete program
$9.95/mo. for 10 Mbps
Learn more
NetZero dial-up internet
10 hours of free internet service per month
Learn more
FreedomPop free 4G mobile and home Internet
1 GB of free data per month
Learn more
Staples: Reduced Cost Chromebook – while supplies last
Staples has partnered with us to ensure that our students have the proper devices needed to continue learning. The device listed below is suitable for student needs and is available for $154 while supplies last. 
HP Chromebook 11A G6
AMD A4 9120C / 1.6 GHz
Chrome OS
4 GB RAM –  16 GB eMMC
11.6″ 1366 x 768
Radeon R4
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Model #:  6KJ19UT
SA.com # 24403632


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