Engagement beyond the classroom

Message sent April 9, 2020

Message sent to students and parents on behalf of Julie Ramsey and Chris Zappe to introduce opportunities for engagement beyond the classroom and to provide links to students if they have questions or concerns.

Dear Students,

We wanted to reach out to you in these challenging times to offer our support and to highlight some additional resources for you to stay connected to the College. Most importantly, we hope you–and those you care about­­–are safe and healthy. The next few weeks are predicted to be quite difficult as the pandemic peaks in many areas. We know that these are unprecedented times and the uncertainty of it all can be troubling, especially when you are missing contact with those closest to you.

With that in mind, while we are eager for all of our students and faculty to return to campus, we’d like to call your attention to a few opportunities that will allow you to engage with your friends and different organizations and resources on campus.

College Life has created organized opportunities under three themes as ways to engage beyond the classroom:

  • Virtual offerings focused on your well-being,
  • Ongoing opportunities to engage with key programs on campus,
  • Fun opportunities to unplug and connect with others.

Please see a sample of our offerings at the end of my email and please regularly check our Virtual Co-curricular Programs and Events page.

Our hope is that you are beginning to adapt to classes being offered remotely. Adjusting to a new way of completing your courses and interacting with faculty and classmates is likely a new experience for most of you.

The most important thing for you to remember is that if you need help, please reach out to us.

  • If you continue to encounter challenges with technology and internet access, please contact GTech at (717) 337-6935.
  • For academic related issues, please contact your faculty members and your academic advisor.
  • If you are experiencing difficulties regarding academic-related issues and your academic advisor is not able to assist you, please contact the Office of Academic Advising immediately at (717) 337-6579 or request an appointment.
  • If you have a question or concern and would like someone at the College to reach out to you, please complete this brief Google Form and we will follow up with you as soon as possible and within 48 hours.

If you have any questions or if there is assistance or support we might offer, please contact us directly at ramsey@gettysburg.edu or czappe@gettysburg.edu

These trying times have presented challenges few of us anticipated but we stand prepared to support you.

Warm regards,

Dean Julie Ramsey

Provost Chis Zappe


Your well-being

Members of the College’s Counseling, Health, Campus Recreation, Multicultural Education, and Religious and Spiritual Life are here as a resource for you as you work to adjust to the many changes and challenges that COVID-19 and our shift to remove learning has created.

Counseling Services remains available to assist students as needed. Information is available on their website about taking care of yourself during Covid-19. Currently, Counseling can provide teletherapy services for students within PA, pending agreement between student and provider about the appropriateness for a given student of engaging in remote services. Notably, however, Counseling will readily work with ANY student to assist with finding resources near them, provide consultation, or connect students with campus resources. Students can reach out to Counseling Services via the office phone (717) 337-6960, email to their prior counselor, or email to Dr. Bradley, Director of Counseling Services kbradley@gettysburg.edu. Counseling is also working with colleagues across campus to notify students of online opportunities to focus on their mental health; more on this will be forthcoming. Finally, Counseling Services is launching GettysburgGood on Instagram, to stay in touch with students and provide ongoing useful information. Be assured Counseling’s dog Zach will have an online presence!

Relationships During COVID-19 (clicking will take you to the event on Zoom on April 8)

Join Dr. Daryl Johnson, a psychologist and relationship therapist, to discuss relationships in a time of social distancing and COVID-19.Wednesday, April 8 1:00pm – 2:00pm EDT. Sponsored by Multicultural Education.

Meditations, Poetry Moments, and Inspirational Messages.

Please look for Religious and Spiritual Life offerings and messages from Chaplain Kristin Largen.

Poetry Moment (Zoom on April 9)

Let's gather to read and discuss a poem titled “The Journey: A Poem for Passover” Friday, April 9, 12:30-1:00p EDT. Sponsored by Religious and Spiritual Life.

Campus Recreation

Please look for the latest Campus Recreation has to offer in support of your well-being and creative ways to engage while studying remotely.

Key programs

Times of Crisis with Susan Eisenhower (Facebook Live on April 7).

Susan Eisenhower discusses Dwight Eisenhower’s leadership during times of crisis and her own experience navigating rapidly-changing strategic landscapes. Moderated by Prof. Rob Bohrer. April 7, 2020, 4:00pm EDT. Sponsored by the Eisenhower Institute.

Career Advantage: Managing Your Internship During COVID-19 (Zoom on April 8)

Are you still searching for an internship? Have you secured an internship but don’t know what is happening with it? Drop in to this Zoom session with Jamie Guilford, Associate Director of Employer Relations in the Center for Career Engagement, to discuss tips and ask questions about how to keep moving ahead with your internship search and plans. Wednesday, April 8 12:00 – 12:30pm EDT. Sponsored by Career Engagement.

Career Advantage: Managing Your Job Search During COVID-19 (Zoom on April 9)

Seniors, are you concerned about the economic effects of COVID-19 on the job market and your own job search? Attend this Zoom session with Jamie Guilford, Associate Director of Employer Relations in the Center for Career Engagement, to discuss the current landscape and how to approach your job search during a recession. Thursday, April 9, 2:00 – 12:30pm EDT. Sponsored by Career Engagement.

Remote Learning on Your Career Path (Zoom on April 9)

The transition to remote learning has posed numerous challenges to students that are helping you build important career readiness skills. The Center for Career Engagement will provide an overview on how to articulate the remote learning experience professionally and what virtual CCE services and programs are here for you 24/7. Thursday, April 9, 4:00-5:00pm EDT. Sponsored by Career Engagement.

Connect to Place

Each week on Mondays at 11am EDT and Thursdays at 2pm EDT, starting the week of April 6, join us for a 10 minute experience to take a moment to connect with other Gettysburgians and mindfully observe something in your surroundings. Join the conversation on Monday, April 6 or Thursday, April 9. Expect to chat with folks you may not know, and to step out of the room you’re in for a bit. Can’t attend at this time?Participate on your own time. Sponsored by the GLC.

Personalized Coaching for Student Leaders

Are you interested in working with a GLC Leadership Coach to maximize your personal and professional potential? Register for a consultation. Sponsored by the GLC.

Virtual Group Development.

We offer virtual workshops for groups that want to connect around important group challenges. Some options include: Team Building, Communication Workshops, Strategic Planning, Values Identification, Five Dysfunctions of a Team Assessment. If your group is challenged, but you don’t know what you need, we also offer exploratory consultations to help. Start a conversation with us by completing this form. Sponsored by the GLC.

Conversations about Everything (Zoom on April 9)

So what are you doing to stay busy? Let us talk everything that is keeping you occupied. Moderated by Elisabeth Welch ’20. Thursday, April 9, 9:00pm EST. Sponsored by GLC and RFYP.

eRace. (Zoom on April 10)

Engaging in racial justice dialogue in an environment that is respectful, frank and even humorous to dismantle racial myths, expose white privilege, confront internalized racism Friday, April 10, 3:45pm to 5:00pm. Sponsored by the Center for Public Service

Fun, social activities

Prism and LGBTQIA+ Life Game Night (Zoom on April 8)

Join Prism and the Office of LGBTQIA+ Life for a game night on April 8 at 6:30 pm! Activities will include trivia and Cards Against Humanity. 

Pub-Trivia Thursdays

We can't gather in the Attic so we'll bring Pub Trivia to your home! Join us each Thursday at 8:00 PM for virtual Pub Trivia with the chance to win prizes! Thursdays 8:00 PM EST. Sponsored by CAB.

NBA 2K20 Tournament

Compete against your fellow Gettysburgians in a single-elimination NBA 2k20 tournament sponsored by Campus Rec! Registration closes on April 9th so sign up today on IMLeagues.com. April 11 to April 17. Sponsored by Campus Rec.

Activities You Can Do Any Time

Looking for something to do right now? We have put together a library of fun opportunities including virtual tours, online games, streaming performances, and crafts you can do at home. We’ll continue to grow the list so check back regularly to see what’s new!