Students: FAQ ABOUT NOSSI College & THE CORONAVIRUS

“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.”

Katherine Mary Dunham. Dancer, choreographer, author, educator, anthropologist, and social activist.

You may be experiencing a level of stress not encountered before due to continual and evolving coverage and information related to the coronavirus and the impact it has had on your daily life and routine. You may feel isolated, especially since many artists are collaborators, hands-on learners, and group thinkers.

We want to remind you, you are not alone. You are one of over 300 students, faculty, and staff going through similar experiences, and we need to rely on each other for support.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through questions and concerns. We want to be as transparent as we can. If you have additional questions not listed below, please reach out to Libby Funke at Nossi so she can find an answer for you.

If you have tested positive or you know a student or faculty member who has, please contact Dr. Edwards immediately.

To view the answer, simply select a question below.

Is Campus open?

Yes. Campus re-opened for students, faculty, and staff on Monday, June 1. At this time we are not allowing guests and only accepting appointments for visitors.

Get the complete coronavirus-related details here.

What is Nossi College of Art doing for the Summer Semester?

For the first three weeks, Nossi College of Art resumed online to help flatten the curve in Davidson County. We returned to campus on Monday, June 1 with new policies and procedures for the Nossi community to follow for everyone’s health and safety including:

1. Added classes to reduce the number of students per class. This spreads student seating out, so we can still be mindful of social distancing of six feet.

2. We will offer weekend availability for studio and classroom space. We want to try and ensure student-access to Nossi equipment and space on Fridays and over the weekends to complete class projects.

3. Some students requested to continue with online learning, and we wanted to honor those requests. Students continuing online will face new requirements include (and may not be limited to):
– Online courses are offered at the same time as physical classes. For example: If you have a Tuesday morning class scheduled, you must attend the zoom class between 8 and 12, during class time.
– Reliable access to a computer, Internet, and software programs is required.
– Include a statement of why you prefer to learn online.
– Scheduling studio time (in two-hour blocks) during non-class hours, purchasing equipment, OR renting/borrowing from the College to complete projects will be required.

4. Our nightly cleaning crew disinfects high touch areas, including door handles and keyboards. Additional disinfectant cleaners and wipes are available on campus for students, faculty, and staff. Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom and office.

5. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to disinfect desks and equipment after each use.

6. Masks will be required in community areas (like the student lounge, main lobby, and hallways) but not in the classrooms. We want to help make an impact to continue to find ways to reduce the curve. Get links to purchase masks in the below question about masks.

Do you have an update for the Fall 2020 Semester?

We are continuing to monitor the situation across the country, in Tennessee, and in Nashville. We will update our students about the fall semester throughout the summer. Please return here for continual updates.

When does the Summer Semester begin?

The Summer Semester starts on Monday, May 11. We will begin the first three weeks online. We will resume campus classes on Monday, June 1.

I need info about the Summer Semester’s Zoom Meetings.

This info is emailed to all students, faculty, and staff before your meetings begin and is available in your Moodle classroom space. Please check your Nossi.edu email inbox for details. If you have specific questions about classes, please reach out to your instructor immediately.

How will attendance be taken?

ONLINE: The instructor will mark you present on the attendance roster as soon as they see your login via zoom. It is required to keep your video camera on during the entire class period.

IN PERSON: Attendance will return to normal, however, faculty will be allowed to mark you as present to reduce the number of students touching the class sign-in roster. We highly recommend you bring your own pens to class – as sharing pens is an easy way to spread germs.

Student-led labs. What are they?

Nossi College of Art is introducing a new, free service available for all students – Student Lab Sessions. Get all the details here.

Available in individual and group Zoom-based workshops, this Nossi Student Service gives students a new way to learn and understand class projects – from fellow students.

Nossi Student Services is currently working with six students to help fellow Nossi creatives with their class projects. Have questions about your Adobe Program? Want to go over your classroom assignment one more time? Want to check if you completed a project correctly before you turn it in? Connect with student services and work on projects with your peers.

See who is providing the sessions and reach out to them directly if you want to sign up.

Have questions about the program? Do you know a particular program or subject matter well? (You could be paid!) Simply email Rachel Dewaal if you are interested and need more details.

What are the Add/Drop Summer Class Requirements?

The last day to add or drop a class will be extended by ONE WEEK. The new date to add or drop a class is Friday, May 22 by end of day (3 PM).

When and how will I receive my Summer overage check?

Like before, class attendance is required to receive your overage check. Checks will be available for pickup starting Tuesday, June 9.

Students can pick their checks up between 8 AM and 10 PM Monday through Thursday or between 8 AM and 4 PM on Fridays. If you prefer we mail your check, please notify Rachel Dewaal. Please include the address you wish us to use.

I am worried about my financial future.

Financial stress can be the biggest strain on our health and well-being. We want to try and offer some resources to help with stability.

Nossi College of Art applied for and received money for our students through the CARES Act. Those who applied for federal aid will receive a check from Nossi. It is available at the front desk. More was emailed to your nossi.edu inbox.

1. If you lost your job, there are several local companies actively hiring. Barry Howard in Nossi’s Career Services office can help you every step of the way. We know our students working in food, beverage, entertainment, culture, and retail are really feeling a direct impact. Here are a few places that are actively hiring with links to job postings:

Kroger | Amazon | Aldi | Papa Johns | Grub Hub Driver | Uber Eats

TIP: File for unemployment as well to see about getting supplemental checks until you can find a new job. IF YOU ARE A part-time worker, gig worker, freelancer, or independent contractor – you are covered under the new stimulus bill as well, so file for unemployment! This lasts through July 2020.

View this FAQ article about the coronavirus stimulus package and what you could receive. The article includes information about students, student loans, retirement account, qualifications to receive an unemployment check, charitable contributions

TIP: You can also read how the stimulus will affect small business loans.

2. If you need help with debt payments, whether you have a car payment, mortgage payment, rent due, credit card bill due, or something else, call your loan provider immediately. Many of them are offering reduced interest rates, late payment acceptance, or are pushing out due dates.

Mortgage Help: Some banks are allowing people to skip mortgage payments for up to 90 days. It is extremely important to reach out to your bank directly, as they may offer you a longer grace period.

Credit Card Help: Like with mortgage assistance, to receive help, you must contact your credit card provider.

3. Also, many utility companies are suspending cutoffs during this time, so call them immediately if you will struggle to pay your bill. See how Tennessee is responding to the utility needs by county.

4. Visit the United Way’s COVID Response Fund for a complete list of over 18 resources to help you through COVID-19 and tornado relief. The Nashville community is here to help because this city takes the word community to heart, especially during tough times.

I do not have access to Adobe Programs on my laptop at home.

Nossi received some great news from Adobe! They are giving all home access for FREE to anyone in the Nossi network until the end of May. To receive instructions to access free Adobe programs while working from home, simply log into Moodle or the Student Portal to download instructions. Learn about Adobe’s free access. This free access will STOP starting in June.

If you are interested in continuing to learn online, even when campus classes begin, access to Adobe programs will be required. Learn how to continue learning online after June 1.

I have unreliable Internet at times. Will I be at fault if it cuts out during the online class tutorials and explanations?

When we resume classes online starting Monday, May 11, all online students MUST have reliable Internet access along with computer and software access.

Learn how to continue learning online after June 1.
Check this article for service providers helping with Internet access at this time.

Is the Nossi Bookstore be open?

Yes. You can stop by the front desk or call if you are still learning online. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 8 AM to 10 PM and Friday 8 AM to 4 PM.

View the PDF of our bookstore list.

Reach campus by calling 615-514-2787 or emailing the Front Desk.

Will face masks be required?

Starting Monday, June 29, masks will be required when in community areas like the front lobby, student lounge, and hallways. A very limited supply will be available on campus, and we highly encourage you to bring your own.

Masks will continue to be OPTIONAL during class time. We have already added safety measures including reduced classroom size and reduced seating in all classrooms to ensure students and teachers learn safely while social distancing.

Masks WILL BE REQUIRED on the student housing shuttle for added protection of our shuttle drivers.

Vendors who come to campus will also be REQUIRED to wear masks.

Mask options include:
1. Design your own mask with Signs.com
2. Purchase a washable fabric mask
3. DIY and make your own mask (sew and no-sew instructions)
4. Purchase medical masks in bulk

Can I work with hair and makeup artists or models in studio or anatomy lab?

No.

We have decided against hair professionals, makeup artists, and other guests for the time being. All models coming to campus will be required to do their own hair and makeup before arriving.

What are we doing about graduation?

We have decided to postpone graduation at this time. The Saturday, June 6 ceremony at Goodpasture will be MOVED to a date later in the summer.

We have EMAILED all students who would graduate in June 2020 (Fall 2019 grads, Spring 2020 Grads, and Summer 2020 grads) a questionnaire about their wishes for graduation. If you did not receive our survey yet, please contact Barry Howard immediately.

We are working on ways to move forward with a meaningful celebration of our graduate’s accomplishments.

I need help with food.

We want to provide a few resources based on your current food needs.

Nossi College of Art has a limited food pantry on campus to help housing students. If you need to help stock your pantry between paychecks or because you may have lost your job, please reach out to Mitzi to coordinate access. If they are unavailable, you can also email or connect with Rachel Dewaal.

If you need recipes because you are out of ideas, check out this article, 30 Recipes for College Students.

Are you in need of food assistance? If so, Uprise Nashville has a list of great resources including local food banks who can help.

Does the Stay at Home Order mean I have to stay inside my house?

Staying at home is a way to be mindful of your social distancing. However, staying at home does not mean you are only stuck indoors. In Tennessee, state parks have opened and access to the outdoors is becoming easier. Learn more about State Parks here.

Running, walking, and jogging around your neighborhood is also a great way to get a change of scenery from inside your house. Check out this article about being safe while getting outside.

Nashville recently upgraded to Phase 2 opportunities:
Nashville, Phase 2 coronavirus

AHHHHHH, I’m just stressed and not sure what to do.

It is okay to feel stress at the moment, but you do not want that stress to dictate your life and happiness over the coming weeks. Giving in to your stress will affect your productivity, depression, anxiety, and overall wellbeing. It is time to accept the situation we are in and maintain a social distancing routine recommended by professionals.

But know this is temporary. Repeat that out loud, it can help, “this is temporary, this is not forever.”

Here are a few resources to help out as well. Have you discovered something helpful for you? Let us know so we can add it to our list!

1. Teleconference with Horn Counseling. Reid is an experienced mental health professional and we are proud to have him be part of the Nossi family. Utilize his resources. Even if you have never met with Reid, consider doing so in the next 30 days.

2. Check out these 10 podcasts about Mental Health. Recognize what you are going through and know you are not going through it alone.

3. CREATE – studies have shown that taking at least 45 minutes per day to create can reduce your stress levels. Have you ever complained or thought “there is just not enough time in the day to get it all done?” We have now all been blessed with more time, so take advantage of it while you can. Turn stressful energy into creative energy and share what you are creating!

4. Breathe deep and consider mindful meditation. Don’t know where to get started, consider one of these apps.

5. Get a group chat started. Using Facebook Live, a Messenger platform, a video-sharing app, or start a group text with your friends. Even if you cannot be around people physically, it is important to see the faces of your family and friends. Consider downloading an app with video features (WhatsApp, TikTok, SnapChat, Marco Polo, GroupMe) and stay connected. Remember – it is social isolation, not social elimination.

6. Maintain a healthy diet, exercise when you can, and get good rest. These may seem like easy tasks, but sticking to a routine to ensure you accomplish these steps every day is important.

7. STOP OBSSESSIVELY WATCHING THE NEWS!

8. Get even more resources at the United Way’s COVID Response Fund.

If I owe the school money, how should I pay for it?

You can call campus (615-514-2787) or mail a check to Rachel Dewaal’s attention: 590 Creative Way, Nashville, TN 37115.

If you have questions on concerns about your tuition, please call us!

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