Welcome to the Taylor University COVID-19 Community Archive Initiative, organized by the Ringenberg Archives & Special Collections. The goal of this project is to create a community archive that will collect, preserve, and make accessible the story of Taylor University during this unprecedented time.

Learn more about this initiative by visiting https://library.taylor.edu/archives/pandemic-community-archive

Submit work by completing the Content Submission Form: https://taylor.libwizard.com/f/submission-permission-form-pandemi

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Submissions from 2020

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Pandemic 2020 in Myndsight, Shawn Denny - Faculty

A poem, or rhapsodic reflection if you like, on the experience of being isolated due to the stay-at-home restrictions invoked by the pandemic. As my context is largely influenced by my involvement as a faculty and community member of Taylor University, the thoughts encapsulated also reflect that context.

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The Last Mile, Michael Hammond - Staff/Administrator

My desire was to encourage the community as we head into Finals Week.

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The Wedge, Jonathan Knippenberg - Student (Senior)

This poem is fueled by the emotions of a senior year cut short and living at home again.

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Strange April, Joe Ricke - Faculty

It's an essay about saying goodbye to my isolated April.

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Senior Night, Aleyah Rastetter - Incoming Student, Fall 2020

This is a letter regarding the loss of my senior year of high school.

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Home, Rachel Knight - Student (Junior)

I wrote this poem as a way of reflecting on my feelings about being “home” due to COVID-19. The accompanying photograph is my desk in my bedroom at “home” as it was a few weeks ago (it’s messier now).

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What am I actually missing?, Jeff Aupperle - Faculty

I wrote this after seeing other faculty share things they were missing. It prompted me to ask the question: What am I really missing?

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Letter to the Student Body, Carey Collins - Graduate Student

Encouragement to students, staff and faculty for thriving and finding meaning during difficult times.

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Even Sammy is Complying with CDC Guidelines, Nancy Dayton - Faculty

Samuel Morris statue on campus with quarantine mask

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Letter to Taylor Students During COVD-19, Maribel Magallanes - Graduate Student

This is a letter I wrote for students during COVID-19 to encourage Taylor Students to remain strong in the midst of these trials.

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COVID-19: Change of Plans - A Photojournal, Tim Swanson - Student (Sophomore)

This photo journal was an assignment for one of my classes. From March 20 to April 12 I photographed scenes from my life as it now was due to the Coronavirus, and wrote statements reflecting on the context in which they were taken.

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Invest Daily, Impact Eternity, Jacob Gerding - Graduate Student

We were asked for a class assignment to write a letter of encouragement to the Taylor student body in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Letter to Taylor Students, Josh Meredith - Graduate Student

Letter of encouragement, inspired by CS Lewis' "Learning In War Time"

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A Letter to the Graduating Class of 2020, Ryan Kristofek - Graduate Student

As a hall director in Wolgemuth overseeing seniors, I wrote a letter to these seniors as they navigate finishing their Taylor experience remotely.

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Tradition, Rachel Gist - Student (Senior)

I wrote in hope that people could relate to the feelings I had during this time. Having Taylor time cut short is hard but also helped me to reflect and be even more grateful.

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Senior Year Cut Short, Caleb Amick - Student

This is my story of what happened to me during the last week of school before we left campus.

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Holding My Hand, Marylou Habecker - Former First Lady of Taylor University

This is a piece that I have written to try to give HOPE to others in the middle of this crisis. A story I witnessed taken from another part of the world during a horrendous time of war gave me HOPE. He is Holding My Hand.

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Nothing Wasted, Adina Shabe - Student

As our world is facing unprecedented interruptions to our sense of "normal" I have been pressing in to receive God's perspective for myself during this time. He is a God who wastes nothing, He uses everything.

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Day 10, Elise Wixtrom - Student (Freshman)

This is a poem I wrote after visiting the supermarket right after classes closed on Taylor's campus.

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Uprooted, Grace Meharg - Student (Sophomore)

I wrote this piece on March 31, 2020 reflecting on being home at such an odd time and without closure.

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48 Hours, Olivia Winn - Student (Senior)

This is a reflection, two weeks after leaving TU for (maybe) the last time.

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Spiraling, Grace Meharg - Student (Sophomore)

This is a personal piece written late at night reflecting on feeling weariness and hopelessness in this situation.Then also considering those who are far less fortunate and those who are at the front lines.

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Letter to the Student Body, Amber Stanley - Graduate Student

This is a letter I wrote to the student body in response to the COVID pandemic. This was a class assignment.

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Suddenly, Grace Meharg - Student (Sophomore)

This is a piece I wrote on March 18, 2020 reflecting on the last week of Taylor and all of the rapid changes that occurred which brought all of us to scatter.

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Learning in Pandemic, Noah Huseman - Student (Junior)

This is an essay written reflecting on C. S. Lewis’ address to Oxford students during World War II.