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PC Nursing donates masks and equipment to Avera St. Lukes

ABERDEEN, S.D. - The nursing students, faculty, and staff at Presentation College are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in multiple ways. Recently the PC nursing department donated all unused masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) to Avera St. Lukes.

These actions were taken after all face-to-face learning was transitioned to online classes. The change to online classes started two weeks ago, and will continue for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. 

When Dr. Welling, the Dean of Nursing at Presentation College, contacted the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Kelli Fischer, at Avera St. Lukes about the donations, she responded, “Absolutely, thank you for thinking of Avera.”

In these uncertain and unprecedented times Presentation College and Avera St. Lukes are coming together to combat the threat that COVID-19 is having on our Aberdeen community.

The donated masks and PPEs will help protect our valued healthcare workers from the infectious disease. This is one way we can help to ensure the safety to both the healthcare workers and our community.

Presentation College will be offering online classes as usual this coming summer.

(Pictured from left to right)

Sr. Deb Nelson, Simulation Coordinator

Angie Schwan, Nursing Lab Coordinator

Dr. Sandra Welling, Dean of Nursing

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Golf with the Saints

Join us Friday, July 31st for Golf with the Saints! This 4-person scramble at Lee Park features a Noon shotgun start, split-pot raffle, and more!

Presentation Sisters Announce Matching Gift for PC Black & White Ball

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Guests, sponsors and supporters of Presentation College’s Black & White Ball will see the impact of their giving DOUBLED at the 2020 event, thanks to the generosity of the Presentation Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Black & White Ball is Presentation’s premier fundraising event. Proceeds support student scholarships, making a real difference in the lives of students pursuing their dreams. This year’s theme is “Once in a Blue Moon” for an event that takes place on Leap Day, and the Presentation Sisters saw an opportunity to make an unprecedented gift for this rare occasion.

Sister Janice Klein, PBVM, President, says that scholarships allow prospective students to choose a faith-based private school while being fiscally responsible: “We strongly believe in our mission of education at the College. Partnering with the College and civic community is one way to act on our belief. Scholarships are one way to help ensure that higher education is accessible to more students.”

Dr. Paula Langteau, Presentation College President, says the Blue Moon Matching Gift has truly exciting potential, as all the funds raised go toward student scholarships: “These scholarships have life-transforming potential for the students we serve at PC. Seventy-five percent of our students are Pell-eligible, which means their families do not have the resources to contribute to the cost of their education. All of this money will be going to help those students, who might otherwise not have the opportunity to go to college.”

Sister Janice Klein added, “We are thrilled to be investing in the College’s mission and its students!”

The Ball, being held at the Dakota Event Center, will begin with the music of the Aberdeen Jazz Ensemble, during an extended cocktail hour. The menu will include appetizers, a gourmet dinner, and mouth-watering dessert. The evening also features raffles, a live auction, and a silent auction with at least 100 items. This year’s after-dinner entertainment will be local band Avenger Joe. For information about tickets and sponsorships, call 605.229.8454 or email us at lori.herron@presentation.edu.

PC Donates to the Avera Mammogram Program in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Presentation College Saints are proud to present a check for more than $2,000 to the Avera St. Luke’s Foundation, in support of Avera’s 3D mammogram program. Multiple teams participated in fundraising efforts during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Led by PC Volleyball coaches and players, the Saints held various fundraisers, sales and activities to support the cause at home games. The Saints also partnered with local businesses, including OnTrack Nutrition. The money raised this year will support Avera’s 3D Mammogram voucher program, which assists those who qualify with the difference in cost for highly effective 3D imaging, as well as the Imaging Center’s purchase of a new mammogram chair. Saints athletes and “Spirit,” the St. Bernard mascot, joined PC Volleyball Coaches Chelsey Albrecht and Hayley Swenson to present the check to Amy Blackstone of Avera St. Luke’s Foundation. 2019 marks the second year of PC Saints Volleyball’s partnership with Avera for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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COVID-19 Campus Update

Dear Saints,

Over the past few weeks, our PC community, our nation, and the world have witnessed rapidly changing guidelines and expectations for addressing the spread of COVID-19. Daily, we are learning lessons as other states in our country manage escalating caseloads. Currently, South Dakota is fortunate to have fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases than many other states. This provides us the opportunity to learn lessons from those other states to inform the actions we take to prevent the further spread of the virus. This is especially relevant now that Brown County, the county in which our campus is situated, has at least two confirmed cases. We at PC continue to monitor and share national health information to inform our campus community so that you and your families can make the best choices to protect your health and safety. 

“Sheltering in Place” Practices
What we are learning from other states is the critical importance of voluntary social distancing, including “sheltering in place.” While we recognize this is challenging while we are feeling healthy, we also recognize that COVID-19 can spread before symptoms emerge, and that spread can be life-threatening for certain vulnerable populations. This is the reason, for example, that the convent closed to the public until further notice. At this time, we are also similarly closing the campus to outside visitors—other than registered students, faculty and staff. As Saints, we know the importance of thinking of how our actions can protect not just ourselves but also all others with whom we live and work in the larger community. 
In some states, where voluntary measures have proven insufficient to slow the spread of the virus, those states have enacted state-wide restrictions on non-essential services, closing shopping centers, restaurants, banks, medical offices, and other service centers to the public. State lock-downs have also required residents to “shelter in place,” limiting travel outside the home for essential needs only, such as weekly grocery shopping and urgent medical care. Just this week, Michigan and Wisconsin have moved into lock-down status, providing approximately 24-48 hours of notice to their residents before enacting these measures. If current national health projections on the spread rate of the virus prove accurate, states not currently locked down may be facing that decision in the coming weeks. At the moment, we are in the fortunate position to have some time to plan for that possibility here.

How Can I Prepare?
We believe it is important for students and their families to determine the safest course of action for their individual circumstances. And we are here to support and help our students implement those actions. We have students, for example, whose home states (or home countries) have already locked down. We, at Presentation College, are committed to helping those students shelter in place on our campus through the duration of this pandemic, which, according to Governor Noem, could be months. This commitment is a direct result of our mission to serve not just educational needs but the needs of the whole person. You are a valued member of our PC family.
For those students whose travel is not currently restricted by their home locations, we urge you to plan ahead now to ensure you are where you need and want to be (i.e. with family) if and when a “shelter in place” order is received. Depending on the distance you may need to travel or the length of notice provided prior to the enacting of state “shelter in place” decisions, there could be a narrow window for making and carrying out travel. Knowing this, we want all students and their families to know that we are ready to support and assist you in your decisions now. If you need transportation to airports, storage options for personal items, or other assistance with travel, please contact Director of Housing, Semisi Malolo, for help. Our goal is to help all those moving from the campus to get safely to your destinations in a timely fashion. 

Classes Continue Online
We want to assure you classes will continue at Presentation College, online.  Our faculty and staff have done a great job moving all face-to-face learning online so you can complete the Spring 2020 semester.  We are blessed to have faculty who understand and can assist in adapting learning strategies to these challenging circumstances. For Summer 2020, PC offers a full complement of classes.  All classes, per usual summer practice, will be online.  Our clinicals will be offered, though the mechanism for delivery will be dependent on future directives from our health care provider partners.  PC will follow their lead, as well as the lead of professional licensing agencies associated with our programs.  We have been experts in online education for years, and we will continue to be expert at online delivery.  If you haven’t registered for Summer 2020 classes, please do so as soon as possible. 
Saints, we are here for you and your decision-making during this unprecedented time in our world. The PC community is strong, diligent, and resilient. We WILL get through this and be stronger on the other side. In the meantime, please do what you can to remain healthy and know that both the Sisters and the PC leadership team are holding you and your families in our daily prayers as we weather this war on COVID19. 

God Bless,

President Paula Langteau
 

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