Update from Grebel in the wake of COVID-19

Friday, March 20, 2020

For complete information on Grebel and the University's response to COVID-19, visit UWaterloo's Coronavirus website.

A Message from the President

Events in the last week have unfolded rapidly, and many of us have had to make changes to our daily lives in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. I'm inspired and hopeful at how the whole world seems to be coming together to face this common challenge.

At Grebel, we are following the University of Waterloo's lead, and moving to online classes and exams. We have also cancelled all of our events until further notice, including our Convocation service. Most residents have moved out and a few students remain in the apartments. Almost all of our faculty and staff are working from home and can be contacted using the office directory. The Milton Good Library is closed, although virtual services continue.

Understandably, there is much disappointment in our college community. I want to convey my thanks for the understanding spirit that our students, faculty, and staff have shown during these times of uncertainty. We pride ourselves on being a strong community and it is during times like this that we can support each other, even if we are 6 feet apart. 

We would like to share this Pandemic Prayer written by Grebel Professor Carol Penner, from her blog Leading in Worship.

Thanks for your understanding during these unprecedented times.

Marcus Shantz, President
Conrad Grebel University College

Grebel Update (March 20) 

Beginning Sunday March 22, all buildings at Grebel (residence, academic and apartments) will be kept locked 24/7. Any student, faculty, or staff wishing to enter should use the keys assigned to them. A sign will posted on the doors with a number to call for any service personnel, courier deliveries etc. that require entry. Grebel’s Reception desk and Main Office will also be closed beginning Monday March 23.

Most faculty and staff are working from home and are available by email or phone. Access the Grebel directory.

Most residents have moved out and limited services are being provided for the few that remain in residence and in Grebel’s apartment building. Full details have been communicated to residence students and apartment dwellers. If you are a Grebel resident or apartment dweller who has questions or concerns about this, please contact Mary Brubaker-Zehr.

This is a stressful time for everyone. Students requiring support are encouraged to contact Mary Brubaker-Zehr, Director of Student Services or Ed Janzen, Chaplain. Staff and faculty needing support are encouraged to contact UWaterloo’s Employee Assistance Program, who are offering counselling sessions by phone for people feeling anxious about the pandemic and its ripple effects.

The Milton Good Library and Mennonite Archives of Ontario are closed, although virtual services continue.

The Grebel Gallery at the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is closed. More details.