As published in the March 26, 2020 edition of The Duplin Times.
Life can change suddenly, without any notice or warning, as we are witnessing today. Many of us could have never predicted what is currently happening in our county, our state, and in our country during this national emergency surrounding COVID-19.
COVID-19 has caused quite a few disruptions in our current life, from no longer being able to physically attend church, to not being able to dine in at your favorite restaurant. Wherever you look, you notice that life is not quite the same as it was just two weeks ago. However, these disruptions are a small price to pay to ensure the health and safety of our community and our citizens.
As restaurants learn how to adapt to take-out or delivery service, colleges and universities across the country are also learning how to transition over to a completely online system, as James Sprunt Community College has done.
Our faculty have spent the last week receiving training on how they could transition their classes from face-to-face instruction to an online format. We thank them for their hard work and dedication to serving our students during this time. Their flexibility in adapting to alternative learning methods will allow our students an opportunity to complete their classes and continue with their education.
While life may not be smooth sailing during this period of time, please know that we are trying our best to serve our students from a distance, while ensuring the safety of all.
There are several free Wi-Fi sources available throughout Duplin County, and we encourage our students who do not have internet service at home to take advantage of the resources available.
Free Wi-Fi can be found at these places in Duplin County:
- Duplin County-Dorothy Wightman Library in Kenansville – 107 Bowden Dr, Kenansville
- Duplin County Library in Rose Hill – 113 S Walnut St, Rose Hill
- Duplin County Warsaw-Kornegay Library in Warsaw – 117 W College St, Warsaw
- Calypso Fire Department – 103 SE Center St, Calypso (Do not block fire department operations.)
- Faison Recreation and Wellness Center – 184 Park Cir, Faison
- University of Mount Olive Agriculture Building – 408 Garner Chapel Rd, Mt. Olive (On the Duplin/Wayne line.)
- Alphin Insurance – 2330 Summerlins Crossroad Rd, Mt. Olive
- Snow Hill Free Will Baptist Church – 1224 Red Hill Rd, Mt. Olive
- Flea Market at the corner of Bennetts Bridge Rd and Garner Chapel Rd – Approx. 1810 Garner Chapel Rd, Mt. Olive
- Beulaville Town Hall – 508 E Main St, Beulaville
- Downtown Magnolia – Approx. at the intersection of Carroll St and Railroad St, Magnolia
- Old Pink Hill School Media Center – 202 Central Ave, Pink Hill (just across the border in Lenoir County)
- The parking lot of the Wallace Public Library
Several companies, such as Spectrum, have offered to install internet services for free in the homes of students who do not have it, for 60 days. If you are interested in learning more about this, please call 1-844-488-8395.
The Small Business Center at James Sprunt will continue to be available via telephone, email, or video conferencing for small business owners who may need business counseling. Webinars are currently being created and will be offered soon. For more information on this, please contact Chris Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org or (910) 275-6202.
We would like to take a moment to thank all those that are dedicating their time to energy to ensure our safety and well-being, many who are on the front lines, during this crisis.
We are extremely grateful for our local, state, and national leaders during these unprecedented times. We thank all the health and medical workers who have gone into this situation unafraid and without question to help care for others. There are many people who are going the extra mile, above and beyond the call of duty, to make a difference in the lives of others during this crisis. First responders, teachers, truck drivers, retail and restaurant workers, manufacturing workers, and environmental service workers, are working countless hours, trying to adapt to this different world of work and service. Every profession in the workforce has been affected in some way by this crisis, and we must all do our part to support one another. I am grateful for our College staff and faculty who are working to deliver the same level of service to our students and public, via online instruction and technology. We would like to express appreciation for our environmental services staff at James Sprunt Community College, who are working diligently as we have revamped our efforts to stop the spread of germs.
We ask that everyone please follow the guidance of our leaders. We ask that you please bear with us as we do all that we can, as a college, to continue offering a quality education to our students in the best way we know-how. We ask that all students, faculty, and staff continue to monitor their James Sprunt email accounts for important updates, and we also encourage everyone to stay connected with us through our website and social media pages @JamesSpruntCC. We have recently created an Online Hotline, where you can ask any question on our website, and we will work to assist you as quickly as possible. Together, through social distancing and other measures, we can make a difference and help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus.
– Dr. Jay Carraway, President, James Sprunt Community College