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Kansas Wesleyan President Matt Thompson

FEBRUARY 5, 2018

Dear Families of KWU Students:

Influenza season is upon us and is shaping up to be a serious one. In order to better understand how to prevent the flu and what to do if your student should do if s/he gets the flu, here is some information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Please review this information and this with your student to protect him or her and others on campus. (This information has also been shared with your student.)

As always, if there is anything we can do for you or your student, please be in touch.

All the best,


  • WASH YOUR HANDS: Prevention begins with frequent, good hand washing and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer. As the flu is a respiratory virus, it is not possible to completely disinfect all areas, but care should be taken to wipe down frequently touched surfaces, cough into a Kleenex or your sleeve, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and avoid contact with sick people.
  • IF SICK, STAY ISOLATED: If you have a fever, notify your RA and professor that you will be absent and why. You should not attend class or be around others until you are fever-free for 24 hours. The flu virus is most contagious in the first 3-4 days, with most adults remaining contagious for 5-7 days after symptoms appear. If you leave campus and go home please notify your RA.
  • FLU VS. COLD: If you have the following symptoms do not go to class, but stay at home or in your dorm room: cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, muscle or body aches and headache. Because we are not robots, but humans, no two people will experience the exact same symptoms. Body aches and headache, along with variation of the other symptoms are usually indications of the flu. The common cold does not typically produce these two symptoms.
  • FLU TEST: If you suspect you have the flu, you may want to be tested to see if you can obtain a prescription for an antiviral medication. KWU has an arrangement with Urgent Care on 9th St, where you will receive preferred access. While this medication may help shorten the symptoms, you should not attend class until you have no fever for 24 hours.
  • ANTIVIRAL MEDICATION: The CDC website recommendation for antiviral medication: When treatment is started within two days of becoming sick with flu symptoms, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by about one day. They may reduce the risk of complications such as pneumonia and hospitalizations in adults.  
  • MEDICAL ATTENTION: If you experience worsening symptoms, you should seek medical attention. These include: difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, dizziness, confusion, severe vomiting, return of cough and fever after it subsides for more than 48 hours.

Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (2017). Key Facts About Influenza (Flu). Retrieved from

OCTOBER 20, 2017

Dear KWU Families,

We have just enjoyed a beautiful fall break on campus. Many of our students traveled to Costa Rica on a free Wesleyan Journey this week. If your student is a qualified junior or senior, please talk with them about what Journey they will take before they graduate (  

As your student starts the second half of fall semester, he or she has hopefully had a chance to rest and do some homework and is coming back refreshed and ready for the next eight weeks.

Between Homecoming and recent travels, I've visited with many alumni. It is so exciting to see graduates who are living out their dreams, thanks to the education they received from KWU. They regularly remind me to tell students to stay focused, not let setbacks derail them, and to work hard every day. I hope you'll encourage your student, just like I, and others on campus, do each day.

In the coming weeks, semester projects will be due, and longer assignments will likely be the focus. It is important to remind your student to keep up with work and to not let assignments get away from them. Continue to encourage them to use the Albert Nelson Student Success Center.

The national and local events of the last few weeks remind us that it is important to remain focused on our individual and collective safety. Law enforcement has taught us, "If you see something, say something." Students should talk to an RA, staff or faculty member, a coach, or be in touch with me if they have any concerns. We are implementing several programs to enhance campus safety awareness and education. While students receive safety education during orientation weeks, our campus security and emergency management personnel will share safety reminders at residence hall meetings and staff/faculty meetings within the next few weeks; Student Development recently launched its annual domestic violence awareness month programming; and, we are working on improvements to our CampusAlerts software and internal communication plans. We are all committed to making sure KWU is a safe and productive place for learning and growth. 

As always, please be in touch if there is something we can do to be in support of you or your student.

All the best,