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Tips for Reducing Coronavirus Anxiety

Whenever there is distressing or concerning news, it is always helpful for us to find ways to manage our anxiety. As many of us are aware the World Health Organization has issued that COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus, is now a global pandemic.

While this is understandably frightening for many, it is going to be essential to take care of our mental and physical health throughout this time.

Below you will find several tips on reducing anxiety about Coronavirus:

  • Keep perspective. When you’re too close to something, it looks really big. Take a step back and acknowledge what areas that you have some level of control in the actions that you take.
  • Be careful about how much you focus on this versus the other important things in your life. Try to find a balance so that you are not overwhelming yourself with stress that this might cause.
  • Don’t fear the fear itself. Stay grounded by engaging in meditative/relaxing activities to alleviate any stress that this current climate might cause.
  • Do what you can. Get prepared to a reasonable degree.
  • Stay healthy and make good health choices. This looks like washing your hands for 20 seconds under warm water and staying away from others if you are sick. Communities and states are issuing daily guidelines for how to best distance yourself and keep ourselves and communities healthy.
  • Get help from a doctor if you need it. If you’re worried about your health, take the necessary steps to seek care. Most doctors are utilizing online chats to determine best steps forward.
  • Stay connected. Fears grow in the dark. Staying connected to others helps you stay grounded and calm.
  • Surround yourself with people and resources that help alleviate your fear and not increase it. Don’t hesitate to seek help from a counselor if you can’t keep your fear/anxiety in the “green zone.” GROW Counseling has many options for providing you the best care during these days, so reach out to us to inquire about your options!

Jasmine Tyson

Grow Counseling


Distance Counseling

Through HIPAA compliant platforms, counselors specifically trained in telemental health counseling are ready to provide you with high-quality mental health care and coaching in order to address a variety of issues and concerns. If you’re interested in finding out more about the distance counseling or coaching practice, click here to email Dr. Keith Myers, Dean of Counseling.

Coronavirus Update

Dear Students, Staff, Faculty, and Friends,

The swiftly evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus has been a cause of serious concern for University leadership. Nothing is more important to us than the health, wellness, and safety of each of you. With that in mind, we have been carefully monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) briefings in real-time, finishing contingency plans, and consulting extensively with public health officials in both Atlanta and Chattanooga.

From the information available and medical expertise shared with us, the best course of action at this stage is a preventative one that minimizes the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on our campus or at our counseling centers. Here is how we will achieve it:

Starting Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 27th, all in-person, on-campus instruction, counseling, and administrative work activities will be suspended for a two-week period. The University leadership plans to resume in-person activity at both campuses on March 30th. During that time, we will vigilantly monitor further developments and counsel from the CDC.

During this temporary suspension of campus activity, course instruction, learning support, tele-counseling, and administration will move to an online platform and be done remotely from home. Students should experience minimal to no interruption of services. Faculty and staff will be equipped with the capabilities to continue to work effectively. Our Hope, Henegar, and Trauma counseling centers will also continue through tele-counseling outreach.

The Deans of the School of Counseling and the School of Ministry will coordinate communication to students with faculty providing detailed instructions on accessing course material through CAMS and answering any other academic questions. Similarly, you will also receive supporting communications from the Vice-President for Information Technology, as well as a virtual wellness check from our Dean of Students.

For counseling center clinicians, student interns, and support staff, you will receive further instructions on working remotely as well as trainings for tele-counseling from the Dean of Clinical Affairs or the Dean of the Richmont Trauma Center.

In shifting from an interpersonal to an online modality for the next two weeks, we understand there will be questions and some challenges. Feel free to direct them to the Deans, their staff and faculties, or the Dean of Students. For this reason, we will also keep in regular communication to share news and updates.

May God keep you and bless our University,

Dr. Timothy Quinnan
President
Richmont Graduate University

Richmont Graduate University Hosts 66th Annual CAPS Conference

Richmont Graduate University is a host institution set to present the 66th Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference. The CAPS Conference will take place March 12 – March 14, 2020 at the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA.

This year’s conference promises to a series filled with training, stimulating dialogue, inspiring spiritual direction, and professional networking. There will be expert mental health professionals from all over North America presenting plenary sessions, invited lectures and workshops.

Richmont’s Dean of Assessment, Planning & Accreditation, Dr. Sonja Sutherland, is featured as a 2020 Invited Distinguished Scholar & Master Therapist. Other distinguished Richmont faculty and students will be present, as well.

For more information regarding the 66th Annual Christian Association for Psychological Studies Conference, please visit https://www.caps.net/conferences/.

Dr. Gary W. Moon, Richmont’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Spirituality, Wins Book Award

Atlanta, GA., US /February 3, 2020/ Dr. Gary W. Moon, Richmont Graduate University’s Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Christian Spirituality, was recently honored by the Dallas Willard Center for Spiritual Formation at Westmont as co-winner of its annual book award for his biography, “Becoming Dallas Willard.”

Click here for more information regarding Dr. Moon’s award.

Richmont’s Dr. Vanessa Snyder, VP of Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery, Featured In Voyage ATL

Atlanta, GA., US /February 3, 2020/ Recently, Dr. Vanessa Snyder, Vice President of the Richmont Institute of Trauma & Recovery was featured in the Voyage ATL, a digital magazine. In the feature, Dr. Snyder discusses her journey with Richmont Graduate University and our Institute of Trauma & Recovery in great detail.

To read the story, visit the Voyage ATL link below:
http://voyageatl.com/interview/life-work-vanessa-snyder/

Richmont Graduate University Publishes Diversity Statement

Atlanta, GA., US /January 20, 2020/ Richmont Graduate University, a renowned Christian university offering specialized professional degrees and certificates, has published a Statement on Diversity. With its 80-year history of transformational work in the Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN communities, Richmont leaders, staff, and students felt the call to publicly affirm its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Drafted by a panel of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, President Timothy Quinnan presented the Statement to the Board of Trustees who formally approved it during their December 2019 meeting. As an established leader in Christ-centered counseling and ministry education, and a university of first-choice for top talent, the Statement reflects this continuing quest for excellence with these words:

Richmont is committed to the intentional creation of an environment of belonging that celebrates the uniqueness and diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, with the goal of advancing God’s healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, families, churches, and communities.

Dr. Sonja Sutherland, Richmont’s Dean of Assessment, Planning & Accreditation comments, “Our statement represents the university’s ongoing and intentional pursuit of excellence.  In our commitment to embracing diversity and cultivating an environment of safety and inclusion, we seek to create a sense of “home” for all our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  I am confident and excited about the strides Richmont will continue to make in meeting the diversity and inclusion needs within the institution and the community at large.”

For more information regarding Richmont Graduate University and forthcoming initiatives, please visit www.Richmont.edu.

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Contact: Richmont Communications

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Founded in 1933, Richmont Graduate University enhances a culture of higher education and innovation, providing master’s level degrees in counseling, ministry, and psychological studies from a Christian perspective. Richmont integrates education and research that advances God’s work of healing, restoration, and transformation in the lives of individuals, churches, and communities. Our belief is that our students should walk into their future careers with a foundation based on the values set before us by Christ. For more information about Richmont’s graduate programs in our school of counseling and school of ministry, please visit www.Richmont.edu.

Richmont Recognized as a Leader for Having Among the Lowest Student Loan Default Rates in the U.S.

Richmont Graduate University has been recognized in LendEDU’s annual report on student loan default rates for having one of the lowest default rates in the United States. Specifically, the student loan default rate at Richmont Graduate University is 1.70% according to the most recent data from the Department of Education. Richmont’s default rate ranked #337 out of approximately 5,300 colleges and universities in America. This equates to Richmont being placed in the top 4% of American colleges and universities for the lowest debt burden put upon its students.

LendEDU is an online marketplace for a variety of financial products, including student loans, personal loans, and credit cards. Michael Brown, a Research Analyst for LendEDU, stated, “Your school (Richmont) is now known for creating an environment where the burden of student loan debt repayment is much less than at almost every other campus in the country.”

Richmont’s President, Dr. Timothy Quinnan, states, “As proven by many alumni and students, and now by LendEDU, Richmont offers unparalleled quality at an unparalleled cost.” The students, staff, faculty, and administration are equally proud of Richmont’s many other accomplishments in academic achievement, community engagement, and preparing generations of high impact Christ-centered counselors and ministers for both national and international service.

Check out the full report here: https://lendedu.com/blog/student-loan-default-rates-by-school-state/

Click here to download the Press Release.

Q&A with new President Dr. Timothy Quinnan – Part Three

Dr. Timothy Quinnan

On Tuesday, June 20, Richmont Graduate University’s Board of Trustees announced the selection of its next President, Dr. Timothy Quinnan. Dr. Quinnan brings to Richmont an extensive background of serving students and universities including roles as Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, Associate Vice President for Campus Life at San Diego State University, Vice President for Student Services at Stark State College, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida State University.

Question 4: What do you hope to accomplish during your tenure as the President of Richmont Graduate University?

Answer: My leadership agenda will arise from rich and robust consultations with all stakeholders in the Richmont community. It is essential for me to understand what they believe matters most. Together we will forge a shared vision that we can then work collectively to achieve. Clearly, there are a number of priorities that emerged during search process discussions. Among them will be: securing maximum term CACREP as well as SACS accreditation, leveraging the University’s strong institutional identity to create wider brand awareness among new constituent groups, expanding the enrollment and organizational infrastructure to support it, cultivating fresh revenue streams and other financial resources, and enhancing faculty, staff, and student diversity. These describe several important tasks and early milestones to be reached in our journey forward. Together with dedicated Trustees and the high-performance management team already in place, my commitment is to lead the University to fulfill a destiny so clearly portrayed in the mission statement.

Question 5: Is there anything else you want to tell the faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Richmont Graduate University?

Answer: I am honored and humbled to be the next President of Richmont Graduate University. Its transformational impact on the community and the lives of so many is clear and immeasurable. With God’s continued blessings, we will build on this legacy to further advance our mission of preparing students for lives of Christ-centered service.

“While we have the opportunity, let us do good to all men, but especially those in the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:10) 

Most importantly, I cannot wait to meet each and every single member of the Richmont Graduate University family.

Q&A with new President Dr. Timothy Quinnan – Part Two

Dr. Timothy Quinnan

On Tuesday, June 20, Richmont Graduate University’s Board of Trustees announced the selection of its next President, Dr. Timothy Quinnan. Dr. Quinnan brings to Richmont an extensive background of serving students and universities including roles as Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, Associate Vice President for Campus Life at San Diego State University, Vice President for Student Services at Stark State College, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida State University.

Question 2: You spent the majority of your career working in public colleges and universities. What is it about a Christian university that appeals to you at this point in your career?

Answer: I engaged with extraordinary students and colleagues at these institutions, yet something deeper was always missing. How could my students begin to answer life’s most transcendent questions, including personal mission, without exploring the role of God in their lives and their relationship with Him? Unfortunately, such conversations are not often part of wider community discourse at public universities. It points to a glaring disconnect in “educating the whole person,” a claim universally made across the higher education landscape. Finding the right opportunity to serve at a Christian university had been a career goal for some time. When I had the chance to lead this University, whose Christian values are identical with my own and are proudly embedded in every aspect of University life, I found it irresistible. Very early into my conversations with the search committee, I knew that Richmont was the professional home I sought.

Question 3: What are some of your proudest moments in your career thus far?

Answer: My greatest reward is seeing how many of the students and staff I mentored over the years gravitated toward the service professions where now they, in turn, are working hard to make the world a better place. Like all educators, I can’t imagine anything more satisfying than seeing those you once taught become dynamic, principled leaders in their own right. Whether they pursued education, counseling, military service, law, medicine, journalism, or other fields, they are emerging leaders. As busy as they are with their own lives now—as spouses, parents, professionals—I am moved by how many continue to initiate contact. They share stories of adding children to their families, career challenges, moral dilemmas, or growth in the Spirit. They also inquire after my wife or daughter, whom they also know, and tell me they pray for us. After a distance of many years and miles, it is touching to see that I had a profound, enduring impact on their lives.   

Q&A with new President Dr. Timothy Quinnan

Dr. Timothy Quinnan

On Tuesday, June 20, Richmont Graduate University’s board of trustees announced the selection of its next president, Dr. Tim Quinnan. Dr. Quinnan brings to Richmont an extensive background of serving students and universities including roles as Vice President of Student Affairs at University of Texas at Arlington, Associate Vice President for Campus Life at San Diego State University, Vice President for Student Services at Stark State College, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Florida State University.

Question One: Dr. Quinnan, welcome to Richmont Graduate University! We look forward to having you serve the Richmont community as its next President. Can you tell us what brought you to Richmont?

Answer: Without a doubt, I believe that God heard my prayers as well as those within the Richmont community and led us to one another. When I began my search, I was determined to move to a faith-based university where caring, compassion, service, and Christian ethics shaped the organizational culture. It did not take long to learn these qualities existed in abundance at Richmont Graduate University. At each stage of the journey, I discerned through continuous reflection, how a wonderful convergence was taking place between the aspirations of the University and my own. It was awe-inspiring to behold. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)