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Richmont Graduate University Confronts Injustice With Education, Dialogue, and Encouragement to Compassionate Action

The Richmont Graduate University community, with campuses in both Atlanta, GA, and Chattanooga, TN, is addressing head-on social injustice following the death of George Floyd and the protests it fueled across the country. Like many across the nation, the Richmont community is shocked, hurt, anxious, and committed to taking healing action. A specialized, faith-based university focused exclusively on Christian counseling and ministry, events of the last week became a call-to-action for our students, faculty, staff, and all people of conscience.

Dear Richmont Community,

We have collectively struggled through the sobering reality of the COVID-19 pandemic. Difficult as this experience has been, recent tragic events in our nation have tested us even further. As followers of Christ, we must acknowledge the truth of these troubling events. More importantly, we must reaffirm our shared quest for a just, compassionate, and equitable society. Our faith makes this pursuit attainable.

Richmont is committed to being a safe and affirming place where every person matters. As a body of believers, when any part of us is hurting, we all feel the pain. To be part of the cure, we must rely on prayer, education, and action. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff to better understand the realities of present-day injustice and take positive action, starting with these steps:

1. Continue to Pray. Pray for true healing, reconciliation, and – most of all – true change in our nation.

2. Educate Yourself. Learn about the history of injustice in the United States and around the world. Do your research. Read books, subscribe to podcasts, and listen to those who continue to experience injustice in their lives.

3. Take Action. Talk with others who desire to be similarly committed, and work to find your unique avenue for social advocacy.

Dr. Timothy Quinnan, President
Dr. Sonja Sutherland, Director, Office of Diversity & Inclusion
Dr. Amanda Blackburn, Dean of Students

 

Richmont’s 2020 Spring Commencement Postponed

Each year, the Richmont Graduate University community joyfully gathers to celebrate the signature achievement – graduation – of our School of Counseling and School of Ministry students. As we looked toward our annual commencement ceremony, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a source of deep concern for all. Preemptive prevention is the approach we adopted this semester to protect our students, staff, and faculty. It is premature to abandon that strategy now.

All our actions have aligned with recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, as well as complied with the city, county, and state-wide shelter-in-place proclamations. With this in mind, then, Richmont will not hold commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

Dr. Timothy Quinnan, President of Richmont states, “We understand that this news may disappoint some of you. However, our core aim remains the health of students, as well as their family members who would have attended the ceremony. Like other universities also committed to avoiding large public gatherings, commencement will be postponed to a later date, possibly in the early fall. These are trying times, but with faith in God, prayer, and, of course, continued adherence to public health guidelines, I am certain better days are just ahead.”

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

RICHMONT CARES: A Letter to our Chattanooga Family, from our President

Dear Richmont Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Although the Richmont Chattanooga campus escaped damage from the April 12th tornado, some members of the Richmont community have been significantly impacted. Following the storm that hit Chattanooga during early morning hours, some have lost their homes or have incurred significant damage, and many remain without power. Our care and concern are with all members of the Richmont family who continue to be affected by Sunday’s devastating storms. Our hearts also go out to our neighbors across Chattanooga who are experiencing the impact of this tragedy.

Richmont classes and programming are proceeding as scheduled this week, but we understand that many students and employees face significant difficulties in attending work and class, and in completing assignments. University officials and professors will be flexible and understanding regarding the challenges faced by employees and students. Students and staff are encouraged to contact their faculty advisor and/or supervisor to let them know individual situations.

Throughout the week, as the extent of storm damage and the associated impact to our students, faculty and staff, and others in our community has been revealed, I’m reminded of how well our community cares for those in need. Thank you to everyone who has been helping or offering to help find ways to meet practical needs within our community in response to this tragedy. University officials continue to reach out to students, faculty, and staff to determine the impact for, and provide assistance to, those who are affected.

Richmont community members who have been impacted should reach out to the emergency student fund for assistance by applying here: https://www.richmont.edu/current-students/student-emergency-fund/.

Best wishes and blessings,

Dr. Timothy Quinnan
President
Richmont Graduate University

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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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.