Lee University to offer in-person, online hybrid courses in July

Lee University will continue its gradual reopening by offering a third session of summer school in a "hybrid format" in which all classes will be offered both in-person and via online Zoom teaching, according to a news release.

Lee is located in Cleveland, Tennessee, which recently appeared on the New York Times nationwide list of emerging COVID-19 outbreak spots. The university was one of the first local schools to announce confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus this spring.

University President Paul Conn previously announced that the university plans to welcome students back to campus in mid-August — with the full plan for fall semester reopening to be announced sometime this week.

The school's July session begins July 6 and includes four weeks of classes, according to Debbie Murray, provost and chairwoman of the university's coronavirus task force. Classes will be adapted to meet safety standards in accordance with newly revised Tennessee guidelines, according to a release.

"Our first priority is the safety and health of our students and faculty. As we plan for a full reopening in August, we will use the small enrollments and limited number of classes in the July session to move gradually toward the fall," reads a statement by Murray. "We believe we can make our classrooms into safe environments, but during the July session, we also will provide each class through Zoom for students who prefer not to come physically to the campus."

Graduate classes in education, nursing and business are already being offered in this "hybrid format" this June.

Many school employees continue to work from home this month, and others are returning to campus on a staggered shift schedule. The school's recreation center has reopened on a limited, reservation-only basis and the university has plans to host in-person athletic camps on campus this summer.


Lookout Mountain educator chosen for U.S. State Department project

Jill Tyson, a former Lee University and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga faculty member, has been selected as an English Language Fellow by the U.S. Department of State. Tyson will spend eight weeks on a virtual English Language Specialist project focusing on teacher training and support in Kyrgyzstan.

Tyson, a Lookout Mountain resident, is leading one of 130 such projects this year. Since 2000, Tyson has been working abroad on short- and longer-term contracts as faculty, program manager and a trainer of teachers in the former Soviet Union.

The English Language Specialist program has sent hundreds of educators abroad since 1991 to help promote English language learning, support teaching capacity of the language abroad and to foster relationships and engage in cultural exchange between the United States and other countries.

In this project, Tyson will conduct a course in writing for trainers through Zoom to prepare them for trainings scheduled throughout Kyrgyzstan in fall 2020. Part of the project includes authoring a handbook, English for Young Professionals, about ways to use the New York Times in a project sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek.


Free summer STEAM activities for kids

Hamilton County Schools is hosting free weekly STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) activities for students.

Students can sign up for the free "Summer STEAM Weekly Design Challenges," attend special virtual internet sessions and engage with other students. The challenges are offered in partnership with the Hunter Art Museum, 4-H, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Cornerstones Inc., the Chattanooga Design Studio and the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.

The design challenges are open to students from kindergarten to eighth grade.

The sessions will be held on Monday and Friday each week from 11 a.m. to noon. The Monday session will launch challenges that engage the students' minds and hands around exploring Chattanooga in the weekly design challenge. On Friday, participants will be able to share their creations and designs. The design challenge will run from June 15 through July 24.

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