2020 Progress Report
Committed to meet 23 guidelines—developed by PHA in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading nutrition, physical activity and campus wellness experts—around nutrition, physical activity, and programming on campus.
Davidson College Dining Services made adaptations in 2020 to help meet our students’ needs during very unusual circumstances. We opened a PowerPlant station that is 100% vegan and is also prepared without gluten. In our main dining hall, we allow our students to dine in or carry-out. We are now offering online ordering in two of our dining facilities to reduce wait times as well as over-crowding. We purchased tables with umbrellas for al fresco dining in the warmer weather and now offer open tents and heaters for outside dining.
We opened a convenience store on campus offering meals, sushi, fruit, snacks, beverages, personal hygiene items, as well as school supplies. This has helped thin density across our eateries on campus and decreased the need for students to leave campus for these items.
Thank goodness we have a catering department within our dining services as catering has been preparing meals for our fraternity and eating houses (equivalent to sororities), as well as our students in isolation and quarantine. These meals have been meeting the guidelines of HCI, as well as meeting allergy needs and dietary preferences.
During the fall 2020 semester, the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness staff dealt with Covid-19 by creating an outdoor workout area for students and employees to work out. Equipment was available and the outdoor gym (aka “the OG”) was staffed with student workers to clean equipment and monitor social distancing. We offered outdoor physical activity classes (e.g. Cardio Dance, Spinning, Boot Camp, etc.), and indoor Yoga classes all of which were successfully attended. Classes were downsized and masks were mandatory for indoor classes. For those that were not comfortable participating in the in-person classes, a variety of Zoom classes and a library of pre-recorded classes were also available to help relieve stress. Amongst the choices of Zoom classes, two weekly mindfulness classes were also offered: Mental Health Matters and Koru Mindfulness.
Davidson Outdoors (DO) started the Spring 2020 semester with the intentions of having numerous group trips/trainings open to all Davidson College students. The Summer Odyssey Program plans were moving forward for first year and transfer students. When Covid 19 brought all activities to a screeching halt, the DO director and assistant director kicked into high gear to find ways to keep students engaged in outdoor physical activities when they returned to campus in the Fall. Stand-up paddle board, mountain biking, trail hikes and the climbing wall were activities that students could participate in while maintaining safety protocols. Sign-ups for all trips were at capacity. DO remains committed to continuing to offer fun, safe and inclusive activities to all Davidson College students.