Every day at 5 p.m., no matter what Dr. Debra Schwinn is doing, Palm Beach Atlantic University’s new president jumps on a Zoom call — not with faculty or donors, but with students in isolation due to the coronavirus.
Schwinn, a physician and mom, worries about the toll such isolation takes on her students at the small Christian school, some already struggling with the emotional swings college brings. As few as one and as many as 15 students have been on the 20-minute online video calls, where she tries to bolster spirits, finds out if their needs are being met, checks mental and physical conditions and learns what prayers are wanted from her.
It has also given her the opportunity to meet students and build personal bonds unusual for college presidents, particularly new ones.
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