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COVID-19 Resources for Alumni

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We want you to know that during this uncertain time we are here, not only for our students, faculty and staff, but for all of our Rider Broncs. Rider is committed to being a resource to support you as an alumnus and help you stay engaged with our vibrant community. This page contains information about Rider’s virtual engagement platform and resources for those impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis including support options to help current Rider students and helpful tools, tips and resources.

For up-to-date information on the University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit our official coronavirus information pages

RiderConnect Digital Networking Platform

Through a partnership between the Office of Career Development and Success and University Advancement, Rider is introducing a new virtual engagement platform for our entire University family. The RiderConnect platform allows alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and others committed to Rider's success to network professionally and socially in a dynamic online community. 

We are excited to offer you this platform to stay socially connected, and to offer support to one another through this uncertain time and beyond.

Through RiderConnect you will be able to:

  • Search the alumni directory based on a variety of criteria
  • Post and search for job opportunities
  • View upcoming virtual events or schedule your own
  • Give back to your community by sharing your experience and advice with students and alumni
  • Mentor a student or fellow alumni
  • Gain fresh perspectives from fellow alumni
  • In coming months, the platform will also be available in multiple languages

If you use your LinkedIn credentials to sign in, it will import your work history, summary information and profile image -- saving you the work of typing it in for yourself. You can also link to your LinkedIn account after you have registered by accessing the Settings page.

Please note: If the first name, last name and email address you use to register doesn't match what we have in our database, you'll need a quick approval to gain access. This is to ensure that our platform remains exclusive to the Rider Community.  Approval typically takes less than 24 business hours.

Resources for Rider alumni

Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers and Parents

Visit StudentAid.gov/coronavirus for details on relief options for federal student loan borrowers. For more information on all the efforts the U.S. Department of Education is taking to address the COVID-19 national emergency, visit ed.gov/coronavirus.

Career Support

Connect with career counselors from the Career Development and Success Center. We provide an array of services to Rider University graduates. Whether you need to search opportunities and post resumes on Handshake or receive one-on-one career counseling, we’re here to help you throughout your career.

Mental Health Services

This information is provided by the Office of Counseling Services at Rider University. You should contact a mental health professional in the case of severe mental distress.

Recognizing symptoms of distress – A self-checklist

  • Excessive worry, fear, and/or feelings of being “stressed” or overwhelmed.
  • Persistent sadness, tearfulness, and/or loss of interest in pleasurable activities.
  • Feelings of hopelessness and/or dread about the future.
  • Unexplained physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach, increased heart rate, nausea, fatigue, etc.
  • Increased anger, irritability, agitation and/or disruptive behaviors.
  • Inability to concentrate or focus.
  • Significant changes in sleep, appetite and/or self-care.
  • Social isolation or withdrawal.
  • Fear or avoidance of public spaces.
  • Thoughts about death, dying and/or suicide.
  • Impulsive, reckless or risky behaviors (substance abuse, self-injury, etc.)

It’s completely expected and appropriate to experience fear during times of uncertainty. It’s also important to know how to manage overwhelming anxiety and keep perspective as the situation unfolds. Here are some external resources that you may find helpful:

General resources that be used in any state: 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Crisis Text Line: Text "Home" to 741-741

COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance

According to a March 31 Forbes.com article, many banks and mortgage companies are offering varying forms of assistance programs and/or deferments of mortgage payments during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please refer to the Forbes.com article for their non-exhaustive list.

Banks are also offering additional financial assistance during this unprecedented time including the following:

  • Waiving ATM Fees
  • Deferring Auto Loans
  • Waiving Early Withdrawal Fees for Certificates of Deposit
  • Deferring Credit Card Payments
  • Suspending Foreclosures
  • Waiving Maintenance Fees
  • Refunding Overdraft Fees

For information on deferment programs beyond mortgages and other COVID-19-related banking programs, check out CNET’s report on bank and credit card assistance during the coronavirus crisis.

Disaster Assistance for Small Businesses

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D.C. and territories may be eligible to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan advance. View information on SBA Disaster Assistance in response to the COVID-19 crisis and learn more about how to apply for an SBA COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan. Economic Injury Disaster Loans may also be available to residents in declared disaster areas. View the full list of disaster declarations.

Ways to support current Rider students

The coronavirus outbreak has required a major shift for all of us, and it is particularly challenging for those students who carry additional burdens, including those who are too far from home to safely travel at this time; those who were in foster care and are now considered financially independent; and those who are homeless. Many of these students do not readily have access to basic necessities like food or toiletries or the technology required to successfully complete their academic requirements as we move to remote learning.

Many of you have asked how you can help. Thank you for generously thinking of others during this challenging time. For those with the ability to do so, you can support students by contributing to one of these funds, described below.

Rider and Westminster Cares Funds: When students on both campuses are impacted by unexpected and devastating circumstances, these funds provide economic support to help bridge students’ most critical needs.

Rider Resource Pantry: Funds directed to the Rider Resource Pantry are used to provide nourishment to students who struggle to eat consistently and to give them access to dry goods, toiletries, laundry supplies and other necessities. The Pantry is experiencing consistent demand during this difficult time.

Rider and Westminster Scholarship Funds: The Rider and Westminster Scholarship Funds support students with financial need, assuring they may continue their studies. During this fraught economic time, students and their families are already sharing heartbreaking stories of livelihoods lost and great economic hardship.

#BroncsTogether

This period of social distancing is difficult, but the Rider spirit transcends our physical space - it is felt in our hearts and minds. Rider prides itself on the strength and cohesiveness of our community, a spirit of togetherness.    

To celebrate this spirit, we are inviting Rider alumni to join our students, faculty, and staff to participate in a virtual video campaign, #BroncsTogether. Please send in a photograph or short video clip of you with a message of support for the Rider University community.  Submit your photo or video message with an inspiring message, denoting #BroncsTogether and #IBleedCranberry by 5pm Wednesday, April 22.  Submit in one of two ways:

  1. an attachment to email address [email protected] 
  2. a direct message to @RiderStudentLife on Instagram  

We also encourage you to join RiderConnect and sign up to mentor our students and offer them career advice especially in this challenging job market.