Quote of the Day
“This new challenge has sparked so much creativity in our staff, and I think we’re going to end up better for it. We’re thinking in new ways about high-impact online learning, about accessibility, about meaningful, personalized support that inspires students and meets them where they are. I think what we’re building now will become just a normal part of our future programs, and I’m super excited about that!”
— Wendy Pfrenger, Associate Director of Pre-College Programs (excerpted from Ole Miss News story, “17 Inspirational Messages from Ole Miss with Love.”)
Q: What do I do about rental returns and book buyback with the Ole Miss Bookstore?
A: Updated information on rental returns and book buybacks is available from the Ole Miss Bookstore, including information on how to return books free by shipping via UPS.
Face Covering Recommendations
To limit the spread of coronavirus, the CDC and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) recommend wearing face coverings in public settings. Effective Saturday, April 24, the City of Oxford will require all employees and customers to wear face coverings as a preventive measure.
The university will adopt the city mandate as part of its operational practices as long as the mandate remains in effect. Any mission-critical personnel who are reporting to campus to work are expected to wear their face covering in any indoor setting when in the presence of other people, or outdoors when it is not possible to maintain at least six feet between yourself and others. Departments and offices are expected to establish their own protocols for wearing personal protective equipment based on the responsibilities of their personnel (including potential interactions with visitors) and existing public health recommendations.
If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor.
Summer Programs for High School Students Move Online
The university is providing opportunities and scholarships for rising 11th and 12th graders that will allow them to try out college classes while making friends and connections that prepare them for life after high school. The UM Summer College for High School Students (known as SCHS), the Lott Leadership Institute and the ARISE research programs all have been converted to an online format for summer that allows high school students a chance to earn college credits while they are at home. Students also will learn from state and campus leaders, all while being a part of special online communities and mentorships that will prepare them for their upcoming college experiences. Read more details.
Other Things to Know
Oxford Mayor Robyn Tannehill and the Board of Aldermen issued a fourth resolution with additional measures for the control of contagious and infectious diseases, the protection of public health and welfare, and related purposes.
UMMC and MSDH are hosting mobile COVID-19 sample collection sites. The appointment-only testing is free of charge. Anyone experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, who wants to be tested must first undergo a free screening from a UMMC clinician through the C Spire Health UMMC Virtual COVID-19 Triage telehealth smartphone app. Those without a smartphone can call 601-496-7200.
- April 25: Columbus, Fairview Baptist Church
- April 25: Belzoni, UMMC Belzoni Clinic
- April 27: Tylertown, Walthall County Events Center
- April 28: West Point, West Point Civic Center
- April 29: McComb, Pike County Health Department
On the Lighter Side: Hospitals play ‘Songs of Hope’ as virus patients go home