Video Message from Provost Noel Wilkin
Provost Noel Wilkin issued a new video message this week that offers a description of class formats for the fall semester and information related to class schedules for returning students. When students registered in the spring, those courses were listed in MyOleMiss as delivered in-person. Since that time, work by the Future Planning Task Force to implement public health guidance and protocols required limits on classroom capacity and many on-campus activities. Those decisions were informed by a set of considerations developed to determine which courses and activities can be offered in person and the appropriate format, given capacity limitations.
These formats are now being applied to student schedules in MyOleMiss. While some format changes are visible now in MyOleMiss, they are subject to change and will not be finalized until July 20.
The video also contains general information about recently issued guidance for international students, COVID testing and reporting, and the effect of the pandemic on the Fall 2020 semester. Additional information about the fall plan can be found in the university’s Campus Ready plan.
“Are We There Yet?” by Dr. Jean Gispen
Dr. Jean Gispen, staff physician at the employee health center within University Health Services, recently shared a blog post about the importance of protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a face covering. Below is an excerpt but be sure to read the whole blog, which tackles this important topic with a unique combination of humor and honesty.
“Wearing a mask protects other people from your sneezes, coughs, speaking and exhaled breaths. Every time you exhale, especially if the exhalation is forceful, you send germs into the air. A mask will trap some of those respiratory droplets and aerosolized germs and keep them from reaching another person.
“No one can tell who is sick and who is well. You may be carrying SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, asymptomatically or you might become sick tomorrow from the virus that is already in your throat, nose and nasopharynx. Wearing a mask will keep you from passing an infection on to the people around you.
“You wear a mask to protect the people around you.”
Ole Miss Preview Week
High school students are invited to join us for Ole Miss Preview Week Virtual Editions: July 13–17 or July 20–24 to hear from academic programs and various departments across campus. Sign up on the Visit page of the Admissions site and receive an all-access pass and a full schedule for the week.
University COVID-19-related news stories
- Faculty leaders enhance teaching methods for fall: Resilient pedagogy model helps ease potential disruptions in instruction
- Campus Rec participates in virtual intramural sports competition: Pandemic inspires esports tournament among Mississippi colleges
- Campus Ready: Return to Campus Plan for Fall 2020
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Campus Ready Highlight PDF
- Required “Return to Work on Campus” training for all employees
- Digital attestation of employee responsibilities
- UM COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checker
- UM confirmed COVID-19 cases among employees and students
Other Things to Know
Gov. Tate Reeves has issued the following executive order related to COVID-19:
Board of Aldermen vote to scale back the number of people allowed at indoor gatherings due to COVID-19
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety mandates masks at all driver license offices effective July 13
UMMC and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) are hosting mobile COVID-19 sample collection sites. The appointment-only testing is free of charge. Mississippians who want to be tested must first complete a free screening from a UMMC clinician through an online questionnaire found at umc.edu/covidscreening. Or, they can call the UMMC Center for Telehealth at (601) 496-7200 on Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Anyone determined to need testing will be given an appointment date and time at the testing site most convenient
- Weekly, Mon–Sat: Jackson, West Street Farmers Market
- July 9: Hazlehurst, Copiah County Saferoom
- July 9: Holly Springs, Marshall County Fairgrounds
- July 10: DeKalb, Kemper County High School
- July 10: Canton, Canton Multipurpose Complex
- July 11: Laurel, Shady Grove Community Center
- July 11: Louisville, Louisville Coliseum
- July 13: Tucker, Tucker Facility Building
- July 13: McComb, Pike County Health Department
For other testing locations available statewide, please visit the MSDH website. Those testing locations are not affiliated with UMMC and have their own screening and appointment processes.
On the Lighter Side:
- Major League Baseball unveils 60-game schedule for 2020
- Jimmy Fallon, the original “Hamilton” cast & The Roots sing “Helpless” (at-home instruments)
- Blake Shelton drive-in concert with Gwen Stefani, Trace Adkins to screen in Memphis, Southaven
There are university studies and surveys underway that welcome your participation. Below is information on how you can learn about them and participate.
- Social Environment Changes during COVID-19 Quarantine
- Measurement of COVID-19 Health Impact (MOCHI):