Jackson State University recently announced that face masks or covers are required in all indoor public spaces on campus for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, regardless of academic or extracurricular activities. JSU based its decision on recent guidance from the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Fall 2021 JSU courses will continue to be in person with a potentially limited number of virtual course options, but the JSU has changed all classrooms to accommodate social distancing. The university, in partnership with the Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center, offers vaccinations for faculty, staff and students every Tuesday on its main campus.
The JSU has also launched a new vaccination incentive program for students. Students who apply for the incentive program and provide proof of vaccination will receive a $ 1,000 home loan, which the JSU will split into two payments of $ 500 each for the fall and spring semesters. The initiative is part of the funding program of the Federal University Emergency Aid Fund.
The upcoming JSU Fall Faculty and Staff Seminar, scheduled for August 11th and 12th, will take place virtually. A virtual town hall for schoolchildren and parents will take place on August 10 at 6 p.m. and will deal with the JSU’s COVID-19 plan in autumn 2021 as well as other questions and concerns.
For more information, visit jsums.edu.
MSU and DHA launch Mississippi RIVER project
Mississippi State University is working with the Delta Health Alliance to encourage more people in the university and across the state to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the DHA Mississippi “Recognition of Essential Vaccine and Educational Resources” project.
The DHA grant, which includes multiple partnerships, funds outreach workers to raise awareness about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations, according to a message from the MSU. The program also works with health care providers to address specific barriers for vulnerable populations, particularly among rural and colored communities.
As part of the project, MSU has recruited 20 MSU student vaccine ambassadors who will work throughout the school year to educate MSU students, discuss frequently asked questions, and encourage students to pop-up clinics or the Longest Student Health Center visit to get vaccinations.
The MSU also provides incentives for students and staff through the DHA scholarship. Student incentives include raffles for $ 100 flexible food dollars, $ 250 bookstore vouchers, $ 190 parking sticker vouchers, and two $ 9,000 tuition drawings. Incentives for MSU employees include equipment for the national championship and meal vouchers, with more planned for the fall semester.
For more information on the Delta Health Alliance’s Mississippi RIVER project, visit https://www.getyourshotms.org/. For information on the MSU’s COVID-19 health and safety information and resources, please visit https://www.msstate.edu/covid19.
USM starts Blessings in a backpack program
In the run-up to the coming fall semester, the Association of Office Professionals of the University of Southern Mississippi, the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society and the USM Staff Council are cooperating to support international students through the âBlessings in a Backpackâ program, which provides international students with full backpacks Provides with school supplies.
The three organizations are asking for donations from the university and the local community to fill the backpacks. Items you need include notebooks, folders, blue books, bullet journals, loose-leaf paper, markers, pencils, pens, reusable masks, small dry-erase boards, clear folders, umbrellas, and wet wipes.
Collection boxes for these items are located on the USM Hattiesburg campus at Asbury Hall by Freshens, Cook Library by Starbucks, McLemore Hall by Career Services, Subway in the RC Union and The Fresh Food Company. Visitors can donate until Friday, August 20th. To arrange a donation collection, send an email to [emailÂ protected].