CHANCELLOR’S 3 THINGS TO KNOW
The arrival of spring on our campus is a magnificent time, and it brings with it a sense of great possibilities. That sense is matched by the anticipation we feel as we start to emerge from pandemic life. Now, and as we continue moving forward with all of our endeavors, we’ve got newfound expertise and commitment to devote to our students, our community, our nation — and, as highlighted in this month’s special section — the world. Here are 3 Things to Know right now:
- Are You Ready?: I was pleased in February to announce that the Fall 2021 semester will be offered fully in person and on campus in a return to pre-COVID-19 operations. This development is enabled by the growing adoption and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. Meanwhile, the spring has put a pep in our step with over 2,000 registered student events. One in particular that I’m excited for is the Chancellor’s Wellness Challenge coming up in April that will incentivize students to participate in wellness-focused events and to adopt positive habits. Be sure to stay tuned for more info.
- Vaccine Distribution: Last week, we launched a vaccination site on the Oxford campus to administer COVID-19 vaccines to employees. And this week, we are offering three days of appointments that also include students. I have such gratitude and admiration for the entire team that made this possible under the leadership of our School of Pharmacy. An operation of this magnitude does not happen overnight. Standing up this site illustrates our commitment to protect the health of our community, and it aligns with our mission by providing our students a fantastic opportunity to hone their skills in a clinical setting. We remain laser-focused on our goals of getting vaccines in arms so that no doses go unused and vaccinating as many people on our campus as we can. Get vaccinated when and where you can!
- Giving Day: Heads up — Giving Day will span a little more than 24 hours on April 13-14. This annual event is a way to build support for the people, places and programs that make our beloved University of Mississippi the fantastic place that it is. We are better together, and together, we can make a powerful impact on the world. Every gift matters! If you’re excited about helping the university in this effort, sign up to be a Giving Day influencer today.
On a final note, be sure to show lots of love for our city by voting for the City of Oxford in the second round of the sixth annual Strongest Town Competition. Voting closes Thursday, March 25 at 12 noon CDT. We’re so grateful that we get to live, learn, work and play in Oxford!
Until next month, take care!
Glenn F. Boyce
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