University Announces Spring 2021 Calendar, Commencement Plans

Ole Miss to keep health, safety protocols in place through spring semester

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has announced a modified academic calendar for the spring 2021 semester, as well as details regarding Commencement activities for 2020 and 2021 graduates – all with continued emphasis on health and safety protocols to protect students, faculty and staff due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In a messageRead the story …

In Midst of COVID-19 Pandemic, Experts Urge Flu Awareness

Operation Immunization, campus health center offering vaccine for Ole Miss community

OXFORD, Miss. – October has arrived, and that means flu season in Mississippi is just around the corner. This year has a twist: Another, more infectious virus that causes a more dangerous respiratory illness has already been spreading for months. How might COVID-19 change the 2020-21 flu season? For starters, it might be more importantRead the story …

Career Center Offers Advice for Landing a Job During Pandemic

Students seeking employment urged to research, prepare and persevere in search for work

OXFORD, Miss. – Finding gainful employment following graduation requires preparation, pursuit and perseverance, especially during a pandemic when many job-hunting processes have changed. To assist students in the process, University of Mississippi Career Center staff are offering suggestions on how to connect with prospective employers. “The Career Center team is here and available to meetRead the story …

University Launches Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Program

Campus community offered free tests to help understand virus presence, spread

OXFORD, Miss. – The University of Mississippi has launched a program to offer free COVID-19 tests to asymptomatic members of the university community. The Sentinel Testing Program is designed to provide university officials with a better understanding of the virus’s presence in asymptomatic carriers and how it spreads on campus. Each week, a random samplingRead the story …

UM Researchers Working on Nasal Spray to Block COVID-19

Early tests show spray effective in blocking virus from attaching to cells

OXFORD, Miss. – A team of researchers, including faculty from the University of Mississippi schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, are developing a treatment that could be effective at preventing COVID-19. The good news is that it’s something that you can easily carry in your bag. The treatment would take the form of a nasal sprayRead the story …

Mississippi Public Universities Release Video to Help Fight COVID-19

JACKSON, Miss. – Students attending Mississippi public universities join all Mississippians in the race against the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, recent information from the Mississippi State Department of Health shows that the 18-29 age group has had more diagnosed COVID-19 cases that any other age group in the state. The offices of university communications fromRead the story …

We All Share Responsibility for Keeping Our Campus Healthy

The Mississippi State Department of Health publishes a weekly summary of COVID-19 cases in Lafayette County. In the week ending Aug. 1, 864 cases were reported. The next week, there were 966. The week ending Aug. 15 had 1,063 cases; the next week, 1,160; and the following week, 1,413. The week ending Sept. 5 talliedRead the story …

White House Official Visits UM to Discuss COVID-19 Response Efforts

During meetings with university and local officials, Dr. Deborah Birx supports ongoing campus efforts

OXFORD, Miss. – Following a tour of the University of Mississippi campus and meetings with university, state and local officials and students on Saturday, Dr. Deborah Birx – the coronavirus response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force – supported ongoing efforts on campus and in Oxford to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. AsRead the story …

Students, Faculty and Staff Volunteer to Keep Campus Safe

C19 Ambassadors serve as greeters, monitors in high-traffic campus spaces

OXFORD, Miss. – University of Mississippi students, faculty and staff returning to campus no doubt have noticed smiling – although masked – faces greeting them as they enter many buildings and common gathering spaces. These greeters are C19 Ambassadors, volunteers from the university family who are stationed around campus to ensure that common spaces areRead the story …

Rules of the Road: Let’s Talk about Testing for COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new health concerns and new ways of approaching everyday activities, complete with specific terms for these concepts. Everybody wants to stay healthy and help ensure their families and friends do so too, but doing so requires understanding exactly what is expected. To begin the discussion, we have to define threeRead the story …