Weekly Coronavirus Communications Update - March 28

Colleagues:

Below is your weekly update communications from across campus related to MSU’s coronavirus response efforts. As always, continue to visit our Together We Will website, which has been updated to assist you with making informed decisions on receiving a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as well as find a local provider where you can register to get one.  

Important Updates

  • On Monday, leaders from MSU, Ingham County Health Department and Sparrow Hospital answered employee questions on local vaccine distribution efforts in a virtual town hall. If you missed the town hall, you can re-watch it here.
  • Wednesday, it was announced that MSU is launching its Remote Work Initiative, which aims to provide guidance and recommendations to the university surrounding the switch from remote to onsite/in-person work. Learn more information about the initiative, including a list of people who will serve as initiative leads, executive sponsors and executive advisors here.
  • Also Wednesday, President Stanley sent his monthly community letter to all Spartans in which he reminded the community of the importance of MSU’s current COVID-19 safety measures, discussed MSU’s plans for holding 75% of its classes in person in the fall and how MSU is supporting success and safety on its campus. Read the full message here.
  • For the sixth year, MSU has earned a gold-level designation from the Exercise is Medicine on Campus Program for its efforts to advocate for health and wellbeing on campus. This year, it has also earned the COVID Conqueror badge — a new badge that honors campuses that demonstrated creative adaptations to physical activity programming during the pandemic.

 Spartan Stories

  • Associate Professor Jade Mitchell and doctoral student Ryan Julien are featured in an MSUToday article discussing their work monitoring data from Spartan Spit Kits and wastewater samples to assess the presence of COVID-19 on MSU’s campus. Read here.
  • MSU journalism senior Taylor Gattoni uploaded a video on YouTube showcasing a song she wrote about how easy it is to participate in MSU’s Early Detection Program. Watch here.

As always, please continue to check our Together We Will website for the latest information on our response to the pandemic, and MISpartan Impact for stories on partnerships and collaborations across the state. 

 

Emily Gerkin Guerrant
Vice President and Spokesperson