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JSU COVID-19 Protocols, MSU Outstanding Achievement Awards and USM MLK Prayer Breakfast | Jackson Free Press

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, particularly the omicron variant, Jackson State University recently announced new health and safety protocols for the upcoming Spring 2022. Image courtesy Charles A. Smith/JSU

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, particularly the omicron variant, Jackson State University recently announced new health and safety protocols for the upcoming spring 2022.

Beginning Monday, January 10, faculty will teach all in-person courses in a simultaneous online format through Sunday, January 23, with in-person course options resuming on Monday, January 24. JSUOnline courses will follow the JSUOnline calendar without changes. Computer labs will be available to students who need access, and JSU will provide a list of computer lab locations.

All students and returning guests must provide evidence of a negative PCR test prior to moving into on-campus housing. Test results must be dated within three days of the individual’s arrival date. Students can only have two guests help with transfers. Student Affairs will send additional communications with transfer day details.

Masks will still be required at all JSU locations, including common areas, classrooms and other indoor spaces. JSU will take measures to make masks available to all students and also to maintain social distancing requirements.

JSU strongly encourages vaccinations and boosters and has partnered with Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health to deliver immunizations and boosters every Tuesday at One University Place, Suite 6. The university also offers the JSU Safe app, which provides safety alerts and notifications along with access to public resources safety. The app is available for download on Google Play or the Apple Store.

For more information, visit jsums.edu.

MSU Outstanding Achievement Awards

The Mississippi State University Retired Faculty Association recently named one MSU alumni and three current students as recipients of the Association’s Distinguished Achievement Awards.

The Retired Faculty Association, launched in 1986, offers awards that honor or memorialize fellows and members of the association who have made significant contributions to student development during their careers at MSU, according to a statement from the university. Each recipient receives a prize of $500.

Honorees for the 2022 Distinguished Achievement Awards include Mary Todd Stedham Brown of Mathiston, Miss., who received the Charles E. Lindley Award for Leadership in Agriculture; Lindsey b. Downs of Alabaster, Ala. , winner of the Peyton Ward Williams Jr. Award for Outstanding Writing; Serena E. Lyles of Ocean Springs, Miss., recipient of the Harry Charles Fleming Semral Award for Engineering Excellence; and Alysia E. Williams of Kennesaw, Ga. , recipient of the William L. Giles Award for Excellence in Architecture.

For more information about the Michigan State University Retired Faculty Association, visit http://lib.msstate.edu/arf.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Interracial Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast at USM

It will host Mu Gamma Lambda and Mu Xi classes from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. At the University of Southern Mississippi, the 16th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast, Monday, January 17, starting at 7:30 a.m. at the university’s Thad Cochran Center. Entry to the event is free, but seats will be limited and masks are required as per COVID-19 protocols.

The event will include a keynote address by Mississippi Commissioner for Higher Education Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr.. He will deliver the event’s keynote address, which will also include an award ceremony for Community Service and Fraternity, Community Impact, Humanity recipients, Douglas T. Becker Prize and Friend Alpha Phi Alpha.

Students from district high schools who plan to attend college this fall and have received recommendations from academic advisors at their high school will receive the Alpha Phi Alpha Academic Book Scholarships. The scholarship award is part of the “Go to High School – Go to College” fraternity program. The program, founded in 1922, focuses on the importance of completing secondary and college education for future success, according to a statement from the USM.

For information, visit usm.edu or email [email protected].

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