1. Congratulations to the College of Pharmacy Graduates!
The College of Pharmacy was originally scheduled to have their commencement ceremony today, but unfortunately it had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are excited for all of these graduates today, and will be celebrating with them virtually! Congratulations, College of Pharmacy Class of 2020!
2. Masks Required On Campus
Following the CDC’s recommendation to wear masks or face coverings in public settings, all essential UTHSC employees working on campus and UTHSC employees or students who come to campus for any reason are REQUIRED to wear face protective gear.
Per the CDC, cloth face coverings should—
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
If you do not own a mask, the CDC’s website provides sew and no-sew instructions on how to make a mask.
It’s important for us to all do our part to keep each other safe during this pandemic. Thank you in advance for wearing a mask or face covering, constantly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer, and continuing to practice social distancing when around other people!
3. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a series of activities in recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 3-9. The theme of the week is “Bringing Children’s Mental Health into Focus 2020: Perfect Vision 20/20.”
This year’s events will be virtual and span a full week of activities including a children’s drawing project and a virtual walk/run, ACEs response and parenting trainings, and webinars designed to engage and inform families, caregivers, and providers, as well as to offer resources to the community.
Please wear green this Thursday, May 7, to represent awareness of children’s mental health.
A calendar of events, more information on activities, and links to access the webinars are available at https://www.uthsc.edu/chjiy/mental-health-awareness.php
4. Update Your Contact Information
During an emergency situation, every second counts and communication is critical. Please take a minute to make sure your contact information is correct so that you may receive important notifications from UTHSC Alert.
To update your contact information:
Up to two additional mobile phone numbers and two additional email addresses (including that of family and others) can be added by logging on to UTHSC Alert.
For FAQs regarding UTHSC Alert, please visit https://uthsc.edu/alert/faq.php.
5. Donate Food to Say Thank You to Our Local Health Heroes
While we’re social distancing at home, many of us have spent time perfecting our favorite recipes. Please consider donating some of those delicious baked goods to show the front line how much we appreciate their efforts during this pandemic. If you’re not into baking, perhaps you would be interested in picking up a container of cupcakes, sandwiches, cookies, or a vegetable tray (we are a health science center!) for our health care workers.
The Women’s Resource Group is coordinating a drop-off of these tasty treats this Thursday, May 7:
- Let us know if you will be donating baked goods or prepackaged food to our local hospitals by filling out this form by 5:00 pm TODAY, Tuesday, May 5.
- A representative from the Women’s Resource Group will let you know where your drop-off location will be. We will have location drop-offs around the Mid-South, so you will not have to drive far!
- On Thursday, May 7 you will drop off the food item(s) at your designated drop-off point from 11:00 – 11:30 am to a representative from the Women’s Resource Group.
- The Women’s Resource Group representatives will then deliver the donated food to the various hospitals around the Mid-South!
Thank you in advance for your food donations! This is a small way that we can show the front line that we support them and appreciate all of their efforts!