USM ready to be back in black and gold

The university is planning to get back to normal.
The university is planning to get back to normal.(wdam)
Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:07 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi is ready for a new school year.

“We are back in black and gold is our theme for the fall,” said Dee Dee Anderson, vice president for Student Affairs.

Anderson said the university is planning to get back to normal.

“Our classes will be fully engaged and the classes that are normally taught in-person will be in-person for fall,” Anderson said. “Faculty, labs, experiments, and all the things that are experiential learning, we will continue to do for the fall.”

It won’t be all about learning, Anderson said the university has reinvigorated campus traditions.

“And some of the things that we are known for at Southern Miss. And so, attending football games at The Rock, painting of the Eagle Walk, all those things that students and alumni know about at Southern Miss,” Anderson said.

Anderson said the university knows COVID-19 is still a concern. She said USM will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. The school will encourage students to stay home when they don’t feel well. Testing at the Moffitt Center will still be available.

“We’re recommending that if you are not vaccinated that you wear a mask, but we are really stressing to our students that being vaccinated is what will keep them the safest on our campus,” Anderson said. “So, we are encouraging students to do that, but it is not mandatory.”

Anderson said the university expects a smooth transition to the new school year. She said USM will keep the virtual advancements that worked during the pandemic, and plan for a fall semester that will take all students to the top.

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