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Campus Wide COVID-19 Sentinel Testing

To support a safe and healthy environment at UM, the University is implementing weekly sentinel testing across campus beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, through the end of the fall semester in the Farmer Hall meeting room. Sentinel testing is a random sampling of all asymptomatic students, faculty and staff to understand the underlying prevalence of infection on campus so we can respond promptly to any outbreaks or increases in infection rates. All members of the University community are expected to participate in this important preventive measure. Students will receive a voucher for a free meal for participating.

As the semester progresses, you may be selected for testing. If so, you will receive an email from asking you to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 sentinel testing on campus. After receiving your sentinel testing email, log into your Verily account to complete the pre-test symptom screen and schedule your COVID-19 sentinel test.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 12 weeks, please do not retest at this time. If you are having symptoms or have a recent exposure, follow the UM Falcon Forward plan and do not participate in sentinel testing. The Falcon Forward plan can be found here:

For additional information on sentinel testing, you may visit


COVID-19 Reporting for Students

As we all continue to work together to keep the UM campus safe and healthy this semester, it is very important that the University be notified of any student positive COVID-19 tests.

If you are made aware of a student who has tested positive for COVID-19, please direct them to the University’s COVID-19 reporting form at as soon as possible. When emailing students the link to the form, please copy UM’s COVID-19 case manager, Janna Sutherland, at

Once a student fills out the form, the University will follow up with appropriate instructions related to quarantining and other safety measures.


UMNAA Mask Initiative

Recently, 575 masks (handmade and purchased by alumni) were delivered to Student Affairs as part of the UM National Alumni Association mask initiative. Students can stop by the Dean of Students office weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. to select a mask. Be sure to enter through the automatic door near the Disability Support Services office behind Main Hall.

The Alumni Office will replenish masks periodically. For more information about the UMNAA mask initiative, visit


Call for Environmental Studies Courses for Spring and Summer 2021

Are you interested in cross-listing a course to Environmental Studies for spring or summer 2021? There are two ways to list to ES:

  1. Classes with environmental/sustainability content can cross-list as ES 310/410: Special Topics in Environmental Studies. These courses list in your home department and ES, and possibly Honors (if accepted). Listing to ES can help you generate extra demand for a new special topic elective or a revamped class with a new environmental focus.
  2. Faculty can team-teach a section of ES 300/401: Interdisciplinary Approaches to ES as part of their regular schedules. This designation is for interdisciplinary classes taught by two professors from different fields on an environmental/sustainability topic. These courses are cross-listed to the home departments of both professors and possibly Honors as well (if accepted).

If you’re interested in doing this, but unsure of your topic and/or teaching partner, Dr. Susan Caplow can help! As it often takes more than one semester to set up a match, please contact Dr. Caplow if you are thinking about this option for fall 2020 or another future semester or if you have any ideas or questions.


Call for Early Academic Alerts

As we enter the third week of the semester, there may be a few students you have noticed who are not performing, participating or attending at the level they should in order to successfully complete their courses. Early intervention with these students can make a difference. Utilizing the Early Academic Alert System to make student referrals is a way to bring attention to students who might otherwise “fall through the cracks.” The referrals are reported to the academic advisor and to other appropriate offices depending on the content of the referral. If you are working directly with a struggling student in your class, it is still important for you to report that student in the Early Academic Alert System so an overall view of the progress of the student is captured.

Early Academic Alert Form
To streamline this process, you will find a link to the “Early Academic Alert Form” in Banner Self-Service under “Faculty Services.” To check whether any of your advisees have been referred to you, click “Check Advisee List for Alerts.”

Maxient Incident Reporting
You can also file a report through the UMCares and Maxient Reporting system. This reporting system allows a team of discreet professionals to view submitted reports and assist students as needed.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Randi Tubbs at or by phone at 205-665-6450. Thank you for all you do to help our students!

Professional Development and Group Support Opportunities

This fall, the Malone Center will offer two opportunities for professional development and group support:

  1. Pandemic PD will be our professional development series for the semester. These sessions will be hosted Wednesdays at noon through Zoom. The sessions will begin with a brief presentation about the week’s topic, followed by an open discussion among participants. Register at this link to receive login information for the sessions.
  2. The Malone Center staff will hold Virtual Office Hours every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. also through Zoom. Drop in at your convenience for support with your classes. Whether you need help designing an activity, using Canvas, ensuring your course materials are accessible or adopting a tech tool, we are here to answer your questions! Log in at this link.

Grants and Sabbatical Opportunities for Faculty

The Faculty Development Advisory Committee is now accepting applications for the following funding mechanisms:

Summer Stipend for Pre-Tenured Faculty
The Summer Stipend Program is intended to assist pre-tenured faculty in completing research or creative projects at a critical time in their careers. The program provides a $5,000 stipend for two months of continuous full-time research or creative endeavor during the summer of the award year.

Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leave provides faculty with opportunities for professional development, scholarly pursuits and professional and intellectual renewal.

Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants
Teaching and Scholarly Projects Grants are designed to support and promote faculty innovation in scholarship, creative endeavors and/or teaching. The grant provides up to $2,000 for supplies and expenses necessary to achieve the project’s stated goals. Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, the purchase of books, software and consumable materials; the payment of student assistant(s); and the payment or reimbursement of participant expenses.

The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. More information about the application process, links to the application forms and application templates are available on the FDAC webpage. Any questions may be directed to FDAC leadership by emailing


Teaching Mask-to-Mask: Tips and Tricks for the Pandemic Classroom

Wednesday, Sept. 9, at noon, via Zoom

This week’s Pandemic PD session hosted by the Malone Center for Excellence in Teaching will discuss techniques for engaging and interacting with students during in-person classes in light of the hurdles presented by masks and 6-foot social distancing guidelines. With two weeks of classes under your belt, we encourage you to come prepared to share one lesson that you have learned about our “new normal” in the classroom and/or maybe one difficulty you have encountered that the group can help you troubleshoot. Register at this link to receive the login information.


Flu Vaccine Clinic

Student Health Services will host flu vaccine clinics for UM students, faculty, family members and members of the community in the Farmer Hall meeting room during three upcoming dates:

Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.&

Attendees must bring their health insurance card. Masks must be worn and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to at the clinic. The cost of the vaccine with no health insurance is $25 for UM students and employees, and $30 for family members and members of the community. The vaccine is available at NO COST to insured individuals

Flu clinic participants should print and fill out a vaccination form and bring it with them to the clinic. Forms are available here.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza vaccination will be especially important this upcoming flu season to reduce the impact of respiratory illnesses in the population and resulting burdens on the health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because COVID-19 and the flu share many symptoms, individuals who display flu-like symptoms may be required to quarantine until they receive a negative COVID-19 test. Getting a flu vaccine mitigates this by helping to prevent the onset of symptoms due to the flu.

Faculty/Staff Highlights

Associate Professor of Music and Director of Music Education Dr. Ted Hoffman had an article titled “Inspiring the Next Generation of Music Educators: A Multiple Case Study of High School Music Experiences and Career Choice” accepted for publication in the Journal of Research in Music Education. JMRE is widely regarded as the preeminent peer-reviewed journal in the field of music and education research. The article was coauthored by Drs. Tiger Robison (University of Wyoming), Fredrick Fredrickson (Florida State University), Blair Williams (Texas Tech University), John Eros (California State University-East Bay), Scott Edgar (Lake Forest College), Kimberly Councill (Bucknell University), Jonathan Helmick (Slippery Rock University) and Kathy Melago (Slippery Rock University).

Student Highlights

UM fishing team members Grayson Morris and Jacob Pfundt finished in second place at the Bassmaster College Series tournament at Lake Hartwell. This finish qualifies them for the Bassmaster National Championship.

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Upcoming Events

Sept. 9
Teaching Mask-to-Mask: Tips and Tricks for the Pandemic Classroom
Zoom — Register here
Sept. 10
Malone Center Virtual Office Hours
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 11
Faculty Senate Meeting
2 p.m.
Sept. 14
Food Truck: City Bowls 
Anna Irvin Dining Hall 
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
Sept. 17
Flu Vaccine Clinic
Farmer Hall Meeting Room
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Malone Center Virtual Office Hours
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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