School of Applied Sciences

The University of Mississippi

Applied Sciences COVID-19 Updates

Updated 8:00 PM on July 1, 2020

Chancellor Boyce has released the University of Mississippi’s Campus Ready Plan (Version 1.0) in anticipation of a return to campus this fall. The Plan, developed by several working groups across campus, is driven by four guiding principles:

Prevent the spread of the virus to safeguard our community by following guidance of public health officials and agencies

Resume an on-campus learning, residential and working environment that prioritizes the safety and well-being of the campus population

Fulfill our core mission of education, research, and service, and

Enable our students to maintain academic progress toward earning their degrees.

All faculty, staff, instructors, students and parents are encouraged to become familiar with the protocol and procedures outlined in the Campus Ready Plan. It is our collective responsibility to preserve each other’s health and safety so we can get back and stay back on campus.

We invite you to scroll through our COVID-19 Updates page. It is our pleasure to share with you highlights from our School, news and interest stories from around the nation, and resources for navigating these interesting times.  Please contact our team in the Dean’s Office, your department chair or director if you need assistance.

Stay healthy and keep learning, leading and serving!

Peter W. Grandjean, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Applied Sciences | Professor, Exercise Science


Great things keep on happening in Applied Sciences!

The entire Applied Sciences family gives a big shout-out to Mrs. Je’Lisa McGee, Coordinator of Advising, Recruitment, and Retention in the Dean’s Office. Je’Lisa was recognized at the University Staff Council Annual Celebration as one of the University’s Outstanding Staff for 2019-2020.

High accolades to Dr. Yunhee Chang, Dr. Jeremy Loenneke and Dr. KoFan Lee! Dr. Chang was promoted to Professor and Graduate Program Director of Nutrition & Hospitality Management. Dr. Loenneke and Dr. Lee earned tenure and were promoted to Associate Professor of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management. 

Keep Teaching – Peer Learning Community Faculty Leaders
Over the summer, the Keep Teaching Collaborative has formed a Peer Learning Community to develop “resilient teaching” knowledge and skills. Under this peer learning concept, faculty leaders from each of our departments will learn ways to incorporate instructional techniques that are resilient and adaptable in the face of any interruption. Once they have an appreciation for this approach, they will then take resilient teaching concepts back to our departments and extend it to other instructors. Goals of the Keep Teaching Peer Learning Community are to a) lighten faculty workload with respect to course design, b) maximize student engagement in all learning environments, and c) foster an approach to course design that makes our classes as resistant to potential disruption as possible.

Be sure to thank faculty leaders in your department for their extra work this summer. We are grateful for the dedicated efforts of:

Danny Hall in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
David Holben and Mary Roseman in Nutrition and Hospitality Management
Carolyn Higdon and Elizabeth Burklow in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dan Durkin and Shane Robbins in Social Work
Matt Jesse and David Waddell in Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management.

Contact any of these folks to assist you with your course development.

University of Mississippi Contact Tracing Team
The School of Applied Sciences is working closely with University Health Services to provide contact tracing for our Oxford campus. UM’s contact tracing team, made up of 20 faculty and staff volunteers from Applied Sciences, has completed an intensive contact tracing course and HIPAA compliance training. Final details of our contact tracing process will appear in future Campus Ready Plan updates.

As you are aware, contact tracing is an integral part of opening up our communities. Our Applied Science volunteers are, once again, working where human sciences and service intersect. Please thank these individuals for offering their time and efforts to keep us all safe.

Lolita Gregory – Dean’s Office
Je’Lisa McGee – Dean’s Office
Mark Loftin – Dean’s Office & Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management
Allison Ford-Wade – Dean’s Office & Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management
Janae Owens – Institute of Child Nutrition
Ginger Gregory – Institute of Child Nutrition
Maci Flautt – Institute of Child Nutrition
Melissa Ferris – Institute of Child Nutrition
Melinda Valliant – Nutrition and Hospitality Management
Wes Jennings – Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Francis Boateng – Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
David McElreath – Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
Minsoo Kang – Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management
Kris Brasher – Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management
Vishakha Rawool – Communication Sciences and Disorders
Elizabeth Burklow – Communication Sciences and Disorders
Bradley Crowe – Communication Sciences and Disorders
Carolyn Higdon – Communication Sciences and Disorders
Haley Messersmith – Communication Sciences and Disorders
Anne Williams – Communication Sciences and Disorders

Wear a mask, practice social distancing, practice good hygiene and hope one of these folks doesn’t call you anytime soon 😊

Consider sharing your good news and great story with us via email to our Manager of Marketing and Communications, Sarah Sapp. Remember, no matter where you are right now, you belong in the School of Applied Sciences!


Our Summer II and Full Summer terms are in full gear. August Intersession is right around the corner. The University has waived technology fees for summer and intersession courses. Summer and intersession course offerings may change. Please stay in contact with your instructors and advisors. For more information about summer, intersession and fall courses, contact your student advisor at SCHOOL OF APPLIED SCIENCES/ STUDENTS and set up an appointment today.

KEEP LEARNING – The University of Mississippi’s Keep Learning portal is a one-stop-shop for your remote learning experience. You will find just about anything that you need to keep your studies going.

KEEP TEACHING – A one-stop-shop for teaching and instructional resources.


If you are exploring future careers and college choices, our faculty and student advisors are here to answer your questions. Video introductions to each of our nine exciting undergraduate degree programs are available at our WELCOME portal. Contact Andy King today to learn more.


We are working with the Provost Office and Facilities Management as we implement a gradual, phased plan to return to our offices, labs, clinics and classrooms this summer.  At present, all buildings in the School of Applied Sciences, except the Speech and Hearing Clinic at the South Oxford Center, remain closed to the general public.

Faculty, instructors and staff should follow the University Protocols and Parameters and work with your direct supervisor to develop your own plan for returning to work on campus. Employees returning to work should complete the Return to Work on Campus Training. This 30-minute pre-recorded training is available to you on Blackboard ( using your user name and password. Next, employees must read and affirm an “Understanding of Employee Responsibilities regarding COVID-19” statement (Attestation) on the HR website. Each day, prior to coming into work, employees should self –monitor for coronavirus symptoms using the UM COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checker


Colleges Spend Millions to Prepare to Reopen Amid Coronavirus – Melissa Korn, WSJ, 6.24.2020

Colleges Say They Can Reopen Safely. But Will Students Follow the Rules? – Sarah Brown, CHE, 6.16.2020

How the Pandemic Will Change Teaching on Campus – Beth McMurtrie, CHE, 06.03.2020

Welcome to the Socially Distanced Campus – Francie Diep and Megan Zahneis CHE, 5.26.2020

Can Active Learning Co-Exist With Physically Distanced Classrooms? – Doug Lederman, IHE, 5.27.2020

Its Eyes on the Fall, One Campus Is Conducting a Public-Health Dry Run. Here’s What That Looks Like. – Francie Diep, CHE, 5.7.2020

How Can Graduate Programs and Students Prepare for an Uncertain Fall? – Leonard Cassuto, CHE, 5.26.2020

Ramping Up for Remote Instruction – Lindsay McKenzie, IHE, 5.27.2020

What Worked and What Didn’t in a Semester Online – WSJ, 5.26.2020

Delivering High-Quality Instruction On-Line in Response to COVID-19 – Online Learning Consortium

Reducing Transmission of SARS-COV 2.     Kimberly A. Prather, Chia C. Wang and Robert T. Schooley, AAAS Science, 5.27.2020

CDC Issues New Guidance to Colleges – Elizabeth Redden, IHE, 5.21.2020

Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education – CDC-P, 5.21.2020

COVID-19 Insights “Box It In” so we can start working again – Prevent Epidemics 5.27.2020

ACHA Guidelines Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 Era – American College Health Association, 5.7.2020



CAMPUS READY PLAN – Our University’s guidance for a healthy and safe return to campus activities

REBEL RELIEF CAMPAIGN – Help members of our community who need a little extra support to get through the COVID-19 crisis.

GROVE GARDEN – The Grove Garden is the new name for University of Mississippi’s Food Pantry. The Grove Garden seeks to end campus hunger and alleviate poverty by discreetly providing nutritious food and hygiene products free of charge to students, faculty, and staff in the University of Mississippi community.

UMATTER – Students in need of emergency financial aid and food assistance. Click on the hyperlink or call 662-915-7248.

UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES  – The Ole Miss COVID-19 Call Center can be reached at (662)-915-3600. The University of Mississippi Health Services can be reached at (662)-915-3700.

KEEP TEACHING – Instructor resources for teaching and instruction.

KEEP LEARNING – Student resources for remote learning.

KEEP DISCOVERING – The Office of Research and Sponsored Program’s site for up-to-date research information.