September 11, 2020

1. Today is Patriot Day

We reflect this Patriot Day on the heartbreaking events of September 11, 2001 that forever changed our nation. We mourn the tragic loss of those who died 19 years ago in the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and aboard United Airlines Flight 93. Our deepest sympathies continue to go out to the victims, their families, and friends. We are grateful for the heroic actions and courage of the first responders, rescue workers, and volunteers, who took action that fateful day. Never forget.
2. UTHSC Flu Vaccine Update

In early July, the UT Board of Trustees approved an emergency resolution authorizing the University of Tennessee System to require CDC or Department of Health recommended vaccines for all faculty, staff, and students that are deemed to aid in preventing, controlling, or monitoring the spread of COVID-19. This includes the flu immunization and could include a COVID vaccine, if one is developed and recommended by the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health. You can read more about this announcement here.

The UTHSC campus in Memphis typically holds a flu vaccine clinic one day each fall so that faculty, staff, and students may get their flu vaccine for free. University Health Services (UHS) is still planning to hold a flu vaccine clinic this fall, however the date has not yet been announced. UHS is currently waiting to hear when the vaccines will be delivered, as they are delayed due to the demands of COVID-19.

If you are required to have your flu vaccine by October 1, you may want to consider other alternatives. A campus announcement for this fall's flu vaccine clinic will be sent out as soon as we receive an update on the arrival of the vaccines.

We apologize for this delay. If you have any questions about the flu vaccine, please contact UHS at 901.448.5630.

3. Coronavirus Symposium: Clinical Care

Please join the Colleges of Nursing and Pharmacy for a free online symposium for COVID-19 information focusing on clinical care on Tuesday, September 15, 11:00 am – 1:35 pm CDT.

The agenda and registration information can be found at

4. Nominations Open for Chancellor's Exempt Staff Award!

Nominate a non-faculty exempt staff member who has gone beyond the call of duty! Nominations will be accepted until Friday, September 18 at 5:00 pm.

For more information about the award and award process, please visit

5. Faculty and Staff: Virtual Benefits and Wellness Fair Begins Monday

Open Enrollment begins October 1. Prepare yourself with a greater understanding of your benefits by attending one of these virtual sessions over the next two weeks:

Blue Cross Blue Shield
September 14, 10:00 am
Register Here

Minnesota Life (Life Insurance)
September 16, 10:00 am
Register Here

Optum (Employee Assistance Program and Behavioral Health
September 16, 2:00 pm
Register Here

MetLife (Dental and STD)
September 17, 2:00 pm
Register Here

New Vendor: Optum (FSA/HSA)
September 21, 10:00 am
Register Here

ActiveHealth (Wellness Program)
September 21, 2:00 pm
Register Here

Empower Retirement (401k/457)
September 22, 10:00 am
Register Here

Lincoln Financial Group (LTD)
September 23, 2:00 pm
Register Here

Cigna (Medical and Dental)
September 24, 10:00 am
Register Here
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