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August 6, 2021

1. New Mask Requirements for Campus

In light of the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines issued for people – vaccinated AND unvaccinated – to wear masks while indoors in public settings in areas of substantial or high transmission (which includes Tennessee), all faculty, staff, students, patients, and guests are REQUIRED to wear masks while inside any UTHSC building, regardless of your vaccination status. Additionally:

  • Social distancing will continue to be maintained in lecture halls, study spaces, and testing facilities with occupancy of every other seat.
  • Social distancing will be maintained on elevators and in other confined spaces. 
  • Faculty delivering lectures may remove masks if they maintain 6 feet distance from others.
  • Faculty and staff in private offices may remove masks while alone.
  • Social distancing should be maintained while eating and drinking.

As we continue to monitor the surging spread of COVID-19, specifically the Delta variant, and see the impact it is having on the state of Tennessee with our low vaccination rate, we strongly encourage all faculty, staff, and students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible

We understand you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and are unsure about getting vaccinated. University Health Services has a well-educated staff of primary care providers who are available to answer any questions you might have about the vaccine. Please call University Health Services at 901.448.5630 to speak with one of our primary care providers from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday, or 2:00 – 5:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

UTHSC will continue to follow recommendations issued by the CDC for maintaining maximum safety on our campus. Thank you for your assistance as we continue to fight against COVID-19!

Steve Schwab, MD

2. School Supply Giveaway TOMORROW, August 7!

Tomorrow, Saturday, August 7, on the Memphis campus is the Back to School Supply Giveaway, where we will be giving away 500 FREE backpacks filled with school supplies to K-12 students!

Saturday, August 7
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Van Vleet Building, 3 N. Dunlap Street

This is a drive-through event. Attendees should enter the driveway of the Van Vleet Building off Dunlap Street, under the "UTHSC Campus Police" sign.

Backpack distribution is limited to one per child, with a limit of four children per car. 

Please share this flyer and Facebook event with anyone in the Mid-South with K-12 students in need of school supplies!

3. Apply Now for OIED's Diversity Certificate Program

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity is excited to offer the Diversity Certificate Program (DCP) in a virtual format for Fall 2021. The program is free and open to only UTHSC faculty, staff, and students. The DCP will run six weeks from September 13 – October 22, with courses meeting 2 – 3 times a week. Please visit the website for more details and the course schedule.

Applications for the Fall 2021 DCP are available on the OIED website and will be accepted through Friday, August 20.

Apply Now for the DCP

4. UTHSC TechConnect is LIVE!

UTHSC TechConnect, the new IT service site, is now available for you to report issues, request services, find technical information, and so much more. UTHSC TechConnect replaces the ability to send an email to so that ITS can provide you with easier and quicker service.

Visit the TechConnect introduction page to meet our friend Veronica and learn more!

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5. Nominations Open for Lichterman Award

Each year, non-exempt employees with at least 3 years of service can be nominated for the Lichterman award by a supervisor, co-worker, or other UTHSC/UCH employee. Nominees should possess qualities such as dedication, hard work, and a positive attitude. If you know of any UTHSC or UCH employees that meet these standards of service, please nominate them!

The easiest way to nominate an employee is to use the People Search on the UTHSC website. If an employee is eligible for the award, you will see a nomination button at the top of their People Search Details page.

For more information about the award, visit

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