Alumni Sew 600 Mississippi College Masks

Mississippi College


Their work isn’t done yet. Mississippi College alumni generated 600 facial masks to protect students starting next month and more are on the way.

It’s part of a campaign that MC’s Alumni Office initiated less than two months ago. The initiative continues to go strong as school officials take steps to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The Mississippi husband and wife mask making team of Frances and Dan Smith is leading the way. The Clinton couple, who earned a total of three MC degrees, recently produced 100 masks for university students this fall.

Whether the masks are blue and gold or not, such protective face masks are essential to serve the safety needs of MC faculty, staff and students on the Clinton campus.

Jim Turcotte, the university’s vice president for enrollment services and executive director of alumni affairs, unveiled the campaign prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

The campaign isn’t just limited to Magnolia State mask makers. The mask makers are also residents of Louisiana, Tennessee, Arizona, and North Carolina.

A 1980 MC graduate, Kathryne English is sewing masks at her home in Mesa, Arizona. She’s a former Jackson Prep math teacher.

The university’s mask campaign comes just in time for the start of fall classes on the Clinton campus August 17.

Across the USA, there are more than 3.43 million cases. In Mississippi, there are 37,532 coronavirus cases in Mississippi as of July 14.

For additional details, contact Jim Turcotte at 601-925-3315 or turcotte@mc.ed


1 Comment

  1. Julia Colebank on August 6, 2020 at 11:20 am

    This is so encouraging. During crisis like this I choose to focus on those who show they care – rather than giving into the fear that is driven by media.

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