Special to The Clinton Courier
Their work isn’t done yet. Mississippi College alumni generated six hundred facial masks to protect students starting this month, and more are on the way.
It’s part of a campaign that MC’s Alumni Office initiated about 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 one hundred 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. MC will require face coverings over a wearer’s mouth and nose inside all university buildings, including classrooms, public restrooms, open office and common spaces, hallways, meeting rooms, libraries and theaters. The requirement will apply to everyone on campus and also to those attending university events held off-campus.
The university will also strongly encourage the use of protective face coverings in outdoor spaces on campus when appropriate physical distancing is not possible.