How Do I Report Possible Exposure of COVID-19?
Over the weekend, Whitman County reported its first positive COVID-19 case – in a woman 20-29 years of age. Currently, there are no University of Idaho-specific cases nor any cases reported in Latah County. But, what do you do if you hear of someone who may have been exposed, is experiencing signs and symptoms or for whom you are otherwise concerned – or if you are in this situation yourself? (1) File a CARE report. The Dean of Students Office and Human Resources are following up on all reports of contact and will provide guidance on any actions taken. (2) Self-isolate at home and encourage others to do so. Call your healthcare provider for further guidance. (3) Don’t perpetuate rumors. Idaho Public Health is the single reporting entity for positive tests.
How Will I be Notified of a Positive Diagnosis Associated with U of I?
The first positive COVID-19 case with direct ties to U of I will be reported out in a Vandal Alert email. This email will provide as much detail as we can to adequately inform our Vandal community of the diagnosis and impact. Should the first U of I-associated case not be on the Moscow campus, a second email may be sent for the first Moscow-based case. This includes a case in the community. Learn more about U of I’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Facebook Live with Dean of Students is Today
Join Blaine Eckles, vice provost for Student Affairs and dean of students, 2:30 p.m. today, March 23, for a Facebook Live COVID-19 update and Q&A session on the Dean of Students Office Facebook page. Questions will be answered live or in a message response.
Update on National Science Foundation Program Officer Visit
Due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions, National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Officer Timothy VanReken is unable to travel to Moscow for today’s planned visit. The scheduled virtual platform for his presentation on NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1, Track-2 and Track-4 programs, as well as new cross-cutting initiatives, has been canceled. The Research and Faculty Development team hopes to offer this seminar in the next academic year. They are also in the process of finalizing virtual one-on-one meetings with VanReken for those who have already registered. Contact the Research and Faculty Development team with questions.
Adobe Creative Cloud Temporary At-Home Access for Faculty and Students
As a result of classes moving to online delivery, Adobe has provided temporary at-home access to Adobe Creative Cloud for impacted students and faculty so they can continue their work. Learn more about this at-home access. Follow the instructions online to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.
VandalStore Hours Changing
Effective March 22, the VandalStore's hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; and closed Sunday. Starbucks hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday. These changes will be in effect until further notice.
Data Science Competition 2020 is Open; Upload Your Solutions Online
The 2020 Data Science Competition is open. Sponsored by the College of Science, the competition tasks participants with developing a machine learning model that can automatically grade 20,000 hand-written calculus quizzes. The competition will end Thursday, April 30. Anyone with a University of Idaho email address is welcome to participate; however, prizes will be limited to currently registered undergraduate and graduate students. Learn more.
Spring Parent and Family Weekend is Canceled
The University of Idaho and Student Alumni Relations Board has canceled Spring Parent and Family Weekend this year. We understand this may be disappointing, but the safety and health of the Vandal Family is our top priority. If you paid an event registration or other fee, it will be refunded within the next few weeks. We will celebrate with you and the rest of the Vandal Family during Fall Parent and Family Weekend, Nov. 6-8. Contact Marie Duncan with questions at email@example.com or 208-885-5366.
March 24 Write-In Workshop Canceled
The College of Graduate Studies has canceled the Write-In Workshop originally scheduled for tomorrow, March 24.
General Computer Labs and Classrooms Upgraded to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Over Spring Break
U of I general computer labs and classrooms were upgraded to the Office 365 ProPlus over Spring Break. Office 365 ProPlus is part of a suite of applications including online and mobile versions of traditional Office applications and has features that make saving and using files more convenient. Learn more about these changes and next steps.
VandalStar Helps Facilitate Student Contact
Advisors, instructors and academic support staff across campus will use and rely on VandalStar to engage with students and coordinate student outreach efforts in a timely way. Students who receive two or more midterm grades of D or F will receive an email notification from the VandalStar system. Encourage students to take immediate action and seek help from instructors and advisors, while exploring academic campus resources to provide assistance in their classes. Learn more about VandalStar.
Studded Snow Tire Season Ends
It’s officially spring, and the winter studded snow tire season is coming to an end. While these tires are legal in Idaho until the end of April, removal deadlines in neighboring states vary. Most are earlier, some are later — read more on the I-Safety webpage.