Announcing This Week's Student Vaccine Verification Winners

To Our Students:

With last week’s card uploads, we’re now able to verify that 60 percent of the campus community is fully vaccinated. 

So first, I want to thank the more than 9,600 individuals who submitted photos of their vaccination cards to our secure health record platform.

Second, I encourage all of you who have been vaccinated—but haven’t yet let us know—to follow your colleagues’ lead. You can find step-by-step instructions on our COVID-19 website.

We are just 3,260 verifications away from knowing that 80 percent of our campus is fully vaccinated. That threshold represents a win for all of us—first and most importantly in terms of dramatically lowered risk of COVID-19 transmission.

An ancillary benefit is that lowered risk means reduced restrictions. Current fall semester plans largely call for a return to pre-pandemic practices—with one major exception: Unless alone in an office or other self-contained space, everyone on campus—including people working out in Veale or Wyant—will be required to wear masks indoors.  

Until we meet the four-fifths threshold, we can’t even consider relaxing that rule. 

Meanwhile, having your card in our secure health record platform offers additional benefits.

This afternoon, I had the great pleasure of telling chemistry doctoral student Terence Tsai that he is this week’s graduate/professional student winner of our random drawing of uploaded vaccination cards. 

I also notified rising sophomore Daven Sarikonda, a biochemistry major contemplating at least two minors as he pursues his dream of becoming a doctor. 

Both now have the option of receiving $500 or up to $500 in credits toward textbooks and related academic purchases at our Barnes & Noble campus bookstore.

If you read this afternoon's message, you know that next week’s drawing offers the chance for new prizes—and all this week, your vaccination card gets you 10 percent discounts at campus dining locations and Plum Market.

So don’t wait—upload a picture of your card today.

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs