COVID-19 Weekly Update (9/17)

Sept. 18, 2020

(This message was originally sent on September 17, 2020. It is being published here for preservation.)

Dear Department Chairs, Associate Deans, Deans, Vice-Chancellors and colleagues:

Shown below are our updates for this week.

Show Me Renewal Updates

The Resources of COVID Positive Students webpage continues to be updated with information about testing, quarantine procedures and contact tracing. A member of the Care Team will contact the student, usually within 24 hours of self-reporting their positive test. If they have not heard from the Care Team within that time frame, they should reach out to or call 573-777-2174 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm daily. On September 10th, we decided that individuals who are outdoors and alone on campus do not have to wear a face covering. The rest of the new requirements remain without change.

Domestic Travel Registry

When university-related travel is able to resume, all MU graduate and undergraduate students travelling outside of Missouri, individually or in a group, will be required to register travel that is:

  • Partially or fully funded by the University of Missouri.
  • Related to an MU course or curriculum requirement.
  • Organized by an MU faculty or staff member within the scope of their MU employment.

The Domestic Travel Registry will be a way to more efficiently track the location of students and communicate with them in the case of an emergency.  Please direct any questions about the Domestic Travel Registry to the Office of International Health, Safety and Security (

Innovation Event with co-founder of Netflix

Entrepreneur Marc Randolph, co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, will discuss innovation and the early days of Netflix, a service that has fundamentally altered how the world experiences media. Please visit at 3 p.m. on September 29 to view the livestreamed event. Everyone is invited to attend, including community members and alumni.

Submit questions for Randolph and register for a chance to win a copy of his bestseller That Will NEVER Work.

US News & World Report Rankings

We were very pleased to learn on Monday that we had risen in our US News & World Report rankings.  Thanks to the hard work of all our faculty, staff, students, and alumni, Mizzou rose 15 spots in US News & World Report’s top national universities and moved up five spots in Best Value Schools. The 2021 edition of Best Colleges ranks 389 schools in 15 different measurements. President Choi and I shared this video about the good news reflecting the hard work and dedication of our entire Mizzou community.

New Kemper Fellows

Congratulations to the 2020 Kemper Fellowships, announced earlier this month:

  • Libby Cowgill, associate professor of anthropology in the College of Arts and Science
  • Daryl Smith, associate teaching professor of management in the Trulaske College of Business
  • Craig Kluever, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering
  • Miriam Barquero-Molina, professor in the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Arts and Science
  • Angie Zapata, associate professor of learning, teaching and curriculum in the College of Education

As you see the pictures and read about our 2020 Fellows you realize that no matter their discipline, no matter the type of face covering or shield they are wearing, their happiness comes through loud and clear in the pictures – they are doing what they enjoy doing best – teaching and being with students, and we are truly grateful for this.

Read more about eligibility for the Kemper award, the nomination process, and past winners on the Provost’s website.

As always thank you for all that you do – take care and be well.


Latha Ramchand