Just a few quick items:
- Homecoming: I hope you enjoyed Homecoming last week. I have heard nothing but great reviews from our students and alumni, who were extremely thankful to be able to come back to campus. Indeed, that appreciation was clearly expressed during Bidder’s Bowl on Saturday night. This event is an annual tradition involving silent and live auctions. The prior Bidder’s Bowl record of $472,000 was shattered this year when our alumni donated $686,400. This is a tremendous expression of support for NDSU and its mission. All net proceeds support student scholarships. I want to thank all the employees and volunteers at NDSU, the NDSU Foundation and Team Makers for their dedication and hard work to make this past week so special and successful.
- COVID: Nationally, the COVID case numbers have dropped significantly over the past few weeks. Here in North Dakota, the case numbers appear to have plateaued. It is good news that that the growth in the number of cases stalled, but it is too soon to know whether this is just a pause in the increase or whether we are moving past the peak. You can examine the statewide dashboards here. At NDSU, we have 19 confirmed positive cases (18 students and 1 employees) who have been on campus in the last 10 days. You can find NDSU’s data here.
I’m pleased to report that as of today, 6,823 students have participated in our vaccination incentive program. That’s 58% of our on-campus student population. Please remember that this is only the baseline number that we’re sure have gotten vaccinated. The actual number is likely higher. I would remind students that as long as you become fully vaccinated by October 15, you are eligible for the incentive. There is still time to get your 2nd dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations or the single-dose J&J vaccination to become eligible.
Students can continue to get vaccinations at Student Health Service. However, you do not need to get vaccinated on campus to qualify for the incentive. You can use this vaccine finder to find a place close to you. There are many locations in the metropolitan area where you can get vaccinated.
Here is a chart showing the per capita number of cases on the campuses of the NDUS. As you can see, NDSU continues to do comparatively well. Let’s all continue to take the necessary precautions.
Dean L. Bresciani, President