Students, faculty and staff can now engage with NEST Ambassadors through social media. The NEST Ambassadors team will be posting events, health tips and other updates on both Facebook and Instagram. Be sure to follow the Ambassadors by clicking on the Facebook and Instagram icons below:
A Monday report issued by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services provided incorrect information relating to the campus outbreak of COVID-19 reported by SVSU on Friday, Sept. 25. The state report has since been corrected. To track the latest information relating to COVID-19 test results at the university, please visit the SVSU COVID-19 Reporting Dashboard.
Health care officials are advising the public to schedule flu shots this year as a way to avoid the potential crisis of overlapping virus seasons this fall and winter. SVSU will offer free flu shots. Participating students will receive a $5 Meijer gift card and faculty/staff will receive a $5 Starbucks card. The flu shots will be available during the following days and times in the SVSU Fieldhouse.
With mid-terms around the corner, the Gerstacker Learning Commons offers free tutoring from trained tutors on many subjects. The Gerstacker Learning Commons includes the Center for Academic Achievement, the Math and Physics Center, and Writing Center. Most tutoring takes place remotely, but some in-person tutoring appointments are available.
When contacted to participate in SVSU's random testing program for COVID-19, members of the campus community can enjoy a $5 Starbucks gift certificate by agreeing to participate. The program will help SVSU continue to provide a safer, healthier campus environment.
In July, SVSU established the NEST Info Line, a phone number members of the campus community could call to ask questions related to health and safety measures enacted for the fall semester. On the other end of that line are members of the Conference Center at SVSU. The following is the second in a series of profiles acquainting readers with the friendly operators answering calls there.
Some days, LaToya Peoples answers five calls while serving as an operator for the NEST Info Line during her 4-hour shift. Other days, more than 20 people phone for help.
“Whether we are getting steady calls or not, I want to make sure someone is here for them, to help them,” she said. “Some people just need to feel safe. They need someone to be there for them.”
Peoples is one of three operators helping callers who reach out to the phone line established in July. Her official job title is senior event coordinator for The Conference Center at SVSU. Prior to the pandemic, her work involved working with SVSU colleagues and community members utilizing the university’s facilities for events including guest speakers, proms and weddings.
She first joined SVSU as an undergraduate in 2010. She began working at The Conference Center at SVSU as a student employee and was hired full-time in 2012. Peoples received her bachelor’s degree in communications in 2015 and her master’s degree in public administration from the university in 2019.
Her decade of experience with the university helped her build a network of relationships and knowledge that continued to pay off when she helped operate the NEST Info Line during the summer.
“At first, I was a little fearful I wouldn’t have the answer to the questions they might ask me,” Peoples said. “As I got more into it, though, I realized these were normal people who just needed help. And, if I didn’t know the answer to a question, I know enough people on campus that I can find the person who could provide them the answer to their question.”
Peoples’ love for serving as a caregiver extends beyond her SVSU family to her family at home. She is the mother of a 5-year-old daughter, Aniyah.
“I’m happy when I can be there for people,” she said.
If you have questions related to SVSU’s return to campus this fall, operators are available to answer questions at the NEST Info Line at (989) 964-2110. Hours are weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and weekends from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
As colder weather settles in, humans are more prone to sickness, from novel viruses such as COVID-19 to more common illnesses. The Society of Behavioral Medicine this week published a guide advising how to stay healthy during a pandemic. Click here to read the details on how to practice each tip.
While completing the CampusClear health screening survey is required to enter campus, medical experts are encouraging the campus community to fill out the survey daily, even when you will not be visiting campus.
The consistent usage will allow SVSU to monitor the health and wellness of students, staff and faculty regardless of whether or not they spend considerable time on campus.
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