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Business Manager, Cobi Schieferstein, Editor-in-Cheif, Shelby Clark and Sports Editor, Pat Baker, stand at The Shield's booth during the Fall Student Involvement Fair September 1, 2021.

Editorial: The Shield enters a new era during the pandemic

Editorial Staff September 8, 2021

The Shield is in a semester of positive transition.  After a year of operating under a pandemic, The Shield has recently made changes and is looking at a bright future. Since the start of the pandemic,...

Students and individuals in the university community will not be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This saline drawn syringe from the April vaccination clinic in the Screaming Eagles Arena represents the amount of the Pfizer vaccine administered in each dose.

Presidential Task Force will not mandate COVID-19 vaccine

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief August 19, 2021

President Ronald Rochon announced the Presidential Task Force will not require students or faculty and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Rochon made this announcement at the university meeting...

In-person commencement ceremony for 2020 graduates was announced at the July Board of Trustees meeting. The Board of Trustees met July 15 in Carter Hall.

In-person commencement to be held for 2020 graduates

Shelby Clark, Editor-in-Chief July 15, 2021

Students in the class of 2020 will have an in-person commencement December 18 as a part of the Fall 2021 commencement ceremonies.  Kindra Strupp, vice president for marketing and communications, announced...

2021 Student Government Association Executives and General Assembly. SGA opened online voting Monday for the 2021-2022 academic year.

SGA continues election with low competition

Shelby Clark, Digital Editor April 15, 2021

Students began voting in the Student Government Association election Monday.  The election will determine the SGA executive board and legislative branch for the 2021-2022 academic year. The legislative...

Nursing students Eleanor Conley and Maddison Fields prepare their vaccination stations Apr. 7. Conley said it was an honor to administer COVID vaccines to her fellow students.

Nursing students administer 1,420 first dose vaccines

Shelby Clark, Digital Editor April 13, 2021

1,420 people received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the university vaccination clinic.  Nursing students from the College of Nursing and Health Professions administered the free Pfizer...

Julie St. Clair, professor of nursing, briefs student nurses in the upper level of the Screaming Eagles Arena before the first vaccinations take place on campus.

Students get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Shelby Clark, Digital Editor April 7, 2021

  A student is going to hug her grandparents for the first time in over a year.  Riley Hays, a sophomore public relations and advertising major, received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine...

The University's COVID-19 task-force is preparing to open a vaccination clinic in the Screaming Eagles Arena Wednesday. All students are able to register for their first dose now.

COVID-19 task force prepares vaccine clinic 

Shelby Clark, Digital Editor April 5, 2021

  Registered students will receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday at the university’s vaccine clinic.   Nursing students and faculty from the College of Nursing and Health...

COVID-19 vaccines will be available to students on April 5.

Students can register for vaccination on campus

Hayden Olberding and Shelby Clark March 29, 2021

Students, faculty and staff will be able to register for COVID-19 vaccination on campus.  University officials announced today that students who register for the free vaccination on campus will be...

Madison McIntire, freshman nursing major 

Something Lost, Something Gained: Students reflect on a year of COVID

March 11, 2021

March marks one year since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. As of this week, nearly 530,000 Americans lost their lives to COVID-19.  Despite the devastation the pandemic caused, many found something...

Graphic: A COVID prom king and queen

Students are registering for an in-person prom 

Shelby Clark, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

Students are able to register for an in-person prom with a 150 person capacity. The Activities Programming Board will be holding a prom for students that missed their high-school proms because of the...

Dashboard reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, 670 cumulative

Dashboard reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, 670 cumulative

Hayden Olberding, Digital Editor February 5, 2021

Note: Data is current at the time of publication and is subject to change with further updates. 16 new students and faculty tested positive, the university’s COVID-19 dashboard shows This week’s...

image of the University Center and cone in winter

Pandemic teaching: Stress vomiting, new technology and new appreciations

Shelby Clark and Hayden Olberding February 2, 2021

Professors and faculty share what they learned and experienced from the Fall 2020 semester, from stress vomiting to learning new technology. Dean of Students Jennifer Hammat had the unique challenge...

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