‘I wear my mask because…’

A survey of CSU students taken before the start of the Fall 2020 semester found that 91% practice public health behaviors to avoid spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.

One of the most important of those is wearing a face covering in public, and CSU faculty and staff are also on board with masks. From the classroom to the dining hall, indoors and outside, here are just a few who are modeling the concept that Rams take care, Rams take action. Na-mask-e, everyone.

John Parry, director of the CSU Bookstore, takes a student’s temperature at the Lory Student Center while wearing a mask made from a sesquicentennial bandana.

Blanche Hughes, vice president for student affairs, stopped by the Rec Center during move in week, to see the social distancing between exercise equipment.

Kathy Phifer coordinated the 29th annual School is Cool – and the stuffing of the 50,000th backpack with school supplies for Poudre Schools District students in need – sporting an official Rams mask.

Corey Seymour took time from his duties in the Art and Art History department to volunteer for School is Cool, where every volunteer wore a mask while filling backpacks.

Frieda Whaley checks out a summer student’s meal to go in The Foundry in her face coverin and behind a Plexiglas shield.

Robin Rathje, assistant director for conference and event services, coordinated Move In in her face covering and a safety vest.

Mike Mansfield of the history department was one of the first faculty members to pilot the University’s COVID-19 health protocols in a classroom in the Clark Building over the summer.

Provost Mary Pedersen greeted parents and students, who were also wearing masks, arriving at the residence halls during Move In Week.

State Rep. Cathy Kipp (far left) and head of the Colorado Department of Higher Education Angie Paccione (second from right) both wore masks when they toured campus on the first day of classes with President Joyce McConnell and Vice President Hughes.