Cintas donates 57,000 masks for use by University of America students, faculty and staff
An in-kind donation from Cintas made an additional 57,000 masks available to students, faculty and staff this fall.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Cintas donated 57,000 masks to the University of Arkansas for students, faculty and staff during the fall semester – an in-kind donation valued at over $ 140,000.
The masks have already been distributed to academic and administrative units on campus and can be used for additional protection against COVID-19.
Melissa Harwood-Rom, Dean of Students and Acting Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, said the masks will be useful to the campus community as they will be welcomed this fall.
“These masks will significantly contribute to our strategy for a successful face-to-face fall,” she said. “Our ability to provide masks in the classroom will improve the safety of students, faculty and staff. “
Mary Alice Serafini, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Executive Director of the Pat Walker Health Center, noted that the timing of this donation is particularly beneficial given the increase in the Delta variant across the United States.
“With the rapid transmission of the Delta variant of COVID-19, the ability to provide masks to our community to mitigate transmission through evidence-based practices, such as masking, is much appreciated and very timely,” said she declared. “The safety of our students, faculty and staff is a high priority. And with this significant donation, the U of A will be able to ensure additional protection in the classroom and on campus.
“Members of the university community persist in their practice of respiratory hygiene, which is a necessity as we gather on campus for another academic year. These masks will meet a public health need to create a culture of protection for oneself and others. “
Cintas is an industry leader in providing corporate identity uniform programs, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, safety training, d fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems and alarm services. The company operates nearly 500 facilities in North America, including five manufacturing facilities and 13 distribution centers.
“We hope this donation of masks to the University of Arkansas will help students, faculty and staff feel more comfortable and secure as in-person on-campus learning returns this fall.” said Ryan Scogin, general manager of Cintas at location 65 in Springdale, Ark. “We are excited to be able to support the university’s efforts to maintain a safer community amid the COVID-19 resurgence. ”
About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers internationally competitive education in over 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $ 2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of US colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. American News and World Report ranks the U of A among the best public universities in the country. Find out how the U of A is working to build a better world on Arkansas Research News.
About Cintas Corporation: Cintas Corporation helps over one million businesses of all types and sizes prepare to open their doors with confidence every day by providing products and services that help keep their customers’ facilities and employees clean. , safe and at their best. With offerings including uniforms, mats, mops, restroom supplies, first aid and safety products, safety training, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems and alarm service, Cintas helps customers get ready for the workday®. The company is also the creator of the Total Clean Program ™ – a one-of-a-kind service that includes scheduled delivery of essential cleaning supplies, hygienically clean laundry, and sanitation and disinfection products and services. Based in Cincinnati, Cintas is a public Fortune 500 company traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is included in both the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and the Nasdaq-100 Index.