April 22, 2020

UWS faculty, student volunteers ensure students living on campus have masks

Lynn Goerdt, UW-Superior associate professor of social work, and students Jeeten Karki and Samuel Zurien created and collected masks for all students still on campus.

Lynn Goerdt, UW-Superior associate professor of social work, and students Jeeten Karki and Samuel Zurien created and collected masks for all students still on campus.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior campus sits seemingly empty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet, in the residence halls, 130 students remain. For this group of students who have no other viable place to go, daily activities such as walking to the Yellowjacket Union for meals can be risky without protective measures.

This fact was not lost on Dr. Lynn Goerdt, UW-Superior associate professor of social work, and students Jeeten Karki and Samuel Zurien. To help on-campus students stay safe, the UW-Superior trio created and collected masks for all students still on campus.
 
“I have been helping to distribute masks through the Duluth Chapter of the NAACP and this was brought up at a Faculty Senate meeting,” said Goerdt. “ Harry Anderson [dean of students] asked if we would be willing to also donate some to the students who are still living on campus, which of course we were happy to do.”

With no need for sewing, Goerdt and the students were able to accelerate the process and also use a readily available material.

“We constructed the masks from a pattern made without sewing and using ToolBox shop towels,” said Goerdt. “I was initially told about this type of mask from a friend in Seattle who sent me some. We watched videos about the design and read about the extent that they are effective before we embarked on making them. They are easier to mass produce than sewed ones.”

The shop towel masks can even be washed with soap and water and hung to dry several times before needing to be replaced.

“It seems weird to wash a paper-like towel, but I have been wearing mine for a few weeks now and have washed it about 10 times,” said Goerdt.

“I’d like to take a moment to thank all those involved with this project,” said Anderson. “I’m always proud of the way our students, faculty, staff, and community partners work together to create and demonstrate a culture of care here at UW-Superior.”

Lynn Goerdt, UW-Superior associate professor of social work, and students Jeeten Karki and Samuel Zurien created and collected masks for all students still on campus.

Lynn Goerdt, UW-Superior associate professor of social work, and students Jeeten Karki and Samuel Zurien created and collected masks for all students still on campus.

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