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Latest Campus Communication

Faculty Campus Conversation June 25, 2020

This session invited faculty to join President Rooney and members of the Campus Reopening Task Force for a second Campus Conversation to learn more about our plans to reopen this fall.

Staff Campus Conversation June 25, 2020

This session invited staff to join President Rooney and members of the Campus Reopening Task Force for to learn more about our plans to reopen this fall.

Campus Reopening Task Force Update: 6/23/20

June 23, 2020

This week, we look forward to a Campus Conversation with staff and another session with faculty, where we will be joined by the co-chairs of all of the planning teams. Staff members should have received an invitation with a registration link earlier this week from President Rooney. During these sessions, we hope to provide more insight into our process and progress so far.  As we have said time and again, our work is being driven by two guiding principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and the goal to maximize in-person instruction and deliver the Fisher academic experience that our students value. 
 
Thank you to the nearly 200 faculty who participated in last week’s Campus Conversation with President Rooney, Provost Railey, and our Teaching and Learning Planning Team co-chairs, Drs. Eileen Lynd-Balta and Melissa Goodwin. The presentation was posted to the Campus Reopening website, and we are in the process of adding the common questions and answers to our FAQs page.
 
Over the weekend, Governor Cuomo released the details for , which includes details for higher education reopening. The guidance is intended to address in-person higher education institutions, including but not limited to community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools, and technical schools. Per the guidelines, we will be required to submit our plan for reopening to the state. We will also make the plan available on our website. The Governor’s Higher Education Guidelines include mandatory requirements and recommended best practices in the following areas:

  • Physical distancing
  • Protective equipment
  • Hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection
  • Communication
  • Screening

The Task Force has been very focused on each of these areas and our planning to date is in line with the Governor’s guidelines. We are fortunate to have great community partners, whose partnership and expertise is also guiding our planning. More than a dozen members of the Task Force have participated in multiple educational sessions with Rochester Regional Health. Members are also meeting regularly with the Monroe County Health Department.

We will be finalizing the recommended reopening plan in the coming weeks to submit to President Rooney and the cabinet for final review and approval. The Steering Committee and planning teams have been meeting multiple times a week and that will continue until our plans are complete and ready to be implemented.  As planning progresses, our goal is to keep the campus community informed, and in that spirit, we are providing an overview of the efforts of each of the planning teams to date.
 
Our thanks to all who are playing a role in this planning. We hope to “see” many of you at this week’s Campus Conversations.

Matha Thornton, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Christine Boev, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Co-Chair, Undergraduate Nursing Program
Campus Reopening Task Force Co-Chairs

Teaching and Learning Planning Team Update

The Teaching and Learning Planning Team continues its work focused on a face-to-face environment with health and safety at the forefront of all planning. As presented in the Campus Conversation last week, below is a summary of plans to date:

  • Shift academic calendar for an earlier start with a planned end of instruction timeline on November 25. A week of remote finals will take place the week after Thanksgiving break. For the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, and there will be one week of online instruction after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) with final examinations taking place on campus through December 11.
  • Class schedule changes will include longer times between classes and no free period to allow for social distancing between classes, time for cleaning, and a de-densification of concentrated times in dining hall.
  • We have expanded classroom inventory by prioritizing all campus spaces for instruction.
  • Classroom assignments will be based on enrollment to optimize room utilization.
  • We will create safer classrooms by following occupancy and social distancing guidelines by New York State.
  • Masks will be required.
  • Disinfecting and cleaning supplies will be provided in each classroom.
  • Safety guidelines and requirements will be posted outside and inside of classrooms.
  • Faculty training will continue to take place throughout the summer with opportunities for sessions focused on online teaching, technology training, and de-densified classroom visits.
  • Developing common syllabus language regarding classroom protocols (mask use and disinfecting), contact tracing, and no harm absence.
  • Exploring best practices for shared equipment in an instructional setting.
  • Considering special instructional arrangements for computer labs and science labs, as well as contingencies related to illness, quarantine, etc.

Student Success and Engagement Planning Team Update

365体育足球The Student Engagement and Success Planning Team has been working to recommend flexible plans for returning to campus in fall ’20 addressing our commitment to the student experience with health and safety as the first priority. Planning team discussions have centered around:

  • Student support and engagement.
  • Providing student health and wellness services in a consistent and safe manner.
  • Delivering a student experience that is familiar and engaging while creating flexible indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Consideration for New York State, NCAA, and Empire 8 guidelines in planning for a student athletic experience.
  • Creating a safe and comfortable community for both residential and commuter students.
  • Education and the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Provisions for prospective student campus tours.

Campus Operations Planning Team Update

The Campus Operations Planning Team is following CDC and NYS guidance to provide best practices for the health and safety of the Fisher community. Some of the work currently underway: 

  • Working with vendors to ensure that we can supply all classrooms, public areas, and office suites with cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.
  • Creating educational materials around mask use, donning, doffing, and cleaning - providing fabric masks to all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Updating cleaning schedules and protocols to especially address high use and high touch areas.
  • Investing in “touchless” technology in many areas on campus.
  • Reviewing and modifying campus policies regarding off-campus travel.
  • Developing plans to provide student, faculty, and staff mail and package deliveries to end users in the most contactless way.
  • Installing polycarbonate barriers at transactional areas.
  • Installing “footprints” and other signage to provide social distancing guidance and direction of travel within buildings.
  • Considering physical modifications of work areas to enhance social distancing.
  • Adjustment of HVAC systems to improve air quality.

College Relations Planning Team Update

365体育足球The College Relations Planning Team has led two student focus groups, in partnership with Dr. Hemant Sashittal, to learn more about students’ expectations for the fall 2020 semester. A summary of those findings will be shared in this week’s Campus Conversations on Zoom. The team is moving forward with a parent survey in an effort to gain parent insight. In addition, the team is:

  • Implementing the “Calling All Cardinals” campaign in an effort to remain engaged with current students this summer. Recruiting faculty and staff from across campus to serve as Cardinal callers.
  • Continuing to maintain the Campus Reopening Website (johannessterk.com/update) with FAQs and policies as they are finalized.
  • Developing communication plan for positive COVID cases on campus.
  • Developing communication plan to be used in the event of another campus shutdown.
Faculty Campus Conversation June 18, 2020

This session shared additional details about our plans to reopen campus this fall with faculty. Provost Kevin Railey and Teaching and Learning Planning Team Co-Chairs, Dr. Eileen Lynd-Balta and Dr. Melissa Goodwin, shared more about the work they have been doing around safe classroom practices, de-densification, the adjusted semester schedule and class times, and more.

Campus Reopening Task Force Update: 6/16/20

June 16, 2020

The Campus Reopening Task Force has been planning for several weeks and working toward a safe reopening for the fall 2020 semester. Our work is being driven by two guiding principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and the goal of optimizing in-person instruction and delivering the Fisher academic experience that students value.

To that end, we write to share with you that the College has made the decision to shift the academic calendar ahead by two weeks. This proposed schedule is contingent on final guidance for higher education reopening from New York State as well as Monroe County.

The adjusted schedule takes into account the possibility that we could face another wave of the virus this fall and maximizes our opportunity to provide on-ground instruction to our students. It also allows us to de-densify the campus after Thanksgiving. A challenge for college campuses is the increased risk when students leave for breaks and return to campus, especially during flu season.

With New York State and Monroe County guidance and mandates top of mind, we are developing campus de-densification plans, cleaning protocols, and social distancing guidelines in an effort to minimize exposure to COVID and maximize the safety of our campus.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

  • By moving our schedule ahead two weeks, classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 24 (see information on Wegmans School of Pharmacy calendar below).
  • We will hold classes on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7) and Recess Day (originally planned for Friday, Oct. 16).
  • Classes and in-person exams will be held through Wednesday, Nov. 25, with students leaving for the semester at Thanksgiving Break (which will take place November 26-29).
  • A remote finals week will take place online beginning Monday, Nov. 30 and will end Friday, Dec. 4. The semester break will begin immediately following finals.
  • The first weekend of Weekend College will take place on campus Friday, Aug. 28 through Saturday, Aug. 29 and the last weekend of Weekend College will take place online from Friday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 5.
  • For the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Orientation will take place the week of Aug. 24 and classes will begin on Monday, Aug. 31. There will be one week of online instruction after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) and final examinations will take place on campus from Dec. 7-11.

The shift in our academic calendar also means that our Division of Student Affairs is preparing for an early move-in and Orientation. As those plans develop, we will share them with you.

We also recognize that there will be students who have clinical, student teaching, internship, or other field experience obligations and students who may still be participating in intercollegiate athletic competition. We will work with them to make arrangements to remain on campus after Thanksgiving Break.

Zoom Campus Conversations

We know you will have many questions as the summer continues on a variety of topics. To that end, beginning this week, we will hold a series of Zoom Campus Conversations for campus constituents. This Thursday, June 18, from 2-3 p.m., faculty are invited to join the Teaching and Learning Planning Team to learn more about the work they have been doing around safe classroom teaching, de-densification, and more. We will provide a Zoom link on Thursday morning. Next week, staff will have an opportunity to learn more about the work and recommendations from the Task Force Planning Teams so far.

You will also receive regular updates from the Task Force via email. In addition, we have transitioned our Coronavirus Update website to a Campus Reopening website. We will continue to keep this website current with the most-up-to-date information and decisions, so please refer to it regularly. If you have a question and don’t see an answer to it, please submit your question through the “Submit a Question” button and we will be sure you receive an answer in a timely fashion.

Finally, we ask for your patience as our planning continues. We will be making decisions each week, guided by updated information from the state and county. As those decisions are made, we will share them with you. We appreciate your continuing collaboration as we work together to plan our reopening.

Campus Reopening Task Force

365体育足球President Rooney convened a Campus Reopening Task Force to plan and coordinate the campus reopening in response to COVID-19. Guided by the College’s mission and commitment to inclusive excellence, the Task Force Steering Committee will provide direction, coordination, and project management to four planning teams: Teaching and Learning, Student Engagement and Success, Campus Operations, and College Relations.

The Committee will synthesize the recommendations of the teams and develop a comprehensive plan for reopening campus and ongoing operations by July 1 for cabinet consideration and approval. This plan will be informed by the CICU Creating Safe and Resilient Campuses: Suggestions for Reopening and Reimagining Colleges and Universities in New York and will meet state and county directives.

Steering Committee

  • Matha Thornton, co-chair, Student Affairs Division
  • Christine Boev, co-chair, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Christine Birnie, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Kathy Broikou, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Al Camp, Student Affairs Division
  • Melissa Goodwin, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Stacy Ledermann, Enrollment Management Division
  • Eileen Lynd-Balta, Academic Affairs Division
  • Diane Martz, Financial Affairs Division
  • Stacy Slocum, Financial Affairs Division
  • Clair Smith, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Kate Torok, President’s Division
  • Terri Travaglini, Student Affairs Division
  • Sara Vinch, Institutional Advancement Division
  • Omar Watts, School of Business
  • Derick Wigle, Student Affairs Division
Teaching and Learning Planning Team

Teaching and Learning Planning Team

Working collaboratively with academic departments, the Teaching and Learning Planning Team will consider the academic calendar, classroom and learning space capacity, course schedules, teaching modalities, pedagogies, accommodations, professional development needs, and workforce considerations to effectively prepare for the upcoming academic year and ensure that quality academic instruction continues uninterrupted.

  • Eileen Lynd-Balta, co-chair, Academic Affairs
  • Melissa Goodwin, co-chair, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Nabila Ahmed-Sarwar, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Christine Birnie, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Mia Breitkopf, Lavery Library
  • Marilyn Dollinger, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Colleen Donegan, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Ann Marie Fallon, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Chad Goulette, Office of Information Technology
  • Hugh Lambert, School of Business
  • Joellen Maples, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Whitney Rapp, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Jesse Redlo, Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing
  • Katie Sabourin, Academic Affairs
  • Clair Smith, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah Uman, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Omar Watts, School of Business
  • Jason Welch, Registrar’s Office
  • Theresa Westbay, School of Arts and Sciences
Student Engagement and Success Planning Team

Student Engagement and Success Planning Team

365体育足球The Student Engagement and Success Planning Team will develop flexible plans for returning to campus in fall 2020 addressing student housing, enrollment, athletics, support/wellbeing, engagement, academic support, and related policies with health and safety as the first priority.

  • Stacy Ledermann, co-chair, Office of Freshman Admissions
  • Derick Wigle, co-chair, Office of Residential Life
  • Erin Barry, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
  • Kathy Broikou, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Michelle Erklenz-Watts, Center for Career and Academic Planning
  • Becky Kieffer, Health and Wellness Center
  • Jill McCabe, Athletics
  • Amanda Metzger, Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion
  • Clarence Norman, Higher Education Opportunities Program
  • Todd Sodano, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Yantee Slobert, Multicultural Affairs
Campus Operations Planning Team

Campus Operations Planning Team

365体育足球The Campus Operations Planning Team will develop operational plans for a safe return to campus for students and employees. Following the guidance from the CICU and state and county directives, the team will generate policies and procedures for implementation. Focus areas of their work include classrooms, residence halls, dining facilities, offices, and other public spaces. In addition, this team’s work will focus on developing the plan for the resumption of broader campus-based activities, including access to campus for visitors.

  • Al Camp, co-chair, Office of Safety and Security
  • Terri Travaglini, co-chair, Student Affairs
  • Christine Boev, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Mike Boller, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Karl Williams, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Dave DiCaro, Office of Safety and Security
  • Cherie Evans, Registrar’s Office
  • Melissa Jadlos, Lavery Library
  • Dan Kinsman, OIT
  • Diane Martz, Financial Affairs
  • Angela Obuhanych, Office of Human Resources
  • Jeff Ross, Facilities Department
  • Stacy Slocum, OIT
  • George Stooks, Facilities Department
  • Ken Widanka, Facilities Department
  • Susan Wisniewski, Financial Affairs
College Relations Planning Team

College Relations Planning Team

365体育足球The College Relations Planning Team will gather bi-directional and interactive constituent engagement and communication strategies and refine or adjust based upon the current and evolving pandemic and economic situations within the timeframe outlined by the Task Force Steering Committee. The team will also make communication recommendations and lead the coordination of Task Force campus updates to all campus constituents.

  • Kate Torok, co-chair, Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Sara Vinch, co-chair, Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Melissa Greco Lopes, Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Todd Harrison, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Julia Overton-Healy, Center for Career and Academic Planning
  • Dave Roberts, Office of Freshman Admissions
  • Maya Temperley, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Teah Terrance, Institutional Advancement–Alumni Relations
  • Carolyn Vacca, School of Arts and Sciences

Previous Campus Communications

Campus Update from the President: 6/10/20

June 10, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

365体育足球Our work toward a fall campus reopening continues. As you know, we have been preparing a number of contingencies that will allow us to maximize the percentage of on-ground College operations that support the student learning experience.

We know many of you have questions about returning to work, so while we await additional guidance and direction from Governor Cuomo relative to the reopening of higher education, we wanted to share some of our preliminary plans.

One of the scenarios we are considering for the academic calendar is modeled using an earlier start date for both move-in and classes, with instruction concluding at Thanksgiving and a week of remote final examinations.

Some of the other aspects of our planning include:

  • As part of our reopening, we are planning to provide each member of the campus community with two fabric masks for personal use. Masks or other face coverings will be required on campus in public spaces. In addition, we are exploring other PPE options for classroom instruction and transactional business on campus.
  • We are developing necessary policies and protocols as part of our health and safety commitment to our students, staff, and faculty including the use of an app or other electronic platform for members of the campus community to self-monitor their health daily.
  • The Campus Reopening Task Force has done a thorough assessment of campus buildings and spaces to reimagine how and where classes can be taught outside of our typical classrooms such that enrollments do not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of assigned rooms. The Teaching and Learning Planning Team, in cooperation with the Office of Information Technology and the Campus Operations Planning Team, is also conducting a technology assessment in each of those spaces and developing a cleaning plan for educational spaces including classrooms and laboratories.

This week, members of the Teaching and Learning Planning Team met on campus to stage a socially distant classroom and to start to think about furniture configurations and other considerations for teaching. In addition, the team is working with the Registrar’s Office to optimize on-ground instruction through enrollment-based classroom assignments.

As soon as we receive the additional guidance from the Governor, we will be able to finalize plans and make more definitive information available regarding the academic calendar and other campus reopening information. The College Relations Planning Team is also working to transition the Coronavirus Update website into a Campus Reopening website which will have the most-up-to-date information available.

365体育足球I am grateful to all who are involved in this important work, and I am thankful to all members of our campus community for your patience, understanding, and ideas as we work diligently to prepare for our return to campus.

I am looking forward to being together again, doing what we do best, delivering the Fisher experience to the students we have the opportunity to serve.

365体育足球Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President

Campus Update from the President: 6/3/20

June 3, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The work of the Campus Reopening Task Force is well underway and continues to be driven by two guiding principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and delivering the Fisher academic experience that our students value.  The cabinet and I are regularly meeting with the Task Force leadership to hear recommendations and to make decisions as we plan.

365体育足球To that end, we are awaiting further guidance for higher education from Governor Cuomo and expect to hear more next week.  On Wednesday, June 10, we plan to provide the Board of Trustees with a reopening update, which would position us to share more details next week.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work diligently to prepare with the most current information and guidance in mind.  Again, our top priority is to have a safe return to campus in the fall, and we will continue to plan for contingencies that will allow us to maximize the percentage of operations that will be on-ground.

As you may have seen in media coverage overnight and this morning, the National Football League made the announcement yesterday afternoon that because of the need for a more controlled environment due to COVID-19, all NFL teams would be required to hold summer training camps at their own facilities.  We understand the NFL’s decision regarding Summer Training Camps, and we appreciate the League’s regard for the safety of its players, coaching staff, and the staff of the various camp host venues, including Fisher.  We look forward to welcoming the team back to campus when it is safe for the team and Bills fans, and wish them the best of luck this season.  My thanks to all who play a role in the campus training camp team, led by Dr. Todd Harrison and Pat Gordon, and for the planning and preparation that had been done to this point.

365体育足球Finally, as I said on Monday evening, we stand with the entire Rochester community and we remain committed to community-wide efforts to eliminate institutional and structural racism and discrimination.  We will continue to work diligently to create and uphold an environment that fosters inclusive excellence focused on opportunities to strengthen our values and practices.  My thanks to all who have played a vital role in our work around these topics and to those who will continue to do so, including the College’s REJI Change Team.  This work has never been more important.

I hope you are remaining healthy and safe.

365体育足球Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President

Campus Update from the President: 5/27/20

May 27, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

365体育足球On Friday, May 8, 2020 we held our May Board meeting virtually.  You can find the full meeting report on the Board website.  Once there, click on May 2020 Board Report (left-hand side).  You will be prompted to sign into the portal using your Fisher credentials to access the report.  We expect to meet with the Board every few weeks throughout the summer to keep them apprised of our campus reopening planning.

365体育足球The Campus Reopening Task Force work is well underway, as is the work of each of the planning teams.  This work is being driven by two guiding principles: the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and with the goal of delivering the Fisher academic experience that students value.  Our main priority is to have a safe return to campus in the fall, recognizing that there will be necessary changes in our campus living and learning environments.  Beginning this week, the cabinet and I will more regularly meet with Drs. Matha Thornton and Christine Boev, the Task Force co-chairs, for updates and to review recommendations.  As we have updates related to our fall reopening, we will share those with you.

I trust that you are all staying healthy and doing well.  For those of you teaching your own children at home, I hope the year ends for them as smoothly as it did for our students.  This has certainly been a time of resilience and adaptability, and the adjustments all have made both at work and at home have not gone unnoticed.

365体育足球Thank you for all that you do to support our students and our mission.

365体育足球Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President

Campus Update from President Rooney: 5/20/20

May 20, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

365体育足球I hope this finds you doing well.

I have had the opportunity to connect with many of you during Zoom meetings with the Schools and Divisions to engage in discussion around the College’s response to COVID-19, to situate where we are today, and to outline our planning framework and decision timeline for the fall semester. As we continue to work toward a safe reopening of campus, I remain committed to providing updates on new developments as we know them, as well as how they might impact the College, our employees, and our students.

As you likely know, the first phase of Governor Cuomo’s Reopening Plan began last Friday, May 15, and the Finger Lakes Region met the required conditions to reopen. Education is in the fourth phase, which is estimated to begin June 29. As the earlier phases are completed, we will know more about our ability to implement our own phased reopening at that time.

365体育足球Again, our main priority is to have a safe return to campus in the fall, and we continue to plan and prepare a number of contingencies that will allow us to maximize the percentage of operations that will be on-ground, recognizing that there will be necessary changes in our campus living and learning environments to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.

As an extension of our planning work to this point, I have comprised a Campus Reopening Task Force that will plan and coordinate the campus reopening in response to COVID-19. Guided by the College’s mission and commitment to inclusive excellence, the Task Force Steering Committee will provide direction, coordination, and project management to four planning teams: Teaching and Learning, Student Engagement and Success, Campus Operations, and College Relations. The Committee will synthesize the recommendations of the teams and develop a comprehensive plan for reopening campus and ongoing operations by July 1 for cabinet consideration and approval. This plan will be informed by the CICU Creating Safe and Resilient Campuses: Suggestions for Reopening and Reimagining Colleges and Universities in New York and will meet state and county directives.

Steering Committee membership includes:

  • Matha Thornton, co-chair, Student Affairs Division
  • Christine Boev, co-chair, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Christine Birnie, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Kathy Broikou, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Al Camp, Student Affairs Division
  • Melissa Goodwin, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Stacy Ledermann, Enrollment Management Division
  • Eileen Lynd-Balta, Academic Affairs Division
  • Diane Martz, Financial Affairs Division
  • Stacy Slocum, Financial Affairs Division
  • Clair Smith, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Kate Torok, President’s Division
  • Terri Travaglini, Student Affairs Division
  • Sara Vinch, Institutional Advancement Division
  • Omar Watts, School of Business
  • Derick Wigle, Student Affairs Division

The charge and membership of each of the planning teams are as follows:

Teaching and Learning

Working collaboratively with academic departments, the Teaching and Learning Planning Team will consider the academic calendar, classroom and learning space capacity, course schedules, teaching modalities, pedagogies, accommodations, professional development needs, and workforce considerations to effectively prepare for the upcoming academic year and ensure that quality academic instruction continues uninterrupted.

  • Eileen Lynd-Balta, co-chair, Academic Affairs
  • Melissa Goodwin, co-chair, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Nabila Ahmed-Sarwar, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Christine Birnie, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Mia Breitkopf, Lavery Library
  • Marilyn Dollinger, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Colleen Donegan, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Ann Marie Fallon, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Chad Goulette, Office of Information Technology
  • Hugh Lambert, School of Business
  • Joellen Maples, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Whitney Rapp, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Jesse Redlo, Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing
  • Katie Sabourin, Academic Affairs
  • Clair Smith, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah Uman, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Omar Watts, School of Business
  • Jason Welch, Registrar’s Office
  • Theresa Westbay, School of Arts and Sciences

Student Engagement and Success

The Student Engagement and Success Planning Team will develop flexible plans for returning to campus in fall 2020 addressing student housing, enrollment, athletics, support/wellbeing, engagement, academic support, and related policies with health and safety as the first priority.

  • Stacy Ledermann, co-chair, Office of Freshman Admissions
  • Derick Wigle, co-chair, Office of Residential Life
  • Erin Barry, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
  • Kathy Broikou, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
  • Michelle Erklenz-Watts, Center for Career and Academic Planning
  • Becky Kieffer, Health and Wellness Center
  • Jill McCabe, Athletics
  • Amanda Metzger, Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion
  • Clarence Norman, Higher Education Opportunities Program
  • Todd Sodano, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Yantee Slobert, Multicultural Affairs

Campus Operations

The Campus Operations Planning Team will develop operational plans for a safe return to campus for students and employees. Following the guidance from the CICU and state and county directives, the team will generate policies and procedures for implementation. Focus areas of their work include classrooms, residence halls, dining facilities, offices, and other public spaces. In addition, this team’s work will focus on developing the plan for the resumption of broader campus-based activities, including access to campus for visitors.

  • Al Camp, co-chair, Office of Safety and Security
  • Terri Travaglini, co-chair, Student Affairs
  • Christine Boev, Wegmans School of Nursing
  • Mike Boller, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Karl Williams, Wegmans School of Pharmacy
  • Dave DiCaro, Office of Safety and Security
  • Cherie Evans, Registrar’s Office
  • Melissa Jadlos, Lavery Library
  • Dan Kinsman, OIT
  • Diane Martz, Financial Affairs
  • Angela Obuhanych, Office of Human Resources
  • Jeff Ross, Facilities Department
  • Stacy Slocum, OIT
  • George Stooks, Facilities Department
  • Ken Widanka, Facilities Department
  • Susan Wisniewski, Financial Affairs

College Relations

365体育足球The College Relations Planning Team will gather bi-directional and interactive constituent engagement and communication strategies and refine or adjust based upon the current and evolving pandemic and economic situations within the timeframe outlined by the Task Force Steering Committee. The team will also make communication recommendations and lead the coordination of Task Force campus updates to all campus constituents.

  • Kate Torok, co-chair, Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Sara Vinch, co-chair, Office of Institutional Advancement
  • Melissa Greco Lopes, Office of Marketing and Communications
  • Todd Harrison, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Julia Overton-Healy, Center for Career and Academic Planning
  • Dave Roberts, Office of Freshman Admissions
  • Maya Temperley, Office of Sponsored Programs
  • Teah Terrance, Institutional Advancement–Alumni Relations
  • Carolyn Vacca, School of Arts and Sciences

I am confident in our collaborative spirit, creative thinking, and in our steadfast commitment to our students. We are at our best when we work together, each day, to deliver a Fisher education. We have rallied as a campus community, supported each other and our students, and successfully navigated our response together. I look forward to continuing that approach to this work with all of you.

365体育足球Thank you, as always, for your continuing good work in support of our mission and our students.

Kind regards,

Gerard J. Rooney, Ph.D.
President


Additional Resources

365体育足球To stay up-to-date on the most current information, visit:

  • New York State Department of Health Hotline: (888) 364-3065