• What to Expect and How to Prepare for Fall 2021 Pandemic Conditions

    AASCU institutions’ response to the pandemic varied widely, from campuses that operated at near-full capacity in spring 2021 to those welcoming students back for the first time this fall. As we approach the upcoming semester, campus leaders face a similar set of challenges in planning ahead amid pandemic conditions.

    Vaccination rates are lowest among college-aged adults (18-25 years old), while the highly transmissible Delta variant already comprises half of all U.S. COVID-19 cases. Combined, these trends may spell trouble for colleges and universities.

    This educational webinar addresses key questions for the fall 2021 semester. A panel of experts speaks to the trajectory and impact of COVID-19 “variants of concern;” NCAA, state, and federal health guideline compliance; best practices for encouraging and facilitating vaccination on campus; and how to secure federal funding from the HEERF grant in support of pandemic response initiatives.

    You can also access this webinar, along with others, on our On-Demand Webinars page.

    Our panelists have volunteered to answer any outstanding questions you may have. If you have any follow-up questions, please send them to Susannah Rodrigue, AASCU program manager, at RodrigueS@aascu.org to be connected to the appropriate expert.

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    Donna Souder Hodge

    Donna Souder Hodge is the chief strategy officer for CSU Pueblo and the executive director for organizational development and advancement. In 2018, she became the architect of CSU Pueblo’s #VISION2028 strategic plan, a five-year, $34 million system investment. She is a graduate of AASCU and AALI’s Executive Leadership Program and a member of the 2021 cohort of Harvard University’s Institute of Education Management.

    Katherine D. Brodie

    Katherine D. Brodie leads the Washington, D.C., team of Duane Morris LLP’s national education law and policy practice and serves as a team lead for the Duane Morris Education industry group. She is one of a small number of attorneys in the United States with a daily practice devoted primarily to the needs of educational institutions (nonprofit, public, and proprietary), education associations, education companies, and investors in education.

    Richard Carroll

    Richard Carroll is an immunologist and microbiologist involved in the detection of infectious diseases. He was a senior research scientist at Corning Medical and program manager at Becton Dickinson, where he developed the Cell Preparation Tube (CPT™) and the Plasma Preparation Tube (PPT™) molecular diagnostic tubes for immunological and diagnostic specimen collection and preparation. Both devices were adopted by the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) for sample collection and transport. Carroll led the team at Visible Genetics that obtained the first gene sequencing technology cleared by the FDA, the TRUGENE HIV-1 genotyping technology for HIV mutation detection. He has five patents in blood cell separation and numerous publications in infectious disease detection.

    Noel Hara

    Noel Hara is chief technology officer for NTT DATA’s public sector division. Since the start of the global pandemic, Noel has been responsible for adapting the company’s offering portfolio to support clients in their shift to remote working and learning while continuing to support constituents through the expansion of digital government.

    Eric Jania

    Eric Jania is director of COVID-19 testing solutions and biologics for Spartan Medical, a federally contracted, veteran-owned business. Eric has 25 years of experience in the medical device space. Since the beginning of the pandemic, he has been managing operations for statewide mobile and static COVID-19 testing sites for the Texas Division of Emergency Management, pre-op/pre-procedure patient testing for Veteran Affairs Hospitals, statewide testing for K-12 schools and implementing turnkey testing sites at colleges and universities across the country.

    Who Should Watch:

    • Presidents/Chancellors
    • COVID-19 Leadership Team
    • University Health Center Leaders
    • Deans