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    July 29, 2020

    President LeMura to Discuss Campus Reopening on Upcoming Webinar on Higher Education

    On Thursday, Aug. 6 at noon Le Moyne President Linda LeMura will join a group of Upstate New York higher education leaders for an online conversation titled Rebuild Upstate: Lessons from Education. The panelists will describe their experiences navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and share their views on how their institutions plan to reopen this Fall. Registration is free at this link.

    In addition to Dr. LeMura, panelists for the Aug, 6 conversation include: 

    • Dr. Gerard Rooney – president of St. John Fisher College
    • Dr. Randall Van Wagoner - president of Mohawk Valley Community College

    “Higher education institutions face significant challenges as we seek to reopen our campuses this fall in a return to in-person instruction,” said Dr. LeMura. “Working in conjunction with our strategic partners across New York and nationally, we have developed a comprehensive plan that will address myriad issues related to reopening Le Moyne’s campus in a way that reduces risk for all members of the campus community.”

    This event is the third Rebuild Upstate leadership conversation organized by Upstate Venture Connect (UVC). According to UVC CEO Nasir Ali, “Higher education institutions are the jewels of Upstate communities. They are big drivers of our economy and global brands drawing the best and brightest talent to our region every year. The pandemic has created severe disruptions in the higher ed business model and the Upstate business community is eager to see how they can assist these institutions as they transition to new modes of education.”

    The Rochester Beacon, a nonprofit digital news publication is partnering with UVC on this effort to share a wide selection of leaders’ views from across the region. Beacon publisher and serial healthcare entrepreneur Alex Zapesochny will moderate the discussion. "Higher education institutions have experienced unprecedented challenges from COVID-19," said Zapesochny.  "Understanding what these leaders have learned and how they plan to move forward is a big element of our region’s rebound."

    The CNY Business Journal, Utica Observer-Dispatch, and Herkimer Times-Telegraph will also be covering the event as media partners. 

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