Safe Return to Campus Planning and Coordinating Committee

Miami University’s Safe Return to Campus (SR2C) Planning and Coordinating Committee will provide advice and insights on the efforts taking place across the University as we prepare for the Fall 2020, following the outbreak of COVID-19 that required the closing of most on-campus operations during the spring term. Below is President Crawford’s charge to the committee, which is advisory to the President and the President’s Executive Cabinet. The committee will operate transparently, providing weekly updates to the University community at large starting in mid-May as well as regular updates to the University Senate and Presidents Executive Council (PEC).

Committee members are charged to do the following:

  1. COORDINATE: Coordinate communication and actions among units on campus in the spirit of our core values, thinking on behalf of the institution as a whole. Be a conduit for information exchange between units and broader university communications. The committee will provide updates to the community through web communications.
  2. LISTEN: Gather and share ideas and challenges from members of our community about a safe return to campus and how to provide a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff.
  3. RESEARCH: Develop an ongoing environmental scan on other universities’ actions and plans. Track national trends and share the broader landscape in higher education with our community.
  4. EVALUATE: Assess all guidance and health practices for the safe return to face-to-face instruction and student life and activities. Track the recommendations and inform on guidance and protocols coming out of the Ohio Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization. Understand impact of guidelines on residential campus living and academics, teaching and learning.
  5. COLLECT: Provide guidance and serve as a sounding board for the many ideas that are proposed around permutations of academic scheduling, large-scale events (especially those in the fall, such as convocation) and so forth. Provide input through multiple “lenses” to proposals. Evaluate government mandates and recommendations to provide input on implementation.
  6. LEARN: Gather and assess lessons learned from the crisis, both negative and positive. Understand what actions and strategies have worked and not worked. Assess lessons learned and how they might be useful to the organization in the future as part of campus operations and planning: remote interactions, pedagogy, advising, student services, communications, collaborations, etc.

Membership

Co-Chairs and Administrative Support

Member Title
Dana Cox
dana.cox@miamioh.edu
Professor of Mathematics
Chair, University Senate Executive Committee
Gwen Fears
fearsgm@miamioh.edu
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Kimberly Cooper
cooperkd@miamioh.edu
Administrative Assistant, Office of the President

Faculty and Staff

Member Title
Kenya Ash
ashkd@miamioh.edu
Director OEEO
Title IX Coordinator
Section 504 and ADA Coordinator
Brenda Barnes
barnesb@miamioh.edu
Director of Nursing Resource Center
Visiting Assistant Professor
Vicka Bell-Robinson
bellrov@miamioh.edu
Director of Residence Life, Student Life
Jen Benz
jen.benz@miamioh.edu
Assistant Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Success
Jerome Conley
conleyj@miamioh.edu
Dean of the Libraries
Dawn Fahner
fahnerdm@miamioh.edu
Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Megan Gerhardt
gerharmm@miamioh.edu
Professor, Management
Co-Director, Center for Business Leadership
Pete Haverkos
haverkpj@miamioh.edu
Sr. Assistant Dean of Students & Academic Success, Miami Regionals
Cameron Hay-Rollins
hayrolmc@miamioh.edu
Professor and Chair of Anthropology
Daisy Hernandez
hernand2@miamioh.edu
Assistant Professor, English
Dina Hundley
hundledr@miamioh.edu
Food Service Supervisor
Carole Johnson
carole.johnson@miamioh.edu
Interim Director, University News and Communications
Steve Large
largesj@miamioh.edu
Assistant Vice President of Student Life
Mark Macechko
macechm1@miamioh.edu
Senior Director, Advancement
John McCandless
(or Officer)
mccandjm@miamioh.edu
Police Chief
Stephanie Nicely
nicelys@miamioh.edu
Associate Professor of Nursing
Cody Powell
powellcj@miamioh.edu
Associate Vice President, Facilities & Business Services
Breanna Robinson
robinsbc@miamioh.edu
Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership & Diversity
Amit Shukla
shuklaa@miamioh.edu
Chair and Professor. Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, former Fiscal Priorities Committee Chair
Philip Smith
smithp2@miamioh.edu
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology & Health
Jessica Sparks
sparksj6@miamioh.edu
Professor of Chemical, Paper & Biomedical Engineering
John Virden
john.virden@miamioh.edu
Assistant Vice President, IT Services
Tim Wilson
tim.wilson@miamioh.edu
Assistant Professor of Microbiology
Cheryl Young
youngcd@miamioh.edu
Assistant Provost, Extended Learning and Global Initiatives

Students and Postdoc

Member Title
Sidra Capriolo
capriosm@miamioh.edu
Undergraduate, Psychology
Molly Carroll
carrol21@miamioh.edu
Undergraduate, Computer Science
Ruku Pal
palr3@miamioh.edu
Undergraduate, Business Economics
Brenda Tyrrell
tyrrelb@miamioh.edu
Graduate Student, English Literature
Jeremiah Watene
watenejc@miamioh.edu
Undergraduate, Small Business Management

External Advisors

Member Title
Jennifer Bailer
bailerj@butlercountyohio.org
Health Commissioner, Butler County General Health District
Terri Hanlon-Bremer
terri_hanlon-bremer@trihealth.com
Chief Operating Officer, Nursing
TriHealth
Jessica Greene
jgreene@cityofoxford.org
Assistant City Manager, Oxford

Internal Advisors

Member Title
Mitch McCrate
mccratmd@miamioh.edu
Deputy General Counsel
Glenn Platt
plattgj@miamioh.edu
Interim Chair, Department of Emerging Technology in Business and Design, C. Michael Armstrong Professor of Emerging Technology
Randi Thomas
thomasrm@miamioh.edu
Director of Institutional Relations