UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

COVID-19 Operations Team

Period of activity until further notice.

Chancellor Maria Gallo charges this team with:

- Coordinating our transition from summer into fall 2021 to a primarily in-person learning community, but one that continues to support whatever pandemic mitigations are needed.

- Identifying, reviewing and analyzing all aspects of fall operations that are or may be impacted by COVID-19 protocols and mitigation steps.

- Making operational-level decisions that do not impact course delivery or the on-campus student experience. Any decisions with such impacts will be brought to the Chancellor’s Cabinet for discussion. Final decisions rest with the chancellor. 

- Presenting weekly operational updates to the cabinet to facilitate sharing of information and implementation of new strategies or tactics.

The Operations Team will meet at least weekly:

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS - David Travis, Provost: Inform and engage UWRF faculty, bring questions and concerns to the COVID operations team, key point of contact for faculty and instructors.

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS - Tricia Davis, COVID-19 Operations Team Lead: meeting planning, information/question gathering, central clearinghouse, point of contact (POC) for UW System; main POC for faculty and instructors

HEALTH - Debbie Janis: COVID-19 testing and vaccinations planning and execution; contact tracing, Q&I contingency plans; main POC for Pierce County Public Health (PCPH)

COMMUNICATIONS - Dina Fassino: coordinates internal and external communications and media relations; main POC for vaccine incentive programs (70 for 70 and Protect the Nest); oversees cross-campus communications team (JIC)

LEADERSHIP LIAISON - Beth Schommer: POC for chancellor/UWRF leadership and community; provides weekly updates to cabinet and delivers discussion/decision points between team and cabinet; secondary POC for UW System and PCPH

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - Joe Kmiech: COVID-19 emergent issues monitoring; identifies need for EMT support or EOC activation

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION- Brigitte Ledferd, SGA President: Represent the voice of UWRF students, point of contact for students, develop student engagement strategies to support university testing and vaccination campaigns.

Optional/periodic attendees:

RESIDENCE LIFE - Karla Thoennes: participates as needed to discuss COVID-19 residence hall protocols, helps develop policies and practices to ensure safety and wellbeing of student residents 

STUDENT SUCCESS - Jamie Zamjahn: participates as needed further to UW System SSAO meetings related to COVID-19; consulted on any changes to policies or practices that will impact students   

IT/TECHNOLOGY - Jason Winget: participates as needed to consult on use and optimization of COVID-19 portal/iOps system; data retrieval for vaccine verification, etc.

HR - Michelle Drost: participates as needed to consult on any changes to polices or practices that will impact employees

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