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Erin Duff
Erin Duff

Erin Duff was relaxing at the beach on a day off in July when she received a phone call from her supervisor.

When she realized it was Director of Residence Life Rob DeMezzo, Duff — then the residence hall director at Chase Hall — was concerned at first that something might be wrong.

“I thought maybe something happened on campus,” Duff said.

But instead, DeMezzo wanted to gauge her interest in a new position that had just been approved — university COVID-19 coordinator. As the hall director at Chase, one of Duff’s duties had been to oversee the “learning, living community” for students seeking a career in the health professions.

“Her educational background, coupled with her experience in student affairs, made her an ideal candidate for the position,” he said.

Duff said she is happy that DeMezzo made that call.

“This is a great opportunity, and I really think I can make a difference in helping the campus cope with the ‘new normal,” she said.

Duff has a Bachelor of Science degree in public health from Southern, and is nearing completion of a Master of Public Health degree, also at SCSU.

Among her responsibilities are to educate the campus community on COVID-19 and to coordinate the university’s contact tracing program, as well as organize campus quarantine and isolation efforts.

She works closely with a variety of university officials, including Dr. Diane Morgenthaler, director of health services; Emily Rosenthal, Wellness Center coordinator; Tracy Tyree, vice president for student affairs; DeMezzo; and Jules Tetreault, dean of student affairs.

“Our top priority is the health and safety of the campus community,” Duff said. “Part of my role is to help people understand the efforts we are taking on campus.”

She tells students that the more consistently they adhere to the university’s safety measures – such as social distancing, wearing marks, washing/sanitizing hands – the better the chances the campus can remain open.

Duff said she is happy to answer questions from students, faculty and staff about the virus and measures taken by the campus. “I realize the pandemic can cause considerable anxiety and raise lots of questions,” she said. “If I can help, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”

She can be reached at (203) 392-8626 or at scsucovid-19coordinator@southernct.edu.

 

 

 

As one of only four students in Connecticut to receive the Bob Eddy Scholarship, Jason Edwards is being recognized for talent and promise.

Spring 2020 will be one to remember for Southern rising senior Jason Edwards — and he has the photos to prove it.

In addition to completing online courses, working as a student photographer for Southern’s communications and marketing department, and serving as photo editor of the student-run Crescent magazine, the talented journalism major is turning his camera lens on his neighbors to visually capture the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Connecticut Naugatuck Valley.

Edwards is one of only four recipients of the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists Foundation’s Bob Eddy Scholarship, which recognizes excellence and promise in the field. The award is open to rising college juniors and seniors attending Connecticut universities as well as state residents who are studying elsewhere.

In related news, numerous Southern student journalists were recognized for their work in Crescent magazine and the Southern News from the Society of Professional Journalists in its Mark of Excellence competition.

Jay Moran

Athletic Director and mayor of Manchester, Conn., Jay Moran talks about the challenges of dealing with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic.

A column about Athletic Director Jay Moran in the March 22, 2020, edition of the New Haven Register discusses in depth the challenges he and the SCSU Athletic Department face because of the coronavirus, and how he has adjusted to working online. As for having to cancel the spring athletics season at Southern, Moran is quoted as saying, “‘Our athletes were upset at first, but I think they are accepting now that it has affected all college athletics. I think people have a different perspective on life. You’ve seen what happened in Italy. As difficult as it was for the student-athletes, it was an easy decision in some ways for us. This must be about their safety and well-being.'”

In addition to heading up the University’s Athletic Department, Moran is mayor of Manchester, Conn.

Professor Joan Kreiger is a licensed Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and the Respiratory Care Program Coordinator in the Health and Human Performance Department at Southern. She was interviewed on WTNH recently about her respiratory therapy work on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. Watch the interview, “Wednesday Warrior: Joan Kreiger, Program Director for the Respiratory Care Program at SCSU” (May 6, 2020).

She was also recently interviewed on WTIC News/Talk 1080 Radio about the effects of COVID-19 has on the respiratory system and the types of respiratory therapy that may help patients with the virus.

Listen to the brief interview: https://bit.ly/2U9XmeA

Kreiger has an extensive background in teaching healthcare curriculum at public and private universities, and at major urban not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprises. Learn more about the Respiratory Care Program.

Joan Krieger

Jonathan Wharton

The arrival of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state of Connecticut has necessitated the swift move to online courses at the state’s public colleges and universities, aimed at reducing the risk of the virus spreading among large groups of people in close quarters.

Jonathan Wharton, associate professor of political science and urban affairs at Southern, has published an op-ed on CT News Junkie, “Coronavirus Is Forcing Higher Education to Reinvent Itself” (March 13, 2020), in which he discusses the move towards online modes of delivery for courses at Connecticut’s public institutions of higher education, made necessary by the spread of COVID-19. Wharton says that “Connecticut is overdue for providing alternative and nontraditional delivery methods of higher education to address our student enrollment and generational staffing concerns.” Read the op-ed.