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President Mark Zupan pens essay on Alfred University’s response to COVID-19

Mark Zupan
Mark Zupan

The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle has published an essay written by Alfred University President Mark Zupan, which details the University's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.


ALFRED, NY – The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle has published an essay written by Alfred University President Mark Zupan, which details the University's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The essay, titled “Higher education remains a shining light during difficult time,” appears in today’s (Wednesday, April 1) online version of the Democrat & Chronicle.

Zupan writes about the steps Alfred University has taken in response to the COVID-19 crisis: adopting and encouraging social distancing measures; shifting fully to an online model of instruction; and transitioning to a work-at-home environment, with only essential staff remaining on campus.

He outlines how COVID-19 has spurred innovation and entrepreneurship: a team of graduate students led by Junjun Ding, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is using 3-D printing technology to create personal respirators; and alumnus Mark O’Meara is keep the employees paid and his DC-area cinemas solvent through popcorn sales.

Lastly, he writes of the “will to win” that is inherent in higher education, and the key role institutions like Alfred University play in solving our world’s problems.