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Union President Discusses Recent COVID Pause, Union's Mission, And Advice For Other Colleges

Union College President David Harris
Jackie Orchard
Union College President David Harris

Because it is on a trimester schedule rather than a semester schedule, Union College in Schenectady may serve as a predictor for how COVID-19 will impact campuses this winter and spring. Union brought students back from break earlier than most other campuses in the Northeast, and the private college recently emerged from a two-week COVID pause due to a spike in student cases.

Union President David Harris says COVID continues to pose a health and logistical challenge. He just published an op-edwith advice for other campuses in Inside Higher Ed, warning coronavirus protocols from the fall will not be sufficient now. Harris spoke with WAMC’s Ian Pickus about COVID and much more.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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