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Monroe Community College Interim President Kate Douglas said she doesn’t like the term “reopening,” because she said the college never really closed. Classes moved online in mid-March due to the pandemic. 

Douglas said different work groups filled with more than 70 staffers are discussing how to safely bring students back in person this fall.

“One of them is called the facilities and operations work group and they have been going through every room on campus and revising what the room capacity would be,” Douglas said. 

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Local colleges and universities are cautiously optimistic about a fall campus reopening, although what that may look like is still up in the air.

Campuses emptied in March as the pandemic went into full swing, with schools switching to online learning and directing most students to go home. But as the state moves to slowly reopen portions of the economy this month, schools are looking ahead to the next academic year and most are preparing to reopen their campuses.

St. John Fisher is among the latest local colleges and universities to announce cost-cutting measures in line with the effects of the coronavirus.

In a letter to the campus community on Wednesday, Fisher President Gerard Rooney said that among the steps the college is taking is to temporarily furlough a number of staff members.

In the latest WXXI Business Report, Randy Gorbman has details on the money Constellation Brands is spending to market its new hard seltzer product.

How do we keep more skilled employees in Rochester? A local coalition of economic development agencies is looking for ways to do that.

Plus, the Wegmans School of Pharmacy gets a big donation to help promote medical missions and other activities for students.

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There’s a new partnership in an effort to bring a strong, multi-media focus on the life of Frederick Douglass. The famed abolitionist, who spent years in Rochester and published his anti-slavery newspaper The North Star here, has been honored over the last year, to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Now, the Memorial Art Gallery, the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commemoration Committee and St. John Fisher College are working together to bring even more attention to Douglass’s life and what he stood for.


The Buffalo Bills plan to continue holding training camp at St. John Fisher College.  That according to Senator Chuck Schumer, who released this statement on Friday:

I’ve spoken to the Bills and they have assured me that they love hosting training camp at St. John Fisher and with four more years left on the current agreement they have no plans to make a change.”

There has been speculation their stay in Pittsford might be shortened with the recent resignation of team president Russ Brandon, who is an alum of the school.

It's not just the doctors who have to train for medical marijuana, says Dr. Karl Williams, associate dean of the Wegmans School of Pharmacy at St. John Fisher College in Rochester.

"The reason we're doing this is to provide a community benefit. Pharmacy is a patient-centered profession these days. This is about being able to care for patients adequately."

Rudolph Giuliani will give the commencement address at St. John Fisher College this weekend, but some members of the faculty are hoping to prevent his speech. In fact, 49 members of the faculty signed an open letter to college president Donald Bain, asking him to rescind the invitation to Giuliani. Bain rejected that request. The Giuliani debate is part of a growing number of commencement speaker controversies around the country. Is it about free speech? Should the faculty set aside their personal feelings? Our guests debate:

  • Stephen Brauer, St. John Fisher English professor
  • Jenna Rossi, St. John Fisher American Studies professor
  • Zach Cedruly, St. John Fisher College Student