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Student Shop Managers Consortium (SSMC) is a community of practice for personnel in academic making environments and affiliates.

SSMC 2021 - Virtual Conference: Shop Life After Covid

  • 28 Jul 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • ZOOM! Link will be sent via email separately before the event


  • For active members
  • Includes one year membership


Shop Life After Covid



Please join us on Wednesday , July 28th from 9am-1pm Central Time for a virtual conference focusing Shop Life After Covid. What have we learned from the onset of COVID-19? What tools/procedures/guidelines will we keep when shop life goes back to "normal"? We will feature some speakers and panel discussions focusing on and giving examples of how some schools are managing this process.


  • Shop Life after COVID: Worries, concerns, solutions
  • COVID implementations: What worked? What will you keep?
  • How will your shop management change? 
  • 3rd Party Software Solutions: Examples of software options that have helped with shop/equipment management, tracking training, etc.
  • Student Behaviors in the shop: Mental Health, Entitlement Attitude, Overall Tone

Tentative AGENDA*:
More details will be sent out soon. 

9am CDT - Welcome
Amy Kavalewitz, SSMC President

  • Welcome
  • Housekeeping - format for the conference - Q&A, Chat functions
  • Announcements

9:10 am CDT - Guest Speaker- Topic - TBD

MODERATOR: Amy Kavalewitz, Rice University
  • Presentation and Q&A

10:00 am CDT - Panel Discussion - Topic - TBD

  • Panelists to be listed soon. 5 min presentations followed by Q&A

11:30 am CDT - Break-out Sessions - Topics - TBD

  • Guests can pick topic discussions they are interested in joining
  • Two 30-minute Break-out Sessions

12:30 pm CDT Wrap-up

  • Group Discussion takeaways
  • Closing Remarks/Reminders/Announcements - Amy Kavalewitz, SSMC President

*Topics and Agenda may change as speakers/panelists confirm  

FREE for Current Members
$25 for Non-members - includes a year membership

This conference will occur using ZOOM video conferencing, with brief presentations or panel discussions. A link to the conference will be sent out in a separate email before the conference.

If you would like to submit some questions to be answered by our speakers and panelists, please submit them to Amy Kavalewitz at

*this conference is meant to showcase ideas, processes and procedures that some schools have come up with to reopen their shops as safely as possible. This is in no way an instructional or how-to conference.

SSMC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. USA