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Welcome to the APCU News Blog! The posts below highlight activities and accomplishments from our member institutions as well as other items of interest from the world of higher education.

Wednesday, April 29 2020

COVID-19 has led schools across the nation to shut down and turn to online class. Switching to classes online is a major change and causes for much adjustment; however, there are some programs that lead to bigger questions of how things will turn out. Some of these would include hands-on programs such as nursing, engineering, and aviation. Aviation hits home with The University of Dubuque as they have a well known aviation program. More.

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Wednesday, April 29 2020

President Fletcher Lamkin, Ph.D., has announced that Westminster will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely but that students can expect a return to “relative” normal this fall. Lamkin plans for campus to open to alumni as scheduled on Aug. 8 for delayed Commencement 2020, while freshman dormitories will officially open for New Student Days on Aug. 15. In-person classes will officially begin on Aug.  More.


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Wednesday, April 29 2020

Whitworth University has announced it plans to reopen campus and resume classes for the Fall 2020 semester. In a letter to families, Whitworth President Beck Taylor addressed the plans in light of the suffering economy. Although “there are still many unanswered questions,” the university’s goal is to begin the Fall semester in a residential, in-person format. Residence halls will be open and classes will be held on campus. More.

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Sunday, April 26 2020

Music industry publication Billboard named Rhodes College one of the top music business programs in the nation. The programs were not ranked. Rhodes was listed among 28 other college and universities nationwide. Billboard praised Rhodes for the Mike Curb Institute for Music’s hands-on curriculum, the relationship between Rhodes and Memphis musicians and recording studios, and the liberal arts foundation given to all students interested in music. More.

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Saturday, April 25 2020

Hampden-Sydney College has announced that a gift of $1 million will establish the Hinton Baxter Overcash Immersive Biology Laboratory in the new Pauley Science Center. Additionally, a gift of $1.45 million will be added to the College’s endowment to provide funds for scholarships and will serve as a wonderful legacy that will help make a Hampden-Sydney education accessible for talented high-achieving students regardless of their family financial circumstances. More.


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Friday, April 24 2020

MidMichigan Medical Centers staff on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19 have a place to stay between shifts, saving their families from exposure to the virus, thanks to an agreement with Alma College. Beginning in April, the college started allowing physicians, nurses and other employees of the healthcare system to stay in college residence halls, at no cost to the employee, during the coronavirus pandemic. More.

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Thursday, April 23 2020

Carroll University's National Service Project food drive has brought in 186,065 meals so far—more than triple the original 60,000 meal goal—and donations are still being accepted through April 30. This year, because of COVID-19, there is no physical collecting of food. All donations are monetary, and one dollar equals three meals. Carroll alumni across America have been working in their communities on the project. More.

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Wednesday, April 22 2020

COVID-19 has brought unexpected, immediate challenges to many Davidson students and their families. In keeping with our community’s commitment to serving all students irrespective of financial circumstances, families who need it can defer fall payment for up to one year. All students except seniors can defer paying until August of 2021. Seniors graduating next spring can defer the fall semester bill until April 1 of next year. More.

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Tuesday, April 21 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak causing schools to shut down and alter graduation ceremony plans, an Illinois college is celebrating the poets of past and present — and a new book of poetry — a little differently this year. In collaboration with Hewes Library, Monmouth College English Professor David Wright is hosting a virtual celebration of poetry.  More.

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Tuesday, April 21 2020

Illinois College is offering additional funding for MacMurray College students who transfer to IC, with a new pledge to match students’ expected 2020-2021 charges at MacMurray. The amount of additional financial aid will differ for every student, but for some, it could be up to an additional $4,000. All MacMurray students in good academic and social standing will be accepted to Illinois College. More.

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Saturday, April 18 2020

Last week, the Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA partnered with the Valley Mission to help transport community members experiencing homelessness from the shelter to Mary Baldwin University. The university is providing temporary housing for more than 30 men, women and children to help prevent coronavirus COVID-19 community spread. More.

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Friday, April 17 2020

Leah Trotman, a student at Agnes Scott College, has been selected as the 2020 Truman Scholar. She’s the college’s first Truman Scholarship recipient since 2009 and the college’s fifth since 1975. Trotman is one of 62 scholars selected from 773 applicants representing 316 colleges and universities. The scholarships are awarded based on a student’s leadership, public service, academic achievement, panel interviews and essays. More.

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Friday, April 17 2020

Dr. Robert Lutz has dedicated his life to helping others. He served in the Army for nearly 30 years in emergency medicine. After retiring, he returned to his alma mater as the school’s primary care sports physician. But when the covoronavirus outbreak hit the states he was called upon by his colleagues at Atrium Health, Doctors Tom Batechlor and Carly Rivet, to serve again. More.

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Thursday, April 16 2020

Ansley Guerrero, Lynsey Hughes and Madi Wesley flew to the nation’s largest city Monday, April 13, and were waiting on their first assignments. They joined Calyn Kelly, who has been serving in New York for about two weeks, and Brianna Stine, who has been in the city for about a week. They responded to a call seeking 400 registered nurses in New York and were among 10,000 who applied. The group will work 21 days straight and then have the option of taking off a few days. More.

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Thursday, April 16 2020

Morgan Colton isn’t crafty, she’s never taken a course on garment construction, and she’s not even a member of the Eckerd College MakerSpace. But when she saw a TV news story about nurses in New York making their own personal protective equipment to battle COVID-19, she knew she’d have to summon all her tenacity to be a help to her family and community. More.

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Tuesday, April 14 2020

In the effort to help supply critical personal protective equipment (PPE) to health care providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, members of King University’s Digital Media Art & Design (DMAD) department are putting their knowhow and resources to work in a new and innovative way. As a result, King’s 3D printer, typically used for student projects at this time of the year, is now producing the headbands needed to help assemble protective face shields for doctors and nurses. More.

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Sunday, April 12 2020

For many years after the current global pandemic has waned, writers, artists, and scholars will choose to examine these extraordinary times. At Mary Baldwin, a group of more than a dozen faculty has said “why wait?” They have developed a new general education course for May Term that thinks through the world’s current circumstances from a number of different perspectives. More.

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