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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.

Thursday, May 28 2020

Westminster College President Fletcher Lamkin, who has served as president of the college twice, will officially step down June 30. Lamkin first served as president 2000-07. He was asked to return in 2017 after then-President Benjamin Ola. Akande and six members of the board resigned. Lamkin’s achievements include expanding and modernizing facilities, enrollment growth and fundraising gains during his first term and stabilization during his second. More.

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Thursday, May 28 2020

Around mid-March, Warren Wilson graduate and NC Afterschool Americorps VISTA Maddie Harris was running six after-school programs on campus for students when the coronavirus pandemic began. Having served alongside so many community nonprofits, including a partnership between volunteers from the college with United Way Community School Coordinator Josh Wells, she began to reach out and ask those partners what their needs were looking like and how she could support. More.

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Friday, May 22 2020

Despite unusual circumstances, the annual Give Day event hosted by The College of Idaho set a new record, drawing nearly $290,000 in donations and matching gifts. Give Day is a once-a-year event where friends and alumni are encouraged to make gifts to the College. Gifts are often “matched” by funds from other friends and alumni to support specific programs or purposes. More.

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Friday, May 22 2020

We're in the middle of graduation season and due to COVID-19, many traditional ceremonies have been postponed, changed to virtual recognitions or even canceled.
However, the staff at Rhodes College wanted to make sure their seniors didn't feel forgotten, so they teamed up with FedEx to deliver special boxes to each of its graduating seniors. More.

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Friday, May 22 2020

Illinois College is preparing to hold in-person classes this fall, while continuing to plan for alternative scenarios should local, state or federal restrictions be in place for the operation of higher education institutions. A task force has been assembled to examine the precautions that would need to be taken as the College aims to welcome students back to campus in late August. More.

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Thursday, May 21 2020

Danny J. Anderson has been president since 2015 of Trinity University, an elite private school of 2,400 students. We caught up with him to ask about the coronavirus pandemic’s effects on the future of higher education, especially at residential liberal arts campuses. More.

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Thursday, May 21 2020

iHEMPx (International Hemp Exchange) and High Grade Hemp Seed, global leaders in the production and sales of premium hemp genetics, are partnering with Warren Wilson College to support a student-led regenerative agriculture and research project in industrial hemp. The Warren Wilson hemp farming project will act as a demonstration area for local farmers who are interested in learning more about hemp and sustainable land management. More.

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Wednesday, May 20 2020

St. Andrews University President Paul Baldasare was recently honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest award for service, as he prepares to retire at the end of the month. A St. Andrews graduate, Baldasare went on to earn his law degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He became a partner in a Durham law firm, Fowler & Baldasare, before serving as vice president for institutional advancement at St. Andrews. He was named president in 2006. More.

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Tuesday, May 19 2020

With our deepest respect and greatest admiration, Muskingum University remembers Anna Castor Glenn. The world knew Annie Glenn as the childhood sweetheart and wife for more than seven decades of pioneering astronaut and four-term Senator John H. Glenn, Jr., and as an inspirational public advocate for people with communicative disorders. More.

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Saturday, May 16 2020

Centre faculty from across multiple disciplines have designed the COVID-19 Signature Series, courses created to give students the opportunity to assess this current global crisis from a variety of perspectives. As it currently stands, the Series includes the contribution of 29 members of the faculty, who are offering 27 new or revised courses related to COVID-19. More.

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Saturday, May 16 2020

Whitworth University President Beck Taylor planned to accept hugs and handshakes from 600 students as they walked across the stage during commencement this weekend, but so far he’s only had the chance to shake the hand of one graduate: his daughter.  Lauren Taylor, who finished up the last of her classes on Friday, graduated with honors and a double major in biophysics and chemistry. More.

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Tuesday, May 12 2020

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Queens University of Charlotte, and Johnson C. Smith University have formed the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium to support racial healing and transformation in the community. The initiative aims to discover and publicize Charlotte’s many racial truths, encourage the community to understand its history of race and racism, and develop student, university and community leaders to work across the region toward racial healing and equity. More.

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Tuesday, May 12 2020

Global Silicon Valley (GSV) and Belhaven University announced their new partnership to offer the Online Master of Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship, an online graduate-level program, focused on developing exceptional entrepreneurs. The online GSV MBA program is designed for anyone with a dream of starting and running a business and will enable graduates to bring their dream to life. More.

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Monday, May 11 2020

Five years after taking the reins at Presbyterian College, Robert (Bob) Emmett Staton ’68 has announced his plans to retire on December 31, 2020. During his tenure as PC’s president, Staton introduced the strategic plan, “The Promise of PC.” The plan included new initiatives to foster strategic growth, student success, valuing others, and sharing the PC story. More.

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Friday, May 08 2020

The InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico is distributing $29.6 million to students in financial assistance provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the college’s President Manuel J. Fernós announced. The amount of emergency aid that the student will receive will depend on the allocation that each campus, the Law School and the School of Optometry, will get from the U.S. Department of Education, based on eligibility criteria. More.

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Wednesday, May 06 2020

With COVID-19 raging and all in-person learning replaced with virtual instruction, faculty in The University of Tulsa’s undergraduate nursing program had to quickly figure out a way to replace clinical rotations while still ensuring their students received a high-quality, relevant education. The ingenious result was to devise a four-week model for juniors in the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program examining client education in the context of a pandemic. More.

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Tuesday, May 05 2020

Lees-McRae once again took a top spot in the annual Top Adventure College competition hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, finishing first in the “small school” category. In 2018, Lees-McRae took historic gold as the first small school to win the overall title and in 2019 the college once again landed at the top of the charts with a second place finish. More.

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Sunday, May 03 2020

Westminster College announced today that the College has received a $1 million challenge grant from the May Emma Hoyt Foundation that will assist current students and prospective students financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The gift will be applied to Westminster’s current Bring Back the Titans campaign, a fundraising initiative created to ensure students will be able to continue their educations at Westminster despite financial hardship created by the current crisis. More.

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