In The News
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, July 16 2020
The Kentucky College of Optometry is now accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. The approval caps a five-year process, the Appalachian Express-News reports. The program at the University of Pikeville had to meet standards in several areas, including curriculum, faculty, students and research. Michael Bacigalupi, dean of the college, said the accreditation was a major milestone. More.
Friday, July 10 2020
At the time Taylor Alexander, Alexander Kingsley, and Quinton Moeggenborg created their project for the Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium, they did not know how much it would fit in with the theme of future events. Tragically, it did. The three Alma College students won the Overall People’s Choice award for their project at the 22nd annual symposium, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). More.
Thursday, July 09 2020
Sara Emma “Emy” Blair ’52 and H. Duane Blair have left an estate gift in excess of $8,000,000 to Agnes Scott College. Originally from Stone Mountain, Emy said she did not choose Agnes Scott; it was chosen for her. Her mother and grandmother went to Agnes Scott. Emy’s mother required her to attend Agnes Scott her first year, then allowed her to transfer. Emy ultimately decided to remain at Agnes Scott, graduating in 1952, with a degree in mathematics. More.
Saturday, June 27 2020
Rhodes College joined the ranks of hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide in becoming a member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), a national organization dedicated to supporting faculty and their professional development in academia. NCFDD membership is a vital resource for supporting faculty throughout their careers. Since joining on May 26, 59 Rhodes faculty members have signed up, and 15 are currently participating in a 14-day writing challenge. More.
Thursday, June 25 2020
Westminster College is one of 101 colleges and universities from across the nation to win a prestigious 2020 Educational Fundraising Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).Westminster earned the award for its overall improvement by demonstrating significant program growth over three years of data. Westminster is one of only five colleges recognized in the category of private liberal arts institutions with endowments under $150 million. More.
Wednesday, June 24 2020
Austin College’s Sneed Prairie Restoration Project is the 2020 Texas Environmental Excellence Award winner in the Education category, awarded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The award marks the latest in a history of environmental leadership at Austin College. More than 11,000 Grayson County area schoolchildren and their teachers visit Austin College’s 100-acre Clinton and Edith Sneed Environment Research Area and Prairie Restoration. More.
Tuesday, June 23 2020
Two years ago, Whitworth University chemistry major Jessie Lewis used safety goggles in a lab to prevent anything from getting in her eyes. More recently, that same pair of goggles was used for protection against Spokane Police Department’s tear gas. According to Lewis, her attempts to dialogue with the police officers were to no avail. As she tried to speak to the men clad in riot gear, her attempt was met with a tear gas canister. When she went to throw it away from the crowd, she says officers opened fire on her. More.
Tuesday, June 23 2020
The Blackburn College Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Mark Biermann has been named the next President of Blackburn College. He succeeds Provost Dr. John McClusky, who has served Blackburn as Interim President since December. Dr. Biermann will assume office on August 15, 2020. Mike Smiley ‘71, chairman of the Blackburn College Board of Trustees, cited Biermann’s exceptional administrative and academic background as well as his demonstrated enthusiasm for Blackburn’s unique student-managed Work Program among the reasons he emerged as the best possible candidate to lead Blackburn. More
Sunday, June 21 2020
Buena Vista University’s Strategic Partnerships initiative, aimed at growing businesses while benefiting employees of those enterprises, has aligned with its first Strategic Partner in Pro Cooperative, a full-service cooperative offering a wide range of products and services in agronomy, grain, feed, seed, energy, and more. BVU’s Strategic Partnerships offer partner organization employees, spouses, and dependents grant funding for tuition for students attending courses on the Storm Lake campus. More.
Saturday, June 20 2020
Muskingum University today announced the beginning of construction on the Health & Wellness Complex, a signature project that will expand its role in workforce development, regional health and technological innovation. The HWC will support multiple academic programs, collegiate and high school athletics, student intramural programs and outreach to the community in collaboration with healthcare providers. More.