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The following stories will help you get to know some of the people who make APCU colleges and universities so special. Check back periodically for new stories and let us know other students whose stories would be of interest to our visitors.

Wednesday, April 17 2019
Emily Green: Witness. Advocate. Blue Hose.

A church conference the summer before high school gave Presbyterian College junior Emily Green a look into the work she wanted to pursue. Her interest in world issues continued in high school, where she also got a closer look at government. When she toured colleges, one thing stuck with her about her visit at Presbyterian College: community. PC also became a place where her interests could collide. More.

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Wednesday, September 26 2018
Rhodes Student Jackie Paiz to Fulfill Need as a Bilingual Psychologist

Jackie Paiz ’20 is majoring in psychology and Spanish at Rhodes College because she wants to pursue a career providing psychological care to those who may be affected by trauma, neglect, or violence in Latin America. A first-generation college student, Paiz plans to join the ranks of Spanish-speaking psychologists, who, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), are in demand as the U.S. Hispanic population increases. More.

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Thursday, September 06 2018
Good Morning America Features Story About Belhaven Alum

Belhaven alumna and Juilliard graduate Jocelyn Zhu '13 sat down with ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about how she and fellow Juilliard violinist Mariella Haubs are using music to transform and inspire lives. Instead of performing in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall, the expert violinists are traveling halfway around the world to play for refugees. More.

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Monday, May 28 2018
Monmouth's Jeren Stewart to study at Fulbright institute in Scotland

One Monmouth College student leader is using a summer experience in Scotland to enhance his final two years in college and prepare for his professional career. Jeren Stewart '20 is participating in the Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute on Technology, Innovation and Creativity. The three-week academic and cultural program for U.S. students, hosted by the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Strathclyde, is one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs in the world. More.

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Sunday, October 15 2017
Austin College Senior Visits Washington in Support of DACA

Three local DACA recipients recently discussed their situations and what they want people to know about DACA — which allowed some young people to be eligible for a work permit and deferred action from deportation — and the people it affects. Marcos Salazar and Kenia Cantu attend Grayson College and Emma Chalott Barron is a senior at Austin College. More.

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Friday, September 29 2017
Rhodes Students Present Research in Germany

Five students in Professor Mauricio Cafiero’s chemistry lab—Emily Harrison ’18, Samantha Jelinek ’18, Caroline Magee ’18, Madison Perchik ’19, and Rebecca Evans ’19—presented their research Aug. 27- Sept. 1 at the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry (WATOC) conference held in Munich, Germany. More than 1,500 participants gathered for talks, an industry symposium, and computational and theoretical chemistry poster presentations. More.

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Sunday, September 24 2017
Olivia Lee Learns Lessons In Class and at Hope House About the Power of Music

Rhodes senior Olivia Lee didn’t know about the service component of  Prof. Mona Kreitner’s Music and Healing course when she initially enrolled in it, but it has proven to be a springboard for lessons about the power of music and hope. More.

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Thursday, April 14 2016
PC Student and Published Author

The article is titled “Selecting picture books featuring characters with autism spectrum disorder: recommendations for teachers”. It sounds like the type of scholarly piece you'd expect to find in the International Journal of Inclusive Education. But unlike the other scholarly pieces in this journal--and most others--it was authored by an undergraduate student, Presbyterian College senior Meredith Gaffney.  More.


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Wednesday, December 16 2015
Immigrant Son Blossoms at Dubuque

Calec Chincoya is what you might call an overachiever, or maybe just a really good multi-tasker! The University of Dubuque senior is majoring in computer information technology, but his story--and his talent--go far beyond the classroom!  More.

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Saturday, December 12 2015
Daughter of mission co-workers finds a home at Warren Wilson

Lydia Weller set aside her dream of attending college after graduating from high school. But unlike many of her peers who elect to take a "gap year", she wasn't back-packing across Europe, or working to earn more money. Instead, she was helping her parents settle into their new home in Ethiopia, where they serve as PC(USA) mission co-workers. But with help from the Presbyterian Mission Agency and Warren Wilson College, it wasn't long until she was settling into her new home in a residence hall at Warren Wilson College. More.

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