A Compendium of Recent News from CIC Member Institutions

Note: This issue of Campus Update includes news that colleges and universities reported primarily during August–October 2020. Because the coronavirus epidemic continues to affect campus operations, institutions may have adjusted their operations and future plans since then.

Celebrating Achievements

unity flag with lighthouse
In anticipation of the October 22 presidential debate, artists and organizations from across the United States were invited to use the American flag and their home state’s flag as inspiration to create “unity flags” to promote empathy for bipartisanship. The 30 selected flags demonstrate “purple empathy,” representing blue and red coming together to engage in bipartisan civil discourse. Virginia Wesleyan University’s Robert Nusbaum Center was selected to create the “unity flag” from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Titled “A Beacon of Hope,” the flag includes a lighthouse and heart images as symbols of welcome and hope. The flags are displayed at Belmont University, where the debate was held. (Photo courtesy of Virginia Wesleyan University)

CIC’s member institutions were well represented in the 13th annual “Great Colleges to Work For” survey, conducted by ModernThink LLC in spring 2020 and announced by the Chronicle of Higher Education in September. The workplace recognition program surveys faculty and staff members of higher education institutions across the United States to provide campus leaders with insights on the quality of the workplace experience and the competitiveness of their policies and practices. Almost 41,000 employees of 221 colleges and universities participated in the 2020 survey. In all, 79 institutions achieved “Great Colleges to Work For” recognition for outstanding employee feedback, best practices, and policies. Of those, 42 institutions achieved special Honor Roll status by being cited in multiple recognition categories; 17 CIC members made the Honor Roll: Anderson University (SC), Baylor University (TX), Bellevue University (NE), Endicott College (MA), John Brown University (AR), Lynn University (FL), Marietta College (OH), McPherson College (KS), Mount St. Joseph University (OH), Nebraska Methodist College, Regent University (VA), Roberts Wesleyan College (NY), Rollins College (FL), Southern New Hampshire University, Texas Christian University, Texas Lutheran University, and University of the Incarnate Word (TX). In addition to those institutions, several other CIC members, cited in one or more categories, made the Workplace Recognition List: College of the Ozarks (MO), Covenant College (GA), Gannon University (PA), Logan University (MO), Parker University (TX), University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy (MO), and Widener University (PA).

In August, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) announced the 2020 Excellence in Assessment (EIA) Designees—12 colleges and universities that were recognized for their commitment to the comprehensive assessment of student learning outcomes as a means to drive internal improvement and advance student success at the institution level. McKendree University (IL) was one of three colleges and universities to receive the highest level of recognition—the Sustained Excellence Designation—for having continued its exemplary assessment efforts over a five-year period. Messiah University (PA) was one of nine institutions to receive the Excellence in Assessment designation, recognizing its use of comprehensive student learning outcomes to improve student success across the institution. CIC has endorsed the EIA Designation.

The United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) program and the Millennium Campus Network (MCN) partner on the Millennium Fellowship, an ambitious leadership development program to help make United Nations sustainable development goals and UNAI principles a reality. The Class of 2020 Millennium Fellows were selected from a record 15,159 applications from undergraduate students on 1,458 campuses across 135 countries. Worldwide, a total of 80 campuses (6 percent) were selected to host Millennium Fellows, including 18 CIC member institutions: Alma College (MI), American College of Greece, American University of Beirut (Lebanon), Baylor University (TX), Becker College (MA), CETYS University (Mexico), College of Mount Saint Vincent (NY), Furman University (SC), Jarvis Christian College (TX), Lebanese American University (Lebanon), Lynn University (FL), Moravian College (PA), Pace University (NY), Rollins College (FL), Spelman College (GA), Universidad de Monterrey (Mexico), University of the Ozarks (AR), and Widener University (PA).

In September, Bellevue University (NE) President Mary Hawkins received the 2020 Ohtli Award, one of the highest awards given by the government of Mexico to those who work with the Mexican community abroad. Hawkins is one of the few non-Hispanic recipients of the Ohtli Award nationwide. She was recognized for efforts to expand educational opportunities to benefit Mexican youth and adults and improve the quality of their work and family lives.

In September, the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in coordination with the National Society for Experiential Education awarded Dominican University of California President Mary Marcy the 2020 William M. Burke Award for Excellence in Experiential Education. The award recognizes sitting college or university presidents who exhibit passion and support for experiential learning. Marcy was recognized for her dedication to ensuring all students have the opportunity to apply classroom lessons in professional-world settings.

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine announced the recipients of the 2020 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in September. Seven of the 90 institutions to receive the award are CIC member institutions: Augustana College (IL), Regis College (MA), Stetson University (FL), Swarthmore College (PA), Texas Christian University, University of Denver (CO), and Whitworth University (WA). The award recognizes colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion on campus through initiatives, programs, and outreach; student recruitment, retention, and completion; and hiring practices for faculty and staff.

In recognition of its efforts to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic transition to new careers in information technology, Trocaire College (NY) received an Innovation Award by CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the global technology industry. Trocaire was one of 12 organizations honored by CompTIA during its 2020 Partner Summit. The college was recognized for offering 100 students a free five-week, instructor-led, online IT career exploration course to dispel the misconception that an IT career is out of reach for the average person.

Creating Partnerships

student wearing mask stands in front of a projected Zoom meeting
During a fall operations and supply chain management course, 30 undergraduate students from the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John’s University (SJU) (MN) partnered with 11 master’s students from Thakur Business School in Mumbai, India. Connecting via Zoom, the students participated in online classes and projects together and discussed issues such as the pandemic’s effects on the global supply chain. CSB and SJU formed a partnership with the leading business school in Mumbai in 2015 and hosted a couple of faculty visits; this is the first time they partnered on a virtual student-to-student exchange. (Photo courtesy of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University)

Meredith College (NC) and Texas Christian University recently joined the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium. Created and led by the University of Virginia, the consortium represents an international, multi-institutional collaboration “focused on sharing best practices and guiding principles about truth-telling projects that address human bondage and racism in institutional histories.” In addition to Texas Christian and Meredith College, 15 other CIC member institutions have joined the consortium since its founding in 2015: Furman University (SC), Guilford College (NC), Hampden-Sydney College (VA), Hollins University (VA), Roanoke College (VA), Salem College (NC), Stillman College (AL), Sweet Briar College (VA), Tougaloo College (MS), Trinity College (CT), University of Richmond (VA), Sewanee: University of the South (TN), Virginia Union University, Washington and Lee University (VA), and Wesleyan College (GA).

In October, York College of Pennsylvania’s Center for Community Engagement became a strategic partner for the Keystones Oral Histories series. The partnership will raise awareness of the rightful place of veterans of color in the historic military legacy of York County. It also will provide an array of community-based learning projects—involving research, filmmaking, curriculum development, and archiving—for York College students.

Southern New Hampshire University and Cybint, a global cyber education company, have launched the first remote cybersecurity bootcamp for refugee and displaced learners abroad. The three-month bootcamp, offered through university’s Global Education Movement initiative, prepares students with little or no IT background to be eligible for entry-level positions in cybersecurity. The first cohort started in August and was composed of 17 students living in refugee camps and urban areas across Africa, participating remotely from South Africa, Kenya, and Rwanda.

In collaboration with Converse College’s (SC) Petrie School of Music and its music business and technology program, Oregon-based startup Music Myway Inc. is releasing “Virtual Venue,” a plug-and-play hardware and software application that harnesses the cloud and 3D technology to create an immersive experience that allows participants to feel like they are at a live concert. Converse students will be beta-testers for the new technology during fall 2020 and will work with the developers to provide feedback on the prototype for further refinement. Before the Virtual Venue system’s final deployment, Converse students will produce the world’s first fully interactive 3D venue hybrid online event using the technology.

Students of the new United States Naval Community College, set to launch in January 2021, will be able to complete their bachelor’s degrees seamlessly through Bethel University’s (MN) College of Adult and Professional Studies. The new degree articulation agreement is the most recent step Bethel has taken to serve military-affiliated students and will allow sailors and Marines to count their military training toward completion of a BS in business management or BA in organizational leadership at Bethel.

Claflin University (SC) and the University of South Carolina have teamed up to offer a 4+1 dual-degree program in communications. Under the five-year program, undergraduate students at Claflin can earn bachelor’s degrees and continue on to UofSC to earn either master’s degrees in mass communications with a concentration in strategic communication or multimedia journalism, or master’s degrees in library and information science.

In October, Clarke University (IA) announced a new partnership with all 15 community colleges in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Education recently approved Clarke’s proposal to accept full associate of arts and associate of science degree transfer majors with a two-year completion at Clarke. Each community college now has articulation agreements with Clarke in four to eight of the following transfer majors: business, chemistry, English, history, mathematics, psychology, elementary education, and secondary education.  

In October, Anderson University (SC) and the South Carolina Technical College System signed an agreement designed to enhance the seamless transfer of students and graduates from the 16 technical colleges in South Carolina to Anderson University. Students who have completed an associate of arts or associate of science degree program at a South Carolina Technical College, with qualifying grades in each applicable course, will enter Anderson University with junior standing; all transfer courses will be accepted and applied to the attainment of the degree appropriate to the student’s major.

Alvernia University (PA) recently expanded its partnership with Customers Bank, which will sponsor the university’s O’Pake Institute for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship and support experiential learning opportunities for Alvernia students through the institute’s business incubator and student fellows program. Alvernia also expanded its partnership with RKL LLP. As part of the university’s O’Pake Institute and Reading CollegeTowne initiative, RKL will provide business valuation services to regional companies.

In October, the Aldrin Family Foundation (AFF) and Limestone University (SC) announced a partnership to expand STEAM education in South Carolina schools. The partnership establishes Limestone University as an Aldrin Space Learning Hub, a regional center for educators who use AFF’s Giant Mars Map and Giant Moon Map programs to collaborate on lesson plans and develop STEAM curriculum. Now educators using AFF’s Giant Maps at Cherokee County Schools will have access to a Space Learning Hub, where they can access Limestone’s professional support of teacher mentoring and curriculum development.

The University of Holy Cross (UHC) (LA) and the Archdiocese of New Orleans Department of Catholic Education and Faith Formation signed a three-year collaborative agreement in September that will allow eligible juniors and seniors from authorized Catholic high schools to participate in dual enrollment classes at UHC. Dual-enrollment course offerings available include classes in mathematics, English, history, biology, food science, physics, chemistry, accounting, business, psychology, philosophy, Spanish, sociology, speech, and theology.

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Many CIC member institutions held programs and events honoring the 100th anniversary of the formal adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26. Several joined the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission’s nationwide Forward into Light campaign, which included lighting buildings and landmarks across the country in purple and gold, the colors of the American women’s suffrage movement. For instance, (pictured) Russell Sage College (NY) illuminated the Bush Memorial Hall on its Albany campus and Furman University (SC) illuminated its bell tower and Duke Library. In another example, Cottey College (MO) hosted a new popup exhibition from the National Archives, Rightfully Hers, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The exhibition included a series of events over the fall semester to educate the campus community about the fight for the right to vote for women and the importance of informed voting practices. (Photos courtesy of Russell Sage College and Furman University)

The Atlantic Center for the Arts recently launched its Young Sound Seekers program at Florida’s Canaveral National Seashore. The program is designed for blind and low-sighted youth between the ages of 13 and 22 to experience soundscape ecology, which is biological and nonbiological natural sounds emanating from terrestrial and marine habitats. As one of the program’s primary partners, Stetson University (FL) is developing and delivering lessons to teach youth about environmental conservation and natural sounds.

Major Gifts, Grants, and Campaign Successes

Philanthropists Patty Quillin and Reed Hastings, co-founder, chair, and chief executive officer of Netflix, awarded a total of $120 million to Morehouse College (GA), Spelman College (GA), and the United Negro College Fund this summer. Each institution received $40 million to fund scholarships that will enable at least 200 students to graduate debt free at Spelman and Morehouse. The gift is the largest ever contribution by an individual in support of scholarships at historically Black colleges and universities. Author and billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated a total of more than $1.7 billion to 116 organizations addressing racial equity, climate change, gender equity, and other issues in late July. Among six HBCUs to receive gifts are three CIC member institutions—Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Tuskegee University (AL)—each of which received $20 million. Scott helped create Amazon with her former husband Jeff Bezos and is among the richest women in the world.

In October, Marian University’s (IN) plans to open an engineering school received a $24 million boost from the family that owns and operates Indianapolis-based Marian Inc., a global manufacturer of precision die-cut components made of innovative flexible materials. The school will be named the E. S. Witchger School of Engineering in honor of the Witchger family’s patriarch. The university is now halfway to its $50 million fundraising goal for the engineering school, following more than $1 million raised from several other donors.

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote, High Point University (NC) announced on August 26 a $12 million gift from alumna Elizabeth “Betty” Miller Strickland (’52). This is the largest donation to the university’s endowment in its 96-year history. The gift will establish the Elizabeth Miller Strickland Women’s Leadership Fund, which will provide a platform to inspire the achievement of gender equality, and the Elizabeth Miller Strickland Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships for students of all genders.

In October, Cedarville University (OH) announced a $12 million gift from an anonymous donor. The gift will support a comprehensive fundraising initiative to expand on-campus capacity, increase scholarships, strengthen the student experience, and help the institution remain sustainable.

In August, Seth and Beth Klarman, longtime supporters of Spelman College (GA), made a gift of $10 million to the institution. The funding will support Spelman scholarships, with an emphasis on helping students overcome financial barriers that may prevent them from graduating.

Alumni and longtime donors Gordon Herring (’65) and Sarah Herring (’66) pledged a $6.1 million gift to the Furman University (SC) music department this fall. Through the donation, the Herrings have established the Herring Music Chair Endowment and the Herring Music Fellowship Fund. Also this fall, Matthew W. Wilson, an alum and physician who cares for children with eye cancer, made a planned gift of $4 million to the university’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health. The gift will fund an endowment and existing scholarships, with the goal of tackling pressing health care issues.

Hampden-Sydney College (VA) announced in August that it received a $6 million gift from longtime supporters Rob (’87) and Cindy Citrone to support Compass, the college’s experiential learning program. Rob is a Hampden-Sydney trustee and the founder, managing member, and sole principal of Discovery Capital Management, LLC; Cindy is a pediatric occupational therapist and former Hampden-Sydney trustee.

Saint Peter’s University (NJ) announced that Thomas P. Mac Mahon (’68), a member of Saint Peter’s board of trustees and retired chair and CEO of LabCorp, committed a $5 million lead gift to launch the phased renovation of the Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Recreational Life Center. The gift will support the first phase of the renovation, which includes the creation of a modern basketball/volleyball arena.

In September, Baylor University (TX) announced a $5 million gift from William E. (Ed) and Denise Crenshaw, in support of the Give Light Campaign and the university’s Hankamer School of Business. A portion of the gift qualifies for the Baylor Academic Challenge program, creating two endowed faculty positions within the Hankamer School of Business. The gift also will establish an endowed scholarship fund within Baylor’s Student Foundation. Ed is a 1973 alumnus of the business school; he retired as CEO of Publix Super Markets Inc. in 2016 and now serves as chair.

Furthering its mission to strengthen island health professions, Chaminade University of Honolulu (HI) recently received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support a new doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) program. The university will receive $450,000 each year for the next five years under the Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions Program, which was designed to assist eligible higher education institutions in serving Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Chaminade’s new DNP program was created to assist with the community’s need for more advanced nurse practitioners to address the shortage of primary care providers in Hawaii.

In October, Rider University (NJ) Athletics received its largest gift ever from two unnamed donors. The $2.5 million commitment will advance the university’s campaign to elevate the Alumni Gym into a modern NCAA Division I arena. And in September, Rider University announced a $1 million commitment from Dennis Longstreet (’69) to support the recently completed renovation and future maintenance of Ridge House, one of the university’s student residence buildings. In recognition of the gift, the university held an outdoor ceremony to formally name the building Longstreet House.

In September, Newberry College (SC) received a $2.5 million anonymous, irrevocable pledge to support the construction of the Athletic and Academic Achievement Center at historic Setzler Field. The gift will be used to begin the second phase of the college’s stadium project. The 18,000-square-foot facility will include locker rooms for the football, lacrosse, and field hockey teams; coach offices; classrooms; and team meeting rooms.

A more than $2 million donation will fund a new chaplaincy center at Charleston Southern University (SC). The Reverand Rob Dewey, a retired Episcopal priest and the founder of Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, and his wife, Kathy, a retired school psychologist, have begun providing annual gifts to support the Dewey Center for Chaplaincy and have included the university as the beneficiary of their estate.

In September, Elmhurst University (IL) received a $1.8 million gift from the estate of alumnus George Howard Baechtold, a longtime donor and friend to Elmhurst. The gift will support a number of causes and needs at Elmhurst, including the newly established President’s Scholarship for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Baechtold (’50) passed away in December 2019.

La Salle University (PA) received a $1 million gift in September to support student wellness services. The gift from Francis X. “Frank” Stanton (’51), a former member of the university’s board of trustees, will allow for an expansion of La Salle’s department of student wellness services, which includes the Student Counseling Center, health and wellness promotion services, and substance abuse and interpersonal violence education. In recognition of the gift, the university introduced the renamed Paul A. Stanton Department of Student Wellness Services, honoring the memory of the benefactor’s son.

The Honorable Daniel Weinstein (Ret.) made a $1 million gift to the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University (CA) Caruso School of Law. The gift will be used to strengthen the academic program and global reputation of the Straus Institute, including by establishing the Judge Danny Weinstein Endowed Scholars Program in Dispute Resolution, which will bring international students to Pepperdine for a certificate or master’s degree in dispute resolution.

Augustana University (SD) announced in August a $1 million estate gift from Sanford and Mae (Ellis) Brakke, designated to support student scholarships. Augustana alumnus Sanford Brakke (’28), passed away in 1989, and his wife, Mae, in 2013; both were educators. Of the total, $500,000 will endow scholarships for students in need of financial assistance, $250,000 will back students majoring in education, and $250,000 will support students who have experienced an injury resulting in paraplegia or quadriplegia.

McPherson College (KS) announced a $1 million matching gift challenge from Florida philanthropist and automotive enthusiast, Dano Davis. The gift will support business curriculum development, student experiences, and scholarships for students enrolled in the only bachelor’s degree in historic automotive restoration in the country.

In October, the Encova Foundation of Ohio committed $1 million to Ohio Dominican University (ODU) to establish an endowment fund that will provide scholarship support for students who study in ODU’s risk management and insurance program. Encova also committed additional support to fund the creation of a new Insurance and Risk Management Academy in the Bishop James A. Griffin Student Center on ODU’s campus.

Lilly Endowment Inc. launched a $108.2 million initiative, Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities, in late 2019. For the initiative, Lilly Endowment invited all of Indiana’s 38 accredited public and private colleges and universities to address their key challenges and take advantage of promising opportunities to enhance their relevance and sustainability. In September 2020, the second phase of the initiative, Lilly Endowment announced the 38 recipients of implementation grants that total nearly $62 million. The following CIC member institutions received implementation grants of $1 million to $5 million: Ancilla College, Anderson University, Bethel University, Butler University, Calumet College of St. Joseph, DePauw University, Earlham College, Franklin College, Goshen College, Grace College and Seminary, Hanover College, Holy Cross College, Huntington University, Indiana Institute of Technology, Indiana Wesleyan University, Manchester University, Marian University, Oakland City University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary’s College, Taylor University, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Indianapolis, University of Saint Francis, and Wabash College.

Through its Thriving Congregations Initiative, Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded nearly $93 million in grants to 92 organizations across the United States in September. The grants will help congregations clarify their values and missions, explore and better understand the communities in which they serve, and draw upon their theological traditions as they adapt ministries to meet changing needs. Fifteen CIC members received awards that range from $223,180 to $1 million: Augsburg University (MN), Bethune-Cookman University (FL), Fresno Pacific University (CA), Marian University (IN), Messiah University (PA), Pepperdine University (CA), Samford University (AL), Shaw University (NC), St. Catherine University (MN), Saint John’s University (MN), St. Olaf College (MN), Stillman College (AL), Westmont College (CA), Wheaton College (IL), and Whitworth University (WA).

New Institutes, Programs, and Majors

external view of of Roanoke College building
Roanoke College (VA) recently established an academic center dedicated to the study of historical and contemporary issues dealing with race and the legacies of slavery in modern American society. The Center for Studying Structures of Race, based in a renovated slave quarters that adjoins Roanoke College’s campus, will serve as a venue for teaching, research, and community engagement about issues of race, and will examine forms of institutional racism at local, national, and international levels. (Photo courtesy of Roanoke College)

In September, Drake University (IA) announced the founding of a new college that will make education accessible to more students by offering two-year degrees. The John Dee Bright College at Drake University will grant associate’s degrees in the integrated arts, sciences, and humanities, as well as in business, organization, and professional studies beginning in fall 2021.

Anderson University (SC) is launching a college of engineering that will offer programs in electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering beginning in fall 2021. The college will provide a comprehensive engineering education that combines a liberal arts tradition within a Christian worldview.

Concordia University, St. Paul (MN) recently launched the Center for Biblical Studies, offering a significant resource for the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and beyond. The center will host a variety of programs, workshops, and resources with the goal of increasing biblical knowledge, enhancing faith in Christ, and enriching the ministry of the local church.

The University of Holy Cross (LA) has expanded its counseling program by adding new online degrees for MA and PhD candidates. The online options were added in fall 2020 as a way to give students more remote choices due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The new programs include: MA in clinical mental health counseling; MA in marriage, couple, and family counseling; MA in school counseling; and PhD in counselor education and supervision.

Rider University (NJ) recently launched an online master of science in nursing program that offers students the ability to specialize their coursework in two concentrations—adult-gerontology primary care or family nurse practitioner. And after the success of its bachelor’s degree program in cybersecurity, which launched in 2019, Rider University will offer an online master’s degree program in cybersecurity beginning in January 2021.

Elizabethtown College (PA) recently launched an interdisciplinary public health major to address communities’ pressing needs, such as those related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The BA degree in public health program focuses on social sciences and policy, preparing students for careers in advocacy, policy work, and program administration with community organizations and government agencies. The BS in public health program focuses primarily on the hard sciences, preparing students for graduate programs in public health and for work in research laboratories. In addition, Elizabethtown College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies recently launched a five-week accelerated, online RN-to-BSN program.

Mount Mary University (WI) is now accepting applications for a four-year, fully on-campus BSN degree program for women that will begin in fall 2021. Construction of a 6,500-square-foot health sciences center is underway for the new program; the center will include a nursing skills lab and interprofessional simulation facilities, along with additional classroom and office space.

McDaniel College (MD) recently announced several new majors, including a BA degree program in American Sign Language (ASL). The ASL studies program offers a variety of courses related to the language, culture, and literature of Deaf people in the United States and Canada as well as opportunities for immersion in the language and culture of Deaf people, such as an option to be a visiting student for a semester at Gallaudet University (DC) or to complete a January term in an ASL environment.

Southern Wesleyan University (SC) now offers an online bachelor of science degree in early childhood and family studies management. Offered through the university’s school of education and school of business, the interdisciplinary program blends theory and practice of early childhood development with business concepts for those preparing for careers in family and childcare management and services. Southern Wesleyan also recently launched a pre-pharmacy bachelor of science degree program. The major is designed to prepare undergraduate students for professional coursework while providing the pre-requisite courses needed for admission to most pharmacy schools.

Promoting a holistic approach to wellbeing, Bethel University (MN) now offers a bachelor of arts degree in art therapy. Offered within the department of art and design, the program is suited for students who desire to use their creative practices to serve diverse communities in mental health settings—such as private practices, hospitals, nursing homes, and schools.

Beginning in fall 2021, Alvernia University (PA) will offer three new bachelor of science degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and industrial engineering. The program will be housed at the university’s new location in downtown Reading and will include state of the art labs and research facilities as well as easy access to the area’s economic redevelopment activity.

Charleston Southern University (SC) will launch a bachelor of science degree in aeronautics (professional pilot) beginning in fall 2021. Offered through the university’s new aeronautics department, located within the college of science and mathematics, the program will include three tracks: commercial, military, or missionary aviation. Professional pilot program students will conduct flight training each semester at either Summerville or Charleston International airports in modern Diamond aircraft.

In response to student demand and its proximity to a major market in a multibillion-dollar industry, California Lutheran University has added a BS degree program in sports management. The university’s school of management developed the program with input from more than 20 professionals, including representatives from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), Western States Hockey League, and the Los Angeles Rams, which has its training facility on California Lutheran’s Thousand Oaks campus.

New and Recently Renovated Facilities

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Campus-goers and visitors to Mills College (CA) were greeted with a new art installation at the college’s front entryway in October. A college-wide effort to dedicate prominent space for expressing the campus community’s values has transformed the four pillars flanking Richards Gate into a canvas for what will become an ongoing venue for rotating public art installations. The Mills Public Art Initiative was formed as a direct response to the current civil rights movement that has led to a mass mobilization for Black lives and restorative justice. (Photo credit: Michael Halberstadt)

Our Lady of the Lake University (TX) celebrated the opening of the Salazar-Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater with a special mass and blessing in September. The school was launched through the support of an earlier $2.1 million donation from Verónica Salazar Escobedo (’65), a 35-year veteran at the San Antonio Express-News, and her husband Rubén M. Escobedo. Located on the university’s Main Building, the school features the Verónica Salazar Media Center and houses the Lake Front newspaper newsroom, a classroom, and cutting-edge equipment such as found at major media outlets across the country.

In September, Daemen College (NY) opened the new state-of-the-art Center for Interprofessional Learning and Simulation, designed to educate students using real-life clinical experiences and to serve as a regional resource for professional development in the community. Located in Daemen’s Research and Information Commons, the center houses eight modern examination rooms, a counseling room, and a space for telehealth, telecounseling, and face-to-face interprofessional learning experiences.

St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY) unveiled the new Fitzpatrick Village Residence Hall in September with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony. Named in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas President Emerita Margaret Fitzpatrick, the facility features 36 two-person bedrooms with a large common area on each of the two floors. The opening of the building allowed the college to further “de-densify” in fall semester with fewer students per dorm room in response to COVID-19 requirements as well as to create capacity for future growth.

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