A Compendium of News from CIC Member Institutions

Note: This issue of Campus Update includes news that colleges and universities reported during late winter and early spring 2021. Because the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect campus operations, institutions may have adjusted their operations and future plans since then.

Two photos of people registering at vaccine clinics
Numerous CIC member institutions hosted COVID-19 vaccine clinics of all sizes in recent months. Shenandoah University (VA) has partnered with Valley Health and the Lord Fairfax Health District since January. As of mid-April, more than 62,000 vaccinations had been administered at the clinic in the university’s Wilkins Athletics & Events Center. In early April, Saint Leo University (FL) community members from across Florida—including students and their families, faculty, staff, and alumni—were eligible to receive the vaccine at the university’s campus in Pasco County. Saint Leo has provided its facilities as a distribution site for the Department of Health-Pasco since January. More than 25,000 doses had been distributed to residents of Pasco and neighboring counties by early April. (Left photo courtesy of Shenandoah University; right photo by Chad Gonzalez, Saint Leo University.)

CELEBRATING ACHIEVEMENTS

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Students and Scholars for the 2020–2021 academic year. The State Department recognizes institutions in each Carnegie Classification that had the highest numbers of their students (young professionals with a bachelor’s degree) and scholars (faculty members, researchers, and administrators) receive Fulbright grants. The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the top-producing institutions in this international educational exchange program each year. In response to COVID-19 program adaptations, this year’s data reflect the total number of awards offered rather than the number of awards accepted, as has been the criteria in past years; as in past years, however, CIC members are well represented. Twenty-eight CIC member institutions were highlighted in the students category: Augsburg University (MN), Bucknell University (PA), Carthage College (WI), Coe College (IA), College of Saint Benedict (MN), Denison University (OH), DePauw University (IN), Elon University (NC), Franklin & Marshall College (PA), Furman University (SC), Grinnell College (IA), Ithaca College (NY), Kalamazoo College (MI), Kenyon College (OH), Lafayette College (PA), Middlebury College (VT), Oberlin College (OH), Pitzer College (CA), Reed College (OR), Rollins College (FL), Scripps College (CA), St. Olaf College (MN), Swarthmore College (PA), University of Richmond (VA), Washington & Jefferson College (PA), Washington and Lee University (VA), Whitman College (WA), and Willamette University (OR). Three CIC member institutions were featured in the scholars category: Middlebury College (VT), University of Richmond (VA), and Willamette University (OR).

The Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and the Suder Foundation, announced the 2021–2022 cohort of First-gen Forward Institutions in March. The designation recognizes campuses that have demonstrated a commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students. Of the 58 institutions in the new cohort, 15 are CIC member institutions: Agnes Scott College (GA), Averett University (VA), Bellarmine University (KY), Biola University (CA), Elon University (NC), La Salle University (PA), Regis College (MA), Rider University (NJ), Spelman College (GA), St. John’s College (NM), St. Lawrence University (NY), St. Olaf College (MN), Stonehill College (MA), University of Lynchburg (VA), and Wheaton College (MA).

In February, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society named 150 colleges and universities—84 of which are CIC members—to its 2021 Transfer Honor Roll. Based on a rating of factors such as admissions practices, cost of attendance, campus life, recruitment practices, and peer reviews, the honor roll recognizes four-year institutions that have developed dynamic pathways that lead to success among community college transfer students.

In March, U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) appointed Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) President OJ Oleka to serve on the newly-created Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys within the United States Commission on Civil Rights’ Office. The bipartisan commission was established in 2020 to study the community impacts of current government programs and make recommendations to the U.S. president and Congress on policies and issues affecting Black males. Oleka, who has served as president of AIKCU since December 2019, cofounded the bipartisan AntiRacismKY coalition in June 2020 to advocate for public policies that dismantle systemic racism.

Fisk University (TN) recently celebrated a big win: The Fisk Jubilee Singers’ album Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) won a 2021 GRAMMY award in the Best Roots Gospel Album category. Released on Curb Records, the album is a collection of 12 songs that communicate the vibrant history of Fisk University, Fisk Jubilee Singers, and the city of Nashville. The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students at Fisk University who sing and travel worldwide. The original Fisk Jubilee Singers introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving the unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals.
 
In another big win, CIC congratulates super teams from two CIC member institutions—Baylor University (TX) and Gonzaga University (WA)—which competed during the NCAA men’s basketball national championship held at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on April 5. With a score of 86–70, Baylor won its first national title in program history, having finished as national runner-up in 1948. Gonzaga had nearly completed the first perfect season since Indiana University’s Hoosiers went 32–0 in 1976.

Four students sitting on a wall holding signs
A team of four Ohio Dominican University public relations and marketing communications students took top honors in the virtual McCain Institute for International Leadership and EdVenture Partners’ “Invent2Prevent” national competition in late January. The team’s “All Together Human Project” empowers college students to combat hate-based violence and hate speech against the LGBTQ+ community. (Photo courtesy of Ohio Dominican University)

CREATING PARTNERSHIPS

IBM announced in February the expansion of the IBM-HBCU Quantum Center, with ten historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) joining the center’s 13 founding institutions. Designed for students from STEM disciplines, the center’s mission is to educate, foster research collaboration, and create a diverse quantum-ready workforce. The center focuses on developing students through curriculum development, research opportunities, workforce advocacy, and special projects. Among the new institutions are CIC members Dillard University (LA) and Spelman College (GA); among the founding institutions are Clark Atlanta University (GA), Morehouse College (GA), Virginia Union University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

In another initiative, Voorhees College (SC) announced in February a collaboration with IBM that will provide the college $2 million in technology resources. The comprehensive initiative is designed to help students develop modern skills in emerging technologies in hybrid cloud, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence to prepare them for work in the digital economy.

Google recently announced that 16 additional colleges and universities, eight of which are CIC members, have joined its Grow with Google HBCU Career Readiness Program. The program is the result of Google’s partnership with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the nation’s largest nonprofit exclusively supporting HBCUs, and provides digital skills workshops to Black students at HBCU career centers. Twenty institutions now participate in the program, including CIC members Allen University (SC), Bethune-Cookman University (FL), Florida Memorial University, Huston- Tillotson University (TX), Saint Augustine’s University (NC), Stillman College (AL), Tougaloo College (MS), and Tuskegee University (AL).

In March, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced that the University of South Carolina system and Benedict College (SC) are working with Apple to provide infrastructure support to students and communities throughout South Carolina who have been negatively affected by COVID-19. The collaboration will build a network of learning labs that will feature Apple products and curricula. The network will include hubs in Columbia, South Carolina, and at Benedict College, along with satellite labs at University of South Carolina regional campuses.

St. Norbert College (WI) has joined a cohort of 19 colleges and universities from across the United States for the fifth cohort of NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education’s Culture of Respect Collective. The two-year program brings together higher education institutions dedicated to ending campus sexual violence and guides them through a rigorous process of self-assessment and targeted organizational change. More than 120 colleges and universities have participated in the collective, including Aquinas College (MI), Berea College (KY), Carroll College (MT), Centenary College of Louisiana, Denison University (OH), Goucher College (MD), Hope College (MI), Juniata College (PA), Muhlenberg College (PA), Olivet College (MI), Pacific Lutheran University (WA), Park University (MO), Rocky Mountain College (MT), Roger Williams University (RI), Saint Leo University (FL), Salve Regina University (RI), Spelman College (GA), University of Denver (CO), University of Providence (MT), University of Puget Sound (WA), and Wofford College (SC).

Wofford College (SC) plans to offer its first faculty-led study abroad program in Freiburg, Germany, this fall. The customized, semester-long program will enable students to take English, German, history, literature, theatre, and independent study classes offered by faculty members from both Wofford and Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg.

McDaniel College (MD) and the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School recently announced a collaboration to offer a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program, starting this fall. Students in the 4+1 program will earn a bachelor’s degree from McDaniel and a master of science degree in either finance or marketing from Carey Business School.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Viterbo University (WI) announced a partnership that will provide flexibility and increased academic offerings for students at both institutions beginning this fall. Under the agreement, Saint Mary’s will count six credits from 11 Viterbo bachelor’s degrees programs toward Saint Mary’s MS in business intelligence and data analytics program; Viterbo will allow Saint Mary’s students to enroll in Viterbo’s MA in servant leadership program and accelerate their paths by taking six credits of graduate coursework toward the program while at Saint Mary’s; and the two institutions will make certain certificate programs available to graduates from both universities.

In February, Robert Morris University (RMU) (PA) and four community colleges signed an agreement that allows community college students to be admitted directly to Robert Morris and to take up to 12 credits at RMU while earning an associate degree from their community college. After students complete their associate degree, they can transfer to RMU and will be eligible for annual scholarships. The new initiative, RMU Gateway, partners with the Community College of Allegheny County, Community College of Beaver County, Butler County Community College, and Westmoreland County Community College.

Missouri Baptist University (MBU) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) signed an agreement in March that will help MBU majors in Christian studies move into ministry positions faster. The accelerated master of divinity program will shorten a student’s time at NOBTS, potentially saving thousands of dollars, by reducing course redundancy.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently selected California Baptist University and Park University (MO) to be members of its Unmanned Aircraft Systems–Collegiate Training Initiative. The program recognizes colleges, universities, and technical schools that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and helps connect the institutions with general industry, local governments, law enforcement, and regional economic development entities on labor force needs.

Stetson University (FL) has entered into a new transfer agreement with Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC). Under the agreement, LSSC students who enroll full-time, complete LSSC’s honors program, and earn an associate of arts degree can transfer to Stetson’s honors program to complete their bachelor’s degree. In addition, Stetson will provide scholarships to all qualified LSSC transfer students that equal the full cost of tuition and fees, after state and federal aid.

Rendering of new academic building
Marymount Manhattan College (NY) recently received the largest gift in its 85-year history: $25 million from the Carson Family Charitable Trust. The gift will be used to establish the Judith Mara Carson Center for Visual Arts and to provide for student scholarships. Judith Mara Carson is a Marymount Manhattan alumna, honorary degree recipient, and former trustee. (Rendering courtesy of DSK Architects)

MAJOR GIFTS, GRANTS, AND CAMPAIGN SUCCESSES

Jerome J. Richardson, founding owner of the Carolina Panthers and a longtime business leader in the Carolinas, gave $150 million to Wofford College (SC), his alma mater, in February. Designated for the endowment, the gift will focus on need-based financial aid; off-campus U.S. and global study opportunities, student and faculty research, and internships; an initiative to raise the minimum wage of the college’s support staff to $15 per hour; and the improvement of campus buildings. With this gift, Richardson’s contributions to Wofford exceed $262.6 million.

In March, Furman University (SC) received a $25 million grant from the Duke Endowment to expand and advance the Furman Advantage, which provides Furman students with a personalized four-year pathway to graduation that includes academic advising, mentoring and career guidance, engaged learning experiences, and reflection opportunities. The new grant brings the Duke Endowment’s direct total investment in the Furman Advantage to $52.5 million.

DePaul University (IL) alumnus George L. Ruff (’74) and his wife, Tanya S. Ruff, recently made gifts to the university totaling $21 million to support scholarships and DePaul’s Institute of Global Homelessness. The new George L. and Tanya S. Ruff Endowed Scholarship will benefit low-income students, students of color, first-generation college students, and current members or veterans of the U.S. armed services. Funds designated for the, now renamed, George and Tanya Ruff Institute of Global Homelessness will advance efforts to help those experiencing housing insecurity. George Ruff is senior principal of Trinity Hotel Investors LLC, a member of DePaul’s School of Hospitality Leadership Advisory Board and Philanthropy Committee, and a longtime supporter of the university.

Lilly Endowment Inc. recently made 12 grants to support nine large-scale projects that will address a range of opportunities and challenges that many Indiana colleges and universities face. The grants total nearly $70 million and represent the third and final phase of the endowment’s initiative, Charting the Future for Indiana’s Colleges and Universities. Among the grants, Butler University (IN) will develop Butler Ventures to meet the evolving needs of adult learners and employers and help the university expand its mission; Depauw University (IN), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN) will develop a shared-resource consortium, MINDful College Connections, designed to improve and expand mental health resources for students; Goshen College (IN) will engage students and educators, support college faculty, and create new internships through the Expanding Inclusive Education in Elkhart County program as well as develop a joint master of social work degree program with Bluffton University (OH); University of Indianapolis (IN), Anderson University (IN), Indiana Institute of Technology, Martin University, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (IN), and University of Southern Indiana will work on Improving Student Retention through Data Analytics, a collaborative project to use predictive analytics to improve student retention and graduation rates; Valparaiso University (IN) and the University of Evansville (IN) will collaborate with Drake University (IA) and North Central College (IL) to establish the Central Shared Services Organization for administrative and technology functions; and Wabash College’s (IN) Restoring Hope, Restoring Trust initiative will develop the college’s approach to enhancing campus climate and expanding community collaborations with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Three Roanoke College (VA) alumni and their spouses have helped lead efforts to ensure that the college’s “next- generation” Science Center becomes a reality. The college recently received gifts from John (’52) and Betty Shannon ($3.3 million), Morris (’64) and Sheila Cregger ($1 million), and Paul (’52) and Constance Capp ($1 million). The contributions boosted the Science Center campaign, Beyond the Rise, which has raised about $20 million from all donors.

In February, eight historically Black colleges and universities were awarded more than $650,000 in grants through the HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program provides HBCUs with resources to protect, preserve, and leverage their historic campuses, buildings, and landscapes to inspire and educate future generations. Six of the eight awardees are CIC member institutions: Benedict College (SC) for historic Duckett Hall (1925); Lane College (TN) for the J. K. Daniels Conference Center (1923); Philander Smith College (AR) for the Sherman E. Tate Student Recreation Center (1936); Spelman College (GA) for the Rockefeller Fine Arts Building and Site (1964); Stillman College (AL) for Winsborough Hall (1922); and Tuskegee University (AL) for Thrasher Hall (1895) and Sage Hall (1927).

After receiving a $5 million gift from alumna Bonnie Forrer Rhodes (’62) and the late John Rhodes, Bridgewater College (VA) has announced the establishment of the Bonnie Forrer and John Harvey Rhodes School of Arts and Humanities. The school will combine the college’s existing Division of Communication Studies, Fine Arts, and Literature with the current Division of Humanities and Social Sciences to create the college’s first endowed, named school. The gift will enhance faculty development; strengthen investment in equipment, digital resources, specialized software, and computer hardware to support teaching and learning; provide opportunities for student research and conference travel; develop a new pre-tenure sabbatical program; and establish an endowed chair for the school.

Saint Mary’s University (MN) recently became the beneficiary of more than $5 million from the Lucille G. Stiever estate. Lucille Stiever and her husband, Saint Mary’s alumnus Robert J. Stiever (’49), who preceded her in death, were lifelong learners and avid readers. They requested that their estate gift be used for undergraduate students on Saint Mary’s Winona Campus with financial need so that more students would be able to afford a college education.

In March, Morehouse College (GA) received a $2 million gift from the Ray Charles Foundation to provide scholarships to outstanding business majors. The donation will fund the Valerie Ervin Student Success Endowed Scholarship, named after the Ray Charles Foundation’s president, and the Robert C. Davidson Jr. Student Success Endowed Scholarship, named after the foundation’s chair, a 1967 graduate of Morehouse and chair emeritus of the Morehouse board of trustees. The foundation is dedicated to promoting excellence in academics and the arts and supporting causes championed by the late, legendary Grammy- Award-winning musician Ray Charles.

Prompted by appreciation for the faculty and Sisters of Mercy who shaped their lives, a Mount Mercy University (IA) alumni couple recently donated $1 million to the university to establish endowed scholarships for future students. The gift—from Lonnie Schwartz (’87) and Linda (Kalb) Schwartz (’87)—will benefit students within Mount Mercy’s largest academic areas, accounting and nursing.

Priest blessing new building with holy water
Gannon University (PA) opened its 100,000-square-foot Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK) during a dedication and blessing ceremony in February. I-HACK will serve as a home where students can work with business leaders to design, integrate, and protect cybernetic intelligence and data systems worldwide. (Photo courtesy of Gannon University)

NEW INSTITUTES, PROGRAMS, AND MAJORS

Nazareth College (NY) has developed an Institute for Technology, Artificial Intelligence, and Society (ITAS) that will focus on the social, ethical, and business issues posed by digital technology. After launching a set of related minors in fall 2020, the institute will begin offering two majors in fall 2021: a BS in ethical data science and a BS in business, artificial intelligence, and innovation. ITAS is part of a network of universities—including institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pepperdine University (CA), Sewanee: The University of the South (TN), and Stanford University—that have joined the Public Interest Technology University Network.

St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY) recently launched a Center for Social Justice to foster critical discussions on a range of social issues that promote respect, equity, and justice. The center will expand the college’s commitment to the ideals of justice and equality through two pillars: The Social Justice and Equity Forum and the Justice Studies Institute. This spring, the college’s School of Arts and Sciences also added an interdisciplinary minor in human rights and social justice.

Columbia College (SC) has established the Institute for Building Resilience through Trauma-Informed Practices. The institute will offer undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs in education, social work, criminal justice, nursing, health care, business, and the arts; provide training programs on building resilience through trauma-informed practices for business, industry, health care, and nonprofit organizations; conduct research on the implementation of these practices and publish a journal of trauma-informed practices; and serve as a resource for schools, organizations, and communities.

In April, Chaminade University of Honolulu’s (HI) School of Business and Communications, in partnership with the Hawaiian Council for Economic Education, launched the Economic Education Center for Excellence. The center aims to train teachers and students in financial literacy and provide research to foster upward social mobility and an economically healthy society in Hawaii. Separately, Chaminade University launched a doctorate of education program in organizational leadership for adaptation and change in February. The online program offers three concentrations: educational leadership for experienced education professionals, indigenous leadership for leaders within indigenous populations, and organizational development for professionals across business, health care, nonprofit, and public sectors.

This spring, Moravian College (PA) announced ELEVATE, a program designed for new full-time undergraduate students, beginning with the class of 2025, who will begin arriving on campus this fall. ELEVATE will integrate four emphases into the curriculum and campus experience: teamwork/ leadership, global experiences, work experience, and career support. Under the program, each undergraduate student can earn badges that reflect eight core competencies as identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and qualify them for the Moravian Career Promise. The promise offers post-graduation career and financial support if a student is not employed or has not been accepted into a graduate program within six months of graduation.

This fall, Salem College (NC) will launch a new academic model and undergraduate experience, focused on preparing the next generation of women leaders in fields relating to health. The model will include three new health-oriented majors—in health sciences, health humanities, and health advocacy and humanitarian systems—as well as women’s leadership development programming, a renewed core liberal arts curriculum, and expanded internship and service-learning opportunities, all centered on leadership and health.

Stetson University (FL) has begun offering two new graduate-level, research-focused education programs: educational specialist (EdS) and master of exceptional student education (MESE). The one-year, online EdS program will allow educators to examine an issue of their choice and complete high-impact educational research projects. During the 15-month MESE program, educators will develop action-research projects that foster exceptional students’ educational and emotional growth.

As a part of its commitment to literacy initiatives, Walsh University’s (OH) Division of Education will begin a master of arts in education dyslexia specialist program this summer. Ohio’s recent dyslexia legislation is expected to require public P–12 districts to begin dyslexia screenings in 2022–2023 and to provide remedy for students diagnosed with dyslexia; Walsh is the first university in Ohio to offer master’s degree credentials in dyslexia and has designed the program to help meet the state’s needs.

Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL) has established an online master of arts in intercultural studies program that will begin this fall. Designed to provide a holistic education from leading faculty from diverse cultural backgrounds and nationalities, the program will include theological engagement of topics such as reconciliation, religious pluralism, cultural intelligence in society, intercultural approaches for ministry, ecclesiology in global perspective, and contemporary global crises.

Beginning this summer, Bethany Lutheran College (MN) will offer the institution’s first graduate program—a master of arts degree in clinical mental health counseling. The hybrid program’s faculty will approach the mental health field from a Christian worldview and provide guidance on counseling situations that occur in both secular and religious settings.

Alverno College (WI), home to one of the largest nursing schools in Wisconsin, will soon expand its nursing program to Arizona by opening a location dedicated to health care there in August 2022. In partnership with Synergis Education, Alverno will initially offer the college’s direct entry master of science in nursing program to students in Mesa, Arizona, the nation’s fifth-largest and fastest-growing city and the headquarters of Synergis Education. Like Alverno’s Milwaukee-based program, the Mesa program is designed for women and men who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field and will allow students to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing within 18 months of full-time study.

On the heels of announcing its new College of Health Professions and a BS degree in health education and health promotion last fall, Saint Leo University (FL) has announced two new degrees that will begin this fall. The BS in nursing is designed to prepare students for generalist nursing practice within complex health care systems, and the online BS in respiratory therapy is designed for those who already hold an associate degree in the discipline and have started working in the field.

Many institutions continue to expand their computer science and technology-based degree offerings—both at the undergraduate and graduate level. This spring, the University of the Cumberlands (KY) began offering an online MS degree in cyber-engineering that dives into principles of electrical engineering, computer engineering, and computer science. Beginning this fall, Gannon University’s (PA) College of Engineering and Business will offer an online MS degree in information assurance and cybersecurity that consists of a series of “stackable credentials”—graduate certificates in cybersecurity essentials, information security, and more. University of the Pacific (CA) has introduced a new MS degree in computer science that will be offered in two modalities: hybrid on the Stockton, California, campus beginning in fall 2021 and fully online starting in fall 2022. And Midway University (KY) added computer science to the majors available for its traditional undergraduate, on-campus student population this fall; the major will focus on programming, networking, cybersecurity and platform technologies, and mathematics and will require a capstone project and internship.

A new academic support program at Caldwell University (NJ) will help students with learning disabilities flourish in a university setting. Student Outreach and Academic Resources (SOAR) will provide students with language-based learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders with personalized academic services such as tutoring, writing coaching, peer mentoring with a member of the Delta Alpha Pi national honor society, and outreach.

Group photo in front of new building
Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL) celebrated the opening of Watson Family Hall with a dedication and ribbon-cutting in March. The eight-story residence hall contains 154 apartment-style units with full kitchens and collaborative study spaces and community rooms. The hall is named in honor of Karl Watson Sr., Karl Watson Jr., and their families, who are longtime supporters of the university. (Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Atlantic University)

NEW AND RECENTLY RENOVATED FACILITIES

A February groundbreaking ceremony at Culver-Stockton College (MO) celebrated the beginning of construction of an addition to the campus that is at the heart of the college’s educational mission. The nearly $1.3 million Innovation, Design and Experiential Activities (IDEA) Center will serve as a laboratory and display area for showcasing the college’s experiential learning program, which highlights seven types of experiential learning: creative expression, leadership, simulations, research and innovation, service learning, travel, and professional experience. The IDEA Center also will provide resources on experiential teaching and learning for faculty and students.

Midway University (KY) officially opened its newly renovated Marrs Hall during the 2020–2021 academic year. The building serves as the administrative center for the university, housing the office of the president as well as the advancement and alumni relations, human resources, finance, and marketing offices. The admissions, financial aid, and business offices are located in a “one-stop shop” for students and families—the Ann J. Bowling Welcome Center located on the second floor. In addition, with the recent completion of the Tracy Farmer-Don Ball Stadium and the Dick Robinson Field, the Midway University Eagles baseball team now has a new home field on campus.

In April, Dominican University (IL) named the recently opened Learning Commons in honor of Donna Carroll, who will retire as president this June after 27 years of service. The Learning Commons involved reimagining and reconstructing the second and third floors of the university’s Rebecca Crown Library to create a central hub for student resources, including the Academic Enrichment Center, Disability Support Services, the Weather Tech Innovation Lab, and collaborative meeting spaces. Most dramatically, the Commons enclosed the formally outdoor terrace with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, providing additional year-round contemplative space. Dominican’s board formally named the Donna M. Carroll Learning Commons during an April meeting, recognizing Carroll for fostering a strong sense of university community and prioritizing the interests of students.

This spring, St. Thomas Aquinas College (NY) acquired the Camp Venture property and building at 230 Route 340 in Sparkill, New York. By acquiring the 12-acre tract of land and 100,000-square-foot building, the college has increased its campus footprint by 20 percent to 72 acres. The college and Camp Venture have been long-time neighbors and friends in serving the local community, and the college will initially lease part of this property and building to Camp Venture, which currently houses the Venture Center Day Habilitation Programs.

Four people touring a new lab
The University of Holy Cross (LA) opened the first university beverage science lab in Louisiana, the Brown Foundation Beverage Science Laboratory, in February. The facility will allow Food Science Program students to learn, first-hand, the quality, safety, and manufacturing measures in the field to produce alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. (Photo courtesy of University of Holy Cross)

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