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Hundreds of Earlham College students and faculty joined other activists around the world in a climate strike and teach-in on Friday, September 27.
The event include student- and faculty-led demonstrations and lectures about Earlham’s energy systems, soils and sustainable agriculture, research and controversies in global climate change, and carbon footprints and circular economies. Environmental officials from Wayne County, Indiana, and non-profit consultants from the region also led discussions and demonstrations.
Earlham College has earned new recognition from U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s “Most Innovative Schools.”
In the 2020 edition of U.S. News’ “Best Colleges” guidebook, Earlham is featured as one of 55 institutions taking a pioneering approach in the areas of academics, campus life, technology or facilities. Earlham stands alongside other leading liberal arts colleges including Bates, Carleton, Oberlin and Amherst, in warranting the recognition.
Dominican University is considered the best university in the Midwest for ensuring the social mobility of its graduates, according to the recently released U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The 2020 “Best Colleges” issue also ranked Dominican #11 out of 165 Midwest master’s level universities. Dominican has been among the top 20 of Midwest regional universities for more than two decades.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Dominican as the Best Value in the state of Illinois, as determined by a comparison of its academic quality and net cost to students. The survey also listed Dominican within the top 15 Midwest universities for the quality of its undergraduate teaching.
The report’s “Top Performers on Social Mobility” category, which is new this year, measures how well schools graduate students who receive federal Pell grants—those whose annual family incomes range from $20,000 to $50,000—compared to the graduation rate of students who do not receive Pell grants. Dominican places a high priority on closing the equity gap in its student body, almost half of whom are first-generation-to-college and 99 percent of whom receive some form of financial aid.
Dominican University is proud to announce the naming of the Elizabeth T. MacNeil School of Nursing in recognition of a generous gift by David MacNeil, CEO of MacNeil Automotive (WeatherTech), in honor of his late mother, a pediatric nurse and teacher.
MacNeil is an alumnus of Dominican and holds an honorary doctoral degree from the university. He founded WeatherTech, well known for its signature line of car and truck mats, in 1989 as well as its dedication to using only American-made parts. Today, the company is a multimillion-dollar, vertically integrated business producing a wide range of high-end automotive accessories.
“It is David’s entrepreneurial spirit, demand for quality and genuine care for his employees and customers that Dominican seeks to instill in its nursing graduates,” said Dominican University President Donna Carroll.
Elizabeth MacNeil taught pediatric nursing most of her life, at Chicago area institutions including the University of Illinois at Chicago, St. Anne’s Hospital and St. Mary of Nazareth Prior to her careers in nursing and teaching, she served as an officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force.
As a way to show other physical therapy students a fun opportunity to interact with patients outside of the clinic, Christopher Grimes DPT’21 invited his classmates to volunteer at Life Rolls On’s They Will Surf Again event as part of the 2019 Get On Board Tour. Hundreds lined the beach in Wildwood, New Jersey on August 4, 2019 to help adaptive athletes catch a wave.
“We work in volunteer teams of about 50,” said Grimes. “We bring the adaptive athletes onto modified surfboards, bring them out into the ocean and they get to ride the waves for about ten to 15 waves.”
On Friday, August 23, 2019, 367 new students and their families arrived at USciences to move into various residence halls on campus. They were aided by more than 100 student volunteers who made up the “Arrival Survival” team. Donning neon yellow shirts, the students helped families unload their cars, load their belongings into carts, bringing them up to each room.
More than 300 students moved into the Living & Learning Commons, USciences newest residence hall, making them the first class to spend the full year in the 126,000 square-foot building located at 46th Street and Woodland Avenue. The building includes 208 double occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Each floor is equipped with laundry amenities, student lounge and study spaces. In the building there is a game room and a share kitchen as well as an open-air plaza for the University and surrounding neighbors.
At Drake’s Welcome Celebration, a carnival-inspired festival, all 435 new students and their families were welcomed the USciences community with food, games, and fun.
“USciences is a vibrant academic community that promises to provide you with the opportunities for an excellent education,” said Dr. Paul Katz, addressing the students and their families during the celebration.
“Students, I encourage you to engage with your fellow students and take advantage of what is here for you,” said Dr. Katz. “We already know that you are smart enough to succeed here; now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity.”
Jayna Suter, president of the Student Government Association, addressed the students with some inspirational words to help get them off on the right foot for a productive new year.
The College of Wooster has emerged as the best known “hidden gem” in higher education, that according to results from a survey taken by more than 160 Independent Educational Consultants (IEC).
Western New England University will add women’s ice hockey to its athletics program. University President Anthony S. Caprio announced the new offering, which will begin competing in 2020.
“Western New England University takes immense pride in offering opportunities for student-athletes to excel in the classroom and in their chosen sport,” said Caprio. “This latest expansion of our athletics program adds a fast-growing and exciting sport to the current roster of 19 NCAA sports for women and men.”
While the number of youth hockey teams for girls has soared in recent years, Western New England will be the first Springfield-area college to offer the sport at the varsity level.
“Women’s Hockey represents the perfect opportunity to add a 20th sport to our lineup,” said Matt LaBranche, Director of Athletics, Recreational Sport & Physical Education. “Interest at the high school and youth levels has never been higher, and we are proud to be providing a new opportunity for those young women to pursue their passion in a highly competitive collegiate program.”
LaBranche added that while interest in Massachusetts and Connecticut is high, Western New England expects to recruit students nationwide for the new program.
LaBranche also announced the hiring of Katie S. Zimmerman to the position of head coach for the new team. Zimmerman spent the past five years as an assistant coach at Amherst College. She also has coaching experience with USA Hockey and SUNY Cortland.
“Katie has a proven track record as a coach, talent evaluator, and recruiter,” said LaBranche. “I’m confident over the course of the next year she will set the stage for a successful first season in 2020-21 and beyond.”
A new report finds Western New England University #1 in Massachusetts and #5 in the nation when it comes to the preparing graduates for the job market.
The analysis by the career-focused site Zippia utilized data from the federal government's College Scorecard, looking at employment rates ten years after students graduated. Western New England University's employment rate is 95.56 percent, placing it ahead of all but four institutions nationwide.
"This is yet another powerful endorsement of the career-readiness of our alumni. It also demonstrates the value and significant impact of the University's curriculum - a unique blend of liberal and professional learning," said Anthony S. Caprio, University President.
"As we celebrate our Centennial and reflect upon our past, we see that throughout our first 100 years of continuous progress, we have demonstrated a firm commitment to meeting the needs of a changing workforce. And as we craft our second century, we will remain dedicated to our clearly understood mission of providing a profoundly enriching education that creates professional opportunities for our students and alumni."
As part of its efforts to prepare students for successful careers, Western New England University incorporates career exploration and preparation starting with a student's first year on campus. According to Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing Bryan Gross, the incorporation of hands-on career preparation into the curriculum resonates with prospective students and their families.