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Mount Mercy University was named a 2020–21 College of Distinction based on engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. The university also received program-specific recognition in business, education and nursing.
Our March 1 priority application deadline for freshmen has passed, but we are still accepting applications and admitting students on a space-available basis. The priority application deadline for transfer students is July 1. The sooner students complete their applications, the sooner we can send admissions decisions and financial aid offers. Go to whitworth.edu/apply.
We regretfully had to cancel our large campus visit events, but small campus tours remain available Monday-Saturday at 2 p.m. Sign up at whitworth.edu/campustours. For those who were counting on attending a campus visit event to earn a one-time, $1,000 Visit Scholarship, we will be in touch soon about how to qualify for the scholarship in other ways. In the meantime, we encourage you to join current student for a video tour or take an interactive virtual campus tour. Find both at whitworth.edu/visit.
Here's a presidential pro tip for prospective students who want to increase their odds of getting one of their top residence hall choices and their preferred class schedule in the fall: Deposit now! Go to whitworth.edu/deposit to pay the $350 enrollment deposit and lock in priority housing and class registration benefits.
For the fourth year in a row, Huntington University film students in Indiana and Arizona have garnered top awards at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts. This year, Huntington University took second place in overall awards.
This year’s competition was the largest yet included over 1,700 entries from over 300 universities around the world. Of the 18 Best of Festival awards the BEA, Huntington University students claimed two of them.
“It is both a joy and privilege to teach and serve in our digital media arts department,” said Dr. Lance Clark, associate dean of the arts and professor of digital media arts at Huntington University. “When we launched our programs in film, animation and broadcast media 15 years ago we had a vision to be the top school in the nation. Little did I know that we would accomplish that so soon. Prospective students who want a top-notch faith center education in the arts should really look no further than Huntington University and our School of the Arts.”
Western New England University recently hosted its second annual Agawam Qualifier for the FIRST® Lego League (FLL), with 27 teams competing to advance to the District Finals. The teams represented grade schools and junior high schools from western Massachusetts and Connecticut. FLL is related to the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) for high school students.
FIRST® LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers through the release of a challenge. This year competitors (teams of up to 10 children and two adult coaches) were asked to respond to a three-part challenge on a real-world scientific topic. In this year’s CITY SHAPER CHALLENGE, competitors were asked: "What if you could build a better world? Where would you begin?"
During the CITY SHAPER season, teams choose and solve a real-world problem in the Innovation Project. Each team is tasked with building, testing, and programing an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams operated under the FIRST signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.
Under a large white tent on a sun-soaked Tuesday morning, Limestone College held a groundbreaking ceremony in a spot where its new 65,000-square-foot library and student center building will stand in 16 months.
The festivities took place in the parking lot area behind Montgomery Hall, just off the front campus. Construction preparations have already begun, and the anticipated occupancy date is May of 2021. The large crowd in attendance – which included students, faculty, staff, state and local officials, and area residents – was treated to a large-screen slideshow throughout the ceremony that displayed the architectural renderings of the three-story structure that will express a strong relationship to the existing historic campus architecture, while also featuring modern accents including a creative exterior brick design, a light-filled glass-wall entryway, and large gathering spaces on the inside.
“Game development and gaming is a broadening field, and this new minor will give Limestone students an edge no matter the professional path they select,” said Dr. Jane Watkins, Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Limestone. “The video game industry needs all types of expertise, and college graduates with a breadth of interests and skills will certainly have an advantage in the job market.
“We're excited about this minor because, while it will certainly interest Computer Science majors, it will also be highly attractive to students who major in other areas,” she continued. “The minor is an excellent complement to any of the majors offered at Limestone. In the world of video game production, there is a need for expertise in a wide-variety of areas.”
Clarkson will now offer 10 scholarships covering full tuition. This opportunity is for new incoming freshman applicants and is not restricted to any specific major. An application is required. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2020.
Madonna University nursing alumna Najah Bazzy, '98 BSN, has been selected as one of CNN's 10 Heroes of 2019. The story, of how she started the nonprofit Zaman International and how it has helped more than 250,000 impoverished women and children.
For years, Bazzy ran her goodwill effort from her home, transporting donated goods in her family's minivan. Eventually, her efforts grew into Zaman International, a nonprofit that now supports impoverished women and children of all backgrounds in the Detroit area. The group has helped more than 250,000 people.
Madonna University President Michael Grandillo joined Athletics Director Scott Kennell announced that the University will add football to its intercollegiate athletics program, bringing the total offerings to 20 teams.
We are excited to add football to our athletic offerings," stated Dr. Grandillo. "We hope bringing collegiate football to Western Wayne County will be as thrilling for the communities we serve as it is to the Madonna community. The strength and success of our current programs gives us confidence that Crusaders' football will find success as well."
Three years ago, the Madonna University women's cross country team qualified as a team for the NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships for the first time in program history. Fast forward to 2019 and that same group are the first-ever national champions in the 33-year history of Madonna athletics.
The 40th annual event, held at Fort Vancouver Historical Site on Saturday afternoon, could not have gone any better for the Crusaders who won the title with 111 points, 36 more than runner-up College of Idaho. Madonna finished with a 1-5 spread of 34 seconds and an average time of 18:35.