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  • September 2, 2020

    Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) Hires New Vice President of Academic Affairs

    MCAD President Sanjit Sethi is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert Ransick as Vice President of Academic Affairs.

    As of July 1, Ransick will replace retiring Vice President Karen Wirth, who began her career at MCAD in the early 1990s and also served as interim president for the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • September 2, 2020

    Hamline Announces Minnesota’s First Undergraduate Forensic Psychology Concentration

    Starting fall 2020, Hamline undergraduates can explore the psychology behind criminal behavior and the legal system.

    While other Minnesota universities offer graduate forensic psychology programs, Hamline will be the first institution to offer a forensic psychology concentration to undergraduates. The 36-credit concentration is open to students majoring in criminal justice, psychology, or legal studies—and since many courses overlap with major requirements, students can gain these unique skills while staying on track to graduate.

  • September 1, 2020

    Star Tribune: St. Thomas president Julie Sullivan saw opportunity with ouster from MIAC sports

    UST’s future-focused leader didn’t delay when a window to D-I athletics opened.
    Early in her tenure as St. Thomas president, Julie Sullivan decided it was a question worth exploring. Why had the Tommies athletic department remained in Division III, when the schools she viewed as its national peers — Catholic universities such as Marquette, Creighton and San Diego — all played Division I sports?

  • August 31, 2020

    University of St. Thomas to replace Cass Gilbert residence hall with $100 million STEAM building off Summit Ave

    At the University of St. Thomas, a residence hall designed by famed Minnesota architect Cass Gilbert in the 1890s could soon be replaced by a $100 million science, technology, engineering, arts and math complex.

    University officials have passed the midway point in fundraising and drafted initial concept plans that could replace Loras Hall — which was constructed as residences for St. Paul Seminary students in 1894 — with the new STEAM building.

    The goal, said the university in a written statement, is interdisciplinary instruction that partners with community and industry on real-world problems.

    The hall has yet to be officially announced as the STEAM site’s future location, but it’s a leading contender.

  • August 31, 2020

    Carleton College: Poskanzer to step down as president next summer

    Carleton College President Steven Poskanzer will step down in July 2021, ending an 11-year presidential tenure with the college.

    “This is a choice and a change of direction that I have been weighing for almost two years,” Poskanzer told the Carleton community in a written announcement. “I adore this college, and serving as its president has been far and away the best and the most fulfilling experience of my professional career.”

    In notifying Carleton’s Board of Trustees today of his decision, Poskanzer said he plans to take a sabbatical and return to Carleton in 2022 as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science.

  • August 17, 2020

    Gustavus COVID-19 Update: Fall Classes and On-Campus Living

    Members of the Gustavus community, I write today with an important update on course delivery, on-campus living, and the academic calendar for the Fall 2020 semester. After careful deliberation by the President’s Cabinet and Board of Trustees, informed by the thoughtful work of the Faculty Emergency Planning Committee and the COVID-19 Response Leadership Team, and in consultation with local and state public health authorities, we have made the difficult decision to begin the fall semester with only first-year students, new transfer students, and a small number of returning students living on campus. All other students will complete the first three and a half weeks (September 2-September 25) of classes in an online format while living away from campus. During this period, all classes will be online with the exception of First Term Seminars and CUR-100—Transformations, Values, & Identity, which will be taught in their currently planned instructional format. We know based on our recent survey about online learning that students overwhelmingly want to be back on campus. We want you here, too. We have been and will continue to strive to have all students who desire living and learning on campus this semester when COVID conditions indicate we can do so in a safe manner.