Monday, June 19, 2017

Esports added at Stephens College

Dianne Lynch, president of Stephens College in Columbia, MO is featured in an interview discussing the institution's esports team, "Stephens College founds first all women's collegiate esports team."  Pressident Lynch provided a strong rationale for the program and how it fits nicely with Stephens' broader historic mission as a women's institution.  Lauren Magarino intereviewed Lynch and former students in her reporting for KOMU-TV.  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stephens College Offers Innovative Summer Camping Experiences

Many small colleges look for ways to attract people in the summer and make use of facilities that are underutilized outside the traditional academic year.  It is an added bonus when the summer camps attract young people who may be undergraduates in the future.

Stephens College in Columbia, MO offers several interesting options in summer camps that fit nicely with the institution's historic mission as a women's college.  

This past week Stephens hosted a Fashion Makers Camp where participants learned to create and make wearable do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.  Molly Nagel, reported on the camp for the Columbia Missourian in "Fashion Makers Camp teaches girls about fashion design, history and production."

One of the students woke each morning by 5 a.m. in order to drive with her mother for several hours to attend the camp.   The article notes that "...she has always wanted to be a fashion designer and has dreamed of going to school at Stephens for the past four years. When she heard about the Fashion Makers Camp, she begged her mom for weeks to let her attend."
The CoMo Girls Rock! camp is another interesting idea where participants learn an instrument, start a band and write an original song.  The camp culminates on a Saturday with a live rock show at a popular local music venue, The Blue Note, where performances of campers’ original songs are featured.  You can visit the Stephens College website for other camps offered this summer

Do you know of other colleges offering innovative summer camps?  If you do, post a brief description or link in the comment section below.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Cleveland Institute of Art Featured in Video

Ohio's @WVIZ produced an interesting short video, "Cleveland Institute of Art poised to raise national profile," on the Cleveland Institute of Art.  

The video features an interview by Rick Jackson with CIA's president, Grafton Nunes.   Nunes discusses how the institution has become a world-class center for the arts and the importance of a strong interactive relationship between the broader Cleveland community and CIA.  The video also showcases a number of the majors that include biomedical art, visual arts, game design, and animation.  
CIA currently enrolls just over 600 students.  It was initially founded in 1882 as the Western Reserve School of Design for Women.  It soon became known as the Cleveland School of Art and in 1949 adopted the name of Cleveland Institute of Art.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Possible Lessons from Revival of Antioch College for St. Joseph's and other Small Colleges

The Lafayette, Indiana Journal & Courier and the USA Today Network of papers published "The fall and rise of a college," with excellent reporting by Meghan Holden on April 14, 2017.  

Holden sets the stage by initially describing the emotional events surrounding recent news that St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana is closing.  She then shifts her focus to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH and weaves together interviews with students, alumni, administrators, and community members to identify lessons that might be helpful to the those trying to revive St. Joseph's.  

Three central themes emerge from her discussions with different Antioch constituents:
  • emotional and financial support of alumni and the broader community are critical.
  • the effort will take more time and money than anyone can envision.
  • and, reliance on traditional funding models will not be successful over the long term.  
This initial article is also accompanied by a companion article, "The Antioch College experience," where Holden provides more information on Antioch's history and the evolution of its relatively unique mission and campus culture.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Partnership offers Path to Degrees for Single Mothers

The Christian Science Monitor offers an excellent article by Josh Kenworthy, "First US 'microcollege' helps single moms become liberal arts graduates."  Kenworthy focuses on a partnership between Bard College and The Care Center of Holyoke, MA that provides a path toward a two-year liberal arts associates degree using a cohort model.

Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY has a rich tradition of working with other organizations to expand access to the liberal arts and humanities.  The college has affiliated programs in New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Washington D.C., Seattle, and Arizona.  In addition, Bard has assisted other colleges and universities in establishing neighborhood humanities courses through the support of a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (F.I.P.S.E.) grant.

The Care Center strives to transform the lives of students and the community through a rigorous program that combines the arts, education, and culture.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trevecca Nazarene University and Eastern Nazarene College Explore Possible Merger

The Tennessean reports in "Trevecca sets stage for merger with Massachusetts college," that trustees of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA signed a memorandum of understanding to explore a possible merger of the two institutions.  Trevecca's president and executive vice president for finance and administration will serve similar roles at Eastern Nazarene.  
Trevecca Nazarene was founded in 1901 and enrolls 3,221 students.  Eastern Nazarene traces its roots to 1900 and the founding of Pentecostal Collegiate Institute in Saratoga Springs, NY.  Eastern Nazarene enrolls 1,100 students.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Paul Quinn College: 1st HBCU and 1st urban institution to receive 'Work College' Designation

Renee Yan reported on March 22, 2017 that "Paul Quinn Becomes First Historically Black College to be Designated a 'Work College.'"  The institution also indicates that it will be the first urban Work College.  You can visit the Paul Quinn College website for more information on the Work Program.

You can also review previous posts on the Small College Garden that feature Paul Quinn College: