Updates at Eckerd College (FL)

Counselor Newsletter #27

Welcome to Issue 27 of the Triton Times!

We hope that the Spring is going well for you. We are excited to have reviewed many of your students’ applications. This Spring, our admission counselors will be traveling to your areas for college fairs, receptions and one-on-one interviews with admitted students. Encourage your students to come meet us at these different events.

In this issue, you can read about:
Workers powered through November to erect walls on the College’s new Center for Visual Arts (CVA) building. The rising structure will house galleries, studios, classrooms and labs for students in the Creative Arts Collegium. Situated between the Roberts Music Center and Bininger Theater, the new center will create a collegium complex. Administrators hope to open the CVA in the fall.
Winter Term trips register record number of students for second year

Nearly 400 students took advantage of Winter Term trips this January, a slight increase over January 2016, which previously recorded the most registered students, according to the Office of International Education. Trips to Spain; Ecuador; and Quebec, Canada, immersed students in language, while for science-focused courses, students journeyed to Cuba, Honduras and Belize. Several classes took place across Asia—including China, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia—where students analyzed business in Eastern economies. Students returned to campus on January 30.
Report highlights College’s 15 years of stability, growth

It has been 15 years since Don Eastman left his post at the University of Georgia and found his home as president of Eckerd College. In that time the College has transformed—physically and metaphorically—into the institution so popular that it welcomed last August its largest freshman class ever. In a report given to the College’s Board of Trustees in October, Eastman credited a steadfast commitment by the faculty and staff to doing the small tasks that keep a college thriving. Eastman said the College he inherited had its own vision; it merely needed a dedicated, steady hand. “The progress the College has made over the past 15 years is tangible and compelling,” he wrote in the report’s introductory letter. The full booklet—15 Years, One Vision, One Community: President’s 15th Anniversary Report—lays out Eastman’s successes, including capital improvement projects (Armacost Library, James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences, Doyle Sailing Center, etc.) and programs (Reflective Service-Learning, Sustainability, Study Abroad, etc.). It can be downloaded or viewed online at eckerd.edu/president.

EC-ERT gets volunteer medical director and expansion of treatments

Eckerd’s cadre of volunteer first responders get to put their Emergency Medical Technician training to use now that a new medical director has helped the team meet the College’s insurance requirements. Dr. Dennis Anderson, an ER doctor at St. Petersburg’s Palms of Pasadena Hospital, joined the Eckerd College Emergency Response Team (EC-ERT) in July as the College worked out a partnership with the hospital to provide learning opportunities for the team. Now, the group has ordered new equipment that will allow it to deal with oxygen deprivation and airway restriction.


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Updates at Naropa University (CO)

Where There Be Dragons turns 25
Naropa University’s Study Abroad partner program turns 25. This gap year program offers experience to students in remote, culturally significant regions in villages in Senegal, Bolivia, China, India and beyond to develop a global perspective. Read more about the program and student experience here.
Gallery Opening at School of Arts
Naropa University’s School of the Arts Galleries are celebrating celebrate three prominent artists, Gina Adams, Katie Caron, and Emily Quinn. Their work reveals a range of topics such as gender roles and Southern culture, oppression of Native Americans, and our connection to nature. Read about the artist and their work here.
Study Abroad in Bhutan
Naropa’s Bhutan Study Abroad program is underway for spring 2017 and we invite you to follow the adventures of our students as they embark on this learning adventure. Lead by Anne Parker, nine students are currently traveling in Bhutan for three weeks, learning elementary Dzongha and becoming familiar with Bhutan. Read the first few entries of theSpring 2017 Bhutan blog here.

March 16: An Evening with Lama Surya Das: “Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation (Boulder, CO)


Please join us for an evening talk with Lama Surya Das – one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars, His Holiness the Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “the American Lama”. Coupled with twenty years living in India and the Himalayas, Lama Surya has spent over forty five years studying Zen, Vipassana (mindfulness), Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with many of the great old masters of Asia, including some of the Dalai Lama’s own senior teachers. Tickets here

Save the Date: Experience Naropa
Naropa University will throw open its doors to prospective students from across the country and around the world at Experience Naropa – a whirlwind of activity designed to open minds, spark creativity, and begin to create the bonds of community. Tour campus, attend sample classes, and meet students and faculty who are changing the world for the better. Come for the answers to your questions, and stick around for an engaging afternoon full of lively activities and passionate people.

RSVP here for April 21

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Honor yourself and your ideals through Naropa’s whole-person curriculum. Help us find solutions to the world’s greatest challenges, by learning to face today with a clear mind, and a compassionate heart–one breath at a time.
Bill Keys, BA ’94, was recently spotlighted in Boulder’s local paper, Daily Camera. As a traveling street poet, the article steps into the ‘transient reality’ of writing poems to all walks of life. Read more here.
Andy Hoffmann, MFA ’86, received the Distinguished Honors Professor, University of Utah, 2015. He was also named an Undergraduate Studies Fellow, 2016-17, and is currently developing as part of the university’s MUSE project a campus-wide curriculum for second year students with a focus on mindfulness and well-being.
Jorge Rodríguez-Miralles, MFA ’08, English translations of Andrés García Cerdán, a contemporary Spanish poet will be featured in the Osiris Poetry Review. These translations are the only English translations of the contemporary Spanish poet, who was awarded Spain’s St. John of the Cross Poetry Prize. Read some of his translations here.
Sarah Fitzgibbons, MA ’05, is a current PhD student at the University of Rochester and has recently co-authored “A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Counseling Students Who Participate in Mindfulness-Based Activities in a Counseling Theory and Practice Course” that was recently published in the International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling. Read the abstract here.
Katie Hayden-Lewis, MA ’03, continues to bring forward the practices and activism into her psychotherapy practice as the Rural Services Director at one of the nations leading training and consultation centers that supports early intervention for schizophrenia in young people. Read more about Early Assessment and Support Alliance here.
Daniel Fisher, MDIV ’06, recently released A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook for Caring for Your Buddhist Community. This collection draws from numerous Buddhist practitioners including other Naropa Alumni: Katherine Walker, MDIV ’12, Jesse Howard Lash Masterson MDIV ’08, Victor Gabriel MA ’04, Tenzin Kacho Kiyosaki MA ’05.

 What are you reading?

I am nearing the end of Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I read incessantly, and this is easily one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read. “I would not have you descend into your own dream. I would have you be a conscious citizen of this terrible and beautiful world.”― Ta-Nehisi CoatesBetween the World and Me
Karen Wills, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions
I am reading Los Otros Dreamers by Jill Anderson and Nin Solis.

Teresa Veramendi, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

I’m on a sci-fi kick lately, so I’m finishing Babylon’s Ashes, the latest book in the Expanse series by James S.A. Corey.

Matt Powers, Undergraduate Admissions Counselor

I’m reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay. Really good! About to discuss this one (along with “The Handmaid’s Tale”) with my book club for “Galentine’s Day”.

Martha Husick, Events & Visitation Coordinator

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American University (DC): GAP PROGRAM

American Gap Association

College Credit and Internship Experience

AU Gap students gain internship experience and college credit in DC!

Are you looking for a gap experience in the academic world while also exploring new experiences and opportunities?

In American University’s Gap Program, students explore future careers through a 3-days per week internship in Washington, DC, and a seminar class in American Politics, International Affairs, or Global Business. Students use DC as their classroom with site visits and guest speakers who provide them with the behind-the-scenes look at an international capital—all while earning college credit.

AU Gap can be a year-long or semester experience—allowing students to easily combine a semester in AU Gap with another type of Gap experience or to immerse themselves in gaining internship experience for a full-year! Learn more about application requirements and deadlines.

Want to learn more about the AU Gap experience? Check out our video and our AU Gap blog!

American University, School of Professional & Extended Studies
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC20016

Summer at Boston U: Academy of Media Production

Do you know a bright and creative rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior eager to develop their filming and journalistic storytelling skills?
Boston University’s
College of Communication 
offers creative high school students the opportunity to develop their cinematic or journalistic storytelling skills at the
Academy of Media Production (AMP) 
July 10th – August 4th, 2017.
“AMP was immersive, exciting and challenging – I never imagined that I would learn so much, work so hard and have such a blast.
 In this life-changing, four-week summer experience,
AMP students will:

Learn from expert hands-on instruction

Create videos, webcasts, multi-camera productions and more

Discover educational and professional opportunities


Live on campus in Boston and get a sense of college life



Applications are currently being accepted.
It’s time to AMP UP!
Program Dates: July 10th – August 4th, 2017
Program Information & Application Materials: bu.edu/amp
Questions? Contact the program at buamp@bu.edu
Boston University College of Communication | 640 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
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Baylor University (TX) Updates


February High School Newsletter

The spring semester is fully underway. We have some announcements to bring your way!


Our final deadline has passed, and we are busy reviewing files. Students who applied Regular Decision by the February 1 deadline will receive a decision by April 10. Please remind your students to check their goBAYLOR account for the latest updates from Undergraduate Admissions.


Students can complete their Housing Application as soon as they have paid the enrollment deposit. (Remember — the enrollment deposit is refundable through May 1 if plans change.) The Housing Application is due by February 10 for a student to participate in roommate matching. Contact Campus Living & Learning with questions at (254) 710-3642 or living@baylor.edu.

Academic Alert: Anthropology

The Anthropology program is a holistic study that examines the entirety of the human condition including biology, society, culture and language. Students are educated in these four categories through classroom learning, seminars and hands-on field and laboratory research opportunities.

The Anthropology Department also requires a Field School course for any student majoring in Anthropology. These Field School courses consist of small group research projects to collect and analyze data and are offered in Guatemala, Appalachia, Belize and Waco.

Baylor Tradition of the Month: Chapel

Since the University opened its doors in May 1846, Chapel has been a part of the Baylor experience. Originally a daily requirement for all students, faculty and staff, today students are required to attend two days per week for two semesters. The programs enjoyed at Chapel and the sacred times shared are significant gifts to the Baylor community. They help students remember their deeper callings and envision a greater good.

What You May Not Know About Baylor:

Baylor is a nationally ranked research institution and with that comes a large amount of academic demand on our students. That’s why we offer the Paul L Foster Success Center. The Success Center provides students with various free resources: academic advising; support programs; career and professional development.

The Office of Career and Professional Development assists students as they make decisions about their professional goals. The office hosts mock interviews, career fairs and even guides students on how to dress professionally.

Discover Waco

Waco and the Baylor community partner together each year in various facets to foster students’ spiritual life. The Office of Spiritual Life hosts a church fair in August for students to learn more about local churches. Many churches provide transportation on Sunday mornings for students. Baylor also hosts a weekly college ministry called Vertical.


Don’t hesitate to contact Undergraduate Admissions with any questions you! We love working with our students and want to advocate for them as much as possible through the admissions process. Call (254) 710-3435 to speak with a counselor.

Happy February and Sic ’Em!

Baylor University One Bear Place #97056 Waco, TX 76798-7056
1-800-BAYLOR-U   |    www.baylor.edu/admissions/ask

Updates from Sewanee: The University of the South (TN)

Boston University Summer Investigative Journalism Workshop

We are delighted to announce a special opportunity for your students. The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University’s College of Communication, is again offering a unique Investigative Journalism Workshop this summer.

This program, now in its eighth year, would be a perfect fit for your students who are interested in journalism or writing. Nearly 165 students from 31 states and 11 countries attended last summer’s workshop, and we are expecting sessions to fill up quickly for 2017.

Our three two-week workshops will begin on June 26. During each session, students participate in seminars and work alongside veteran journalism teachers and award-winning local and national journalists on investigative stories that challenge students’ critical thinking and research skills. Students will live on the BU campus and gain hands-on experience to benefit them in college and beyond.

For more information about our program, visit our website and read students’ reflections on their experiences at the workshop last summer. I encourage you to share this information with your students and their families.

Students who apply and pay in full by February 28, 2017, can receive a $100 discount on tuition.

Burt Glass
Executive Director
New England Center for Investigative Reporting

640 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Introducing a new project at High Point University (NC)

Amazing growth and transformation continues to blossom at High Point University! We would like to introduce you to the new Nido & Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center project. The HPU Board of Trustees proposed and unanimously voted to honor HPU President Nido Qubein and First Lady Mariana Qubein by naming the new basketball and conference facility in honor of their family.
The plan for the project includes a small hotel adjacent to the arena and conference center to facilitate majors in hospitality and event planning and to host executive groups and alumni, students, families and school counselors. We are selecting a site location from several campus-owned possibilities as architects finalize plans.
The new building will become the home of HPU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, as well as a venue for major events, speakers, concerts, entertainment, academic symposia and recreational activities. The basketball court will be named for National Championship winning coach and HPU alumnus Tubby Smith.
“I am grateful to the Board of Trustees and the HPU family for this honor,” says President Qubein. “HPU continues to grow in impactful ways, and these facilities will benefit both HPU and the city of High Point measurably for generations to come.
Choose to be extraordinary – come visit the amazing HPU!
D. Andrew Bills
Senior Vice President for Enrollment
HPU Admissions Office Contact Information:
Toll Free: (800) 345-6993
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268

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New Top Scholar Award for Non-Residents
Stamps Scholars Award
Later this month, Top Scholar Award finalists will compete for the largest and most prestigious scholarship the university offers, the Stamps Scholars Award, made possible by the generosity of Roe and Penny Stamps. We partnered in 2013 with the Stamps to attract South Carolina’s best students, and now, thanks to their gift, we are expanding opportunities to out-of-state students.

Stamps Scholars receive up to $20,000 per year and a tuition reduction to the in-state rate. Additionally, they will receive a $10,000 enhancement stipend to fund research, study abroad, service projects or unpaid internship opportunities. The scholarship, with a combined value up to $167,000 over four years of study, ushers award recipients into a national Stamps community of scholars. 
Forty-five students have been invited to this year’s Top Scholar interview weekend, February 25-27, 2017. The top five students will be nominated as Stamps Scholars, twenty will be named McNair Scholars and twenty will be named Horseshoe Scholars. Both an application for general university admissions and the Honors College and Top Scholars application is required for consideration, which is due each year by November 15. 

New Program for Health-Related Professions

Galen Health Fellows
The Galen Health Fellows program, debuting fall 2017, provides a living and learning community plus experiential learning and academic components for students aspiring to health care professions. The community offers valuable experience and education beyond the classroom through mentor relationships with upperclass health professions students, study abroad and service learning mission trips with a health care focus, participation in campus or local organizations committed to health professions, and more. The university is uniquely positioned to offer such a community in part due to a wealth of academic offerings in health-related fields including: Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cardiovascular Technology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Exercise Science, Nursing, Pharmacy, Psychology, Public Health, and Social Work. Admitted students must apply to be a Galen Health Fellow by May 1.  

New Ranking

USC Earns #1 National and #3 World Ranking in Sports Sciences 

The university’s Exercise Science, Athletic Training*, Sport and Entertainment Management and Physical Education programs have collectively been credited with earning the top spot in the nation and #3 in the world for sports sciences in the 2016 ShanghaiRanking’s Global
Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments. ShanghaiRankings, also known as the Academic Ranking of World Universities, is regarded as one of the top three most influential rankings of international universities. The University of South Carolina was the only institution in America ranked in the top ten. Read more 
*Beginning fall 2017, Athletic Training will only be offered at the graduate level.

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