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Archive — 2020

Nazareth President Braveman and incoming President Paul respond to recent incidents of racism

We watched with horror and disgust the video of a Minneapolis police officer killing George Floyd, a black man who was handcuffed and held to the ground for over eight minutes with a knee to his neck while other officers watched. This killing came in the wake of the recent killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man out for a run in Georgia. Then, while not involving a killing, there was the recent incident in Central Park where a white woman called the police because Christian Cooper, a black man who was bird watching, asked her to put her dog on a leash as required by Park rules. She called the police claiming that an African American man was threatening her. These recent incidents of intentional racism occurred against the backdrop of the structural racism that reveals itself in the disproportionate COVID-19 illness and death rates among people of color.

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Nazareth College begins fall semester on campus on August 17

Nazareth is planning changes to the College's fall academic calendar. Minimizing population travel and movement has proved a key strategy in maximizing the health and safety of communities by reducing potential exposure and transmission of the COVID-19 virus. In light of the potential for future waves of the virus, particularly in the fall months, the new schedule allows the College to maximize time on campus and reduces the impact of large-scale travel:

Nazareth plans to start classes on August 17 on campus.

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Nazareth hosting Class of 2020 Commencement ceremonies as online event, July 18

In the context of current and projected limitations regarding large group gatherings mandated by New York state, Nazareth College has come to the difficult decision to host its Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremonies as an online event on July 18.

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Nazareth College committed to on-campus college experience in fall 2020

Nazareth College is focused on the future and has multiple teams planning for an on-campus college experience for the fall semester. With the prioritization of safety and student success at the forefront, the College expects to offer in-person classes in the fall. Protocols will be in place to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and the larger community due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Interprofessional education makes Nazareth a finalist for Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Innovation Award

The national Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announced that Nazareth College is among three finalists for the honor society's 2020 Excellence in Innovation Award. The $100,000 award, given once every two years, recognizes one institution of higher learning for achievement in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national, or global challenges. The 2020 recipient will be announced Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

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Postcard Project 2020 celebrates Naz graduates with a special delivery

Nazareth College graduates are not able to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas for what was their original Commencement weekend, so Nazareth faculty and staff are sending congratulations to them with the Postcard Project 2020!

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Three Nazareth students attend virtual CGI U conference and learn how to help communities during COVID-19

There is a silver lining for the three Nazareth College students that were selected to attend the 12th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2020. It was originally set at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, from April 17-19 — the first international CGI U conference. While the in-person conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CGI U worked hard to create a virtual CGIU at Home on Saturday, April 18. Virtual attendees will learn how student leaders can make a difference and help communities in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

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LifePrep@Naz students stay the course with virtual learning

LifePrep@Naz students are an integral part of the Nazareth College community and they are showing their resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. The LifePrep@Naz program has moved online, mirroring the move to distance learning that our matriculated Naz students are experiencing.

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Remaining events at Nazareth College Arts Center canceled

As information surrounding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, the Nazareth College Arts Center has made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining events in the 2019-2020 Arts Center Season.

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From Naz to the CDC: A nursing grad’s journey to public health

As the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Nazareth alumna Hannah Kisselburgh ‘12 goes to work each day at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta wondering if she will get the deployment call for the coronavirus response.

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Phi Kappa Phi Gives Nazareth National Honor of Excellence

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) recognizes outstanding chapters each year for their work through the Circle of Honor Chapter awards program, and Nazareth College has achieved Circle of Excellence Gold status for 2019-20. The Circle of Honor awards program recognizes chapters for their work in promoting excellence on the local campus and engaging the community of scholars each year. The Circle of Excellence Gold recognition also provides funding for students to attend PKP's Leadership Summit. Nazareth recently inducted its sixth class into the College's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

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Public Health is not only Critical in Pandemics: Learn from Public Health Week April 6-9



Learn from nine live, virtual talks April 6-9 on preventing other infections and suicide; promoting breastfeeding; addressing healthy aging during COVID-19, opioid use in pregnancy, health communication with diverse populations, environmental lead in Rochester, and sustainability in industry; and journeying from nursing to public health.

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Casa Italiana Honored with Foreign Language Award

Nazareth College's Casa Italiana brings Italy's culture and the Italian language to life for the Rochester community — one of the many reasons it is the 2020 recipient of the Friends of Foreign Language Award. The Rochester region of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) bestowed the honor to the Casa Italiana at a major conference of language teachers in western New York in early March

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Calidore String Quartet on April 4, plus Nazareth students shine in Dance Concert and Art Exhibitions

The Arts Center’s touring series of performances continues with the internationally acclaimed Calidore String Quartet at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 4 in the Glazer Music Performance Center, performing Beethoven’s Op. 130 in B-flat Major, along with works by Schubert, Webern, and Bartók. Also upcoming is the Nazareth Theatre and Dance Department’s annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, and the Art and Design Department’s annual Student Art Shows opening on Friday, March 27.

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Nazareth Receives First-gen Forward Designation

The Center for First-generation Student Success recently honored Nazareth College as among the 2020-21 cohort of First-gen Forward institutions.

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Nazareth College's Seventh President Rose Marie Beston Passes Away

Nazareth College is saddened to report that former president, Dr. Rose Marie Beston, has passed away. Beston served the College as Nazareth's seventh president for 14 years from 1984-1998. She died in Australia after a long battle with cancer.

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Nazareth Mourns the Loss of Trustee Hiry West

Nazareth Trustee Hiry West unexpectedly passed away last week. He served as a member of the College's board of trustees since 2017

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Abe Foxman Speaks at Nazareth College, March 30

Nazareth College's Konar Center for Tolerance and Jewish Studies, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, presents Abraham H. Foxman, a world-renowned leader in the fight against anti-Semitism, bigotry, and discrimination. Foxman will speak at Nazareth on March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Nazareth College Arts Center's Callahan Theater.

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Research Discovery: Switchgrass Sustainably Removes BPA From Environment

New research from Nazareth College students and faculty just published in a top-tier international journal, Scientific Reports (part of the prestigious Nature Research journals), is the first to show that a plant called switchgrass (native to most of the U.S. and Canada) can significantly help remove BPA from the environment.

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Arts Center Series continues with interactive Beatles music concert and a dance work for families

The Nazareth College Arts Center touring series continues in March with an all-request Beatles music concert experience and a dance work for families based on a New York Times best-selling book!

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