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Student development restructures staff positions
Campus News

Student development restructures staff positions

By Maci Weeks The Animal Print Link Group holds an impromptu sack race. Photo provided by Trevecca Marketing. In an effort to optimize its effectiveness, Trevecca’s Center for Student Development has implemented changes to its structure.  In February 2021, Jessica Dykes, dean of student development, announced that a restructuring would be happening within the coming months.  “We believe that by restructuring these professional roles, we will strengthen our efforts to provide cohesive, intentional student experiences from orientation to graduation,” Dykes said.  Megan McGhee, who is currently on maternity leave, has moved into the role of assistant dean of student life. This position is new this year and puts McGhee over multiple student life affairs, includin...
TREK is back in full swing after Covid-19
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TREK is back in full swing after Covid-19

By Eliana Rogers Photo provided by Aoiza Carrero The three-day backpacking trips for LINK students are back this semester, with the addition of following COVID-19 safety requirements.  Last year the annual camping trip for freshmen who signed up came to a standstill with trips being postponed due to COVID-19.  TREK students will be following the same campus Covid-19 procedures during the trips, said Sommer Bright, a peer mentor. Masks are required when in enclosed spaces during travel, but are not required outdoors.  TREK groups have an extra adventure in addition to the classes and outings that all LINK groups do. The trip involves backpacking at the South Cumberland plateau for three days during the fall semester.  “TREK is open to all new students ...
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Enrollment exceeds 500 new students 

By Grace Beckner Student Orientation Day 2 at Trevecca More than 500 new students joined the TNU community this fall, marking a new milestone for admissions. Melinda Miller, executive director of undergraduate admissions, said there were a total of 501 freshmen and transfers enrolled this fall, with 425 of those being freshman and 76 transfers. In the fall of 2020, there were 350 new freshmen and 66 transfers. Miller said the admissions team was anticipating an increase in enrollment from the beginning of the recruitment cycle due to the new test-optional admissions policy. This meant students only needed a 2.5 cumulative GPA in order to qualify for admission, eliminating the need for a minimum ACT score of 18 in addition to a 2.5 GPA. “When our cabinet and academic council...
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Face Coverings Added to Official Dress Code Policy

By Diana Leyva Face mask dispenser in Greathouse Science Building Face coverings have officially been added to the university’s dress code policy as a temporary addendum for the 2021-22 academic year.  “This is based on current campus trends, CDC guidance and a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Nashville, and it applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals,” states the official policy.  Failure to adhere to the mask policy will result in disciplinary action.  On the first offense, students will receive a warning from a faculty member. For a second offense, students will be fined $10, may be dismissed from class, marked absent and be referred to the Center for Student Development. For a third offense, students will have a required meeting w...
Boonearoo X returns to campus
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Boonearoo X returns to campus

by Claudia Villeda Boonearoo X will be held on Saturday, May 1 in the quad.  Trevecca's annual music festival is back, headlined this year by The New Respects and Jordy Searcy. Various activities such as a painting station and a flower wall photo booth will also be available. The event will start at 3 p.m. and admission is free. Boonearoo is a casual hangout event for students to enjoy before finals, said Rachel Thompson, associate student body social life director.  Special sets for this live show include performances by local Belmont artists The Brothers Holk and Watson Maack, Trevecca alumnus Gabrielle Grace and an original spoken word by Trevecca students of color.  Boonearoo is normally held in the spring before the end of the semester. Like many events, the ...
Trevecca to host first Giving Day
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Trevecca to host first Giving Day

By Diana Leyva Trevecca will be hosting its very first Giving Day on March 25. This campaign, organized by the Office of External Relations, will be a chance for everyone to invest in the Trevecca community.  Anyone who wishes to donate will have the opportunity to do so during the 24-hour virtual event. Donations can be made with a card, check or Venmo and will support scholarships, athletics, student research, community engagement, health sciences and the Jernigan Student Center.  Specific projects the money will go toward is renovations of the student center, special masks for vocalists in the school of music, finishing the golf facility, and purchasing equipment for the science department.  Pulling the Trevecca community together is what inspired G...
Campus News, Features

Self-defense class to be offered in fall semester

By Lindsey White Sarah Anne Colwell, a Trevecca student, was shopping at Macy’s at Greenhill's Mall, while talking on the phone. She noticed a young woman staring at her and immediately felt uncomfortable with the situation. The woman approached her as soon as she got off the phone and pleaded with Colwell, asking her to follow her to her car and buy some shoes she was trying to sell.   “This did not feel right, there's something up. She just had this weird look on her face, I knew it was off,” said Colwell.   Colwell remembered a tip she had learned in the self-defense class she took at Trevecca. She asked a sales associate to walk with her to her car and got out of there.    “I wouldn’t have thought to ask a cashier to walk to my car with m...
New science building addition to be completed in spring 2022
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New science building addition to be completed in spring 2022

By Kaylee Franklin Come spring of 2022 Trevecca will be cutting the ribbon of a new wing addition to the Greathouse Science building. The new wing will increase the buildings capacity by 33,000 square feet, hold interactive lab spaces, faculty offices, and overall adding more room for the largest school on campus.  “The largest school on our campus is the School of Arts and Sciences,” said Dr. Tom Middendorf, University provost. “With these departments we have seen unprecedented growth and it makes sense for us to get leadership and separate the two larger departments to create two different entities to become more focused and more synergized.”   In December of 2020, the university announced of the construction of the new addition to Greathouse Science Building. Th...
Trevecca marketing team gains new leader and vision
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Trevecca marketing team gains new leader and vision

Trevecca will soon have a redesigned website under the direction of the new leader of the marketing department.  Mollie Yoder, who was hired in December to fill the vacant associate vice president of marketing and communications position, is four months into her new role and focused mostly on launching a new website for the university and building her new team. Yoder was hired after a months-long search to replace Matt Toy, who resigned from the position last year, said Holly Whitby, vice president of enrollment and marketing. Yoder has a bachelor’s degree in communication and public relations and a master’s in business management and leadership from Liberty University, where she worked as the director of marketing from 2009 to 2016. Most recently, she was the director of marke...
Open apartments set to return with new safety guidelines
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Open apartments set to return with new safety guidelines

by Joshua Michel and Naomi Overby Open apartments will be coming back to Trevecca beginning Friday, March 12. The plan to allow guests in apartment buildings has been approved by Trevecca’s COVID-19 Reopening Task Force, student government association and the medical team at the Trevecca Clinic. "I knew that students were so tired and seeking just a small bit of normalcy," said Erica Wigart, associated student body president. "I had been listening to so many perspectives that I thought I could create a plan that would be a safe compromise." Open apartments will allow each resident in UTA, Wise, Shingler, Bush, and Redford to designate two students as their visitors. Only residential students are permitted to be visitors. Limiting students to two guests was a choice to make c...