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Nykolaus Reed, the 2022 recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award

by Claudia Villeda Nykolaus Reed, assistant professor of biology, is this year’s recipient of the Trevecca Teaching Excellence Award.  The Teaching Excellence Convocation was held on March 3 with an address from the 2021 recipient, Timothy Gaines, associate professor of religion.  The Teaching Excellence Award is presented by the Conference of Chairpersons, composed of academic deans and department chairs. Students, faculty and academic chairs nominate a faculty member for this award.  Reed arrived at Trevecca in the fall of 2012. He began as an adjunct professor of life science. He taught the general education course for two semesters.  “I was working as a research fellow at Vanderbilt and a buddy of mine, Dr. David Vaught, had told me that Trevecca was...
Trevecca faculty feeling impact of pandemic fatigue spring semester
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Trevecca faculty feeling impact of pandemic fatigue spring semester

By Grace Beckner Professor Buzard takes time out of class to remind students how to be counted as present if they are quarantined For the past 10 years Dr. Amanda Grieme Bradley, associate professor of psychology and chair of the social and behavioral sciences department, got her joy as a professor and person from the relationships she was able to build at Trevecca. But over the past two years this joy has been depleted.  She says there are layers to the factors impacting her as a professor navigating a world of Covid-19. “I get so much joy out of relationships with students and time in the classroom, teaching has always been very relational and very reciprocal for me,” Grieme Bradley said. “Now I’m not having coffee with students, I’m not chatting with them in t...
Morgan Morris finishes first year as new director of student life
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Morgan Morris finishes first year as new director of student life

By Abigail Allen Morgan Morris is about to wrap up her first year at Trevecca Nazarene University in a position within the center for student developments that is just as new to the university as she is. Originally the dean of community life took on the responsibilities of both dean and director. Now that Morris has stepped into this new position, she has assumed the responsibilities of director.  Before starting her new role as the director of student life, Morris could never have imagined the community she would become a part of at Trevecca.  “My college experience was incredibly formative for me, and I wanted to be a part of that work in the lives of students,” said Morris.  Morris developed her passion for students at John Brown University, where she ...
New faculty member joins Trevecca team to promote listening and reconciliation
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New faculty member joins Trevecca team to promote listening and reconciliation

By Miriam Rixon Photo provided by Trevecca Marketing Promoting diversity training for students, assisting campus leaders in creating diversity initiatives and serving as an advisor on diversity issues to faculty, staff and students will be some of Terrance Schofield's responsibilities. But first, he wants to get to know the campus community. Schofield, who was hired over the summer to fill the newly established role of associate provost for mission excellence and reconciliation, is spending time better understanding the campus community and its needs around diversity. Schofield went on to what he calls his "listening tour" as he first stepped into his new role. This looked like speaking to students, faculty and other organizations at Trevecca, which has so far included...
One year of COVID-19: how Trevecca’s educators adjusted to online teaching
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One year of COVID-19: how Trevecca’s educators adjusted to online teaching

By Diana Leyva Nine hundred and six LinkedIn Learn courses viewed, 2,471 active Blackboard courses (41 which are fully online for traditional students), 9,472 Blackboard video files, and 14,675 Panopto video views and downloads: These are just some of the statistics that can describe the spring 2020 semester at Trevecca.  When the university announced that all classes would be moved completely online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, Director of Online Learning, LaMetrius Daniels and her team of instructional designers knew they had to be quick and strategic when it came to helping faculty understand how to deliver remote instruction.  Normally, they would use a plan to approach online learning, but with the pandemic they had to steer away from the nor...
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...
Faculty seeks input from students about accreditation plan to improve student learning and success
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Faculty seeks input from students about accreditation plan to improve student learning and success

By Kaylee Franklin  Trevecca administrators are beginning to prepare for the university’s re-accreditation happening in 2023 and part of that includes coming up with a plan to improve student learning or success.   “Accreditation is everything to a university and it is everything to a student,” said Lena Welch, dean of school of arts and sciences. “Accreditation is what allows a Trevecca’s graduate degree to have meaning.”   The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is responsible for accrediting institutions across the southern states.  As part of this process the university must come with a plan to improve student learning or success.  This is called the quality enhancement plan, or QEP. Ideas for the...
Admissions pushes through pandemic to bring in new students
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Admissions pushes through pandemic to bring in new students

Next year's freshman class is on track to surpass the numbers of the freshman who came to Trevecca in 2020. “Based on what I am seeing, it looks like the pandemic may have affected us more in the fall of 2020, than it is going to affect us in the fall of 2021,” said Melinda Miller, executive director of traditional admissions. Trevecca admissions officials say they have admitted 985 freshmen as of Monday, Feb. 22, while at the same time last year they had admitted 765 freshmen. They attribute this increase of admitted students to their test optional policy adopted for the fall of 2021. This fall, 350 freshmen and 66 transfers enrolled at Trevecca. That's about 61 fewer than the 392 freshmen and 85 transfer students in the fall of 2019, the year before Covid-19. For the coming f...
Administrators emphasize student responsibility in COVID-19 town hall
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Administrators emphasize student responsibility in COVID-19 town hall

Students’ willingness to wear a face mask in class and around campus is the key to keeping the fall 2020 semester in-person, Trevecca faculty said during a COVID-19 Town Hall meeting on Thursday.   “We are all in this together. We are all required to wear a mask and we are all required to participate in these practices that will keep us safe here on campus and in our city.” Dean of Student Development Jessica Dykes said.   Requiring the use of face masks is just one practice Trevecca staff has implemented in their efforts to keeping students safe this semester during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to social distancing, contact tracing, daily health screenings, reduced class sizes and a 7-7 week schedule that lowers the number of people in a building at one time, Trevecca’...
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Students, faculty members adjust to online classes amid pandemic

When Trevecca first announced they were extending spring break, Carlos Lopez was initially relieved. “It would have helped with some work that had to be done and overall seemed like an extended vacation,” said Lopez, senior information technology major. But once he heard that Trevecca was making the move to online courses for the rest of the spring semester, Lopez’s feelings quickly changed. “When I heard this, I was a bit overwhelmed because I was used to the class routine,” said Lopez. Trevecca's 1,310 undergraduates who were enrolled in traditional, face-to-face classes all transitioned to online classes last month. For many students and faculty, the switch from in-person to online classes required some getting used to and will power to cope....