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April 02, 2020

Clarion prof maps creative walking route while social distancing

Last August, Dr. Bill Naugle arrived in Amman, Jordan, to begin a 10-month stay as a Fulbright “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” Scholar. Similar to his position as coordinator of English as a Second Language at Clarion University, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in language pedagogy and technology, research in linguistics, and socio-linguistics in the University of Jordan’s Department of English and Literature.

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April 01, 2020

Clarion University donates protective supplies to local medical facilities

Clarion University is supporting local healthcare professionals on the front lines of fighting coronavirus by donating protective equipment.

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April 01, 2020

CU historians start a wild podcast

Two of Clarion University’s historians are seeking to bring the region’s rich history to life and collaborate with the public through a podcast called “Stories from the Pennsylvania Wilds.”

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March 26, 2020

What you do for others: Alumnus exemplifies giving spirit

Kent Kretzler started visiting Clarion University around the same time he could walk. His earliest memory of campus is attending homecoming at the age of 3 or 4.

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March 25, 2020

Faculty and staff help students become distance learners

When social distancing became a necessity, Clarion University students quickly became distance learners.

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March 12, 2020

Face-to-face classes suspended at Clarion University

We are continuing to carefully monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), a potentially serious respiratory illness. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our primary concern. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, I, working with a campus team, have made the determination to suspend all face-to-face instruction until further notice, effective Monday, March 16.

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March 11, 2020

CU president addresses campus about coronavirus

We have been vigilant in monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This includes planning in the event the outbreak reaches any of our campuses, and most importantly, keeping our students, faculty and staff safe.

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March 09, 2020

CU announces spring Stars Over Clarion shows

Clarion University’s Physics Department will present “Stars Over Clarion,” an hour-long planetarium show detailing and describing the night sky and any celestial happenings over Clarion. The shows will be held at 7 and 8 p.m. March 12 and 13, April 2 and 3, and May 1 in the Donald D. Peirce Planetarium, located in the Science and Technology Center. Each show is free, open to the public and kid friendly.

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March 09, 2020

CU Chamber Singers host annual benefit dinner

Clarion University Chamber Singers will host their annual benefit dinner at the beautiful and acoustically resonant Belles Lettres Club, 405 West 1st St., Oil City, March 15. A wine tasting is at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m. The Chamber Singers will perform.

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March 06, 2020

Lineman named dean for career and workforce education at Venango

Hope Lineman has been named dean for career and workforce education at Clarion University – Venango, March 9.

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March 02, 2020

Revamped criteria qualifies former students for Clarion University graduation

Clarion University’s alumni base has grown by more than 80, thanks to updated program requirements and a good bit of legwork by university faculty and staff.

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February 28, 2020

Clarion Online ranks fifth in Pennsylvania

Clarion University ranks fifth on Value Colleges’ list for Best Online Colleges in Pennsylvania for 2020.

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February 27, 2020

Clarion’s Mahan named Student of the Year in business

Taylor Mahan, a senior accounting major at Clarion University, is the recipient of the 2019-20 Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Employers JoAnne Day Student of the Year Award for the Business category. She will receive $500 and a commemorative plaque.

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February 24, 2020

CU ranks third among Best Bachelor's Degrees in Library Science

College Rank has named Clarion University third among the Best Bachelor’s Degrees in Library Science in the nation.

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February 24, 2020

CU's Online Master of Library Science gains top ranking

Online Course Report ranks Clarion University 15th among the Best Online Master’s in Library Science Degree Programs.

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February 21, 2020

B.S. in Rehabilitative Sciences — Addictions Concentration gains prestigious ranking

Clarion University is ranked 17th on Great Value College’s 23 Most Affordable Bachelor’s Degrees in Addiction Studies for 2020.

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February 17, 2020

CU encourages Community Conversations through ‘Considering Race’ film series

Clarion University’s Presidential Commission on Racial Equity, Presidential Diversity Advisory Council and Center for First-Year Experience have joined to present a film series, “Community Conversations: Considering Race.”

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February 17, 2020

Kids, adults invited to take part in CU Crystal Growing Competition

Clarion University Department of Chemistry, Math, and Physics invites children and adults in the community to take part in the 2020 Crystal Growing Competition.

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February 14, 2020

CU earns Gold distinction as Military Friendly School

Clarion University has been named a Military Friendly School for the 11th consecutive year, this year earning Gold distinction. The Military Friendly Schools list sets the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

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February 13, 2020

Success didn’t end after Clarion; it started there

Torron Mollett (’17) describes the neighborhood where he grew up as “rough.” As a young teen, he lost his father to gun violence, and the formerly bubbly kid began to act out. His school placed him in a program that helped kids with behavioral difficulties. He took back to his neighborhood what he learned in the program and became a peer mentor to other kids, encouraging them to get more involved with academics.

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February 10, 2020

Learn to keep forested property healthy and diverse

Clarion University Department of Biology and Geosciences will host its annual Forest Landowner’s Conference from 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Science and Technology Center. The conference will help forest landowners learn the forest management options available to them to ensure that their forest land will remain healthy and diverse.

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February 10, 2020

Shepherd appointed; Dunbar, Bauer and James retained as Clarion trustees

Pennsylvania Senate on has confirmed four nominees to Clarion University Council of Trustees. Joy M. Dunbar, Milissa Bauer and Lee James were reappointed, and Brendan M. Shepherd was appointed to replace Syed Ali-Zaidi, who passed away.

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February 06, 2020

Black Alumni Party for a Purpose

From the time she was 13 years old, Angela Groom Brown ’80 worked summer jobs. One year, shortly before she returned to Clarion University for the fall semester, a career employee known as “the meanest lady in the building” summoned Brown, grabbed her hand and pushed something into it. “It was $5,” Brown recalls. “She probably earned $1.25 an hour, but she wanted me to have that money. She wanted to do her part to make sure I finished school.”

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February 05, 2020

Spoken Arts series hosts regional author Ferrence

Clarion University’s Spoken Arts Reading Series will host author Matthew Ferrence at 5 p.m. Feb. 18 in the University Art Gallery, Carlson Library. The reading is free and open to the public.

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February 04, 2020

John Shropshire, Clarion’s first African American dean

John Shropshire (’61) broke ground in 1972 when he became the dean of enrollment management, the first African American to attain dean status at Clarion University. In 1994, Mr. Shropshire was elected president of the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education and was named chairman of the enrollment management committee of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers.

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February 03, 2020

Clarion University will use It’s On Us PA grant for LiveSafe app

Clarion University is one of 36 Pennsylvania colleges and universities that will benefit from nearly $1 million in grants through the Wolf Administration and the “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat campus sexual assault. Governor Tom Wolf announced the grants in January. Clarion’s allocation will be used to launch a new mobile platform, LiveSafe, according to Meredith Karg, student support assistant. The app will be available by the start of the fall 2020 semester.

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January 24, 2020

CU carries top rankings in 11 programs

Clarion University has been awarded top ranking status for multiple degree programs by Intelligent.com.

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January 23, 2020

Bridging the gap

In his spare time, Clarion alumnus Scott “Howie” Dittman ’98 is Helping Butler County.

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January 16, 2020

Intelligent.com names Clarion ‘Best in the Northeast’

Clarion University was named “Best in the Northeast” in Intelligent.com’s list of the top 60 Most Affordable Online Colleges in the United States.

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January 15, 2020

MLK community celebration encourages acceptance, justice

The Rev. Michael Robinson (’82) will be the keynote speaker for Clarion University’s Martin Luther King Jr. community celebration at 5 p.m. Jan. 23 in the multi-purpose room of Gemmell Student Center.

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January 15, 2020

US News & World Report lists Clarion programs among nation’s best

U.S. News & World Report today released the 2020 Best Online Programs rankings, and five Clarion University programs were ranked among the nation’s best, earning the honor of being called U.S. News Best Online Programs:

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January 13, 2020

Clarion University student proposal ends ‘period poverty’

It’s an equity issue. Period. With the start of the spring 2020 semester, Clarion University Student Senate, Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and Center for Wellness have joined to level the playing field for students in need of menstrual hygiene products. The coin slot in restroom dispensers has been bypassed in academic buildings on both Clarion and Venango campuses, making pads and tampons available free.

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January 13, 2020

Welcome to the spring semester

Welcome back to Clarion University! We hope you had a productive and relaxing winter break and are ready to begin the spring semester.

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January 06, 2020

Alumni present ‘The Purpose of Education’ at annual Martin Luther King breakfast

Clarion University alumni Sean and Antoinette Parker McDonald will be the guest speakers for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast at 8 a.m. Jan. 20 in Eagle Commons, Clarion University. This year’s theme is “The King Legacy: The Purpose of Education.”

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Last Updated 4/2/20