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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Thursday, May 30, 2024
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Engineering receives $2 million


Taylor’s engineering department received a $2 million grant that will provide cutting-edge technology and new spaces for students. The new additions will include a rapid prototyping studio and an engineering innovation and collaboration studio on the ground level of the Euler Science Complex.

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Student-Led Social Media Conference to Benefit All Students


Elevate, a social media conference, will be from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in Cornwall in the Larita Boren Campus Center. This event, planned by students in PBR 455, Event and Venue Planning, aims to benefit all who attend through acquired knowledge of social media usage. All are welcome and encouraged to come.

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SNAS seminar connects students and faculty

The School of Natural and Applied Science (SNAS) Seminar transpires throughout the fall semester and is open to all students and faculty. The main goal of the science seminar is to allow a presenter to communicate their scholarly work in an open forum to their audience.

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Barry Cushman delivers Constitutional lecture


Professor Barry Cushman came to Taylor on Sept. 20 to deliver a speech on the court-packing crisis of 1937. The lecture consisted of his speech and afterward, a Q&A session which brought clarity to students and staff. 

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EXS 370 offers hands-on experience, serves Taylor community


On the south side of Main Street’s medical center, a temporary sign taped to the door reads “131: Physical Therapy Classroom.” Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, members of the Taylor community rotate through the storage room-turned-classroom: benefitting from the new course offered to upperclassmen interested in the field of physical therapy.

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University garden promotes fresher living


A team consisting of Upland locals opened a community garden to promote a fresher way of living. In summer 2022, a group of local citizens had an idea to connect the community while also bringing about newly harvested vegetation to add to people’s diet.

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New nursing major continues to be developed


Taylor University’s rising nursing program is still undergoing approval processes before its tentative launch in Fall 2024. The university is unable to announce an official start date until appropriate steps are taken with the Indiana State Board of Nursing, Provost Jewerl Maxwell, said.The curriculum will first need to go through the university approval process before being accepted by the State Board. Afterward, prospective students will be able to officially begin their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. Dean of Nursing Karen Elsea said the university is still developing the content and framework for the major.


Professional writing program moves from Nussbaum to Rupp


Over the summer, the professional writing major officially moved locations from the Nussbaum Science Center to Rupp Communication Arts Center following the announcement of the new nursing program. The transition began after the Spring 2023 semester.Linda Taylor, assistant professor of professional writing, said the professional writing program used to be in Sickler Hall but later moved to Rupp room 104. It then moved to Nussbaum due to lack of space in Rupp.


Chapel resolves seating overflow


Soaring attendance numbers packed people tight in Rediger Chapel. Every other weekday, students and faculty emerged from all over campus and congregated in Rediger Chapel Auditorium to find seats. Often, a detached group would follow behind, looking for seats and raising questions about chapel capacity.


GameJam 'levels up' student experiences


On Sept. 24, Taylor University’s 20th GameJam concluded at 12:15 a.m. Sunday morning. GameJam is a tournament in which students create a video game from scratch in only 24 hours. Last week, ten teams competed. The groups developed code, game design and music. 

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ID swipe-cards replaced by smartcards


Taylor University transitioned to smartcards, keeping students safe one tap at a time. In the past, students swiped their ID cards to gain access into academic buildings, athletic buildings and residence halls. With constant advancements in technology, the university decided to update its system. 


University shares plans for residential village

The construction of the residential village is projected to begin at the end of November and be completed by August 2024.Taylor University plans to use the field south of the Olson parking lot for new residential housing. The village has multiple names, but Ron Sutherland, supervisor of the project and special assistant to the president, referred to it as the residential village. 

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Residence halls undergo renovations


Over the summer of 2023, both Olson and Wengatz Halls underwent several renovations. Renovations look different for each hall. In Wengatz, there was the major addition of the kitchen area, which had previously been just a community lounge. 

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University navigates Brightspace shift


Some classes this semester are using Desire to Learn’s “Brightspace” as Taylor University transitions to another Learning Management System. Though Blackboard is still used in some classes, the university hopes students and faculty this semester will become acquainted with the new learning system. All classes will use Brightspace starting in the spring semester.

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Zondervan is changing


Zondervan Library underwent changes over the summer to better accommodate students. Some of these updates included: widening aisles, weeding out books, creating more study space and introducing self-checkout. 

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New smartcards on campus

Taylor University transitioned to smartcards, keeping students safe one tap at a time.In the past, students swiped their ID cards to gain access into academic buildings, athletic buildings and residence halls. With constant advancements in technology, the university decided to update their system. 

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Suspects caught in unlocked car


Two Taylor University students interrupted an individual going through an unlocked car on campus. When the students confronted the individual, he pointed a firearm at them and fled campus in a vehicle with two other suspects. No students were injured.


TU systems face cyberattack


On the morning of May 18, a cyberattack temporarily disabled university systems for the first time in Taylor’s history.Chief Information Officer Chris Jones was preparing for the Board of Trustees meeting when he noticed the print server was offline.