Campbell University will hold its first day of classes of the fall 2014 semester on Wednesday, Aug. 20. Here’s an overview of the things the university has added (or is in the process of adding) to start the new academic year.
1,185 undergraduates. The new first-time, full-time undergraduates at Campbell are the largest entering cohort of students in the university’s history. Eighty-two percent of the new students hail from 83 counties in North Carolina, with 37 other states and 11 other countries also represented among the student body.
Nursing. Approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) in early August, Campbell’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is holding its first pre-nursing seminar classes this fall. Seventy-one new students are on the pre-nursing track, making it one of the most popular programs for new students. The students will apply for the BSN program during their sophomore year, with the program fully operational by 2016. The first nursing students will graduate in 2018.
Engineering feasibility study. Campbell has secured the services of Dr. Paul Kauffmann to serve as a consultant as it works toward launching the proposed Bachelor of Science in Engineering program that the Board of Trustees approved this past spring. A professor emeritus of engineering at East Carolina University, Kauffmann will help Campbell advance and hone its early feasibility study for the engineering degree and provide guidance on program development. Campbell expects to enroll its first engineering students in the fall of 2016, pending SACSCOC approval.
Starbucks. Campbell expects to open a full-service Starbucks coffee shop in early October on the first floor of Wiggins Memorial Library, where the 24-hour study lounge was previously located. The library’s second floor will be available for overnight access beginning Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 12:01 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Presidential search. Marked by the appointment of a 13-person presidential search committee in early August, the search for Campbell’s fifth president is officially under way. Updates on the presidential search and short biographies of the search committee members can be found on this special site dedicated to the search.
Online degrees. Campbell expanded its online education offerings this fall when it enrolled nearly 100 students in seven new, fully-online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Though Campbell began offering online courses in 1999, this is the first time students enrolled in our extended programs can complete a degree entirely online.
More Greek Life. Campbell’s Greek Life is only a year-old, but it’s already up to offering five social organizations with the addition of the Kappa Alpha Order National Fraternity this fall. Campbell’s other Greek social organizations are Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, and Sigma Alpha Omega Sorority. Also, the university has added three Greek houses along Leslie Campbell Boulevard to serve as places of residence and to provide meeting space for two fraternities and one sorority.
3D and poster printing services. Now available for faculty, staff, and student use in the Wiggins Memorial Library’s CMMC Idea Lab/Makerspace is a 3D printer – the MakerBot Replicatator 5th Generation to be exact. The 3D printer makes physical objects from a digital model. Also located on Wiggins’ third floor is a new specialized printer that can print posters up to 24-inches wide and 48-inches long. This printer can be used by faculty, staff, and students for academic purposes (such as conference presentations) and for marketing university or departmental events.
Dual degrees and certificates. The College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and Lundy-Fetterman School of Business expanded their partnership to offer two new dual degrees this fall: Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Clinical Research or Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Public Health. The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law has also added a Certificate in Patent Law. The first of its kind in North Carolina, the certificate is available to professionals who want to gain an in-depth understanding of intellectual property, patent law, and patent drafting.
Campbell Law Flex. The School of Law opened the 2014-15 with 186 new students, its second largest incoming class in its history. Among those are 18 students in Campbell Flex. Offered for the first time this fall, the flex program allows students to earn a law degree by taking fewer hours each semester than required by the traditional program.
School of Business logo. As part of a strategic re-branding exercise, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business has a new logo that incorporates an updated rendering of the cupola atop the school’s building. “Our new logo provides us with a fresh look that pays homage to our deeply-rooted history,” said Keith Faulkner, dean of the business school. “This is a time of positive change and growth, for Campbell Business and the university as a whole, and this logo captures those sentiments perfectly.”
New faculty and staff faces. During the Faculty Orientation on Thursday, Aug. 14, deans and administrators from across the campus introduced about two-dozen new faculty and staff members. Among those introduced were the five new coaches of Campbell athletics teams: Todd Bradley (softball), Dawn Easley (lacrosse), Justin Haire (baseball), Stuart Horne (women’s soccer), and Cary Kolat (wrestling).
Plus, a few new looks around campus. . . .
The university seal in front of D. Rich
Retaining walls, walkways, and brick on and around the Academic Circle
Red brick (replacing the yellow brick) on the Leslie H. Campbell Hall of Science
A re-paved Main Street and Lanier Street
A renovated McCall Hall
New flag poles by the John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center