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Campus to partially reopen in fall

Jazsmine Hill, Diversity Editor March 2, 2021

AACC will offer at least 20% of its course sections on campus in the fall, while at least half will remain online only.   The courses with on-campus sections are mostly developmental courses...

AACC Response Center Director Shannon Washburn said primary aacc.edu pages will have automated chatbot responses to provide customer support to students around the clock.

AACC plans to add chatbot to assist students online

Hannah Boring, Reporter March 1, 2021

AACC plans to add automated responses to the chat function on aacc.edu in March to help answer common questions from prospective students.  The chatbot—short for robot—will operate alongside a...

Amber Nathan, left, and Christian Richey, right, were editors-in-chief of the student newspaper during the 2019-2020 school year. Also shown, Christina Browning, the paper's former multimedia editor.

Campus Current is finalist for top student media prize

Summer Cox, Associate Editor February 11, 2021

The Campus Current made a short list of finalists for the Associated Collegiate Press’s prestigious Pacemaker award.  The award, in the community college category, is for issues of the student...

Lynda Fitzgerald

AACC dance director to retire

Audrey Wais, Editor-in-Chief February 1, 2021

The director of AACC's Dance Company will retire on Aug. 15 after working at the college for 33 years.  Lynda Fitzgerald, the coordinator for performing arts-dance, founded the company in 1989 and...

The Arnold campus could be mostly vacant for another year while classes remain online, college officials say.

Campus reopening: a year away?

Audrey Wais, Editor-in-Chief January 27, 2021

AACC’s campuses are unlikely to fully reopen for another year, AACC’s vice president for learning said in January.  Dr. Mike Gavin told Campus Current the college will tentatively add more on-campus...

Audrey Wais

Business student becomes Campus Current editor-in-chief

Summer Cox, Associate Editor January 18, 2021

AACC’s student newspaper has a new editor-in-chief this semester. Second-year business administration student Audrey Wais said she intends to “home in on the virtual presence” of Campus Current,...

Students made videos for their favorite professors as part of the Student Government Association-sponsored Faculty Appreciation Project.

Students make videos for faculty appreciation project 

Summer Cox, Digital Media Editor December 18, 2020

Students made videos for their favorite professors in December to express their gratitude for their hard work. The videos were part of a Student Government Association-sponsored Faculty Appreciation...

Professors say they can't stop parents from listening in during Zoom classes, but they don't like it.

Faculty prefer parents not to listen in on Zoom lectures

Johannes Haasbroek, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2020

Although faculty members said they are comfortable when parents listen in on Zoom lectures meant for their college-age children, they admitted they would prefer it if the audience for their virtual...

Third-year nursing student Natasha Seeger says she

Nursing program to increase to 160 students per semester

Johannes Haasbroek, Editor-in-Chief December 17, 2020

AACC’s nursing program will increase from 104 to 160 students per semester—an increase of 53%— by spring 2022, college officials said in December.  Health Sciences Dean Elizabeth Appel...

 AACC’s Personal and Career Counseling Coordinator Diane Hallila says test anxiety can still be an issue for students.

Even online final exams can cause anxiety, college therapist says

Summer Cox, Digital Media Editor December 16, 2020

Although most online students will take their final exams in the comfort of their pajamas, test anxiety can still be an issue, a campus therapist said.  Diane Hallila, AACC’s personal and career...

Students say despite the challenges of learning online, the fall semester went better than they anticipated. 

Students say semester went better than anticipated

Johannes Haasbroek, Editor-in-Chief December 15, 2020

AACC students said in December that despite the challenges of learning online, the fall semester went better than they anticipated.  In an informal Campus Current poll, one of eight students said he...

College officials say some of the changes the college made to accommodate the pandemic might be worth keeping post-COVID.

College to keep some pandemic-inspired changes

Johannes Haasbroek, Editor-in-Chief December 10, 2020

Some of the changes forced on the college by the pandemic turned out to be good for efficiency and student learning, AACC officials said. Administrators will keep some of the new policies and programs...

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