Best of 2012 Web Stories: Staff Picks
December 20, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger and Cindy Long
As 2012 comes to an end, we’re looking back on the most popular web stories from the Centre homepage, based on Google analytics. (To view the entire 2012 web archive, click here.) Here are ten stories the staff in the Communications Office particularly enjoyed:
1. Forbes ranks Centre among the best of “America’s Top Colleges”
In its most recent list, Forbes ranked Centre College #60 among all colleges and universities in the nation, as well as #14 in the Best Southern Colleges category. Counting liberal arts colleges alone, Centre ranked #31 in the nation and #5 in the South.
2. Centre College included in “Colleges That Change Lives”
Centre was yet again recognized as one of the nation’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Centre is one of 33 institutions that has remained in the book since its initial publication in 1996 and has appeared in every subsequent edition, in 2000, 2006 and this year.
3. Centre ranked #1 in the nation for study abroad
In its “Open Doors” report, the Institute of International Education ranked Centre #1 in the nation for study abroad participation among baccalaureate institutions. The #1 ranking is the first ever for Centre, which is routinely among the nation’s top five colleges for study abroad.
4. Princeton Review rates Centre one of nation’s “Best Value Colleges”
The Princeton Review included Centre on its list of the nation’s top 75 best-buy private colleges in its “Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition.” “Centre College remains committed to being a place of high achievement and high opportunity,” said President John A. Roush.
5. The Theatrics of Debates: A Conversation with Professor of Dramatic Arts Anthony Haigh
Professor of Dramatic Arts Anthony Haigh was one of several faculty experts who participated in a web series leading up to the Vice Presidential Debate. The faculty members spoke about subjects and their relationships to politics and the debate.
6. Centre named to 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Centre was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes colleges and universities with outstanding commitments to community service and its effect on the region’s inhabitants.
7. David Brooks chats with students about politics and the debate
Before New York Times columnist David Brooks delivered the Press Lecture at Centre on Oct. 2, he took time to chat with 24 students representing the Centre Democrats, Centre Republicans, the Cento and the Student Government Association (SGA). Brooks gave the students his opinions on the upcoming debate as well as some fun advice.
8. Josh Hardesty ’13 and Emmy Robichaud ’13 teach English in Ghana
With help from the Centre Education Fellows Program and stipends through the Bonner program, students Josh Hardesty ’13 and Emmy Robichaud ’13 spent the summer in Ghana working with the Cheerful Hearts Foundation, a local non-profit. “Despite having so little, the children are full of joy and resilience,” Robichaud said.
9. Rick Axtell and Patrice Mothion recognized by Princeton Review in “The Best 300 Professors”
Princeton Review Books, in conjunction with RateMyProfessor.com, released a new publication this year, “The Best 300 Professors.” Among those honored in the book are Centre professors Rick Axtell, Associate Professor of Religion and College Chaplain, and Patrice Mothion, Associate Professor of French.
10. Honor Walk tradition featured on NBC Nightly News
Traditions have always played a major role in life at Centre—and one beloved tradition received attention on national television earlier this year: NBC Nightly News featured the Honor Walk in its annual segment on commencement addresses and traditions.
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Centre College, founded in 1819, is a nationally ranked liberal arts college in Danville, Ky. Centre hosted its second Vice Presidential Debate on 10.11.12, and remains the smallest college in the smallest town ever to host a general election debate. For more, click here.