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Drew’s Top Stories of 2019-20

Virtual events, high praise and new programs

June 2020 – You clicked, we listed. Check out the top 10 stories from Drew University’s 2019-20 academic year.

10. Valentine’s

Our annual story about finding love in The Forest. Want to be included in next year’s story? Email sdezenhall@drew.edu.

9. Ask the Experts

Drew faculty look at the coronavirus pandemic through various lenses, including Prof. Jill Cermele’s talk on stress and coping in times of crisis, above.

8. Drew is top 10 in the nation in international student enrollment

The Institute of International Education ranked Drew 8th among the nation’s baccalaureate colleges.

7. Drew rakes in the rankings from The Princeton Review, U.S. News and Washington Monthly

Drew earns praise for value, diversity, social mobility and promoting public service. For more on Drew’s accolades, click here.

6. Provost Deb Liebowitz departs The Forest

After 20 years at Drew, Liebowitz heads to Quinnipiac. Jessica Lakin, formerly associate provost for academic administration, has taken over the role of provost, and Ryan Hinrichs, formerly associate dean of the CLA, has assumed the role of dean of the CLA and Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Read more about the academic leadership appointments here.

5. Remembering RISE Fellow Arny Demain and the Rev. Dr. Johnnie G. McCann, Sr. T’93, ’95, ’01

Cherished members of the Drew community passed away in April 2020, August 2019, respectively.

4. Drew announces new majors in accounting, marketing

Drew also added a major in finance to the growing business program.

3. Brianne Barker explains the coronavirus

Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Brianne Barker delivered a virtual presentation on COVID-19.

2. Day of Scholars goes virtual

This year, the annual event celebrating student achievement went off as a two-hour interactive live-stream featuring 15 student research presentations, musical performances and poetry readings.

1. Virtual Commencement

More than 1,000 people tuned in to celebrate the Class of 2020 in the virtual ceremony!

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