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A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Chemistry Biology Building was held May 5. As of November, construction was proceeding several weeks ahead of schedule, with the building scheduled to be weather-secure by February. The plan is for occupancy by Fall 2018. For more information on the building and to follow its progress on a live video camera visit

History professor Theresa Kaminski spoke about her book, Angels of the Underground: The American Women who Resisted the Japanese in the Philippines in World War II, at the MacArthur Memorial in Norfolk, Va., in an event televised by C-Span.

Philosophy professor Josh Horn (right) presented “Virtual Virtue: Cultivating Morals Through Video Games” at the annual University Evening event. Horn’s talk was part of the Wisconsin Science Festival, which also included events at the UW-Stevens Point Museum of Natural History and Allen F. Blocher Planetarium.

As part of a class taught by Elia Armacanqui-Tipacti, students in a Spanish composition class wrote stories, then developed art and binding for books that were shipped to Nicaragua along with humanitarian supplies.

A group of students led by biology instructor Nancy Shefferly helped monitor turtle activity on a stretch of Highway 66 near Stevens Point to improve travel conditions for both the animals and motorists.

In March, Sentry Insurance announced a $4 million gift to UW-Stevens Point, the largest awarded by the former and received by the latter. The gift funds endowed chairs in computational analytics and business analytics, which will direct a new undergraduate degree program in data analytics. The program launched in Fall 2016 with eight declared majors.

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