Our Most-Viewed News Stories of 2020

December 18, 2020 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

Illustration of a newspaper reading "Top 10 News Stories of 2020."The year 2020 has been a historic one for Elmhurst University, and our news stories have reflected it.

The campus pulled together to respond to the global pandemic; to take action to build a more diverse, equitable and inclusive campus; and to implement an institutional name change after nearly 150 years. In sharing those stories, we celebrated inspirational individuals, told you about national recognition for some of Elmhurst’s academic programs and critical new ways Elmhurst is supporting students, and more.

So here’s a countdown of the 10 most-viewed Elmhurst University news articles from the past year.

10. An Important New Scholarship

Elmhurst University launches the President’s Scholarship for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Sept. 3, 2020

A collage of dance students holding signs saying "Join us Saturday for our first virtual evening of dance!"

9. A Big Virtual Night

Dance students find innovative ways to prepare for and perform in their first virtual concert.

May 11, 2020

Suellen Rocca

8. Trailblazing Artist Suellen Rocca, 1943-2020

The University celebrates the renowned artist, faculty member and longtime director of exhibitions.

March 30, 2020

Heather McCarthy

7. Illinois’ Most Inspirational Teacher

Alumna Heather McCarthy ’02 wins the National University System-Sanford Teacher Award, given to the most inspirational teacher in every state.

July 31, 2020

A photo of Alumni Fountain on the campus of Elmhurst University in the Chicago suburbs. The engraved words "To Freedom" are visible.

6. An Alumnus’ $1.8 Million Gift

Elmhurst U. receives one of the largest donations in the institution’s history from the estate of longtime donor and friend George Howard Baechtold ’50.

Sept. 11, 2020

The "gates of knowledge" welcome visitors to Elmhurst College's campus, located about 30 minutes from downtown Chicago.

5. Acclaim for Grad Health Care Programs

U.S. News & World Report’s prestigious Best Graduate Schools list ranks three of Elmhurst’s graduate programs in health care among the best in Illinois and the nation.

April 7, 2020

Water pours from the top of the fountain on the campus of Elmhurst University, with Circle Hall in the background.

4. Elmhurst U. Prepares for Day 1

Elmhurst College previews events and activities for Wednesday, July 1, 2020, when it officially becomes Elmhurst University.

June 18, 2020

2021 U.S. News and World Report Rankings Release

3. A Most Innovative Institution

Elmhurst U. ranks as the No. 3 Most Innovative in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report’s most recent rankings.

Sept. 14, 2020

Elmhurst College alumnus Alexander Tomich ’95 manages infection prevention and control at Rush University Medical Center.

2. Prepared for the Pandemic

Infectious disease expert and Elmhurst alumnus Alexander Tomich ’95 was uniquely prepared for the battle against COVID-19.

April 8, 2020

A photo of the Elmhurst University "Gates of Knowledge" at the University's East entrance.

1. Introducing Elmhurst University

And the No. 1 most-viewed story of 2020 was …

Elmhurst University ushers in a new era for the nearly 150-year-old institution formerly known as Elmhurst College.

July 1, 2020

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