Our Most-Viewed News Stories of 2021

December 20, 2021 | by the Office of Marketing and Communications

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For Elmhurst University, 2021 has been a history-making year, and not just because the University is celebrating its sesquicentennial.

As reflected in our news stories, Elmhurst set records for enrollment and fundraising, hosted high-profile events and accomplished some significant firsts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to leave an imprint on daily life. Along the way, we introduced you to “above and beyond” students and faculty, compelling speakers, generous donors, and an up-and-coming movie star—our very own campus!

Read all about it in our countdown of the 10 most-viewed Elmhurst University news articles from the past year.

Note: One of the stories has since been removed due to its content.

Paul Chavez, speaker of the Fall 2021 Cesar Chavez Intercultural Lecture

10. A Historic Lecture

On the 25th anniversary of the Cesar Chavez Intercultural Lecture, Paul Chavez reflects on lessons from his father.

Aug. 13, 2021

People are shown waiting to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

9. Joining the Fight

60 nursing students join DuPage County’s mass vaccination team.

Feb. 8, 2021

An aerial photo of the Elmhurst University campus.

8. For a Safer Fall Term

Elmhurst U. requires students, faculty and staff to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

June 3, 2021

Bruce King, Vice President of Equity and Inclusion at Elmhurst University.

7. Toward a More Inclusive Campus

Bruce King is named Elmhurst’s inaugural vice president for equity and inclusion.

Oct. 25, 2021

Decorative image of the Elmhurst University campus with a U.S. News and World Report "Best Colleges" logo.

5. Among the Best

U.S. News & World Report ranks the undergraduate nursing program among the top nationally.

Sept. 13, 2021

An exterior photo of Circle Hall with a student walking outside.

4. A Major Gift

Elmhurst receives a significant gift from business leader and Elmhurst Trustee Alfred Koplin.

Feb. 2, 2021

Daymond John, speaker of the Fall 2021 Roland Quest Lecture

3. Diversity as Good Business

Shark Tank star Daymond John gives the Roland Quest Lecture.

Sept. 1, 2021

Cast and crew members on the set of the movie "The Class," filmed on Elmhurst University's campus in Elmhurst, IL.

2. Lights! Camera! Elmhurst!

The campus stars in three feature films that were shot over the spring and summer.

Aug. 17, 2021

Enlarged image of the COVID-19 virus.

1. Answering Vaccine Questions

And the No. 1 most-viewed story of 2021 was …

Biology professor Stacey Raimondi answers frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccine—what’s in it, how it works, and why it’s so important to get.

July 29, 2021

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