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Minnesota Sheriff talks to AIC students about policing and community relations

The Sheriff of the county where George Floyd was murdered in Minnesota spoke to students at American International College on September 16, 2021. In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd last year, tensions between police and the community were strained. Sheriff Hutchinson spoke with students in the criminal justice program at American International College about policing and community relations in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. The full news story is available on WWLP-22News. The event was also covered by The Republican/MassLive.

AIC professor emeritus reflects on U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

American International College (AIC) professor emeritus and former Afghanistan Peace Corps volunteer Dr. Robin Varnum shared her remorse regarding the United States’ recent withdrawal from Afghanistan. Varnum was first introduced to Afghanistan culture during her Peace Corps years in the early 1970s. Varnum said she taught five classes in the only girls’ school in the province. The full story is available in The Reminder.

AIC hosts vaccine clinic, one day before classes begin

AIC upperclassmen moved in Sunday, one day before they begin classes. Some were stepping foot on campus for the first time in over a year. AIC is in Springfield, a community considered by the CDC as high-risk for COVID-19 transmission. So that’s a big reason why a covid-19 vaccination is a requirement here, and they’re making sure unvaccinated students who check in get the shot. This is a three-day vaccine clinic, so students who aren’t vaccinated or didn’t have access to the vaccine can come in and get the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, this allows students to achieve immunity faster. This free clinic is also open to the community. The full story is available on WWLP-22News. Additional coverage was provided by WesternMassNews.

Move-In Day for AIC Students include COVID-19 precautions

It’s freshman move in day at American International College as students prepare for another year of education during the pandemic. Students, parents, and administrators told 22News they’re taking the proper precautions and excited to see where the year goes. At AIC all students must be fully vaccinated to come to campus. If they have an exemption they will be tested weekly for COVID. In the first two weeks of school, there is a universal mask mandate while students who recently received their second dose get full immunity. Masks must be worn inside buildings by staff and students unless in a private office or room. The full story, including an interview with Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Matt Scott is available at WWLP-22News. Additional coverage is available on MassLive.

College students begin to move in, check traffic delays before traveling in the area

The fall 2021 college semester is ramping up with students headed to the area moving in that may cause traffic delays. At American International College, on Friday, August 27, 2021, all first-year students move in; Sunday, August 29, all other students arrive. More information on other colleges and universities is available at WWLP-22News.