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Wells College lost $3M before closure

No cases of COVID-19 yet at Wells College
Wells College in Aurora reported a $3 million loss in the year before its closure due to rising expenses and declining revenue from lower enrollment. For the 2022-23 academic year, the college had $32.8 million ... more
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What’s next in Aurora after Wells College closure?

What's next in Aurora after Wells College closure?
With Wells College set to close this year, Aurora is planning for the future of the village and its land. The Citizen reports the village is revising zoning laws and addressing short-term rental regulations to ... more
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DRI Committee reviews grant proposals for Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs

Former Cayuga County Treasurer James Orman elected mayor of Aurora
A local committee in Cayuga County is evaluating 33 project proposals for a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant awarded to Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs. Projects in Aurora include park upgrades, lakeshore enhancements, and ... more
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$30M project to connect 445 homes along Cayuga Lake to new sewer line

Naples slows down sewer project due to COVID-19
The Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority is seeking funding for a $30 million project to connect over 400 homes along Cayuga Lake to a new sewer line. Officials tell the Auburn Citizen that the ... more
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Villages in Cayuga County continue DRI planning process

Union Springs aims to modify marijuana opt-out law to serve as compromise with Cayuga Nation
Three Cayuga County villages, Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs, are planning how to use their $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant. The local planning committee will meet on Monday, July 8, from 4 to ... more
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Aurora Village Board advocates for unified sale of Wells College property

Achievements of Class of 2022 celebrated during Wells College’s 154th Commencement Ceremony
With Wells College closing, the Aurora village board is pushing for a "one-campus" sale or transfer to keep the property intact and ideally used by another educational institution. The board passed a resolution supporting this ... more
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Wells College golf course to remain open

Achievements of Class of 2022 celebrated during Wells College’s 154th Commencement Ceremony
The Wells College Golf Course in Aurora will soon have new owners. Kevin Fitzgerald and Brian Dugan, who have managed the course for the past three years, are in the process of buying the nine-hole ... more
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Wells College taps Henking as president to oversee closure

Wells College announces Covid-19 vaccine requirements
Wells College has appointed Dr. Susan Henking as its 20th and likely final president to oversee the institution's closure. Dr. Henking, who has been vice president of academic and student affairs at Wells since July ... more
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Wells College alumni seek information about closure, may take fight to court

Achievements of Class of 2022 celebrated during Wells College’s 154th Commencement Ceremony
Wells College alumni are demanding more information about the sudden closure of their 156-year-old alma mater. The Cleveland Commission for Wells, formed after the closure announcement on April 29, has requested details from the college, ... more
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Aurora Farmers Market to Stay at Wells College Boathouse for 2024

Cayuga County seniors can receive farmer’s market coupons in the Cayuga County Farmer’s Market
The Aurora Farmers Market will remain at the Wells College Boathouse for the 2024 season, confirmed co-manager Ellen Hall. Despite Wells College closing on June 30, discussions with college and village leaders have ensured the ... more
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Wells College Fails to Submit Records Agreements as Closure Nears

Wells College Fails to Submit Records Agreements as Closure Nears
As Wells College approaches its closure on June 30, it has not complied with requests to finalize where institutional and student records will be stored, according to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The ... more
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Wells College Parts Ways with President Gibralter as Closure Takes Place

No cases of COVID-19 yet at Wells College
Wells College announced Thursday that President Jonathan Gibralter has left his position, effective June 20, 2024. The Board of Trustees thanked Gibralter for his nine years of service. Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs ... more
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Wells College’s historic Minerva statue damaged during move

Wells College's historic Minerva statue damaged during move
The Minerva statue, a cherished symbol of Wells College for 156 years, was damaged Wednesday while being moved indoors to protect it from theft. The college announced the move but later reported that the statue's ... more
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Petition urges return of Wells College land to Cayuga Nation

Wells College announces Covid-19 vaccine requirements
As the New York State Attorney General's Office decides the future of Wells College's properties, an online petition is calling for the land to be returned to the Cayuga Nation. The petition, titled "Revitalize Wells ... more
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Wells College teach-out plan with HWS still pending approval; some other arrangements approved by commission

No cases of COVID-19 yet at Wells College
Following Wells College's announcement of its upcoming closure, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education has approved teach-out agreements with 20 institutions to ensure students can complete their education. The approved schools include Manhattanville University, ... more
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What happens to water treatment plant on Wells College campus after closure? Officials working through answer

Wells College announces Covid-19 vaccine requirements
There's some uncertainty, but officials are working through answering questions about a 90-year-old water treatment plant on the Wells College campus. This plant treats drinking water for the village of Aurora, drawing from Cayuga Lake ... more
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Some students scrambling after Wells College shuts down

Wells College announces Covid-19 vaccine requirements
Wells College announced its closure due to financial struggles and low enrollment, leaving many students, including committed high school athletes, in a difficult position. Students chose Wells College for its small campus and proximity to ... more
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More public meetings scheduled for Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs’ DRI projects

Former Cayuga County Treasurer James Orman elected mayor of Aurora
The villages of Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs are progressing in the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) process by scheduling a public meeting and issuing an open call for projects. Project submissions are due by noon ... more
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Nonprofit makes last-ditch effort to save Wells College from closure

Wells College announces Covid-19 vaccine requirements
In a final effort to prevent Wells College from closing, Dr. Jim Malatras of The Fedcap Group has reached out to the college's leadership. The 156-year-old institution announced it would close at the end of ... more
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