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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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Three villages hold first DRI meeting in Cayuga County: Planning process begins as Wells College shuts down

Former Cayuga County Treasurer James Orman elected mayor of Aurora
Three Cayuga County villages have embarked on a months-long planning process to determine the allocation of a $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant. Representatives from Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs attended the first local ... more
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Wells College closure means 100+ will lose jobs

Wells College closure means 100+ will lose jobs
Over 100 people will lose their jobs as result of the Wells College closure, according to a Workforce Adjustment and Retraining (WARN) notice. The private college, a community cornerstone since 1868, cited inadequate financial resources ... more
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REPORT: Did Wells College accidentally release closure announcement over the winter?

Wells College going remote for the week after positive COVID test
Did Wells College accidentally signal that they were shutting down months before a formal announcement was made? While college officials have been adamant that the decision was made in the last two weeks, with official ... more
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Sen. May proposes legislation to support communities impacted by closures like Wells College

Wells College going remote for the week after positive COVID test
More officials are pledging support to students and staff following the unexpected closure announcement of Wells College in Aurora, Cayuga County. The small private institution will be closing after more than 150 years due to ... more
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Aurora, Seneca Falls, and Skaneateles make list for best places to visit in Upstate NY

Aurora, Seneca Falls, and Skaneateles make list for best places to visit in Upstate NY
While New York City often captures the spotlight, the state is home to numerous picturesque historic towns that boast a rich heritage and scenic beauty. A new list from World Atlas spotlighted three local communities ... more
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REPORT: Wells College criticized by accreditor for mishandling closure announcement

Achievements of Class of 2022 celebrated during Wells College’s 154th Commencement Ceremony
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education criticized Wells College for failing to adequately plan and notify the accrediting body in a timely manner regarding its decision to close. Earlier this week Wells College announced ... more
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Village of Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs will host downtown revitalization meeting on May 13

Union Springs aims to modify marijuana opt-out law to serve as compromise with Cayuga Nation
The villages of Aurora, Cayuga, and Union Springs are advancing plans to allocate a $10 million state grant aimed at downtown revitalization. A Local Planning Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 13, from 4 ... more
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Wells College notified state of closure just days before telling students, faculty

Wells College notified state of closure just days before telling students, faculty
After announcing its closure due to financial difficulties, Wells College has swiftly implemented measures to support its students and staff. The college, which will cease operations at the end of the spring semester, has entered ... more
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Aurora assistant fire chief had illegal, sexual contact with teen for months; held on $10,000 bail

Aurora assistant fire chief had illegal, sexual contact with teen for months; held on $10,000 bail
Sheriff Brian Schenck reports the arrest of an Aurora man following an investigation into inappropriate sexual conduct. In late-March, investigators with the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after it was reported that 34-year-old ... more
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Wells College’s financial woes exposed: Why did president collect $310K in bonuses during final years?

No cases of COVID-19 yet at Wells College
Wells College in Aurora is shutting down. While that news has reverberated throughout the Central New York community over the last three days since the College's surprise announcement, questions have swirled about notification. Students and ... more
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