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Huntingdon student starts college early at Bard College

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — It’s not every day that students start college early, but one Huntingdon resident is no ordinary student.

This year, Hannah White joined the fall 2020 class at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., the nation’s first early college.

Simon’s Rock successfully created a safe, socially distanced learning environment this semester, with primarily in-person classes as well as hybrid and remote offerings.

White’s academic and personal achievements stood out, securing Hannah a spot at Simon’s Rock this fall

. The college is home to about 400 students who engage in a rigorous liberal arts and sciences curriculum and graduate from college one or two years ahead of their peers.

Dance gala at University of Iowa stays in motion on virtual stage

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The COVID-19 pandemic has halted many longtime traditions this year. But the University of Iowa Department of Dance did not allow it stop the 39th edition of Dance Gala.

Dance Gala maintained its high level of professionalism and artistry, but it with a slightly different viewing experience.

Instead of watching at Hancher Auditorium or Space Place Theater, audiences tuned in online to watch more than 35 students bring to life works created by six Department of Dance faculty members.

Emmalee Hallinan of Altoona, a master of fine arts student in dance student at Iowa majoring in dance, was one of the students who participated in Dance Gala 2020. Hallinan performed in choreographer Eloy Barragan’s “Six Feet.”

The works were filmed in the Theatre Building’s E.C. Mabie Theatre and outdoors around campus.

“We worked hard to make this happen without jeopardizing the health of our students and faculty or our audience,” Barragan said. “There were so many unknowns, and things continue to change every day. It was beautiful to see creative minds unify to come up with a positive solution.”

Barragan says he was grateful that departments across campus came together to make Dance Gala a reality this year, including the efforts of the dancers, choreographers, the Department of Theatre Arts, the Division of Performing Arts, the Performing Arts Production Unit, the Office of Strategic Communication, and UI physician Val Sheffield and his team for testing all performers and choreographers for COVID-19.

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to community@altoonamirror.com. For more information, contact Brenda Carberry, community news coordinator, at 946-7459.

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