Around the industry: College to restore Frank Lloyd Wright 'icon'

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  • California: Zaytuna College in Berkeley has received accreditation, making it the nation's first accredited Islamic college. The school welcomed its first undergraduate freshman class in 2010 and currently serves about 30 students. Most of the students live on campus and focus on Arabic and Islamic studies. Zaytuna also operates a summer intensive program in Arabic (CBS SF, 3/12).
  • Florida: Florida Southern College has kicked off restorations to a chapel on campus designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Annie Pfeiffer Chapel is a "cultural icon" and "the queen on this campus when it comes to architecture," says Anne Kerr, Florida Southern's president. Among planned renovations, workers will replace seating and doorways with ones closer to Wright's originals. The building will also require new materials on the outside walls, which have eroded in Florida's harsh rains. Officials say they hope to complete renovations by June 30 (Brooks, The Ledger, 3/15).
  • Oregon: Officials at the University of Oregon (UO) announced Thursday night that a fifth student has been diagnosed with a meningococcal infection that was connected to the death of a UO student in February. The news comes only weeks after UO launched a campus-wide effort to vaccinate all students against a particularly dangerous strain of the bacterial infection. Officials did not disclose whether the affected student had been treated during that campaign (Hill, Register-Guard, 3/13).

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