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| UNIVERSITY # SPOTLIGHT | Captains Courageous Christopher Newport University looks to the past to blaze a bright future. By Nancy Oakley P Clockwise from top: CNU commencement, Captains on the gridiron, classroom instruction, and the Ferguson Center for the Arts 134 JUNE 2014 erched along the James River in the Tidewater city of Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University (CNU) upholds the traditions and rich history of the commonwealth. And yet, it is a young institution, established in 1960 by the venerable College of William & Mary in nearby Williamsburg. Named for Elizabethan explorer Captain Christopher Newport, a hero of the Royal Navy's defeat of the Armada and leader of the Jamestown settlement, the university also serves as custodian of the Mariners' Museum Library in Newport News - the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 1,750,000 artifacts and a shrine for scholars the world over. Though steeped in history, CNU doesn't view the past as a distant place shrouded in mist, but a vehicle for transforming itself into a dynamic institution of higher learning. Like its namesake, it is on the move and boldly staking out new territory. "Few schools in America have come so far so quickly as we have in the last decade and a half," says CNU President Paul Trible. A former U.S. representative and senator, Trible has the distinction of serving longer than any president of a public university in Virginia. When he took the helm in 1996, CNU was largely a commuter school. "We decided to return to our roots of a liberal arts tradition," Trible explains. Under his guiding hand, the university stripped away most of its graduate offerings and upped the academic rigor of the undergraduate programs, recruited talented and inspiring professors, and reduced class sizes to about 19. The results are staggering: SAT scores are up 200 points, and applications have exploded from 1,000 to 8,000 for a freshman class of 1,200. But the secret to CNU's success lies in encouraging its students to "live lives of signiļ¬cance, meaning, and consequence," says Trible. That starts with core values: leadership, honor, and civic engagement. For high achievers, the President's

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US Airways - June 2014
Gear Up: Camping Tools
Connections: Everybody's Business
Getaway: Valencia Group Hotels
Travel Feature: Austin, Texas
US Airways Feature: New Service
Charlotte USA
Special Section: Mesa County, Colorado
To Your Health: Devereux
Special Section: Burbank, California
University Spotlight: Christopher Newport University
Industry Spotlight: Eastern North Carolina
Best of Health: Miami Foot & Ankle Surgery
Special Section: Philadelphia
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Audio Entertainment
Video Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
oneworld alliance
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlaceĀ®
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Giving: Miles for Good
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - June 2014