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Cal Lutheran Begins Fall Semester With Mostly Virtual Classes, But Some Offered On-Campus In Tents

It’s back to school at a South Coast university. Cal Lutheran is kicking off its fall semester with mostly virtual classes because of coronavirus, but some undergraduate classes are taking place outdoors, using big tents.

The Thousand Oaks based university is welcoming about 750 new undergraduate students.  About 400 students are living on campus.  The university has reduced its residence hall capacity so every student living on campus has a private bedroom.

The university is also welcoming a new President, Lori Varlotta, who was head of Hiram College in Ohio.  She takes over for Chris Kimball, who is returning to doing research and teaching.

Additionally, the campus is opening a new $34 million educational complex.  The Swenson Science Center features classrooms, labs, and even a state-of-the-art music production studio. 

Cal Lutheran is the parent of KCLU. 

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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