Bolivian Government Suspends Classes Nationwide

Catholic University of Bolivia Coronavirus Announcement

Today the Bolivian government announced the implementation of seven “extraordinary measures” to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country. One of the measures includes a call for all Bolivian schools and universities to suspend classes, including the UAC-CP, effective tomorrow Friday, March 13th. Classes are expected to resume March 31st. Attached is the announcement…

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CPF Executive Director Bids Farewell

Hugh Smeltekop poses with UAC-CP Agronomy students in Carmen Pampa, Bolivia

CPF Executive Director Hugh Smeltekop has announced that he will be stepping down from his leadership role. In a letter sent to CPF donors Hugh reminded friends of the late Argentine folk singer Mercedes Sosa’s song called “Todo Cambia.” Everything changes. He then explained the reason for the change and his transition to a new…

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CPF Board Chair Issues Statement on Unrest in Bolivia

St. Francis Photo from Campus Leahy Carmen Pampa Bolivia

As our Carmen Pampa Fund team in St. Paul was finalizing our 2019 Annual Report, Bolivia was thrust into the international spotlight. What first started as relatively peaceful protests in response to Bolivia’s contentiously debated and closely watched presidential election on October 20th, has since become a divisive and impassioned conflict. As there are always…

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Entrepreneurship Challenge Winners Announced

Agronomy Student Wins Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

The UAC-CP’s Business Institute recently announced the top three winners of the first Entrepreneurship Challenge. The three winners were announced following a long process of 64 students researching and developing viable business plans that respond to social and economic demands of communities rural area. 1st place: Ecotourism major Giovana Lopez. Her idea is a hammock…

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New Leadership Guides College Into 26th Year

New Director of College in Bolivia

“Academics matter, but only if they are accompanied by heart.”  This was the message of the College’s new Director General, Jose Luis Beltran, when he gave his welcome address at the UAC-CP’s inaugural mass on August 2, 2019. The all-college mass marked the beginning of classes for the second semester.  Beltran is no stranger to…

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