Wagner College President Guarasci Envisions Collaboration in Staten Island Advance Article
Staten Island Advance reporter Frank Donnelly wrote: “There is a natural rivalry among colleges, each seeking to establish its ‘brand’ and attract the best students. But with tuition costs threatening to blow middle-class parents out of the water, the president of Wagner College envisions a future of greater collegiality and cooperation between higher-education institutions in an effort to tamp down costs." Read more.
Wagner Provost to lead La Verne
Dr. Devorah Lieberman, provost of Wagner College, has accepted the position of president at the University of La Verne in eastern Los Angeles County, effective June 2011. "We at NAC and U are very excited for Devorah and for LaVerne, but her departure will be profoundly felt within the consortium," said Executive Director Lynette Robinson. "Her passionate, personal and creative leadership has advanced the consortium in multiple directions, most recently seen in her leadership of the highly successful 2010 summer institute." Read more.
Evansville Selected to Host 2011 National Concrete Canoe Competition
Next June the Purple Aces at the University of Evansville will host the American Society of Civil Engineers’ National Concrete Canoe Competition.
The competition will bring up to 23 of the top concrete canoe teams to Evansville to compete for the ASCE’s national championship. UE was chosen to host the event from among more than 280 ASCE student chapters, and is the smallest school ever invited to serve as the national competition host. The announcement comes a year after the ASCE named UE’s civil engineering program was named the nation’s best small-school civil engineering program. The program also has qualified three teams to the National Concrete Canoe competition in the past five years. Read more.
Westminster's New Theatre and Music Majors Exceed Enrollment Expectations
Despite the tough economy, students flocked to Westminster College’s new theatre and music majors this fall, exceeding initial expectations. More than 30 students enrolled in the various programs, including the Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance, BFA in Technical Theatre and BA in Theatre Studies. Read more.
Drury Graduates and a Professor Win Local Design Competition
Competitors were tasked with designing a 1,500 square foot residence. Designers had to ensure that their submission could be built for $90,000 or less, was sustainable, adapted to the context of the Midtown Neighborhood and could be built by adolescent students from the Division of Youth Services with supervision. The concept for the Drury University CoRE design was to embody a renewed sense of family and neighborhood, while serving as an educational marker for social and environmental issues. Read more.
Elon Researchers Find Wii Fit a Good Fit for Older Adults
New research by an Elon University alumna and her faculty mentor concludes that Nintendo’s Wii Fit benefits older people looking to improve and maintain balance, a key measure of fitness that both researchers say is often underappreciated by elders. Read more.
Park Foundation Awards Grant for Elon’s Periclean Scholars Project
The New York-based Park Foundation has awarded the Periclean Scholars program at Elon University a grant to send additional students abroad with the goal of producing a short documentary highlighting Sri Lanka’s outlook and actions on water issues, along with its ecological and socio-economic diversity. The film will be part of an environmental summit organized by the Elon students. Read more.
Hampton Leads NSF Program Encouraging African Americans to Pursue Robotics
Hampton University is the lead university of the recently extended Advancing Robotics Technology for Societal Impact (ARTSI) Alliance grant. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the ARTSI Alliance $1.5 million and has extended its support for an additional two-years. Read more.
Hampton Recognized as a Leading Virginia Economic Development Organization
The Virginia Chamber of Commerce honored Hampton University with the presentation of the Virginia Torchbearer Award for the establishment of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI). Read more.
Football Fans Help Ithaca College Win National Environmental Championship
In a competition sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ithaca College won a national championship in the 2010 Game Day Challenge, part of an effort to increase recycling and composting on college campuses. Ithaca College and the University of Tennessee at Martin were declared cochampions in the Waste Minimization category, with each having only 0.078 pounds per person of waste generated at their respective selected games. Read more.
PLU Professor and Student Blog from Antarctica
Follow the journey of Pacific Lutheran University geosciences student Mike Vermeulen '12, and his geosciences professor, Claire Todd, as they study de-glaciations in Antarctica. Read more.
Quinnipiac MBA Students Meet with Crystal Rock Executives as Part of Investments Course
Because the business world is best experienced live and in-person, Osman Kilic takes his students on the road. Kilic, a finance professor in the School of Business, at Quinnipiac spends every fall semester visiting Connecticut businesses with MBA students in his investments course. The goal is to give students an on-the-ground look at companies they research in the classroom. Read more.
Marisa Kelly Named as Ithaca College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ithaca College president Tom Rochon announced that he has appointed Dr. Marisa Kelly as the college’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. Kelly has served since 2006 as dean and McQuinn Distinguished Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. Read more.
Sage’s President Scrimshaw Among Authors of New Lancet Commission Report on Global Health Education
Susan C. Scrimshaw, Ph.D, president of The Sage Colleges and a global public health expert, is one of the authors of an important global health education report published today by The Lancet, a leading global medical journal. The report, “Health professionals for a new century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world,” was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and China Medical Board, and prepared by a global independent commission on Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century, of which Scrimshaw was invited to be a member. Read more.
Samford Trustees Approve New Education Degree Program
An additional graduate education program and preliminary plans for residence hall renovations were among actions approved by Samford University’s board of trustees in their winter meeting. The new degree program is designed to fill a critical need for teachers at the secondary level of education, according to Samford Provost J. Bradley Creed. Culminating in a master of science in education degree, the accelerated program will train teachers for grades 6-12 in seven areas: English/language arts, general science, history, mathematics, social science and Spanish. Read more.
Samford Receives Largest Single Cash Gift by a Living Donor
Former Samford student-athlete and current trustee Pete Hanna’s unexpected early pledge payment helped Samford University to end the 2009–10 fiscal year with a positive cash flow. Read more.
Wagner’s Foundation Hall Wins Building Awards
Wagner College’s Foundation Hall has won two distinctions in the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce 49th Annual Building Awards Program: an Excellence Award for Exterior and Natural Beauty, and an Achievement Award for Interior and Interior Decorating. Read more.
Drury University Earns Silver Rating from Ozarks GreenScore
Drury University has achieved a silver rating from Ozarks GreenScore. Ozarks GreenScore is designed to educate, encourage and assist local organizations in developing environmentally sustainable practices. Read more.
Naperville Sun Profiles North Central College President Hal Wilde
“To hear Harold 'Hal' Wilde talk about his job as president of North Central College in Naperville, you’d honestly think, here is a man living the dream,” wrote reporter David Sharos in the Naperville Sun. Read more.
Sage Peer Educators Obtain National Recognition
To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), a national non-profit organization dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide, has recognized the efforts of The Sage Colleges Peer Education Program. Recently peer educators brought the vision of TWLOHA to campus in a two-day event that raised awareness of mental health, LGBTQ, and disability acceptance. Read more.
Redlands Goes Gold
The University of Redlands Center for the Arts, a 42,000 square feet of space for art, art history and theatre arts programs, has earned the University its first LEED Gold certification. “Achieving LEED Gold certification for the Center for the Arts project is recognition of Redlands’ strong commitment to leadership in environmental stewardship,” said Phil Doolittle, University executive vice president. Read more.
Wagner Alumnus Funds Men’s Center
Wagner College alumnus Harold Theurer ’79 has given an initial $4,000 grant to fund the school’s Men’s Center, directed by psychology professor Miles Groth, and has pledged an additional $4,000 to fund the second year of the center’s operations. Professor Groth has been one of the leaders of a movement pressing for the expansion of male studies and direct work with college men’s groups like the one formed at Wagner several years ago. The Wagner College Men’s Center hosts the men’s group’s weekly meetings, which address issues related to men’s roles in society, plan for the group’s retreat, assist with research on masculinity and men’s and boys’ issues, and extend outreach to other colleges and universities interested in creating similar centers.
Arcadia’s 17th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner Benefits Community
Arcadia University’s Office of Community Service hosted the 17th Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner in recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Month. Beneficiaries of the event were both a local organization, the Philadelphia Northwest Interfaith Hospitality Network, and a global organization, Heifer International. Read more.
Drake Athletic, Academic Officials Explore Cross-university Partnerships in Mexico
Drake University officials recently visited Mexico to explore academic partnerships in advance of the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl that will pit Drake against a Mexican all-star football team in Tanzania next year. Read more.
Drake Honors Course Provides Insight into Contemporary Islam
"Islam in the 21st Century," a Drake University honors course "taught by assistant professor of politics Mahmoud Hamad, aims to examine the world's second-most popular religion and help students understand its place in contemporary global politics. A front-page article in the Nov. 22 edition of the Des Moines Register profiled the course, discussing the timeliness and importance of a forum for fair-minded and balanced study of Islam. Read more.
Drury’s Department of Languages Receives a $20,000 Grant
Drury University’s Department of Languages has received a $20,000 grant from the C.W. Titus Foundation to fund ten scholarships for foreign language study abroad. Read more.
Polar Explorers Reunite at Hamline
Twenty years since the first expedition, Hamline University will again host the members of the 1990 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition. This time, instead of packing up their gear at Hamline, the explorers will unpack memories, reflecting on their journey and its impact felt around the world by everyone from lawmakers to school children. As a result of the success of the 1990 expedition’s adventure learning program, Hamline University launched the Center for Global Environmental Education, which creates environmental education programs for K-12 teachers. Read more.
Ithaca College Students Attend United Nations Climate Conference
A contingent of students and faculty members from Ithaca College are attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico. Read more.
PLU Student and Professor Head to Antarctica for Global Warming Research
Pacific Lutheran University geosciences student Mike Vermeulen '12, and his geosciences professor, Claire Todd, will spend 40 days, including Christmas, studying de-glaciations - or in other words, how fast ice has been melting - over the last millennia. Read more.
North Central College Offers Five-Year Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in Leadership
North Central College is offering a new option to earn both a bachelor’s degree and a master of leadership studies degree in just five years. Students accepted into this program earn both a bachelor’s degree—in any discipline—and the master of leadership studies with the completion of 141 credit hours. Read more.
Quinnipiac Nursing Programs Receive Endorsement from American Holistic Nurses’ Certification Corporation
Quinnipiac University's undergraduate and graduate nursing programs have recently received an endorsement from the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation. The distinction puts Quinnipiac in an elite group of just three schools that have received this endorsement for both their graduate and undergraduate nursing programs. A total of 15 universities have been endorsed by the AHNCC. No other school in Connecticut has such an endorsement. Read more.
Redlands Creates New Endowed Chair for Global Business
The University of Redlands is pleased to announce the creation of the University Endowed Chair in Global Business. The new chair, which marks the 20th such position at Redlands, was made possible by a $2 million gift from generous alumni Rich and Ginnie Hunsaker ’52. The creation of this new chair will fund a full-time professor in the Global Business program. It is expected to be filled by fall 2012, after an external search. Read more.
Drake Law Wins One of Two National Law School Diversity Programs
Drake University Law School is one of two U.S. law schools selected competitively to host a 2011 Summer Regional Institute for the Council on Legal Education Opportunities (CLEO). Read more.
Drury University Recognized as a Choice Employer by Springfield Business Journal
Drury University ranked third among 20 other finalists in Springfield Business Journal’s Choice Employer Award program. This is the first year since the inception of the program that Drury has been in the field of finalists. Read more.
Hamline to Install Row of Honor
Ten Hamline University basketball greats, along with members of the university's three national championship basketball teams from 1942, 1949, and 1951, will be honored with a Row of Honor at the university. Those recognized will include NBA hall-of-famer Vern Mikkelsen and legendary coaches Don Meyer and Joe Hutton, Sr. In all, ten past players and coaches will be inducted into the newly-created Row of Honor in Hamline's historic Hutton Arena. Read more.
Arcadia University President Announces Retirement Plans, Notes Six Years of Rapid Change and Growth
Having established Arcadia University as a leader in international education, among many other achievements, President Jerry M. Greiner has announced his retirement plans for the end of the academic year. “Jerry is one of the few Board members who has been with the consortium from its earliest days,” Lynette Robinson, Executive Director commented. “He has had a major impact at both Arcadia and Hamline University, where he was provost before assuming the presidency of Arcadia, and on our growth as a consortium. His commitment to and support of NAC&U will be deeply missed.” Read more.
Sage Honored for Continued Support to the American Cancer Society
The Sage Colleges were recently recognized by the ACS’s Eastern Division for outstanding fundraising efforts. In November, 2009, Sage held the 6th Annual Relay for Life event on the Albany campus, raising nearly $23,000. That amount surpassed the funds raised the previous year by 79%. Sage had the highest increase in net income out of all the college Relay for Life events held in Upstate New York last year. Read more.
Drake Hosts Record Number for NAACP. College Prep Day
College Prep Day drew a record 140 high school students from the Des Moines area to the Drake University campus. The event is an educational initiative of the Youth Council of the NAACP. Read more.
North Central College Unveils New Design, Content Strategy for Website
North Central College recently unveiled a new look and new content to its website. Viewers will notice vivid colors that reflect the College's Cardinal spirit, easy "go to" buttons on the homepage, and photos and features throughout the site that communicate stories about North Central College's student and faculty accomplishments, vibrant campus life, news, majors and degrees, and events that are open to the community. Read more.
Belmont Appoints Dr. Thomas Burns to Provost
Following an extensive nationwide search, Belmont University has announced that Dr. Thomas Burns, current associate provost at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, is being named Provost. Dr. Pat Raines, Belmont’s interim provost and dean of the College of Business Administration, will continue to serve as provost until Burns’ term begins January 1. Read more.
North Central College Education Majors Expand Studies in High-need Schools
Education majors at North Central College are broadening their experience working with children in high-need schools. This fall marks the first time a member of North Central’s education faculty is teaching a course to undergraduate students at a site off-campus. Dr. Maureen Kincaid, associate professor of education and chair of education at North Central, is teaching a course on children’s literature at N.A. Hermes Elementary School in East Aurora School District 131. Read more.
Hamline Empowers Students & Employees to Take Active Role in Ending Sexual Violence
Hamline University is proactively taking a stance against sexual violence through the Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force—a new campus group charged with the creation and coordination of policies, procedures, and programming for the prevention of and response to sexually violent acts. Fifteen students are involved with the program, as well as faculty and staff members from the women’s studies and theatre departments and the offices of student affairs, health services, orientation and first-year programs, safety and security, international student programs, multicultural and international student affairs, athletics, and residential life. Read more.
Political Intrigue: Students Embrace On- and Off-Campus Political Science Opportunties at Hamline
With the center of Minnesota politics so close to campus, political science majors at Hamline University have numerous opportunities to participate in internships within the legislature as well as with lawmakers and organizations on the local, state, and national levels. Those valuable experiences enhance what they learn in the classroom, whether their focus is public service or another aspect of the field. Read more.
Ithaca College School of Music and Syracuse Opera Create Conductors' Training Program
The Ithaca College School of Music and the Syracuse Opera have announced a cutting-edge conductors’ training program for the study and performance of opera. Beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year, three graduate-level students from the School of Music will be selected annually as Syracuse Opera conducting fellows to study the operatic repertoire, languages and the human singing voice as well as to learn about the responsibilities associated with leading an orchestra in opera performance. Read more.
"Neighborhood” and Green Views Already Seen in Scranton’s Unified Science Center
Signs of the desired collaborations among the sciences, students and faculty are already evident in the early stages of construction of The University of Scranton’s unified science center. Also visible are some of the building’s numerous sustainable features. According to George Gomez, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, the building’s design provides distinctive spaces, or “neighborhoods,” for the University’s departments of biology, chemistry, computing sciences, physics/electrical engineering and mathematics. However, the design also incorporates elements to encourage dialogue and interaction through the use of common areas, glass-walled laboratories, shared instrumentation and designated collaborative laboratory spaces. Read more.
Westminster President Joins National Alliance to Improve Student Learning
In a national initiative to improve student learning on U.S. campuses, Westminster College President Michael Bassis has joined more than 70 college and university presidents who have signed an agreement to expand their efforts in gathering and reporting evidence of student learning and using it to improve outcomes. Read more.
Two Butler Twitter Accounts Receive Recognition
Levester Johnson, vice president of student affairs at Butler University, and Blue II, Butler’s mascot, were both recently recognized for having outstanding Twitter accounts. Johnson, more affectionately known as “LJ” by Butler students, was included on BachelorsDegree.org’s list of “25 College Presidents You Should Follow on Twitter.” The list recognized university administrators who have made it a priority to reach out to their students, faculty members, alumni and prospective students, as well as the academic community as a whole, through Twitter. Johnson was one of two VPs on the list. Read more.
$1 Million Gift Creates Efroymson Center for Creative Writing at Butler
The Efroymson Family Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Jeremy Efroymson will donate $1 million to Butler University to buy the home at 530 W. Hampton Drive – which from 1965 to 1979 was the University president’s house – and convert it to the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing. Read more.
Hampton Celebrates the Opening of the World's Largest Proton Therapy Institute
Hampton University, along with the Honorable Gov. Bob McDonnell and hundreds of guests, celebrated the grand opening of the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI), the world’s largest free-standing proton center. Read more.
Butler’s Bobby Fong To Become 13th President of Ursinus College
Dr. Bobby Fong, president of Butler University, announced on Friday his acceptance of the presidency at Ursinus College in Collegeville, Penn. President Fong will continue to serve as Butler’s president until the end of this academic year. Lynette Robinson, Executive Director, wrote, “Bobby Fong is the model of what a president can be and can do. NAC&U will miss his wisdom, sensitivity, ability to see all sides of an issue, and knowledge of all "baseball." Ursinus is indeed fortunate!” Read more. Read Bobby Fong's letter.
New Study from Ithaca Finds NCAA 'Full' Scholarships Leave Student-Athletes Running On Empty
At a time when the NCAA’s coffers have never been fuller — the ink on its new $11 billion contract with CBS is barely dry — the Division I student-athletes who generate that revenue still have to pay significant out-of-pocket expenses to cover the cost of their educations despite receiving “full” scholarships. According to a new joint study by the Ithaca College Graduate Program in Sport Management and Media and the National College Players Association (NCPA), the shortfall between the monetary value of a grant-in-aid scholarship and the actual cost of attending college at 336 NCAA Division I colleges and universities averages $2,951 a year. Read more.
Hamline’s Interactive Learning Program Engages Thousands of Texans in Environmental Education
Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education (CGEE) enlisted the help of three historic figures for the latest in their interactive learning series, Waters to the SeaTM. The internationally-acclaimed multimedia program is used in school curriculums for grades 4-8 across the country to educate students about the history, hydrology, ecology, and quality of various water systems. Read more.
Football Rivalry Leads to Community Benefits for Ithaca and Cortland
On the football field, Ithaca College and Cortland State vie each year for the Cortaca Jug in what “Sports Illustrated” once called “the biggest little game in the nation.” Off the field, that rivalry has now taken a different turn as the two schools just 21 miles apart both compete and cooperate for the benefit of their home communities. Read more.
NAC&U Alum, Writer-in-Residence Win Whiting Awards
Jane Springer, a 1992 graduate of the University of Evansville, and Michael Dahlie, Butler University’s first Booth Tarkington Writer-in-Residence, each received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a coveted $50,000 award given to ten young, up-and-coming writers to recognize their outstanding talent and promise. Read more about Jane Springer. Read more about Michael Dahlie.
Partnership Established Between Valparaiso University and Peace Corps
A new partnership between Valparaiso University and the Peace Corps Master's International program will provide Peace Corps volunteers-to-be with a comprehensive educational experience, helping them to achieve a deep understanding of the political, cultural, social and legal issues affecting global commerce, business and economics prior to the start of their Peace Corps assignments. Read more.
Valpo’s Green Initiatives Recognized
Valparaiso University's commitment to sustainability on campus – including construction of green buildings, investments in clean energy and use of recycled materials – has been recognized in the "College Sustainability Report Card 2011," released Wednesday, Oct. 27. Read more.
Westminster College Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2030
Westminster College President Michael Bassis recently approved a Climate Action Plan that sets a goal of carbon neutrality for the college by 2030. The plan was prepared by the Westminster College Sustainability Task Force, a group of students, faculty and staff, in support of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, signed by Bassis on April 13, 2007. Read more.
Only at Arcadia: Preview 2011 Offers 7 Countries and 2 U.S. Cities
Preview 2011 at Arcadia University kicks off with an expanded menu of opportunities for first-year students, offering the traditional non-credit experience in London along with nine 2-credit course options. Travel locations over spring break include England, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, Mexico, France and New Zealand, and for the first time Preview will be available to two U.S. locations, Los Angeles and the Arizona borderlands. “Preview has been an Arcadia tradition since 1994, and it’s a defining part of your First-Year Experience,” says Jan Finn, Associate Dean of the Office of International Affairs. Read more.
Butler Orientation Website Wins National Award
Butler University’s orientation website won a 2010 National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) Publications Showcase Award for Outstanding Website. The NODA Showcase recognizes and exhibits outstanding achievement and professional accomplishment in publication and marketing efforts. Read more.
Article Highlights Outcomes of Drake's Adult Literacy Center
A column in the Oct. 28 issue of The Des Moines Register features a Des Moines man who is learning to read and gain independence after seeking help through Drake University’s Adult Literacy Center. Read more.
Drury Opens O’Reilly Family Event Center
A ribbon cutting and building dedication marked the culmination of a month-long celebration of the opening of the new O’Reilly Family Event Center on the Drury University campus, providing the community with a state of the art arena in which to host regional and national sporting, cultural and entertainment events. Read more.
University of Scranton Revamps Its Faculty, from The Chronicle of Higher Education
An article titled “Fitting In: U of Scranton Revamps One-Third of Its Faculty” ran in the October 24 online edition (and the subsequent print version) of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Reporter Audrey Williams June examines the process and challenge of hiring 82 professors over a five-year period. Read the article here.
For the latest announcement on 21 of its newest faculty members, go here.
Dominion Foundation Awards Hampton Journalism School Grant to Increase Energy Awareness
Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation to implement student-produced multimedia energy-related projects. Read more.
Sage Announces ALLIES: A Safe Zone Program
The Sage Colleges are proud to announce a new initiative, designed to create a “Safe Zone” for students who may be harassed or tormented by their peers. Read more.
Samford’s Cumberland Law School's 2010 First-Year Class Chosen from Largest-Ever Applicant Pool
Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law reports a fall 2010 entering class that was selected from the largest pool of applicants in the law school’s 163-year history. The 166-member first year class was chosen from 1,678 applicants, which translates into 10 applicants for every seat, and an application volume increase of 71 percent over 2008-09. Read more.
Sustainable Farming at Redlands
University of Redlands students and staff got their hands dirty planting carrots, radishes, spinach and other vegetables that will someday become part of the salad bar in the Irvine Commons. This was the second planting of the University's Sustainable Farm, which is managed by the Office of Community Service Learning. Read more.
Valpo Teams Honored for Innovative Work
The innovative work of Valparaiso University students and professors was recognized during the induction of the newest members of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. Read more.
New $19 Million Academic Building to Enhance Quality at Valpo
Once a center for campus social activities, the site of Valparaiso University's recently demolished old union will soon find a new purpose as a center for learning. Valparaiso has started construction on a new building that will strengthen Valpo's academic program by supporting the work of its faculty members and facilitating greater interaction between students and their professors. Read more.
Japan Initiative to Support Community Outreach at Valpo
As one of four institutions in the United States selected as a participant in the 2010-2012 cycle of the Japan Outreach Initiative, Valparaiso University will strengthen opportunities for members of the campus community and public to learn about Japanese language and culture while fostering grassroots exchanges between the United States and Japan with support from an international grant. Read more.
Elon Board of Trustees Approves Physician Assistant Master’s Program
The Elon University Board of Trustees has approved the establishment of a master of science program in physician assistant studies. Read more.
Business Schools at Eight NAC&U Institutions Named to ‘Best of’ List
The Princeton Review collected data from university administrators nationwide to compile its 2011 list of the top 300 business schools. The following NAC&U institutions were recognized: Belmont University, Butler University, Elon University, Ithaca College, Pacific Lutheran University, Quinnipiac University, The University of Scranton, and Valparaiso University.
The Princeton Review also surveyed more than 19,000 students at those 300 top business schools to create 11 ranking lists. Elon was ranked #4 on the list of Best Administered schools and #5 on the Best Campus Facilities list. Ithaca was #9 on the Best Campus Environment list. For more information: Princeton Review | Ithaca | Quinnipiac | Scranton | Valparaiso
Photos and Videos from the Inauguration of Dr. Thomas Kazee, 23rd President of the University of Evansville
See photos, watch video, and read Dr. Kazee’s opening speech.
Partnership Offers Drake Students Full-Time Internship in Washington, D.C.
Drake University has forged a partnership with The Washington Center that enables students to pursue semester-long internships in the nation's capital while earning academic credit. Bailey Carlsen, a junior sociology and law, politics and society major, had an offer to work as an intern for Sen. John Thune -- at the Capitol, nearly 900 miles from where she was scheduled to attend Drake classes. Read more.
Drake’s Troyer to Study Higher Education in India
Ron Troyer, senior counsel for international initiatives at Drake University, is one of 10 U.S. higher education administrators selected to participate in a two-week seminar studying Indian universities. Read more.
Hampton Awarded $1.2M to Establish Support Center for Disabled Children
The Hampton University Department of Physical Therapy was awarded a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The funding will establish a family support center for under-served families with developmentally disabled pre-school children, which is a high priority of HU’s President William R. Harvey. Read more.
Abstract Submissions Invited for 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Ithaca
Students interested in presenting at the 2011 National Conference on Undergraduate Research are invited to submit abstracts of their research projects to the review committee. The conference will be held March 31–April 2 at Ithaca College. The window for submitting abstracts is Oct. 4–Nov. 19, 2010. Detailed instructions for preparing and submitting an abstract can be found at Ithaca's site. Read more.
North Central College Receives Outstanding Employer Award from Disability Group
North Central College was recognized with an Outstanding Employer Award by Parents Alliance Employment Project (PAEP) as an employer that hires and supports individuals with disabilities. Read more.
Valpo President Elected to The National Theatre Conference
Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler has been elected to membership in The National Theatre Conference, a cooperative association of distinguished leaders in American theatre. Heckler, a professional and academic actor, director and designer who has more than 100 productions to his credit in the United States, Europe and Middle East, was one of seven individuals elected this year to membership in the organization. Read more.
Westminster Recognized for Commitment to Low-Income Students
Recognized for its number of undergraduates who receive federal Pell grants, Westminster was recently named one of the “Best Colleges for Economic Diversity” in the West by U.S.News & World Report. Nearly one fourth of Westminster’s undergraduate population receives Pell grants. Read more.
Belmont’s College of Law Breaks Ground on Randall and Sadie Baskin Center
Belmont University celebrated the official groundbreaking for the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center, a 71,000 square foot facility which will serve as the home for the new College of Law and state-of-the-art law library. Read more.
Redlands Re-Designs Its Website
The University of Redlands has completed the first phase of a major website transformation in an effort to better serve external and internal visitors to their site.
College Students Should Check School’s Accreditation
By Cid Seidelman, Provost, Westminster College
The Salt Lake Tribune ran an opinion piece from Westminster College provost Cid Seidelman on October 9, 2010. He wrote: “Recently, a significant amount of local and national scrutiny has been directed toward the recruitment and educational practices of many for-profit and proprietary schools…” Read more.
North Central Music Education Program Wins National Award
North Central College's music education program and its student chapter of the National Association for Music Education (MENC) have been recognized by MENC with an award for outstanding growth. In the announcement to the College, MENC's North Central president remarked, "Your dedication and commitment to the young students studying to be teachers is such a contribution to our profession. Your guidance and knowledge both inspire and mentor these young people." Read more.
PLU Celebrates Fundraising Milestone
The public phase of Pacific Lutheran University’s new $100 million fund-raising campaign began Oct. 10 at a celebration that included the announcement that $80 million of the goal is already in hand. “Engage the World: The Campaign for PLU” is raising funds for academic program support, student scholarships, facility improvements, operating support and special projects. Read more.
Sage Drops Testing Requirement
By a wide margin, the faculty of The Sage Colleges voted to no longer require standardized testing for their undergraduate applicants to Russell Sage College and the Sage College of Albany. Read more.
Valparaiso’s Lilly Fellows Program Hosts Nationwide Scholars
The Valparaiso University-based Lilly Fellows Program hosted more than 200 scholars from across the United States to discuss how colleges and students are being affected by changing notions of place, community and higher learning in the 21st century. Read more. View Youtube video. View Flickr album.
Mobile Food Truck Helps Serve Engaged Learning at Westminster
Students in Westminster College’s Information Resource Management class got an unexpected visit when one of their discussion topics showed up at their doorstep. SuAn Chow, owner and founder of the local “Chow Truck,” tweeted her location—right behind the residential halls of the Westminster campus— one morning last week as the class was discussing social media and how businesses can benefit from it.
The class has followed the mobile food vendor (@ChowTruck) via Twitter and Facebook this semester, and professor Dr. Alysse Morton thought inviting the Chow Truck to campus would be a perfect example of demonstrating “active” learning in her classroom. The Chow Truck utilizes both Facebook and Twitter to announce its location throughout the day so only followers/friends know where the food vendor will be stationed. Morton called it “a perfect example of active and engaged learning, which is one of the college’s main learning goals.”
Thomas A. Kazee Inaugurated as 23rd President of the University of Evansville
Thomas A. Kazee was formally installed as the University’s 23rd president in a ceremony last Friday, Oct. 2, on the University of Evansville’s Sesquicentennial Oval. The ceremony, which included appearances by numerous dignitaries from the local and higher education communities, capped a week of inauguration events and activities, all designed to celebrate the unique features of the University of Evansville experience, as well as the University’s relationship to the Evansville community.
In his inaugural address, Dr. Kazee celebrated what it is that UE (and all New American Colleges & Universities) does best – provide students with a liberal arts foundation, give them the opportunity to explore and prepare for professional careers and show them how their roles fit into a global community to promote engagement.
To read local news coverage of the event, go here.
Butler Awarded $210,000 from DeHaan Foundation
Butler University will receive $210,000 in grants from the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation to fund a new theater initiative and continue its longtime support for the Butler Community Arts School. Read more.
Drake Launches Campaign to Become National Leader in Higher Education
Drake University announced the launch of a $200 million capital campaign designed to propel the University to its place as one of the nation's very best institutions of higher learning. The public phase of the distinctlyDrake campaign will span four years and include scholarship endowment, endowed faculty positions, and capital improvements. Read more.
Drury University's Fall 2010 Census Reveals Record Enrollment
Drury University has a record enrollment of 5,625 students for fall semester 2010 following the census of the school’s multiple campuses and online programs. This figure includes adult evening and online programs, graduate classes and the traditional Day School. Read more.
Drury to Offer a One-Year Master of Arts in Communication Degree
Drury University is launching an accelerated Master of Arts in Communication degree program. Students accepted into this competitive, ten-person cohort will be able to complete the entire master’s degree between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012, spanning summer, fall, and spring semesters during the calendar year. Students accepted into the program may choose either integrated marketing or organizational leadership and change as an emphasis. Read more.
Elon Career Services Launches “Career Stories” Interactive Tool
In an effort to share relevant, career development information with students and alumni, Career Services at Elon University has created the “Career Stories” interactive tool. The tool allows viewers to watch interviews of alumni, parents and students discussing common career development issues such as choosing a major, participating in experiential activities, networking and answering difficult interview questions. Read more.
Westminster Provost Appointed Chair of Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Westminster College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. James “Cid” Seidelman, has recently been appointed chair of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of the seven regional accrediting commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Read more.
Several NAC&U Members Included on Building Blocks 2020 Website
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) recently launched, a website which features programs at private colleges and universities that expand access to college and ensure degree completion. The following NAC&U institutions and programs are included on the website: Drake’s focus on Living-Learning Environments, improved support for transfer students, and first-year seminars; Elon’s Watson and Odyssey programs; North Central’s Teach First program; Pacific Lutheran’s first-year experience and Wild Hope program; and Westminster’s first-year program and student employment program.
Belmont's Entrepreneurship Program Gains National Top 20 Ranking
From over 2,000 schools surveyed by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine, Belmont University was recognized as having one of the top entrepreneurship programs in the country. Belmont ranked 18th in the undergraduate category of the survey, the only Tennessee program to be included. Belmont’s ranking can be seen at Entrepreneur website. Read more.
Federal Money Will Fund Lab for Personalized Medicine at Drake
Drake University pharmacy and health science students will soon be able to analyze genetic information, make more informed prescribing decisions and learn advanced disease prevention skills thanks to a federal appropriation of $396,000 to purchase equipment and supplies for an upcoming Pharmacogenomics and Disease Prevention Laboratory. Read more.
Bike Share Programs Gain Traction at NAC&U Institutions
Drury University’s bike share program was recently featured in a USA Today article. According to the article there are only about 90 colleges and universities across the country who currently offer some type of campus bike program. Belmont University launched its bike program this year, Westminster College has been riding since 2008, and North Central College has enjoyed shared wheels since its Cardinal Red Bike program launched in 2007. Read more.
Elon School of Communications Accepts National Award
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication formally honored Elon University’s School of Communications with the 2010 Equity and Diversity Award in recognition of the school’s commitment to advancing gender and racial diversity in its programs. Read more.
Hampton Receives Grant to Establish Biochemistry Program
Hampton University received a $293,853 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish its new Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree program. Read more.
Quinnipiac University Opens New, Expanded Financial Technology Center
Over the summer, the Terry W. Goodwin '67 Financial Technology Center at Quinnipiac University moved its location and upgraded much of its equipment in the process. The 2100 square-foot center includes Bloomberg-equipped workstations, LCD display boards and team study areas. Eight RISE LCD wallboards display the latest currency and interest rates, bond and commodity prices, student-managed portfolio performance and data from NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange. Read more.
Samford Announces Another Record Enrollment
Samford University has a record enrollment for the second consecutive year. Total enrollment is 4,715, up from fall 2009’s record of 4,658. Read more.
Iraqi Education Initiative Sends Students to Valpo
The Iraq Higher Committee for Education Development, part of the Iraqi prime minister's office, has allocated $55 million for the first year of a program designed to restore Iraq's educational system and prepare thousands of young Iraqis to assume leadership roles in their homeland. Approximately 600 students are expected to take part – half in the United States and half in Britain. In the U.S., Valparaiso University is one of the institutions selected to host Iraqi students for the initial pilot program. Read more.
Westminster's Meldrum Science Center Earns LEED Platinum Certification
Westminster College’s new state-of-the-art Meldrum Science Center has earned the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification rating of “platinum”—a first for any higher education institution in the state of Utah. Read more.
Wagner Wins National Civic Engagement Award
Wagner College has won the second annual Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, given by the Washington [D.C.] Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. Wagner was one of only six winners chosen from among 120 nominees. According to the Washington Center, Civic Engagement Award winners serve as models for the many colleges and universities working to foster learning and involvement in the larger world. Read more.
NAC&U Presidents Welcome Students Back to Campus—What are They Saying?
Read welcoming speeches from presidents in the NAC&U consortium. Some offer a challenge to students; others cite institutional strength due to increasing donations and enrollments. Read more at: Belmont | Butler | Drake | Elon | Ithaca | North Central | Pacific Lutheran | Quinnipiac | Sage | Valparaiso | Wagner | Westminster
Valpo Invited into Elite Internationalization Program
Valparaiso University is one of eight institutions in the United States invited into the American Council on Education's 2010-2011 Internationalization Laboratory Cohort, a prestigious program for universities that have achieved a significant level of internationalization and are ready to advance their efforts. Read more.
Valpo, Northwest Indiana Come Together
Valparaiso University celebrated its inaugural Communiversity Day on Saturday, Sept. 18, a historic event bringing the University and Northwest Indiana together for the unveiling of Valpo's new mascot, the first night football game at Brown Field and a day of service. Read more.
Scranton Breaks Ground for Apartment and Fitness Complex
The University of Scranton broke ground for a 189,000-square-foot apartment and fitness complex on the 900 block of Mulberry Street at a ceremony on Sept. 14. The $33 million complex will provide fitness space, a dining area and apartment-style units for 400 juniors and seniors. Read more.
Samford’s Law School Cited for Strong Birmingham Pledge Participation
Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law has been recognized for its consistent and strong participation in the Birmingham Pledge effort. As part of the law school’s annual first-year orientation, students are given an opportunity to sign the pledge, which stresses a personal, daily commitment to remove prejudice and treat all people with respect. Read more.
Elon’s School of Communications Publishes Fall Issue of Undergraduate Research Journal
The School of Communications at Elon University has published the Fall 2010 issue of the Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications, the first journal of its kind in the nation. Read more.
More Enrollment News from NAC&U Members
Following the official period when students can drop/add classes or withdraw, Belmont University realized a record-breaking final census of 5,936 students on campus as the university’s growth continued at a phenomenal rate for the tenth straight year. This year’s enrollment marked an increase of nine percent from last year and a rise of 99 percent since 2000 when the school enrolled 2,976 students. The Belmont student body currently consists of 1,293 graduate students and 4,643 undergraduates, representing record figures in both categories. Read more.
Drake University enrolled 864 first-year students this fall, maintaining optimum enrollment while improving the academic profile of the entering class. Read more.
Drake’s Inaugural Football Game in Africa Highlights Long History of Student Involvement in Africa
Though the Drake football team will make history next year when the Bulldogs play in the first-ever American football game in Africa, it is far from the first time Drake students have been involved with projects on the continent. Read more.
Elon Team will Document Internet Governance Forum in Lithuania
A documentary journalism team consisting of professors and students from Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center will file reports from the UN-facilitated Global Internet Governance Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania, during the week of Sept. 13-17. IGF annually draws nearly 2,000 participants from government, business, academia, the technology sector and civil society who gather to discuss the issues tied to the new knowledge society being established as the Internet evolves and expands. Read more.
Samford Passes $100 Million Mark in Fundraising Campaign
Samford University has passed the halfway point in fundraising for the multi-year $200 million “Campaign for Samford” that launched less than a year ago. Read more.
President Scott Pilarz Selected President of Marquette University
Rev. Scott Pilarz, SJ, will leave The University of Scranton next June to serve as president of Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A respected teacher and scholar, Father Pilarz, 51, became Scranton’s 24th president in 2003, following his service at Georgetown University. “Given the outstanding success that we have accomplished through Father Pilarz’s leadership, we are not surprised to find that Marquette University has selected him to serve as their next president,” said Christopher M. Condron, chair, Board of Trustees at The University of Scranton. Read more.
New Year, New Buildings
This week Westminster College will hold the grand opening of its $30 million, state-of-the-art Meldrum Science Center, the capstone project in Westminster's 10-year campus master plan. The 60,000 square foot center has 14 high-performance integrated lab/classrooms and 5 dedicated research laboratories to facilitate active, experiential, interdisciplinary and collaborative learning through the use of open, flexible classroom spaces and research labs.
Meanwhile, Quinnipiac University opened its new Rocky Top Student Center, the crown jewel of its $300 million York Hill Campus construction project. The student center includes a 500-seat dining hall; a fitness center with spinning and dance studios; six meeting rooms; security offices; a post office; a banking machine; a large common room with a fireplace and grand staircase, and a balcony with panoramic views spanning north of Meriden to across Long Island Sound. Read more.
President Clinton Speaks at Wagner College
On Friday, September 3, former President Bill Clinton spoke at Wagner College during a campaign rally for U.S. Rep. Mike McMahon (D-Staten Island, Brooklyn), who is seeking re-election. The rally was covered extensively by the local media, beginning with the Staten Island Advance. Read more. View video.
Valpo Welcomes Remarkable Undergrads
The largest number of new undergraduate students since 2003 are starting their personal journeys at Valparaiso University this fall, part of a class that is the most diverse in Valpo's history and one of its most academically distinguished. Enrollment of first-time freshmen and transfer students rose to 912 this fall, up from the 845 new students who enrolled in fall 2009, an increase of almost 8 percent. Read more.
Redlands Welcomes Largest Entering Class
The opening convocation of the University of Redlands’ 103rd academic year welcomed 750 new students to the campus community—the largest entering class in the history of the University. Read more.
North Central College Reports Record Enrollment for Fifth Straight Year
For the fifth straight year, a record number of students will attend North Central College.
The College anticipates 888 new students when fall term classes begin on Monday, Sept. 13. Total enrollment is expected to be about 2,900, including about 2,600 undergraduate students. Read more.
Samford University Kicks off Year with Visit from Tony Dungy
Former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy shared thoughts on character, success and leadership with an enthusiastic Samford University audience at the start of the academic year. For video, click here.
Many New American Colleges and Universities Begin Year with Community Service
Civic engagement is a hallmark of New American Colleges & Universities, and it’s also a tool to help incoming students learn about their surrounding communities by pitching in and giving back. Read about some of their projects here: Butler | Drake
Several NAC&U Members Set Enrollment Records
New American Colleges and Universities prove that they have the right formula to continue growing their enrollments. Butler University, Drury University, Elon University, Quinnipiac University, and Westminster College set enrollment records this year. Read more: Butler | Drury | Elon | Westminister
Guidance Counselors Give Their Rankings in Parade Magazine
Parade magazine asked guidance counselors nationwide to recommend “outstanding schools that fly below the radar” for its “College A-List.” Butler University and Pacific Lutheran University were recognized for their internship opportunities. PLU was also recognized for its flexible scheduling options, as was the University of Redlands. Quinnipiac University was noted as a great place to study health sciences, and Belmont University, Ithaca College, and Wagner College were listed for their arts programs. Lastly, Hamline University was recognized in the small private university category, and Elon University and Butler University were recognized in the large private category. Find all 16 categories here.
“Project SLATE" Brings Sage Colleges Together with Nearby Institutions to Transform How Current and Future Teachers Teach
Four Capital Region institutions of higher learning have banded together to transform the way colleges and universities prepare future teachers. The College of Saint Rose, The Sage Colleges, Union Graduate College, and Schenectady County Community College along with the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center announced the launch of Project SLATE (Service Learning and Teacher Education), designed to teach future teachers how to use community service as a teaching and learning vehicle. The partners will expand organized service learning by integrating community service into their undergraduate and graduate curricula. Read more.
Evansville Welcomes Strongest Academic Freshmen Class in History
Last week, the University of Evansville welcomed the strongest academic freshman class in the institution’s 156-year history. “In terms of admissions, UE is a selective institution,” said Thomas Bear, UE’s vice president for enrollment services. “Now, as our academic profile continues to strengthen, we find ourselves competing for top students with many of the nation’s finest colleges and universities.” Read more.
Local Residents Will Go to College, Just for the Day
The University of Scranton will afford area residents with the opportunity to become college students for the first time or once again through an innovative program offered by its Schemel Forum. University for a Day, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, allows participants to attend lectures that explore topics ranging from slavery and Confucian philosophy to university professors’ role in the community and books and argumentation. Read more.
Astronomy Program Receives $226,000 for Star Research
Undergraduate astronomy students at Valparaiso University will engage in research that will further astronomers' understanding of the life and death of stars similar to the Sun with the support of a $226,100 grant from the National Science Foundation. Bruce Hrivnak, a professor of physics and astronomy who will lead the research program, said the federal agency's Research in Undergraduate Institutions award provides continued support over the next three years for Valpo astronomical research into the later stages in the evolution of stars. Read more.
Elon's Outstanding Classroom Technology Featured in EdTech Magazine
EdTech, a magazine focused on technology applications in education, features Elon University in its September/October edition. The article, titled "Building the Smarter Classroom," says that Elon is "taking instructional technology to the next level," with "pioneering collaborative classrooms and teaching students real-world skills." Read more: EdTech | Elon
Campus Climate Index Rates Ithaca, Sage, Redlands, Among Most Gay-Friendly Colleges
Ithaca College is among only 19 schools nationwide to earn five stars — the highest rating — in the Campus Pride Climate Index. Also included on the list with 3.5 out of 5 stars, were The Sage Colleges and University of Redlands. Campus Pride is a national nonprofit organization that works to create a safer environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) college students. The index takes an in-depth look at LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices at over 230 colleges and universities. The annual index has become a staple in student and faculty research, campus organizing efforts and benchmarking for LGBT student safety and inclusion. Read more: Campus Climate Index | Ithaca
Wagner Theater Ranked #5 in U.S.
For the sixth year in a row, the Wagner College Theater has been ranked among the top collegiate stage programs in the nation. Wagner is No. 5 on this year’s Best College Theaters list, behind Drew University, Emerson College, Yale University and Bennington College. For this year’s Best Colleges guide, the Princeton Review surveyed 122,000 students (average 325 per campus) at the 373 schools profiled in the book. The 80-question survey asked students about their school’s academics, administration, campus life, student body, and themselves. Read more.
Belmont Opens New Health Services and Pharmacy Care Center
On August 9, the new Belmont University Health Services and Pharmacy Care Center opened their doors in the nearly-completed academic building on the northeast corner of campus, adjacent to the Inman Center. The collaborative initiative between Belmont’s expanded Health Services Center and the new Pharmacy Care Center will create a unique interdisciplinary approach to servicing the needs of Belmont University while also providing a working classroom for Belmont’s student pharmacists. Read more.
Butler Gets $257,000 Grant to Follow the Life of Water
Butler University will receive a $257,000, three-year grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that will use mobile device technology to show people in Indianapolis how water connects their property to the White River. The project, called FLOW (Following the Life of Water), will include creating a Smartphone application called Raindrop to allow people to trace the path of a drop of water, as well as link with art installations at the Indianapolis Museum of Art to draw attention to the issues regarding climate change, weather and water quality. Read more.
UE Again One of Nation's Most Military-Friendly Institutions
For the second consecutive year, the University of Evansville is among the nation’s most military-friendly institutions. The list of America’s most military-friendly institutions, compiled annually by G.I. Jobs, was released this morning, with the University of Evansville again listed among the top 15 percent of colleges and universities in terms of doing the most to embrace America’s veterans and students. Read more.
IPS and Butler Collaborate on Innovative School Option
Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Eugene G. White and Butler University President Bobby Fong signed an agreement on Aug.13 to launch a unique school with both laboratory and magnet school features. The Reggio Magnet School eventually will serve students in Grades K-5 at the current William A. Bell School. Read more.
Hampton Awarded $2.69M Grant to Assist Local School Districts
The U.S. Department of Education’s School Leadership Program has awarded Hampton University a $322,489 grant for five years, totaling $2.69 million in support of the HU Leadership Academy (HULA). U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the grant. Through the grant, HU will partner with area schools to implement a multifaceted approach towards improving student achievement by improving the effectiveness of educational leadership. Read more.
Drake’s MBA ranked No. 1
Readers of the Des Moines Business Record have recognized Drake University’s MBA program as the area’s best for the fourth straight year. Read the Business Record’s story. Read more.
Elon to Offer Dual Degree Program with European Business School
Elon University’s Martha and Spencer Love School of Business has partnered with the European School of Business (ESB) at Reutlingen University, Germany, to offer a dual degree program in international business. The program provides students with the opportunity to earn degrees from both universities by studying two years at each and fulfilling both degree requirements. Read more.
Elon Leadership Program Returns to Lithuania
The Elon University Center for Leadership, in cooperation with the Elon Center for Public Affairs, has concluded its first series of summer workshops and training events at the 4th annual International Human Rights Law Summer Study in Vilnius, Lithuania. Students from the Elon University Center for Leadership, led by Associate Dean of Students Rex Waters, consulted with the International Human Rights Law program and provided leadership coaching and evaluations. Read more.
Drury's Habitat for Humanity House Featured in Home Power Magazine
A Habitat for Humanity house, built in 2008 by Drury University students, faculty and staff is featured on the cover of the August and September issue of Home Power magazine. The cover can be viewed at Home Power magazine's website. Drury Architecture Professor Traci Sooter co-authored the article about the construction and the heating and cooling of the home with John Vastyan. The house was a project for Sooter's design/build course and she served as the general contractor.
Elon Campus Shop Offers Textbook Rentals for Fall 2010
Elon University’s Campus Shop has launched a textbook rental program that can save students and their families more than 50 percent over a new book purchase. Nearly a third of all titles in the bookstore will be available for rent during the fall 2010 semester – and, yes, students can feel free to highlight passages and write in the margins. Read more.
Arcadia to Integrate U.S. and Italian Students in Classroom
The College of Global Studies of Arcadia University announced the establishment of the Arcadia University Center for Italian Studies in partnership with the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, Italy.
As part of this collaboration, the College is beginning an innovative semester study abroad program, Arcadia in Rome, which integrates U.S. and Italian students in the classroom. The program begins in January 2011 and focuses on the humanities, social sciences and business. Read more.
Belmont’s Rise Highlighted in Nashville’s The City Paper
Reporter William Williams chronicles the rise of of Belmont University from 2000 to 2009. He writes: “Indeed, Belmont transformed itself more the past decade than during any single previous 10-year span. Some might contend it changed from 2000-09 more than during the school’s entire previous 110-year existence. Though a bit clichéd, Belmont’s ‘From here to anywhere’ motto is nonetheless dead-on, reinforcing the limitless potential school officials envision.”
He continues: "Belmont University President Bob Fisher said the 'defining moment' of the last decade was Mike Curb’s 2001 naming gift for the Curb Event Center. The venue is part of a $52.4 million project that includes the Beaman Student Life Center and a structured parking garage." Read more.
Grant Will Support Student Civic Engagement at Butler
An $11,320 grant from Indiana Campus Compact will allow Butler University to expand student activities with the campus’ neighbors. Read more.
Elon, Westminster Named to 2010 List of 'Great Colleges to Work For'
The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Elon University and Westminster College in its 2010 “Great Colleges to Work For” program, which honors institutions for best practices and policies, such as teaching environment, respect and appreciation, and confidence in senior leadership. The institutions were two of 97 colleges and universities recognized in the third annual list. Elon was one of only 39 institutions named to the Honor Roll of institutions that were recognized the most in their size categories. Read more at: Elon | The Chronicle
Hampton University’s AIM Satellite Mission Extended
The Hampton University Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) satellite mission recently received a contract increase of $6.3 million to extend satellite mission operations until September 2014. AIM, led by Dr. James Russell, principal investigator and co-director of the HU Center for Atmospheric Sciences, is the first satellite mission dedicated to the study of noctilucent (NLC) or "night-shining" clouds, which are also known as Polar Mesospheric clouds (PMCs). Read more.
NSF-Sponsored Conference At Ithaca College Will Introduce Math Teachers to Online Learning Environment
GeoGebra, a free, hands-on mathematics software application that allows students to interactively discover mathematical concepts and the relationships among them, held its first North American conference at Ithaca College. The first North American GeoGebra conference is sponsored by an NSF grant authored by two Ithaca College faculty members, Dani Novak and David Brown. Read more.
Quinnipiac University Receives $80,000 Scholarship Grant for Nursing Students
Quinnipiac University has received an $80,000 grant to be used as scholarship money for students traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing. The grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN) will be awarded to students in Quinnipiac's accelerated nursing track. Read more.
Samford Wins Safety Award
The National Safety Council has awarded a 2010 Industry Leader Award to Samford University for achieving the best safety performance within its industry in 2009. Samford is one of 81 companies honored nationally and the only university to receive the award. Read more.
The University of Scranton Announces Joint MD-MHA Degree Program
The University of Scranton and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will offer a dual degree program in Medicine and Health Administration. The combined Doctor of Medicine and Master of Health Administration (MD-MHA) is the first-of-its-kind for the region and will train future physicians for roles as healthcare administrators and leaders in healthcare delivery. Read more.
Wagner College Wins National Civic Engagement Award
Wagner College has won the second annual Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, given by the Washington [D.C.] Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. The six winners of this year’s Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards were chosen from among 120 nominees. Read more.
Quinnipiac University Students to be Among First in Nation Able to Rent Textbooks
Quinnipiac University students this fall can expect significant savings on textbooks and course materials, thanks to some new cost-cutting strategies launched by the Quinnipiac University Bookstore. Quinnipiac students will be among the first in the country to have the option of renting their textbooks in a program that began on July 19. The initiative, Rent-A-Text, will further the university’s expanding sustainability efforts by recycling books, while saving students 50 percent or more off the price of new materials. Read more.
Extending the Campus Walls to Costa Rica
Dr. Warren Haffar; assistant professor, associate dean of Internationalization and diirector of International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University; developed a program to extend his classroom walls to Costa Rica. Each spring students and faculty investigate the conflict surrounding the building of the Boruca Hydroelectric Dam. Although the dam will increase power to the region, its construction threatens the indigenous population and ecosystem. Read more.
E-Learning Program at Belmont Breathes New Life into CPR Education
Belmont University is among the first organizations in middle Tennessee to offer the web-based HeartCode BLS, a self-directed, comprehensive program from the American Heart Association that improves the quality and efficiency of CPR training. Read more.
Drury's Edward Jones Center Helps Companies Hire Quality Interns
Unpaid interns at for-profit companies are rare nowadays due to the Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act that requires that most private companies pay their interns. A new grant program through Drury University's Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (EJC) is helping for-profit and not-for-profit companies change their internship models to comply with the law and attract quality talent. Read more.
Hampton University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Receives $1 Million Endowment
Hampton University has been awarded a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation in support of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at HU (OLLI at HU), which offers continuing educational opportunities to mature adults. OLLI at HU offers educational and cultural learning opportunities for Hampton Roads citizens, ages 50 and older. Read more.
Samford’s Engelhard Grant To Foster Student Health and Civic Engagement
Samford University has received a Bringing Theory to Practice grant from the Charles Engelhard Foundation of New York City to take part in a national project to foster student health and civic development through engaged learning. Developed in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the program provides start-up grants to more than 60 universities across the nation. Read more.
University of Redlands Forum Stresses Solutions and Hope in Public Education
Academic success is possible for all children and should be the goal of public education. That was the message of hope, supported by in-the-trenches research and in-the-classroom solutions to the issues confronting educators and students in today’s challenging educational environment. The Institute for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands’ School of Education is sponsoring the Summer Institute to examine issues relating to social justice and democratic education in today’s schools. Read more.
President Thomas A. Kazee's First Day at the University of Evansville
Click here to watch a short, comical film chronicling President Kazee's first day on the University of Evansville Campus.
Westminster Researches E-portfolios as Assessment Tool
Take a quick quiz: Which is the best way to evaluate student learning: a.) a multiple choice test, b.) an essay, c.) a group project, or d.) a student-developed electronic portfolio? Many educators are working to answer just this question. One such group, the Inter/National Coalition for Electronic Portfolio Research has selected Westminster College to research the impact of e-portfolios on student learning and their effectiveness as a means of educational assessment. Read more.
The University of Scranton To Study Health Care Management Education Globally
The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) selected The University of Scranton to lead its International Healthcare Management Education Initiative to study how and where health care management education is being taught globally. Scranton has partnered with Atlas Research, a Washington, D.C., management and consulting firm, to conduct the study of more than 20 countries on four continents that seeks to provide a basis for considering international accreditation. Read more.
The University of Scranton is Major Force in Regional Economy
In the process of providing a nationally recognized education to more than 5,500 undergraduate and graduate students, The University of Scranton has a substantial positive impact on the region and its economy through voluntary contributions, employment, fees, taxes and a range of contributed services, according to a report issued by the school. Read more.
Sage Launches Discovery Degree - Your Bachelor's in Three
Russell Sage College welcomes its first cohort of students this fall into the new Discovery Degree program, a unique accelerated and interdisciplinary honors degree format featuring summer sessions spent exploring the Hudson River Valley, testing a career firsthand, or travelling. Nearly every major offered at Russell Sage - from American Studies to Theatre - can be taken in the Discovery Degree format, if a student meets the honors academic requirements. Tuition for students accepted to the program is set for three years and results in significant savings in tuition, room and board, books, and borrowing costs compared to a traditional four-year education. Read more.
Quinnipiac University Hosting Connecticut's Film Industry Training Program
More than 100 people from across the state have converged at Quinnipiac University for a four-week intensive training program to learn the latest film and production standards and techniques. The trainees, who range in experience from college students to industry veterans, are taking part in the Connecticut Film Industry Training Program. Read more.
Hampton University Launches New Online Degrees, Virtual Campus
Hampton University has launched its web-based, virtual campus HamptonU Online, offering an ever-expanding range of degree programs entirely online. HamptonU Online offers students located anywhere in the world the freedom to study online anytime to earn certificate, undergraduate and graduate degrees from HU. HamptonU Online offers three doctoral degrees, two master’s degrees, eight bachelor’s degrees, two associate degrees and two certificate programs. Through HamptonU Online, the university introduces two new online doctoral programs, the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Leadership and the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Management, to add to the existing Doctor of Philosophy in nursing. Read more.
Drury’s Summer Scholars Program Begins Third Year with its Largest Class
The third straight year of Drury University’s Summer Scholars program for African-American teenagers began this week, with more than 50 Springfield high school and middle school students will get to experience college life. The students will attend classes in language arts, photography, science and theatre; listen to guest speakers; and attend local cultural events. “This program is consistent with Drury’s mission to enrich the community and build an ethnically diverse campus,” says Dr. Mark Wood, professor of chemistry. “We were extremely proud that the Summer Scholars program played a role in Drury receiving the Educational Partnership Award from the Springfield chapter of the NAACP.” Read more.
HU Awarded $5.3 Million from the Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Hampton University $5.3 million. The grants, awarded under the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program and the Historically Black Graduate Institutions Program, will be used to support and enhance HU's academic programs and research facilities. Read more.
Butler Captures James J. McCafferty Trophy
Butler University, fueled by three conference titles and two regular season championships, claimed the 2010 James J. McCafferty Trophy as the Horizon League’s all-sports champion for a record-tying seventh time and first since 2006-2007. The Bulldogs became the third program in league history to earn the all-sports award seven times. Read more.
Drake, Iowa Students Rank Second in the Nation in Volunteerism
With students in its fraternities and sororities logging more than 6,000 hours of hands-on community service this year, Drake University recently helped Iowa become second in the nation in volunteerism. According to a report released by Volunteering in America, Iowa college students rank second in the nation in volunteering within the college student demographic -- up from 32nd in 2006 -- with 41 percent of college students volunteering their time in 2009. Read more.
Summer Business Institute Debuts at Elon
Elon University hosted its inaugural Summer Business Institute this month for non-business majors seeking additional skills needed in today’s economy to run any organization, whether a business, nonprofit or government agency. Read more.
University of Redlands Deals out "Smart Advice"
The University of Redlands has recently started a “Smart Advice” zone to give tips and advice on ways to fund and obtain a degree. Delving into a variety of topics, from the types of financial aid and loans available—and how to apply—to helping first-year students decide on a major, the University is offering a catalog of tips and resources to help those heading to college. The “Smart Advice” page can be found here.
Valparaiso University's Graduate School Launches Flight Program
Valparaiso University's Graduate School is launching a new program this fall to prepare students for Federal Aviation Administration flight certification. The seven-credit certificate in Aeronautical Principles consists of three courses, each of which prepares students for a specific FAA rating and certification. Read more.
Gary Daynes Appointed Interim Dean for Westminster College's Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Westminster College has announced the appointment of Gary Daynes, PhD, as interim dean of the college’s Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business. He will assume this role for the 2010 – 2011 academic year, beginning July 1, 2010. Read more.
Butler University Creates New Communication College
Butler University recently announced the creation of its sixth college — College of Communication (CCOM), which includes programs currently run by the Department of Media Arts, the Department of Communication Studies and the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. The College begins operating immediately, with freshmen coming in this fall as CCOM students. Read more.
Evansville Web Site Goes Mobile
Want to learn more about the University of Evansville? There's an app for that! The University of Evansville recently launched its first mobile Web site, accessible from devices ranging from all mobile telephones to Apple’s new iPad. The site, which can be found simply by visiting www.evansville.edu on any mobile device, is a smaller version of the University of Evansville’s Web site, giving access to all key information about the University. Users can find University news and campus events, as well as information on UE’s academic programs, offices and services, and even an interactive campus map – all easily accessible from their mobile device. Read more.
Butler Approves Dance MFA, Appoints Interim Dean
Butler University's Board of Trustees has approved a new master of fine arts in dance degree, which will feature a concentration in ballet choreography, with a secondary study in pedagogy. The first students will begin classes in the Fall of 2011. The new degree coincides with the recent appointment of Dance department chair Michelle Jarvis, to interim dean of the Jordan College of Fine Arts for the 2010-2011 school year. Read more about appointment. Read more about program.
Samford Receives Grant for “New Careers” Nursing Scholarships
Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing is one of 63 schools nationally that will receive funding to award eight scholarships from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). Samford is one of three Alabama institutions to receive the grants and the only private university in the state. Read more.
Belmont Journalism Class Partners with Rose Park Middle to Produce Community Newsletter
During the spring semester, a Belmont University feature writing class worked with 14 hand-selected 7th and 8th grade students from Rose Park Magnet Middle School to produce a newsletter for the nearby Edgehill community. The Belmont students visited the middle school eight times to assist with the younger students’ work as reporters, page designers and photographers. Read more.
Drury Announces a New Master of Arts in Teaching
Starting in the fall of 2010, Drury University’s School of Education and Child Development will provide a pathway into teaching for professionals who don’t have an undergraduate degree in education by offering a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Read more.
University of Scranton Confers Record Number Degrees at Two Ceremonies
The University of Scranton conferred approximately 1,620 degrees at two commencement ceremonies Memorial Day weekend representing the largest graduating class in the 122-year history of the Jesuit university. On Saturday, May 29, The University of Scranton conferred more than 630 master's degrees and 37 doctoral degrees at its post-baccalaureate commencement ceremony in the Byron Recreation Complex on campus. Read more.
North Central Cardinals Complete Historic Sweep of National Titles
The North Central College men's track and field team plucked the final jewel of a rare triple crown Saturday at Baldwin-Wallace College, as the Cardinals protected a huge early lead and claimed the program's 20th national title at the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships. The victory makes North Central just the second team in Division III history to sweep the national cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field championships in one academic year. North Central College now claims 25 team national championships. Read more.
Hampton Receives Grant to Support First-Generation Students
Hampton University has been selected by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) to receive a $100,000 Wal-Mart Minority Student Success Award. The grant aims to help build upon HU’s demonstrated successes in enrolling, retaining, and graduating first generation college students. HU was selected as one of only 30 minority-serving institutions (MSIs) through a highly competitive application process to strengthen efforts to support first-generation students. Read more.
Belmont Joins Forces with WSMV-TV To Present Statewide Gubernatorial Debates
Belmont University’s Curb Event Center, location of the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate, will again be the site of a significant political event for the state of Tennessee. The University is partnering with WSMV-TV and affiliates across the state to present two debates preceding the election of Tennessee’s next governor, one debate prior to this summer’s statewide primary and another before the fall general election. Read more.
Drury University Recognized at Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Ball
The Springfield chapter of the NAACP presented Drury University with the Educational Partnership Award at their annual Freedom Fund Ball this past Saturday, May 16. Drury University first teamed up with the local NAACP chapter in spring 2009, to provide office space for members in the Drury University Diversity Center at Historic Washington Avenue Baptist Church. Since then, Drury has continued its partnership with the organization through a variety of programs, including Drury University’s Summer Scholars. Read more.
Drury’s Social Media Certification Course Offers a Webinar Option
Drury University has added an online class to its Social Media Certificate program for graduate credit. Deltina Hay, author of "A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization," will facilitate the webinar program, teaching students how to use social media and Web 2.0 technologies. Read more.
Elon Creates Nation’s First Undergraduate Communications Research Journal
The School of Communications has published the inaugural issue of the Elon Journal of Undergraduate Research in Communications, the first journal of its kind in the nation. The online journal is available here. The Council on Undergraduate Research catalogs 57 student research journals in the nation, and the Elon journal is the first that specifically publishes undergraduate research in journalism, media and communications. Read more.
Arcadia Graduates Largest Class, More than 1,000 Earn Degrees
Arcadia University graduated its largest class ever last week, with a total of 515 students earning bachelor’s degrees and 521 earning master’s and doctoral degrees. At the Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 21, at 10:15 a.m. on Kuch Field, approximately 483 students will walk across the stage, each handed his or her diploma with a handshake from President Jerry Greiner. Read more.
Belmont SIFE Team Wins National Championship
Team will now represent U.S. at SIFE World Cup in October
For the first time ever, the Belmont University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won the national championship at the SIFE USA National Exposition, which was held last week in Minneapolis. Thursday night’s top place finish places Belmont as the No. 1 team out of nearly 600 teams nationwide and the best of the 169 teams who competed in the National Exposition. Belmont SIFE was selected to go to nationals after a fifth consecutive year winning as regional champions. Read more.
The University of Scranton President Interviewed in Chronicle of Higher Education
Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of The University of Scranton, met with several editors of The Chronicle of Higher Education earlier in the week. An interview Father Pilarz recorded with Jeff Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, is posted on their website. Father Pilarz talks about Scranton’s hiring of new faculty members, Catholic and Jesuit education, Scranton’s use of discernment in decision making and the University’s plans for student recruitment. Read more.
Drake Faculty, Staff Collaborate as Emerging University Leaders
Drake University faculty and staff participants recently completed the University's inaugural Emerging Leaders Collaborative (ELC) program. The first-ever leadership development program of its kind at Drake, the ELC extended over an 18-month period, included classroom sessions as well as small group project work, and examined issues relevant to higher education and Drake. Read more.
Drury to Offer a Master of Music Therapy Beginning in the Fall of 2010
Drury University will begin offering classes leading to the Master of Music Therapy (MMT) degree in the fall of 2010. Drury is one of just three universities in Missouri to offer a Master of Music Therapy. Read more.
Butler College of Business Launches MBA Board Fellows Program
Students in Butler University’s MBA program are getting the opportunity to experience board management up close, thanks to the new Board Fellows program which launched this past spring. Read more.
Pacific Lutheran Graduates Lend Insight into their Experience
As their graduation date nears, several Pacific Lutheran University students were recently asked about their choices to attend the school, their experiences there, and what the next chapter of their lives may look like. Several responses pointed to opportunities that blend classroom learning with real-life experiences, the hallmark of The New American Colleges and Universities. Read their answers HERE.
Wagner's Port Richmond Partnership Highlighted in Advance
For just over a year, students at Wagner College have invested their energies in a common goal: Addressing the needs of Port Richmond as defined by local agencies. Wagner College took on the needs of Port Richmond as a special, five-year project that would engage young hands and minds. Read more.
Valpo Introduces New Degree in Arts, Entertainment Administration
Valparaiso University will draw upon its strong arts and museum programs as well as the rich artistic and entertainment opportunities in Northwest Indiana and Chicago to launch its Master of Arts degree in arts and entertainment administration this fall. Read more.
Westminster Introduces New Project-Based MBA Program
Adding to its menu of graduate business programs, Westminster College has introduced a new Project-based Master of Business Administration program to begin in the fall of 2010. Read more.
Quinnipiac Students to Graduate in Eco-friendly Caps and Gowns Made from Recycled Bottles
In the University of Quinnipiac's latest effort to go green, students receiving their undergraduate degrees this May will don caps and gowns made of 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. The eco-friendly gowns, which mark the first change to the University's Commencement garb in about 25 years, are virtually indistinguishable in color, feel or fit from traditional polyester material. Read more.
The University of Scranton Announces Plans to Construct Residence Hall and Fitness Center
On Wednesday, May 5, 2010, The University of Scranton’s Board of Trustees approved the construction of a $33 million, 189,000-square-foot complex in the 900 block of Mulberry Street that will provide fitness space, a dining area and apartment-style units for 400 juniors and seniors. Read more.
Gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to Establish Endowed Chair at Redlands in Native American Studies
Honoring history and creating a bold future for Native Americans and the San Bernardino region are at the heart of a $3.7 million gift to the University of Redlands that includes funding for an endowed chair in Native American Studies. The partnership between the two Inland Empire neighbors demonstrates their shared interest in a future that embraces the rich traditions and heritage of Native Americans and creates new educational opportunities. Read more.
Butler Creates Art + Design Major
Butler University will introduce an Art + Design major in the fall, a first for the University. Read more.
Valpo's WVUR Wins Radio School of the Year Award
Valparaiso University's student-operated radio station, WVUR (95.1 FM), has been named the Radio School of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB). This year's award marks the third time in the last five years that Valpo has been named the Radio School of the Year. Read more.
Redlands Researchers Look at Incivility in Classrooms
University of Redlands researchers studying student incivility have found that new, female professors report more incivility from students than their male and more experienced counterparts. Read more. This study was also highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Obama Tells Hampton Grads to be Role Models and Mentors
Hampton University students often joke that HU President William R. Harvey owns a weather machine. Well if he does, the dial was set on perfect this past Sunday. Sunny skies and mild temperatures welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama as the keynote speaker of the Hampton University 140th Annual Commencement.
Excitement has been building among the graduates, faculty, staff, parents and the community about the Commencement since Obama was announced as the speaker in February. Attendees lined up on Marshall Avenue in front of the Armstrong Stadium long before the sun rose. Once the gates were opened proud parents, grandparents, other relatives and well-wishers hurried in to get to their seats.
The processional started promptly at 9 a.m. and the graduates and faculty, proudly marched in. Media representatives from all over the country snapped photos and shot video of the 1,072 graduates. Harvey welcomed Obama and compared the similarities between Obama and HU. Read more. View the speech on YouTube.
Greg Woodward Named Interim Provost At Ithaca College
School of Music dean Greg Woodward has been named interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Ithaca College, beginning June 1, 2010. Kathleen Rountree, who has served as provost since 2007, announced earlier this month that she would be stepping down from that role to serve as a faculty member in the School of Music. The search for her permanent successor will begin this fall. Read more.
Sage Honored in International Higher Education Marketing Communication Competition
Winners have been announced in the Twenty-Fifth Annual Educational Advertising Awards, sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report. This year The Sage Colleges received top honors in the "Television Single Spot" competition. The Educational Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, more than 2000 entries were received from more than 1000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. Last year Sage also won a gold for Total Advertising Campaign in the 24th HEMR Awards Competition.
An Extraordinary School Year for Butler
From the men’s basketball team’s phenomenal run in the NCAA tournament to the addition of the Theta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 2009-2010 was an extraordinary school year for Butler University, President Bobby Fong said. Read more.
Drake Officials Accept Environmental Stewardship Award
Drake University is among four organizations and three individuals recognized by the Metro Waste Authority for their efforts to improve the environment. Drake was honored as a 2010 Environmental Stewardship Award winner on Wednesday, April 21, at Metro Waste Authority's annual dinner at the Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona. Read more.
Arcadia Breaks Ground on University Commons
Recently, hundreds of students at Arcadia University's Spring Fling donned hard hats and received souvenir “bricks,” taking a moment from their activities to celebrate breaking ground on The University Commons, the new building destined to become a hub of student life there. Read more. View on YouTube.
Valparaiso Literature Class Teaches Philanthropy through Experience
Eleven students in the Valparaiso University class "Traditions of Giving and Serving in American Life" will witness the fruits of their labors when they award $10,000 in grant money to support the efforts of area social service agencies and philanthropic organizations on Monday, May 3. The class, taught by Dr. Martin Buinicki, associate professor of English, examines philanthropy as discussed in various works of American literature and offers students a first-hand giving experience by providing them with the opportunity to distribute grants locally. Read more.
Hampton President Awarded PepsiCo's Highest Honor
Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has been awarded PepsiCo’s Harvey C. Russell Inclusion Award. The award is part of PepsiCo’s prestigious Chairman’s Award, the highest honor the company bestows. Read more.
Hamline’s Retired Billboards Carry on With New Life and Purpose
Hamline University billboards have been carrying a message, now they can carry your keys, wallet, and lunch. Instead of ending up in the landfill, the 100 pound pieces of vinyl are being recycled into handbags and lunch totes by a local small business. Read more. View on YouTube.
AAC&U Grant Supports Study of Wagner Plan
Wagner College was named as one of six schools to receive part of a $1 million matching grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The grant, part of AAC&U’s “Bringing Theory to Practice” project, will provide Wagner College with $100,000 over the next two years “to develop transformative educational experiences,” according to an AAC&U spokeswoman. The five other institutions chosen from among 50 proposals for the grant were Otterbein College, SUNY Cortland, Tufts University, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and Georgetown University. Read more.
Redlands Designated a "Tree Campus" by the Arbor Day Foundation
The University of Redlands, set under a canopy of century-old trees it has committed to protect and maintain, has recently been designated a “Tree Campus” by the Arbor Day Foundation. Redlands is among just three other colleges or universities in California to be named a Tree Campus USA for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Read more.
Butler Pharmacy and Health Sciences Addition Earns LEED Gold
Butler University's new 40,000-square-foot addition to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) building has been awarded Gold-level LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environment Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. With this certification, Butler becomes the first educational institution in Indianapolis to have a Gold building. It is also Butler’s first LEED-certified structure on campus. The addition officially opened in Fall 2009. Read more.
Hamline Community Offers its own Fuel, Cost, & Time-Efficient Ride
Hamline University community members now have the convenience of their own car on campus, without the worry about parking, maintenance, gas prices, or emissions. Hamline’s HOURCAR, a hybrid Honda Insight, arrived on Earth Day, and it’s now available for students, faculty, staff, and other community members to reserve. Read more.
Drake Receives United Way Volunteer Award
Drake University was honored recently with a 2010 United Way LIVE UNITED volunteer award at the Live United awards ceremony. Read more.
Dr. Thomas A. Kazee Named New University of Evansville President
The University of Evansville has named Dr. Thomas A. Kazee as the institution’s 23rd president. Kazee, who currently serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President of Furman University, was chosen for the position after an exhaustive, nationwide search led by UE Trustees Steve Harkness and Barbara Price. Read more.
Three NAC&U Schools Win Regional SIFE Competitions, Head to Nationals
Student SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) teams from Belmont, Drake, and Valparaiso Universities have each won their regional competitions en route to the SIFE USA National Exposition to be held May 11-13 in Minneapolis. SIFE is an international organization that mobilizes students around the world to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Read more: Belmont | Drake | Valparaiso | SIFE
Elon Law Class of 2009 Achieves 92 Percent Bar Passage Rate
Following the results of the February 2010 North Carolina Bar Exam, the combined pass rate for all graduates from Elon University School of Law's charter class is 92 percent. Read more.
Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration earns AACSB Accreditation
Drury University’s Breech School of Business Administration has achieved initial accreditation of its business degree program by recent action of the Board of Directors of AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Founded in 1916, AACSB International is the longest service, and largest global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in business and accounting. Read more.
Belmont Physical Therapy Graduates Achieve Distinction
Belmont University’s 2009 Physical Therapy class achieved 100 percent pass rate on their first attempt of the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). This is the second time in the history of the program that an entire class has passed the exam on their first attempt. Read more.
Hampton Team Wins Computer Science Competition
The Hampton University MMXI team was named the 2010 ARTSI Olympiad grand champions. The competition was a part of the second annual ARTSI Student Research Conference and the eighth annual Computer Science Olympiad held at Hampton University on March 25-27. Read more.
University of Scranton Awarded Grant for Health-Profession Education
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $95,000 grant to The University of Scranton to support a health-profession education and training initiative that targets the local community, as well as international partnerships. The funding stems from grants made available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2009. Read more.
Westminster's President Bassis Featured in Inside Higher Ed
In "Changing the Equation," Michael Bassis, president of Westminster College, wrote: "Even before the current economic downturn, cost had become the dominant public concern about American higher education. As the president of a private college, it had also become my dominant concern. And with good reason: over the past decade, following the national trend, tuition at my institution increased at a faster rate than inflation, than the growth in family incomes, even faster than the increase in health care spending. Many of our students were graduating with considerable debt. It was obvious, as well, that cost was discouraging too many students from modest backgrounds from viewing my institution as a realistic option. Click here to continue reading "Changing the Equation."
Butler Falls 1 Basket Short, But Its Run Gives Smaller Programs Hope
The Big Dance doesn't just belong to the big dogs any more. In a down-to-the-wire finish in a tournament defined by upsets, Butler University came within inches of taking home the NCAA championship trophy Monday night against one of the most-revered programs in college basketball. Duke University's 61-59 victory was much closer than many pundits had predicted, with only a missed shot at the buzzer placing the Blue Devils on the podium instead of the Bulldogs. But more than just an adrenaline-charged close game, Butler's near miss signaled a hint of changes to come in a sport that has long been dominated by the wealthiest programs. Read more.
Sage's Sally Lawrence Receives Lifetime Distinguished Award
Dr. Sally A. Lawrence, Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Sage Colleges, was honored with a special Lifetime Distinguished Award at the Academy for Character Education's 7th Annual "Champions of Character" Awards Banquet held March 24 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy. Almost 300 educators, students, parents, business and community leaders from across New York State gathered at this event to honor Dr. Lawrence and other members of The Sage Colleges, as well as school, community and business leaders who were selected to receive this year's awards. Read more.
Quinnipiac University to Offer Online Master of Science Degree in Teacher Leadership
Starting fall 2010, Quinnipiac University will offer an online master of science in teacher leadership program. The graduate program, developed by the School of Education, is designed to prepare teacher leaders to understand current research on learning theory and human motivation and be able to use that knowledge to promote the continuous improvement of student learning. Read more.
Several with University of Evansville Ties Honored at 2010 Celebration of Leadership Awards
It was a great night to be affiliated with the University of Evansville, when several members of the University were recently honored at the 2010 Celebration of Leadership Awards. The awards, given each year by Leadership Evansville, Inc., honor those men and women who have provided valuable leadership in the Evansville community. This year, six members of the University community – including President Stephen Jennings and Board of Trustees Chair Niel Ellerbrook – were honored at the ceremony. Read more.
Dr. James R. Appleton Named Interim President at Redlands
The University of Redlands has appointed Dr. James R. Appleton as its interim president. The Executive Committee of the University's Board of Trustees approved Dr. Appleton’s appointment as interim president to be effective March 17th, following the resignation of President Stuart Dorsey. Read more.
Steven Starkovich Named Provost at PLU
Steven P. Starkovich has been named provost and dean of graduate studies at Pacific Lutheran University through the 2011-12 academic year. He had been serving as acting provost this year during the sabbatical leave of Patricia O’Connell Killen. Starkovich first came to PLU in the fall of 1992 to teach one course in the physics department as he was finishing his Ph.D from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, and since 2001 has been associate professor of physics. He has served the university as a department chair and has extensive experience on the Faculty Affairs Committee and Budget Advisory Committee. Killen has been selected as the new provost at Gonzaga University, her alma mater. Read more about Killen. Read more about Starkovich.
Butler Bulldogs Reach Final Four in Indianapolis
The Butler University Bulldogs are writing one of college basketball’s all-time great stories: the Bulldogs will play in the NCAA Final Four in their hometown of Indianapolis. The No. 5 seed Bulldogs defeated No. 2 seed Kansas State, 63-56, Saturday afternoon to advance to college basketball’s biggest stage just six miles from campus. Read more.
Arcadia Named Among Top Places to Work in Philadelphia
Arcadia University was named among the Top Workplaces 2010 by the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday, March 21. Arcadia was ranked #16 among the largest employers in the region. Read more.
Butler Student Foundation Wins Two Awards at District Conference
Since its beginning in 1993, the Butler University Student Foundation (BUSF) has collected a lot of awards. This year is no different; BUSF won the outstanding student leader and the outstanding external program awards from CASE ASAP (District V) this past February. CASE ASAP is the student arm of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. The organization’s goal is to foster and enhance student involvement in all areas of university advancement — from alumni relations to fundraising and marketing. Read more.
Drake Law School Emerges as Nation's Trailblazer to Support Next Generation of Farmers
More than 200 participants representing 40 states attended a national conversation on how to help create America's next generation of farmers at a two-day forum this month in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Drake University's Agricultural Law Center. Read more.
Wagner College Rings NYSE Closing Bell
On Tuesday, March 23, Wagner College President Richard Guarasci rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the raising of $50 million in the largest campaign ever conducted in the school’s history: “Putting Wagner First.” Read more.
Samford Model United Nations Team Experiences Serbia, And So Much More
A recent trip to the Belgrade International Model United Nations (BiMUN) in Serbia placed eight Samford University students in the thick of the region’s culture, history and politics. Interviews and chance meetings exposed them to a “who’s who” of the Serbian political elite, journalists, American Embassy officials and others. Read more.
Fortune Magazine Names Belmont One of "Five Schools for Entrepreneurs"
Belmont University has been named one of “five schools for entrepreneurs” by Fortune Magazine for its Entrepreneurship and Social Entrepreneurship programs. The magazine chose Belmont for standing out among the more than 2,000 schools in the United States who teach entrepreneurship. The article can be viewed online here and seen in the March 22 print edition. Read more.
President Obama Visits Arcadia University to Discuss Health Insurance Reform
On the morning of Monday, March 8, 2010 President Obama delivered remarks on health insurance reform at Arcadia University. Watch President Obama's speech live at www.whitehouse.gov.
Arcadia University Announces Five Three-Year Undergraduate Degree Programs
Arcadia University, the national leader in study abroad, has announced five new three-year accelerated undergraduate programs in Business Administration, Communications, International Business and Culture, International Studies, and Psychology to begin in the fall of 2010. The three-year programs will give academically talented students a faster path to graduate school or the job market while continuing to provide Arcadia’s distinctly global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. Two summer experiences—each of which can be done abroad or domestically—will allow students to participate in one summer of service learning and one summer internship. Read more.
Hampton University President Named Chair of President Obama's Board of Advisors on HBCUs
On Feb. 26, President Barack Obama appointed Hampton University President William R. Harvey Chairman of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Obama announced Harvey’s appointment before signing a new Executive Order re-establishing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and President’s Board of Advisors. Read more.
Drake President and Past NAC&U Chair Elected to Board of Directors of American Council on Education
Drake University President David Maxwell recently was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions. The election took place Monday, March 8, at ACE's 92nd annual meeting in Phoenix. Read more.
Pacific Lutheran University's Victim Advocacy Brings Visit, Praise from Department of Justice
An Assistant Attorney General with the U.S. Department of Justice will visit Pacific Lutheran University’s Women’s Center on Thursday, March 11, as a part of a nation-wide tour honoring programs that have showcased exceptional campus programs geared to address violence against women. Read more.
University of Evansville's Physical Therapy Program Receives Grant to Help U.S. Military
Three members of the University of Evansville’s physical therapy faculty will collaborate over the next year with a team of researchers at Army Baylor University working to keep America’s soldiers in the field. Assistant Professors Phil Plisky and Rob Butler, and Associate Professor Kyle Kiesel – all members of UE’s Department of Physical Therapy – along with researchers at Army Baylor University recently were awarded a $240,000 IP Screening Technology grant to help them identify the U.S. Army soldiers who are most susceptible to injury. Read more.
Valparaiso University First in State to Receive Severe Weather Certification
Valparaiso University will be the first university in the state to receive the StormReady certification from the National Weather Service during a ceremony on campus March 17, which means the University has met guidelines established by the NWS in partnership with federal, state and local emergency management professionals to protect lives and property in the event of severe weather. Read more.
Princeton Review Names North Central Among Tops for Video Game Design
The Princeton Review has named North Central College’s interactive media studies program among the top 50 video game design programs in North America. The Princeton Review and GamePro magazine selected the best institutions in the United States and Canada that offer video game design studies. Eight top programs were ranked, and North Central is among 42 others recognized as distinguished. Read more.
Scranton Establishes The Honesdale National Bank Center for Economic Education
The University of Scranton has established The Honesdale National Bank Center for Economic Education at The University of Scranton, which was funded by a generous donation by the bank. The center will provide economic education outreach to elementary, middle and high school students, training teachers to help students better understand economic and financial literacy concepts and ways to apply economic principles to solve problems. Read more.
President Barack Obama to Deliver Commencement Address at Hampton University
Hampton University is pleased to announce that President Barack Obama will serve as the University's 140th commencement speaker on May 9, 2010. "We are honored that President Obama has accepted Hampton's invitation to speak to our 2010 graduates during our commencement exercises," said HU President William R. Harvey. Read more.
Arcadia Launches New School of Continuing Studies
Arcadia University’s newly formed School of Continuing Studies includes the Center for Adult and Professional Education, Arcadia Online, and the Center for Summer Learning. The mission of the School of Continuing Studies is to provide creative, flexible, and innovative program delivery that meets the education needs of adult, non-traditional, and professional students in Pennsylvania and beyond. The School is committed to excellence in non-traditional educational experiences that are global, integrative, and personal. Read more.
Drake Awarded Federal Funds for Innovative Virtual Language Program
|Back row from left to right: Mariah Marconi, Jessica Lang, Zach Smith; Front row: Drake President David Maxwell and Congressman Leonard Boswell.
Drake University President David Maxwell has announced that Drake has received $1.58 million in federal funds for a new virtual language-learning program developed to meet the nation's critical need for fluent speakers of languages other than English. Drake's Virtual Language Studies program is designed to help increase competence in less commonly taught languages for reasons of national security and global economic competitiveness. Students in the program are learning Russian and Mandarin Chinese. Read more.
University of Evansville M.S. in Education Focuses on Data- and Assessment-Driven Methods
The University of Evansville is proud to announce a new graduate degree program for teachers seeking to reach the next level of instruction, assessment, and helping all students achieve. The Master of Science in Education program will launch in June, with on-campus and on-line classes scheduled in the evening and on weekends to accommodate the schedule of a working teacher. Read more.
Redlands Receives W.M. Keck Foundation Grant for Spatial Literacy
University of Redlands students and faculty will have new opportunities to use maps, mapping and spatial reasoning in the classroom and beyond, thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Los Angeles-based W.M. Keck Foundation. Read more.
|Zach Smith, who taught English in Chengde as part of the program, dons traditional Chinese attire.
Drake's Chinese Cultural Exchange Program Named Education Agency of the Year
Drake University's Chinese Cultural Exchange Program has been selected by the Chinese Association of Iowa as a 2009 Chinese Achievement Award winner for Education Agency of the Year.
Drake's Chinese Cultural Exchange program, which was established in 2004, offers American and Chinese faculty, students and graduates opportunities for personal and professional development. Read more.
Butler Link Helps Kingsway Community Care Center
A volunteer team of students and faculty members from Butler University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has taken over the care center's pharmacy operations, including a key component: finding the best, most cost-effective medicine for its patients. Since its inception in 2005, Kingsway Community Care Center in Avon has provided medical and dental services to the uninsured. With just three staff members working in cramped conditions, the facility depends on faith and the generosity of donors and volunteers. Need proved to be a critical factor last year when the care center stumbled on a resource that literally has become a godsend.
Redlands Center for the Arts Dedication
University of Redlands has long been known for inspiring creativity in its students, and now the university has a space that does justice to the artistic efforts of students and faculty. The Center for the Arts includes 42,000 square feet of new space for the art, art history and theatre programs. Read more.
Wagner Course Conducted in 2 Classrooms on 2 Continents Wins ACE National Award
The American Council on Education’s 109-member Internationalization Collaborative has recognized an innovative Wagner College course in international business communication taught by Provost Devorah Lieberman. The course was one of four winners in ACE’s “Bringing the World into the Classroom” competition. Read more.
Butler Sets School Record for Retention Rate
Butler University’s freshman retention rate from fall 2009 to spring 2010 is 96 percent — the highest in school history. Read more.
Quinnipiac to Open Medical School With Emphasis on Primary Care and Global Health
Quinnipiac University President John L. Lahey announced in January that the University would begin the complex process of opening a medical school, with an emphasis on primary care and global health. Read more.
Hampton to Receive $8M to Build Biomedical Research Center
The National Institutes of Health has awarded Hampton University an $8 million stimulus grant to construct a Biomedical Research Center (BRC). The interdisciplinary biomedical research facility will be home to research activities such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, adolescent health, HIV/AIDS, biomolecular cancer imagining, medicinal chemistry, Alzheimer’s and other projects from the Hampton University Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Science. Read more.
Belmont President Selected 2010 Nashvillian of the Year
Easter Seals Tennessee announced the 2010 Nashvillian of the Year recipient, Belmont University President Dr. Robert (Bob) Fisher. Read more.
Drake Takes Top Spots, Wins Awards at Mock Trial Competition
Two Drake University Mock Trial teams placed in the top 10 and won five individual awards at the final invitational at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Read more.
National Law Student Survey Finds Elon Law Excelling in Experiential and Collaborative Learning
Measuring responses from more than 26,000 law students across the country, the 2009 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) indicates that Elon University Law students participate in clinical, pro bono, and field experiences more often and that they collaborate with colleagues and faculty at higher rates than the national average. Read more.
North Central Psychology Students, Faculty Recognized for Scholarly Achievements
Several psychology students and faculty at North Central College are being recognized for academic and scholarly achievement., including Katlyn Humphrey, a senior from Lisle, who received the Psi Chi National Service Award. Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, recognizes students who contribute in an exceptional way to meeting a local chapter’s goals and the societal aims of the organization. Read more.
Sage Offers Master's in Teaching Excellence
The Sage Graduate Schools accredited School of Education is offering a new fully online masters of science in Teaching Excellence degree, designed for working teachers, school counselors, librarians, and other education professionals who want to get up to speed by building valuable technological expertise. Read more.
Scranton’s New Business Center Champions the Cause of Women Entrepreneurs
The Women’s Business Center (WBC), a partnership between The University of Scranton’s Kania School of Management and Small Business Development Center (SBDC), was established in 2009. Its objective is to help women gain knowledge and competence in the small business management field. Read more.
New York Times Heralds Interactive Media Program as an Academic Innovator
In a special section on the future of education, The New York Times cited Elon University's Master's in Interactive Media program as an example of a highly specialized program leading the way in master's level education. For more information: Elon | NY Times Article | NY Times Article
Valpo's Lilly Fellows Program Receives $1.3 million Grant
The Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, based at Valparaiso University, has received a $1,348,853 grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to extend a program supporting future teacher-scholars at church-related institutions of higher education. Read more.
Hampton University Business School Receives National Award
The Hampton University Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) in the School of Business recently received the National Minority Business Council (NMBC), Inc.’s Outstanding Education and Training Institution Award for 2009. Read more.
SCORE, Partners to Host First 2010 Gubernatorial Forum at Belmont University
On Thurs., Jan. 14, the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), along with Nashville’s NewsChannel5 and Belmont University, will host the first major gubernatorial forum of the 2010 election year. The Gubernatorial Forum on Education will be the first time all the main candidates for governor from both the Democratic and Republican parties will be on the same stage, sharing their ideas and plans for education and economic development in Tennessee. Read more.