A Blog on the Value of a College Degree from Nazareth President Daan Braveman
President Braveman of Nazareth College writes, “The pundits are at it again. We are hearing discussion among some who question whether a college degree is worthwhile. As a college president I am obviously biased, but I believe the facts clearly demonstrate the value of a college education. To be sure, the recent economic challenges have made it more difficult for some recent college graduates to find employment. Nevertheless, the evidence is clear. Over a lifetime, a college degree pays off.” Read more.
A Blog on Civic Engagement from Butler Provost Jamie Comstock
Dr. Comstock of Butler University writes, “This is the time of year when people make a special effort to be of service to others less fortunate and to the organizations that serve the greater good. Although the annual advent of the holiday season may re-ignite feelings of social responsibility, a true personal commitment to serve does not come by chance or seasonal cycle. It comes from upbringing, modeling, religious and secular value orientations, and, of course, from education that promotes empathy, cultural competencies, and a concern for social justice.” Read more.
Wagner Magazine Wins CASE Gold Award
Wagner Magazine, Wagner College’s twice-yearly alumni publication, has won a prestigious Gold Award in the CASE District II Accolades Awards program, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The magazine was recognized in the B&W Photography category for the inside front cover spread that appeared in the Summer 2011 issue, which presented a photo of Lower Manhattan taken from New York's Upper Harbor in the mid-1940s by Harold H. "Hal" Carstens '50. Read more.
Arcadia, University of Evansville Productions Tapped for Regional Theater Festivals
Arcadia University’s production of "The Swing of the Sea" was one of eight shows selected for performance at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In addition, the production received a Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Ensemble Acting. Read more.
The University of Evansville’s production of “Master Harold”…and the Boys was one of eight shows selected for performance at the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Read more.
North Central D-Term Adventure Pits Man v. Wild
A D-Term adventure to Northern Wisconsin tested the mettle of 13 male students from North Central College, who spent a night camping in the frigid wilderness as part of a leadership retreat. The three-night adventure, called “Men vs. Wild: A Men’s Leadership Expedition,” encouraged the participants to explore their life’s mission, spirituality and leadership capabilities while discussing themes like self-awareness and purpose and calling. The trip was led by Jeremy Gudauskas, assistant dean of students, Brian Rainville, director of ministry and service, and Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion. Read more.
Pacific Lutheran Researchers Blog from Antarctica
A professor and student from Pacific Lutheran University are blogging about their experience studying glaciers in Antarctica. Read more.
Stetson Law Students Author Book with Professor
Six students who participated in Dr. Timothy Kaye’s Jurisprudence Seminar at Stetson University College of Law have recently been published in a new book edited by Dr. Kaye, entitled "Law, Justice, and Miscommunications: Essays in Applied Legal Philosophy." Students William Allen and Elaine Babiarz, and alumni Ashley Grafton, Kate Jaczkanin, Neil Lyons and Abigail Pressler all wrote chapters in the book, along with Dr. Kaye.
Stetson VP Wins National Award for Service to Students
Rina Tovar, Stetson University vice president for Campus Life and Student Success, is the first recipient ever to receive the NASPA-Florida Outstanding Service to Students Award. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) designed this award as a way to recognize the contributions of professionals who consistently give time and effort counseling, advising and supporting students. Read more.
Redlands Adds Visual and Media Studies Major
A new interdisciplinary major in Visual & Media Studies is now available at the University of Redlands. Classes for this new major in the College of Arts and Sciences started in fall 2011. Read more.
UE Earns Sustainability Award from City of Evansville
The University of Evansville has earned top honors for water conservation in the inaugural year of the City of Evansville’s Sustainable Evansville Awards. Read more.
Valparaiso’s College of Engineering Releases iPad App
The Valparaiso University College of Engineering has released a new digital magazine for the iPad, which will connect the college to many constituents through an interactive digital community. The app was designed by recent Valparaiso University graduates Cameron Banga and Michael Phelps, co-founders of 9magnets LLC. Designed to be an attractive way to keep in touch with current students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the university, the application offers flexibility in presenting in-depth stories, exciting videos, and beautiful photo galleries. Read more.
Westminster Offers Inaugural Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship
While many universities throughout the country provide research opportunities for post-doctoral scholars, few offer opportunities to develop proficiency in a specific teaching style. To address this issue, Westminster College has created a unique post-doc teaching fellowship that provides fellows the opportunity to observe and teach classes that place more emphasis on what students learn rather than what teachers teach.
In its inaugural year, the Westminster Teaching Fellows Program has hired Daniel Cruz, Ph.D., as an English Composition and Literature Fellow. During the fellowship, Cruz will observe and teach classes that are both collaborative and cross-disciplinary, and emphasize learning outcomes. Read more.
Westminster’s Great Salt Lake Institute Registers Under State’s First Bioprospecting Act
The Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College is the first entity to register under Utah’s new Bioprospecting Act. Utah is the only state in the U.S. to enact a law that requires a person engaged in bioprospecting to notify the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands before removing certain microorganisms, plants or fungi from state land. Read more.
Belmont’s Trading Room Upgrades to New Market Board
Belmont University’s Financial Trading Room—a lab opened in 2005 where students manage two common stock portfolios, hold university wide investment club meetings and prepare for the Certified Financial Analyst research report competition— underwent a significant upgrade this fall. The additions to the room were done to replace the existing market board. The new board can now access market index quotes for commodities, equities, currencies, metals and fixed income instruments. The first of its kind in the state of Tennessee, Belmont’s Trading Room allows students to experience situations that typically would only come from being in the field. Having a trading room allows a unique combination of the classroom and real-life experience. Read more.
Belmont Awarded Grant for MLK Service Projects
The Corporation for National and Community Service has awarded Belmont University a $1,000 grant to complete two MLK Day of Service projects on Jan. 14 in conjunction with Lipscomb University and Tennessee State University.
Each campus plans to recruit 100 student volunteers to be evenly distributed at community service projects with Feed the Children and Red Cross. Read more.
Drury’s Library Gets a Valuable Collection of Science and Religion Books
Drury University’s F. W. Olin Library has been awarded a grant from the International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) for a library collection worth more than $9,000. Drury joins a select group of only 150 institutions worldwide to receive an award from ISSR. The ISSR Library grant at Drury consists of 224 volumes spanning all areas of the interface between science and spirituality. Drury was chosen in part because of its multi-disciplinary approach to liberal arts education and its ability to share the collection widely through the MOBIUS library system (MOBIUS is a statewide collaborative lending and catalog service connecting 65 library systems in Missouri). Read more.
Drury University Receives Grants to Benefit Monett Campus
Drury University’s Monett campus has received $16,550 in grant money from the Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation ($8,000) and the BNSF Foundation ($8,550). The grant money will be used for the development of a “high technology” classroom, as well as to advance the Monett campus’s Hispanic Initiative. Read more.
North Central Partnership Will Enhance Science Education
North Central College and ChemWest—a nonprofit networking group for chemistry teachers—will use a $30,000 Tellabs Foundation grant to develop and share demonstrations and other practices to enhance the study of science for up to 10,000 children in area elementary, middle and high schools. Read more.
Scranton Fellow’s Book Featured in Rwanda
Sondra Myers, senior fellow for international, civic and cultural projects and director of the Schemel Forum at The University of Scranton, has received national and international recognition for her efforts to make education, culture and democracy accessible and relevant to all citizens. Read more.
Stetson Reaches Out to Family Featured on “60 Minutes”
Dozens of Stetson University students, employees, alumni and top administrators did a double-take this week while watching a "60 Minutes" television special about central Florida families who have fallen on hard times and are living in their cars. One of the main subjects of the story – 15-year-old Arielle Metzger – was wearing a green and gray Stetson T-shirt during her interview. The Seminole County teenager, who lives in a truck with her brother Austin, 13, and father Tom, talked about how important education is to the family and how she wants to become a lawyer to help children and homeless people. With both Arielle and Austin speaking so sincerely and eloquently about the transformative nature of education and the importance of that to them, Stetson has decided to guarantee the brother and sister a financial aid package to cover the full cost of attending the university. A university financial aid counselor will work with them to assist in planning for their education. Read more.
Westminster’s Great Salt Lake Institute Contributes to New Natural History Museum of Utah
An exciting, interactive exhibit of Great Salt Lake was recently unveiled at the grand opening of the Natural History Museum of Utah with the help of Westminster College’s Great Salt Lake Institute (GSLI). Working with architects, scientists, and the exhibit designers, Dr. Bonnie Baxter, Westminster’s GSLI director and design team leader, played an integral role in the development of the exhibit since the early planning stages four years ago. Read more.
Arcadia’s ‘Artist in Community’ Course Fuses Art, Service, Education
Finding new ways to pursue her many passions, Arcadia University alum Linda Ruth Paskell ’81, ’96 has enjoyed a multifaceted career as both an artist and an educator. Now an adjunct professor at Arcadia, she works with the Global Connections program to offer a class at DePaul Homeless Shelter in Philadelphia. In her course, “The Artist in the Community,” undergraduates volunteer at the shelter, working on a variety of projects that fuse art, community and service. Read more.
Hamline to Offer Majors in Digital Media Arts, Health Science
Hamline University is introducing two new undergraduate majors, digital media arts and health science, which will launch in the fall of 2012. The programs, structured with an inter-disciplinary approach, are built to accommodate a broad collection of students and their academic and career interests. Read more.
Samford Entrepreneurship Course Selected as National Award Finalist
A freshman entrepreneurship course in Samford University’s Brock School of Business -- BUSA 100: World of Business – has been selected as a finalist for the U.S. Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s (USASBE) “Entrepreneurship Education Innovation Award.” Read more.
Nine NAC&U Members Ranked Among Top Leaders in Study Abroad 2011 Report
The Institute of International Education (IIE) released its annual Open Doors 2011 report which analyzes study abroad data. Arcadia University, Hamline University, Ithaca College, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Redlands, University of Evansville, Butler University, Samford University and Valparaiso University were all cited among the top masters level universities for study abroad participation.
For more information: Full Report | Arcadia |
Three NAC&U Members Recognized for Fulbright Scholars
Drury University, Butler University and Ithaca College were listed among the “Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars” in the Oct. 24 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more.
Belmont and Butler’s Part-Time MBA Programs Ranked in Top 50 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Belmont University and Butler University‘s part-time MBA programs were ranked among the Top 50 nationwide in BusinessWeek’s 2011 report on “Top Part-Time MBA programs.” For more information: BusinessWeek Rankings | Belmont |
Sage to Go Tobacco Free in New Year
The Sage Colleges will become tobacco free on January 1, 2012. A tobacco-free policy underscores Sage’s commitment to creating the healthiest, greenest and most welcoming environment for the campus community. Launching a tobacco-free initiative sends a strong message that at Sage, educators and wellness advocates believe that smoking and the use of tobacco products are not only harmful to those who use them, but also to those who are involuntarily exposed to secondhand smoke. Read more.
Scranton Dedicates Building in Honor of Former President
“Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live,” a quote etched above an entrance of the DeNaples Center, echoes the legacy that remains at The University of Scranton of its 24th president, Scott R. Pilarz, S.J. Beloved by students and known for accomplishing transformational projects at the Jesuit university, Father Pilarz, the new president of Marquette University, returned to Scranton for the dedication of the west building of the Mulberry Street apartment and fitness complex that will forever bear his name. Read more.
Valparaiso MBA Grad, Engineering Professors Honored for Innovation
A recent graduate of Valparaiso University's Master of Business Administration program and a team of College of Engineering faculty were honored recently for their innovation and inducted into the Society of Innovators at Ivy Tech Community College Northwest. Read more.
Wagner Research Explores Connections Between Experiential Learning, Student Well-being
Wagner College faculty, administrators and students gathered to review preliminary results of the Bringing Theory to Practice research, which explores the relationships between experiential learning and student well-being. Results of a survey of first-year students and First-Year Program faculty were displayed; those reviewing the displays were invited to speculate about the meaning of the results, propose explanations for the relationships reported, and ask further questions. Read more.
Wagner Students Exceed NSSE Averages
Results of the National Survey of Student Engagement, or NSSE (often pronounced "Nessie"), showed that Wagner first-years and seniors scored significantly higher, when measured against comparable schools nationwide, in three major categories:
- Active and Collaborative Learning
- Student-Faculty Interaction
- Enriching Educational Experiences
Westminster President Recognized for Commitment to Hispanic Students
Westminster College President Michael S. Bassis received the Somos Individual Award during the annual Somos scholarship gala hosted by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It is only the third time in the gala’s eight-year history that an individual has been recognized for their commitment to Hispanic students in higher education.
In 2008, Bassis took a personal interest in establishing the Westminster Somos Scholar Award, the largest single scholarship that the Somos Foundation presents. Three students currently attend Westminster under the scholarship, and a fourth student received the Westminster Somos Scholar Award during this year’s gala at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.
Westminster Receives Utah Green Business Award
In recognition of its sustainability efforts, Westminster College has been named a Utah Business 2011 Green Business award winner. Over the past six years, Westminster has created an Environmental Studies major and an Environmental Center on campus to further sustainability education inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, the college has worked to transform campus buildings and grounds from places where learning happens to actual tools for environmental learning. Westminster recently opened the 60,000 -square-foot Meldrum Science Center – the first LEED® Platinum certified campus building in the state of Utah. The building contains integrated research lab classrooms and advanced research labs to give students an active learning experience. Read more.
Butler Professor, Students Have Lead Role in Studying Homelessness in Indy
In 1999-2000, Butler University Sociology professor Kenneth Colburn was the principal investigator of the first social scientific study of homelessness in Indianapolis. The Struggle to be Housed: Homelessness in Indianapolis became a critical resource in the development of the community’s Blueprint to End Homelessness, a 10-year plan (2002-2012) to prevent and end homelessness in Indianapolis. A decade later, Colburn, with the help of Butler sociology and urban affairs students Brad Vogelsmeier and Monica Williams, has reprised his role on a follow-up report, Assessing Community Progress on the Blueprint to End Homelessness. The new report evaluates how well the original plan worked and recommends several steps the next citywide plan should take to deal with remaining barriers to reducing homelessness. Read more.
Drury to Add On-Campus Housing for 70+ Students
Drury University will move forward with a new student housing development with a targeted completion by fall 2012. Drury’s board of trustees approved a plan for a 72-bed, LEED silver housing unit and community center for students. Read more.
Hamline Associate VP Named Among Top MN Women in Finance
Hamline University’s associate vice president for Finance Michelle Hegarty was recently named by Finance & Commerce as one of the "Top Women in Finance." The honor came in recognition of her outstanding leadership and contribution in her role at Hamline. Read more.
Ithaca College Hears Student Proposals in Business Idea Competition
Over $85,000 in prize money and possible startup funding is at stake when the 12 finalists in the Business Idea Competition sponsored by the Ithaca College School of Business pitch their proposals to a team of judges. The business ideas range from innovations in health care to new apps for mobile phones to unique new consumer products. The competition was inaugurated this fall to get students excited about thinking up new business ideas while providing an opportunity for them to learn about brainstorming and idea qualification, practice pitching ideas on a tight timeline in a business format and connect with distinguished alumni and community members. Read more.
North Central Faculty, Students Collaborate to Identify Ancient Remains
Nine North Central College students have been chipping away at archaeological remains as part of their course work in Archaeology in Jordan SOA 390, a new class based on original research conducted by Edward Maher, lecturer in anthropology and the classics. The course involves classroom work on campus and lab work at Chicago’s Field Museum, where students study archaeological remains from a 2,800-year-old fortress in central Jordan. “We invited students who might be interested in this type of work and could commit to going to Chicago each week to do research,” says Maher. “They spend two-thirds of their class time at the museum.” Read more.
Stetson Names Julian as Associate VP for University Relations
Carol Julian, an experienced fundraiser who previously served at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., has joined the Stetson University administration as associate vice president for University Relations and campaign director. Read more.
Butler President Announces a $5 Million Fund for New Ideas
Butler University will develop a $5 million innovation fund to nurture creative thinking and fast track ideas, curricula and collaboration, President James Danko announced during his Nov. 12 installation ceremony. “If someone in our Butler community has a well-thought-out-idea, is willing to work toward the execution of that idea, and it makes sense for our students and our University, this fund will allow us to make it happen,” Danko said in announcing the Butler Innovation Fund. Read more. Read his entire inaugural address.
Wagner Approves New Interdisciplinary Studies Major
The Wagner College faculty recently approved the new Interdisciplinary Studies major, which has been in place for the last 3 years on an experimental basis. According to Felicia Ruff, chairwoman of the Academic Policy Committee, the major was created to accommodate students at Wagner who were not getting what they needed from the traditional majors already posted in the college catalogue. Read more.
Westminster’s Science Center Recognized for Innovative Growth
Westminster College received the Envision Utah Governor’s Quality Growth Award for the campus’s platinum LEED certified Meldrum Science Center. Westminster was among five award winners recognized for innovation and enhancing Utah’s quality of life. From solar panels on the roof to unique water conservation features, the building houses a plethora of “green” characteristics. Some of the top environmentally-friendly features include: daylight sensors that automatically control the use of artificial lighting, building materials that are locally sourced and environmentally sound, flooring and exhibit boxes made of reclaimed wood, construction waste that was recycled up to 85 percent, and state-of-the-art zone ventilation and filtration systems. Read more.
Nazareth Students Go from Combat to Career
Nazareth College honored veteran-students like Candice Kundle and Phil Rouin by making their challenging transitions from military to academic life a little easier. Read more.
North Central Senior, Alumna, Faculty Present Art in Juried Exhibition
North Central College artists Giuseppe Pellicano ’12, alumna Ali Urasky ’11 and Christine Rabenold, assistant professor of art and student art gallery director, are among 17 artists displaying artwork at the Prak-sis Gallery in Chicago in an exhibition titled “Knockout.” Read more.
Stetson Pet Residence Hall Wins Humane Society Award
Stetson University’s Housing and Residential Life Department has been honored by the Halifax Humane Society in Daytona Beach for its creation of the university’s pet-friendly student residence hall and its contribution to animals. Read more.
Valparaiso MBA Receives Certification in Sustainability
Valparaiso University's Graduate Sustainability Certificate Program recently received the United Nations Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certificate training in sustainability in Cleveland, Ohio. The GRI Process is the most widely used standard for corporate sustainability reporting worldwide to assist with ethical, social and environmental protocols. The participants received two-day Signature Training from Brown Flynn Learning center, the first certified GRI training consultant in the United States. Continued participation and certification in this program adds to Valpo's status as a world-class leader in sustainability. Read more.
Arcadia Course is First to Tackle Math Education in Inclusive Classrooms
Mathematics and Special Education come together in a new class at Arcadia University that will help those teaching math in inclusive classrooms—with widespread ability levels among their students.
“It is rare that educators integrate state-of-the-art mathematics education and current recommendations in special education. Arcadia is doing this, just as it pioneered other areas of inclusive education,” says Dr. Peter Appelbaum, professor of Education and coordinator of Mathematics Education and Curriculum Studies programs. Read more.
Drury’s Online Education is Featured in Book
Drury University’s work in the 3-D world Second Life is featured in the just released book, Transforming Virtual World Learning: Cutting Edge Technologies in Higher Education. Read more.
Hamline Adult Education Training Program Receives Grant
For the fifth consecutive year, Hamline University’s adult basic education program has received a grant to continue training teachers to mentor adult learners. ATLAS, Adult Basic Education Teaching and Learning Advancement System, provides resources and professional development to adult basic education teachers throughout the state, and has been a signature program at the Hamline University School of Education for 18 years. This year, the program received $547,000 from a combination of state and federal sources to continue and expand its efforts. Read more.
Stetson Alumna’s Vision Result in Major Gift for Scholarships
The late Lucille Gilstrap West, who earned a Master of Arts degree from Stetson University in 1959, was a calculus teacher with a formula for life that called for careful planning, frugal spending and saving for the people, values and institutions important to her. Recently, Stetson received $140,000 which established the permanent Lucille Gilstrap West Scholarship Fund which will benefit students for many generations to come. Another $125,000 to $150,000 for scholarships will be provided in the future through a trust that Mrs. West created. Read more.
University of Redlands Receives Groundskeeping Award
The University of Redlands’ grounds crew received a 2011 Green Star Award from the Professional Grounds Management Society. Read more.
Seven NAC&U Members Named Colleges of Distinction
Arcadia University, Belmont University, North Central College, Samford University, The Sage Colleges, University of Evansville and Westminster College were selected for the Colleges of Distinction, a website and college guide profiling more than 220 of America’s best bets in higher education. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators and admissions professionals, Colleges of Distinction honors colleges that excel in four areas of undergraduate education: student engagement in the educational process, great teaching, vibrant learning communities and successful outcomes. For more information: Colleges of Distinction | Belmont
Five NAC&U Members Named as Best Values by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named Butler University, Drury University, Ithaca College, Samford University and Valparaiso University as best values in private colleges and universities for 2011-12. Kiplinger ranked 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding education with economic value. The annual private school report appears in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands Tuesday, Nov. 8—and online now. For more information: Kiplinger | Drury | Samford |
Three NAC&U Members Named Top Producers of Fulbrights
The University of Scranton, Nazareth College and Pacific Lutheran University were named as top producers of U.S. Fulbright students among master’s universities nationwide, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. For more information: The Chronicle | Nazareth | Scranton |
Pacific Lutheran Professor, Alum Team Up for Book
Joanne Lisosky, Pacific Lutheran University professor of Communication, returned from sabbatical this fall after completing a manuscript for her book titled, “War on Words: Who Should Protect Journalists” and traveling and teaching in Azerbaijan. The book was developed and completed along with 2007 PLU graduate and Fulbright alum, Jennifer Henrichsen. Read more.
Samford Trustees Approve New Major, New Professorship
Samford University’s board of trustees executive committee approved a new academic major and a new professorship. The bachelor of science degree in science and religion is an interdisciplinary major that is part of Samford’s Center for Science and Religion that was approved last year by trustees. Trustees also approved the Paul N. Propst Professorship in Natural Sciences. Read more.
Stetson Honored for its Service in Florida
Stetson University has received this year’s Engaged Campus Award for colleges and universities in the independent sector, and Stetson junior Chelsea Lincoln has won the Students in Service Award, from Florida Campus Compact. Florida Campus Compact is a coalition of more than 50 colleges and universities committed to promoting community service, service-learning and civic engagement. Read more.
Valparaiso University to dedicate Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center
Leaders at Valparaiso University are set to dedicate the $13 million Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center, a state of the art addition to the current Gellersen Engineering and Mathematics Center. The new facility covers 13,470 square feet, and is made up primarily of laboratory and learning space for undergraduate engineering students. The Fites Center includes two suites of labs – designed to support advanced student research.
One of the College of Engineering ’s primary goals is to guide students in their transition from high school students when they enter the program to professionals when they graduate. The Senior Design space within the Fites Center is set up to mimic a professional office setting.
Butler School of Journalism Cultivates Multimedia Storytellers
Butler University’s Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism has significantly updated its curriculum this year to reflect today’s 24-hour, interactive news industry.
"You have to be a master of the print, online and broadcast mediums," says senior electronic journalism major Kyle Inskeep, who says he benefited from the Converged Journalism course he took last spring. "It taught me that news is no longer broadcast OR print; it’s all multimedia reporting."
Inskeep makes daily use of course lessons in his work this fall as a media relations intern in Washington, D.C., for U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana. Read more.
Ithaca College Study Abroad Program Earns Top 10 Ranking
Student reviews compiled by StudyAbroad101.com give Ithaca College’s study abroad program in London a #6 ranking for overall satisfaction. The rankings are based on comprehensive program evaluations from more than 10,000 students. Read more.
Sage’s School of Education Expands Community Outreach Programs
The Sage Colleges School of Education has created several new community outreach programs designed to extend student and faculty reach beyond the traditional classroom, develop stronger connections with the community, and positively impact issues such as high school dropout rates. The School of Education has collaborated with the Help Yourself Foundation to establish an after school program for minority and at-risk students to build the pipeline into health science fields. Sage is also developing aprogram, Sage All Stars, to provide Troy area middle and high school students an after school program whose curriculum and activities address literacy, wellness, and career education services. Lastly, the School of Education engages in collaborative partnerships with schools for the purpose of professional preparation. The Professional Development Schools (PDS) model provides cooperative supervision of pre-service teachers, specialists, school counselors and educational leaders; closer connections to classroom, school and district practice; and research to improve educational practice. Read more.
Drury to Participate in its Fourth Build with ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition
When ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition brought its army of builders, renovators and cameras to Joplin, Mo., Drury University students, faculty and staff were part of the crew that helped the city rebuild after it was ravaged by a deadly tornado on May 22. The main feature Drury will work on is not a house, but a tribute in the city. Additionally, after the fall break weekend, Drury students will board buses for Joplin to participate in a “smart mob.” A smart mob is similar to a flash mob, but rather than a dance, these students will “do good” in the Joplin community. Read more.
Nazareth Launches Mobile Site for Smart Phones
Given the surge in mobile device usage – and the 250 percent increase in mobile visits to www.admissions.naz.edu over the past year – Nazareth College used analytics and sought opinions from prospective students to launch a new mobile admissions site this fall: m.naz.edu. Focused on the end-experience of the user, the mobile site, designed and developed under the leadership of assistant director of web communications Elizabeth Zapata and in partnership with Buffalo-based Mongoose Research, is an alternative to the more expansive version, offering a much more detailed look at what the campus offers. Instead of pulling up a general outline of the campus layout, for example, mobile users can get a street view of the campus with directions by using the embedded Google Map, compare different types of financial aid, explore academic offerings, and more. Visitors can also use the mobile site to learn about open houses and information sessions. Read more.
North Central’s New Chemical Microscopy Degree Featured in Chemical & Engineering News
North Central College’s new chemical microscopy degree is featured in a two-page spread in the Oct. 17 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, a journal of the American Chemical Society. The article describes how North Central College is offering the nation’s first four-year degree in chemical microscopy through a partnership with Hooke College of Applied Sciences in Westmont.
“Chemistry majors rarely get the chance to acquire much microscopy experience during their undergraduate years,” the article begins. “But with the launch this fall semester of a new program at a Chicago-area college, not only will chemistry undergraduates have the opportunity to acquire substantial skills in chemistry-based microscopy, they will also have the option of earning a bachelor’s degree in the subject.” Read more.
New Book Celebrates 150-year History of North Central College
A new book celebrates the 150-year history of North Central College. The book, “North Central College 150 Years. A Promising Start.” traces the College’s history from the founders who established the school in 1861 through present day. The book’s three principal authors are Kimberly Butler, College archivist; Ann Durkin Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges professor of History at the College; and Pierre Lebeau, professor of history emeritus. Additionally, the book features contributions written and researched by current North Central College students and recent graduates. Read more.
Pacific Lutheran Receives Grant for Solar Panel System
Pacific Lutheran University is that much closer to being carbon neutral by 2020 thanks to a $50,000 Solar 4R Schools grant from the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The grant will pay for a 20-ft solar panel system, which will be installed on the Facilities Building in March 2012. PLU is one of just four higher education institutions in the state to receive this grant. Read more.
Stetson Adopts ‘Water Sustainability’ Theme for the Year
Stetson University is dedicating the 2011-2012 academic year to one of life’s most precious natural resources: water. The University has adopted “water sustainability” as its theme this year as part of its broader commitment to environmental responsibility. Read more.
Stetson Names Director of International Learning
Eric Canny, an experienced international educational administrator who has traveled to 45 countries and lived in four different countries, has been named director of international learning at Stetson University. Canny will lead Stetson’s efforts to deepen international and intercultural learning and to integrate those opportunities across academic disciplines and amongst students, faculty and staff. The university currently offers semester- and year-long study abroad programs in Granada and Madrid, Spain; Buenos Aires, Argentina; The Hague, Netherlands, and Lausanne, Switzerland; Freiburg, Germany; Avignon, France; Edinburgh, Scotland; London and Oxford, England; Russia; Tianjin and Hong Kong, China; and Innsbruck, Austria; plus shorter field studies to many other countries. In addition, Stetson students come from 44 countries. Read more.
Sage Slashes Nursing Tuition
The Sage Colleges announced that it would reduce the price per credit hour for bachelor’s degree courses in nursing from $660 to $400.
Glenda Kelman, chair of the nursing department at Sage is excited to be a part of the new face of nursing in New York State. “We asked what can we do as an institution to support the advancement of registered nurses?” asked Kelman. "This is the school's answer; instead of $40,000, the program will now cost $24,000.” Most RNs with associate degrees need 60 credit hours to obtain their bachelor’s degree.
In the spirit of partnership and collaboration and with a shared commitment to developing the best trained nurses, Sage will also offer on-site courses at St. Peter's Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital. Read more.
Sage CFO Honored for His Work
The Business Review has named Peter Hughes, The Sage College’s vice president of finance and treasurer, the 2011 nonprofit CFO of the year. Hughes has played an instrumental role in overhauling Sage’s finances, working with faculty and staff to do so.
“Peter won everyone’s trust by being accessible, transparent and respectful of their important contributions to Sage’s mission,” said Terry Weiner, provost of The Sage Colleges. “He is perceived as honest and a straight shooter.”
Wagner College Theatre Wins Emerging Young Artist Award
The Wagner College Theatre program was given the Emerging Young Artist Award by the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island. The award honors “a Staten Island individual or group of individuals under 30 years of age who have a strong record of achievement in any discipline or for a particularly significant single achievement.” Melanie Franklin Cohn, COAHSI’s executive director, said that Wagner Theatre had been singled out “for being a great community asset, for its achievement of being the most highly recognized theater program in New York City, and for encouraging and helping young artists achieve their career goals.” Read more.
Westminster Creates New Military Association for Campus Community
Westminster College has created a new club that will focus on helping student veterans and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets at the college. Currently, more than 140 student veterans and ROTC cadets attend the college, which is larger than most student groups on campus. Westminster was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top “Military Friendly” schools, due in large part to the college’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon program. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, Department of Veterans Affairs and Westminster cover the total cost of tuition and fees for eligible veterans who meet admissions standards of the college. The new WMA wanted to go beyond being “military friendly” and ensure that veterans and ROTC cadets feel welcome on campus.
Butler Students, Faculty to Present at Music Teachers' Conference
Butler University will have a strong presence at the Indiana Music Teachers Association annual conference. The Butler University Music Teachers National Association collegiate chapter will present a session “Grow and Play Together: Preparing Children to be Successful Collaborative Musicians.” Graduate piano pedagogy student Jeeyoon Kim will be presenting a session about iPads in the teaching studio entitled "Teaching Piano: Is There an App for That?" And Julianne Miranda, associate professor, School of Music, presents two sessions – one on musician wellness entitled "Mindfulness in Motion – Connecting the Musician’s Mind and Body" and a technology presentation, "Building a Teaching Library with Social Tools." Read more.
Princeton Review Lists NAC&U Business and Law Schools Among Nation’s Best
Several New American Colleges and Universities’ Business and Law Schools were named among the best in two new guidebooks released by The Princetown Review. Business schools at Belmont University, Butler University, Ithaca College, Pacific Lutheran University, Stetson University, The University of Scranton and Valparaiso University were named among the “Best 294 Business Schools.” Law schools at Hamline University, Samford University and Stetson University were named on the list of “Best 167 Law Schools.”For more information: Princeton Review | Ithaca | Scranton | Stetson | Valparaiso |
Ithaca College Charts Future with Strategic Vision
Ithaca College recently set a strategic vision in motion to transform the student learning experience by the year 2020. The plan, dubbed “IC 20/20,” will create unique opportunities and experiences for students that will produce visionary leaders ready to tackle the range of professional and life challenges they will face in their futures and position Ithaca College as a leader among educational institutions. The most striking innovation in the IC 20/20 plan is the introduction of a more problem-centered approach to the general education program, which will occupy a large part of every student’s first two years. The Ithaca College core curriculum will be redesigned to focus on contemporary and enduring issues, rather than offer traditional introductions to various departments. This integrative core leverages the comprehensive nature of Ithaca College by weaving together learning opportunities in liberal arts and professional study, while creating a more intentional bridge between the College’s five schools (Business, Communications, Music, Health Sciences and Human Performance and Humanities and Sciences). Read more.
North Central’s Experiential Learning Course Brings Students to Film Festival
Eight North Central College students joined associate professor of Speech Communication Steve Macek for a Verandah course at the annual Chicago International Film Festival. The festival features contemporary films from countries around the world that often don’t receive mainstream attention or distribution. Macek, who is also coordinator of Urban and Suburban Studies and an instructor for the Chicago Term, developed the film festival Verandah, which was offered for the first time this fall term. Verandah courses are unique experiential learning opportunities available to North Central College students every term with the option of being taken for one credit hour. Read more.
Pacific Lutheran’s dCenter Emerged as Resource for Students
For many, like senior art major Chelsea Putnam, Pacific Lutheran University’s Diversity Center is a place to foster one's individuality. Putnam is a beginning her fourth year involved with the Diversity Center as a Rieke Scholar. “If it weren’t so involved here I would have been fully and 100 percent involved with track, and I wouldn’t have changed my major to art,” Putnam said. “I would have just stayed in my very independent leadership role through track and other sports. I came here intending to study exercise. It really changed my path being up here and working with these people.” Read more.
Samford Makes the Most of Donated Survey Equipment
Samford University students in four departments are making the most of surveying equipment donated to the school earlier this year. Already, they have surveyed an ancient site in Israel and a beach on Dauphin Island, Ala. They are making plans for additional surveying work in these and other regions during 2012. The surveying equipment, known as a total station, came Samford’s way as the result of a proposal from faculty members in four departments: religion, geography, biology and interior design. The station is an electronic/optical instrument used in modern surveying.
In addition to the Israel and beach projects, the equipment will be used in surveying changing coastlines in the Caribbean, for reforestation projects in Alabama and Costa Rica; and for work on historic buildings in Birmingham, Ala.
University of Evansville Earns Top Honors in GreenOVATION Awards
The University of Evansville landed in the top-scoring category of the GreenOVATION Awards for Beautiful and Sustainable Businesses, sponsored by Keep Evansville Beautiful and the Evansville Business Journal. The awards honor area companies and institutions for their achievements in beautification and conservation. Read more.
University of Scranton Community Project Nears Completion
The ambitious beautification plan to improve the Mulberry Street corridor and seamlessly connect The University of Scranton to the community is nearing the final phase of construction. The overall project, which is expected to cost in excess of $4 million, has been primarily funded by The University of Scranton. The University was awarded a $1 million grant by the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for this project that required matching support from The University of Scranton. Read more.
Arcadia Leaders Visit, Strengthen Links With China, Singapore
Arcadia University president Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III and provost Steve O. Michael recently returned from a whirlwind seven-day, three-city visit to the Far East—the President’s first trip outside Pennsylvania representing the University. Read more.
Drury Professor Helps Student Gain Experience through Study Away
Drury University senior biology major Angela Ostendorf is interested in whales, manatees and dolphins, but as a landlocked university in a landlocked state, Drury did not have the access to the ocean habitats that Ostendorf wanted to study. Dr. Teresa Carroll worked for a year to arrange for Ostendorf to go on a study away semester and for the credits to transfer back to Drury. Last spring, Ostendorf transferred to Duke University in North Carolina to live and work at Duke’s Marine Lab ocated on an island. While there, she took classes, such as, invertebrate zoology and conservation of sea turtles. Now she’s back at Drury with plans to finish up her undergraduate education, get a job and, eventually, pursue a doctorate in marine biology. Read more.
Arts and Academics Intersect at Sage
At Russell Sage College, living lessons on natural disasters are playing out in the classroom and on-stage. According to Jim Brennan, associate professor at Russell Sage College in Troy, “There is nothing ‘natural’ about a natural disaster.” Disasters are not equal opportunity events and often have a heartier impact on low income, marginalized populations. Severe weather events including hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes recently produced big headlines and big heartache locally and globally. Disasters remain unpredictable and powerful reminders of the untameable and relentless force of nature and of the equally tender and resilient nature of the human spirit. Often leaving long-lasting, catastrophic consequences in their wake, disasters provide countless stories to be told—and many of those stories are being told at Russell Sage College, both in the classroom and on stage. Meanwhile, funds raised from ticket sales will be donated to those affected by natural disasters, including local residents affected by Hurricane Irene. Read more.
Wagner Leaders in New Book
Wagner College president Richard Guarasci, former provost Devorah Lieberman, and Cassia Freedland, director of Wagner’s Center for Leadership and Service, were among those higher education leaders whose contributions were selected for a new book, “Transforming Undergraduate Education: Theory that Compels and Practices that Succeed,” edited by Donald W. Harward, president emeritus of Bates College, and scheduled for release by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
President Guarasci’s essay, co-authored with Barry N. Checkoway and Peter L. Levine, focuses on the task of “Renewing the Civic Purpose of Liberal Education.” Drs. Lieberman and Freedland co-authored a case study — one of only 10 included in the book — of the models and practices employed by Wagner College in transforming undergraduate education through implementation of the Wagner Plan for the Practical Liberal Arts, including the Civic Innovations initiative that is so central to the plan’s success. Read more.
Belmont Announces Alberto Gonzales as Distinguished Chair of Law
Belmont University College of Law announced the establishment of the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law. The newly established, endowed position will be filled by former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. Judge Gonzales will be the only former U.S. Attorney General teaching full time in legal education and will begin his position at Belmont on Jan. 2, 2012. Read more.
Hampton Museum Awarded Grant from Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Hampton University Museum has received a $95,631 grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The grant, focused on African-American history and culture, will allow the HU Museum to continue to digitize select images from the museum’s art collection, creating an organized online art gallery for HU museum staff and researchers. Read more.
Ithaca College School of Music Receives Three National Awards
The American Prize — an annual series of national awards that recognize excellence in music performance and conducting — has bestowed honors to the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Jeffery Meyer, assistant professor of music performance. The orchestra placed third nationally in the orchestra performance category, while Meyer was named a second-place winner in the orchestra conducting category. Both honors were given in the college/university division. In addition, Meyer achieved third place in the American Prize in Orchestral Programming — Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award competition, named after the former music director of the Lithuanian State Opera and longtime educator at the Hartt School of Music. Read more.
Stetson Launches StetsonU Mobile App
Stetson University has launched a new mobile application for cell phones, tablets and other portable devices – giving students, faculty, staff and the general public easy mobile access to DeLand campus events calendars and news, maps, personnel and departments, and duPont-Ball Library resources. Read more.
Butler President Danko Named to IBJ’s "Who's Who in Education”
Butler University president James Danko and alumnus Marcus Robinson, chancellor and CEO of EdPower, were named to The Indianapolis Business Journal "Who's Who in Education" list for 2011. More than 100 individuals were nominated for Who's Who in Education. Nominees represent public and private schools, secondary and post-secondary education, educational think-tanks, legislators and other organizations active in the sphere. Selections were made by those within the sector using a peer-review process.
Hamline's University Center Begins to Take Shape
Hamline broke ground on its new building, the Carol Young Anderson and Dennis L. Anderson University Center, last spring, and now the center is truly beginning to take shape. The $36 million building will feature casual dining facilities, roof terraces, flexible event space, and student organization offices. Read more.
Hampton School of Business Receives $1 Million Donation from Prudential
The Hampton University School of Business has been awarded $1 million by Prudential Financial, Inc. to enhance its technology and communications facilities. Read more.
Nazareth Receives Grant to Fund Student Service
Nazareth College received a grant to support 30 part-time AmeriCorps community service positions. The grant from New York Campus Compact, Washington Campus Compact, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, will be used to support the recruitment of college students to volunteer in their communities—helping to increase the capacity of local nonprofit agencies and schools, and meeting critical community-defined needs. Read more.
Sage INVEST’s Paper Battery Company Wins $1 Million Award
The Paper Battery Company, a three year old company located at the Russell Sage College INVEST Incubator, has been selected to receive a $1 million award from The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to continue development of a fully printed energy-storage device that is as thin as a piece of paper. Read more.
Belmont Shares Fresh Foods, Volunteer Manpower with Community
A few months ago, Belmont University sophomore Bryan Yates had never before seen or tasted okra. By the end of summer, he was an expert not only on okra but also in organic gardening, harvesting produce and using it to prepare meals. Yates became the first Belmont Community Garden intern this year as part of an effort to strengthen ties between the University and the Dismas House, a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing and support to former convicts. He worked in Belmont’s garden daily and took its organic tomatoes, onions, okra, kale, squash, zucchini and cucumbers to Dismas House in exchange for room and board there. Read more.
Meanwhile, 48 College of Arts and Sciences faculty, staff, students and family members worked side by side with ten other Belmont students to create two Belmont teams for the 20th annual Hands On Nashville Day, a fund-raising and community service event for Hands On Nashville (HON). In addition, three CAS faculty members donated funds to cover the HON donation request for students who couldn’t afford to make a donation. This was the largest Hands On Nashville Day on record. Read more.
Nazareth Bike Project Gives Campus a New Ride
Nazareth College recently began the Nazareth College Bike Project, a collaborative effort between Student Activities and the Greenprint@Naz sustainability initiative with the intention of reducing the campus community’s carbon footprint as well as providing a healthy means of transportation. Read more.
Stetson Earns LEED Certification on Two More Buildings
Stetson University has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for two more buildings -- the Mary B. McMahan Hall and the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center -- for a total of four “green buildings” on the historic campus in DeLand. Read more.
University of Scranton Asian Studies Concentration Receives Pennsylvania’s K-16 Collaboration Award
The University of Scranton’s Asian Studies concentration, along with the Abington Heights School District, were selected to receive the Commonwealth’s 2011 “Bringing the World to Pennsylvania: K-16 Collaboration Award” for their innovative cooperation on Chinese language and cultural instruction. Read more.
University of Evansville Hires Director of Global Enterprise Institute
The University of Evansville has hired Dan Miller, a 1970 graduate of the University, as director of the Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana. Miller’s professional background includes experience in executive management positions, sales and marketing, manufacturing operations, and multi-billion dollar branded sales and distribution strategies — both domestically and internationally. Read more.
Valparaiso Appoints VP of Enrollment Management
Michael Joseph, an experienced higher education administrator and enrollment strategist, has been appointed to join Valparaiso University's senior leadership team as vice president for enrollment management beginning October 17. As the chief enrollment officer, Michael will lead the development and oversee the execution of the University's comprehensive enrollment management plan. Joseph will work closely with the University's senior leadership team to provide the vision, strategy and operational processes and direction necessary to deliver the University's growth objectives. The University's Strategic Plan calls for Valpo to grow to 6,000 students by 2015 from the current 4,100. Read more.
Valparaiso Purchases Neighboring Hospital Property for Strategic Expansion
Officials from Porter Hospital and Valparaiso University announced the sale of the hospital property and its surrounding properties to the University during a joint press conference, hosted by University President Mark A. Heckler and Porter Health System CEO Jonathan Nalli.
"The purchase of this property is a strategic investment for the University that is directly aligned to the Strategic Plan and supports its growth objectives," Heckler said. "The acquisition of this land will ensure that the physical environment of the campus supports the expansion goals of the University while creating even deeper connections between the University and the city of Valparaiso on the north side of campus." Read more.
Westminster Students Pair up with Faculty for Summer Research
As part of the Westminster College’s Humanities Summer Research Symposium, seven Westminster students presented their research to a campus-wide audience recently on topics ranging from the environment to justice and activism. Five students received full-time summer research grants of $3,000 from the Provost's Office to research with faculty mentors, and two students received part-time grants of $1,500 from the Environmental Center.
They include: Paul Whisman, who researched civil disobedience in the Tim DeChristopher trial with faculty mentor Dr. Michael Popich. Jilliam Edmonds researched the concepts of justice and activism and the John Rawls theory of justice with Dr. Popich. Tyler Seldomridge worked with Dr. Jeff Nichols on the environmental history of Moab, Utah. Sam Webster worked with Dr. Richard Badenhausen on the theories of urban greenspace. Carson Chambers worked with Kerry Case, director of the Environmental Center, on the Real Food Challenge. Alizabeth Potucek and Shelby Shaw both received the part-time Environmental Studies grants and researched the college's organic garden and green roofs on campus with Case.
Belmont Simulation Event Exposes Students to Realities of Poverty
Student leaders from throughout the Belmont University community participated in a poverty simulation event co-hosted by the Honors Program’s Leadership Studies program and Catholic Charities. The highly interactive simulation was intended to give students a small taste of what life is like on an extremely limited income. For one hour, participants were asked to join the nearly 40 million U.S. citizens who live with incomes below the poverty line, and through role-playing they faced some of the many challenges that confront real low-income families. Read more.
Butler Students, Professors Collaborate on Journal Article
When Butler University professors Jennifer Snyder and Samuel Gurevitz sent an email asking for collaborators to write articles to their students in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Katie Peterson and Kristin Kelly, both studying to be physician assistants, responded. Just over a year later, the first result of their work together, “Hypothyroidism and Subclinical Hypothyroidism in the Older Patient,” was published in the latest edition of The Consultant Pharmacist, the journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Read more.
North Central College Offers New Course in Green Chemistry
North Central College is offering a green chemistry course for the first time. Paul Brandt, professor of chemistry and chair of chemistry and physics, is teaching the CHM 430 Special Topics: Green Chemistry course, which focuses on the design of chemical products and processes that eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. He will use resources such as the Presidential Green Chemistry Awards and primary literature to educate his students and help them develop an hour-long lecture/presentation on one aspect of Green Chemistry. The course is designed to be research-based, including a conversion of used vegetable oil from Kaufman Dining Hall into biodiesel. Students will be asked to focus on lab work they may have participated in earlier in their curriculum and learn how to “green it up.” Read more.
Belmont Commits to Teaching Community Service Through Financial Giving
In conjunction with the year-long campus theme of “Wealth and Poverty,” Belmont University is instituting two programs that aim to show students the powerful change that can occur through financial giving. A partnership with micro-lending organization KIVA is being targeted to freshmen while sophomores are being encouraged to participate in the “Living a Better Story” initiative, which invites them on a 21-day commitment to take money, multiply it and use it to make a difference in the lives of others. Both programs began last fall as test cases and are being fully implemented this academic year as part of the university’s curriculum. Read more.
Belmont University Ranks in Top 20 in Nation for Entrepreneurship
From over 2,000 schools surveyed by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur magazine, Belmont University was recognized as having one of the top 50 entrepreneurship programs in the country. Belmont ranked No. 19 in the undergraduate category of the survey. Read more.
Hamline School of Law Announces its New Business Law Institute
Hamline University School of Law’s new Business Law Institute now offers a certificate program on business law, open to Hamline law students, which balances experiential learning and ethical problem-solving with key subjects relevant to business. Drawing from practical, experiential learning opportunities, collaborations, and strong core business law curriculum already in place at Hamline School of Law, the new institute will better equip students with the skills they need to guide transactions and navigate solutions to disputes. Read more.
Brazilian Higher Education Delegation Visits Hampton University
In partnership with the U.S. State Department and White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hampton University hosted eight Brazilian delegates that serve in various capacities in higher education in Brazil. The visit furthered an alliance between U.S. historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Brazil. Read more.
North Central College Awarded Grant for Principal Preparation
North Central College is participating in a McCormick Foundation-funded study to help the state determine new requirements for principal preparation programs at Illinois colleges and universities. North Central’s inclusion as a recipient of grant funds from the McCormick Foundation is the latest example of how North Central College’s undergraduate and graduate degrees in education are among the most rigorous in the State of Illinois, says Kristine Servais, associate professor of education and coordinator of master of education programs at North Central. Read more.
Collaboration and Learning Part of Summer Vacation at Scranton
Many members of The University of Scranton community spent the past summer pursuing noteworthy internships, research, travel and other projects. A small sampling of such summer projects of students, faculty and staff includes a pair of internships, two international trips and a research project. Read more.
Astronomy Program at Valparaiso Receives $212,000 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 $212,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Todd Hillwig, associate professor of physics and astronomy, who will lead the research program, said the federal agency's Research in Undergraduate Institutions award will allow undergraduate students to conduct the specialized star research for three years.
Westminster’s Successful “Trippin’ with Griffin” Campaign Hits the Road Again
Westminster College’s “Trippin’ with Griffin” admissions project, launched in spring 2011, was an interactive campaign similar to the concept of Flat Stanley with the goal of turning incoming freshmen into engaged students. Westminster’s Admissions Office sent paper versions of mascot Griff the Griffin to incoming freshman, instructing them to post photos of themselves and Griff to Facebook. Although initially a contest, students continued posting photos after the contest ended. This fall Griffin is travelingl with Westminster admission recruiters throughout the U.S. and abroad in Asia. Follow the adventures of “Trippin’ with Griffin” on Facebook.
More than Half of NAC&U Members Named Military-Friendly Schools
Arcadia University, Drury University, Hamline University, North Central College, Pacific Lutheran University, The University of Scranton, University of Evansville, University of Redlands School of Business, Wagner College, and Westminster College have been named as 2012 Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs magazine. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
For more information: The complete list | Hamline | North Central | U of Evansville | Wagner | Westminster
The University of Scranton Inaugurates Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., as President
In a celebration of The University of Scranton’s tradition and accomplishments, as well as its future as a leading Jesuit university in the 21st century, the University conducted its Inauguration Ceremony for its 25th president, Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J. on September 16. Delegates representing nearly 100 colleges, universities and learned societies from across the country joined 2,000 dignitaries, students, faculty, staff and community members for the ceremony. Read more.
|Dr. Neelam Azad
|Dr. Anand Iyer
Hampton Pharmacy School Awarded $1.3 Million NIH Research Grant
The Hampton University Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy received a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health / National Heart Lung and Blood Institutes (NIH/NHLBI). The funding will support the “Impact of Oxidative Stress-Regulated Angiogenesis in Pulmonary Fibrosis” research project. Dr. Neelam Azad and Dr. Anand Iyer, assistant professors in the Department of Pharmaceutical, are the principal and co principal investigators. The research will extend through June 2016. Read more.
Samford Announces Another Record Enrollment
Samford University announced a record enrollment of 4,758 when Samford officially recorded its enrollment at the end of the 15th class day, according to R. Phil Kimrey, Samford’s vice president for student affairs and enrollment management. The fall 2011 total is an increase of 43 over the record enrollment of 4,715 in fall 2010 and is the third consecutive year for Samford to have a record enrollment. Read more.
Valparaiso President Signs Contract Extension
The Valparaiso University Board of Directors announced the signing of a new six-year contract with President Mark A. Heckler. Under the new contract Heckler, currently vice-chair of the NAC&U Board of Directors, will continue at the University through at least June 30, 2017. Read more.
Nazareth College Welcomes New AmeriCorps Vista
Nazareth College has welcomed AmeriCorps VISTA member Lauren Resetarits to the Center for Civic Engagement. Nazareth College received an AmeriCorps VISTA Grant through New York Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service to bring this national program into Rochester, N.Y. Read more.
North Central College Residence Hall/Recreation Center Earns Design Awards
North Central College’s innovative and environmentally friendly Residence Hall/Recreation Center has earned two construction awards for its sustainable design. The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) awarded the facility the 2011 honor for Best Sustainable Design. The Res/Rec Center also received an honorable mention in the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award category. Read more.
Annual Giving at Samford Totals $35.3 Million at Fiscal Year-End
Samford University’s annual giving reached record levels for the fiscal year that ended June 30, with gifts totaling more than $35.3 million for the 12-month period. This is second only to 1990, when the university’s annual giving was $67.5 million and included more than $53 million from the estate of Ralph W. Beeson. Giving for the 2010 fiscal year had totaled about $21.6 million. Read more.
Stetson University Students, Employees Learn about World Hunger
Stetson University students, faculty, staff and members of the community participated in an emotion-filled Hunger Banquet, sponsored by Stetson’s Oxfam International Club. The purpose of the banquet was to raise awareness of local and world hunger. As participants arrived for the event, they were given tickets (randomly distributed) that identified them as low, middle or high income, according to world standards, and they were seated and served food in accordance with their income levels. Organizers in Stetson’s Center for Community Engagement and the Oxfam club sponsored the event. Read more.
Arcadia Students Complete Summer Research with Faculty Collaboration
Sarah Kistenmacher ’12, an Arcadia University student, spent the summer pioneering a lab-based research under the supervision of Dr. Chad Hoefler, assistant professor of Biology. Her study “Congruence between host preference and reproductive success in Callosobruchus maculatus seed beetles” revolves around host preferences and differential reproductive success in a species that uses stored beans and legumes as both a nutritional and gestational agent. Read more.
Nickodemo Pavoni ’12, also an Arcadia University student, recently completed his second consecutive summer working under the supervision of his academic and research adviser, Dr. Sheryl T. Smith, assistant professor of Biology, investigating how specific DNA sequences known as insulators help to regulate the expression of genes. Read more.
La Campana Names Belmont Best Academic Institution
Nashville’s Hispanic newspaper honored Belmont University with its 2011 Crystal Bell Award for Best Academic Institution during a 10th anniversary celebration for La Campana. Belmont was chosen for its efforts to “reach out and be inclusive with the Hispanic community of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.” Read more.
New American Colleges and Universities Offer Value to Students, According to USNews Best Colleges Rankings
U.S.News & World Report issued its 2012 “America’s Best Colleges” rankings with many New American Colleges and Universities recognized for providing value and unique opportunities to students.
Again, more than half of NAC&U members were featured among only 60 regional universities nationwide on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” list which calculated value by measuring academic quality against the net cost of attendance (based on average aid package). They are:
||Ithaca College, Nazareth College, The University of Scranton
||Stetson University, Samford University
||Valparaiso University, University of Evansville, Butler University, Hamline University
||University of Redlands, Pacific Lutheran University
In the overall rankings, more than 40 percent of New American Colleges and Universities were in the top ten for their respective geographic rankings as regional universities, and nearly 90 percent were in the top 30. Four members – Butler, Stetson, Samford, and Valparaiso were in the top five in their regions.
Seventy-five percent of NAC&U members were recognized on the “A+ Schools for B Students” list. They are Arcadia University, Belmont University, Butler University, Drury University, Hamline University, Ithaca College, Nazareth College, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Redlands, Samford University, University of Evansville, Valparaiso University, Wagner College, and Westminster College.
More than a quarter of NAC&U members were listed as “Up-and-Comers,” including:
||Scranton and Wagner (tied for 4th)
||Butler (1st), Hamline (tied for 5th)
Wagner featured prominently on the list “Programs to Look For,” which examines academic programs commonly linked to positive student outcomes. Wagner was recognized for its First Year Experiences, Internships, Learning Communities, and Service Learning. Arcadia and Butler were noted for having excellent Study Abroad programs. Hampton University was ranked #4 on the Historically Black Colleges list.
For more information: USNews Site | Belmont | Butler | Drury | Hamline | Ithaca | Nazareth | Samford | Scranton | Stetson | U of Evansville | Valparaiso | Wagner
Westminster College President Michael Bassis to Retire in July 2012
Westminster College President Michael S. Bassis will retire at the conclusion of this academic year, July 2012. Bassis has served as the college’s president since July 2002. Under his leadership, the college achieved record enrollments and reached new heights of national recognition. Read more.
Hamline, North Central Welcome Record Number of Students
Echoing record enrollment stories from around the NAC&U, Hamline University welcomed more than 500 first-year and more than 100 transfer students to campus. Read more.
North Central College began its Sesquicentennial year with a record number of students, marking the sixth straight year of record enrollment. The College—which on Nov. 11 will mark the 150th anniversary of its 1861 founding—anticipated total enrollment to exceed 3,000 with more than 2,700 undergraduate students and nearly 300 graduate students. Read more.
Ithaca College Launches New Branding Effort
Ithaca College is proudly sharing the message that its students are “Ready.” The college launched a new brand identity and marketing campaign to increase awareness and ensure a consistent image. The integrated campaign, dubbed “Ready,” will be extended to all the college’s communications and promoted through a comprehensive advertising strategy. Read more.
North Central College’s Res/Rec Center Achieves LEED Silver Certification
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded LEED Silver Certification to North Central College’s innovative and environmentally friendly Residence Hall/Recreation Center (Res/Rec). Read more.
Samford Trustees Approve New Facility, Program Names
Samford University trustees have renamed two academic departments. The department of exercise science and sports medicine became the department of kinesiology and nutrition science to better represent all the majors within the department, and the department of interior design was changed to the department of interior architecture to better align with accepted professional nomenclature and programs being offered. The board also authorized university administration to proceed with planning for a new residential village on the southwest corner of the campus. The project will add about 300 beds to the university’s available housing inventory in the initial phase and an additional 100 beds in phase two. Read more.
|Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Arcadia President, Provost Welcome Students, Advising Them to Take the World by Storm
“Walking through the dorms on Saturday evening, as the rain was falling and the winds whipping, students in Dilworth gave me the idea for your class—The Class That Took The World By Storm,” said Arcadia University President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III as he greeted the Class of 2015 and new transfer students at the New Student Convocation. Read more.
All NAC&U Members—and Their Commitment to the Public Good—Merit Washington Monthly Rankings
Washington Monthly recently released its 2011 rankings which rate schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). All NAC&U members appeared in the rankings, and two-thirds of members were in the top 20 percent among their ranking category peers.
Members in the masters level category were ranked as follows (out of 553 colleges and universities nationwide): Hamline (7), Valparaiso (13), University of Redlands (20), University of Evansville (29), Pacific Lutheran (32), University of Scranton (36), Hampton (37), Nazareth (42), Ithaca (64), Butler (71), Wagner (84), Westminster (88), Stetson (99), Arcadia (120), Belmont (226), Drury (325), North Central (385), Sage (411). Samford University, a national university, was ranked 203 out of 258 institutions nationwide. For more information: Washington Monthly: Masters Level Universities | Washington Monthly: National Universities | Evansville | Hamline | Valparaiso |
Wagner President Pens Op-Ed on Benefits of Financial Aid
“More than 8 million students across the country are breathing easier as they head to college knowing that, after the budget deal that raised the nation’s debt ceiling, Pell Grants and other federal financial aid programs remain relatively intact. By sustaining funding for student aid, at least for now, the nation’s economy has caught a bit of a break,” begins Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College and chair of NAC&U, in a recent op-ed in the Times-Union of Albany, NY. Read more.
Campuses Continue to Welcome Record or Near Record Enrollments
On the heels of record enrollments at Stetson University and The University of Scranton, Belmont University reached a record-breaking enrollment number for the eleventh straight year: 6,374 students. This year’s enrollment marks an increase of eight percent from last year and a rise of 114 percent since 2000 when the school enrolled 2,976 students. The Belmont student body currently consists of 1,370 graduate and professional students and 5,004 undergraduates, representing record figures in both categories. In fact, for the first time, the University will enroll more than 2,000 new undergraduate and graduate/professional students this fall. Read more about Belmont.
Drury University had an opening day enrollment of 1,628 in the traditional Day School. That number is the second highest Day School enrollment of all-time. Just 5 shy of the record opening day enrollment of 1,633 set in 2010. Read more.
In addition to record-breaking numbers of out-of-state students, Westminster College also welcomed its largest total enrollment, largest enrollment of international students, and largest number of students from underrepresented groups. Approximately 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students are projected to attend Westminster this semester, including 2,462 undergraduates and 919 graduate students. This year’s out-of-state freshmen come from 35 states and 15 countries. Since 2004, enrollment at Westminster has grown more than 30 percent. Read more.
At Russell Sage and the Sage College of Albany, undergraduate admissions are up 34 percent, significantly ahead of last year. New student enrollments are also up 11 percent over this time last year. Graduate deposits for fall are four percent ahead of last year’s high.
Meanwhile, Arcadia University welcomed its largest group of incoming international students in recent history as 23 students arrived for International Student Orientation. Throughout the week, new students stayed with local host families and were accompanied by returning student volunteers, called IPALs. Read more.
Pacific Lutheran President Loren Anderson Gives Last State of the University Address
Before Pacific Lutheran University faculty and staff, President Loren Anderson, who will retire next year, reflected on a year of achievement, the "Epic Moments" of the past year and the future endeavors taking shape at PLU, as well as personal reflections on two decades as president of the university. Read more.
Back to School, Back to Service
With service learning a characteristic of NAC&U member campuses, many mark the start of a new academic year with a Day of Service for freshmen and transfer students.
Some 1,400 Belmont University students from the Class of 2015 volunteered in Nashville at 38 local non-profit organizations, including Feed the Children, YMCA, Second Harvest Food Bank and Metro Beautification. Read more.
A total of 454 first-years, transfer students and orientation leaders participated in the traditional new student Day of Service during Arcadia University’s orientation. They performed a total of 1,433 hours of community service and 13 projects. Read more.
Jared Schuerman didn’t envision his first week at Butler University quite like this, but here he was, pulling weeds near Indianapolis’ Fountain Square neighborhood. “I don’t mind it,” the pre-physician’s assistant major, said. “It’s pretty fun so far. Interesting to help out the community, get involved, meet new people.” Those are many of the reasons Schuerman and 384 other Butler students fanned out to 14 locations around the city. They were participants in Bulldogs Into the Streets (BITS), the annual Welcome Week activity that offers students the chance to get to know the Indianapolis community by volunteering for a number of worthy organizations. Read more.
Some 200 first-year Ithaca College students, along with 60 upper-class team leaders, arrived on campus several days ahead of their classmates to participate in one of four Jumpstart Programs, including Community Plunge which has teams of students spending two days working with a variety of local service organizations. Locations included the Salvation Army, Hospicare and Ithaca Children’s Garden. Read more.
Forty-four members of The University of Scranton’s Class of 2015 arrived earlier than their classmates to participate in FIRST (Freshmen Involved in Reflective Service Together), a reflective service immersion program now in its ninth year at the Jesuit university. The students painted murals at North Scranton HeadStart, assisted with camp programs at the Belleview Center, visited with patients at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, helped build a playground at the Waverly Community Center, and volunteered at several other nonprofit organizations. Each evening the students reflected as a group on themes of social justice and spirituality. Read more.
As part of Westminster College’s annual Helping Hands Day, the Westminster community participated in more than a dozen service projects from community gardens to a refugee welcome center.
Sage Offers New Online Degree for Students with Special Needs
The Sage Colleges and Excelsior College have joined forces to develop a new bachelor’s degree designed for people diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders or other learning disabilities, to expand their career options and enjoy the benefits of college education. The program leads to a B.A. in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Computer Science and, like traditional bachelor’s degrees, is comprised of 120 credits. However, the program content and delivery accommodates students’ learning styles and abilities to maximize their chances for success. Read more.
Belmont’s Sophomore Year Experience Launches with Center, Summit
Belmont University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), the Sophomore Year Experience, kicked into high gear as rising sophomores moved into Kennedy Hall and the Sophomore Transition Center officially opened its doors. The Sophomore Year Experience, known to students as Growth & Purpose for Sophomores (GPS), is intended to encourage sophomores to engage in focused exploration of themselves and their places in the world. Assessment will be an important element of the program, evaluating the impact on growth and development as well as overall retention. Read more on Belmont's site. Read NAC&U Sophomore Retention Story.
Butler Launches New Doctor of Pharmacy/Master’s in Pharmaceutical Sciences Dual Degree
The new doctor of pharmacy/master's in pharmaceutical sciences dual degree allows pharmacy students in Butler University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) to complete requirements for a thesis-based master of science degree in pharmaceutical sciences in the same time-frame as the solitary Pharm.D. degree – six years. Read more.
Her Campus Magazine Ranks Drury #1 in Social Media
Her Campus, an online magazine for college women based in Cambridge, Mass., ranks Drury University No. 1 in the nation on its list of “Social Media Savvy” colleges and universities. In its description of Drury, Her Campus says, “Drury is one of the few schools in the country to offer a Social Media Certificate Program. They also have an excellent presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, including a recently revamped and beautified Facebook page.” Read more.
Belmont First Year Course Nationally Recognized; Hamline First Year Courses Prepare Students for Success
MentalFloss.com and CNN listed the one-hour course titled “Oh, Look, a Chicken!: Embracing Distraction as a Way of Knowing” at Belmont University as one of 22 Fascinating and Bizarre Classes Offered This Semester. It joins the ranks of a philosophy course on The Wire at Georgetown University, a study on Disney at UCLA and the sociology of Lady Gaga at the University of South Carolina. Read more.
What do travelers' tales, the Wall Street Journal, Minnesota businesses, gaming, movies, and common sense have in common? Nothing. And, everything. They are all topics of First-Year Seminars (FYSEMS) at Hamline University, or courses offered exclusively to incoming first-year students, geared to help these new college students strengthen core academic skills and build a social group. This year, to meet the needs of Hamline's largest incoming class ever, the university is offering 28 different FYSEMS. Read more.
Hampton Receives Grant to Enhance Electrical Engineering Lab
The Hampton University School of Engineering and Technology was awarded $35,000 from Dominion Virginia Power’s Dominion Resources to enhance the energy conversion lab. Hampton is a part of a consortium with more than 80 schools that is focused on revitalizing electrical power engineering education. Through the consortium and with the assistance of the Dominion grant, Hampton is enhancing the electrical engineering laboratories and updating the electrical engineering curriculum, offering students a more hands-on experience. Read more.
Nazareth College Receives Education Champion Award
Nazareth College received the Educational Champion Award from the Rochester Regional Veterans Council. President Daan Braveman recently accepted the award that recognizes organizations (or individuals) who have helped improve, support and encourage veterans in business, education and community services. Read more.
Pacific Lutheran Helps Students Connect with What’s Next
Pacific Lutheran University now has a program that will help students focus their talents on an internship, volunteer experience and taking the leap to grad school and eventually a career. From entering first-year and sophomore students who need to choose a major; to sophomores and juniors who need to connect to experiences outside the classroom; to juniors and seniors who need to polish their job search skills including resume writing, interviewing, and networking skills, Career Connections will be there to guide them along the way. Read more.
Scranton’s Science Center Places Science Education in Plain View
The first thing visitors notice upon entering the expansive, newly constructed portion of Loyola Science Center is what isn’t there – walls. Glass from floor to ceiling throughout phase one of the center exposes science being taught and learned at The University of Scranton. Read more.
Wagner Theatre Wins Kudos
The Wagner College Theatre program was tapped for the Emerging Young Artist Award by the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island. Read more.
Service-learning Project Connects Westminster Psychology Students with At-Risk Girls
Each semester, Westminster College students enrolled in Dr. Cassie Power’s Psychology of Women class participate in a service-learning project with Utah’s Juvenile Justice System (JJS). In 2010, JJS temporarily housed more than 10,000 youth, ages 12 to 18, in locked detention. Of the 10,000, 23 percent were female. What landed the girls behind bars? Bad decisions, yes. But Westminster students are asking what social inequities put the teenagers at risk. The crime a girl is accused of is irrelevant to the students, in fact, they don’t ever know the charges. Read more.
North Central & Hooke College of Applied Sciences First to Offer Chemical Microscopy Degree
North Central College and Hooke College of Applied Sciences are partnering to offer the nation’s first four-year degree in chemical microscopy. Read more.
Stetson, Scranton Welcome Largest Incoming Classes Ever
Stetson University and The University of Scranton both welcomed their largest incoming classes ever. Stetson has 875 first-year and transfer students compared to last year’s 670, and Scranton’s Class of 2015 has 1,059 members, surpassing the previous record of 1,034 incoming students, set just two years ago. Also, Scranton drew from 9,045 applicants, which is the largest applicant pool in the Jesuit school’s history. Read more: Scranton | Stetson.
Stetson recognized in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012
Stetson University has been recognized for its academic excellence by being included in The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012, which praises Stetson for its academic rigor, personal attention and campus life. The annual guide is compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske.
Stetson is one of nine Florida colleges and universities and 315 nationwide included in this year’s guide, which came out in late July. Read more.
University of Evansville Welcomes Four Iraqi Students
As the University of Evansville prepares to begin the 2011-12 academic year, it also celebrates new international partnerships forged with incoming students. This semester, four students from Iraq will begin their studies at UE. Three are participating in the Iraq Education Initiative and will spend their undergraduate careers here, while one is here for the Fall 2011 semester as a study-abroad student from the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani.
University of Redlands School of Music Receives Grant for String Project
The University of Redlands, through the support of the National String Project Consortium, has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Clarence E. Heller Foundation to establish a string project in the School of Music. Through the string project, University of Redlands music majors under the supervision of a master teacher will teach group and private lessons to beginning orchestra students who play violin, viola, cello or bass. The project aims to provide college string majors with teaching experience and prepare them for private or public school teaching while promoting the talents of pre-college string students. Read more.
Valparaiso Awarded $500,000 Math and Science Teaching Grant
Valparaiso University has received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of graduates in the science and math teaching disciplines, with the goal of enhancing the quality of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in Northwest Indiana and nationwide. Read more.
Westminster Gore School of Business Dean Hosts Delegation from China
When a delegation of Chinese officials including Chinese Party Secretary Zhao Hongzhu and governors of the Yunnan, Qinghai and Anhui provinces attended the U.S.-China Trade, Culture & Education Conference in Salt Lake City, the largest diplomatic effort between U.S. governors and Chinese officials to date, Westminster College’s new Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Dean, Dr. Jin Wang, was in the middle of the historic event. Just two weeks on the job, Dr. Wang drew on his global perspectives during the conference to highlight Westminster’s efforts to expand the college’s opportunities in Asia.
Water/Soil Samples from 2010 Chevron Oil Spill Tested at Westminster
Inside Westminster College’s Meldrum Science Center, elementary and junior high students enrolled in Liberty Park’s YouthCity program donned their lab coats and goggles to test water and soil samples they collected from waterways impacted by Chevron’s 2010 oil spill into Salt Lake City’s Red Butte Creek.
YouthCity is Salt Lake City's after-school and summer enrichment program for children, aged 9-14. The program was displaced in June 2010 when 33 thousand gallons of crude oil spewed out of a broken Chevron pipeline in the foothills of Salt Lake City, just feet away from Red Butte Creek. Oil flowed several miles down the creek into Liberty Park’s pond, and into the Jordan River that feeds the Great Salt Lake. The YouthCity program had to temporarily move from contaminated Liberty Park to the Westminster College campus.
All of the students returned to Westminster one year later to evaluate the environmental impact of the spill. Westminster faculty escorted the youth to Red Butte Creek, Liberty Lake and the Great Salt Lake where they learned about delicate ecosystems.
The youth removed soil and water samples from each of the locations then performed petroleum detection tests on the samples inside a Westminster science lab. The tests, with assistance from Westminster chemistry students, showed no presence of oil in the samples.
“This was a hands-on project that connected the children, even more, to a major event that directly impacted them,” said Jaimi Butler, coordinator of the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster. “I believe sampling and testing their lake gave the YouthCity children a real sense of ownership in their environment.”
Arcadia’s New M.F.A. in Creative Writing Kicks Off
Arcadia University’s new Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program kicked off with 14 students traveling from around the United States to attend the first residency. The weeklong residency, which occurred at the King of Prussia Campus, gave poetry and fiction students a chance to interact and workshop face-to-face before embarking on their online work. Read more.
Experiential Learning at Arcadia Introduces PT Students to Range of Patients, Settings
Arcadia University is unique in that all physical therapy students pursuring a doctorate are required to complete experiential learning programs at two sites during their first year of the program—one at West Oak Lane and one at Foulkeways. This helps to prepare students for their clinicals and allows them to become comfortable working with patients. Read more.
Arcadia Students Conduct Ecological Research with Faculty
Biology major Kayla Kroll ’12 and Scientific Illustration major Emilyann Christodoulou ’14 are researching ecology and the disturbance history of pine forests in northeastern West Virginia with Dr. Lauren F. Howard, assistant professor of Biology at Arcadia University. The study is being done in collaboration with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the Nature Conservancy of West Virginia, and the U.S. Forest Service. Howard’s research examines the historical frequency and spatial distribution of fire in these regional pine forests as well as the way in which fires influenced the present species composition of these forests. Read more.
Belmont Partners With Avenue Bank for Course in Entertainment Industry Finance
Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB) will partner with Avenue Bank to offer a unique course for entrepreneurs in the music and entertainment industries. Titled “A Study in Personal Finance & Banking in Relation to the Music Industry,” this course offers an elite group of junior and senior level students an introduction to banking and personal finance, including loan examples and case studies that are music industry specific. Read more.
High School Students Going to Butler for Early College
Eleven juniors from Shortridge Magnet High School for Law and Public Policy will jumpstart their higher education careers through the Early College Program (ECP) at Butler University. Read more.
Butler’s Lab School Becomes Reality
Ena Shelley, dean of Butler University’s College of Education, witnessed the culmination of a 15-year dream recently when the Indianapolis Public Schools/Butler University Laboratory School opened its doors to 96 students in kindergarten and first grade. Butler’s College of Education is collaborating with IPS to develop the Lab School curriculum, inspired by Reggio Emilia early childhood education principles. College of Education students majoring in early elementary education will complete "Block A" unit classes and field experiences at the Lab School, under professors Ryan Flessner and Cathy Hargrove. Read more.
Drury and University of Evansville Named “Cool Schools” by Sierra Magazine
Drury University and the University of Evansville are some of the “Coolest Schools” in the United States according to Sierra magazine, a publication of the Sierra Club. Drury is ranked 85th, and Evansville 116th. According to its website, Sierra ranked schools on ten criteria: energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and a category called “other initiatives.” Read more.
Hampton Receives $85,000 Award to Promote Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Hampton University is the recipient of a Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Initiative for Substance Abuse (SA), HIV and Hepatitis Prevention award for $85,000, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The HU Peers in Prevention (HU-PIP) program is a joint effort between the HU Student Counseling Center and the University Health Center. It is designed to increase access to comprehensive, integrated substance abuse, HIV and hepatitis prevention services, and early detection of HIV among the university’s students. A cadre of student peer educators will be recruited from a cross-section of the student body, to be trained for leadership in the initiative. Read more.
Hampton Pharmacy School Lauded for Partnership
The Hampton University School of Pharmacy was recently recognized, by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, for its educational partnership with the Norfolk Technical Center. Norfolk Technical Center houses the only Virginia Board approved pharmacy technician program in a public high school system in Hampton Roads. The goal of the partnership is to build a pipeline of students who want to further their education and pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree at Hampton University. Read more.
NAC&U Members Listed in Princeton Review’s Best Colleges Rankings
Nine NAC&U institutions have been named among the country’s top institutions for undergraduate education by the Princeton Review in its 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges.” And seven more NAC&U members were named among regional bests in the same issue.
Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which also includes ranking lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based on the Princeton Review’s surveys of students attending the colleges. The following institutions were named among the Best 376 in the nation: Hampton University, Ithaca College, Nazareth College, Samford University, University of Redlands, The University of Scranton, Valparaiso University, Wagner College, and Westminster College.
All of those listed above were also named as regional bests along with the following members: Butler University, Drury University, Hamline University, North Central College, University of Evansville (Midwest); Arcadia University (Northeast); and Belmont University (Southeast).
Several institutions listed among the 376 Best were also ranked on lists regarding student life, activities and issues. Ithaca College was #3 on the Best College Radio Station list, and college theatres at both Wagner College and Ithaca were ranked #5 and #18, respectively. Wagner and the University of Redlands scored high (#4 and #5, respectively) for the encouragement of class discussions. The University of Scranton ranked #12 on the Campus Food rankings, and Nazareth College was #14 for Town-Gown Relations. Redlands also made the list for Great Financial Aid (#19). For more information: Princeton Review's Full Listing | Drury | Evansville | Ithaca | Nazareth | Samford | Scranton | Wagner | Westminster.
Forbes Cites Majority of NAC&U Members on “Best Colleges” List
Fourteen New American Colleges and Universites are on Forbes magazine’s list of the top 650 Institutions in the country. They are Belmont University, Butler University, Drury University, Hamline University, Ithaca College, North Central College, Pacific Lutheran University, Russell Sage College, Samford University, Stetson University, The University of Scranton, University of Evansville, University of Redlands, and Valparaiso University. The rankings are based on five general categories: Post Graduate Success, which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; Student Satisfaction, which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore year retention rates; Debt, which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; Four Year Graduation Rate; and Competitive Awards , which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright. For more information: Butler | Hamline | Sage | Samford | Scranton | Stetson.
Butler Ranked as a Fiske “Best Buy”
For the first time, Butler University is among an elite group of 49 “Best Buy” schools according to the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The guide named 24 public and 25 private schools to the list. All of the schools fall into the inexpensive or moderate price category, and most have four- or five-star academics ratings. Read more.
James M. Danko Begins First Day as President of Butler
On Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, James M. Danko began his first day as Butler University’s 21st president. Danko takes the reins during a time of unprecedented growth and heightened exposure following back-to-back NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four appearances. Read more.
Butler Granted $230,000 for Urban Farming Project
Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) has received a $230,000 grant from The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, to strengthen urban farming and renewal efforts in Indianapolis. The CUE grant was the largest individual award from a total $1.2 million in grants given to 17 Indiana nonprofit organizations. Working with Butler’s College of Education, the CUE will provide six interns to three local schools to integrate sustainable agriculture into the schools’ science curriculum, based on the practices at the Butler Campus Farm. The CUE also will promote urban agriculture through an annual convention and a celebration of local food culture in Indianapolis. Finally, the grant also will support the CUE’s efforts to lead community stakeholders in developing a master plan for urban agriculture in Indianapolis. Read more.
Hamline's Rivers Institute Gives Teachers Hands-on River Ecology
More than 50 teachers gathered on the banks of the Mississippi River this week to participate in the Hamline University School of Education’s Center for Global Environmental Education’s River Institute program. The three-day retreat brought teachers from across Minnesota and a few from Texas, New Orleans, and Jamaica to learn about river ecology and incorporate it into what they already teach in the classroom. Read more.
North Central Students, Faculty Share and Serve
The service trip to Mexico is becoming an annual tradition. For six years, North Central students and staff have traveled to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to serve at a daycare at Casa de los Angeles (home of the angels). For seven students and professor of Computer Science Stephen Renk, the experience was hard but rewarding work. Read more.
Meanwhile, three North Central students who are active in Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) recently visited the Hopi School near the Grand Canyon in Arizona to learn more about Hopi art and build relationships that could result in the sale of products on campus. Arlinda Bajrami ’12, Katelyn Garris ’12, and Raine Tagare ’12, along with Matt Krystal, assistant professor of anthropology, and Gerald Thalman, associate professor of accounting, also helped dig a trench for electrical cable to power a new glassblowing studio. Read more.
Stetson President Honored as Top Business Leader
Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby has been selected one of Volusia/Flagler Business Report’s 2011 “Influential Women in Business.” Women business owners and executives were nominated by readers and staff of the publication, which is affiliated with the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Read more.
Redlands Adds Marketing Certificate
The University of Redlands is now offering a certificate in marketing through Continuing Studies. Designed to provide a broad exposure to marketing, the program will also focus on specific concentrations in Internet and social media marketing, marketing research, integrated marketing communication, customer experience management and analytics. Read more.
Valparaiso’s Harre Union Receives Award for Outstanding Design
Valparaiso University's Harre Union has been awarded a 2011 Honorable Mention for Outstanding Design and Architecture in Education. The award, issued by Education Design Showcase, was featured in the June 2011 issue of College Planning and Management. The award was given for the Union's construction and design, inspired by a desire to create the new building as a foundation for social and community interaction. Read more.
Arcadia Student Engages in Faculty CNS Neurons Research
Arcadia University Biology major Paul Turcotte is working with Dr. R. Wesley Rose III, assistant professor of Biology, examining the distinct kinetics of the negative feedback mechanisms controlling the interferon gamma response in central nervous system (CNS) neurons. As a sophomore, Turcotte asked if he could get involved in faculty research and was encouraged to speak with all of the faculty members in the Biology department about their research so that he could participate in the project he felt most passionate about. Read more.
Arcadia Faculty, Staff Help Establish PA Training Program in South Africa
For the vast majority of South Africa’s population, there is just one practicing doctor for every 4,219 people. In response to this shortage, the South African government created the Clinical Associate profession, which is modeled after America’s Physician Assistant program as well as programs that exist in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Dr. Michael Dryer, chair and program director of the Physician Assistant Program at Arcadia University, and Linda Brasel, academic coordinator and dual degree advisor at Arcadia, have joined the efforts to establish the profession thanks to a grant the Physician Assistant department received from the American International Health Alliance (AIHA). Read more.
Belmont Health Sciences Group Takes Mission Trip to Ghana
A group of Belmont University faculty, students and alumni from the College of Health Sciences & Nursing are in Ghana for a pilot medical service trip they hope will blossom into an annual mission for the University. Read more.
New 'Employer Relations' Director Connects Pacific Lutheran University Students with Employers
Bobbi Hughes, who has been advocating for students at Pacific Lutheran University’s Women's Center, will serve as PLU’s director of Employer Relations, a newly created position that will be something of a facilitator among many of the essential career planning services already available to students, such as the offices of Career Development and Academic Internships, or the opportunities made available through academic departments or the Alumni office. Read more.
Alabama State Bar Cites Contributions of Samford Law Dean, Student
Dean John L. Carroll of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and Cumberland law student Stephen Hudgens received awards recognizing their outstanding contributions to the legal profession at the Alabama State Bar meeting. Dean Carroll received the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award, and Hudgens received the Pro Bono Law Student Award. Read more.
Samford Nursing School Receives Grant to Prepare Nursing Educators
Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing has received a federal grant designed to help ease the national shortage of nursing educators. Samford is the only nursing program in north and central Alabama to receive the funds, and one of only two – the other is the University of South Alabama -- in the state. The $805,595 grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, will provide loans for graduate and doctoral students pursuing an advanced degree with the intent to serve as faculty in a school of nursing. Read more.
University of Scranton Considered One of the Friendliest Campuses
The Huffington Post recently named The University of Scranton among the top eight “friendliest” campuses. Read more.
University of Redlands GIS Specialists Contribute to Academic GIS Program
Faculty, students and researchers in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Redlands and the Redlands Institute participated in the academic programming at the Esri International User Conference, “Understanding Our World.” Read more.
University of Redlands’ Summer Institute Explores Why Race Still Matters and Educational Justice Issues
Why race still matters and how the educational system has failed to meet the needs of several groups of students were key topics at this year’s Summer Institute of the Center for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands. Read more.
Westminster, North Central Named “2011 Great Colleges to Work For”
Westminster College and North Central College were selected as two of The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2011 “Great Colleges to Work For.” The Chronicle’s report on academic workplaces is based on a survey of nearly 44,000 employees at 310 colleges and universities.
This marks the third consecutive year Westminster received the honor. Westminster was also named to the Chronicle’s 2011 Honor Roll. Westminster employees gave the college high marks in eight different categories, including work/life balance and supervisor relationships. In the survey Westminster employees lauded the school for the following dimensions:
- Opportunities for career advancement
- Commitment to innovative teaching
- Pay and benefits
- Its beautiful and safe campus environment
- Its respect and appreciation for the contribution of all employees.
North Central College was recognized in the Collaborative Governance category, which acknowledges that faculty members are actively involved in decisions related to academic programs. This is the first time North Central has participated in the survey. Read more.
Boyer Lab Renovations at Arcadia Will Expand Research Opportunities
In 2010, Arcadia University’s Biology Department was awarded a National Science Foundation grant totaling $666,812 to renovate cell and molecular biology core facilities. The new facilities will expand research opportunities in the areas of population genetics of snake species, systematics of brown algae, heterokont phylogenomics population genetics of marine and terrestrial organisms, neuronal cell biology and biochemistry, neuroimmunology, and transcription regulation. Undergraduate research opportunities will be expanded in the areas of population genetics, systematics and phylogeneomics, cell biology and immunobiology, and transcription regulation. Read more.
Arcadia’s President Oxholm Signs Leadership Letter on Funding for International Education
One of Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III’s first actions as the new president of Arcadia University was to join the presidents of Georgetown University and Indiana University and other leaders in asking Congress to restore Title VI funding for international education programs. Read more.
Butler Students Writing Children’s Book on Pharmacy Profession
Go to any bookstore and you'll find children's books on professions such as nurse, doctor, even firefighter. But you'll be hard pressed to find one on the pharmacy profession. Butler University Assistant professor of Pharmacy Erin Albert wants to change that. The author of five books herself, Albert solicited the help of College of Education instructor Angela Lupton and associate professor of Art Gautam Rao, to bring students from the Jordan College of Fine Arts, College of Education and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences together to write and illustrate a children's book on the pharmacy profession. Read more.
Drury’s Summer Scholars Program Begins its Fourth Year
In the summer of 2008, three Drury University professors welcomed a group of 15 African-American high school students to campus for the first session of Summer Scholars. Four years later, Drury University’s Summer Scholars program for African-American teenagers has more than tripled, includes female students and several of the original scholars are just a year away from entering college. Read more.
Hamline’s Summer Field School Makes Cultural Connections Across State
Sitting amongst neatly-categorized stone remnants that are thousands of years old, it is easy to see that Hamline University's Brian Hoffman and his students love what they do. Hoffman, a professor in the anthropology department, is teaching a two month-long archeology field school that includes digs across the state. One such locale, the Jeffers Petroglyph Site, is thought to be an ancient corridor for native peoples. Read more.
Hamline’s Literacy Institute Informs, Inspires and Empowers
For more than two decades, K-6 teachers and administrators have come to Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus for one week in the summer to discover the most effective and innovative practices in literacy education. The Summer Literacy Institute, hosted by Hamline’s School of Education, not only draws educators from across the region, but from as far way as Argentina, Vietnam, and Croatia. While their backgrounds and classrooms may be very different, the educators come to Hamline with the same goal. Read more.
Nazareth Partners with University of Rochester to Host Naga Filmmakers
A rare cultural exchange took place when a group of young filmmakers from Nagaland, India (a remote, tribal region on the border of Burma/Myanmar) visited the United States for the first time to debut their work in Rochester, N.Y. The seeds for this trip twere planted when the U.S. Department of State invited seven South Asian artists to Rochester through the International Visitor Leadership Program. Brian Bailey, professor of adolescent education at Nazareth College and his wife Heather Layton, artist and senior lecturer of art at the University of Rochester, were then invited to Nagaland for two weeks to foster international relations and promote the arts as a form of cultural diplomacy. While here, the filmmakers will be immersed in American culture and Rochester’s vibrant arts community, and will have two film screenings - one at the University of Rochester and one at Nazareth. The goal of the project, as explained by Layton, is to create a productive and sustainable international exchange through artistic collaborations. Read more.
Belmont’s New Leadership Program Gets Executives Out of the Classroom, Into the Community
Moving beyond conventional wisdom about developing leaders, Belmont University’s Center for Executive Education (CEE) announced a completely new executive leadership development program based on the service-learning model, in partnership with key community organizations. Designed in consultation with CEE’s core faculty, CEO speakers and national thought-leaders, “The Executive Leadership Experience” boasts an innovative approach that features experiential-learning scenarios working on live projects in Nashville businesses and community organizations. Read more.
Belmont University Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall, Parking Garage
Belmont University has broken ground on a nearly 110,000 square foot structure that will include a 298-bed residence hall and 562-car underground parking garage. The construction represents significant economic impact for the city of Nashville. Anticipated to cost $30 million, it is expected to generate 240 new jobs, adding up to more than 1,600 construction-related employment opportunities the university has generated in the other nine major building/renovation projects on campus since 2002. Read more.
Drury to Participate in NASA Program
Drury University’s Physics Department has been selected as one of only 14 teams nationwide to participate in NASA’s 2011 Grant Us Space Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. As participants, students will be given the opportunity to conduct an experiment while flying aboard NASA’s Weightless Wonder aircraft. During this experiment, the plane will simulate 25-second windows of weightlessness while plummeting over the Gulf of Mexico between 25,000 and 35,000 feet of altitude. Read more.
Ithaca’s, Butler's Social Media Efforts Are Recognized
Ithaca College has been ranked among the top 10 colleges and universities that are “killing it” in social media. The website Best Colleges Online positioned IC as number 7 on a list that includes Harvard, Notre Dame, the University of Texas, and Johns Hopkins. The site noted that while just about every institution has some sort of presence on social media, “there are an exceptional few colleges who have truly done great things in social media, becoming influencers and brainstormers online.” Read more.
Butler University knows how to use social media well, says USA Today, which ranked Butler fifth in a list of the 20 colleges making the best use of social media. Read more.
Ithaca Athletic Training Program Receives Number 1 Ranking
The Athletic Training Program in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at Ithaca College was recently ranked first in top athletic training schools by Education-Portal.com. Read more.
Ithaca College Cleans Up with Chemical-Free Ionator
With a pull of the trigger, cleaning up at Ithaca College is getting a whole lot more environmentally friendly. The college’s facilities maintenance staff has been terminating germs with the Ionator. The spray bottles use ordinary tap water — given a small electrical charge by an attached battery pack — to both clean and disinfect surfaces.
“It sounds like something out of science fiction, but the science behind the Ionator is sound,” said Lisa Belokur, director of facilities services. “Ionized water has similar properties to traditional cleaning chemicals and soaps, breaking down dirt and lifting it off surfaces. The low-level electric field kills more than 99.9% of harmful germs.” Read more.
PLU Nursing Program Secures Two Grants
The School of Nursing at Pacific Lutheran University recently received a total of $800,000 in grants which will help the school continue its outreach to senior citizens in the South Puget Sound area. Broken out, the funds come from a $500,000 grant received from the Gary E. Milgard Family Foundation to the Comprehensive Gerontologic Education Partnership (CGEP), and an additional $300,000 from the Cornelsen Family Foundation. Read more.
Samford Trustees Approve New Programs
Samford University’s board of trustees executive committee approved three new academic programs, including a new education specialist degree in teacher leadership based on a new certification option from the Alabama State Department of Education for teachers holding masters degrees. It is designed to prepare teachers for public and private school leadership. They also approved a new major in foods and nutrition and a new minor in worship leadership. Read more.
Sage Website Wins Award of Distinction
The Sage Colleges’ website, www.sage.edu, was selected for an Award of Distinction in the 2011 Communicator Awards presented by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. Sage.edu won the silver-level award in the School/University Website category. Read more.
University of Evansville Now Accepts Common App
The University of Evansville joined 48 other new members of the Common Application consortium, a worldwide group of 462 colleges and universities that accept the “Common App,” a single online or paper form that streamlines the process of applying to multiple schools. Read more.
University of Evansville Wins Institutional Arts Award
The University of Evansville has received the Institutional Arts Award from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. The Institutional Arts Award honors a business or entity that shows exemplary support of the arts, artists, and arts organizations within the region. This is the first year the category (previously called the Corporate Arts Award) has included universities and other institutions beyond businesses. Read more.
University of Redlands Students and Faculty Team Up for Geographic Research Mission
The Tetiaroa Society, established and funded by Brando Enterprises to promote and preserve the ecosystems, biodiversity and culture of Tetiaroa, and the University of Redlands Environmental Studies Department have joined forces to undertake a comprehensive biological and geographic research mission of the famed Polynesian atoll. Read more.
Valparaiso Law School Recognized for Community Improvement
Valparaiso University Law School will be recognized for its reconstruction of Heritage Hall from the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce. The winning projects are business properties that have enhanced the attractiveness of Valparaiso, shown innovation and creativity in their construction, and demonstrated a commitment to economic growth and the overall quality of life in Valparaiso.
Arcadia Names Acting VP for Enrollment Management
Arcadia University President Carl “Tobey” Oxholm III announced the appointment of associate vice president of Enrollment Management Mark Lapreziosa as the acting vice president for Enrollment Management. Read more.
Butler Students Make Medical Trip to Guatemala
A brigade of medical professionals and students from Butler University’s chapter of the Timmy Foundation is back from a weeklong trip to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where the participants treated approximately 500 patients in four indigenous communities. Butler chemistry professor John Esteb, who made the trip along with 14 students and nine medical professionals, said this was the fifth consecutive year for a Butler group to visit this area of Guatemala. The trip consisted of two travel days and five days serving the people in a clinical setting. Read more.
Butler, Meridian Music Donate Pianos to Christel House Academy
Butler University and Meridian Music will donate 13 Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos to the Christel House Academy for use in its music education program. The 88-key digital pianos, which will come from Butler's electronic keyboard lab, will help Butler Community Arts School fellows who teach at Christel House Academy provide a better music education for students who attend the Indianapolis charter school. Read more.
45 Years of “Roy-search” at Drury
On a beautiful, summer afternoon on the Drury University campus, while students are working summer jobs, reading or relaxing; in a second floor lab at the Trustee Science Center, undergraduate students are performing research to earn credit and to help the scientific community. Commonly called “Roy-search” after professor Dr. Rabindra Roy, Lakshmi Roy and the eleven students enrolled in the Summer Research Experience begin working the Monday after graduation through the first week in July for 12 hours, three-days-a-week and another six hours, two-days-a-week. Read more.
Hampton President Donates Additional Gift to Staff
Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and Mrs. Norma B. Harvey have given a $166,000 personal gift to HU to support a wage increase to all full-time permanent HU staff earning less than $8 an hour. Through this donation, 118 full-time, permanent HU staff employees will receive a wage increase equal to $8 an hour. Read more.
Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra Garners National Award
The Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jeffery Meyer, was one of 26 American orchestras to win a 2010–11 ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award for Adventurous Programming. ASCAP and the League of American Orchestras present the award annually to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge their audiences, build their repertoires and increase interest in the music of our time. The Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra took first place in the Collegiate Orchestras category. Other winners include the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Read more.
Nazareth, Redlands Receive PRSA Awards
Nazareth College’s Marketing & Communications team was recently recognized at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Rochester Awards where the team won a PRism Award for the College’s 2009-2010 Annual Report. Nazareth also took home an Award of Excellence for the Summer/Fall 2010 issue of Connections. Read more.
The University of Redlands received a coveted 2011 Bronze Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for superior performance in the design and execution of an individual public relations tactic within a broader public relations campaign. Read more.
University of Evansville Earns Operation Diploma Grant to Recruit, Support Military Students
The University of Evansville has received a $50,000 grant from Operation Diploma, the higher education initiative of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University. The grant will boost UE’s abilities to recruit military students and help them succeed once they enroll in the University. Specifically, the Operation Diploma grant will fund online recruiting and marketing efforts, assessment of current military students’ needs, and online programs that will allow active-duty students to continue UE coursework while deployed. Read more.
New ISEA Studies from University of Redlands
The University of Redlands’ Institute for Spatial Economic Analysis offers science- and research-based spatial analysis and forecasts of economic phenomena. The ISEA has produced two new studies concerning the economy of Southern California. Read more.
Ithaca College President Tom Rochon Elected to CICU Board of Trustees
Ithaca College president Tom Rochon was recently elected to the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu), an organization that represents the more than 100 private, not-for-profit higher education institutions in New York on issues of public policy. Read more.
North Central College’s Assignment for Environmental Studies Class Changes Students’ Views
Two columns of rectangular black plots of dirt along the pedestrian spine produce a variety of vegetables the campus community can eat at North Central College’s Kaufman Dining Hall. Several students have helped tend these plots as part of Environmental Studies 120, People and Nature, taught by Martha Bohrer, associate professor of English. The class required students to dedicate two hours during spring term, working alongside members of the maintenance staff. Read more.
Stetson’s Sandhill Ecosystem to be Restored
Stetson University has been awarded a $10,000 grant through the Volusia County Tree Replacement Fund to restore part of the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem and create a teaching landscape for students and the public in the area around the Rinker Environmental Learning Center and Gillespie Museum on Stetson’s DeLand campus. Read more.
NSF Awards Stetson $200,000 Grant for Chemistry, Biochemistry
The National Science Foundation has awarded Stetson University a $200,000 grant to develop a new chemistry and biochemistry curriculum centered around hands-on labs and research using a state-of-the-art 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. Read more.
University of Evansville’s New Creative Writing Project Receives Largest Grant in Statewide Competition
The University of Evansville has received a $21,000 grant from the 2011 Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund competition to launch its new Student Writers of Indiana program this fall. Of the five 2011 Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund grants awarded to Indiana colleges and universities, the University of Evansville’s was the largest. Read more.
Alumnus Rick Deer to Lead University of Evansville’s New Center for Innovation Engineering
Richard “Rick” Deer — an engineer, entrepreneur, and UE alumnus — will become the director of the new University of Evansville Center for Innovation Engineering (CIE). This College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) initiative aims to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in UE engineering students. Deer, who has founded and operated a number of small businesses over the past 25 years, most recently led a group of technology infrastructure companies in the southwestern United States. He has collaborated in product design and development with partners in the United States, Qatar, Czech Republic, India, and South Korea. Read more.
Valparaiso’s MBA Program Sees Record Influx of Students
Enrollment in Valparaiso University's MBA program in the 2010-2011 academic year has increased 35 percent over last year, the largest year-over-year increase in the program's history. Read more.
Westminster Receives STARS Rating
Westminster College has received a STARS “Silver” Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Westminster is the second NAC&U member to achieve a rating; Pacific Lutheran University was the first. Westminster is the first institution in Utah to have achieved the rating.
Arcadia Signs Core-to-Core Agreement with Cecil College
Arcadia University entered into a Dual Admission and Core-to-Core Transfer Agreement with Cecil College. Under the agreement, qualified Cecil College students will be guaranteed admissions into a bachelor’s degree program with junior status. In addition, Arcadia has agreed to accept Cecil’s General Education credits as meeting all core requirements with the exception of the Global Connections Experience and Reflection, as well as the Senior Capstone Course. Read more.
First Annual GAPUC Conference, Co-Sponsored by Arcadia, Concludes in China
The first annual International Conference on Global Advancement of Private Universities and Colleges (GAPUC) was held in Xi’an, China, and co-sponsored by Arcadia University, Xi’an International University (XAIU), Harvard University Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Peking University. Dr. Steve Michael, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Arcadia, is one of the co-founders of the conference and a conference chair. Michael and Dr. Nicolette Christensen, vice president, The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, both made presentations at the conference. Read more.
Recent Hamline Alum’s Work Published in Book about the Fantasy Phenomenon
A critical essay that recent Hamline University graduate Mikayla Zagoria-Moffet co-authored with associate professor Kristina Deffenbacher has been published in a collection called, "Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on a Pop Culture Phenomenon," edited by Giselle Liza Anatol. The work began as a summer collaborative research project, which Zagoria-Moffet presented at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). It then evolved into a creative/critical honors thesis she developed during her senior year. View on Youtube. Read more.
Nazareth Earns CASE Silver Anvil Award
Nazareth College earned a prestigious international Silver Anvil Award in higher education from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards Program. Nazareth received the honors for its entry Campaign for College and Community: The Integrated Center for Math and Science in the Fundraising Publications Packages category. Read more.
University of Evansville Forms New Department of Creative Writing
The University of Evansville has established a new Department of Creative Writing, in the College of Arts and Sciences which will house the existing Bachelor of Arts in Writing and the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree programs. The department includes approximately 80 students whose degree programs previously were housed in the Department of English. Read more.
Valparaiso’s Brauer Museum Catalogue Honored
The Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University received an honorable mention for its exhibition catalogue, an entry in the 2011 American Association of Museums (AAM) Museum Publications Design Competition. Read more.
$25K Endowment Award will Help Wagner Archaeology Students
To honor Wagner College anthropology professor Gordon McEwan, who has conducted archaeological research in Cuzco, Peru for more than three decades, an endowed gift of $25K from the Wright Family Foundation will benefit archaeology students whose studies include experiential learning fieldwork. Read more.
Butler Psychology Students, Professors Share Their Research at National Conference
The effects of caffeine and glucose on memory, how spirituality and religiosity affect health and well-being, autobiographical memory, and how mood and emotion influence cognition and goal achievement were some of the research topics Butler University students and faculty presented at the Association for Psychological Science’s 2011 conference in Washington, D.C. Fifty-four student-authors and five professors from Butler’s Psychology Department submitted abstracts that were accepted for presentation at the national conference after peer-review of their research. Thirty-six students, from freshmen to seniors, attended the conference to present studies they completed through directed research, independent study and their honors theses. Read more.
Drake Faculty, Students Sing Praises of Cultural Harmony on Trip to China
Twenty-five Drake University fine arts faculty members and students will employ music as a universal language on a weeklong trip to China. The trip, made possible thanks to a grant provided by Drake’s Virtual Language Studies Program, is centered on the theme of “Cultures in Harmony: Transcending Language Barriers with Music.”
“Our students will be impacted greatly by their experiences in China, and it is my hope that their vision and understanding of the greater global world is enhanced,” said Leanne Freeman-Miller, associate professor of voice. Freeman-Miller applied for the grant and serves as trip coordinator. Read more.
Ithaca Board of Trustees Approves IC 20/20 Vision and Plan
Ithaca College’s Board of Trustees has approved a visionary plan known as “IC 20/20—Focusing Our Vision on Student Learning.” Read more.
PLU's Loren Anderson Will Leave University After 20 Years
Pacific Lutheran University President Loren Anderson, and his wife MaryAnn Anderson, have announced their intent to leave the university in the spring of 2012, at the end of the academic year. “The time is right for the university,” Anderson, 65, said. “It’s a perfect time for new leadership as another era of progress and development is about to open for PLU.” The Andersons, who came to PLU in 1992, say they are not retiring but are completing 20 years of service to the university and then moving on to new areas of professional focus and service. Read more.
Record Numbers of Graduates for Scranton, Westminster
The University of Scranton conferred more than 1,700 degrees at two commencement ceremonies which represented the largest graduating class in the 123-year history of the Jesuit university. It included 46 doctoral degrees in physical therapy and 700 master’s degrees, both of which are records for the university. Read more.
Meanwhile, more than 880 students formed Westminster College largest graduating class this year. The largest number of degrees were awarded in nursing, business administration, psychology, accounting, marketing, aviation, biology, finance, economics, management and education. Also, the Deseret News wrote a profile on Westminster graduate, Shonti Breisch, whose career in service led her to Westminster. Read more.
Belmont, Middle School Students Team Together for ‘Edgehill’s Best’
Belmont University journalism faculty and students worked with hand-selected 7th and 8th grade students from Rose Park Magnet Middle School to produce a newsletter, Edgehill’s Best, for the nearby Edgehill community. Belmont media studies faculty member Linda Quigley and her students partnered for the second year with Rose Park teachers Nicola Vincent and Alison Forte to assist middle school students in developing ideas, writing stories and designing a final printed product to share with the community. Read more.
Butler Student, Professor Win Scholarship for Research
In recognition of their ongoing research on multidrug resistant cancer, Butler University pharmacy student Katherine Cich and her mentor, associate professor of Pharmaceutics Nandita G. Das, have received a $1,000 cash award from the 2011 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) /Walmart Scholars Program. Read more.
Hamline School of Education Partners with Others to Improve K-12 Teacher Education
Hamline University and its partner institutions Augsburg College, Bethel University, Concordia University, St. Catherine University, and University of St. Thomas formed the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative, or TC2. The group will receive $7 million from the Bush Foundation to radically change the way they prepare future teachers. Read more.
Hampton University Establishes Partnership with U.S. Coast Guard
Hampton University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Coast Guard that will provide HU students with scholarships and internship opportunities in the Coast Guard. Read more.
‘Classrooms without Borders’ Planning to Take Place at Ithaca
Educators from the Middle East and Africa will join colleagues at Ithaca College to continue the development of the “Classrooms Beyond Borders” initiative, which aims to serve as a model for innovative, interdisciplinary global collaborative classrooms. The participants will share preliminary experiences and set the foundation for future partnerships as faculty and educational institutions. Read more.
North Central Trustee Honored by the Council of Independent Colleges
North Central College Life Trustee William Abe, a 1950 alumnus of the College, was honored by the Council of Independent Colleges with its 2011 Outstanding Service Award during the organization’s annual State Fund Members Conference. The Outstanding Service Award was presented to Abe for “his exceptional leadership and unselfish service to the State Fund Members and his abiding commitment to advancing the independent higher education sector,” said former State Fund Board Chair Jim Austgen. Read more.
Samford Wins National Communication Awards
Samford University’s office of marketing and communication recently won several awards in two national competitions, including two first place awards for a TV ad and for its video newsmagazine. Read more.
Westminster Graduates First Class of Community Leaders
While working at a local shelter, Ashley Farmer was impressed by the high quality of services available to families and adults experiencing homelessness in Utah. However, she couldn’t help but notice a tremendous lack of services available to homeless youth – and from there, an idea was born. With no emergency shelters or counseling services available to this growing population, she decided to figure out a way to hone her skills to address the issue of youth homelessness. In Fall 2008, Farmer enrolled in the first class of the unique Master of Arts in Community Leadership (MACL) program at Westminster College to learn how to acquire the skills needed to tackle the issue. Read more.
Butler Provost Jamie Comstock Named Acting President
The Butler University Board of Trustees announced that Provost Jamie Comstock will serve as acting president of the University from June 1 to Aug. 1, bridging the period between outgoing President Bobby Fong and President-elect James Danko. Read more.
Hamline President Named Among Top Women in Business
President of Hamline University, Dr. Linda Hanson, was recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as one of 25 outstanding leaders of industry at the publication’s annual Women in Business Awards ceremony. Read more.
North Central Celebrates its Sesquicentennial Anniversary
The Sun-Times Media published a front-page article titled “North Central launches yearlong celebration of its first 150 years,” featuring interviews with Rick Spencer, vice president for institutional advancement at North Central College, and Naperville resident and alumnus Dick Wehrli, Class of 1956. Read more.
Pacific Lutheran University Announces Professorship in Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies
A decade’s worth of work and a last-minute push for funding paid off, as Pacific Lutheran University President Loren J. Anderson announced the creation of the Svare-Toven Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies Professorship. The $1 million to establish the professorship reached the needed milestone just days before the announcement. This is the second professorship at the university; the first being a Lutheran Studies Professorship. Read more.
In Evansville, Early College High School Partners Celebrate Success of First Academic Year
As the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp. concludes the first academic year of Early College High School, an innovative half-day program that allows EVSC students to work toward a college degree while in high school, the school’s administrators, teachers, and university partners are celebrating student success. Early College is a partnership between the EVSC and the University of Evansville, Ivy Tech Community College, and Vincennes University. The University of Evansville plays a unique role in EC by placing education majors in the program as mentors. The UE students’ responsibilities include helping EC students with academics, modeling attitudes and dispositions important to success in college, and simply being someone students can rely on. Read more.
Redlands Introduces Spatial Literacy Certificate Program
Spatial literacy is the confident and competent use of maps, mapping, and spatial thinking to address ideas, situations, and problems within daily life, society, and the world around us. In spatial literacy, we find important links with numeracy, information literacy, and graphicacy, skills that enhance the basic preparation for life after K-12–especially in the workplace. Beginning in the fall, the University of Redlands will offer an online course to prepare teachers to purposefully address spatial thinking in multiple subject areas. Read more.
Arcadia Welcomes its 20th President, Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III
Arcadia University’s Board of Trustees announced that Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III will serve as the next president of the university, effective July 1. Over the past decade, he led Drexel University’s academic merger with MCP Hahnemann University; helped to start Drexel’s Center for Civic Engagement and its master’s program in public policy; helped restructure Drexel’s international studies programs and create Drexel’s distance learning initiative; worked with students to create Drexel Green, Drexel’s award-winning sustainability movement; spearheaded the ground-up creation of a state-of-the-art law school; and, most recently, led the development of Drexel’s Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, California—the first campus remote from Philadelphia in that university’s 118-year history. Read more.
John Mosbo Named Evansville’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
The University of Evansville has hired Dr. John A. Mosbo as its new senior vice president for academic affairs. Mosbo, who currently serves as special advisor to the chancellor at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, will begin work at the University of Evansville on July 1. He succeeds Dr. Susan Kupisch, who will retire effective May 31. Read more.
Belmont MSN Graduates Achieve Perfect Pass Rate on Nurse Certification Exam... Again
For the seventh consecutive year, the graduating class from Belmont University’s master’s program for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) have achieved a 100 percent first time pass rate on the advanced practice nursing examination for family nurse practitioners, administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Fifteen MSN graduates from Belmont completed the examination during the past year. Read more.
Butler Says Goodbye to the Fongs
Butler University faculty, staff and trustees said goodbye to Bobby and Suzanne Fong, giving gifts, sharing memories and thanking the president and first lady for their 10 years of service. Read more.
From the Des Moines Register: Drake Brings Football, Hope -- Bulldogs Depart for Goodwill Trip to Africa
In addition to playing the CONADEIP Mexico All-Stars in the first collegiate American-style football game in Africa, the Drake University Bulldogs will join their opponents in community service projects and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Read more.
Hamline University President Named as an Industry Leader in Minnesota
Dr. Linda Hanson, president of Hamline University, was honored as an Industry Leader at the Women in Business Awards ceremony by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal. The business publication also ran a special feature on her: http://bitly.com/iyKkcL
North Central College Expands Communication, News to Local Blog
North Central College’s marketing and communications staff utilize various media—from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr to postings on multiple online sites—to communicate college news. An additional communication resource is a new blog the College maintains at NapervillePatch.com, the local voice for Patch.com, which is a national network of hyperlocal sites that covers community life in towns across America. Read more.
North Central Faculty and Students Collaborate for Poster Presentations
Thomas Sawyer, professor of psychology at North Central College, collaborated with three students and a recent alumna to deliver poster presentations during the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. One presentation, titled “Facial Masculinity Effects on Personality Judgments,” included biochemistry major and psychology minor Monica Bienias '11 and psychology graduate Isabel Decian ’10, as co-authors. Collaboration with psychology majors Emily Stewart '13 and Abby St. George '12 resulted in a second presentation, titled “Responsibility/Blame Attributions as a Function of Victim/Offender Intoxication.” Read more.
Pacific Lutheran University School of Jazz Wins National Education Award
88.5 KPLU at Pacific Lutheran University has received the Service to America Award from the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) for its School of Jazz program. The award recognizes outstanding community service by local broadcasters. KPLU created the School of Jazz project in 2005 to engage jazz professionals with public high school jazz bands in Western Washington in a mentorship program, culminating in the production of a CD. Read more.
PLU’s Media Nominated for 2011 Emmy Award
MediaLab, the acclaimed multimedia program at Pacific Lutheran University, has received a 2011 Emmy nomination in the documentary category for “Oil Literacy,” which explores the roles of governments, consumers, oil companies, workers and other stakeholders in North America’s oil industry. PLU senior Communication majors Lorna Rodriguez and Kari Plog, along with junior English major Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath, produced the film. PLU Communication professor and MediaLab faculty adviser Robert Marshall Wells, served as the project’s executive producer. Read more.
Sage Adds to Accelerated and Linked Degree Options
The Sage Colleges continue to respond to the economically-driven demand for accelerated college degrees by offering two new dual degree options: the 3+1 bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education and master’s degree in Special Education, and the 4+1 bachelor’s in Physical Education and master’s in School Health Education. With both options, students can earn two degrees—and two teaching certifications—in just four or five years. Read more.
Scranton Surpasses Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign Goal of $125 Million
The University of Scranton has successfully surpassed the most ambitious capital campaign goal in its history, raising a historic $128.5 million. Funds raised through the Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign support capital projects, as well as enhance Scranton’s endowment and annual resources. Read more.
Redlands Receives Spatial Start-up Grant
The University of Redlands has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a workshop for GIS specialists and humanities scholars to develop methodologies toward visualizing the flow and movement of people and ideas across geographic space.
Two New American Colleges and Universities Announce $15 Million Gifts
One of the largest gifts in Valparaiso University history will ensure the preservation of the Chapel of the Resurrection and enable opportunities for significant enhancement to this enduring symbol of faith. The $15 million gift from the Rev. Mark and Kathy Helge will support the most critical preservation issues facing the chapel while adding programmatic space and technology to position the chapel for its future. The Helges have a history of giving to Valparaiso University, having also provided the lead gift for the construction of the new Harre Union building, which opened to campus in January 2009. Read more.
Pacific Lutheran University’s $15M Bequest Propels Fundraising Campaign Past $100M, With a Year to Go
Upon final accounting, the $10 million bequest from Karen Hille Phillips, a Pacific Lutheran University '55 alum, that was announced last fall now amounts to more than $15 million, helping push the university's current fundraising campaign beyond the $100 million mark. The Phillips bequest completes funding of the $20 million renovation of Eastvold Hall, transforming it into the 47,500 square-foot Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts by 2013. Her bequest will also fund a variety of other projects including those to benefit faculty scholarly activities and to provide financial support for students. Engage the World: The Campaign for PLU will continue through May 2012 raising support of academic programs, student scholarships, improved academic and athletic facilities and operating support and special projects.
The focus of the final year of the campaign will be on Rieke Science Center and athletic facilities enhancements. Read more.
Westminster Honored for Ethics in Education
At a ceremony celebrating the Sugar House Rotary Club’s 75th birthday, Westminster College was honored with the Ethics in Education Award. President Michael Bassis accepted the award which is given for achievement of high ethical standards as a core value in education.
Belmont Launches Entertainment Industry Solutions Think Tank, ‘Pipeline’
Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB) has launched Pipeline, an entertainment industry solutions think tank that identifies Belmont’s best and brightest students and charges them with developing cutting edge concepts and solutions and influencing the entertainment and music industry through their creative capital. Read more.
Butler To Break Ground on Schrott Center
Butler University is set to break ground on its $13 million, 450-seat theater, the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Performing and Visual Arts. A $6.5 million gift from Butler Trustee Howard L. Schrott ’76 has made construction of the theater possible. The Schrott Center will be used as a primary venue for Butler Theatre, Butler Ballet and Butler School of Music performances, as well as exhibition space for visual arts. It is scheduled to open in fall 2012. Read more.
Butler Reflects on a Year Filled with Many Accomplishments
This year Butler University began the year with its largest freshman class ever and ended the year with a new President-elect. But those are just two of its accomplishments. Read more.
Hamline’s Center for Global Environmental Education Mentors Junior High School, Now Recipient of Sustainability Award
As Hamline University’s environmentally-friendly efforts continue to expand on its own campus, the university applauds Humboldt Junior High School for receiving a 2011 Sustainable Saint Paul Award. In 2008, Hamline University School of Education's Center for Global Environmental Education was awarded $90,000 to establish Professional Learning Communities for teachers at Humboldt Junior High School. This award allowed Hamline staff and faculty to mentor Humboldt High School’s management and staff in professional learning communities, as they transitioned to an environmental studies and college/career preparatory school. Read more.
Hamline Announces Collaborative, Business-focused Middle East Fellowship Project
Hamline University is partnering with 3M, Cargill, The Carlson Group, Wells Fargo, HealthPartners, HIRED, Minnesota Public Radio, Neighborhood Development Center, St. Paul College, and various e-media outlets and cultural institutions to host the Middle East Education to Employment Fellowship Project. The project, supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, educates visiting Fellows from the Middle East in entrepreneurial skills. Read more.
Hampton President Donates $1 Million to University
Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey and Mrs. Norma B. Harvey have given a gift of $1 million to Hampton University to be utilized as incentives to increase faculty salaries. For the academic year 2011-12, every Hampton University faculty member will receive at least a three percent increase. The Harveys’ donation will provide additional funds for those faculty members who have received grants, published articles in refereed journals, and provided significant service to Hampton University. Read more.
North Central College Students, Professor to Present Paper
A paper authored by two North Central College students and a professor has been selected for presentation at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Psychology. The paper, “Short Term Positive Emotions: Building Resources and Unravelling Negativity” is authored by psychology professor Karl Kelley and students Brandi Balensiefen and Jessica VandenBerg. Read more.
Samford University Goes Mobile
Keeping in touch with Samford University is now easier than ever, thanks to mobile apps being released today by Technology Services and the Office of Marketing and Communication.The Samford Mobile project aims to funnel university communication and IT services into the palms of students’ hands. Release 1 begins with the launch of Samford Mobile for Android, followed shortly by Samford Mobile for iPhone. BlackBerry support is being planned for a later release. Read more.
Butler Introduces New President James Danko
Butler University has announced that James M. Danko will become the institution’s 21st president on July 1. Danko is The Helen and William O’Toole Dean of Villanova School of Business (VSB), part of Villanova University in suburban Philadelphia. Read more.
Samford Responds to Community Needs With Volunteers, Services
Although the Samford University campus was spared damage or injuries during the devastating tornadoes that swept through the South, the university is responding to community needs. Among the university’s initial response:
- More than 300 students and employees were involved in relief work during the first full weekend of recovery efforts. Other support will continue in the weeks ahead.
- Students and faculty in Samford’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing are providing additional support for area hospitals that were helping those injured in the storms.
- The university is collecting items this week to be distributed to storm victims.
- A temporary shelter for up to 500 Red Cross relief workers has been set up in Bashinsky Field House and F. Page Seibert Hall.
- Access to Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library is being provided for University of Alabama law students. Although UA has shut down regular operations, law students will still take final exams for the spring semester. Cumberland School of Law Dean John Carroll offered the law school’s facilities to their Tuscaloosa counterparts.
- A weekend football camp originally scheduled for Tuscaloosa was relocated at the last minute to Samford’s Seibert Stadium.
- Temporary shelter was provided on campus for at least one student family whose home was destroyed.
- A sold-out Avett Brothers concert Saturday night on campus turned into a benefit for storm victims with attendees bringing items to be distributed and a live auction that included a signed guitar by the popular group.
- Families of approximately 225 high school students visiting the campus Saturday for a preview day brought clothing, bottled water and cash donations for storm victims. Many had contacted the university after the storm to find out how they could help.
- Full-time employees can use two days for volunteer work through June 30 that does not count against vacation time.
Belmont, Watkins Announce Academic Partnership
Officials at Belmont University and Watkins College of Art, Design & Film, the only regionally and nationally accredited college of art and design in Middle Tennessee, recently signed an agreement that benefits students at both institutions as well as the arts community in Nashville and beyond. Through this agreement, Belmont students will be able to pursue a minor in film through the Film School at Watkins. Additionally, students in the Belmont Honors Program may take supplemental courses at Watkins. Watkins students will have the chance to take courses in Belmont’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business and pursue more diverse course offerings though Belmont’s Department of General Education. Read more.
PNC Grant Funds Preschool at IPS/Butler Laboratory Magnet
Butler University College of Education (COE) has received a $100,000 grant from the PNC Foundation that will allow preschool classes to be offered through the Indianapolis Public School/Butler University Laboratory School, a new magnet elementary opening at IPS No. 60 this fall. Ron Smith, who will serve as head of school, expressed appreciation for the PNC grant, saying the firm’s partnership with IPS, Butler and St. Mary’s "will demonstrate how the business community, private organizations, universities and public schools can collaborate to offer high quality services to families and children." The Lab School will initially serve students in preschool, kindergarten and Grade 1. Each year, a grade will be added up to Grade 5. Butler education faculty and students will be an active presence in the school, helping develop and implement curricula while documenting student work. Read more.
Drake Appoints Vice Provost for International Programs
Christa Lee Olson, associate director of international initiatives at the American Council of Education (ACE), has been named vice provost for international programs at Drake University, effective July 25. This new position was created as part of the Drake's Internationalization Strategic Plan. Read more.
Hamline Launches Robust New Website
Minnesota’s oldest university has a brand new look online. Hamline University launched its new website, ushering in a clean, user-friendly format and new features including in-depth content for undergraduate, graduate, and law students, feature videos, social media feeds, and much more. Read more.
Lily McNair to be Next Provost of Wagner
Lily McNair, associate provost of research and professor of psychology at Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., will become the next provost and vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College in New York City. She will begin her new responsibilities on July 1. “I look forward to the opportunities my new role will offer. These are challenging times for higher education, but such times can serve as fertile ground for the emergence of creative, innovative and immensely promising ideas,” said McNair. “I am happy to have this opportunity to contribute.” Read more.
Several NAC&U Members on Princeton Review’s list of nation’s 311 “Green Colleges”
Six New American Colleges and Universities have been named among the nation’s most “environmentally responsible green colleges” by the Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. The annual ranking profiles schools that “demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation." Drury University, Elon University, Ithaca College, North Central College, Pacific Lutheran University, and University of Redlands were on the list. For more information: Princeton Review | Drury | Elon | Ithaca | North Central | Redlands.
Sage President Elected to Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities Board
President of The Sage Colleges Susan C. Scrimshaw, Ph.D. has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (cIcu) is comprised of 112 independent (private, not-for-profit) campuses across New York State and represents the public policy interests of its member institutions. Although not a government agency, cIcu is an educational corporation formed under the New York State Regents. Its mission is to develop consensus among a diverse membership and to advance higher education public policy.
Interdisciplinary Research on Aging at Scranton Has Far-reaching Benefits
Interdisciplinary research among University of Scranton faculty and students from the Departments of Physics, Psychology, Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Occupational Therapy is creating a ripple effect among health care, social, business and government organizations. But its primary goal is to benefit America’s booming elderly population.
“Our research stems from three basic premises: preventing a catastrophic medical event is better and more cost effective than treating one; the older we get, the more we adhere to our patterns of behavior; and elderly people who live at home are healthier, more engaged and more independent,” said Herb Hauser, Ph.D., a faculty member of the Department of Psychology at The University of Scranton. Read more.
University of Evansville Celebrates RecycleMania Success
For eight weeks the University of Evansville participated in RecycleMania, a competition among colleges and universities across the United States. On a local level, RecycleMania pitted UE in a friendly cross-town competition with the University of Southern Indiana, with the winner receiving a $1,500 donation from Alcoa Warrick Operations. UE proudly announced the official results of RecycleMania. UE won the competition with USI, collecting 15.45 pounds of waste for every student compared to USI’s 5.64 pounds per student. UE also ranked first in the state of Indiana, 19th among 288 schools in the Grand Champion category and 29th of 630 schools in all divisions. Read more.
Valparaiso President, Student Trade Places for Charity
Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler exchanged his suit and tie for a backpack and a notebook for a day, switching roles with a student, senior German major Emily German, in an event sponsored by Valpo's Mortar Board to raise money for charity.
Heckler and German began their new "roles" at 8 a.m. and continued past 5 p.m., with Heckler attending a study session, practicing the University organ and attending Christ College classes – based on the student's typical day. Meanwhile, German spent the day holding one-on-one meetings with various university leaders, and giving the president's opening remarks at an Author's Reception in the Christopher Center.
In order to trade places with the president, students purchased tickets from Mortar Board in advance, and German's name was drawn from those who entered. The proceeds will be split equally between two charities chosen by the president and the student. Read more.
Hampton Joins in Earth Day Game to Improve the Bay
Hampton University joined six other universities in the University of Virginia (UVa) Bay Game. Teams of students from schools in Virginia and Maryland, representing different disciplines, represented seven of the major watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay Game is an interactive computer simulation that demonstrates to players how their actions and decisions as role players – farmers, policymakers, land developers, watermen – affect the short- and long-term health of the bay as well as their personal finances and the regional economy. Read more.
North Central College Among First in State to Seek Gold under New Sustainability Compact
North Central College is pledging to achieve the state’s highest recognition for energy-saving and environmentally friendly initiatives by being among the first institutions of higher education in Illinois to seek gold status under a new Sustainability Compact. Read more.
Quinnipiac’s Community Scholars Program Helps More Students Earn College Degrees
Quinnipiac University is expanding its long-standing scholarship program for residents of Hamden who attend public high schools. "We are committed to the communities in which we have three campuses," said John L. Lahey, Quinnipiac's president. "I am also pleased to provide financial support to residents of the City of New Haven, which has become such a vibrant and vital part of our students' experiences."
Quinnipiac will offer a total of 36 half tuition scholarships, valued at $17,000 each, to 12 students in Hamden, 12 students in New Haven and 12 students in North Haven over the next four years. Read more.
Samford Launches MBA Concentrations in Entrepreneurship and International Business
Samford University’s Brock School of Business has added concentrations to its Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. Beginning this summer, students will have the option to focus their area of study either in entrepreneurship or international business. Read more.
New Strategic Plan Primes Valparaiso University for Growth, Innovation
Valparaiso University has announced a bold new Strategic Plan that calls for innovation, increased enrollment and financial sustainability. Read more.
Elon University Trustees Approve School of Health Sciences
Elon University's board of trustees voted to establish a new School of Health Sciences, serving graduate students in the existing doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program along with students in the new physician assistant (PA) studies master's program, which will enroll its first class in January 2013. Read more.
Arbor Day Foundation Names PLU a Tree Campus USA University
Pacific Lutheran University earned Tree Campus USA recognition for 2010 for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation announced. This is the first year Pacific Lutheran has been named a Tree Campus USA. Read more.
Students, Campuses Engage in Community Outreach, Service as Academic Year Winds Down
While civic engagement is an ongoing commitment at all New American Colleges and Universities, the arrival of spring has energized students to undertake campus service projects in their communities, whether through fundraising, supporting local programs, or rolling up their sleeves and picking up trash. Below are a few examples:
More than 1,000 members of the Quinnipiac University community volunteered in Greater New Haven as part of "The Big Event," a nationwide day of community service. Teams of 10 to 30 student volunteers and local alumni traveled to non-profit organizations in surrounding towns to perform three hours of community service. Read more.
Samford University gave back to the Birmingham community as more than 600 volunteers fanned out around town to paint, clean, landscape and help in a myriad of ways. Samford’s motto, “The world is better for it,” was really fleshed out as so many volunteers—mostly students—decided not to sleep in and instead decided to love their neighbors, said Caroline Noland, who organized a group of residence hall assistants (RAs) for the Samford Gives Back effort. The RAs spent the morning at MedMission, where they organized medical supplies that will be given to clinics around the world. Read more.
University of Redlands alumni and students all over the world served others through the 2011 Bulldogs in Service project. More than 28 different groups took part in a diverse range of service opportunities including building a house to be delivered in Mexico, clearing trash and refurbishing playgrounds. The majority of the volunteer projects took place in California, with additional locations in Hawaii, Texas, New York, Arizona, Oregon, Georgia, Rhode Island, and even Salzburg, Germany. Read more.
Belmont University hosted its 11th Family Literacy Day for children from pre-K through grade 6 and their families, designed to celebrate the joys of reading with a free afternoon of interactive story times, crafts and games. Also, Belmont volunteers gathered with community partners on a $50,000 pilot project, A Brush With Kindness, to revitalize its neighborhood by helping low income and elderly homeowners with repairs, maintenance, painting, weatherization, landscaping, and other improvements. Read more.
Westminster College volunteers are embarking on a week of service activities as part of the Utah Campus Compact. Students will be doing various service projects on and off campus throughout the week, as well as hosting "The Drop," an international interfaith youth service project on campus that includes creating floral arrangements for the elderly and boxes for the local food bank.
Seniors in Arcadia University’s Theater Arts program took part in the Walk for Water at Villanova University as part of a public service project undertaken by the Theater Arts Class of 2011 to benefit Water for Waslala: a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to addressing the water crisis that plagues the Waslala region of central Nicaragua. Together they raised $800. Read more.
Miss Hampton University Desiree Williams and her court presented the 2nd Hampton University 5K by the Bay Run/Walk with race proceeds benefitting Williams’ platform: “Staying Healthy – The Natural Way.” A senior health and physical education major with a minor in leadership studies, Williams will use some of the funds for new playground equipment at a local community center.
For the 25th year, Ithaca College’s VIC Radio is holding its 50-Hour Marathon to raise money for Ithaca Community Harvest, an organization dedicated to providing children of low-income families with fresh, local produce to balance their diets. In the past three years alone, the marathon has raised over $10,000.
Investing in the Community
Belmont University has invested over $9 million in the new E.S. Rose Park and Sports Complex and will make annual lease payments to provide support to the surrounding schools and programming for youth and seniors at the Easley Center. A new softball diamond is available for community groups and softball leagues as part of an innovative, shared facilities concept between Belmont University and Metro Parks. Belmont University student-athletes will host a field day for nearby Carter-Lawrence Elementary School. Read more.
The Ithaca College chapter of Habitat for Humanity is conducting a month-long advocacy campaign to heighten awareness about homelessness, affordable housing issues and how organizations like Habitat can help. The advocacy is intended to address the policies, systems and attitudes in place that maintain the prevalence of substandard housing in the United States and beyond.
The Social Science Club at Westminster College is holding The Two Dollar Challenge to raise awareness of the fact that half the world’s population lives on less than $2 a day. Students will live on $2 a day to help raise funds and awareness on poverty for their microfinance organization of choice.
Valpo’s International Lab Moving Forward
Members of Valparaiso University’s American Council on Education International Laboratory are making strides as they proceed toward goals in the 18-month collaborative process that began in August 2010. Valparaiso University is one of eight institutions invited into the ACE 2010-2011 Internationalization Laboratory Cohort, which has the goal of preparing students to be citizens of a multicultural community by infusing international and intercultural dimensions into all aspects of university life.
For more information on the ACE initiative at Valpo, visit their site.
Westminster College Strategically Pursuing New Revenue
At a time when colleges throughout the country are striving to keep the cost of higher education affordable, Westminster College has made the strategic decision to actively pursue new ventures to help offset educational costs. Rex Falkenrath has been named the college’s director of New Ventures, and will work closely with the Strategic Ventures Committee, the Institute for New Enterprise, the Division of New Learning, and the deans and senior administration to identify, develop and coordinate the college's portfolio of new revenue opportunities. Read more.
Arcadia Receives CASE Award for Ad Campaign
Arcadia University received a silver 2011 Accolades Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District II. Arcadia received the CASE award in the category of Individual Advertising for the “unleashed” campaign, which ran in the Chronicle of Higher Education. The series of ads, produced by University Relations, began in 2009 with a look at how Arcadia was building a compelling new identity after its momentous name change in 2001. Read more.
Belmont Launches Mobile Web Site
Prospective Belmont University students will be able to find out more about the university via a more convenient device: their smart phones. The mobile site will automatically load when individuals enter www.belmont.edu – or the mobile address, m.belmont.edu – on an internet capable phone. While the mobile site is primarily targeted to prospective students, it will also be useful for current students, faculty and staff. Read more.
Drury to Offer New Minor on Law and Society
Beginning in the fall of 2011, Drury students will have the opportunity to enroll in a new minor focusing on law and society. The purpose of this new minor is to allow students to study law’s role in organizing society and prepare students for law and law-related careers. The minor will examine legal history, explore the role of the law and lawyers in solving social problems, consider the philosophical concept of justice, and examine how law and legal reasoning affects nearly every aspect of contemporary life. Read more.
Hamline Breaks Ground on New University Center
With hard hats on and shovels in hand, students, faculty, alumni, and donors broke ground on Hamline University’s new University Center. Aspiring to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED silver standards, the three-level glass and terra cotta building will include solar panels and a green roof. It will include large and small meeting spaces, computer bars, dining facilities, a coffee shop, a Spirit Store, a meditation room, an outdoor terrace, and an underground parking garage. The 75,000 square foot building will serve as the anchor gathering place on campus for commuter and residential students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It is expected to open in Fall 2012. Read more.
The University of Scranton Goes Mobile
Smartphone users can connect more easily with The University of Scranton thanks to a new app and mobile website designed for the iPhone and Android. The new University of Scranton app and mobile website give users access to University news, videos, sports scores and more – all in the palm of their hand. “Our students are going to their phones and other mobile devices for just about everything,” said Lori Nidoh, director of marketing communications at The University of Scranton. “So with the combination of the app and a new mobile website, we are offering the opportunity to access the most key information right on their phone in a way that’s optimized for mobile.” Read more.
Arcadia to Harness the Earth’s Energy for Heating and Cooling
Drilling has begun on 42 geothermal wells that will use the sustainable energy source to heat and cool the new University Commons at Arcadia University. The wells will cover about two-thirds of the field area in front of the new student center. Read more.
Samford, Quinnipiac Look Ahead to New Programs
Quinnipiac University and Samford University both announced new programs to begin in Fall 2011.
Trustees approved a new academic program – global studies in history, language and culture – as a humanities-based, interdisciplinary major at Samford University. The program will provide students “the tools to study, encounter and engage with people, cultures and language through history and in the ever-changing present,” according to Samford Provost J. Bradley Creed. Read more.
Quinnipiac will offer a doctor of nursing practice degree beginning, as its current two-year nurse practitioner master's level program will transition to a three-year, clinical doctorate program. The state Board of Governors for Higher Education has approved Quinnipiac's program, said Lynn Price, chair of the nursing department. Read more.
UE’s Annual New Venture Creation Competition Encourages Student Entrepreneurs
Student entrepreneurs from more than 25 institutions across North America enterered their small business ideas into the University of Evansville’s sixth annual Evansville New Venture Creation Competition. A panel of independent judges chose the top nine ideas to participate in the final round, and those nine teams traveled from as far as the University of British Columbia in Canada to formally pitch their plans to a separate group of independent judges, with the top team awarded $10,000 in start-up capital for their business. The award went to Luminex EcoLight System, presented by three students from the University of British Columbia.
“What students did Friday was very similar to a business pitch they would give to investors,” said Brian Bohrnstedt, director of the Global Assistance Program in UE’s Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana. “Everyone who participated clearly had done their homework, and gave very professional presentations.”
Valpo Establishes Lawyering Skills Center
Members of the Valparaiso University community are celebrating the completion of a new Lawyering Skills Center inside the School of Law's newly rebuilt Heritage Hall. The Heritage Hall Lawyering Skills Center is more than a legal clinic: It is a separate and complete lawyering skills facility and curriculum. The center provides a genuine, law firm-like environment for the teaching of critical practical skills, including pretrial skills, trial practice, appellate advocacy, moot court and mock trial, and more. Heritage Hall will also be home to the Law Clinic. Established in 1969, the Law Clinic handles about 550 cases a year and presents a unique opportunity for students to represent clients before they become practicing lawyers.
Westminster's Meldrum Science Center Named Best Institutional Project Over $10M
The Utah Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has named Westminster College’s Meldrum Science Center the Best Institutional Project Over $10 Million. The 60,000 sq. ft., four-story building is the first higher education campus building in the state of Utah to be awarded LEED Platinum certification. Read more.
Hamline’s School of Education Awarded Grants for K-12 Science Teaching
Hamline University School of Education's Center for Global Environmental Education was recently awarded two federal grants totaling more than $115,000 to improve K-12 science teaching in Minnesota. Of the state’s colleges and universities, Hamline’s award amount was second only to the University of Minnesota. The two grants will provide professional development to more than 40 teachers this summer. One grant will go to the Teaching Inquiry-based Minnesota Earth Science (TIMES) project, which focuses on middle and high school earth science. The second grant will support Biotechnology/Microbiology for Teachers in the Classroom (BioTIC). Read more.
Students Rally to Aid Japan
NAC&U institutions are renowned for civic engagement and promoting global awareness among their students, so it’s no surprise that campuses have been affected by the recent natural disasters in Japan.
With strong study abroad programs, the likelihood of NAC&U students experiencing the disaster firsthand was high. Indeed, Wagner College business professor August Morar took a group of five students to visit Japan during Spring Break. While visiting the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the earthquake struck. All students have safely returned to NYC. Read an account of email communication from the professor and university officials.
After the six North Central students who were studying in Japan were accounted for, some shared their stories with media. Erica Funkhouser ’12 spoke via Skype to Chicago’s ABC7 TV. Funkhouser, a Japanese and classical civilization major, is studying at Iwate University in Morioka, Japan, in the Iwate Prefecture about an hour from the earthquake’s epicenter. Read more.
For others, the disaster was a reason to travel to Japan. A graduate of the Master of Science in GIS program at the University of Redlands is in Japan tracking the radioactive contamination being released by the Daiichi nuclear plant damaged in the magnitude-9 earthquake. Alex Quintero, MS GIS '08, who works at the Department of Energy just north of Las Vegas, has been working with the National Nuclear Security Administration using the data from intelligence-collection aircraft at the site to produce maps of radiation exposure and contamination. This technical information is being used to help determine the extent of the catastrophe, and assist both the U.S. and Japanese governments with assessment and response scenarios. Read more.
Here at home, robust, creative fundraising has been the focus:
- In just four days at Pacific Lutheran University, more than $3,000 was raised for the American Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.
- At the University of Redlands the Wadada Wa Rangi Wengi and Rangi Ya Giza women’s service groups are collecting money for the Inland Empire chapter of the American Red Cross. The students have established donation boxes located in high-traffic areas on campus and even partnered with Bon Appetit, the foodservice provider at university, to allow for student donations from meal cards.
- Five Elon University students from Japan were joined by about 75 fellow students in planning the community's response to the earthquake and tsunami. Among the many ideas suggested was a 6-mile fundraiser run, symbolizing the distance the tsunami waves pushed inland following the earthquake.
- At Valparaiso University, in addition to collecting donations, the campus community echoed a Japanese tradition by folding a wreath of 1,000 paper cranes as a symbol of hope and sympathy.
USNews Recognizes Graduate Programs at NAC&U Institutions
NAC&U Institutions were included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 ranking of the Best Graduate Schools.
- Quinnipiac University’s Physician Assistant program ranked 11th nationally.
- Hamline University’s Health Law Institute was ranked in the top 20 in the nation for the second year in a row.
- Several of the University of Scranton’s graduate programs in the Panuska College of Professional Studies are ranked. These include rehabilitation counseling (30); health administration and human resources (46); occupational therapy (78); physical therapy (130); and nursing (193).
- The nurse anesthesia program at Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing was ranked #32 out of 110 programs.
- Ithaca College had three graduate programs ranked from its School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. They are physical therapy (41), occupational therapy (65); and speech-language pathology (87).
- The University of Redlands’ Communicative Disorders program was ranked #128.
- Westminster College’s Nursing Program was ranked #234.
- Elon University's part-time MBA program ranked 93 out of 166.
- For the first time, Butler University’s part-time MBA program was included, placing 105 out of 166 schools.
- The University of Scranton’s and Belmont University's part-time MBA programs were tied for 138 out of 166.
- Hamline University School of Law was ranked third in Dispute Resolution. This is the eleventh consecutive year that Hamline’s Dispute Resolution program has ranked in the top five in the nation.
- Quinnipiac University’s School of Law was ranked 107 out of 143 of the top law schools across the country.
Sage Students Travel to DC to Meet with Lawmakers
Sage College students traveled to Washington, DC, to discuss physical education legislation with elected officials. Professor Constantine Psimopoulos accompanied Jacob Dixon, Steven Nilsen, Budhan Ramcharan, Krystal Richtmeyer and Terry Santoro for the third annual National SPEAK! Out lobbying day. All are in their third year at Sage, majoring in physical education. Read more.
Delta Sky Magazine Features Winter at Westminster
Highlighting the tourism industry and the “sweet slopes” of Utah, Delta Sky magazine features Westminster College’s one-of-a-kind Winter at Westminster program on page 144 of its March issue. The program is “one of the world’s most unique semester-away programs” and allows students to earn 12 to 16 transferable credits while skiing/ snowboarding 70+ days at seven world-class resorts all within 30 minutes of campus. View the March edition of Delta Sky.
Arcadia University Opens New King of Prussia Campus
Arcadia University expanded access to its business and education programs with a new campus in King of Prussia, Pa., designed for busy adults. Graduate education programs include a focus on special needs and teacher education. Bachelor’s programs will take advantage of Arcadia’s international business and global expertise. Read more.
Country Music Association Announces National Initiative at Belmont University
The Country Music Association (CMA) unveiled plans at Belmont University for a new, education-based, national college initiative named CMA EDU designed to reach and engage undergraduate college students with a hands-on opportunity to enhance their skills in marketing and promotion. Belmont University was chosen to host the pilot program for CMA EDU and currently boasts more than 115 members. Read more.
Butler Students Participate in 17th Model United Nations
A delegation of 10 Butler University students took part in the Harvard National Model United Nations, joining more than 3,000 university delegates in Boston. This was the largest delegation in the 17 years Butler has participated in the Model U.N. program. Read more.
Drake Receives $112,000 for a Lab Promoting Research and Teaching of Personalized Medicine
In today's "one size fits all" healthcare experience, one patient's successful drug therapy is another's prescription for harmful negative side effects. But in the cutting edge field of pharmacogenomics, researchers are studying how an individual's genetics affect the body's response to drugs, and how medical professionals can use that knowledge to match patients with the best available drug treatment from the beginning. They're working to soon make personalized medicine the norm instead of today's trial-and-error approach. Drake University is poised to take a leadership role in this kind of research, with a new Pharmacogenomics Teaching and Research Laboratory currently under development to open in the fall of 2012. Read more.
Sage Announces No Undergraduate Tuition Increase for Second Year in a Row
The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees approved a zero percent increase in undergraduate tuition for next academic year beginning Fall 2011. This is the second year in a row that Sage has kept undergraduate tuition flat, and the third year of its enhanced financial aid program, called Sage Sense. Read more.
Inside Higher Ed’s Take on the NCAA Tournament: And the Winner is Butler
For the sixth year, Inside Higher Ed has presented its Academic Performance Tournament which examines what the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Tournament would look like if teams advanced based on classroom outcomes. Bracket winners were determined using the NCAA’s multi-year Academic Progress Rate, a nationally comparable score that gives points to teams whose players stay in good academic standing and remain enrolled from semester to semester. In this tournament, Butler University and Belmont University ultimately face each other, with Butler going on to win the entire tournament. Read more.
Arcadia’s Provost Presents at International Education Conference in Hong Kong
Dr. Steve O. Michael, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Arcadia University, attended the British Council’s Going Global event as a conference speaker in Hong Kong, China. The three-day annual conference provides an opportunity for delegates from all over the world to debate the trends in international education, from strategy to implementation. Michael was the U.S. representative and addressed the issue: “Stretching or Shrinking the Bachelor Degree: Four vs. Three vs. Two – Who Has Got it Right?” Read more.
New Nonprofit Center, Graduate Program Coming to Drury
Beginning on June 1, 2011, non-profit organizations in the Ozarks will have a resource to develop marketing and public relations solutions with the opening of The Center for Nonprofit Communication (CNC) at Drury University. CNC will provide public relations and strategic communications services to support area nonprofit organizations in fulfilling their missions and achieving their goals. The center will also provide instruction to Drury undergraduate and graduate students, and will offer student teams the chance to develop and implement research-driven communication strategies and campaigns for partner nonprofits. The CNC will also provide communication training to the community through workshops, seminars and various resources. To further enhance this focus, Drury is adding a new graduate program: a Master of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in nonprofit communication.
NAC&U Business Schools Among Bloomberg's 'Best Undergraduate Business Schools'
Four NAC&U members were ranked among the top 113 undergraduate business schools across the nation. Butler University was ranked as #58, up five spots from its 2010 ranking. This marked the first year on the list for Elon University (#60), Quinnipiac University (#91), and Belmont University (#99).
The ranking are based on student and recruiter surveys; median starting salaries for 2010 graduates; the number of graduates enrolled in top MBA programs; and an Academic Quality measure based on SAT/ACT scores for business majors, the business program's full-time student/faculty ratio, average class size in core business classes, the percentage of business majors with internships, and the number of hours students spend on classwork each week. Read the entire article. For more information: Butler University | Elon University | Quinnipiac University.
Spring Break Trips Show Commitment to Service Across the Globe
A number of students from NAC&U member campuses will travel throughout the world to serve others during their spring breaks.
From Valparaiso University, a team of 29 nursing and premedical arts students, along with Amy Cory, assistant professor of nursing, will travel to Costa Rica and Nicaragua to provide health services to individuals and families. Other nursing students, led by Dean Janet Brown, will travel to Thailand to study its health care system. Another group will go to new New Orleans to help with post-Katrina rebuilding. And yet another will focus on outreach to homeless people and those with drug and alcohol addictions in an Illinois community. Lastly, the university’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders is preparing for a trip in May to work on a continuing project in Tanzania to repair a canal and improve the overall quality of life for the villagers of Masaera.
At Belmont University, more than 65 students, faculty and staff will "immerse themselves in love" as part of Immersion 2011, Belmont's Spring Break mission trip programs sponsored by University Ministries. They are traveling to Cumberland Island (Ga.), New York City, Appalachia, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Haiti. Read their stories. Others will work in Tennessee with Habitat for Humanity. Also, a team of health professionals and students will travel to Guatemala to provide service there. Read their stories.
Quinnipiac Group to Lobby for Small Business Loans
Xiaohong He, Quinnipiac University professor of international business, and students Kristin Helms '11 and Nicholas Marr '12 headed to D.C. to lobby congressional members to keep money for microloans in the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) budget. Read more.
Sage Creates Theatre Institute
The Sage Colleges recently created the Theatre Institute at Sage, under the umbrella of the Creative and Performing Arts Department (CAPA) at Russell Sage College. The Theatre Institute is dedicated to providing arts-in-education programming to Capital Region youth and teachers, and enhancing the education of Russell Sage students by providing opportunities through involvement as support staff and student teachers. Read more.
The University of Scranton Garners Four Advertising Awards
The University of Scranton received four Educational Advertising Awards in a national competition sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report. The Educational Advertising Awards, now in its 26th year, is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, more than 2,500 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries. The University received three silver awards in the categories of website (Admissions), video viewbook (“Location” video), and newsletter (Spring 2010 issue of Challenges in Theory & Practice). Scranton’s spring 2010 image campaign and print ads earned a bronze award in the newspaper advertisement/series category. Read more.
Redlands Wins Four Gold Awards From CASE
The University of Redlands has won four gold awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for its new branding and advertising campaigns, the University’s new website and for the University magazine, the Och Tamale. Read more.
Westminster College Becomes Utah's Only Hillel Affiliate
Westminster College has been selected to become Utah’s only Hillel: the Foundation for a Jewish Campus Life affiliate. Hillel is the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, serving students from more than 550 colleges and communities throughout North America and globally. At Hillel at Westminster, membership is open to Jewish college students from any school in the state. Currently, 35 students who attend Westminster, Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah are part of the Hillel. Read more.
Drury University to Become Tobacco-Free in 2012
Drury University will become a tobacco-free campus with the beginning of the fall semester in 2012. Currently, smoking is not allowed in any buildings at Drury University and this extension of that policy to the entire campus and all tobacco products reflects Drury’s commitment to wellness. The policy encompasses both smoking and smokeless tobacco. Read more.
Hamline President Interviewed on Higher Ed Impact of Obama's Budget Proposal
Hamline University President Dr. Linda Hanson was interviewed by NBC affiliate KARE11-TV regarding President Obama's budget proposal and how it would impact higher education. Read more.
Hamline Honored for its Beautiful Campus
Hamline University’s Saint Paul campus has been recognized by master gardeners as one of the most strikingly landscaped sites in the city. Hamline recently won the 2010 Silver Blooming Saint Paul award in the business institutional category. Read more.
Ithaca College In National Wildlife Federation’s 2010 Campus Sustainability Database
Ithaca College is featured for two initiatives, the Ithaca College Natural Lands (ICNL) Stewards program and the Dining Services Energy Conservation Program, in National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Campus Ecology 2010 campus sustainability case studies, the only database of its kind. Close to 100 case studies were added for 2010, highlighting campus climate and sustainability efforts ranging from recycling and energy efficiency to alternative transportation systems and green jobs training programs. Read more.
North Central Faculty and Student Publish Book Reviews
Three North Central faculty and one graduate student published book reviews in the fall 2010 issue of the “Journal of Sport History,” 37:3. Sheryl Finkle, professor of education, reviewed “The Ohio State University at the Olympics: A Biographical Dictionary of Athletes, Alternates, Administrators, Coaches and Trainers” by Rusty Wilson; Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education, reviewed “The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad” by Robert Elias; Zachary Michael Jack, associate professor of English, reviewed “Golf in America” by George B. Kirsch; and Stephanie Salerno, graduate student in liberal studies (MALS), reviewed “Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Andy Strasberg, Bob Thompson and Tim Wiles. Read more.
NAC&U Members See Enrollment Increases this Semester
Samford University has set an enrollment record for the second consecutive spring semester and fourth consecutive semester overall. Spring 2011 enrollment is 4,600, topping the previous record of 4,489 set last year. Samford also had a record enrollment in fall 2010 of 4,715. Also significant is a 95.5 percent retention rate of first-year students, according to R. Phil Kimrey, Samford’s vice president for enrollment management. Read more.
Drury University’s spring semester enrollment of 5,389 students is the university’s second highest spring enrollment in the institution’s history. In addition, enrollment in undergraduate online courses has grown 5 percent over Spring 2010. Online course offerings make up 31 percent of CGCS programming. Read more.
Similarly, Westminster College also has a record spring enrollment, with combined undergraduate and graduate student enrollment up seven percent compared to Spring '10.
North Central Students and Faculty Learn from Musical Masters
Faculty and students are enjoying the rare chance to collaborate with a composer of international fame. Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, North Central's composer-in-residence, is sharing his vast experience that includes commissions for renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, countless movie scores and other international projects. A native of Tashkent, Uzbekistan, he most recently has been a composer-in-residence at Harvard University and Dartmouth College. Read more.
In addition, when acclaimed classical pianist Andreas Klein booked a performance in North Central’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall during winter term 2011, he agreed to arrive a day early and conduct a master class with a small group of music students. Read more.
Ronald Mason Appointed Vice President for Human Resources at Quinnipiac
Ronald Mason has been appointed vice president for human resources at Quinnipiac University. A member of the president's cabinet, Mason is the first to serve in this newly-created senior management position. Read more.
World Conversations Highlight PLU’s Study Abroad Programs
At Pacific Lutheran University, studying doesn’t just take place inside a classroom. Nearly half of the students enrolled at PLU will study away by the time they graduate, and the Wang Center for Global Education recently showcased what these experiences can offer through World Conversations. Read more.
Scranton’s New Science Center Featured in Local Paper
Times-Tribune reporter Sarah Hofius Hall writes about the anticipated opening of The University of Scranton’s most prominent campus building, its new Science Center. Read more.
Redlands Hosts Forum on Socially Just Learning
The Center for Educational Justice at the University of Redlands’ School of Education sponsored a symposium on serving all children in a socially just learning environment. “Culturally Proficient, Culturally Responsive Learning Environments” examined how educators can infuse culture and race into discussions about student achievement, how to develop culturally proficient leadership and how K-12 education can foster culturally responsive instruction. Read more.
Trip to Germany Celebrates Historic Ties to Valparaiso University
President Mark A. Heckler is traveling to Germany to celebrate Valparaiso University's partners in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg and to honor Wolf Brixner and Olga Hellmich Brixner, who have taught and provided other support for decades at Valpo's study center in Reutlingen. Well more than 1000 Valparaiso University students and faculty have called Baden-Wurttemberg a second home since 1968, with the founding of the study center in Reutlingen. Wolf and Olga Brixner have been a constant presence there. Read more.
Belmont Students, Faculty Win Major Awards at SEJC
Belmont University journalism students won several major awards at the Southeast Journalism Conference’s Best of the South competition. The SEJC named belmontvision.com the best Web site, and Connect, a magazine produced by Belmont students to distribute to incoming freshmen and transfer students, was named the top college magazine. Several Belmont students won individual awards as well. Journalism students Erin Carson and Dustin Stout placed in onsite competitions, in which students competed on deadlines in individual and group categories. In addition to the student awards, Linda Quigley, instructor in journalism and faculty adviser for The Vision, was named Journalism Educator of the Year. Read more.
Butler Pharmacy Program in Top 10 for NAPLEX Pass Rate
With an average 98.58 percent first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX - North American Pharmacy Licensure Exam – from years 2006-2010, Butler University ranks eighth out of 101 pharmacy programs in a report by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Butler is the only private school ranked in the top 10, as well as the only private school of the six schools that achieved a 100 percent pass rate in 2010. Read more.
Teagle Foundation Awards Elon & Wofford Grant for Joint Project
The Teagle Foundation has awarded a $200,000 grant to Elon University and Wofford College for a joint project to assist departments at both schools in better measuring how students learn and to help assess efforts by both institutions to strengthen diversity and global engagement. Read more.
Arcadia University Announces Interim President, Dr. James P. Gallagher
The Arcadia University Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. James P. Gallagher as interim president, effective immediately. Dr. Gallagher served as president of Philadelphia University for 23 years, retiring in 2007. He also has served as the Pennsylvania Commissioner of Higher Education, chaired the Pennsylvania State Board of Education and was a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Read more.
UE Board of Trustees Approves Strategic Plan
The University of Evansville Board of Trustees has approved a new strategic plan entitled "Transforming Tomorrow: Our Students, Our University, Our World" for the university. Read more.
UE Joins The Alcoa Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, and USI for RecycleMania
The University of Evansville is teaming up with The Alcoa Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, and USI in a cross-town collegiate recycling competition. RecycleMania, a program to encourage greater recycling among tomorrow’s leaders, is an intense, 10-week competition among colleges and universities across America. Read more.
Valparaiso School Psychology Program Nationally Approved
The Valparaiso University School Psychology Program has been recognized as a nationally approved program by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). With this approval, school psychology graduates will now be eligible to apply for the NCSP (the highest non-practice credential for school psychologists) upon graduation.
Wagner Hires New CFO
Wagner College has announced that Bill Mea will serve as its next CFO and vice president for Business and Finance. Mea is currently vice president for Finance and Administration at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He will begin his post in early May.
Westminster New Home to Nation's Longest Running Classical Greek Theatre Festival
Westminster College is the new home of the Classical Greek Theatre Festival (CGTF), the longest running theater festival of its kind in the country. CGTF is also the only touring Greek festival in the country. For the last 40 years CGTF has been sponsored by the University of Utah. But like Olympian counterparts of old, the torch has been passed to Westminster. Read more.
Faculty and Staff Collaboration Brings First Puebla Student to Arcadia
This semester Oliva Veronica Ponce Xelhua became the first Arcadia exchange student from Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla in Puebla, Mexico. Thanks to a network of dedicated faculty and staff members, Xelhua is currently realizing her dream. Read more.
Butler VP to Lead Student Affairs Organization
Butler University’s vice president for Student Affairs Dr. Levester Johnson has been selected as president-elect of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education – the leading professional association for student affairs administrators, faculty, and graduate and undergraduate students. Johnson will begin his one-year president-elect term on March 15, serve as president the following year, and serve a third year as past-president for the organization. Dr. Johnson is the chair of the NAC&U Student Affairs Affinity Group and a member of the NAC&U Board of Directors. Read more.
Drury’s Certificate in Environmental Sustainability Equips Professionals with Knowledge and Skills
Drury University’s Department of Environmental Programs will offer a Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (CES) in the summer of 2011 to give working professionals and students the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills needed to help organizations meet sustainability goals. By combining classroom education, real-world project development, and mentoring from experienced sustainability professionals, the CES program is professional development designed to immediately enhance an organization or community’s environmental performance. Read more.
A Day in the Life of PLU’s Antarctic Geologists
"Mac Ops, Mac Ops, Mac Ops! This is India 1! 5! 6! How copy?" These are the words that woke me and Pacific Lutheran University geosciences student Michael Vermeulen '12 most mornings during our geologic expedition in Antarctica this winter, writes Claire Todd, PLU geosciences professor. Read more.
Wagner Theater Department Continues to Support Aspiring Playwrights
The Wagner College Theatre has named Philip Gerson the winner of the 2011 Stanley Drama Award for his play, “Eyes Forward.” The Stanley Drama Award has a long and distinguished history. Past winners include Terrence McNally’s “This Side of the Door” (aka “Things That Go Bump in the Night”), Lonne Elder III’s “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men,” and Jonathan Larson’s “Rent.” Among those judging for the Stanley Award have been playwrights Edward Albee and Paul Zindel, actresses Geraldine Page and Kim Stanley, and TV producer/pioneer talk-show host David Susskind. Read more.
Hampton’s President Named Citizen of the Year
Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey has been named the Daily Press Citizen of Year for 2010. Every year since 1989, the Daily Press has named a Citizen of the Year, an individual or group that has made an exceptional contribution to the community. Harvey was honored for his exceptional service and dedication to Hampton University and the community. Read more.
Hamline School of Business Launches Center for Public Administration & Leadership
Hamline University has launched its new Center for Public Administration and Leadership. Building on the dynamic and innovative graduate and doctoral programs of the Hamline School of Business, the center will support and strengthen the practice of public service by providing opportunities for professional development, continuing education, and public discussion of the field’s key issues. Read more.
North Central Test Subjects Enjoying the Experiment
Nine professors and their students are test subjects in a Learning Studio Research classroom at North Central that incorporates the latest thinking in teaching spaces and furniture design. The project is a collaboration with Herman Miller and Widmer Interiors and allows the college to collect needed information. “The research we gather from this project during winter and spring terms will help inform our discussions about teaching spaces in a new science center,” says Marti Bogart, associate dean for academic affairs. “This is a very unique space compared to the standard classrooms we have now.” Read more.
Setting the Stage for a New Era of the Arts at PLU
Due to the extraordinary generosity of Karen Hille Phillips, Pacific Lutheran University has begun a renovation project leading to a new performing arts center, to be named after the former regent. Read more.
Irish America Magazine Names Quinnipiac’s President as Irish American of the Year
Irish America magazine has honored Quinnipiac University president Dr. John L. Lahey as the 2011 Irish American of the Year for his dedication to education, his work in pioneering collegiate level study of the Great Hunger and his remarkable commitment to promoting Irish-American heritage. Dr. Lahey has devoted much of his time to educating the public about the true causes of Ireland’s Great Hunger. A highly respected voice in academia, he has long championed the need for the history of the Great Irish Hunger to be accurately and completely told. With the help of an endowment from Murray and Marvin Lender and under Dr. Lahey's leadership, Quinnipiac developed the Great Hunger Collection, a vast exhibition of artwork, books and educational materials on the subject. The moving collection is a tremendous testament to Dr. Lahey's commitment to Irish studies and his leadership at Quinnipiac. Read more.
Samford Nursing School Receives UCP Award for Mobile Wellness Van, Anesthesia Volunteers
Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing received the 2011 Life Without Limits Outstanding Program Partner Award from United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Greater Birmingham. The award recognizes the nursing school’s “outstanding efforts to support individuals with disabilities” through a partnership that helps UCP to provide medical care to individuals with disabilities, according to UCP chief executive officer Gary M. Edwards. Read more.
UE Awarded Money to Support Service Members
The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University has awarded $2,000 to the University of Evansville’s Student Veterans Organization, which will go to support UE’s student service members and veterans on campus. This award will allow the UE VETS (Veterans Education Transition Support) student organization to support the development of workshops and information to ease veterans’ and military affiliated students’ transition to college; continue to raise awareness of veterans issues on campus, increase event participation; allow for collaboration with community and campus organizations and increase membership in UE VETS.
Drake Law to Host 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). CLEO’s six-week pre-law institute gives minority and economically disadvantaged students the opportunity to explore their interest in a legal education and develop the skills needed to succeed in law school. Read more.
North Carolina College Campus Compact Honors Elon’s Kernodle Center Leader
An organization that helps universities across North Carolina develop an ethos of volunteerism and service among students has awarded Mary Morrison, director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at Elon University, its 2011 Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award. Read more.
PLU ROTC Awarded Prestigious MacArthur Award
The ROTC program at Pacific Lutheran University was recently named a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award. Nearly 120 PLU students are cadets in the program, including six from the graduating class who are distinguished military graduates. Read more.
Quinnipiac Undergraduates Return from January Term Abroad in Egypt
Nineteen Quinnipiac undergraduate students spent two weeks in Egypt, returning home just as chaos began to spread across the Middle Eastern country. Janet Bahgat, an adjunct professor who spent about a year planning the trip, chaperoned the students with Vince Contrucci, director of community service. "We had an absolutely incredible experience," she said of the trip. "We went to a soccer game played between Kenya and Egypt and were treated like royalty." The Egyptians appreciated the Quinnipiac contingency for reaching out and supporting their team and nation, Bahgat said. They were even featured on national television and given scarves and flags. Read more.
UE Reports Retention Rate Well Above National Average
Freshman at the University of Evansville are 10 percent more likely to return to campus for their sophomore year than the national average for private colleges. According to data released by ACT Inc., the average freshman-to-sophomore retention rate for private colleges across America is 72 percent—a full 10 percent below the University of Evansville’s 82 percent retention rate. The survey even showed UE outranking the average for America’s most selective universities, which reported an average retention rate of 80.6 percent. Read more.
Sage Rides Free, in an Effort to be Greener
The Sage Colleges have partnered with the Capital District Transit Authority (CDTA) to allow all members of the Sage community to ride area CDTA busses free of charge, easing parking congestion on both Sage campuses and reducing the colleges’ carbon footprint. Read more.
Belmont to Conquer the Sophomore Slump With QEP
Studies consistently show that sophomores are the least satisfied of all college students. To combat the “Sophomore Slump,” Belmont developed a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Growth and Purpose for Sophomores (GPS), to implement in Fall 2011. The project will encourage sophomores to engage in focused exploration of themselves and their places in the world. GPS programs include a new Sophomore Transitions Center (which will offer career and major guidance), a Sophomore Summit held in August, a sophomore service project, a convocation series and changes to on-campus living and the BELL Core curriculum. Curriculum changes include tailoring COM 1100, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, to address the needs of sophomores, and revising linked cohort courses to include engaged learning experiences. Read more.
Belmont Unveils New MBA Healthcare Management Study Options
Belmont University’s Massey Graduate School of Business has added two additional MBA healthcare management focus options for graduate business students, effective spring 2011. Each of the new options builds on The Massey School’s existing general healthcare management concentration by offering MBA students the options to further customize their degree programs in either healthcare quality and compliance or human relations. Read more.
Butler Student Affairs VP Selected As Finalist for Inspire Award
Butler vice president for Student Affairs Levester Johnson has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Inspire Awards, which are given to individuals who mentor in the workplace or the community. Read more.
Fullerton Joins Valpo’s Leadership Team
Nancy Fullerton, an accomplished communications and public affairs leader with proven strengths in international and strategic communications planning and marketing campaign management, has been appointed associate vice president for Valparaiso University's Office of Integrated Marketing and Communications.
Salt Lake Tribune Publishes Op-Ed from Westminster President Michael Bassis
Bassis begins: “America continues to slide down the list of nations with the highest percentage of citizens holding post-secondary degrees. We were first a decade ago, but are no better than 10th now. Utah’s descent is even sharper, slipping from third in the nation in 1960 to 26th in 2008.” He goes on to defend the need for students to not just obtain degrees but rather develop critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing skills. Read more.
Ithaca College in Elite Company for Environmental Leadership in Building Construction
The U.S. Green Building Council has granted LEED Platinum certification — the highest possible standard — to the Peggy Ryan Williams Center at Ithaca College. With the college’s Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise having previously been certified to the LEED Platinum level, Ithaca thus joins the company of Yale University as the only academic institutions in the world to have two newly constructed Platinum LEED buildings on their campus. Read more.
Quinnipiac Offers High School Students a Chance to Experience, and Enroll in, College
A partnership between Quinnipiac and the New Haven Academy motivates and prepares high school students to pursue four-year degrees. A dozen carefully selected New Haven Academy students are given the opportunity each semester to enroll in 100- and 200-level College of Arts and Sciences courses that do not require placement examinations. In many cases, the professors and other students are not aware there are high school students in class until the end of the semester. Read more.
Principal Gift of $2.5 million Will Support International Initiatives at Drake
Drake University announced that the Principal Financial Group® and the Principal Financial Group Foundation are giving $2.5 million over five years to to support international initiatives, as part of the $200 million distinctlyDrake fundraising campaign. Read more.
New Program at Redlands School of Education
Spatial thinking is part of our everyday lives—from freeway driving, to navigating around unfamiliar places, to playing chess or analyzing a football game, to organizing one’s workspace. When it comes to the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), spatial reasoning is even on par with verbal and quantitative, according to the National Science Board and other psychology and educational experts. The US Department of Labor and workforce studies consistently identify “geospatial technologies” as one of the fastest growing industries, now and into the future. Spatial thinking can and should be enhanced at all levels of formal and informal education, so the University of Redlands has begun to prepare teachers to purposefully address spatial thinking, recently launching a specialization option in Spatial Literacy in its Master of Arts in Education for Curriculum and Instruction. Read more.
Redlands Supports GeoDesign
Faculty and students at the University of Redlands are playing an active role in the emergence of a new discipline: GeoDesign. Read more.
Samford To Offer MME-National Board Preparation Tailored to Needs of Teachers
Beginning in summer 2011 Samford University's School of the Arts will offer a new Master of Music Education Degree (MME) focused on National Board Certification preparation and the unique needs of in service music specialists. Read more.
Westminster Chinese Exchanges Aligned with Obama’s 100,000 Strong Initiatives
Last week’s high-profile visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao once again drew attention to the Obama administration’s 100,000 Strong Initiative: “a national effort designed to increase dramatically the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China.” The goal is to double the number of American students studying in China by 2014. Many universities have deemed the task daunting and are struggling to find ways to implement it, but not Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2007 Westminster officially signed exchange agreements with two schools in China, Nankai University and Donghua University. Since then, Westminster has continued to foster its relationships in China, engaging in growing business and cultural exchanges as well as reciprocal educational exchange programs. Read more.
Belmont University and iPractice Group Partner in Employer in Residence Program
iPractice Group, a Nashville-based healthcare IT company, has announced a partnership with Belmont University for its Employer in Residence program. The company hopes that this relationship will help foster local young talent in the fields of IT, finance and marketing. Lori LeBleu, director of career development for Belmont University’s College of Business Administration, said, “The Employer in Residence program provides a win-win opportunity for both organizations: our students will gain real world experience and knowledge from a growing company in a key industry while the company will develop a pipeline of fresh talent.” Read more.
Belmont Joins Community Partners to Launch Habitat for Humanity Pilot Project
Belmont University is partnering with eleven area churches and community organizations to launch A Brush with Kindness, a beautification and revitalization project for low-income and elderly homeowners. Read more.
CASE Honors Drake President, Marketing and Communications Department
Drake University president David Maxwell has received the Chief Executive Leader Award for District VI from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Under Maxwell's leadership, the University has exceeded its enrollment goals, undertaken major capital improvement projects, won numerous accolades for academic excellence and produced more student and faculty Fulbright Scholars than 525 of 526 other master's universities in the United States. Additionally, Maxwell is a familiar face at campus events and he and his wife, Madeleine, routinely open their home to entertain, engage and listen to students. In addition, Drake’s Marketing and Communications Department was also honored for their professional accomplishments, including several innovative public relations campaigns and excellence in design and writing. Read more.
Drake Announces Two Gifts Totaling $4.5M, Campaign Tops $80M
Drake University announced two gifts totaling $4.5 million from alumni. With these gifts, the distinctlyDrake fundraising campaign exceeds $80 million. Drake had already received more than $74 million in gift commitments when the University kicked off the $200 million capital campaign in October 2010. The distinctlyDrake campaign is designed to propel the University to its place as one of the nation's very best institutions of higher learning. Read more.
Arcadia’s Walbert Honored by NASPA for Outstanding Service
Dr. Jan Walbert, Arcadia University’s vice president for Development, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service to NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the pre-eminent Student Affairs professional organization with over 11,000 members at 1,400 institutions. The Fred Turner Award is a distinguished honor that recognizes Walbert’s leadership regionally and nationally with NASPA over the course of almost 30 years. In addition to Walbert’s role at Arcadia as senior student affairs officer since 1989, where she positively affected the lives of thousands of students, through NASPA she has instructed, motivated, and inspired young and seasoned Student Affairs professionals across the country. Walbert served as president of NASPA in 2007-08, and held positions of leadership nationally and in the region. Read more.
Carnegie Foundation Selects Belmont and Westminster for 2010 Community Engagement Classification
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Belmont University and Westminster College for its 2010 Community Engagement Classification. They join Elon University, University of Redlands, The University of Scranton, and Wagner College who were previously named to this distinct classification of schools with an institutional focus on community engagement. For more information: Belmont | Westminster
PLU President Shares Leadership Insight with Chronicle of Higher Education
In a January 6, 2011 article “When Leading a College in Tough Times, Getting Faculty Support Is Crucial,” Pacific Lutheran University President Loren J. Anderson shares his insight about leading a university through difficult economic times. Read more.
NASPA Honors Butler President Bobby Fong
President Bobby Fong’s efforts to advance the quality of student life at Butler University and throughout higher education will be recognized with a national award from NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Dr. Fong will receive the NASPA 2011 Presidents Award in Philadelphia, on March 15, 2011, at the NASPA Annual Meeting. Read more.
Drury Partnership Receives $300,000 for School Yard Gardens
Drury University and the Springfield Urban Agriculture Coalition (SUAC) have received a $300,000 grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to fund The Dig In R-Twelve (DIRT) Project, which will plan and install ten school gardens throughout the Springfield R-XII district. DIRT, in collaboration with the Drury School of Education, will also provide and teach curriculum to address core state education standards and use the gardens to complement classroom learning by teaching healthy habits in a fun, active, hands-on environment. The grant also includes funds to establish infrastructure for an urban farm in a low-income neighborhood. Read more.
PLU Student Satisfaction Remains High, Says National Survey
According to the results of a national survey conducted at Pacific Lutheran University, student satisfaction continues to exceed national norms on 10 of 12 scales. PLU students rated 10 categories above the national average: instructional effectiveness, academic advising, registration effectiveness, service excellence, student centeredness, campus climate, campus life, campus support services, concern for the individual and recruitment and financial aid.The Student Satisfaction Inventory asks students to identify the issues that are most important to them. It’s the primary tool used by PLU – and many other universities – to assess the effectiveness of campus services. PLU has administered the survey eight times since 1996. Read more.
Quinnipiac Faculty and Students Travel to Nicaragua to Deliver Medical Care
An interdisciplinary team of health sciences students from Quinnipiac University are visiting Nicaragua this month to deliver medical care and host educational presentations for local people in and near the city of León. "Our primary goal is provide quality care to the people of Nicaragua who are not able to access therapy services otherwise, along with providing the Nicaraguan professionals with rehabilitation knowledge," said occupational therapy graduate student Danielle Quinn, a student leader on the trip. Read more.
Want To Teach? Samford Can Help You
Additional career options in education are now available through a new graduate level degree program at Samford University. The Alabama State Department of Education and Samford’s board of trustees both recently approved a “fifth-year” non-traditional secondary graduate program (FYNT) for the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies. The FYNT program is designed for graduates of an accredited university who already have a B.A. or B.S. degree with a certifiable major in a core teaching field and desire to earn a Class A teaching certificate to teach at the secondary level of education (grades 6-12). Read more.
Myriad Genetics Invests in Future Scientists at Westminster
As a sign of their commitment to supporting future scientists, Myriad Genetics recently announced a $300,000 gift to Westminster College’s science programs. The gift will create eight undergraduate science scholarships, including awards for biology, chemistry, physics and a “Woman in Science” award, as well as one faculty leadership award. Read more.
The University of Scranton Appoints Its 25th President
The University of Scranton named Reverend Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., J.D., Ph.D., as its 25th President. Fr. Quinn currently serves as the executive director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and is a professor of law at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, Calif. He will assume his duties as president of The University of Scranton on July 1, 2011. Read more.
Arcadia’s President Talks About Post-Retirement Plans
Kaitlyn Foti, Arcadia ’06, of the Glenside News and Times Chronicle interviewed Arcadia University President Jerry Greiner about his accomplishments and his future plans. Not only has Greiner helped to build new buildings, a new undergraduate curriculum and Arcadia’s reputation as a leader in global education, he also likes to, literally, build things, Foti reported. Read more.
Belmont University Launches New Web Site
Belmont University launched a new look for its home page, www.BELMONT.edu. Complete with a new look, streamlined navigation and easy-to-find university highlights, Belmont’s updated site features video highlights, rotating informational boxes, a comprehensive search option and direct links to Belmont’s social media presence. Read more.
Drury Receives Grant for Music Therapy
A satellite clinic of Drury University’s Center for Music Therapy and Wellness has received a $122,640 grant. The clinic in Monett, MO, is open five days a week with direct services provided by a board-certified music therapist. As an added benefit, the clinic serves as a local internship site for Drury music therapy students who cannot attend a more distant internship. The Monett clinic was established in 2004 with a $38,736 grant. Since that time, funding has increased because of the growing numbers of residents requesting music therapy services. Read more.
Redlands Professor and Student Join Forces to Look for Life in Outer Space
University of Redlands associate physics professor Julie Rathbun and student researcher Nathaniel Rodriguez say Europa, one of Jupiter’s many moons, may be the most likely place for extraterrestrial life in our solar system. Read more.
Westminster Working to Build Love of Reading for Children in India
Westminster College’s unique environment for learning has transcended oceanic boundaries thanks to a constructive partnership with the non-profit Room to Read organization. Students at the Devliya Kalan and Mata Ji Ka Khera Government Primary Schools, both located in the Rajasthan State in the eastern part of India, now have two new, fully-stocked libraries in their schools. Each library has more than 1,000 books written in both the local language and English. Local teachers were also trained in how to engage the students in reading-related and library activities, ensuring that the books would be put to good use. Read more.