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New! Students Head to NCUR to Present Research

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North Central Seniors Aaron Langer and Gianna Medina, NCUR presenters

Several students in NAC&U presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky in early April. North Central College sent a record 44 students to NCUR. With 40 accepted undergraduate presentations, the most ever in its history, North Central College places in the top 4 percent of the nation and the most accepted proposals of any college or university in Illinois. Hamline University also was well-represented with 38 abstracts presented at the conference. Students from the following institutions also presented: Arcadia University, Russell Sage College, Samford University, St. Edward’s University, University of Evansville, The University of Scranton, Valparaiso University, and Widener University. For more information: North Central NCUR

New! Eighteen Scranton Students Present Research at Major Professional Conference

Photo of studentsEighteen students from The University of Scranton psychology students presented 10 different research projects at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) annual meeting, the largest regional meeting of psychologists who get together to share results of their research. Although Scranton’s Psychology Department and its students are always well-represented at the EPA’s annual meeting, this year’s group of students from Scranton was exceptionally large. Read more

New! Widener Students Lobby for Student Debt Relief

Widener University students participated in Pennsylvania’s Student Lobby Day in Harrisburg, PA. They lobbied as their own Super PAC, College Students Concerned about College Costs (or CSC3), on behalf of middle income student debt relief. Read more

New! Scranton Communication Student Garners National Award and Coveted Internship

Photo of Edward RavertUniversity of Scranton student Edward H. Ravert III was chosen from a national pool of candidates to receive the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) Daniel J. Edelman Award for the Outstanding Public Relations Student. This is the first time a University of Scranton student has won the prestigious award. The award includes a financial scholarship and a three-month paid internship in one of Edelman’s U.S. offices. Edelman is the largest public relations firm in the world, with 67 offices and more than 4,800 employees worldwide. Read more

New! PLU’s MediaLab Documentary Wins 2014 National Broadcasting Society Award

Photo of MedialabPacific Lutheran University’s MediaLab has won a 2014 Grand Prize Award from the National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho for its documentary film Tapped Out: Unearthing the Global Water Crisis. Tapped Out, which premiered publicly in Seattle last fall, won in the Video Documentary category at the 51st Annual National Broadcasting Society Electronic Media Competition Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. Read more

New! Drury Physics Major Has Entrepreneurial Spirit in the BagPhoto of Ebenezer Obasiolu

Physics major Ebenezer Obasiolu never knew he had an entrepreneurial passion until he went to Drury University and began pursuing an entrepreneurship minor. It was in these classes where he gained the knowledge and support to officially launch his business, O’Bazzië Classics. Read more

New! North Central Students Among Top Broadcasting Award Winners, Recognized for New Website

Photo of Kevin JackmanNorth Central College was among the top winners of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) annual awards at the 75th International IBS Conference in New York City. WONC student broadcasters won four first-place awards and 13 finalist trophies. The first-place awards went to Jason Krug ’14 who won two top trophies for Best Sports Update and for Best Social Media Director, Yasmeen Kiswani ’14 for Best Documentary and Kevin Jackman ’14 for Best Podcast. Read more

Also, the talents of North Central College students again garnered national recognition with a first-place award for a new student-run website, In its first time competing there, The Chronicle came away with a David L. Adams Apple Award for Best Homepage for, which incorporates news stories, arts reviews, video and audio, Instagram images and a Twitter feed. Read more

New! University of Evansville Seniors Win Second Place at Annual IEEE Competition

University of Evansville seniors Jake Schwartz and Austin Deuerling won second place at the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) SoutheastCon Regional Competition in Lexington, Kentucky. Their robot placed above 42 teams, including such universities as Duke, Virginia Tech and the University of Florida. Schwartz and Deuerling, both electrical engineering majors, designed their robot to shoot darts in a simulated basketball goal from various distances to emulate the playing and shooting dynamics of basketball on a simulated basketball court. Read more

New! Samford Law Teams Sweep AAJ Regional Trial Advocacy Tournament

A team from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law took first place in the regional component of the American Association for Justice(AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Atlanta. Read more

New! Nazareth Student Earns Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow Award

Photo of Cherise MadiganNazareth College is pleased to announce that Cherise Madigan is the recipient of the national Newman Civic Fellow Award. The Newman award, presented by Campus Compact, is given to college student leaders who represent the next generation of civic leaders through service, research, and advocacy. She is the first Nazareth student to earn this national honor and is one of 197 student leaders from colleges nationwide recognized. Read more

New! Manhattan Jaspers Basketball in NCAA Tournament for First Time Since 2004

Jaspers LogoAfter winning 11 of their last 12 games, Manhattan College advanced to the 2014 NCAA Championships after a 71-68 victory over Iona. The Jaspers were in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time and the first time since 2004, when Manhattan advanced to the round of 32 as a #12 seed. Manhattan College earned a #13 seed in the Midwest to take on fourth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64 this year.

Westminster College Students Bring Home Gold, Silver & Bronze

Photo from OlympicsTwenty-three students from Westminster College made up ten percent of the U.S. Olympic team. The college had more students in the Games than any other college or university in the country. Four current students and three former* students made it to the medals podium:

  • Maddie Bowman – Gold in ski halfpipe
  • Joss Christensen – Gold in ski slopestyle
  • Alex Deibold – Bronze in snowboardcross
  • Devin Logan – Silver in ski slopestyle
  • Kaitlyn Farrington* – Gold in snowboard halfpipe
  • Jonathan Midol* – Bronze (France) skicross
  • Vic Wild* – Gold (Russia) in snowboard giant slalom

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Pacific Lutheran Undergraduate Math Research Published in Prestigious Journal

Photo of Ball and JudaTwo recent Pacific Lutheran University graduates have been published in the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal designed to give undergraduates an opportunity to present math research. Tyler Ball and Daniel Juda both graduated with math degrees in Spring 2013, but their paper, Dominance over א, was prepared earlier—making it eligible for the journal. Read more

CGI U Accepts Commitments to Action from Nazareth College Students

Event LogoIn just its first year of involvement as a network member with the Clinton Global Initiative University(CGI U), Nazareth College students submitted 10 Commitments to Action (project applications). Of those 10 projects, six have been accepted to CGI U 2014. CGI U is made up of a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Read more

Belmont Students Join ‘Up to Us’ Campaign to Address National Debt

Photo of groupFive Belmont University sophomores were among only 25 teams in a nationwide competition meant to build a movement to address the national debt, a figure that currently stands at over $17 trillion. Belmont’s “Up to Us”  team includes Paul Shaw (international business), Jawon Taylor (political science), Sordum Ndam (political science), Olivia Nishi (corporate communications) and Lindsay Bond-Harris (music business). The competition is sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact. Read more

Drury University Team Selected to Compete in 2015 Solar Decathlon

Event LogoStudents from across Drury University and Crowder College have been selected to compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon against peers from 19 other colleges from around the nation, including Yale and Stanford and Missouri University of Science & Technology. The race is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The teams now begin a two-year process to design and build solar-powered, highly efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation and design excellence. The teams will design, construct and test their houses before reassembling them in the fall of 2015 at the competition site in California. True to Drury’s commitment to the liberal arts, students from all areas of study will be able to take part in the team. The formal application was made possible through a partnership between the Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture, the Breech School of Business Administration and the Department of Communication. Read more

Photo of studentSt. Edward's Student's Company Highlighted in The New York Times

The New York Times recently invited students to submit creative ideas, problem-solving projects or pieces of art to be featured in the "Education Life" section. One St. Edward University student's company was selected by The New York Times and appeared in print on Sunday, Feb. 9 with only seven other submissions. Read more

Stetson Takes Second in Statewide CFA Contest

Photo of trading roomStetson University placed second in the statewide 2014 CFA Institute Global Research Challenge hosted at Florida Atlantic University recently. Stetson was well represented by a team of seniors in the Roland George Investments Program (RGIP) led by Captain Jeremy Goldberg and including Matthew Ady, Valeriya Popova, Christian Roeder and Travis Workman. Stetson’s student-managed RGIP portfolio is one of the oldest and considered to be one of the best in the nation. Read more

Sage Women’s Basketball Team Hits Historic Milestone

Photo of teamThe Sage College's women's basketball team earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, the first in the program's history. The current Gators team, which is now 17-9, has the most wins of any Sage women's basketball team in the program's history. Read more

North Central Students Attend Leadership Conference Case Competition

Photo of 3 studentsThree North Central College students—Marie Butnariu ’16, Jon Kingzette ’15 and Lexy Schwarzwalder ’16—attended the National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) Case Competition at the University of Arizona Feb. 14-16. The students are Distinguished Leaders in North Central’s Leadership, Ethics & Values (LEV) program and were selected by application to attend. The NCLC is a student-run annual conference that serves as the cornerstone of leadership experience and training for college students across the nation. Students learned about different aspects of leadership and gained skills that can be used in student organizations, families, campus, job settings and communities. Read more

Wagner Art Alum Impart Career Wisdom to Aspiring Students

Photo of Robert GeronimoWagner College's Art Department organized an alumni panel for its current fine arts students to show how to continue their practice -- and make a living at it -- following their graduation. Three recent grads who've made a way for themselves in the highly competitive New York City arts world returned to campus to talk with those about to embark on their careers. Read more

University of Redlands Men’s Soccer Standout Richie Marquez Signs Contract with Philadelphia UnionPhoto of Marquez

The Philadelphia Union has signed University of Redlands men's soccer standout Richie Marquez to contract. Marquez was selected 44th overall by the Union as the only NCAA Division III student-athlete chosen in the SuperDraft. Read more

Nazareth College Students Awarded Gilman International Scholarships

PHoto of Gilman LogoNazareth College students Peter Beck, Jonathan Bukowiec, Salina Fasulo, and Jasmin Picariello are recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship involves a very competitive selection process that requires students to have an outstanding academic record and they must submit a proposal for a project relating to their international program, which is to be completed upon their return from studying abroad. Read more

Twenty-Three Westminster College Students Are Competing in Sochi Olympics

Photo of Heather McPhieWestminster College is cheering on 23 students as they compete in Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Westminster has the most athletes of any traditional college/university in the country competing in the Sochi Olympics. Read more

In related news, 10 percent of U.S. Olympic athletes in Sochi are from Westminster College. Read more

Samford Student Named 'New Face of Civil Engineering'

Photo of MatthewsSamford University dual-degree engineering student Jamieson Matthews has been named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering – College Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The recognition program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their academic success, volunteerism and dedication to making a positive impact on society through their chosen profession. Read more

PLU Students Post Thoughts and Observations While Abroad

Pacific Lutheran University students reflect on their various locations and cultures while studying abroad. Read more

University of Evansville Student Creates “New and Rising” App

Photo of ApA lot of college students spend their long Christmas break relaxing and recharging for the spring semester. Not UE junior Alex Luebbehusen and his brother, Brandon, a high school senior. They spent their off time creating two new Windows apps based on what Alex had just learned through a fall electrical engineering class called Small Computer Software. Read more

Arcadia’s Frances Dumlao ’15 Helps Launch Magazine

Photo of DumlaoThe challenge of launching a magazine thrust Frances Dumlao ’15 into the world of graphic design and allowed her to see London through the eyes of Londoners. This was all thanks to a course at the University of Westminster, where Dumlao currently is studying abroad, that inspired the global media major and her classmates to create their own London-based publication.

In her blog post, “The Making of LDN. Magazine,” Dumlao reflects on and celebrates the opportunity she had to be “a part of the creation of more than 50 pages of pure magazine goodness.” Read her story and LDN Magazine. Read more

North Central College AMA Team Scores School’s First Top 10 Placement at Annual Competition

AMA LogoNorth Central College’s American Marketing Association (AMA) team has achieved a top 10 placement in an annual international competition for the first time in school history.

The team placed in the top 10 of the 2013-2014 AMA Collegiate Case Competition sponsored by the Hershey Company. Eighty-six schools entered this year’s competition for the opportunity to present at the AMA’s annual collegiate conference in New Orleans in April.

Hershey’s Case invited participants to develop a comprehensive relaunch campaign for its Take 5 brand. Chapters were asked to address consumer segmentation, product positioning, product distribution and marketing promotion, including plans for social media. Read more

Widener Education Students Team up with Main Line Health to Pilot Health Curriculum on Chester Sixth Graders

Wearing medical scrubs and lab coats, sixth grade students from Chester Upland's Stetser Elementary School imparted health and wellness advice to the Chester community at a health fair held at the school. The fair marked the culmination of a semester-long partnership between Widener University's School of Education, Innovation and Continuing Studies and Main Line Health to pilot "Healthy Me," a health and wellness curriculum for middle school-aged students designed by Dr. Barry Mann, chief academic officer for Main Line Health. Read more

Belmont Students, Alumni Get ‘Jumpstart’ for Poliana

Photo of Poliana presentationA group of Belmont students and alumni are working to increase civic responsibility through a web application that explains United States government and politics. Funded through a $15,000 investment, the app, Poliana, aggregates millions of data points on a wide range of government activity, including voting records, financial contributions, lobbying, bills and industry influence.

Nashville business incubator Jumpstart Foundry awarded Poliana founders with the start-up cash during a 14-week process. Throughout the process the founders—Belmont students David Gilmore and Patrick Cason along with alumni Grayson Carroll, Kenny House and Seth Whiting—were guided and mentored by Nashville’s most influential business people, designers, developers, lawyers, marketers and entrepreneurs.  Their entrepreneurial jumpstart culminated with “investor day,” where Poliana presented a 10-minute business pitch to hundreds of potential investors from all over the country. Read more

Drury Students to Advocate for Arts & Culture in Jefferson City

Fifteen Arts Administration students from Drury University advocated for the arts and participated in the political process in their state capital. The students and Drury instructor Leah Hamilton took part in Citizens’ Day for the Arts, an annual effort put forth by Missouri Citizens for the Arts. They attended a legislative briefing and met with lawmakers individually at the Capitol building. Drury’s Arts Administration degree is one of only about two dozen such undergraduate programs in the nation. Read more

Manhattan Engineering Alum Seeks to Bring Education, Aid to Philippines

Photo of SolaNovember’s Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) left the Philippines in an unbelievable state of emergency. But amidst the wreckage, tarps with the words “Clean Water Free from Manhattan College” began to appear. A young man and his mother, donned in green Jaspers T-shirts, handed out cups of drinking water that they filtered in front of skeptical but very thirsty and thankful survivors. Born and raised in the Philippines, Enrique Sola ’09, ’11 (M.S.) helped his home recover by distributing 38 gravity-powered water filters that provide up to 500 gallons of potable water a day, funded by his Jasper family halfway around the world. Read more

Stetson in Top Five at Family Enterprise Contest

A team of family enterprise majors from Stetson University finished fifth out of 20 teams in the undergraduate competition of the Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC). Hosted by the University of Vermont’s School of Business Administration, the FECC is the premier competition in family business and features competitors from rigorous business schools around the globe, such as Canada and Sweden. The event allows students to apply their knowledge from the classroom to complex family business problems. Read more

Five Valparaiso University Students Receive Prestigious Gilman Awards to Study Abroad

Program LogoThe illustrious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has honored five undergraduate students at Valparaiso University with awards to study abroad in spring 2014. The five 2014 Gilman Scholarship recipients are Jon Bicanic, Tyler Clark, Alexander Grask, Carly Tolle, and Daniella Tripodis. Since 2009, 13 Valpo students have received this award. Read more.

North Central Student Chosen for Student Affairs Program

Photo of MartinezNorth Central College’s Marlena Martinez, a junior psychology major, has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students who want to pursue careers as higher education administrators. Martinez has been accepted into the 2013-2014 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Martinez recently joined another North Central College student and a faculty and staff member to give a presentation at the Diversity & Inclusivity Teaching and Research Symposium at Indiana University Southwest. Read more

St. Edward’s Student-Athletes Score High in NCAA Academic Success and Federal Graduation Rates

Photo of student athlete readingThe NCAA announced the Academic Success Rate (ASR) and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) data for the 2003-06 cohort for all of NCAA Division II. The Federal Graduation Rate of 81 percent, which is ninth-highest nationally, supports a continuing trend of academic success achieved by St. Edward University's student-athletes. This is the eighth year the NCAA has released the ASR. Collectively, St. Edward's student-athletes had an ASR of 92 percent. That was good enough to tie for 16th in the nation, a tie for second within the region, and a tie for first within the Heartland Conference. The national average for ASR is 71 percent. Read more

Widener Alumnus Named 2014 Pennsylvania Teacher of the YearPhoto of Grisillo

Anthony Grisillo, a teacher in the Rose Tree Media School District and a 2002 graduate of Widener University’s master’s in education program, was named as Pennsylvania’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Read more

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