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Webinar to Focus on Opportunities for All and Government Relations
Mark your calendars for October 24 at 3 p.m. Fifth in the series, this webinar will feature AASCU Vice President for Government Relations and Policy Analysis Michael Zola and members of his team discussing the campaign and its implications in the government relations arena. View previous webinars.

AASCU Statement on Department of Education Teacher Preparation Regulations
Read AASCU’s take on the new regulations announced by the Department this week. Read statement

State Outlook – October 2016
The new “State Outlook” explores fiscal and state policy issues affecting higher education. Read the report 



Colorado State University–Pueblo
CSU—Pueblo will begin to collaborate with representatives of the Marijuana Education Initiative (MEI) on potential college curriculum to help students better understand and confront the challenges associated with the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Read more

University of West Florida

  • The University of West Florida University College is piloting a first-year experience program to help first-year students transition to university life. The Dive Deep First Year Experience features several components, including an introductory course, a discussion series, a student showcase and an incentive program. Read more
  • The University of West Florida Community Outreach Research and Learning Center has begun its second year evaluating the Santa Rosa County School District’s STEAM Innovate! program, a five-year plan to infuse more science, technology, engineering, arts and math into the curriculum. For the 2016–17 school year, the program expanded into five additional middle and high schools. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Adams State University (Colo.)
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a grant of $249,571 to support the three-year project: Advancing Women in STEM Through Institutional Transformation. Funded by the NSF ADVANCE IT-Catalyst program, the project aims to increase diversity and gender equity within Adams State's faculty in social and behavioral sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics). Read more

California State University, Northridge
Business professors at California State University (CSU), Northridge, who developed a method to measure college graduate success—including future employment and earnings—have received $289,000 in support from USA Funds, Inc., to apply their methodology to all five CSU campuses. Read more

Cal State, East Bay

  • CSUEB Foundation received $500,000 from AT&T to help neighborhood students. The grant will be used by the Hayward Promise Neighborhood initiative to fund dropout prevention. Read more
  • Cal State, East Bay's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announced its 2016 grant recipients. Read more

California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento State has been awarded a $959,999 grant from the National Science Foundation to support low-income transfer students. A total of 64 community college transfer students with majors in biological science or chemistry will receive a scholarship for their first year on campus. Read more

Colorado State University—Pueblo
CSU—Pueblo will receive nearly $6 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Education to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students earning degrees in STEM fields. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • The children of migrant workers in Pennsylvania now have easier access to college, thanks to a $2.1 million grant from the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). The five-year grant will provide financial and academic assistance to students who participated in the K–12 federally and state-funded Migrant Education Program. Read more
  • Nanette Marcum-Dietrich, professor of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education at Millersville, is collaborating with other professionals on a National Science Foundation-funded project. Marcum-Dietrich will serve as a leader on the project, which provides middle school students the opportunity to learn about weather. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
Tarleton State University is one of two schools to receive a $100,000 grant to host a Collaborative Regional Education (CORE) Initiative Academy in summer 2017. Read more

University of Arkansas—Fort Smith
Officers in the University Police Department at the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith will soon be utilizing cutting-edge equipment as part of a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office has given a $1 million grant to the University of Arkansas (UA) at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law to create a business innovation clinic. The new clinic will be the first in the state to focus on providing business law advice and services to small businesses, innovators and nonprofit organizations. Read more
  • In honor of Campus Fire Safety Month, UA at Little Rock will install new surge protectors provided by the Little Rock Fire Department. Read more
  • The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) awarded scholarships to 26 University of Arkansas at Little Rock students. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a three-year $299,972 grant to University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Tracy Morris, Ph.D., to fund UCO’s Project Statistical Consulting Help for Organizational Leaders and Academic Researchers (SCHOLAR). The project allows students to participate in statistical consulting for real clients on and off campus. Read more
  • The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of Central Oklahoma a five-year $1.18 million Federal TRIO Program Educational Opportunity Centers (EOC) grant for the UCO Center for Academic Support, Resource Development, Economic Stability and Student Success (CARES). UCO CARES provides aid in a variety of areas, including college application and FAFSA information, for adults pursuing a postsecondary education. Read more

Western Carolina University (N.C.)
Western Carolina University recently announced the launch of a new center focused on issues concerning economic development in North Carolina, especially in the western region. Seed funding for the project comes from a $1.8 million gift commitment from the Charles Koch Foundation. Read more

Western Washington University
Western Washington University Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm has received a new $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to further his research on the similarities between drug addiction and the body’s craving for sugar. Read more



Presidential Honors

Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Tech University President Robin E. Bowen was honored at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark., by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 750 for her support of educational opportunities for Latino students. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg President Ronald H. Nowaczyk was invited to the White House for the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge, thanks to FSU’s decades-long commitment to and success in community service and civic engagement. Read more



Awards and Honors

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Kai Kuang, assistant professor of communication studies at Bloomsburg University, has been selected as the National Communication Association’s 2016 recipient of the Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College's Chair of the Department of Marketing Karl Manrodt was recently honored with a highly commended paper recognition for “The Impact of Relationship History on Negotiation Strategy Expectation.” His research, co-authored by Stephanie Thomas of Texas Tech University and Jacqueline Eastman of Georgia Southern University, was published in the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
State of the Arts NJ, a public television program co-produced by Stockton University’s School of the Arts and Humanities, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and PCK Media, has won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy. The winning segment, about the Art and Artificial Intelligence Lab at Rutgers University, won in the Arts/Entertainment News category. Read more

Texas A&M University—San Antonio
Texas A&M—San Antonio Professor Ed Westermann, Ph.D., was recently awarded a Southern Methodist University Clements Center-DeGolyer Library Research Travel Grant to conduct research in the library's special collections for his project "Alcohol, Violence and Atrocity in the American West." Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) earned national recognition once again for its dedication to student engagement, ranking No. 6 on the list of “Top Schools for Engagement” in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings. UCO is the only public regional university listed. Read more




Adams State University (Colo.)
Adams State University student Joshua Salas won first place in the Hispanic College Quiz 2016 in Nashville this past August. The Know Your Heritage Hispanic College Quiz Show series encourages appreciation of Latino heritage in an entertaining quiz show format. Read more

Arkansas State University
Students from Arkansas State University’s strategic communication program swept the Prism Awards at the recent Arkansas Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) annual award ceremony. In all,10 students were presented with awards. Read more

Austin Peay State University (Tenn.)
APSU's Phi Alpha Theta (PAT) National Honor Society was named the nation's chapter of the year for the eighth year in a row. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, essayist and screenwriter Michael Chabon spoke at Black Hills State University (BHSU) recently as part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series. The Series at BHSU was established in 1986 by a gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna. Read more
  • Black Hills State University (BHSU) recently hosted adventure photographer Tyler Stableford. Camera manufacturer Canon named Stableford one of their Explorers of Light, recognizing the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, during the BHSU event.
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Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg ethnobotany majors recently explored a farm growing one of Appalachia’s most precious plants: American ginseng. Students study the relationships between plants and the people who use them. Read more

Kennesaw State University (Ga.)
For years, Doug and Robin Shore have been making contributions to Kennesaw State University. Now, their names will be indelibly linked to the College of Business. Last month, Kennesaw State officially dedicated the Robin and Doug Shore Entrepreneurship Center. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Millersville University (MU) announced its new Service and Assistance/Emotional Support Animal Policy for Students, Faculty and Staff with Disabilities. At least nine MU students have service or assistance/emotional support animals. Read more
  • Kristen Schnell, a Millersville University social work student, published her first novel, “The Jemma Trilogy: Winter’s End.” After more than a year of writing every day, she completed her book and her goal to create a realistic novel within the fantasy genre. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
A Tarleton State University graduate student received the highest award possible for her research presentation at the 7th International Scientific Symposium for Students of Agriculture in northern Poland. In addition, slightly more than $56,000 in new funding from Erasmus+ was recently approved to help Tarleton continue its ongoing partnership with the Polish University of Life Science and Technology. Read more

Texas A&M University—San Antonio

  • During an on-campus ceremony, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) recognized Texas A&M—San Antonio’s land as a significant and educational part of Texas history, with an official Texas Historical Marker award. Read more
  • Megan Wise de Valdez, associate professor of biology, was featured in the USA Today article “Texas Researchers on Frontline of Battle to Stop Zika Spread in U.S.A." The article detailed the efforts of Wise de Valdez and her student researchers to track travel patterns of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that is the main carrier of the virus. Read more
  • Professor Bill Bush co-authored an opinion article for the Austin American-Statesman entitled, "Commentary: The shame of Texas." In the article, Bush and co-author, Octavio Martinez, described the evolution of mental health services and reform in the Lone Star State. Read more
  • The exhibition Ground Zero 360 about the 9/11 terrorist attacks came to Texas A&M—San Antonio for the 15th anniversary of the tragedy. The goal in hosting the exhibit was to commemorate the victims of 9/11, with a special emphasis on military victims. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
New law students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law learned about teamwork and the expectation to give back to the community by assembling bicycles to be donated to neighborhood children who can't afford them. Read more

University of North Georgia
A small group of University of North Georgia students attended and presented research at the North American Ornithology Conference in Washington, D.C. Sessions focused on a variety of topics such as population and community ecology, systematics and taxonomy, reproductive biology and conservation biology. Read more

University of West Florida
The University of West Florida College of Education and Professional Studies recently recognized the Escambia County School District as an Outstanding Community Partner. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Winthrop will spend much of the fall focused on the upcoming November elections and teaching students about their civic responsibilities. The Winthrop Decision 2016 initiative is a campus-wide movement to register, educate and encourage students to vote leading up to the presidential election. Read more
  • A Sunday afternoon lemonade stand turned into a sweet deal for Winthrop University, thanks to two generous local fourth graders. Instead of pocketing their proceeds, two students from Richmond Drive Elementary School donated 30 percent of their profits to the Winthrop Foundation. Read more