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AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

NEW REPORT FROM EDUCAUSE
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CIVIC LEARNING AND DEMOCRATIC ENGAGEMENT
The 2016 conference is scheduled for June 2-4 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
A partnership among AASCU’s American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment and NASPA, the meetings facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. Read more

 

Programs

Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University’s College of Media and Communication and the College of Nursing and Health Professions have joined forces to produce a series of programs titled "Your State of Health" that focus on health issues important to the state of Arkansas. Read more

California State University, East Bay
The classrooms at Cal State East Bay in Concord are filled with a new generation of students, those returning to the classroom, in most cases, decades after they got their degrees, built their careers and raised their families. This time it is with the intent to discover new subjects and find a community. Read more

Henderson State University (Ark.)
Henderson State University has become the first Arkansas member of the Break Away network and will offer students the chance to engage in nontraditional spring break opportunities. Formed in 1991, Break Away is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing tools and training for partner colleges and universities to create spring break programs that focus on community engagement.
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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas Tech University
The late Cecil O. Cogburn has made a $369,000 gift through his estate to the Arkansas Tech University Foundation in support of the university’s nuclear engineering program. Read more

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
The chairperson of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Nursing is the recipient of the first Breiner Family Endowed Professorship for Nursing. Michelle Ficca was recently selected for the professorship, supported by a gift of $1.9 million from Edward and Julianne (Miller) Breiner, who graduated from BU in 1977. Read more

Buffalo State College (N.Y.)
Buffalo State College has received a $100,000 grant from the New York State Department of Labor to train unemployed and dislocated workers in the community. Starting in May, the college’s Continuing Professional Studies Office and Engineering Technology Department will offer a 12-month basic machine II operator certificate for free to qualified participants. Read more

Emporia State University (Kan.)
A project that will help special educators and students in schools in underserved areas of Kansas recently received an $84,000 grant from the Kansas Board of Regents. The project, called The Teachers College Special Education Fellows Program (TCSEFP), will pair special education faculty at Emporia State with directors of special education at Kansas school districts and cooperatives. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Poole, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology, received a grant from the Association of Middle East and Africa for her project "An Ethnographic Investigation of Refugee Policy and the Care of Eritrean Youth in Ethiopia." Poole will collaborate with a colleague to conduct ethnographic research in Ethiopia during summer 2016. Read more

West Chester University (Pa.)

  • Pat Croce, Philadelphia-area fitness guru, former NBA ’76ers owner, entrepreneur, and WCU alumnus, has made a $250,000 gift supporting the University’s Center for Contemplative Studies. Practicing mindfulness and incorporating meditation and yoga into his life have made him a better leader, he says, and he wants more college students to be able to use contemplative studies to tap into that focus. Read more
  • Thanks to a $500,000 gift from Student Services, Inc. (SSI), West Chester University’s Veterans Center will bear the names of immediate past president Greg Weisenstein and his wife, Sandra. President Weisenstein established WCU’s Veterans Center out of his passionate commitment to assist current and former members of the armed forces in their transition back to civilian life. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Angelo State University (Texas)
Karen Cody, a professor of French and Spanish in Angelo State University’s Department of English and Modern Languages, has been selected for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program to conduct research in the West African nation of Senegal this summer. Read more

California State University, Northridge
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Autry Museum of the American West have acquired several photographs by California State University, Northridge Chicana/o studies professor Harry Gamboa Jr. for their permanent collections. The photographs are from Gamboa’s acclaimed ongoing series, “Chicano Male Unbonded,” black-and-white portraits of more than 100 Latino males that call into question the assumptions and stereotypes society has of men of Mexican descent. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Heather Gable, chair of Frostburg’s Department of Nursing, has been awarded the Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor bestowed by the University System of Maryland for exemplary faculty achievement. She joined FSU as an adjunct in 2009, and soon became program coordinator for the online RN-BSN Nursing Program, which has grown enrollment from just five students in 2009 to more than 450 students in 2015. Gable has also helped secure more than $3.5 million in funding for new health sciences programs. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Mohammed Ali, professor of organic chemistry, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to teach green chemistry and help incorporate green chemistry into the undergraduate curriculum at the International University of Business, Agriculture, and Technology (IUBAT) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Read more

University of Central Florida
UCF physics professor Dan Britt has been named to the New Horizons mission team as the spacecraft heads to the Kuiper Belt. He’s also just landed a grant to help create fake asteroid material, which will help NASA and private companies prepare the technology needed to mine asteroids and eventually other planets. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma professor of biology Christopher Butler, Ph.D., has received a Fulbright Scholar grant to Botswana for the 2016-17 academic year. Butler will be based out of the University of Botswana where he will teach courses in biological statistics and geographic information systems as well as conduct collaborative research on the effects of climate change on birds in southern Africa. Read more

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Spotlight

Arkansas Tech University
Representatives from the Arkansas Tech University Department of Emergency Management, state and local law enforcement, state government and the Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Initiative celebrated the completion of a school maps project designed to make area schools safer. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
The Black Hills State University Lakota Omniciye student organization hosted American Indian Awareness Week culminating with the 33rdAnnual Wacipi (Pow Wow). More than 3,000 people attended events throughout the week. Read more

California State University, East Bay

  • This Quarter Through mid-May, Cal State East Bay freshmen will be volunteering at dozens of projects across the region. The Freshmen Day of Service (FDoS) is a requirement for first-year students at CSUEB through their general studies course. Read more
  • Associate Professor Bridget Ford hopes to inspire people to look to the past in approaching the current unrest in the United States. Her book, “Bonds of Union,” explores the unselfish efforts of many during the Civil War to bridge divides despite their differences. According to Ford and other historians, many of the lessons from that era could be relevant, useful strategies in dealing with the issues that plague society today. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)
Columbus State University became the first university in the nation certified to deliver RightPath tools to external businesses. Facilitators at the Leadership Institute at Columbus State University are now able to use RightPath’s comprehensive array of solutions and online assessment tools for both individuals and teams. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
Among the world’s most pressing public health problems is antibiotic resistance, and Barbara Murdoch, a biology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, is dedicated to fighting it. Antibiotics are powerful medicines that fight bacterial infections, but more and more they are being rendered ineffective. Read more

Emporia State University (Kan.)

  • Emporia State University senior Nathan Short has been chosen for an elite summer theatre program at the Open Jar Institute in New York City. He is the second ESU student in four years to be selected for the program. Short was selected after auditions at the Kennedy Center Region 5 American College Theater Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Read more
  • A paper on cancer research done by Emporia State University junior Christopher Alderman has been chosen to receive a Great Plains Honors Council Boe Award at the group’s annual conference. The Great Plains region includes Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Mervin Fansler, a senior, has been named the 2016 winner of the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence. He received $1,000 along with a commemorative medallion for his achievement. The Ali-Zaidi Award is presented annually to a graduating senior at one of the 14 universities that comprise Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Read more
  • Millersville student Franklin Herr is one of 10 finalists in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education’s fifth annual Business Plan Competition. The $10,000 competition is designed to provide student entrepreneurs a real-world opportunity to pitch their original business plans and to win funds to assist in the start-up of their businesses. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University senior Kevin Windham has been selected to the inaugural class of FOCUS St. Louis’ Impact Fellows Program. Windham was the only student selected to the leadership program that includes 20 members. The Fellows will use the Ferguson Commission report as a guidepost and framework for their work. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Driving a golf cart around campus offering tacos to students may seem like a bizarre sight, but for five University of Arkansas – Fort Smith students, it was just one of several ways they raised awareness of the national debt as part of a nationwide competition. Read more

University of Central Florida
A 20-panel solar farm, which will generate enough power to meet the needs of an average single-family home, now floats on a University of Central Florida retention pond, thanks to the ingenuity and determination of five graduating mechanical engineering students. The power generated from the 5-kilowatt prototype will feed into the campus power grid and gives UCF the opportunity to test the technology. If the farm performs as expected, the university could scale it up to a 900-kilowatt system that would generate enough power to fully offset the energy used by Bright House Networks Stadium. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
University of Houston-Victoria Student Life has employed student graphic designers for the past two years to design posters, flyers and digital signs about student events. A poster designed by UHV senior Jaime Flores was awarded first place at March National Conference for the Association of the Promotion of Campus Activities. Read more

University of West Florida
A team of engineering students from the University of West Florida participated in the NASA Hybrid Motor Rocket Competition, sponsored by the NASA Florida Grant Consortium and North East Florida Association of Rocketry, and placed first in both categories – “Maximum Altitude” and “Closest to 2000 Feet.” Read more

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
When graduate social work professor Nadine Bean was honored with a prestigious Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, she promptly gave part of the stipend to four MSW students in the form of $500 scholarships. Bean has dedicated the remaining award funds to $200 scholarships to the first 12 students enrolled in the new interprofessional elective “Advanced Clinical Practice in Integrated Health: Behavior, Nutrition, Health and Recovery,” which she will team-teach this summer with colleagues from WCU’s College of Health Sciences. Read more

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