AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

RE-IMAGINING THE FIRST YEAR OF COLLEGE
AASCU Launches Initiative to "Re-Imagine the First Year”.
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AASCU WHITE PAPER
AASCU’s latest whitepaper, Managing Your Enrollment Destiny: Investing for Holistic Change in Enrollment, Revenue and Retention, offers insights from our 2015 presidential symposium on enrollment management and explores how to strategically approach enrollment management at your institution. Download the paper (pdf)


2016 MILLENNIUM LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
The deadline for application and nomination is February 12, 2016.
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Programs

California State University, East Bay

  • California State University, East Bay is working with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s office and East Bay College Fund to triple the number of OUSD students who graduate from college within the next eight years. Cal State East Bay will guarantee admission to every eligible Oakland student. Read more
  • Cal State East Bay Helps Get Music Back into Public Schools. Read more

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno will launch 19 new courses as part of the Sustainable Parks and Recreation Community Initiative program, which will introduce a new partnership with the City of Fresno Department of Parks, After School, Recreation and Community Services. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
William A. Taylor, an assistant professor of security studies, has been awarded a 2016 Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation Research Grant and a 2016 Moody Research Grant from the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation. Read more

Buffalo State College (N.Y.)
Buffalo State College has received a $46,500 planning grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the Art Conservation Department’s endeavors in library and archives conservation education. The one-year grant will fund the development and coordination of a five-year plan for a cooperative project with two other art conservation graduate programs in the United States. Read more

California State University, East Bay
Philanthropist Rosemary Rodd Spitzer has donated $100,000 to establish the Rosemary and Matthew Spitzer Distinguished Science Faculty Award at California State University, East Bay, continuing the couple’s longtime legacy of supporting academics at the university. Read more

California State University, Fresno
Two grants totaling over $100,000 were awarded to California State University, Fresno’s Food Science and Nutrition Department for produce safety research and consumer education. Read more

California State University, Northridge
Officials at California State University, Northridge are teaming up with their counterparts at the University of Pennsylvania to launch an unprecedented program to increase the number of Latino professors working in the humanities. The program, Pathways to the Professoriate, is supported by a $5.1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University of Pennsylvania for its Graduate School of Education’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions. Read more

California, State University Sacramento (Sacramento State)
Sacramento State's intensive Stem Cell Research Program received a big boost with a $2.5 million grant to continue the University's effort to improve health care. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University students from applied engineering, safety & technology; chemistry and physics will soon be working together on nanotechnology projects, thanks to the efforts of Millersville University’s Mark Atwater who was awarded a $502,420 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to pursue researching the use of nanotechnology on metal foams. Read more

Northern State University (S.D.)
Northern State University has been awarded a $1.4 million TRiO Student Support Services Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more

San Diego State University
The Social Policy Institute in San Diego State University’s School of Social Work has been awarded a three-year, $8 million contract to develop a statewide training academy for social workers and other partners who will help elderly, blind and disabled Californians remain safely in their homes and communities and out of institutional care. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
With the help of a recent $50,000 seed grant, a team of University of Arkansas at Little Rock researchers is working to improve the world by developing water purification, power generation and bacteria-fighting solutions through the power of tiny materials called nanocarbons. Read more

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Presidential Honors

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott assumed his duties as chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council at the group’s recent business meeting in San Antonio, Texas. The 16-member Presidents Council is the governing body responsible for establishing and directing the general policy for Division II athletics. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University professor, Jerry Rawlings, has been juried into the 2016 International Krappy Kamera Competition at the SoHo Gallery in New York City. Rawlings, assistant professor of mass communication at BHSU, submitted two photographs to the exhibit, which showcases extraordinary images made with what Rawlings calls a toy camera. Read more

Indiana University Southeast
Doyin Coker-Kolo, dean of the School of Education at Indiana University Southeast, was recently named president-elect of the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS). The ATWS is the largest professional organization in the world devoted to the study of developing nations, with a membership composed of scholars, diplomats, development practitioners and persons in government from 45 U.S. states and 21 countries. Read more

Northern State University (S.D.)
The Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators recently recognized Northern State University’s Becky Pribyl with the Oscar R. Hendrix Award for leadership. Read more

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) has received an Outstanding Award from the national ACS Committee on Education for the chapter’s activities during the 2014-15 academic year. Read more

Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Tech University student Tabitha Hudspeth has received the 2016 National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Teach Ag Campaign internship. Hudspeth, a freshman at Arkansas Tech and graduate of Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, will be stationed in the NAAE national office in Lexington, Ky., during summer 2016. Read more

California State University, Fresno
Groundbreaking research by Joy Goto, a California State University, Fresno chemistry professor, played a key role in developing a new approach to understanding the role of environmental toxins in ALS and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published by the Royal Society of London in the biological research journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B,” indicates that chronic exposure to an environmental toxin called BMAA may increase risk of neurodegenerative illness. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Drivers passing through Franklin County, Pa., will see uplifting billboards designed by a recent FSU mass communications alumnus for one of his classes. The image, which integrates handprints in a red, white and blue design, represents “unity.” Artist Justin Hersh was inspired by the worldwide outpouring of support in the wake of the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, France. Read more

Northern State University (S.D.)
The Northern State University Honors Program hosted acclaimed author Suki Kim, author of "Without You There is No Us," at the University's annual Common Read presentation. Common Read is part of the Northern State University freshman immersion program that includes study and lecture by nationally recognized authors. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Research by academics, including Kim Smith, SRU associate professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, show that most wearable fitness-tracking devices provide an accurate step count. But many commercially available pedometers do not accurately estimate calorie burning as measured by the kilocalorie (kcal) method. Smith assembled a team of undergraduates to help gauge the effectiveness of the devices. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast is hosting TEDxSoutheastMissouriStateUniversity — an event designed to spark deep discussion on “Diverse Passions.” TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
A team of University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) business students was one of only two finalists from the United States in a global competition. Participating teams created campaigns designed to thwart the digital recruiting efforts of groups such as ISIS. The UALR team was slated to present its campaign concepts as part of the contest and also was invited to pitch the campaign at FBI headquarters. Read more

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