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AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

TAKE THE PLEDGE
Commit to supporting the Opportunities for All national communications campaign that seeks to promote a unified brand and messaging for our state colleges and universities. Sign the pledge at http://opps4all.org



USA FUNDS SUPPORTS TWO AASCU LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
The sponsorship grant will support the new Emerging Leaders Program and the strategic refocusing of the Millennium Leadership Initiative. Read news release



AASCU TAPS MICHAEL ZOLA TO LEAD GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, POLICY EFFORTS
Michael Zola, the associate executive director for federal advocacy and public policy at the National School Boards Association (NSBA), has been appointed vice president for government relations and policy analysis. His appointment is effective August 1.  Read news release



OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL WEBINAR
Join us for the second in the series that focuses on implementing the Opportunities for All campaign. This webinar will focus on how universities involved in the pilot project took an integrated approach to branding. Click here to get the participant code and to join the webinar go to aascu.adobeconnect.com/opps4all2/

 

Programs

Arkansas State University
A new public-private partnership in Arkansas will help meet a need for more physicians in the region. The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine has established a new site in historic Wilson Hall at Arkansas State University. NYITCOM, the first new medical school in Arkansas in decades, will train doctors for the medically underserved Mississippi Delta region. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Biology students at Millersville University of Pennsylvania work alongside their professor, John Wallace, to battle an unassuming foe, the mosquito. By discovering methods to reduce the population size of this carrier, these researchers hope to decrease the risk of deadly mosquito-borne illnesses. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Front row seats to the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange, witnessing an Initial Public Offering (IPO) at NASDAQ, conversations with Wall Street employees who are also Winthrop University alumni—all in a week’s work for students in Winthrop’s Financial Markets Seminar course. Assistant Professor of Finance Philip Gibson led nine business administration students on a whirlwind trip of New York City last month. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University
Lillie Fears, professor of multimedia journalism production at Arkansas State University, has been selected as one of six faculty members across the country to receive a grant from the Scripps Howard Foundation Visiting Professors in Social Media Program. Read more

California State University, Sacramento

  • Sacramento State’s efforts to integrate sustainability concepts with academics are getting a boost from an $80,000 grant awarded by the California State University’s Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) program. The funding will cover the redesign of Urban Agriculture, a course in the Department of Environmental Studies, and help defray the cost of bringing electrical power and running water to Parking Lot 10, which has been partly converted to a composting yard. Part of the grant will go toward a grinder to handle both pre- and post-consumer food waste. Read more
  • Sacramento State has been awarded a five-year, $895,326 grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to launch a project for student researchers called Pathways: Successful Transitions To and Through Higher Education. Read more
  • Ming-Tung “Mike” Lee, Sacramento State’s interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, has been honored by the Asian Pacific Fund (APF) with a $10,000 award that will provide scholarships for Asian and Pacific Islander students. The award is dedicated to their mission of strengthening the Asian and Pacific Islander community by increasing philanthropy and supporting organizations. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock social media researcher recently received nearly $200,000 from the Office of Naval Research to continue his project of creating models that help detect and predict the online behavior of "deviant groups" and the damage they can cause. Read more
  • An anonymous donor has given the University of Arkansas at Little Rock a $300,000 contribution toward student success initiatives in the College of Education and Health Professions. The college’s Student Success Center will receive $100,000 a year for the next three years. Read more
  • The UALR Sequoyah National Research Center will soon process and archive a major new collection of Alaska Native videos, thanks to a $24,000 grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. With the help of the grant, the Sequoyah Research Center will preserve the Jeanie Greene Alaska Native Collection, which contains 1,263 videotapes. Read more
  • With the support of the Reading Recovery Council of North America, the UALR Center for Literacy soon will expand the reach of its Reading Recovery training program. The center recently received a $7,000 grant from the national organization that will fund the training of seven new Reading Recovery teachers in an underserved school. Read more
  • With the support of a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), four University of Arkansas at Little Rock students have the opportunity to intern with a local industry partner this summer. The internships will focus on pollution prevention. The $21,975 grant is funded through the EPA’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Program and was awarded to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, the primary environmental protection agency in the state. Read more
  • A recent award from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will help fund a University of Arkansas at Little Rock program that prepares incoming freshmen for college-level work. The $12,500 donation will help finance this year’s Dr. Charles W. Donaldson Summer Bridge Academy, a three-week residential program. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
The Winthrop experience is one close to Kieran Brennan’s heart: His son, Tomas ’12, ’15, was a four-year soccer player. To support future student-athletes, Brennan and his wife, Anne Marie, have established an endowed scholarship. The Brennan Family Scholarship will provide funds for Winthrop student-athletes, with first preference going to student-athletes from Ireland and second to student-athletes in the men or women’s soccer program. Read more

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Awards and Honors

California State University, Northridge

  • Larry Allen, a respected authority on California’s coastal marine fishes and chair of the Department of Biology at California State University, Northridge, has received one of the highest honors given by the Southern California Academy of Sciences, for his contributions to scientific knowledge regarding Southern California and to the region’s scientific community. The academy surprised Allen with its Wheeler North Award, during its annual meeting in early May, named for the pioneering marine biologist and environmental scientist whose work led to a better understanding of California’s coastal kelp beds. Read more
  • California State University, Northridge art history professor Owen Doonan has received the Hanfmann Lectureship, one of the most prestigious lectureships offered by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). He will be spending the next academic year traveling to some of the nation’s leading universities to talk about his work on Sinop, a small Turkish town on the coast of the Black Sea where people have lived for more than 2,500 years. Read more

SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library has been named the winner of the 2016 Innovation in Instruction Award by The American Library Association’s Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT). The award recognizes a library that demonstrates innovation in support of information literacy and instruction. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The Arkansas Volunteer Coordinators Association (AVCA) named Jolie Busby its 2016 Boss of the Year. Busby serves as the UALR executive director of the Arkansas Public Administration Consortium (APAC), a consortium of the graduate public administration programs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma

  • The Oklahoma Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages named University of Central Oklahoma professor April Haulman, Ph.D., Professional of the Year at the association’s spring 2016 conference. Haulman, an advocate for bilingual/multicultural education for more than 35 years, has served as the coordinator of Central’s Bilingual Education/Teaching English as a Second Language Program since 1983. Read more
  • Brandon Burr, Ph.D., an assistant professor in human environmental sciences in the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Education and Professional Studies, will receive the Emerging Scholar Award at the 107th Annual Conference of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) in Bellevue, Washington, on June 23. Burr is being recognized for the article “How Do Time and Vocational Stress Influence Attitudes toward Relationship Education?” co-authored by four researchers and later published in Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal. Read more

Western Carolina University
David A. Shapiro, the Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Carolina University, was honored by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors with the 2016 Oliver Max Gardner Award, the highest honor the board presents to faculty of the 17-campus system. Read more

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Spotlight

Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Tech University’s Because We Can student organization had already organized a successful drive to provide hygiene items to Russellville School District students in need during the spring 2016 semester. On the morning of May 28, Arkansas Tech students and faculty members took the project to another level when a truck carrying 44,000 bottles of Dove body wash donated by Unilever arrived in Russellville. Read more

California State University, East Bay

  • When Cal State East Bay senior Veronica Navarro was a junior in high school, she was told she would never graduate college, would have to live in a group home and would be working “in the back room” the rest of her life. But none of that is true. Instead, on June 11, Navarro, a liberal studies major with a minor in special education, will walk across the CSUEB commencement stage and receive her diploma. Read more
  • Cal State East Bay ASI president to lead California State Students Association. Read more
  • As the world prepares to watch its greatest athletes compete in the 31st annual Summer Olympic Games this August, Cal State East Bay professor Sukari Ivester is preparing to study the games’ effect on Rio de Janeiro, a city Ivester says has been long divided by staggering levels of inequality and social injustice. Ivester and 20 undergraduate students will travel to Brazil this summer where she will teach two classes: “Continuity and Change in Brazilian Society” and “Contemporary Issues in Brazil.” Read more
  • Cal State East Bay Medical Brigade Plans Humanitarian Trip to Panama. Read more

California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge kinesiology professor William Whiting, who has co-authored books such as “Dynatomy: Dynamic Human Anatomy” and “Biomechanics of Musculoskeletal Injury,” recently published an article in the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength and Conditioning Journal titled “Biomechanics of Common Musculoskeletal Injuries in American Football.” It was a review of the literature on force and mechanical energy sustained by football players and the mechanisms of common injuries, especially of the ankle, knee, hip, shoulder and cervical spine. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)

  • Three Frostburg-Arundel Mills engineering students worked with NASA engineers, and their work will soon be out of this world – literally. They built a data acquisition subsystem to capture images and environmental data for NASA’s environmental studies. Their data will pass through NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System, and their system may someday serve as an automated remote data collection point. Read more
  • Quintuplets Diana, Eric, Erin, Ian and Maureen Groff each earned their bachelor’s degrees from Frostburg this past academic year. Eric and Ian majored in fine arts with a concentration in illustration; Erin majored in earth science and Maureen majored in theatre. Diana graduated in December with a biology degree. Their decision to stick together also helped the family finances. After learning of the siblings’ story when they enrolled, FSU provided a multi-child discount to help ease the burden. Read more

Georgia College
May 2016 Georgia College graduate Michael Ziegler has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship to conduct paleoanthropology— the study of the origins of present human species using fossils and other remains—research this summer in the east African country of Kenya. He was selected as one of 30 students to take part in a research project at the Koobi Fora Nature Preserve. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • When Barry Kornhauser, assistant director of Campus and Community Engagement at Millersville University’s Ware Center, conceived of his wordless play, "Balloonacy", he hoped to provide children with entertainment that crossed language barriers. But, by substituting movement, expressions and body language for words, his play has resonated with an even larger audience, including members of the autistic community. Read more
  • Over 40 years ago, Donna Dingle became the first black cheerleader at Millersville University by making their 1970 junior varsity squad. This ground-breaker recounts the cheerleading experience that gave her the opportunity to don her school's colors while representing her fellow students of color. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
A Saginaw Valley State University selection committee chose 10 students to participate in the 18th class of the highly competitive Roberts Fellowship Program. The year-long leadership development initiative empowers students to grow through both academic course work and extracurricular activities designed to enhance their potential as future political, economic and civic leaders. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • The 2016 winner of the Crader Family Book Prize in American Values has been announced at Southeast Missouri State University. Dr. Sharon Tosi Lacey has been selected as the winner for her book, “Pacific Blitzkrieg: World War II in the Central Pacific,” published by the University of North Texas Press in Denton. Read more
  • Southeast Missouri State University senior Wesley Cox of Ferguson, Missouri, says he plans to run for public office and someday aspires to be president of the United States. Cox is getting a taste of his future this summer as an intern in the Washington, D.C., office of U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. Read more

Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Biology professor Megan Wise de Valdez and her students are surveying the mosquito that transmits Zika virus. Researchers are seeking 100 volunteer home owners in San Antonio who will allow the traps in their front yards for 10 weeks. Wise de Valdez is an expert vector biologist and has more than 15 years of experience with this specific mosquito. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The Society for Human Resource Management has awarded a 2015-16 Superior Merit Chapter Award designation to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s chapter of the organization. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
While the 2016 University of Houston-Victoria Community of Readers book is considered science fiction, the realistic science of “The Martian” combined with human elements made it a smash hit book and movie. All UHV freshmen will receive a copy of the “The Martian” by Andy Weir as part of the First-Year Academic Experience. The Community of Readers program is designed to establish a common reading experience between first-year students and the larger community. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop University men’s tennis player Steven Patrick has been awarded one of the two Bob McCloskey Insurance Big South Conference Graduate Fellowships that recognizes academic excellence and an intent to pursue postgraduate studies following graduation. Patrick and the other recipient, Longwood University women’s soccer player Olivia Colella, will receive an award of $2,000 to use for their respective graduate studies. Read more

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