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Programs

Dakota State University (S.D.)
High school students from over 20 states arrived at Dakota State University to learn more about cyber security and computer science. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, more than 180 students attended the Cyber Stars camp for free, which included all-day activities, supplies, room and board. Read more

Emporia State University (Kan.)
Beginning with the upcoming fall semester, sophomores, juniors and first-semester seniors majoring in elementary education at Emporia State University will bring iPads to classes and use them for assignments in much the same way their future students already do. The college students will learn to teach with the devices. The program, Hornet Connected Learning, creates a learning network to assist students with evolving technologies. It is being implemented in all elementary education programs connected with The Teachers College. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania Police and the IUP Department of Communications Media have teamed up to create an instructional video on how to react if there is a live shooter incident on campus. Read more

North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Durham Technical Community College (Durham Tech) have created a formal partnership that will offer the first residential, dual enrollment, transfer admissions program in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Housed in the Office of Enrollment Management under the Division of Academic Affairs, Eagle Connect allows students to live on NCCU’s campus, which is located half a mile from Durham Tech, and take advantage of the university’s campus resources and activities while making progress in their intended major during their first and second years at Durham Tech. Eagle Connect is designed similarly to Hoosier Link, a guaranteed admissions program with Indiana University Bloomington and Ivy Tech Community College. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Dr. Christina Frazier has dedicated her career to what goes buzz in the night, working to protect thousands of Missourians from mosquitoes. This summer she’s already tested 1,500 pools of 50 vector mosquitoes, each from St. Louis County, in Southeast Missouri State University’s Arbovirus Lab. About 12 pools have tested positive for West Nile Virus, but her concern this summer has turned to chikungunya, a mosquito-transmitted virus that causes extreme joint pain and fever. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake
University of Houston-Clear Lake welcomed administrators from Vietnam National University, Hanoi, in July for the signing of 2+2 program agreement between the two universities. The agreement allows students in VNU, Hanoi, University of Engineering and Technology to complete their first two years in Vietnam before completing their Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Read more

Western Washington University
Facing the Future (FTF)—an award-winning developer of teacher’s guides, student textbooks and digital resources that equip and motivate K-college students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable world—has become an independent program of Western Washington University. FTF will retain its name, partners and network, and will work collaboratively with university faculty and experts on scholarship, research and outreach. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Dr. William A. Taylor of Angelo State University’s security studies faculty has been awarded a 2014 Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation research travel grant to conduct research at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library on the University of Michigan campus. Read more

Appalachian State University (N.C.)

  • Appalachian State University has received a grant totaling $397,713 from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, to continue an exchange project between public schools in Watauga County (N.C.) and Taxila, Pakistan. The project will be directed by Dr. Jesse Lutabingwa, associate vice chancellor for international education and development, and Dr. Arshad Bashir, a Fulbright doctoral graduate from the educational leadership program in Appalachian’s Reich College of Education. Read more
  • A community-based landfill gas project in Brazil, piloted in 2009 by the Appalachian Energy Center located at Appalachian State University, will soon become reality. The Green Methane Committee in Fortaleza/Maracanaú, Brazil, which the Appalachian Energy Center helped form and train, will receive approximately $750,000 from the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment - National Fund on Climate Change to construct a system to collect and utilize methane gas from the Maracanaú Landfill. The Appalachian Energy Center also helped plan this landfill gas collection and utilization system. Read more

Central State University (Ohio)
The United States Air Force has awarded Central State University more than $500,000 over the next three years for training in “cutting-edge” research. The first allocation of $75,000 will be used in the areas of material research and for studies to improve the Lithium ion battery manufacturing technologies. The remainder of the allocation, roughly $250,000, will be received based on the progress made. In total, the university is slated to receive $516,000 for training from the Air Force through Clarkson Aerospace of Houston, Texas. It comes under the Research Collaboration Program of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Read more

Emporia State University (Kan.)
Emporia State University’s alumni, friends, parents, faculty, students and corporate partners made gifts to Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University totaling $15,532,470 during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. That total for the Emporia State University Foundation exceeds the previous year’s fundraising — a record amount in itself — by almost $6.5 million. Read more

Georgia College
Scholars from across the country recently attended the Flannery O’Connor National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, held at Georgia College. The month long institute gave 24 college and university teachers an opportunity to delve into the works of Georgia College alumna Flannery O'Connor. This marks the second time Georgia College has received a grant from NEH to fund the institute. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Anthropology Professor Dr. Sarah Neusius received a research award in the amount of $184,080 by the Archaeology Program of the National Science Foundation. The two-year project, entitled “The Development of Integrated Faunal Databases in tDAR,” will investigate how people living in the forested regions of interior eastern North America variously used fish, freshwater mussels and waterfowl between approximately 10,000 and 3,000 years ago. Read more
  • Nine Geoscience students accompanied faculty members Nick Deardorff and Jon Lewis into the wilderness of Oregon to study volcanic deposits and collect samples and other data. The group hiked over unstable terrain as they worked on lava flows ranging between 1,000 and 7,000 years old, dealing with daytime temperatures of about 105–110°F on the lava. All travel expenses for this three-week experience were provided by donations from alumni and friends of the Geoscience Department to the newly established Next Generation Field Geology Fund. Read more

Lyndon State College (Vt.)
Lyndon State College Foundation has received a grant from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation for the 2014-15 academic year. The $29,650 grant will help fund Kingdom Career Connect—an interactive, year-round, career-education program for 8th graders, developed by Lyndon’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Read more

North Carolina Central University

  • North Carolina Central University has received federal funding for research and training programs that are focused on protecting our communities against outbreaks of foodborne illness. Dr. Liju Yang, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at BRITE, received a grant of $497,723 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop better methods of isolating and concentrating disease-causing microorganisms in food samples. Read more
  • NCCU’s Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development, founded nine years ago as part of the Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, has become national leader in the field of training for emergency management and security preparedness, particularly in rural and underserved areas. In 2010, the Institute received $1.8 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to train faith-based and community organizations in emergency preparedness. The Institute’s “Mobilizing Faith-Based Communities in Preparing for Disaster” has been offered 31 times in 28 cities with participants from 17 states. A recently awarded federal grant of a $100,000 will allow the institute to continue this work. Read more

University of Northern Iowa
A team of University of Northern Iowa faculty members has received a $250,000 award from the National Science Foundation to pursue experimental research on thin-film materials. Because the fabrication of the materials and all the experiments will be performed on the UNI campus, undergraduate students in physics and other STEM fields will be deeply involved in all aspects of the research. Read more

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Presidential Honors

Sacramento State (California State University, Sacramento)
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) has chosen Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez for membership in its Hall of Champions, which honors individuals who have transformed and expanded opportunities for Hispanic students. Gonzalez, who served as chair of HACU’s Governing Board and worked to establish the western regional office in Sacramento, will be inducted into the Hall of Champions in October at the association’s annual conference in Denver. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Arkansas State University
John Salvest, professor of art at Arkansas State University, is one of only 102 artists from throughout the nation whose work was selected for a major new exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark. "State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now" will debut Sept. 13 as part of the museum's initiatives to discover and exhibit recently created artwork from across the country. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, a Global Spectrum-managed facility located on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, was ranked number three in the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Top Stops for venues with a capacity of 2,001–5,000 by Venues Today magazine. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
A Pittsburg State faculty member has been recognized for excellence in the field of career and technical education. Julie Dainty, assistant professor in PSU’s Technology and Workforce Learning Department, was named the Postsecondary Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education. Read more

University of North Georgia
Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia, and Dr. Donna Mayo, dean of the university's Mike Cottrell College of Business, have been named by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as two of the top 100 leaders in education in metro Atlanta. Read more

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)
Dylan J. Meador, a cadet colonel in Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847, has been named the Air Force Association’s 2014 Outstanding ROTC Cadet of the Year.
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Arkansas State University
Dr. Paul Sikkel, associate professor of biology at Arkansas State University and a field marine biologist, is co-author of a recently published article in PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed journal of science and medical research. Sikkel and his fellow researchers are exploring the red lionfish's low susceptibility to a generalist ectoparasite in both its native and introduced ranges, basing their work on parallel experiments in the Caribbean and the Philippines. Read more

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, along with two colleagues, conducted research that demonstrates that teaching via a preferred learning style does not improve student learning. The findings could have a significant practical impact on how future teachers teach. Read more

California State University, Northridge
While there is still room for improvement, women are making inroads in fields never thought possible just decades ago, except in a few areas — including the building trades. A recent study by California State University, Northridge sociology professor Amy Denissen and her colleague, Abigail Saguy, a sociology professor at UCLA, found that a combination of gendered homophobia and sexist stereotypes have kept the numbers of women to less than 2 percent of those working in the construction industry. Read more

Central State University (Ohio)

  • Dr. Liza Abram Benham, a faculty member at Central State University, was selected to participate in the College Board's Annual Advanced Placement Reading in U.S. Government/Politics, held last month in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each June, AP teachers and college faculty members from around the world gather to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams. During the June 2014 scoring sessions, more than 12,500 AP Readers evaluated more than 4.2 million AP exams. Read more
  • Central State was recently awarded $516,000 for training from the U.S. Air Force through Clarkson Aerospace of Houston, Texas for a 4-year period from 2014-17, under the Research Collaboration Program of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Read more

Dalton State College (Ga.)
Dalton State College has established a Turtle Assurance Colony. It houses several species of turtles, including some endangered species. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Amanda Poole, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology, was accepted into a five-day course funded by the National Science Foundation, held at the Duke University Marine Laboratories in Beaufort, N.C. The IUP undergraduate anthropology program has been nationally recognized as a leader in training students in the growing field of applied and practicing anthropology. Poole was one of only 11 anthropologists from across the country selected to participate in the training. Read more

Montclair State University (N.J.)
Montclair State University announced that it will become the first public university in New Jersey to adopt an SAT/ACT test-optional policy for all applicants seeking undergraduate admission. Effective this fall, the university will revise its freshman admissions protocol, placing primary emphasis on an applicant’s high school GPA combined with close attention to the specific courses taken. Submission of SAT and ACT scores will no longer be required, although the university will consider these scores should a student choose to submit them. The policy will take effect for the fall 2015 entering freshman class. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • Aubrey Darnell is nearing the start of her freshman year at Southeast Missouri State University, but her recent experience at Camp Redhawk has already jumpstarted her college career. Darnell, a 2014 graduate of Miamisburg High School, was one of nearly 200 students who attended Camp Redhawk this summer, a transitional leadership camp designed for new students preparing to enter their first semester at Southeast. Read more
  • Research capabilities in the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University are on an advanced path thanks to the addition of a new high tech tool—an unmanned aerial vehicle or “drone”—designed to enhance student learning. The new drone carries a minute, high-powered camera that shoots both photos and video. Southeast agriculture faculty plan to use the drone for survey purposes and focus on agriculture research, including spatial analysis and precision techniques. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Sarah Howard Jenkins, Charles Baum Distinguished Professor at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, has been elected to the Executive Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law.
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University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC undergraduate Katie Cano, ’16, political science, has been appointed to serve as the sole student member of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) for 2014-15.  She will be sworn in to her new position on August 15, 2014 by the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Calvert County.
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University of North Georgia

  • As of July 1, the University of North Georgia will achieve another important milestone in the consolidation process when its two philanthropic foundations merge as the University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc., with combined assets of $52 million and a mission focused on fundraising.
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  • The University of North Georgia held a summer graduation ceremony for more than 200 graduates on Aug. 2, including an 88-year-old World War II veteran who earned his Bachelor of Arts in English. Allen Fleming, a native of Elberton, Georgia, was joined at the ceremony by three dozen family members and friends from across the country who wore "Allen Fleming" buttons and held up congratulatory signs. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. has honored Marit Majeske, '07, house manager for the Hylton Performing Arts Center, with one of its renowned 2014 LEAD® Emerging Leader awards. She was presented with the award at the LEAD® 2014 conference last week in Chicago, Ill. Read more

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