The deadline for nominations for the 2017 AASCU Distinguished Alumnus Award is August 3. Visit the Distinguished Alumnus Award website for more information—we look forward to receiving your nominations!    

AASCU looks to its corporate partners to provide subject matter expertise and thought leadership on an array of issues. To that end, read Winning by Degrees: The Strategies of Highly Productive Higher Education Institutions, an important report written by McKinsey & Company. 

EDUCAUSE and AASCU have partnered to provide AASCU leaders with executive briefs designed to help them optimize the impact of IT in higher education. The data in each brief has been customized especially for AASCU institutions and is part of a four-part series to be released in 2015. The first brief explores Key Questions for Information Security: Institutional Implications for Safeguarding Data at AASCU Institutions. For additional publications, be sure to visit EDUCAUSE Review.



California State University, East Bay
California State University, East Bay has partnered with the Contra Costa Economic partnership to host a week-long Discover Engineering! camp designed to inspire and educate prospective engineers, many of them from underserved communities. Fifty-six high school students will participate. Read more

California State University, Fresno
The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California state University, Fresno has developed Innovate Fresno State, a new program focused on finding, developing and funding community ventures. In its first year, Innovate Fresno State will coach three prototype teams with the goal of bringing their creations to market and being profitable. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University is the first and only university in Pennsylvania to offer classes that satisfy the new requirements needed to coach at a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athlete Association (PIAA) member school. Undergraduate students in the athletic coaching minor or graduate students in the sports management program are eligible to take the courses. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
A course at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith saw three UAFS students conducting research on tropical biology in Trinidad and Tobago. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma

  • The University of Central Oklahoma’s Small Business Development Center is now part of Central’s Center for eLearning and Customized Education. The change allows resident UCO business development experts Susan Urbach and Carlos Amaya — who together have a combined 41 years of experience at the center — to greatly expand the services available to Oklahoma City metropolitan area entrepreneurs. Read more
  • The University of Central Oklahoma recently dove into urban gardening with the addition of 17 swimming pool herb and vegetable gardens to one of the balconies of the Nigh University Center. Senior Carissa Jetto first came across the kiddie pool gardening method on YouTube while looking for a growing system that could be elevated. Read more

University of North Georgia
Students and faculty in the University of North Georgia's (UNG) Department of Physical Therapy recently hosted nine industrial design students from the Georgia Institute of Technology and their faculty team leader for a weeklong conference aimed at building innovative assistive technology for several clients with physical disabilities. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Armstrong State University received a $144,777 grant from the National Science Foundation. The two-year grant allows Armstrong’s biology department to fund the operation of a Next-Generation Genetic Sequencer and purchase 3-D technology, a flow tank, and advanced computer software in order to help students fully understand evolution. Read more

California State University, Fresno
A $10,000 gift from the Arnold Foundation to California State University, Fresno's Veterans Education Program will be used to launch the school’s new educational program in the fall to help Central California veterans and current service members transition into higher education. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg State University has been awarded a $100,000 federal grant by the Appalachian Regional Commission to develop its new geochemistry laboratory, which will help prepare students to work in the energy and environmental sectors. The grant will be matched by state sources, bringing total project funding to $200,000. Read more

Georgia College
Dr. Lee Gillis, professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Georgia College, recently secured $61,355 in external funding from the Enviros Wilderness School Association to provide research and evaluation services for two of their programs and the alumni from one of their programs. Read more

Grambling State University (La.)
AT&T has made a $50,000 contribution to the Grambling University Foundation Inc., for scholarships in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to be awarded to 23 students for one year. One superior student will receive a $5,000 scholarship, two will receive $2,500 awards, and 20 students will be awarded $2,000 scholarships. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Dr. Gregory Kenning, IUP Department of Physics, received a funding award from the U.S. Department of Energy, in cooperation with University of Texas-Austin, in the amount of $91,271 for year one of his project, “Phase Transitions in Mesoscopic Systems.” Read more
  • Dr. John Taylor, IUP Department of Geoscience, received a funding award from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $27,958 for his project, “Biostratigraphic and Paleogeographic Utility of Cambrian-Ordovician Triolobite Faunas in Alaska.” Read more

James Madison University (Va.)
The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University was awarded $249,948 from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement to create, deliver and maintain a custom geographic information system for the global conventional weapons destruction community, serving organizations working in post-conflict countries to remediate the harmful effects of landmines, unexploded ordnance and other conventional weapons of war. Read more

Montclair State University (N.J.)
On July 8, Montclair State University announced that it received a $20 million anonymous gift—the single largest donation the university has received in its 107-year history. Funds from the gift will be dedicated to support the university’s School of Business and to advance its mission of transforming today’s students into tomorrow’s business leaders, successful entrepreneurs and industry innovators. Read more

St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
During the next three years, St. Cloud State University's Corporate Education and Outreach staff will develop and deliver a new training program for Grede iron foundry in St. Cloud to provide entry-level and advanced training for more than 400 Grede employees thanks to a $335,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development under its Minnesota Job Skills Partnership. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
Dean C. Pappas, a member of Stockton University’s Board of Trustees, and his wife, Zoe S. Pappas, recently committed $250,000 to the University Foundation to establish a Greek Art and Architecture Fund. The fund will provide students with a variety of opportunities to learn through study tours, museum trips, visits from noted scholars, access to scholarly materials, and other experiences beyond the classroom. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
Tarleton State University will add a new leadership program—Texan Pioneer Leadership Academy—to its offerings next spring. The program is made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation to Tarleton’s nationally recognized School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
With the help of a nearly $400,000 federal grant, a University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor will soon launch a project that ultimately might improve cancer diagnosis and treatment. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma graduate student Phillip Harvey, along with 24 other students and educators from across the U.S., departed for four weeks in Rome in early July thanks to a $191,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for School Teachers grant awarded to UCO professor Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, Ph.D., and University of Texas, El Paso, professor Ronald Weber, Ph.D. Read more

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
USF Sarasota-Manatee has received a $50,000 grant from the Selby Foundation to support construction of a second modular laboratory for biological research. Read more

University of West Florida
The University of West Florida and Quint and Rishy Studer announced a partnership to develop the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of West Florida College of Business. Quint and Rishy Studer have committed $1 million to fund the center, which seeks to serve as a source of support for the complete life cycle of an entrepreneur. Read more



Awards and Honors

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Dr. Nandi A. Marshall, assistant professor of health sciences at Armstrong State University, has been appointed to the American Public Health Association (APHA) Science Board. Her term begins in November and will run through November 2018. Read more

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno faculty member Dr. Scott Sailor is the new president of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). Sailor is chair of the Department of Kinesiology and program director of the Athletic Training Education Program at Fresno State, where he has worked since 1991. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Slippery Rock University has won the 2015 APPA Sustainability Award in Facilities Management for its efforts in reducing waste, lessening greenhouse gases, and demonstrating leadership in green building design, recycling, and educational programs for students and community residents. Read more

St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
St. Cloud State University Communication Studies professors Jeff Ringer and Roseanna Ross accepted the 2015 Spirit of Peace Award June 15 at the Minneapolis Conflict Resolution Center’s Volunteers Dinner. They received the award for their work at the St. Cloud Conflict Resolution Center and community conflict resolution services. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Governor Asa Hutchinson has named Dr. Paul B. Beran, UAFS chancellor, an ex-officio member of the state of Arkansas’ new Career Education and Workforce Development Board. Read more

University of Illinois Springfield
Emerald Group Publishing named a paper co-authored by University of Illinois Springfield Biology Professor Michael Lemke as the Outstanding Paper of 2014 in the Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society. Read more

Western Washington University
Compass 2 Campus, a proactive effort that sends trained Western Washington University student mentors into schools in order to get more kids to see themselves as future college students, was just named an Expert Partner by Mentoring Works Washington. The program, launched by Western in 2009, has served thousands of students in nearby schools. Read more




California State University, East Bay
An idea conceived on a camping trip evolved into an award-winning project for three Cal State East Bay graduate students. Jason Anaya, Michael Emono and Richard Rizzo combined their shared interests in tiny houses, sustainability and dystopian fiction with their individual talents and expertise to create “Live Cube.” Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
The Society of Economic Botany presented a prestigious Travel Award to FSU Ethnobotany graduate student Laura Smith, who will travel to Clanwilliam, South Africa this summer to present her thesis research at the SEB’s 56th annual meeting. Smith spent two years combing through and visualizing data of 157,000 trees in Washington, D.C. to evaluate pest and disease impact on the urban forest. Read more

Lincoln University of Missouri
Jonathan Jackson, a senior business marketing major from Kansas City, has been sworn in as the first student liaison on Jefferson City’s City Council. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Amanda Sleinkofer has been selected as a participant in the 2015 University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Heliophysics Research Experience for Undergraduates program. During the 10-week program, 10 students from across the country will work with scientists from either NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center or UAH’s Center for Space Plasma and Aeronomic Research on projects related to various topics in heliophysics. Read more
  • Millersville University celebrated a historic moment when Matthew Campbell became the first doctoral student in the history of the university. Campbell is enrolled in the new program to work on his Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D). Through a partnership with Shippensburg University, the Ed.D is designed to provide school leaders with the skills and knowledge needed to implement programs to help children fully reach their academic potential. Read more

North Carolina Central University
U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch hosted a civil rights roundtable meeting at North Carolina Central University School of Law to address the current issues facing citizens. The topics discussed included human trafficking, hate crimes, voting rights, school safety, and community-police relations. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • Southeast Missouri State University senior Austin Cordell landed an internship in Tennessee this summer at AutoZone’s headquarters. His responsibilities are focused mainly in the treasury and risk management departments, and he is supervised by Southeast alumnus Steve Beussink, who serves as assistant treasurer of AutoZone. A member of Delta Chi fraternity, Cordell is the student representative on the Southeast Board of Regents and a member of the University’s Honors College. Read more
  • Colten Peterson, a Southeast Missouri State University junior, was selected for a highly-competitive, coveted internship working on a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) this summer in the Nebraska Summer Research Program at the University of Nebraska. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
New Jersey adults who studied U.S. government or civics in school were more likely to vote in recent elections and to participate in civic activities, according to a Stockton Poll released July 1 by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. Read more

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee

  • The State University System of Florida Board of Governors has voted to remove the enrollment cap for underclassman, allowing USF Sarasota-Manatee to grow freshman and sophomore enrollments. Read more
  • A national poll by USF Sarasota-Manatee researchers shows Americans warming to the idea of traveling to Cuba for tourism. Read more