Winter Break

Credit Hour will take a holiday break the week of Dec. 24 and will resume publication on Jan. 9, 2019.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Programs

Arkansas Tech University
An international exchange of ideas is allowing professors from Arkansas Tech University to partner with visiting scholars from Turkey and to pursue personalized approaches to teaching and learning in higher education. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Marketing and Management students at Black Hills State University (BHSU) are using concepts learned in their classes to help the community by working with local businesses. The Retail Management class was split up into groups at the beginning of the semester—each choosing from a list of local businesses that have reached out to BHSU professors for retail and marketing consulting. Read more

California State University, Long Beach
Holiday travelers shuffling through Long Beach Airport can catch a glimpse of what the city’s vibrant arts community has to offer now and through early next year. Currently on display are two installations by artists affiliated with California State University, Long Beach through a recent partnership between the airport and the university. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg State University (FSU) students from the FSU Chamber Singers and the FSU Chorale recently experienced the Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in a unique, thrilling way. Thanks to a new partnership, they entered the spotlight to perform alongside the acclaimed professional symphony under MSO conductor and musical director Elizabeth Schulze, gaining experience of the highest musical caliber. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Executives from Slippery Rock University (SRU) and Butler County Community College (BC3) signed articulation agreements that will pave the way for students to more efficiently transfer from BC3 to SRU and earn a bachelor's degree while saving time and money. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Police Department is hoping to make long-lasting connections with the campus community and surrounding neighborhoods with the start of a community liaison officer program. The community liaison officers will provide safety and security programming, answer questions about law enforcement, anticipate community concerns, and address safety issues. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas)
University of Houston (UH)-Clear Lake’s Department of Healthcare Administration’s prime location at the Texas Medical Center made it the optimal setting for a visit last summer from Chinese healthcare executives seeking an opportunity to learn more about the American health care system to help improve their own. The Center for Executive Education for the College of Business at UH-Clear Lake serves as the link between the university, local businesses and the community and offers numerous outreach programs. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia's (UNG) connections to Asia keep growing. UNG signed its only current agreement with an Indian university Nov. 6, forming a science and business partnership with BML Munjal University. Read more

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Worth Noting

Excellence in Academic Advising
NACADA, a global association dedicated to enhancing the educational development of students in higher education, and the nonprofit Gardner Institute have formed the Excellence in Academic Advising comprehensive strategic planning process, which establishes aspirational standards for institutions to evaluate and improve academic advising and to acknowledge the central role of advising in promoting student learning, success and completion. Twelve U.S. institutions were selected to participate, including a number of AASCU member institutions. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University

  • Arkansas State University received a $450,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) under the Transportation Alternatives Program, which will fund the second phase of a planned campus-wide multi-use path. Read more
  • Students at two particular Arkansas high schools will be the beneficiaries of an Arkansas State University alumnus's generosity. Jim Smalley of Fayetteville has committed, through his will, a gift of $1.3 million that is expected to eventually provide hundreds of scholarships to graduates of the two high schools from which he and his late son, Beau, graduated. Read more

Arkansas Tech University

  • Six Arkansas Tech University students tasked with solving a problem for Denali Water Solutions made their pitch to an audience that included nine members of the company’s leadership team on Thursday, Nov. 29. Read more
  • Leave it to SpongeBob SquarePants to bridge the seemingly vast cultural gap between an Arkansas Tech University graduate student and an 8-year old Indonesian boy. Read more

California State University, Los Angeles

  • California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) has received three grants totaling $3.7 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The five-year training grants will help prepare graduate students to pursue innovative approaches in working with children with disabilities. Read more
  • Cal State LA has been awarded a $525,000 grant from the Weingart Foundation to accelerate the achievement of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The three-year grant will allow Cal State LA to establish the Acceleration Initiative, which will prepare students from groups who are underrepresented to succeed in STEM. Read more

California State University, San Bernardino

  • California State University, San Bernardino’s Department of Nursing has been selected to receive a prestigious grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to educate diverse communities about the federal All of Us Research Program, which was created to gather data from U.S. participants to accelerate research and improve health. Read more
  • California State University, San Bernardino has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of nearly $1 million to increase the number of female and underrepresented minority faculty in its science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) departments. Read more

California State University, Stanislaus
Stanislaus State has received a $186,000 grant from the College Futures Foundation to assist the university’s efforts to improve support for transfer students and streamline transfer pathways. The university is developing an implementation plan to align and promote Associate Degree for Transfer Pathways with its three largest feeder community colleges—Modesto Junior College, Merced College and San Joaquin Delta College. Read more

McNeese State University (La.)
CITGO Lake Charles has made a $300,000 contribution to the First Choice Campaign for McNeese State University. McNeese has launched a three-year First Choice Campaign with its local industry partners and contractors with a goal of raising $1 million per year for those three years for sustaining growth and self-sufficiency. Read more

Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University professors Jani Ingram and Angelina Castagno received a grant to investigate the types of ethical issues Indigenous students and professionals experience in STEM fields and the extent to which Indigenous spiritual beliefs and taboos create barriers to the pursuit of STEM-related careers. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s (UA Little Rock) Center for Arkansas History and Culture has completed work on a $106,908 grant to digitize materials related to the history of segregation and integration of Arkansas’s educational system. The award was part of the Digitizing Hidden Collections and Archives initiative sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Read more
  • Dr. Shawn Bourdo, research assistant professor at the Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences at UA Little Rock, has received an $85,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how certain nanomaterials may enhance healing in bone wounds. Read more
  • A UA Little Rock professor and alumnus are using health entertainment and education to fight childhood obesity in Little Rock. This fall, Dr. Avinash Thombre, professor of applied communication, and Philip Bryant Sr., a 2016 graduate of the applied communication program, received a $1,000 grant through The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma 
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the University of Central Oklahoma a seven-year, $6,115,200 grant under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). GEAR UP is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The grant will serve 1,092 low-income students from 11 high-poverty, low-performing middle and high schools in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Read more

University of West Florida

  • The University of West Florida (UWF) has announced a major gift to name University Park Center the Darrell Gooden Center in honor of UWF alumnus Darrell Gooden and his wife, Debbie Gooden. In addition to naming the University Park Center, the Goodens’ gift supports capital improvements in athletics and establishes a range of scholarships for accounting and other UWF College of Business students, as well as athletic scholarships and First Choice Excellence scholarships, attracting the best and brightest to UWF. Read more
  • UWF has announced a $50,000 gift to the Argo Athletic Band from The Russenberger Foundation. Inspired by a passion for music, this donation will grow and support one of UWF’s newest traditions. In its inaugural year, the band has nearly 60 members, representing every UWF college. The Russenbergers’ gift will be used to meet a variety of needs for the band including scholarships, instruments, uniforms, potential travel costs and more. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Arkansas State University
Dr. Elizabeth Hood, Samuel S. Lipscomb Professor in Agriculture at Arkansas State University, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Hood was elected by her peers to be an AAAS Fellow because of her outstanding contributions to the field of plant biotechnology and molecular biology. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
Patrick Vitale, a geography professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently won the Ashby Prize for the most innovative paper of 2017 in the journal Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. Vitale’s article is titled “Making Science Suburban: The Suburbanization of Industrial Research and the Invention of ‘Research Man.'” Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Dr. Nitin Agarwal, Maulden-Entergy Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Science and director of the Collaboratorium of Social Media and Online Behavioral Studies, was inducted as a fellow of the Arkansas Academy of Computing for his contributions to computing in Arkansas. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma 
University of Central Oklahoma Executive Director of the Office of Global Affairs Dennis Dunham, Ph.D., was awarded the Outstanding Civic Leader Award by the Asia Society of Oklahoma, Inc. at its 30th annual Awards for Excellence Banquet in Oklahoma City on Nov. 10. The Asia Society of Oklahoma, Inc. presents the Award of Excellence to recognize outstanding contributions to further a cultural, civic and business partnership in the quest for a higher quality of life. Read more

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Spotlight

Arkansas State University

  • Amanda Medaries, a senior at Arkansas State University, has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for spring 2019. The scholarship allows her to study in the Bilateral Exchange program at North-West University in the Republic of South Africa during the spring. Read more
  • The Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble collaborated with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas to present a concert of holiday music. Admission to the concert was a non-perishable food item or monetary donation to the Food Bank, which provides support for needy families, especially this time of year. Read more
  • Davis Norris, a senior at Arkansas State University, is one of only six individuals in the country selected to participate in a prestigious and competitive theatre program. His application was one of more than 500 submitted for the National Young Playwrights in Residence Program, which culminates with professional actors staging his work. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • The Black Hills Food Hub, run by Black Hills State University (BHSU), is making plans to continue deliveries throughout the winter season to connect producers and buyers to help promote local food. The Food Hub offers BHSU students of all majors an opportunity to intern and participate in local food efforts working on campus and with agricultural partners. Read more
  • BHSU recognizes student Eryn Schlotte, the first female Combat Engineer in the state of South Dakota, who recently received the Distinctive Woman of Service Award from the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons. The Distinctive Woman of Service Award winner must currently be serving in the U.S. Armed Forces and is a woman of courage who has made a contribution of time or support to the community. Read more

California State University, Northridge

  • In little more than a month, California State University, Northridge marine biologist Kerry Nickols will board a ship with 80 women from 27 different countries and embark on an expedition to Antarctica to explore how they can work together to battle climate change. In the process, Nickols said, the women hope to heighten the influence and impact of women in making decisions that shape the planet. Read more
  • Two reports submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission by a California State University, Northridge criminology and justice studies professor James David Ballard raise concerns about the safety of transporting highly radioactive nuclear waste to two proposed interim storage facilities located about 40 miles from each other in the American Southwest. Read more
  • Nearly 10 years after arriving in Los Angeles not speaking a word of English, Dilek Ince, who graduated from California State University, Northridge in August with a bachelor’s degree in film, took a huge step forward today in cementing her career as a filmmaker. The Directors Guild of America Student Film Awards has given Ince’s senior film project, Amal, its Jury Award in the category of Outstanding Women Student Filmmakers. Read more

California State University, San Bernardino

  • California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) political science major and honors student Ciera Hammond was named a winner of the Portz Interdisciplinary Fellowship Award through the National Collegiate Honors Council for her research on youth voter turnout. Hammond is the first CSUSB student to win the Portz Award. Read more
  • CSUSB honored four of its students who are the inaugural recipients of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a two-year program that provides financial support, research mentorship and graduate school applications to underrepresented students who intend to pursue a doctorate in the humanities. Read more
  • Thirty-three CSUSB students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or STEM-related majors have been awarded scholarships from Edison International. About 75 percent of the funds were distributed among College of Natural Sciences students in Project STEM and 25 percent were distributed to students involved in the Center for Enhancement of Mathematics Education program. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)

  • A Columbus State University (CSU) non-traditional student and Navy veteran earned the first ever Georgia Power Business of Film Rising Star Student Scholarship. Read more
  • Two CSU Schwob School of Music students recently won first place in the Samuel Fordis Young Artists Concerto Competition in Atlanta. Passacaglia Mason and Ana Gribkova, both violinists and students of CSU professor Segui Schwartz, won first place in the "Artisan" and "Virtuoso" division of the competition. Mason and Gribkova will perform as soloists in Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" and Sibelius' "Violin Concerto" with the Georgia Philharmonic in Atlanta. Read more
  • CSU Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center and 12 volunteers from CSU's College of Education and Health Professions have completed the first phase of a STEM courtyard for Key Elementary School. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
Now in its ninth year, the TIMPANI toy study investigates how young children learn as they play with a variety of toys in natural settings. Faculty and undergraduate student researchers use the study’s evaluation rubric, which includes four subscales: thinking and learning, cooperation and social interaction, creativity and imagination and verbalization. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Different majors, different goals, different stages in life. But mother and daughter Maria Ortiz-Cintron, 46, and Victoria Cintron, 22, from East Stroudsburg, have been in sync all the way through their college careers. Both will receive their East Stroudsburg University bachelor’s degrees on Dec. 15, Maria in communications and Victoria in Spanish. Both are Dean’s List students who have won academic awards. And both are focused, motivated and determined to excel. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Millersville University (MU) hosted the “It’s On Us” education summit on the role of educators in ending sexual violence in our communities and schools. Through this summit, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Lancaster and MU strive to increase education and awareness around sexual violence; equip educators with tools to implement new strategies in classrooms and on campuses; and engage individuals in dialogue, networking and learning about available community resources. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University

  • Six Northwest Missouri State University students earned cash prizes and valuable presentation experience Tuesday during the 11th annual CS/IS Research Paper Competition, sponsored by Kansas City Power and Light. Each year, finalists for the contest are selected by a panel of faculty in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems, who conduct a blind review of research papers submitted by students in software engineering principles and systems analysis and design courses. Read more
  • Thirteen Northwest Missouri State University students recently earned awards in the nationwide Animal Agriculture Alliance’s College Aggies Online scholarship competition, and one of them was named a “Social Media Rock Star.” The nine-week competition challenged students to create weekly social media posts about different agricultural topics. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Eighteen cadets from Slippery Rock University’s Army ROTC program were selected for the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program. Program participants will travel overseas next summer with other cadets from across the country to countries including Peru, Lithuania and Argentina. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University senior Aaron Wendel was recently honored with the Rising Star Award from the St. Louis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) during its St. Louis ImPRessions Awards ceremony Nov. 15. Wendel is the first student to receive this new award, established to recognize a Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) member in the St. Louis region who’s achieved early career successes. Read more

State University of New York College at Oneonta 
Benjamin Reynolds, a freshman Political Science major at State University of New York College at Oneonta, is a busy guy. On campus, he attends classes, studies for exams and spends time with friends. At home in Johnson City, he's the newest member of the Village Board, making him one of the youngest elected officials in the state! Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Rosalyn Miller, former conference services manager at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) and current advisor to the UA Little Rock Delta Sigma Theta sorority, will deliver gift bags to the residents of Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Good Shepherd in Little Rock and Elmcroft of Maumelle. Members of the UA Little Rock Delta Sigma Theta sorority will help Miller deliver the gift bags to nursing home residents this month. Read more
  • The UA Little Rock College of Education and Health Professions is running a virtual food drive in partnership with the Arkansas Food Bank to raise money for those facing food insecurity issues in Arkansas. Read more
  • Derrick Alexander, a 36-year-old senior from Little Rock, was recently honored by Easterseals Arkansas as a Volunteer of the Year for the Academy. He will graduate from UA Little Rock on Dec. 15 with a bachelor’s degree in health education and promotion. Alexander is an intern for Easterseals Academy at Riverdale, a school for children with developmental disabilities. Read more
  • A UA Little Rock freshman is continuing his tradition of helping his community by starting a nonprofit organization that will be funded by his annual “out of this world” Christmas light show. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas)
For Antonio Corrales, becoming a great educator is the result of having years of experience in the classroom and plenty of guidance from good mentors. That’s why Corrales, who is an assistant professor of educational leadership at University of Houston-Clear Lake, has authored a book to help teachers—especially those new to the profession—become effective educators. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia (UNG) athletic teams raised more money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation than any other NCAA Division II school in 2017-18, marking the third-straight year the school has been the Division II leader. Read more