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Programs

Columbus State University (Ga.)
Columbus State University's TSYS Cybersecurity Center will present informational sessions on cybersecurity for families and small businesses in the community. Attendees will learn tips on how to better protect themselves from cyber threats. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
As a former Normal School, training teachers remains a cornerstone at Frostburg State University (FSU), yet fewer and fewer students are pursuing degrees in Education. FSU faculty have created Future Frostburg Teachers Teaching, an apprenticeship camp to get middle schoolers interested in becoming teachers, especially of STEM subjects. The long-term goal is to encourage more students to pursue education careers. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
The Northwest Missouri State University community is combining efforts and enhancing its work to help students start their careers with the launch of its “Career Closet.” The University is inviting community members to donate gently worn professional attire. It is accepting suit jackets, pants, shirts and dresses as well as accessories such as professional shoes, scarves, jewelry and neck ties.  Read more

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has established three new opportunities for parents to get more involved to help them connect more with their students and campus. Parents and guardians of all students have been invited to become involved in three engagement opportunities: parents are automatically in the university’s Parent Association, they are invited to serve on the Parent Advisory Board and will also have an option to become Parent Ambassadors. Feedback from parents has been positive. Read more

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Worth Noting

CASE Educational Fundraising Awards
Several AASCU member institutions have been recognized with 2018 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Educational Fundraising Awards. The awards program recognizes overall performance and overall improvement in educational fundraising programs based on data submitted to the Voluntary Support of Education survey. Read more

2018 Effective Practice Award
A number of AASCU member institutions have received 2018 Effective Practice Awards from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). Effective practices are peer-reviewed and evaluated against OLC’s five pillars of quality in digital education: access, learning effectiveness, faculty satisfaction, student satisfaction and scalability. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University

  • Arkansas State University’s Delta Center for Economic Development will receive a $564,240 federal grant over a five-year period to support the center's work in the Delta region of Arkansas. The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the first-year funding, awarded through the University Center Economic Development Program. The Delta Center will direct technical assistance to both public and private sector entities. Read more
  • Professors at Arkansas State University began a National Science Foundation-funded project to help students better prepare for careers in the STEM professions. The grant is designed to develop and evaluate a novel approach for helping biology students learn professional writing skills. Read more

California State University, San Bernardino

  • California State University, San Bernardino has been awarded a three-year, $960,000 grant by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to increase the college-going rates and success of Native American students. Read more
  • California State University, San Bernardino is part of a consortium of 16 California State University and nine University of California campuses collectively awarded a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to dramatically increase diversity in physics and astronomy through the Cal-Bridge program. Read more
  • The National Science Foundation has awarded $749,869 to California State University, San Bernardino as part of a $4.3 million grant to recruit and mentor 30 students from five community colleges to ultimately work in cybersecurity in federal agencies and departments. The program was designed to increase the level of diversity among students enrolled in cybersecurity programs and allow members of underrepresented communities to engage in the field. Read more

California State University, Stanislaus
California State University, Stanislaus has received an initial $125,000 grant to establish the Stanislaus State Catalyst Project, a project to expand the programs, workshops and information sessions currently in place to assist Dreamers. The grant is coming from the California Campus Catalyst Fund of Immigrants Rising, an Oakland-based organization that empowers undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. Read more

Eastern Washington University

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has selected Eastern Washington University to receive funding under the EPA’s Environmental Education Grants Program. The funding will help efforts to restore natural habitat around campus. Overall, the EPA is distributing $3.3 million to support projects nationwide, with Eastern set to receive $100,000 for environmental education activities and programs. Read more
  • An Eastern Washington University biology instructor exploring ways to protect one of nature’s most important pollinators, the honey bee, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Assistant Professor Jenifer Walke, whose research interest is focused on studying beneficial bacteria in the guts of bees, is receiving $208,415 over four years from the NSF’s Division of Molecular and Cellular Bioscience, Systems and Synthetic Biology program. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
A pair of faculty members at Indiana University of Pennsylvania recently received a $334,787 grant from the National Science Foundation to study biases in opinions relating to the testimony of experts in forensic psychology cases. Read more

Jacksonville State University (Ala.)
Biology professors at Jacksonville State University in Alabama and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas were recently awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create the Cell Biology Education Consortium. The consortium will build and support a network of faculty and students to provide resources and training that will make it possible for smaller, primarily undergraduate institutions and community colleges to create customized cell culture research projects. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University’s Dr. Duane Hagelgans, associate professor of Emergency Management, was awarded two grants by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the Blue Rock Regional Fire District. The grants total nearly $500,000 and will be allocated to acquire new equipment and to recruit and retain firefighters for Blue Rock’s all-volunteer fire company. Read more

Savannah State University (Ga.)
Savannah State University is preparing students to take on the challenges of big data in the real world through the Targeted Infusion Project in Interdisciplinary Data Analytics program, funded by a $399,974 National Science Foundation HBCU-Up grant. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
There's some heady research going on at Slippery Rock University (SRU) that could help humans wrap their brains around what's holding all their gray matter together. A research group consisting of faculty and students from SRU, Ohio State University and the University of Florida embarked on a study to examine how cranial growth determines skull shape, thanks in part to a $109,470 grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Noureen Siraj, a chemistry professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has received $188,863 from the National Science Foundation to study experimental methods of developing organic optoelectronic materials. Read more
  • An art collector was so moved by her experience visiting the students and employees of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock that she has donated a painting to the university. Read more
  • Mary Jane Stotts (MJ) Robbins loved creating art. It’s what drew her to Little Rock and then to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to study art. On Wednesday, Oct. 10, Robbins’ birthday, her estate announced a $40,000 gift to UA Little Rock to establish two new scholarships funds in her honor. Read more

The University of Montana Western
The University of Montana Western and Blackfeet Community College have been awarded a $1.4 million-dollar Indian Education Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education to address the indigenous teacher shortage on the Blackfeet Reservation. The five-year Indigenous Centered Education Project will support indigenous teacher candidates in the completion of their education degrees and certifications without the need for them to leave their local communities. Read more

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Pa.)
A gift by an alumna who struggled financially in school put the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford over its goal to secure a match from community members for its new Dean Evans Legacy Fund. The fund helps students who cannot register for the next semester because of an existing balance. Read more

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma recently received a $20,000 grant from Midship Pipeline Company to expand its STEM-focused MakerSpace in Nash Library. Read more

University of Wisconsin-Platteville 

  • A team of University of Wisconsin-Platteville researchers—in collaboration with both local and global partners—have received a United States Department of Agriculture grant of more than $270,000 to explore best practices for sustainable agriculture. Read more
  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville received a more than $105,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to research the properties of bentonite—a naturally occurring, high-swelling clay that plays a critical role in environmental protection. Read more

Western Washington University
Western Washington University Associate Professor of Psychology Jeff Carroll has secured a new funding stream from the CHDI Foundation to assist in his continuing research into the causes and potential treatments for Huntington’s disease, a fatal genetic degenerative brain disorder. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng was presented an award at the Leaders of the Year event. The Arizona Capitol Times accepts nominations from readers to recognize the outstanding individuals and organizations advancing public policy and impacting the state of Arizona. Of the 21 categories, Cheng was named the winner in the category of education. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Dr. Carol Spradling, the director of the Northwest Missouri State University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems, has been honored by Central Exchange with a STEMMy award, a recognition of trailblazing, innovating women who are setting trends and breaking barriers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or medicine. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Darrell Walker, head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, received the Kindred Spirt Award on Sept. 18 for his contributions to the arts in central Arkansas. Walker, who is an enthusiastic collector of art, was selected for the award for inspiring excellence in the arts in central Arkansas. Read more
  • Whitney Horton of the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center (ASBTDC) was recognized as a 2018 State Star at the 38th Annual America’s SBDC Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 4-7. Horton is a business consultant at the ASBTDC Lead Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. With the center since 2009, Horton assists potential and current small business owners with business planning, funding and marketing. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Winthrop University President Dan Mahony was inducted into the Pi Kappa Alpha Order of the West Range at the organization’s international convention in July. Established in 1986, the Order of the West Range recognizes outstanding alumni of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity for achievement in their careers, service to society or service to the fraternity. Read more
  • A Winthrop University accounting faculty member co-wrote an article that won an award this summer from a prestigious academic journal. Adriana Cordis, an associate professor of accounting at Winthrop, and Chris Kirby of the University of North Carolina Charlotte submitted their paper, entitled “Capital expenditures and firm performance: evidence from a cross-sectional analysis of stock returns,” for publication in Accounting & Finance. It appeared in the December 2017 issue. Read more
  • Matthew Manwarren, pianist and professor of music at Winthrop University, was named 2018 Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Music Teachers’ Association (SCMTA). The SCMTA Teacher of the Year Award is presented annually to a member of SCMTA in recognition of sustained excellence and achievement in teaching, professional development and service to colleagues and to the organization and profession. Read more

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Spotlight

Arkansas Tech University

  • The personal hygiene item drive to benefit the Green and Gold Cupboard that was led by the Arkansas Tech University (ATU) Staff Senate during the month of September yielded 164 pounds of donated items. Read more
  • ATU hosted more than 80 students representing nine Arkansas schools for the 2018 High School Leadership Conference at ATU on Thursday, Oct. 11. Read more
  • ATU student Shilo Schluterman met Javelin, a Labrador and hound mix better known as Javie, on a July morning three years ago. A veteran of two overseas deployments with the U.S. Air Force Air National Guard, Schluterman is sharing her story as part of a new documentary entitled “A New Leash on Life: The K9s for Warriors Story,” which was directed by five-time Emmy Award winner Nick Nanton. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • Black Hills State University hosted the first-ever major arts and education conference in western South Dakota recently. More than 130 people were in attendance. The conference brought together artists in the visual and performing arts, educators and community members for hands-on workshops, performances and an exhibition of artwork by conference participants. The conference goal was to equip participants to lead community-oriented arts projects in local communities. Read more
  • A record number of people attended the Black Hills State University Scholarship Gala recently at the Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Center. More than 235 guests supported BHSU with scholarship funds of $75,000. This figure broke last year’s record of $44,000 raised. A’viands received the Difference Maker Award for their $1 million contribution to the BHSU Foundation in 2017. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Josiah Freese, a senior Wildlife and Fisheries student at Frostburg, was awarded one of 12 national Wildlife Leadership Awards for 2018 by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The program rewards college juniors or seniors for demonstrated leadership ability, dedication to wildlife conservation and scholastic achievements. Read more

Georgia College

  • Students and faculty at Georgia College created the state’s first and only barbecue website: “Georgia BBQ Trails: Georgia History and Culture Through BBQ.” History professors Dr. Craig Pascoe and Dr. James "Trae" Welborn and several students researched the historic elements BBQ in the state and compiled it all together. Georgia BBQ Trails offers a list of authentic, locally-owned barbecue places on an interactive map. Read more
  • Georgia College alumnus Ian Bridgeforth is working with current students to knock on doors, encouraging low-income youth to vote come November. Bridgeforth graduated in 2011 with a mass communication degree and went on to found a nonprofit civic organization called Georgia Shift. The grassroots group seeks to give marginalized voters a seat at the political table. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania professor of anthropology Dr. Ben Ford participated in a workshop to scope a new National Science Foundation (NSF) initiative to study the impacts of coastal environmental variability and natural hazards on populated coastal regions. The workshop was organized to envision a new NSF initiative called Coastlines and People (CoPe). Read more

Savannah State University (Ga.)
Savannah State University will be represented by two students for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 2018-19. Antonio McMillan, Jr., and Sade Shofidiya were named HBCU Competitiveness Scholars. HBCU Competitiveness Scholars are chosen for their academic achievements, campus leadership, civic engagement and entrepreneurial spirit. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Robert Snyder, a Slippery Rock University professor of elementary education and early childhood, released his second children’s book, Why Did Daddy Have to Leave?, in June. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • Dr. Pam Parry, chair of the Department of Mass Media at Southeast Missouri State University, recently co-edited a new book about diversity issues on college campuses. The book is designed for use in undergraduate courses and features 38 case studies that were submitted by 23 contributors. Parry says the book is meant to encourage teachers and students alike to consider their own biases and realize the prejudice that still exists on college campuses today. Read more
  • Southeast Missouri State University sophomore Adam Schween told the university’s Board of Regents today that the River Campus provides some of the best facilities in the country and has afforded him a fantastic educational experience. Read more
  • Officials with Southeast Missouri State University signed agreements with representatives from universities in Guatemala, the Netherlands and Brazil, paving the way for seamless and cost-effective opportunities for students to study abroad. Read more

State University of New York College at Oneonta
Five State University of New York College at Oneonta students flew to England recently to perform in a choir in Durham, UK. The students rehearsed about 25 hours, during which they learned 18 short choral works for performance at the English Choral Experience course held at Durham Castle, part of Durham University. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Eleven University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) students were recently honored during a scholarship ceremony and banquet sponsored by the League of United Latin American Citizens Council 750 Little Rock. Read more
  • Businesses served by the UA Little Rock-based Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center network said the counseling they received led to $305.8 million in sales revenue last year, according to a recently released independent analysis of the program’s economic impact. The study also found that assistance from the center helped businesses retain 1,228 existing jobs, generate $8.3 million in state tax revenues and $3.8 million in federal tax revenue. Read more
  • Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has selected nine second-year students from the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law to serve as law clerks in the Attorney General’s office for the fall session. Read more
  • UA Little Rock student teams took two of the nine final spots at the UA BlockChain Hackathon at the University of Arkansas held Sept. 28-29. The hackathon featured 21 teams from Arkansas colleges and universities and was sponsored by nine large businesses such as IBM, Tyson, Heifer International, and J.B. Hunt, who provided challenges focused on using BlockChain technology for teams to present during the competition. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas)
During the day, Kai Bouchard is principal of Robert Turner College and Career High School in Pearland Independent School District. In the evenings, he is often at University of Houston-Clear Lake, working toward his doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis. And sometimes in between, he is in the Texas State Capitol giving expert testimony about the merits of the dual-credit program in his school. Read more

University of West Florida 
On Oct. 1, six UWF cybersecurity students won the ITEN WIRED cybersecurity competition for the second consecutive year. The UWF Center for Cybersecurity hosted the competition on its state-of-the-art Florida Cyber Range. Read more

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduate student Samantha Petitte uses beatbox as a tool in therapeutic recreation. It was a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Facilitation Techniques class that got her thinking about incorporating beatbox as a recreation therapy intervention. Read more
  • The implementation of inclusive teaching practices is happening across campus at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and one of several practices faculty and staff hope to spread with the new Equity Liaison Initiative. The initiative is a strategic, cooperative, campus-wide effort to identify and close equity gaps affecting students and employees. Read more

University of Wisconsin-Platteville 
University of Wisconsin-Platteville May 2018 graduate Daniel Brumm was part of a university team that took top honors at the third International Soil Judging Competition in Seropédica, RJ, Brazil, in conjunction with the 21st World Congress of Soil Science Aug. 8-12. Read more