East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
To help first-generation college students, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania (ESU) launched its 1st Gen project in September. Faculty and staff who were in the first generation of their families to go to college will be invited to wear buttons that say “1ST GEN” to identify themselves on campus for current first-generation students who have questions or just want to talk to someone who was once in their shoes. As of fall 2016, first-generation college students made up 28.5 percent of ESU undergraduates. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s (UA Little Rock) College of Social Sciences and Communications (CSSC) rolled out its Merci CSSC initiative in August, which allows people to recognize those from the college who have made a positive impact by performing an act of kindness or going above and beyond to help someone. Dean Julien Mirivel, who is a well-known scholar on the effects of positive communication, said that acknowledging goodness and kind acts will encourage more people to perform similar acts. Read more
  • The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center, based at UA Little Rock, has started a new program to help rural businesses identify and target new customers, so rural businesses can remain competitive while dealing with dwindling population and online competition. Read more

Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University
Three veteran faculty members have been named the first recipients of Vaughn Professorships at Arkansas State University. The professorships were created through a gift of $3.69 million from the estate of James E. and Wanda Lee Vaughn, alumni of the university. The gift from the Vaughns, who were inducted in 1999 into the university’s Legacy Society for donors of planned gifts, also provided a scholarship endowment and other initiatives benefitting the university. Read more

Arkansas Tech University

  • A $667,000 regional workforce grant has enabled Arkansas Tech University to open a new automation technology laboratory at its Arkansas Tech Career Center (ATCC). ATCC houses nine programs—automation systems technologies, automotive service technology, computer engineering, construction technology, criminal justice/law enforcement, culinary arts, cosmetology, health science technology, metal fabrication and logistics management. Read more
  • External grant funding at Arkansas Tech University topped $5.6 million during the 2016-17 fiscal year, an increase of 3.8 percent over the previous year. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University was awarded a $785,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support South Dakota high schools in implementing computer science courses. The project, Expanding Pathways into Computer Science across South Dakota, will build upon previous work also funded by the NSF with an expanded focus: reaching rural regions and underserved students throughout the state, including those on or near American Indian reservations. Read more

California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Los Angeles has been awarded a $250,000 grant to create a fast track for students studying to become math teachers. The grant from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) will be used to create an expedited Integrated Teacher Preparation Program in mathematics, commonly known as SCOPE. Read more

Central Michigan University
​Two Central Michigan University physics professors are at the forefront of a four-year, $4.8 million U.S. Department of Energy research grant. The project spans five universities and 10 senior scientists. Read more

North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University has been awarded $16.3 million by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for a new Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) focusing on elevating the university’s health disparities research program. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
A nearly $900,000 grant awarded to Greenbush - The Southeast Kansas Education Service Center aims to help those teachers at public schools across Kansas by partnering with the Kansas Center for Career and Technical Education at Pittsburg State University to enhance its mentoring program. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Dr. Paul Crutcher, assistant professor of English at UA Little Rock, has received a grant from the Freeman Foundation to teach the Consortium for Teaching about Asia program to Arkansas teachers. Crutcher has received more than $15,000 to host the program, which is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about East Asia in elementary and secondary schools nationwide. Read more
  • Little Rock engineering company Bernhard TME has announced a $50,000 gift to the UA Little Rock’s Facilities Management Event Fund, which provides scholarships to facilities management employees. In the past six years, the fund has awarded 210 scholarships totaling $166,000. Fifteen scholarship recipients have completed degrees. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma alumnus and former student athlete Chad Richison, founder and CEO of Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc., has donated an additional $4 million to the UCO Athletics Complete the Dream campaign. As the second-largest gift in university history, Richison’s recent contribution is surpassed only by his previous gift of $10 million in 2015, the single-largest gift in university history and among the largest ever received by a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II institution. Read more

University of West Florida
The University of West Florida is partnering with JCPenney to participate in the JCPenney Suit Up program, a national initiative that allows students to purchase discounted professional wear. UWF President Martha Saunders has pledged $10,000 of personal funds to support the initiative. Read more

Western Carolina University (N.C.)
Western Carolina University’s Counseling and Psychological Services is the recipient of two grants that will go toward helping students who are in recovery from substance use. Read more



Awards and Honors

Colorado State University-Pueblo
Colorado State University-Pueblo Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jordan Steel will receive the 2017 National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) Four-Year College & University Biology Teaching Award at the 2017 NABT Professional Development Conference, Nov. 9-12, in St. Louis, Mo. The award recognizes creativity and innovation in undergraduate biology teaching and includes a $500 honorarium, a recognition plaque and the opportunity to present a 30-minute session about his teaching at the conference. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Four graphic communication students from Millersville University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Applied Engineering, Safety & Technology program won national awards at recent graphic arts competitions. Brittany Myers, Nicole McNerney and Connor Moyer won first place at the Gutenberg Awards contest sponsored by the Graphic Communications Education Association. Myers and Eli Brill received second place at a competition sponsored by the Association of Independent Corrugated Converters. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
The Citizen Continental American Telescopic Eclipse project to observe the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, in which Southeast Missouri State University participated, was recognized during a U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing. The project was documented as a model example of a citizen program doing impactful and educational STEM activities related to the Great American Solar Eclipse and is now included in the U.S. Congressional Record. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith student Garrett Rogers has a vision: to help students feel a sense of inclusion, not only at UAFS but around the world. He took steps to achieve that lofty goal when he entered and was selected as one of 15 finalists across the nation for AT&T’s Live Proud scholarship contest, which rewards college students’ ideas for on-campus LGBT advocacy projects. Read more




Arkansas State University
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and Queretaro Governor Francisco Dominguez joined System President Charles L. Welch and more than 850 dignitaries, guests and students to celebrate the grand opening of Arkansas State University (A-State) Campus Queretaro. The first American-style university campus in Mexico incorporates the A-State brand and Red Wolves logo. Read more

Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Radio Theatre, a project of the Arkansas Tech University Department of Communication and Journalism, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new resource for those who wish to indulge in the theatre of the mind. Archived broadcasts and performances of additional original material, classic literature and seasonal favorites are among the options now available to visitors online. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Supporters and friends of Black Hills State University (BSHU) raised a record amount at the BHSU Scholarship Gala for student scholarships. Steve Meeker, Vice President for University Advancement, said $42,700 was raised, the highest amount ever at the annual event. Read more

California State University Northridge
Scientists were worried that the El Niño of 2016 would devastate coral reefs along its path in the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea with its higher water temperatures. While that proved true for many reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef off Australia, Edmunds and a team of California State University Northridge biology graduate and undergraduate students found that not only did Moorea’s reefs survive, but the effects of El Niño coincided with the recruitment of new corals to the reef. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Students and faculty at Millersville University of Pennsylvania joined with the family of the late Dr. Lisa Schreiber for a clothing drive in her honor. The clothing drive for “Dress for Success” took place on what would have been the communication & theatre professor’s 50th birthday. Dress for Success is a nonprofit organization that provides services and clothing for women and men who want to move into professional careers. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • Southeast Missouri State University senior Tyson Roth of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., is fine-tuning his math teaching skills with the help of robots. Roth, a middle school education major, is student teaching at the Danby-Rush Tower Middle School in the Jefferson R-7 district to fulfill his student-teaching requirements. He is assisting Hillary Hensley, a 2011 Southeast alumna, with STEM lessons and the use of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot kits to teach math and technology to seventh grade students. Read more
  • Southeast Missouri State University biology students and faculty recently traveled to Churchill, Manitoba, to study first-hand the effects of climate change. The group studied wood frog reproduction from designated ponds while staying at the Churchill Northern Study Centre, a Canadian field station; spent time in the field; attended seminars with researchers; observed ring seals living on coastal ice sheets; and recorded data on arctic foxes in the tundra. Read more

Texas A&M University-San Antonio
The inaugural All-Texas Veteran Higher Education Symposium will be held Oct. 4-5 on the campus of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Created to bring stronger focus and impact on the academic paths of student veterans, the new annual event is a direct successor of the Military and Veteran Educational Support Symposium that the A&M System hosted for eight years. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
At several major international conferences this summer, a UA Little Rock doctoral student, Samer Al-Khateeb, presented his research on how social cyber forensics can be used to track how online deviant groups use social media to spread propaganda and misinformation. Read more

University of Central Florida
With Hurricane Irma barreling toward Central Florida, a group of UCF students chose to hit the streets of downtown Orlando to warn the area’s homeless population rather than evacuate. Eighteen members of the student organization Hearts for the Homeless Orlando checked with shelters and canvassed downtown to warn homeless people that a dangerous storm was coming and convince them to head indoors. Read more