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AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS NOMINATIONS
Nominate an outstanding alumnus for the AASCU Distinguished Alumnus Award. The deadline is August 1. For eligibility criteria and a nomination form visit DAA website

CHECK OUT THE LATEST OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL WEBINAR
The webinar and a PDF of the presentation, which focused on promoting Opportunities for All via social media, are available here


NEW AASCU WEBINAR SERIES
Helping Students Achieve Their Educational Goals by Supporting Them from Admission to Completion
AASCU is partnering with Hobsons on Tues, Sept 13, at 12:30pm ET/9:30am PT to offer a free, one-hour live webinar during which representatives from Metropolitan State University and North Hennepin Community College will share how the Minnesota state system helps students achieve their educational goals by supporting them throughout the admission, enrollment and transfer process onto completion.  Register now!

 

Programs

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Armstrong State University officials signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Army Cyber Center of Excellence located at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga. to share resources and help develop a cyber-trained workforce through education, innovation research and outreach. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Carl Stapleton has been overseeing the Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program for 13 years. The program partners with the city of Little Rock to monitor mosquito breeds, educate homeowners, and test for select diseases during the mosquito season. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake
University of Houston-Clear Lake became one of just 67 colleges and universities selected to participate in the Department of Education’s new Second Chance Pell pilot program. An experiment announced in July 2015, the pilot program would test whether participation in high quality education programs increases after expanding access to financial aid for incarcerated individuals. Read more

University of North Georgia
A small group of University of North Georgia (UNG) nursing students and faculty provided medical care to impoverished sugar-cane-harvesting villages in the Dominican Republic this summer. This was the first time on the annual trip that a UNG team was able to provide preventative care, thanks to a charitable healthcare grant. They also distributed hygiene products, vitamins with iron for anemia treatment and prevention, as well as oral health items such as toothbrushes. Read more

Western Washington University
Western Washington University students and faculty will be helping the city of Edmonds, Wash., on a range of projects – from developing a mobile app for downtown visitors to using GIS to help management of the city cemetery – during the 2016-2017 academic year. The Edmonds City Council on July 19 unanimously approved an interlocal agreement with Western to become the first city in the state of Washington to participate in the Sustainable Cities Partnership, a joint endeavor of Edmonds, Western, and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) to focus student energy and ideas on a variety of city issues and challenges oriented toward sustainability. Read more

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Worth Noting

The Chronicle of Higher Education 2016 “Great College to Work For.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education has designated a number of AASCU schools in their list of 2016 “Great College to Work For”. View full listing here

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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University
A new materials science laboratory will offer new opportunities for Arkansas State University students in the STEM disciplines as a result of a successful equipment grant of $50,000 from DENSO North America Foundation. The grant will support equipping a lab with digital fabrication technologies. Read more

Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Tech Career Center, a technical and career training entity operated by Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, will soon have enhanced capacity to deliver automation technology education and greater rural access to career education because of a $664,325 grant from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Read more

Armstrong State University (Ga.)

  • Armstrong State University’s Center for Applied Cyber Education recently held the 2016 Summer Cyber Camp in conjunction with the Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot Camp curriculum, awarding $95,000 worth of cybersecurity certification scholarships to 16 rising high school juniors and seniors. Read more
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded $279,297 to seven chemistry professors at Armstrong State University. The grant supports the infusion of polymer chemistry, a multidisciplinary science, throughout the curriculum. Read more
  • Savannah residents Michelle and Barry Vine presented a gift of $79,000 to Armstrong State University in support of the university’s state-of-the-art tennis complex, currently under construction on campus. Read more
  • The Home Depot Foundation and Student Veterans of America (SVA) recently awarded the SVA chapter at Armstrong State University $10,000 for its Military Resource Center on campus as part of the Vet Center Initiative. Read more

California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands, the University Preparation Charter School (UPS) at CSU Channel Islands and the Ocean View School District have been awarded a grant by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to expand practice-based training for new K-8 teachers in implementing the state’s math and science standards.
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California State University, Sacramento
Sacramento State and Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) have been awarded a $900,000 grant by the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation to expand practice-based training for new K-8 teachers in implementing California’s math and science standards. Read more

California State University, San Bernardino
Cal State San Bernardino’s College of Business and Public Administration will be named for businessman and philanthropist Jack H. Brown, executive chairman of Stater Bros. Markets, who last month generously pledged $10 million, the largest single cash gift in university history to the college. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Jeff Larkin, Department of Biology, received an additional funding award in the amount of $315,000 from Natural Resources Conservation Services for his project, “Assessing Wildlife Response to NRCS Conservation Programs.” Read more
  • Tony Palamone, Small Business Development Center director, received a funding award in the amount of $90,201 from the U.S. Small Business Administration/University of Pennsylvania for the program. Read more
  • Jeff Larkin, Department of Biology, received a funding award in the amount of $15,000 from the American Bird Conservancy for his project “Honduran Emerald Ecology and Conservation.” Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
The UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development recently was awarded a $2.5 million grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The grant is intended to help students from underrepresented populations earn their degrees. Read more

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced a multi-faceted "green" energy initiative made possible by a $1 million donation by Delmarva Power, an Exelon Co., the largest corporate gift in school history. Read more

University of West Florida
The University of West Florida was recently awarded more than $13,000 in grants from the International Paper Foundation, which supports U.S. nonprofit organizations within the communities where International Paper has operating facilities. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Two Winthrop University fine arts professors received $93,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to lead 16 university educators in the exploration of the commonplace book, scrapbook, friendship album, and travel books in Asheville, North Carolina. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Armstrong State University Associate Professor of Communications and African-American Studies Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar. Read more

Kennesaw State University (Ga.)
The American Democracy Project recently honored Jennifer Purcell, an assistant professor of leadership studies at Kennesaw State University, with its 2016 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma

  • James Machell, Ph.D., dean of the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma, has been selected as a member of a multistate network exploring how to improve educator preparation. The Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP) is an initiative sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers, a national organization of public officials who head state departments of elementary and secondary education. Read more
  • The Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management has recognized University of Central Oklahoma College of Business assistant professor of marketing Manoshi Samaraweera, Ph.D., with its Marvin Jolson Award for Best Contribution to Selling and Sales Management Practice. Read more

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Spotlight

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Three Armstrong State University spring sports teams stormed Denver for the NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival the week of May 16-20 and the Pirates brought home the hardware with outstanding performances for all three teams. Read more

Austin Peay State University (Tenn.)
Next year, Clarksville, Tennessee will be one of the best places in the world to view The Great American Solar Eclipse. On June 21, the APSU College of Education hosted an educational summit, “Preparing for the Big Event,” which provided elementary and middle school teachers from across Middle Tennessee with strategies on how to incorporate the eclipse into subjects such as science, mathematics, language arts, art and music. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • The findings from a joint study conducted by Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D., and the Tourism Crisis Management Initiative (TCMI) at the University of Florida show more than half of potential Florida visitors are concerned with the recent immense bloom of toxic blue-green algae in the state. Read more
  • For nearly two weeks this summer while a forest fire burned on nearby Crow Peak, the Black Hills State University campus served as a firefighting command center that housed and fed more than 600 people as firefighters moved into the area to battle the blaze. The fire, caused by a lightning strike Friday, June 24, was in a remote area with steep terrain resulting in a Type 2 incident. Read more
  • From preschool to adulthood, Black Hills State University is providing education to the community from the ground up. BHSU recently donated two raised beds to Children’s First and Little Jacket Learning Center. Preschool and school-age children who attend the centers are watching tomatoes, lettuce, and squash grow every day. BHSU Sustainability staff visit Creekside Elementary weekly where Kid’s Club Kids, a state licensed out of school time program, are working on a garden of their own. Read more

California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge paleoanthropologist Hélène Rougier has uncovered one of the biggest finds in her field — the first identified remains of cannibalized Neandertals in Northern Europe. The remains are part of the 21-drawer collection of bones excavated from the Goyet cave in Belgium found more than 150 years ago and are stored at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Details of Rougier’s discovery were published in the science journal Scientific Reports on July 6. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg music students gained new appreciation for a classic genre this spring during a unique interactive variety show: “Opera Surf: Find Your Own Channel.” The performance integrated musical numbers, classical opera pieces, musical theater scenes and even rap music as it shattered misconceptions about opera for audience and performers alike. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Jessica Dories, assistant director of International and Scholar Services, will serve in the National Association of Foreign Student Advisors Trainer Corps for a three-year term. Members of the Trainer Corps programs are experts in their field and are chosen to provide further training to others in their particular area. Read more
  • Scientists have called it a “murder mystery,” and an IUP faculty member—along with IUP students—are part of the research that may help to solve the crime. For the past five years, Jonathan Warnock, a paleoclimatologist in the Department of Geoscience, has done research at the Cleveland-Lloyd dinosaur quarry near Price, Utah, in conjunction with colleague Joseph Peterson from the University of Wisconsin. Warnock will be featured in the online educational game for children, Animal Jam, in a “Scientist Selfie.” Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University opened its first apiary to provide a home for honey bees and help fight the dangerous population decline of this essential species. Read more

The College of The Bahamas
The nation's leading tertiary institution, The College of The Bahamas is closer to becoming the University of The Bahamas with the passing of the Bill in the lower Chamber of the House of Assembly on 14th July, 2016, marking a major milestone in the fulfillment of a 14-year vision. It is anticipated that the long-awaited transition to university status will occur by Fall 2016. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Professors from the university's Little Rock Writing Project honed the writing skills of 18 high school writers in central Arkansas during the Emerging Writers Institute.
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  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock golfer Sabrina Bonanno has qualified for the 116th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pennsylvania. The match play event will be held Aug. 1-7. Bonanno, who was the medalist at the Illinois Women’s Amateur Championship in June, shot a 1-under 70 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Qualifier at Sportsman’s Country Club in Norridge, Illinois, to earn one of seven available spots.
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Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Three Winthrop athletic teams have been recognized by the NCAA for ranking in the top 10 percentile of the Division I Academic Progress Rate for the 2014-15 academic year. And a fourth team was voted recently as the Big South Conference Sportsmanship Award winner. Read more
  • Many people know the Winthrop University campus for its beauty, from the outdoor artwork to Hardin Garden in bloom. Now, a Fort Mill High School student has added another beautiful niche to campus: a rain garden behind the Bancroft Hall and Margaret Nance buildings.
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