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Stephen M. Jordan, president, Metropolitan State University of Denver, assumed the chair of the AASCU Board of Directors during the association’s Annual Meeting. Read more

AASCU and its members marked the 50th anniversary of the Higher Education Act in a variety of ways. Read the story from Public Purpose, view commentary from former secretaries of education and Senator Alexander and read commentaries by AASCU President Howard and several university presidents. Visit aascu.org for more information.



California State University, Northridge
The presidents of California State University, Northridge and the American University of Armenia (AUA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to foster scholarly and educational collaborations. The memorandum enables faculty and student exchanges between the two institutions and encourages the development of joint teaching and research projects between CSUN and AUA faculty. Read more

Emporia State University (Kan.)
A new partnership with the Kansas Food Bank will help dollars donated to Emporia State’s campus food pantry stretch further. The university is the first to partner with the Wichita-based organization’s Stocking Pantries program. Corky’s Cupboard provides food for current students who may not have the resources necessary for daily meals. Read more

Northern State University (S.D.)
Northern State University established a Confucius Institute in April in partnership with the University of Jinan, China, to bring Chinese language and culture to North and South Dakota. This fall Northern State began teaching Mandarin to 21 students and welcomed an additional 26 students from the University of Jinan. In June this year a delegation of 10 faculty and staff from Northern State traveled to China as the university's first ambassador delegation to Beijing and Jinan. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
A new program at Tarleton is keeping students "well suited" for the job interview through a new Tarleton Suit Bank. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
Beginning this fall, the methodology of the University of Central Oklahoma’s Oklahoma A+ Schools (OKA+) will be put into practice in the recently launched Africa A+ Schools in Cape Town, South Africa (AA+ Schools-Cape Town). Schools in the OKA+ network — which spans early childhood to high school — commit to a set of eight A+ Essentials that are taught through ongoing professional development provided by professional educators and artists, known as OKA+ Fellows. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas)
University of Houston-Clear Lake took its place this fall among graduate physics programs recognized as American Physical Society Bridge Program partnership sites. The APS Bridge Program strives to prepare underrepresented minority students, particularly African-American, Hispanic and Native American students, for doctoral graduate work in physics. Read more

University of Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa is in an international collaboration with Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a water study of the Bagmati River. Fieldwork for the project began the second week of May and will continue through the end of 2016. The project is funded by a $56,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation. The Bagmati is polluted from industrial and municipal waste due to an increase in population and urban development over recent decades. Read more



Worth Noting

Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools
A number of AASCU members are recognized for their dedication as the higher-education institutions to active duty military students, post-military students and their family. Read more



Grants and Gifts

CSU Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) and three other Hispanic-Serving Institutions in California will share a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to encourage women to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Over the next five years, CI; UC Santa Barbara (UCSB); UC Merced; and San Diego State University will use the grant to establish the Center for Research, Excellence and Diversity in Team Science (CREDITS), a research and training program designed to encourage more women, especially women of color, to enter STEM disciplines. Read more

Emporia State University (Kan.)

  • A $496,277 grant from the 2015 Laura Bush 21st Century Library is funding STEM ALL: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: Information, Technology and Scientific Literacy for All Learners, a collaboration of the School of Library and Information Management and Department of Physical Sciences at Emporia State University. Read more
  • An anonymous donor has honored an outstanding Emporia State University alumnus with a gift of $100,000 and a challenge to raise an additional $100,000 in funds for students in five campus areas. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Rural Health and Safety received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration for a project to help prevent deaths from opioid overdoses. Read more
  • Deanne Snavely, dean of Indiana University of Pennsylvania's College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is part of a consortium of western Pennsylvania and northern Ohio universities to promote gender equity for faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs. Snavely will work with two faculty members from Case Western Reserve on the three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation's Advance Program. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Janie Dunning, the Missouri director for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, visited Northwest Missouri State University today to discuss future agricultural sciences programing with University leaders and to announce its receipt of a Rural Business Development Grant worth $39,735. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
To honor his parents, Holocaust survivors Wally and Lutz Hammerschlag, Lennard Hammerschlag has pledged $100,000 to a new Stockton University Foundation fund that will benefit educators who are committed to ensuring that the mission of Holocaust education and remembrance continues. Read more

Troy University (Ala.)
Troy University has been awarded a pair of grants totaling $2 million to train vocational rehabilitation counselors who will work with mentally ill or deaf populations in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. The grants, both from the Rehabilitation Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Education, will allow TROY to provide a minimum of 100 full scholarships over a five year period to students earning a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling degree. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
A long-time supporter of higher education and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock is donating $2 million to help the university's students. The gift from the Bailey Foundation establishes the Bailey Scholars fund and kicks off the university's new student success fundraising initiative for student scholarships and support. 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 pledged $10 million to UCO Athletics as part of its $15 million “Complete the Dream” campaign. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia (UNG) is supporting efforts to encourage area students to finish high school and enroll in higher education through $61,800 in grants awarded to seven area high schools. The grants from Complete High School North Georgia, an initiative housed in UNG's College of Education, target potential first-generation college students. Read more

Western Washington University
Thanks to a $5,000 Washington Rural Heritage Grant, the Western Washington University Libraries will be digitizing the correspondence, photographs, sketches, and papers of three prominent Pacific Northwest artists: Guy Anderson, Charles Stokes and Louis Mideke. Once digitized, this content will be added to Heritage Resources’ digital collections, as well as the Washington Rural Heritage website, making these materials publicly available for use in research, teaching and private study. Read more



Awards and Honors

California State University, East Bay
The National Stroke Foundation is honoring Cal State East Bay for its innovative and creative approach using music to help stroke survivors and others who've lost their ability to communicate. Read more

Georgia College
The League of American Bicyclists recognized Georgia College with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University (BFUSM) award, joining more than 100 visionary colleges and universities from across the country. Georgia College is now the fourth Bicycle Friendly University in Georgia. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected as a national Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Read more
  • IUP Professor of Communications Media Mary Beth Leidman's film "Intersecting Sparks: Art and Science, Research and Imagination" will be shown at the National Communications Association (NCA) Film Festival in Las Vegas. This hour-long documentary aired on regional PBS affiliate WPSU and is included in major university film library collections at UCLA, the University of Maryland, Indiana University–Bloomington, and Penn State, among others. This is the first time an IUP faculty member has won a place in any national film festival. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
A Saginaw Valley State University program that boosts health and wellness for its faculty and staff has earned the Midwest American College of Sports Medicine 2015 Active U Competition award. Read more




Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 has been recognized for excellence by the U.S. Air Force with the 2015 Right of Line Award as the top medium-sized detachment in the nation. Read more

Arkansas State University
Groups consisting of domestic and international business students from Arkansas State University had the opportunity to present what they learn in the classroom and how it becomes relevant internationally during an exhibition titled “Doing Business.” Read more

Georgia College
In partnership with the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Georgia College students hosted Project Stand Down for the at-risk veterans and citizens in the Milledgeville area. Project Stand Down is a one-stop model for delivering services to individuals and families who are homeless, precariously housed or at risk in any way, bringing multiple resources to one location for those in need. Read more

Henderson State University (Ark.)
A collaboration between three Henderson State University professors has produced a book outlining the steps to creating a graphic nonfiction story. Randy Duncan, Michael Ray Taylor, and David Stoddard combined their talents to write Creating Comics as Journalism, Memoir and Nonfiction. The book, which was published in October, provides student journalists, artists, designers, creative writers, and web producers with the tools and techniques they need to tell nonfiction stories visually and graphically. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
IUP was recognized for its tick surveillance capacity and is a suggested support organization in the “Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania” report drafted by the Task Force on Lyme Disease and Related Tick-Borne Diseases. Read more

Indiana University Southeast
The Indiana University Southeast student newspaper, The Horizon, took home the 2015 Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press at the National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas. It is considered to be the most prestigious award in collegiate press, informally known as "the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism." Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Ana Börger-Greco, associate professor of Spanish, aided the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, N.M. in the creation of an exhibit titled “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico.” Börger-Greco has lent 42 pieces from her and her husband’s collection of costumes to the exhibit, including high quality costumes from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘90s. Börger-Greco will travel to Santa Fe in late November to attend the pre-opening party and public opening of the exhibit. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Students in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Polytechnic Studies are demonstrating their “Will to Do,” building a foundation to support the health of beloved companions. Construction management students are constructing a standalone structure in the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building to be used as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Students at a local middle school learned more about computer programming by designing their own video games for a competition as part of the Adopt-a-Professor program, an educational outreach initiative coordinated by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith's Education Renewal Zone. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma

  • The University of Central Oklahoma Human Resource Society was recently awarded the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Superior Merit Award for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities to student chapter members. Read more
  • The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation has created the Nikita Prabhakar Nakal Scholarship to honor the memory of UCO graduate student Nikita Prabhakar Nakal, who died as a result of injuries sustained during the incident at Oklahoma State University’s homecoming parade Oct. 24 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Nakal, 23, arrived in the U.S. in July to pursue a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Central. She is from Mumbai, India. Read more

University of Illinois Springfield
Michael Lemke, professor of biology at the University of Illinois Springfield, has helped to construct a new exhibit that will soon go on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Read more

University of North Georgia
In its mission to develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society, the University of North Georgia (UNG) continues to grow programs and initiatives that invest in the internationalization of its faculty and students. One of the areas showing strong growth is UNG's study abroad programs, which now include 40 unique opportunities in more than 20 countries. In all, 284 UNG students studied abroad during the 2014-15 academic year. Read more

University of South Carolina Upstate
The University of South Carolina Upstate opened its Child Protection Training Center, which consists of a Mock House and a Mock Courtroom that will address the critical need for simulated training in investigations and child safety. The Center impacts the well-being of children by training child protection professionals to improve their skills in detection, reporting and responding to child abuse and neglect. Read more

Valdosta State University (Ga.)
Valdosta State University's independent student newspaper and Office of Career Opportunities have partnered to offer students the chance to earn cooperative education credit and a bit of cash by joining a brand new student-run advertising agency known as MAD Lab. This is a pilot business for a potential Student Business Incubator at VSU — an initiative that would serve as the central hub of entrepreneurial activity on campus and support student entrepreneurs interested in bringing their business ideas to life. Read more