Promoting Certificate Programs
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is now accepting applications for its new Career and Technical Education Resource guide, which is an opportunity for AASCU members to participate and promote their academic certificate programs to broad military student populations around the world. Deadline is October 15. Read more

New Reports from AASCU Corporate Partners
Three AASCU corporate partners—McKinsey & Company, EDUCAUSE and Lyon Software—have new postings on research and strategy. Issues covered include change management, optimizing the impact of IT in higher education, and the importance of reporting community impact. Read more



Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Aaron Haines and a class of 13 students from five PASSHE schools conducted a field study at the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (CBFS) in Wallops Island, Va. The students documented 90 terrestrial vertebrate species within Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge and identified three new species that had not been previously documented within the refuge by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more
  • Millersville University and LancasterHistory.org have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership in support of the Providence Project, a research project to tell the untold story of the founding of the United States and the birth of American values. Its goal is to create a compelling and captivating tale that communicates the importance of the Lancaster region and its people to the nation’s founding and to the establishment of its core values, while at the same time telling the story of the region’s Native Americans. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
A tornado struck Redden Village prompting Northwest Missouri State University students and others from throughout the country to take charge of the unfolding disaster and to work together to rescue and treat victims. The scenario was fictitious, but that hardly deterred the students, who were participating in Northwest’s third annual Missouri Hope 2015 disaster response field training exercise with community volunteers and local and state emergency responders. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
Saginaw Valley State University is contributing to improved learning in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) for some 11,000 K-12 students in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region, following a series of STEM professional development experiences offered this past summer. The Dow Science and Sustainability Education Center worked with 10 teachers from 13 school districts along with 10 SVSU undergraduates, 22 area high school students and 6 SVSU faculty conducting research on the Saginaw Bay Watershed piloting. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
Tarleton State University is beginning an eight-month study to better manage incarceration at Tarrant County Jail facilities. As part of its study, Tarleton will look at ways to better serve individuals with serious mental disorders, reduce the stay for nonviolent pretrial detainees and better prepare inmates for release without compromising public safety. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock recently launched the Center for Molecular Design and Development. Researchers at the center will use complex computer modeling to help find everything from more effective medical treatments to better alternative fuels. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • The University of Central Florida was one of only two universities selected to prepare an experiment for a miniaturized satellite mission as part of NASA’s Small Innovative Missions for Planetary Exploration (SIMPLEx) program. The project is a milestone for UCF. It is the first time the university has been selected to design, build and operate a satellite from start to finish. Read more
  • Inch by inch, participants pull themselves to the top of UCF’s adaptive-climbing rock tower, ascending high above their wheelchairs and achieving new heights that others sometimes think they can’t reach. Some other universities in Florida offer rock climbing to their students, but UCF is the only one to have an adaptive climbing wall, giving students with limited mobility a chance to climb. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia (UNG) has created a partnership with the Goethe-Institut the premiere global German language and cultural organization that will provide advanced courses for UNG students and expand the university's German language program. The Goethe-Institut, headquartered in Munich, has 159 centers throughout the world in more than 80 countries, but the agreement with UNG marks the first time the organization has partnered with an American university to offer language credit. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Appalachian State University (N.C.)
A $273,922, three-year grant awarded to Appalachian State University from the U.S. Department of Education will be used to support student veterans on campus. CEVSS encourages model programs to support student veteran success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students. Read more

California State University, Los Angeles
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Cal State L.A. a $3.3 million grant to launch a research and education partnership with Penn State University to help students pursue graduate degrees in materials science and engineering. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College's Curator of the Old Governor’s Mansion and Sallie Ellis Davis House Molly Randolph recently secured $11,182 in external funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The award will support programming for the Sallie Ellis Davis House. Read more

Governors State University (Ill.)

  • Zo Ramamonjiarivelo, an assistant professor in the university’s College of Health and Human Services, was awarded a grant of $83,451. The award is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ R03) 12-month grant that will be used for her project: The Impact of Public Hospitals' Privatization on Nurse Staffing. Read more
  • DeLawnia Comer-HaGans, an assistant professor in the university’s College of Health and Human Services, was awarded $100,000 grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The grant will allow Comer-HaGans to investigate the health of individuals with disabilities and who also have diabetes. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Victor Garcia, director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, received $101,843 from the National Institutes of Health/Prevention Research Center for his project, “Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award.” Read more

Midwestern State University (Texas)
Midwestern State University is one of 55 organizations nationwide to receive a $10,000 programming grant to host “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History.” Read more

North Carolina Central University
The departments of Chemistry and Physics at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) have received a five-year, $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) with Pennsylvania State University. Read more

Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University has received an $8 million gift from St. Elizabeth Healthcare to support its new Health Innovation Center. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Former Northwest Missouri State University President Dean Hubbard and his wife, Aleta, recently pledged $100,000 to assist deserving scholars through their namesake scholarship and the Dr. Joe Willey & Dr. Barbara J. Orr-Willey Fund. Read more

San Diego State University

  • A new $5.1-million gift to San Diego State University from the Moxie Foundation will strengthen the university’s capacity to prepare students for bold and innovative problem solving in the 21st century. The endowed gift will create the Zahn Innovation Platform (ZIP), the Zahn Chair of Creativity and Innovation, the Zahn Professorship of Creativity and Innovation, and the Irwin Zahn Spirit of Innovation Prize. Read more
  • William Wade, a 31-year career teacher in the San Diego Unified School District, has established a $2.7-million endowment to fund scholarships for students in San Diego State University’s Division of Undergraduate Studies. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Thurman Jordan recently established the Molly Frances Jordan Memorial Endowment for Biology Research. Named in honor of Jordan’s wife, the endowment will support Dr. Ragupathy Kannan’s research projects and allow him to hire UAFS students to assist in the field. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
A project to build a wearable robotic device at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock could help millions of visually impaired people. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • The University of Central Florida is one of only two universities in the nation to land a federal grant that could revolutionize the technology used to run power plants. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded UCF mechanical and aerospace engineering assistant professor Subith Vasu $1.1 million to investigate how power plants might be able to abandon the use of water to generate energy from steam and instead use supercritical CO2, a fluid state of carbon dioxide. Read more
  • The Air Force has awarded a $5.87 million contract to optics researcher Martin Richardson and his University of Central Florida team to develop new concepts for high-power fiber lasers. The contract is the one of the largest made by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to a single university for development of fiber lasers. Read more



Awards and Honors

HEED Award
A number of AASCU members are recipients of INSIGHT into Diversity magazine’s Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award. To see the list of those honored. Read more

Bright Spots in Hispanic Education
Several AASCU members are included in “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education,” recognition from the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Mike Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University, has been selected to receive an Honorary American FFA Degree. The award is given to those who advance agricultural education and FFA through outstanding personal commitment. Read more

State University of New York at Geneseo
Patrick X. Rault, associate professor of mathematics at the State University of New York at Geneseo, has received the prestigious Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) to recognize the quality of his undergraduate teaching. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • Two UCF professors are part of an exclusive group of experts selected from across the country to advise NASA about a mission to pluck a boulder from an asteroid and put it in orbit around the moon. Professors Humberto Campins and Daniel Britt were among 18 people picked for the panel that will help shape NASA’s “Asteroid Redirect Mission.” Read more
  • A new system that helps students in the DirectConnnect to UCF program as they transfer to the university is one of four winners of a national innovation award announced by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. The Pathway program was created to help student development, academic and career planning, and academic and social integration. Read more

Valdosta State University (Ga.)
Valdosta State University’s Frank Barnas won Best of Festival in the Faculty Scriptwriting Competition, Feature/Television Hour Category, at the Broadcast Education Association’s 2015 Festival of Media Arts. His script, “The Chosen Few,” was the result of four months of research into the Battle of Wanat, one of the bloodiest attacks during the War in Afghanistan that ended with nine Americans dead and 27 more wounded. Read more




Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University students earned top placings in the World Tourism Days Photo Contest, an exhibition highlighting the role tourism plays in South Dakota. Read more

California State University Channel Islands
A local network called VC STEM has just been named as a “STEM Ecosystem” by the STEM Funders Network, a nationwide initiative devoted to creating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities for students from pre-school to college. VC STEM is a network of companies, universities, government agencies, museums and a host of other local organizations that includes CSU Channel Islands (CI). Read more

California State University, Northridge
The Owens Valley is one of Los Angeles’ main water sources — pumping water to the region for the past 100 years. A team of California State University, Northridge anthropology, botany and environmental science professors are studying the environmental and human impacts on Owens Valley plant life over the past 50 years. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
The City of Frostburg has commissioned FSU student Parris Ashley to paint a series of public murals around town. Ashley’s Broadway mural design, the first major public art installation in Frostburg’s central business district, features church spires, an historic Main Street hotel, mountains, a steam engine, FSU’s clock tower and other iconic local scenes. Read more

Harris-Stowe State University (Mo.)
Taevin Lewis, a sophomore majoring in Biology/Pre-Medicine with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Science, is one of 83 students from 70 HBCUs selected as a student ambassador for this year’s White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCUs) All-Stars.  This is the first time a Harris-Stowe student has been named a White House HBCU All-Star. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
A new working paper co-authored by Christopher Jeffords, IUP Department of Economics, is listed in the Social Science Research Network’s Top Ten Recent Papers in Environmental Networks and Justice. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University senior Austin Cordell of Chesterfield, Missouri, has been named the recipient of the Delta Chi Education Foundation’s 2015 Borelli Family Leadership Award. The prestigious Borelli Family Leadership Award is bestowed upon undergraduate Delta Chis who excel academically and exercise unparalleled leadership traits within their chapters and campuses. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
Some 500 volunteers - students, faculty and staff from Stockton University - kicked off the university’s year of learning on Sept. 12 through community service projects ranging from voter registration, suicide prevention, water preservation, learning CPR, debating the death penalty and collecting books and food. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students embraced the unexpected when they joined prominent international street artists in painting murals across buildings in downtown Fort Smith. Read more

University of Illinois Springfield
Researchers at the University of Illinois Springfield are releasing results of a national survey exploring attitudes towards transgender rights and supportive policies. Read more