Note: @aascu will take a short summer break. The next issue will be September 14.


Two AASCU Schools recognized with inaugural Excellence in Assessment designation for their commitment to measuring student success. Read more

This Webinar recording focuses on Empowering Student and Community Voices in a Respectful, Safe Environment. Listen to the webinar recording

AASCU's Arlene Jackson discusses international education in this new video interview with AIEA. Watch video

NEW WEBINAR: 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. Register now!



Arkansas State University
Inventors and Arkansas State University faculty members Ralph Ruby, Jr. and Paula D. Ruby have developed new applications for the A-State Academic Championship series that will help reduce student college expenses using a competitive tournament learning strategy. Read more

University of Alaska Southeast
The University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is starting a FINISH COLLEGE ALASKA initiative for adults who've earned some college credit but never completed a degree. More than 100,000 Alaskans may be able to take advantage of online degree offerings at UAS--focusing especially in business, accounting, teacher education, liberal arts, and social sciences. Read more

University of Central Florida
The beauty of Halley’s Comet streaking through the night sky in 1986 is responsible for launching Yan Fernandez’s career, which next month puts him smack in the middle of a historic NASA mission to explore a nearby asteroid. The University of Central Florida associate professor of physics is one of the scientists working on the OSIRIS-REx mission, a first-of-its-kind U.S. mission to retrieve a sample of a nearby asteroid. Read more

Western Washington University
Western Washington University has created the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity and named Sandra Alfers, professor of German in Western’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages, its founding director. The institute is named after retired Western Professor Ray Wolpow. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Arkansas Tech University
Tyson Foods, Inc. has awarded Arkansas Tech University a $67,760 grant that will allow the institution to fight hunger within its own population. The grant will assist in the creation of the Green and Gold Cupboard. Read more

Colorado State University-Pueblo
CSU-Pueblo has been awarded a five-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund Talent Search as part of its TRiO programs, beginning Sept. 1. Talent Search will help up to 500 middle and high school students annually with career exploration and secondary school success initiatives as well as transition into post-secondary education. Read more

Governors State University (Ill.)

  • Rebecca Wojcik, from the College of Health and Human Services, and Shannon Dermer, of the College of Education, have each been awarded four-year grants from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). The grants, totaling more than $4.6 million over the next four years, will fund scholarships for disadvantaged students who are preparing for careers in healthcare at GSU. Read more
  • Governors State University’s College of Education has been selected to receive a grant from the Library of Congress. The College will receive more than $200,000 in the first year of the three-year grant to develop science curriculum using primary sources from the Library of Congress. Read more

SUNY Geneseo
SUNY Geneseo’s Departments of Biology and Chemistry will benefit from a National Science Foundation (NSF) major research instrumentation award of $38,125 for the purchase of a new imaging system. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock received an anonymous $30,000 donation that will be used to create an endowed scholarship for social work students. The scholarship has been named in honor of Mark Krain, a professor emeritus of social work that worked at the university for nearly four decades. Read more

University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training recently received a $2 million award from oilfield services company Schlumberger to analyze downhole tool operations and develop targeted learning and training programs. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
The University of Houston-Victoria received a $500,000 grant from the M.G. & Lillie A. Johnson Foundation to purchase and install a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer. The spectrometer uses magnetic properties of atoms to determine the chemical structure of organic compounds. In addition to biology and biomedical sciences, students pursuing medical subjects, including health studies and nursing, will benefit from using it. Read more



Presidential Honors

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno President Joseph I. Castro was recognized with the Distinguished Servant Leadership Award on July 14 for his contributions to the Executive Leadership Academy at the University of California, Berkeley. The academy, which prepares visionary higher education leaders from all backgrounds to guide their institutions in a multicultural and global environment, is sponsored by the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more



Awards and Honors

Angelo State University (Texas)
For the second consecutive year, Angelo State University has been recognized with a Sustained Excellence Award in Fundraising by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The Sustained Excellence Award recognizes exemplary fundraising programs that have garnered a CASE Award for Educational Fundraising in either Overall Performance or Overall Improvement in three of the last five years. Read more

Arkansas State University
Bonnie L. Thrasher, former adviser to the Herald at Arkansas State University and former vice president of the College Media Association, will be inducted posthumously into the College Media Association’s John A. Boyd Hall of Fame. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University was again selected as one of the Top 200 Colleges for Native Americans by Winds of Change magazine. The major criteria for selection in the list include the American Indian support community at the university and the percentage of Native students who graduate. Read more

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno plant science professor Dr. Anil Shrestha was honored by the American Society of Agronomy with its Fellow Award. The distinction is the organization’s highest accolade. Award winners are selected based on their outstanding contributions in education, national and international service and research. Read more

Colorado State University-Pueblo
CSU-Pueblo Mathematics Professor Janet Heine Barnett has been selected to receive the 2017 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). In addition to receiving $1000 and a certificate of recognition, Barnett will deliver a presentation at the 2017 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta, Ga. Read more

Georgia College

  • Georgia College Professor of Psychology Tsu-Ming Chiang was invited by the president of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) to serve as a co-chair for CUR Assessment Strategic Pillar Task Force. Read more
  • The Association for Experiential Education (AEE) will present its 2016 Servant Leader Award to Dr. Elizabeth Speelman, director of the Georgia College Outdoor Center and Outdoor Education lecturer. She was nominated for years of service and commitment to AEE. Read more




Arkansas State University
Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity recognized Arkansas State University's Alexis Hurdle as Fraternity Greek Adviser of the Year during the group's international General Assembly in Miami. Hurdle was recognized for exceptional performance of her duties as assistant dean for Greek life at A-State. Read more

Arkansas Tech University
The Arkansas Tech University chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, has been named a Sigma Delta Pi Honor Chapter for its activities during the 2015-16 academic year. Only 13 chapters across the United States earned this distinction. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Alexandra Wiley, a physics and chemistry major at Black Hills State University, participated in the Davis-Bahcall program this summer exploring the world of modern scientific research. The Davis-Bahcall Scholars visited Sanford Lab where they learned about the low background counters at the BHSU Underground Campus and met with researchers working on dark matter and neutrino experiments. Read more

California State University, Northridge
The Iranian government has made it clear that it doesn’t like what Mehrangiz Kar has to say about what is happening in Iran or how Islamic law impacts women. The prominent Iranian lawyer, writer and activist— who has been harassed, imprisoned, exiled and suffered personal tragedy as the result of her and her family’s efforts to advocate for those without a voice in Iran — will teach a seminar this fall at California State University, Northridge that will explore how Islamic law, known as Sharia, adversely shapes the lives of women in Muslim-majority countries, as well as in Muslim communities in the West. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Maryland’s longest-serving circuit court judge might never have practiced law in the first place if not for the inspiration he found at Frostburg State University. As he steps down after nearly 33 years on the bench, Judge Gary Leasure and his wife hope to pay that benefit forward with a new scholarship for Frostburg students. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Efforts at sustainability now have a tangible representation at Millersville University. About 2,500 gallon milk jugs worth of locally sourced recycled plastic was melted down to form a bench and picnic table on campus. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Grant Lewis was one of 36 students selected to attend a national summer program designed to bring the top engineering students in the country to potential employers looking for new talent. Read more
  • One University of Arkansas at Little Rock student, Zachary King, spent the summer researching how to keep cars safe from cyberattacks during an intensive eight-week summer research program at UALR. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student, Denzel Jenkins, has received a National Gilman Scholarship to participate in a Spanish language intensive program in Costa Rica. Read more