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Programs

California State University, East Bay
At the university’s inaugural hack day over the weekend, engineering and biology students came together to build prototypes they hope one day will travel on the ground and through the air to fight the Zika virus. Read more

Colorado State University-Pueblo
The National Information Assurance Education and Training Program (NIETP) has announced that Colorado State University-Pueblo has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) for the academic years 2016 to 2021.The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) programs. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University
A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to Arkansas State University Museum will support planning for a permanent exhibit on the 1950s music genre known as “rockabilly.” The $39,983 grant will enable the museum staff to refine the content, develop conceptual design plans, and explore formats for a music trail in Northeast Arkansas that articulates with the exhibit and connects with contingent tourist districts in the region. Read more

Arkansas Tech University
The late Nina and Thomas Sprick have made a series of gifts through their estate totaling $1.1 million in support of scholarships at Arkansas Tech University. Read more

Lock Haven University (Pa.)
Lock Haven University recently received the largest gift from an individual donor in PASSHE history. Business consultant Stephen Poorman donated more than $7million dollars to the University. The College of Business, Information Systems, and Human Services has been renamed and the money donated will directly benefit students. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation recently awarded an $83,790 grant to Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Biology. Southeast will use the funding to support “The Status of Alligator Snapping Turtle in West Tennessee” research project, which consists of assessing the distribution and population status of alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) in west Tennessee. Read more

University of Central Florida
Professor Jennifer Kent-Walsh envisions a day when children who cannot rely on natural speech will be able to communicate and fully participate in their schools, homes and communities. The communication sciences and disorders faculty member is conducting groundbreaking research using technological innovations while teaching language and grammar skills to preschoolers, funded by a National Institutes of Health R15 grant. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
John Winthrop understands the importance of examining the past to prepare and plan for the future. A descendant of Winthrop University benefactor Robert C. Winthrop, he has embraced his family heritage and history to support Winthrop students with a new scholarship. He has established the $25,000 John Winthrop Endowed Scholarship, which will support full-time students majoring in history. Read more

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Presidential Honors

Stockton University (N.J.)
Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman was one of 30 university presidents from throughout the world who participated in a recent dialogue about challenges facing the higher education business model. The “Global Engagement: Global Challenges Program” on April 26-29 was sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Higher Education and Democracy Center in Philadelphia. Kesselman was one of 15 presidents from North America who joined others from Great Britain, Australia, Malaysia and other nations to learn about common, fundamental challenges facing institutions of higher education, and to develop solutions and forge potential strategic partnerships. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Angelo State University (Texas)
Three members of Angelo State University’s communications and marketing staff – Jayna Phinney, Tom Nurre Jr. and Ethan Lankford – won awards for their work from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the CASE District IV annual meeting in Dallas. Read more

Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University's "Up ’til Dawn" team of student leaders, achieved "signature-school status” with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of only 10 schools in the country to make the list. A-State students earned the recognition by meeting their fundraising goal of $60,000 at this year's Up ‘til Dawn event. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University assistant professor Jerry Rawlings has been juried into an international competition and exhibition at the uBe Art Gallery in Berkley, Calif. Rawlings also received the bronze award in the International Art Forward Competition. Rawlings’ portrait, “The Barber Shop,” was selected from over 700 entries for the uBe Art Gallery portrait exhibition titled “In My Absence.” Read more

California State University, East Bay
A paper written by Cal State East Bay Kinesiology Assistant Professor Matthew Atencio that explores the intersection of race, dance and recreational programming was recently recognized by the international journal Leisure Studies as one of the “best ever published from 2007-2014.” Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
For the third consecutive year Northwest Missouri State University has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. The university’s legacy of caring for trees and developing its lush landscape dates back to nearly 50 years before the institution’s founding in 1905. Read more

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)
Six Angelo State University faculty members have been selected as the fifth group of Community-Engaged Faculty Fellows and will develop academic courses for the upcoming fall semester that enhance ASU student involvement in the local community. Read more

Arkansas Tech University
A committee of Arkansas Tech University students from the Because We Can organization led a campaign during April that collected more than $6,000 in hygiene items for Russellville School District students in need.
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Austin Peay State University (Tenn.)

  • APSU receives rare leather-bound book, published in 1746. Read more
  • Austin Peay State University's historic Governors Stadium will soon don a new name through a partnership with Fortera Credit Union. The 25-year, $2.5 million agreement will see the home of APSU football renamed Fortera Stadium. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • Black Hills State University will award an Honorary Doctorate to Jodi Archambault Gillette, former special assistant to President Barack Obama for Native American Affairs, during the 171st Commencement Ceremony. Gillette, an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, grew up in South Dakota and spent her formative years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Read more
  • The Black Hills State University Debate Team won a national title at the Pi Kappa Delta National Debate Tournament in Lexington, Ky., recently. The national debate win is a first in BHSU history. Read more
  • A group of eight Black Hills State University students who spent spring break in the Philippines shared their life-changing experience with the community recently. Students in the new International Service Learning Program at BHSU hosted a presentation “Success in Sudlon;” BHSU partnered with Sudlon School in the Philippines to provide new learning opportunities for both BHSU and the Filipino students. The BHSU students created curriculum for the Filipino students with educational issues including bullying, self-esteem, and study skills. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Stepping outside her comfort zone helped Frostburg fine arts major Shea Crumbley learn to tailor her work to a client’s needs while avoiding copyright infringement. Now Crumbley’s eight-foot tall, seven-panel mural is installed across the Main St. façade of the Frostburg Public Library. The panels feature life-sized original depictions of literary mainstays and will be displayed for at least the next two years. Read more

Georgia College

  • Michael Ziegler, an environmental science major at Georgia College, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to participate in research in Africa for the summer of 2016. Ziegler will join a group of researchers from George Washington University at the Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya. In collaboration with other team members including Georgia College alumnus David Patterson, his research will involve aspects of modern and fossil ecology. Read more
  • Georgia College’s Chief Diversity Officer Veronica Womack spoke at the United Nations (U.N.) Offices in Geneva, Switzerland. She discussed her research on the Black Belt region with the U.N. Human Rights Council, Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent at their 18th session. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
The Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and the University Police Department at Northwest Missouri State University teamed up this spring to collect bottled water and monetary donations for residents of Flint, Michigan. The organizations hosted a series of drop-off days at the campus' Support Services Building, and their combined efforts collected about 5,000 bottles of water and more than $1,000 for Flint residents. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • Students and faculty in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture will present nine research projects at the 52nd Annual Missouri Academy of Science (MAS) Meeting April 22-23 at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. Southeast faculty, undergraduate and graduate students collaborated on research projects examining issues in horticulture, animal science, plant and soil science and agricultural education. Read more
  • Southeast Missouri State University will affirm its past, define its purpose and look to the future when it inaugurates Dr. Carlos Vargas as the 18th president of the University May 5 in the Show Me Center. Vargas was named president of Southeast Missouri State University March 4, 2015, and took the reins July 1. Vargas replaced Southeast’s 17th President Kenneth W. Dobbins, who retired June 30. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
Ninety-eight percent of the middle school and high school students surveyed by the Lloyd D. Levenson Institute of Gaming, Hospitality & Tourism (LIGHT) at Stockton University spend time on the internet every day, 89 percent play video games and 37 percent of them have gambled in some way, according to a study done for the New Jersey Lottery and Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group, LLC, as part of the Lottery’s responsible gaming program. The study focused on underage gambling perspectives and behavior and was supported by the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • A team led by UCF doctoral graduate Sean McMahon, ’13, and management professor Shannon Taylor has built an online platform that lets users quickly and easily search tens of thousands of scientific findings for useful and actionable information. Think of it like Yelp for research. But instead of helping users locate the nearest 4-star taco stand, Knowtro quickly finds and sorts scientific research on topics ranging from ethical leadership and job satisfaction to parenting, nutrition and other topics. Read more
  • What does the University of Central Florida’s star cyberdefense team have in common with the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls? They’ve all racked up three consecutive national championships. The student Collegiate Cyber Defense Club @ UCF locked up an unprecedented three-peat victory at the 2016 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in San Antonio. The victory comes on the heels of UCF being named a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education just a week earlier by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. It’s an honor that recognizes the strength of the university’s cyberdefense programs, curriculum, faculty and students. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
A record-setting 66 University of Central Oklahoma students traveled to the University of North Carolina at Asheville in April for the 30th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Central’s delegation ranked fifth overall in number of research presentations among the 388 participating universities and was the most of any school in Oklahoma. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
The S.C. Press Association has awarded The Johnsonian, Winthrop University’s student newspaper, its top prize for general excellence. This is the first time the Winthrop paper has won first place in the category for institutions with 5,000+ students. The Johnsonian beat out rivals The Daily Gamecock at the University of South Carolina and The Tiger at Clemson University. Read more

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