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Programs

California State University, Northridge
California State University, Northridge has partnered with the University of California, Berkeley and the Compton Unified School District to launch a three-year pilot program to improve the retention rates of male teachers of color. If successful, the program’s organizers hope that it will provide a national model for increasing the retention rates of African-American, Latino and Asian men who choose careers as teachers. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania students from the Interior Design program are helping Punxsutawney businesses to “Connect” to success. Punxsy Connect is a coworking space project with a mission of providing easy access to temporary or permanent office space that includes all office amenities. The students will develop proposals for design of the space, offering real-world experience while helping a local community. Read more

Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University is working to grow partnerships south of the border. President Rita Cheng led a delegation of university leadership to partner institution Center for Technical and Higher Education University in Mexicali, Mexico, earlier this month to further develop programming and collaborative initiatives between the two institutions, specifically in engineering and business. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University and Metropolitan Community College on Feb. 14 celebrated a relaunch of their partnership to offer a concurrent enrollment model that increases the number of students completing associate and bachelor’s degrees in an accelerated format. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Farmingdale State College (N.Y.)
A National Science Foundation grant of $300,000 has been awarded to Farmingdale State College for a program that will bring minority Ph.D. students in the STEM fields to the college, where faculty will mentor them as teaching assistants, with the goal of hiring them as full-time faculty. The grant program dovetails with State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Kristina Johnson’s PRODI-G initiative, to develop more diverse faculties among all SUNY campuses. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania received $273,737 in continued funding for its Upward Bound Math and Science Program through the U.S. Department of Education for 2018-19. In addition to this continuation award, the program also secured $39,325 in supplemental funding for this project year to enhance existing programming and ensure success in STEM fields, including computer science. Read more
  • The University Libraries at Indiana University of Pennsylvania has received its largest single donation from the estate of Dr. William Culp, a 1957 graduate and retired faculty member, of more than $404,000 to the Dr. William Culp Library Collection for Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Culp established this endowed fund to support the purchase of library materials to benefit students and faculty studying transpersonal psychology and counseling. Read more

Midwestern State University (Texas)

  • Midwestern State University's (MSU) Associate Professors of Biology Ray Willis and Matt Watson received a $472,804 grant from the National Science Foundation that will allow the university's mammal collection, the third-largest in Texas, to be digitized so it will be more accessible for research. Willis will be curator of the collection. Read more
  • Wichita Falls rancher, businessman and game warden Pat Canan is a well-known figure in the Fain Fine Arts Center at MSU. Mr. and Mrs. Canan established an innovative scholarship program at MSU Texas that will help ensure that all students can access regular healthy meals, regardless of their financial situation. Read more
  • Suguru Hiraide, professor of art in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts at MSU, is the first recipient of a new fellowship that will allow faculty in the creative arts to spend one semester recharging their creative batteries outside of the classroom. The Jane Spears Carnes Faculty Fellowship in Creative Endeavors, made possible by a gift from Carnes, is a support grant to reward and refresh faculty in creative fields. Read more

Salisbury University (Md.)
Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture is embarking on an 18-month project to chronicle teams that once populated the Eastern Shore baseball leagues of the mid-20th century, thanks to a competitive $11,300 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Common Heritage Program. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Slippery Rock University has received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control through the Pennsylvania Department of Education to implement school wellness programs at six school districts in western Pennsylvania. The $8,880 grant will be used to provide training for K-12 school teachers and administrators that will help increase their students' physical activity and nutrition. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $116,650 two-year federal research grant to Southeast Missouri State University for Dr. Jeremy Ellermeier to study gene regulation in a gastrointestinal pathogen of humans. Ellermeier is a bacterial geneticist who uses molecular biology and genetics to study fundamental processes of bacterial cells. Read more

University Arkansas at Little Rock

  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) has received a $19,000 donation to help children of first responders in Arkansas afford a college education while carrying on the memory of first responders who tragically lost their lives on 9/11. Read more
  • UA Little Rock received a collection of 87 volumes of Urdu books that previously belonged to Dr. Muhammad Umar Memon, an American-based Pakistani scholar of literature and religion and late professor of Urdu language and literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas)
Denise Navarro’s, founder and CEO of NASA contractor Logical Innovations Inc., recent donation of $50,000 to University of Houston-Clear Lake’s College of Education established the STEM Educator Hispanic Serving Institution Internship Endowment, which supports future STEM educators-in-training. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria (Texas)
Crossroads Bank is donating $300,000 over the next 10 years to support the expansion of athletics at the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV). The gift is the largest cash donation the university ever has received in support of its athletics program and also designates Crossroads Bank a UHV Athletics Sponsor for each of the university’s sports throughout the academic year from 2019 to 2028. Read more

University of West Florida
Three University of West Florida faculty members are at the forefront of finding new methods to combat Alzheimer’s disease through their careful study of its progression. Dr. Crystal Bennett, Dr. James Arruda and Dr. Youngil Lee are concurrently studying the disease. Their research received support from former Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Health, awarded more than $94,000 in grant funds to support the study of the adaptive dance Alzheimer’s research. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Columbus State University (Ga.)

  • Columbus State University art professor Elizabeth (Libby) McFalls created a hybrid print titled "I'm an Excavator" that was recently selected to be featured in a Los Angeles exhibit. McFalls's print was one of 30 pieces to be selected out of more than 700 entries. Read more
  • Three staff members at Columbus State University's Coca Cola Space Science Center (CCSSC) recently received NASA's prestigious Group Achievement Award for their work on the Kennedy Space Center's first ever off-site NASA Community Day. CCSSC hosted a reception Tuesday to celebrate the award and honor all community members involved in the project. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Dr. Jonathan Warnock (Indiana University of Pennsylvania Geosciences) has been selected to represent the United States on an upcoming research expedition with the International Ocean Discovery Project. Scientists from around the world will spend 60 days at sea collecting marine sediment cores in order to analyze Earth’s past ecology and climate. Read more
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Director of International Education Dr. Michele Petrucci was selected by the USA Study Abroad branch of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to speak with international education audiences in Tanzania (Arusha, Karatu, and Dar es Salaam). She was selected after a national call was publicized to senior international educators across the United States. Read more

Indiana University Southeast
Dr. Sumreen Asim, assistant professor of education in the areas of elementary science and technology, has received top honors for her presentation at the Clute International Conference on Education (Science Track) held in Maui, Hawaii. Read more

Midwestern State University (Texas)
The mention of governmental accounting might make most people cringe, but Terry Patton, chair of Accounting, Management Information Systems, and Legal Studies, and former dean of the Dillard College of Business Administration at Midwestern State University, finds it fascinating. His expertise and reputation with governmental accounting have earned him a place on the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board. Read more

Northern Arizona University

  • Northern Arizona University's (NAU) cybersecurity expert was recently elected senior member of the National Academy of Inventors. The School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems Professor of Practice Bertrand Cambou has authored or co-authored 48 granted patents in his career and has disclosed 32 inventions at NAU, leading to a total of 35 patent applications. Read more
  • NAU's President Rita Cheng was recently selected for Phoenix Business Journal's Outstanding Women in Business list. Cheng is one of 25 women, and one of two educators on the list, being honored by the publication for significant contributions to their professions and Arizona communities. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Social media researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have been recognized with the best paper award at an international conference for their research on the behavioral analysis of digital societies formed on the video-sharing platform YouTube. Read more

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Spotlight

Arkansas Tech University

  • Arkansas Tech University will host 120 teams representing grades 3-12 from every region of the Natural State during the 2019 VEX Robotics State Championships on March 7 and 9. Read more
  • More than 380 high school and college students from around Arkansas participated in a statewide TRIO Day hosted by Arkansas Tech University on Saturday, Feb. 23. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Two students at Black Hills State University (BHSU) walked into their Small Business Management course with a business pitch, and walked out with startup funding. Several months later that business, Scobi Kombucha, celebrated its official launch Feb. 16. Bianca Hutzler (from Germany) and Carissa Hauck (of Belle Fourche, S.D.) say all their BHSU business and entrepreneurship classes were great preparation for their startup business. Read more

California State University, Long Beach
The campus hosted a workshop with more than 50 Southern and Central California lifeguards to help marine safety officers stay up to date on current science related to their work to protect beachgoers from sharks. Read more

Central Michigan University
Central Michigan University (CMU) leaders have announced the university has exceeded its goal of raising $100 million through its Fire Up for Excellence campaign, the largest and most successful fundraising effort in CMU history. The campaign has raised nearly $102 million, exceeding the goal more than three years ahead of schedule. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)

  • Samuel Vargas, a violinist and student at Columbus State University's (CSU) Schwob School of Music, was recently among eleven musicians nationwide to be named a winner of the 2019 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. Read more
  • CSU freshman and voice performance major, Aurora "Rory" Manley, recently won first place in the senior category of both the Georgia and Southern Division of the Music Teachers National Association Senior Voice Competitions. Read more
  • More than 30 CSU students and professors traveled to Plains, Ga., on Presidents' Day for an opportunity to meet President Jimmy Carter. Read more
  • Matthew Bowen, CSU computer science student, recently finished among the top three students worldwide in IBM's 15th Annual Master the Mainframe Competition. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
On Feb. 11, East Stroudsburg University hosted 87 girls from local elementary and high schools to join them in celebrating United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The female university students introduced young girls to STEM fields including biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and psychology, and created a hands-on experience for the students to teach them about the different fields. Read more

Lock Haven University (Pa.)

  • On Saturday, Feb. 2, approximately 80 Lock Haven University (LHU) students, faculty and staff celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering their time toward service and civic activities during the first LHU MLK Day of Service event. Read more
  • Jessie Anderson, a biology major with a concentration in biomedical sciences, has lived in Lock Haven his whole life and will graduate from LHU in May. But graduation will not be the end of Anderson’s education, as he plans to attend medical school, with aspirations of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon—operating on hearts and lungs. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
The goal of the Latino Student Leadership Institute is to teach Latina/o students about internships and other leadership opportunities. Kiara Lynn Garcia, a senior at Millersville University who will graduate in May 2019, took advantage of the opportunities that came her way and spent the summer of 2018 interning for Nike. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • Anyone who's been to the Storm Harbor Equestrian Center at Slippery Rock University (SRU) can see the benefits horseback riding has for children and young adults on the autism spectrum. Until recently, the evidence was based on the smiles on their faces, improved moods and other immeasurable indicators of reduced stress. But a recent study by a research team at SRU is helping assign empirical evidence to the value of therapeutic riding and equine-assisted activities. Read more
  • For a 24-hour period on Feb. 22, a group of 14 students—eight from Slippery Rock University and six from Butler County Community College—came together to visit a trio of Butler County agencies and lend their hands to make the facilities a better place for those they serve. Read more
  • A faculty-student research team from Slippery Rock University is working with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., helping scientists from around the world discover better ways to use supercomputers. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • The Southeast Missouri State University Cyber Defense Team has extended its streak as the reigning Missouri state champion after winning the 2019 Missouri Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Feb. 5 for the seventh straight year. The Southeast team now advances to the Erich J. Spenger Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Read more
  • The Cape Central High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cyber Patriot Team has made an impressive showing in its inaugural year by winning the Missouri state competition title in cyber defense with training from Southeast Missouri State University cybersecurity students. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) student has been selected for a competitive new entrepreneur accelerator program for early-stage, minority, and women-owned businesses in Arkansas. Nora Bouzihay, a doctoral student in education from Jonesboro, is one of 10 participants in the Arkansas Women’s Business Center and Remix Ideas’ unique program designed to support a segment of entrepreneurs that is often overlooked. Read more
  • A UA Little Rock student has received a $2,750 Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship award from the Arkansas Department of Education to research an outdated maritime law that lawyers invoked in an attempt to avoid or limit legal damages sought by victims and their family members in a tourist boat accident that killed 17 people last summer. Read more
  • A team of business students from the UA Little Rock have won second place and a $3,000 prize at the international Ivey Business Plan Competition held Jan. 25-27 in Ontario, Canada, for their business plan for a device designed to help interventional cardiologists perform minimally invasive heart surgery with greater safety and efficiency. Read more
  • Few people know about Arkansas’ history as the first and only state in the country to legally evict its entire free black population. Dr. Brian Mitchell, professor of history at the UA Little Rock, and a group of UA Little Rock students searched U.S. Census records, newspaper articles and letters relating to the forced migration to discover what happened to the exiles. Read more
  • A husband and wife team, who are both pursuing a Ph.D. in information science at UA Little Rock, are mentoring middle school students by sharing their love of games with a science fiction and fantasy club in South Carolina. Read more
  • UA Little Rock’s Center for Arkansas History and Culture has completed the digitization of more than 100 historic railroad maps that are now available online. The maps, created in 1917 and 1918, document the St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railroad and the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Arkansas. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas)
Keith Parsons, who is a professor of philosophy at University of Houston-Clear Lake, has co-authored a book with his longtime friend, retired United Church of Christ minister Paris Donehoo, that he says was inspired by the 2016 election of Donald Trump to the presidency. Read more