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Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Tech University and Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen (THM) University of Applied Sciences in Giessen, Germany, have signed a memorandum of understanding that creates a student exchange agreement between the two institutions. Read more

Cleveland State University (Ohio)
The (Re)Connect to College Program at Cleveland State University is a collaboration between Cleveland State University and the higher education nonprofit College Now. The effort seeks to recruit, retain and graduate students in the Cleveland area who have previously dropped out before completing their undergraduate program. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
In its second year, the Academics, Community, Career Development and Employment program is a joint program between UA Little Rock and Easterseals Arkansas that gives students with intellectual and developmental disabilities a college experience and prepares them for competitive employment. Read more

Western Illinois University
A group of 26 teachers and school administrators from Myanmar spent the last 30 days exploring educational opportunities as part of a partnership between Western Illinois University and the International Language and Business Centre (ILBC) of Myanmar. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University (ASU) has received a combined $5 million gift from ASU alumni Lloyd Norris and Blake and Bryan Vincent to benefit ASU’s College of Business, and has named the college in their honor. Read more

Arkansas State University
Windgate Charitable Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Bradbury Art Museum at Arkansas State University, another step in its philanthropic support to the museum and its educational mission. Director Les Christensen credits the foundation’s gift for the museum's success with enhancing the region's access to and appreciation for the arts through an ambitious exhibition schedule and educational programming. Read more

Jacksonville State University (Ala.)
Dr. Wendy Stephens, Jacksonville State University (JSU) assistant professor of library media, has been named Kent State University’s 2018 Kenneth and Sylvia Marantz Fellow for Picture-Book Research. The $1,500 fellowship encourages scholars to use the resources of the Marantz Picture-Book Collection in their research on the study of picture-books. Dr. Stephens plans to teach a one-hour honors course related to contemporary picture books at JSU this fall. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith will host an NEA Big Read in Fort Smith this year, a community reading program with activities centered around a select book that includes a visit from the author. Read more

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Celebrating the institution’s 110th Founders’ Day, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma announced a $7 million gift from the estate of Nita R. Giles. This is the largest single gift the university has received to date. Read more

University of West Florida
University of West Florida biology professor, Dr. Alexis Janosik is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to take an inventory of reef fish communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Janosik received a $40,000 grant from NOAA and Red Snapper Congressional Supplemental Appropriations to evaluate fish species in the Gulf using the science of environmental DNA. Janosik’s work is part of a multi-pronged study by NOAA which uses a variety of methods to inventory reef communities. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Angelo State University (Texas)
Dr. Kenna Archer of the Angelo State University history faculty has been awarded the 2018 UNT Special Collections Research Fellowship by the University of North Texas Libraries. Archer will utilize the fellowship to fund her research in the UNT Special Collections for her project titled “Mucking It Up: A History of Rivers, Politics, and Improvements in Texas.” Read more

Arkansas Tech University
Two members of the staff for the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center regional office at Arkansas Tech University have earned statewide recognition for their performance and service to small businesses in 2017. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)

  • Columbus State University professor Joe Girard and his saxophone quartet, the Donald Sinta Quartet, received the Gold Medal this weekend in the 2018 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Read more
  • Dr. Sallie Averitt Miller, Columbus State University professor and Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation for the College of Education and Health Professions, was presented a Leadership Award by the Georgia Assessment Directors’ Association. Read more
  • Jacob Holt, Columbus State University assistant professor of political science, has been selected as a 2018-2019 American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. Read more
  • Dr. Chris McCollough, communications professor at Columbus State University, recently earned his second consecutive Wilcox Award. His paper titled, “Visionary Public Relations Coursework: Assessing Economic Impact of Service Learning in Public Relations Courses,” was recognized as the Top Teaching Paper in Public Relations at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2018 national conference. Read more

Jacksonville State University (Ala.)
Jacksonville State University Education Librarian Laurie Heathcock has been honored with the Alabama Library Association’s Humanitarian Award for her efforts in developing a Children’s Corner at the university's Houston Cole Library. The Humanitarian Award is presented to a person or an organization making a substantial contribution toward the development or improvement of a library or libraries within Alabama. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • The Southeast Missouri State University Autism Center for Diagnosis and Treatment was presented with a Missouri Community Action Network (CAN) Award at the Missouri CAN Annual Conference May 15 at Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. The award was presented for the center's outstanding community service and outreach in providing screenings and diagnostic evaluations for children suspected of having Autism and other developmental delays in the Delta region. Read more
  • A Southeast Missouri State University faculty member will play a significant role in the expansion and update of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum during the coming year. Dr. Pam Parry, chair of the Department of Mass Media, has been selected to serve on the Historians Review Board for the library and museum in Abilene, Kan. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Three University of Arkansas at Little Rock staff and faculty members—Benjamin Krain, AJ Smith, and Marjorie Williams-Smith—have art in the Arkansas Arts Center’s 60th Annual Delta Exhibition on display through Aug. 26, 2018. Their art is among the 52 works selected from more than 1,400 submissions. Read more
  • Three faculty members of the UA Little Rock School of Social Work were honored with the Golden Leaf Award at the National Association of Social Workers Arkansas Annual Conference: Elizabeth Fowler, field coordinator for the Master of Social Work program; Kelly Moore, an instructor; and Ruth Fissel, and adjunct instructor. Read more

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Dr. Tonnia L. Anderson has been accepted to the prestigious Bread Loaf Environmental Writer’s Conference. Anderson will work closely with Luis Alberto Urrea, a member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame and a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction. He is the critically-acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books and has won numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays. Read more

Weber State University (Utah)
For its efforts in creating the structure and impetus for the civic action plan, the Ogden Civic Action Network (OgdenCAN) was honored with the International Town & Gown Association (ITGA) Presidential Excellence Award during its annual conference in Columbus, Ohio, May 29-31. In addition, Weber State recently has been selected as an inaugural member of the Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative, where institutions commit their resources to enhance the economic and social well-being of surrounding communities. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • S.C. Cyber has recognized Winthrop University’s Joyce Camp with its inaugural Award for Individual Excellence for her efforts in promoting cybersecurity and computer science education. Camp, director of the Instructional Technology Center in the Richard W. Riley College of Education, accepted her award on May 23 in Charleston. Read more
  • Cameron Edwards, Winthrop University’s assistant director of sports programs, was recently elected as state director of South Carolina Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (SCIRSA). He will serve as the S.C. representative for a two-year term on the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (the NIRSA) Region II Leadership Team, which is made up of representatives and student leaders from 10 Southern states. Read more

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)
Three Angelo State University biology students won top prizes for their research presentations at the 2018 National Meeting of the Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) national biology honor society in Monterey, Calif. Read more

Arkansas State University
Twelve students at Arkansas State University are recipients of the prestigious Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in the annual competition administered through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Through the SURF program, undergraduate students conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)

  • Dr. Chris McCollough, Columbus State University (CSU) professor of communication, has been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Public Relations Education. The study examines the impact of using competition in the traditional public relations campaigns class. Read more
  • CSU’s Turner College of Business recently awarded three aspiring entrepreneurs with funding to launch their own businesses. The recipients were the winners of CSU’s 7th annual Business Plan Competition, which is open to both students and members of the community. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Four East Stroudsburg University faculty members in four different disciplines will take their students to four different regions of the world this summer. Faculty-led trips are a popular choice with students who have never traveled abroad alone. This summer study abroad courses are offered in China, St. Croix, Sweden, and for the first time Kenya where four students will spend a month completing an internship with a non-governmental organization. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg State researchers studying ticks in Mountain Maryland recently found that 25 percent have tested positive for Lyme disease. Now, they are asking the public in the surrounding region—where the pests and disease were once uncommon—to submit any ticks they find for testing. The resulting citizen-scientist data will be used to build a public map of Lyme hotspots across the region, which is popular with outdoor adventure-sports enthusiasts. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)

  • Every semester, Millersville University (MU) professor Theotis Braddy challenges his students to consider how they could improve the lives of people with disabilities. One of his spring 2016 students, Brian Kirn, took that challenge to heart and began volunteering as a puppy raiser through Susquehanna Service Dogs as a result. Neither the student nor the professor could have anticipated at the time that the first service dog Kirn raised would go on to train with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Read more
  • The student employees of the Digital Learning Studio in McNairy Library helped dog owner and Millersville employee April Speece build a wheelchair for her dog. Federal, or “Feddie” for short, is a barrel chested, Pug-Jack Russell mix who began losing muscle mass in his hind legs about nine months ago. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
A Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) student recognized for his leadership and passion for bettering SVSU students’ life on campus has added another national award to his résumé. Pedro Marin, a marketing major from Grand Blanc Michigan, earned the Student of the Year award from the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) during its annual conference May 25-28 at Arizona State University in Tempe. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • A Slippery Rock University (SRU) professor and her student research assistant are conducting research to discover compounds for antiviral drugs. Read more
  • Four SRU administrators co-authored a case-study article about the SRU’s approach to deferred maintenance and energy savings that was published in Business Officer, the magazine of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University is hosting six students from Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University in Vinnytsia, Ukraine, as part of a three-week internship program focused on learning about American education and culture. The students, who are studying to be English K-12 teachers, are learning about the U.S. education system and American culture, said Dr. Irina Ustinova, professor of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in Southeast’s Department of English. Read more

The University of Montana Western
Two Montana Western students are heading to NASA for the summer, where they will be participating in summer research internships at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Maryland. Business Administration and Mathematics double major Baleigh Doyle will be returning to Goddard for the second summer in a row, and Business Administration major Marcus Payne will be making the journey to GSFC for the first time. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • The Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail, a project of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Anderson Institute on Race and Ethnicity, has been named a part of the new U.S. Civil Rights Trail. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor is shedding light on gangs in rural communities that have a connection to urban gangs in Chicago. Dr. Timothy Brown, a sociologist and associate professor of criminal justice at UA Little Rock, is studying rural gang activity in a small town in the Mississippi Delta region with ties to gang affiliates in the Windy City. Read more
  • As a gifted education professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with more than a decade of experience, Dr. Bronwyn MacFarlane is always looking for ways to share the gift of education. MacFarlane recently explored this topic by serving as a guest editor of the Roeper Review, an academic journal. The special issue explored integrating STEM education with gifted curriculum. Read more

University of North Georgia
Six students from the University of North Georgia (UNG) have won Boren awards to study abroad, including the first UNG graduate student to apply for a Boren Fellowship and the first UNG student to win a Boren STEM Summer Initiative. David L. Boren Scholarships are funded by the U.S. Department of Defense's National Security Education Program and are worth up to $20,000, and the fellowships are up to $30,000 for a recipient to spend up to a full academic year studying abroad. Read more

University of West Alabama
Students in University of West Alabama’s welding program received a boost of confidence when officials from a national shipbuilding operation visited campus to assess their skills. When tested, 75 percent of the students passed the test and were offered jobs with Huntington Ingalls Industries, America’s largest military shipbuilding company and provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. Read more