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Arkansas Tech University
The first wave of Arkansas Tech University (ATU) elementary education students prepared under a new initiative in teacher preparation is making landfall in classrooms around Arkansas. Seniors from the K-6 elementary education program in the Arkansas Tech University Department of Curriculum and Instruction are engaged in student internship experiences during the spring 2018 semester. Read more

California State University, Long Beach
On the heels of the city’s adoption of the 10-year Economic Development Blueprint last year, faculty at California State University, Long Beach founded the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to foster startup businesses. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
The IF Institute as in “What if…?” gives East Stroudsburg University education students hands-on training teaching kids with exceptional abilities, while the children get to work together on advanced interactive lessons in a college campus setting. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
As a leader in implementing physical and health education programs in public schools, Slippery Rock University is one of two higher education partners with the Active Schools movement, a national collaborative that provides programming and resources for nearly 23,000 schools. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will host a summer institute where K-12 writing teachers can learn innovative approaches to the writing process and improve their teaching practices. Read more

University of West Florida
University of West Florida (UWF) and National Security Agency (NSA) announced a partnership to enhance cybersecurity workforce development and create accelerated pathways toward completion of an undergraduate cybersecurity degree program. Active military students can earn undergraduate credit hours at UWF by completing the six-month Joint Cyber Analysis Course designed to train individuals making them proficient in cyber analysis. UWF is one of only five higher education institutions that NSA has partnered with to offer accelerated degrees. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University’s College of Science and Engineering has added Angelo State University’s first scanning electron microscope (SEM), which was recently donated by the Hitachi Ltd. worldwide technology company. Read more

Arkansas State University

  • Emeritus registrar Leonard McDaniel has made a gift commitment to Arkansas State University’s College of Business for the Leonard and Mary Lou McDaniel College of Business Scholarship. The first scholarship will be presented at the annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference, March 29 in the Carl R. Reng Student Union. In February, McDaniel made a gift commitment to establish the Mary Lou McDaniel Master of Science in College Student Personnel Services Scholarship in memory of his wife. Read more
  • Dr. Shane Hunt, R.M. “Bob” Wood Endowed Professor in Sales Leadership and professor of marketing at Arkansas State University, and his wife Jenifer have made a gift commitment to endow a scholarship in the College of Business. The Shane and Jenifer Hunt Women’s Business Leadership Scholarship will be awarded annually at A-State’s Women’s Business Leadership Conference. The first scholarship will be awarded at the 2018 conference March 29 in Centennial Hall in the Carl R. Reng Student Union. Read more
  • Two scholarships have been endowed to Arkansas State University’s College of Business and will be presented at the fourth annual Women’s Business Leadership Conference March 29. The two are in honor of professors in the College of Business—Dr. Jim Washam, associate dean of undergraduate programs and associate professor of finance, and Dr. Patricia Robertson, chair, economics and finance, along with professor of business law and faculty coordinator for the Women’s Business Leadership Center. Read more

Arkansas Tech University
Dr. Richard Kluender and his wife, Katherine Kluender, have endowed a new scholarship specifically for upper-level students in the nursing program at Arkansas Tech University. Read more

California State University, Long Beach
A $442,000 subgrant was awarded to Cal State Long Beach by the CSU Foundation to support the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, which financially supports undergraduates on their paths to potentially full professorships. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg State University has received state funding to construct its first new residence hall in more than 40 years. The six-floor hall will feature 431 new beds, enabling extensive renovations of five older halls that house 1,100-plus students. The last new residence hall was completed in 1976, when the total student population was 2,980. Last year, Frostburg enrolled 4,725 undergraduates alone. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Two Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) graduates have committed a $1.4-million gift to support several initiatives within the college. The gift, by William and Judy Scheeren, focuses on IUP’s Literacy Center. The Scheerens’ gift also supports the campus’s Labyrinth Center, established to assist IUP students with autism to thrive in the campus environment, and scholarships. Read more
  • IUP has received two $1-million gifts in support of enhancing student experiences. Alumni Terry Serafini and Bill Madia and Audrey DeLaquil Madia recently committed to separate gifts, and both commitments will create transformative change at IUP. Read more
  • IUP has received a third year of funding from the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to continue the International Leaders in Education Program. This year’s funding is for $185,000. This brings the total in grant funding to $555,000 for this program. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop University was awarded a $1,000 grant by the Arts Council of York County for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The $1,000 grant supported the Winthrop Women’s Coalition March 1 “Women in the Arts: A Panel Discussion.” Read more



Awards and Honors

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills Food Hub, created and housed by Black Hills State University, received the Micropolitan Award at the 99th annual Spearfish Chamber Banquet and Awards Ceremony. The Black Hills Food Hub is an entity that has evolved to offer locally grown food from about 24 local producers to five cafeterias and restaurants in the region. Read more

Louisiana Tech University
Donna Hood, the director of Louisiana Tech’s highly decorated Division of Nursing and a champion of the nursing profession and its students, practitioners, and educators, was named the Nursing School Administrator of the Year at the recent Nightingale Awards Gala in Baton Rouge. The annual event honors excellence in nursing and is presented by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
“An American Hero,” a musical co-written by 2017 Southeast Missouri State University graduate Cody Cole of O’Fallon, Missouri, and Dr. Kenneth L. Stilson, Chair of Southeast’s Conservatory of Theatre and Dance, has been selected to be performed in this summer’s New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Now in its 15th year, the Festival is the premier musical theater event in the world. Read more

State University of New York College at Geneseo
SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Geography has been awarded the 2018 Award for Bachelors Program Excellence from the American Association of Geographers (AAG). The AAG selects geography departments or programs that have “significantly enhanced the prominence and reputation of geography as a discipline and demonstrated the characteristics of a strong and engaged academic unit.” The department is celebrating its 50th anniversary this academic year. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock women's basketball Coach Joe Foley was named the Sun Belt Conference’s Coach of the Year for the 2017-18 season, while three Trojans also earned Sun Belt Conference honors. Read more
  • Dr. Ashvin Vibhakar, Joe T. Ford Chair of Finance at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is among 15 new members of the Arkansas District Export Council appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake (Texas)
University of Houston-Clear Lake Professor of Chemistry Daniel Zerong Wang is recipient of a 2018 PROSE Award, the Association of American Publishers’ highest honors for professional and scholarly works. Wang won the award in the category of Multivolume Reference/Science for the “Encyclopedia of Physical Organic Chemistry,” published by the prestigious John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in 2017. Wang served as editor-in-chief of the project. Read more

Weber State University (Utah)
For its work creating a dating violence prevention curriculum specific to the LGBTQ+ community, Weber State University’s Safe@Weber Violence Prevention Team was honored by NASPA (student affairs administrators in higher education), as the 2018 Best Practice in Prevention Activities award winner. The award was presented March 6, during NASPA’s annual Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Knowledge Community Awards Reception, held in Philadelphia. Read more

Western Illinois University

  • Department of Broadcasting and Journalism faculty member Jasmine Crighton was recently awarded two advisor of the year honors from national media organizations for her work at Western Illinois University (WIU). Crighton was awarded the Jeff Tellis Outstanding Advisor Award for College Television by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System. Crighton was also recognized as Advisor of the Year by the National Broadcasting Society for her work with WIU's NBS-AERho chapter. Read more
  • The WIU Libraries’ Laws of Illinois website has been officially recognized as a Bicentennial Project by the Illinois Bicentennial Commission. The website, which is available through the WIU Libraries, links to digitized volumes of the Laws of Illinois from 1818-1920 and 1971-present, volumes of the laws for the Northwest, Indiana and Illinois Territories and volumes of Illinois Revised Statutes. Read more




Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • The 2017 fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game concluded with Black Hills State University (BHSU) taking top honors. BHSU mass communication major Micalyn Parry won the college division with a final portfolio value of $115,833. This was the highest portfolio in South Dakota, with a return on investment of 15.8 percent in ten weeks. Parry participated in the program as part of her survey of business course. Read more
  • BHSU students and faculty members returned from Europe this week as part of the course “Nazi Germany and the Holocaust: History, Memory, and Legacy.” The group explored Germany, Poland, and the Czech Republic for an international learning experience during Spring Break and will present a public presentation of their experience on April 12, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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California State University, Long Beach

  • People can leave reality behind—perhaps for a bit—with the California State University, Long Beach, Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship's campus-wide Virtual Reality (VR) Day. The goal is to highlight the school's and industry's diversity, including gender, intellectual and racial, and prepare minorities to be VR industry contributors, organizers said. Read more
  • Professor Sophia Pandya of California State University, Long Beach has been researching women's movements across the Muslim world. Read more

Georgia College

  • A Georgia College Mock Trial team got perfect ranking, tying for first-place Best Witness at the recent three-day regional tournament at the University of Central Florida sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Georgia College—competing against 26 other teams—also tied for third-place Best Attorney and was awarded the “Spirit of AMTA Award,” given to the team that “best exemplifies the ideals of honesty, civility and fair play.” Read more
  • Georgia College Junior Julia Steele has been named a Newman Civic Fellow. Steele, an environmental science major and public health minor, was selected by campus administration and is one of the 268 students who will make up the organization’s 2018 cohort. She was recognized for her Campus Kitchen Project, which teams dining services with student leaders to keep food from going to waste and turns it into meals for people struggling with food insecurities. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Over 540 students making up 83 teams from 50 different schools will meet at Millersville University to participate in the East Central Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind competition. Odyssey of the Mind, an international program that challenges students from kindergarten through 12th grade to solve unique problems ranging from STEM to the arts, will take place on March 10. Read more
  • Briana Spears, a junior studying Speech Communication with a concentration in Public Relations at Millersville was recently elected the Vice President of Digital Communication on the National Board of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
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  • Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, announced Millersville University sophomore Brandon Lee as one of its 2018 Newman Civic Fellows. Lee, who was nominated by President John Anderson for his exemplary leadership, is majoring in sociology with a criminology option, and government and political affairs. Read more
  • Senior business administration major Cheyenne Fisher represented Millersville University at the Great Lakes Academy of Legal Studies in Business and received the award for Best Student Paper and Presentation. Fisher entered the regional competition at the suggestion and encouragement of her independent study advisor. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
More than 200 Slippery Rock University students from 12 faculty-led programs traveled abroad during spring break, March 8-17, including two groups traveling to Stockholm, Sweden, to learn about the country’s innovative practices in corporate communications and its education system. A total of 12 faculty-led groups traveled around the world stretching from Mexico City to London to Athens. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
For the sixth straight year, the Southeast Missouri State University Cyber Defense Team won the Missouri Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) March 3. Eleven Southeast students participated in the all-day virtual combined competition that brought together teams from Missouri, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. Southeast won top honors in the multi-state competition as well as the state championship. Read more

State University of New York at Oneonta

  • Eighteen students traveled to New Orleans from Feb. 24 to March 4 to complete wetlands restoration service-learning projects in the Lower Ninth Ward. Working with a nonprofit organization called Common Ground Relief, the students planted hardy, fast-growing native plants and removed invasive species in coastal areas imperiled by hurricanes, development and engineering projects that have eroded land and endangered wildlife. Read more
  • Eleven SUNY Oneonta art students traveled over spring break to Singapore to further their studies and experience new cultures. While on the faculty-led trip, the students attended lectures at LASALLE College of the Arts, visited renowned museums and photographed the city. They also tried exotic new food, enjoyed the tropical climate, and met people of diverse ethnicities, including Chinese, Malay and Indian. Read more
  • Twelve members of SUNY Oneonta's Habitat for Humanity club spent their spring break building houses in Vero Beach, Florida. The students worked closely with the Indian River Habitat for Humanity, helping build and refurbish homes and volunteer in any way they could. The students painted, planted flowers, built walls and began roofing work. They also collected donations from a home that will be resold to raise funds for Habitat. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • About 300 elementary, junior high, and high school students from central Arkansas performed at the Shakespeare Scene Festival on Thursday, March 8, and Friday, March 9, at the University of Arkansas (UA) at Little Rock. The festival provides teachers and students a venue for the performance of Shakespeare’s plays. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor, Dr. Nitin Agarwal, has co-authored a book with a UA Little Rock graduate, Dr. Amit Saha, analyzing how online communities and social media can provide social support and stress relief for families and individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. Read more
  • Two UA Little Rock College of Business students recently put their Signature Experience grants to use and traveled to Palm Springs, Calif., to present their research during the Pacific Southwest Academy for Legal Studies in Business (PSWALSB) conference. Vickery and Lal were the only undergraduate students to present research during this year’s conference, so their work received much attention from the highly acclaimed professionals in attendance.
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University of Houston-Victoria (Texas)
Genesis Corona is a first generation student and was crowned the university’s Homecoming queen Saturday at the Party with the Stars Homecoming Dance. She is a senior studying Psychology and plans to work in nonprofit organizations that deal with neglected and abused children. Read more

University of North Georgia

  • A University of North Georgia (UNG) freshman was awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education. The Diversity Global Engagement Travel Scholarship is designed to encourage global engagement among students from diverse backgrounds who represent a broad cross-section of society. Read more
  • Stefen Gray, a junior majoring in environmental spatial analysis with a specialization in geographic information systems (GIS), recently earned a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York.
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Western Illinois University

  • Western Illinois University (WIU) broadcasting students brought home six grand prizes from the National Broadcasting Society Convention in Washington D.C. WIU students were named finalists in 14 categories, a record for the WIU Department of Broadcasting and Journalism. Read more
  • A WIU Broadcasting and Journalism professor has created a Chinese language website for the University in an effort to attract international students to Macomb. Associate Professor Yong Tang created the site, which features a wide array of multimedia content including text, still images, photo galleries, audio slideshows and video footage. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Winthrop University students and employees will spend the March 12-16 spring break bettering the environment, helping the homeless and engaging in service learning through the Alternative Spring Break program. The community-service program allows students to be involved in learning-based service projects, where they learn about problems faced by community members with whom they otherwise may have had little or no direct contact. Read more
  • Would you use a social media platform that connects alumni to current students, a connection that would hopefully result in mentorships, job opportunities, student retention and more donor gifts? Winthrop University students Tadean Page and Ta’Niss Robinson think you would. That’s the concept behind “The Plug,” an idea that won them first place and $1,500 at the 4th Annual Student Innovation Competition this past weekend. Read more