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A Message to Our Readers

For more than a decade, AASCU has shared member news through Credit Hour, and after careful consideration we are ending publication of the newsletter.

We will continue to highlight the important work of AASCU members via AASCU’s social media channels, TwitterFacebook, and our newly relaunched LinkedIn page. We’ve done some fine tuning designed to promote member engagement. We now follow all AASCU institutions and those AASCU member presidents and chancellors on Twitter. You’ll continue to play a critical role in these efforts, so we encourage you to include @AASCU in your Twitter posts and to mention us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

If you have any questions, please contact Kellee Edmonds, AASCU’s vice president for communications and public relations.

Warm regards,
Credit Hour Team


California State University, San Bernardino
California State University, San Bernardino hosted its fifth GenCyber summer camp, a cybersecurity-focused, weeklong camp for middle school girls in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. This year Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council recruited 250 girls, specifically partnering with underserved schools in the community. The camp featured activities as well as cyber industry professionals from companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, Bank of America, Red Hat, Northrop Grumman and the Department of Homeland Security. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)
Columbus State University's Earth and Space Sciences Department recently began a partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) on a stream restoration project in the Upatoi Creek watershed near Ft. Benning. TNC is working to remove several dams and restore streams on their own land, and CSU students and faculty will monitor the area pre- and post-restoration to understand potential habitat improvements resulting from the project. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Willow Valley Communities, a premier 55+ community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, recently collaborated with Millersville University to envision, create and deliver the Corporate University’s “Organizational Leadership Program” to Willow Valley Communities’ team leaders. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Columbus State University (Ga.)
Columbus State University's UTeach program recently received a $1.18 million grant from the National Science Foundation to support 48 scholarships for secondary STEM teachers. The one-year scholarships totaling $15,000 each will be available beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year for a maximum of six students. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
A faculty-student research team at Slippery Rock University (SRU) is looking at dozens of igneous rock samples found in Canada as part of a SRU's Summer Collaborative Research Experience grant program and partnering with Indiana University of Pennsylvania to use a scanning electron microscope through an National Science Foundation grant. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) alumnus Patrick Rhode and his wife Leslie decided to do something different for their 23rd wedding anniversary earlier this year. Instead of giving gifts to each other, they chose to give the gift of scholarships to students at UA Little Rock’s School of Mass Communication, one of four Arkansas universities from which Patrick and Leslie received degrees. Read more
  • Kevin Cates, associate professor of graphic design at UA Little Rock, taught a free weeklong graphic design teacher workshop in June in UA Little Rock’s Windgate Center of Art and Design. The workshop was funded by a $754,108 gift from the Windgate Foundation in January 2019 that enabled the university’s Department of Art and Design to establish a series of free educational art workshops for art teachers and high school students in Arkansas and surrounding states. Read more

University of Southern Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana’s College of Nursing and Health Professions has landed just under $5.4 million in competitive federal funding to improve health outcomes for underserved populations in southwestern Indiana. Read more



Awards and Honors

California State University, San Bernardino
The American Association for Access, Equity & Diversity, an organization of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action professionals, awarded California State University, San Bernardino President Tomás D. Morales as the recipient for the association's Cesar Estrada Chavez Award for 2019. Read more

Lock Haven University (Pa.)
Dr. Laxman D. Satya, professor at Lock Haven University, received the Professor M. Athar Ali Memorial Prize Award for the Best Paper Presented at the 77th Session of the Indian History Congress held in the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram (India). Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Barry Kornhauser’s, the assistant director of Campus & Community Engagement at Millersville University (Pa.), latest Theatre for Young Audiences play, “Corduroy,” is a winner of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) 2019 Distinguished Play Award. Read more

Northern Kentucky University 
Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business is now home to national champion business students. Northern Kentucky University’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda captured three first-place finishes along with 11 national awards at the 2019 National Leadership Conference, nearly quadrupling their previous year total. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma 

  • Eric Eitrheim, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry in the College of Mathematics and Science at the University of Central Oklahoma, was recently named a Virtual, Inorganic, Pedagogical, Electronic Resource (VIPEr) Fellow in an innovative national study. The study, Improving Inorganic Chemistry Education, is led by the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemists with support from the National Science Foundation’s Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program. Read more 
  • The Oklahoma Department for Veterans Affairs has awarded University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz, Ph.D., the Don Betz Champion for Veterans Award. Betz, who has served as Central’s 20th president since 2011, is retiring. The award, named in honor of Betz, was established to recognize Oklahoma higher education leaders who have worked to establish academic success for student veterans through advocacy, support and service. Read more




Black Hills State University (S.D.)
A new electric car at Black Hills State University (BHSU) is saving 60 percent on transportation costs, according to Eva Chase, coordinator of sustainability. BHSU recently installed a charging station for the electric Chevy Bolt on campus. Chase said the BHSU Bolt has 1,657 miles so far and that faculty, staff and students on university business use the vehicle. Read more

California State University, Northridge
Marine protected areas (MPAs) are an increasingly common way of protecting marine ecosystems by prohibiting fishing in specific locations. However, many people remain skeptical that MPAs will benefit fish populations. Using data collected before and after California implemented the act, a team of researchers that includes California State University, Northridge marine biologist Kerry Nickols has developed a transparent way to verify the effectiveness of MPAs. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Slippery Rock University (SRU) physical therapy graduate students Michael Fabrick, Justin Eby, Jared Todorowski and Erica Burnworth are traveling to Peru July 22 to Aug. 3 to provide physical therapy to underserved people, with funding from SRU's Student Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities grant program. Read more

State University of New York at Geneseo
Professor of psychology Steven Kirsh combined two passions, zombies and psychology, for his latest book: Parenting in the Zombie Apocalypse: The Psychology of Raising Children in a Time of Horror. The book was inspired by the course Parents vs. Zombies, an honors seminar in the social sciences. For the class, students read about contemporary parenting strategies and applied them to the horror-filled world of the zombie apocalypse. Read more

State University of New York at Oswego
A new spin on propulsion is taking flight in a State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego lab, leading to electrical and computer engineering faculty member Adrian Ieta and the SUNY Research Foundation pursuing a patent on this promising technology. Last year, Ieta and his students’ research achieved a first-of-its-kind flight driven by ionic wind, which could open up a new field of development. The large potential comes from the technology allowing a rotor to effectively function as an engine, Ieta said. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) senior and Donaghey Scholar has found her passion working in animal rescue. Brittany Wood of Little Rock has loved working with animals since she was a little girl. Until last year, the anthropology and sociology double major planned for a career as a policy analyst, but life took her in an unexpected direction. Read more
  • You probably recognize Caleb Conrad, a 25-year-old student at the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, as part of a trio of talented Benton natives, aptly named Triple Threat, which made it to the 2015 quarterfinals of “America’s Got Talent.” Now the singing sensation is using his talents to help Arkansans in need of a lawyer through a law clerk internship with Legal Aid of Arkansas’s Medical-Legal Partnership. Read more
  • A Little Rock Central High School senior who conducted research under the mentorship of a UA Little Rock faculty member has been named the Google Science Fair State Winner from Arkansas. Read more
  • Joli Livaudais, assistant professor of photography, taught a weeklong workshop on the process June 10-14 in the Windgate Center of Art and Design. The workshop is part of UA Little Rock’s artWORKS Artist Workshops Series, which provides a learning community dedicated to creativity and growth through the making and understanding of the visual arts. Read more
  • Two University of Arkansas at Little Rock students are raising awareness of animal rescue shelters while creating a fun, interactive game that will melt your heart. “To the Rescue” is a dog shelter simulation game that allows players to understand the ins and out of running a dog rescue shelter, while 20% of the profits will be donated to local animal rescue shelters. Read more 

Winthrop University (S.C.)
TD Ameritrade has awarded Winthrop University’s Mary Grace Pruitt one of its NextGen RIA Scholarships. Only 12 undergraduates in the United States received this $5,000 scholarship. Pruitt, a financial planning major from Rock Hill, attended TD Ameritrade’s National LINC Conference in San Diego in February. Read more