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AASCU announces an expansion of its member services through the establishment of the AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development. Read news release


AASCU President Muriel Howard comments on Supreme Court ruling that upholds affirmative action ban. Read statement



American Democracy Project National Meeting Scheduled for June 5-7 in Louisville, Kentucky. For program and hotel registration visit aascu.org/meetings/adptdc14

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Programs

Dakota State University (S.D.)
Dakota State University and USF Health at the University of South Florida are partnering to perform network penetration testing and vulnerability analysis for healthcare providers in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico. This agreement allows healthcare organizations in the Tampa region the ability to access healthcare specific network penetration testing and vulnerability assessment services with industry experts. Dakota State University has been offering these services to healthcare facilities in the Midwest since 2011. Read more

San Diego State University

  • Unemployment rates for veterans under 24 years old continue to surpass those of their civilian peers by more than 7 percent, according to the recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. San Diego State University’s Troops to Engineers SERVICE Program is combating those statistics. Initially funded by the National Science Foundation in 2011, and now supported by industry partnerships and government collaborations, the program has placed 100 percent of its students — 150 in total — into paid internships and new careers. Read more
  • According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children have autism. In a new study by SDSU Researcher Inna Fishman, she found that in adolescents with autism two brain networks were communicating with each other at a greater extent than in their typically developing peers. Moreover, there were strong links between the extent of this "cross-talk" between the two networks and the amount of autistic symptoms observed. The findings lead Fishman to believe that at least by the time children with autism reach adolescence, the brain circuits promoting social functioning are compromised and function less efficiently. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • From exploring Mars to studying antibiotic resistance in space, UCF graduates are making a difference.
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  • The adage “Everyone complains about the weather but nobody does anything about it,” may one day be obsolete if researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona further develop a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning. Read more

University of Houston-Downtown
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) partnered this week with the University of Houston-Downtown’s (UHD) Criminal Justice Training Center to prepare potential employees for hundreds of new law enforcement roles and to fill positions vacated by retiring staff. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Buffalo State (N.Y.)

  • Horace "Hank" Mann, who taught in Buffalo State's Exceptional Education Department for more than 40 years and passed away in 2010, is now the largest individual donor to Buffalo State. On February 28, a $2.25 million gift from Mann’s estate was presented to Buffalo State Interim President Howard Cohen. The retired professor has given more than $7 million for scholarships, to establish the Horace Mann Endowed Chair, and to help grow the exceptional education program. Read more
  • SUNY Buffalo State's first comprehensive fundraising campaign, Transforming Lives: A Campaign for Buffalo State, has exceeded its goal of $20 million. The mission of the campaign, which began in September 2012 following a one-year silent phase, was to enhance the lives of students, support the faculty, and make the campus the best learning environment possible. The goal was to raise $20 million by June 2015. Thanks to the hard work of many involved with Transforming Lives—including the extraordinary generosity of alumni and friends of the college—the goal has been reached. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
For a second year in a row, funding and support has been approved to continue Millersville University’s AmeriCorps VISTA Project Cygnet. The federal program designed to fight poverty in America has been a part of Millersville University’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) since 2013. Read more

Western Washington University
A new state-of-the art digital projection system has been installed at Western Washington University’s planetarium, the result of generous gifts by former Washington state legislator Harriet Spanel in memory of her husband, the late Les Spanel, for whom the planetarium is now named. Les Spanel was a longtime physics professor and department chair at Western and also was in charge of running the university planetarium. Harriet Spanel’s gifts to the university for the planetarium will total $500,000, which includes purchase of a $350,000 digital projector system and a separate $150,000 estate gift, to add to the existing Les and Harriet Spanel Planetarium endowment that supports ongoing planetarium operations. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
In remarks at her March 28 Investiture Ceremony, Winthrop University President Jamie Comstock announced that more than $1.1 million has been raised for a fund created just seven weeks ago to support the integration of access and quality at Winthrop. A total of 258 individuals have collectively contributed to the Dare to Rise fund that will make degree attainment a reality for all deserving students who want to transform their opportunities through higher education. Read more

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Awards and Honors

California State University Channel Islands
For a second consecutive year, CSU Channel Islands (CI) has earned recognition as a “Tree Campus USA” from the Arbor Day Foundation. Approximately 200 campuses across the country have achieved the distinction, which salutes colleges and universities for their environmental stewardship, healthy management of campus forests, and engagement of staff and students in conservation goals. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
The Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University has been selected to receive a prestigious national award honoring its accomplishments in energy efficiency and sustainability. The 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award recognizes the institute’s work with Connecticut towns, state agencies, school buildings and college campuses to strategically and comprehensively manage energy use. Read more

Jackson State University (Miss.)
JSU visiting professor Sylvester Murray, who was one of the first black city managers in the U.S., received the 2014 Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Exemplary Practice Award by the American Society for Public Administration.
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Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Cathy Lee Arcuino, director of Pittsburg State University’s Office of International Programs, has been selected to participate in a Fulbright Scholar Program International Education Administrators seminar in Japan in June. Arcuino will join a select group of administrators from U.S. universities for the intensive, two-week program. Read more

University of Houston-Clear Lake
University of Houston-Clear Lake President William A. Staples honored special university friends during the annual President’s Cabinet Dinner in early March. During the event, Staples presented the President’s Cabinet Leadership Award to Delta Airlines CEO Richard H. Anderson and the President’s Cabinet Philanthropy Award to Sue and Chuck Fellman. Read more

University of Houston-Downtown
The William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently granted Janusz Grebowicz, associate professor of natural sciences, with a prestigious Fulbright award to research hybrid nuclear-shale energy systems at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland. At the invitation of three separate AGH University deans, Grebowicz will join the departments of Drilling Oil and Gas, Energy and Fuels, and Material Science and Ceramics during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters. Read more

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)

  • Joshua Logsdon, a senior in Angelo State University’s Honors Program, has been selected as one of only 15 recipients nationwide of the 2014 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York. Read more
  • Sean Motl, a senior in Angelo State University’s Honors Program, received a Dennis Boe Award for outstanding scholarly work at the 2014 Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) Conference held March 28-30 in Fort Smith, Ark.
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California State University Channel Islands
The Model United Nations team at CSU Channel Islands (CI) continued its impressive six-year winning streak with victories in three annual national conferences. At the Model UN of the Far West, the 17-member CI team won the Slanczka Achievement Certificate in the Art and Practice of Diplomacy, awarded to delegations whose members are excellent across all committees. All three CI delegations, representing Portugal, Liberia and Sweden, received this top team award. At the National Model UN-Northwest Conference, the CI team picked up five awards, including the Distinguished Delegation Award. Read more

California State University, San Bernardino
Three Cal State San Bernardino students have grabbed gold in a competition that saw scores of aspiring designers from four academic institutions put their best advertising foot forward. The Inland Empire 2014 American Advertising Awards gala was held in early March, when a total of 17 CSUSB students walked away with 24 gold, silver and bronze honors out of 76 ADDY awards handed out at the annual event. Read more

Lehman College (N.Y.)
Romi Zayas, a junior in the Macaulay Honors College at Lehman College and a scholar in the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, will embark on the trip of a lifetime to Tokyo where she will study advanced Japanese at the Kanda University of International Studies this spring. She’s doing so with help from a Jack Nash Scholars Award—a one-time scholarship grant of $10,000 for education expenses—from Macaulay’s Opportunities Fund.
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Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • During Millersville’s spring break, 19 students and two faculty from the music business technology (MBT) department headed south to Nashville for a five-day educational trip, featuring live shows, tours and seminars with bands and sound companies. Read more
  • Millersville University assistant professor Dr. Mark Atwater received a patent for a technology he co-invented in the field of carbon fiber foam composites and creating nanofibrous carbon components. Read more

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

  • Murray Kohn, a professor at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, lost his little sister, his mother and other family in the Holocaust. On April 9, he got back a little bit of 7-year-old Ida Rebecca, in the form of a drawing by internationally known artist Manfred Bockelmann. Bockelmann, an Austrian whose work commemorates children killed by Nazis, surprised Kohn with a charcoal portrait of his sister. He had copied it from a family photo salvaged from Auschwitz. Final Frame, a film crew based in Germany, has been shadowing Bockelmann for 18 months as he works on this project, which includes now more than 100 large portraits in charcoal on burlap. Read more
  • New Jersey Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney completed two days as Legislator-in-Residence for the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton College. The Legislator-in-Residence program is designed to bring New Jersey lawmakers to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to engage with the students and faculty and to share their experiences as legislators. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma

  • The University of Central Oklahoma’s debate team competed in the Cross Examination Debate Association’s National Championship Tournament (CEDANCT), bringing home several awards and finishing the year ranked no. 24 in the nation. UCO was named the top program in the Mid-America region (Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri) at CEDANCT and received an honorable mention in the National Public Debate Award category for its advancement of the values of debate in the public sphere through the sponsoring of multiple on-campus and open-to-the-community public debates. Read more
  • The University of Central Oklahoma will serve as the host for the 2014 science and technology cohort for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program for Iraq. Central’s selection as the destination for the cohort was due to the work of Wei Chen, Fulbright scholar and assistant dean of the College of Mathematics and Science (CMS) at Central. The program will bring approximately nine junior Iraqi scholars to Central in June for faculty development in teaching, research, and leadership, as well as mentoring and cultural exchange activities. Read more

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