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CELEBRATING UMBC’S 50th ANNIVERSARY
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2017 AASCU CALENDAR OF MEETINGS
The 2017 calendar of meetings is now up online. Save the date for another great opportunity to network with your peers!

 

Programs

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg University is one of 67 colleges and universities nationwide selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in a pilot program that will offer Pell grants to inmates in regional correctional facilities. Read more

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno is one of eight California State University campuses partnering in a statewide effort to expand college access to formerly incarcerated individuals. Read more

Kennesaw State University (Ga.)
A humming laboratory is birthing tiny solar cells – the first such devices created on campus – as Kennesaw State researchers strive to develop better photovoltaic technologies. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Pittsburg State University and the City of Pittsburg were honored this summer for their partnership in a recent land exchange. The award recognizes universities and communities that collaborate for the benefit of both institutions. Read more

Salisbury University (Md.)
For over 30 years, incoming first-year students at Salisbury University have engaged in summer outdoor orientation programs. A new offering gives them the chance to volunteer and make a difference in the local community. Sea Gulls Serve Salisbury is one of five New Student Experience programs held in July and August. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University
The Home Depot Foundation and Student Veterans of America (SVA) are awarding the SVA chapter at Arkansas State University a grant of $10,000 for its veterans center on campus as part of their Vet Center Initiative. Read more

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno has been awarded a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to establish the Central Valley Energy Innovation Cluster. Read more

Emporia State University (Kan.)
A team from Emporia State University will help community colleges in Maine continue to offer high-quality information technology courses to students. Staff in Learning Technologies, part of ESU’s Information Technology department, recently were selected by the Maine is IT! consortium of Maine’s seven community colleges to evaluate more than 100 IT programs offered online and on the campuses. ESU’s learning technologies department will receive around $34,000 for the work. 
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Georgia College
Georgia College’s School of Nursing has received a U.S. Department of Health Resources and Services Administration Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant totaling nearly $350,000.
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Kennesaw State University (Ga.)
With $10,000 from Google’s IgniteCS initiative, a team of computer science majors will spend four weeks teaching young girls about computer programming to encourage them to pursue technology-focused careers. Read more

Salisbury University University (Md.)
Two Salisbury University faculty members received nearly $150,000 to help educate local students about attending college. Dr. Brandy Terrill and Dr. Randall Cone earned the one-year grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s College Preparation Intervention Program. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded a $151,306 cooperative agreement to the Department of Biology at Southeast Missouri State University to support the project, “Effects of lead (Pb) exposure on songbirds breeding within the Southeast Missouri Lead Mining District,” under the direction of Dr. Rebecka Brasso. Read more

Stockton University (N.J.)
Businessman George C. Georges on July 6 signed an agreement pledging $100,000 to the Stockton University Foundation to establish the Constantine George Georges and Sophia C. Georges Endowed Professorship of Greek Art and Architecture, in honor of his late parents. Read more

University of Southern Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana has received two new grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): a $1.7 million grant to implement the Primary Care/Mental Health Integrated (PCMHI) Model and a $350,000 grant to fund a traineeship program for USI students pursuing advanced degrees in nursing. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Ten math and science majors from Winthrop University and York Technical College explored research, teaching and career options this summer as part of a Robert Noyce Scholarship grant. Winthrop has received the grant through the National Science Foundation since 2010 and pairs it with additional funding from the Duke Energy Foundation to fund the Winthrop Initiative for STEM Educators (WISE) program. Read more

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Presidential Honors

Stockton University (N.J.)
Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman has been appointed by the American Council on Education (ACE) to serve on its Commission on Internationalization and Global Engagement. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University’s student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management has been awarded a 2015-16 merit award designation for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members. Read more

Auburn University at Montgomery
Carolyn Campbell-Golden, vice chancellor for advancement, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar International Education Administrator Award to Germany from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Read more

California State University, East Bay
The city of Hayward was recently recognized with an “All-America City Award” from the National Civic League, in part because of its partnership with Cal State East Bay through the Hayward Promise Neighborhood program. The award is given annually to 10 communities nationwide. Read more

California State University, Fresno

  • California State University, Fresno plant science professor Dr. Anil Shrestha received President Barack Obama’s Volunteer Service Silver Award in recognition for his community service.
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  • An honorary doctorate was awarded to U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera at California State University, Fresno’s 105th commencement. Herrera, a former Fresno State professor, was named as the United States’ 21st poet laureate in 2015. He became the first Hispanic to be named as such. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Editors from Arkansas Business chose Director of Athletics Chasse Conque and Vice Chancellor of University Advancement Christian O’Neal for this year’s 40 Under 40 list. Read more

University of West Florida
The American Chemical Society Scholars Program has selected University of West Florida Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Karen Molek as the 2016 recipient of the Zaida C. Morales‐Martinez Prize for Mentoring. Read more

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Spotlight

Auburn University at Montgomery
The Auburn University at Montgomery Alumni Association recently awarded its annual Graduate Study Merit Scholarships to six AUM students. The $1,000 scholarships, funded by alumni memberships, were awarded by the AUM Alumni Board of Directors. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
When her coach challenged the women’s lacrosse squad to run a million yards in 30 days for Yards for Yeardley, junior Molly Hart took the lead. Hart motivated her teammates to meet the challenge and then some, all in the year’s shortest month. The squad ran about 612 miles to raise awareness of intimate partner violence. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Millersville University graduates Justin and Ashley Hartman blended their respective backgrounds in business administration/accounting and psychology/English to generate a unique Greek yogurt business, gcgc. This business donates one cup of yogurt to the food bank for every cup purchased at their store—as the title, an acronym for Get a Cup, Give a Cup, suggests.
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  • The current exhibit on display at Millersville University's Sykes Gallery not only features unique artwork, but also serves to honor the legacy of the late Ike Hay. Throughout his time as a professor, Hay built the Art Foundry program at the university, giving students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with bronze to prepare them for future careers in any form of art.
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Southeast Missouri State University

  • Southeast Missouri State University junior Lucy Freitag is putting her scientific skills to work this summer in the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop E Cape Girardeau Crime Laboratory. Freitag, a forensic chemistry and American Chemical Society certified chemistry major, as well as a Southeast Governor’s Scholar, is gaining hands-on experience by assisting with quality control and quality assurance as part of a 1,000-hour hands-on forensic science laboratory experience.
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  • Southeast Missouri State University junior Brianna Voelker of Waterloo, Illinois, is getting a taste of the horticulture industry this summer as she begins a seven-month internship at Walt Disney World Resort’s Epcot Center. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Eight artists with ties to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Art represent more than a quarter of the 30 artists selected for one of the region’s most prestigious art exhibitions. Read more
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock basketball guard Josh Hagins will play for the Sacramento Kings in the 2016 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
Three University of Central Oklahoma alumni are providing athletic training services this summer for the 2016 USA Softball Women’s National Team and the men’s and women’s sitting volleyball Paralympians. Read more

University of Southern Indiana
WSWI, the University of Southern Indiana student-run radio station, can now be heard on 95.7 FM in the Evansville area. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • John William (J.W.) Barrera was awarded a $5,000 Fellowship this summer by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for the 2016-17 academic year. The Fellowship will enable Barrera, who graduated in May from Winthrop, to pursue a medical degree from the University of South Carolina program in Greenville. Read more
  • The 2016 Eagle Club Scholarship Auction raised $108,000 for athletic scholarships—the second-highest total in the auction’s 25-year history. Read more

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