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Plan on Attending the 2015 Summer Council of Presidents
Visit www.aascu.org/meetings/summercouncil15 to check out the program detail and hotel information.


Articles from the Winter issue of Public Purpose
Check out featured articles
from the winter issue of Public Purpose including shared governance and “Lessons in Lively Leadership.”


AASCU Statement on Student Aid Bill of Rights
AASCU responded to the Administration’s proposed Student Aid Bill of Rights that includes repayment and affordability provisions.
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Programs

California State University, East Bay

  • Last year Cal State East Bay's College of Business and Economics launched its new Financial Literacy Center to give students, faculty, staff, and members of the community the tools they need to manage money more effectively. Read more
  • The Department of Physics at California State University, East Bay is participating in a unique international experiment — the Global Network of Optical Magnetometers for Exotic physics (GNOME) — to search for a theoretical object known as a "domain wall," a fracture or boundary in space. If they exist, domain walls could help physicists understand the nature of dark matter.
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Lincoln University of Missouri
A five-member delegation from Lincoln University has returned from a mission to Cuba laying the groundwork for possible agricultural research opportunities, as well as faculty and student exchange programs. Read more

Midwestern State University (Texas)
Students in Midwestern State University’s Kimbell School of Geology are now working with state-of-the-art software that allows them to become familiar with the same programs used by industry professionals. Seismic interpretation, visualization, modeling, and forecasting are just some skills students are learning in their petroleum geology labs. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
The first international educational trip offered by the University’s Marauder Music Productions (MMP) took place during winter break to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Students who are involved in Music Business Technology, Music Education and Latino/a studies were invited to participate. Read more

University of Central Florida
A device resembling a plastic honeycomb yet much smaller than a bee’s stinger can steer light beams around tighter curves than ever before possible, while keeping the integrity and intensity of the beam intact. The work, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas El Paso and at the University of Central Florida and published in the journal Optics Express, introduces a more effective way to transmit data rapidly on electronic circuit boards by using light. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

California State University, Los Angeles
Cal State L.A. has been awarded a $1 million gift from The Sikand Foundation to establish the Gunjit S. Sikand Faculty Endowment for Research in Urban Sustainability. The Sikand family established the endowment as a tribute to former Cal State L.A. Civil Engineering Professor Gunjit Sikand, who passed away last spring after a long and distinguished career as an educator, business owner, and philanthropist. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Millersville University has received AmeriCorps PACC VISTA funding for the third year in a row. The money will allow MU to continue the VISTA Project Cygnet during the 2015-2016 school year. Read more

North Carolina Central University
A North Carolina Central University-led research team working to create more efficient treatments for Ebola, West Nile and other deadly viruses was awarded a $600,000 grant from the University of North Carolina General Administration. TinChung Leung, assistant professor of biology at NCCU’s Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute, is one of five co-investigators on the project that uses bioengineered single-cell microalgae to create disease-fighting antibodies in just a few days. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Arkansas State University
Malathi Srivatsan, principal investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded project "Bridging the Divide," and her co-PI's at University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Philander Smith College have received the Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education given by the Conference of Historically Black Graduate Schools/Educational Testing Service. The goal is to boost minority participation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) discipline Ph.D. programs by mentoring students through their undergraduate degree programs and graduate-level education. Read more

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Terri Ares, lecturer and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program adviser at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), was presented the National Association of Clinical Nurse's Specialists (NACNS) prestigious Clinical Nurse Specialist Educator of the Year Award, recognizing outstanding professional achievement among CNS educators, and excellence and innovation in preparing CNS students. Read more

California State University, East Bay
Cal State East Bay history professor Dee E. Andrews has won the Barra Sabbatical Fellowship at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in Philadelphia for the 2015-16 academic year. The nine-month fellowship, beginning Sept. 1, is awarded to a scholar of early American studies or early modern Atlantic studies. Read more

California State University, Fresno
The Handprint Project held last year by the Women’s Resource Center at California State University, Fresno as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month was named the “stand-out program sponsored by a college or university women’s/gender equity center” by the National Women’s Studies Association. Read more

State University of New York Oswego
Tracy K. Lewis, distinguished teaching professor in SUNY Oswego's modern languages and literatures department, has been named a member and honorary professor in the Ateneo de Lengua y Cultura Guarani in Paraguay, in recognition of his career-long dedication to Guarani, the South American nation's co-official language, with Spanish. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
The theatre program at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith took home two national and three regional awards from The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, accolades which solidify the department’s reputation as one of the best theatre programs in the region. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
University of Central Oklahoma
The National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) recently recognized Courtney James, assistant director of Campus Activities at the University of Central Oklahoma, with the association’s Legacy Award. James received the award during the association’s recent national convention in Minneapolis. Read more

University of North Georgia
Two administrators at the University of North Georgia were honored by the Foreign Language Association of Georgia (FLAG) for dedication and leadership in foreign language education.
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Spotlight

Midwestern State University (Texas)
A documentary produced by students in the Midwestern State University Mass Communication Department has won the Barbara Jordan Media Award. “Never Defeated,” a documentary about Corey Wilson, a college football player who was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident, was cited as the best College Student Production. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • Southeast Missouri State University celebrated 25 years of TRIO on its campus during its annual National TRIO Day Celebration March 11. The event honored the accomplishments of current and former participants in the Southeast TRIO programs as well as outside institutions that partner with TRIO programs at Southeast. Read more
  • Thirty Southeast Missouri State University students will participate in a five-day seminar in Washington, D.C., during spring break March 15-20, discussing global issues in business, the environment, politics and cyber-security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Southeast is one of just four institutions nationally selected to partner in student seminars with CSIS and it is the only university that participates in a weeklong CSIS program. Read more

University of Alaska Southeast

  • Math faculty Andrzej Piotrowski’s paper coauthored with Tamas Forgacs (California State University, Fresno) has been accepted for publication in the journal “Constructive Approximation.” Piotrowski and five UAS undergraduate students also had a paper published in the mathematics journal “Involve” recently. Read more
  • A study co-written by environmental science faculty Brian Buma shows Southeast Alaskan forests are growing. The study, “Signs of disturbance disequilibrium and directional change in the world’s largest temperate rainforest,” was published in the journal “Global Change Biology.” It looks at forest change across southeast Alaska to determine if the forest is growing or shrinking. Read more

University of Central Florida
Film star Robert Downey Jr., known for his role as Tony Stark in the Iron Man movie series, recently posted on his social media sites to draw attention to his visit with 7-year-old Alex Pring and the UCF engineering students helping him. Pring was born with a partially developed arm and received the first 3-D printed robotic arm made at UCF in July. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
Julia Bay, the coordinator of immigration for the University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Global Affairs, was recently selected to participate in Class 12 of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Academy for International Education, a selective program that trains participants in nine international education proficiencies. Read more

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