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Programs

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Nearly 100 high school students from throughout South Dakota are attending the GEAR UP Summer Honors Program at Black Hills State University beginning this month. The SD GEAR UP Summer Program is a three-week, residential, pre-college enrichment program designed for students to increase the likelihood that they will enroll and succeed in higher education. A specific focus of SD GEAR UP is to increase the number of American Indian students that achieve success at the post-secondary level. Read more

Emporia State University (Kan.)

  • As the next step in a campus-wide wellness program, Emporia State University is joining the Partnership for a Healthier America, which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier, in a three-year commitment to adopt guidelines around food and nutrition, and physical activity and programming. Read more
  • 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 college to evaluate more than 100 IT programs offered online and on the campuses. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Twenty-four area high school students are receiving hands-on lessons in the ever-changing world of precision agriculture technologies as Northwest Missouri State University hosts the first AgriVision Equipment Group Precision Agriculture Summer Academy. Students and agriculture educators will advance their knowledge in precision agriculture technologies while partnering and networking with industry professionals. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor and his team of student researchers are investigating how groups are using social media to respond to NATO exercises. Nitin Agarwal, the UALR Jerry L. Maulden-Entergy endowed chair and a professor of information science, monitored social media responses to Operation Brilliant Jump, a 2,500-person NATO exercise that focused on the logistics of moving troops and heavy equipment from Spain to Poland within four days. Read more

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has joined with the Obama administration and colleges and universities across the United States as one of 15 founding partners for the launch of the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University received a grant of more than $250,000 from the National Science Foundation to support students participating in undergraduate science research at Sanford Underground Research Facility. The funds will be used over three years to provide 21 college-level students a 10-week hands-on research experience in physics, biology and chemistry. Read more

Central Michigan University
Central Michigan University will receive $19.5 million to build a new Center for Integrated Health Studies. Part of the $55 billion state budget, the center will address significant student demand and expand health care expertise and services across the state — especially in rural and medically underserved areas. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Associate professor Andy Duncan has been selected by an out-of-state jury to receive a $1,000 Individual Artist Award in the fiction category of the Maryland State Arts Council. Duncan is this year's sole recipient living in Maryland’s three westernmost counties. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Jeff Larkin, Department of Biology, received a funding award in the amount of $37,817 from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service/Pennsylvania Game Commission for his project, “Habitat Implementation and Avian Monitoring in Pennsylvania's Golden-winged Warbler Cooperative Management Area.” Read more
  • For the sixth consecutive year, IUP faculty members and students will test water from the Beaver Run Reservoir as a result of an $85,000 contract with the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County. With this most recent contract, IUP has received a total of $390,000 since 2011 to test and monitor the reservoir’s water quality. Read more

Jacksonville State University (Ala.)
School is out for summer, but 25 Alabama teachers are heading back to class to take part in a Cybersecurity Training Camp for middle and high school teachers at Jacksonville State University funded by a $98K grant from the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. Read more

North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University’s Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) Program has received a $185,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based opportunities for students and teachers in three rural counties of North Carolina. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Slippery Rock University's Humanities Ladder Program, which introduces students at Aliquippa High School to topics not normally covered at the high school level, will continue for another two years as the result of a $45,000 grant from the PNC Foundation. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has been awarded a $9,963 grant from Student Veterans of America and The Home Depot Foundation to renovate space on campus to create a Student Veteran Center. UALR was one of 50 universities to receive a grant of up to $10,000 to build or renovate centers for veterans attending college. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock associate professor’s Arts & Letters radio broadcast will continue to entertain and inform Arkansas audiences. Arts & Letters, an innovative celebration of the humanities in Arkansas, recently garnered a $9,000 grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council to fund another year of programming. Read more

University of North Georgia

  • The University of North Georgia (UNG) was awarded a $400,000 grant from the Japan Foundation to introduce a concentration in Japanese studies program. The goal of the program is to educate the next generation of civilian and military leaders in the languages, cultures, histories, politics, and the arts of China, Japan and Korea. Read more
  • For the second year, University of North Georgia's (UNG) Summer Scholar Institute has been awarded $15,000 by the Jackson Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) Foundation. The institute is an academic enrichment program for students rising to the eighth, ninth and 10th grades in the Gainesville, Hall County and Habersham County school systems. Read more

University of West Florida

  • The University of West Florida Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with colleagues in the UWF Department of Chemistry and Office of Undergraduate Research, has been awarded a $294,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that will be used to enhance interdisciplinary undergraduate research. Read more
  • The University of West Florida Department of Chemistry has received a grant totaling more than $649,000 from the National Science Foundation that will provide scholarships, research opportunities and professional development for academically talented, financially disadvantaged students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read more

Weber State University (Utah)
The drive to create a nationally recognized supply chain management (SCM) program at Weber State University received a significant boost from the owner of Swift, a multibillion dollar transportation company. In recognition of the $5 million gift, SCM will be named the Jerry & Vickie Moyes Center for Supply Chain Excellence within the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Arkansas State University
Ruth A. Hawkins, director of the Arkansas State University Heritage Sites program, received a lifetime achievement award at the 75th annual awards banquet of the Arkansas Historical Association in Little Rock. Hawkins was honored for her signal contributions to historic preservation, public history and historical tourism as director of the Heritage Sites program. Read more

California State University, East Bay
Cal State East Bay kinesiology professor Rita Liberti and her co-author, Sacramento State kinesiology professor Maureen M. Smith, recently received the 2016 North American Society for Sport History Book Award for their book, (Re)Presenting Wilma Rudolph. Read more

California State University, Sacramento
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has awarded Sacramento State a Gold rating, putting it in elite company among 650 colleges that voluntarily reported to STARS (the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System). Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Art Assistant Professor Sharon Massey was the only American chosen to exhibit in the 25th Legnica International Jewellery Competition: CITY in Legnica, Poland. A distinguished jury of five internationally recognized artists chose 44 works to be included in the exhibition, from a field of 481 works of art by 272 artists from 33 countries.
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  • At its June 2016 conference jointly hosted by Harvard and Boston universities, the Society for East Asian Archaeology recognized IUP professor of anthropology Francis Allard as its newly elected president. Read more
  • Tracey Cekada, associate professor in the Department of Safety Sciences, was selected as the 2016 Dr. William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator. She will receive her award at the American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference in June. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • Slippery Rock University director of athletic communication Jon Holtz became the first-ever repeat winner of the national Excellence in Communications Award presented by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association when he was named as the Division II honoree for the 2016 track and field season. Read more
  • Exercise is Medicine at Slippery Rock University has been recognized as a Gold level program by the American College of Sports Medicine, the organization that originated the global initiative. The award was presented June 1 at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Read more

SUNY Oneonta
The Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association (ENYIPLA) has named SUNY Oneonta Associate Professor of Chemistry Jacqueline Bennett its 2016 Inventor of the Year. Bennett was selected because of her contributions in green chemistry, most notably “Green Synthesis of Aryl Aldimines Using Ethyl Lactate,” a chemical process for which she received a U.S. patent in 2014. Read more

Texas Woman's University
Texas Woman’s University Chancellor Carine M. Feyten, Ph.D., has received the 2016 Chief Executive HR Champion Award from the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR). This is the nation’s top award recognizing university leaders for their support of human resources. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
In recognition of the cutting-edge and comprehensive professionalism curriculum at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, the American Bar Association has named Bowen a recipient of the 2016 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award. This prestigious honor and a check for $3,500 will be awarded on Saturday, Aug. 6, in San Francisco during the American Bar Association’s annual meeting. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Press Association (OPA) has recognized University of Central Oklahoma journalism professor Terry M. Clark, Ed.D., with the H. Milt Phillips Award, the association’s highest honor. Clark is only the second professor selected for the annual award since its inception in 1978. Read more

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Spotlight

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • The Black Hills State University student-run newspaper, Jacket Journal, won first place in a nationwide competition from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). The BHSU Jacket Journal won the ASPA first place distinction based on the Association’s judgment of page design, story layout, graphics, headlining, cover design, advertising placement, photography, and more. Read more
  • Visitors to the Black Hills of South Dakota and local residents who visit the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies at Black Hills State University might be surprised at the historical photographs and maps in the research that preserve and strengthen the collective memory of the Black Hills. The E. Y. Berry Congressional Papers are a particularly important collection containing information on a vast array of topics important to both South Dakota and the Nation during Berry’s 20 years in office. Read more

Georgia College
Brian Minter was among the who's who of the tech world as he attended the Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, California due to an app he created called the CourseKeeper. The app keeps track of course grades, GPAs and includes a calculator that can be used to estimate the grade an individual would need to make on a final to obtain a certain letter grade in the course. Minter launched the app in fall of 2015 and watched the downloads come in. He was chosen as one of only 350 students worldwide to attend the 2016 Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference. Read more

Henderson State University (Ark.)
Fred Worth, professor of mathematics at Henderson State, is an avid baseball researcher who often focuses on statistical topics. But his main interest is documenting the burial sites of Major League baseball players. Earlier this year, Worth visited his 5000th baseball related-grave, which happened to be the burial site of the great Yogi Berra. Worth is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, and has written a book entitled College Mathematics Through Baseball. Read more

Indiana University Southeast
A group of 14 Indiana University Southeast students and faculty traveled to Quito, Ecuador, on June 4 as part of the university’s annual study abroad trip to the country. Over the past 15 years, Ecuadoreans have graciously welcomed nearly 200 IU Southeast students into their homes, their culture and their lives as part of the program. This year, Magdalena Herdozia-Estevez, a SCL Board Member and IU Southeast professor, and her students took water filtration systems and chlorine makers to provide safe, clean water for months to come for Ecuadoreans affected by April's devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
The YWCA Lancaster illustrated its dedication to preserving history by donating various documents and artifacts of historical significance to Millersville University's Archives and Special Collections. Researchers, students and the public will be able to access these archives, which document the evolution of women's roles and racism in the United States in MU's Francine McNairy Library. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Wanting to show his fellow students the opportunities available in small-town law practice, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law student James Weeks founded the The Finch Society in spring 2015. Bowen’s Student Bar Association recognized the society as the Most Outstanding Student Organization and the Best New Student Organization at Bowen School of Law. Named after Atticus Finch’s character in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the society’s mission is to expand legal representation in modest-sized communities through recruitment, mentorship, and patronage. Read more
  • Two University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate students are helping the Arkansas Small Business Technology and Development Center give small business owners an edge in determining export opportunities. The Export Snapshot, designed to give small businesses a sense of their international opportunities for exporting products and services, is the center’s newest tool. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma

  • The 17th annual University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games — the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability event — wrapped up June 12 in Edmond after welcoming 337 athletes from 40 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. The Olympic spirit was palpable among participants and the nearly 250 volunteers who supported the games throughout the weekend of competition — many of the athletes in attendance will travel to Rio de Janeiro with Team USA in September for the Paralympic Games. Read more
  • University of Central Oklahoma College of Business entrepreneurial team Heart Optic took first place in the Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition held in May in Las Vegas, bringing home a $30,000 cash prize and increasing the team’s total winnings to $42,000. The invitation-only competition is made up of the first- and second-place winners of the Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competitions held in Arkansas, Nevada and Oklahoma, collegiate entrepreneurial contests that mimic the process of market research, establishing a business plan and pitching the concept to investors. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Enactus team competed at the USA National Competition and Career Expo in St. Louis, Missouri last month. UNG Enactus, a student organization that strives to make the world a better place by applying an entrepreneurial attitude to community service, received a plaque and $1,000 from each competition and was named a national finalist in the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment and Unilever Bright Futures Project Partnership Special Topic Competitions. Read more

University of West Florida
Elizabeth Jones, an engineering student at the University of West Florida and a military veteran, is one of only eight students in the United States to receive the Google Student Veterans of America Scholarship of $10,000 for the 2016-17 academic year. As part of its commitment to military veterans, the global technology leader partnered with Student Veterans of America to establish the highly competitive national scholarship program. Read more

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