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Programs

University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will initiate two new programs this fall, both designed to encourage the academic, professional and social success of African-American male students at Central. The programs, the Black Male Fellows Program and the Black Male Initiative Cohort, were developed in response to low retention rates of African-American male students. They include community outreach to families, churches and organizations, the identification of at-risk students, mentoring, leadership development and academic support. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop University will implement a new program in the fall that will offer tuition assistance and additional support to accepted male students from diverse backgrounds and under-served areas who are interested in public school teaching. Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) has been a highly successful program since its beginning more than 10 years ago at other state institutions, according to Richard W. Riley College of Education Dean Jennie Rakestraw. Read more

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Worth Noting

Great Colleges to Work for 2014
Twenty AASCU institutions were among the 4-year colleges/universities named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as Great Colleges to Work for 2014. Six of those were named to the Honor Roll. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Adams State University (Colo.)
Adams State University was awarded a five-year grant of $2.1 million by the U.S. Department of Education to create a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) that aims to improve access to and success in higher education for those whose families perform migrant or seasonal agricultural work. Read more

California State University, Fresno

  • The School of Nursing at California State University, Fresno received a grant to help expand clinical outreach services to underserved areas in Fresno County. The Song-Brown program selected Fresno State to receive a $319,500 grant. Of that amount, $216,000 will go toward training nine additional students in the undergraduate nursing program and increasing the number of faculty within the School of Nursing. Read more
  • California State University, Fresno is one of seven public urban research universities selected to participate in a one-year, innovative project that seeks to transform the way higher education is delivered. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Fresno State will receive $225,000 as part of the Transformational Planning Grant (TPG) project to research, develop and test new university business models that can increase access, improve success rates and find greater cost efficiencies. Read more
  • An entrepreneur has pledged $125,000 in support of the Entrepreneur Mentor Program at the Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno The majority of the donation will establish $2,500 scholarships for students who participate in the program. Read more

Missouri State University
During Missouri State University¹s Fiscal Year 2014 (which ended June 30), faculty and staff received $21,948,927 from a total of 289 grants. This represents an increase of 9 percent from FY13, according to the office of research administration. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) has awarded a community service grant to the consortium chapter at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The students will use the $1,000 grant to support their service-learning project at the Sunshine House of Fordyce, a licensed residential and emergency shelter foster home located in Dallas County in southern Arkansas. Read more

Western Carolina University
A federal workforce diversity grant of more than $1 million will enable the School of Nursing at Western Carolina University to partner with Mission Health in an effort to increase the quality of nursing care provided to patients in rural Western North Carolina. The funding marks the second $1 million grant awarded to WCU in the past year that is intended to improve the diversity and quality of nursing professionals in the region. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
The list of recipients of the Medallion Award from the Children’s Theater Foundation of America (CTFA), which already included Dr. Seuss, Mr. Rogers, Charles Schulz and Tony Randall, got just a little more impressive on June 18 when Millersville’s own Barry Kornhauser received the prestigious award. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock was recently recognized in a national design competition by the Brick Industry Association, which honors the best in clay brick design across North America each year. UALR’s Charles W. Donaldson Student Services Center won a Bronze Award in the Higher Education category in the Brick in Architecture awards competition. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
K. Jurée Capers ’08, a public administration and policy scholar, remembers well the Winthrop professors who sparked her interest in political science. In fact, her success story fueled the creation of a new annual award for graduating seniors interested in post-graduate degrees. Established by Kenneth Meier, Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University, the award supports a graduating Winthrop senior who intends to pursue a graduate degree in political science. Meier served as Capers’s adviser during her Ph.D. studies at Texas A&M. He explained that he established the award to “recognize the quality education provided by the Department of Political Science at Winthrop and to honor Dr. Capers.” Read more

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Spotlight

Arkansas State University
Dr. Paul Sikkel, associate professor of biology at Arkansas State University and a field marine biologist, is co-author of a recently published article in PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed journal of science and medical research. Sikkel and his fellow researchers are exploring the red lionfish's low susceptibility to a generalist ectoparasite in both its native and introduced ranges, basing their work on parallel experiments in the Caribbean and the Philippines. Read more

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Armstrong State University, with campuses in Savannah, Ga. and Hinesville, Ga., will waive all mandatory student fees for active duty military starting in the fall semester of 2014. The implementation of this fee waiver demonstrates Armstrong’s commitment to the military community and to active duty soldiers the university works diligently to serve. The university recently launched a Green Zone initiative to support active duty military students and veterans on campus. Read more

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
There are auditory learners, there are visual learners and it’s a teacher’s responsibility to instruct each student according to his or her preferred learning style. But Beth Rogowsky, assistant professor at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, says not only is there no research to support this nearly universal practice, research she and two colleagues conducted demonstrates that using a preferred learning style does not improve learning. Rogowsky’s findings could have a significant practical impact on how future teachers teach. Read more

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno physics students will soon participate in international gravitational-wave research with the recent acceptance of Fresno State’s station at Sierra Remote Observatories into the Gravitational Wave-Electromagnetic follow-up program. The program is part of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration, which includes over 800 scientists from dozens of institutions and 13 countries worldwide. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville botany student, Nate Hartley ’14 and Chris Hardy, biology, have been in the field in Pennsylvania and surrounding states for two projects this summer. The first project is to locate populations of the whitemouth dayflower (Commelina erecta) that is thought to have been extirpated from Pennsylvania decades ago. The species is of ecological and medicinal importance and we are attempting to locate extinct populations in the state or to collect cuttings from regions further south for cultivation at Millersville and reintroduction to the state. Read more

San Diego State University
A new study led by researchers at San Diego State University has found that more than half the world’s population is host to a newly described virus, named crAssphage, which infects one of the most common types of gut bacteria, Bacteroidetes. This phylum of bacteria is thought to be connected with obesity, diabetes and other gut-related diseases. The research appeared in Nature Communications. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Clea Lutz Hupp, associate professor of history at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, highlights diplomatic efforts in the Middle East in her recently published book, The United States and Jordan: Middle East Diplomacy during the Cold War. The book, published by I.B. Tauris and Co. of New York, focuses on the reactive nature of American policy in the Middle East and how each successive U.S. president tried and failed to solve the critical problems of the region. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
Patricia LaGrow, Ph.D., R.N., associate vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma, will travel to France this fall as a Fulbright Scholar. She is one of 11 university administrators in the nation selected to receive a Fulbright grant for the 2014-2015 International Education Administrators Program in France. Read more

Western Carolina University
WestCare Health will launch a new full-time primary care clinic in the Health and Human Sciences Building on the West Campus of Western Carolina University, with a targeted opening in September. The clinic is the result of a partnership between the hospital and the university in which access to care will be expanded in the community and educational opportunities will be provided to health sciences students. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop women's basketball player Dequesha McClanahan has been voted the Big South Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year for the 2013-14 season by the League's Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators and Sports Information Directors. McClanahan, a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee and a May graduate with a degree in exercise science, is the first Winthrop student-athlete to win the Conference's Female Student-Athlete of the Year award. Read more

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