AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

COLLEGE MEDIA CONFERENCE
“New Media, Innovative Strategies, Important Connections,” will provide communications professionals valuable techniques for success in the multi-faceted world of today’s news media. Check out this CIC-AASCU conference scheduled for June 29-July 1 in Washington, D.C. Visit website


CONGRATULATIONS!
University of Massachusetts Boston Celebrates its 50th Year!
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SHARE YOUR STORIES
AASCU’s First Generation Voices website provides an opportunity to share your students’ stories and your commitment to first generation student success. Visit AASCU First Generation Voices website

 

Programs

Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University joined with the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities to organize the Delta Research Consortium. Representatives of 35 universities and other institutions met at A-State to form the consortium for advancing research and innovation. Read more

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Representatives from The Landings Military Family Relief Fund, Armstrong State University and Savannah Technical College recently signed a gift agreement for a new scholarship fund designed to support local military spouses and to enable them to complete college. Read more

North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has joined the Maker Movement. In collaboration with the Media Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), NCCU has opened a Fabrication Laboratory. The Maker Movement is defined as “…treating atoms like bits—using the powerful tools of the software and information industries to revolutionize the way we make tangible objects…” NCCU is the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to open a fully operating Fab Lab registered with the Fab Foundation’s global community of researchers, makers and innovators. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • A team of UCF students this week headed to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center with a robot they’ve been building since last summer – one that’s designed to mine soil and ice from the surface of Mars. Their robot will compete in the 6th Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition, a contest meant to help NASA find innovative ideas for its own robotic landers as it looks ahead to manned missions to Mars. Read more
  • A nanoparticle additive for jet and rocket fuels that was developed at UCF has been licensed to a company established by a former university researcher. Helicon Chemical Co., LLC, obtained exclusive rights to the technology that improves the dispersion and burning rates of solid fuel propellants. Read more

University of North Georgia
In May and June, more than 100 employees at the University of North Georgia (UNG) are participating in a course that offers an introspective look at ethical behavior and shares best practices for ethical workplaces. The course is one way in which UNG is supporting the University System of Georgia's (USG) "SPIRIT of USG" initiative to promote good stewardship and ethics. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

California State University, East Bay
The Office of the Chancellor has awarded California State University, East Bay a $26,000 2014-15 Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) Grant that will be used to redesign a CSUEB course to promote sustainability on the Hayward campus and restore undeveloped land. Read more

San Diego State University
It’s a long-standing tradition at universities that the graduating class gives a gift to the campus — a physical reminder that they were there. The San Diego State University class of 2015 is doing things a little differently. Instead of a fountain, picnic bench or sculpture commemorating their time at SDSU, this year’s graduating class is leaving a legacy through philanthropy, having raised nearly $25,000 for scholarships. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Slippery Rock University faculty will create an experimental dance film, conduct biology and physical therapy research, participate in foreign language training and pursue professional development opportunities after receiving $41,452 in grants from the State System of Higher Education Faculty Professional Development Council. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has announced the second biggest gift ever made to the school, a $20.3 million grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation of Siloam Springs that will fund a new 71,636-SF visual arts building on campus. Read more

University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida is the only university-led team in the nation to receive part of a $4 million investment by the Energy Department to develop and demonstrate energy efficient methods of keeping homes cool in the summer and warm in winter. The Energy Department's Building America program is working with industry partners to develop cutting-edge innovations and resources that will lead to 50 percent savings in new homes by 2025 and 40 percent savings in existing homes by 2030. Read more

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Presidential Honors

California State University, San Marcos
CSU San Marcos President Karen S. Haynes was honored as one of Girl Scouts San Diego’s Cool Women 2015 during a recent luncheon and awards celebration. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Armstrong State University (Ga.)
Armstrong State University's Chief of Police Wayne Willcox was honored with a Federal 100 Award at the 26th Annual Federal 100 Awards Gala. Willcox was the only honoree from an academic institution and is based at Armstrong's main campus. Read more

California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands Professor of Early Childhood Studies Carola Matera was chosen as an “Exceptional Emerging Leader” by a 23-member nationwide review team assembled by the ChildCare Exchange, a publication for early childhood education professionals. Read more

California State University, East Bay
Christopher Moreman, chair of the Department of Philosophy at Cal State East Bay, won a national popular culture award for a book he co-edited with colleague A. David Lewis. Their book is a collection of essays titled “Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age." Read more

San Diego State University
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has selected Ilenia Battiato, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, among 44 scientists from across the nation to receive funding as part of DOE’s Early Career Research Program. The effort is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most transformative work. Read more

University of Central Florida
Mercedeh Khajavikhan, a professor in the College of Optics & Photonics, and Weiwei Deng, a professor in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, have been awarded Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grants from the National Science Foundation, one of the most highly sought grants among scientists early in their careers. The grants are given to teachers and scholars NSF believes are likely to become leaders in their fields. Read more

Western Washington University
Acting Consul General Dorj Bayarkhuu, from the Mongolian Consulate of San Francisco, formally presented the Order of Altan Gadas (the Order of the Polar Star) on behalf of the president of Mongolia to Wayne Richter of Western Washington University Libraries. This award is the highest state honor given by the president of Mongolia to a foreign national in recognition of individuals who have provided exceptional assistance to Mongolia. Read more

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Spotlight

California State University Sacramento
Sacramento State students took home two first-place and one second-place awards May 1-2 at the annual California State University Student Research Competition. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College student Anshika Rimal organized a candlelight vigil and fundraiser to help the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake in late April. Rimal is an international student at Georgia College from Nepal. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
With the help of several Millersville students, Scott Richardson, educational foundations, recently wrote and published a book “Gender Lessons: Patriarchy, Sextyping & Schools.” “The book is about how schools institutionalize gender,” explained Richardson. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Colleen Gray, associate professor of music, has sung the works of American composer Lee Hoiby at venues around the world. Now she's written a resource book that includes a complete catalog of all of his known songs. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • Southeast Missouri State University student Rhonda Williams of Advance, Missouri, will participate in her first graduation ceremony May 16 when she crosses the stage at Southeast’s spring commencement, marking the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an incredible personal journey. Read more
  • Seventy-three-year-old Aline McGee has found the road to – and from – Success is paved with strength, courage and resilience. A native daughter of Success, Arkansas, McGee has lived up to her hometown’s namesake. She will graduate from Southeast Missouri State University with a Master of Arts in elementary education, armed with a degree she plans to continue using next fall. Read more

University of Central Florida
Daniel Berreth has always wanted to leave a mark, but he wasn’t always sure how. The importance of helping others was instilled in the South Florida native from an early age, but when it came time to pick a career path, Berreth, 38, struggled. After two years in a state college, the dream of an international job crushed by a tough economic reality, and an Army tour of duty in the Middle East, Berreth began a new path at UCF. On May 9, he left his mark at UCF, becoming part of the university’s legacy when he became UCF’s 250,000th graduate. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
An internationally renowned nonprofit literary organization will move its publishing operations this summer from Champaign, Ill., to the University of Houston-Victoria. Dalkey Archive Press has published more than 750 fiction and poetry books during the past three decades. The press publishes about 50 books a year with an emphasis on translations from more than 40 countries. Read more

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