AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

“Partnering for Prosperity” Offers Plan for Effective State Relations Program
Publication details how state universities can advance institutional agendas and support states. Read more


AASCU Member F. King Alexander Appeared before the Senate HELP Committee
Alexander spoke about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and said the ongoing and greatest challenge facing public higher education is the continual decline of state appropriations.
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Programs

Arkansas State University
Collegiate athletics departments place a common emphasis on graduation, but Arkansas State has taken that a step further with a bold promise of 100 percent job placement for its graduating student-athletes. A-State’s newly developed Red Wolves Leadership Academy features a new study-abroad component added to foster global awareness, a positive attribute employers often seek. Read more

California State University, East Bay
An award-winning and innovative Cal State East Bay program focused on supporting, retaining and graduating transfer students—Gaining Access ‘N Academic Success—is celebrated its first graduating class on June 7. Read more

Dakota State University (S.D.)
Over 150 of the world’s top physicists will be in the Lead/Deadwood area from June 15 to July 17, 2015 as part of the fifth year of The Center for Theoretical Underground Physics and Related Areas (CETUP*). Based in South Dakota, CETUP* is an international collaboration point for physicists from around the world developing theoretical foundations ranging from neutrino physics to the quest for the discovery of dark matter. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
More than 1,000 Eastern Connecticut State students participated in service learning—which blends the needs of a community-based organization with the learning of a college student who is interested in that field—last year. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
This fall, Frostburg State University is offering an expanded Regional Tuition Rate to non-residents living within 120 miles of its Western Maryland campus, which saves students about $4,600 per year over out-of-state tuition. The Regional Tuition Rate means nearby non-resident students can attend Frostburg for a rate competitive with in-state rates at institutions in their states of residence. Read more

Sacramento State
Students' senior projects -- all innovative inventions -- in Computer Engineering and Electrical & Electronic Engineering could have an impact on society. Read more

San Diego State University
SDSU's GREW Fellowship offers early-career researchers hands-on, practical advice for securing grants and connecting with funding agencies. Read more

University of Houston-Victoria
The University of Houston-Victoria is in the process of expanding its international connections by collaborating with a Chinese university on computer science and technology research. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Andrew Wright of the agriculture faculty has been awarded a three-year, $90,208 grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to fund a project titled “Enhanced Education and Expanded Research Capabilities through Experimental Economics Laboratories.” Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
The IUP Research Institute, on behalf of the University Museum, has received $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of the 2016 University Museum Exhibition that will feature the artwork and archival collection of American artist Milton H. Bancroft (1866–1947). The exhibition will illustrate Bancroft’s transition from academic painting to Impressionism. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Millersville University is partnering with community groups throughout Lancaster to empower people to be able to permanently move out of poverty. United Way recently funded the Community Action Program (CAP) and several other entities participating in the “Pathways Out of Poverty through Circles” project, with a $94,709 grant. Read more

University of Northern Iowa
The University of Northern Iowa Department of Biology recently purchased four synthetic cadavers, known as SynDavers. UNI is the first university in Iowa to have this technology in the classroom and plans to use the SynDavers in the teaching of anatomy and physiology courses. The university received a $150,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to purchase the Syndavers. Read more

Western Carolina University
Western Carolina University is creating a new endowed scholarship initiative designed to provide financial support to underserved students who exhibit leadership qualities and who come from diverse populations, thanks to a gift of $150,000 from Wells Fargo. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Arkansas State University
Blair Dean, professor of physical education teacher education at Arkansas State University, has been selected by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition to receive a 2015 PCFSN Community Leadership Award. The award is given to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness or nutrition-related programs. Read more

California State University, East Bay
INSIGHT Into Diversity, a leading publication in the area of diversity in higher education, has recognized Cal State East Bay for its inclusivity both on campus and abroad. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Michael Hood, dean of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s College of Fine Arts, has been honored by the College of Fellows of the American Theatre as an American Theatre Fellow. He was inducted at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2015. Read more
  • The U.S. Army Cadet Command has announced that Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program has won a MacArthur Award, given to the top programs in the country, for the 2013–14 school year. Read more

Weber State University (Utah)
WSU and Ogden City’s College Town Initiative was honored on June 2 with the Larry Abernathy Award in Washington D.C. Read more

West Texas A&M University
Lorna Strong, head of the Department of Sports and Exercise Sciences at West Texas A&M University, will receive the coveted Eddie Wojecki Award at the annual meeting of the Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association in July in Houston. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Professor of Fine Arts Shaun Cassidy was named the best artist on the Charlotte, North Carolina arts scene by Charlotte Magazine. Read more
  • The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation will recognize Winthrop University Associate Professor Edward Lee for his work in helping preserve the historic York County Courthouse. The awards are sponsored by the Palmetto Trust, the S.C. Department of Archives and History, and the Office of the Governor. Read more
  • The S.C. Psychological Association presented Winthrop University Professor Merry Sleigh its Kendra Ogletree Cusaac Outstanding Psychology Teacher of the Year Award at its recent conference in Myrtle Beach. Read more

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)
Three recent graduates from Angelo State University’s Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice presented the results of their community research and outreach project at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) 17th annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium held June 1-4 in Emmitsburg, Md. Read more

Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University students brought home $35,000 in winnings after competing in the prestigious 15th annual Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup collegiate business plan competition. Read more

California State University, Monterey Bay
Dr. Ruben Mendoza, professor of archaeology, traveled to Rome recently to participate in two events focusing on Junipero Serra. He joined three other scholars at a news conference where they provided an overview of Father Serra’s life and legacy for media from all over the world. At a seminary in Vatican City, he participated in a symposium attended by Pope Francis that examined the canonization of Father Serra. Dr. Mendoza is one of the researchers whose work has prompted a reappraisal of Serra, whom Pope Francis is expected to elevate to sainthood in September.
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Dakota State University (S.D.)

  • Two programs have started with ideas from Professor Barbara Szczerbinska: the annual “It’s All About Science Festival” and “Science Happy Hour.” Targeting two different audiences, these events aim to bring exploration of all things science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the public. Read more
  • The South Dakota Board of Regents has recognized three student organizations from Dakota State University for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work. Read more

St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
Six St. Cloud State University students will have assistance with tuition and travel costs as they study in Ireland in the coming school year thanks to a grant from the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad initiative. St. Cloud State University is matching the $7,500 grant from the Institution of International Education (IIE) for a total of $15,000 to be awarded to students in the form of $2,500 scholarships. St. Cloud State has also formed a new partnership with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Five Southeast Missouri State University public relations majors were in Nashville, Tennessee, putting their public relations skills to work with internships at the Country Music Association (CMA) Festival. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma entrepreneurial team ParaNano LLC took second place in the graduate division at the eighth annual Donald W. Reynolds Tri-State Collegiate Business Plan Competition in Las Vegas last week, bringing home a cash prize of $20,000. Read more

West Chester University (Pa.)

  • West Chester University pre-med student Denston Carey, Jr., is one of only 10 students accepted into Thomas Jefferson University’s Summer Training and Enrichment Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP). Read more
  • Writer Christopher Merkner’s short story “Cabins” has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 O. Henry Prize Stories anthology, coming out this fall. Since 1919, The O. Henry Prize Stories has anthologized the 20 best short stories published in Canadian or American periodicals or magazines. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop University's chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda once again captured top honors at the State Leadership Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. Seven of the 10 Winthrop students who attended placed first or second in their respective competitions. Read more

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