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AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

Still Time to Register for Advancing Knowledge, Changing Lives: Serving the Public Good
Join colleagues for AASCU’s Annual Meeting, October 19-21, in Washington, D.C. Keynoters include Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell, Francisco Marmolejo of the World Bank, President-to-Presidents lecturer F. King Alexander and The New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman. Visit aascu.org/meetings/annual14 for more detail information.


Registration is now open for AASCU’s 2014 Global Challenges Faculty Institute! 
This two-day institute introduces participants to numerous tools for educating globally competent citizens, including AASCU’s curriculum and materials based on seven global challenges: population, resources, technology, information, economies, conflict and governance. For more information and to register visit aascu.org/meetings/globalchallenges14/

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Programs

California State University, Northridge
Civic and business leaders joined California State University, Northridge officials as the university celebrated the launch of the LACI@CSUN Business Incubator. CSUN and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) have joined together to create a venue to help startups from CSUN and throughout the San Fernando Valley discover opportunities, create enterprises and connect with a global network of businesses and investors. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University alumni have gone on to obtain jobs at some of the region’s top advertising and marketing agencies, including Bozell in Omaha, Neb., and VML in Kansas City, Mo., in addition to other corporations across the country. That kind of success can be attributed to Knacktive, a student-driven strategic communications agency known as “the ultimate portfolio experience.” Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
A new Tarleton State University program is the First Year Research Experience (FYRE), managed through the Office of Student Research and Creative Activities (OSRCA). The first FYRE faculty-mentored cohort concluded its 10-month program with students presenting their proposals and results, and giving one another tours of their research labs. Students will formally present their findings at the Tarleton Student Research Symposium later this Fall. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University
Dr. Xiuzhen Huang, associate professor of computer science at Arkansas State University, is principal investigator for a National Science Foundation-funded project to form the No-Boundary Education and Research Network. The $300,000 grant was awarded through NSF's EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) program. Read more

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Nursing has been re-awarded the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources, and Services Administration Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship (AENT) Program. Read more

California State University, Fresno

  • The Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies at California State University, Fresno received a $1.2 million grant to improve the quality of sign language interpretation for deaf and hard of hearing students. With this grant, a minimum of 45 students, over a five-year span, will become qualified American Sign Language (ASL)/English interpreters for children and adolescents. Read more
  • The family of California artist Rollin Pickford made a planned gift of his paintings, notebooks, diaries and memorabilia to California State University, Fresno's Madden Library Special Collections Research Center. The gifts have an appraised value of $2.2 million. Read more

California State University, Northridge
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded California State University, Northridge marine biologists Robert Carpenter and Peter Edmunds nearly $1.9 million to further their study of the effects ocean acidification on coral reefs. For more than a decade, the pair have taken CSUN graduate and undergraduate students with them to the coral reefs of French Polynesia near Tahiti as they conduct research on how climate change — in particular the increasing acidification of the world’s oceans, affect the reef ecosystem. Read more

California State University San Marcos
Jan and Esther Stearns have announced plans to donate $1 million to name the Jan and Esther Stearns Center for ACE Scholars, home to a one-of-a-kind program at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) that provides support to former foster youth pursuing their college degree. Their gift will provide current use funds for Center operations and programs as well as establish the ACE Scholars Services Endowment, providing ongoing support into perpetuity. Founded in 2007, ACE Scholars Services—also known simply as ACE—is the on-campus "home" to former foster youth, providing services that meet their unique needs and improve their rates of matriculation, graduation and career success. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
The National Science Foundation has awarded Mark Atwater, applied engineering, safety & technology, with more than $290,000 to study how carbon is deposited from gas. Read more

North Carolina Central University
North Carolina Central University’s Juvenile Justice Institute has been awarded a three-year grant totaling $897,840 to develop techniques for reducing rates of alcohol and drug abuse and HIV transmission among 18 to 24 year olds. The initiative is known as the Campus Community Coalition (3C) and taps the expertise of five academic departments within NCCU and two outside agencies. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
A $149,531 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will enable Tarleton State University’s Nursing Program to implement novel strategies to increase the recruitment and retention of African-American and Hispanic students pursuing Bachelor of Science Degrees in nursing. The Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program competition recently awarded funding to Tarleton’s Nursing Department to collaborate with Texas Harris Methodist Stephenville Hospital for the THECB’s Minority Recruitment and Retention Initiative (MRRI). Read more

The College at Brockport, State University of New York
Three professors at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, have been awarded grants for the upcoming year. • Jose Torre, PhD, an associate professor of history, was awarded a $157,496 grant by The National Endowment of Humanities to direct a Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop. • Jacques Rinchard, PhD, an associate professor of environmental science and biology, and two collaborators were awarded a two-year research grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The overall award is $138,977. • Douglas Wilcox, PhD, Brockport’s Empire Innovation Professor of wetland sciences, was awarded a $22,212 Federal research grant by the U.S Department of the Interior under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
What if a college graduate could actually show a potential employer that, in addition to the skills learned in their major, they can work with a team, problem solve and interact in an increasingly global marketplace? University of Central Oklahoma students will soon be able to show competency in these and other highly sought “soft skills” thanks, in part, to a 5-year, $7.7 million United States Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Program Grant. The grant will fund Central’s Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR), the first effort of its kind to track, assess and provide information to help college students develop and use skills critical to their workplace, citizenship and personal success. Read more

University of South Carolina Upstate
The University of South Carolina Upstate will increase student success to graduation as a result of being awarded a $2.2 million Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant by the U.S. Department of Education. USC Upstate will use the funds to expand the existing Student Success Center to include hiring academic advisers; providing faculty development opportunities; and to refit classrooms as active learning spaces to better meet the needs of today’s connected students. Read more

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Presidential Honors

Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University paid tribute to its ninth president, Dean Hubbard, and former first lady Aleta Hubbard with a ceremony to mark the renaming of its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in their honor. Hubbard led the University from 1984 until his retirement in 2009 and helped place Northwest as a leader in Missouri higher education, in addition to leading the University to national recognition for its “Culture of Quality” initiative. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • N. Bharathan, Department of Biology, will be presented with the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society Distinguished Service Award at the society’s national convention in Charleston, S.C., October 10–12, 2014. This prestigious award is only presented at the Phi Eta Sigma’s biennial conventions to individuals who have given loyal and devoted service to the Society over a period of five years or more. Read more
  • Joseph Mannard, Department of History, was recently awarded a Lord Baltimore Research Fellowship by the Maryland Historical Society. He will be using this fellowship to investigate the life and career of the Rev. Andrew B. Cross, an anti-Catholic editor and social reformer who promoted temperance, anti-slavery colonization, and public education in antebellum Baltimore. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College received the 2014 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award, one of only five universities in the country acknowledged this year. The award is presented by The Washington Center and the New York Life Foundation. The award recognizes institutions for their dedication to civic engagement through mutually transformational partnerships that address public concern at any level—from local to global. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
Fairness and trustworthiness in the e-commerce industry is the subject of a research paper written by Wei Sha, associate professor in the Pitt State Department of Accounting and Computer Information Systems, that recently earned the Best Paper Award for the Research Division at the upcoming IACIS Conference in Las Vegas. Read more

Salisbury University (Md.)
Ryan Taylor of Salisbury University’s Biological Sciences Department has won one of the University System of Maryland’s most distinguished awards ― the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship. The $50,000 honor will help him continue field research on túngara frogs at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. Taylor’s studies using robotic frogs have been featured in National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal and the book Calls Beyond Our Hearing. Read more

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Spotlight

Arkansas State University
Gov. Mike Beebe, a 1968 graduate of Arkansas State University and past chair of its Board of Trustees, announced he would donate his eight years of gubernatorial papers, video, photographs and memorabilia to the university. A-State plans to use the contribution as the basis for what will be the most comprehensive effort ever to perpetuate the legacy of an Arkansas governor. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Francis Allard, Department of Anthropology, spent June 2014 in Asia, participating in a conference and initiating a project in southern China. As vice-president of SEAA, he was responsible for organizing the conference, which brought together 200 archaeologists and historians from all over the world. Read more

CSU-Pueblo
The Colorado State University-Pueblo Marching Band, under the direction of Alan Mills, along with cheer and dance squads, helped promote the new FOX dramedy RED BAND SOCIETY at an event at the Colorado Children’s Hospital in Denver. The CSU-Pueblo Marching Band’s performance was included as part of 10 similar events being held at Children’s Hospitals across the country. CSU-Pueblo is the only Colorado band participating. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Nate Murry, a senior majoring in physical oceanography at Millersville University, has landed an internship with two Consortium for Advanced Research on the Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) investigators at the University of Delaware. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • Timothy Samec, a Slippery Rock University physics major from Drums, can relate to Nobel Prize winning physicist Richard Feynman's famous declaration that "there is plenty of room at the bottom." Samec's research hovers around the bottom, as in small, as in 800 times smaller than the thickness of human hair. Samec studies the science of small - nanotechnology, which involves the atomic-scale altering of DNA for application in human medicine, technology and energy conservation. Read more
  • What do Paris, France, Winchester, England, Zurich, Switzerland, Toyko, Japan, San Francisco, Calif., and Slippery Rock University have in common? By the end of 2015, all will have served as hosts for the internationally acclaimed, high-tech Graphical Web Conference, an annual, global conference showcasing the many new open source technologies that have become available for presenting visual information on the Web. Read more

SUNY Oswego
Al Roker, SUNY Oswego's most visible alumnus, plans to bring his NBC "Today" show segments to campus Thursday, Oct. 16. Long an ardent and generous supporter of his alma mater, the "Today" co-anchor and weather and feature anchor also plans to take part in the college's 10th annual Lewis B. O'Donnell Media Summit. Read more

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey took a step toward changing its official designation and name to that of a university, to more accurately reflect Stockton’s current status. The Board of Trustees voted to authorize President Herman Saatkamp to petition the New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education to officially classify Stockton as a comprehensive university, a designation for which the college has met the requirements for the past five years. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Two Information Science Department faculty members in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Engineering and Information Technology and a Carleton University scholar have co-edited a recently published book. Online Collective Action: Dynamics of the Crowd in Social Media stems from a National Science Foundation research grant directed by Nitin Agarwal and Rolf Wigand, along with Merlyna Lim, Canada research chair at Carleton University. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Winthrop University Senior Analyst Jonathan Thomas led a technology team that has won recognition for creating software to find and correct errors in its duplicate institutional records. Their efforts led the South Carolina Information Technology Directors Association to name the Winthrop team the recipient of the 2014 Innovation Award. The award focuses on a Duplicate Record Mitigation system that Thomas designed and implemented for use with the university’s Banner system, one of the most widely used enterprise resource planning systems in higher education. Read more
  • Fifty years ago four pioneering African-American women quietly integrated Winthrop University, then Winthrop College. From Oct. 6-12, 2014, Winthrop will commemorate this significant milestone in the university’s history. The week’s theme, Fulfilling the Promise, allows the community to come together, remember, and reflect on the contributions of these brave women and the many other esteemed African Americans who helped pave the way for the access and diversity that today characterizes the Winthrop experience. Read more

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