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AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

Annual Meeting Hotel Deadline Nears
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AASCU Announces 2016 Excellence & Innovation Award Winners.
Ten AASCU members honored for their excellence and innovation in major areas of campus life and leadership. Read news release


Maryland Chancellor Writes About Opportunities for All
University System of Maryland Chancellor Robert Caret voices his support for the national communications campaign Opportunities for All. Read his commentary in latest issue of Public Purpose. Read commentary

 

Programs

Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University added another resource to ensure its students and employees do not go hungry. This week, the university opened the Pay it Forward Food Pantry to provide a source of food and necessities for students and employees who may be experiencing food insecurity and hunger. Read more

University of Central Florida

  • Ten children got the gift of mobility recently at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in the form of a motorized child-sized car. GoBabyGo is a national effort that retrofits motorized toy cars for children with special needs. UCF has been working with the nonprofit to bring that opportunity to their community. Read more
  • This week, the University of Central Florida selected Hospital Corporation of America, the nation’s largest hospital company, as its partner to build an 80 to 100-bed teaching hospital next door to the UCF College of Medicine in Lake Nona. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University

  • A $50,000 gift from Medic One Ambulance to the Arkansas State College of Nursing and Health Professions assisted in the purchase of a state-of-the-art ambulance simulator lab. The only one of its kind in Arkansas, the simulator will allow students and professionals to train in a realistic medical environment. Read more
  • Home I.V. Specialists has established the Dean’s Excellence Fund at Arkansas State University with a gift of $50,000. This fund will assist the College of Nursing and Health Professions with strengthening its programs, faculty and facility. The dean will also have additional resources to identify and fund opportunities in priority areas needing high-impact strategies or solutions. Read more

California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fresno received a record number of grants and contract awards during the 2015–16 fiscal year. The Division of Research and Graduate Studies reported 317 awards, for a total of $42 million by the close of the fiscal year. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)
Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center has entered into a new partnership with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to develop a program to teach high school students to design and manufacture vehicles for Mars. The program, Innovation Mars Exploration Education and Technology (IMEET), is funded by a $1.25 million NASA Museum Alliance Grant. Read more

Dakota State University
Justin Blessinger, a professor in DSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a $10,000 grant through the South Dakota Community Foundation, as part of the Bush Foundation’s Community Innovation Grants program. He will be working with student Andrew Jorgenson to develop a proximity beacon system and app. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Joann Migyanka and Becky Knickelbein, faculty in the Communication Disorders, Special Education and Disability Services department, received a funding award in the amount of $5,000 from Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit for their “Pilot Project for Degree Completion of ASD Students.” Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • The Missouri Arts Council will provide $3,751 to support the Southeast Missouri State University Press publication of Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi Valley and to bring a visiting lecturer to campus. The Missouri Humanities Council will provide $3,331 to support the Southeast press publication of the Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 5 anthology, edited by Susan Swartwout. Read more
  • The Missouri Humanities Council has awarded a $2,260 grant to the Center for Faulkner Studies at Southeast Missouri State University. Southeast will use the funding in support of the Faulkner and Hemingway Conference, Oct. 20-22. Read more

University of Central Florida
A University of Central Florida-led team will receive $1.1 million to develop new manufacturing processes using a specialized tool to bring the U.S. closer to affordable solar energy. The project, led by Kris Davis, a research engineer at UCF’s Florida Solar Energy Center, will largely take place at the university’s International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The U.S. Department of Education awarded the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) a five-year $1.18 million Federal TRIO Program Educational Opportunity Centers grant to promote college readiness and provide accessible college guidance in the Oklahoma City area. Adults in the UCO Center for Academic Support, Resource Development, Economic Stability and Student Success (CARES) program will benefit. Read more

University of Houston–Clear Lake
University of Houston–Clear Lake’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities has been awarded more than $550,000 to expand services to local children with autism, their families and their teachers. Read more

University of West Florida
The University of West Florida (UWF) recently received a $25,000 gift from AT&T to support the enrichment and expansion of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, educational outreach activities for K–12 students. The gift will not only support existing programs, but it will also provide the necessary resources to develop new initiatives to support local and regional schools. Read more

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Presidential Honors

University of Central Oklahoma
University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz has been named the recipient of the World Experiences Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Global Citizenship for his inclusive leadership. In addition, Betz will be inducted into the 2016 Class of Oklahoma Global Citizens, alongside 11 outstanding community leaders. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Adams State University (Colo.)
Her open door policy and positive energy in the classroom contributed to the selection of Linda Reid, professor of business, as the Mountain-Plains Business Education Association’s 2016 Collegiate Teacher of the Year. "I am proud to be teaching at a Hispanic-serving institution with many first-generation students. It is a privilege to teach these students." Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg State University (FSU) has been named the 2016 Public Institution of the Year by The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, America’s largest academic internship program. FSU received praise for its engagement of faculty and staff, the growing number of student participants and the diverse academic interests represented among Frostburg’s interns. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Communications Media Professor Steven Kleinman's research paper on interpersonal political discussion has been named top paper in the political communication category by the National Communication Association (NCA). The co-authored research paper will be presented at NCA’s national conference in November. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • At a reception for the Science and Mathematics Leadership scholarship fund, Mary Good was announced as the winner of the seventh annual Fribourgh Award, recognizing individuals who have contributed to the state through mathematics and science. The 2016–17 scholarship recipients are students Jon Siratt and Evgeniya Fedorova. Read more
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock women’s basketball coach Joe Foley was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame for a second time as part of the Hall of Fame’s induction of the 1992 and 1993 Arkansas Tech Women’s Basketball teams. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma
The University of Central Oklahoma recently received the 2016 Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education Cooperative for Educational Technology Outstanding Work Award for its Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR). STLR is a first-of-its-kind initiative, tracking experiences from the classroom, extracurricular activities and the community to document student competency in “beyond disciplinary” skills. Read more

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Spotlight

Austin Peay State University (Tenn.)
While conducting research at Fermilab, the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory, APSU student Jacob Robertson discovered a quasar, an important scientific discovery. Read more

California State University, Northridge
More and more research is being conducted on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) teenagers, but very few studies focus on the health of LGB youth who are also ethnic minorities. That omission can lead to wide gaps in understanding the lives and issues affecting LGB teenagers of color, according to CSU, Northridge, professor Virginia Huynh. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)
A team of Columbus State University researchers developed a new tool for training military and emergency personnel, a process that led to the university’s first-ever patent. The method uses visual representations of real-life scenarios to display complex connections between decision-making factors. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)
Frostburg State University police are now using body cameras, making the agency the first and only police agency in Allegany County, Md., to fully deploy the technology. Student organization leaders have commended the department for voluntarily choosing to use the technology. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Eric Rubenstein, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Department of Philosophy faculty member, was recently interviewed as part of a three-part series on the nature of time, hosted by the website Cosmoetica. Alongside a physicist and a theologian, Rubenstein spoke to contemporary philosophical debates on the nature of time. Read more

Georgia College
On Sept. 13, U.S. Patent #9,441,993 was issued, giving Georgia College ownership of Ken McGill’s new theory: the “Conduit Bound Propagation Separation Model.” The method will lead to the construction of a better flow meter to measure fluids in interstate pipelines. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office will save about 135,000 sheets of paper and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,700 lbs. in one year, with one step: going paperless! Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
The civil rights struggles of African American baseball players during the days of the Negro Leagues can be better understood by future generations, thanks to Slippery Rock secondary education major Erik Breit. During his internship in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s education department, Breit authored a lesson plan on civil rights and baseball. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Southeast Missouri State University junior Kim Volkmann spent three weeks this summer following her dreams, dancing with a top Chicago dance training program. Volkmann, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in social work, participated in the top dance training level in River North Dance Chicago’s Summer Intensive. Read more

University of Central Florida
Stephanie Valderrama, creative director for UCF-based Limbitless Solutions, visited the White House recently as part of the White House Design for All Showcase. The event, including a showcase of inclusive design, assistive technology and prosthetics, highlighted the ways that assistive technology breaks down barriers and improves the quality of life for the disabled. Read more

University of West Florida
Two students from the University of West Florida Department of Music competed against accomplished musicians from the U.S., Asia and Europe in the Lancaster International Piano Festival in Lancaster, Pa. An estimated 50 pianists attend the annual festival each year; 20 competed during the 2016 event. Read more

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