AASCU HIGHLIGHTS

Western Carolina University Milestone
Western Carolina University is celebrating its 125th year. Congratulations! Visit WCU Founding Celebrations on aascu.org



Deadline Nearing for Excellence and Innovation Awards
There's still time to enter an outstanding program in AASCU's Excellence and Innovation Awards. Deadline is April 24.  Visit the website for award categories and criteria.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Focus of New Orleans Meeting
AASCU's American Democracy Project is partnering with two other
groups for their June 4-6 national meeting.  Check out the program.


Check Out New Photo Galleries
Images from the AASCU communications conference and Council of State Representatives are available online. Visit photo galleries.

 

Programs

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • Black Hills State University (BHSU) gained a new international partner with a university in the Republic of Botswana this month, making it the first BHSU partnership with an African country. BHSU and Botho University in the Republic of Botswana signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a special ceremony in March. Read more
  • The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University, in partnership with Coeur Wharf mining company, will present the second annual Women in Leadership Series: Focusing on the Future 2015. This professional development opportunity offers women from all industries the unique opportunity to increase their leadership skills, develop leadership strategies, and enhance their leadership styles. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
As Southeast Missouri State University prepares the next generation of teachers, it will send three education majors to student teach in Chile, South America, over the next six weeks. The students are participating in a new exchange program through Eagles’ College in Iquiqué, a coastal city in northern Chile near the Bolivia and Peru borders. Eagles’ College is an English immersion school for pre-school through high school students. Read more

St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
St. Cloud State continues to grow its cultural resources management program with a distance-learning component that has students tuning in through Adobe Connect from California, Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan Montana, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Wyoming. Professor Mark Muñiz added the distance learning aspect in 2010 after seeing the need for trained archeologists at tribal historic preservation offices on Native American reservations. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
UALR will roll out a new Trojan Transit system designed to enhance safety and sustainability initiatives and help students and employees navigate the campus faster and easier. The new six-vehicle transit system will feature battery-operated and solar-powered vehicles that will replace the contracted diesel-fueled trolley shuttle service that has been in use since January 2012. Read more

University of Central Florida
Dan Holladay’s vision of what the University of Central Florida is helping develop on Osceola County farmland “will change the world and the way we live over the next decade.” That revolutionary high-tech change will occur at a new state-of-the-art manufacturing development center for the next generation of smart sensors, said Holladay, a UCF director of Research and Commercialization and executive director of Operations and Technology Programs at the new International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research, the world’s first industry-led smart-sensor consortium. The project is a partnership of UCF, Osceola County, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, University of Florida, University of South Florida, Florida International University and the State of Florida.
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Western Washington University
Western President Bruce Shepard met with Hangzhou Normal University President DU Wei. This past fall, Shepard led a delegation from Western to China and Mongolia in an effort to build more relationships with universities in those countries. Hangzhou Normal University was one of the universities the Western delegation visited during November 2014, with Shepard and DU Wei signing an Academic Cooperation Agreement at that time. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University has received an $116,500 gift from the Shell Oil Exploration and Production Company to fund a rangeland reclamation research project through joint efforts of the ASU Department of Agriculture and Department of Physics and Geosciences. Read more

Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Auburn Montgomery Outreach recently secured a $96,529 grant to support a program it is leading that will give decision makers in the River Region better information on behavioral health issues in their communities. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Tom Deis, senior vice president and manager of Pioneer Bank and Trust in Spearfish, S.D. visited Black Hills State University earlier this month to deliver a $25,000 check, which is a contribution to the E.W. and H.W. Clarkson Achievement Scholarships at BHSU. Read more

California State University, Monterey Bay
The innovative work being done by CSU Monterey Bay was recognized by the state of California through its Awards for Innovation in Higher Education. CSIT-in-3, a program that allows students to earn a computer science degree in three years, was ranked among the top five applications and was awarded $5 million. Read more

Midwestern State University (Texas)
A new scholarship program at Midwestern State University designed to attract more students into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines has been created through a $606,155 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, Scholarship Opportunities for Academic Recognition (SOAR), will provide financial support for 11 students in the 2015-16 academic year and 11 students in the 2016-17 academic year. Read more

University of South Carolina Upstate
Melissa Pilgrim, associate professor of biology at the University of South Carolina Upstate, and J. Vaun McArthur, senior research scientist at the University of Georgia, were recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to establish a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) site at the Savannah River Ecology Lab (SREL). Read more

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Awards and Honors

Angelo State University (Texas)
Avis Johnson-Smith of the Angelo State University graduate nursing faculty has been selected for the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Practice Award by the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF). Read more

California State University Channel Islands

  • Wm. Gregory Sawyer, vice president for Student Affairs at CSU Channel Islands (CI), has received national recognition for his 35-year career as a mentor and student advocate, providing a genuine opportunity to “pay it forward.” Sawyer was recognized in Tampa, Florida as a 2015 Diamond Program Honoree at the annual convention of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). Read more
  • The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) has awarded CSU Channel Islands (CI) Associate Professor of Mathematics Kathryn Leonard, Ph.D. their Service Award for the support she has given other women in a traditionally male-dominated field. The award recognizes individuals for helping to promote and support women in mathematics through exceptional voluntary service to the AWM. Read more

California State University, East Bay
JoAnn Conrad, an adjunct professor in Cal State East Bay’s Department of Anthropology, Geography & Environmental Studies, has been awarded two research fellowships to advance her study and understanding of how children’s picture books have helped mold generations of Americans.
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Governors State University (Ill.)
Governors State University has been awarded the 2015 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. The award, from the American Council on Education, recognizes institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and resourceful ways, achieving dramatic changes in a relatively brief period. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Bill Dorman, communication and theater professor at Millersville University, was named the National Broadcasting Society’s (NBS) National Advisor of the Year at the annual convention in Atlanta.
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Northwest Missouri State University
For the second consecutive year Northwest Missouri State University has earned Tree Campus USA recognition. The University’s legacy of caring for trees and developing its lush landscape dates back to nearly 50 years before the institution’s founding in 1905. The Missouri State Legislature designated the Northwest campus as the Missouri Arboretum in 1993. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
Saginaw Valley State University's Bryan Crainer received the Outstanding Adviser Award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for District 5, which includes higher education institutions in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Read more

Salisbury University (Md.)
Salisbury University earned national recognition for its collaborative partnerships with nearby Mardela Middle and High School. The University was honored with the 2015 Exemplary Professional Development School Achievement Award from the National Association of Professional Development Schools. Only six campuses across the country were honored. SU is the only non-research one university to earn national recognition for its PDS partnerships at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Read more

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has selected the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Mathematics Department to receive the Regents’ 2015 Teaching Excellence Award for academic departments and programs. Only one department in the UW System receives the award annually. Read more

Western Washington University
Julia Reinhardt, consul for cultural and press affairs at the German Consulate General in San Francisco, recently visited Western to present an award from Deutschland Magazine to Political Science Department Chair Amir Abedi. Consul Reinhardt is responsible for fostering cultural ties between Germany and the Pacific Northwest and her visit to campus was an opportunity for WWU faculty and staff to learn more about opportunities for academic cooperation and exchange with Germany. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Kristen Abernathy, a Winthrop University assistant professor of mathematics, was presented with the 2015 regional Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member. The award is given annually by the Southeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America to a faculty member who is recognized as extraordinarily successful in their teaching, has documented effectiveness in teaching undergraduate mathematics and has had influence in their teaching beyond their own classrooms. Read more

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Spotlight

Angelo State University (Texas)

  • Darren Seidel, a double major in geosciences and agriculture at Angelo State University, has received a 2015 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) – Geosciences Division. Read more
  • Darren Seidel, a double major in geosciences and agriculture at Angelo State University, has received a 2015 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) – Geosciences Division. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Fifteen Black Hills State University photography students were chosen as finalists for the Photographer’s Forum 35th Annual College & High School Photographers Competition. BHSU was the only university in South Dakota to have students selected for the Photographer’s Forum competition. Read more

Dakota State University (S.D.)

  • Dakota State University announced the 2015-16 recipients of the Cyber Corps scholarship funded by the National Science Foundation's Scholarship for Service (NSF-SFS) program. Students apply for the Cyber Corps program in their sophomore year and are awarded the scholarship for their last three years at DSU. All students complete internships at various government agencies that can be local, state, tribal and federal. Read more
  • Dr. Edoardo Persichetti, assistant professor of mathematics, recently had a cryptography paper accepted for the prestigious 13th International Conference on Applied Cryptography and Network Security (ACNS 2015). The ACNS conference spotlights research submissions from academia, industry and government, presenting novel research on all aspects of applied cryptography as well as network security and privacy. Read more
  • A popular wage calculator, launched by the S.D. Governor’s Office of Economic Development, was made possible by two DSU students, Chris Wahl and Jared Horack, along with faculty advisor Josh Stroschein. The students designed the application to calculate the purchasing power of wages, after federal income tax, state income tax, and social security taxes are withheld. After-tax wages are then adjusted by a specific city/region’s cost of living to determine a user’s purchasing power. Read more
  • Three students from Dakota State University presented at the 2015 Student Research Poster Session in Pierre, S.D. Chris Wahl, Port Angeles of Wash., Jared Horack of Washington, N.J., and Michele Rogers of Aberdeen, S.D. were among the 16 students competitively chosen from South Dakota colleges and universities that presented to state lawmakers and the public on their research initiatives. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University presented its Cesar Chavez Distinguished Service Awards to senior Jonah Sanchez, residence hall director Edili Lopez, and community leader Chris Soto on April 1 in the Student Center Theatre. Soto is a member of the Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission and created Higher Edge, an organization dedicated to helping first-generation students succeed in college. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Millersville’s Civic and Community Engagement and Research Project (CCERP) sent 13 students on a five-day trip to Bithlo, Fla. Bithlo defaulted on loans, lost its status as a city and fell under the control of the Orange County Government. It has seen decades of neglect, resulting in polluted water, accumulation of junkyards, lack of resources and dilapidated buildings. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Aaron Johnson, associate professor of geology, was elected as president of Sigma Gamma Epsilon at its 43rd Biennial Convention March 27-29 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
A Saginaw Valley State University student won two out of six top awards recognizing outstanding student graphic design projects during the American Advertising Federation District 6 competition, which covers contestants from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University

  • Members of the social Greek-letter organizations at Southeast Missouri State University will kick off Greek Week 2015 with a number of events and friendly competition. Greek Week is regarded as a time set aside for all members of social Greek-letter organizations to channel their focus into giving back to the community by way of partnering with area non-profits and through pairings with other Greek chapters in friendly competition. Read more
  • Southeast Missouri State University enters a new era later this month with bold, proud and modern messaging and images expressing the heart and commitment of today’s campus and students in a vibrant, confident and innovative brand. University officials, along with representatives from Ologie, a higher education branding and marketing firm from Columbus, Ohio, hired to lead the project, unveiled the results of their efforts at the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee. Read more
  • Fifteen members of Gamma Sigma Sigma service sorority at Southeast Missouri State University spent their spring break volunteering with Serve901, a volunteer agency, in Memphis, Tennessee, and completed a combined total of 270 service hours in three days. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
UALR alumni David Breeding and Timothy Henneberry will compete April 21-24 at the Microsoft Imagine Cup Finals where they will present their Windows app to empower victims of domestic violence. Read more

University of Central Florida
A test that costs less than a $1 and yields results in minutes has been shown in newly published studies to be more sensitive and more exact than the current standard test for early-stage prostate cancer. The simple test developed by University of Central Florida scientist Qun “Treen” Huo holds the promise of earlier detection of one of the deadliest cancers among men. Read more

University of North Georgia
Cadet Capt. Jonathan Chase Strickland, a member of the University of North Georgia (UNG) Corps of Cadets, was honored by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and both chambers of the state legislature for his ranking as top Army ROTC cadet in the United States. Read more

Western Washington University
Sara Stamey's novel "The Ariadne Connection," winner of a Cygnus Award for speculative fiction, has just been published. Stamey is a senior instructor in the English Department at Western Washington University. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Winthrop University freshman Olivia Livingston will spend two months at the University of Kansas this summer learning her mother’s native tongue, Korean. She is going courtesy of Project GlobalOfficer, a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Read more
  • Winthrop University student Tung Nguyen has won second place in the national 2015 Bernice Bienenstock Interior Design Competition, sponsored by the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Read more
  • Chemistry student Michala Tesney has been accepted into the nationally competitive Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For 11 weeks this summer, she will work with St. Jude’s Dr. Tudor Moldoveanu researching protein crystallography. Read more

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