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Explores Higher Ed and The 2014 Elections.
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AASCU is spearheading a national effort to engage students in the topic of economic inequality and its impact on democracy through a three-year initiative. Leading the 31 participating institutions in this effort are Keene State College (N.H.) and Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) of Gardner, Mass.; all participants are members of AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) or The Democracy Commitment (TDC). Read more



California State University, Northridge
Faculty at California State University, Northridge are breaking down silos within the university and across the academic divide as they work with Glendale Community College and K-12 educators on a project to train tomorrow’s workforce. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University and Cigna will partner in the “Eastern-Cigna STEM Accelerator” program, which will provide greater access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers for the diverse student populations attending Connecticut community colleges. Read more

University of Central Florida
Oysters may be the eco-friendly heroes that end up saving Brevard County’s Indian River Lagoon in Florida. University of Central Florida students recently worked alongside UCF biologist and professor Linda Walters, community volunteers, Brevard County Natural Resources employees, and Brevard Zoo employees deploying “gardened” oysters into the lagoon with hope that they will take root and help clean the waterway. Read more



Worth Noting

Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media and Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015”
Several AASCU member schools are among the colleges and universities nationwide listed by Victory Media and Military Times as the higher educational institutions that do most for the military students. View full listing of schools



Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University
Arkansas State University’s Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans has been awarded a grant for $60,000 by the DAV Charitable Service Trust. The grant will provide counseling, advocacy and educational programming for veterans at Arkansas State. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • James Hess, professor of psychology and chair of the School of Behavioral Sciences at Black Hills State University, recently pledged a $1 million gift to BHSU to establish the School of Behavioral Sciences Make a Difference Initiative. In exchange for scholarship funds, students will be challenged to lead sustainable community projects designed to make a difference in the lives of others. Read more
  • Black Hills State University received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to enhance laboratory facilities and increase student involvement in large-scale Sanford Underground Research Facility lab projects. The grant will enable BHSU to purchase an Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) to detect radioactive contaminants in materials used in the construction of large underground experiments. Read more
  • Black Hills State University received a grant of $469,628 from the National Science Foundation to increase and enhance computer science learning opportunities for Kindergarten-12th grade students in the Black Hills region. Read more

California State University, Dominguez Hills
The California State University, Dominguez Hills College of Education has been awarded a five-year $1.25 million grant from the United States Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to recruit, prepare and retain highly qualified special education teachers dedicated to serving students with disabilities who attend inner city schools. Read more

California State University, Northridge

  • The National Science Foundation has awarded California State University, Northridge a $797,000 grant to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors to become science and math teachers. The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program will provide financial support of up to $12,000 per year for a maximum of two years to students preparing to be middle or high school science and math teachers. Read more
  • The federal government has awarded California State University, Northridge more than $1.1 million in grant money for programs that encourage underrepresented students to consider careers in the sciences. CSUN’s Maximizing Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U-STAR) program was recently awarded $421,512 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The university’s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) also was awarded $723,842. Read more

Salisbury University (Md.)
The SU Nursing Department has received $299,983 from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to expand the “Standardized Patient Experience” training across the state. Over the next two years, Debra Webster and Lisa Seldomridge will develop a series of web-based toolkits for faculty. Read more

University of Alaska Southeast
The UAS Ketchikan campus has been awarded a 5-year $6.6M renovation grant from Title III funds to transform the UAS Ketchikan Technical Center into the UAS Regional Maritime Technical Training Center, creating a premiere training site for high demand maritime and related occupations in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs with training simulators and equipment relevant to each occupation. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Winthrop University alumni Justin Pauley and Emily Stevenson Pauley have established two new scholarships for computer science majors as a way to recognize and support the Department of Computer Science & Quantitative Methods. The annual restricted scholarship will begin awarding in fall 2015. Read more
  • Mary Kate Bell Brearley Glasser established the Brearley-Rogers Endowed Scholarship to honor her family’s connection to Winthrop as well as provide scholarship support to current students. This $25,000 endowment will assist Winthrop students who are South Carolina residents majoring in education. Read more



Presidential Honors

Harris-Stowe State University (Mo.)
Harris-Stowe State University President Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack has been selected as a member of the Delta State University (DSU) Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Read more



Awards and Honors

Edinboro University (Pa.)
Innovative approaches to teaching by Victoria Hedderick, D.Ed., R.N., of Edinboro University’s Nursing faculty have earned her recognition as the National 2015 ELSIE Award winner for Active Learning in the Classroom. Read more

North Carolina Central University
The American Historical Association recognized the North Carolina Central University Department of History with the 2014 Equity Award. The award recognizes individuals and institutions for excellence in recruiting, retaining and graduating members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the history professions. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • Christine Pease-Hernandez, assistant professor of communication, was among those honored recently as a Minority Achiever for 2014 by Pittsburgh's Talk/Minority Opinion magazine. Read more
  • The Rocket, Slippery Rock University's weekly student newspaper, has received a "Best of Show" award as one of the top 10 weekly broadsheet college newspapers in the nation by the College Media Association/Associated College Press. Read more
  • Keith Dils, dean of Slippery Rock University's College of Education, has received the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators' Service Award. PAC-TE is a nonprofit professional association for Pennsylvanians engaged in the preparation and development of professional educators. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Theatre@UAFS, part of the Department of Music and Theatre at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, received eight awards and three nominations at the local Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has elected Abhijit Bhattacharyya, an associate dean in the George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology an ASME Fellow. The organization that promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe. Read more
  • Michael Hunter Schwartz is one of 50 nominees for the award of National Jurist Magazine's "The 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education." The nomination highlights several achievements including Schwartz’s publication of numerous books relating to best practices in law teaching and learning. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
The Southeastern Medieval Association honored English Professor Jo Koster with its annual teaching award for excellence at the association’s annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The teaching award is based on student evaluations, course materials, and statements of support from university administrators and colleagues at other institutions. Read more




Angelo State University (Texas)
Angelo State University’s Meat Judging Team took first place and had two individuals finish in the top 10 at the American Meat Science Association’s (AMSA) Cargill High Plains Intercollegiate Meat Judging Contest this month in Friona. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
Dominique DuBois, a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University, was chosen to conduct an oral presentation of her research, “Genetic Mating System of the Marsh-Nesting Whiskered Tern,” at the International Waterbird Society and CIPAMEX Conference in La Paz, Mexico. Read more

Edinboro University (Pa.)
The Robert C. Weber Honors Program received national recognition when Edinboro honors student Megan Kuntz was awarded first place for research in the category of Visual Arts at the National Collegiate Honors Conference. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Aaron Haines, biology, and three of his undergraduate researchers majoring in environmental biology attended the 21st annual Conference of the Wildlife Society where students Meta Griffin, Tristan Conrad and Andrew Wolfgang presented the results of their research. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Expanding clinical education is helping Slippery Rock University therapeutic recreation graduates find employment in world-class settings such as the Cleveland Clinic, Special Kids Inc. pediatric therapy center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Osceola Regional Medical Center in Kissimmee, Fla. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

  • Mike Kindellan is changing the world one cardboard pallet at a time. And he’s hiring University of Arkansas - Fort Smith students to help him do it. Read more
  • University of Arkansas - Fort Smith student Ryan Starkey has accomplished something few college students -- and even the most successful artists -- have achieved: he’s displaying his work at the Smithsonian Institution. Read more

University of Illinois Springfield
Almost 200 University of Illinois Springfield students helped to collect a record 11,620 pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank on Halloween night. The total breaks a previous Trick or Treat for Canned Goods record of 11,147 pounds of food collected in 2013. Read more

University of North Georgia

  • The University of North Georgia (UNG) Ranger Challenge team will compete in the international Sandhurst Military Skills Competition after beating teams from the nation's junior and senior military colleges in the Bold Leader Challenge at Fort Knox, Kentucky. UNG also was awarded the weapons streamer for winning the shooting competition. Read more
  • In what will be the first study abroad opportunity for biology students at University of North Georgia (UNG), two groups will head separately to Belize and Costa Rica next summer to study the native flora and fauna. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
A Winthrop University student’s research may help give businesses and government regulators insight into beginner trucker drivers’ sleep and dietary habits. Shalace Rose, a McNair Scholar and senior who has won an award for her truck driver research, has interviewed nearly 30 student drivers at York Technical College in order to draw some general characteristics about truckers. Read more