Arkansas Tech University
A partnership between the Arkansas Tech University (ATU) Department of Communication and Journalism and the ATU Office of Athletic Communications is creating enhanced opportunities for broadcast journalism students. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Eleven students from across Mexico have spent four weeks immersed in the Southeast Missouri State University community, participating in the Intensive English Program (IEP) and experiencing American culture as part of the Proyecta Program. Read more

Western Illinois University
Memorial Hospital in Carthage has collaborated with Western Illinois University to create the Rural Health Coach Program. This new program concept began with an internship partnership between Western and Memorial Hospital. Read more


Grants and Gifts

Arkansas Tech University
ATU has earned a federal grant that will allow the institution to enhance its support for veterans of the U.S. Armed Services. Veterans Upward Bound will provide student success resources to 125 veterans at ATU each year. Read more

Bemidji State University (Minn.)
A $187,500 grant from the George W. Neilson Foundation will continue Bemidji State University’s (BSU) Neilson Foundation Internship program through the summer of 2022. The grant supports 15 paid summer internships for BSU students—14 in for-profit enterprises and one at a not-for-profit organization. Grant funds cover 50 percent of an intern’s salary, up to $2,500, with employers contributing the remainder. Since 2012 the program has funded 111 internships. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University (BHSU) alum Stacy (Trezona) Goodman, Class of 1999, and her spouse Matthew Goodman recently established a scholarship fund for political science and history majors at BHSU. The couple says the Goodman Scholarship for Critical Political Thought was inspired by both their personal ties to South Dakota and their professional experience in Washington, D.C. Read more

Governors State University (Ill.)
Governors State University is the recipient of Health Resources & Services Administration grants totaling almost $2 million. The university is using this funding to help students engage in hands-on learning through outreach that allows them to serve their immediate community and region. Read more

Lock Haven University (Penn.)
Lock Haven University (LHU) has ranked first among The Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education universities for performance in the 2017-18 academic year. The achievement will provide LHU a total of $2,592,046 in funding. Read more

Northwest Missouri State University
Northwest Missouri State University recently was awarded a $93,336 grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, bringing the University another step closer to constructing a new outdoor classroom for its Horace Mann Laboratory School. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
A $30,295 grant from the Blue & You Foundation will help dental hygiene students at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith provide preventive dental services to children in low-income families in the Fort Smith area. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
A University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) professor has received a $50,000 commitment to create a partnership to continue a KUAR public radio show dedicated to humanities and literary arts in the South. The Arkansas Humanities Council signed a memorandum of understanding to award J. Bradley Minnick, associate professor in the Department of English, $10,000 a year for the next five years to continue the “Arts & Letters” radio program. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Winthrop University History Professor Eddie Lee (’83) has devoted much of his career to the study of history—particularly the history of South Carolina, his home state. To continue his legacy and support budding historians, Lee’s friends and former pupils have established a scholarship for Winthrop graduate students. Six history professors, five current elected officials, a dozen educators and numerous entrepreneurs have contributed to the scholarship to date. Read more
  • An anonymous donor has given more than $35,000 to the Student Veterans of Winthrop within the last two years. So far, the group has purchased a couch, a refrigerator and a wide-screen television for the Student Veterans Center, located in the basement of Bancroft Hall. The donor also purchased a set of American military flags for ceremonies and the accompanying poles/bases. Read more



Awards and Honors

Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Tech University has received a 2017 University Service Award from the League of United Latin American Citizens Council 750 in Little Rock, Ark. Read more

California State University, Los Angeles
California State University, Los Angeles was recently honored with the prestigious Eddy Award for its leading role in promoting economic development across Southern California. The award is presented annually by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. Read more

California State University, Stanislaus
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) honored California State University, Stanislaus President Ellen Junn with two awards at the NAEYC Annual Conference. Junn received two leadership awards for her work in childhood development and inspiring diverse emergent leaders. She was also recognized for her work in diversity and inclusion throughout her career. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) has recognized Laurie Reed, lecturer of physics at Saginaw Valley State University, for her exceptional commitment to undergraduate teaching. A long-time member of the association, Reed has been named an AAPT Fellow for 2018. Criteria for selection includes "exceptional contribution to AAPT's mission, to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching." Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Reporters from KUAR, University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s public radio station, won nine Diamond Journalism Awards, a regional competition sponsored by the Arkansas Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Additionally, one UA Little Rock student, Jackson Carter, a graduate student in the School of Mass Communication, received first place in the multimedia project category for his work, “Forgotten—An In-Depth Investigation into the Arkansas Foster Care System.” Read more

Western Illinois University

  • Joseph Rives, Western Illinois University-Vice President for Quad Cities and Planning, has received the Management/Leadership Recognition Award from the Illinois Association for Institutional Research. Read more
  • Western Illinois University Associate Professor of Communication Christopher Carpenter has been recognized as one of the top 1 percent of the most productive communication scholars. Read more




Angelo State University (Texas)

  • Dr. Matthew Gritter of the Angelo State University political science faculty has published a new book that explores attempts to reform the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Titled “Undeserving: SNAP Reform and Conceptions of the Deserving Poor,” the 102-page book is published through the Rowman & Littlefield independent publishing company in Lanham, Md. Read more
  • Dr. Javier Flores, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Angelo State University, has been invited to join the Board of Directors for Education Reach for Texans, an organization that supports former foster care youths in their pursuit of higher education. Read more

Arkansas Tech University
ATU and the City of Russellville have taken intentional steps to ensure that students feel connected to the city in which they live for nine months each year. The ATU Mayoral Advisory Board will meet twice per semester to provide insight on the student experience to the City of Russellville and to gain a greater understanding of what the community offers for students. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • Cadet Tate Jackson, a sociology major at BHSU from Parmelee, has been selected for the U.S. Army All American Bowl and Combine as a Cadet Marshall in San Antonio, Texas, in January. Jackson was chosen out of more than 6,000 applicants because of his leadership abilities, dedication to community service and ability to maintain a 3.9 GPA as a sociology major. Read more
  • Scholarship money for students at BHSU will continue to increase, thanks to the largest scholarship campaign in University history: “Because of You, Anything is Possible." The ambitious capital campaign is focused on raising money for scholarships, along with pursuing support for athletic facilities. Read more

California State University Long Beach

  • A California State University Long Beach (Cal State Long Beach) scientist reveals why great white sharks are targeting California’s shallow waters. Read more
  • Cal State Long Beach researchers have discovered that a person’s ability to recognize complex taste and flavors in food and drinks—like wine—isn’t dependent on the tongue. The findings—published in the Journal of Communication Disorders, Deaf Studies and Hearing Aids—might help those who no longer have tongues through cancer and other diseases improve their diet, nutrition and quality of life. Read more

California State University, Northridge
Hurricanes Irma and Maria cut a devastating swath of destruction across the Caribbean this fall. The extent of the devastation on the region’s fragile coral reefs is unknown. California State University, Northridge marine biologist Peter Edmunds is co-leading a research team that is studying the impact Irma and Maria had on the coral reefs near the Caribbean island of St. John. Read more

California University of Pennsylvania
California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) student Shaina Hilsey has been selected as a member of the 2017-2018 American Association of University Women (AAUW) Student Advisory Council. Hilsey, a senior in Cal U's professional golf management program, is one of 10 students nationwide chosen to advise the AAUW on the needs of college students. Student members also take on campus activism projects. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Students in Professor David Mazure’s Graphic Design I class created posters with messages about the importance of inclusion that are hung around campus this month. Mazure believes it’s an especially timely project given the deep divide in the country over political and social issues. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Are you plagued by indecisiveness when it comes to shopping for a Christmas tree? Well stress no more because a team of Millersville’s (MU) own has created the Doug Fir’s Christmas Tree Guide website and android app to solve this holiday conflict. Read more
  • Millersville’s student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers won the 2017 Student Chapter of the Year. Read more
  • Millersville University is at the forefront of the STEM initiative in education. That was never more evident than when three MU videos were selected for the National Science Foundation 2016 Video Showcase. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)
Saginaw Valley State University student Taylor Taraski's study on the mobility of Division II football players won high praise at a recent regional sports medicine conference. An exercise science major from Oxford, Mich., Taraski won the award for Outstanding Undergraduate Poster Presentation for her presentation, "Movement Deficiencies in Division II Male Football Athletes as it Relates to Class and Position." Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
A chance to gain some real world experience makes some extra effort worthwhile for students in the marketing research class at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith. This fall students in Dr. Elise Riker’s class worked with Van Buren Original, the Advertising and Promotion Commission, and Main Street merchants to devise a strategy to revitalize the downtown area. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student has won a national award for an ethics paper exploring whether engineering faculty should teach if they have not obtained a professional license. Heather Hightower, a graduate student in construction management and operations management, received third place in the Daniel W. Mead Prize for Students from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student came in second in a national competition to win a $10,000 scholarship and the title of Construction Intern of the Year. As one of four finalists, Harrison Hayworth, junior civil and construction engineering student, earned a $4,000 scholarship. Read more
  • Three University of Arkansas at Little Rock students are participating in the 2017 Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub Delta I-Fund program. The Delta I-Fund is an early stage proof-of-concept fund created to capitalize and train up-and-coming entrepreneurs. The students teamed up with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Bioventures to commercialize a medical mouth guard that could reduce problems in surgeries involving endotracheal tubes. Read more
  • Seventy-nine University of Arkansas at Little Rock students have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the Undergraduate Research Signature Experience Awards for spring 2018. Chancellor Andrew Rogerson introduced the awards in fall 2017 to inspire UA Little Rock undergraduate students to conduct research and creative projects. Each of the recipients will receive up to $1,000 to cover the cost of materials for this one-semester signature experience in research or creative works. Read more

Western Illinois University
A unique collaboration that encompasses a local veterans' organization and talented musicians from the Macomb and Western Illinois University communities is bringing Big Band music to Macomb each month. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • A university initiative to encourage more Winthrop students to vote in last year’s presidential election worked. Winthrop student voter turnout was up nearly 5 percent from 2012, according to a national study. Called the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement through Tufts University, the study results showed that Winthrop student voter turnout of 58.1 percent surpassed the national average for college students by 7.7 percent. Read more
  • Few Winthrop University students can say they’ve given a speech at the Pentagon, but freshman Brandon Jackson can. Jackson, a mass communication major from Columbia, S.C., traveled to Washington, D.C., in September to compete on the national level for the Boys and Girls Club of America Military Youth of the Year award. His Pentagon speech focused on what the club meant to him—“a world-class club that assures success.” Though he didn’t win the national title, Jackson did win $47,000 overall to put toward his studies. Read more