Georgia College
Georgia College has launched GC Journeys—a new program that encourages high-impact practices and transformative experiences, designed to put students on the road to success. GC Journeys is filled with research-based practices that combine academics and higher-order thinking with outside-class experiences. Students, who complete all four years at Georgia College, are required to participate in five transformative experiences. Read more

Lock Haven University (Penn.)
Several students in the Lock Haven University (LHU) sport studies program plan to complete field experience with professional sport franchises and universities during the spring semester. Three LHU sport studies students, who plan to graduate in May, already have been offered full time employment with professional sport teams. The new accelerated program allows juniors with a 3.0 GPA or higher to take graduate courses that count toward both an undergraduate and a graduate degree. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • For the second semester in a row, the office of Experiential Learning and Career Management is offering a workforce traineeship program for students to develop career-readiness competencies and to build their work experience before graduation. Read more
  • On Friday, Jan. 12, Milton Hershey School (MHS) and Millersville University signed a memorandum of understanding. The formalized partnership aims to improve the national college graduation rates for low-income, first generation college students—a demographic that includes many MHS students. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Penn.)
Slippery Rock University's Rock Life program, which provides students with intellectual or developmental disabilities a path to competitive employment and lifelong wellness, will expand in fall 2018 to allow students to participate in a living-learning community. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia recently launched a Leadership Certificate Program designed to develop a student's leadership skills outside of a classroom setting. The certificate allows students to create their own pathway through the program, based on personal interests, to fulfill the commitment to their own leadership development. Read more

University of Southern Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana and the USI Foundation are partnering with Dr. Bill Thomas, a nationally renowned expert on aging, with support from AARP and AARP Indiana, on a year-long pilot project aimed at creating a cultural transformation related to aging in community. The MAGIC Project will create a Multi-Ability, multi-Generational, Inclusive Community (MAGIC) housing model for both students and older adults. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University
To encourage individuals with potential to make an impact in a career in teaching, the family of Helen P. Dudley endowed the Helen Dudley Teacher Education Scholarship at Arkansas State University. The grandchildren of Mrs. Dudley, along with their father, Judge Robert H. Dudley, established the award in honor and recognition of the graduate and former professor at Arkansas State. She also taught in the Jonesboro public schools and was a clinical psychologist. She was the mother of Judge Dudley. Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University of Pennsylvania physics professor Dr. Gregory Kenning has received $257,515 from the Department of Energy to extend his ongoing research on "Phase Transitions at the Meso and Nano scale." Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A University of Arkansas (UA) at Little Rock alumna and her husband have endowed a scholarship that will provide funding for undergraduate students who participate in unpaid internships. Jane McKinney, a 1970 graduate of UA Little Rock, and her husband, Richard Tripodi, have donated funds to create the McKinney Family Endowed Internship Fund, which will provide students from the College of Social Sciences and Communication with financial support while they complete unpaid internships. Read more
  • The UA Little Rock Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is looking to boost food and beverage businesses in four central Arkansas counties this year. The center, based at the UA Little Rock, is offering specialized programming and consulting for food- or beverage-related businesses in Faulkner, Jefferson, Pulaski and White counties in 2018. The project is funded by a $100,000 Portable Assistance grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Read more
  • The UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture has received nearly $6,000 from the Arkansas Humanities Council to assess, digitize and catalog early railway line and city maps created from 1917 to 1918. The $5,874 grant, entitled “Tie-ing Arkansas Together,” will process and digitize 133 oversized railway maps associated with the St. Louis, Iron Mountain, and Southern Railroad and the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Read more
  • Local State Farm agents, along with a State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship grant, donated $68,000 to the UA Little Rock College of Business for continued support and operations of the Business Skills Lab. Hundreds of students have benefited from using the lab, which is equipped with an interactive system that allows students to record sales pitches and marketing presentations and to conduct mock-interviews in a fixed environment. Read more
  • UA Little Rock is partnering with the Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) to combat the rise of violent crime in the city over the past two years. LRPD recently received a nearly $500,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Technology Innovation for Public Safety program. Faculty members will receive $62,800 from the grant over the next two years to analyze the effectiveness of this new unit and to evaluate areas for improvement. Read more

University of North Georgia
For the fifth year in a row, University of North Georgia (UNG) has received a $7,000 grant from the U.S. Poultry Foundation. The money supports education and recruitment for UNG students interested in poultry science and general agriculture programs. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • The S.C. Humanities has been awarded a $35,000 grant to support its 2018-19 News Literacy and the Future of Journalism initiative, a seven-month series presented in partnership with Winthrop University and the S.C. Press Association. Events begin in September with Winthrop’s annual Constitution Day observation, which will focus on the First Amendment. Read more
  • To honor his wife’s time at Winthrop University and their military careers, Donald Kollarik recently established the Reverend (Colonel) Mary Lou Morris Kollarik and Colonel Donald Martin Kollarik Scholarship and Annual Restricted Scholarship. Read more



Awards and Honors

Arkansas Tech University
Dr. Melinda A. Wilkins, professor and director of the health information management and health informatics programs at Arkansas Tech University, has become the first Arkansas resident elected to the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Board of Directors. Read more

California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) School of Art faculty member, alumnus and celebrated ceramicist Tony Marsh has been named a 2018 United States Artists Fellow. Marsh is one of 45 creatives selected to receive a $50,000 unrestricted award in recognition of their “contributions to the field, honors their creative accomplishments, and supports their ongoing artistic and professional development.” Read more

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

  • Two Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) professors have been selected as pilot participants for Project FORECAST (Foundations for Outreach through Experiential Child Advocacy Studies Training), a five-year grant funded program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Read more
  • IUP professor of English Dr. Chauna Craig’s creative nonfiction essay, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” was recognized as Notable Nonrequired Reading in the “The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing). The essay originally appeared in Ploughshares. Read more

Louisiana Tech University
The Ruston Lincoln Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau recently announced that the Louisiana Tech University College of Education has won the 2017 Lincoln Parish Hospitality Award. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law professor has been named to the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Christopher Trudeau is the first lawyer to be appointed to this committee. The roundtable is a multidisciplinary group that works to improve the quality and value of health care and individual and community wellbeing. Read more
  • The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Racial Disparities in the Arkansas Criminal Justice System Research Project has been selected as one of the Community Philanthropy Advancing Equity Award recipients. This award is given to organizations that are using innovative solutions to address racial inequalities in their communities and advance progress toward inclusion. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma

  • The Oklahoma Arts Council recently selected Brad Ferguson, general manager of the University of Central Oklahoma-based radio station Classical KUCO, as the recipient of the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards, Media in the Arts category, for his contributions to the Oklahoma arts community. Ferguson will receive the award, along with 18 individual recipients and organizations, at the 42nd Annual Governor's Arts Awards ceremony at the Oklahoma Capitol. Read more
  • The University of Central Oklahoma's Center for eLearning and Connected Environments (CeCE) earned national recognition, as the Online Learning Consortium awarded CeCE with the 2017 Excellence in Faculty Development for Online Teaching Award. CeCe's Learning Design team received the award for guiding collaborative efforts across the university to deliver meaningful, innovative, flexible and customized development for Central's faculty who teach online, blended or technology-enhanced courses. Read more

University of West Florida
The University of West Florida (UWF) Division of Anthropology and Archaeology recently received the 2018 Daniel G. Roberts Award for Excellence in Public Historical Archaeology for the Tristan de Luna y Arellano project. The award was presented at the Society for Historical Archaeology’s annual meeting, held Jan. 3-6 in New Orleans. The award recognizes the efforts of a large team of faculty, staff and students from the UWF Division of Anthropology and Archaeology. Read more

Western Illinois University
Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas has been named to the Board of Directors of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, a national philanthropy that believes no family should live in poverty. Thomas’ four-year term begins this month. Thomas is the second university president to join the Foundation's Board of Directors. Freeman Hrabowski joined as a founding board member in 2001. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Frank Ardaiolo, vice president for student life at Winthrop University, received the 2018 Dream Keeper Award during the city of Rock Hill’s Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. The award recognizes an individual who exemplifies ideals of social responsibility, political empowerment, diversity, racial harmony, nonviolence and unselfish service. Read more




Arkansas Tech University
Arkansas Tech University and Universidad Tecnologica de Matamoros of Mexico have entered into an agreement that establishes a formal educational partnership between the two universities. Read more

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Black Hills State University mass communication major Micalyn Parry, from Chino, Ariz., won the college division the 2017 fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG). Her final portfolio was valued at $115,833, with a return on investment of 15.8 percent in ten weeks. This was the highest portfolio in South Dakota. Parry participated in the program as part of her survey of business course. Read more

California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) student Theresa Dexter worked with local community businesses to support the needs of former foster youth who are currently studying at CSUMB and members of the Guardian Scholar's Program. Through her hard work and dedication, Target and Ross stores donated basic necessities to the program, and Dexter built "mending the needs" bags to support former foster youth in need. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Eleven students at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania participated in the international European Union Simulation (Eurosim). As part of a political science course offered over winter break, the students participated in Eurosim in Brussels, Belgium, from Jan. 4-7, 2018. The rigorous, four-day exercise strives to enhance participants’ knowledge of international law, the European Union, negotiating strategy and diplomatic protocol by negotiating real life legal and policy problems. Read more

Frostburg State University (Md.)

  • Fifth-grade students from neighboring rural elementary schools immersed themselves in a day of arts and science education at Frostburg State's STEAM Fair. The children explored Renaissance culture, including the inventions of Da Vinci and other masters and the science behind the paint used by Renaissance artists, building on themes they saw earlier on campus in a live theatrical production by New York City-based theatre company, ArtsPower. Read more
  • Frostburg graduate Logan Cheshire ‘17 captured a winning image in the recent BioArt Scientific Image & Video Competition with a striking electron microscope image he made in Dr. Rebekah Taylor’s Advanced Microscopy course at Frostburg State University. The image, which found unexpected beauty in an insect’s protective coating, was one of 15 winners of the national competition held by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
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Louisiana Tech University
The City of Ruston and Louisiana Tech team to paint another mural in a spot where you wouldn't expect to find art. Read more

Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.)

  • Saginaw Valley State University's (SVSU) nationally ranked moot court team achieved new milestones for the program at the American Moot Court Association’s national tournament at University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law held from Jan. 19-20. Gabe Klotz, a political science major from Midland, won the third place orator award for his performance at the competition. Klotz won the first place orator award in 2017 and is now the first student to win an orator award twice for SVSU. Read more
  • The student staff of Cardinal Sins, a student-run literary arts journal at SVSU, have seen their hard work rewarded with a top national award. The American Scholastic Press Association honored the publication with its Most Outstanding University Literary-Art Magazine for 2017. Only two college journals nationwide are selected for the award. Read more

State University of New York College at Oneonta
Nearly two-dozen students spent winter break immersed in tropical biology and plate tectonics during faculty-led field courses in the Bahamas and Southern California. Read more

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
When the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith chapter of the Student Veterans Organization placed third in the business plan competition at the annual Student Veterans of America national conference last year, they vowed to do better at the 2018 conference. They made good on that promise by placing first in the competition this year, in addition to being named finalists for Chapter of the Year and having a member as a finalist for Student Veteran of the Year. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Seven University of Arkansas at Little Rock students have received a prestigious Student Undergraduate Research Fellowships from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education to conduct research. The Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program provides up to $2,750 to undergraduate students and their mentors to conduct in-depth research projects in their specific fields of study with the assistance of faculty mentors. Read more
  • Dr. LaVerne Bell-Tolliver, an associate professor of social work at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has launched her highly anticipated novel, “The First Twenty-Five: An Oral History of the Desegregation of Little Rock’s Public Junior High Schools.” In 1961, Tolliver was the first and only African American student assigned to attend Forest Heights Junior High School until 1963. Her journey as a pre-teen fighting to break racial barriers in her school saw little to no public recognition. Read more
  • Michael Warrick, a professor of art, traveled to Hanam City, South Korea, to the dedication of a sculpture he created to commemorate the 25-year partnership and friendship between the sister cities of Little Rock and Hanam City, which began in 1992. Read more
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock senior Meredith Williams started 2018 with a whirlwind trip that took her 3,500 miles and six time zones away to Iceland for an intensive study of renewable energy. Over the winter break, Williams spent nine days in Iceland, one of the greenest countries on the planet. Her trip was arranged through The GREEN (Global Renewable Energy Education Network) Program, an intensive program that immerses students in sustainability efforts around the world. Read more
  • One University of Arkansas at Little Rock student is starting the New Year with a renewed sense of hope for his future. Freshman Joseph Ederington received a $1,000 scholarship from Women’s Own Worth, a nonprofit organization helping victims of domestic violence. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law student has been selected for the highly competitive U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class. Second-year law student Logan Howard, 24, of Little Rock, will attend the 10-week Marine Corps Officer Candidates School this summer in Quantico, Va. Following completion of his law degree and bar certification, Howard will return to Quantico to complete his training to join the ranks of the Judge Advocate General Corps. Read more

Weber State University (Utah)
When a homeless veteran entered Weber State University, he knew it would change his life. What Travis Parsons didn’t know was that fellow Wildcats would also help build him a home. Parsons' home will be dedicated Feb. 3. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has awarded Winthrop University human nutrition graduate Lauren Wright with its Fuschia Lucille Johnson Memorial Scholarship. Wright, of Columbia, S.C., will put the $2,500 award toward completing her dietetic studies, which will conclude this May. Read more
  • Winthrop University faculty member Sarah Catalana believes in “dressing for success.” “Dressing for success is a real thing,” she said. “I can remember picking out my first day of teaching outfit. It was so important to me.” Now Catalana, an assistant professor of curriculum and pedagogy in the Richard W. Riley College of Education, will help students find their perfect outfit through the Teachers Clothes Closet. Read more