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Black Hills State University (S.D.)
Nearly 6,000 miles apart, a common thread of training educators unites Black Hills State University (BHSU) and its newest international partner, Mongolian National University of Education (MNUE). Dr. Mandakh Dashdorj, president of MNUE, visited Spearfish recently to meet with BHSU leaders. Dashdorj and Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., president of BHSU, signed a historic memorandum of understanding providing a framework for continued collaboration. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Malick Coly was only a few days into his first semester as an instructor of modern languages and cultures at Slippery Rock University (SRU) when he reached out to the local community with an idea of starting a film series. Showing movies is not a novel idea at SRU, as many student organizations and academic departments host film presentations. But Coly wanted to involve the community as well, so he approached the Slippery Rock Community Library. Read more

University of West Florida
University of West Florida’s Division of Continuing Education and Career Educational Services are teaming up to ease the financial burden on students who were in Virginia College’s certified clinical medical assistant program. Continuing Education is offering students a discounted tuition rate to complete the program and special pricing is available to complete externships, covering the fee to take the National Healthcare Association exam. Read more

Western Illinois University
For the second year, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board is partnering with the Western Illinois University School of Agriculture on a program to benefit high school agriculture classes across Illinois. Read more



Grants and Gifts

Arkansas State University

  • Arkansas State University recently opened the Hytrol Materials Handling Laboratory, made possible thanks to a gift from Hytrol Conveyor Co. that equipped the facility with a fully-functional conveyor system, along with instrumentation and controls. The lab is the first of its kind in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. The conveyor system is a working version of one of Hytrol's most popular models and one that is currently used by industrial giants such as Amazon, FedEx and Walmart. Read more
  • Officials gathered for a construction launch ceremony for the disaster training pavilion facility in Imboden in the lobby of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Health Sciences on the campus of Arkansas State University. The construction of the pavilion is made possible by a grant from the Delta Regional Authority. The grant is for $150,000 and provides the cost of the pavilion, parking lot and materials for constructing the road from the gate to the pavilion. Read more

Arkansas Tech University
The home of Arkansas Tech University (ATU) baseball has a new name. Previously known as Tech Field, the Wonder Boys’ baseball diamond will henceforth be referred to as Baswell Field following approval by the ATU Board of Trustees and a $250,000 estate gift from the late Col. Carl Franklin Baswell. Read more

California State University, Los Angeles
California State Los Angeles has received a grant of $1 million from noted international modern and contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth to support the undergraduate program in the Department of Television, Film and Media Studies. The grant is the latest development in a partnership that began in fall 2017 with a new semester-long course titled Community Impact Media. This innovative course provides student filmmakers with hands-on experience in media production and offers storytelling mentorship. Read more

California State University, San Bernardino
California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is collaborating with Riverside City College (RCC) for the recently funded National Science Foundation grant project, STEM en familia: Guiding Critical Transitions to the Baccalaureate, to provide 400 incoming RCC student STEM majors supports to increase retention within the STEM disciplines while they are at RCC, and subsequently increase transfer rates to CSUSB and the University of California, Riverside. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Connecticut State University is going the extra mile to ensure that African American and Hispanic students who end up on academic probation are provided the support they need to succeed. The new PASS (Promoting Academically Successful Students) program is funded through a $75,000 grant from the Connecticut State Office of Higher Education. Read more

Georgia College
Georgia College’s Call Me MiSTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role models) Program received a $10,000 grant from Georgia Power. It's part of a growing relationship with Georgia Power to support a more diverse cadre of educators, particularly black males. The money will primarily fund scholarships for MiSTERs in the program by helping offset costs for tuition and other fees associated with enrollment. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
“It’s on Us” was created by Barack Obama, the White House Task Force to Prevent Sexual Assault, and the White House Council on Women and Girls in an effort to promote the conversation of ending sexual violence. Millersville University’s (MU) It’s on Us team was awarded a grant of $30,000 by the state to continue these efforts. They plan on using this grant to continue to support the It’s on Us program; develop a Title IX peer education program; host speaker events; offer training for staff, faculty and students at MU regarding sexual assault; participate in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ (NASPA) Culture of Respect Collaborative; and much more. Read more

Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University is one of six other universities receiving a grant of $1 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund Federating Repositories of Accessible Materials for Higher Education. This two-year project aims to streamline the process of providing resources for students with print disabilities. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Slippery Rock University's (SRU) College of Education received a $20,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to support RockTEACH, a program to recruit underrepresented minority students from Pittsburgh Public Schools to pursue teacher education at SRU. Read more

Tarleton State University (Texas)
The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today gave Tarleton State University the go-ahead to invest $2 million toward upgrades at Tarrant County College’s (TCC) Trinity River Campus. Tarleton will use a portion of the renovated space on the fifth floor of TCC’s Trinity River West Fork Building to provide upper-level classes. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Department of Art and Design will expand its art outreach with a $754,108 gift from the Windgate Foundation. Part of the gift will enable the university’s Department of Art and Design to establish a series of educational art workshops for high school students and art teachers around the state and in contiguous states. Read more

University of Houston, Victoria
A $100,000 grant awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to the University of Houston Foundation will fund a yearlong community-based program led by two
University of Houston, Victoria faculty members focusing on ways to reduce chronic kidney disease in at-risk populations. The funding will finance a program by The Victoria Alliance Against Chronic Kidney Disease, which will examine risk factors for chronic kidney disease and look for ways patients can lower their chances of developing kidney problems. Read more

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
A University of Wisconsin-La Crosse collaborative program to help increase diverse teachers in the La Crosse School District has received a $21,500 grant from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Read more



Awards and Honors

Arkansas Tech University
The Arkansas Tech University Division of Student Affairs has received a 2018-19 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Excellence Award in recognition of its co-curricular learning initiatives for graduate students. Read more

Georgia College
Dr. John Swinton, Georgia College professor of economics, was recently named a recipient of the 2018 Gold National Association of Economic Educators Curriculum Award. Swinton’s award recognizes Comparative Advantage and Cookie Trade, a game he created for his Principles of Microeconomics course. It teaches students why trade is generally beneficial, and why restraining it can hurt all countries. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) selected Winthrop University as a case study in how to effectively diversify a university athletics department. Winthrop President Dan Mahony, Athletics Director Ken Halpin and Senior Associate Athletic Director Renae Myles were invited to present at a Jan. 23 NCAA workshop about “Presidential Pledge: From Commitment to Action.” Read more




California State University, Long Beach
Dr. Gwen Goodmanlowe, a lecturer of marine biology at California State University, Long Beach, led a project to classify a large cache of shark jaws that had been relinquished to the federal government. The jaws will be donated to schools, museums and other educational institutions.
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Millersville University (Pa.)
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that affects between five to 10 percent of the population. Millersville University will offer a day of resources for people with dyslexia, their family members, their teachers, their counselors and administrators, their advocates, their attorneys and their friends. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
For students in Pittsburg State University's School of Construction, senior projects come with a bit of pressure: they’ll be used throughout the community. Real-world projects are a win-win, says Associate Professor Joe Levens: it means a leg up in the job market and the chance to give back. They’ve built pavilions at schools and a museum, a shower house at a park, and a public restroom at a hike-bike trail. This year, one project was a triple-win: it earned a national award. Read more

Salisbury University (Md.)
Salisbury University (SU) student Nate Sansom received the Bosserman United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Fellowship to work at the UNESCO's Paris headquarters this spring. He is assisting the Youth and Sports Division with the prevention of violent extremism. The fellowship is named for the founder of SU’s Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution. Sansom is majoring in conflict analysis and dispute resolution and political science. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
The new International Village at Southeast Missouri State University opened its doors this week, providing a venue dedicated to serving international students and enhancing the university’s diverse and globally-oriented campus. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • More than 30 nursing students from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock) brought some Christmas cheer to families in North Little Rock by volunteering at the annual “Shop with a Cop” program last month. Tommy Norman, a North Little Rock police officer who has gained national attention for his positive community policing and outreach efforts, started the “Shop with a Cop” program, now in its 13th year, to help financially struggling students at Christmas time. Read more
  • A UA Little Rock professor’s research has shown that local access to legal drugs at the county level reduces opioid and heroin-related mortality rates. While previous research has shown that medical cannabis laws reduce opioid-related mortality rates, Dr. Rhet Smith and his co-authors argue that changing the law alone is not enough, while a change in access to legal drugs makes all the difference in the world. Read more
  • A UA Little Rock student has been honored as an entrepreneur with a startup that is making a difference. Nora Bouzihay, who is pursuing a Doctor of Education at UA Little Rock, was a recipient of the Rising Star Award at A Celebration of Startups, presented by Remix Ideas, in December. In March 2018, Bouzihay launched her own hijab/scarf company, Nowara Co. Nowara, which means “flower” in Arabic, was the nickname given to her by her Moroccan grandmother. Read more
  • Researchers at UA Little Rock demonstrated to visiting government officials how web-based, social-media tracking technology programs can help government agencies identify and analyze foreign propaganda and disinformation. Read more
  • Acxiom recently awarded $5,000 scholarships to four UA Little Rock students who were selected as winners in the company’s Diversity Scholarship Program. Read more

University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia finished third out of 377 schools—and tops among senior military colleges—in the National Security Agency (NSA) Codebreaker Challenge. The Codebreaker Challenge provides students with a hands-on opportunity to develop their reverse-engineering/malware analysis skills while working on a realistic problem set centered around the NSA's mission. Read more

Western Illinois University

  • Navigating the path to opening a small business can be challenging without a place to turn for advice as questions arise. The Illinois Small Business Development Center (IL-SBDC) at Western Illinois University (WIU) is that bridge small business owners need to move their professional vision into their dream of their own business. The IL-SBDC at WIU has offices on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses and is a free resource to anyone seeking to open a small business. Read more
  • Members of WIU's Pi Kappa Phi fraternity executive council recently came home from a national leadership conference with four national awards for the fraternity's contributions to WIU and its philanthropy, The Ability Experience. Read more
  • The WIU Livestock Judging Team finished first in the senior college livestock judging contest at the National Western Stock Show in Colorado. Read more