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Programs

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
East Stroudsburg University will celebrate the opening of its Bloomberg Finance Lab on April 24. The Lab includes the Bloomberg Terminal, an offering that provides real-time and historical data, market moving news and analytics, as well as execution platforms for every asset class, research and a global network to communicate securely and reliably. It will enable students to become familiar with tools used in financial services, while faculty members can use it to further their own research.
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Worth Noting

College Media Conference
AASCU and the Council of Independent Colleges co-host the College Media Conference, which will take place June 24-26, 2018, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C. The conference helps campus communications professionals develop techniques that work; prepare media materials that produce results; and interact with some of the nation’s top reporters, editors, producers, bloggers and digital media experts. It also features presentations by and panel discussions with experienced college and university public relations professionals who will share best practices and new ideas. Read more

Most Affordable Online Colleges for Sports Psychology
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and University of West Alabama both ranked in the top 10 most affordable online colleges for a master’s degree in sports psychology by SR Education Group, a leading education research publisher. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • The John T. Vucurevich Foundation has pledged to nearly double their scholarship donation for Black Hills State University – Rapid City (BHSU-RC), creating additional scholarships for students taking classes in Rapid City. The Vucurevich Foundation scholarships will increase from $41,666 per year to $80,000 a year over the next two years for students attending BHSU-RC. Read more
  • The Life Sciences building on the campus of Black Hills State University (BHSU) will be renamed in honor of Dr. Kathryn Johnson, a BHSU graduate who is owner and principal of Johnson Environmental Concepts in Rapid City. The Kathryn Johnson Science Scholarships were created with a $1 million estate gift to encourage and provide financial support to BHSU students majoring in science or science education. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Tick repellent, virtual reality, drones, advanced information systems and men’s athletic skin products. These innovative projects at East Stroudsburg University are all part of the PPL Entrepreneurship Across the Colleges program. A recent grant from The PPL Foundation supported two creative faculty initiatives and five grants for student internships/externships in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Read more

University of West Florida
University of West Florida (UWF) celebrated a $39,550 donation to the UWF Department of Music in support of the Larry Butler Memorial Music Award at the Museum Plaza in Historic Pensacola. The donation will help fund student participation in academic competitions and performance-related travel experiences, including the Lancaster International Piano Festival in Pennsylvania, the Interharmony International Music Festival in Germany and Italy, and the UWF Ireland Experience. Read more

Western Illinois University
A new School of Agriculture dual-enrollment course will be offered this fall at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus in Moline. The new program was established through a gift from The Moline Foundation, which will allow Quad Cities-area high school students to take courses in agriculture completely free of tuition. The program not only establishes an "agricultural foothold" at the Quad Cities campus, but also provides educational opportunity for students and meets needs of area employers. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
In early March, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a critical forum, “Combating the Opioid Crisis: From Communities to the Capital,” in Washington, D.C. Dr. Beth McMahon, health science professor at Lock Haven University and Project Bald Eagle board member, was among the speakers. McMahon presented on the public health model used to develop Project Bald Eagle and the community-based participatory research done with the Youth Development Task Force. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Sixteen professors from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock will present research at the 2018 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference in New York, April 13-17. Read more

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Spotlight

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
The theme for the week is “Indigenous Leaders of Today Inspiring a Legacy.” American Indian Awareness Week at Black Hills State University is hosted by the Lakota Omniciye student organization as an event dedicated to educating the community about Indian culture. Native youth will share their stories of leadership during American Indian Awareness Week events at Black Hills State University April 9-13. Speakers will be on campus to present in American Indian Studies classes throughout the week. Read more

Colorado State University–Pueblo

  • Student-operated radio station, KTSC 89.5 FM, Rev 89 is ranked ninth in the nation among all non-commercial stations, according to Nielsen Media. According to Nielsen Media, Rev 89 has a total of 24,300 listeners in Pueblo. The station’s national ranking is based on the percentage of the Pueblo market that Rev 89 reaches (listener potential). Rev 89 penetrates (listener potential) nearly 17 percent of the Pueblo market—the ninth-best public radio market penetration in the United States. Read more
  • Chianna Schoenthaler from Strasburg, Colo., and Michele Bedard from Paris, Texas, senior mass communications majors, have been selected to present their original research on fake news at two conferences in April: The Web Conference 2018 in Lyon, France, and at the DePauw University Honors Research Conference in Indiana. They were members of Dr. Samuel Ebersole’s Spring 2017 Audience Research and Methodologies course, which focused on fake news as a central topic for multiple research projects. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University

  • A group of talented vocalists from Eastern Connecticut State University embarked on a unique tour of post-hurricane Puerto Rico this spring break. From March 9-15, members of the Chamber Singers performed in concerts and worked on service projects in the slowly recovering island. Read more
  • Eastern Connecticut State University's first-ever dance marathon—WarriorTHON—was held on April 7 and raised $11,613 for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. More than 200 students danced and raised the most funds of any first-year Miracle Network Dance Marathon in Connecticut. Read more

Keene State College (N.H.)
When students from Keene State learned that food insecurity is a problem for some students, they came together to establish an on-campus food pantry, the Hungry Owl. With support from faculty and staff including Interim President Melinda Treadwell, they launched a nonperishable-food drive. The Hungry Owl opened in March. Read more

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Breakout sessions about various aspects of disabilities, a protest bringing attention to ADA compliance, musical performances, a film screening and more will launch the first Disability Pride Day at Millersville University on April 16. The entire central Pennsylvania community is invited to the day-long event, which hopes to break down barriers and build community through conversation and action. Read more
  • Two graphic communications students gained professional experience and validation while representing Millersville University on the national stage at the 2018 International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (ICPF) Student Packaging Design Competition. Brittany Myers and Eli Brill's packaging design qualified the team for the grand finale teleconference, where they secured third place. Read more

Pittsburg State University (Kan.)

  • Pittsburg State's Robert W. Plaster Center, constructed through a partnership between the university, city, county and private donors, recently hosted both the NAIA and NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field National Championships. The economic impact on the region was estimated at more than $4.5 million. Read more
  • What began as a question about student internships has developed into an avenue to great careers for students at Pittsburg State University's School of Construction. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • Sixteen students from Slippery Rock University traveled to the Washington, D.C., area from March 11-15 to meet with security management professionals from the private and government sectors. Read more
  • Slippery Rock University students enrolled in their senior Public Relations and Integrated Marketing Communication Capstone courses discovered that working on a big campaign for their first client isn't something that needs to wait until after graduation. Instead, they got to pitch their ideas to local businesses and organizations during presentations required as part of their course work. Read more
  • A group of Slippery Rock University students visited Ireland from March 10-16 as part of a faculty-led study abroad trip, learning how companies like PayPal and Dell are using technology, and visiting tourist attractions such as the Cliffs of Moher. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
As lifestyle needs and student expectations of today’s college population are changing, Southeast Missouri State University has announced a new pet-friendly community coming online in fall 2018 on select floors of Myers Hall. Southeast is rolling out the welcome mat for family pets—dogs, cats and small caged animals—and, of course, their student owners, as part of a pilot program. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Three University of Arkansas at Little Rock students, Sarah Harper, art education major; Sandi Harvell, art history major; and Jana Miller, who is pursuing a master’s degree in art history, presented research at the 28th annual Arkansas College Art History Symposium March 8-9 at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Read more
  • Dylan Wright, a Spanish and political science double major, is using his Signature Experience Award to examine Argentina’s films and determine the role they play in citizens’ LGBTQ rights. Wright also was accepted into the School for International Training through the study abroad program Argentina: Human Rights and Social Media. Read more

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

  • The path to becoming a doctor has not been easy for Jesse Pacheco. A first-generation college student, Pacheco juggled the obligations of school, work and family and faced considerable challenges while doing it. But now, with the end of medical school in sight, Pacheco can reflect on a decade of hard work and guidance from University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS) faculty who helped him along the way. Read more
  • While some students spent their spring break tanning at the beach or relaxing at home, seven UAFS students opted to spend their time off from school conducting community service projects in New Orleans as part of an Alternative Spring Break program at the university. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma

  • The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA) recently honored University of Central Oklahoma professional media students at its annual student broadcast competition, with Central students receiving 13 awards for student-produced radio and television broadcasts. Twelve Oklahoma universities and colleges participated in the OBEA student competition, which generated nearly 230 entries. Central junior Vy Luong also won one of six 2017-18 Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation Scholarships. Read more
  • The University of Central Oklahoma hosted 4,142 individuals on its campus for this year’s National Conference on Undergraduate Research April 4-7. Attendees represented 463 institutions from all 50 U.S. states and 18 countries. The conference featured speeches from former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, United Nations Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement Ramu Damodaran, President of SONIC Claudia San Pedro and former speaker of the Oklahoma House T.W. Shannon. Read more

Weber State University (Utah)

  • After three different universities, three years of military training and three switches to find her major, Veronica Siqueiros has reached the end zone. She’s about to graduate from Weber State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in military science; she’ll soon be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and she’s wrapping up her fifth and final season with the Utah Falconz semi-professional football league. Read more
  • The Women’s Center at Weber State University will host Take Back the Night, an event to support survivors of sexual and domestic violence, April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ogden Amphitheater (343 E. 25th St.). The evening will include a march through downtown Ogden, stories from survivors and a keynote speech from a prominent social activist. Beverly Gooden, creator of the viral Twitter movement #WhyIStayed, will share her story of survival to kick off the night’s events. Read more

Western Illinois University

  • A team of Western Illinois University (WIU) School of Agriculture students has finished 18th in the CME Group Trading Challenge, a four-week electronic trading competition that involves 240 higher education institutions from 35 countries. Nearly 600 teams competed in the 2017 event.
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  • After Puerto Rico was devastated by hurricanes in fall 2017, the higher education opportunities previously forged on the island by WIU faculty have evolved to include the chance to help with and learn from storm recovery efforts. Two WIU professors traveled to Puerto Rico in late October as part of the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program. Read more
  • In the spirit of WIU's core value of social responsibility, a group of volunteers have spent several months developing the WIU Food Pantry. The pantry will provide free, nonperishable food items to the WIU community beginning Thursday, March 29. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)

  • Growing up with a father who built houses inspired Lucy Gardner to write a story that recently won her a scholarship from the South Carolina Academy of Authors (SCAA). SCAA awarded Gardner, a Winthrop University senior middle-level education major, with its $1,000 Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Student Prize in Fiction for her short story, “When the Storm Ends.” Gardner describes it as a “fiction piece meshed together with my childhood memories, along with some fabrications of my own imagination.” Read more
  • Winthrop University graduate student Ethan Johnstone was named the National Association of Social Work, South Carolina Chapter graduate student of the year on March 23. Praised by many for his academic excellence, professionalism and commitment to social justice, Johnstone was instrumental in securing new funding streams for Pendleton Place for Children and Families, a Greenville, S.C., organization where he is completing a two-semester field placement. Read more

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