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Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
A recent emphasis to promote a healthy lifestyle is the practice of mindfulness, which is being aware of your body, mind and feelings in the present moment to create a sense of calm. Students at Slippery Rock University and members of the President's Commission on Wellness (PCW) have incorporated mindfulness into their programming. The PCW is a group of Slippery Rock University students, facility, staff and community members that facilitate initiatives that promote awareness of wellness by empowering people to make choices and enact behaviors that positively influence their wellness. Read more

State University of New York at Geneseo
A group of State University of New York at Geneseo undergrads is staging philosophy takeovers in schools throughout the region as a way to introduce philosophical topics to high school students. The collaboration between Geneseo and local schools seeks to emphasize the value of studying philosophy by recreating a college class, setting up thought experiments, and engaging students in discussions of ethical dilemmas. Read more

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Grants and Gifts

Black Hills State University (S.D.)
The John T. Vucurevich Foundation has awarded $5,000 and the Spearfish Community Foundation has awarded $1,000 for scholarships for children grades K-6 to attend Black Hills State University Camp Invention on campus in June. Camp Invention provides students hands-on opportunities to explore, create and invent in relevant ways that prepare them to change the world. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
East Stroudsburg University received word that the College of Health Sciences has been awarded $217,524 in grant funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s Local Share Account in Monroe County to assist in the creation of a Community Health Education and Simulation Center. This center will be equipped with high-tech simulation manikins and other state-of-the-art technologies to supplement and enhance student learning in multiple disciplines. Read more

Farmingdale State College (N.Y.)
A State University of New York grant proposal by Farmingdale State College will bring $30,000 to the campus Nexus Center to develop applied learning co-curricular activities. The grant will support faculty and staff in developing and conducting institutionally approved co-curricular activities, including community service and civic engagement. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Pierrette Van Cleve has donated a collection of 43 international paintings representing contemporary art from Southeast Asia to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Read more

Western Illinois University
Western Illinois University Department of Computer Sciences Associate Professor Justin Ehrlich received funding for the development of a virtual reality program designed to improve social competencies for students with high-functioning autism and learning disabilities. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Winthrop University will receive a $1.2 million grant for electrical upgrades to reinforce the campus’s infrastructure to prepare for extreme hazardous weather. The university’s grant was one of two South Carolina awards recently announced by the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of a congressional appropriation for disaster relief and recovery. Read more

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Awards and Honors

Columbus State University (Ga.)
The Continuing & Professional Education division at Columbus State University recently won an International Award in lifelong learning for Best Brochure from the Learning Resources Network, the largest association in lifelong learning in the world. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Congratulations to Millersville University’s Integrative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education Methods (ISEM) program team, who received the 2019 Gerhard Salinger Award. The award was bestowed at a conference on March 28 in Kansas City, Missouri, for enhancing STEM education through technological and engineering design-based instruction. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)
Slippery Rock University's Office of Communication and Public Affairs has been recognized for its work in print, social media, web and video production with 28 national awards from a trio of organizations. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • Amber Smith, assistant vice chancellor of student experiences and director of the Charles W. Donaldson Scholars Academy, has been named a 2019 ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for the postsecondary professional category. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor has been selected as one of the pioneers in the field of deep learning who will teach the subject during a prestigious international summer program in Warsaw, Poland, from July 22-26. Read more
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—recently recognized the University of Arkansas at Little Rock chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Circle of Excellence Gold Chapter. The award is the second-highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization and is given to chapters that exceed expectations in chapter operations and that demonstrate sustainability and vitality. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma 

  • The National Science Teachers Association, the largest professional organization promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, recently appointed Beth Allan, Ph.D., professor of biology and coordinator of the secondary science education program at the University of Central Oklahoma, as the president-elect for the organization. Read more
  • Susan Scott, Ed.D., professor in the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma, was recently named a 2019 DaVinci Fellow by the DaVinci Institute. The award recognizes higher education faculty whose creative, innovative accomplishments have made a significant contribution to their academic disciplines. Read more

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Physics Professor Gubbi Sudhakaran, an interim associate dean in the university’s College of Science and Health, is part of a national group heading up the five-year Effective Practices for Physics Programs effort. The overall guide will provide documented best practices and resources in an easy-to-use format, creating a starting point for faculty and department heads wanting to assess and improve their programs. Read more

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Spotlight

Black Hills State University (S.D.)

  • At Black Hills State University (BHSU), the student organization Lakota Omniciye honored Native American culture by hosting their annual American Indian Awareness week April 8-12 featuring daily speakers and the 36th Annual Wacipi (Pow Wow). The theme for this year’s celebration was “American Indian Women: The Backbone to Building Resilient Leaders.” Read more
  • BHSU students served as scientific mentors to middle school students during the BHSU Underground Robotics Competition in March. The competition was held at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, where the college students helped maneuver the middle schoolers’ robots nearly a mile below the Earth's surface. The number of middle schools participating doubled this year. Read more

Columbus State University (Ga.)
Mary Harrell and Hannah Turner, computer science students at Columbus State University, recently created an aid to assist visually impaired students in chemistry labs. Their tool, ChemAid, uses QR codes to provide learners with informational webpages that explain various lab equipment through auditory descriptions and enlarged text. Read more

Eastern Connecticut State University

  • Research has shown that college students are disproportionately impacted by food insecurity in America, with up to half of them lacking consistent access to food. At Eastern Connecticut State University, a team of collaborators is taking strides toward solving this problem with the launch of Shawn’s Cupboard, a free, on-campus food pantry that welcomes all students. Read more
  • A group of Eastern students recently returned from the American Southwest after studying desert ecology in a global field course with the biology department. The trip took place from March 9-17 and was supervised by Professors Brett Mattingly and Matthew Graham. Read more

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
When Clare Lenhart, Ph.D., associate professor of public health at East Stroudsburg University, sat down with graduate assistant Ivan Mendoza to crunch the numbers from a needs assessment of community food pantries, they found some scary statistics. Through their research, they made recommendations that make sense for food pantries in rural areas where transportation can be an obstacle for low-income people. They presented their findings to 13 food pantry directors from Monroe and Pike Counties. Read more

Farmingdale State College (N.Y.)
Jahad Hoyte, a junior aviation major at Farmingdale State College, has been awarded a Newman Civic Fellowship. Jahad is vice president of the College's Student Government Association and will assume the role as president in the forthcoming academic year. He is currently doing an internship with a Long Island social justice agency called Erase Racism. Read more

Millersville University (Pa.)
Roughly 22 percent of adults living in the United States have some sort of disability, ranging from self-care to mobility. Disability Pride Day at Millersville University (MU) aims to change the way that people think about and define disability. Read more

Northern Kentucky University 

  • A Northern Kentucky University (NKU) economics student presented his research at the Eastern Economic Association’s annual conference in New York City. Dakota Langhals was part of a group of NKU students who attended the conference with Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani, director of the Center for Economic Education and NKU professor. Langhals, who is a junior, presented his research on “The Effect of Predatory Lending Laws on Mortgage Pricing and Market Activity” at the conference. Read more
  • NKU’s Jarett Lopez has been selected serve as a 2019 Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow. The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional and civic growth for students who have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and an investment in solving public problems. Throughout the fellowship, Lopez will work with 262 students on developing strategies for social change. Read more

Slippery Rock University (Pa.)

  • Forty years ago marked the worst nuclear energy accident in United States history. It occurred at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. The incident continues to have ramifications for the nuclear energy industry and safety management professionals and remains a topic studied by college students, such as safety management majors at Slippery Rock University (SRU). Read more
  • A 56-year-old anatomical atlas housed at SRU's Bailey Library caught the attention of a professor in upstate New York who researches the history of body donations and body use in Nazi Germany. While conducting research about the work of Austrian anatomist Eduard Pernkopf, Aaron Fried discovered—through an interlibrary loan database—that SRU was in possession of one of Pernkopf's atlases. Read more

Southeast Missouri State University
Thirteen Southeast Missouri State University students recently participated in a Geophysics in Archaeology Workshop to uncover clues about life in pre-Columbia Mississippian culture in southeast Missouri. Read more

State University of New York at New Paltz
After months of debate and discussion, the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of a resolution to remove and replace the names of six SUNY New Paltz buildings named for founders of the town—all were slave owners. The new building names pay homage to local geographic features. Read more

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

  • A team of students from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business have placed third in the Chartered Financial Analyst Research Challenge on Feb. 23 at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student has designed and manufactured her own tackle box that is small, inexpensive, easy to use and wearable. It also floats. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock faculty member has published an article examining the lost art of paid cartoon advertising rampant in Arkansas politics in the mid-20th century. Read more
  • A University of Arkansas at Little Rock student gave a TEDx talk at the University of Arkansas at Monticello to share her story of how having a service dog allowed her to return to school after being diagnosed with PTSD and bipolar disorder. Read more

University of Central Oklahoma 

  • The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association recently honored University of Central Oklahoma professional media students at its annual student broadcast competition, with Central students receiving 18 awards for student-produced radio/audio and television broadcast/media projects. Read more
  • University of Central Oklahoma student Terance Fields, a political science and pre-law senior from Pawnee, Oklahoma, was selected as one of 75 participants for the 2019-20 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals. The program offers 75 American and 75 German students the opportunity to spend one year in each other’s countries studying, interning and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. Read more

Winthrop University (S.C.)
Justin Rose always looks for opportunities to grow personally and push himself out of his comfort zone. He found one such opportunity this March when he participated in Winthrop University Center for Career and Civic Engagement’s Alternative Spring Break program. Read more

York College / City University of New York
York College Department of History, Philosophy & Anthropology and the Local Organizing Committee hosted the 2019 New York African Studies Association annual conference. Individuals came from far and wide, including Nigeria and Ghana. Read more