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Photo of LindaNew! Hampton Students Assist Faculty in Community-Based Studies

Dr. Linda Malone-Colon, dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Hampton University and formerly chair of its psychology department, has devoted much of her career to initiatives that help strengthen African American families and marriages. She’s currently serving as a principal investigator of the Hampton University-Howard University Men’s Violence Prevention Program which has afforded students the opportunity to assist with all facets of research and interventions.

Funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Hampton University-Howard University Men’s Violence Prevention Program is a strength-based, culturally relevant, and family-centered violence prevention program for African males, ages 12 to 25, who reside in Hampton or Newport News, VA, or Washington, DC (where Howard is located). The program aims to help young men avoid violence and become healthy, self-sufficient, productive members of society. Ultimately the goal is to develop a national model of violence prevention that can be applied to other minority populations affected by violence. Read more

Photo of HardinNew! Michael Hardin Named Samford University’s New Provost

J. Michael Hardin has been appointed as Samford University’s new provost, effective July 1. Hardin currently serves as dean of the Culverhouse College of Commerce at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and will replace J. Bradley Creed, Samford’s provost since 2002. Read more

New! NAC&U Members Celebrate Student Awards

Students at many NAC&U member campuses have received grants and scholarships this spring. They include:


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.

St. Edward’s University

This year 26 students from St. Edward’s University applied for Fulbright awards. Half of those students were finalists and 10 of them were winners, reflecting a Photo of Jananew record for the institution. In each of the past few years, St. Edward’s University students have won approximately four to six Fulbright awards.

Jana Soares ’15 won the university’s second full grant in its history, for biology research in Australia. She will work with Cynthia Whitchurch, PhD, the founding director of the UTS Microbial Imaging Facility at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.  Nine additional St. Edward’s students were awarded Fulbright grants to teach English in the following countries: Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, Laos, and India.

North Central College

Photo of Kristin and HeidiTwo students who will graduate from North Central College this year have been awarded prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA). The latest Fulbright honors for Heidi Nelson ’15 and Kristin Rose ’15 are the 10th and 11th Fulbright awards earned by North Central College students and alumni. North Central College has been recognized as among the U.S. colleges and universities that produce the highest number of Fulbright recipients for 2014-2015 international exchanges.

Upon graduating from North Central College in December, Nelson’s Fulbright ETA will take her to Argentina in spring 2016, where she will teach future English teachers, continue to study Spanish and engage in cultural exchange programs with the local community.

Rose will graduate from North Central College in June and her Fulbright ETA will take her to the Slovak Republic in fall 2015, where she will teach English to high school students and engage in cultural exchange programs with the local community. Photo of Adam

Samford University

Senior Samford University English major and University Fellows honors student Adam Quinn has earned an Academic Fulbright Award to pursue a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin in Ireland next year.

University of Evansville

Maryam Abdi, a University of Evansville senior with majors in Theatre and French, has received a Fulbright scholarship for research in the African country of Cameroon in Fall 2015. Her project will involve Theatre for Development workshops in Yaoundé, the nation’s capital.

Last month, the University of Redlands and Wagner College announced their Fulbright recipients.


The Truman Scholarship was awarded to only 58 students across the country. Awardees receive money toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in a professional development program to prepare for a public service career.

Photo of OchoaSt. Edward’s University

Victoria Ochoa ’16 is St. Edward’s University’s first winner of a Truman Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded to 58 students across the country. This fall will be her last semester as a St. Edward’s student, and she will spend it studying abroad at the university’s partner campus in Angers, France.


The Goldwater Scholarship is the highest national award for undergraduate science and mathematics students and aims to encourage research careers in mathematics, science and engineering.

North Central College

Photo of Kori and JackTwo North Central College students, Kori Sye ’16, and Jack Ryan ’16, have been recognized by the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship program as 2015 Honorable Mention recipients.

Sye, a chemistry major and mathematics minor, has gained experience in biochemistry research during two summers at North Central. This summer she will conduct research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Sye learned that she won the Gladys Anderson Emerson Scholarship from the Iota Sigma Pi National Honors Society for Women in Chemistry. There are two undergraduate recipients nationwide.

Ryan is majoring in mathematics and minoring in computer science. He has also pursued research opportunities in musical theatre. During summer 2014, he traveled to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for a research project funded by the National Science Foundation. He also analyzed performance styles of theatre productions in New York City and London. He’s presenting research in both disciplines at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

On campus he’s a tutor, an ambassador in the Office of Admission and a College Scholar who studied abroad at the University of Glasgow.

The University of Scranton

Photo of ChristopherChristopher L. Kilner, a triple major at The University of Scranton, has earned the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. A full-tuition Presidential Scholar at Scranton, Kilner is the 11th University of Scranton student to be named a Goldwater Scholar in just over a decade.

A scholar, astute researcher and leader on campus, Kilner maintains a 4.0 G.P.A. while pursuing a rigorous academic course load, participating in research and playing an active role in student government.

University of Evansville

Photo of AbigailAbigail Smith, a professional chemistry major at the University of Evansville, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar.  Abby conducts research with Dr. Andy Lampkins, assistant professor of chemistry, where she is creating a new paradigm in cancer treatment called “smart” therapeutics. Abby presented her research at a meeting of the American Chemical Society this past fall, and has accepted an internship in drug discovery at Eli Lilly and Company this coming summer.

Earlier, Ohio Northern University announced that its two students who were awarded Goldwater Scholarships.


The Newman Civic Fellows’ program is presented by Campus Compact, a Photo of Elenacoalition of more than 1,200 college and university presidents across the United States dedicated to the promotion of campus-based civic engagement.

Hamline University

Elena Anderson, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts at Hamline University, was chosen as a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Award recipient.

Ohio Northern University

Amanda Liebrecht, a second-year pharmacy student, has been awarded a Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Photo of AbrilUniversity of La Verne

Abril Camarena, a junior criminology major, has received a Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Stetson University

Amber Finnicum-Simmons, a junior psychology major at Stetson University, is the recipient of the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Last month, Manhattan College and Widener University announced their students who were named as Newman Civic Fellows.


The Ping Award is designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students’ outstanding leadership and efforts in community service on their campus and within their community. The award is granted annually to undergraduates from Ohio Campus Compact member institutions who exhibit outstanding leadership in community service endeavors.

Photo of GraceJohn Carroll University

John Carroll University junior, Grace Donnelly ’16, has been named as a winner of the Ohio Campus Compact 2015 Charles Ping Student Service Award in recognition of her exceptional dedication and successful efforts to establish JCU as a Fair Trade University.

Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University student Laura Avino, a fifth-year pharmacy major, has been honored with the 2015 Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award from Ohio Campus Compact.

Laura is president of Habitat for Humanity and active in committees in the College of Pharmacy as well as other campus extracurricular activities.

Nazareth’s CGI U Membership Paves Way for Students’ Social Justice Projects

Photo of MadiganTwo years ago, a Nazareth College delegation went to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference to learn about opportunities for encouraging civic engagement. While there, the delegation surprisingly met a Nazareth student, Cherise Madigan ‘15, who was already leading a social enterprise project through CGI U which was founded in 2007. Madigan went on to create a non-profit organization, The Feminine Alliance, based on her CGI project.

Soon thereafter colleges and universities were invited to join CGI U as University Network Members. Nazareth joined and as a member now commits $10,000 in annual seed money to fund student projects and defray the cost of travel to the annual CGI conference.  Students’ projects must be based on one of CGI U’s five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, or public health. Read more

NAC&U Celebrates 20th Anniversary

In his landmark essay in 1990, "The Ugly Duckling of Higher Education," University of Redlands Provost Frank Wong explored the identity and distinctive characteristics of comprehensive colleges and universities. His provocative thinking caused a group of chief academic officers from private colleges and universities to create a study group to explore the distinctive characteristics of their institutions. In 1994 Ernest L. Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, called for a "New American College" that would renew the tradition of higher education service to society that he associated with the colonial liberal arts college and the land grand university system founded during the Civil War. In 1995 the Associated New American Colleges (now NAC&U) formed. Founding members included Hamline University, North Central College, University of Redlands and Valparaiso University. NAC&U is looking forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary at its annual Summer Institute, this year at founding member Hamline University. Read the essay

Redlands, Wagner Announce Fulbright Recipients

Three University of Redlands students have been selected as Fulbright scholars, continuing a strong showing of Fulbright scholars at Redlands that now numbers 20 scholars awarded over the past seven years.

Of the four finalists at Redlands this year, three received the award:

  • Mounika Parimi ’14, double major in biology and music, will conduct research as a scholar at Technische Universitat, Dresden, Germany, in the Research Department of Regenerative Therapies. Her research will focus on issues within type 1 diabetes.

  • Amber Stansbury ‘15, bachelor’s degree in communicative disorders, will conduct research as a scholar to Universidad Autonoma De Queretaro, Mexico, for the project of Morphosyntactic and Neurophysiological  Markers, investigating specific language impairment and identifying linguistic markers.

  • Stefani Spence ‘15, double major in environmental studies and Spanish, will conduct research as a scholar to Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigacion para el Desarrollo Integral Regional, Unidad Oaxaca, Mexico. Her research will focus on the indigenous Chinantec community of San Pedro Tlatepusco and the impact of the bracken fern on their lives and agriculture.

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Photo of SetharesAlexandria Sethares ’15, a business administration major at Wagner College, has been selected for a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to South Korea as an English Teaching Assistant. The program begins in July with a six-week orientation program of intensive Korean language and cultural study and ESL training. Sethares will be immersed in Korean culture during her Fulbright year, teaching English in an elementary school and most likely staying with a Korean family — an experience she is eager to take on. Read more

Manhattan, Widener Students Named as Newman Civic Fellows

Campus Compact has honored 201 students from colleges and universities nationwide as 2015 Newman Civic Fellows. The Newman Civic Fellows award honors inspiring student leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to finding solutions to challenges faced by their communities.

Photo of TeiCampus Contact named Manhattan College junior Freda Tei a Newman Civic Fellow for her advocacy work done in her hometown of the Bronx. Since 2009, Tei has been an advocate for better schools and social change. She participates in her local Bronx community through the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) and Sistas and Brothas United (SBU). Originally drawn to community organizing, Tei and her fellow high school students worked to decrease overcrowding by joining the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition’s campaign to turn the Kingsbridge Armory into schools. At Manhattan College, Tei helped establish a tutoring program at SBU and has been instrumental in the college access program. She has also continued to organize as part of the Kingsbridge Armory Redevelopment Alliance, training new members in community organizing strategies. Tei has spearheaded a petition campaign to support the New York State Dream Act and registered people to vote. Read more

Photo of PereraWidener University senior Viraga Perera of Colombo, Sri Lanka, was named a Newman Civic Fellow. As a member of the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Program at Widener, Perera annually commits to at least 300 hours of community service in the city of Chester, PA. He has dedicated much of his time to leading recruitment and coordination of volunteers at The College Access Center in Chester, an initiative of the Chester Higher Education Council that provides free college preparation services to high school students and adults. He also volunteers at the center as a tutor.

Perera, a dual electrical engineering and physics major, is also enrolled in the Oskin Leadership Program at Widener, which offers a select group of students leadership training and one-on-one coaching that guides them through identifying and developing a project that has the potential to change the world. For his project, Perera is developing a diversity certificate program for students offered through Widener’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Perera consistently shows a dedication to service while balancing additional responsibilities, including those of founding president of the debate society and member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, LOGOS-Christian Ministries, the Widener Chorale and Widener Men’s Rugby. He has also performed in six different plays with the Widener FreshBaked Theatre Company, which puts on inventive dramas for young audiences. All proceeds from the performances support food pantries in Chester. Read more

Photo of BlakeTwo Ohio Northern University Students Selected as Goldwater Scholars

Ohio Northern University student Steven Blake, a fourth-year pharmacy major, has been selected to receive a Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Photo of PotterMichael Potter, a senior earning a dual degree in mechanical engineering and applied physics with minors in exercise physiology and astronomy, has received honorable mention accolades. Read more


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