Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen Named President of Arcadia University
On October 11, 2013, the Board of Trustees at Arcadia University announced the election of Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen as the twenty-first President in the University’s 160-year history. “The Board’s decision was based on the quality of Dr. Christensen’s consistent leadership and innovative vision demonstrated over the past seven months as Chief Operating Officer and the past five years as Vice President and Executive Director of The College of Global Studies,” wrote Board Chair Chris van de Velde in an announcement to the Arcadia community. “The Board believes Dr. Christensen has proven the ability to provide strong and stable leadership.” Read more
University of Evansville President Publishes Editorial in Huffington Post
University of Evansville President Thomas A. Kazee published "Learning and Understanding: The Power of The Residential University” in the Huffington Post. Read more
Four NAC&U Institutions Rank Among the Top Producers of Fulbright Students in Nation
The University of Scranton, Nazareth College, St. Edward’s University and Valparaiso University were recognized among only 21 “master’s institutions” in the “Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students” by The Chronicle of Higher Education, published Oct. 28. For more information: Chronicle | Scranton | Valpo |
North Central College Magazine Highlights Millennial Entrepreneurs who are Creating Their Own Niches
With the support of faculty, ever-evolving technologies, creative ideas and new emerging funding sources, young millennial entrepreneurs are finding ways to create their own niche in the business world. And many are gaining important lessons in entrepreneurship outside the parameters of economics and business, in North Central College courses in theatre, anthropology, computer science, art and more.
The message that entrepreneurs can create their own success stories resonates across the campus, thanks in no small part to the introduction of an entrepreneurship class in 1987 by Gary Ernst, professor of international business and marketing emeritus. That was followed by the addition of an entrepreneurship major in 2000 and the Self-Employment in the Arts Conference in 2001, which in 2013, attracted representatives of 40 colleges and universities to learn about making a living in the arts. Ernst was named Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship and Small Business in 1999 and North Central College continues to attract significant grant funding from the foundation, which to date has totaled $2.44 million.
The cultivation of entrepreneurship skills within a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum is a key factor in the success of the Coleman partnership. “We’ve been able to award Coleman Fellows to North Central professors who integrate entrepreneurship into their curriculum,” says Brian Hanlon, who was named the new Coleman Foundation Professor of Entrepreneurship in 2011. “They decide how to best use the funding to engage entrepreneurship within their disciplines.”
As a Coleman Fellow, Silkaitis uses her funding toward a swanky showcase event in Chicago for senior theatre majors. Agents view auditions of 10 top graduates, and in 2013 many were signed to contracts immediately. Turning theatre majors into professionals who earn a living at their art is her goal. “I ‘walk the talk’ by sharing my own experiences as an actor, theatre company owner, photographer and acting coach,” she says. Read more
Read one of their stories:
Like many young entrepreneurs, Kevin Kittilsen ’14 and Mateusz Borej ’14 are busy every hour of the day, splitting their time between classes, homework and running their growing business. “Sometimes I don’t know if I should spend my free time on school work or on the business,” says Kittilsen, who along with Borej is majoring in entrepreneurship and small business management. Read more
Six NAC&U Members Among Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2014 Best Private Universities
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Belmont University, Drury University, John Carroll University, Samford University, University of Evansville and Valparaiso University on its list of the country’s best values in private universities. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. The top 50 colleges and top 50 universities appear in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands November 5. For more information: Kiplinger | Belmont | Drury | John Carroll | Samford | UE | Valpo |
Six NAC&U Members Among Princeton Review's 'Best 295 Business Schools'
The Princeton Review has named business schools at Belmont University, John Carroll University, Pacific Lutheran University, Stetson University, The University of Scranton and Valparaiso University to its list of the "Best 295 Business Schools. For more information: PLU | Scranton |
Arcadia University Launches Digital Repository to House High Quality Student Work
Arcadia University now has a new way to showcase exemplary student work, a digital repository called ScholarWorks@Arcadia. The repository is an online space that is open to the public and searchable. Read more
Cross-Disciplinary Innovation Has a Place at Stetson
An old, red brick garage behind the Gillespie Museum at Stetson University was turned into a workshop of power tools, electronic tools, old-fashioned hand tools and cutting edge equipment and is now known as Innovation House, a “makerspace” for students, faculty, staff and alumni to meet, work and learn from one another. Read more
Hampton’s Nursing Program Receives $1.3M Grant
The Hampton University School of Nursing (SON) was awarded a $1.3 million grant by the Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. The funding will be dispersed over a four-year period, and was given to only nine schools. HU was the only Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to be awarded. The project is entitled the Veterans Education Transition for Success (HU-Vets), and seeks to increase veterans’ enrollment and graduation from HU’s School of Nursing baccalaureate curriculum, with counseling, mentoring, curriculum adaptation, test preparations and appropriate recognition of related military education and experiences. Read more
Stetson Boosts International Connections in Brazil, Vietnam
Stetson University was selected for 2013-2014 International Academic Partnership Programs (IAPP) in both Brazil and Vietnam. IAPP is a highly competitive international opportunity administered by the Institute for International Education (IIE). The IIE review panels for Brazil and Vietnam selected Stetson based on its institution-wide academic strengths that align to priorities and needs of the two countries, as well as socio-economic and environmental issues which Brazilian and Vietnamese higher education institutions are being called upon to support. Read more
St. Edward's University School of Natural Sciences Benefits from Prestigious National Institutes of Health Grant
St. Edward’s University, Southwestern University and the University of Texas will benefit from a $2.8 million, five-year Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This prestigious grant is one of only two awarded nationally this year. St. Edward’s University School of Natural Sciences will participate in a project called Collaborative Opportunities for Research Educations (CORE) program. This program trains post-doctoral students in chemistry and related biomedical disciplines, and in particular women and students from under-represented ethnic groups. Read more
North Central College Awarded Federal Grant to Address Gender-Based Violence
North Central College, in cooperation with the City of Naperville, Edward Hospital and local social service agencies, has been awarded a $274,600 U.S. Department of Justice grant to spearhead establishment of a comprehensive program to improve victim services and resources, enhance education and prevention, and strengthen policies and protocols for addressing gender-based violence. Read more
Nazareth, Westminster Welcome New Vice Presidents for Enrollment Management
Ian Mortimer will become Nazareth College’s new vice president for enrollment management starting in mid-December 2013. Read more
Westminster College has appointed John Baworowsky, Ph.D. as vice president for enrollment management. Read more
Valparaiso University Appoints Dean to Law School
Andrea D. Lyon, J.D., will join the Valparaiso University faculty as dean of the Law School, effective June 2, 2014. Most recently, Lyon has served as the associate dean for clinical programs at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. Read more
Dr. Jeffery Burgin Appointed Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Belmont
Following an extensive nationwide search, Belmont University named Dr. Jeffery Burgin, current vice president for student affairs at Alabama A&M University, as associate provost and dean of students, effective Dec 1. Read more
Stetson Names Student Development, Campus Vibrancy head
Matthew Kurz has joined Stetson University’s Division of Campus Life and Student Success as the new director of Student Development and Campus Vibrancy. Reporting to the dean of students, Kurz will provide strategic leadership and direct supervision for Fraternity and Sorority Involvement, First Year and Transition Programs, Leadership Development, Student Organizations, and will advise the Student Government Association with particular emphasis on cultivating a vibrant campus. Read more
Scranton’s New Science Center Featured as a “Beacon for STEM” Education
The University of Scranton’s new Loyola Science Center is featured as a “beacon” for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in Science on Display, a website published by EYP Architecture and Engineering as a way to highlight their creation of environments to engage more students in the STEM fields. University of Scranton students, faculty and staff discuss the ways in which the design of the $85 million center facilitates teaching, learning and sustainability through a series of digital recordings. Read more
Belmont ‘Tops Out’ New Residence Hall
With the last beam in place and interior work beginning, Belmont University celebrated the official “topping out” of its current residence hall construction project. The 139,000 square foot building will house 422 upperclassmen students and staff in a mix of apartment-style and suite-style rooms, making it the first residential facility on Belmont’s campus to offer both options. Read more
Nazareth Receives $1.5M Gift from Konar Foundation for Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute
Nazareth College recently received a $1.5 million gift from the William and Sheila Konar Foundation for Nazareth's Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute renovation. In honor of the Konar's support of music therapy and other creative arts therapy programs, the gift will be recognized by naming the William and Sheila Konar Creative Arts Therapy Wing when the institute renovation is complete. The $16.5 million Institute, set to open by fall 2015, physically expands on the existing educational and clinical facilities of Nazareth's School of Health and Human Services. Read more
Westminster Announces NewMinor in Outdoor Education and Leadership
Westminster College has created a new minor in Outdoor Education and Leadership to address the demand for graduates who can lead in the outdoor industry and beyond. Read more
University of Redlands and Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Receive $200K Grant
The University of Redlands School of Business and the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership (CVEP) have been awarded a $200,000 federal grant as part of a national $7 million investment from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and Small Business Administration. As part of this grant, the University of Redlands School of Business faculty members will provide economic analysis, conduct studies and lead workshops that will assist with the development of manufacturing incubators and accelerators in the Coachella Valley. Read more
Dr. David Manuel Installed as Drury University’s 17th President
Dr. David Manuel was officially installed as Drury University’s 17th President on Friday, Sept. 20.
Paying tribute to Drury’s 140-year history, Dr. Manuel borrowed from the university’s first president, Nathan Morrison, as he mapped out his plan for Drury’s future to a packed house of faculty, staff, students and community members.
“Drury’s mission and vision are the outline of our horizon,” Manuel said. “Join me as we take to heart the words of our first president, ‘Look up, not down. Look forward, not backward and look out, not in.” Read more
Beyond Access and Affordability: An Education of High Value, by Wendy Libby
In the Huffington Post, Stetson University President Wendy Libby writes about why education is more than just a transaction and why quality and values matter.
St. Edward's University Announces Strategic New Hires
St. Edward’s University has brought on two staff members. Mary K. Boyd, PhD is the vice president for Academic Affairs and Rebecca Davis, PhD is the director for Instructional and Emerging Technology. Both of these newly created positions are integral in helping the university achieve the vision of its current strategic plan - to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of a 21st century world. Read more
Wagner Names Araimo as V.P. Institutional Advancement
Beginning Nov. 1, Angelo Araimo will become Wagner College’s new vice president for institutional advancement, taking over a position that was filled on an interim basis last December by Frank Young, former director of major gifts, when the previous advancement V.P. resigned. Araimo is currently Wagner’s vice president for enrollment and planning. Read more
Summer Learning Loss
In the Huffington Post, Nazareth College President Daan Braveman writes about what campuses can do to help local K-12 schools provide access to summer enrichment for students no matter what their income levels. Read more
Samford, Cumberland Offer Six-Year Program for Bachelor, Law Degrees
Samford University and its Cumberland School of Law have created an accelerated law degree program that will enable a Samford student to earn a bachelor of arts or sciences degree and a law degree in six years rather than the usual seven. Read more
Hampton, University of Evansville Announce BS-MD Programs
Hampton University has partnered with the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (JCESOM) to create a mentoring/collaborative joint BS-MD program. The program allows students to earn a bachelor’s of science degree from HU and a Doctor of Medicine degree from JCESOM. Read more
The University of Evansville announced a Baccalaureate to Doctor of Medicine (B/MD) program that offers direct entry into the Indiana University School of Medicine-Evansville. The University of Evansville is the first private university in Indiana to establish this collaboration with IU’s School of Medicine (IUSM). Read more
Westminster Introduces New RN to BS in Nursing Program
Westminster College has introduced the new RN to BS in Nursing program to address the Institute of Medicine’s: The Future of Nursing report goal of having 80 percent of RNs nationwide earn a baccalaureate degree by 2020. Read more
Valparaiso University Launches 100% Online Master of Science in Health Management and Policy Degree
Continuing its 150-year tradition of educating and training dynamic leaders, Valparaiso University will now set the standard for health care graduate programs with its Master of Science in Health Management and Policy – 100 percent online. Via streaming, video-based lectures and an interactive virtual community, Valpo’s program will allow health professionals to add graduate credentials with an in-demand specialization to their resumes in as little as 24 months. Graduate students will explore complex policy, business, management, and information issues with a focus on ethical leadership and process improvement. Read more
Nazareth Offers New Masters in Human Resource Development
In response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (2011) projection that human resource employment in the Finger Lakes region will grow 22% by 2018, Nazareth College’s School of Management is expanding its program offerings to include a master of science in human resource development (M.S. in HRD) in spring of 2014. Read more
Pacific Lutheran University’s Karen Hille Phillips Center for Performing Arts To Open
On October 12, 2013, the Saturday evening of homecoming weekend, the PLU community will celebrate the completion of one of the university’s more ambitious projects, the complete remodel of Eastvold Chapel, renamed the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The 45,900-square-foot center takes the name of Karen Hille Phillips ’55, a nursing graduate and former PLU regent who, upon her death, bequeathed more than $10 million to her alma mater which was used for the completion of the project. All told, Phillips left nearly $25 million to PLU, making her the single largest benefactor in university history. Read more
Widener Among Most Underrated Colleges in America
Business Insider, a leading online business news site, has named Widener University to its list of the Top 25 Most Underrated Colleges in America based on a comparison of the annual U.S. News & World Report college rankings to the mid-career salaries of college graduates. Read more
Manhattan, Wagner Ranks High in Payscale.com College Salary Report
Manhattan College and Wagner College earned recognition among the leading colleges and universities for post-graduate earnings according to PayScale.com. Manhattan College was ranked as No. 24, and Wagner College was ranked among the top 15% out of more than 1,000 institutions in the 2013-2014 PayScale College Salary Report. For more information: Manhattan | Wagner
Military Friendly Schools
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list, published by Victory Media, honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and their spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. The following NAC&U members were named to the list: Drury University, Nazareth College, North Central College, the University of Evansville, Valparaiso University and Widener University. For more information: Drury | Nazareth | North Central | Evansville | Valpo | Widener
Hamline School of Law Named a Best Value by The National Jurist
Hamline University School of Law was recently named one of the top five “Best Value” private law schools in America by The National Jurist. Hamline was the only Minnesota law school to make the list and received a letter grade ranking of ‘B.’ Only one law school received a higher grade on that list. Read more
New Online Platform Facilitates Civic Engagement On and Off Campus at Widener
Shortly after arriving at Widener University, Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement Elizabeth Housholder identified the need to better communicate service opportunities to students.
"Students weren't aware of all of the ways in which they could serve others," Housholder said. "We needed an online matchmaker, a platform to connect students with community partners."
This idea led to the creation of the Widener University Office of Civic Engagement College Serve website, an online platform that streamlines the volunteering process on both ends— for the volunteers and the community partners. Faculty members can utilize it for service-learning courses, students can create profiles on it to keep track of their service hours, and community partners can use it to post volunteer opportunities and other needs. Read more
New Study Abroad App from Arcadia
The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University launched a new app for study abroad e-catalogs. This app is the first of its kind, focused specifically on providing Arcadia program information through smart e-catalogs. This new format is designed to make it easier for advisors and students to navigate the study abroad options that are available with Arcadia. The online catalogs can be accessed at any time, whether through a web browser or mobile device such as iPhone, iPad or Android tool.
Village Connects Belmont Students, Alumni Entrepreneurs
Belmont University alumna Kathleen Bond (’11) knew she wanted to own her own business, so she studied entrepreneurship while in the Honors Program at Belmont University. But it was two years later that the then-Turnip Truck manager would return to campus for insight at the Center for Entrepreneurship. Bond returned to campus in September to share her success story and promote her business during the second annual Entrepreneurship Village.
Widener Students Exploring the Issue of Tuition Expenses
From the Widener University magazine, a look at how Widener students conducted research and formed a Super PAC to address rising college costs. (See page 18). Read more
Sage President Discusses College Accountability on the Huffington Post
President Susan Scrimshaw of The Sage Colleges began:
President Obama has just announced a set of proposals aimed at encouraging lower college costs and holding colleges accountable for student outcomes, both laudable goals.
The proposals themselves largely ignore the great diversity of colleges and universities in the U.S., the value of education that encourages creativity and critical thinking, and the need for a wide variety of skills in our nation. Read more
Arcadia Works with Heifer International to Connect Theory and Practice in Sierra Leone
Four faculty members from the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program sought to build upon Arcadia University’s relationship with the global nonprofit organization Heifer International and their efforts in Sierra Leone, focusing on a small village of war widows called The Crossing. Heifer International is developing agricultural projects in the village in the hopes of making it self-sufficient. Arcadia’s efforts in Sierra Leone include a long-standing relationship with student interns working at Heifer International and newer initiatives such as preparations for an Arcadia course there and a faculty development project with universities and colleges within the consortium of New American Colleges and Universities. Read more
North Central College Selected to Take Part in Civic Learning, Engagement Initiative
NASPA, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, selected North Central College as among just 73 schools nationwide to take part in its new Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. Read more
Wagner Learning Communities Help Students Stay in College
Wagner College is cited in a new book by higher education researcher Vincent Tinto, “Leaving College: Rethinking the Causes and Cures of Student Attrition,” published by the University of Chicago Press. His research sought to identify the conditions that made it possible for students to stay in college and earn their degrees, and he identified Wagner College as an example of the kind of school that integrates multiple efforts to ensure student success. Read more
Nazareth President Daan Braveman Blogging for Huffington Post
Nazareth College President Daan Braveman began blogging for the Huffington Post this summer. He recently wrote about the beginning of a new year and the value of liberal arts and sciences education.
NAC&U Members Recognized for Undergraduate Teaching, Best Value by U.S. News & World Report
More than three-quarters of NAC&U members were ranked in the top 25 among regional universities within their respective geographic locations in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges 2014 rankings which were published online September 10, 2013. Of those members, half were in the top 10 in their regions. Samford University ranked the highest at #3 in the South. Valparaiso University was the top ranked Midwest member at #6. The University of Scranton was the highest ranked member in the North at #8, and at #12, the University of Redlands was the top-ranked member in the West. Stetson University and Belmont University also were ranked in the top 10 in the South (#5 and #7, respectively), and every member in the Midwest was ranked in the top 15: Valpo, #6; John Carroll University, #7; Drury University #8; University of Evansville, #9; Hamline University #11; and North Central College, #13.
Five NAC&U members were cited for excellence in undergraduate teaching. John Carroll was the top-ranked regional university in the Midwest, followed closely by Valpo at #2. Belmont and Samford were ranked at #2 and #4, respectively, in the South. Scranton was ranked #4 in the North.
More than half of NAC&U members are considered Best Value regional universities. Valpo was ranked #2 in the Midwest, followed by Evansville at #3, John Carroll at #5, Hamline at #10, and Drury at #15. Stetson and Samford were ranked #5 and #11 in the South, respectively. Redlands ranked #6 in the West, followed by Pacific Lutheran University at #7 and Westminster College at #10. Scranton was ranked #15 in the North.
Five NAC&U members were cited as “Up and Coming” by their peers who said that they were “making the most promising and innovative changes in areas of academics, faculty and student life.” Scranton and Wagner College were #2 and #4 in the North, while Belmont was #2 in the South. Valpo was #3 in the Midwest, and St. Edward’s University was #3 in the West.
Three NAC&U members were recognized for their special programs on the list “Programs to Look For.” Wagner was noted four times for its First-Year Experience, Internships, Learning Communities and Service Learning. There are only two institutions nationwide with more citations on the “Programs to Look For” list. John Carroll also was noted for its Service Learning. Arcadia University was recognized for its Study Abroad programs.
For more information: US News Article, Belmont, Drury, Hamline, John Carroll, Naz, St. Edward's, Samford, Stetson, Scranton, Evansville, Valpo, Wagner, Westminster
Princeton Review Ranks Best 378 and Regional Bests
The Princeton Review included many New American Colleges and Universities in its 2014 editions of "The Best 378 Colleges" and “Best Colleges: Region by Region.”.
Both ranking lists are based on institutional data collected directly from the schools, Princeton Review’s visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of Princeton Review staff, plus college counselors and advisors. Princeton Review also surveys students.
Hampton University, Nazareth College, University of Redlands, The University of Scranton, Wagner College and Westminster College were named among the 378 best colleges nationwide.
The Princeton Review also ranked the Wagner College Theatre program #2 among college theater programs nationwide. Wagner was also listed on two of the Princeton Review’s “Great Schools” lists — for Health Services majors, and for Education majors.
Best 378 Colleges: Nazareth, Scranton, Wagner, Westminster
The 643 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges. Belmont University, Drury University, Hamline University, and University of Evansville were named as best in their regions.
Regional Best releases: Belmont, Drury, Evansville, Hamline
Washington Monthly Cites 20 NAC&U Members for Contributing to the Public Good
Washington Monthly magazine annually ranks universities based on their contribution to the public good based on cutting-edge research and scholarship, recruiting and graduating low-income students and commitment to service. In its 2013 rankings Nineteen NAC&U members were in the top 60% of institutions nationwide, and nine of them were in the top 40. The following campuses were included: Valparaiso University, Stetson University, Hamline University, John Carroll University, Hampton University, Nazareth College, University of Redlands, University of Evansville, Pacific Lutheran University, Westminster College, The University of Scranton, Samford University, Belmont University, Wagner College, North Central College, St. Edward’s University, Widener University, Manhattan College, Drury University, and Arcadia University. Valparaiso was the highest ranked at #4. In addition, the following were named among 152 “Best Bang for the Buck” institutions: Valparaiso, Stetson University, Hamline University, John Carroll University, Nazareth College, University of Redlands, Pacific Lutheran University, Westminster College, The University of Scranton, St. Edward’s University and Manhattan College. For more information: Washington Monthly, Evansville, Hamline, JCU, Naz, Stetson, Valpo
Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges:
Forbes included Hamline University, Manhattan College, North Central College, and The University of Scranton among the top 25 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. The magazine profiles the top 650 of the nearly 2,500 four-year institutions of higher learning in the United States. For more information: North Central, University of Scranton
Valparaiso University Provost Announces Retirement after 30 Years with University
Valparaiso University Provost Mark R. Schwehn ’67, Ph.D., will retire from his position effective June 30, 2014, as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs. Schwehn has served the University since 1983 and was named provost in 2009. Read more
Nazareth College Among Just 250 Colleges to Implement Eight Keys to Veteran Success
As part of the Obama administration’s ongoing effort to foster post-secondary educational opportunities and dramatically improve employment outcomes for returning service members, Nazareth College was named by the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as one of just three upstate New York colleges among more than 250 colleges nationwide that immediately answered the call to implementing the “8 Keys to Success” to help Veterans on campus. Read more
Hampton Receives $13.5 Million Grant to Combat Health Disparities in Minority Men
Hampton University has received a $13.5 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to combat and reduce selective health disparities in minority men. Research will focus on prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, melanoma in Hispanics and violence prevention. Read more
2012 Drury Graduates Report Job, Grad School Success
More than 96 percent of 2012 graduates from Drury University’s traditional Day School, who responded to a university survey, are employed or furthering their education according to an annual study conducted by Drury University’s Office of Career Planning and Development. Read more
Belmont Ranked as one of Fastest Growing Campuses in Nation
Belmont University is one of the fastest growing campuses in the nation, according to an annual “Almanac of Higher Education” report released last week by The Chronicle of Higher Education. What’s more, the University is the only one of its peers to be ranked in the Top 10 for fast-growing enrollment (Chronicle) and as a Top 10 Best Regional University in the South (U.S. News & World Report). Read more
Hunger Games, Dungeons and Dragons Among Diverse First-Year Courses at Hamline
Harry Potter, European history and culture, the Hunger Games, human rights, and Dungeons and Dragons are just a few of the topics first-year students will explore this fall when they sign up for their First Year Seminars (FYSEMs). Read more
Wagner Team Visits Israel’s Kibbutzim College of Education
Kibbutzim College of Education in Tel Aviv recently signed a partnership agreement with Wagner College. Kibbutzim and Wagner’s partnership is expected to include significant research collaboration, a book launch, common seminars on various issues and student interactions first via Skype and, later, through exchange programs. Read more
Westminster Creates New Geology Major in Answer to National Industry Boom
Over the last decade, there has been a huge expansion of the fuel industry, and with it, a rapid increase in the demand for mineral exploration. Due to this recent boom, geologists have become some of the most highly sought after industry experts both nationally and regionally.
To address this new demand, Westminster College has created a new geology major to teach students the fundamental techniques and principles necessary for working in this expanding field. Read more
Hoffman Named Founding Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Arcadia University
Arcadia University has appointed Dr. John Hoffman, associate provost for Accreditation, Assessment, and Research, as founding dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Read more
West Named VP for Advancement at Redlands
Long-time University of Redlands resident and community leader Anita West has been selected as the University’s new Vice President for Advancement. West, who recently served as Interim Vice President for University Relations at Redlands, was chosen after a comprehensive national search. She assumes responsibility for the University’s Advancement organization and is tasked with ensuring the continued growth and success of the departments of University Relations, Development, Advancement Services, and Alumni Relations in support of institutional priorities. Read more
Pacific Lutheran Begins Tradition of Teaching in Remote Alaskan Village
Pacific Lutheran University Web Content Manager Chris Albert and PLU Photographer John Froschauer ventured to Alaska to show and tell the story of Lutes who are teaching in remote villages in the state. Of the nine educators teaching in the summer program, eight are Lutes -- Kari Olson ’11, Linnea Olson ’12, Megan Aarsvold ’13, McKenzie Allen ’13, Alyssa Johnson ’13, Nataly Meyer ’13, Suzy Olsen ’13 and Kelli Peterson ’13.
Read their blog, beginning with the June 3rd entry that gives a history of the program. Read more.
Manhattan Launches Summer Research Program
With student and faculty research on the rise there, Manhattan College recently established the Jasper Summer Research Scholars program to fund research grants in various disciplines. The pilot program has funded 11 undergraduate grants on topics ranging from improving a modern-day medical brace design for elbow-related injuries to shortcomings in educational funding in the new South Africa. Read more.
HUD Report Offers Widener as Case Study in Civic Engagement
Widener University’s civic engagement efforts in the city of Chester have been recognized by publications such as Newsweek and Washington Monthly, but now the federal government is using Widener as a case study on the positive impact colleges and universities can have in stabilizing and improving the nation's struggling communities. Read more.
Arcadia Board of Trustees Adopts Strategic Plan, Vision for 2013-2018
Arcadia University is proud to announce that the Board of Trustees has approved the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan. The Plan provides the vision forward for the University, and is the culmination of an inclusive and transparent planning process constituting input and feedback from the University community—trustees, administration, alumni, faculty, students, staff and external constituents. Read more.
Widener Psychology Faculty, Alumni, and a Student Co-Write Adoption Text
A new book offering practical tips for parents and mental health professionals in navigating adoption prominently features research by Widener faculty, young alumni, and a graduate student. Working with Adoptive Parents: Research, Theory, and Therapeutic Interventions was released in June and is co-edited by Dr. Virginia Brabender, professor in Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and Dr. April Fallon, clinical associate professor at Drexel University. Read more.
Westminster College Joins SkyWest Airlines Pilot Cadet Program
Westminster College is pleased to announce a new bridge partnership with SkyWest Airlines that will offer opportunities for students earning their professional pilot degrees to become SkyWest Airlines first officers. Under the SkyWest Pilot Cadet Program, students who have earned a flight operations degree from Westminster and have been hired as a flight instructor for the college are eligible to apply. Read more.
Stetson’s Mahjong Chem Goes International
A few years ago, the AT&T Foundation gave Stetson University’s Chemistry Department a grant to fund the development of a new online learning resource for introductory chemistry. One of the big successes of that project was the development of an online game called Mahjong Chem. Read more.
Westminster, Sage, Drury, Hampton Name Deans, Associate Provost; U of Evansville Names Executive Director
Westminster College has named Lisa Gentile, Ph.D., as the new dean of the college’s School of Arts and Sciences, and Nohemy Solórzano-Thompson, Ph.D., as the associate provost for Diversity and Global Learning. Read more.
The Sage Colleges welcomed Joanne Curran, Ph.D. as new dean of Sage College of Albany. Curran comes to Sage from the State University of New York at Oneonta, where she was associate dean in the Division of Education. Read more.
Aaron Jones has been named the Dean of Drury University’s College of Continuing Professional Studies (CCPS). Jones has been the interim dean since the spring of 2012. Read more.
Dr. Donavan Outten was named dean of the Hampton University University College. The programs in HU’s newly created University College, were formerly a part of the College of Education Continuing Studies. University College is comprised of three divisions: Accelerated Evening Program, Hampton U Online, and the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute. The College will streamline the university’s programs for non-traditional students. Read more.
Katie Ciccarelli will become the executive director of the Institute for Global Enterprise, effective August 1, at the University of Evansville. The Institute for Global Enterprise, a part of the Schroeder School of Business, exists to create opportunities and challenges that prepare students to contribute and succeed in a global economy. Read more.
John Carroll Wins Graphic Design Awards
John Carroll University’s Integrated Marketing and Communications team recently won three prestigious national awards for in-house graphic design and marketing from Graphic Design USA magazine. Read more.
Nazareth to Use Media Tool to Celebrate Student Accomplishments
Nazareth College will utilize Merit, a media tool that celebrates student accomplishments on an academic and community level by awarding digital badges that can be shared with potential employers. Badges can be awarded when students do any of the following: are named to a new academic or leadership position, join a team, volunteer in the community, study abroad, make the dean’s list, earn a scholarship, and much more. Read more.
Samford Passes $172 Million Campaign Mark in 172nd Year
Samford University has reached an historic milestone in its multi-year, multi-million dollar "A Campaign for Samford." In early July, gifts and pledges to the campaign reached $172 million in the middle of the university's 172nd year of existence. A more than $1 million grant for the university's graduate nursing programs provided the funds to push the total past the historic figure. The $200 million campaign is scheduled for completion by Dec, 31, 2014. Read more.
Farming at Redlands Upholds Principles of Sustainability, Provides Outdoor Classroom
The Sustainable University of Redlands Farm (SURF), coordinated through the Office of Community Service Learning (CSL), helps to supply food for university kitchens and allows anyone affiliated with the university to rent a plot in which to garden. Students fulfilling community service requirements donated their harvest to local non-profits. Read more.
North Central Inaugurates Dr. Troy D. Hammond as its 10th President
On Friday, May 17, 2013, North Central College celebrated the installation of its 10th president, Dr. Troy D. Hammond. Read more.
Manhattan Graduates See High Return on Investment According to Survey on Degree Value
For the fourth year in a row, Manhattan College ranked in the top 40 for providing graduates with a high return on their investment. In the 2013 Payscale.com College Return on Investment (ROI) ranking, the College is listed at No. 32 among more than 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities. Read more.
Find out what’s next for members of Manhattan’s Class of 2013.
Hamline Names Ann Ness VP of Marketing, Enrollment
Hamline University has appointed Ann Ness as vice president of marketing and enrollment management. Ness began her duties at Hamline on May 17. In this role, she will lead the teams of marketing and strategic communications, enrollment, and financial aid. Read more.
Samford University Names Betsy Holloway to New Chief Marketing Officer Position
Betsy Bugg Holloway has been named Samford University's chief marketing officer, effective Aug. 1. Holloway currently serves as the Dwight Moody Beeson Chair of Business, Hackney Family Research Fellow and professor of marketing in Samford's Brock School of Business. Holloway's appointment comes after a year-long study of the university's marketing needs. A task force appointed by Samford President Andrew Westmoreland recommended establishing a new office of strategic marketing to be led by a chief marketing officer. Read more.
Sage’s Quigley Selected for National Leadership Development Program
Lori V. Quigley, dean of the Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges, is one of 26 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. Read more.
The University of Scranton Announces Plans for a $47.5 Million Rehabilitation Center
University Also Awarded Nearly $1 Million in Nursing Department Grants to Benefit Students and Region’s Rural Health Care
The University of Scranton plans to build an 111,500-square-foot, eight-story rehabilitation center to provide a state-of-the-art facility for undergraduate and graduate programs in the Departments of Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.
In addition, the University of Scranton’s graduate nursing program was awarded three federal grants totaling nearly $1 million for the 2012-2013 academic year from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (US DHHS) and the Bureau of Health Professions. Read more
Stetson Students Produce Public Health Materials Through Partnership with State
Integrative health science/communication students at Stetson University created two coloring books and videos that promote the importance of public health. The school projects were presented to the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County and will be used to raise awareness of public health in the community. Read more.
Belmont Partnership Will Allow Students to Have a Positive Impact in Haiti
In a unique partnership, Belmont University recently became home to a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to providing health care in Haiti. The partnership will also allow Belmont students to provide medical and educational resources as well as business development to the ailing Caribbean country. Read more.
Hampton Museum Chosen as Semi-Finalist for Business Unusual National Challenge
The Hampton University Museum has been selected as one of 14 semi-finalists in the ArtsFwd Business Unusual National Challenge. Read more.
Westminster Featured in Forbes Article about Great Colleges that Offer Tuition Discounts
Matt Schifrin, staff reporter at Forbes magazine, mentioned Westminster College in his article “Tuition Discount Alert: 50 Great Colleges Desperately Seeking Students,” posted on May 14. Read more.
Greenberg Named Associate Provost for Graduate Studies at Widener
Dr. Penelope Sue Greenberg has been appointed to the position of associate provost for graduate studies at Widener University. Greenberg will take on this role while continuing to serve as associate dean in the School of Business Administration. Read more.
Nazareth Announces Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute with $6.5M Major Gifts
Nazareth College President Daan Braveman announced the Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute at Nazareth College after receiving a commitment of $6.5 million in gifts from supporters of this next generation health care initiative. The $16.5 million Institute, set to open in fall 2014, physically expands on the existing educational and clinical facilities of Nazareth’s School of Health and Human Services. Read more.
Samford Announces Business Building Plans, Major Gift
Samford University's Brock School of Business has launched a campaign to build a new state-of-the-art business school on Samford's campus. Birmingham insurance executive Gary Cooney, a 1974 Samford graduate, publicly announced his pledge to give the Brock School of Business at least $12.5 million to help grow business education programs at Samford. Cooney is vice chairman of McGriff, Seibels and Williams, Inc. Read more.
Six NAC&U Members Named to Princeton Review’s Green Guide
Drury University, Ithaca College, North Central College, Pacific Lutheran University, Stetson University and Westminster College were mentioned among the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. It is the fourth straight year that Drury has been named to the list. For more information: Drury | North Central | Westminster |
Valparaiso Graduate Placement Exceeds 90 Percent for 20 Consecutive Years
Valparaiso University has achieved a 95.7 percent placement rate for 2011-2012 graduates, marking the 20th straight year of placement rates higher than 90 percent. Read more.
University of Evansville to Graduate Largest Class in Over a Decade
The University of Evansville will award 595 degrees to 579 graduating students during its 155th Commencement ceremony on May 4. The 2013 graduating class is the largest in over a decade. Read more.
PLU Named Top Producer of Peace Corps Volunteers
Pacific Lutheran University ranks No.18 on Peace Corps’ 2013 Top Colleges for small schools. The annual list recognizes the highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities for small, medium, large and graduate institutions. There are currently 15 undergraduate alumni from PLU serving overseas. Read more.
Belmont Awarded $300,000 for Simulation Fellowship, Upgrades
The Memorial Foundation has awarded Belmont University $300,000 to upgrade high-fidelity simulation equipment, support interprofessional training in the College of Health Sciences & Nursing and fund a post-graduate Healthcare Simulation Fellowship. Belmont has appointed Dr. Gwenn Randall as the college’s first fellow. Read more.
Arcadia Named One of 10 Campuses You Have to See to Believe
Arcadia University’s Grey Towers Castle is featured in “10 Colleges Campuses with Architecture You Have to See to Believe,” a WorldWideLearn.com story on distinctive buildings and facilities on college and university campuses. Read more.
Graduate Programs Ranked among Nation’s Best
Several graduate programs at New American Colleges and Universities were ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools, 2014 edition, which was published online on March 12 (print version available on April 9).
- Hamline University’s School of Law jumped up 25 places and is now ranked within the first tier of law programs. Its alternative dispute program was ranked #4, marking the 13th year in a row to be ranked in the top five. Hamline’s health law program was ranked #16, moving up one place from last year.
- The University of Scranton’s online graduate program in education was ranked #6.
- Butler University’s part-time MBA program was ranked 67th, moving up two points from last year.
For more information: Butler | Hamline | Scranton
John Carroll Professor and Students Awarded Fellowship to Study in Sino-Tibetan Borderlands
Four John Carroll University students and Paul Nietupski, PhD, a theology and religious studies professor, have received a fellowship to conduct research in the borderlands of China and Tibet this summer. Read more.
Valparaiso’s Fites Center Receives Coveted LEED© Platinum U.S. Green Building Certification
Valparaiso University’s Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. It is one of only 1,026 LEED Platinum certified buildings around the world. Read more.
Hampton and Bloomberg Partner to Prepare Students for Business Journalism and Communications Careers
Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) has partnered with Bloomberg L.P. to prepare students for careers in business journalism and communications. The partnership, which launches this spring with a new Scripps Howard School course in business journalism, includes a grant towards the establishment of a financial newsroom, complete with digital stock tickers, computers and access to the Bloomberg Professional Service, the product that revolutionized the way financial news, data and analytics are delivered to financial professionals worldwide. Read more.
Sage Announces Student Price Promise
The Sage Colleges Board of Trustees approved an undergraduate price guarantee that promises all newly admitted students a fixed tuition rate for their four years of study. Read more.
Arcadia Appoints Chief Operating Officer
The Board of Trustees of Arcadia University announced that effective March 8, 2013, Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III would no longer serve as president of Arcadia University, and that Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen has been named chief operating officer (COO), assuming all the relevant responsibilities of a university president. Read more.
Butler University Will Join Big East
Butler University will join the Big East conference in July 2013, President James M. Danko announced. As a Big East member, Butler will join Creighton University, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Marquette University, Providence College, Seton Hall University, St. John’s University, Villanova University, and Xavier University. Read more.
With Help from Wagner, Nazareth Pitches in for Hurricane Sandy Relief
The Nazareth College Center for Civic Engagement, in collaboration with Wagner College, New York Cares, and All Hands Volunteers in Staten Island, sponsored a Hurricane Sandy Rebuild service trip for Nazareth students, faculty and staff recently. To organize the trip, Nazareth worked with Rev. James Smith, chaplain at Wagner, as well as Samantha Siegel, assistant director of the Center for Leadership and Engagement at Wagner. Wagner provided overnight accommodations, boxed lunches and an orientation to the Staten Island community for all traveling from Nazareth. Without a place to stay, Nazareth would have been unable to travel and assist in the relief efforts.
Led by Shirley Sharp, clinical professor of social work at Nazareth, and Lorenzo Rambo, communications officer in campus safety, the team of 14 volunteers worked with All Hands Volunteers in Staten Island, helping residents clear out water-logged possessions, damaged drywall, insulation, siding, carpets and so on. Read more.
University of Redlands Inaugurates President Ralph Kuncl
On February 20, the University of Redlands inaugurated its 11th president, Ralph Kuncl. View the photo gallery and read his speech.
Career Survey Reveals 92% Placement Rate for 2012 University of Evansville Graduates
A recently completed survey of the University of Evansville’s 2012 graduating class found that 92 percent are employed or in graduate school. The survey, a collaborative effort between UE’s Center for Career Development, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, and academic departments, produced career information on 87 percent of the 583 members of the Class of 2012 (including December 2011, May 2012, and July 2012 graduates).
Highlights of the survey include:
- The median salary of graduates employed full-time was $42,500.
- Sixty-two percent of employed graduates were working in Indiana. When entering UE in fall 2006, 57 percent of this class was from Indiana.
- Thirty-two percent of graduates not currently in graduate school indicated plans to pursue graduate school within the next three years.
Samford Trustees Endorse Concept for New College of Health Sciences
In one of the most far-reaching academic changes in recent history, Samford University's board of trustees executive committee gave preliminary approval to a new College of Health Sciences, effective with the 2013-14 academic year. The new college, when fully developed, will include the existing Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing and McWhorter School of Pharmacy, as well as two new units: a School of Health-Related Professions and a School of Community and Public Health. The department of kinesiology and nutrition science, currently housed in the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies, will move to the new college as part of the School of Health-Related Professions. Read more.
John Carroll, Wagner Presidents Join AAC&U Board
Robert Niehoff, SJ, president of John Carroll University, and Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College and chair of NAC&U, were recently appointed to the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. For more information: AAC&U | Wagner
Pacific Lutheran Ranks Among Peace Corps’ Top Colleges
Pacific Lutheran University ranked No.18 on the Peace Corps’ 2013 Top Colleges for small schools. The annual list recognizes the highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities for small, medium, large and graduate institutions. There are currently 15 undergraduate alumni from PLU serving overseas. Read more.
Wagner Named Among Most Innovative Colleges
OnlineUniversities.com named Wagner College as one of its “10 Most Innovative Colleges in the Country,” along with Harvard, MIT and Carnegie-Mellon. Wagner College was cited for innovation in the field of community awareness. Read more.
Belmont Expands Doctoral Program for Nurses
Belmont University School of Nursing will expand its degree program for the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to support national efforts to increase the number of nurse professionals prepared for advanced practice and leadership in the healthcare industry. Its BSN-to-DNP program will provide a direct pathway to the doctoral degree for registered nurses (RNs) who hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). The new program will prepare students for advanced practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) following three years of full-time study offered in a format friendly to working professionals. Previously the DNP program was offered to those who had already attained a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Read more.
Stetson, Westminster Win CASE Awards
Stetson University and Westminster College recently won CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) awards at their respective district conferences. Criteria used for determining CASE awards include writing, editing, professional execution of publications, design, technical quality, creativity, and an array of other elements to the programs. For more information: Stetson | Westminster
Sage to Add Women's and Men's Outdoor Track & Field in 2013-2014
The Sage Colleges' department of athletics plans to expand in the coming academic year as Director of Athletics Dani Drews has announced the addition of women’s and men's outdoor track and field in the 2013-2014 academic year as the newest varsity program. Read more.
USNews Ranks Scranton, Samford Online Degree Programs Among Nation’s Best
The University of Scranton’s online graduate program in education ranked No. 6 in the nation, and its online MBA program ranked No. 39, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best Online Education Programs. Online graduate programs in Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing earned a #35 national ranking. The lists, published Jan. 15, ranked online programs offered by nonprofit and for-profit institutions in the United States in categories of business, education, engineering, nursing and computer information technology. For more information: Samford | Scranton |
Drury University and GreenTown Joplin Partner to Design and Build Demonstration Eco-Home for Tornado-Stricken Joplin
GreenTown Joplin will partner with Drury University Hammons School of Architecture to develop and construct a demonstration eco-home in Joplin. Nine students will spend this semester researching and designing a unique home that will be used by GreenTown Joplin as an education center and office. Read more.
Hamline School of Business Announces Collaboration with Institute in China
In an effort to build on important academic and business partnerships, Hamline University is proud to announce its new collaboration between the Hamline School of Business and the law school at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT). This new partnership brings together two institutions with long traditions of excellence in public administration and will create a cooperative learning program that brings students from SIFT to Hamline to earn their Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree. Read more.
Widener Joins Clinton Global Initiative University Network
Former President Bill Clinton has invited Widener University to join the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI University) Network, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Widener becomes one of only 24 colleges and universities nationwide to join the network, and the only institution in the five-county Philadelphia region. Read more.
Redlands to Partner with Washington University for Engineering Degree Program
The University of Redlands has announced a new partner school for its engineering combined degree program. The engineering program started last year as a partnership with Columbia University and now Washington University at St. Louis has been added. This opportunity affords students the opportunity to earn both a B.S. from Washington University’s School of Engineering or Applied Science and a B.A. or B.S. from Redlands. The program combines the strengths of a liberal arts education in a small college setting with professional education at a highly regarded school of engineering. Read more.
Sage to Establish Center in Honor of Sandy Hook Principal
The Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges will honor Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and doctoral candidate in Sage’s Educational Leadership program, who was killed in the December shooting in Newtown, CT. Through discussions with her colleagues in the doctoral program and her family members, it was decided that the most appropriate and impactful way to honor her life and legacy is to establish a center in the Esteves School of Education, to be called the Dawn Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety. Read more.
Hampton Provost Appointed Board Chair of National Institute of Aerospace
Hampton University Provost Dr. Pamela V. Hammond was recently appointed chair of the board of directors of the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). Headquartered in the city of Hampton, NIA is a non-profit research and graduate education institute created to conduct cutting-edge research in the areas of aerospace and atmospheric science. Read more.
National Endowment for the Humanities Awards Manhattan College with Exclusive Collection
Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education (HGI) Center in partnership with the Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library, was recently selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to receive the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection. The College is among 842 libraries and state humanities councils in the United States, and one of only eight in New York City, to receive the award. The collection of 25 books, three films and other resources was created to help familiarize the American public with the history and culture of Muslims. Read more.
Nazareth Partners with Other Colleges to Support Veterans' Behavioral Health
Nazareth College is one of several upstate New York schools of social work to support behavioral health initiatives for veterans. The project, which is supported by a three-year, $480,253 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is intended to increase social workers' capacity to address the mental and behavioral health needs of veterans, military personnel and their families, and residents of medically underserved rural communities. The grant was one of only 13 funded by HRSA nationally. Read more.
Samford, Drury to Offer New Program, Certificate
Samford University's Brock School of Business is adding a sports marketing concentration and course offerings to its curriculum in the fall of 2013. This concentration will offer students a chance to develop their skills for a career in the multibillion dollar global sports industry. Read more.
Citing advances in new technology, the Affordable Care Act and digital health records, Forbes predicts that the digital health field will explode in 2013. To meet the need for education and knowledge in this growing field, Drury University’s Department of Communication will offer an Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Digital Health Communication beginning in June. Read more.
University of Scranton Names VP for Development and Alumni Relations
Gary R. Olsen has been named vice president for development and alumni relations at The University of Scranton, effective Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. For the past 20 years, Olsen has served as associate vice president for alumni relations and executive director of the alumni association at Villanova University, Villanova. Read more.
Valparaiso University Appoints Dean to the College of Engineering
Valparaiso University has appointed Eric Johnson as dean of the College of Engineering. Johnson has served as acting dean of the College of Engineering since July 1, 2012, and he has been on Valpo’s faculty since 1997 as professor of electrical and computer engineering, serving as chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from 2008 to 2012. He was the director of the University’s study abroad center in Reutlingen, Germany, from 2004 to 2007, has been named the Brandt Professor of Engineering, and was awarded the Valparaiso University Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003. Read more.
Westminster Appoints Executive Director of Integrated Marketing Communications
Westminster College has named Sheila Rappazzo Yorkin as its executive director of Integrated Marketing Communications. Yorkin will lead the college’s Office of Communication beginning March 2013. Yorkin joins Westminster after four years as director of Marketing and Communications at the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, where she strategically positioned the state of Utah as a business and relocation destination. Read more.
Westminster Awarded $790,000 Grant for High School Computer Science Project
Westminster College has been awarded a $790,000 grant for a program that will change the way students in Utah’s public schools learn about computing. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding the project called The Utah Exploring Computer Science Initiative. While most teens are always plugged into some sort of technology, teachers and businesses are finding that Utah high school graduates lack a solid understanding of how their favorite devices work. Last year only 25 percent of Utah high schools offered a rigorous computer science course and only 11 percent of high schools offered a course in AP computer science. This project will seek to address the problem of decreased enrollments in high school computer science classes and the increased need for computing professionals in the workforce. Read more.
Arcadia President Co-authors ‘American Journal of Nursing’ Book of the Year
Legal Issues Confronting Today’s Nursing Faculty: A Case Study Approach (F.A. Davis, 2012) was named book of the year in the nursing education category by the American Journal of Nursing. The book was co-authored by Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, H. Michael Dreher and Arcadia University President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III.
University of Evansville Wins Community Service Award
The University of Evansville has received the annual Community Service Award, presented by the Southwestern Indiana chapter of the Project Management Institute. According to Dr. Curtis Colleton, the chapter’s president, nominees were evaluated on how well their programs promote project management tools, techniques, and/or processes; influence the social and economic well-being of our communities; promote education of youths and adults in the area of project management; and champion community service and corporate programs that promote environmental stewardship and green management practices. Read more.
North Central College Welcomes Dr. Troy D. Hammond
Dr. Troy D. Hammond officially began his duties on Tuesday, January 1, as the 10th president of North Central College. He was formerly the president of the energy services business at BlueStar Energy in Chicago. Hammond and his wife Sharlene have lived in Naperville with their four children since 2010.
Hampton President Reflects on 35 Years at the University
The Huffington Post ran an interview with Hampton University President William Harvey, written by Jarret L. Carter of the HBCU Digest. After 35 years as president of Hampton, Harvey talked about building long-term relationships, withstanding criticism and taking an entrepreneurial approach to leading a university. Read more.
The University of Scranton, Belmont University Among Nation’s Most Efficient Colleges
A new listing by U.S. News & World Report includes Belmont University and The University of Scranton among only 40 of the nation’s “highly ranked universities” that operate “most efficiently.” They are both among just five “Regional Universities” in their respective geographical location, as well. The list, published online Dec. 6, commends colleges “able to achieve the highest academic quality” while judiciously managing spending per student on “instruction, research, student services, and related educational expenditures.” Financial resources account for 10 percent of the score a school receives in U.S. News “Best Colleges” ranking. Read more.
Valparaiso University Receives Caterpillar Funding to Support Study Abroad in China
The Caterpillar Foundation has selected Valparaiso University as one of five universities nationwide to receive funding to support study abroad in China, as a partner in the United States Department of State’s 100,000 Strong Initiative. Read more.
Social Media Fundraising Campaign Earns CASE Award for University of Evansville
The University of Evansville has received a regional award from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, for its innovative approaches to fundraising.
The University won the bronze Pride of CASE V award in the category of “Best Program in Annual Giving” for UEGive: 24, the University’s first-ever social media fundraising campaign, which took place in March 2012. Read more.
Hamline’s Stern Appointed Provost of University of Tampa
David Stern has been named by The University of Tampa as the provost and vice president for academic affairs. He will begin his duties at UT in April. Stern most recently served, from 2006-2012, as vice president for academic and student affairs at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. There he helped develop 10 new academic programs, oversaw regional re-accreditation, created an office of diversity integration and a Center for Teaching and Learning, and increased external funding, including a $7 million consortial grant to transform teacher education. Read more.
Butler Selects Kathryn Morris As Provost
Kathryn Morris, who has served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Butler University since January, has been named to the position full time. Read more.
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