Nazareth’s CGI U Membership Paves Way for Students’ Social Justice Projects
Two 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
Hamline University Names Dr. Fayneese Miller as 20th President
Dr. Fayneese Miller, dean of the College of Education and Social Services and professor of leadership and developmental sciences at the University of Vermont, has been named the 20th president of Hamline University. She will be the first African American president in the history of Hamline University and the university’s second female president. Dr. Miller will assume office on July 1, 2015. Dr. Miller brings 30 years of academic and higher education leadership experience to her role at Hamline—as the first coordinator of education studies and the founding chairman of ethnic studies at Brown University, where she served on the faculty for 20 years. Read more
Westminster Announces Dr. Lisa Gentile as New Provost
Westminster College has selected Lisa Gentile, Ph.D., as the new provost for the college. Dr. Gentile, Westminster’s former dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, will begin her position on March 30. "Dr. Gentile brings more than 16 years of academic and higher education leadership experience to the provost position,” said Steve Morgan, Westminster’s acting president. Read more
NSF Awards Grants to Manhattan, Westminster to Support STEM Students
Manhattan College was recently awarded nearly $600,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund engineering scholarships for college freshmen. The NSF grant will award 12 scholarships to academically qualified and financially needy students (six in 2015 and six in 2016) to pursue bachelor degree studies in civil and mechanical engineering. Read more
Westminster College has received a grant of $605,000 from the National Science Foundation to implement a scholarship and support program for students pursuing majors in Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics (CSPM). Starting in Fall 2016, the project will fund two six-student cohorts beginning in their first year, as well as two cohorts of three students each beginning in their sophomore year. Read more
USNews Ranks NAC&U Members’ Graduate Programs among Best in Nation
U.S. News & World Report ranked several of The University of Scranton’s master’s degree programs among America’s “Best Graduate Schools” in its 2016 guidebook. The University’s online graduate program in education ranked No. 13 in the nation. The University’s graduate program in nursing ranked No. 83. U.S. News also ranked several of the University’s graduate programs on its website, including: rehabilitation counseling (24); healthcare management (42); occupational therapy (69); physical therapy (99); and the University’s part-time, on-campus MBA program (140). Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked the University’s online MBA program No. 74 in the country. Read more
For the first time, master’s programs in Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing were ranked among the best in the nation. Samford’s nursing programs are in the top 17 percent of all accredited master’s programs in the country. Rankings were based on 13 quality indicators related to student selectivity and achievement, faculty resources, research activity, and peer assessments of quality and specialties. Read more
Wagner Professor Mohammad Alauddin Wins Fulbright Grant in Bangladesh
Wagner College chemistry professor Mohammad Alauddin has won a Fulbright Specialist grant in Chemistry Education at Independent University’s Life Sciences Division in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Alauddin, a native of Bangladesh, earned his baccalaureate degree at the University of Dhaka before continuing his studies at the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1982. He joined the Wagner College faculty in 1984, where he is now a full professor.
“This is a very distinguished assignment,” Alauddin said. “My assignment includes developing curricula and faculty training in the areas of chemistry and environmental science this August and next January.” Read more
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.
Alexandria 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.
Campus 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
Widener 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
Two 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.
Michael 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