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New! Intersecting Passions: Valpo’s Kelsey Larson ’15 Explores Classroom and Community, Science and Art

Photo of KelseyThanks to Valparaiso University’s commitment to liberal arts and community service, Kelsey Larson ‘15 was able to take a class in ceramics while working toward a double major in chemistry and physics. This spring Kelsey created a bowl that was auctioned in support of the “Soup Bowls for the Hungry” fundraiser, a student-led event that raised nearly $1,000 to support the Northwest Indiana Food Bank. Kelsey’s bowl was later selected by professors to be featured in a student art exhibit at Valpo’s Brauer Museum. She says she was honored that her bowl was chosen for display, but ultimately, she was proud of what the bowl symbolized. Read more

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Stephanie Adams
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Kara DuChene
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Ebony Edwards
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Quinton Harvey
Student Fulbright Awards from Nazareth, Scranton, and Valpo

Nazareth College, The University of Scranton, and Valparaiso University are adding to the growing list of students awarded Fulbright grants this year.

Nazareth College

Four Nazareth College alumni are recipients of the 2015-16 U.S. Junior Fulbright award.

Stephanie Adams '15 earned her bachelor of art in Asian Studies, along with minors in Chinese and Spanish. She has been selected to teach English to elementary or junior high aged children in Taiwan.

Kara DuChene '12, '14G earned her bachelor of arts in Italian with a minor in international studies from Nazareth in December 2011 and graduated with her master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in December 2014. She has been selected to teach English in Italy.

Ebony Edwards '13, '14G earned her undergraduate degrees at Nazareth in Italian and inclusive childhood/middle childhood Education, and then earned her master's in early childhood education. She will teach English in Malaysia.

Quinton Harvey '15 earned his bachelor of music in music theory and bachelor of music in vocal performance, along with a minor in German. He will teach English in Germany. He will be foreign languages assistant in a German classroom. Outside the classroom, he proposed using his musical skills to establish a community choir that would explore both German and American traditional folk music.

The University of Scranton

Photo of BenTwo alumni from The University of Scranton were awarded Fulbright grants.

Benjamin Turcea ‘15 graduated with a bachelor of science degree in international studies and philosophy as a member of the University’s Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Mongolia, where he will conduct research at the Mongolian University of Life Sciences in Ulaanbaatar.

Photo of BrianBrian Entler, a 2013 Scranton graduate with a bachelor of science in neuroscience and biology and member of the University’s Honors Program, also earned his master’s in biochemistry from the University this month. Entler was awarded a Fulbright Academic Award to Australia. He will conduct research at Macquarie University in Sydney, as well as with collaborators at the Australian National University in Canberra.

Valparaiso University

Photo of MargaretMargaret Lippert ’15 will spend the 2015–2016 academic year in Taiwan thanks to a prestigious Fulbright English teaching assistant grant. Pursuing a career in international education, Lippert majored in international economics and cultural affairs with a concentration in East Asia and a minor in Spanish. She studied abroad at Valpo’s study center in Hangzhou, China, and completed an internship at YMCA in Valparaiso, Chile.

Three Hampton University Students Awarded Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad

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Three Hampton University Undergraduate Students Have Been Awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to Study Abroad. HU Juniors Rashad Williams, Justin Alvis and Leana Camille will use the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study abroad this summer and fall.

Williams, a political science and communications double major from Raleigh, NC, will be spending the summer in Shanghai, China with the Center for Academic Study Abroad Global Cities Program and studying at East China Normal University.

Camille, a political science major from St. Albans, NY, will travel to Thessaloniki, Greece and work with International Study Abroad and study at The American College of Thessaloniki.

Alvis, a strategic communications major from Cleveland, Ohio, will be in London, working with American Institute of Foreign Study and studying at The American International University - Richmond. Read more

Drury Students Help Shape Vision for Riverbluff Cave Museum

Drury University students in an Introduction to Computers in Architecture class spent the spring semester developing building concepts for MINS, a nonprofit museum that supports and maintains Riverbluff Cave, which was discovered in 2001 and contains formations, fossils, claw marks and tracks left behind by animals that lived during the Ice Age. Dating techniques have shown it to be the oldest known Ice Age fossil cave in North America. Inspired by the new exhibit under construction at MINS – the largest Triceratops skeleton yet discovered – the students developed new designs for future dinosaur exhibits. Read more

Hamline Student Takes First Prize in Computer App Competition

Photo of BenjiBenji Altman CLA '18 recently participated in the intercollegiate computer science competition CarlHacks hosted by Carlton College. At CarlHacks, two hundred students competed in a thirty-six hour session, writing computer code in small groups of two to five people. Benji's team, with students from Macalester, St. Olaf, and Gustavus, won first prize for a project to create an app that works with Google Chrome. The app permutes the color scheme and adjusts the levels of each color so that colorblind users can view the material more effectively. Read more

Hampton’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Launches Student-Run PR Agency

Photo of groupThe Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications (SHSJC) is again making its mark with the launch of BRAND757, Hampton University’s first, student-run PR and brand agency in the university’s nearly 150-year history.  By the school’s account, it is one of the only student-run PR agencies in the Hampton Roads area. Read more

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 new record for the institution. In each of the past few years, St. Edward’s University students have won approximately four to six Fulbright awards.

Photo of JanaJana 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.

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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 coalition of more than 1,200 college and university presidents across the United States dedicated to the promotion of campus-based civic engagement.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Pacific Lutheran Alumna and Scholar Seeks Justice for Journalists

Photo of Joanne and JenniferJennifer Henrichsen ’07 has accomplished much more than she could’ve imagined in the years since she left Pacific Lutheran University. Not only has she had a book published with a PLU professor, but Henrichsen also has recently been published by UNESCO and was accepted to the Annenberg School for Communication in Pennsylvania for her Ph.D.

Henrichsen, a double major in Communication with an emphasis in Journalism and Political Science, learned at PLU that she was passionate about justice for journalists around the globe.

As an undergraduate student, Henrichsen interned at the United Nations; was part of the first Communication class to study internationally; and was a columnist for PLU’s student newspaper, The Mooring Mast. She did this all with the help of her first professor at PLU, Professor of Communication Joanne Lisosky.

“I met her really early on,” said Henrichsen. “I talked with her about my goals and ideas. We connected really quickly, which was awesome. I stayed in the Communication department because I appreciated her role, her enthusiasm and dedication.” 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.

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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

North Central College Sets Record in Number of Students, Proposals at National Conference

North Central College will send a record 59 students to the 29th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) to be held April 16-18 at the Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. Photo of Abby Van HookNCUR is an interdisciplinary conference where students representing universities and colleges from around the world share their research and creative works in oral, poster and performance/visual arts presentations. North Central College places in the top 2 percent (No. 8 of 391) of the nation and the most accepted proposals of any college or university in Illinois. With 59 students giving 52 accepted undergraduate presentations, this participation is the most ever in College history. The research projects presented by students cover a range of some 30 academic fields, from biochemistry, German and political science to education, international business, athletic training and more. Read more

University of Scranton Students Present Research at Annual ASCB Conference

Photo of groupFour University of Scranton students recently presented their research at the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) annual conference in Philadelphia. Grace O’Neill, Christa Musto, Nicole McAndrew and Alice Chen-Liaw are all members of the University’s class of 2016. O’Neill’s and Musto’s research poster presentation, titled “Extracellular stimuli regulate cell differentiation and acquisition of functional properties in cultured embryonic chick olfactory neurons,” was co-authored with George R. Gomez, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at the University. McAndrew’s research poster presentation, titled “Retinoic Acid Induces Neuroblastoma Differentiation by Activation of CRABPII” and co-authored with Dr. Gomez, investigated retinoic acid’s role as a chemotherapeutic agent in cancer treatment. Chen-Liaw’s research poster presentation was titled “The effect of interleukin 1β on VLDL secretion in steatotic hepatocytes during defatting” and was co-authored with G. Yarmush and F. Berthiaume, of the Biomedical Engineering Department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The four students participate in research in Dr. Gomez’ laboratory at the University. Read more

Pacific Lutheran’s MediaLab Documentary “Waste Not” Receives More Awards

Photo from videoPacific Lutheran University’s MediaLab’s 2014 original documentary, Waste Not: Breaking Down the Food Equation, won three additional awards recently. Waste Not, which focuses on global food waste and hunger, received second place in the long-form video category in the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts Competition, and also earned the Rising Star Award in the Canada International Film Festival. Waste Not was made entirely by students over more than a year. Read more

Drury Students Engage in Service-Learning During Study Abroad Trip to Greece

Photo of groupDrury University students got a break from the cold this winter with a study abroad trip to The Drury Center in Aigina, Greece. This wasn’t an island getaway — it was a service-learning experience that taught students about community, sustainability and culture. It also met the study abroad requirement for the Breech School of Business, emphasizing Drury’s mission of global awareness. During the 16-day trip, students learned about the history of Greece, visited local businesses, ate traditional Greek food and worked to build a garden for a food bank on the island of Aigina. Read more

Learning Across Borders and Disciplines: Manhattan College Engineering Students Deliver Safe Drinking Water to Refugees in Mexico City

Photo of interactionsDuring a collaborative course with Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, 12 engineering students from Manhattan College engaged in service projects that helped further their understanding across cultures and curriculums. This transformative experience was part of an 18-day, three-credit study abroad course, Transport Phenomena, led by Dr. Gennaro Maffia, professor of Chemical Engineering. Student participants from La Salle and Manhattan came together not only from different cultures but also from diverse academic disciplines — biology, pharmaceuticals, as well as chemical and civil engineering — to study the development of mass, energy and momentum transport equations. Read more

La Verne Enactus Volunteers Help Ensenada Orphanage

Photo from orphanageThe University of La Verne Enactus Team spent a weekend in February building a greenhouse and planting fruit trees at the City of Children orphanage north of Ensenada, Mexico. The 45 volunteers, including students and faculty, also held workshops with the children on healthy nutrition and the importance of education during the trip.The Enactus team has volunteered more than 1,200 hours at the orphanage, where they planted a garden and built a 2,500-gallon rainwater tank in 2014. When volunteers returned in February, they cleaned up the garden, built the greenhouse, prepared more than 550 plants to be placed inside the structure and planted 21 fruit trees. Fourteen teen girls living at the orphanage were matched with 14 Enactus members through a new mentorship program where the pairs will be pen pals and the La Verne students will serve as role models. Read more

Eight Nazareth Students Headed to Miami for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U)

CGI LogoIn its second year of involvement as a CGI University Network member with the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), Nazareth College is sending eight students to CGI U 2015 at the University of Miami in early March.  CGI U accepted seven of Nazareth students' Commitments to Action (project applications), up from six projects last year, ranging from economic development for women in Haiti to a smartphone application for youth mental health. The CGI University Network is made up of a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Read more

Arcadia Biology Students, Professor Present Research at International Cell Biology Conference

Photo of groupThree undergraduate Biology majors participated with Dr. Wes Rose, associate professor of biology, in the American Society for Cell Biology meeting in Philadelphia. Catherine Brown ’15, Lauren Jolley ’16, and David Klein ’15 work in Rose’s research lab. The group presented a poster of their work titled “Distinct Patterns of Phosphatase Activation and Subcellular Localization Impact the Kinetics of Interferon-Gamma Signaling in CNS Neurons.” The work was co-authored by two recent graduates of the Biology Department, Colby Stotesbury ’13 and Katelyn Sweeney ’13, as well as by Rose’s collaborator Glenn Rall, of the Immune Cell Development and Host Defense program at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. The presentation included data from the students’ capstone projects. Read more

Valpo Nursing Student Gains Cultural Awareness While Pursuing her Passion for Global Health Care

Photo of FaderWhen Kelsey Fader ’16 first stepped foot on Valparaiso University’s campus, she had no idea just how her passions would collide. A recipient of the Donna and Lonnie Dodge Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund, Kelsey studies rigorously as a part of the nursing program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. In addition to her studies in nursing, Kelsey is active in Engineers Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization that supports community-driven development programs worldwide. Students collaborate with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

Logo“Engineers Without Borders has allowed Kelsey to participate in both global health and research well before taking the courses in the nursing curriculum,” says Amy Cory, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing and advisor of Engineers Without Borders. “Once she reaches these courses, she will have an understanding of the content above and beyond the level of most of her peers.” Read more

Photo of HeltonStudent-Director Hopes to Revitalize Children’s Theatre at Pacific Lutheran

Inspired by his passion for theater and children’s literature, Director Mitchell Helton ’15 is hoping to help kick-start a revitalization of the Pacific Lutheran University’s Children’s Theater program with the upcoming production of Charlotte’s Web. Read more

Memphis Trip Brings Classroom Lessons to Life for Drury Freshmen

Group with Lorraint MotelNearly 30 Drury University freshmen had the chance to travel to Memphis to spend a weekend visiting the National Civil Rights Museum and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum as part of their first-year experience. The trip was tied to Drury’s general education curriculum, called Drury CORE. CORE classes are designed for incoming students and emphasize the interconnectedness of all areas of study. Experiences like the Memphis trip help form bonds that carry students through the transition into college life. Those bonds are also formed though “Living Learning Communities” – students with common interests and areas of study who are grouped together in residence halls. Read more

John Carroll Students Awarded Gilman Scholarships

Photo of two studentsTwo John Carroll University students, Hannah Patterson ’16 and Anthony Elkadi ’16, are recipients of the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for spring semester of the 2014–15 academic year. Read more

Arcadia Students Present Research at SEPCHE Session; Schoff ’15 Discovers, Names Bacterial Virus

Photo of virusDuring the fall semester, five Arcadia students presented research at the SEPCHE (Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) Summer Undergraduate Research Poster Session at Gwynedd Mercy University. One student, Courtney Schoff ’15, helped to identify and name a bacterial virus. She presented her findings in “An Optimized Enrichment Technique for the Isolation of Arthrobacter Bacteriophage Species from Soil Sample Isolates.” Read more

Westminster Alumna, Student Pave Way for Legislative Internships at Utah Capitol

Photo of UT Capital BuildingWestminster College students will now have the opportunity to participate in internships with the Utah State Legislature, thanks to alumna Kate Bradshaw (Class of 2003) and current student Trey Hansen. Prior to their efforts, only students from the University of Utah, USU, UVU, WSU, SUU and BYU were allowed to participate in the prestigious program. Read more

Hamline Business Students Place in Top 100 Globally

Hamline studentsUndergraduate business students from Hamline University showed their competitive edge on a global platform when three teams in one strategic management class placed in the top 100 worldwide in the Business Strategy Game. During fall semester, more than 2250 teams from 172 schools around the world utilized the online game which simulates real-world business scenarios. It requires students to use what they’ve learned in class to fully analyze situations and make informed business decisions related to inventory, marketing, retail locations (nationally and worldwide), finances, competitive analysis, accounting, ethics, corporate responsibility, and promotion. Read more

North Central College Enactus Students Help Local Entrepreneur Establish Own Business Identity

Four North Central College business students were offered an opportunity of a lifetime—to make a difference in one man’s small, homegrown coffee shop, and help rebuild and restructure his business plan. Read more

Sage’s Esteves School of Education Alumnus Named New York’s Deputy Education Commissioner

Photo of TangorraCosimo Tangorra, Jr., Ed.D., who earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Sage College’s Esteves School of Education, has been named deputy commissioner for preschool through 12th grade education in New York state. Tangorra enrolled in Sage’s Educational Leadership program after 10 years as a superintendent in central New York. Read more

Valpo Grad Students Create Orientation App, Honored for Best in Class

Photo of IT programAbass Abdul-Rahaman and Gopal Yeruva, graduate students in Valparaiso University’s information technology master’s program, have been honored for a mobile application they created for undergraduate students. During their time as IT interns at Valpo, Abdul-Rahaman and Yeruva collaborated with departments across campus to develop the app to be used during new-student orientation. It includes schedules, electronic roommate requests, useful links, and interactive maps. Following orientation, they released an update for Valpo’s Welcome Week. The app won Best in Class for General Service Campaign Materials, awarded by Special Interest Group for University and College Computing Services. Read more

Arcadia Honors Students Present at National Conference in Denver

Photo of honor studentsNine students in Arcadia’s Honors Program visited Denver, Colo. to present at the National Collegiate Honors Council’s (NCHC) Annual Conference in November. The conference, themed Thrill of the Climb (inspired by its location in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains), focused on taking on challenges. Heather Ciallella ’15, Nancy Dennehy ’16, Theresa Dewa ’16, Amanda Edholm ’15, David Klein ’15, Melanie Martin ’15, Amber McDaniel ’16, Ruth Stetler ’15, and Aashika Suseendran ’15 presented on research they conducted during the past academic year and exchanged ideas with members of a national honors community. Read more

Widener Students Produce Magazine Focused on Their Local Community

Photo of mag coverThe inaugural issue of Chester magazine, an online and print publication about the city produced by Widener University students, celebrated its first issue. All of the stories were planned, reported, written, edited and illustrated by five Widener communication studies majors: Jason Bishop, Devon Fiore, Brittany Kade, Maria Klecko (double majoring in English), and Khalil Williams. The students were enrolled in Magazine Journalism, a spring 2014 class taught by Sam Starnes, editor of Widener Magazine and marketing writer for the university. Read more

Former PLU Student and Instructor Andrew Milton Explores School Success in New Book
By Brenna Sussman, PLU ’15

Photo of Andrew MiltonLongtime teacher (and former Pacific Lutheran University student and instructor) Andrew Milton has released his first book, centered on the regulations and social expectations that are harmful to our schools. Milton’s book, The Normal Accident Theory of Education, discusses the regulations and politics that have become ingrained in many school systems. Read more

Hamline Exercise Science Students Conduct Research On Side Effect of Statins

Photo of researchUnder the guidance of Hamline University professor and Integrative Physiology Laboratory Director Lisa Ferguson Stegall, a group of undergraduate Hamline students conducted a summer research study entitled, The Effects of Statins on Measures of Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Functional Mobility, and Muscular Strength in Masters Swimmers. Although statin drugs generally do not produce life-threatening side effects, up to 20 percent of individuals using them have experienced muscle damage and weakness. The timely nature of the study means that the high-quality research being done by Hamline students will help advance scientific knowledge on the issue of statin-induced myopathy. Five Hamline students were responsible for determining how to conduct the study. Professor Stegall managed the test-subject recruitment and scheduling, but allowed the students to design the majority of the research. The data collection was carried out in Hamline University’s new physiology laboratory. Read more

Manhattan Engineering Students Improve Hometown Infrastructure During Internships

Manhattan LogoCollege students rarely have the opportunity to use new skill sets to benefit their hometown communities. But this year, two engineering majors did just that by helping to assess the current condition of their respective hometowns’ infrastructure. Their hard work set the towns — and themselves — on a path to a brighter future. In response to Suffolk County’s growing concerns about water quality for residents, Henry Read, ’15 of Shelter Island, N.Y., was tasked with creating an online database of the town’s septic system for the Town Geographic Information System (GIS) site during his internship. Joe Muccin, ’15 of Mount Pleasant, N.Y., developed a computerized system for road maintenance planning with a goal of having “a safe, more efficient network of roads” in Mount Pleasant during his internship. Read more

PLU Student Selected for Prestigious National Council

Photo of MoranPacific Lutheran University student Nellie Moran ’15 is one of 10 newly minted members of the National Student Advisory Council (SAC). SAC calls its 2014-15 councilmembers “10 Campus Women to Watch Out For,” and with good reason: The council, convened by The American Association of University Women (AAUW), is a select group of inspiring women who demonstrate exceptional leadership. Members will actively participate in women’s advocacy, sharpen their leadership skills, play key roles as peer leaders at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) and launch projects at their schools related to equal pay and other feminist issues. Read more

Internship Class Helps Arcadia Students Adjust to Workplace

Because Arcadia blogger Frances Dumlao ’15 writes about navigating her first 9-to-5 job alongside her Internship in Communications classmates. Read more

Wagner Students Give Back to Local Restaurant that Has Served as Their ‘Classroom’

A Wagner College freshman learning community, LC2, had been studying business and business ethics with local restaurateur Maria Morales. To repay her for the time and wisdom she had shared with them, the Wagner students were painting the interior of Los Potrillos. Read more

Stetson Wins 3rd in Collegiate Ethics Case Competition

Photo of Stetson University students placed third in the national Collegiate Ethics Case Competition held in October at the Eller School of Management at the University of Arizona. Stetson was the smallest University to field a team in the national competition. Teams invited to the National Collegiate Ethics Case Competition are given a business case three weeks before the competition. This year’s case was on corporate tax inversions, an increasingly popular option exercised by U.S. companies who choose to reincorporate in another country, often for the purpose of lowering corporate tax expenses. Student teams were asked to assume the identity of consultants who are offering advice to a company considering a corporate inversion. They were required to deliver a 20-minute presentation on the financial, legal, and ethical implications of the decision facing the company board of directors. Read more

St. Edward’s University MBA Capstone Group Wins with Economic Impact Study for Austin Marathon

Photo of MarathonA group of St. Edward’s University students in The Bill Munday School of Business succeeded in helping Conley Sports Productions, the production company for the Austin Marathon, to develop an economic impact study for the Austin Marathon. The students also developed a tool for Conley Sports to use going forward to measure the impact of each marathon it organizes. Read more

Redlands Students Reflect on Summer Science Research Experience

Photo of groupEvery year, dozens of science students at the University of Redlands apply for the chance to work with faculty on a variety of different research projects. Once they are selected, they are paired up and spend the summer working on their research. At the beginning of the fall semester, the students create posters about their findings and present them during a session that showcases all of their hard work. Read more

Photo of old "bridge"Manhattan College’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders to Build Bridge in Cameroon

Three Manhattan College students and their professional mentor traveled to the village of Mbirbua in Cameroon on the first of five trips to build a bridge for the community. The chapter is currently working to raise money and to develop plans to construct the much-needed bridge. Read more

Hamline Graduate Credits the University with Preparing Her to Secure Prestigious Paid Internship

Photo of LindahlHamline University graduate Hannah Lindahl '14 recently earned a prestigious internship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. She is one of only twelve paid interns selected from a global pool of applicants. Read more

Student Blogs

“The Beauty of Math”

by Jessica Mallepelle, Arcadia University Class of 2016

Photo of MallepelleStudying mathematics at Arcadia University is allowing Jessica Mallepelle ’16 to truly understand how diverse and inspiring math can be. So when coursework in a particular field last semester left her wanting, she was reminded “…there’s not just one way to solve a single problem.” In her blog post, “The Beauty of Math,” she reflects on how she was able to find her own solution. Read more

Awards & Achievements

Photo of Tanisha GilbertNazareth College Student Awarded Gilman International Scholarship

Nazareth College student Tanisha Gilbert is the recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Gilbert is a double major in Chinese language and literature and economics and will be attending Shandong Normal University in Jinan, China through Nazareth’s Exchange Program. Read more

Samford’s Stanley Named National Student Teacher of the Year

Samford University education graduate Mandy Jayne Stanley hPhoto of Mandyas been named the 2014 National Student Teacher of the Year by the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and the Association of Teacher Education. The award honors development of classroom management skills, instructional strategies that support the needs of all students, effective interpersonal relationships with students, parents, faculty and staff and academic accomplishments. Stanley teaches fourth grade at Charles A. Brown Elementary School in the Birmingham City School System and said her future plans include becoming a master teacher and an education research analyst. Read more

Undergraduate Research

North Central’s Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium Allows Students to Develop Research Skills

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Alexis Gramera ’15 presents poster of her summer research

Some 55 North Central College students with mentoring oversight by 23 faculty members met for eight weeks this summer on campus to conduct new and ongoing research and scholarship. Their work spanned all academic divisions, ranging from biology to history and Chinese to psychology and more. Summer undergraduate research grants by the College supported stipends for nearly half the students. North Central’s annual Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC) concluded with poster presentations by many of the student researchers who completed their summer work. Nancy Peterson, professor of chemistry and director of undergraduate research, says the difference between when these students start and finish is huge. Read more

New Program Allows Drury Undergrads to Conduct Research While Getting Paid

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Deborah Peana, senior chemistry and physics major, is using computer software to model and research protein interactions this summer. A stipend has helped her focus solely on this work.

It’s relatively rare for undergraduates majoring in the sciences to have the opportunity to do meaningful research. It’s rarer still for them to be able to get paid to do it. A new program this year at Drury University is allowing five undergraduates to do just that. It’s called the Research Experience in the Natural Sciences, or RENS. The program provides a stipend for students conducting self-directed research under the guidance of science faculty. Read more

Summer Research at PLU Opens Doors for Students

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Mackenzie Deane '15 and Professor Tina Saxowsky worked together this summer during a summer research project looking at the growth of yeast cells. (John Froschauer, Photo)

Mackenzie Deane ’15, a biology major at Pacific Lutheran University, donned her lab coat and goggles to spend up to eight hours a day at the Rieke Science Center culturing, poking, prodding, and counting yeast cells. Deane worked 10 weeks this summer with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Tina Saxowsky, doing a series of experiments that looked at the evolution of the little critters that make your bread rise. Read more

University of Scranton Students Complete Summer Research

Brittany Boribong, a senior majoring in biomathematics at The University of Scranton, was selected for a highly-competitive Summer Research Experience (SRE) for Undergraduates and Teachers program offered by The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. Read more

Meanwhile, six University of Scranton students received a President’s Fellowship for Summer Research award for 2014. The fellowship is a mentorship program that allows students to participate in research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The awards are given to promising students who faculty members believe possess the ability to handle challenging, real-world research workloads during the summer months. Read more

Arcadia’s Stéfon Marquette Awarded Gilman Scholarship

Photo of  MarquetteStéfon Marquette, a transfer student at Arcadia University studying global legal studies and French, has won a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The award will allow Marquette to study international and European Union politics and law at the American Graduate School in Paris for the upcoming academic year. Marquette, who has studied the language, culture, and government of France for nearly 14 years, will be taking two advanced French courses at l’Alliance Française Paris, Île de France. Read more

University of Evansville Student Earns Prestigious Gilman Scholarship

LogoUniversity of Evansville student Alex Schmitt has won a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Schmitt, a junior Spanish and Physics major will study in Peru next fall through SIT: The School for International Training in the Indigenous Peoples and Globalization Program. In addition to coursework covering indigenous Peruvian populations and their transition to urban life, Schmitt will study Spanish and Quechua, the Inca language. The program concludes with a four-week independent field research project. Read more

University of Evansville Civil Engineering Students Win 2014 NCEES Engineering Award for Fairfield Reservoir and Dam Project

LogoThe National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) has named the University of Evansville as one of only six colleges nationally to receive a 2014 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education. UE’s Civil Engineering Program in the College of Engineering and Computer Science will receive $7,500 as a winner of the competition. Read more

Sage Honors Program Announces Acceptance of Student Research to National Conference

LogoThe Honors program at Russell Sage College (RSC) announced the acceptance of student and faculty work to the 2014 National Collegiate Honors Conference, November 4 – 6 in Denver, Colorado. The conference brings together honors administrators, faculty, and students from a variety of higher education institutions around the country to present research, collaborate across institutions, and engage in program development. Russell Sage students attending include Margaret Brenenstuhl (majoring in Public Policy, Advocacy, and Civic Engagement), Sierra Miller (Sociology), and Jessica Loskowitz (Nutrition), with faculty contributions from Andor Skotnes, Ph.D. (professor of History), David Baecker, M.F.A. (associate professor of Theatre), and Tonya Moutray, Ph.D. (Honors director and assistant professor of English Literature). Read more

University of Redlands Students Partaking in Summer Research Alongside Faculty

Photo from labUniversity of Redlands students are working closely with professors as part of the Summer Science Research program. According to Dr. Barbara Murray, director of the Stauffer Science Center, more than 40 students applied for the program this summer, and 26 were selected. She works with the faculty to decide which students to choose, and believes that the number of undergraduates who apply keeps rising every year due to word of mouth. Read more

Hampton Journalism Student Gains Perspective from Japan Study Trip

Hampton University rising senior Brandon Theo Dorsey learned more than just how to say “thank you” in Japanese from his recent nine-day excursion to Japan. Earlier this year, the Scripps Howard Foundation announced Dorsey as one of the nine top journalism college students in the nation, and he was further awarded an all expense-paid journalism study trip to Japan. This was Dorsey's first trip outside the country and he quickly realized the lack of diversity in Japan.

Belmont Pharmacy Students Complete Project for Guatemalan Hospital

Photo from project siteStudents and faculty from Belmont University’s College of Pharmacy recently completed a year-long project to create an inventory system at the Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala City, Guatemala.  The project started last July and included four separate mission trips from the college with a total of 23 students and faculty contributing.  The most recent team finished the expansive project to catalog the contents of the surgery center which includes three operating rooms and 21 beds.  The inventory system was built from scratch, tested, launched and turned over to the surgery center’s local management during the last visit. Read more

Drury Students Help Missouri Hotel Residents Unlock Expressive Potential

For fourteen years, a unique class at Drury University has helped residents of the Missouri Hotel unlock their expressive potential and encouraged them to think about their lives in new ways.

The class is called Building Community Through the Arts and its goal is to provide the Hotel residents an artistic outlet over the course of two weeks with a final public exhibition. The Missouri Hotel provides shelter to homeless men, women and children. The course offers the students an experiential approach to everyday living and learning, while giving them a chance to make a difference in the Drury neighborhood at the same time. Read more

University of Scranton Graduates Commit to Long-Term Service

Photo of 20 studentsTwenty University of Scranton graduates, including 17 members of the University’s class of 2014, volunteered for long-term service projects with nonprofit organizations and underserved populations internationally and in states throughout the country. Their service began as early as June and includes programs run by Teach for America and the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. Read more

La Verne MBA Students Barter for Community Engagement

PhotoHow do you turn a lint brush into an iPad? University of La Verne students recently put theory to practice to demonstrate how this can be done while simultaneously giving back to the community, thanks to a bartering class assignment. Read more

Drury Grad Heads to Oxford for Three-Year Research Fellowship

Photo of AshleyFrom Nixa to Drury to Oxford, Ashley Maher is an example of how a liberal arts education can open unexpected doors. The Nixa native graduated from Drury in 2008 with a degree in English and creative writing. But she began as architecture major. She was then able to combine her interests in architecture and literature while earning a Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation looks at the influence of modern architecture on 20th century British authors, many of which worked as contributors or editors for architectural journals. This fall she will begin a three-year Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford University. Read more

Two Drury Architecture Alumni Recognized as Emerging Leaders By the AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the industry’s leading professional membership organization, has recognized two Drury University Hammons School of Architecture alumni as young leaders in the field. Evelyn Lee and Jason Dale Pierce were among the 18 recipients of the 2014 Young Architects Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to the architecture profession. Read more

Drury Scholars Prepares African-American Students for College

Photo of projectDrury Scholars began its seventh summer of providing academic and cultural enrichment for local African-American middle school and high school students. The Scholars program began in 2008 with 15 African American males in an attempt to close the racial achievement gap. It has since to expanded to include young females and grown considerably. This year, about 45 students are in the weeklong program.

This year Drury Scholars is partnering with a Springfield nonprofit project called For Burkina, which is raising funds to build a school in the impoverished West African nation of Burkina Faso. For Burkina is composed of local young professionals, including several recent alumni of Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture, led by Brittany Layton and Benjamin Hall. Its goal is to fund, design and build a three-classroom primary school for a rural village that will educate more 120 children a year.  The For Burkina team and the Drury Scholars produced and painted clay bricks and mosaic tiles depicting African folk tales. Proceeds from their sales will go towards the $32,000 cost of building the school in Burkina Faso. Read more

University of Scranton Student Presents Research at National Microbiology Conference

Co-authoring a scientific paper as a college junior is a noteworthy achievement by itself. Being chosen to present the significant findings of that research at a national academic conference makes the feat doubly remarkable. Yet Samantha Scott ’15, a biochemistry, cell and molecular biology (BCMB) major at The University of Scranton, completed this tricky double play with the help of her adviser, Michael Sulzinski, Ph.D., professor of biology and BCMB Program faculty.

Scott’s and Dr. Sulzinski’s research, entitled “Detection of Commensal Populations of Burkholderia gladioli as a Potential Reservoir for Human Infections,” was accepted as a poster presentation at the general meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, held May 17-20 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Read more

Hamline’s Maleni Mendoza-Garcia Named Newman Civic Fellow Award WinnerPhoto of Maleni

Hamline University student Maleni Mendoza-Garcia has always had a passion for social justice and fighting for what she believes in, and now she is being recognized for her dedication to bettering her community. Mendoza-Garcia has been named the Newman Civic Fellow recipient for 2014. The Newman Civic Fellows’ Program is presented by Campus Compact, a coalition of over 1200 college and university presidents across the United States who are dedicated to the promotion of campus-based civic engagement. Read more

John Carroll Student Wins Gilman Scholarship

Photo of MariahMariah White ’15, a John Carroll University junior majoring in Business Management, has been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship will enable White to study abroad this summer at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Read more

Redlands Student Wins Boren Scholarship

Anh Le, a rising junior at the University of Redlands received a Boren Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State It is the first time a student at Redlands has received this scholarship.

Nine Widener Students Earn LEADERworks Certificate in Program’s First Year

Photo of studentsIt has only been a year since the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University introduced LEADERworks, the university’s leadership certificate program, and already nine students have successfully completed the program. According to Dr. Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute, the LEADERworks certificate program was designed to be completed in two years. In the pilot year of the program, 595 undergraduate students participated in at least one of 158 leadership workshops offered by the institute. Read more

Belmont Students Complete Maymester Mission Work in Haiti

Photo of team in HaitiNine student athletes traveled to Haiti on a week-long mission trip recently. In Grand Goâve, a city in southwestern Haiti just 40 miles west of Port Au Prince, the students hosted basketball and soccer clinics with Haitian teenagers ages 13 through 18 as a way to share the Gospel with them. Read more

Five Manhattan College Bachelor’s Degree Recipients Accept Post-Graduate Service Opportunities

Five recent bachelor’s degree recipients from Manhattan College’s class of 2014 — Anthony DiCesare, Tegan Nelson, Carlos Orbe, Ivy Seraphin and Kathleen White — have been accepted to volunteer with a variety of organizations. The graduates will spend the next year serving the following organizations: Lasallian Volunteers (LVs), Rostro de Cristo, Jesuit Volunteers Corps (JVC) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Corps. Read more

Photo of WilliamsWagner College Running Back to Sign with Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings running back coach Kirby Wilson called Wagner College star Dominique Williams during the sixth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft. His message: We want you. Read more

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Samford, Westminster Students Receive Prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Westminster College’s Chrono Nu, a neuroscience and mathematics major, and Samford University junior Rebekah Brooks, were recently selected to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious undergraduate academic honors in the country.

They are among only 283 undergraduate students in the 2014-15 academic year selected for the award given to students in the science, engineering and mathematics field.

For more information: Samford | Westminster

Scranton Science Students See Real World Applications of Their Work

Photo of students with their professorUniversity of Scranton students Nathan Williams, a sophomore electrical engineering major, and Michelle T. Graham, a junior biophysics major, have seen their collaboration with professor Nicholas Truncale on devices lead to scholarly publications and pending patents. They have also already seen the devices they helped create used in real world applications. Read more

Wagner Students to Present Research at the American Chemical Society ConferencePhoto of students with their professor

Two sophomore chemistry majors, Joseph Persichetti and James Catalano, have had their posters accepted for presentation at the 248th American Chemical Society conference this August. Read more

John Carroll Students Win Research AwardsPhoto of students

Four John Carroll University neuroscience students earned awards of excellence for their research at the 68th annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference, held recently at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. Read more

Nazareth Student Earns Top Honors at Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society ConferencePhoto of Emily Cornish

Nazareth College student Emily Cornish earned a “best of conference” award at the annual West/Central NYS Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference held at Buffalo State University. One of the largest, most competitive conferences in the last few years, there were 38 papers presented from students representing 10 colleges and universities in Western New York.  Phi Alpha Theta awarded Cornish one of only four “best of conference” distinctions. Read more

Redlands Accounting Graduates Headed for Success

Redlands campusBefore they’ve even graduated, a majority of University of Redlands accounting majors already have secured jobs. In the weeks prior to Commencement 2014, 82 percent of the seniors who wanted to enter the accounting field had accepted offers, and 60 percent of juniors had internships lined up with firms. Read more

Placement Rate Increases to 94% for 2013 University of Evansville Graduates

The University of Evansville’s 2013 graduating class found success after graduation, with 94 percent currently employed or in graduate school, according to a recently completed survey. The median salary of 2013 UE graduates employed full-time was $42,500. Read more

Photo of riders with kidsBelmont Students Ride Across America ‘With A Reason’

While many college students spend the summer working, performing internships or continuing coursework, three Belmont University students will cycle across the country to raise funds for orphans in Honduras. Read more

Students Head to NCUR to Present Research

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North Central Seniors Aaron Langer and Gianna Medina, NCUR presenters

Several students in NAC&U presented research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Kentucky in early April. North Central College sent a record 44 students to NCUR. With 40 accepted undergraduate presentations, the most ever in its history, North Central College places in the top 4 percent of the nation and the most accepted proposals of any college or university in Illinois. Hamline University also was well-represented with 38 abstracts presented at the conference. Students from the following institutions also presented: Arcadia University, Russell Sage College, Samford University, St. Edward’s University, University of Evansville, The University of Scranton, Valparaiso University, and Widener University. For more information: North Central NCUR

Eighteen Scranton Students Present Research at Major Professional Conference

Photo of studentsEighteen students from The University of Scranton psychology students presented 10 different research projects at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) annual meeting, the largest regional meeting of psychologists who get together to share results of their research. Although Scranton’s Psychology Department and its students are always well-represented at the EPA’s annual meeting, this year’s group of students from Scranton was exceptionally large. Read more

Widener Students Lobby for Student Debt Relief

Widener University students participated in Pennsylvania’s Student Lobby Day in Harrisburg, PA. They lobbied as their own Super PAC, College Students Concerned about College Costs (or CSC3), on behalf of middle income student debt relief. Read more

Scranton Communication Student Garners National Award and Coveted Internship

Photo of Edward RavertUniversity of Scranton student Edward H. Ravert III was chosen from a national pool of candidates to receive the Public Relations Student Society of America’s (PRSSA) Daniel J. Edelman Award for the Outstanding Public Relations Student. This is the first time a University of Scranton student has won the prestigious award. The award includes a financial scholarship and a three-month paid internship in one of Edelman’s U.S. offices. Edelman is the largest public relations firm in the world, with 67 offices and more than 4,800 employees worldwide. Read more

PLU’s MediaLab Documentary Wins 2014 National Broadcasting Society Award

Photo of MedialabPacific Lutheran University’s MediaLab has won a 2014 Grand Prize Award from the National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho for its documentary film Tapped Out: Unearthing the Global Water Crisis. Tapped Out, which premiered publicly in Seattle last fall, won in the Video Documentary category at the 51st Annual National Broadcasting Society Electronic Media Competition Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. Read more

Drury Physics Major Has Entrepreneurial Spirit in the BagPhoto of Ebenezer Obasiolu

Physics major Ebenezer Obasiolu never knew he had an entrepreneurial passion until he went to Drury University and began pursuing an entrepreneurship minor. It was in these classes where he gained the knowledge and support to officially launch his business, O’Bazzië Classics. Read more

North Central Students Among Top Broadcasting Award Winners, Recognized for New Website

Photo of Kevin JackmanNorth Central College was among the top winners of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) annual awards at the 75th International IBS Conference in New York City. WONC student broadcasters won four first-place awards and 13 finalist trophies. The first-place awards went to Jason Krug ’14 who won two top trophies for Best Sports Update and for Best Social Media Director, Yasmeen Kiswani ’14 for Best Documentary and Kevin Jackman ’14 for Best Podcast. Read more

Also, the talents of North Central College students again garnered national recognition with a first-place award for a new student-run website, In its first time competing there, The Chronicle came away with a David L. Adams Apple Award for Best Homepage for, which incorporates news stories, arts reviews, video and audio, Instagram images and a Twitter feed. Read more

University of Evansville Seniors Win Second Place at Annual IEEE Competition

University of Evansville seniors Jake Schwartz and Austin Deuerling won second place at the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) SoutheastCon Regional Competition in Lexington, Kentucky. Their robot placed above 42 teams, including such universities as Duke, Virginia Tech and the University of Florida. Schwartz and Deuerling, both electrical engineering majors, designed their robot to shoot darts in a simulated basketball goal from various distances to emulate the playing and shooting dynamics of basketball on a simulated basketball court. Read more

Samford Law Teams Sweep AAJ Regional Trial Advocacy Tournament

A team from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law took first place in the regional component of the American Association for Justice(AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Atlanta. Read more

Nazareth Student Earns Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow Award

Photo of Cherise MadiganNazareth College is pleased to announce that Cherise Madigan is the recipient of the national Newman Civic Fellow Award. The Newman award, presented by Campus Compact, is given to college student leaders who represent the next generation of civic leaders through service, research, and advocacy. She is the first Nazareth student to earn this national honor and is one of 197 student leaders from colleges nationwide recognized. Read more

New! Manhattan Jaspers Basketball in NCAA Tournament for First Time Since 2004

Jaspers LogoAfter winning 11 of their last 12 games, Manhattan College advanced to the 2014 NCAA Championships after a 71-68 victory over Iona. The Jaspers were in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time and the first time since 2004, when Manhattan advanced to the round of 32 as a #12 seed. Manhattan College earned a #13 seed in the Midwest to take on fourth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64 this year.

Westminster College Students Bring Home Gold, Silver & Bronze

Photo from OlympicsTwenty-three students from Westminster College made up ten percent of the U.S. Olympic team. The college had more students in the Games than any other college or university in the country. Four current students and three former* students made it to the medals podium:

  • Maddie Bowman – Gold in ski halfpipe
  • Joss Christensen – Gold in ski slopestyle
  • Alex Deibold – Bronze in snowboardcross
  • Devin Logan – Silver in ski slopestyle
  • Kaitlyn Farrington* – Gold in snowboard halfpipe
  • Jonathan Midol* – Bronze (France) skicross
  • Vic Wild* – Gold (Russia) in snowboard giant slalom

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Pacific Lutheran Undergraduate Math Research Published in Prestigious Journal

Photo of Ball and JudaTwo recent Pacific Lutheran University graduates have been published in the Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal designed to give undergraduates an opportunity to present math research. Tyler Ball and Daniel Juda both graduated with math degrees in Spring 2013, but their paper, Dominance over א, was prepared earlier—making it eligible for the journal. Read more

CGI U Accepts Commitments to Action from Nazareth College Students

Event LogoIn just its first year of involvement as a network member with the Clinton Global Initiative University(CGI U), Nazareth College students submitted 10 Commitments to Action (project applications). Of those 10 projects, six have been accepted to CGI U 2014. CGI U is made up of a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs who are developing solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Read more

Belmont Students Join ‘Up to Us’ Campaign to Address National Debt

Photo of groupFive Belmont University sophomores were among only 25 teams in a nationwide competition meant to build a movement to address the national debt, a figure that currently stands at over $17 trillion. Belmont’s “Up to Us”  team includes Paul Shaw (international business), Jawon Taylor (political science), Sordum Ndam (political science), Olivia Nishi (corporate communications) and Lindsay Bond-Harris (music business). The competition is sponsored by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) and Net Impact. Read more

Drury University Team Selected to Compete in 2015 Solar Decathlon

Event LogoStudents from across Drury University and Crowder College have been selected to compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon against peers from 19 other colleges from around the nation, including Yale and Stanford and Missouri University of Science & Technology. The race is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The teams now begin a two-year process to design and build solar-powered, highly efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation and design excellence. The teams will design, construct and test their houses before reassembling them in the fall of 2015 at the competition site in California. True to Drury’s commitment to the liberal arts, students from all areas of study will be able to take part in the team. The formal application was made possible through a partnership between the Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture, the Breech School of Business Administration and the Department of Communication. Read more

Photo of studentSt. Edward's Student's Company Highlighted in The New York Times

The New York Times recently invited students to submit creative ideas, problem-solving projects or pieces of art to be featured in the "Education Life" section. One St. Edward University student's company was selected by The New York Times and appeared in print on Sunday, Feb. 9 with only seven other submissions. Read more

Stetson Takes Second in Statewide CFA Contest

Photo of trading roomStetson University placed second in the statewide 2014 CFA Institute Global Research Challenge hosted at Florida Atlantic University recently. Stetson was well represented by a team of seniors in the Roland George Investments Program (RGIP) led by Captain Jeremy Goldberg and including Matthew Ady, Valeriya Popova, Christian Roeder and Travis Workman. Stetson’s student-managed RGIP portfolio is one of the oldest and considered to be one of the best in the nation. Read more

Sage Women’s Basketball Team Hits Historic Milestone

Photo of teamThe Sage College's women's basketball team earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, the first in the program's history. The current Gators team, which is now 17-9, has the most wins of any Sage women's basketball team in the program's history. Read more

North Central Students Attend Leadership Conference Case Competition

Photo of 3 studentsThree North Central College students—Marie Butnariu ’16, Jon Kingzette ’15 and Lexy Schwarzwalder ’16—attended the National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) Case Competition at the University of Arizona Feb. 14-16. The students are Distinguished Leaders in North Central’s Leadership, Ethics & Values (LEV) program and were selected by application to attend. The NCLC is a student-run annual conference that serves as the cornerstone of leadership experience and training for college students across the nation. Students learned about different aspects of leadership and gained skills that can be used in student organizations, families, campus, job settings and communities. Read more

Wagner Art Alum Impart Career Wisdom to Aspiring Students

Photo of Robert GeronimoWagner College's Art Department organized an alumni panel for its current fine arts students to show how to continue their practice -- and make a living at it -- following their graduation. Three recent grads who've made a way for themselves in the highly competitive New York City arts world returned to campus to talk with those about to embark on their careers. Read more

University of Redlands Men’s Soccer Standout Richie Marquez Signs Contract with Philadelphia UnionPhoto of Marquez

The Philadelphia Union has signed University of Redlands men's soccer standout Richie Marquez to contract. Marquez was selected 44th overall by the Union as the only NCAA Division III student-athlete chosen in the SuperDraft. Read more

Nazareth College Students Awarded Gilman International Scholarships

PHoto of Gilman LogoNazareth College students Peter Beck, Jonathan Bukowiec, Salina Fasulo, and Jasmin Picariello are recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship involves a very competitive selection process that requires students to have an outstanding academic record and they must submit a proposal for a project relating to their international program, which is to be completed upon their return from studying abroad. Read more

Twenty-Three Westminster College Students Are Competing in Sochi Olympics

Photo of Heather McPhieWestminster College is cheering on 23 students as they compete in Russia at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Westminster has the most athletes of any traditional college/university in the country competing in the Sochi Olympics. Read more

In related news, 10 percent of U.S. Olympic athletes in Sochi are from Westminster College. Read more

Samford Student Named 'New Face of Civil Engineering'

Photo of MatthewsSamford University dual-degree engineering student Jamieson Matthews has been named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering – College Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The recognition program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their academic success, volunteerism and dedication to making a positive impact on society through their chosen profession. Read more

PLU Students Post Thoughts and Observations While Abroad

Pacific Lutheran University students reflect on their various locations and cultures while studying abroad. Read more

University of Evansville Student Creates “New and Rising” App

Photo of ApA lot of college students spend their long Christmas break relaxing and recharging for the spring semester. Not UE junior Alex Luebbehusen and his brother, Brandon, a high school senior. They spent their off time creating two new Windows apps based on what Alex had just learned through a fall electrical engineering class called Small Computer Software. Read more

Arcadia’s Frances Dumlao ’15 Helps Launch Magazine

Photo of DumlaoThe challenge of launching a magazine thrust Frances Dumlao ’15 into the world of graphic design and allowed her to see London through the eyes of Londoners. This was all thanks to a course at the University of Westminster, where Dumlao currently is studying abroad, that inspired the global media major and her classmates to create their own London-based publication.

In her blog post, “The Making of LDN. Magazine,” Dumlao reflects on and celebrates the opportunity she had to be “a part of the creation of more than 50 pages of pure magazine goodness.” Read her story and LDN Magazine. Read more

North Central College AMA Team Scores School’s First Top 10 Placement at Annual Competition

AMA LogoNorth Central College’s American Marketing Association (AMA) team has achieved a top 10 placement in an annual international competition for the first time in school history.

The team placed in the top 10 of the 2013-2014 AMA Collegiate Case Competition sponsored by the Hershey Company. Eighty-six schools entered this year’s competition for the opportunity to present at the AMA’s annual collegiate conference in New Orleans in April.

Hershey’s Case invited participants to develop a comprehensive relaunch campaign for its Take 5 brand. Chapters were asked to address consumer segmentation, product positioning, product distribution and marketing promotion, including plans for social media. Read more

Widener Education Students Team up with Main Line Health to Pilot Health Curriculum on Chester Sixth Graders

Wearing medical scrubs and lab coats, sixth grade students from Chester Upland's Stetser Elementary School imparted health and wellness advice to the Chester community at a health fair held at the school. The fair marked the culmination of a semester-long partnership between Widener University's School of Education, Innovation and Continuing Studies and Main Line Health to pilot "Healthy Me," a health and wellness curriculum for middle school-aged students designed by Dr. Barry Mann, chief academic officer for Main Line Health. Read more

Belmont Students, Alumni Get ‘Jumpstart’ for Poliana

Photo of Poliana presentationA group of Belmont students and alumni are working to increase civic responsibility through a web application that explains United States government and politics. Funded through a $15,000 investment, the app, Poliana, aggregates millions of data points on a wide range of government activity, including voting records, financial contributions, lobbying, bills and industry influence.

Nashville business incubator Jumpstart Foundry awarded Poliana founders with the start-up cash during a 14-week process. Throughout the process the founders—Belmont students David Gilmore and Patrick Cason along with alumni Grayson Carroll, Kenny House and Seth Whiting—were guided and mentored by Nashville’s most influential business people, designers, developers, lawyers, marketers and entrepreneurs.  Their entrepreneurial jumpstart culminated with “investor day,” where Poliana presented a 10-minute business pitch to hundreds of potential investors from all over the country. Read more

Drury Students to Advocate for Arts & Culture in Jefferson City

Fifteen Arts Administration students from Drury University advocated for the arts and participated in the political process in their state capital. The students and Drury instructor Leah Hamilton took part in Citizens’ Day for the Arts, an annual effort put forth by Missouri Citizens for the Arts. They attended a legislative briefing and met with lawmakers individually at the Capitol building. Drury’s Arts Administration degree is one of only about two dozen such undergraduate programs in the nation. Read more

Manhattan Engineering Alum Seeks to Bring Education, Aid to Philippines

Photo of SolaNovember’s Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) left the Philippines in an unbelievable state of emergency. But amidst the wreckage, tarps with the words “Clean Water Free from Manhattan College” began to appear. A young man and his mother, donned in green Jaspers T-shirts, handed out cups of drinking water that they filtered in front of skeptical but very thirsty and thankful survivors. Born and raised in the Philippines, Enrique Sola ’09, ’11 (M.S.) helped his home recover by distributing 38 gravity-powered water filters that provide up to 500 gallons of potable water a day, funded by his Jasper family halfway around the world. Read more

Stetson in Top Five at Family Enterprise Contest

A team of family enterprise majors from Stetson University finished fifth out of 20 teams in the undergraduate competition of the Family Enterprise Case Competition (FECC). Hosted by the University of Vermont’s School of Business Administration, the FECC is the premier competition in family business and features competitors from rigorous business schools around the globe, such as Canada and Sweden. The event allows students to apply their knowledge from the classroom to complex family business problems. Read more

Five Valparaiso University Students Receive Prestigious Gilman Awards to Study Abroad

Program LogoThe illustrious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has honored five undergraduate students at Valparaiso University with awards to study abroad in spring 2014. The five 2014 Gilman Scholarship recipients are Jon Bicanic, Tyler Clark, Alexander Grask, Carly Tolle, and Daniella Tripodis. Since 2009, 13 Valpo students have received this award. Read more.

North Central Student Chosen for Student Affairs Program

Photo of MartinezNorth Central College’s Marlena Martinez, a junior psychology major, has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students who want to pursue careers as higher education administrators. Martinez has been accepted into the 2013-2014 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Martinez recently joined another North Central College student and a faculty and staff member to give a presentation at the Diversity & Inclusivity Teaching and Research Symposium at Indiana University Southwest. Read more

St. Edward’s Student-Athletes Score High in NCAA Academic Success and Federal Graduation Rates

Photo of student athlete readingThe NCAA announced the Academic Success Rate (ASR) and Federal Graduation Rate (FGR) data for the 2003-06 cohort for all of NCAA Division II. The Federal Graduation Rate of 81 percent, which is ninth-highest nationally, supports a continuing trend of academic success achieved by St. Edward University's student-athletes. This is the eighth year the NCAA has released the ASR. Collectively, St. Edward's student-athletes had an ASR of 92 percent. That was good enough to tie for 16th in the nation, a tie for second within the region, and a tie for first within the Heartland Conference. The national average for ASR is 71 percent. Read more

Widener Alumnus Named 2014 Pennsylvania Teacher of the YearPhoto of Grisillo

Anthony Grisillo, a teacher in the Rose Tree Media School District and a 2002 graduate of Widener University’s master’s in education program, was named as Pennsylvania’s 2014 Teacher of the Year. Read more

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