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Students In The News - Archives 2011

Westminster Graduate Gets a Leg Up in the Sock Industry

Photo of light gray socksJeff Bischoff found most socks to be boring, virtually unchanged for decades, and saw an opportunity to reinvent the staple accessory. While living in Korea Bischoff wore socks that massaged and relaxed his feet. After six years of searching for this type of sock in America, and not finding anything similar, he created his own.

Bischoff’s company, Massox™, started as an assignment in his business plan development course in Westminster College’s MBA program where students were required to take their own business concept and identify a business model with commercial potential. Read more.

Butler Collegian Wins Two Awards from Indiana Collegiate Press Association

Photo of the "Collegian"The Butler University "Collegian’s" editors have been awarded yet again, this time by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association in conjunction with the Hoosier State Press Association. Photo Editor Maria Porter ’11 was awarded first place for her photo called “Bulldogs Lose,” which appeared on the front page of "The Collegian" after Butler’s 2011 loss in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game. Editor in Chief Hayleigh Colombo ’12 won a third-place award for news coverage on her story called “Students, Faculty, Staff Left With Permit, No Parking.” Read more.

Student News from Drury

Drury University architecture students are continuing their work to improve urban and rural development throughout Missouri as a part of Drury University’s Center for Community Studies (CCS). Students meet with their communities several times during the semester and collaborate with thePhoto of Carrie Jenkins citizens to envision a future, which the students present in a book that they call the “visioning toolkit.”Read more.

Carrie Jenkins, Music Therapist-Board Certified, will receive Drury University’s first Master of Music Therapy degree at winter commencement. Carrie presented her graduate research at the Annual Conference of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) in Atlanta, Ga. Read more.Photo of Jonathan Thomas

Senior Jonathan Thomas will intern this spring for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. He is one of 24 interns who were selected for the program. Read more.

Samford Pharmacy Advisory Board Member Holds National Post

Samford University pharmacy graduate Donnie Calhoun, an independent pharmacy owner in Anniston, Ala., has been chosen 2011-12 president-elect of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA). Calhoun, owner and pharmacist at Golden Springs Pharmacy, was elected to the national post earlier this fall. A member of Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy advisory board, he also is president of the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy. Read more.

University of Evansville Alumnus Lauded for Top Cancer Research Advance of 2011

Photo of Bryan SchneiderA University of Evansville alumnus’ breast cancer research has been named one of the top clinical cancer research advances of the year by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Bryan Schneider, M.D., is a 1995 graduate of UE, a physician and researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, and an associate professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. Schneider and colleagues recently identified a genetic biomarker that causes neuropathy among some breast cancer patients using a class of chemotherapy drugs called taxanes. That research is featured in 2011 Clinical Cancer Advances: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer. Read more.

NY1 logoWagner Students Educate Port Richmond High School Students on Health Issues

New York 1 New's Aaron Dickens filed a story on Wagner College students educating Port Richmond High School students about health and civic leadership. Read more.

Arcadia Criminal Justice Major Lands Prestigious Federal Internship

Photo of Gast and NoakesThree years ago Ashley Gast ’12 arrived at Arcadia University with a plan: study biology and then pursue a master’s degree and career in forensic science. But she had a change of heart after taking Dr. John Noakes’ First-Year Seminar Contested Convictions: Exploring Claims of Actual Innocence, in which students examined false confessions, police misconduct, the reliability of witness identification and the uses of DNA evidence. Read more.

Belmont Student Volunteers Offer Art to Homeless

Photo of paintingA group of students from Belmont University gave homeless Nashvillians an opportunity to express themselves through music and art during a community service project. Belmont musicians, artists and writers each spent two hours at Room in the Inn officiating workshops with the homeless men and women. Together they painted on canvas, drew with colored pencils and sang. Read more.

Indianapolis Star Features Butler Athlete Turned Student Teacher

Photo of Ronald NoredIndianapolis Star sports writer David Woods captured a day of student teaching by Butler University senior Ronald Nored. Woods previously covered Nored’s activities as a point guard for the Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball team, including his play in 13 NCAA tournament games. The education major told Woods that the stresses of collegiate basketball are nothing compared to facing 32 third-graders every day. Read more.

Hamline Soccer Player Named To Capital One Academic All-America® Team

Liz Stock, who played such a key role in helping Hamline University’s womens soccer team to its best conference record ever, has been named First Team Goalkeeper on the Capital One Division III Academic All-America® squad. A Biology/Religion major, the senior has excelled on the field and in the classroom. A 4.00 student, she has been on the Dean’s List every semester, is a former Biology Student Of The Year and has won two scholarships for academic merit. Read more.

Pacific Lutheran Student Part of American Samoa Soccer History

Photo of Justin ManaoJustin Manao, a freshman midfielder for the Pacific Lutheran University men's soccer team, played a significant role when the American Samoa national soccer team made history last week. Manao, who was born in the United States, took the ultimate step in his soccer career, playing in FIFA World Cup qualifying matches for American Samoa, a nation that he is tied to by birth. Leaving immediately after the season ended for the Lutes, Justin headed to the South Pacific to join his international team and represent American Samoa on the biggest stage a footballer could dream about. Read more.

Butler Intern Working to Improve Employee Training

Photo of Katie BarrettKatie Barrett spends her days at work developing sample quizzes, worksheets and homework assignments. But she’s not a teacher – at least, not in the usual sense. The senior education major from Butler University is a 40-hour-a week intern for Beck’s Hybrids, the sixth largest seed company in the United States. Her job is to figure out the best ways to train new employees. To do that Barrett uses her education in classroom methods to assess Beck’s "onboarding" process of new hires and develop educational tools for trainers. She’s also introduced Beck’s employees to additional digital technology useful for sales presentations. Read more.

Drury Sophomore Writes about Learning and Living Leadership Community

Photo of Sheila HaskinsDrury University sophomore Sheila Haskins writes about being part of the Summit Park Leadership Community. She begins, “Before starting my freshman year at Drury University, I expected what every prospective freshman expects: hard classes, immense amounts of homework, and making new friends. What I didn’t expect was that I would be taking care of homeless animals.” Read more.

North Central Student Selected for NASPA Mentoring Program

Photo of Stephania RodriguezStephania Rodriguez, a sophomore human resource management major at North Central College, has been selected for a prestigious program that offers networking, mentoring and other opportunities for students interested in learning about careers as higher education administrators.

Rodriguez has been accepted into the 2011-2012 class of the Undergraduate Fellows Program of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, formerly known as the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Read more.

Pacific Lutheran Students Raise Funds Help Girl with Autism

Photo of dog and IsabelFour-year-old Isabel Moore made more than a new friend when she met Luka, a one-year-old therapy dog. A few students in Pacific Lutheran University's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program helped that happen. It all began when Maggie Woods, a second year student in PLU’s MFT program, read an article about Isabel who was diagnosed with autism in 2009. Her mother, Liz Moore, was trying to raise funds so Isabel could have her own service dog, one especially trained for someone with autism. Read more.

Evansville Senior Archaeology Major Presents Research on UE's Military History

Elizabeth Bostelman, a senior archaeology major at the University of Evansville, recently held a public presentation entitled “University of Evansville’s Military History Project: From the Civil War to Afghanistan and Iraq.” The public presentation was the culmination of Bostelman’s yearlong research project on UE’s military history. Read more.

Evansville Psychology Seniors Score in 99th Percentile on Major Field Test for Third Consecutive Year

For the third year in a row, University of Evansville senior psychology majors have scored in the 99th percentile on the ETS Major Field Test for Psychology. This score places UE’s psychology students in the top 1 percent of universities across the nation. Read more.

Westminster Makes Ethics Bowl Nationals for 6th Year in a Row

Westminster College's Ethics Bowl team once again qualified for Nationals during the 2011 Regional competition. This marks Westminster’s sixth straight year they have qualified for the national competition. Read more.

Student News from Arcadia

Photo of award ceremonyFor the second consecutive year, Arcadia University Interior Design student Sarah McDonough placed in the KlingStubbins charette design competition. As a junior she won honorable mention, but this year she competed against 60 of the top design students from the region and won first place and the grand prize. Read more.

Colleen Sullivan ’12 participated in the 2011 American Physical Therapy Association’s National Student Conclave (NSC) held in Minneapolis, Minn. where she was elected to serve as president of the Student Assembly Board of Directors. This is Sullivan’s second year serving on the Board. Read more.

Photo of Jillian McCarterButler Student Selected for Investigative Reporting Program

Butler University junior Jillian McCarter, news editor for The Butler Collegian, is one of 75 students from around the country selected to participate in the Campus Coverage Project, a program that teaches investigative reporting skills to college reporters who can then apply them to covering campus issues. Read more.

Hamline Student Films Chosen to Screen at Special Event

ACTC LogoSixteen student films will be part of "Show Us Your Stories," the inaugural Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC) Student Film Festival. Short films created by two Hamline University students, Nathan Gebhard and Rachel Summers, were chosen from among 50 entries to screen at the event. Read more.

North Central Psychology Student Has Research Paper Accepted for Publication

Photo of Rachel GartheNorth Central College senior psychology major Rachel Garthe had her research paper accepted for publication in the academic publication “Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.” Titled “The Effects of Self-Esteem and Aggression in Scottish Young Adults on Depression,” her paper will be featured in a future issue. The journal is an international, fully reviewed, quarterly journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research. Read more.

Photo of trophySamford Trial Team Wins Tournament of Champions

A trial team from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law took top honors at the prestigious Tournament of Champions competition held at St. Johns University School of Law in New York City.
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Samford Pharmacy Graduate Leads Large National Group

Samford University pharmacy graduate Kali Jernigan Weaver has been elected the first female grand regent and national president of the 85,000-member Kappa Psi pharmaceutical fraternity. Weaver, who earned a Pharm.D. degree from Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy in 2006, was elected at the national convention in San Francisco, Calif., in August. She is a pharmacist with Wellmont Health System in Pennington Gap, Va. Read more.

University of Evansville Computer Science Majors Take Second at Programming Contest

Using a computer to multiply two large numbers may not sound terribly challenging. But what if you could not use the calculator application — and you were required to show your work like an elementary school student learning multiplication? This is one of the programming challenges that three University of Evansville computer science majors — Mason Blankenship, Kyle Singer, and Jesse Squires — successfully tackled at the Association for Computing Machinery regional programming competition, where UE’s team placed second of 14 collegiate teams. Read more.

MACUB logoWagner Student Wins Research Award

Wagner College graduate biology student Michael C. Gutkin’s research earned an award for excellence in the graduate level at the 44th annual conference of the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists — or MACUB — held at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J. Read more.

Westminster Student Reaches Out to Help Hurricane Irene Victims

Photo of Landon GardnerWestminster College freshman and U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member, Landon Gardner, recently organized a fundraiser to raise money for victims of Hurricane Irene in Killington, Vermont. Gardner set up several eBay auctions to sell personal skiing items such as googles, bindings, and a bib from when Killington hosted the National Championships in 2007. All proceeds will go to Killington Community Relief (KCR).

Photo of Lauren SchriftArcadia Student Writes and Directs Original Musical

A plan that was conceived in Scotland and crafted in Arcadia University’s University Seminar is currently being realized. At the Corner of Bethlehem and Broadway is an original musical, written and directed by Honors student Lauren Schrift ’12, who is in the Pre-Physician Assistant Program. Soon it will be performed in Schrift’s hometown performing arts center at Eastern York High School. Read more.

Belmont Student Named Nashville’s IT Student of the Year

Photo of Rachelle HollowmanBelmont University student Rachelle Holloman, a senior ISM major and computer science minor, was named Nashville Technology Council’s 2011 IT Student of the Year. Holloman, along with Belmont student runner-up Jordan Bennett, was notified of her award at the organization’s annual October Awards Gala. The award is based not only on experience in the IT field but also considers community involvement, leadership and academic achievement in the selection process. Read more.

Butler Student Becomes Mayor-Elect

Photo of Chris McBarnesChris McBarnes will graduate from Butler University in December with a job – mayor of Frankfort, Ind. The 23-year-old communications major in the College of Communication scored an overwhelming victory in the Nov. 8 election, receiving 75 percent of the vote in the Clinton County community of 16,000. Read more.

Drury Students Spend Summer in Africa

Photo of student with childAll Drury University students earn a minor in global studies, but over the summer three Drury students actually lived globally. They spent six weeks in Togo, a small, French-speaking West African nation, with Cru Ministries (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ). Read more.

Belmont Students Start ‘Spring Back’ Business

Photo of recyclingIn partnership with the Isaiah 58 ministry at Belmont Church, the Belmont University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team is making a difference in the lives of a group of Nashville’s homeless and formerly incarcerated via a rather unusual means—recycling mattresses.

The non-profit, Spring Back Recycling, launched “Spring Back Nashville” just over six months ago and already more than 1,700 mattresses have been disassembled and recycled. The Belmont SIFE students spent a full year developing the business model for Spring Back, analyzing operations, accounting, marketing, legal contracts and safety procedures. Belmont Church’s Isaiah 58 ministry thereafter partnered with the team, providing an available facility, equipment, as well as an eager and capable workforce for the start-up business. Isaiah 58’s School of Life ministry is a residential program that helps formerly incarcerated men get back on their feet. With Spring Back Nashville, the men are disassembling old mattresses into scrap metal, cotton and foam—more than 85 percent of each mattress can be fully recycled. Read more.

Westminster Students Help Seniors Navigate Cyberspace

For older generations, terms like “tweeting,” “friending” and “uploading” can sound more like a foreign language than familiar computer terms. To help translate some of those “techie” terms into English, eight students in a technical writing class at Westminster College created a new 300-page manual for a group of senior citizens that will help them navigate the confusing world of cyberspace. Students worked one-on-one with local seniors to answer individual questions and help them with their computer issues. The students’ final project is called Computer Friendship, a technical manual that includes a variety of computer program instructions. Read more.

Samford’s Model UN Team Honored in International Competition

Photo of teamSamford University’s Model United Nations team of six students earned the Honorable Mention award in competition with 80 universities from around the world at the 2011 National Model United Nations held in Washington, D.C. Head Samford delegate Devon Arnold and delegates Gabriella Cappo, Samantha McFarland, Mary Evelyn Todd, Thomas Espy and Andrew Mays were recognized at the closing ceremony for their performance in representing the Republic of Portugal. Read more.

Belmont Students Pioneer Community Halloween Night

Photo of trick-or-treatersBelmont University Greeks and athletes brought trick-or-treat fun to an area that hadn’t seen an organized Halloween celebration in several years due to neighborhood safety concerns with the first Edgehill Family Halloween Sports Night. Phi Delta Theta and Phi Mu spearheaded the Halloween night as their community service event and with 130 student volunteers. They partnered with the Edgehill Rose Park Walking Club and the Easley Community Center. Read more.

Student News from Butler

Photo of Ryan Salvino in Costa RicaButler University senior Ryan Salvino went to Costa Rica along with his father, who is a podiatrist, and a pre-med student from the University of Notre Dame, to research the most common kinds of foot fungus found there and how they differ from what’s seen in the United States. Their findings were published in the October 2011 APMA News, the publication of the American Podiatric Medical Association. Read more.

The Butler Collegian, Butler University’s student newspaper, has been awarded a 2011 National Newspaper Pacemaker Award from the Associated Collegiate Press for excellence in student journalism. The Collegian also won a fifth-place 2011 National Story of the Year award for its staff editorial Independence, free speech necessary for student organizations (Oct. 13, 2010), written by former managing editor Emily Newell; a third-place Best of Show for its Oct. 5, 2011, Inside the SGA Budget: $703,752 issue; and an ACP Third-Place Best of Show for its website. Read more.

Butler made it to the Final Four in the Clinical Pharmacy Challenge held at the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP) Annual Meeting. Representing Butler in this year's competition was pharmacy class of 2012 students Katie Cich, Carly D'Agostino and Nicole Dores, advised by assistant professor of Pharmacy Kena Lanham. Read more.

Photo of Kendyl Crawley-CrawfordHampton Student, Alum Named as Scholarship Finalists

Hampton University senior Kendyl Crawley-Crawford has been chosen as a 2012 Marshall Scholarship finalist. Crawley-Crawford is a marine and environmental science major. Read more.

Hampton University’s 2011 valedictorian and former Student Government Association president Jeffrey Eugene has been named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarships. Photo of Jeffrey EugeneWhile at HU, Eugene was involved in a wide range of activities including published scientific research with the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, acting in a number of college plays and tutoring peers and younger students. Eugene is currently a first year medical student at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Read more.

Nazareth Students Present Research

Nazareth College students from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry presented research they have been working on with Dr. Richard Hartmann, associate professor at the 38th Annual Fall Scientific Paper Session at the Rochester Academy of Science. Read more.

Butler Students’ Efforts Felt Locally and Globally

Working on behalf of the Indiana office of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Butler University communications students in the Strategic Communication for Nonprofits course are helping plan and promote an innovative "Stop Diabetes Think Tank." Approximately 100 thought leaders from throughout the state are being brought together for the event to help identify ways to combat the devastating impact of the disease. Read more.

While spending five days in the mountains of West Virginia with 30 Butler University students might not be everyone's idea of a great Fall Break, Fall Alternative Break (FAB) vice president Faith Lindsay '12 says it's been one of her favorite Butler experiences.

This year's FAB group traveled to Pipestern, W. Va. to volunteer at the Appalachian South Folklife Center. There they lived in bunk-style housing and worked with a family who had just purchased their first house. The group's goal was to help the family get on their feet and create a better home for them by repairing and painting the entire house. Read more.

Photo of wellA Butler University College of Education class, have made it possible for residents of Adum- Kwanwoma, a village in the southwestern Ashanti Region of Ghana, to have a new source of clean drinking water. Starting last spring, the 15 students in ED403, an educational leadership course, raised $3200 for the non-profit organization Generosity Water to drill the well. It is one of hundreds of freshwater wells Generosity Water has established in Ghana and other developing countries. Read more.

North Central Mock Trial Team Places Fourth at Contest

Photo of trial participants with awardsNorth Central College’s Mock Trial Team earned fourth place (among 14 competing teams) at the eighth annual Quincy University Riverside Classic. Niyah Banks ’15 earned an Outstanding Witness Award and Jennifer Rieger ’13 earned an Outstanding Attorney Award. Both students are political science majors. Alexis Ledbetter ’12, majoring in theatre and psychology, earned awards for both Outstanding Witness and Outstanding Attorney. Read more.

North Central College Alumnus Named Illinois Teacher of the Year

Photo of JoshNorth Central College alumnus Josh Stumpenhorst is the 2011-2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year. Stumpenhorst earned his undergraduate degree in social science and secondary education at North Central College. He teaches language arts and social science to sixth-graders at Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. He credits his experience at North Central for helping him achieve success as an educator. Read more.

eInternship Links Samford Junior with Students in Europe

Samford University junior Kate Walker has a unique opportunity to share her perspective on American politics and culture with foreign audiences. For this academic year, the international relations and French double major will work with the U.S. State Department’s Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the European and Eurasian Affairs Bureau to communicate with young people in six countries. It is part of her assignment as a participant the state department’s Virtual Student Foreign Service eInternship program. Walker, who reports to the public diplomacy desk officer for France, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain and the Holy See, will record three-minute videos in French for French-speaking high school students in those countries. She communicates with her internship director via email and Skype. Read more.

University of Evansville Senior Nursing Students Lead Wellness Program

Ten University of Evansville senior nursing students studying at Harlaxton College — UE’s British campus near Grantham, England — recently surveyed their peers at Harlaxton about health-related needs. The results showed that while studying abroad is a life-transforming opportunity, it also can create significant changes in students’ everyday habits and routines.

To educate Harlaxton students about healthy lifestyle choices, the group of nursing students held a program called “Wellness Abroad” which consisted of seven booths, each with interactive activities exploring a different topic: nutrition, sleep, alcohol, fitness, safety, hygiene, and stress management and homesickness. Read more.

Redlands Alum Interviewed on CBS News

University of Redlands alumnus Cody Unser '09 recently talked with CBS News contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta about a new study that may give hope to people with paralysis. Read more.

Arcadia Physician Assistant Students Volunteer at Heart Screening Event

Photo of volunteersDespite their busy schedules, several of Arcadia University’s Physician Assistant (PA) students and faculty members volunteered at a local community heart screening at Cheltenham High School. The event was sponsored by Simon’s Fund, a local charity that provides free heart screening for students 10-19 years of age. Arcadia’s PA students assisted by taking vital signs and escorting children and their parents through different stations of the screenings. Read more.

Belmont Student-Athletes Rank High on NCAA Report

Photo of Belmont athletesBelmont University student-athletes received high marks in the 2011 Graduation Success Rate Report released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Among the national standard bearers in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate report – which measures eligibility and retention – Belmont University also ranks among the nation’s best in Graduation Success Rate. Read more.

Hampton Pharmacy Students Volunteer at Wellness Fair for Community

The Hampton University School of Pharmacy (HUSOP) hosted an interactive Health and Wellness Fair to provide the public with tools and strategies to improve medication adherence. Seventy students volunteered to provide consultation on medications.

Hampton Students Assist in Media Training of 2011 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine

Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications students simulated a “media coverage experience” as part of media training for 24 aspiring NASCAR drivers who showcased their skills at the Eighth Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. Read more.

Pacific Lutheran Alums Reunite for Seattle Opera Performance

Photo of productionThe recent Seattle Opera production of "Porgy and Bess" turned into something of a Pacific Lutheran University student reunion this summer, as five Lutes showed up for rehearsals and, after looking around, realized they were all fellow alums. Read more.

University of Evansville Athletic Training Students Tackle High School Football Season

Fourteen junior athletic training majors at the University of Evansville are currently completing a clinical rotation with a high school football team in the Evansville area, spending approximately 20 hours each week working under the supervision of their assigned school’s certified athletic trainer. Throughout the season, students have prepared athletes for competition, recognized and assessed injuries, and quickly provided care or treatment recommendations. Read more.

Belmont Students Improve Community Health and Driving Safety

Student with an elderly personBelmont University students are working with a local nonprofit organization to create a national template for communities to improve their residents’ body, heart, mind and spirit using free resources. Adjunct Instructor Dane Anthony’s freshman seminar “The Art of Paying Attention” classes worked with Neighborhoods InspireHealth to interview senior citizens in the Sunnyside and 12South neighborhoods. Together the students and nonprofit conducted the first focus group to determine the biggest healthcare challenges facing seniors. Student worked in groups to weave through the narratives they captured and to look for solutions for overarching themes, such as lack of transportation, access to healthy food options and financial constraints on a fixed income. Read more.

Photo of students with carAlso, dozens of doctoral and master’s degree-seeking students from Belmont’s School of Occupational Therapy recently participated in a CarFit Technician Training and CarFit Event to offer older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles fit them and how safely they are operating them. Read more.

Photo of Kristina NeihoffButler Student Named Indiana’s Outstanding Pharmacy Student of the Year

Butler University pharmacy student Kristina Niehoff '12 was recently chosen as the Outstanding Pharmacy Student of the Year by the Indiana Pharmacists Alliance (IPA) for her exemplary leadership and service. Read more.

Hamline’s MPIRG Kicks Off Another Year of Action

For nearly 40 years, one Hamline University student group has been working on a variety of social, environmental, civic and consumer issues. Hamline’s chapter of the Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), a non-profit advocacy organization with chapters at colleges and universities across the state, is made up of students who are motivated to see positive change in their communities. This year, Hamline’s MPIRG chapter plans to work on a variety of issues, including defeating the gay marriage constitutional amendment and educating Saint Paul residents about instant run-off voting, which they will use for the first time this fall. Recently, the student group hosted Minnesotans United for All Families and members of the community for an action training session to prepare those interested in advocacy for the gay marriage amendment campaign. Read more.

North Central Student’s Google Internship Opens Doors

Photo of RascherNorth Central College computer science and mathematics double major Jonathan Rascher’s experience as a summer intern with Google has led to an offer of a full-time job with the company.

Rascher worked in New York City on Google Apps Script for Google Apps and Google Docs as a software engineering intern. He landed the internship after participating in Google FUSE, a recruitment program for computer science students. Read more.

Stetson Students Inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

Photo of groupApproximately 200 of Stetson University’s top students were inducted into Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, the oldest and largest freshman honor society. Setson is the only central Florida college or university to have chapters of both Phi Eta Sigma, which is specifically for freshmen, and Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious honor society for all undergraduate years. Read more.

Valparaiso Honors College Students Recognized for Research

Two Valparaiso University students were honored recently for their undergraduate research accomplishments. A research paper by Christ College and College of Arts and Sciences junior Halina Hopkins has been accepted for publication in the 2011 Proceedings of the National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), a prestigious national journal which features the scholarship of students who have presented papers at NCUR. Publication in the NCUR Proceedings is highly selective. Only about 15 percent of the essays submitted are selected for publication. Hopkins wrote the paper, "Kolleena Ensan: Samira Said's Music as an Interpretation of Moroccan Women's Cultural Identity," in her freshman year as part of the research component of the Christ College Freshman Program. Christ College and College of Arts and Sciences junior Lauren Prusinski, who majors in biochemistry and Chinese and Japanese studies, has won the 2011 Mikiso Hane Prize for best undergraduate paper on East Asia. She will present her paper at the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at Macalester College. Her paper, " 'Wabi-Sabi', 'Mono no Aware', and 'Ma': Tracing Traditional Japanese Aesthetics through Japanese History," is her Christ College honors thesis.

Westminster Students Science Education Outreach Sparks Community Coral Reef Project

For the past two months, Westminster College student volunteers have been teaching science at three Salt Lake City schools, as well as the Utah Museum of Natural History, and YouthCity, a program that serves Salt Lake young people ages 9-18. Through field trips and other hands-on learning experiences, Westminster students taught youth about ecosystems in the Great Salt Lake, and then helped the children crochet some of the creatures and underwater forms they learned about. Using hyperbolic crochet techniques, 165 children, 30 community artists, and Westminster students crocheted items shaped like brine shrimp and bioherms present in the Great Salt Lake today, along with pre-historic marine forms to create a reef of yarn, an artistic vision of the ancient Lake Bonneville. The program offers a meaningful arts and science learning experience drawn from Utah’s environment.

Arcadia MBA Students Meet with Chief Economist in Peru

Photo of groupArcadia University MBA students’ second international business experience provided students the opportunity to study the emerging economy of Lima, Peru, where they visited several companies to learn about the country’s business practices. Read more.

Belmont Health Students Gain Hands-on Experience On-campus

Photo from fairFourth-year pharmacy student Elizabeth Cain spent the morning using free hand sanitizer to lure passers-by to visit her peers at Belmont University’s first Health Fair. The fair offered an unprecedented opportunity for Cain’s classmates to gain hands-on experience while on campus, she said. “This is a great opportunity for students to test their skills, give flu shots and glucose tests. It is a great way for us to share our knowledge,” said Cain while volunteering at the fair. Read more.

Butler Alumni Win 'Best and Brightest Awards'

Four Butler University alumni have won 2011 Junior Achievement’s Best and Brightest Awards, which honor Central Indiana’s outstanding young professionals age 40 and under. Tracy Barnes (LAS/computer science), president and CEO of ENTAP Inc. won in the technology category. Taja Graham (JCFA/telecommunication arts), general sales manager for WLHK-FM (97.1), won in the media, entertainment and sports category. Juan Gonzalez (COB/MBA), vice president-senior business banking relationship manager for KeyBank, won in the banking and financial services category. Nikki Woodson (COE/graduate), superintendent of Washington Township Schools, won in the education and non-profit category. Read more.

Drury Senior to Present at Missouri Sociological Association Conference

Photo of Emily BrownDrury University senior sociology major Emily Brown is the winner of the 2011 Alvin Gouldner Undergraduate Student Paper Competition. As the winner of the award, Brown will present a paper titled Identifying the Links Between Anonymity and Prosocial Behavior at the annual conference of the Missouri Sociological Association (MSA). The paper examines the relationship between anonymity and a person’s willingness to help someone else. Brown discovered that people were willing to donate significantly more money when they were given no anonymity, as opposed to complete anonymity. Read more.

Hamline Alumni Bring Hope to Post-earthquake Haiti

Photo of Sarah in HaitiSarah Baptiste has been traveling to Haiti since she was 15. Now, with the master’s degree in non-profit management from Hamline University School of Business that she earned in 2009, she has gone on to impact many lives on the island that she loves so much. Baptiste, along with Nora Romness, who graduated from Hamline’s College of Liberal Arts in 2009, are employed at a non-profit called World Wide Village. The organization uses donated funds to provide people in Haiti with clean water, supplies, and the skills needed to be self-sufficient amid a tattered national infrastructure. Read more.

Nazareth Interns Earn Experience

Photo of Amy FloeserAmy Floeser ’10, a business administration major who now works as a human resources generalist at Manning & Napier Advisors, said she benefited from those connections during her senior year at Nazareth College, when she held two internships in human resources at the Fortune 500 firm Paychex. Read more.

North Central College Biology Alumna Recognized for Avian Research

Photo of Dana Ripper Dana Ripper, a 1998 biology alumna of North Central College, is making a career of avian research, conservation and education. The Naperville Sun recently featured Ripper and her work with the Missouri River Bird Observatory, an organization she co-founded. Read more.

Samford’s Law School Wins National Trial Advocacy Competition

A team from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law won the 12th annual National Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by the Michigan State University College of Law with over 26 other teams. Cumberland defeated the University of Florida in the finals after wins over the University of Houston in the semifinals and University of Maryland in the quarter-finals. Read more.

University of Evansville Students Build Box City to Raise Awareness of Homelessness

To raise awareness of homelessness and its impact in Evansville, the United States, and the world, approximately 135 University of Evansville students recently participated in Box City on the lawn between Morton Hall and Neu Chapel. Students built box shelters, listened to community speakers share personal stories of homelessness, and learned how local nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity are addressing the issue. Students then had the option of spending the night in their shelters. Read more.

Valparaiso Alumnus Selected for Lilly Graduate Fellows Program

The Lilly Fellows Program announced the selection of Philip Forness as one of 16 Lilly Graduate Fellows. Forness, a student in Christ College, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Valparaiso University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Classics and Theology. He is pursuing a PhD in the History of Christianity from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity in 2011.

Westminster Dedicates Climbing Wall in Memory of Former Student

In memory of Westminster College student Ryan Bishop, the college recently dedicated its indoor climbing wall in his name. Bishop, an outdoor enthusiast, died in a canoeing accident last spring.

Westminster Teamed Up with Local Elementary School to Help Community

As one of Westminster College’s college-wide learning goals, “social responsibility” has been emphasized and embraced across the campus for many years. To demonstrate this social commitment, the college partnered with 500 students from Hawthorne Elementary School for a “Day of Service and Learning” to help the local community. Nearly 17 Hawthorne classrooms were assigned service projects and a college mentor to assist with the activities. Some of the service projects included making blankets for the Ronald McDonald House, baking dog biscuits for a local pet shelter, aassembling craft kits for patients at Primary Children's Medical Center and decorating donation boxes for the Utah Food Bank. Additionally, the college’s Aero Club taught Hawthorne students about physics while making model airplanes, and Westminster’s Great Salt Lake Institute hosted several hands-on learning activities for the children. Westminster and Hawthorne Elementary have been community partners for 12 years, and more than 50 college students volunteer in Hawthorne’s reading and math programs each year.

Arcadia Pre-Med Takes a Cue from Mentors, Lends a Hand in India

Photo of SnehaArcadia University biology major Sneha Thomas ’13 arrived on campus in 2009, admitted through the Gateway to Success program. Just three years earlier, she immigrated to the United States from Kerala, India, with her family. Since then, she has had a desire to give back to her country of origin. With the encouragement and support of several mentors at Arcadia, she was able to return to India, logging hundreds of internship hours at SEWA Rural Hospital in Gujarat, where she shadowed health-care practitioners. The experience revealed latent talents and inspired her to change the focus of her biology degree. Read more.

Arcadia MBA Students to Meet CEOs, Study Economy in Turkey

Photo of groupArcadia University students of the M.B.A. with a Global Perspective program recently departed for Istanbul, Turkey, for their first international business experience. The cohort will study Istanbul’s emerging economy during their time abroad. Students will meet the CEO of Ipsos, a global market research company, and the CEO of Intengo, Istanbul’s independent e-sourcing solution provider, where they will discuss telecommunications and information technology. The cohort will examine the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors at Merck and receive a macroeconomic overview of Turkey from the chairman of the Turkish-American Business Association at the American Chamber of Commerce. At Mediterranean Shipping Company, one of the leading global shipping lines in the world, the cohort will study transportation and supply chain management. Read more.

Hamline Students Support New Orleans

Photo of students working in New OrleansAlthough New Orleans is no longer in the national spotlight, the recovery and rebuilding are far from over. Hamline students have not forgotten New Orleans and continue their steadfast service to the community still dealing with the aftermath of the devastating storm in 2005. Read more.

Ithaca College Alums Earn Emmy Award for Documentary

Photo of Van Soest and LevineA documentary by two Ithaca College graduates came up a winner at the 32nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City. “Good Fortune” was honored with the Emmy in the category of Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting–Long Form. It was co-produced by Landon Van Soest ’04 and Jeremy Levine ’06, with Van Soest also serving as the film’s director. Read more.

Photo of Jessica PantelNorth Central College Student Attends Archaeological Field School, Uncovers Burial Sites

North Central College Anthropology major Jessica Pantel ’13 spent six weeks participating in anthropological research in the Ancash region of the Andes Mountains in Peru. Read more.

Pacific Lutheran Students’ Film Explains "Compassion Fatigue"

Three Pacific Lutheran University student filmmakers spent more than a year researching the cumulative effects of tragedy and trauma, which will soon be unveiled in a new documentary – "Overexposed: The Cost of Compassion." Read more.

Samford Debaters Make Top 10 in National Coaches Poll

Debaters Dan Bagwell and Jacob Lewis have claimed a first for the Samford University debate program with their #10 ranking in the just-released National Coaches Poll. “This is the highest that a Samford team has been ranked since the inception of the coaches’ poll,” said Samford coach Abi Williams. Additionally, Samford as a debate school is ranked #9 in the nation, which is the highest ranking Samford has achieved in that category, according to Williams. Read more.

University of Evansville Nursing Students Teach First Aid to Boy Scouts

Seven University of Evansville nursing students recently helped an Evansville Boy Scout troop complete the requirements for the First Aid Merit Badge. Members of the Brotherhood of Student Nurses, an organization of male nursing students at UE, held a training event for middle school Boy Scouts on UE’s campus. Read more.

Arcadia Global Media Graduate Embarks on 11-Month Journey to Explore the World

Photo of Rose HuberRose Huber ’11, who graduated from Arcadia University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Media in May, is preparing to embark on an 11-month journey spanning 11 countries with The World Race, a division of the Adventures in Missions organization. In January, she will join a 60-member group to serve communities in many ways: teaching English, working with youth groups and providing support to victims of human trafficking. Read more.

Grant Helps Butler Students Gain Professional Experience

Seven students in Butler University’s College of Communication are gearing up to have the professional experience of a lifetime as they begin working on a statewide marketing plan for the Indiana State Library (ISL). Their work on this project has the potential to reach over 6 million Hoosiers, according to the ISL. Read more.

Hamline Alum's Film Makes it to the Big Screen

Photo of LogoHamline University alumnus Matt Cici ‘10 is not wasting any time in pursuing his ambitious career goals. With the release of his debut feature film, Lambent Fuse, Cici can already claim the titles of director, screenwriter, executive producer, and editor. The film was screened at the Twin Cities Film Festival. Lambent Fuse is a project Cici began three years ago and worked on as an undergraduate student at Hamline.

“When I came to Hamline, I didn’t know if I could do a film studies major,” Cici said. “But, I received nothing but support from the faculty, and together we made it happen.” Read more.

Institute for International Education Chooses Three Ithaca College Students as Bloggers

IES logoThree Ithaca College students have been chosen by IES Abroad to become part of their group of 34 study abroad student bloggers for Fall 2011. The process of being selected as an IES blogger is highly competitive, and the students were chosen from a huge pool of applicants. Read more.

North Central Student Radio Earns Awards

Radio station logoNorth Central College student broadcasters who run WONC-FM 89.1 earned three awards, including a first-place prize, at the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s 2011 student Silver Dome Awards. Read more.

Samford Debaters Finish Well At Season-Opening Tournament

Samford University varsity debaters Dan Bagwell and Jacob Lewis returned from their first competition of the season with the highest showing posted by a Samford team in the 13-year history of the Georgia State National Debate Tournament. Read more.

Stetson EMBA Students Do Field Study in South Africa

Photo of group at the Cape of Good HopeStetson University’s School of Business Administration organized a summer field study to South Africa for students in the Executive MBA program. The students, most of whom are already in successful business careers, learned about apartheid and South Africa's continuing recovery from a racially oppressed and segregated society and how the apartheid revolution has affected business and culture. Read more.

University of Evansville Student from Burma Featured in CBS Special About Refugees

Photo of TlemWhen Hlawn Kip Tlem arrived in the United States in 2008, the teenager from Burma knew only a few words of English and had never seen a slice of pizza or a high-school class schedule. Just three years later, she graduated from Southport High School in Indianapolis, earned a full-tuition Lilly Endowment scholarship, and enrolled as a civil engineering major at the University of Evansville. Tlem recently shared her story on “Refugee Resettlement: Faith Communities Making a Difference,” a CBS television special about refugees who settle in the United States and the organizations that help them adjust to a new life. Read more.

Photo of Christine FriisArcadia Student Brings 9/11 Photography to Smithsonian Institute During Her Internship

Researching the photographer who has taken photos of more than 25,000 firefighters in the wake of 9/11 and helping get her work to the Smithsonian Institute was part of an eye-opening internship for Arcadia University student Christine Friis ’12. Read more.

Butler’s Student Newspaper Earns National Pacemaker, Story of Year Nominations

The Butler Collegian has been named a finalist for the prestigious 2011 ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Award. The nomination recognizes work directed by former editors Arika Herron ’11 and Emily Newell ’11 and current editor Hayleigh Colombo ’12. Read more.

Photo from Beyond the Net At Butler, Math and Volleyball Make a Good Time for Indianapolis Youth

Physical education majors helped Butler University’s volleyball team serve up interactive math games for 950 local students. The volleyball program hosted "Beyond the Net" for students in grades 4-8 from six public and six private schools in the Indianapolis area. The day included lunch and a chance to see the team defeat Elon University 3-1 in the Butler Invitational opener. Read more.

Drury Students Experience Weightlessness in the “Vomit Comet”

Five Drury University students had the opportunity to experience zero gravity and conduct an experiment in NASA’s Weightless Wonder. The students participated in NASA’s 2011 Grant Us Space Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program. The plane simulated 25-second windows of weightlessness while plummeting over the Gulf of Mexico between 25,000 and 35,000 feet of altitude, giving the aircraft its nickname “The Vomit Comet.” Read more.

Hamline’s First-year Students Put Community First

Before classes even began, Hamline University’s incoming class of first-year students started making a difference and giving back to the community they just joined. As part of fall orientation, more than 500 new students fanned out across the Twin Cities to volunteer at nonprofit organizations through a program called City Serve. Read more.

Hamline Students Use Emerging Art Form to Help Fight Malaria

Hamline University students are known both for their spirit of service and incredible creativity. When those two virtues are brought together, positive changes can happen. Partnering with Imagine No Malaria, a national network of United Methodist churches working to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2015, aspiring undergraduate artists have created pop-art sculptures to be displayed and auctioned off to the community. Read more.

Westminster Students Coordinate Anti-Texting Campaign

Students at Westminster College are serious about driving safety – so serious they hope their anti-texting campaign will challenge other schools to follow suit. As part of the new “Drive Now, Text Later” movement, students in the Public Health Activities Team (PHAT) are encouraging the Westminster community to sign a pledge promising they will refrain from texting while driving. Read more.

Photo of LucasStudent News from North Central

North Central College student broadcaster Lucas Mitzel has been nominated for a national award. Mitzel is nominated in the Best Radio Podcast category of the annual Collegiate Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) National Student Production Awards. Read more.

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Wright and Logan Tom, who competed in three Olympic games with USA Volleyball.  

Senior athletic training major Crystal Wright scored an internship this summer working alongside athletic trainers and players for USA Volleyball men’s and women’s national teams. Read more.

Photo of SochSochantra (Soch) Mel, a 2011 graduate, capped off his studies at North Central College by joining the American delegation at the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) in South Korea. Read more.

Belmont Students Start Online Grocery Store

Photo of students with signBelmont University students Jonathan Murrell and Bruno Silva are delivering groceries to students’ dorm rooms through their online care package business that aims to save students time and money. Read more.

Belmont’s Phi Delta Theta Awarded Phoenix Trophy

Photo of trophy presentationBelmont University’s Phi Delta Theta chapter was recently presented with the Phoenix Trophy at the organization’s General Headquarters annual Emerging Leaders Institute in Oxford, Ohio. The chapter has worked over the past eight months to focus more on being a values driven organization. The award, named after the mythological bird that periodically recreates itself, is given to recognize a chapter that has shown dramatic improvement over the course of one academic year. According to Phi Delta Theta, the Belmont chapter ”has truly risen from the ashes of a chapter plagued with apathy into a chapter full of dedication, brotherhood, and values.” Read more.

Butler Pharmacy Fraternity Honored for Fundraising Effort

Photo of honoreesButler University's chapter of Phi Delta Chi, a co-educational pharmacy fraternity, was recently honored for raising the most money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital out of all 65 Phi Delta Chi chapters. The students raised $11,426 – their highest ever – by offering Zumba classes on campus and through a letter-writing campaign to family and friends. Read more.

Hamline Alumnus Makes Photographical Debut in Exhibit on Food and Faith

Photo by Bryn Harding2010 Hamline University graduate Bryn Harding has a photographer’s eye and a theologian’s perspective. This combination resulted in a collection of photography entitled “The Body of Christ,” a meditation on the connection between food production and the divine. Read more.

Six North Central Student Broadcasters Nominated for Silver Dome Awards

Photo of Hall sign where station is locatedSix North Central College student broadcasters have been nominated for 2011 Student Silver Dome Awards in three categories: Best Radio Newscast, Best Radio Live Game Sports, and Best Radio Longform. The Student Silver Dome Awards are presented each fall by the Illinois Broadcasters Association to the top college and university radio and TV programs in the state. Read more.

Samford Air Force ROTC Cadet Receives $3,000 Regional Scholarship Award

Samford University Air Force ROTC cadet William Hyden has been named recipient of a $3,000 Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Joan Bowden Memorial Scholarship. Hyden was chosen for the award from among cadets representing all AFROTC Detachments in the Mid-south region. The scholarship, established to promote educational excellence, encourage professional development and recognize academic achievement, is awarded based on grade point average, physical fitness and leadership skills. Read more.

Belmont Student Entrepreneurs Open Instrument Consignment Store

Seth Whiting, a senior entrepreneurship major at Belmont University, has joined Eric Guroff, a junior entrepreneurship and music business double major, to open an instrument consignment store that will host in-store jam sessions to help local artists and students increase their visibility. Whiting, who plays the drums, guitar, bass and keyboard, teamed with Guroff, who had plans to sell strings from his dorm room, and their business plan earned them $10,000 from Belmont’s Center for Entrepreneurship. Read more.

North Central Alumni Make Headlines

Photo of Paul RootsNorth Central College alumnus Paul Roots ’07, a civil engineering student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), was named a 2011 Udall Scholar for his commitment to the environment, leadership potential and academic achievement. Roots majored in music and jazz studies at North Central. After graduation from North Central, Roots joined the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in 2008. Read more.

Photo of Will AllanMeanwhile, the Chicago Tribune’s theater critic Chris Jones unveiled his 2011 list of “The Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater” which included 2009 alumnus and theatre major Will Allan among his seven top picks of the year. Read more.

Samford Law School Grad Learns Many Lessons Abroad in India

Matthew Brown, a May graduate of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, learned many things as a participant in the school’s new exchange program with NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad, India. Brown spent his final semester of law school, January through April, studying general international law, human rights law, humanitarian law, and law and poverty at NALSAR, considered one of India’s most prestigious law schools. But the Iowa native’s spring term education extended far beyond the classroom to include spiritual, professional, academic and cultural growth. Read more.

Samford Alumni in the News

Photo of Jennifer Pharr DavisSamford University Classics alumna Jennifer Pharr Davis '04 is has broken the record for assisted thru-hike of the complete Appalachian trail. Her time of 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes breaks the previous record by almost 24 hours. In 2008 Davis broke the women's record for a supported thru-hike, a feat chronicled in her adventure memoir, Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail. The book explores Davis' physical and emotional transformation through the grueling 57 day, 8 hour journey. Read more.

Meanwhile, Charles R. “Chuck” Malone of Tuscaloosa, Ala., a 1981 graduate of Samford’s Cumberland School of Law, has been named chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. A former Tuscaloosa County presiding circuit judge, Malone was serving as chief of staff to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, who appointed him chief justice. Read more.

Wagner Grad Secures Research Post in Australia

Photo of Kyle GloverKyle Glover '11, former student coordinator of the Lynne and Harold Theurer Men's Center at Wagner College and one of Wagner's first two self-designed majors, has been selected to be one of two international research assistants for the fall semester at the University of South Australia, Whyalla. Sponsored by the Australian Institute for Men's Health and Studies, Kyle will join a graduate student from Austria to conduct research on rural men's health and well-being in the Centre for Rural Health and Community Development of the Centre for Regional Engagement. Read more.


Samford Students Win Silver Medal in International Singing Contest

Photo of The VigilantesSamford University School of the Arts alumnus Adam Murphy `11 and senior Jackson Pinder won a Silver Medal with their quartet, The Vigilantes, at the Barbershop Harmony Society's Harmony Foundation International Collegiate Barbershop Contest in Kansas City, Kan. The event was the 73rd Annual International Barbershop Society Convention, in which 50 additional quartets and 30 choruses from around the world also competed. Read more.

Sage’s Corbett Tapped as Scholar-Athlete of the Year by Skyline Conference

The Sage College’s women’s volleyball player, Nicole Corbett, continues to receive acclaim for her outstanding accomplishments as a student-athlete, as she was recently named the 2010-2011 Skyline Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (tied with a cross country runner). The Female and Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year are the student-athletes in the conference with the highest grade point average among individuals earning first-team All-Skyline Conference honors. Read more.

University of Scranton College Democrats Receive National Award

The University of Scranton College Democrats chapter was among just four in the nation to receive the “Rising Star Chapter Award” at the annual College Democrats of America Conference in Washington, D.C. Read more.

Valpo Student Engineers Conduct Environmental Work in Africa

Members of Valparaiso University student organization Engineers Without Borders recently embarked on a journey to remote areas of Tanzania to work on projects that are making a huge difference in the lives of Tanzanians. Valpo engineers, alongside members of the Village of Masaera, completed an impressive structure in the Masaera Irrigation Canal in Kilimanjaro, allowing the community to check for possible environmental disaster and prevent catastrophic erosion. Engineers Without Borders team members also collaborated with the Social Action Leadership Team to raise funds to assist in the completion of a kindergarten class at Mandaka Primary School this year. Together they raised the money through a sumo wrestling match held last spring between Valparaiso University President Mark Heckler and Provost Mark Schwehn. For more information on the group and their work, see the Engineers Without Borders blog.

Arcadia’s Forensic Science Students Sweep Top Five in National Ranking

For the second time Arcadia University has had a forensic science graduate student rank #1 on the FSAT, which measures knowledge in eight forensic categories. Sarah Keeling, who graduated in May from the Master of Forensic Science program, placed #1 on the FSAT. Arcadia also had four students place in the top five of which three were members of the Class of 2011 Forensic Science: Amy Nestlerode, Lauren Force, and Karen Marcucci. Emmi Slivka, a first-year student in the master’s program this past spring and part of the FMI program at the Foundation this summer also placed in the top five. Read more.

Belmont Pharmacy Student Begins Community Walking Club

Photo of walkSince beginning her morning walking routine, Edgehill Apartments resident Sandra Chandler has felt less arthritis aches in her knees. Thanks to a Belmont University pharmacy student’s mission project, she also has learned to drink a gallon of water daily, eat six small meals a day, cook with whole wheat flour and fill half of her plate with fruits and vegetables. Fourth-year pharmacy student Adam Culbertson laid the trail for the Edgehill Rose Park Walking Club, a group of neighbors, civic leaders and Belmont University athletes who walk from 7 to 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. He began the walking club to fulfill the mission portion of required rotations for Belmont pharmacy students and is relying on University athletes and civic leaders to continue the program. Read more.

Belmont Students, Alumnus Earn Spots in Super Group

Photo of groupTwo Belmont University commercial music students and an alumnus have won a reality contest to form part of a multi-genre singing group that has significant music business powerhouse support. Jeston Cade (’10) and juniors KellyeAnn Rodgers and Ben Vredevelt are half of a super group under the direction of music mogul Johnny Wright, who has managed the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears, among dozens of other groups and solo artists. Read more.

Belmont Nursing Students Excel in Summer Program at Vanderbilt Medical Center

Photo of studentsFor five weeks 22 Belmont University undergraduate nursing students participated in the Vanderbilt Experience: Student Nurse Internship Program (VESNIP) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) along with students from three other regional nursing programs. VESNIP provides an opportunity for clinical rotations during a credited independent course through each school and participants work one-on-one with a VUMC preceptor. Six Belmont nursing students were awarded the highest honors at the culminating awards ceremony, and of the 12 total awards given, six went to Belmont students. Read more.

Hamline Student, Alum Honored for Innovative Ideas for Social Change

Photo of Jake and KateMembers of the Hamline University community aren’t just passionate about issues of social justice, they generate solutions and put those plans into action. The Saint Paul Foundation recently challenged Minnesotans to brainstorm ways to reduce racism in their communities through its Facing Race Idea Challenge. Two winners emerged from an online vote, and both winners have strong ties to Hamline. Current undergraduate student Jake Branchaud-Linsk and alumna Kate Towle now each have the opportunity to implement their winning plans with $2,500 in grant money. Read more.

Photo of Michael RadzwillaIthaca Student Wins Second Place in National Essay Contest on Technology and Religion

Ithaca College’s Michael Radzwilla '13 recently won second place in a national essay contest on technology and religion sponsored by the Templeton Technology & Religion Project. His paper came out of a class at Ithaca and involves an interdisciplinary analysis of identity in social media. Read more.

North Central College Alumni, Students Hone Leadership and Teaching Skills at Summer Camp

Photo of math huddleFor the first time, North Central College alumnae served as co-directors of the Junior/Senior Scholars summer camp, a college readiness program that partners with high-need elementary and secondary schools in Aurora and Chicago. Cherrelle Blevins ’09 and Jill Bushman ’10 served as co-directors, along with four North Central alumni as coaches and 17 students as interns for the 2011 five-week summer program. Read more.

Photo of Derek Sanderson North Central College Sport Management Major Interns with Chicago Blackhawks

North Central College Sport Management major Derek Sanderson is spending his summer working as an intern with the Chicago Blackhawks' marketing department. Read more.

North Central College Student Jacqueline Roller Hosts First Solo Art Exhibit

Photo of Jacqueline RollerNorth Central College student Jacqueline Roller hosted her first solo art show at the Naperville Art League. The Naperville resident plans to complete her studies in 2012 with a double-major in studio art and psychology. Roller hoped to raise money from sales during the show to help cover the costs of a study abroad experience this fall in Greece, where she plans to study art and art history. Read more.

Photo from campBelmont Pharmacy Students Lead Summer Day Camp

Students in Belmont University's School of Pharmacy hosted a Health Sciences Summer Day camp for local middle and high school students. Read more.

Internship Lands Hamline Student in Center of Major News Story

Photo of Erik BurgessHamline University senior Erik Burgess never expected his summer newspaper internship would put him at the center of an international story. At the Grand Forks Herald, the communication studies major has already covered several major stories for the daily paper. Only a few weeks into his internship, Burgess was sent to Bismarck, North Dakota to cover what would be the start of historic flooding in the state. Read more.

Video Game Design Team from Ithaca Advances to Microsoft's Global Technology Worldwide Finals

Photo of teamOf the more than 88,000 international high school- and college- student teams registered to compete in the 2011 Microsoft Imagine Cup, only 124 gathered in New York City for the Worldwide Finals, one of them from Ithaca College. The team of Ashley Alicea, Marc Howard, Corey Jeffers and Evan Marinaro — creators of the video game “Embryonic” — is the only American team in the Game Design (Web) category to survive the global regional competitions. Read more.

North Central Student Participates in President Clinton’s New Initiative

Photo of Liz HasseldWhen the premier Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America conference came to Chicago, North Central College student Liz Hasseld ’12 was in the thick of things. On her own, she had applied and was chosen to work as a volunteer, which involved supporting CGI staff in coordinating logistics of the speakers and the more than 700 leaders from businesses, nonprofits and government during the two-day meeting.

A double major in political science and global studies international relations, Hasseld says, “I volunteered because I wanted to be part of an event focused on social change. The things I heard and experienced solidified what I’ve been learning here at North Central. It was inspiring!” Read more.

Naperville Partners with North Central College Students to Conduct Smart Grid Initiative Survey

As the City of Naperville moves forward with implementing the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative (NSGI), the City has partnered with North Central College to gauge utility customers’ existing knowledge and current perceptions of the NSGI. Four students from a market research class conducted a survey of 1,000 randomly selected Naperville utility customers to ask if they had heard about the smart grid, whether they understood the benefits, what their satisfaction was with the City-owned electric utility and more. Read more.

Photo of Caitlin Jones Samford Communication Studies Alumnus Wins Ministry Fellow Award

Samford University Communication Studies alumna and Campbell University Divinity School student Caitlin Jones `10 is one of 20 North American students recently recognized by The Fund for Theological Education (FTE) as a young leader who demonstrates exceptional gifts for ministry. Read more.

Stetson Law Sweeps State Moot Court Competition for Second Straight Year

Photo of studentsA trio of students from Stetson University College of Law won the top three awards at the 2011 Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition in Orlando. Read more.

Westminster Student Has Personal Connection to South Sudan Independence Celebration

Photo of Solomon Mading AwanFleeing from Africa’s longest running civil war, Solomon Mading Awan traversed the southern Sudanese desert - by foot - in hopes of saving his life. Fast forward 24 years later from his original trek, Awan is now married and residing in Utah with his five-month-old son, and is currently working on his MBA at Westminster College. Recently Awan shared in the celebration as his native homeland of Southern Sudan declared its independence. Read more.

Arcadia Students Embark on Fiction Residency in Umbria

Photo from UmbriaFourteen Arcadia University students will jetted off to Umbria, Italy, for Arcadia’s first-ever fiction writer’s residency abroad. The 10-day experience included intensive writing workshops, a visit with poets Allan Williamson and Jeanne Foster, and five cultural excursions to nearby hill towns. Read more.

Arcadia Student Intern Goes to City Hall to Advocate for Homeless

Photo of Anabel GenevitzAnabel Genevitz ’13, a Sociology major with a minor in Professional Writing at Arcadia University, is interning at Project H.O.M.E., a Philadelphia non-profit organization that empowers families and individuals to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty through street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services. The experience is helping her to hone her skills in writing, as well as local advocacy. Read more.

Drury Architecture Students Help Visually Impaired Children

Photo of CenterDrury University architecture students were looking for ways to give back to their community when they began a partnership with the Beisner Vision Rehabilitation Center of the Ozarks (VRCO). As a result of this partnership, students were able to construct an interactive mural for visually impaired children who visit the center. Read more.

Photo of global gradHamline Grads Set Off for Global Careers

Hamline’s newest alumni are embarking on new adventures and accomplishments, and they are already making their mark on the world. Whether it’s starting a career, going on to graduate school, or traveling, there are as many intriguing paths as there are Pipers. Read more.

Pacific Lutheran Student Musicians Wow European AudiencesPhoto of choir

Pacific Lutheran University’s Choir of the West and KammerMusikere Orchestra have been touring Germany and France, with great success. Read more.

Eight Samford Pharmacy Students Earn Leadership Training Certificates

Eight students in Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy earned national Leadership Training Certificates from the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). Each of the students completed a four-part series of activities at APhA training sessions over four years to develop their leadership potential in the field of pharmacy. Read more.

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Stetson Alumnus Wins Daytime Emmy Award

Stetson University alumnus Wesley Whatley, associate creative director for the Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group, won a Daytime Emmy Award for the Outstanding Original Song, “Yes, Virginia (There’s a Santa Claus).” Read more.

University of Evansville Religion Major Named Undergraduate Fellow by The Fund for Theological Education

Nick Joyner, a religion and psychology major at the University of Evansville, has been named a 2011 FTE Undergraduate Fellow by national nonprofit The Fund for Theological Education. Joyner is one of 40 FTE Undergraduate Fellows nationwide. Read more.

University of Evansville Concrete Canoe Team Celebrates National Success

Thunderstorms and a weather delay finally gave way to blue skies and spirited competition on the last day of the 24th annual American Society of Civil Engineers National Concrete Canoe Competition. The University of Evansville hosted the event and also was one of 23 teams to compete. UE took 20th place overall in the competition. Read more.

Westminster Students Dazzle at the Utah Arts Festival

Students from Westminster College's Theatre Department surprised patrons at the 2011 Utah Arts Festival with a flash mob in the middle of downtown Salt Lake City. Students performed a choreographed performance of Victor/Victoria. The Theatre Department will present the regional premier of Victor/Victoria in the fall. Additionally Westminster alum, Trent Alvey, received the Salt Lake City Mayor's award during the Arts Festival. Video of the flash mob.

Arcadia MBA Students to Visit Central Bank of Brazil, Globo TV International in Rio de Janeiro

Photo of studentsMBA students at Arcadia University departed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to participate in their first international business experience in the program. The weeklong experience allows the students to visit businesses in an emerging economy for a firsthand perspective of the global marketplace. Read more.

Young Belmont Alumni Manage Two Successful Start Ups

Photo of creatorsTwo blocks from Belmont University’s campus, alumni Kurt Nelson and Tyler Seymour have created a magical place where music festivals are shrunk into interactive features that glide beneath the fingertips of smart phone users. Three years earlier, Nelson and Seymour were audio and video production students seeking minors in entrepreneurship and received a loan from Belmont's Runway Loan program to help their first company, Just Kidding Productions, which creates high end music videos, commercials and concert tour graphics. This spring Nelson and Seymour repaid the $25,000 Runway Loan in its entirety to the University. Read more.

Belmont, Butler Athletes Awarded for Academic Standings

Photo of trophy with campus in backgroundFor the eighth time in its 10-year conference history, Belmont University has claimed the Atlantic Sun All-Academic Trophy, the league office announced Thursday. All told, 174 out of 228 in-season Belmont student-athletes earned academic honors, giving the university the greatest percentage of All-Academic honorees at 76.3 percent. That figure represents a new single-year program standard for Belmont University Athletics. Read more.

Seven members of the Butler University women’s lacrosse team have been named to the 2011 U.S. Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) All-Academic team. Read more.

Butler, Ithaca Place in National Student Advertising Competition

Ithaca College’s and Butler University’s student advertising clubs placed second and fourth, respectively, in the National Student Advertising Competition in San Diego. Read more.

Drury Team LogoDrury Paces League In New GLVC Presidents Academic Excellence Award

Drury University leads the way with 22 student-athlete honorees as the Great Lakes Valley Conference unveiled the winners of its first-ever GLVC Council of Presidents' Academic Excellence Award. Read more.

North Central Student Cast for Summer Stock

Photo of Daryn HarrellDaryn Harrell, a musical theatre major at North Central College, has been cast in a production by Timber Lake Playhouse, the oldest continuously operating professional summer theatre in Illinois. Read more.

Samford Law Grad in National Mock Trial Contest

Photo of Shannon Cornman O'GuinShannon Cornman O’Guin of Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law took second place in National Top Gun Mock Trial competition. The May Cumberland graduate lost to a competitor from Yale Law School in the final round of the event hosted by Baylor Law School in Waco, Texas. The Top Gun competition, in its second year, is limited to 18 law schools that send their single best student trial advocates. Read more.

Wagner Alum in Tony Award-Winning Production

Photo of Scott BarnhardtWagner College Theatre alumnus Scott Barnhardt ’01 is celebrating after the Broadway show “The Book of Mormon,” in which he performs, won awards for Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Book, Best Score, Best Orchestration, Best Actress (for Nikki M. Jones), and technical awards for scenic, sound and lighting design at the 2011 Tony Awards program. Read more.

Belmont Students -- Past and Present -- Make the News

Photo of castThe work of 10 Belmont University students bore its fruits this summer when a track from their album of uncut songs was chosen to be recorded by 2011 "American Idol" Scotty McCreery. The song, “Out of Summertime,” is expected to be released as the second radio single from McCreery's debut album following “I Love You This Big,” which had the highest Billboard Hot Country chart debut for a new artist’s first single since 1990. Read more.Photo of Joseph Mosby

Belmont alumnus Joseph Mosby’s entrepreneurship team was chosen as the best out of 13 teams (about 100 potential entrepreneurs) at Kauffman Foundation’s “San Francisco Startup Weekend EDU.” Read more.

Photo of Jeff JenkinsBelmont senior and Texas native Jeff Jenkins is excited to sing his way into becoming America’s first “Voice.” After a long audition process, Jenkins will appear in the first round of live performances airing nationally on NBC with the rest of his teammates. Read more.

University of Evansville Students Earn Prestigious Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad

Gilman LogoUniversity of Evansville students Rachel Cochran and Mary Pugh have won prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. Cochran, a creative writing major, will study abroad though the American Institute for Foreign Study at the University of Hyderabad in Hyderabad, India, where she will pursue coursework in literature, culture, and the Hindi language. Pugh, an economics and Spanish major, will study economics and the Spanish language at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua, in a program on culture and economic development sponsored by the Council on International Education Exchange. Read more.

Westminster Sophomore Awarded Prestigious Youthlinc Scholarship

Photo of Cara with kidsWestminster College sophomore Cara Cerise was recently awarded the Utah Young Humanitarian Award by Youthlinc, a Utah-based local and international service program for youth. Cerise was awarded a $5,000 college scholarship – the state’s largest service scholarship – by an independent panel of community leaders. Read more.

Photo of Dao LaArcadia Student Cultivates Garden and Community Participation

Art History major Dao La ’13 isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty when it comes to Arcadia University’s green initiatives. She personally wrote and designed a guide to help the campus and greater community care for and benefit from Arcadia’s vegetable garden which was created by a group of students interested in growing and harvesting organic produce on campus. Read more.

Photo of artworkArcadia Alum Featured in PAFA Student Exhibition

Arcadia University alum Lauren Garvey ’09 is one of the students featured at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 110th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) in the Galleries of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building in Philadelphia. Read more.

Belmont Alumnus Makes Top 2 in 'CMT's Next Superstar' Competition

Photo of Steven ClawsonBelmont University’s Curb College alumnus Steven Clawson ('04), a Georgia native, was selected as one of two finalists for "CMT's Next Superstar" competition. Out of an original cast of 10, the top three contestants competed by writing, shooting, editing and producing their own original music video, with the aid of one guest director, for a final showing at Nashville’s Belcourt Theater. Read more.

Photo of presentationButler Alum Selected for National Teacher Hall of Fame

Butler University graduate and College of Education Board of Visitors (BOV) member Mark Weaver was one of five educators inducted into the National Teacher Hall of Fame for 2011. Read more.

Drury Architecture Students Develop Co-op Booth on C-Street

Six years ago, Drury University architecture students designed and built the pavilion that shelters the C-Street Market on Commercial Street. This summer, a new crop of Drury students will design and construct a co-op booth adjacent to the C-Street Market Pavilion at the intersection of Jefferson and Commercial Street. Read more.

Hamline Students Honored By State Bar Association

Two Hamline University students were honored by the Minnesota State Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section. Kathryn Fodness received the Outstanding Student in Labor Law Award and Kendall Gregg received the Outstanding Student in Employment Law Award.

Photo from examIthaca Athletic Training Class of 2011 Sets National Exam Mark

Seventeen Athletic Training majors from the class of 2011 at Ithaca College recently took the national Board of Certification examination to become a certified athletic trainer, and all 17 passed for a momentous, first time pass rate of 100%. Read more.

Samford Law Students Learn, Serve in Public Interest Program

A record number of students at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law -- 100 to be exact -- will learn and serve this summer as participants in a public interest fellowship program. The fellowship program, a part of Cumberland’s Public Interest Project, will allow the students to work with judges, state and federal prosecutors, state and federal public defenders, environmental and public policy groups, and volunteer lawyer programs at 59 sites in Alabama, the District of Columbia, and seven other states. Read more.

University of Evansville Students Design Products for Successful Local Company

Students at EscaladeThe next new product from successful Evansville company Escalade Sports could be the fruit of six University of Evansville students’ labor, after a hyper-intensive, two-week course designed to create a “viable, commercialized product” for the company to add to its existing product set. The students—four from UE’s College of Engineering & Computer Science and two from the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration—are enrolled in Business 380 (Applied Product Development) at the University. In the course’s two-week run, the students were charged with working full-time to develop the new product from scratch and present it to Escalade executives. Read more.

More Drury Students Join the Ozarks Teacher Corps

Five Drury University students were introduced as members of the second class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps, which awards $4,000 annual scholarships to teacher-education majors who will commit to teaching in a rural community for at least three years after graduation. Those five new members—sophomore Annie Brechbuhler, juniors Stephanie Sechler and Kelly Wardle, and seniors Brandi Case and Katherine Espy—join several Drury students who were inducted into the inaugural class of the Ozarks Teacher Corps in 2010. Read more.

Samford Athletes Post Impressive APR Scores

Samford University’s 17 athletics teams posted an average score of 989 out of 1,000 in the NCAA’s Division I Multi-Year Academic Progress Rate (APR) report. Four of Samford’s teams (men’s golf, women’s cross country, women’s golf and women’s indoor track and field) posted perfect multi-year scores of 1,000. In addition to the four perfect scores, 11 other Samford teams posted scores of 975 or higher and none of the Bulldog squads scored lower than 961. Read more.

Belmont SIFE Team Places in National Top 8

Photo of students at eventFollowing a sixth consecutive year as regional champions, the Belmont University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team competed at the SIFE USA National Exposition in Minneapolis, finishing in the Top 8 this year. In one of the largest collegiate competitions in the country, SIFE teams from more than 400 campuses presented their service projects to panels of corporate judges to determine which teams have had the most impact improving people's lives. Read more.

Drake Law Students Draft Proposals for a Greener Des Moines

Photo of Drake law studentsThe city of Des Moines has been going green -- constructing certified LEED buildings and implementing hundreds of green initiatives. As the municipality marches toward creating a more "Sustainable Green Community," it is getting some assistance from Drake University law students who are developing a blueprint for making municipal laws and ordinances more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and economically viable. Read more.

Hamline School of Education Graduate Wins Prestigious Award

Photo of Ken Fiscus with awardHamline University School of Education graduate Ken Fiscus was recently awarded the prestigious Space Educator Award from the National Science Club. The award is given to secondary teachers who encourage high school students to space science and guide them toward related careers. Read more.

Scranton Students Participate in National Advertising Competition

Photo of studentsSixteen University of Scranton seniors participated in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition as part of a six-credit, two-semester course taught by Communication Professor Stacy Smulowitz, Ph.D. candidate. More than 150 student teams from colleges and universities across the country created and presented comprehensive advertising campaigns for JCPenney. The students presented their plan at the District 2 Competition and won best in promotions. Read more.

NCAA Academic Honors for NAC&U Members

NCAA officials announced the top 10 percent of teams in each sport and all teams with perfect Academic Progress Rate scores. This year, 909 teams made the list of so-called overachievers. That's an increase of 68 from last year and nearly 150 from two years ago. Fourteen teams across three NAC&U members were named to the list.

Butler University’s Division I football, men's basketball and women's basketball teams were named. All went to the championships in their respective sports. Seven Samford University teams -- men’s basketball, men’s golf, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, women’s indoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field -- were recognized. And four Valparaiso University teams were named -- volleyball, softball, baseball, and men's tennis. For more information: Butler | Samford | Valparaiso

Drury’s SIFE Team is First Runner-up at National Exposition

SIFE LogoDrury University’s SIFE team was named the first runner-up at the SIFE USA National Exposition in Minneapolis, Minn. This is the fourteenth straight year that Drury’s SIFE team has advanced to the national exposition. Read more.

Ithaca College Ad Lab Team Advances to Finals in National Advertising Competition

NSAC LogoThe Ithaca College Ad Lab team has advanced to the national championship of the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). Comprising 24 integrated marketing communications (IMC) majors in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the team will face off against 18 other regional winners in the finals, to be held in San Diego. Each year as part of the NSAC, a corporate sponsor provides a case study outlining the history of its product and current marketing situation. Student teams develop an integrated communications plan for the client and “pitch” their proposal to a panel of judges. This year, teams worked with a hypothetical $100 million budget to create a campaign for jcpenney intended to increase shopping frequency and spending by female customers ages 25–34. Read more.

Valpo Students Give $10,000 to Community through Philanthropy Course

Photo of group with checksStudents in the Valparaiso University class "Traditions of Giving and Serving in American Life" witnessed the fruits of their labors as they awarded $10,000 in grant money to support the efforts of area social service agencies and philanthropic organizations. Read more.

Valpo Freshman Selected for Kemper Scholar Program

Photo of Michael MeadValparaiso University freshman Michael Mead has been selected from a group of finalists for the incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. Mead, an English and theater major, is enrolled in Christ College, the honors college of Valparaiso University, and sings with several campus musical ensembles and recently played the title role in the musical "Floyd Collins" at the Valparaiso University Theatre. The Kemper Scholar Program has been sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation of Chicago since 1948, with the mission of preparing students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of organizational administration and business. Read more.

Wagner Publishes Student Research

The latest issue of the Wagner College Forum for Undergraduate Research has been published by the Wagner College Press. The 100-page, paperback biannual journal is available in print or as a free PDF download. The Wagner College Forum for Undergraduate Research is an interdisciplinary journal that provides an arena where students can publish their research. Read more.

Westminster Student Receives Newman Photo of Jerika MichelCivic Fellows Award from Campus Compact

Westminster College student Jerika Michel was one of only 135 students nationwide to be honored with a Newman Civic Fellow Award from Campus Compact, a national organization that aims to improve community life and to promote student engagement in civic and social responsibility. Read more.

Belmont Student, Alum Receive Rave Reviews on 'The Voice'

Photo of Jeff JenkinsBelmont University student Jeff Jenkins and alumnus Josh Johnson have both advanced from the blind auditions on NBC’s new highly rated reality competition, "The Voice." Jenkins, a communication studies major and music business minor, is currently enrolled as a senior at Belmont, and he was the first contestant to be selected by all four judges on the show.

Photo of Josh Johnson and his wife NicoleJohnson, competing with his wife Nicole as part of the duo Elenowen, performed “Falling Slowly,” the Academy Award-winning song from the film Once. Johnson, an Entertainment Industry Studies major, graduated from Belmont in 2010. Since their television debut, Elenowen’s 2010 debut album, Pulling Back the Veil, has cracked the Top 5 Top Singer-Songwriter Albums chart on iTunes. Read more.

Butler’s Collegian Wins 13 ICPA Awards, Two SPJ Awards

Butler University’s Collegian newspaper won seven first-place awards and 13 honors overall at the 52nd annual convention of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association. The Collegian, which competes against other non-daily newspapers at schools with more than 2,000 students, won for best single issue for Nov. 10, 2010, edition: "Who Will Be Next?" The judges praised the follow-up coverage to news about President Fong’s announced departure and said the edition was “jam-packed with news and features.” Read more.

Butler Student-Produced Videos Win IASB Awards

Electronic Journalism and Digital Media Production students at Butler University won two awards in the 2011 annual college competition conducted by the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters. Mark Minner (’12) and Dan McCullough (’11) received a second place award for TV Spot Production for their commercial about the Bulldog Blitz, a student-produced TV sports show. Lindsey Corbitt (’11) placed third in the Television News Package category for her story about the dangers of texting while walking. Corbitt’s story was produced for the Butler Beat, a student-produced TV news and entertainment program, and can be viewed here. The Bulldog Blitz commercial can be seen here. Read more.

Butler Students’ I FIGHT Campaign a Winner for YSC

Photo of fighter imageButler University students in the Strategic Communication for Nonprofits course developed 1F16HT, or "I FIGHT," a communications campaign designed to educate college-age audiences about breast cancer, for The Young Survival Coalition’s (YSC) Indiana chapter. YSC plans to make IFIGHT materials available for use by more than two dozen affiliate chapters. Read more.

Drake Students Create Conference to Prevent Sexual Assault

Drake University senior and Students for Women's Interests (SWI) president Jennifer Henry wants to come up with new concepts for raising awareness of and preventing sexual assault. So with the help of other SWI members, she crafted an ambitious plan to share ideas and practices on the sensitive subject with other students and sexual assault prevention advocates across the state. This includes a Sexual Assault Prevention Conference that Henry believes is the first of its kind in the state. Read more.

Drake Students to Bring Recycling Program to Roosevelt High School

Three Drake University environmental science and policy students will present a strategic recycling plan they developed in partnership with Roosevelt High students as a senior capstone project. Bailey Johansen, Jacque Draper and Samantha Haas worked together with the Advanced Placement environmental science classes at Roosevelt to evaluate the current recycling patterns and develop strategies for improvement at the high school. Read more.

Ithaca College Student Takes Part in Retracing of Historic Civil Rights Route

Photo of Tariq MeyersIthaca College freshman Tariq Meyers will be one of 40 college students taking part in a reenactment of the famous Freedom Rides in conjunction with a PBS film commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic episode in the Civil Rights Movement. Meyers will travel by bus for 10 days from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans, as part of an effort to launch a national conversation about the role of civic engagement in today’s democracy. Read more.

Quinnipiac Students Win Connecticut Collegiate Business Plan Competition

Photo of Morgan Zollman and Ben WaldTwo Quinnipiac University student entrepreneurs recently won the Connecticut Collegiate Business Plan Competition, impressing the judges with a plan to launch a publishing enterprise that would convert current events into interactive children's stories. Senior Ben Wald and junior Morgan Zollman won the rigorous statewide contest with their original project, My Kiducation, LLC, a publishing/new media venture that creates interactive children's stories for mobile and tablet platform distribution. Read more.

Sage Graduate Student Selected for Leader of Tomorrow Award

Sage College student Lindsay Tucker will receive a Leader of Tomorrow Award from the Center for Economic Growth in Albany, NY. The Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes a student intern who has made a significant contribution to his or her company, going above and beyond the expectations of his or her employer. Read more.

University of Evansville Student Nicholas Joyner Selected as FTE Undergraduate Fellow

Nicholas Joyner, a rising senior at the University of Evansville, has been named a 2011 Undergraduate Fellow by The Fund for Theological Education, an Atlanta-based national nonprofit organization. The fellowship provides financial help and a support network for college juniors or seniors pursuing ministry as a vocation.

Student Showcases Highlight Research, Hard Work

As the academic year comes to a close, students at New American Colleges and Universities are presenting research and posters highlighting the culmination of their academic careers. Here are two highlights:

Arcadia University has long valued the importance of individual student projects. In 1989, as part of the University’s strategic planning process and with help from a grant from the Knight Foundation, a policy was established whereby each department provides a Capstone course and each student completes a Capstone project in the major. The project includes substantial written or creative work and the challenge of analyzing and integrating what has been learned in the student’s major field of study. Seniors are given an opportunity to share their project experience and outcomes with their peers, the University community, and family and friends each spring. Click here for a sample of student capstones.

Photo of Samford ShowcaseAt Samford University, 140 students in 11 different majors took part in a three-day Samford Showcase. It featured 23 nursing, exercise science and sports medicine, and family studies poster presentations. Topics ran the gamut from osteoarthritis and bone density in older adults, to how a company’s identification with a winning sports team results in increased sales to fans, even if its products are not sports-related. Oral presentations included research in math and computer science, journalism and mass communication, psychology and Spanish. Read more.

Scranton Students Work with Local Inmates to Produce Play

Childhood reflections of former inmates are juxtaposed with memories of college students in a new production created by The University of Scranton students, former prisoners and award-winning playwright Nancy Hasty. Student interest in developing the play grew from a visit to Lackawanna County Prison as part of an emotional and behavioral disorders class. Read more.

Valpo Engineering Students Win National Awards

Four current and former Valparaiso University College of Engineering students have received prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship program. Erin Dillon, a senior civil engineering major, and Peter Krenzke, a 2008 mechanical engineering graduate, have been awarded graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation, which will provide them with financial resources to fund their graduate education at schools of their choice. Two other engineering students were awarded honorable mentions: Reva Van Aartsen, and Jackie Kondratko, both 2010 mechanical engineering graduates. Stephanie Scherer, a 2008 graduate of Valpo's biochemistry program, was also awarded an honorable mention. Read more.

Belmont Students Compose, Record Film Scores

Photo of studiosPat McMakin, director of studio operations at Belmont University’s Ocean Way Studios, opened the facility's doors to a wide variety of musicians, engineers, composers and film directors, all with the task of recording the scores of four independent short films produced and crafted from local film departments at Watkins and Vanderbilt University. The event, the Student Scoring Initiative, brought together students, engineers, directors, musicians and composers at Ocean Way. Read more.

Butler’s ADrenaline Goes to Second National Competition

Photo of clubButler University’s student advertising club, ADrenaline, will advance to a second consecutive National Student Advertising competition as one of 20 universities that will vie in San Diego for the national title and $3500 prize, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. Read more.

Drake Student Awarded National Pharmacy Scholarship

Photo Ben Urick receiving awardBen Urick, a fourth-year student in the professional pharmacy program at Drake University, was recently awarded the 2011 Phi Lambda Sigma-American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) First-Year Graduate Scholarship. Read more.

Drury Architecture Students Help to Revitalize Missouri Cities

Drury University architecture students are continuing their work to improve urban and rural development throughout Missouri as a part of Drury University’s Center for Community Studies (CCS). Students meet with their communities several times during the semester and collaborate with the citizens to envision a future, which the students present in a book, they call the “visioning toolkit.” Read more.

Elon iMedia Grads Find Success in Careers

Last year’s graduates from Elon University’s iMedia program—the first from the program—have landed in an array of positions with organizations across the nation. Of the 32 graduates who Photo of studentresponded to a survey from Career Services, 31 are employed full-time in a position directly related to their career aspirations. Four alumni did not respond to the survey. The jobs now held span from Digital Marketing Designer with the Boston Bruins to Instructional Technology Consultant for UNC-Greensboro. Individuals are working in a variety of core interactive media roles including project manager, web developer, college instructor, production assistant, marketing coordinator and social media manager. Read more.

Elon Junior Receives Newman Civic Fellows Award from Campus Compact

Photo of Amber MathisElon University junior Amber Mathis has received a Newman Civic Fellows Award from Campus Compact, a national organization that aims to improve community life and to educate college students on civic and social responsibility. She is one of 135 students from 30 states to receive the award. Read more.

North Central’s WONC Wins Two First Place Awards at National Competition

Photo of Seniors Lucas Mitzel and Ryan PiersNorth Central College’s student-run radio station, WONC FM/89.1, brought home two first-place awards in national competition from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). The first-place Golden Microphone Trophy Awards were in two categories: Best Sports Play-by-Play and Best Documentary. Read more.

PLU Students Win Business Strategy Competition

PHoto of winnersPacific Lutheran University Senior business students Vitaliy Marchenko, Kasey Dorcas, Sanne Jacobsen, Alisha Fisher, Colin Zinnecker and Tiffany Brown competed in the International Collegiate Business Strategy competition, taking home first place in Outstanding Performance and first place in Outstanding Reports. This was the first time PLU students have participated in the event. Read more.

Quinnipiac Finance Students Win Trading Challenge Competition

Photo of studentsA group of finance students from Quinnipiac University won three of the top spots recently at the prestigious 2011 CME Group Commodity Trading Challenge in New York City. The annual competition features students from colleges and universities across the country competing in a fast-paced electronic and open outcry trading competition. This year more than 100 students from 58 schools competed at the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). Read more.

Redlands Bulldogs Abroad

Photo of monksMay Term takes University of Redlands’ students to many destinations around the world. One of those destinations is Dharamasala, India, where 16 students will travel to the residence of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa, spiritual leader of the Karma Kagu sub-school of Tibetan Buddhism, and the third senior most spiritual leader in Tibetan Buddhism. Read more.

Samford Nurses Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on NCLEX RN

Samford LogoRecent graduates of Samford University’s Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing have claimed an honor that would make Mrs. Moffett, the late nurse educator for whom the school is named, proud. All 28 members of the December 2010 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduating class passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX RN), which measures competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed nurse. A 100 percent pass rate on the examination developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing is uncommon, according to Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing dean Dr. Nena Sanders. The 2010 national average pass rate was 87 percent, and the state of Alabama pass rate was 85 percent. Read more.

Learning from the Floor: PLU Students Join the Front Lines of Public Policy

Photo of studentsAs legislators’ interns, Pacific Lutheran University students Robert Lynam and Bridgette Cooper have a front-row view of Washington State politics. Both students spend long hours listening and responding to the constituents of their senators, often writing letters in response to those questions. They also give tours of the Capitol and, in general, support their senator – and their senator's staff – with whatever needs to be done. Read more.

Westminster College Students "Speed Date" with Non-Profits

Members of Delta Mu Delta (DMD), the business student honor society at Westminster College, know being a well-rounded business leader means more than just looking at the bottom line. As a service project this year, DMD organized a “speed dating” board recruiting event which brought together 80 students from the MBA and Masters of Arts in Community Leadership programs and 19 non-profits including organizations like the Salvation Army, the Road Home, and the YMCA of Greater Salt Lake. Read more.

Arcadia Student Receives Top Honor for Study of Women’s Identity in Jordan

Photo of Brittany WitcherArcadia University International Studies major Brittany Witcher earned accolades for her research on a subject never before attempted in the history of Jordan or of the Middle East. Her study investigates Jordanian Christian women between the ages of 18 and 24 and whether their identity is portrayed through their clothing. Her independent study project has earned a top grade and was selected to be posted on the School for International Training‘s website, an honor awarded to the top two projects of the entire program for that semester. Read more.

Belmont Students Win Inaugural 2011 Values and Ventures Business Plan Competition

Photo of check presentationThe student team from Belmont University won the Grand Prize for the first ever “Values & Ventures Business Plan Competition” held at the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. Entrepreneurship students Emily Hollingsworth and Emilie Lico and Finance and Accounting student Ayesha Ghaffar presented their business plan for Mattress Works – a mattress recycling venture created to provide employment opportunities for local homeless men while also diverting waste from landfills – to a panel of experienced new venture investors and consultants. The Belmont team impressed the five judges with their concept, presentation and business plan and was awarded $10,000 for the Grand Prize. They also were honored for Best Oral Presentation and Best Values-Based Concept. Read more.

Belmont Business Students Perform Well at Career Development Conference

Twenty-eight Belmont University students were among nearly 1500 international competitors at the 50th Annual Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference. Twenty of the Belmont participants reached the finals in their events. Tim Smith was the 1st place winner in the Business Plan Event. Belmont also had three 2nd Place winners and two 3rd Place finishers.

Butler Student Team Wins National Recording Contest

Five students in Butler University’s College of Communication’s Recording Industry Studies (RIS) program won a national contest for their recording of an original jazz song cowritten by Gary Walters, an adjunct music instructor in the Jordan College of Fine Arts. Team members Rob Courtney, Brian Gross-Bias, Taylor Lehman, Tommy Nichols and Elissa Chapin took grand prize in the Shure Fantastic Scholastic 7competition for their recording of "Air." Read more.

Butler Student Earns Recognition in Prestigious Music Competition

Photo of Stephen DuncanStephen Duncan, a junior bassoon performance major at Butler University, has been named the alternate in the International Double Reed Society's Young Artist Competition, considered the world's most important contest for bassoonists ages 22 and younger. Read more.

NAC&U Students Earn Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, Honorable Mentions

Photo of Abbe ClarkTwo students from New American Colleges and Universities were amongthe 275 sophomore and junior college students in the nation to be awarded aBarry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2011/2012 academic year. They are:

  • Abbe Clark, a biochemistry, cell and molecular biology major and member of the Honors Program at The University of Scranton. Read more.Photo of Ethan Secor
  • Ethan Secor, a junior at Drake University, with a double major in chemistry and physics. Read more.

Two students received honorable mentions. They are:

  • Jesse Kawell, a junior computer science major at Samford University. Read more.
  • Grace Muganda, a senior double-majoring in biochemistry and computer science at North Central College.

Photo of paintersScranton’s University Scholars in Service Create Mural for Model Behavior at Elementary School

Six University of Scranton students are capping off their year as AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania by leading an effort to paint a 50-foot mural that encourages positive behavior at Scranton’s Bancroft Elementary School. Read more.

Valpo’s Lighter Named Literary Magazine of the Year

For the second time in a row, Valparaiso University’s student literary journal, The Lighter, has been recognized by the Indiana College Press Association as Literary Magazine of the Year. In addition to this honor, contributors to the Lighter received a number of awards for individual works. Read more.

Westminster MBA Students Win Best Written Business Plan and $5,000 at Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Therapeutic socks. That’s the idea that earned Westminster College MBA students Jeff Bischoff and Nick Hanks the award of “Best Written Business Plan” and $5,000 for their company MASSOX at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (UEC) Awards Banquet. Bischoff and Hanks also took home the first place trophy for “Best Brand Identity” at the UEC. MASSOX manufactures designer dress socks containing patent-pending therapeutic, acupressure massagers on the inside surface and are made with 95 percent bamboo fiber. More than 130 teams from colleges and universities around the state competed in the UEC - a statewide, student-run entrepreneur competition. Read more.

Photo of students in FranceArcadia MBA Students to Visit Beijing and Shanghai

Students in Arcadia University’s M.B.A. Cohort 13 departed for Beijing and Shanghai, China for their second and final international business experience. The students will complete the M.B.A. program this summer. Read more.

Photo of students drummingBelmont Students in Running for Global Drumming Competition

Belmont University juniors Andrew Bellisle and Vinay Schroff, both percussionists and students in Belmont’s School of Music, are competing in the regional round of Red Bull’s Tum Tum Pa freestyle drumming competition after winning the first round. Read more.

Two Butler Students Named National Finalists for Truman Scholarships

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation selected two Butler University juniors, Christopher Jozwiak and Angela Miller, as 2011 national finalists in its scholarship program, which encourages postgraduate studies and careers in public service. Read more.

Photo of Lucas SchubertDrury University senior Lucas Schubert is Drury’s and Missouri’s 2011 Student Employee of the Year

Lucas Schubert is the technology assistant in Career Planning and Development where he has played an integral role in creating a paperless document management system, which now allows Drury’s Career Planning and Development office to more efficiently compile annual reports. Read more.

Hamline Student Poetry Team Excels at National Competition

Photo of Kelly GladerWinners of the Hamline University Poetry Slam, a monthly poetry slam contest, attended the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in Ann Arbor, Michigan where their passion and energy resulted in significant accolades. Besides winning ninth in the nation overall and being nominated for best writing for a team in its first year, students who represented Hamline at the national competition earned a long list of personal honors. Read more.

North Central Student Selected to Forensics All-American Team

Photo of Nicole AutryNorth Central College senior Nicole Autry was chosen as one of 14 students from across the country as part of the American Forensics Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) All-American Team. These students represent not only excellence in forensics, but excellence in academics and community service. Autry is the sixth person in the College’s history to receive the prestigious AFA-NIET All-American award, which was first implemented in 2001. Read more.

North Central SIFE Advances to National Competition

North Central’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) team competed at the SIFE USA Regional Competition in Chicago, one of 12 regional sites. The College's team was named a champion in its league and advances to national competition in Minneapolis. Read more.

Samford Leads SoCon With 24 On Winter Academic All-Conference Team

Samford University led all Southern Conference schools with 24 representatives on the 2011 Winter Academic All-Conference Team. To be eligible, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average entering the winter season and were required to compete in at least one-half of their team’s competitions during the recently-concluded winter campaign. In addition, the student-athletes must have successfully completed at least 24 credit hours in the previous two semesters. Read more.

Evansville Engineering Students Earn Top Honors in Robot Contest

A team of two electrical engineering majors from the University of Evansville has earned top honors in the international Trinity Fire Fighting Robot Contest. UE seniors Jace Bittner and Kyle Miller outperformed all other American teams to win third place in the competition. The duo’s entry was “Blazing Ace,” a robot designed and built as their senior capstone project at UE. The Trinity Fire Fighting Robot Contest requires robots to navigate a maze, locate a burning candle, and extinguish the fire. UE competed against 46 teams that represented universities such as Johns Hopkins, Tufts, and Penn State and countries such as China, Mexico, Portugal, and Israel. While teams from Indonesia claimed the top two spots, UE became the highest-placing American team by earning third place overall.

Valpo Student Business Team Honored with Regional Win

Photo of SIFE groupThe Valparaiso University SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) team was named a Regional Champion at the SIFE USA Regional Competition. Valparaiso University is one of nearly 600 SIFE programs in the nation, where participating students use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The Valpo SIFE team organized five projects in the Valparaiso community, including a senior citizen computer class, offering free personalized computer training to area senior citizens, and also secured a grant to offer environmentally sustainable solutions to area businesses, including The Collective Edge and the Banta Center. This project helped reduce utility and water consumption, saving thousands of dollars for the organizations. Read more.

Arcadia Student Receives Keystone Pre-Service Educator Grant

Arcadia University education major Melissa Greenwald ’12 is the recent recipient of the 2011 Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA) Pre-Service Educator Grant, an award given to only three education majors of junior standing. Among her many qualifications, Greenwald has served as the Education Club President since 2009 and participated in Arcadia’s service-learning trip to Guatemala to aid Hearts in Motion, an organization that provides care and medical treatment to children, families, and communities in the United States as well as in Central and South America. Now dedicated to the cause, she is doing what she can in Glenside, buying Spanish books, and holding fundraisers to benefit Hearts in Motion. Read more.

Photo from ceremonyElon’s Phoenix14News Wins Collegiate Emmy for Best Newscast

Phoenix14News, Elon University's weekly student-produced newscast, took home first place during the Emmy Foundation College Television Awards Newscast competition in Los Angeles. Read more.

Photo of Drew Gardner‘Posters on the Hill’ to Feature Elon Student Research

Elon University senior Drew Gardner traveled to Washington, D.C., to share with lawmakers his research on concussions in student-athletes during the annual Posters on the Hill event sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Read more.

Samford Debaters Reach National Debate Tournament's Sweet Sixteen

Samford University debaters Dan Bagwell and Logan Gramzinski sacrificed much of their spring break to prepare for the 2011 National Debate Tournament, but it paid off when they reached the Sweet Sixteen. It marks the highest NDT finish for a Samford team in 25 years. Read more.

Scranton Student Represents Pennsylvania as National Truman Scholar

Photo of Sarah NeitzA triple major who maintains a 3.98 grade point average while participating in The University of Scranton’s rigorous Special Jesuit Liberal Arts Honors Program, is one of just 60 students from 54 colleges in the nation—and the only scholar to Pennsylvania—selected as a 2011 Truman Scholar. Junior Sarah Marie Neitz of Gettysburg joins the elite group of scholars selected from a highly competitive pool of 602 candidates nominated by 264 universities in the United States. Read more.

UE Jazz Ensemble Performs with Max Weinberg

The University of Evansville’s Jazz Ensemble had the opportunity to play with Max Weinberg, the drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and the bandleader for both Late Night with Conan O’Brien and The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. Read more.

Westminster Students Help Refugee Children Learn to Ski

With skis and poles in hand, 17 refugee children took to the slopes of Solitude Ski Resort for the first time in their lives. With the help of eight Westminster College students and staff and volunteers from the Asian Association of Utah, the children were given their inaugural ski lesson as a part of an outreach program for refugee youth in Utah. The children, ages 10 to 14 years old, came from countries such as Bhutan, Burma, Nepal, Burundi, Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and the Congo. Many had never seen snow prior to coming to Utah, but were excited to experience the state’s “Greatest Snow on Earth.” Prior to the event, many of the children had no winter clothing. With the generous support of Westminster alumnus Corey Kirkwood, founder of Gear to Grow, the children were provided with winter clothing and accessories to use and keep. Westminster’s Outdoor Recreation Program and Canyon Sports also donated goggles, glasses and other equipment for the kids to use for the day.

Belmont Alumni Siblings Take Global 'Journey of Action'

Photo of BrownsMargaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Belmont University alumni Ryan and Kassidy Brown live by Mead’s words. Ryan graduated in 2003 with a double major in broadcast journalism and Spanish, while Kassidy graduated in 2007 as a broadcast journalism major and Spanish minor. The Brown siblings have started their Journey of Action tour, which is dedicated to highlighting the culture of social activism in the millennial generation. As part of the tour, Ryan and Kassidy are traveling from Alaska to Argentina, highlighting young social activists. Journey of Action revolves entirely around the millennial generation and trying to move online action offline. The Browns believe Generation Y is socially conscious, but they lack daily tools for action. Ryan and Kassidy aim to inspire their generation by proving that significant change is possible. Read more.

Butler Students Take Fourth in Programming Competition

Butler University computer science students finished third in their bracket (and fourth overall) in the Carnegie Mellon Spring Programming contest. The competition included approximately 28 teams from universities around the country. Each team was given 10 computer science problems to solve (program) during a five-hour period. The team with the most correct answers, completed in the least amount of time, was the winner. Read more.

Drake Law Advances to National Appellate Advocacy Competition Nationals

Photo of studentsSix Drake University Law students competed in the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC), one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious moot court competitions. One of Drake’s team remained undefeated throughout all five rounds of the tournament and received an invitation to the national finals. Read more.

Drury’s SIFE Team Advances to Nationals for Fourteenth Straight Year

SIFE & Drury LogosFor the fourteenth straight year, Drury University’s SIFE team has qualified for nationals. Drury was one of 30 teams to advance to nationals out of the 60-team regional competition made up of two-and-four year universities and colleges from throughout the Midwest. Read more.

Elon Doherty Scholar Wins MIT Elevator Pitch Competition

Photo of Brian receiving checkWhat does it take to sell someone on your idea for a new product or service? A good pitch certainly helps - especially one you can give to a prospective investor in less than a minute, a skill that won Elon University junior Brian Serow top prize in a contest at the 2011 MIT Global Startup Workshop in Seoul, South Korea.

The entrepreneurship and marketing double major won $1,500 in the Elevator Pitch Competition for a smart phone application that would allow people who are allergic to certain foods to search menu items at restaurants for dishes that didn't contain those products. Read more.

Ithaca Students Meet President of Microsoft North America, Pitch Game Idea

Photo of meetingA group of Ithaca College students known as (IC)^2 won first place in the Microsoft “We <3 Games” event. Little did they know their win would allow them to meet the President of Microsoft North America. (IC)^2 members are part of the Ithaca College Game Developers Club and include Ashley Alicea, Corey Jeffers, Evan Marinaro, and Marc Howard. Read more.

Ithaca College’s American Marketing Association chapter Wins Awards

At the 33rd Annual American Marketing Association International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans, the Ithaca College chapter of the AMA (ICAMA) received numerous awards. ICAMA was recognized as a Bronze chapter, indicating outstanding performance in all functional award categories (chapter planning, professional development, community service, fundraising, membership). The award recognizes overall chapter excellence and includes ICAMA in the top 20 chapters in the country. Read more.

North Central Choir Immersed in Italian Musical History and Tradition

Photo of choirA first-ever European tour to Rome, Venice and Florence gave North Central’s Concert Choir an immersion in musical history and tradition. In addition to singing in world-renowned cathedrals, like St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City in Rome and St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the choir visited Cremona, home of the Stradivarius violin, and Florence. “The whole experience was geared to music students and so it was very special for us,” says Professor of Music Jeordano Martínez, director of the Concert Choir. “Our talented students were really excited about performing in such historical venues, especially the Vatican.” Read more.

Samford’s Victoria Irons, SDA Receive Dietetic Association Awards

Samford LogoVictoria Irons, a Samford University senior nutrition and dietetics major, received the Outstanding Senior Dietetics Student award from the annual Alabama Dietetic Association (ALDA). As president of the Samford Student Dietetic Association, Irons also accepted the award for Outstanding Student Association on behalf of the SDA. Read more.

Butler Students Win Paid Journalism Internships

Butler University journalism students Tara McElmurry and Sara Pruzin have accepted Eugene S. Pulliam Internships with Indiana newspapers. McElmurry will work for The Truth in Elkhart, and Pruzin will intern with The News and Tribune in Jeffersonville. The Hoosier State Press Association Foundation named a total of 10 Pulliam interns for this summer, selected from 33 candidates representing 14 colleges and universities. Read more.

Drake Law Students Witness Iowa Supreme Court On Campus

The Iowa Supreme Court listened to oral arguments at Drake University Law School, allowing law students to see how attorneys represent their clients before the court. The oral arguments are part of the Law School's Supreme Court Celebration, an annual event designed to help law students become more familiar with appellate court procedure and arguments. Read more.

Alternative Spring Break Trips Continue: Elon Students Latest to Serve

Photo of student abroadDozens of Elon University students are taking part in Alternative Break service trips this month to destinations across the United States, the Caribbean and in France, including Katrina Relief Housing Rehabilitation in New Orleans, education of street children in Honduras, and working with United Way agencies in Florida. Read more.

Ithaca’s Student Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Named Outstanding ACDA Student Chapter for 3rd Time

The Ithaca College Student Chapter of ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) has won the national award for Outstanding Student Chapter for an unprecedented 3rd time in a row since the bi-annual award was established in 1978. Read more.

Photo of student getting hair cutPLU Students Lose Hair... For Charity

Twenty students from Pacific Lutheran University Progress Club raised money for the Free Care Fund at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital by carrying two jars with them throughout the week. One was labeled, “Save it.” The other, “Shave it.” Whichever had the most money determined what happened to their hair at the end of the week. View the photo gallery.

Belmont Speech and Debate Team Wins National Christian College Forensics Invitational

Photo of teamThe Belmont University Speech and Debate team won first place at the National Christian College Forensics Invitational (NCCFI). This is the second year in a row Belmont has taken first place as the top team at this national tournament. Read more.

Butler PA Students Head to Nation’s Capitol

Photo of studentsTwo Butler physician assistant (PA) students – Kristin Kelly and Lauren Widau – joined more than 225 fellow PAs in Washington, DC for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Leadership Forum. The group was in DC to present a project on membership recruitment and retention strategy they had completed this past summer with fellow students – Amanda Via-Smith and John Emmett – for the Indiana Academy of Physician Assistants (IAPA). Read more.

Butler Pharmacy Students Work with Indiana’s Underserved

Butler University Pharm. D. candidate Sumit Patel said that during his 4-week rotation in a CVS store in Richmond, Ind., the question, “Do you have any insurance?” was answered “no” as many times as the question, “Do you have a drug allergy?” The majority of patients in this rural area of Indiana have Medicaid or self pay for their medications. They're part of an underserved population of people and one that the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) wants their students to better understand.

Since receiving a $25 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. in 2006, COPHS has been seeking opportunities for their Pharm.D. candidates to spend a minimum of four weeks (or one rotation) at an experiential site in an area designated as medically underserved. For the 2009-2010 academic year, 95 percent of students had performed at least one of these rotations. Read more.

PLU’s MediaLab Takes on ‘Compassion Fatigue’

Photo of crewPacific Lutheran sophomore Katie Scaff, a MediaLab filmmaker, said compassion fatigue is a fairly new condition that experts are still trying to define. It occurs when people are overexposed to instances of suffering, and anyone is susceptible to the condition. Aid workers, personal and professional caregivers and even firefighters and police officers are known to have developed compassion fatigue, and Scaff said it is this common overexposure to suffering that led to the film title “Overexposed.” Read more.

North Central Jazz Studies Alum Performs on “The Late Show with David Letterman”

Photo from showNorth Central alumnus Grant Gustafson recently performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” Gustafson, a 2010 graduate who majored in jazz studies, played electric bass behind up-and-coming singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield. Watch a video of the performance. Read more.

North Central Student to Participate in Chicago Poetry Festival

Photo of Amy OlsonAmy Elisabeth Olson will represent North Central College at the 12th annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival. The event is the Midwest’s only intercollegiate poetry festival and brings together 12 poets from Chicago-area colleges and universities to read their work. Read more.

Samford Interior Design Student Takes Top State Honor for Senior Project

Samford University interior design student Jonathan Haas won a top state award for his senior thesis design project. Haas won first place in the mixed-use/residential category in student competition sponsored by the Alabama chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Read more.

Samford’s Cumberland Mock Trial Team Wins Regional Competition

Mock trial teams from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law finished first and second in regional student trial advocacy competition sponsored by the American Association for Justice (AAJ). First place team members Charles Elliott, Drew Haskins, Amanda Kistler and Brittany Stancombe will compete at the national AAJ tournament. Read more.

Sixty Percent of Arcadia Freshmen Board Planes for Preview 2011

Photo of studentsNearly 60 percent of the Class of 2014 as well as about 70 transfer students are boarding buses Friday and Saturday, headed to Europe, New Zealand and Mexico on Arcadia University’s Preview program. Preview has been an Arcadia tradition since 1994. Read more.

Social Action: Arcadia Students Mark Storm Drains in Watershed

Photo of studentsArcadia University students in the course “Social Action and Social Change” marked storm drains and cleaned up trash around Burholme Park as part of a service learning project they’re doing for the University Seminar, taught by Drs. Jeff and Norah Shultz. Read more.

Belmont Occupational Therapy Students Present at National Seating Symposium

Photo of studentsOccupational therapy students Rebecca Anderson, Reagan Bergstresser-Simpson and Kristi Jarrett from Belmont University presented their thesis poster at the 27th International Seating Symposium. The title of the presentation was "Examining the Quality of Life of Children with Physical Disabilities Who Participate in a Community-Based Recreation Program: A Mixed Method Design." Read more.

Belmont LogoBelmont Voted Third Smartest Team in March Madness

Online news outlet recently ranked the 68 teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in terms of how the student-athletes fared academically, and Belmont University landed at third on the list behind only Princeton and Brigham Young. Read more.

ESPNU Airs Ad Designed by Butler Student

Butler University junior Aaron Fletcher’s digital design skills received 30 seconds of national exposure when ESPNU aired a commercial he created during broadcast of the Wright State vs. Detroit men’s basketball game. Read more.

Hamline Students Urge Minnesota Legislators to Keep State Grant Program Intact

Photo of students at CapitolHamline University students spent a day at the Minnesota State Capitol to share their concerns about an issue that affects one of every four college students in the state. The Minnesota State Grant Program helps students from low and middle-income families pay for college. But, with a significant state deficit looming, funding could be scaled back, and students want to make sure that does not happen. Read more.

Students Continue Service, Learning During Spring Break on NAC&U Campuses

Several dozen Ithaca College students will travel south to take part in community service projects in New Orleans, Louisiana; Pensacola, Florida; Washington, D.C.; Columbus, Georgia; and Galveston, Texas. At the same time, a trio of students will go in the opposite direction as they travel north, to Alaska, to assist residents in rural communities with preparing their federal income tax returns.

Photo of students working on house“The overarching goal of Alternative Spring Break is to immerse students in a service-oriented program in which they can achieve personal and professional growth through civic engagement,” said Don Austin, assistant director of community service and leadership development in the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs. “Participants return to campus with a greater sense of how they can become involved in their local communities and — for some — how public service might be a part of their post-college career plans.” Read more.

Students working on houseMeanwhile, nearly 55 North Central College students will travel across the country to work as volunteers on five different service projects. Three Habitat for Humanity trips are planned, and two more student trips will head to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., to work with the Center for Student Missions in those cities. Students will live in the cities, learn about the communities and become part of the solutions of those cities by offering their time and energy and helping with urban outreach work and afterschool programs, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. Read more.

Photo of civil rights marchStudents at Pacific Lutheran University will examine social justice issues in the south on the university’s Alternative Spring Break. Through the program titled American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, students will learn about social movements. Read more.

North Central Forensics Team Excels at State Championship

Photo of Forensics TeamNorth Central College’s forensics team excelled in this year’s State Championship Tournament, hosted by the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association (IIFA). North Central won three first-place titles and garnered a top prize, IIFA’s George Armstrong Cumulative Team Sweepstakes award. Read more.

Photo of students in classroomNorth Central Students Serve Local Refugee Population

Students at North Central College in Naperville are meeting the challenge to serve refugee youth as part of the school’s service learning program. In 2008, the school developed a partnership with World Relief Aurora, allowing students to tutor refugee children at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) and Jefferson Middle School in Naperville. Read more.

Photo of Cynthia JeleNorth Central Alumna Cynthia Jele wins Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

North Central graduate and author Cynthia Jele has won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book in the African region for her novel “Happiness is a Four-letter Word.” Read more.

Caring Course Work at PLU

During J-term, 19 Pacific Lutheran University students volunteered in Photo of volunteer workingshelters, children programs and food service programs for the homeless in the Hilltop community of Tacoma. The students worked in the Hospitality Kitchen, Food Connections, the Nativity House, Tacoma Community Center and the Tacoma Rescue Mission. The students came to make a difference, but the impact of the experience ended up changing how they see the world. Read more.

Restoring Native Species at PLU

Photo of Reed Ojala-BarbourLast year, senior Reed Ojala-Barbour was looking for a summer job and turned his love for environmental studies into a venture to maintain the surrounding natural habitat at Pacific Lutheran University. “First I realized PLU has an important natural habitat,” he said. “Then I realized PLU doesn’t have the grounds capacity to manage it.” Read more.

Quinnipiac Physician Assistant Students Promote Reading

Photo of student teachingFifty physician assistant students from Quinnipiac University read to children as part of the second annual Children's Health and Literacy Fair at the Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven. More than 270 people from the New Haven community and hospital staff attended the event, which was organized and sponsored by the Quinnipiac physician assistant program and the Pediatric Primary Care Center at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. The health fair coincides with Read Across America week, and gives the students an opportunity to promote literacy and healthy living. Read more.

Wagner Alum Leads Oscar Chorus

Gregg Breinberg, who graduated from Wagner College in 1998 with a master’s degree in education, is no stranger to fame. In April 1999, a video of his fifth-grade chorus at Staten Island’s P.S. 22 performing “Eye of the Tiger” became a YouTube sensation, with more than 4 million hits. That June, reporter Sharon Alfonsi of ABC’s Nightline brought the story of Breinberg and his students to a national audience. And most recently, the chorus sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” at the end of the Oscar Awards. Read more.

Drake Environmental Moot Court Team Reaches Quarterfinals in National Competition

Photo of law studentsA team of three Drake University law students recently advanced to the quarterfinal round of the National Environmental Moot Court Tournament, which drew 72 teams from law schools across the country. Read more.

Photo of ACCA top performers North Central Students Showcase Talents

Computer science students from North Central College were among the top performers at the 2011 Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area (ACCA) computer programming competition. Read more.

Student journalists Student journalists from North Central College earned eight awards for excellence from the Illinois College Press Association (IPCA). The awards were announced at the ICPA’s annual conference Feb. 18-19 in Chicago. Thirty-six college newspapers and 290 student journalists from throughout Illinois participated in the annual journalism contest,Photo of Tanner Smale which is co-sponsored by the ICPA and the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. Read more.

Meanwhile, Tanner Smale ’12, a musical theatre major with a dance minor, placed second in the Musical Theatre Competition of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Read more.

NCLC LogoNorth Central Students Present at Leadership Conference

Two North Central College students presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference. “The 6 E’s to Successful Leadership Development” was presented by Jennifer Baron, a senior Spanish major, and Megan Holland, a senior mathematics/psychology double major. Read more.

Samford Trial Teams Sweep Regional Event, Head to National Competition

Two teams from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law have qualified to compete in National Trial Competition. The Cumberland teams finished first and second in regional competition and will join finalists from 14 other regional events to compete in national finals. Read more.

Four Westminster Teams Make Top 30 in Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

More than 130 teams from colleges and universities around the state registered to compete in The Utah Entrepreneur Challenge - a statewide, student-run entrepreneur competition. After the first round of eliminations, just 30 teams are left, four of them representing Westminster College. The four include Massox, a sock manufacturer initially launching men’s designer dress socks that contain patent pending therapeutic, acupressure massagers on the inside surface of the sock; Wenxani, a non-profit organization that offers an online tool for tracking addiction recovery as a supplement to professional counseling; Xazzu Rice Pudding, a fast, casual, premium rice pudding restaurant that will launch in the Utah market based on a concept proven in New York; and BuzzBox, a kiosk that accurately measures a person’s blood alcohol level and provides him or her with the option to request a taxi- all from the same machine. Ten finalists selected from the top 30 teams will pitch their business idea to a panel of professional entrepreneurs. Over $60,000 in prize money, sponsored by Zions Bank, will be awarded to the top teams to help start their business.

Drake Students Awarded Funds to Restore Prairie on Reservation

Nebraska Environmental Trust LogoGlover's Point, the spot of land that lies between the lake and the thick woods on the northeast Nebraska Winnebago Reservation, could be an oasis — but invasive species choke the landscape, withering Tribe's connection to what was once a picturesque patch of prairie and wetland. Thanks to the work of two Drake University environmental science majors, these 100 acres will soon undergo an ecological transformation, returning it in ten years time to the environment enjoyed by Winnebago ancestors James Black Hawk and Little Ox in the 1890s. Seniors Jennifer Koska and Robb Krehbiel applied for and were awarded a $66,700 grant for the Winnebago Prairie Restoration Project to coordinate logistics and develop a strategic plan for prairie restoration and environmental and cultural education on land owned and managed by the Winnebago Tribe. The project is funded through a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Read more.

Hamline Featured by Television Program "Life to the Max" for Innovative Social Media Use

Hamline University's student video blogger program was recently featured on the television program, "Life to the Max," which airs on tv stations in five regional states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin). The show ran a 4 1/2 minute feature story on how Hamline is on the cutting edge in finding ways to reach out to prospective undergraduate students through its innovative student video blogger program. View video.

Current Masters in Music student at Ithaca Selected to Perform in Early Music America's Young Performer Festival

John Romey, current Masters in Music student in double bass performance from the studio of Professor Nicholas Walker at Ithaca College, has been accepted as one of a select number of musicians to perform in the Festival Ensemble at Early Music America’s Young Performer Festival this summer. Read more.

Samford ESSM Students Win Research Competition

Photo of Hardin and ThomasSamford University exercise science and sports medicine students Kara Hardin and Derrick Thomas earned first place for undergraduate research at the Southeast American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting. Hardin and Thomas were awarded the top prize for their research on age-related clustering of Type I muscle fibers in humans. Read more.

Samford JMC Student Takes Top Undergraduate Research Prize

Samford University Journalism and Mass Communication student Maribeth Browning earned the top undergraduate honor for her presentation at the American Journalism Historians Association's Southeast Symposium. Browning took first prize in the undergraduate category for her paper on civil rights era photojournalist Charles Moore, whose iconic images of protests in Birmingham helped define the era. Read more.

Westminster MBA Students Compete in First Utah ACG Cup

Westminster College MBA students competed in the first annual Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Cup. Teams of two to four students were given a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) case study, then presented their analysis and recommendations to a panel of ACG judges. Garrett Clark and Skyler Bloxham of the team Krisp Klean & Refreshing won $1,000 and the chance to compete in the state competition. Read more.

Butler Student Debaters Win State Honors, Head to Nationals

The Butler University Speech and Debate team placed sixth at the Indiana Individual Events Tournament at Ball State University. Junior Matt Miller won third place in the extemporaneous speaking competition. Sophomore Kelsey Coy took sixth place in rhetorical criticism. Read more.

Ithaca College Radio Station in Running for Another Woodie Award

WICB logoIthaca College’s 92 WICB is in the running to again be named the top college radio station in the country in a contest sponsored by mtvU, the nation’s largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. WICB made the list of the top 10 finalists for the 2011 mtvU Woodie Award, honoring the best college radio station for breaking the latest emerging music and acting as a pioneer in the industry. In 2008 WICB won the inaugural Woodie Award, which is determined by fan voting. Read more.

Cancer Researcher and North Central Alum Returns to Guest Lecture Science Courses

Photo of Zach PrattZach Pratt hopes to combine his passion for scientific research with his knack for teaching. Since earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from North Central in 2005, Pratt has completed his doctorate in cancer biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He returned to North Central in February 2011 to guest lecture some biology courses, using bacteria to teach a lesson in evolution. Read more.

Quinnipiac Receives Unparalleled Interest in Habitat for Humanity Trip

Usually only about a dozen Quinnipiac University students attend information sessions about alternative break trips run through Quinnipiac University’s Office of Community Service and the student organization chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This year, there were 40 students. And the university received more than 80 applications for the opportunity to build homes in either Phenix City, Ala., or Battle Creek, Mich. Some publicity helped, especially a documentary by Megan Scully, of North Kingstown, R.I., who made the film “Building Hope” for her senior project in Quinnipiac’s Film, Video and Interactive program.

The Art of Volunteering at Hamline

Photo of studentsJanuary term at Hamline University offered students a new opportunity to give back to the community through the university’s Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice. CityServe January, coordinated by the Wesley Center and Orientation and First-Year Students program, is the latest addition to the university’s service-learning efforts for new students. It involves engaging in volunteer work with Twin Cities’ organization specializing in issues such as homelessness, poverty, hunger, and social change through art. Read more.

Boom, Boom, Boom: A Cappella in Action at Ithaca

Photo of cover artTwo Ithaca College a cappella groups are making a difference with a dynamite duet. The all-male Ithacappella and the all-female Premium Blend a cappella groups recently teamed up to record a cover of Katy Perry's "Firework." But it gets better. The recording will be available on iTunes beginning February 8th and all the proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to the development of LGBTQ youth. Read more.

North Central Students Display Art at Professional Exhibit

Paramount LogoTwenty-one art students at North Central College have been chosen to showcase their work at the Paramount Theatre Art Gallery in Aurora, Ill., as part of Paramount’s “Aspiring Artists” series. Each student went through a competitive jury process with the College’s art faculty that resulted in their selection in the professional exhibit. The diverse collection includes mixed media, photography, oils and acrylic on canvas, dry point print, colored pencil, watercolor, ink and more. Read more.

Westminster's Lacrosse Team Makes "Hefty" Charity March to Huntsman Cancer Institute

Hiking five miles with 40-pound backpacks may seem quite daunting to most people, but for 40 members of Westminster College’s Men’s Lacrosse Team, it’s all in the name of charity. The team recently marched to the Huntsman Cancer Institute from the Westminster College campus to present a check for $2,800 to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation. Read more.

North Central Mock Trial Team Wins Awards at Invitational Tourney

Photo of Josh BaileyNorth Central’s Mock Trial team competed at the 23rd annual National Invitational Tournament, the largest and most challenging contest the team faces all year. Of the 70 participating teams, 50 earned bids to last season’s national competition. North Central finished the tournament with a 5-3 record, competing against Michigan State University, Creighton University, St. Ambrose University and Wilmington College. Josh Bailey ’11, a political science major, was recognized as an Outstanding Attorney and was ranked as the best attorney in the trial by all four judges who saw him compete in that role. Read more.

North Central Student Earns Prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship

Photo of Peggy MoranAuthor and entrepreneur Peggy Moran knows the exact moment that triggered her decision to resume her education. It was in 2008, when her college-aged daughter was hospitalized with a life-threatening condition. A little more than two years later, Moran holds a highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The award is the nation’s largest private scholarship for students who transfer from two-year colleges. She is one of 40 recipients selected from more than 1,500 applicants. Read more.

North Central AMA Chapter Receives Honorable Mention in Marketing Contest

Photo of groupNorth Central’s collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) earned an Honorable Mention award in the Annual International Case Competition. For the third consecutive year, North Central’s chapter placed in the top 25 internationally. Read more.

Seymour Receives UPS Scholarship at Samford

Samford University senior Hannah Elizabeth Seymour has been selected to receive a $2,700 UPS Scholarship provided through the Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU). Read more.

Photo of articleWagner Student's Feature Story Runs in Advance

Wagner College journalism student Ashraf Hasham’s feature story (a class assignment) profiling fellow student (and Towers night guard) Richie Williams was published in the Feb. 3 issue of The Staten Island Advance. Read more. Read the article.

Westminster College’s Opportunity Quest Business Plan Winner to Compete in Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

Westminster College’s Institute for New Enterprise named MBA student Jeff Bischoff as the first place winner of the 2010-2011 Opportunity Quest business plan competition for his company “Massox,” a therapeutic sock company. As Westminster’s first place winner, Massox will automatically advance as a finalist in the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (UEC), the statewide business plan competition open to all college students across the state. All teams participating in Westminster Opportunity Quest can compete in the UEC state competition. Read more.

Drake Student Organization Awarded $1,200 Lowe's Grant

Photo of studentsDespite this season's heavy snowfall and frigid temperatures, the Drake University students of SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) have been working in conjunction with The Homestead, a Central Iowa organization that serves children and adults with autism through educational, innovative programming. The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation recently awarded the Drake SIFE group $1,200 for its work with The Homestead's Campus Residential Program. The Campus Residential Program is located in Pleasant Hill, Iowa and includes an 80-acre farm where 24 adults with autism reside and work. Read more.

Class Project Lands Elon Freshman a Prime Internship

Photo of Emily DelaplaneEmily Delaplane figured a video she created for her fall semester global experience course was just for a grade. When her relatives forwarded a link to her YouTube project to colleagues and friends, the Elon University freshman found herself with more than an “A” – and Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate couldn’t be happier. Read more.

Photo of 3 childrenDrury and Askinosie Chocolate Continue Partnership through Cocoa Honors

Cocoa Honors, an extension of the Chocolate University program, has come full circle in its mission to assist Askinosie Chocolate in producing a single-origin bar from Africa, while also impacting the lives of the farmers within an African village. It came about after a trip Drury University students made to Africa last summer. Read more.

Record Number of North Central Students to Present at NCUR

Photo of researcherFor the second year, a record number of North Central College students have been chosen to participate in the nation’s leading conference on undergraduate research. Thirty-eight students will represent North Central at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at Ithaca College in the spring. The number of participants from North Central College is among the most of any institution represented at the conference. Read more.

D-Term Courses Take North Central Students Around Globe

Photo of students at archNorth Central College’s trimester format offers students a break from regular classes between Thanksgiving and the new year. During December—or D-Term— many students took advantage of study abroad opportunities in seven different courses. In the past, students have reported that D-Term studies abroad were life-changing experiences that were not only incredibly fun and exciting, but profoundly educational events that helped shape their career and life choices. Read more.

Samford Team Wins ABA Student Tax Challenge

Photo of award winnersTwo students from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, Sims Rhyne and Wes Hill, won the annual American Bar Association (ABA) Student Tax Challenge. Ninety-five teams representing law schools across the country entered the national competition sponsored by the ABA Section of Taxation. An alternative to traditional moot court competitions, the Student Tax Challenge asks two-person teams to solve cutting-edge and complex tax problems that might arise in everyday tax practice. Read more.

Redlands Students Educate, Help During Green Week

Much of the country might be covered with white, but in southern California at the University of Redlands, students held a green week to focus on the environment. Read more.

Butler Students Take a Plunge for Special Olympics

While many Indianapolis residents spent a blistery January day indoors, 135 students from Butler University braved the cold and participated in Special Olympics Indiana's Polar Plunge. The students raised over $18,000 and set Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge records both for the number of participants and total amount raised. Read more.

NAC&U Students Use Winter Break to Enrich Their Experiences

Photo from Quinnipiac tripSeven Quinnipiac University political science students spent winter break touring the nation's capital and getting an inside look at how and where public policy is made. Inside Washington is an introduction to policy making and media coverage, and Camp David III is an educational exercise aimed at forging a peace agreement between Israel and its Arab neighbors. Read more.

Meanwhile a group of Samford University students have lived and studied in the Samford-owned Daniel House located in London, England. The students have been immersed in many different cultural experiences, visiting English castles; Chelsea football stadium; English hospitals, banks and cathedrals; and the 2012 Olympics site; among other places. Read more.

Sage Students’ Proposals Accepted for NCUR Conference at Ithaca

Several students from The Sage Colleges will travel to Ithaca College for the 25th National Conference on Undergraduate Research. They are:

  • Brittany Beyus and Caitlynne Cash, "I'm Not a Feminist, But..."
  • Briana Bixler, "Will Red Light Exposure Make Winners Out of Losers?"
  • Cheryce Harvey, "Can bats be saved? : Investigation of the effectiveness of bacteria and fungi in controlling the growth of Geomyces destructans"
  • Elizabeth Knoll, "Reducing expression of RNA interference genes in the mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus"
  • Lauren Schroder, "Carbamate and Organophosphate pesticides: The effect on acetylcholinesterase activity in Notropis hudsonius"
  • Jessy Willette, "Lost Boys of Sudan: A Study of Identity and Cultural Difference in Christopher Quinn's God Grew Tired of Us"

Host Ithaca College has 213 students with abstracts accepted. There were over 3,500 abstracts submitted for consideration, the largest number ever. The number accepted was 2,919, an 83% acceptance rate. For more on the conference, visit the Ithaca site: News | Conference

Westminster Students Receive NAACP and Utah Jazz Scholarships

Scholarship winnersFour Westminster College students were awarded NAACP and Utah Jazz scholarships. Junior Jillian Tesfazion and sophomore Alexi Johnson each received NAACP scholarships of $1,000. Junior Karmay Gorley and senior Joi Logan received a surprise scholarship of $1,500 each from the Utah Jazz. The scholarships are designed to financially assist deserving college students with tuition and books.

“We are thrilled to have four Westminster students receive the NAACP scholarships,” said Bridget Newell, Westminster associate provost for diversity and global learning. “Each of our recipients are not only scholars, but have shown that they can excel in areas from leadership in service learning projects to athletics. This award helps recognize their tremendous efforts.”

Arcadia Students Perform Community Service in Dominica

During a nine-day trip to Dominica, Arcadia University students taking a class on the Caribbean island’s history, culture and development gave back to the community by cleaning up the isthmus at Scotts Head in Saint Mark Parish. The group filled more than a dozen 30-gallon bags with trash picked up at the site. Read more.

Drake English Students Use Writing Talents to Promote Community Service

Photo of Carol Spaulding-KruseDrake University students enrolled in "Service Writing," a course that partners English students with local non-profit agencies, are given the opportunity to gain practical writing experience while also contributing to the community. The course, taught by associate professor of English Carol Spaulding-Kruse, focuses on the literary components of social action, the practical and theoretical issues that confront non-profit writers and how writing can be applied to real world needs. Read more.

Arcadia MBA Cohort Meets with Microsoft, National Bank in Greece

Photo of studentsTen MBA students from Arcadia University spent a week in Athens, Greece, to meet with local business professionals and study the country’s economy. They also had time to tour some of Greece’s renowned historical sites. Accompanied by Dr. Tony Muscia, executive director of the MBA with a Global Perspective, the group spent the week visiting with business professionals at Microsoft Innovation Center, U.S. Commercial Services, Hellenic Shipyards, Enolia Premium Capital, Hellenic Telecommunications Organization and the National Bank of Greece. Read more.

Photo of group abroadFollow the Studies of Elon Students Spending Winter Term Abroad

More than 600 Elon University students are studying abroad during January, 2011. Read their daily blog posts at their Web site.

University of Evansville PT Students Combine Community Service with Hands-on Learning

Last spring, several students in the University of Evansville’s Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program approached their advisor with an idea: What if they created a program that allowed them experience in the field, while also serving an unmet need in the Evansville community?

That idea is now a reality, as the UE students are teaming with local physical therapists and ECHO Community Health Care to expand physical therapy services to Evansville’s underserved population. The Ace CARE clinic, which will be open every Wednesday afternoon, will feature eight students and two licensed physical therapists serving the uninsured and homeless populations in Evansville. Many of these individuals currently are unable to have their physical therapy needs met.

Westminster Student-Athletes Have Strong Semester in the Classroom

Westminster College’s 246 student-athletes posted a combined Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.195 during the fall semester. There were 18 student-athletes that posted a perfect 4.0 GPA with 60 recording a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Read more.

Photo of honoreesIthaca College Student Media Earn National Honors

The student newspaper and radio station at Ithaca College each earned national awards this past fall. “The Ithacan” was presented with the 2010 Online Pacemaker Award for overall excellence in online journalism, while 92 WICB-FM was honored for Best Sports Play-By-Play by College Broadcasters, Inc.(CBI). Read more.

UE Junior Earns Prestigious Gilman Scholarship, Will Study at Fellow NAC&U Institution

University of Evansville’s Whitney Cohen, a junior International Studies major, is the latest UE student to receive a prestigious Gilman Scholarship to support her plans to study abroad during the Spring 2011 semester. Cohen has been awarded the Gilman Scholarship to enroll at the Arcadia University Center for East African Studies in Arusha, Tanzania. Her coursework will include a core seminar on Conflict, Peace, and Security in East Africa as well as Kiswahili language and elective courses drawn from the politics and culture of Tanzania. Cohen is the fifth Gilman Scholar from UE since 2008. Read more.

Butler Students Earn Orr Fellowships

Five Butler University students will join the Orr Fellowship program after accepting offers from five different Indiana companies. The organization will welcome Ann Govert at BidPal, Ashton Chaffee at Slane Capital, Claire Petersen at ExactTarget, Conner Burt at iGoDigital and John Joseph at Compendium shortly after graduation. Since 2002, the Orr Fellowship has offered recent college graduates a two-year, full-time salaried position at high-growth companies around the state. Read more.

Drake Students Place Third in National Pharmacy Competition

Photo of Owen and SwartzKatie Owen and Andrew Swartz, seniors in Drake University's Doctor of Pharmacy program, were awarded third place among 110 teams in the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy (ASHP) National Clinical Skills Competition. The competition requires students to conduct an interactive, team-based analysis of clinical scenarios for hospital/health-system pharmacists to help patients make the best use of their medications. Read more.

Samford and Elon Student-Athletes Recognized with SoCon Academic All-Conference Honors

The Southern Conference LogoThe Southern Conference announced its Academic All-Conference Team for the 2010 fall season, with students from Samford University and Elon University. Among institutions, Elon had the highest number of Academic All-Conference team members with 42. Samford had 26. For more information: Samford | Elon

First Year Students At North Central Visit New Orleans

Photo of students in New OrleansA group of North Central students spent a week in New Orleans in December 2010 as part of the First-Year Experience program. Over the summer, all incoming first-year students read the Dave Eggers book “Zeitoun” about a family’s struggles in the Crescent City following Hurricane Katrina’s devastation in 2005. The theme of “Building an Ideal City” was explored during the seven-week FYE 100 course in the fall. The trip to New Orleans provided an additional level of experience for 44 first-year students, who were accompanied by five upperclass FYE mentors and five faculty. Read more.

Quinnipiac Business Students are Hard at Work

Quinnipiac University's chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) has received a $1,000 grant from Sam's Club to help fund a proposal aimed at enhancing the sustainability and environmental friendliness of Sam's Club stores. The SIFE chapter also recently presented a $2,500 check to the Bawa Health Initiative, an independent non-profit charitable organization established to help improve the health of the people of Bawa, a village in the West Province of Cameroon, Africa. Currently eight MBA and seven undergraduate business students are working alongside Nicaraguan entrepreneurs to help jump start several businesses in the Central American nation. For more information: Sam’s Club | Bawa | Nicaragua




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