News & Notes
from The New American Colleges & Universities

October 2012

In this Issue
Scranton's Fulbright Success
USNews rankings
Belmont Entrepreneurs
Awards & Achievements
Lo Re's Book on Civic Learning
Videos of New Buildings
Grant News
Program News
Experiential Learning
Appointments & Promotions
Technology News
The Kuncl's Move In
Google Trike Visits Hamline

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Community Engagement and a Dedicated Advisor Equal Fulbright Success for Scranton

To be a successful, consistent producer of Fulbright winners requires an engaged student body, a dedicated Fulbright advisor and sometimes, even a little help from a maintenance man on campus. At The University of Scranton, 139 students have gone overseas on Fulbright grants. For the seven years that the Institute for International Education has published lists of Top Fulbright Producers, The University of Scranton has been among the top master's level universities (the 8th list is released later this month). Last year, The University of Scranton was second only to the University of Portland on the top-producing master's level university list. Fellow NAC&U members Nazareth College and Pacific Lutheran University were also among the top producers. 

NAC&U caught up with Dr. Susan Trussler, Scranton's Fulbright advisor, via phone just as the deadline passed for students to submit final applications for the Fulbright program. 

USNews Again Ranks NAC&U Members Among Regional Bests; Several Cited as Best Values


U.S. News & World Report released its annual college rankings in its America's Best Colleges issue in September. NAC&U highlights include:

  • Four members were ranked in the top five among regional universities: Butler University and Valparaiso University in the Midwest; Samford University and Stetson University in the South.
  • Six additional members were ranked in the top ten among regional universities: Belmont University in the South; Hamline University, John Carroll University, and the University of Evansville in the Midwest; Ithaca College and The University of Scranton in the North.
  • Seven members were listed as "Best Value Schools": Butler, Hamline, John Carroll, Samford, Stetson, U of Evansville, Valparaiso, and Westminster College.
  • Five members were listed on the "Academic Programs to Look For" rankings. Wagner College was recognized for three of its programs: First Year Experience, Learning Communities, and Service Learning. John Carroll and Scranton were also recognized for Service Learning. Arcadia University and Butler were recognized for their Study Abroad programs.


For more rankings highlights, including "Up and Coming" schools, those known for "Best Undergraduate Teaching," and "A+ Schools for B Students," go here.


Entrepreneurship 'Trending' at Belmont 
Entrepreneurs at Belmont University are making headlines.

Belmont 's Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked one of the best in the nation on The Princeton Review's list of "Top Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Programs." Read more.

Students from Belmont University were named the 2012 World Cup champions in an international entrepreneurship competition in Washington, D.C., beating out the national champions of 38 other countries with a flawless presentation and annual report on their 14 community outreach projects. The Belmont team was formerly known as Belmont SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) until SIFE Worldwide announced its new name, Enactus, this week. Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Read more.
Awards and Achievements

Congratulations to Drury University, North Central College, Pacific Lutheran University, Stetson University, University of Evansville, University of Redlands, Westminster College and Widener University for being named "Military-Friendly Schools" by G.I. Jobs, a magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

Stetson University College of Law placed third among Florida law schools for the percent of graduates passing the July 2012 Florida bar examination on their first try. Stetson's pass rate for first-time takers was 88.9%, well above the statewide average of 80%.

Pacific Lutheran's VP Wins Goodnight Award

Hamline's Nocella Co-edits Ecopedagogy Book

University of Scranton Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

University of Evansville Claims MVC Academic Award for the First Time
Wagner's Mary Lo Re Publishes Book on Experiential Civic Learning

Wagner College
business professor Mary Lo Re's first book, "Experiential Civic Learning: Construction of Models & Assessment," has recently been published by North American Business Press. "Experiential Civic Learning" is a compact but all-inclusive essential resource guide for faculty, departments and administrators who wish to partake in this curricula initiative and address the challenge of producing a more skilled, ethical and civically engaged student citizen. Read more. 
Facilities Improvements

Check out NAC&U's YouTube channel for videos of The University of Scranton's new Loyola Science Center and Nazareth College's new Peckham Hall.

Valpo's Master Plan Enhances Physical Campus, Focuses on Student Experience

Westminster Opens Mixed-Use Development in Sugar House


Grant News 

Hampton University's Pharmacy School Receives $1.35M Grant to Develop Lung Cancer Therapies

Nazareth & RIT Tech2Teach Program Receives NSF Grant to Develop Future STEM Teachers

Samford Professors Get $240,000 NSF Grant for Oak Mountain Study

Program News
Hampton University's School of Journalism and Communications and School of Liberal Arts have responded to the times by revamping their curriculum offerings and adding new majors and concentrations. Read about these changes.

Manhattan College Launches New Co-Major in Business Analytics 


Experiential Learning

Real Life Crime Scene Investigations in a Drury Class

Transmedia Studio at Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communications will Give Students New Opportunity to Create Media Projects 
Appointments and Promotions


Richey Takes Over As VP for University Advancement at Butler

Redlands Appoints Writing Across the Curriculum Chair



Arcadia CIO Pens Article on Campus Connectivity

Widener Launches Pioneering Interactive Website for High School Students to Track Their Community and Civic Involvement
Second Career?
Could Dr. Ralph Kuncl, University of Redlands' new president, moonlight as a piano mover? Find out in this 'move-in' slideshow.
Offbeat News Video: Google Trike at Hamline 

While most 'street view' images in Google Maps are recorded in adapted cars, there are many places a car just can't go. Recently, the Google Street View Trike paid a visit to Hamline University. See the video here.