News & Notes
from The New American Colleges & Universities

November 2012

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Boundless Learning
Sage's River Studies
New Presidents
Guarasci 10-Year Anniversary
More President News
Sandy Relief
Fulbright Producers
Princeton Review
Awards & Achievements
Openings and Dedications
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Stetson Program Aspires to Bring Learning to All

NAC&U members are leaders in promoting learning in and out of the classroom, on and off campus, and home and abroad. So it's fitting that Stetson University has a program known as Boundless Learning™ and that it's led by a woman who worked on lifelong learning for a decade at Widener University.


Dr. Emily Richardson arrived at Stetson in March to take on what some might consider a daunting task. As associate vice president for Boundless Learning™, she is responsible for Continuing Education, the Stetson University Center at Celebration, Summer Programs, Summer School and several special university programs. Essentially, her role covers any and all non-traditional learners, including high school students in the recruitment pipeline. But this is what she loves to do.


The River as a Classroom  


The 315 miles of the Hudson River give the students at Russell Sage College a lot of ground (and water) to cover in the 15-credit summer course known as the Sage Summer on the Hudson. The integrated course, which is part of the College's 3-year Discovery Degree, allows students from various disciplines to study the river's history, research its environmental issues, and explore its influence on art, social issues, politics and economics.  

"We use the Hudson River as a lab and as a metaphor," said Andor Skotnes, history professor and chair of the Department of History and Society at The Sage Colleges.


The course lasts for six weeks, but students begin the readings before they officially meet. They are together six days a week as they travel along, and sometimes in, the Hudson River.

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Drury, North Central Select New Presidents
Dr. David Manuel
Dr. David Manuel will become Drury University's 17th president on June 1, 2013. Dr. Manuel is currently the chancellor and a professor of Economics at Louisiana State University at Alexandria. Current Drury president Todd Parnell will retire in May of 2013.
Dr. Troy Hammond
Dr. Troy D. Hammond will become
 North Central College's 10th president. A scientist, teacher and entrepreneur, he and his family moved to Naperville in 2010 when he became president of the energy services business at BlueStar Energy, a private firm headquartered in Chicago. North Central's current president 
Harold R. Wilde will retire on December 31, 2012.
For more on both announcements, go here.   
Congratulations to Richard Guarasci

NAC&U congratulates Richard Guarasci on his ten-year anniversary as president of Wagner College.

Friends and family gathered at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York City for a gala dinner and program to celebrate President Richard Guarasci's 10th anniversary. For videos, photos and more content, go here.

More Presidential News

Westminster College Installs Brian Levin-Stankevich as 17th President  

In his inauguration ceremony, Westminster College's newest president, Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich, touted the value of higher education and its importance in creating well-rounded graduates who lead successful lives.

Redlands Starts Webisode Series Starring its New President

Meanwhile, the University of Redlands has been chronicling President Ralph Kuncl's first months in office, creating "webisodes" of his adventures.  

Mea Culpa
We're sorry that to have omitted Nazareth College from our list of Military-Friendly members in our last issue. They are indeed a Military-Friendly institution! Check out their story here.
NY, PA Students Pitch in for Sandy Relief

Students at Manhattan College and Wagner College are serving communities in the region as residents recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Staten Island, N.Y. was one of communities hardest hit. To address the acute needs of those who suffered most, students at Wagner have formed an organization to focus their volunteer energies in the most productive way possible. Wagner Cares was the brainchild of two Student Government Association officers, president Greg Balaes of Point Pleasant, NJ, and Kate Schaefer, vice president of community service, a native of suburban Salt Lake City.

Using a website,, the group registers students interested in helping, lists opportunities for volunteer work in the community, and takes in both monetary donations and critical relief supplies. Transportation is provided for groups of students to work sites. All money given to the effort goes into an account managed by the Wagner College Business Office, and donations are tax deductible.

Wagner Cares has sent student work crews into the heavily damaged Midland Beach community, working with existing relief agencies to help where it is needed most.

Wagner Cares has the full support of the college's president, Richard Guarasci, who authorized an initial contribution of $5,000 to the group as seed money. Wagner's vice president for administration, David Martin, is providing operational support.

For more about Wagner Cares, or to make a donation, visit the group's website at

Through the efforts of Manhattan College's Student Activities and Campus Ministry and Social Action departments, Saturdays in the City have been changed to Saturdays for Sandy for the remainder of the semester. Instead of visiting New York City landmarks, Manhattan College students will travel to the Rockaways, Staten Island and the Jersey Shore to volunteer with hurricane relief efforts. 
Last Saturday, they worked at St. Francis de Sales in Rockaway. Also, donations of warm clothing, batteries,flashlights, gloves, masks, medicine, non-perishable food and cleaning supplies are being accepted on campus and donated to various local Catholic relief charities. Student fundraising initiatives include personal message cards that can be purchased and displayed in the cafeteria, a senior class raffle and T-shirt sale. 
Nearby, Widener University in Chester, PA, collected items at their football game to bring to residents of New Jersey.
NAC&U Members Named Top Producers of Fulbright Students; Plus Scranton Adds Another Fulbright Winner 
Nazareth CollegePacific Lutheran University,The University of Scranton and the University of Redlands were named  to the list of Top Fulbright Producers among masters level universities in a list published in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Nazareth College was in first place, tied with St. Edward's University and the University of Portland. And in related news, Scranton just announced that a fifth student, originally named an alternate, has secured a Fulbright for 2012-13. 


Several NAC&U Members Named Among Princeton Review's Best Business Schools


Business schools at Belmont University, Butler University, Ithaca College, John Carroll University, Pacific Lutheran University, Stetson University, The University of Scranton and Valparaiso University were named among the nation's most outstanding business schools, according to education services company The Princeton Review. The company featured the schools in the new 2013 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 296 Business Schools" (Random House / Princeton Review).


Awards and Achievements

Arcadia University Provost Michael Named Trustee for Romania's Danubius University   

Butler Professor's Conference Paper Wins Top Award


Openings and Dedications


Videos Added to our YouTube Channel

Check out NAC&U's YouTube channel for videos of new president announcements at Drury University and North Central College. Celebrate Richard Guarasci's 10-year anniversary at Wagner College and watch a moving homecoming convocation from retiring North Central president Hal Wilde. Lastly, looking for a clever marketing spin on graduate education? Check out Sage College's fresh, funny video promotion for grad school.