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February 2013

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Boyer Award
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Valpo's Solar Research
Troy Hammond
Hampton President Reflects
Most Efficient Colleges
Scranton Book is WSJ Best
Grants and Funding
Student Projects
Sage Honors Sandy Hook
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NAC&U Honors Carol Geary Schneider with 
2013 Ernest Boyer Award
AAC&U President will deliver keynote at Summer Institute 
AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider


When NAC&U Board Chair and Wagner College President Richard Guarasci describes 2013 Boyer Award winner Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, he says she is courageous and graceful, a leader in the best sense of the word and someone with a big vision who fights through criticism to put forth ideas that she believes are important to American higher education.


"Carol always had a big vision, even when she first came to AAC&U," said Guarasci.


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For a blog posting from AAC&U of the Boyer Award presentation, please go here.

Presentations from the AAC&U Annual Meeting 

You can't be everywhere, but you can catch up on what you missed. See our website for some presentations from the 2013 AAC&U Annual Meeting.

USNews Ranks Scranton, Samford Online Degree Programs Among Nation's Best  


The University of Scranton's online graduate program in education ranked No. 6 in the nation, and its online MBA program ranked No. 39, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Online Education Programs. Online graduate programs in Samford University's Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing earned a #35 national ranking. The lists, published Jan. 15, ranked online programs offered by nonprofit and for-profit institutions in the United States in categories of business, education, engineering, nursing and computer information technology.  

 Read Scranton's story. 

Read Samford's story.


Drury University and GreenTown Joplin Partner to Design and Build Demonstration Eco-Home for Tornado-Stricken Joplin
GreenTown Joplin will partner with Drury University Hammons School of Architecture to develop and construct a demonstration eco-home in Joplin. Nine students will spend this semester researching and designing a unique home that will be used by GreenTown Joplin as an education center and office. Read full story.
New Partnerships for Hamline, Redlands

Hamline University announced a new collaboration between the Hamline School of Business and the law school at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT). This new partnership will create a cooperative learning program that brings students from SIFT to Hamline to earn their Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree. Read more.

The University of Redlands has announced a new partner school for its engineering combined degree program. The engineering program started last year as a partnership with Columbia University and now Washington University at St. Louis has been added.  Read more.   

Widener Joins Clinton Global Initiative University Network

Former President Bill Clinton has invited Widener University to join the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI University) Network, a growing consortium of colleges and universities that support, mentor, and provide seed funding to student leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to develop solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Widener becomes one of only 24 colleges and universities nationwide to join the network, and the only institution in the five-county Philadelphia region. Read more.

Butler Senior Wins Cell Biology Competition
Butler University senior Hitesh Dube won first place in an undergraduate poster session at the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) meeting in San Francisco. Dube's poster showcased work he and Assistant Professor of Biology Jennifer Kowalski have been doing in collaboration with scientists from Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts. They are investigating the mechanisms by which an enzyme called the APC controls neuromuscular signaling in microscopic roundworms, known as C. elegansRead more.

Pacific Lutheran's Student-Run MediaLab Working on Water Crisis Documentary

Water is the basis of life on Planet Earth. But from the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Circle, many of our major waterways and water supplies are threatened by drought, pollution and population growth. In October 2013, award-winning filmmakers of MediaLab at Pacific Lutheran University will premiere their latest film, "Tapped Out: Unearthing the Global Water Crisis," a new documentary that examines the current state of our most important natural resource. Read their blog as they research and film.
Arcadia President Co-authors 'American Journal of Nursing' Book of the Year

  Legal Issues Confronting Today's Nursing Faculty: A Case Study Approach (F.A. Davis, 2012) was named book of the year in the nursing education category by the American Journal of Nursing. The book was co-authored by Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow, H. Michael Dreher and Arcadia University President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III
Sage to Establish Center in Honor of Sandy Hook Principal

The Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges will honor Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and doctoral candidate in Sage's Educational Leadership program, who was killed in the December shooting in Newtown, CT. Through discussions with her colleagues in the doctoral program and her family members, it was decided that the most appropriate and impactful way to honor her life and legacy is to establish a center in the Esteves School of Education, to be called the Dawn Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety. Read more. 
New Programs at Samford, Drury

Samford University's Brock School of Business is adding a sports marketing concentration and course offerings to its curriculum in the fall of 2013. This concentration will offer students a chance to develop their skills for a career in the multibillion dollar global sports industry.  
Citing advances in new technology, the Affordable Care Act and digital health records, Forbes predicts that the digital health field will explode in 2013. To meet the need for education and knowledge in this growing field, Drury University's Department of Communication will offer an Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Digital Health Communication beginning in June.  
Stetson Business Professors Join Semester at Sea

Two adventurous Stetson University business professors have embarked on a round-the-world voyage aboard a sea-going university campus in the company of extraordinary global leaders. Rebecca and Gary Oliphant are now in the Eastern Pacific spending their sabbaticals as sea-going faculty on the 590-foot MV Explorer. They and their 635 students on board will call at 16 ports in 12 countries over 106 days. Read Becky Oliphant's blog of the journey.
Appointments and Honors


Hampton Provost Appointed Board Chair of National Institute of Aerospace 


National Endowment for the Humanities Awards Manhattan College with Exclusive Collection 


University of Scranton Names VP for Development and Alumni Relations 


Valparaiso University Appoints Dean to the College of Engineering 


Westminster Appoints Executive Director of Integrated Marketing Communications 


University of Evansville Wins Community Service Award


Samford Professor's Study Video Tops 300,000 Views 


Belmont Professor Named 2013 Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year 


Eastern Athletic Trainer's Association Honors Ithaca Professor 


North Central College Student Broadcasters Earn 6 IBS Award Nominations 


Belmont's Gill Promoted to Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness