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from The New American Colleges and Universities
July/August 2013
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NAC&U Members
Arcadia University
Belmont University
Drury University
Hamline University
Hampton University
John Carroll University
Manhattan College
Nazareth College
North Central College
Pacific Lutheran University
St. Edward's University
Samford University
Stetson University
The Sage Colleges
The University of Scranton
University of Evansville
University of Redlands
Valparaiso University
Wagner College
Westminster College
Widener University

NAC&U Welcomes St. Edward's University to Consortium


The New American Colleges and Universities welcomed St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, as its newest member.

Learn more about what makes St. Edward's such a great institution and find out some interesting facts. (Any idea what a hilltopper is?)
Case Study: Branding Project Leads to Streamlined Communications, Targeted Messaging for Valparaiso

In 2009 Valparaiso University launched a creative branding initiative in hopes of strengthening its identity. The result has kept Valpo's communication aligned with the university's strategic vision while making sure that its many audiences hear the Valpo story. 


Read more. 


Parting Words: Notable Quotations from NAC&U Commencement Speakers

Need a dose of inspiration? Read some memorable quotations from commencement speakers throughout the consortium. Make sure you scroll to the bottom because President Bob Fisher of Belmont University always puts a creative touch on his address.


NAC&U Summer Institute 2013:
Confronting Challenges with Creativity
Thank you to everyone who attended the
NAC&U Summer Institute at The University of Scranton in June. 

Visit our Summer Institute page for content, including videos of all three keynote speakers, from the event. 

For videos of the Teagle presentations, please see our Teagle project page

To see the event photo album, please visit (and like!) our Facebook page.

Pacific Lutheran Begins Tradition of Teaching in Remote Alaskan Village

Pacific Lutheran University Web Content Manager Chris Albert and PLU Photographer John Froschauer ventured to Alaska to show and tell the story of Lutes who are teaching in remote villages in the state. Of the nine educators teaching in the summer program, eight are Lutes -- Kari Olson '11, Linnea Olson '12, Megan Aarsvold '13, McKenzie Allen '13, Alyssa Johnson '13, Nataly Meyer '13, Suzy Olsen '13 and Kelli Peterson '13

Read their blog (there's a brief history of the program's origin at the bottom).



Manhattan College Launches Summer Research Program
With student and faculty research on the rise there, Manhattan College recently established the Jasper Summer Research Scholars program to fund research grants in various disciplines. The pilot program has funded 11 undergraduate grants on topics ranging from improving a modern-day medical brace design for elbow-related injuries to shortcomings in educational funding in the new South Africa.



HUD Report Offers Widener as Case Study in Civic Engagement
Widener University's civic engagement efforts in the city of Chester have been recognized by publications such as Newsweek and Washington Monthly, but now the federal government is using Widener as a case study on the positive impact colleges and universities can have in stabilizing and improving the nation's struggling communities. 


NAC&U Mentioned in Chronicle Article on Collaboration
On July 11, editor Jeff Selingo mentioned NAC&U in "Fly the Friendly Skies of United Universities "posted on chronicle.com. The article discussed the need for colleges and universities to engage in alliance agreements, and Selingo included NAC&U's plan to share online courses within our consortium. 

Accomplishments and Awards

Hampton Sociology Professor Honored as one of 'Virginia's Top 26 Women Professors'


Stetson's Mahjong Chem Goes International    

Samford Passes $172 Million Campaign Mark in 172nd Year 

Belmont Junior Awarded Prestigious Gilman Scholarship


North Central Student Awarded Best Sportscaster Title


Scranton Student Awarded Elite NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship  

John Carroll Wins Graphic Design Awards    
Student Experience
Farming at Redlands Upholds Principles of Sustainability, Provides Outdoor Classroom 

Video: St. Edward's University student Joseph Ver '14 talks about a short-term study abroad experience in Japan.

Blog: Wagner College student Carrie Holt blogs about her internship at NASA. Find out why she's supposed to break satellites and what it was like to walk into NASA on her first day.




Widener Psychology Faculty, Alumni, and a Student Co-Write Adoption Text  

Wagner Professor's Book Examines Impact of Pharmaceutical Industry in Puerto Rico



Hamline's Shepard Publishes Multimedia Book



Nazareth to Use Media Tool to Celebrate Student Accomplishments


Summer Vacation

How does the Valparaiso mascot keep busy over the summer? Find out here.

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