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from The New American Colleges and Universities
December 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

Belmont Couple Heed a Call to Service and Receive an Extraordinary Blessing

In 1984 Jason and Elizabeth Rogers ventured to Haiti on a trip that would profoundly affect their lives. As seniors at Baylor University it was a transformative experience because it was the first time either of them had been exposed to that level of poverty, recalled Jason, now vice president for administration and university counsel at Belmont University. Read more.


The Rogers Family


Call for Proposals: Summer Institute 2014
The next Summer Institute will be held at the University of Redlands on June 25-27, 2014. This year's theme is "Creating Community through Collaboration."


The Summer Institute will explore possibilities to enhance the educational experience through collaboration among NAC&U members, with campuses, and between campuses and their communities. We are currently seeking proposals for presentations that describe existing projects or engage conference participants in working sessions to develop new ideas for collaboration.


For more details and the submission form, please go here.

Proposals must be submitted by January 3rd. 


As always, Summer Institute is open to all faculty and administrators at NAC&U campuses. We would like to especially welcome directors of honors programs, study away coordinators and student affairs directors to ensure that we have fruitful conversations about collaboration in these areas.

Nazareth College Joins NAC&U Student Exchange

NAC&U students interested in domestic study away opportunities now have 11 campuses from which to choose. Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, is now part of NAC&U's Student Exchange. Internships can be arranged during the study away semester. For more on what Nazareth can offer, please visit our program descriptions page.


In order to facilitate study away opportunities, including Study Abroad and Student Exchange, the NAC&U Board adopted a tuition policy earlier this year. The principles of the agreement aim to make study away (and online coursework) as seamless as possible for students and campuses.

Arcadia Announces New Academic Partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University announced a new academic partnership with the prestigious University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa. This collaboration will facilitate new study abroad opportunities for U.S. students in one of South Africa's most culturally diverse regions. Read more. 

'Bringing Global Home' : a blog by Stetson's President on Study Abroad

Stetson University President Wendy Libby wrote: "Study abroad. Perhaps no other experience has the ability to so swiftly and absolutely change students' lives and prepare them for any opportunity the world might offer." Read the blog.


In related news...

NAC&U Members Ranked High for Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad 


Valparaiso University Engineering Professor Robert Palumbo Honored as 2013 Indiana Professor of the Year

Regarded as an expert on solar energy research, Robert Palumbo '80, PhD, professor of mechanical engineering and Alfred W. Sieving Chair of Engineering at Valparaiso University, has achieved national recognition as the 2013 Indiana Professor of the Year. Palumbo is the third Valpo professor to receive this prestigious honor. Read more.


Wagner Student Wins Gilman Scholarship

Arijeta Lajka, a Wagner College sophomore, has won the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, given by the U.S. State Department to support study abroad by college undergraduates who are U.S. citizens. Lajka is the first Wagner student to win the highly competitive Gilman Scholarship. With over 2,600 Gilman applications reviewed during the Spring 2014 cycle, only 700 scholarships were awarded. Read more.

NAC&U Members Recognized as Top Choices for Military Personnel


Belmont, Stetson Commit to Funding that Helps Students Attend College
Changes to Florida's Bright Futures Medallion scholarship program prompted officials at Stetson University to step in to try and fill the gap for those who were hardest hit - capable and qualified students from under-represented groups. Read more.

Belmont University is expanding its Bridges to Belmont scholarship program from 26 Nashville students in the 2013-14 charter class to 30 current high school seniors for next fall's freshman class. Read more.



North Central's Laurie Hamen Named President of Mount Mercy University


Sage Professor's "Bean Thirteen" Book Receives National Accolades  


March of Dimes Honors Samford's Westmoreland as 2013 Citizen of the Year


University of Evansville Professor Selected for Summit on International Education and Health Care


Hampton Senior Named Rhodes Scholar Finalist  


Global Learning
Nazareth Joins Clinton Global Initiative University Network  

Higher Education Group Publishes Article about North Central College Global Learning Initiative

Infrastructure Improvements

University of Scranton Breaks Ground on Rehab Education Center

Innovative Thinking

St. Edward's Student Invents System to Grow Food Atop a Fish Tank

Service Learning

Redlands' Language Literacy Lab Helps Children with Reading and Language Difficulties  


Manhattan College History Major Facilitates Interfaith Learning in Lower Manhattan


NAC&U Online Course Inventory

Have you checked out the robust offerings in the NAC&U Online Course Inventory yet?  


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