News & Notes 
from The New American Colleges and Universities
March 2014
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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

Technology and Intercampus Teaching Expand Networks, Opportunities
Rebecca Frost Davis, director of instructional and emerging technology at St. Edward's University

Although technology can require a learning curve and at times bring us to new levels of frustration, it inarguably yields significant benefits. That sentiment holds true for the use of instructional technology as it relates to intercampus teaching. While there are hurdles to overcome, its successful use can mean better opportunities for students and faculty without straining current institutional resources.


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Summer Institute Registration Now Open
NAC&U's 2014 Summer Institute will be held at the University of Redlands, Redlands, CA, from June 25 - 27. "Creating Community Through Collaboration" will focus on how we can provide opportunities for students and faculty by fostering unique collaboration among NAC&U members. For more information or to register, please go here.
"College Scorecards and the Liberal Arts": 
a blog by University of Evansville 
President Kazee
In a blog for the Huffington Post, University of Evansville President Dr. Tom Kazee began: "President Obama's proposal to create a college scorecard -- a scorecard that might be used to determine institutional eligibility for federal financial support -- has elicited an overwhelmingly negative response from the higher education community, especially small, independent, non-profit institutions." Read the entire blog post.

Valparaiso University Selects Next Provost
Mark L. Biermann, Ph.D., will join Valparaiso University as incoming provost and executive vice president for academic affairs effective July 1, 2014. In his role, Biermann will be responsible for leadership and oversight of the University's academic programs as well as student affairs, including campus ministries, international programs, and diversity initiatives. Read more.

Kudos to Athletes Throughout NAC&U

Twenty-three students from Westminster College made up ten percent of the U.S. Olympic team and brought home several gold, silver and bronze medals. The college had more students in the Games than any other college or university in the country. Four current students and three former* students made it to the medals podium:


*   Maddie Bowman - Gold in ski halfpipe

*   Joss Christensen - Gold in ski slopestyle

*   Alex Deibold - Bronze in snowboardcross

*   Devin Logan - Silver in ski slopestyle

*   Kaitlyn Farrington* - Gold in snowboard halfpipe

*   Jonathan Midol* - Bronze (France) skicross

*   Vic Wild* - Gold (Russia) in snowboard giant slalom

Also, congratulations to the Sage College women's basketball team which earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Tournament, the first in the program's history. Read more.
And, best wishes to University of Redlands soccer standout Richie Marquez who recently signed a contract with the Philadelphia Union. Marquez was selected 44th overall by the Union as the only NCAA Division III student-athlete chosen in the SuperDraft. Read more.

Research & Grants

Pacific Lutheran Undergraduate Math Research Published in Prestigious Journal

Belmont Professor, Students Receive Grant for Research in China    

Hampton Awarded Grant to Promote Financial Literacy in Low-Income Communities  

Experiential & Service Learning
CGI U Accepts Commitments to Action from Nazareth College Students  

Drury University Team Selected to Compete in 2015 Solar Decathlon

Arcadia University One of Six Schools Accepted into Peace Corps Prep Program 

Hamline's Arts in Health Class Leads into Internships 

Belmont Students Join "Up to Us" Campaign to Address National Debt

North Central Students Attend Leadership Conference Case Competition

New Hires & Appointments

Manhattan College President Elected to ACCU's Board of Directors 


Valparaiso Welcomes New Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration  


Awards & Recognition
St. Edward's Student's Company Highlighted in The New York Times

Stetson Wins 11 Communication and Marketing Awards at CASE

Pacific Lutheran University Named One of Nation's Greenest Campuses 

Stetson Takes Second in Statewide CFA Contest



Innovative New Digital Media Arts Lab Opens at Hamline

New Initiatives

Widener Signs the Green Chemistry Commitment

Faculty Accomplishments

 University of Evansville Professor Mark Cirino Joins Hemingway Letters Project



John Carroll Professor's Poetry Featured on "The Writer's Almanac"


Alumni Networks

Wagner Art Alum Impart Career Wisdom to Aspiring Students


NAC&U Student Programs:
Study Away, Online Courses
NAC&U student have many opportunities to expand their horizons, whether abroad, at another campus, or online.

For a list of Study Away programs, please go here.

For NAC&U Student Exchange programs, please go here.

For our Online Course Inventory, please go here.


Call for Proposals: 

Samford University's "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition: Augustine Across the Curriculum" 

From October 2 - 4, 2014 in Birmingham, AL, Samford University will host its inaugural conference on "Teaching the Christian Intellectual Tradition." Supported by funding from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, this biennial conference is designed to provide an opportunity for scholars from across the disciplines to share ideas about teaching Christianity's rich intellectual heritage to today's under-graduates. The 2014 conference will focus on Augustine and will feature plenary speakers Peter Kaufman (University of Richmond) and Kristen Deede Johnson (Western Theological Seminary).


Specialists and non-specialists are invited to submit proposals; however, proposals should be designed with the non-specialist in mind and should directly address how to incorporate Augustine in the classroom. Proposals that demonstrate the interdisciplinary connections in Augustine's work are strongly encouraged. The deadline for proposals is May 16, 2014. For more information on how to apply, please click here.

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