News and Notes
November 2014

Helen Hu
Debugging the Gender Inequity in Computer Science

Surveying her students, Westminster College computer science professor Dr. Helen Hu is often reminded of the gender inequity in her field. It's not unusual for Hu to be the only woman in the room in upper level computer science courses, and she can even recall a second semester course that consisted of only male students. Yet Hu is working on several strategies to correct the gender imbalance in computer science. Read more.


St. Edward's Focuses on Latinos and other Underrepresented Groups to Ensure Student Success

Located in Austin, TX, 35 percent of the nearly 5,000 students at St. Edward's University in 2013 identified as Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, at St. Edward's, the number of undergraduate college freshmen who characterize themselves as Hispanic/Latino grew from 31.8 percent in fall 2009 to 43.4 percent in fall 2013. Special programs at St. Edward's make sure that the institution is not leaving it to chance that these students will be successful. Read more.

In related news, five College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) students from St. Edward's University were selected for the Monsanto Scholars Program. Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. Read more.


St. Edward's, University of La Verne Rank High Among Hispanic-Friendly Institutions

The college ranking site BestColleges.com placed St. Edward's University and the University of La Verne at No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, among the "Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students." 

In related news, The University of La Verne became the first private institution in California to partner with TheDream.US, paving the way for undocumented students to receive as much as $25,000 in financial aid for an associate's or bachelor's degree. Read more.


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Mark Biermann

In "A Thoughtful Reflection, a Bright Future: Provost Biermann Sees Light at Valpo," Provost Mark Biermann reflects on his career and coming to Valparaiso University earlier this year. In the article he is quoted: "I desperately miss teaching. I desperately miss being in the classroom with the students. As an academic administrator, if you don't have a real love for teaching and scholarship, then your chances of being really effective decrease. You have to love what you're trying to support." Read more.

Under the guidance of Hamline University professor and Integrative Physiology Laboratory Director Lisa Ferguson Stegall, a group of undergraduate Hamline students conducted a summer research study entitled, The Effects of Statins on Measures of Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Functional Mobility, and Muscular Strength in Masters Swimmers. Although statin drugs generally do not produce life-threatening side effects, up to 20 percent of individuals using them have experienced muscle damage and weakness. The timely nature of the study means that the high-quality research being done by Hamline students will help advance scientific knowledge on the issue of statin-induced myopathy. Read more.

The Princeton Review named three NAC&U members in the 2015 edition of its annual guidebook, "The Best 296 Business Schools." It cited Belmont University's Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, the Kania School of Management at The University of Scranton, and the College of Business at Valparaiso University among the top schools in the country.

NAC&U Campus Trivia: What's in a Name?

Belmont University's Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business is named for the successful venture capitalist who was the first person in history to take three unrelated companies -- Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and Volunteer Capital Corporation (holding company of Wendy's fast food franchises) -- to the New York Stock Exchange.
Riad Ismat, North Central College visiting scholar-in-residence

In related news, North Central College has welcomed Riad Ismat, an acclaimed dramatist in the Arab world and Syrian minister of culture from 2010 to 2012, as scholar-in-residence for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Students in Dr. David Salomon's "Hamlet in Hyperspace" course at Russell Sage College visited the New York Public Library where they were given a private tour of the facility. Two issues addressed in the Honors course are the preservation of ideas and the history and future of the library.

Mea Culpa

Fifteen rather than 14 NAC&U members were named as 2015 Military Friendly Schools. We erroneously omitted The University of Scranton from our list last month.

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