News and Notes
Summer 2015

Faculty, Administrators Network and Move Forward on Collaborative Projects at Summer Institute


Attendees exchange info with 
Inside Higher Ed's Scott Jaschik

The 19th Annual Summer Institute held at Hamline University from June 17-19, 2015, gave administrators and faculty the opportunity to explore news ways of addressing opportunities and challenges in higher education.

The theme, "Convergence: Developing the Holistic University," was inspired by the recent release of the Teagle-funded monograph, "Redefining the Paradigm: Faculty Models to Support Student Learning." There was an extensive department chair workshop to learn how to begin creating holistic departments - or elements thereof - on their campuses. 


Read more about the Summer InstituteWatch videos from the plenary sessions on our YouTube channel. Check out the Summer Institute 2015 photo album on Facebook.

NAC&U's New Civic Engagement Collaborative Will Draw on Members' Strengths to Promote Sustainable Pre-K to 12 Outreach

This fall NAC&U will launch a Civic Engagement Collaborative (CEC) that will bring campus, community and student leaders together through reciprocal community-based partnerships that encourage opportunities for social innovation while deepening members' shared commitment to civic engagement. The first collaborative project will focus on pre-K to 12 education issues that are important to the various communities, whether it is literacy, graduation rates or other forms of youth empowerment. 

Read more.

Sage Students Build Foundation before Committing to Civic Engagement  

Building on the civic engagement theme at the Summer Institute, Eileen V. Brownell, an associate professor and chairperson of the School of Management at The Sage Colleges, gave an inspirational workshop on how she approached a civic engagement project in the Leadership and Diversity course that she teaches. 

"I didn't want to go in on the first day and say 'We're doing this project' because then it's Professor Brownell's project, not theirs," said Brownell.

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University of New Haven Becomes Newest NAC&U Member


Earlier this month we proudly announced that the University of New Haven, West Haven, Conn., joined NAC&U.

"We are excited to welcome the University of New Haven as an NAC&U member," said Nancy Hensel, president of NAC&U. "The University's strength in combining experiential education with a strong liberal arts foundation makes them a valuable addition to our current membership."

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Westminster College's Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Stephen R. Morgan as Westminster College's 18th president. President Morgan has been serving as acting president since February when Dr. Brian Levin-Stankevich announced his retirement from Westminster. A formal inauguration will take place in September.

President Morgan has devoted more than 30 years to Westminster in various administrative roles, most recently as the vice president of the Office of Institutional Advancement. 
Wise Advice for Graduates

North Central College
celebrated its commencement after our round-up of commencement quotes was posted last month.

You are graduating from one of the finest schools in America this day because along the way your hard work was matched by many others-parents, teachers, friends-your support system. It will always be thus. If you think all your victories are due solely to your own merits and efforts, some day you may find others giving you the chance to test this proposition. All alone.


-- Harold R. Wilde, President Emeritus, North Central College


Dr. Wilde also authored a piece about the importance of supporting liberal arts institutions. It was originally published by Zocalo Public Square on June 16 and later syndicated to a number of outlets including the Time magazine website.
Student & Alumni News

New Programs at NAC&U Campuses This Fall

Nazareth College will offer a subscription-based, accelerated R.N. to B.S. weekend nursing program. Each nurse in the program has control of how quickly they move through to completion. The more accelerated the track, the more cost savings, and a nurse could earn a full bachelor's degree in 16 months. The University of Scranton will also offer an expedited R.N. to B.S. nursing program in partnership with Geisinger Community Medical Center.


Manhattan College will add three new math programs: a master's program in applied mathematics - data analytics; a five-year program that includes a bachelor's degree in mathematics and master's degree in applied mathematics - data analytics; and an 18-credit post-baccalaureate program in applied mathematics - data analytics.


The University of Evansville has approved a new undergraduate major in health communication that will enable students to develop communication skills that can be applied specifically to careers in the health field. UE will be one of the few universities that offer an undergraduate major specifically in health communication.


North Central College will begin three new programs in Fall 2015: Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) studies, theatrical design and technology, and film and screen studies.


Widener University Presidential Search

Jim Harris announced in February 2015 that he would be leaving Widener University in July 2015 for a presidency at the University of San Diego.

Widener's Board of Trustees has formed a presidential search committee and has appointed the current Stephen Wilhite, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, as the interim president for the duration of the presidential search. Read the agenda and desired attributes for the next president of Widener.


Thank you for Belmont University, The Sage Colleges and Valparaiso University for sharing the press release about NAC&U's Teagle-funded monograph last month.

To read the monograph, please go here.

Read coverage of the monograph from Inside Higher Ed.

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NAC&U has created a simple brochure that you can use to share opportunities with your students. 

You can download it directly from our website or we can send brochures directly to you. 

To request brochures be mailed to you, please contact Nancy Hensel via email.


NAC&U Members
Arcadia University * Belmont University * Drury University
Hamline University * Hampton University * John Carroll University  Manhattan College * Nazareth College * North Central College
Ohio Northern University * Pacific Lutheran University
St. Edward's University * Samford University * The Sage Colleges
The University of Scranton * University of Evansville
University of La Verne * University of New Haven
University of Redlands * Valparaiso University * Wagner College  Westminster College * Widener University