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6-Campus Update

A Compendium of Recent News from CIC Member Institutions


 Rhodes College (TN) acquired an extensive collection of memorabilia from the late Civil War historian and author Shelby Foote in the spring. Laila Adams Eckles ’71 and Bob Johnson, Rhodes’ vice president for student and information services, view materials from the collection.

Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemorative Activities

The 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War in April 1861 was commemorated on CIC campuses across the country in April in a variety of ways. To celebrate the inauguration of R. Owen Williams as Transylvania University’s (KY) 25th president, a symposium was held on “The Civil War and Reconstruction in the Border States: History and Memory at the Sesquicentennial,” the topic of Williams’ own scholarly work. Allegheny College (PA) posted on its website the first of a series of letters written by Union soldier and Allegheny alumnus James D. Chadwick beginning in 1861, the year he enlisted as a senior in college. Each of Chadwick’s letters will be posted 150 years from the date of the original letter. Chadwick was a member of the Allegheny College Volunteer Company, which was one of the most seasoned companies in the Army of the Potomac and suffered the loss of more than half of its student soldiers. The letters can be found at Westminster College (MO) hosted a panel discussion that examined the Civil War from two perspectives—that of the pro-Southern Missouri State Guard soldiers who marched off to war soon after Fort Sumter and that of the Callaway County slaves who earned their freedom by enlisting as Union soldiers. Eureka College (IL) held a two-day event that featured a ceremony memorializing members of Company G of the 17th Illinois Infantry and a living history encampment that included Eureka College students and faculty members who gathered at the “Recruiting Elm” on campus to sign up for military service. A performance by the Central Illinois Civil War Dance Society, a Civil War exhibit in the library, and living history presentations by Eureka College history and theater students were also part of the commemorative activities.
Beginning this fall, Hartwick College (NY) will present a symposium on “Diverse Voices and Faces of the Civil War.” The symposium will take place September 2011 through April 2012 with exhibits, presentations, trips, grave-site salutes to Civil War soldiers, and musical performances. During the symposium, Hartwick will host the United States Colored Troops Institute and American Society of Freedmen Descendants Mini-Conference in November. In addition, the college will commemorate the Oneonta, New York, area’s historic ties to the Underground Railroad with Oneonta’s first “Flight to Freedom Festival.”

New Special Collections

Rhodes College (TN) acquired a 2,350-volume book collection, personal papers and diaries, handwritten book drafts and maps, and memorabilia from the estate of famed novelist and Civil War historian Shelby Dade Foote Jr. (1916–2005). Many of the books from Foote’s personal library are rare, including signed first edition novels by William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Walker Percy. Foote’s personal papers as well as research notes, manuscripts, and hand-drawn maps associated with The Civil War: A Narrative will be invaluable to historians. Many of the materials in the collection will be digitized and made available for review online. Foote gave numerous lectures at and received an honorary degree from Rhodes College in 1982.
Connecticut College is in the process of archiving and organizing its new Beatrix Potter Collection. This archive was compiled by Connecticut graduate Linda Lear in the course of researching and writing her award-winning biography, Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature. The archive consists of about 15 linear feet of archival material as well as nearly 200 books and periodicals.
The Drake University (IA) Bulldogs celebrated their win against an all-star Mexican team in a historic football game in Tanzania—the first organized football game played on African soil. The Bulldogs, accompanied by Drake President David Maxwell, then worked on community projects and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro.

International Activities​

In May, American football crossed a new international border when the Drake University (IA) Bulldogs football team and the CONADEIPA All-Stars from Mexico met to play the first organized football game on African soil. Thanks to a second-half comeback, Drake won the Global Kilimanjaro Bowl 17–7 in front of nearly 12,000 Tanzanian spectators at the Sheik Amri Abedi Memorial Stadium. Players from both teams also spent four days working on community projects including: the construction of Kitaa Hope Orphanage for children orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS; building a house for teachers at the Tema Secondary School; and running football clinics for local youth. The teams ended their journey with a climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Several Drake players and president David Maxwell blogged about their experiences at

Four Trinity College (CT) students were awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kathryn Wasserman Davis 100 Projects for Peace Initiative to support their “Tanzanian Women’s Health” initiative, which includes the construction of a maternity ward and an HIV/AIDS education program at a village health clinic in Tanzania this summer. The students, Ibrahim Diallo, Rosalia Abreu, Sofia Melograno, and Madeleine Shukurani are members of the African Development Coalition (ADC), which was co-founded at Trinity by Diallo and Abreu. Each year, the student-led ADC selects a different African country to feature in its mission to raise awareness of contemporary African culture, politics, and economic issues on the Trinity campus and beyond. The students chose Tanzania because it has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

At the invitation of NightLight (an international organization addressing the complex issues surrounding human trafficking and prostitution) students in Eastern University’s (PA) master’s in urban studies program traveled to Bangkok, Thailand, in June. The graduate students worked at the NightLight International Center in the red light district of Bangkok where they constructed a creative prayer garden. NightLight’s mission is to provide a program of holistic transformation for sexually exploited women and children, empowering them to live and work in their community.

In July, Benedictine University (IL) hosted a college and community forum featuring student leaders from the Middle East and North Africa who visited this country through the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) program, “Study at the United States Institutes for Student Leaders.” The students discussed the problems they face as young leaders in the changing Arab world. Through the program, students explore the principles of democracy and fundamental American values such as individual rights, freedom of expression, tolerance, and volunteerism.
With funding from the U.S. Department of State, World Learning, a global leader in international education, exchange, and development, has placed 39 international students for a semester or a year of undergraduate study in ten CIC member institutions during the 2011–2012 academic year as part of the Global Undergraduate Exchange (Global UGRAD) Program for East Asia and the Pacific and the Western Hemisphere. The institutions selected for participation this year include: Augustana College (SD), Austin College (TX), Chatham University (PA), Endicott College (MA), Juniata College (PA), Maryville College (TN), Nazareth College (NY), North Central College (IL), University of Evansville (IN), and Utica College (NY).
Chowan University (NC) faculty members partnered with mathematics teachers from Hertford, Bertie, and Northampton County Schools for a professional development project offered by NC Quest entitled “Improving Achievement in Mathematics.” The project offers school-based professional development for mathematics teachers in grades 6–12. The goal is to enhance teachers’ sense of professionalism and to incorporate them into the statewide network of mathematics educators at all levels.

Creating Partnerships

Chowan University (NC) faculty members partnered with mathematics teachers from Hertford, Bertie, and Northampton County Schools for a professional development project offered by NC Quest entitled “Improving Achievement in Mathematics.” The project offers school-based professional development for mathematics teachers in grades 6–12. The goal is to enhance teachers’ sense of professionalism and to incorporate them into the statewide network of mathematics educators at all levels.
Beginning in fall 2011 Trine University (IN) will partner with Grace College and Seminary (IN) to offer several engineering degrees on the Grace campus. The agreement signed in the spring will allow Grace students the opportunity to reap the benefits of both a Grace education as well as specialized, on-campus training in engineering through Trine University. Trine will offer several engineering degree programs on the Grace campus, including a bachelor of engineering with concentrations in mechanical, civil, and biomedical engineering; a bachelor of science in engineering technology; a master of science in leadership; and an online master’s degree in engineering.

Announcing New Majors and Programs

Several CIC institutions recently announced approval of their first doctoral degree programs. William Woods University (MO) will offer a doctorate in educational leadership designed for educational leaders in public, private, and higher education. New England College (NH) also recently launched a doctor of education degree program featuring concentrations in K-12 leadership and higher education administration. The program is structured around a three-year course of study and a series of low-residency learning experiences on campus that allows students to integrate learning with their work while they continue to build their careers. Alaska Pacific University will launch its first doctoral program this fall. The doctor of psychology in counseling psychology will provide a new opportunity in Alaska for current master’s level students in counseling psychology, human services, and other fields to pursue and earn a doctorate. Until now students desiring a doctorate have been forced to seek it out of state or through on-line programs. Mount Mary College (WI) has expanded its art therapy program to include a professional doctorate degree, the college’s first as well as the first of its kind in the U.S. The program is intended as a natural extension of the master’s program and is designed to transform the profession by integrating the artistic, scientific, and social activist elements of art therapy.

Capitol College (MD) will launch a master’s degree in astronautical engineering in the fall that is designed to enhance the careers of engineers working in the aerospace industry and for those with BS degrees in science or engineering who seek work in the aerospace industry. The coursework is designed to prepare graduates for the rigors of employment at nearby government agencies and engineering companies, including NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. Viterbo University (WI) will offer a master of science degree in mental health counseling this fall. Students will select an area for emphasis such as advanced training in addiction counseling, integrative health counseling, or child and adolescence counseling. Lourdes University (OH) recently announced the launch of a master of business administration (MBA) program also beginning this fall. The MBA at Lourdes is a full-time degree program that can be completed in one year. Students will participate in two immersion experiences (similar to a co-op or residency) as part of the coursework. Endicott College (MA) announced that the school of communication this fall will offer a major in internet studies, one of the first available in the country. Students earning a bachelor of science in internet studies will learn the ways in which the internet and computer-mediated communications have transformed the way we live. Messiah College (PA) recently launched a master in higher education degree with specialized tracks in college athletics management, institutional advancement, and student affairs. Aurora University (IL) will introduce a master of science in criminal justice this fall. It is primarily designed for adult learners already employed in the field.
Beginning this fall, Brescia University (KY) will offer a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary early childhood education. Students will be certified to work with children from birth through kindergarten, including children with disabilities. The program combines elements of general education, special education, psychology, social work, and speech pathology.
A team of volunteers from the College of New Rochelle (NY) visited Ecuador in the spring to assist with a variety of education and health programs, including working in child daycare centers and a medical dispensary, assisting with medical visits, and offering health awareness programs. Nursing student Suzanne Mariano (pictured) tutored students in an after-school program.

New and Recently Renovated Facilities​

Arcadia University (PA) opened a new campus in King of Prussia (PA) to expand access to its business and education programs for adult learners and professionals seeking to take classes at night around a full-time job or family commitments. The business and education programs at the new campus will focus on teacher education for children with special needs. St. Bonaventure University (NY) opened its Center for Student Wellness in June. The center integrates health services and the counseling center. Students now benefit from immediate referrals for physical and mental health issues in one centralized location. Anna Maria College (MA) opened its new St. Anne Hall residence in August. The 200-bed facility will provide upper-class students for the first time with on-campus, suite-style living.

Major Gifts and Campaign Success

Mount Vernon Nazarene University (OH) recently announced that it has received a $10 million anonymous commitment, the largest in the university’s history. The historic gift will not only support the next phase of the university’s campus master plan with the addition of new and enhanced facilities, but it will serve to propel the institution’s mission and vision forward in innovative ways as identified in the university’s strategic plan.

Saint Mary’s College (IN) has received the largest single private gift in the college’s 167-year history. Philanthropists MaryAnn and Clayton Mathile, parents of Saint Mary’s alumna Jennifer Mathile Prikkel ’95, donated $9 million for the renovation of Science Hall, which houses the departments of biology, chemistry, and physics. In addition, Prikkel, a member of Saint Mary’s College board of trustees, has donated $1 million to the project for a combined gift of $10 million. Science Hall will be modernized to create new learning and study spaces that encourage students to collaborate with their peers. Additionally Saint Mary’s College announced a gift of $4.7 million from the trust of Marjorie A. Neuhoff ’61, which will establish endowments for a chair in nursing, a need-based scholarship, and the Summer Science Research Communities.

The University of Bridgeport (CT) recently received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for its ongoing work to help low-income teenagers graduate from high school and enter college. The Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a federal campaign that provides academic and social support for disadvantaged students. The ETS program has been run by the University of Bridgeport in partnership with the city’s public schools since 1991 and serves roughly 800 middle and high school students each year. Though considered to be “at risk” for dropping out, 88 percent of students who graduate from the university’s ETS program attend college.
Milligan College (TN) announced that Forward Ever: The Campaign for Milligan College has surpassed its $25 million goal, raising $28 million for scholarship, community, and wellness initiatives at the college. Milligan launched the campaign in 2009 in preparation for the college’s 150th anniversary in 2016. These funds have provided 40 new scholarships at Milligan, many new and improved campus buildings and programs, new degree programs and majors, and the expansion of existing programs such as Milligan’s diversity, servant-leadership, campus ministry, and sustainability initiatives.
This fall, Endicott College (MA) will open its new 260 bed Marblehead residence hall to help accommodate the largest incoming class in the history of the college. The new hall includes a fitness room as well as a variety of lounge and study spaces.

Changing Names

Peace College (NC) recently announced that it will be changing its name to William Peace University and will admit men to its undergraduate programs for the first time in its 154-year history beginning in 2012. Peace currently admits men to the William Peace School of Professional Studies for students pursuing degrees through evening and online courses. Pikeville College (KY) has officially changed its name to University of Pikeville and Western New England College (MA) is now Western New England University.​
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