A Compendium of Recent News from CIC Member Institutions

Celebrating Achievements

Faculty at several CIC institutions were named as 2015 U.S. Professors of the Year. Brian Alegant, professor of music theory at Oberlin College (OH), was named a national winner of the award. In addition, ten faculty members at CIC member institutions—Albion College (MI), Augsburg College (MN), Austin College (TX), Birmingham-Southern College (AL), Centre College (KY), DePauw University (IN), Grinnell College (IA), Hendrix College (AR), Ohio Wesleyan University, and Regis University (CO)—were selected as state winners. Presented by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the program honored the professors for their dedication to undergraduate teaching at a November awards ceremony in Washington, DC.
 
The Rhodes Trust in November named 32 American students as winners of Rhodes Scholarships for 2016. Three recipients of the prestigious scholarship are from CIC member institutions: College of Saint Benedict (MN), Millsaps College (MS), and Oberlin College (OH). Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.
 
The Institute of International Education released its 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange in November. Several CIC member institutions topped the list of colleges with the highest undergraduate participation rates in study abroad. Arcadia University (PA), St. Olaf College (MN), Calvin College (MI), University of Richmond (VA), DePauw University (IN), College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN), Taylor University (IN), Luther College (IA), Oberlin College (OH), and Colorado College ranked in the top ten on the lists of master’s- or baccalaureate-level institutions.
 
Georgian Court University (NJ) and Endicott College (MA) were winter 2015 honorees of University Business magazine’s Models of Excellence program. The national recognition program honors colleges and universities that have implemented innovative, effective, and inter-departmental initiatives that bolster student success.
 

A college tour views an academic building and a large tree
Tusculum College’s (TN) Greeneville campus was named a level-one arboretum by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council in fall 2015. The college gave tree tours after a designation ceremony. (Photo courtesy of Tusculum College)

 

Creating Partnerships

Lynn University (FL) in November announced an academic collaboration with Amani Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Nairobi, Kenya, and São Paulo, Brazil, that focuses on developing next-generation leadership. Together, the institutions will offer an MBA in social innovation management. Lynn University also recently launched a collaboration with General Assembly, a global network of campuses for technology, business, and design. Lynn students now have access to General Assembly’s immersive technology design program in which they turn ideas into projects, portfolios, and prototypes and connect to a global community of technologists.
 
Alvernia University (PA) established a new global studies partnership with Australian Catholic University to offer students more options to study health care abroad. The universities also are exploring faculty development opportunities and service-abroad initiatives that would engage students from both universities.
 
Benedictine University (IL) and the Ross University School of Medicine signed an articulation agreement in the fall to boost medical school options for students. Both institutions will provide educational opportunities to Benedictine students who are eligible for admission and matriculation to Ross University School of Medicine, which is based in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies.
 
In December, the Endicott College (MA) Van Loan School Institute for Behavioral Studies and the May Institute announced a partnership to meet the increasing demand for highly trained, board-certified treatment professionals for autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Students can select from three options for master’s-level training in applied behavior analysis: an MEd in applied behavior analysis, certification as a board-certified behavior analyst, or teacher certification in severe special education/applied behavior analysis.
 
Ohio Northern University in November launched a rural mobile health care clinic in partnership with three local health care organizations: Kenton Community Health Center, Kenton-Hardin Health Department, and Hardin Memorial Hospital. Faculty, students, and health care specialists will educate residents about matters such as nutrition, tobacco cessation, and disease prevention and deliver health services such as immunizations and medication therapy management.
 
McDaniel College (MD) and Maryland’s Howard County Public School System in October launched Teachers for Tomorrow (T4T), a college scholarship program to develop greater diversity in the school system’s workforce. T4T will offer full scholarships for low-income students in Howard County who attend McDaniel and commit to work in local public schools for three years.
 
Saint Augustine’s University (NC) is collaborating with AT&T North Carolina to increase technology-learning experiences in the southeast Raleigh community by offering a digital literacy program. The inaugural program will help southeast Raleigh residents develop a broad range of skills to use digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktop PCs. The first cohort will consist of community members age 55 and older; the second will consist of community members age 18 to 25.
 
In December, Concordia University Chicago (IL) signed a “3+1” agreement with Triton College, a nearby community college. The program allows Triton graduates with an associate’s degree in accounting and business administration, business management, or accounting and finance to transfer all their credits and finish a bachelor’s degree in business at Concordia.
 
Northland College (WI) is the only four-year college selected to participate in the 21st Century Conservation Corps, which aims to fast-track veterans and students on the path to a federal conservation career. Students and veterans who have interned, volunteered, or worked seasonally with the U.S. Forest Service will be able to apply for jobs in the agency with preferential status, which means they will be considered alongside federal employees with work experience.
 
Charleston Southern University (SC) is partnering with the University of South Carolina to investigate the use of robots for coastal missions, targeting the coastal waters of South Carolina. The partnership may involve a robot team of underwater vehicles, surface vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, fixed-wing vehicles, and quadrocopters. The fleet of robots could impact environmental monitoring, homeland security, and resource utilization.
 

a group of students pose with gardening tools in front of collected leaves and debris
West Virginia Wesleyan College students, faculty, and staff worked together in the fall to pull out invasive weeds from Buckhannon, West Virginia’s, new Nature Park/Learning Trail. The large-scale weed pull was a collaborative venture between Wesleyan’s WE LEAD Eco/Sustainability team, WVWC biology faculty, and Buckhannon’s Street Crew. (Photo courtesy of West Virginia Wesleyan College)


Major Gifts, Grants, and Campaign Successes

In November, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced grants of $44.5 million to help 82 private four-year colleges and universities around the country develop high school youth theology institutes. Sixty-three of the institutions to receive grants are CIC member institutions.
 
Lynn University’s (FL) namesake donor in October pledged $15 million to help the university build its first student union. The challenge grant is the largest gift in the university’s history and will fund the Christine E. Lynn University Center to house student meeting and activity rooms, a career center, dining facilities, a campus store, student government offices, and more.
 
Colorado College announced in December receipt of an $8.5 million gift from an anonymous donor. The gift will support the development of an innovation program, with funds for building construction and a chaired professorship in innovation.
 
Le Moyne College (NY) alumni John and Kathy Purcell recently gave the college $6.5 million, marking the third-largest donation in the college’s history. The donation will help the professional studies school expand its health education programs, including by offering new occupational therapy, nurse practitioner, and educational leadership doctorate programs.
 

Front view of an academic building under renovation surrounded by scaffolding
Meredith College (NC) in the fall received a $3.5 million gift to renovate the college’s iconic Johnson Hall (pictured) and add a new welcome center to the facility. The gift is the largest in the college’s history and was given by the Jud Ammons family of Raleigh, in honor of Jud Ammons’s late wife, Meredith College alumna Jo Ellen Ammons. In October, Meredith announced the receipt of a $1 million gift from Bobbitt Clay Williams (1957) and her husband Bill Williams of Newport Beach, California; the gift also will support renovations to Johnson Hall. (Photo courtesy of Meredith College)

Loras College (IA) in December received an anonymous $2 million commitment toward its Inspiring Lives and Leadership campaign. The estate gift will fund scholarships for students who demonstrate financial need.
 
McDaniel College (MD) in December announced receipt of a $2 million gift to fund the Robert Lee Madison Memorial Scholarship. Made in memory of Robert Lee Madison, who died of pneumonia in the early 1970s before beginning his studies at McDaniel, the bequest is from the estate of his mother and her second husband. The new scholarship will augment McDaniel’s competitive Dorsey Scholars Program.
 
During the Saint Martin’s University (WA) tenth annual gala held in November, four celebrity chefs helped raise $1.6 million for student scholarships. Chefs from the cast of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning show, The Chew, inspired more than 740 guests to raise the college’s record-breaking figure.
 

New Programs and Majors

Bridgewater College (VA) opened a new Center for Engaged Learning in October. The center brings together new initiatives at the college: the Zane D. Showker Institute for Responsible Leadership, the Kline-Bowman Institute for Peacebuilding, and the Wade Institute for Teaching and Learning. The center also houses established programs in general education, study abroad, and endowed lectures as well as the honors program.
 
In the fall, Northland College (WI) opened the Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation, which will prepare future stewards of water resources, solve water resource problems, and promote discussion about water use among local, national, and world leaders. The center conducts research in the region and translates findings to influence discussions on water policy.
 
Lynchburg College (VA) launched three new master’s degree programs in the fall. The two-year master’s degree in nonprofit leadership studies is offered in executive format and includes a service-learning component; the five-semester master’s degree in criminal justice leadership is based on an interdisciplinary approach; and the one-year master’s degree in public health concentrates on community health.
 
Adrian College (MI) launched a master of education degree in curriculum, instruction, and assessment and a master of arts in sports administration and leadership in the fall. The programs take two years for full-time students to complete, and the college offers an extended program for full-time professionals.
 
Brescia University (KY) will add a master of social work degree to its offering of BUonline programs, the school’s online learning option. The program will begin in fall 2016 and will join the current bachelor of social work online and traditional programs that are offered at the university.
 
Hilbert College (NY) has expanded its criminal justice program by offering an online master of science degree in criminal justice administration. The program is designed to enhance critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in the areas of administration, management, budget and finance, research, decision making, ethics, diversity, and organizational change.
 
Gannon University (PA) will add a new master of science degree in criminalistics. The new program in the university’s College of Humanities, Education, and Social Science is one of only seven graduate programs in criminalistics offered in the United States and will admit its first students in fall 2016.
 
Judson University (IL) is adding new academic programs to its roster of offerings for adult students, including an MA in clinical mental health counseling and an MA in human services administration; both programs will begin in the 2016–2017 academic year.
 
Bethany Lutheran College (MN) began offering a new major in legal studies in the fall. The interdisciplinary major was developed in the liberal arts tradition, drawing on existing programs in communications, history, and sociology.
 
Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Economics will add a business administration major in fall 2016 with concentrations available in management and marketing. Grounded in the liberal arts, the major will emphasize critical thinking, written and verbal communication, a thorough understanding of business theory and practice, and an appreciation of the connections between business and other fields.
 
After eight years of having a neuroscience minor, Concordia College (MN) will introduce a neuroscience major next fall. The interdisciplinary program will require students to complete a hands-on component through service learning, research internships, or a campus leadership role.
 
In fall 2016, West Virginia Wesleyan College will offer a new bachelor of health science degree. Housed in the School of Nursing, the major will be available as both a four-year undergraduate degree on campus as well as in an online cohort.
 
Newberry College (SC) is adding a bachelor of science degree in digital marketing this spring. The degree is an interdepartmental collaboration involving business administration, communications, social media, and graphic design programs.
 
Johnson C. Smith University (NC) began offering a bachelor’s degree in dance in the fall. The new major is part of an initiative to make the university an arts hub in the region and was developed out of an already existing interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in the visual and performing arts.
 
Central College (IA) has launched a BS in engineering. The major will include coursework in materials, electronics, thermodynamics, dynamic systems, physics, and mathematics and culminates with a two-semester capstone design course.
 
The University of Indianapolis (IN) will begin offering bachelor’s degrees in engineering in fall 2016. The first phase of the program will focus on industrial engineering and software engineering. Previously, the university had offered engineering only in partnership with other institutions.
 
Centenary College (NJ) launched a new BS degree in forensic science in the fall. The multidisciplinary program is delivered in a variety of formats, including the traditional classroom, science laboratory, and hands-on experiential learning.
 
Westminster College (MO) began offering a new security studies major in the fall. Developed out of a minor that was first offered in 2012, the new major addresses issues of national security, homeland security, intelligence, and technology security.
 
The University of Saint Francis (IN) has worked with local law enforcement officials to develop a new four-year program in criminal justice and criminology. Launched in the fall, the bachelor’s degree prepares students for a career in law enforcement or for graduate school.
 
Alverno College (WI) has launched a new Adult Learning Program for working women. Through the accelerated program, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as three years. In the fall, Missouri Baptist University also started an Adult and Online Learning Program and is offering four bachelor’s degrees entirely online: health care management, general studies, organizational leadership, and sport management. Alvernia University (PA) continues to expand its online education programs and this fall began offering bachelor’s degrees in health care science, business, and behavioral health. Mount Saint Mary’s University (CA) Online began offering a BS degree in criminology in the fall and unveiled a BS degree in business administration for this spring.
 
LaGrange College (GA) in the fall launched the first band programs in the college’s history. The college started a wind ensemble, chamber ensemble, jazz band, and pep bands that will play at athletic events. LaGrange is offering $1,000 tuition grants to students who audition and then commit to participating both semesters.
 


New, Planned, and Recently Renovated Facilities

Front view of the new library building at dusk
Muskingum University (OH) opened the Roberta A. Smith University Library in January 2016. Its core is the pre-existing 1960 library now enveloped in 16,000 square feet of new construction to create a spacious 40,000-square-foot facility. The library is modeled around the modern concept of an information commons, bringing together academic life and social life and infused with technology. (Photo courtesy of Muskingum University)

Johnson C. Smith University (NC) opened its new 63,000 square-foot Science Center in the fall. The $25 million project is part of a larger STEM complex that will include a new technology center and STEM student support center as well as centers that study renewable energy, medical informatics, electronics and cyber security, robotics, analytics, and bioinformatics.
 
Benedictine University (IL) dedicated its newest academic building, the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business, at a ceremony in October. Home for the university’s graduate and undergraduate business programs, the 125,000-square-foot, four-story hall is the largest classroom building on campus and features a 600-seat auditorium, a state-of-the-art Bloomberg Trading Lab, and a 6,000-square-foot “Global Hall” entrance area.
 
In October, Campbell University (NC) opened the First Citizens Wealth Management Center. Located on the first floor of the business school, the state-of-the-art center simulates an investment firm environment, a trading room, and a trust center, and it provides the latest tools and data that financial advisors use.

Students congregating in an outdoor courtyard during the food court's dedication
In November, Concordia College (NY) dedicated its new state-of-the-art food court featuring barista style coffee stations and an expanded seating area, an enhanced game room, a redesigned campus store, a spacious lounge with large LED screens, new study lounges, and a redesigned garden in the outdoor courtyard. (Photo courtesy of Concordia College)


Campus Changes

The American University Duhok Kurdistan (Iraq) changed its name to American University of Kurdistan in December 2015. Felician College (NJ) officially changed its name to Felician University in November. In August, Iowa Wesleyan College officially changed its name to Iowa Wesleyan University.
 
The University of Mary (ND) is expanding its Watford City presence by establishing a permanent location at the Watford City Event Center in 2017. The college plans to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as other programs at the center.
 

Four students pose with author, poet, and screenwriter Sherman Alexie
Springfield College (MA) welcomed author, poet, and screenwriter Sherman Alexie to campus in October. Alexie’s lecture focused on his book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and was part of the Springfield College Arts and Humanities Speaker Series. (Photo credit: Will Casey)



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