A Compendium of Fall 2016 News from CIC Member Institutions

Celebrating Achievements

The Corporation for National and Community Service in September 2016 announced the annual President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2015, including the recipients of the President’s Award, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. CIC member institution Springfield College (MA) was selected as one of four President’s Award winners for its commitment to community service. In addition, six CIC member institutions were named Honor Roll Finalists, including Central College (IA) and Woodbury University (CA) for general community service; Emory & Henry College (VA) and Gonzaga University (WA) for education; and Augsburg College (MN) and Ohio Wesleyan University for interfaith community service.

The Institute of International Education released its 2016 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), Centre College (KY), Centenary College of Louisiana, DePauw University (IN), Drake University (IA), Goucher College (MD), Hamline University (MN), Hanover College (IN), Lee University (TN), Loyola University Maryland, Rollins College (FL), St. Olaf College (MN), Susquehanna University (PA), Taylor University (IN), University of Dallas (TX), University of Denver (CO), University of St. Thomas (MN), and Wofford College (SC) ranked among the top ten institutions on the lists of doctorate, master’s, or baccalaureate-level institutions.

Two CIC member institutions were winter 2016 honorees in University Business magazine’s Models of Excellence—a national recognition program honoring colleges and universities that have implemented innovative, effective, and inter-departmental initiatives to bolster student success. Moravian College (PA) won for its two-day Backpack to Briefcase seminar program that helps students learn about life after graduation. Seton Hill University (PA) won for its Fit for the World program, a four-year career readiness initiative that blends targeted and personalized career preparation within a liberal arts education.

Kentucky Wesleyan College’s Office of Advancement has broken the college’s fundraising records the past two years. The efforts paid off as the college earned ten statewide awards from the Kentucky chapter of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in December. Wesleyan won the Grand Award, given to the top performing institution, in the category of Overall Best Practices in Fundraising and a Grand Award for Print and Digital Publications for its President’s Circle marketing materials. The college also earned four Awards of Excellence for media, programs, and design and four Special Merit Awards for media, publications, and design.

Carol Leary, president of Bay Path University (MA), was one of eight college and university presidents appointed to serve on the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC) in the fall. HSAAC convened college and university presidents, other academic leaders, and interagency partners on October 19 to provide the Secretary of Homeland Security and Department of Homeland Security senior leadership with recommendations.

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A team from Earlham College (IN), composed of one current student and three alumni, received $1 million in start-up capital after winning the 2016 Hult Prize in September. Sponsored by the Hult International Business School and the Clinton Global Initiative, the Hult Prize is the world’s largest student competition for social good. The Earlham team, Magic Bus, developed a tech platform to help commuters in 11 countries make better use of public buses, positively affecting millions of people.
(Photo courtesy of Earlham College)

Creating Partnerships

To enable Syrian students to receive a safe, high-quality education, the Books Not Bombs campaign aims to incentivize universities to offer scholarships to Syrian students and join the International Institute of Education Syria Consortium. Eighteen CIC member institutions became participants in the initiative: Albion College (MI), California Lutheran University, Clark University (IA), Columbia College Chicago (IL), DePaul University (IL), Kalamazoo College (MI), Lake Forest College (IL), Loyola University New Orleans (LA), Marist College (NY), Middlebury College (VT), Mount Holyoke College (MA), Regis University (CO), University of Denver (CO), University of Evansville (IN), University of Redlands (CA), University of the Pacific (CA), Valparaiso University (IN), and Wheelock College (MA).

Eleven of 28 colleges and universities that partnered with the It’s On Us campaign in the fall are CIC member institutions. It’s On Us is a national public campaign, launched by the Obama administration in 2014, that aims to create safe campuses by changing campus culture to decrease instances of sexual assault. The CIC member institutions include Berea College (KY), Centenary College of Louisiana, Denison University (OH), High Point University (NC), Juniata College (PA), Lafayette College (PA), Pacific Lutheran University (WA), Park University (MO), Saint Leo University (FL), Spelman College (GA), and University of Puget Sound (WA).

In September, the six Catholic colleges in Iowa formed the Iowa Catholic Collegiate Association to collaborate and find innovative ways to address the ever-changing issues facing private colleges and universities. Together Briar Cliff University, Clarke University, Loras College, Mercy College of Health Sciences, Mount Mercy University, and St. Ambrose University will explore possible joint ventures to contain costs, enhance effectiveness, and improve competitiveness with the goal of sustaining and enhancing Catholic higher education in Iowa.

Supervisors at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) headquarters in Indianapolis are honing their management and leadership skills through a customized certificate program developed in partnership with the University of Indianapolis (IN). NCAA Leadership Essentials, delivered on-site by the university’s School for Adult Learning, is an eight-week program to enhance employee management abilities in the areas of critical thinking, conflict resolution, employee engagement, change management, human resources, legal affairs, and teamwork.

Malone University (OH) and the University of Akron will partner to offer a dual-degree program in mechanical engineering beginning in fall 2017. Graduates will earn a BA in physical sciences from Malone and a BS in mechanical engineering from Akron.

The CPA Center of Excellence—an entity for research, leadership, and support of certified professional accountants and other professional service providers—launched a trans-Atlantic academic project in September with Indiana Wesleyan University and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Geared toward business students at both universities, the partnership will become one of the first international partnerships to report on the benchmarking of employability skills.

In the fall, Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) announced a strategic partnership with the Back Office Cooperative (BOC), a membership organization that works to improve the performance of nonprofits. The partnership will provide ACI members administrative cost-reduction solutions. BOC works to improve performance of nonprofits by increasing buying power, delivering expense management services, and providing an environment for sharing best practices.

In October, Coker College (SC) announced a partnership with Northeastern Technical College (NETC) to offer a criminology bridge program for NETC students. The program, which will begin this spring, will provide graduates of NETC’s criminal justice program a direct transfer to Coker College.

A new agreement with Georgian Court University (NJ) will allow Trenton Catholic Academy students to earn university course credits, secure guaranteed admission to college, and qualify for special scholarship funding—all while still in high school.

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As the humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to make international headlines, a senior mechanical engineering project at Cedarville University (OH) is confronting the refugee problem by designing an emergency shelter that can last for at least a year. In addition to material considerations, the team’s shelter must accommodate specific religious and cultural customs of the largely Muslim refugee population. The team will create a scale model of the shelter this spring, and future senior project teams will continue the work. (Photo courtesy of Cedarville University)

Major Gifts, Grants, and Campaign Successes

The U.S. Department of Education announced in October the awarding of more than $71 million in new and non-competing grants to help strengthen the capacity and performance of American education in world languages, cultural understanding, area and international studies, and research. Of the more than 100 grants, CIC member institutions Avila University (MO), Gettysburg College (PA), Hendrix College (AR), and Immaculata University (PA) received Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Short-Term Awards. Chestnut Hill College (PA), Immaculata University, Morehouse College (GA), University of St. Thomas (TX), and Wofford College (SC) won Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Awards.

Gannon University’s (PA) seven-year Vision 2020 Campaign concluded in fall 2016, after raising $67.5 million, a record-breaking amount. Also, in December, Gannon University’s Scholars of Excellence in Engineering and Computer Science scholarship program received a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation ​to support students’ academic growth for a four-year period (2017–2021). The scholarship will be used to support 25 academically promising students per year in one of the eight majors in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Hollins University (VA) in November received the largest single gift commitment in its 175-year history. Elizabeth Hall McDonnell, and her husband, James S. McDonnell III, pledged $20 million for the university’s unrestricted endowment. Elizabeth is a member of Hollins’s class of 1962 and has served on the university’s board of trustees since 2008.

Carthage College (WI) announced a record $15 million gift in December. Longtime Carthage College benefactor Jan Tarble’s gift will fund a career and welcome center that will equip students to thrive in a rapidly changing workforce.

In November, High Point University (NC) received a $10 million gift from an anonymous donor that will support a new undergraduate sciences school and building; construction on the facility will begin in summer 2017. In November, the university also received $3 million from a couple with roots in the city of High Point. David Couch, CEO of the Blue Ridge Companies Inc., and his wife Stephanie Quayle, an accomplished singer and songwriter, made the gift in recognition of the university’s leadership and positive impact in the city.

California Lutheran University received a $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education in September to support students in STEM fields. The funding will enable the university to hire four staff members, start several new programs, provide paid student research fellowships and internships, and transform a campus building into a hub for services to STEM students.

Avila University (MO) announced in November receipt of a $3.5 million contribution—the largest single gift in the university’s 100-year history. The gift was made through the estate of Vita Goppert, a generous patron of the arts and Avila’s first lay female board member, and will be used to support a new Goppert Performing Arts Center.

In the fall, Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center received grants from the John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation to support arts in the community and new educational initiatives. The gifts, which total $3.5 million, followed after Colorado College and the Fine Arts Center formed a partnership to create new learning opportunities and enrich arts programming for the region.

In December, Sewanee: The University of the South (TN) announced a $3 million commitment to the university’s Stronger Truer Sewanee campaign from Lee (1967) and Dorothy Thomas of Jacksonville, Florida. The Lee and Dorothy Thomas Wellness Center will be part of a new recreation facility housed in the renovated Sewanee bookstore building.

Augustana College (IL) in November received a $2.5 million gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to expand the college’s science building, the Robert A. and Patricia K. Hanson Hall of Science. The expansion will add 22,000 square feet of space for cross-disciplinary teaching, active learning, and collaborative research in the sciences; construction is expected to begin in 2018.

In October, Benedictine University (IL) announced receipt of $2 million to benefit student scholarships. Kay Birck, the wife of the late Michael J. Birck who was a cofounder and former CEO of Tellabs Inc., and the Tellabs Foundation each agreed to give $1 million toward scholarships for students pursuing degrees through the university’s College of Science.

Dominican University’s (IL) School of Social Work received a nearly $1.8 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to provide scholarships for minority students who wish to provide medical and mental health services in geographically isolated and underserved communities.

In December, Lilly Endowment Inc. launched a $19.4 million national initiative to help young adults design innovative ministries. Of the 12 organizations to receive Young Adult Initiative grants, three are CIC member institutions; Augsburg College (MN), Seattle Pacific University (WA), and Trinity International University (IL), which each received about $1.5 million.

In November, Augustana College (IL) received a $1.5 million gift from the John Deere Foundation to establish the Robert A. Hanson Endowed Chair in Data Analytics. The endowed chair is a critical step in the creation of a data analytics program at Augustana.

Steel Dynamics Foundation, Inc. in October made a $1.25 million gift toward the construction of Trine University’s (IN) new Thunder Ice Arena. The arena will house the university’s men’s and women’s hockey teams, which will take to the ice in fall 2017. In November, Trine University also received a $1 million gift from Larry (1965) and Judy Reiners of Tulsa, Oklahoma, toward the construction of the MTI Center, which will open in January 2018. The 74,840-square-foot, 3,000-seat athletic and event center, with an estimated cost of $13.3 million, will feature three basketball courts, a bowling alley, a fitness center, and more.

West Virginia Wesleyan College in September announced receipt of an unrestricted donation of $1.1 million from the estate of Charles J. Wallace, Jr. (1947). Wallace enjoyed a distinguished career as a Federal Circuit Court Clerk in New York and made a lifelong commitment to his alma mater.

Monmouth College (IL) in October received a $1 million gift to endow scholarships at the college. The gift was made by an alumna who is a longtime supporter of the college.

Webster University (MO) in September received more than $1 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The funds will be used to support faculty research and to provide scholarships for students transferring to Webster in the biological sciences.

New Programs and Majors

Alverno College (WI) began to offer its first doctorate program in January 2017. The doctorate of nursing practice degree offers two tracks: leadership and direct care.

Wilson College (PA) has partnered with Eduspire, a provider of continuing education courses for teachers, to add a master of educational technology degree to its expanding list of graduate programs. Classes will begin this spring.

Aquinas College (MI) recently launched a master of arts degree in clinical mental health counseling. The program is designed to provide a hands-on, experiential learning process from day one.

Lourdes University (OH) in October announced a new double major in criminal justice and social work. Graduates of the BA program may work in the public and private sector as probation and parole officers, juvenile justice counselors, and social workers.

Ohio Wesleyan University will add a communication major in fall 2017. Concentrations will be available in three areas: media production studies; organizational, interpersonal, and group communication; and strategic corporate communication.

New and Recently Renovated Facilities

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The University of Indianapolis (IN) opened a new four-story student apartment building in fall 2016. The 486-resident Greyhound Village offers 196 one- to four-bedroom furnished apartments, complete with kitchens, living rooms, private baths, and washers and dryers. The facility, which offers privacy and amenities well beyond the typical college residence hall, is designed to encourage upper-class students and graduate students to live on campus and remain deeply involved in university life and leadership. (Photo courtesy of the University of Indianapolis.)

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Saint Mary’s College (IN) in October celebrated the expansion and renovation of Science Hall. The extensive upgrades added collaborative space for students, faculty members, and disciplines. The chemistry and biology floors each have 4,000 additional square feet of laboratory, classroom, and study space, and the physics department now has a dedicated floor. (Photo courtesy of Saint Mary’s College)

Following a $6.3 million renovation project, Gannon University (PA) formally reopened Beyer Hall in September. Beyer Hall is the new home to both Gannon’s Global Enrollment and Engagement Division, formerly known as International Enrollment and Affairs, and the Student Development and Engagement Division.

Centre College (KY) dedicated the Kitty Baird Center, a newly renovated 3,000-square-foot multi-purpose athletic facility, in October. The building’s namesake was an iconic figure at Centre; Baird spent more than 50 years at the college as a coach, professor, and administrator, and she is credited with establishing its women’s varsity athletics programs.

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