A Compendium of Recent News from CIC Member Institutions

Celebrating Achievements

In October 2017, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded Dawoud Bey, professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago (IL), with a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship for his accomplishments in the field of photography. The five-year unrestricted grant is awarded to individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. Bey is renowned for his large-scale color portraits of adolescents and other often marginalized subjects. His photographs have been published and exhibited worldwide.

In November, the Rhodes Trust announced the names of 32 Americans chosen as Rhodes Scholars for 2018. Noah Barbieri, a senior at Millsaps College (MS) majoring in economics, mathematics, and philosophy, was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. With the scholarship, Barbieri will pursue a master’s degree in economics at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, where he plans to conduct research on how to best address inequality, before studying public policy at Harvard University.

The Institute of International Education released its 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange in November. Several CIC member institutions topped the list of colleges with the highest number of students studying abroad. Arcadia University (PA), Bucknell University (PA), Calvin College (MI), College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (MN), Colorado College, DePauw University (IN), Eckerd College (FL), Oberlin College (OH), St. Olaf College (MN), Taylor University (IN), and University of Richmond (VA) ranked among the top ten on the lists of baccalaureate and master’s-level institutions.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) honored the winners of its professional awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the field of language education, during the November 2017 ACTFL Convention and World Languages Expo in Nashville, Tennessee. Two of six Global Engagement Initiative Recognition Awards went to CIC member institutions: Butler University (IN) for its Service Learning in Spanish program and Juniata College (PA) for its Spanish and Service Learning in Guatemala program. In addition, the ACTFL/Cengage Learning Faculty Development Programs Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Instruction Using Technology went to Mary Toulouse, director of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Research Center at Lafayette College (PA).

At the 18th annual National Role Models Conference hosted by Minority Access Incorporated in Washington, DC, in the fall, several CIC member institutions were recognized for their commitment to diversity and creating a campus culture of inclusivity: Livingstone College (NC), Lynchburg College (VA), Newberry College (SC), St. Lawrence University (NY), Saint Peter’s University (NJ), Stillman College (AL), and Tiffin University (OH). Minority Access also honored administrators, alumni, faculty members, recruiters, and students from Converse College (SC) and Lane College (TN), in addition to Lynchburg College and St. Lawrence University, at the conference’s National Role Model Awards Gala.

Students and faculty members representing more than 30 historically black colleges and universities visited over a dozen Silicon Valley/Bay Area corporations as the United Negro College Fund hosted the fifth annual HBCU Innovation, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship Summit in October. The summit was designed to empower African American students—most of whom are computer science, engineering, and information technology majors—to chart their career paths within STEM fields. Summit scholars and faculty members were competitively selected to participate, including those from 16 CIC member institutions: Benedict College (SC), Bennett College (NC), Claflin University (SC), Clark Atlanta University (GA), Dillard University (LA), Fisk University (TN), Florida Memorial University, Huston-Tillotson University (TX), Johnson C. Smith University (NC), Livingstone College (NC), Morehouse College (GA), Philander Smith College (AR), Shaw University (NC), Spelman College (GA), Tuskegee University (AL), and Virginia Union University.

The American Physical Society in October announced the society’s spring 2018 prize and award winners. Among the honorees, Warren F. Rogers, professor and Blanchard Chair of Physics at Indiana Wesleyan University, received the Prize for a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution. Rogers received the award for his contribution to the exploration of atomic nuclei beyond the neutron drip line and for his conception and continued leadership of the Conference Experience for Undergraduate program.

C. Brannon Andersen, professor and chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University (SC), received the 2017 Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Geosciences Division Undergraduate Research Mentor Award in the fall. The annual award recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for innovative student-faculty mentoring relationships and dynamic oversight of undergraduate research. Andersen has mentored nearly 300 undergraduates in research experiences over 23 years.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities in October named 22 institutions across the country with departments offering exemplary programs that aim to ensure students understand their civic and moral responsibilities to fellow citizens. Three of nine institutions selected as featured case studies were CIC institutions: Saint Mary’s College of California, University of Puget Sound (WA), and Willamette University (OR). Five of 13 other recognized institutions were CIC members: Gustavus Adolphus College (MN), Emery & Henry College (VA), Middlebury College (VT), Texas Lutheran University, and Wittenberg University (OH).

In September, Campus Compact, a nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, announced 40 college and university recipients of grants from its Fund for Positive Engagement. A response by Campus Compact to the divisive climate in the United States that took shape during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, the fund aims to bridge divisions among people and groups in communities across the country. Eight of the 40 recipients are CIC member institutions: the College of Wooster (OH), Hastings College (NE), Marietta College (OH), Saint Mary’s College (IN), Saint Michael’s College (VT), Southern New Hampshire University, St. Norbert College (WI), and Wagner College (NY).

Creating Partnerships

Representatives from Oral Roberts University and Chongqing City Vocational College exchange gifts
Oral Roberts University (OK) in September signed its first agreements with two colleges in China: Zhongshan Torch Polytechnic (ZSTP) and Chongqing City Vocational College (CQCVC). The agreement with Zhongshan Torch Polytechnic will establish a faculty exchange program, provide ORU’s engineering students an opportunity to study in China, and enable ZSTP students to attend ORU as international transfer students to complete their studies and receive a BS and engineering degree. In the second agreement, ORU and CQCVC will send faculty members and students to each university for two to three weeks as part of educational exchange programs. ORU students will explore and experience China’s rich history and culture while the Chinese students will learn about American culture and Oklahoma’s Native American history. (Photo of the CQCVC signing courtesy of Oral Roberts University)

In November, Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH) entered into a partnership with the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minnesota for an accelerated juris doctor program. In the dual-degree law program, qualified students will spend three years at Franciscan University and three years in law school, instead of the traditional seven-year route to a law degree, saving a year of tuition costs.

In an agreement between North Central College (IL) and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), qualified students interested in becoming a medical doctor or pharmacist may be admitted jointly to both institutions. Application into LECOM’s early-acceptance program can occur as early as a student’s senior year in high school and up until the start of a third year at North Central College.

Indiana Wesleyan University’s Division of Music announced in September a new partnership with Indiana University Health (IU Health). The affiliation will allow Indiana Wesleyan music therapy majors to gain practicum and internship experience with the professional music therapists employed in IU Health locations. The primary placement location will be Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health in Indianapolis.

Hood College (MD) and Carroll Community College (CCC) signed an enrollment agreement in October to ease the transition of CCC students to a four-year degree program at Hood. The agreement guarantees qualified CCC students admission to Hood, gives them access to an academic success counselor to assist in the transition, and may include scholarships. This path to Hood College is designed for CCC students who complete their associate degrees before transferring.

Coker College (SC) has partnered with Greenville Technical College (GTC) to assist GTC honors program graduates with an easy transfer to Coker College’s honors program, including acceptance of all degree course credits, a $1,000 per year scholarship, and eligibility to receive up to $2,500 to apply toward a study abroad experience. The agreement is the first that Coker College’s honors program has established with another institution.

Loras College (IA) announced in October a partnership with the nonprofit Strive for College that will strengthen college opportunities for low-income, first-generation college students. Strive’s virtual mentoring program connects aspiring college students with mentors to receive one-on-one guidance and support through the college admissions and financial aid process; its technology platform has advanced communications features and college matching tools to help students discover and connect with Loras.

Furman University (SC) announced in October that it will partner with global analytics firm Gallup to examine the impact of the university’s undergraduate experience and measure the effectiveness of its signature approach to education, the Furman Advantage, thanks to a $2.5 million grant from the Duke Endowment. Furman will work with Gallup over the next five years to collect data and analyze outcomes as the university seeks to provide all of its students with a distinctive and individualized learning experience that prepares them for lives of purpose, successful careers, and community benefit.

In a partnership among Ohio Dominican University, Smart Columbus, and DC Solar Freedom, 24 solar energy products, including electric vehicle charging stations, light towers, power stations, and generators—together valued at more than $3.6 million—have been deployed on the Ohio Dominican University campus to help improve campus safety and mobility without additional demand on the city’s power grid. The campus unveiled the mobile solar technologies in September.

Representatives from the University of St. Joseph and the Gulf Medical University College of Pharmacy shake hands
In October, the University of Saint Joseph (CT) School of Pharmacy and the Gulf Medical University College of Pharmacy in the United Arab Emirates formed a partnership. The agreement includes inviting faculty and staff members of each institution to participate in teaching, research, scholarship activities, and professional development. Pharmacy students and postdoctoral students from both institutions will participate in exchange programs. In addition, the institutions will carry out joint research and continuing education programs and organize symposia, conferences, and meetings on their research and scholarship. (Photo courtesy of the University of Saint Joseph)

Major Gifts, Grants, and Campaign Successes

Colorado College announced in October that the assets of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, valued at $175 million, were transferred to the college, marking the largest gift in the college’s history. The center, which includes an art school, theatre, and museum with a renowned Southwest and Spanish Colonial collection, became the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College in July 2017, a process that began with an alliance the college and center formed in August 2016.

Kenyon College (OH) announced in September receipt of the largest gift in the college’s history: $75 million from an anonymous donor. The gift will support the development of a new library and academic quadrangle. The money also will be used to make Ascension Hall, one of the college’s oldest and most iconic buildings, fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Gannon University (PA) in September received an in-kind product lifecycle management software grant with an estimated commercial value of $373 million from Siemens, a global technology company. The grant will allow Gannon engineering students to use the same technology in classrooms that companies worldwide depend on to design some of today’s most sophisticated products. Also, in October, Gannon announced receipt of a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to advance a collaboration framework among Erie Pennsylvania’s regional universities. The grant will accelerate and enhance business consulting services provided by Gannon to startups and boost development of Erie’s emergent Northwest Pennsylvania Innovation Beehive Network, which includes Gannon University, Penn State Behrend, Mercyhurst University (PA), and Edinboro University.

Saint John’s University (MN) in October announced the conclusion of its largest, most ambitious capital campaign. Forward Ever Forward: The Campaign for Saint John’s, which launched in 2013, exceeded its goal of $160 million by raising $188 million. The campaign funded initiatives such as student scholarships, educational programming, and renovation and construction of the Alcuin Library, Dietrich Reinhart Learning Commons, the Saint John’s Bible Gallery, athletic facilities, the McKeown Center, and more.

California Lutheran University announced in September that it had raised $20.8 million toward the $30 million it needs to build a state-of-the-art science building and has now launched the public phase of the campaign to bring in the final dollars. This is the university’s largest fundraising campaign to date for a single building. The facility will feature 12 labs for teaching, eight labs for faculty and student research, 24 faculty offices, and several collaborative spaces.

In September, a team of researchers from ten universities and colleges across South Carolina received a $20 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research to develop a new initiative: Materials Assembly and Design Excellence (MADE) in South Carolina. Claflin University and Furman University were among the institutions to receive awards. The initiative will advance knowledge of complex materials while developing products with commercial applications, such as improved lasers, water treatment, and regenerative medicine.

Two photos depicting the inside and outside of the Ott Residential Life District residence halls
After receiving an unrestricted $7 million anonymous gift, Wabash College (IN) honored the memory and spirit of philanthropy of alumnus John N. “Fuzzy” Ott (class of 1920) by dedicating the Ott Residential Life District in October. The district is home to six new student residences, including Williams and Rogge halls, Butler and Seymour houses, and two lodges. (Photos courtesy of Wabash College)

The Victor and William Fung Foundation in Hong Kong donated $5 million to Regis College’s (MA) Now We Fly campaign to establish the Fung Scholars Program at the college. The program will support high-achieving students from Hong Kong and Mainland China who want to study in the United States. The gift is in the name of alumna Julia Shen Fung, Victor’s wife, who graduated from Regis in 1967 and made the gift in honor of her 50th reunion.

Webster University (MO) announced in September that its Teaching English as a Second Language program received a $2.7 million National Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition. The largest grant that the university has ever received, the five-year grant will allow 120 St. Louis area public school teachers to complete the coursework required by Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for English language learner certification.

In November, more than 560 friends and alumni helped Saint Martin’s University (WA) raise $1.2 million for student scholarships at Saint Martin’s Gala, held on the university’s Lacey campus. The gala featured James Beard-award winning chef Ming Tsai, host of Simply Ming on PBS, who inspired the guests to raise the money in support of scholarships. The celebration’s international theme, China, highlighted the 20-year relationship that the university has fostered with its sister universities in Beijing, Shanghai, and Inner Mongolia.

Ashland University (OH) alumna and Columbus, Ohio, resident Deborah Liebert Karl made a $1 million gift to Ashland University to fund a Military Veterans Resource Center on campus. Liebert Karl, who is an AU trustee, made the gift in honor and memory of her father, Jack W. Liebert, who served in the Navy during World War II and enlisted in the Korean War. The center will welcome and receive veterans as they transition from military service to campus life.

Davis & Elkins College (WV) professor emerita and former coach A. Jean Minnick recently committed $1 million to the college, which established a chair in her name. With the establishment of the A. Jean Minnick Chair in Sport Science, the gift will support the Department of Sport Science.

Atlanta businessman Jerry Wilkinson and his family recently donated $1 million to LaGrange College (GA) to support its From Promise to Prominence Campaign, specifically the institution’s Servant Scholars Program. A member of the college’s board of trustees, Wilkinson is the founder and chair of the Wilkinson Companies, a real estate management firm. In recognition of Wilkinson’s generosity, the Servant Scholars Program has been named the Wilkinson Family Servant Scholars Program.

New Centers, Programs, and Majors

Regis College (MA) opened its new School of Business and Communication in fall 2017. The school offers an MS in organizational and professional communication, a BA in communication, and a BA in global business management.

Loras College (IA) will open the new Francis J. Noonan School of Business, focused on experiential learning and rooted in Catholic social teaching, in fall 2018. The school’s mission is to educate students to be ethically-aware, data-informed, globally-prepared, responsible leaders.

To promote a deeper understanding of medical practices and their ethical ramifications, in September Misericordia University (PA) announced the formation of the Center for Human Dignity in Bioethics, Medicine, and Health. The center will foster the study of medical ethics and the boundaries of medical research practices, building on the teachings offered in the university’s Medical and Health Humanities Program.

In October, Cedarville University (OH) announced it will establish a Center for Pharmacy Innovation that will explore ways to use professional pharmacists’ expertise to improve health care in the United States. The center will address medication nonadherence, rising drug and health care costs, appropriate integration of technology, and new drug discoveries.

The Messiah College (PA) School of Graduate Studies announced the addition of doctor of physical therapy and master of occupational therapy degrees to its graduate programs. Both will be full-time, residential programs held at Winding Hill, an educational facility custom-designed for occupational therapy and physical therapy coursework and instruction.

Carroll University (WI) will add a master of science in nursing-clinical nurse educator degree to its graduate programs beginning in fall 2018. Students of the program will gain the skills to educate patients, nursing students, clinical staff nurses, and other direct-care providers by combining knowledge and hands-on experiences.

Bloomfield College (NJ) has established three new graduate programs: an MFA program, an MA in early childhood education, and an MA in special education. The MFA program is designed for those working in video, game design, digital media, graphic design, music production, sound, performance, visual arts, and other related fields. The early childhood education program will allow candidates who already possess a CEAS or a STANDARD teaching certificate to earn an early childhood endorsement or to help candidates who seek to earn an initial certification in early childhood education. The special education program is intended for currently credentialed teachers interested in developing advanced skills for teaching K–12 learners with disabilities, in particular, learners with autism and other developmental disabilities. Bloomfield College also began offering two new undergraduate majors: a BA in broadcast journalism, which will prepare students for professional careers in electronic and print news gathering, analysis, and reporting; and a BBA in human resource management, which will allow students to get full exposure to the human resources field.

Benedictine University (IL) launched an executive master of science degree in values-driven leadership in January. The 18-month program focuses on training students for a global mindset, the strategic ability to drive change, and a strong moral compass and is offered in a hybrid format that combines online classes with three short residencies to deepen learning.

Thomas College (ME) is expanding its program offerings with two new master’s programs in cybersecurity and integrative criminology beginning in fall 2018. The cybersecurity program will provide students with the skills to secure, protect, and defend valuable data; the integrative criminology program will prepare students to work for criminal justice agencies in policy, planning, and management.

Gannon University (PA) will offer a new degree in public service and global affairs beginning in fall 2018. The program will be housed in the university’s College of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences; along with specific coursework, students will engage in study abroad programs and internships.

Elizabethtown College (PA) now offers ABET-accredited engineering degrees with civil or biomedical engineering concentrations for graduation in 2022. Student projects are a focus of the civil engineering degree, with coursework in green architecture, structural and environmental engineering, strength of materials, civil engineering materials, and environmental site design. Biomedical engineering students will study biomechanics, biomaterials, strength of materials, fluid dynamics, control systems, and biomedical device design.

Cedarville University’s (OH) School of Engineering and Computer Science will offer a fifth major starting with the 2018–2019 school year. The curriculum for the new BS in civil engineering will include a core of engineering courses in the first two years, then coursework specific to civil engineering starting in year three.

In fall 2017, Aquinas College (MI) began offering majors in data analytics, which will enable students to use mathematical and statistical techniques combined with programming and software applications to spot trends and present the analysis; health science, which will equip students for postgraduate training in allied health fields; and child life specialist, which will prepare students to meet the needs of infants, children, adolescents, and their families who are facing medical procedures or developmental risks.

Newberry College (SC) in January launched two online degree-completion programs: a BS in respiratory therapy designed for licensed respiratory therapists who want to complete their baccalaureate degree and a BA in psychology designed for students who will be transferring an associate of arts degree or at least 45 credits to Newberry.

New and Recently Renovated Facilities

Two photos: (left) audience seated on bleachers in front of track; (right) soccer players kicking soccer balls on a grass field
Mount Mercy University (IA) kicked off the grand opening ceremony for the Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex in September. The athletic complex provides a permanent home field for baseball, softball, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s soccer—six of the university’s 18 intercollegiate athletic teams. (Photos courtesy of Mount Mercy University)

Palm Beach Atlantic University (FL) held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new John and Sheila Rinker Sports Center in the fall. The $9 million, 28,000-square-foot sports building features six locker rooms, a state-of-the-art weight room, and hospitality and conference rooms and will house the university’s 14 outdoor teams.

Hendrix College (AR) celebrated the opening of its new “front door” of campus, the Mary Ann and David Dawkins Welcome Center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the new facility in September. At 17,550 square feet, the center includes spaces to offer hospitality, share information with groups, hold meetings with individual students and their families, and provide work space for the college’s admission and financial aid staff.

Brescia University (KY) celebrated the grand opening of the newly renovated Moore Center in September. The center boasts an open concept living and dining area, including the remodeled O’Bryan’s Dining Hall. The main floor’s open air atrium also features a new downtown coffee shop, the university’s spirit shop, and the admissions office. The most notable addition is an expanded gymnasium.

Concordia University Chicago (IL) opened its newest residence hall, Concordia Hall, in fall 2017. Marking the university’s first new residence hall since 1969, the five-story, state-of-the-art building offers suite-style rooms with modern amenities, digital keyless entry, built-in technology, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning.

Two photos: (left) student seated at video production screens wearing headphones; (right) faculty member sits in front of green screen while a student records from behind video camera
Cedarville University (OH) officially opened its first newsroom on campus in September. Located in Centennial Library, the facility will allow the university to connect its stories and professors’ expertise more easily with local and national media. The newsroom has two studio cameras, a green screen and other backdrops, studio lighting, a 14-channel recording mixer, a wireless microphone system, and top transmission technology for streaming video. The newsroom also will be used as a learning laboratory for communication students. (Photos courtesy of Cedarville University)

Ashland University (OH) opened an International Collaboration Research Center in the fall, demonstrating that AU is emerging as a leader in collaborative social science. The center will feature an International Collaboration Scholars program in which up to ten scholars may be awarded a $1,000 renewable merit-based scholarship each year.

Fisher College (MA) celebrated the official opening of the McDonnell Family MBA and Entrepreneurship Center in October. The center provides Fisher MBA students access to state-of-the-art presentation tools, a bank of computer work stations, and room to develop ideas.

Gannon University (PA) formally dedicated the Donald M. and Judith C. Alstadt Environmental Center during an October ceremony. The waterfront property on 3.6 acres of land in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania, will be used by Gannon students and faculty to live, learn, and conduct research in a setting that offers direct access to diverse ecosystems.

Schreiner University (TX) and Soaring Spirits International dedicated the Soaring Spirits Resilience Center at Schreiner University in October. The center is the first of its kind in the U.S. to focus primarily on grief and resilience, based on research conducted with widowed people. The center’s resources and tools for building resilience through life’s challenges will benefit Schreiner students as well as the broader community.

Professor instructs students who are seated at computer workstations and wall-mounted TVs display financial news and data.
Messiah College (PA) opened the new Ralph S. Larsen Finance Lab in the fall. To prepare students for careers in finance, the lab equips students with state-of-the-art technology and market data in a Wall Street trading floor atmosphere. The lab contains 26 computer workstations with dual monitors and instructor podium; ten Bloomberg Professional terminals; three large-screen televisions showing financial markets media; and a stock ticker continuously displaying market information. (Photo courtesy of Messiah College)

Campus Expansions and Changes

Lynn University (FL) signed an agreement to purchase the assets of Digital Media Arts College (DMAC) in September and will begin to offer DMAC’s programs in combination with similar Lynn programs to provide both theory and technology. With the expanded offerings, Lynn’s College of International Communication will become the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn College of Communication and Design. Programs will include graphic and web design, game art, animation, visual effects, advertising, public relations, multimedia journalism, and film and television.

Almost 200 years after its founding, Trinity College (CT) re-established a campus in the Hartford, Connecticut, central business district last fall. A signature program for the Constitution Plaza campus will be the Liberal Arts Action Lab, which will bring together faculty and students from Trinity and Capital Community College to collaborate in researching and addressing local challenges, using a liberal arts lens to solve real-world problems.

California Lutheran University announced in the fall that it sold the 6.6-acre hilltop property where its Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) had operated to Zaytuna College. The purchase will allow Zaytuna, the only Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, to expand as it develops its first master’s degree program and works toward joining the Graduate Theological Union. PLTS, one of seven seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, moved to an office building in downtown Berkeley in summer 2017. The new location allows students to work more closely with the surrounding community, and the sale will boost the seminary’s long-term financial sustainability.

In October, Wheelock College (MA) and Boston University signed an agreement to merge on June 1, 2018. The merger will create the new Wheelock College of Education and Human Development as an academic unit within Boston University, combining the doctoral programs and research capabilities of BU’s School of Education with the clinical practice and community focus of Wheelock’s School of Education, Child Life, and Family Studies. Wheelock programs from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy will merge into relevant programs at BU. All current Wheelock students in good standing will have the opportunity to complete their academic programs at BU.

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