A Compendium of Recent News from CIC Member Institutions

Celebrating Achievements

In December 2018, the British government named the recipients of the 2019 Marshall Scholarships, awarded to U.S. students to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. The highly competitive selection process drew over 1,000 applications from across the United States. Of the 48 undergraduate students selected, four are from CIC member institutions: Mallika Balakrishnan, a senior at Agnes Scott College (GA); Rachel Bass, a senior at Grinnell College (IA); Ariana Benson, a senior at Spelman College (GA); and Nina Finley, a recent graduate of Whitman College (WA).

The Institute of International Education released its 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange in November. Several CIC member institutions topped the lists of colleges with the highest number of students studying abroad. Arcadia 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), Susquehanna University (PA), Taylor University (IN), and University of Richmond (VA) ranked among the top ten on the lists of baccalaureate and master’s-level institutions. St. Olaf had the highest total number of students studying abroad for the tenth consecutive year among the baccalaureate colleges.

The National Association of Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA) recently named the Class of 2019 Pillars of the Profession, an award that recognizes distinguished individuals who have served as leaders, teachers, and scholars in student affairs and higher education. This year, 17 Pillars were selected including three from CIC member institutions: Trina Dobberstein, vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Baldwin Wallace University (OH); Debbie E. Heida, chief of staff for Berry College (GA); and Sarah B. Westfall, vice president for student development and dean of students at Kalamazoo College (MI).

Elizabethtown College (PA) political science professor E. Fletcher McClellan received the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship from the political science education section of the American Political Science Association in the fall. The annual award is given to a faculty member who shows exceptional dedication to and skill in teaching and mentoring students inside and outside the classroom.

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An exhibit about the investigations of art detectives provides hands-on experiences for California Lutheran University students and the public. Presented in partnership with California Lutheran’s Chemistry Department, Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History opened in November 2018 and runs until February 21, 2019, in the William Rolland Gallery of Art on the Thousand Oaks campus. (Photos courtesy of California Lutheran University)

Creating Partnerships

Emerson College (MA) and Franklin University Switzerland are collaborating to offer two accelerated 3+1 degrees. The program, which will begin in fall 2019, includes a fast-track bachelor’s degree from Franklin, followed by a master’s degree in either publishing and writing or public relations from Emerson. The partnership marks the second international degree program within Emerson’s Global Portals Initiative. In August 2018, Emerson announced a partnership with the Paris College of Art that created a joint global bachelor of fine arts degree in film art. Students will spend semesters on Emerson campuses located in Paris, the Netherlands, and Boston.

Regis College (MA) announced in November that it has started two international partnerships to develop global health initiatives in Argentina, Chile, and the United States. Partnering with Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island and Universidad de Congreso in Argentina, Regis will develop an exchange program designed to address global health concerns. The college also will develop a study abroad program at Regis for health sciences students from Universidad de Aysén in Chile to learn about the social factors that impact public health issues and differences in health care solutions implemented in Chile and America. The partnerships are funded by $50,000 from the November 2018 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant competition.

Through a new partnership between Sweet Briar College (VA) and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC), students will spend a semester living, learning, and gaining hands-on experience at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Over the 16 weeks of the program, students will practice conservation with experts from the Smithsonian Institution, George Mason University, and wildlife protection agencies around the world.

In fall 2018, Google began collaborating on introductory computer science and data science courses with eight colleges and universities, including CIC member institutions Adrian College (MI), Agnes Scott College (GA), Bay Path University (MA), Heidelberg University (OH), Holy Names University (CA), Lasell College (MA), and Sweet Briar College (VA). Google developed the curriculum and provided the materials, while institutions provided faculty members to lead in-class projects. Beginning in spring 2019, Agnes Scott, Bay Path, Heidelberg, Mills College (CA), and Scripps College (CA) will begin offering a no-cost, intensive Google-developed machine learning course.

Ithaca College (NY) is one of 18 colleges and universities across four continents that recently joined the CoAction Learning Lab. Led by Penn State University, the collaboratory aims to create an online library of original and curated resources that will support higher education innovators. After development, the library’s resources will be freely accessible online for use by the worldwide higher education community.

Furman University (SC) will offer an MA degree in strategic design beginning in 2019 through a collaboration with the Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center in Atlanta. The 18-month, five-semester program will provide an advanced understanding of art and communication theory applied through a portfolio school model. The first term at Furman University will focus on typography, communication and composition, and design thinking; three of the remaining four terms will be housed at Miami Ad School @ Portfolio Center in Atlanta, with courses supervised onsite and remotely by the Furman program director; students will spend the final practicum term at Furman or in a practicum at the center or in the industry.

In December, the University of Dallas (TX) Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business announced a partnership with The Study USA, which works to empower female founders, women leaders, and future entrepreneurs. Through the partnership, The Study USA members will be eligible for special tuition benefits when they enroll in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs in the Gupta College of Business Center for Executive Education.

In December, Sacred Heart University (CT) entered into an agreement with Alley, a membership-only community workspace for creators, and Verizon, one of the largest communication technology companies. The agreement will lead to the creation, management, and operation of an innovative co-working space at Sacred Heart’s West Campus, formerly corporate headquarters for General Electric, in Fairfield, Connecticut. The community will draw on Sacred Heart’s faculty members, staff, students, and other resources to build an academic-focused environment that attracts local startups, entrepreneurs, corporations, and other innovative organizations and individuals.

A new initiative between Major League Soccer (MLS) and its official education partner, Southern New Hampshire University, gave dozens of junior and senior high school students an inside look at the work of MLS team executives. Rompe Las Barrerras—Breaking through the Barriers, coincided with fall 2018’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Eight MLS clubs invited 8–16 students from Hispanic communities to shadow employees working at their team offices before watching soccer pros on the field. The goal of the program is to provide students with a real-world look at the daily experiences of a professional in a field they have interest in and to motivate students to advance their education and career development goals.

In December, Husson University (ME) and Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) entered into a series of agreements that will ease the transfer of credits from EMCC to Husson. The agreements cover 23 transfer combinations, marking the most comprehensive series of agreements in the history of the two schools. The EMMC associate degree credits can be applied to Husson University BS degrees in subjects such as accounting; business administration; computer information systems; elementary education; secondary education with a concentration in either English, life sciences, or physical sciences; legal studies; mass communications; and psychology.

Briar Cliff University (IA) and Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) signed a cooperative agreement in October for an online baccalaureate social work degree. The partnership will enable qualified ICCC students to dual register and transfer courses between Iowa Central’s associate of arts degree program and Briar Cliff’s bachelor of social work program.

Marietta College (OH) and Marshall University’s Lewis College of Business signed an agreement in November to facilitate admission of Marietta’s students into Marshall’s new online MBA program. Marietta students who take nine business foundation courses taught at Marietta College and earn a grade of “B” or higher may use the courses to shorten their time to earn an MBA from Marshall University.

Alderson Broaddus University (WV) and New River Community and Technical College signed an agreement in October to make it easier for students who earn an associate degree to earn their bachelor’s degree. Under the agreement, qualified New River students will be guaranteed admission to Alderson Broaddus.

A November agreement between Centenary College of Louisiana and Bossier Parish Community College marked the first two-plus-two pathway articulation agreement between the two institutions and their first public-private articulation agreement. All credit hours that students successfully complete for an associate of arts degree in business, fine arts, humanities, mass communication, or social sciences as well as an associate of science degree in biological sciences or physical sciences at Bossier Parish will transfer to Centenary and be applied toward the total number of credit hours needed for graduation.

Major Gifts, Grants, and Campaign Successes

Roanoke College (VA) concluded its Roanoke Rising Campaign in October 2018. The campaign, publicly launched in April 2013 with a goal of $200 million, raised a total of $204,047,431. This total makes Roanoke Rising the largest campaign in the college’s 176-year history. More than 28,000 donors contributed, from all 50 states, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as 35 other countries.

Wofford College (SC) in October announced the launch of the public phase of its most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of the college—For Wofford: The Campaign for Wofford College—with a goal of raising $300 million by October 2022. The campaign will focus on student opportunities and distinctive experiences, academic excellence, and dynamic learning and living spaces on campus. The college already has privately raised $262 million toward the overall campaign goal.

In November, the College of Saint Benedict (MN) launched the public phase of its $100 million Illuminating Lives campaign, which is scheduled to conclude in June 2020. The campaign, the largest in the college’s history, is focused on increasing the college’s endowment to provide perpetual scholarship support to improve access to higher education for low-income and first-generation students. The college has already received leadership gifts totaling over $75 million.

St. John’s College (MD) recently received the largest gift in the college’s history. Through the Winiarski Family Foundation, alumni Warren and Barbara Winiarski have created a challenge grant that will match every gift to the college up to $50 million as a part of the college’s Freeing Minds campaign. The campaign aims to raise $300 million by June 2023 to reduce the cost of tuition and increase need-based financial aid so that a St. John’s education is affordable and accessible to all qualified students who seek it.

In November, Wabash College (IN) announced the single largest gift in its history. Paul Woolls (’75) and his wife, Betty O’Shaughnessy Woolls, made a $40 million unrestricted gift for Wabash’s Giant Steps campaign that aims to raise $225 million by 2023. The campaign focuses on increasing funding for scholarships, faculty and academic programs, immersive learning experiences, and capital projects. In December, the college received a $4 million gift from Walt Snodell (’68) and his wife, Kathy, that will be used to help expand the recruiting efforts of Wabash. Also in the fall, Steve Bowen (’68) and his wife, Joanie, made a $2 million unrestricted gift to the Giant Steps campaign; and Jay Allen (’79) and his wife, Susan, gave a $2 million gift in support of Wabash College’s athletics and recreation center.

In December, Spelman College (GA) received the largest gift from living donors in its 137-year history—$30 million from long-standing Spelman trustee Ronda Stryker and her spouse William Johnston. The gift will help build the Center for Innovation & the Arts, the college’s first new academic facility since 1996. In the fall, Spelman College received a $5.4 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to establish the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies. In conjunction with Walton Family Foundation scholarship grants to Morehouse College (GA) and Clark Atlanta University (GA), the initiative will create an art history major and curatorial studies minor at the Atlanta University Center that will begin enrolling students from the three institutions in fall 2019.

The University of Denver (CO) announced in September a $14 million gift from longtime supporters, Doug (JD ’77) and Mary Scrivner of Los Altos Hills, California, in support of public policy and leadership programs. To honor their transformational support, the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy will be named in their honor. The Scrivners pledged an additional $1 million to support programs and initiatives that advance the university’s mission.

In October, Saint Peter’s University (NJ) announced a historic gift of $10 million from Joseph A. Panepinto, (’66), president and CEO of Jersey City-based Panepinto Properties and a member of the Saint Peter’s board of trustees. The gift marks the single largest philanthropic gift in the university’s near 150-year history and will advance the development of the West Campus and make the university more accessible to its expanding student body.

After announcing a $125 million fundraising campaign, POWER Austin College, during the college’s homecoming and family weekend in November, Austin College (TX) made public two recent large gifts. A $9 million gift from the estate of William Richardson (’64), who had a long history of support for the college, will endow four faculty chairs each named, at his request, “Bill Richardson Chair in Skeptical Thought.” A $2 million gift from trustee Sally Nation (’64) and her husband, Jim, will help renovate the Ida Green Communication Center’s lobby and main theatre, to be named Sally and Jim Nation Theatre. In addition, an anonymous donor provided a $1 million unrestricted and fully funded endowment gift.

Elizabethtown College (PA) announced in October that the college had received the largest commitment in its 119-year history. The $8.5 million gift, from an anonymous alumni couple, will support the college in improving facilities, increasing the endowment, and expanding funding operations—all goals of Elizabethtown’s current Be More Inspired capital campaign.

Furman University (SC) announced in December receipt of a $6 million bequest from the estate of the late Thomas Farmer, a 1950 graduate who was among Furman’s most ardent supporters. Farmer, who died in 2014 at age 90, gave Furman a total of $3.8 million during his lifetime and a total of nearly $10 million with the bequest. A portion of the bequest will go to the Thomas Spann Farmer Endowed Scholarship and the Christina Farmer Waring Endowed Art Scholarship as well as Furman’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Former Hughes Electronics Vice Chair Steve Dorfman recently made the largest single gift in the history of California Lutheran University, pledging $6 million toward the construction of a building for the School of Management. The two-story, 27,000-square-foot Steven D. Dorfman Center will bring most School of Management faculty offices on the Thousand Oaks campus together with classrooms under one roof for the first time.
The sale of more than 930 acres of farmland formerly owned by the late Cyril “C. B.” Frevert (’61) netted $11.6 million at an auction in November, one-third of which will benefit Illinois Wesleyan University. The university will receive more than $3.5 million from the C. B. Frevert Family Trust, per Frevert’s wishes. Frevert cared deeply about Illinois Wesleyan and his experience as a music education major within the School of Music. His gift will support student scholarships and equipment in the School of Music.

Through its Thriving in Ministry initiative, Lilly Endowment Inc. announced in October nearly $70 million in grants to 78 organizations across the United States to support pastors in congregational ministry. Ranging from $31,500 to $1 million, the grants aim to help clergy thrive as pastoral leaders so they can lead the congregations they serve more effectively. Nineteen CIC members received awards: Azusa Pacific University (CA), California Lutheran University, Campbell University (NC), Cardinal Stritch University (WI), Catawba College (NC), Grand View University (IA), Grove City College (PA), Gustavus Adolphus College (MN), Milligan College (TN), Millsaps College (MS), Samford University (AL), Spelman College (GA), St. Thomas University (FL), Taylor University (IN), University of Dubuque (IA), Sewanee: The University of the South (TN), Westmont College (CA), Wheaton College (IL), and Whitworth University (WA).

In addition, in November, Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded several CIC institutions grants of $1 million or more, including Baylor University (TX), for its Building Bridges to the Future project; Flagler College (FL), for the Missing Voices project; Indiana Wesleyan University, for the Imaginarium project; Wabash College (IN) for support of the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program; and Seattle Pacific University (WA) for a worship renewal program.

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Northwestern College’s (IA) $24.5 million health and natural sciences building opened in fall 2018. The 61,000-square-foot Jack and Mary DeWitt Family Science Center includes classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices for the departments of biology, chemistry, and nursing. The building also features a 960-square-foot greenhouse and a vivarium. (Photo courtesy of Northwestern College)

New Institutes, Programs, and Majors

The College of St. Scholastica (MN) has created a National Center for Computer Science Education to help create equitable computer science education opportunities for all K–16 students—particularly those who are traditionally underrepresented and underserved in the field—and educators. The center is a partnership of St. Scholastica’s Computer Information Systems Department and the School of Education.

Gannon University’s (PA) College of Engineering and Business is launching two new cyber programs and an Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge (I-HACK). Students in the cyber security and cyber engineering programs will have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in either area beginning in fall 2019. Accompanying the program launch is the new I-HACK facility that will be housed in Gannon’s Knight Tower. The facility will consist of security-controlled hacking, cyber defense, and engineering labs; a secure data center; and two floors of flexible space to house external industry partners.

Trine University (IN) will launch a new School of Computing in fall 2019. The school will encompass current Trine programs in computer and software engineering as well as a revitalized computer science and information technology major that will feature new cybersecurity, health informatics, and web development tracks. Trine University also recently announced plans to expand its Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences programs over the next three years. Among the many changes planned for fall 2019, Trine will launch a master of applied health sciences program that will fulfill admission requirements for most medical, dental, veterinary, and graduate programs in biological sciences, and allow graduates to specialize in biomechanics. In addition, Trine University’s Franks School of Education will begin offering special education licensure programs for preschool through 12th grade in spring 2019.

In the fall, the University of St. Thomas (TX) Carol and Odis Peavy School of Nursing began offering a doctor of nursing practice degree program. The flexible program is designed for working nurses who seek the leadership competencies needed to create transformational change in health care environments.

Landmark College (VT) launched a BA degree in psychology last fall. In keeping with the college’s mission to exclusively teach students who have learning differences (such as dyslexia, ADHD, or autism), the program explores knowledge areas related to psychology, neurodiversity, and learning. Students will develop skills in the design and application of research and will engage in experiential opportunities designed to enrich professional habits through self-reflection, collaboration, and project management.

Ohio Dominican University (ODU) has developed the state’s first undergraduate dual-licensure programs for high school mathematics and art teacher candidates to also earn their intervention specialist license within four years. The combination of these licenses will allow candidates to better support all students, including those with special needs.

Bethel College (IN) announced a new major in computer science, to begin in fall 2019. The program was created in response to increasing demand for professionals skilled in technology and software development and builds on Bethel’s existing computer science minor.

New and Recently Renovated Facilities

Two photos: 1. College representatives cut a ribbon with large scissors; 2. front view of the renovated Rankin Hall
After completing major renovations to the building in 2018, Carroll University (WI) rededicated Rankin Hall in September. The historic hall, originally built in 1906, now houses nine technology-infused classrooms, a number of student spaces, and 25 offices for faculty predominantly in environmental science, psychology, and biology. (Photos courtesy of Carroll University)

Husson University (ME) celebrated the opening of its new research and education facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in October. Much of the modern, state-of-the-art facility will be used by SOARing Eagles Healthcare, a pro-bono clinic for low-income community members that is run by graduate students under the supervision of licensed faculty members. The new building also features a variety of advanced research laboratories, including a health assessment lab, a dark room, and a forensic science lab. On October 20, as part of Husson University’s homecoming weekend, the university held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly rebuilt 1,400-square-foot NESCom Audio Recording Studio.

In January 2019, Stetson University (FL) held a dedication ceremony for the renovated Carlton Union Building. Built in 1957, the building now serves as the heart of the DeLand, Florida, campus and features a new commons dining room and kitchen, coffee shop, bookstore, student offices and meeting spaces, radio station, faculty-staff lounge, and outdoor patio seating.

Campbell University (NC) celebrated its newest structure—the Bernard F. McLeod Sr. Admissions and Financial Aid Building—with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in September. The McLeod Building houses Campbell’s admissions office on its first floor and financial aid and the business office on the second; formerly, the three were housed in three separate buildings on campus. The building also features meeting rooms, interview rooms, and a two-story “fireplace room,” providing a comfortable waiting area for prospective students and their families.

Newberry College (SC) hosted a dedication ceremony for Pearson Hall, the college’s newly constructed residence hall, in November. The hall is home to 82 students and features suite-style, double-occupancy rooms in pods of four, six, or eight people, with a shared kitchenette and living room. The building also includes common areas, such as a fully equipped kitchen, television lounge, and small group meeting and lounge/study spaces.

Augustana College (IL) completed a $160,000 renovation of its John Deere Planetarium this fall. Along with a new digital projector, the planetarium now has upgraded seating, a surround-sound system, and multi-color lighting. The new Digitarium Lambda laser projector is able to display a digital image over the entire 30-foot dome during planetarium shows.

Manhattanville College (NY) held a grand opening ceremony for its new state-of-the-art indoor bubble in December. The 90,000-square-foot facility features turf fields as well as basketball and volleyball courts and will remain up until mid-spring.

Name Changes and Campus Expansions

Front view of a newly purchased building
In December, Gwynedd Mercy University (PA) nearly doubled the size of its campus with the purchase of a 154-acre property from Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Located adjacent to the university, the new property adds a building with 157,000 square feet of useable interior space and expands the campus to 314 acres. The university plans to transform the property into a state-of-the-art facility that will support new and existing teaching and learning initiatives. (Photo courtesy of Gwynedd Mercy University)

In November, Indiana Wesleyan University acquired the Tucker Career and Technology Center building in Marion, Indiana, from Marion Community Schools. The 132,000-square-foot building is located on a 16-acre property. The acquisition opens up new academic programming possibilities for the university.

Thomas More College (KY) officially changed its name to Thomas More University on October 1, 2018.

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