A Compendium of Recent News from CIC Member Institutions

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Six Roanoke College (VA) students and two faculty members traveled to South Korea in May to conduct a three-week research project called Strangers in Their Imagined Motherland: North Korean Refugees in South Korea. The trip was made possible through the ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows Program, in which eight colleges were awarded grants totaling more than $40,000 in 2018. Completing different research projects, CIC member institutions Gettysburg College (PA), Monmouth College (IL), the College of Idaho, and Sewanee: The University of the South (TN) also received awards. (Photos courtesy of Roanoke College)



The Chronicle of Higher Education announced the results of its 11th annual “Great Colleges to Work For” program in July, and once again CIC member institutions were well represented on the program’s Honor Roll. The program surveys faculty and staff members of higher education institutions across the United States to provide senior-level administrators and academic leaders with insights on the quality of the workplace experience and the competitiveness of their policies and benefits. More than 53,000 employees of 253 colleges and universities participated in the 2018 survey. Thirty four-year institutions achieved special Honor Roll status by being recognized in multiple categories, including 13 CIC members: Baylor University (TX), College of the Ozarks (MO), Endicott College (MA), Hofstra University (NY), John Brown University (AR), Lynn University (FL), McPherson College (KS), Roberts Wesleyan College (NY), Rollins College (FL), Southern New Hampshire University, Texas Christian University, Texas Lutheran University, and University of the Incarnate Word (TX).

This spring, NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced the recipients of the 2018 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization. CIC member Baldwin Wallace University (OH) was one of three recipients of the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, which celebrates specific international programs or initiatives that contribute to broad internationalization on campus. St. Lawrence University (NY) was one of five recipients of the Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, which recognizes overall excellence in internationalization efforts as evidenced in mission, strategies, programs, and results.

At the tenth annual Campus Prevention Network (CPN) Summit, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in June, EVERFI honored Transylvania University (KY), the University of Michigan, and the University of Richmond (VA) with the Prevention Excellence Award for their institutional commitment to adopting the highest standards in sexual assault prevention. Run by education technology company EVERFI, the CPN is a national initiative of more than 1,700 institutions dedicated to creating safer, healthier campus communities.

In April, College of Saint Rose (NY) President Carolyn J. Stefanco was awarded a Helen Gurley Brown Genius Grant, and the college was invited to join the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network by the Pussycat Foundation. To honor Stefanco’s leadership, the foundation provided a $100,000 grant to the President’s Fund at the college. A BOLD grant of $1 million will fund a program to benefit women student leaders at Saint Rose over the next few years. The BOLD Women’s Leadership Network funding is designed to empower a diverse group of young women leaders enrolled at a select group of campuses to address important issues. The Pussycat Foundation was founded by Helen Gurley Brown, best known for reinventing Cosmopolitan magazine.

Award-winning singer Beyoncé Knowles-Carter announced the recipients of the 2018–2019 Homecoming Scholars Award in July. The program is the second scholarship merit program from Beyoncé and her BeyGOOD initiative. With a match from Google, this year’s program provided $25,000 to eight students from eight HBCUs. Students from CIC members Bethune-Cookman University (FL), Fisk University (TN), Morehouse College (GA), Tuskegee University (AL), and Wilberforce University (OH) are among the awardees.

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Officials from Ashland University (OH) and the University of Haifa in Haifa, Israel, signed an academic collaboration agreement in March to establish a joint MBA program in entrepreneurship. The collaboration calls for the joint recognition of research, study, and teaching projects and programs at both universities. (Photo courtesy of Ashland University)


Husson University (ME) President Robert A. Clark recently visited Nanyang Medical College in Henan, China, to build on a 2016 commitment to develop joint degree programs. Following a meticulous vetting, the program was approved by the PRC Ministry of Education in April 2018, and enrollment will begin in fall 2019. The two institutions will develop joint programs that lead to a bachelor of science in health care and public health and a bachelor of science in biology at Husson. Faculty also will teach on each other’s campuses, share information about professional teaching methods, and discuss best practices developed at each school.

As part of a community partnership, Franklin College (IN) and Johnson Memorial Health (JMH) in May announced the establishment of the Franklin College Graduate Health Science Center. The center will be based in a JMH building near the Franklin College campus and will house the college’s master of science in athletic training program as well as its forthcoming master of science in physician assistant studies program.

Loras College (IA) and Medical Associates Oncology, in conjunction with Mercy Hospital, have launched a cancer clinical trial on the college’s campus. The Loras Cancer Research in Exercise Science Laboratory focuses on evaluating the relationship between physical activity, prognosis, and quality of life in cancer survivors.

In April, the Kansas City Chiefs and Park University (MO) signed an agreement that will make the university the professional football team’s first Official Higher Education Partner. Through the partnership, any eligible Chiefs employee, coach, or player will be offered a tuition assistance program while enrolled at Park University. The new partnership will offer students of Park numerous professional development opportunities, as executive members of the Chiefs organization will visit the campus for speaking engagements each quarter.

Lynn University (FL) announced in June a new academic collaboration with Code Institute, a Dublin-based coding bootcamp that trains career-ready developers. Lynn students, alumni, and employees will gain access to Code Institute’s online courses for a significantly discounted cost. Students can use Code Institute’s self-paced program toward up to 12 elective credits, or apply six toward a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity or data analytics and use the remaining six as electives.

In an effort to support the increasing need for trained professionals in the cybersecurity field, Mount St. Mary’s University (MD), Hood College (MD), and Frederick Community College (FCC) will collaborate to provide a single, unified degree pathway into the field. Through an articulation agreement signed in June, courses toward a cybersecurity associate degree at FCC will transfer toward a bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity at Mount St. Mary’s. In turn, its cybersecurity curriculum will transfer toward a master’s degree in cybersecurity at Hood College.

In April, 17 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) member institutions and the South Carolina Technical College System signed a memorandum of understanding designed to increase access and enhance the seamless transfer of students and graduates from the 16 technical colleges in South Carolina to the participating private nonprofit colleges and universities in the state. Thirteen of the participating SCICU institutions are CIC members: Anderson University, Benedict College, Charleston Southern University, Claflin University, Coker College, Columbia College, Converse College, Erskine College, Limestone College, Morris College, Newberry College, Southern Wesleyan University, and Spartanburg Methodist College.

Combining service and academics, Centre College’s (KY) Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) program has partnered with local schools to support young women and girls as they explore STEM fields. A success for all involved, the program has allowed Centre students to share their passions and give back to the surrounding Danville community as they mentor elementary and middle school students.

In May, Bethel College (IN) and the Missionary Church USA announced the creation of a living endowment to fund a professor in the denomination’s name at Bethel College. The Missionary Church Endowed Professor of Biblical Theology was created to address the importance of comprehensive and biblically faithful theological academic training for future pastors and church leaders.

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Southern Adventist University (TN) students have begun a program, Hire Tech-Minded Ladies (HTML), through which they mentor middle-school-aged girls in computer science. Developed in collaboration with the national nonprofit organization Girls Who Code, the students meet each week to discuss prior lessons, watch videos about prominent females in the computer science field, and work on a health and wellness app that the girls are designing and coding. (Photo courtesy of Southern Adventist University)


Mary Baldwin University (VA) alumna Bertie Murphy Deming Smith (’46) pledged $25 million to the university in April, a legacy gift that demonstrates her continuing support for the future of her alma mater. Smith has been the university’s top donor for more than 50 years, supporting the innovations that fuel Mary Baldwin’s core commitment to women-centered education through the annual fund and gifts to the endowment. Her most recent gift will enhance the university’s endowment.

Lipscomb University (TN) received a $23 million gift in April, its largest gift in institutional history. Made by donors who wish to remain anonymous, it is a lead gift for Lipscomb University’s College of Business, which is celebrating 100 years of business education this academic year. The gift will be used to help fund new facilities for the College of Business, business programs, a parking structure, and global learning facilities in Florence, Italy.

Through a $20 million contribution from alumnus Jon Stryker (’82), Kalamazoo College (MI) established the Jon L. Stryker Future Leaders Scholarship Program in June. Beginning in the 2018–2019 academic year, the program will provide $2 million in scholarships annually over the next ten years. The scholarships will primarily support students of color, first-generation college students, and students from lower-income families.

Stetson University (FL) in April announced the largest single gift in the university’s 135-year history. Building on the university’s Beyond Success–Significance comprehensive fundraising campaign, Hyatt and Cici Brown—friends, supporters, and members of Stetson’s board of trustees—provided the $18 million gift for the continuing growth of Stetson’s science education and research.

Southwestern University (TX) received the largest single private gift in its 178-year history in May: $15 million from Southwestern life trustee Jack Garey, in honor of his late wife Camille Garey. The gift will support faculty development, academic programming, need-based scholarships, and high-impact experiences. The endowment funded by the gift will establish the Jack and Camille Garey School of Natural Sciences.

John Carroll University (OH) received a $10 million gift in May to establish the John M. and Mary Jo Boler College of Business. The Boler Family Foundation made the historically significant gift to the university in memory of Mr. Boler, a 1956 alumnus. The Boler College will include two new schools: the School of Accountancy and Information Science and the School of Leadership and Social Innovation. In addition, several John Carroll board members recently pledged an additional $5 million in gifts.

In April, Hiram College (OH) received a $6 million gift from retired Avery Dennison Corporation CEO Dean Scarborough, an alumnus and chair of the board of trustees, and his wife, Janice Bini. The largest in the college’s 168-year history, the multi-year gift will advance a new liberal arts initiative that includes internships, study abroad programs, science and health initiatives, and Tech and Trek, a program that merges classroom learning with mobile technology.

Linfield College (OR) in March received a $6 million gift from Domaine Serene Winery founders Grace and Ken Evenstad, one of the largest donations in Linfield’s history and the largest wine-education gift in Oregon history. The gift will allow the college to significantly expand its wine education program, endowing the Grace and Ken Evenstad Center for Wine Education at Linfield as well as a faculty position, the Evenstad Chair in Wine Studies. It also will fund the design and construction of the Evenstad Wine Laboratory as part of a new science building under development on campus.

In April, Northwestern College (IA) received the largest single gift in its history—a $6 million naming gift for its new $24.5 million facility for the health and natural sciences. The 61,000-square-foot Jack and Mary DeWitt Family Science Center will house classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices for the departments of biology, chemistry, and nursing. It also will include increased space for collaborative student-faculty research. The DeWitt family has a long history of supporting Christian higher education and Northwestern College.

Loras College (IA) received an estate gift of more than $3.2 million from the late Rev. William Wilkie, a 1950 graduate and professor emeritus of history. The gift will supplement the William E. Wilkie Fund to bring the total endowment to over $3.5 million. The fund will support six programs and awards: The William E. Wilkie Liturgical Program, William E. Wilkie Double Major Scholarship, Wilkie Classic Film Collection Fund, Professor William Green Senior History Award, Monsignor William D. Green Award, and the Roger Rechenmacher Scholarship Award for Creativity.

Westminster College (MO) received a gift of $3 million in March from alumnus Kent Mueller (’62) and his wife Judy, making the college’s dream of a new athletic stadium become a reality. Phase I of the project, which includes turf, scoreboard, and lights, will be completed this fall. Mueller, a member of the Westminster board of trustees, was an early software industry pioneer in the personal computer industry; today he is president and CEO of Kent Mueller Ventures.

Whitworth University (WA) received a pledge of $3 million in April to establish an endowed dean of spiritual life position. When fully funded, the gift, from donors who wish to remain anonymous, will enable Whitworth to expand campus ministry programs and increase chapel staff.

Taylor University (IN) received a $2.6 million grant from the Foellinger Foundation to support the university’s Summer Clubhouse program for three years. The program operates at multiple locations and provides programming for youth that encourages positive social, emotional, and academic development.

Wiley College (TX) received a $2 million gift to honor retiring Wiley College President Haywood L. Strickland’s 18 years of distinguished service to the college, the Marshall community, and the United Methodist Church. Gene and Patsy Ponder presented the unrestricted gift in April; Patsy is an active member of the college’s governing board.

In May, two 1979 alumni, James A. Lanier, Jr. and Mary Anne Anderson Lanier, committed more than $1 million to invest in Furman University’s (SC) Shi Center for Sustainability. The commitment will support the Furman Advantage program, providing students increased opportunities for fellowships and research and funding for improved programs and learning experiences. The university also will further integrate sustainability into the curriculum across all disciplines.

The idea of expanding the learning experience of their students by partnering with sister institutions garnered three CIC member institutions an $850,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation this spring. Recipients include Centre College (KY), Rhodes College (TN), and Sewanee: The University of the South (TN). Focus areas for the four-year grant involve making select study abroad, study away, and internship experiences of each campus accessible to all partner schools, along with sharing best practices in faculty assessment of student learning.

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Husson University (ME) began offering a fully online track for its master of science degree in nursing program this fall. With a focus on educational leadership, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the financial, operational, regulatory, and clinical aspects of health system management and gain in-depth knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment. (Photo courtesy of Husson University)


Becker College (MA) launched its fourth school on July 1. The new School of Humanities and Social Sciences will encompass criminal justice, legal studies, education, psychology, and humanities programs. In addition, in April Becker opened the Colleen C. Barrett Center for Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which provides students access to cutting-edge technologies, including an augmented reality/virtual reality lab, game and live studios, and an eSports lab.

Oglethorpe University (GA) will open the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business and the I. W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation in 2019. Oglethorpe received a $50 million commitment, the largest gift in the university’s history, from 1973 alumnus Bill Hammack to establish the new business school.

The University of Evansville (IN) announced a new Institute for Public Health in April. The institute will facilitate partnerships that provide hands-on experiences to students while addressing community public health needs. Its first major project has been leading and collaborating with 11 hospital systems around the state of Indiana to conduct a 39-county Community Health Needs Assessment.

Ashland University (OH) has established a Center for Addictions that will be housed in the psychology department on campus. The center will focus on developing continuing education units, training and certificate programs, and associate and bachelor’s degrees associated with addiction counseling.

This fall, California Baptist University ushered in a new era of research on campus with its doctor of psychology (PsyD) in clinical psychology program. The program will prepare students for a career as a licensed psychologist. Students will focus on using the science of clinical psychology to guide their professional work in addition to viewing the human condition through the lens of a Christian worldview.

Lourdes University (OH) has established the institution’s first professional doctoral program—a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) in leadership for population health. The online program is designed for post-master’s prepared RNs.

This fall, West Virginia Wesleyan College began offering its first doctoral program—a DNP degree program. With Wesleyan’s long-standing master in nursing program, the DNP degree will focus on advancing professional nursing roles, including preparing nurse leaders to drive health care reform and to advocate for vulnerable populations.

Southern Wesleyan University (SC) now offers an online doctor of education (EdD) in curriculum and assessment. The degree is designed for professionals aspiring to be assessment and institutional effectiveness experts in education and in nonprofit environments.

Salve Regina University (RI) has launched an online PhD program in international relations that is designed primarily for faculty at military institutions, military officers from both the U.S. and abroad, and those in government services professions. The mission of the degree, which emphasizes justice and seeking wisdom, is to provide an innovative understanding of area studies through comparative analysis.

Furman University (SC) launched an MS degree in community-engaged medicine this summer. Providing an advanced understanding of science and population health, the program aims to narrow the gap between community health and the resources necessary to meet those needs.

Averett University (VA) began offering two master’s degree programs this fall: an MS in applied data analytics and an MS in criminal justice leadership and administration. Offered in a hybrid-format, the applied data analytics program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of data analysis in order to develop solutions to organizational problems and is aimed at managers who need to interpret data. The accelerated online criminal justice program is designed for criminal justice practitioners who are entering or progressing into administration and leadership positions.

The College of Wooster (OH) launched a new major in environmental geoscience this fall, for students whose research interests and career goals center on the science of climate, water resources, soil quality, and related concerns. In addition, after an extensive renovation, the department’s main computer lab can now access and use remote sensing, including satellite data and images from NASA, NOAA, and other sources, to study and better understand the forces at play in climate change.

Knox College (IL) has added a new environmental science major to its curriculum. The major, which students can pursue as a BA or BS degree, provides clarity regarding the differences between environmental studies and environmental science. Until now, students interested in environmental science have been custom-building their curricula through a combination of chemistry, biology, earth sciences, and the more policy-oriented environmental studies major.

Elms College (MA) launched two new majors this fall. The computer science major focuses on the design and development of software and the algorithms that make code work efficiently. The computer information technology and security major will prepare students for careers as IT technicians, system administrators, network administrators, and cyber security specialists.

In May, Emmanuel College (MA) announced that it would reorganize academic programs and departments into five schools, effective this fall, and launch new academic programs in political communication; health humanities; Spanish for health care professionals; statistics; computer science; and big data and data analytics.

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McKendree University (IL) recently opened “theHub,” a multipurpose active learning space equipped with innovative technology and collaboration tools. It hosts the university’s cyber help center, a fusion center, and a makerspace in which students can create, collaborate, explore, and learn about 3-D printing capabilities, 3-D scanning, virtual reality, drone development, and more. Pictured: Students from McKendree University’s 117th Regiment Cyber Defense Team demonstrate 3-D scanning during the April 26 open house for theHub. (Photo courtesy of McKendree University)


In May, Columbia College (SC) celebrated the establishment of the Women’s Business Center of South Carolina, a hub for catalyzing and expanding women’s entrepreneurship, made possible by seed investments from Google and the South Carolina Department of Commerce Office of Innovation. Headquartered at Columbia College, the center will hold weekly programs, regional networking events, and locally hosted opportunities for engagement.

Emmanuel College’s (MA) new 18-story residence hall opened its doors this fall. The building provides juniors and seniors the convenience and community of living on campus and the independence of contemporary, apartment-style living in the heart of Boston. Each four-person apartment includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a living room.

Cedarville University (OH) will open a new $3.3 million residence hall this fall. Named for Richard G. Walker, a longtime Cedarville employee who made a life-long impact on students through his various staff roles, Walker Hall features four 16-person units. Each of the units includes eight bedrooms, a large living space, a kitchenette, a study lounge, and a bathroom with built-in laundry.

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Gannon University (IL) (PA) in May celebrated the dedication of St. Joseph House of Faith in Action, a 2,400-square-foot, volunteer-built residence. Visiting groups will use the home as a community-based gathering space for small group activities and service focused on urban neighborhood revitalization. Activities may include housing restoration and blight remediation, urban Alternative Break Service Trips, initiatives of Gannon’s Center for Social Concerns, or Campus Ministry programs. (Photo courtesy of Gannon University)


Simmons College (MA) officially changed its name to Simmons University on September 1. On July 1, Tusculum College (TN) officially changed its name to Tusculum University and Lynchburg College (VA) changed its name to University of Lynchburg.


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