A Compendium of Recent News from CIC Member Institutions

Two photos: 1. A group of students on stairs holding a sign; 2. A student holding a microphone asks a question at the convention.
New England College (NH) hosted the 2016 New Hampshire Primary Student Convention at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Manchester in January. The college hosts the three-day event every four years to provide first-in-the-nation presidential candidate access and hands-on civic engagement. Between the convention and presidential town hall meetings in January and February, the college hosted every major candidate running for president. (Photos courtesy of New England College)


The Chronicle of Higher Education in February 2016 published a list of “Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students” in 2015–2016. The list of baccalaureate institutions with the most Fulbright scholars featured six CIC members: Bucknell University (PA), Elizabethtown College (PA), Willamette University (OR), Emmanuel College (MA), Haverford College (PA), and Lenoir-Rhyne University (NC). The list of baccalaureate and master’s-level institutions with the most Fulbright students featured 21 and eight CIC member institutions, respectively; St. Edward’s University (TX) topped the master’s-level list, and Pitzer College (CA) topped the baccalaureate-level list.
In February, the Peace Corps announced the colleges and universities that produced the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2015. Twenty-two CIC member institutions ranked high among small colleges and universities—with Gonzaga University (WA) and the University of Puget Sound (WA) tying for first place with 18 undergraduate alumni volunteers each. The University of Denver (CO) tied with the University of Michigan for second place in the graduate school category, with 17 graduate alumni volunteers each.
The Council on Undergraduate Research (DC) recognized Allegheny College (PA), George Mason University, and the College of New Jersey as recipients of the campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment. The annual award recognizes institutions that have devised exemplary programs providing high-quality research experiences to undergraduates. The awardees were honored at a Washington, DC, reception in January.
Columbia University in March announced the winners of the 2016 Bancroft Prize, one of the most distinguished academic awards in the field of history. Border Law: The First Seminole War and American Nationhood by Deborah A. Rosen, David M. ’70 and Linda Roth Professor of History at Lafayette College (PA), received one of the three awards. Winners are judged in terms of the scope, significance, depth of research, and richness of interpretation they present in the areas of American history or diplomacy.
Three CIC member institutions, Augsburg College (MN), DePaul University (IL), and Juniata College (PA), were among 92 recipients of the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. The award recognizes colleges and universities that sponsor “exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives and include all aspects of diversity, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.”
After being named “Bright Spots in Hispanic Education” by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics last fall, Dominican University (IL) and Mercy College (NY) participated in a January 2016 national Google+ Hangout with U.S. Department of Education and White House staff as well as other Bright Spot institutions that focused on exemplary post-secondary programs for Hispanic students. The colleges are now among 230 other programs and organizations in the nation recognized for their dedication to supporting Latino students.

Group of female students pose in front of a Communication Sciences and Disorders bulletin board
Springfield College (MA) communication sciences and disorders students, who are members of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, received the WillPower Foundation’s college/university humanitarian award in January. The Springfield program was given the award in recognition of its commitment to assisting the WillPower Foundation with fundraising and advocacy work. The foundation helps western Massachusetts families and individuals with different abilities meet their unique needs. (Photo courtesy of Springfield College)


In January, Illinois College became the first American college to sign a long-term collaboration agreement with two Cuban academic institutions: University of Pinar del Rio and Soroa Botanical Garden. The partnership will provide hands-on learning experiences in Cuba for Illinois College biology students who also study Spanish as well as research opportunities in the United States for faculty members from Cuba. The partnership may expand to include education programs.
Hamline University (MN) recently formalized a partnership agreement with Cienfuegos University in Cuba. The first combined class for students from the two universities will be held during January-term 2017, when Hamline students will travel to Cuba with faculty for a course on Culture and Art and Transcending Barriers. Opportunities for Hamline faculty members to teach in Cuba and for Hamline students to participate in semester-long programs are expected to follow.
The University of La Verne (CA) and CETYS University in Baja California, Mexico, recently signed an agreement to develop programs for faculty and student exchange as well as collaborative research. Effective for five years, the partnership allows the universities to establish exchange programs for both faculty and undergraduate and graduate students, as well as academic information and materials. The universities also will organize joint research programs, publications, conferences, student visits, and seminars.
Chaminade University of Honolulu (HI) and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recently signed a two-year agreement for scientific academic exchange and cooperation. Chaminade and DPAA will provide access to facilities, equipment, and educational material when appropriate and mutually beneficial; Chaminade faculty and students and DPAA staff will benefit from the free exchange of technical expertise in the form of consultation, guest lectures, short-term training, and internships. DPAA staffs a state-of-the-art forensic anthropology laboratory in Hawaii that requires well-trained forensic anthropology technicians; Chaminade is the only higher education institution in Hawaii that offers undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in forensic sciences.
Oklahoma City University began a partnership with Duncan Regional Hospital in January to offer a bachelor of science in nursing program at the hospital beginning in fall 2016. The hospital will provide up to 15 scholarships annually for students who enroll in the program and agree to work at the hospital for at least two years following graduation.
Cedarville University (OH) launched its first limited liability company, Cedar Care, LLC, in January. The new venture will enable the school of pharmacy, in collaboration with Ohio Pharmacy Counseling Services LTD, to create a management call center that aids consumers using prescription drugs. The call center will allow third- and fourth-year professional pharmacy students to answer medication-related questions for patients nationwide; the center is expected to serve up to 15,000 patients annually.
Ohio Dominican University and Pearl Interactive Network launched an insurance apprenticeship program in January. The program offers a way for entry-level employees to progress through a career path in the insurance industry through a combination of on-the-job training with Pearl and an online insurance and risk management certification course with Ohio Dominican.
A three-way partnership among the University of Indianapolis (IN), Vincennes University, and Perry Meridian High School, will enable Indianapolis teens to begin their transition to college and career during their first year of high school. The 1+3 program, announced in January, will allow qualifying students to graduate from high school with a 30-credit general studies certificate from Vincennes. Students who meet admissions standards will be accepted directly into UIndy with at least one year of general education credits in hand, providing the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree with only three years of further study.

Two photos: 1. a collection of Papua New Guinea artifacts on a wall; 2. a speaker addresses an audience in front of the artifacts
California Lutheran University displayed its collection of Papua New Guinea artifacts for the first time in more than 40 years. The exhibit, “Ritual and Art: Pluralities in the Ellsworth La Boyteaux Collection of New Guinea Artifacts,” ran March 3–April 7 in the university’s William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art. A reception was held on March 11. (Photos courtesy of California Lutheran University


St. Catherine University (MN) in February announced an $18 million gift from the Minneapolis-based GHR Foundation to advance health care education. The gift that honors St. Catherine University alumna and GHR co-founder Henrietta Rauenhorst will support the ongoing expansion of the school that bears her name, the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health. St. Catherine will use the gift to develop new programs and curricula as well as fund technology and additional faculty.
DePauw University (IN) in February announced a $10 million gift from an unnamed donor to the Campaign for DePauw toward new technology innovation at the university. The gift will create a technology center and visualization laboratory—an engaging high-tech space where students will develop technology and computing skills—and will enable DePauw to appoint a director to provide leadership for technology programming.
Newman University (KS) announced $8.2 million in anonymous gifts contributed during the $25 million “silent phase” of the university’s Facing Forward campaign. The gifts included a $5 million anonymous gift from a couple, a $2.2 million gift from a former Wichita businessman living in Texas, and a $1 million anonymous donation from a local company. In February, the university launched the public portion of the campaign, which aims to raise a total of $30 million to build a new science building, renovate Eck Hall, and provide for student scholarships and the university’s endowment.
Carroll College (MT) announced the receipt of over $4.2 million in end-of-year gifts to the college. The gifts and grants represent a blend of local, regional, and national support by individuals, businesses, and foundations. The surge in year-end giving was led by Roy (1962) and Frances Simperman, whose December gift of over $1 million to the Mind Body Spirit campaign will help transform the Corette Library, including by funding the Simperman Learning Commons.
The Hodson Trust recently awarded St. John’s College (MD) $2.5 million, with $250,000 to support the college’s second-year curriculum, which will focus on recent advances in biology, and nearly $2.25 million for the Hodson Scholarship endowment. The grant also will support a multi-year program to deepen and expand understanding of new developments in quantum mechanics and biology and to incorporate them into the senior-year curriculum.
Notre Dame de Namur University (CA) received a $2.7 million grant from the John A. and Susan Sobrato Fund, a fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grant will create a learning commons within the campus center and will help restore the university’s flagship building, Ralston Hall. The university received an additional $1 million for the building’s restoration from Bob and Marie Gallo. Marie Gallo is an alumna, and the university has named a giving society after the couple.
Thanks to a $2.14 million state grant to the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI), teachers across Indiana can gain additional expertise in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at no cost at Indiana’s private colleges through STEM Teach II. The initiative builds upon ICI’s successful STEM Teach I program, which resulted in more than 600 enrollments in STEM courses and workshops by K–12 teachers. ICI will again partner with the University of Indianapolis (IN) Center for Excellence and Leadership of Learning in administering the program. STEM Teach II will focus on providing graduate coursework for secondary teachers to gain dual-credit credentialing.
Phil and Katherine Grant recently donated more than $1 million to Husson University (ME) to endow the Phil Grant Distinguished Professorship in Management and Economics within the university’s College of Business. Phil Grant was a professor of business and administrator at Husson from 1968 to 2010, and his wife Katherine earned her MBA there in 2004. The endowed professorship is the first in Husson’s history.
High school teachers across Ohio will be able to obtain the qualifications needed to teach college courses in high school thanks to a $10 million grant allocated by the Ohio General Assembly as part of the Straight A Fund. The new grants, made jointly by the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio Department of Higher Education, allocate $5 million to universities to develop programs and offer free or reduced-cost courses to teachers and $5 million to enable colleges, universities, and high schools to identify and support teachers as they obtain the qualifications to teach postsecondary courses. Among the institutions to receive awards, Franklin University (OH) was awarded $885,000 and Ohio Dominican University received $450,000.
The Judith Haskell Brewer Fund of the Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia recently awarded Sweet Briar College (VA) a two-part gift for its environmental science program and community garden. The grant provides a $500,000 outright gift over three years and a $500,000 one-to-one challenge grant to be matched by other college donors, which will result in a $1.5 million gift. The grant will support the Sweet Briar College Land-Atmosphere Research Station, which consists of a 120-foot research tower and an adjacent laboratory shed for the collection and analysis of atmospheric data, located in one of Sweet Briar’s forests.

a professor addresses nursing students in a new classroom
Molloy College’s (NY) Barbara H. Hagan Center for Nursing opened in January 2016, adding a new dimension to Molloy’s nationally ranked nursing program. This state-of-the-art facility includes specially designed nursing laboratories, a telepresence room, a computer laboratory, simulation rooms, and a healing garden. (Photo courtesy of Molloy College)


St. Ambrose University’s (IA) long-standing occupational therapy program will now offer doctoral degrees. The new doctor of occupational therapy program is the university’s third doctoral-level academic program and its second in the health sciences, joining the doctor of physical therapy.
Indiana Wesleyan University is launching a doctor of ministry degree. The first cohort, to begin in summer 2016, will focus on transformational leadership; cohorts in 2017 and 2018 will focus on preaching and spiritual formation, respectively.
Newman University (KS) will open a school of business in fall 2016. The school will emphasize ethics, entrepreneurship, and socially conscious practice in addition to business knowledge and expertise. With the development of the new school, Newman aims to draw more attention to its business programs and its new MBA concentration in nonprofit management, which began in January 2016.
University of Jamestown (ND) recently announced a master of science in clinical counseling program, which will begin in fall 2016. The program will educate students in principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention.
Roberts Wesleyan College (NY) has launched three new programs: a master’s degree in online health administration, a bachelor of science degree in sports management and marketing, and a bachelor of science degree in homeland security and applied intelligence.
Dominican University (IL) recently launched two new programs: a master of science degree in information management, in which students can create their own learning plan or choose from four specializations—cybersecurity, analytics, digital content management, and web design; and a bachelor of science degree in informatics, which offers specialties such as cyber security, health informatics, community informatics, and education informatics.
Saint Leo University (FL) will offer a new bachelor of science degree in cybersecurity both on the main campus and as an online degree in fall 2016. The program will provide cybersecurity and criminal justice courses within a liberal arts foundation and will fulfill the undergraduate requirements set by the National Security Agency for its certification standards.
Newberry College (SC) will launch a criminal justice major, grounded in the liberal arts and including social sciences courses, in fall 2016. Also in the fall, Newberry will add health care management as a new business major. The program will focus primarily on policies and processes outside of direct patient care.
A new health sciences major will be available at Southwestern College (KS) beginning in fall 2016. The major entails core introductory courses required of all science majors, five advanced science electives tailored to students’ career ambitions in health fields, and a senior capstone course.
The Mars Hill University (NC) Judge-McRae School of Nursing will begin a pre-licensure bachelor of science degree in nursing in fall 2016. The program will be housed in the forthcoming Ferguson Health Sciences Center.
Lynchburg College (VA) added a liberal arts studies major last fall. Students can apply for a self-designed major option or enroll in a predefined multidisciplinary option that combines three minors.
Houghton College’s (NY) Greatbatch School of Music has added a bachelor of science degree in music industry. The program focuses on the art, technique, and business of music recording and mixing while still maintaining a classical foundation in musicianship and theory. Houghton also will offer bachelor of science and bachelor of art degrees in data science.
Finlandia University (MI) now offers a bachelor of business administration in marketing and graphic design. Created by faculty members in the university’s International School of Business and International School of Art and Design, the program will provide students with the practical skills to conceptualize and design a wide range of marketing materials while understanding the marketing implications of the material they produce.
Saint Joseph’s College (IN) will begin a mathematics/engineering dual degree program in fall 2016. The five-year program will provide students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Saint Joseph’s College and a second degree specific to their area of interest from an accredited cooperating engineering program.


Lynn University (FL) in December hosted a dedication ceremony for the Sylvester Center at the Institute for Achievement and Learning. The center enhances students’ learning experiences through custom-designed spaces for writing, math, tutoring, testing, and collaboration and provides private offices for individualized coaching. The ribbon-cutting event recognized the Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, which made the center possible through its funding.

a view of a piano on a stage from the balcony
Emory & Henry College (VA) recently opened the Woodrow W. McGlothlin Center for the Arts. The $22 million facility is the most ambitious construction project in the college’s history. The center includes a 461-seat proscenium theatre, 100-seat black box theatre, art gallery, offices, and the college’s radio station. It will host college events and theatrical, musical, and gallery shows and will be available for rent. (Photo courtesy of Emory & Henry College)