A Compendium of Winter 2016–2017 News from CIC Member Institutions

the summit participants gathered on the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building
Administrators and faculty from seven CIC member institutions participated in the U.S. Department of Education’s Advancing Educational Technology in Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit at the White House in December. The colleges and universities were among those recognized for their commitment to advancing the innovative use of technology to support the learning of pre-service teachers. The CIC institutions included Bethel University (MN), Limestone College (SC), National Louis University (IL), New England College (NH), Oral Roberts University (OK), Park University (MO), and Saint Leo University (FL). Above: the summit participants gathered on the steps of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.​

Celebrating Achievements

The Chronicle of Higher Education in February 2017 published a list of “Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Students” in 2016–2017. The lists of baccalaureate and master’s-level institutions with the most Fulbright scholars included eight CIC members: Arcadia University (PA), Gustavus Adolphus College (MN), Hampshire College (MA), Ithaca College (NY), Middlebury College (VT), Mills College (CA), St. Olaf College (MN), and Washington & Jefferson College (PA). The lists of baccalaureate and master’s-level institutions with the most Fulbright students featured 26 CIC member institutions; CIC institutions where seven or more students won a Fulbright award included DePauw University (IN), Grinnell College (IA), Lewis & Clark College (OR), Middlebury College (VT), Oberlin College (OH), Pitzer College (CA), and St. Olaf College (MN).

In March, NAFSA–Association of International Educators announced the recipients of the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award, which celebrates specific international programs or initiatives that contribute to broad internationalization on campus. Two of the three award winners are CIC member institutions: Spelman College (GA), recognized for the Spelman Going Global Initiative; and Texas Christian University, recognized for the TCU Rhino Initiative.

The Peace Corps recently announced the colleges and universities that produced the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2016. Fifteen CIC member institutions ranked high among small colleges and universities. Colorado College, Denison University (OH), Oberlin College (OH), Spelman College (GA), St. Lawrence University (NY), University of Puget Sound (WA), and Whitworth University (WA) all had more than ten undergraduate alumni volunteers.

CIC member institutions Bellarmine University (KY), Lynn University (FL), and Olivet College (MI) make up three of the 18 institutions on the 2017 list of “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.” Now in its fourth year, the report celebrates student affairs workplaces that are vibrant, diverse, supportive, and committed to staff work-life balance, professional development, and inclusive excellence. Diverse: Issues in Higher Education reports the research through a partnership with the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at Ohio State University and ACPA–College Student Educators International.

Faculty members from two CIC member institutions—Baylor University (TX) and Valparaiso University (IN)—were competitively selected to participate in the 2017 Basin Harbor Teachers’ Workshop in Vermont this June. Operated by the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, the annual workshop prepares faculty members who are new to the field of strategic studies. The participants will explore teaching tools including simulations, case studies, and film, as well as lecture and seminar teaching with accomplished foreign policy practitioners and academics.

Faculty members from four of the institutions participating in CIC’s Consortium on Digital Resources for Teaching and Research project were selected to lead a session at the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) 2017 Virtual Conference held in March. Danielle Dion, library director at the University of Saint Mary (KS); Cynthia Dudenhoffer, director of information resources at Central Methodist University (MO); Shaunna Hunter, public services librarian and associate library director at Hampden-Sydney College (VA); and Lizah Ismail, director of the library at Limestone College (SC), discussed how to seek administrative support and stakeholder engagement for archival projects and offered practical strategies participants can implement on their campuses.

Bruce Springstein and Bob Santelli seated in chairs on a stage addressing an audience
Monmouth University (NJ) recently announced a new collaborative partnership to establish the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music. Through the collaboration, Monmouth becomes the official archival repository for Springsteen’s written works, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts, and the partnership will help integrate the history and inspiration of American music into the university’s curriculum and research experience. The announcement was made during “A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen,” held January 10 at the university’s Pollak Theatre. Above: Bruce Springsteen in conversation with Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum, at the university event. (Photo credit: Danny Clinch)


Creating Partnerships

Anderson University (SC) recently formed a partnership with the University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt in Germany. The institutions will develop faculty and student exchanges as well as joint programs.

Loras College (IA) became the newest academic affiliate of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) in January. A part of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program since 1990, the ISGC strives to improve and inspire Iowa’s future in STEM fields. The ISGC carries out its goals with the help of five universities across Iowa—including CIC member Drake University (IA)—as well as other organizations and institutions.

The presidents of Holy Cross College (IN), Saint Mary’s College (IN), and the University of Notre Dame signed a memorandum of understanding in March to address student sexual assault and sexual harassment in the tri-campus community. The MOU seeks to deepen communication and foster information sharing across the campus communities regarding awareness and prevention education, resources, reporting options, and procedures.

Gettysburg College (PA) has launched a new partnership with Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The affiliation program is open to all students who graduate from Gettysburg with a degree in organization and management studies. After being admitted to the Rutgers master’s of human resource management (MHRM) program, students will be able to earn a MHRM degree after three semesters of full-time study.

In March, St. Norbert College (WI) and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) School of Pharmacy established a partnership to offer an early-assurance admission and reverse-transfer program. The dual-degree program, which takes six years to complete, provides an accelerated route for students to earn both a BS degree in natural sciences from St. Norbert and a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree from MCW.

The Franciscan University of Steubenville (OH) and Duquesne University Mylan School of Pharmacy (PA) began a partnership in March that gives students the opportunity to earn a PharmD through one of two tracks. Through the 2+4 track, students earn an associate degree in general studies at Franciscan before completing their PharmD at Duquesne; through the 3+4 track, students earn a BS degree in chemistry or biology before completing their PharmD degree.

In February, Wilmington University (DE) and Dub3 LLC signed an agreement to create a larger event and broader audience for East Coast Reboot. The extensive technology competition was created and produced at Wilmington University by Scott Shaw, program chair for game design and development, video, and motion graphics. The university will collaborate with Dub3 to produce East Coast Reboot as an annual, multi-day technology event that will showcase emerging gaming technologies, encourage competition by students, amateurs, and professionals, and spotlight Delaware’s leadership in tech innovation and education.

Representatives of the participating HBCUs, state agencies, and steering committee members stand on winding stairway for photo
Claflin University (SC) and Tuskegee University (AL) are two of five HBCUs recently selected to participate in Project Pipeline Repair: Restoring Minority Male Participation and Persistence in Educator Preparation Programs, an initiative of the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO). The project aims to reduce students’ need for remedial education in higher education, which can delay graduation and diminish students’ aspirations to enter the teaching profession. The project also will expose young male students to higher education expectations in postsecondary environments while developing knowledge through direct instruction, mentoring, and technology-assisted learning. Above: Representatives of the participating HBCUs, state agencies, and steering committee members convened for a planning meeting in February. (Photo courtesy of SHEEO)


Major Gifts, Grants, and Campaign Successes

Newman University (KS) announced in January that funds raised for the university’s new Bishop Gerber Science Center exceeded the initial goal and totaled nearly $24.9 million. Raising capital for the state-of-the-art science center was a major part of the university’s Facing Forward campaign.

The College of Saint Benedict (MN) in January announced receipt of the largest single philanthropic gift in its history. An anonymous donor committed $10 million to the college to create the Center for Ethical Leadership in Action. The center’s key function will be to increase students’ opportunities for experiential learning, which include study abroad, undergraduate research, service learning, and internship experiences.

Nellie M. Hoghe, who graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1939 with a business degree, left nearly
$5.4 million in a bequest to her alma mater. Hoghe passed away in 2016 at the age of 98. The funds will allow the university to pursue emerging opportunities and cover its greatest needs.

In February, Bridgewater College (VA) announced two lead gifts toward the college’s multi-million dollar library expansion and renovation. A $4 million commitment from Bonnie (1962) and John Rhodes named the facility the John Kenny Forrer Learning Commons, honoring her father. A $2.5 million grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation named the Morgridge Center for Collaborative Learning, which will occupy the main floor and integrate career development; writing, research, and media production assistance; and the information technology help desk. Once completed, the project will be the first in the college’s history to be fully funded through donations.

UNCF announced in December that 24 colleges and universities will receive five-year grants totaling $35.3 million to implement programs to improve employment outcomes for their graduates. Made possible through a grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative is a pilot program for select HBCUs and predominantly black institutions focused on enhancing career readiness of enrolled students. Fifteen CIC member institutions received awards between $1 million and $3.3 million dollars: Claflin University (SC); Clark Atlanta University (GA); Dillard University (LA); Fisk University (TN); Florida Memorial University; Huston-Tillotson University (TX); Jarvis Christian College (TX); Morehouse College (GA); Oakwood University (AL); Rust College (MS); Spelman College (GA); Talladega College (AL); Tougaloo College (MS); Wilberforce University (OH); and Wiley College (TX).

Saint Mary’s College (IN) alumna Kristine Anderson Trustey (1986) made a $2.5 million gift in February to support student wellness and campus expansion. Over half of Trustey’s gift will serve as a one-to-one challenge to donors to help Saint Mary’s complete fundraising for the purchase of 40 acres of land owned by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. An advocate for women’s health, Trustey also will establish the Kristine Anderson Trustey ’86 Wellness Program through her gift.

In February, Culver-Stockton College (MO) announced the largest single gift in its history. The $2.5 million estate gift will enrich the Arthur E., Marilyn J., and Kathryn E. Hendren Endowed Scholarship for student-athletes who play football or basketball at Culver-Stockton.

In January, Hamline University (MN) received a $1.4 million estate gift to fund the Robert E. Green Distinguished Professorship in Computational Science, created to help prepare Hamline students to meet technology challenges and become innovators in the digital realms. Green earned his chemistry degree from Hamline in 1957 and went on to a successful career as a chemist and researcher.

The Tellabs Foundation recently awarded Aurora University (IL) $1 million to develop, house, and provide scholarships for a new STEM education program targeting high school students. The Michael J. Birck Innovation Engineering Program, which will begin to offer courses this summer, is a collaboration between the university, school districts, local and global corporations, and nonprofit organizations to boost
STEM education.

Malone University (OH) recently received a $1 million gift from the estate of Ann Leech, a longtime donor with a lifelong interest in fine arts and music. Leech, who was 94 at the time of her passing in 2016, was a loyal donor to Malone and directed her estate gift to support enhancements within the university’s music program including physical improvements, the purchase of Steinway pianos, and an endowment to support music-related operations and activities.

Mount Mercy University (IA) received a $1 million gift in February to establish an endowed chair in the university’s marriage and family therapy program. Philanthropists Gerald and Audrey (1976) Olson, longtime supporters of the university, provided the gift.

West Virginia Wesleyan College officials in February announced the receipt of a major gift from Donald Keister (1954). The donation will increase the Nicholas Hyma Chemistry Scholarship and help Wesleyan match $2 million U.S. Department of Education Title III Endowment funds. The gift, including the federal match, totals $570,000.

Gannon University (PA) received a gift from Judith Alstadt in December that will establish the Donald M. and Judith C. Alstadt Environmental Center. The two lodges, observation decks, and 3.6 acres of land on Brokenstraw Creek are well suited to ecosystem study. Students in biology, freshwater and marine biology, environmental science, and environmental engineering will immerse themselves in hands-on field research.

Rebecca Bender stands on a chapel stage in front of a large cross and two screen depicting a map of the United States
Indiana Wesleyan University held a special chapel service on March 24 to mark the launch of the university’s new Justice Center for Human Trafficking, an initiative that will use its resources strategically to battle a multi-billion dollar industry that buys, sells, and displaces people. Rebecca Bender, a survivor of sex trafficking and a leader in efforts to eradicate modern day slavery, spoke during the service. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Wesleyan University)


New Programs and Majors

Beginning this fall, the University of Dallas (TX) will offer a new master of leadership degree through its Braniff Graduate School of Liberal Arts and the Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of Business. The program will combine case study-analysis, organizational studies, behavioral science, and the liberal arts to help executives, teachers, and aspiring leaders gain soft and strategic skills needed to guide with integrity and innovate with vision.

Benedictine University (IL) in May will launch a new executive MS degree in values-driven leadership that will prepare students with at least eight years of management experience and serving in senior leadership positions to assume the role of effective, ethical leaders. This fall, Benedictine also will began a new MS program in integrative physiology that will deepen health and biological science students’ understanding of advanced human physiology, biochemistry, bioethics, the history of physiology, and advances in the field.

Cornerstone University (MI) launched an MA degree in organizational leadership this spring. Built on the foundation of the university’s former MS degree in management, the degree program was adapted to meet current employment market demands.

Missouri Baptist University (MO) has added two new degrees to its adult and online learning division: a doctorate in higher education and leadership and a BS in ministry and leadership.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved Virginia Wesleyan College as a Level III institution in December, enabling the college to offer master’s degrees. Virginia Wesleyan will expand its academic programs to include an MA in education beginning this summer, an online MBA this fall, and two online bachelor’s degree-completion programs for adult students in the fall.

Gannon University (PA) now offers doctor of physical therapy and master of athletic training degrees at its Ruskin, Florida, campus. The new programs complement the campus’s existing occupational therapy doctorate program and will
enable more students to receive graduate education in disciplines that are in high demand in Florida’s rapidly expanding health care economy.

Bay Path University (MA) has launched a new master of science program in genetic counseling. The program is a hybrid of on-ground and online learning that will prepare graduates for the evaluation, monitoring, diagnosis, treatment, and counseling of patients across their lifespan.

The Indiana Wesleyan University Division of Graduate Counseling will now offer its clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) master’s degree program online, in addition to the program already offered on the residential campus. CMHC is a licensure track that prepares students to assess and treat individuals, groups, families, and organizations.

Piedmont College (GA) has transformed its formerly undergraduate athletic training program into a 3+2 master’s degree program. The college also has added a new undergraduate program in sport and fitness administration that is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in coaching or athletics administration.

Students work in one of the labs within the Cleveland Clinic Laboratories
Ashland University (OH) will offer a new academic concentration in medical laboratory science this fall that will allow students in the biology program to complete a fourth year at Cleveland Clinic’s School of Medical Laboratory Science and become eligible for certification as a medical laboratory scientist. Pictured: Students work in one of the labs within the Cleveland Clinic Laboratories where fourth-year AU students will learn and practice clinical laboratory techniques. (Photo courtesy of Ashland University)


This fall, St. Bonaventure University (NY) will offer a bachelor’s degree in health science with concentrations in social, physical, and psychological development; kinesiology; biomedical science; and general health science. The new program is part of the university’s comprehensive plan to create several health care-related undergraduate and clinical graduate programs over the next few years.

This fall, Assumption College (MA) will begin a new health sciences major, an interdisciplinary program that will prepare students for a broad range of careers in the health care sector, with applications to clinical practice, administration, policy development, and research. The program will combine coursework in the natural sciences; disease and disability; health care delivery and care models; economics; and ethics.

Cornell College (IA) will offer a psychology concentration in behavioral neuroscience beginning this fall. Students will study social, developmental, and cognitive behavioral processes during the program, which is recommended for those considering graduate study in behavioral neuroscience and biological subfields of psychology, as well as those interested in health-related careers.

Building on the success of Cottey College’s (MO) recently established health sciences baccalaureate degree, the college announced in February the addition of four more baccalaureate degree programs. The new offerings will begin in fall 2017 and include degrees in organizational leadership, secondary education, women’s studies, and criminology.

Misericordia University’s (PA) Department of Mass Communications and Design will introduce a BA degree with a specialization in sport communication this fall. Students will gain instruction and experience in journalism, broadcasting, marketing, public relations, graphic design, and electronic and social media in the context of sport media.

Georgian Court University (NJ) business school changed its name and added new majors last fall. Now named the School of Business and Digital Media, the school also houses the university’s design and communication programs and offers new majors in marketing, management, and finance.

The University of Evansville (IN) will launch a new logistics and supply chain management program in fall 2018. In addition to rigorous studies in UE’s Schroeder School of Business, students will take part in high-level experiential learning opportunities such as internships at global corporations, participation in a mock Walmart warehouse program at the University of Arkansas, and technology training through SAP University Alliance. The Schroeder School of Business also will create a center for logistics and supply chain management that will house experiential student programs and connect students to corporations.

Maryville College (TN) will offer a new major in outdoor studies and tourism beginning this fall. Part of the college’s Education Division, the new major will replace the outdoor recreation major that was previously offered and will prepare students for careers that emphasize the importance of the natural environment, respectful enjoyment of and interaction with nature, and the value of active, outdoor experiences.

Cedarville University (OH) recently announced that it will launch 12 programs this fall that will allow students to earn a bachelor’s degree in three years. Students pursuing an accelerated program can choose from 12 popular majors—many with multiple tracks—in a wide range of areas: communication, biology, English, finance, history, management, marketing, music, nursing, psychology, social work, and youth ministry. The three-year programs will have the same degree requirements as their four-year counterparts.

Front view of the Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math
Tusculum College (TN) held its first classes in the new Ronald H. and Verna June Meen Center for Science and Math in January. The four-story, 100,000-square-feet building includes wings for biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, environmental science, and nursing programs. The center also features laboratory and research areas, large general classroom spaces and classrooms equipped for distance learning programs, and a large lecture hall. (Photo courtesy of Tusculum College)


New and Recently Renovated Facilities

Thomas Aquinas College (CA) announced in February that it will open a branch campus in New England thanks to a National Christian Foundation gift of a former secondary school campus in Northfield, Massachusetts. The college will assume ownership of the Northfield property in May 2017 and open doors to students at the branch campus in fall 2018. A portion of the 217-acre property will be given to Thomas Aquinas College, including dormitory and classroom space sufficient for an eventual enrollment of 400 students, a library, science hall, auditorium, music building, chapel, and gymnasium.

Daemen College (NY) unveiled its Alumni House, which serves as the new central location for the college’s institutional advancement operations, during a grand opening celebration in March. Alumni House is home to Daemen’s fundraising, alumni relations, publications, and special events staff.



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