A Compendium of News from CIC Member Institutions

Team members stand with their flexible solar panels
The Norwich University (VT) team won NASA’s 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-Changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. For the engineering design competition, NASA enlists university teams from across the nation to develop creative solutions to some of the agency’s most vexing challenges; this year’s contest called for the development of a large power system that could be used on the surface of Mars. The Norwich team (pictured) proposed a flexible solar array design using inflatable booms to provide a compact stowed configuration and low launch mass. The four other teams in the competition were the University of Colorado Boulder, Princeton University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Virginia. (Photo credit: NASA)


In February 2018, the U.S. Department of State announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars for the 2017–2018 academic year. Top-producing institutions in this international educational exchange program are highlighted annually in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Seven CIC members were featured in the scholars category: Bucknell University (PA), Ithaca College (NY), Middlebury College (VT), Pitzer College (CA), Regis University (CO), Swarthmore College (PA), and University of Richmond (VA). Thirty-two CIC member institutions were highlighted in the students category, including these CIC institutions where six or more students won a Fulbright award: Coe College (IA), DePauw University (IN), Franklin & Marshall College (PA), Grinnell College (IA), Kenyon College (OH), Middlebury College (VT), Oberlin College (OH), Pitzer College (CA), Roanoke College (VA), Scripps College (CA), St. Olaf College (MN), and Washington & Jefferson College (PA).

Now in its fifth year, the national recognition project Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs recognized 13 institutions in 2018, including CIC member Holy Names University (CA). The project 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.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (DC) presented its 2017 Campus-Wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment to Denison University (OH), Hope College (MI), and Florida Atlantic University in January. The annual award recognizes institutions with exemplary programs that provide high-quality research experiences for undergraduates.

The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation announced in January the selection of its 2018 Beckman Scholars Program Awardees, U.S. colleges and universities that underscore the foundation’s mission of supporting basic research in the chemistry and life sciences. Participation in the program includes a highly competitive, invitation-only application process that benchmarks undergraduate research quality and commitment indicators against institutions from across the country. This year’s award includes more than $1.5 million in funding for undergraduate scholars at 12 colleges and universities, of which three are CIC members: Furman University (SC), Haverford College (PA), and Hope College (MI).

The Orr Fellowship named 70 students from over 1,100 applicants as 2018 Orr Fellows. The program selects top seniors for a two-year fellowship and career placement at a variety of expanding companies in Indianapolis, Indiana. Thirty-four of the Orr Fellows are from Texas Christian University and 13 Indiana-based CIC member institutions: Anderson University, Butler University, DePauw University, Hanover College, Huntington University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marian University, Saint Mary’s College, Taylor University, Trine University, University of Indianapolis, University of Evansville, and Wabash College.

In February, the Peace Corps announced the colleges and universities that produced the most Peace Corps volunteers in 2017. Seventeen CIC member institutions produced ten or more undergraduate alumni volunteers and made the “top colleges” list: Agnes Scott College (GA), Bucknell University (PA), Cornell College (IA), Denison University (OH), DePaul University (IL), Eckerd College (FL), Hope College (MI), Lewis & Clark College (OR), Pacific Lutheran University (WA), Rhodes College (TN), Spelman College (GA), St. Lawrence University (NY), University of Denver (CO), University of Redlands (CA), Whitman College (WA), Whitworth University (WA), and Willamette University (OR).

The New American Colleges & Universities (MD) presented its eighth annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to José Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College (MD), at the Association of American Colleges & Universities Annual Meeting in January. The award pays tribute to Boyer’s legacy as an educator by honoring others who are making significant contributions to American higher education. Bowen was recognized as an advocate of liberal arts education and a proponent of innovative teaching strategies.


Emerson College (MA) now offers two semester-long study abroad opportunities in Hong Kong. The program at Hong Kong Baptist University will especially benefit undergraduates majoring in visual and media arts or journalism. The program at Lingnan University will appeal to honors program students, as the curriculum meets many of Emerson’s honors program requirements.

In December, Gannon University (PA) began a partnership with Esslingen University of Applied Sciences in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany, to offer a dual-degree software engineering program. The partnership allows students to complete an ABET-accredited bachelor of science degree in software engineering or computer science and a European bachelor of engineering degree in software technology. The program requires three full years of bachelor’s-level study at Gannon University and a year at Esslingen University that includes both courses and a paid internship in software development.

California Lutheran University (CLU) and ELS Educational Services, Inc. signed an agreement in December to develop a graduate pathways program to enhance the educational experience of the university’s international students and extend its global reach. The CLU Pre-MBA Pathways Program, which is projected to welcome its first students in fall 2018, will offer international students intensive English-language support, courses for degree credit, counseling, and support to help students acclimate both academically and socially as they work toward their MBA.

Hood College (MD) is partnering with Frederick Community College, Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc., and the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.) to bring the Million Women Mentors movement to Frederick County, Maryland. The nationally engaged movement is organizing STEM mentors (female and male) to help girls and women become interested, persist, and succeed in STEM programs and careers.

Bloomfield College (NJ) became the first college to partner with the East Orange Housing Authority (EOHA), which provides affordable housing and homeownership opportunities to low-income citizens and working families. The initiative aims to create clear pathways to college through EOHA-specific scholarships, internship opportunities, mentoring, and academic support for EOHA-assisted students at Bloomfield.

A new agreement between North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) and North Carolina Community College System could reduce the time and money registered nurses with an associate degree need to invest to earn a BS in nursing. In February, ten NCICU campuses signed the RN to BSN articulation agreement, including eight CIC member institutions: Barton College, Gardner-Webb University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Mars Hill University, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, University of Mount Olive, and Wingate University.

West Virginia Wesleyan College and the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) recently entered into an agreement to establish a pre-osteopathic program for undergraduate students who wish to enter osteopathic medical school. In the partnership, Wesleyan students can network with WVSOM medical students and professionals, have shadowing opportunities, and advance their knowledge of osteopathic medicine. Students are assigned a faculty mentor to monitor their progress and receive an expedited application review and an early admission interview.

In February, Daemen College (NY) established a new partnership with the Charter School of Inquiry (CSI) that will offer educational opportunities for aspiring teachers and provide multidisciplinary professional development training at the Buffalo-based K–6 school. A component of the partnership is the creation of a collaborative classroom space at CSI where practicum classes will be held on site for Daemen teacher candidates; the space also will be used by CSI for professional development training and programs.

three students fill jars with honey
Dominican University (IL) students, faculty, and staff in December bottled a bumper crop of 50 pounds of honey harvested from the university’s four beehives. The beekeeping operation is a multidisciplinary effort by students in biology, chemistry, nutrition, marketing, and graphic design classes. The harvest was given to university donors and community members, but bottles may be sold in the future to sustain the operation. (Photo courtesy of Dominican University)


St. Norbert College (WI) received a $30 million gift from the Donald J. and Patricia A. Schneider Family last fall to honor Donald J. Schneider’s legacy of serving the community and advancing Catholic education. Schneider was the president, CEO, and chair of Schneider National as well as a St. Norbert College alumnus, trustee, and adjunct instructor. The gift for the college’s endowment will support scholarships and program innovation.

Gustavus Adolphus College (MN) announced in late 2017 receipt of a $25 million grant that will help launch a new career development program and provide extensive funding for scholarships, financial aid, and capital projects on campus. The anonymous grant is from a donor-advised fund established by an alumni couple with a strong history of engagement with the college and is made in support of the Gustavus Acts Strategic Plan. In January, Gustavus Adolphus College announced a $10 million commitment from alumnus Bob Peterson (1974) and his wife, Cindy. The gift will provide funding for the expansion and renovation of the Nobel Hall of Science, which will break ground this spring, along with support for National Merit Scholars.

High Point University’s (NC) continued growth was enhanced recently by a group of parents and alumni who committed $13.5 million to support academic programs, scholarships, and facilities. The university received five major gifts from the donors, each of whom wishes to remain anonymous. Among the gifts, two Florida families each contributed $5 million to assist in constructing a school of undergraduate sciences and a hotel on campus.

Marian University (IN) received a $12 million gift from Fred and Judy Klipsch to support the Educators College scholarships and exceptional faculty and staff. Fred Klipsch is the former owner of Indianapolis-based Klipsch Audio Technologies, which was purchased by Audiovox Corporation in 2011, and he currently serves on the Marian University board of trustees. This commitment will establish the Judy L. Klipsch Angel Educators Scholarship to support disadvantaged students who want to become educators, and Marian will rename the college the Fred S. Klipsch Educators College.

Molloy College (NY) announced in December receipt of a $1.5 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to educate the greater Long Island community about local history through a program called “Long Island: How Did We Get Here?” Molloy faculty, staff, and doctoral students will research and compile a history of the region’s economic and social issues, with insights into forces and interests that have shaped local politics and culture, to help address current regional challenges.

The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation recently made a $1 million gift toward the construction of a new welcome center to receive prospective students, their families, and other visitors at the University of Puget Sound (WA). The foundation also pledged another $1 million that will be released if the university reaches by fall 2018 $6.5 million in documented commitments toward its fundraising goal of $7.5 million.

In January, Huntington University (IN) received a $1 million gift from Leland E. Boren of Upland, Indiana. The gift will support continued academic program growth in the Haupert Institute for Agricultural Studies and other key initiatives of the university’s Faith Forward 2022 strategic plan. Boren currently serves as chair and CEO of Avis Industrial Corporation and president of PHD, Inc.

Husson University (ME) announced in February that two of its faculty members and a University of Michigan faculty member have received a $500,000 research award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The research project will examine the interactions between the natural chemical compounds found in broccoli sprouts and gut bacteria to determine if broccoli sprout consumption could help reduce the development of cancerous colon tumors. The award will be used for laboratory materials, chemicals, bioanalysis, molecular biology analysis, and cell and tissue analysis.

A seed gift of $600,000 by a donor, paired with a new communication and media task force, will allow Oral Roberts University (OK) to increase effectiveness of its Communication and Media Department. The gift will support staff increases, development of new curricula that will challenge and encourage students to engage in communications, and the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that will prepare graduates to thrive in the new media environment. The grant also will help launch a Media Leadership Institute.

A $250,000 donation from Toyota Motor North America will help Manchester University (IN) build an intercultural center in memory of civil rights activist, educator, and 1954 alumna Jean Childs Young. The 5,000-square-foot building will feature a circular domed, multipurpose space named the Toyota Round that will become a campus focal point for multicultural discussions and programming.

room full of students prepare lunches
Students from the Hood College (MD) Enactus club raised money in December 2017 to create 150 care packages for the Frederick Rescue Mission, which works to reduce poverty, homelessness, and chemical dependency. Part of the worldwide Enactus community, Hood College Enactus enables students interested in business, management, and entrepreneurship to use their skills to support the Frederick Community. (Photo courtesy of Hood College)


After receiving a major gift to endow a new school of business, Hood College (MD) announced in February the establishment of the George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business. The business school, still in the early stages of development, will be a hub for social entrepreneurship in the community, providing undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students enriching experiences beyond the classroom.

California Lutheran University (CLU) will offer a doctoral degree program outside Ventura County for the first time, after the June launch of an educational leadership program in Santa Maria, California. The new EdD program will prepare experienced educators and administrators for advanced leadership roles in kindergarten through 12th-grade schools. Students can complete the hybrid program in three years while working full time. In addition, CLU announced in February that it will offer a new bachelor’s degree in hospitality management and tourism, the only one available from a private institution in Southern California, starting in fall 2018. The program will develop skills in operations, finance, human resources, and marketing as well as creative and critical thinking, communication, and ethical leadership.

West Virginia Wesleyan College announced its first doctoral program in the college’s history. Beginning in fall 2018, the School of Nursing will offer a doctor of nursing practice degree, which will focus on advancing professional nursing roles, including preparing nurse leaders to drive reform in the health care system and advocate for the most vulnerable in the community.

Gannon University (PA) will launch a new master of health care administration program this summer. The part-time program, to be housed within the Dahlkemper School of Business located in Gannon’s new Center for Business Ingenuity, will offer a blend of face-to-face evening courses and online instruction.

Benedictine University (IL) recently launched graduate and undergraduate nutrition programs that offer multiple professional pathways and specialties. Programs include MA and MS degrees in nutrition and dietetics, MA and MS degrees in nutrition and wellness, a BA in food and nutrition management, a BA in health education and promotion, and a BS in nutrition and dietetics.

Loras College (IA) began accepting applications in January for a one-year, post-baccalaureate premedical program. The program is designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree but lack some prerequisite courses to apply to a professional school of medicine, optometry, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary medicine.

The Saint Vincent College (PA) Department of Criminology will offer a master of science degree in criminology beginning this summer. The program, which can be completed in one calendar year, is designed to address current issues, policies, and theories in the criminal justice system so that graduates can champion significant changes to enhance the process of justice in the criminal courts.

Notre Dame de Namur University (CA) began offering several new programs in the 2017–2018 academic year: an online master’s degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL); and an integrated liberal studies program that leads to an elementary school teaching credential, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree, all in five years. Starting this summer, Notre Dame de Namur’s Tracy, California, campus will offer a master’s degree and credential in special education. And beginning this fall, the university will offer a teacher preparation program in biological sciences in conjunction with Cañada College, leading to a master’s and credential in five years.

In January, Mary Baldwin University (VA) announced plans to address beginning in fall 2018 the significant need to provide more undergraduate students with a path toward a bachelor of arts degree in autism studies and applied behavior analysis. The first of its kind in Virginia, the program aims to help fill the need of schools and in-home service-providers of children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This summer, Warren Wilson College (NC) will launch a new master’s degree program in critical and historical craft studies. The program will integrate American studies, anthropology, art history, decorative art history, design history, social history, and material and visual culture studies. And this fall, Warren Wilson College will start offering an expressive arts therapy major that integrates psychology, social work, and music and art.

Drury University’s (MO) Department of Fine and Performing Arts now offers a bachelor of music education degree that comprehensively prepares students for certification to teach all music specialties: general, choral, and instrumental. The single-track program is designed for students who wish to teach music at the elementary and secondary level.

Rider University (NJ) began to offer a bachelor of science in business administration with a major in business analytics this spring. Students are able to select courses within six tracks: marketing, finance, programming, statistics, global supply chain management, and health care management. The specific tracks allow students to better prepare for careers as operations research, market research, management, and finance analysts.

Newberry College (SC) will add a BS degree in exercise science to its programs of study this fall. The new major will allow students to explore the science of physical activity and learn how health and healing can be affected by nutrition and exercise.

Cedarville University (OH) launched a civil engineering major that will begin with the 2018–2019 academic year, marking the fifth major in Cedarville’s School of Engineering and Computer Science. The curriculum for the BS degree includes a core of engineering courses in the first two years followed by engineering specific coursework starting in year three.

North Central College (IL) will offer bachelor of science degrees in computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering starting with the 2018–2019 academic year. The programs are situated in the College of Arts and Sciences rather than a stand-alone school of engineering to produce engineers who are prepared to adapt to new challenges throughout their careers.
Elizabethtown College (PA) recently added a chemistry laboratory sciences major that emphasizes real-world, hands-on preparation and requires integrated lab, advanced instrumentation, and internship components. Elizabethtown also introduced an interdisciplinary data science major in which students take foundational courses in computer science, mathematics, and statistics, as well as courses that involve a variety of machine learning techniques.

The Sage Colleges (NY) now offers an information technology-cybersecurity bachelor of science degree program on its Albany campus as well as online. Both programs offer students a foundation in data communications and networking, programming, operating systems, system administration, database design, systems integration, and project management in addition to a range of specialized courses.

large group of people standing during reception in Shari Flaming Center for the Arts
In December, Tabor College (KS) hosted a dedication ceremony for the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts, the largest building project in the college’s history. The $13 million facility is dedicated to musical, visual, and theater arts and will host events open to the public as well as the weekly auditorium gatherings for chapel. (Photo courtesy of Tabor College)


Following a $16 million exterior and interior renovation, Gannon University (PA) re-opened a modernized Nash Library with a dedication ceremony in January. The library includes three flex rooms to accommodate large groups, 49 smaller study and collaboration rooms, upgraded outdoor courtyards with patio seating, a 28-seat computer lab, 30 additional PC and Mac workstations, and a self-service digital video recording studio equipped with a green screen, multiple backdrops, and technology that will allow students to record high-quality footage for class projects.

Carroll University (WI) dedicated its newest academic building, Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall, in January. The hall will house the nursing, physics and engineering, and exercise science programs as well as provide space for other academic classroom needs. Students will benefit from a state-of-the-art nursing simulation facility, exercise science laboratories, and the Bucyrus Center for Applied Physics and Engineering.

Loras College (IA) unveiled a new innovation laboratory in December. The lab houses 3-D printers, computers, a computer numerical control milling machine, and a variety of tools to help students design and build prototypes, test scientific theories, and use technology and mathematics tools to analyze their creations.

Anderson University (IN) recently opened a nearly $1 million state-of-the-art Cybersecurity Engineering Laboratory. The lab will help students—especially computer science, computer engineering, information security, and national security majors—gain real-life experience while completing course work. Faculty members also can use the lab to work on research or upper-level course projects.

The Cedarville University (OH) School of Pharmacy opened its new Center for Pharmacy Innovation, located in the university’s Health Sciences Center, in January. The center seeks to identify pharmaceutical solutions, provide educational initiatives, and promote patient advocacy that help patients and expand the pharmacist’s role as part of a collaborative health care team.

Trine University’s (IN) MTI Center opened to the public in January with a women’s basketball game. The new 3,500-seat athletic and event center is home to men’s and women’s basketball, bowling, and esports. The 13.7 million building also houses a fitness center, golf pro shop, banquet room, alumni suite, and the Trine University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Messiah College (PA) recently completed renovations to support the needs of wellness, fitness, and indoor athletics programs as well as expansion of the occupational and physical therapies programs. The project included a 29,750-square-foot, two-story addition to the existing Sollenberger Sports Center; a new, state-of-the-art Falcon Fitness Center; an auxiliary gymnasium that provides two basketball courts and office space; renovation of the home court for volleyball and basketball; renovation of the Fredericksen Natatorium; and new faculty office suite for the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Science.


Warner Pacific College (OR) officially changed its name to Warner Pacific University on January 18.

Pfeiffer University (NC) opened its new Charlotte campus in fall 2017. The 26,000-square-foot campus has classrooms, library space, a marriage and family therapy clinic, student lounge space, and administrative offices. Students using the Charlotte facility are largely professionals pursuing graduate degrees, completing their studies, or visiting in conjunction with online classes.

The University of LaVerne (CA) celebrated the opening of its new Bakersfield, California, campus last fall. The university built the new 13,500-square-foot campus after running out of room due to growth at its original Bakersfield campus. With a larger campus, the university also began offering new programs, including bachelor’s degree programs in psychology, information technology, and criminal justice, as well as a master’s degree program in school psychology.

Two photos: 1. front view from outside of James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall; 2. aerial view of Student Recreation and Fitness Center
(left) Saint Vincent College (PA) dedicated the $5.8 million James F. Will Engineering and Biomedical Sciences Hall in late 2017. The two-story, 11,260-square-foot structure, located on the northwest side of the Sis and Herman Dupré Science Pavilion, provides state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories for human anatomy teaching in the biomedical sciences as well as space for the college’s expanding engineering program. (right) Robert Morris University (PA) recently opened a 45,000-square-foot Student Recreation and Fitness Center that includes two indoor intramural basketball courts, a fully-equipped weight and cardio room, space for pilates and other group fitness classes, and locker rooms. The building is the first part of a two-part, $50 million capital project. (Photos courtesy of [left] Saint Vincent College and [right] Robert Morris University)


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