A Compendium of News from CIC Member Institutions

Collage of three photos of Marc Randolph presenting to and interacting with students at High Point University
Marc Randolph, Netflix co-founder and High Point University’s (NC) entrepreneur in residence, discussed business ideas with students and participated in an interactive question-and-answer session during an Innovation Summit held on campus on February 18. Randolph also was inducted into the Sigma Nu Tau Entrepreneurship Honor Society during his visit. (Photos courtesy of High Point University)


In February 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most U.S. Fulbright Students and Scholars for the 2018–2019 academic year. The State Department recognizes institutions in each Carnegie Classification that had the highest numbers of their students (primarily recent graduates) and scholars (faculty members, researchers, and administrators) receive Fulbright grants. Top-producing institutions in this international educational exchange program are highlighted annually in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Twenty-five CIC member institutions were featured in the students category: Augsburg University (MN), Carthage College (WI), Centre College (KY), Coe College (IA), College of Saint Benedict (MN), Denison University (OH), DePauw University (IN), Franklin & Marshall College (PA), Grinnell College (IA), Haverford College (PA), Kenyon College (OH), Lebanon Valley College (PA), Middlebury College (VT), Oberlin College (OH), Pitzer College (CA), Saint Michael’s College (VT), Scripps College (CA), St. Edward’s University (TX), St. Olaf College (MN), Swarthmore College (PA), University of Puget Sound (WA), University of Richmond (VA), Wabash College (IN), Washington and Lee University (VA), and Wheaton College (MA). Six CIC member institutions were highlighted in the scholars category: Bucknell University (PA), Middlebury College (VT), Pitzer College (CA), Siena College (NY), Trinity College (CT), and University of Richmond (VA).

In March, the Peace Corps announced the colleges and universities with the most Peace Corps volunteers among their graduates in 2018. Twenty-two CIC member institutions, each with nine to 21 volunteers, made the “top colleges” list: Allegheny College (PA), Bucknell University (PA), Cornell College (IA), Denison University (OH), DePaul University (IL), Eckerd College (FL), Furman University (SC), Gonzaga University (WA), Grinnell College (IA), Hamline University (MN), Middlebury College (VT), Oberlin College (OH), Lewis & Clark College (OR), Pacific Lutheran University (WA), St. Lawrence University (NY), University of Redlands (CA), Saint Michael’s College (VT), University of Denver (CO), University of Puget Sound (WA), Whitman College (WA), Whitworth University (WA), and Willamette University (OR).

In March, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education published the list of 2019 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs. Now in its sixth year, the national recognition—commissioned by the American College Personnel Association and Diverse— celebrates student affairs workplaces that are vibrant, diverse, supportive, and committed to professional development, inclusive excellence, and staff work-life balance. Of the 20 institutions listed, two are CIC members: Brevard College (NC) and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (MO).

In January, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education profiled the top 15 “under 40” scholars from around the country who are making their mark in the academy through teaching, research, and service. Among the 2019 Emerging Scholars of the Year were scholars from four CIC member institutions: Floraliza Bornasal, assistant professor of civil engineering at Saint Martin’s University (WA); Gerald Griffin, associate professor of biology and psychology at Hope College (MI); Qingxia Li, assistant professor of mathematics at Fisk University (TN); and Mark Redondo Villegas, assistant professor of American studies at Franklin & Marshall College (PA).

Bay Path University (MA) President Carol Leary received the American Council of Education’s (ACE) 2019 Donna Shavlik Award during the Women’s Leadership Dinner at ACE’s 101st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on March 9. The prestigious award honors an individual who demonstrates a sustained commitment to advancing women in higher education through leadership and career development, campus climate, and mentoring. During Leary’s presidency since 1994, Bay Path became a university, established over 30 graduate and post- graduate degrees, and launched the American Women’s College, the first all-women, all-online baccalaureate program in the nation.

Also during ACE’s recent 101st Annual Meeting, Benedict College (SC) was one of two institutions to receive the 2019 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. The award honors institutions that have responded to challenges in higher education in new and creative ways and accomplished significant changes in a brief period. The award was presented to Benedict College President Roslyn Clark Artis on behalf of the institution. ACE also named Sophia Norcott, a student at Southern New Hampshire University, as one of two 2018 Students of the Year during the conference’s closing plenary session. The award is presented to an adult learner who has benefited from the use of ACE credit recommendations to earn a college degree or advance a career while demonstrating continued success and extraordinary achievement.

The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB) named six winners of the 2018–2019 John W. Nason Award for Board Leadership this spring. The award recognizes governing boards that have demonstrated innovation and exemplary leadership by strengthening their institutions, reimagining board work, and making a significant difference to the students they serve. Two CIC member institution boards received the award: the Furman University (SC) board of trustees and Haverford College (PA) board of managers.

The Daily Record named Andrea E. Chapdelaine, president of Hood College (MD), to its 2019 listing of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. The list recognizes high-achieving women working in Maryland who are making an impact through their leadership, community service, and mentoring. In April, Chapdelaine was recognized with her fellow honorees at the awards celebration in Baltimore and was profiled in a special magazine of the April 16 issue of the Daily Record.

With the theme “Transforming Lives, Transforming the World,” Tougaloo College (MS) is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. At the center of the celebration, the college has launched the Sesquicentennial Campaign for Scholarships to raise $10 million over the next two years for student scholarships. The college also will hold an event each month this year that meaningfully connects the public with the college.

To mark its 100th anniversary, Emmanuel College (MA) will host numerous centennial programs this year both on and off campus. Events include lectures and discussions, a historical exhibit, academic symposia, liturgies, service projects, and opportunities to celebrate Emmanuel’s past, present, and future.

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In February, Berry College (GA) Forensics Union members earned their 25th consecutive Georgia Intercollegiate Forensics Association Championship, placing first in every individual event. With 23 members competing, the team won a total of 46 awards, and, for the first time in their history, Berry College Forensic Union members took the top three positions in ten of the 14 total events at the tournament. (Photo courtesy of Berry College)


Hiram College (OH) recently signed two memoranda of understanding with international partners. In the agreement with the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC)—a private research university in Israel—Hiram students will matriculate at IDC for a year to enroll in upper-level courses in foreign policy, cyber security, or international business to complete related majors. Hiram and IDC also will build on Hiram’s strength in health sciences to develop a yearlong pre-medical curriculum for IDC students wishing to attend medical school. The second agreement is with longtime partner John Cabot University (JCU)—an American liberal arts college in Rome, Italy. In the new relationship, Hiram students will pursue majors such as art history, classics, and international business at JCU, while John Cabot students will study sport management, exercise science, natural history, and creative writing at Hiram.

In February, Oglethorpe University (GA) became the first Georgia college to partner with TheDream.US to provide scholarships to qualified immigrant students who came to the United States as children, or “DREAMers.” TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for DREAMers, raising private funds and awarding scholarships to help these students pay for their college education. Due to their immigration status, DREAMers are not eligible to apply for federal financial aid to support a college education. TheDream.US now has 70 Partner Colleges in 16 states and Washington, DC, including CIC members Benedictine University (IL)-Mesa, Arizona; Christian Brothers University (TN); Dominican University (IL); Lewis University (IL); Marymount University (VA); and National Louis University (IL).

Additional private colleges and universities recently pledged their support to Say Yes to Education—a national nonprofit organization that partners with communities with the goal of making a college degree affordable and attainable for every public high school graduate—and joined the Say Yes National Higher Education Compact. Among the new partner institutions are several CIC member institutions in Ohio: Ashland University, Baldwin Wallace University, College of Wooster, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Notre Dame College, Ohio Northern University, and Ohio Wesleyan University; as well as Benedict College (SC), Morehouse College (GA), and Whitman College (WA).

Centenary College of Louisiana signed a memorandum of understanding with the Louisiana State University (LSU) Paul M. Hebert Law Center in January. The partnership will provide Centenary students who meet LSU Law admission requirements and who wish to pursue public interest careers an opportunity for an expedited admissions review and notification process as well as automatic financial aid consideration.

Saint Mary’s College (IN) established a partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), the largest medical school in the country, in February. Through the partnership, LECOM will grant early acceptance of qualified Saint Mary’s students into their medical, dental, or pharmacy programs.

Husson University (ME) and Southern Maine Community College (SMCC), the largest community college in Maine, entered into a series of agreements in January that will ease the process of transferring credits from SMCC to Husson. The agreements cover the transfer of credits from SMCC associate degree programs into the corresponding Husson University bachelor’s degree programs in subjects such as communications technology, mass communications, educational studies, elementary education, biology, psychology, health care administration, criminal justice, and business administration.

Alverno College (WI) and the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) established a partnership in February that streamlines the transfer process for female students who want to become social workers. The partnership enables students to complete their associate degree in human services at MATC and transfer to Alverno to complete their bachelor’s degree in social work within four years.

Bloomfield College (NJ) is partnering with Teaneck Public Schools (TPS) in Teaneck, New Jersey, to provide merit scholarships, mentoring, and academic support to Teaneck’s exceptionally talented high school graduates. The college and school district also announced a 25 percent tuition reduction to all TPS employees interested in pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at Bloomfield College.

California Lutheran University and Moorpark College, a community college in Moorpark, California, are collaborating to provide local middle school students who may not be considering college with a pathway to a bachelor’s degree lined with substantial support and scholarships. More than two dozen sixth- and seventh-graders were selected for the first cohort of the Rising Scholars Academy. Students who continue in the program will receive scholarships for full tuition and books for two years at Moorpark College and guaranteed acceptance to Cal Lutheran as transfer students. Cal Lutheran will award full scholarships to five members of each year’s cohort and scholarships covering 50 percent of tuition to all the others.

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Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in January hosted its first group of visiting scholars from Beijing, China, for a pilot Visiting Scholars Program. The program is a recent collaboration between IWU and Beijing International Education Exchange to promote teacher professional development. The group of 14 scholars attended workshops, participated in academic discussions, shared meals with members of the IWU community, and observed local middle school and high school classes. (Photo courtesy of Indiana Wesleyan University)


John Carroll University (OH) in February announced receipt of a $20 million unrestricted pledge from an anonymous graduate. The gift will be used to expand academic programs and enhance the student experience.

In February, St. Lawrence University (NY) received a $15 million gift—composed of a $10 million outright gift and a $5 million planned gift—from an anonymous alumnus. The gift will support the Campaign for Every Laurentian, the largest comprehensive fundraising initiative in the university’s more than 160-year history; it also will create two endowed professorships in public health, among other initiatives.

Mercyhurst University (PA) announced a $9.5 million campaign for the university’s athletics programs in February. To kick-start the campaign, William and Betsy Vorsheck gave $4 million, the largest alumni gift in the university’s history. Betsy Hirt Vorsheck graduated from Mercyhurst Prep in 1973 and from Mercyhurst University in 1977. The university intends to name its new and upgraded athletic facilities the William Vorsheck Jr. Athletic Complex. In addition, Mercyhurst trustee and athletics campaign chair John Saxon provided $1 million toward the campaign, designated for improvements of Tullio Field.

An anonymous alumni couple made a nearly $6.3 million gift commitment to DePauw University’s (IN) Rector Scholarship endowment in January. The deferred estate gift is the largest commitment to date for the Rector Scholarship Centennial Initiative. The scholarships are the university’s oldest and preeminent merit academic award.

Loras College (IA) in February announced the receipt of a $5 million gift from Loras Academy graduate William P. (Bill) Miller of Camarillo, California. In recognition of his contribution, the largest one-time cash gift in the college’s 180-year history, the Academic Resource Center will now be named the Bill (A ’52) and JoAnne Miller Academic Resource Center. The gift also will support other campus facility and infrastructure upgrades and strengthen the college’s entrepreneurial programs.

St. Olaf College (MN) in February received a $4.2 million gift commitment to create a new endowed fund that will support student travel costs for international music ensemble tours. Once the gift from two donors is fully funded, members of the St. Olaf band, choir, and orchestra will be able to tour internationally at no expense.

In February, Mount St. Mary’s University (MD) announced that the Bolte Family Foundation donated $3 million to help expand and renovate the university’s Knott Academic Center, home of the Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business. Richard J. Bolte, Sr. was the founder of BDP International, a lifelong supporter of the Mount, a member of the board of trustees, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree for his service to the university in 1992. All seven of Bolte’s sons attended the Mount. The family wanted to recommit to the Bolte School of Business in honor of their father, who passed away in 2006.

In January, Briar Cliff University (IA) announced a $2 million endowment from the Sisters of St. Francis that will establish the Sisters of St. Francis Endowed Chair in Theology. The legacy gift is one of the largest in the university’s history and the first time an endowed chair has been gifted to Briar Cliff. The endowment also will support the recruitment and retention of faculty, enrich the university’s theology program, fund professional development and spiritual projects, and instill Catholic Franciscan values throughout the community.

Baylor University (TX) announced in February a gift of $2 million to endow a new Chair in Global Leadership within Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work. Made by anonymous parents of a Baylor graduate from California, the gift will support the school’s Global Mission Leadership program, whose purpose is to contribute to Christ-centered international development through culturally informed education.

In February, Strada Education Network awarded Bay Path University (MA) nearly $1.6 million for a three-year project, Closing the Gaps: Building Pathways for Adult Women in a Technology-Driven Workforce. The grant will expand the university’s American Women’s College Social Online University Learning (SOUL) program to help low-income working women earn degrees in cybersecurity and technology, qualifying them for higher-paying, in-demand jobs. Bay Path was one of seven awardees of Strada Education Network’s Innovative Solutions in Education-to-Employment competition.

Morehouse College (GA) announced in January a $1.5 million gift from philanthropist Robert F. Smith, the founder, chair, and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a global leader in software and technology venture capital investments. The gift will fund endowed scholarships and the design and creation of a park that will give students a new outdoor study area.

An alumni couple—Dan (’75) and Annie Berce (’77) of Fort Worth, Texas—recently donated $1.4 million to Regis University’s (CO) athletics program to build a premiere practice facility that will provide additional state-of-the-art training space and accommodations for student athletes. The Berce Athletic Center will be a multi-functional practice facility with two full basketball courts, volleyball courts, and auxiliary centers for athletics training.

In February, the College of Saint Rose (NY) announced a $1.2 million gift from Michelle and Walt Borisenok to renovate a building that will become the Michelle Cuozzo Borisenok ’80 House, home to the new Women’s Leadership Institute at Saint Rose. Set to open in August 2019, the building will serve as a living-learning community housing the Women’s Leadership Institute and the first cohort of BOLD Women’s Leadership Network Scholars. Michelle Borisenok, a member of the Saint Rose board of trustees and a 1980 graduate, is an entrepreneur and philanthropist known throughout the region for her support of women’s leadership. Her husband, Walt Borisenok, founded Fortitech in 1986.

Oral Roberts University (OK) recently received a $1 million donation, along with a $500,000 matching grant, to launch the Stovall Center for Entrepreneurship. Known for their entrepreneurial spirit, ORU alumni Jim and Crystal Stovall (’81), along with the Tulsa Community Foundation, made the donation. The center will reside within the college of business and will host workshops, boot camps, and lectures; set up networking with entrepreneur collectives; provide space for entrepreneurial faculty and professionals to mentor and coach students; and allocate resources for mission-based entrepreneurial initiatives such as micro-financing and venture capital.

Millsaps College (MS) has received a $1 million commitment from the James and Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation to support the renovation of the Selby and Richard McRae Christian Center. The foundation’s trustees include former Millsaps professor Madeleine McMullan and her daughters, author Margaret McMullan and Carlette McMullan, a partner at William Blair & Company. The Christian Center renovation will provide a new home for the departments of English, history, philosophy, and religious studies; classrooms and seminar space for the humanities; and a new chapel.

In February, Central College (IA) announced the receipt of an unrestricted gift in excess of $1 million from the estate of Wallace Spencer Stepenske. Stepenske graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Central in 1964 and taught for 30 years in the California state college and university system before retiring and pursuing art. The college will honor his legacy by dedicating a space on campus in the months ahead.

Newberry College (SC) has progressed in its quest to build Stadium Village, a facility designed to support student athletic and academic success, thanks to a $1 million irrevocable matching gift pledge from Melvin Younts and the Melvin and Dollie Younts Foundation. Regarded as one of South Carolina’s leading supporters of higher education, Younts signed an agreement in January affirming his pledge to match up to $1 million in donations raised for Newberry’s stadium expansion project over the next three years.

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In February, Lynn University (FL) completed its largest-ever campus building project. The Christine E. Lynn University Center hosts a campus resource hub; a multipurpose space and stage for entertainment and group activities; a dining commons and cafeteria; campus store; upscale pub; alumni, career, and study abroad offices; the Division of Student Affairs; the Social Impact Lab, and the Watson Institute at Lynn University. (Photo courtesy of Lynn University)


Simmons University (MA) recently established the Simmons University Institute for Leadership, which will host global conferences, offer educational programs, conduct research studies, and develop other activities to advance women’s leadership. The institute will draw on the expertise of Simmons faculty, alumnae/i, and students, as well as global leaders, scholars, and executives, to inspire women of all ages to become leaders. It also will engage men as allies and partners to bring inclusion and equity to leadership.

Converse College (SC) is now a doctoral degree-granting institution, after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved its request for a level- change and its doctorate of education in professional leadership program. The program will focus on the application of leadership in multiple contexts and provide a terminal degree for professionals in a variety of fields. Converse plans to begin with two cohorts of 20 students in fall 2019—one at the Converse College campus in Spartanburg and one at the University Center of Greenville.

Sacred Heart University’s (CT) Isabelle Farrington College of Education is establishing a doctor of education degree in educational leadership, dedicated to preparing school leaders’ expertise in social, emotional, and academic leadership. This is the first doctoral program the Farrington College of Education will offer and the first of its kind in the state. In addition, Sacred Heart’s fashion marketing and merchandising program will offer a new major this fall. The bachelor of science degree will comprise nine courses and at least two fashion electives.

Rivier University (NH) will begin offering a bachelor of science degree in human services this fall. The degree will offer an interdisciplinary program, available on campus and online, focused on human services, psychology, sociology, and social work. An optional track in substance abuse disorders will accommodate students who wish to work in recovery services.

Mount Mercy University (IA) launched a bachelor of science in public health this spring—the first offered by any of Iowa’s private colleges. The program is offered through the university’s new Martin-Herold College of Nursing and Health.

Newberry College (SC) recently added a bachelor of science degree in health science to its programs of study. The major offers a versatile, broad-based program of study to satisfy the majority of prerequisite courses for graduate studies in most allied health professions. Newberry also recently approved four academic concentrations for its communications major. Beginning this fall, communications students can choose journalism, broadcasting, public relations and advertising, or sports communications as focus areas for their studies.

St. Bonaventure University’s (NY) Jandoli School of Communication will offer a bachelor of arts degree in sports media this fall, after receiving approval from the New York State Education Department in February. Students will learn the communications fundamentals taught in the Jandoli School’s existing undergraduate majors in journalism and strategic communication, along with a special focus on sports journalism.

California Lutheran University will launch a film and TV major this fall in response to strong student interest in related classes, activities, and careers. The program will prepare communications students for the field through classes on advanced television production, postproduction and distribution, and film studies. Film and TV majors also will take research methods and capstone classes, complete internships or independent studies, and organize the Cal Lutheran Annual Film Festival, now in its 24th year.

Davis & Elkins College (WV) will offer a four-year bachelor of science program in nursing in fall 2019, after receiving approval from the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses. Currently, Davis & Elkins offers an associate of science in nursing program and an online RN to BSN degree completion program; both will continue with the addition of the new bachelor of science program.

Saint Martin’s University (WA) has received approval from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities to add a bachelor of science in nursing program to its offerings. Saint Martin’s will admit 25 first-year students for the traditional four-year BSN program in fall 2019 and will begin admitting upper-division transfer students in fall 2020. The university will continue to offer its RN-to-BSN program that provides an option for nurses with an associate’s degree or diploma to complete their BSN in a year.

Trocaire College (NY) has added two new high-tech programs to its slate of academic program offerings: associate of applied science degrees in cybersecurity and data analytics. Both degrees, along with certificate programs in applied analytics and fundamentals of data analytics, will be offered starting this fall within the newly established Trocaire College Technology Institute at its satellite campus in Williamsville, New York.

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Classrooms and laboratories of Oglethorpe University’s (GA) new I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation opened for the first day of the spring semester. A modern, light-filled 25,000-square-foot addition to the university’s newly renovated Goslin Hall creates a 45,000-square-foot facility featuring innovation and design-thinking spaces. The center offers discipline-specific laboratory-classrooms, independent study labs, open study rooms, workshops, and faculty offices. Beginning this fall, the Cousins Center also will house the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business. (Photo courtesy of Oglethorpe University)


Trine University (IN) and Parkview Health reached an agreement in March for the university to expand its Health Sciences Education Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, into an adjacent building. The university will renovate the 8,900-square-foot facility to include state-of-the-art operating rooms, classrooms, locker rooms, a supply room, a sterile processing department, a lounge, and faculty offices, in addition to the existing atrium. The new facility will house Trine University’s surgical technology program, which will launch this fall, as well as future programs planned in Trine’s Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences.

In February, Park University’s (MO) esports program celebrated the grand opening of its newly created Parkade Battlegrounds, a state-of-the-art gaming area located in the Mabee Learning Center/Academic Underground of the Parkville, Missouri, campus. The Parkade Battlegrounds is outfitted with 16 gaming PCs custom built from Xidax and an interactive whiteboard where teams can review game footage and critique performances during past matches. When the varsity esports student athletes are not in practice, other students, faculty, and staff members can use the space at their leisure.

aerial view of recently purchased building
Oral Roberts University (OK) recently purchased buildings and seven acres to expand multiple programs. ORU will remodel the main 100,000-square-foot building and the adjacent 14,000-square-foot warehouse into a multi-purpose complex that will house the nursing, engineering, and health sciences schools, as well as counseling services, the online operations team, and the golf team later this year. (Photo courtesy of Oral Roberts University)


In March 2019, La Roche College (PA) officially changed its name to La Roche University, and Adventist University of Health Sciences (FL) officially changed its name to AdventHealth University.

Bethel College (IN) will change its name to Bethel University in May.

Coker College (SC) recently announced that it will begin operating as Coker University on July 1.

Messiah College (PA) announced that it will move to university status on July 1, 2020, and consequently change its name to Messiah University.


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