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Heidelberg University
Introducing a New Admission Pathway: The Student Prince Promise
November 30, 2023

Since its inception, the Owen Center for Teaching and Learning has helped Heidelberg students tackle tough assignments, prepare for challenging exams, and learn difficult material. In light of the support that the Owen Center provides, Heidelberg's Office of Admission has begun making Heidelberg education more available to students with academic promise who do not meet one or more of the initial admission requirements - in a new pathway called the Student Prince Promise.

The Student Prince Promise allows students whose high school GPA falls between 2.5 and 2.7, but who have the drive to work hard that's at the heart of all Heidelberg students, to be admitted to Heidelberg University.

Students who are admitted through the Student Prince Promise program will receive specialized Owen Center support in their first academic year and may be eligible for even more financial assistance if they do well academically.

"Historically, Heidelberg University has reviewed applications…

Marymount Manhattan College
Professor Erin Greenwell Highlights Lessons from MMC's Prison Education Programs at Chronicle of Higher Education Forum
November 30, 2023

With thousands of incarcerated people set to gain access to college programs this summer under a 2020 law, educators across the country are seeking guidance on serving the population from those who have long done the work-like Marymount Manhattan.

For more than 20 years, MMC has been the sole degree-granting institution at Bedford Hills, New York's maximum-security correctional facility for women; in 2019, it began partnering with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison to award degrees at the medium-security facility Taconic. All told, the College has awarded more than 300 degrees through its prison education programs since 1997.

Its higher ed counterparts got a glimpse into those programs last month at a virtual forum, The Faculty Experience With Incarcerated Students, organized by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The talk featured Erin Greenwell, MMC's Ferraro Fellow in Prison Education and an associate communication and media arts professor, alongside educators from…

Lawrence Technological University
LTU's Centrepolis Accelerator Gets $3.4 Million MEDC Small Business Aid Grant
November 30, 2023

SOUTHFIELD-The Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University has received a $3,426,316 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. as part of its Small Business Hub program.

"Michigan is committed to bolstering our entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting the small businesses that drive our economy, as well as trusted partners like Centrepolis that serve small businesses and partners statewide," MEDC Senior Vice President of Small Business Services Amy Rencher said. "By leveraging federal dollars, designating Centrepolis as a Small Business Support Hub will help us expand and improve resources across the region while raising the national profile of the strength of our entrepreneurial community."

Added Dan Radomski, Centrepolis CEO: "We're grateful to the MEDC for this strong support, and we will put these funds to good use helping Michigan entrepreneurs and existing small businesses create more advanced physical products--and good-paying jobs."


Austin College
Austin College Opens New Health Campus
November 30, 2023

Austin College has taken a major step to expand its academic programs while helping meet the need for more healthcare providers. College officials and area dignitaries gathered Tuesday, November 14, for a ribbon cutting and open house at the Austin College Health Campus, home of the College's new Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant program.

"The Austin College Health Campus is here to address two significant needs," said President Steven P. O'Day. "We work with many students who want to meaningfully contribute to the healthcare profession, but not necessarily as physicians. We also know that the Texoma region needs healthcare providers who can address the growing shortage we see in our community. Our new PA program should address both."

Dr. Diana Noller, founding director of the program and Associate Professor of Medical Science, shared updates on the program's accreditation status. "We've been working for the last year and a half to lay all of the groundwork for…

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Open-Source Platform Transforming Robotics Engineering Education
November 30, 2023

It's been a year since young roboticists from around the world were introduced to the small open-source device that could revolutionize robotics engineering and help democratize global STEM access. And what a year it's been.

During the 2022 FIRST Global Challenge in Geneva, Switzerland, WPI and DEKA Research & Development Corp. distributed nearly 200 beta versions of the Experiential Robotics Platform (XRP), a kit that makes it possible for novice engineers to build and program a simple, powerful, and affordable robot. The small but mighty device even caught the eye of music superstar, a staunch STEM supporter who attended the event. examines XRP, an open-source robotics platform
Superstar examines XRP during the 2022 FIRST Global Challenge.
"We started with the idea that we would create this prototype for an open-source engineering education platform," says DEKA chief development officer David Rogers, who worked hand in hand with WPI's Brad…

DePaul University
DePaul board game preps students for international living
November 30, 2023

DePaul University students Crane Benson, Silver MacAuley, Jules Mortensen and Ope Animashaun helped develop Buddy Abroad, a new board game from the DePaul Instructional Game and Innovation Lab.

Jes Klass/DePaul University

Eight students are traveling together on a weeklong trip, hoping for the adventure of a lifetime. Each day, they face new and challenging events, testing their relationships and personal wellness. Making it to the end on a positive note is their goal. Or, at least, that's how one is supposed to play Buddy Abroad.

Buddy Abroad is a new board game designed by DePaul University's Instructional Game and Innovation Lab (DIGI), one of 25 projects the lab has created since launching.

The board game is designed to give students insight into how study abroad might push them out of their comfort zones and teach them ways to address issues that come up.

Students at DePaul University preparing to go abroad will play a board game, Buddy Abroad, encouraging…

Hope College
Hope Students Win Multiple Awards During Collegiate Model UN
November 30, 2023

Hope College students won multiple awards during the 34th annual American Model United Nations International Collegiate Conference, held on Saturday-Tuesday, Nov. 18-21, in Chicago.

Featuring the theme "Bringing global perspectives to future leaders," the event engages students in a professionally run simulation of the United Nations. The participants act as delegates from the 193 nations that are members of the UN, and address a variety of issues pertaining to current international affairs through Security Councils, a General Assembly, Economic and Social Council commissions, and the International Court of Justice. A total of 881 students from 94 colleges and universities throughout the United States participated this year.

The entire 16-student team from Hope, which represented Ghana during this year's conference, received an award for its collective research and writing for the position papers that its members prepared on the various topics represented at the conference.…

Duquesne University
Alum's Biology Lab Journey Spans Continents
November 30, 2023

When Madison Uhrin was 15 years old, her father was diagnosed with melanoma.

That's when her interest in science took off and she realized that she wanted to understand the biology behind the disease, and create preventative health methods and new treatments.

The Greenville, Pennsylvania native, who graduated from Duquesne in 2022 with a bachelor's degree in biology and minors in biochemistry, Spanish and public health, said it was that interest in medicine that brought her to Duquesne, where she began working in Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Sarah Woodley's lab.

While her original goal was to work as a clinician or further her education by going to medical school, Uhrin said the lab work changed her focus.

"I found that I didn't want to pursue medicine from a clinical perspective, but instead from a methodology perspective and learn how we can create medicines and interventions to better treat diseases," she said.

With countless hours being spent in the lab, it…

St. Edward
Fall Homecoming Excitement
November 30, 2023

A Festive Weekend of Celebration with Our Hilltop Community

For the second year, our beloved tradition of Homecoming at St. Edward's took place during the fall semester. Hilltoppers came together for a fun-filled weekend of exciting events to celebrate their hilltop pride.

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and families enjoyed showing their school spirit at the Homecoming Parade and mingling at Casino Night and the Saturday Tailgate. Toppers were out in full force cheering on our community at the various events. And our alumni were able to reconnect and share memories during CAMP and McNair socials, school mixers, special gatherings with President Montserrat Fuentes, and more.

Missed being at Homecoming? No worries. Catch photo highlights and our wrap-up video on this page.

Florida Tech
Florida Tech Lights Up Small Screen with New Episode of 'The College Tour'
November 30, 2023

MELBOURNE, FLA. - Blowing up the Hollywood adage that sequels rarely match the original, the students, scholarship and sunshine at Florida Tech are returning for a fun and exciting new episode of "The College Tour," the award-winning TV series on Amazon Prime Video.

While the episode doesn't drop on Amazon until Feb. 27, the Florida Tech community is invited to see it sooner with an exclusive, early-access watch party. At noon on Thursday, Nov. 30, join the watch party virtually on the @FloridaTechOfficial YouTube channel. Details regarding an in-person campus event to celebrate the release on Amazon will be announced in the coming months.

The university's first episode was released in December 2020 and is available to view on Amazon or YouTube.

In the university's latest episode, 10 amazing students highlight what's new on campus, such as the esports center and health sciences building, while reminding viewers of what has not changed: the university's beautiful location,…

Lawrence Technological University
LTU to offer graduate certificate in intraoperative neuromonitoring
November 30, 2023

SOUTHFIELD-In a continuing expansion of its health education programs, Lawrence Technological University will begin offering a graduate certificate in intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) in the Summer 2024 semester.
The three-semester, 35-credit-hour program will include 30 weeks of supervised clinical experience in operating rooms through LTU's relationship with industry partners Comprehensive Care Services Inc. (CCS) of Plymouth and Medsurant Health, a Cincinnati-based provider of intraoperative neuromonitoring services. The first semester will consist of classes at LTU, followed by two semesters of clinical rotations at CCS and Medsurant partner hospitals.
Intraoperative neuromonitoring technicians monitor the peripheral and central nervous system during complex spine and brain surgeries.
"We monitor neurological function in any procedure where the surgeon determines neurological function could be at risk," said Jay Fanelli, a longtime intraoperative neuromonitoring technician…

Roberts Wesleyan University
Student Spotlight: Dylan Geer '24 (Adolescence Education in Physics)
November 30, 2023

Introducing Dylan, a dedicated student driven by a love for physics and a heart set on teaching. Surrounded by amazing teachers growing up, he saw how teaching others could shape lives, sparking his own dream to do the same.

What inspired you to pursue a career in teaching, specifically as a physics teacher?

Growing up, I had some amazing teachers who, even after all these years, are still some of the most amazing people in my life. They taught me more than just the subjects - they taught me about life.

My mother was a teacher, so I spent more time at school than my peers. Somedays I was at the school from seven in the morning to eight at night! With that much time, I got to know the teachers well, and I found some of the most caring and hard-working people you could find. I hoped one day I could be that to someone.

Dylan with a Wimshurst machine, an electrostatic generator

What's something you've been learning lately that will help you in your career?

Everyone has…

William Carey University
Celebrate the season with William Carey University
November 30, 2023

William Carey University will present two Christmas events in December - "Carey by Candlelight" on campus and "A Carey Christmas" at Hardy Street Baptist Church. Both showcase the work of talented students from the Winters School of Music.

"Carey Music is excited to offer the gift of Christmas music during the holidays. Our students look forward to presenting these events each year to bless our friends, family, and all of the Pine Belt. We look forward to seeing everyone this Christmas," said Wes Dykes, dean of the Winters School of Music.

Carey by Candlelight

"Carey by Candlelight" will be Saturday, Dec. 9, at WCU-Hattiesburg. The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"Carey by Candlelight" is part of Downtown Hattiesburg's "Candlelit Christmas," marking the start of the holiday season. Guests are invited to drive through to see the Hattiesburg campus lighted by thousands of luminaries. They can also stop and enjoy live music, fellowship, free hot chocolate, cider, cookies, and…

St. Edward
Childhood Passions Meet Post Grad Opportunities
November 30, 2023

Austin connections open career doors for student Tony Ho '21
It was a little past 9 a.m. on a sunny Friday morning during his final semester at St. Edward's University when Tony Ho '21 first heard the muffled cacophony. The grunts. The shouts. The whistles and the claps. The hollow phwump! of the soccer ball. The metal clink! of the goal posts. The sounds rang out in the distance from his campus apartment, growing louder as he walked to class.

Born in Vietnam, Ho immigrated to the United States at 4 years old and moved to the Austin suburbs in third grade. He picked up soccer four years later, when his cousin immigrated, too. Ho played in middle school and high school and enrolled at St. Edward's hoping to walk on with the Hilltoppers.

Then reality settled in. Academics took over.

"I saw my friends on the team juggling practice schedules and coursework and was like, 'Maybe this isn't what I want.'"

Still, after so many years tuned into the game, after so many balls…

Florida Tech
14 Florida Tech Faculty Named Among Top 2% of Scientists
November 30, 2023

MELBOURNE, FLA. - A list updated for 2023 that ranks scientists around the world based on standardized academic citations of their work includes 14 current and former Florida Tech faculty members.

Titled the "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators" and maintained by Stanford University, the October 2023 version of the list features 204,643 scientists rated for career-long work and 210,198 for a single year snapshot using citations received during the 2022 calendar year.

The lists examine 22 scientific fields and 174 subfields.

Here are the included Florida Tech faculty:


Richard Aronson, marine biology and hydrobiology
Mark Bush, paleontology
Philip Chan, artificial intelligence and image processing
Martin Glicksman (emeritus), materials
John Harris, electrical and electronic engineering
Pei-feng Hsu, mechanical engineering and transports
V. Lakshmikantham (emeritus), applied mathematics
Yi Liao,…

College for Creative Studies
Alum Michael Carney reflects on his time at the Society of Arts and Crafts to leave a legacy for future CCS students
November 30, 2023

When Michael Carney attended what was then known as the Society of Arts and Crafts from 1968 to 1972, things were a bit - different.

The Yamasaki building anchored campus - the Kresge-Ford Building wouldn't be completed until 1975, the same year the school's name was changed to Center for Creative Studies-College of Art and Design. For Carney and his classmates, the Detroit Institute of Arts served as an auxiliary space of the school, both intellectually and socially.

"There were benches all around the side of the Rivera Court with ashtrays, and you could smoke," said Carney (Fine Arts '72). "Between the Rivera Court and the Kresge Court downstairs, we could get a coffee and pastries. That was like a living room."

Those experiences enhanced the feeling of intimacy at the school during the 1960s, as did the smart, passionate faculty members who helped form the young Carney.

Like Sam Pucci, chair of the Fine Arts Department at that time. "I remember him assigning us to read…

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Students Go Above and Beyond at New Project Center
November 30, 2023

One of WPI's newest project centers is only two hours from Worcester, but students who go there get their horizons broadened nonetheless. Quite literally, in fact.

The White Mountains, New Hampshire, Project Center, located in Lincoln, hosted its first full cohort of 16 students during A-Term this year after a pilot program in 2022. The four student teams worked on projects that will help visitors to the White Mountains enjoy safe and responsible recreation.

Associate Professor Seth Tuler leads a hike with students in New Hampshire.

Project center director Corey Dehner, associate professor of teaching in the Department of Integrative & Global Studies, found inspiration for the new project center during the 2021-22 academic year.

"The mental health crisis at WPI made me acutely aware of the need to help our students reconnect with nature and slow down," Dehner says. She wanted to help establish a project center where students would be able to build their confidence,…

Susquehanna University
Professor wins prestigious Pushcart Prize
November 30, 2023

Matthew Neill Null, assistant professor of creative writing at Susquehanna University, was awarded the prestigious Pushcart Prize for his short story, The Dropper.

Originally published in The Kenyon Review, The Dropper is set in Null's home state of West Virginia and tells the story of the relationship between Lorna and her father, an aging bird-dog trainer and activist in the United Mine Workers. Lorna is the man's favorite child but also the product of an affair, which creates tension in the family.

The story is loosely inspired by some of Null's familial roots in the coal-mining region, including the interest in bird-dog training he shares with his grandfather.

"My mother is from Marion County, West Virginia, a coal-mining area that is the base of Sen. Joe Manchin's political machine, so the story is a tribute to that place and how the personal and political overlap," Null explained.

Since 1976, the Pushcart Prize honors the best poetry, short fiction and essays…

Albion College
Albion College Students Develop Military Resource Management App with Black & Rossi in Experiential Learning Lab
November 30, 2023

Back row: Col. Bill Black '82, Ethan Sutton '17, Chris Stoddard, Owen Poling '25, Joseph Dorsch '25, Paige Irrer '23, Mackie Black '19. Front row: Aminaa Injinash '24, Vicki Baker, Trang "Chloe" Tran '25, Lauren Hall '23.

Six students from the AC3 team present an overview of the process of developing the tool, potential applications and proposed next steps to Black & Rossi executives, campus, community partners and local representative Paul Egnatuk, legislative aide to Rep. Jim Haadsma.

Chloe Tran '25 walks attendees through a visual of the app with markers near available resources

Ethan Sutton '17 of the Black & Rossi team poses a question for the students.

Col. Bill Black '82 asked the students questions as he watched the presentation.

A team of Albion College students have developed a web application designed to assist with military resource management through a project partnership between Black & Rossi, LLC and the Albion College Community Collaborative, or AC3.

Roberts Wesleyan University
Meet the President: Dr. Rupert A. Hayles Jr.
November 30, 2023

John F. Kennedy said, "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Many students and members of our community may be curious to learn more about President Hayles's leadership during his first semester at the university. I had the opportunity to sit down with him as part of my projects as the fall intern with the Brand & Marketing Communications team at Roberts Wesleyan University. When I interviewed President Hayles, he shared one of his favorite verses:

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

With inspiration from this verse, let's get to know President Hayles better, and understand his calling to Roberts, his leadership style, and more.

Read Part One of the interview below:
Where did you grow up?

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and lived there for 12 years before moving to New Jersey.

Tell us about your family.

I have a wonderful wife, Maryann, and…

Southwestern University
Forging Paths to Success
November 30, 2023

On October 28-30, 2023, a dynamic group of Southwestern students, including Laura Carrasco Torres '24, Aspen Coriz-Romero '24, Fernando Cruz Rivera '26, Angel Ferrales '24, Brandon Gomez Carrillo '25, Brianna Gonzales '24, and Viridiana Ruiz '24, joined Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives & Professor of Spanish and Latin American & Border Studies Laura Senio Blair, Director of the Center for Career & Professional Development Adrian Ramirez, and Hispanic Student Success Coordinator Amalia Merino at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) -Adelante! Leadership Institute 37th Annual Conference in Chicago. This three-day event aimed to empower and develop leadership skills within the Hispanic community, offering a comprehensive experience with leadership training, networking opportunities, and mentorship sessions, creating a roadmap for academic and professional success.

In their post-conference reflections, the students shared personal insights and motivations…

Marymount Manhattan College
MMC Professor Lays Bare the Ravishes of Climate Change in New Exhibit
November 30, 2023

How is climate change reshaping New York City's geography? A new interactive sculpture created by Sarah Nelson Wright, an associate professor of communication and media arts, and her longtime collaborator Edrex Fontanilla, a communications professor at St. John's University, offers a startling look at the impacts of rising sea levels, storm surges, and massive human development on four endangered Staten Island coastlines.

Titled Shifting Sands, the installation uses a virtual reality viewer built by Wright and Fontanilla and immersive video to transport the public to remote shores so that people can see locations that will be radically transformed in the fight against the effects of climate change. It is currently on display at the Staten Island Museum as part of Vulnerable Landscapes, an interdisciplinary exhibition curated by artist Rylee Eterginoso that ends its seven-month run on December 30. We spoke with Professor Wright about the project, the latest in a series of…

Savannah College of Art and Design
Enhance service design with insights from SCADpro chair Jon Denham
November 30, 2023

Jon Denham, chair of SCADpro, defines service design as the strategic method of improving services through careful planning with a human-centered focus. In conversation with Amit Ahuja of the ZISTA Education podcast, Denham shares insights from his time working with brands such as Procter & Gamble, Mondel-z International, Inc., and Conagra Brands. His experience illuminates the industry's complexities, the role of service design in elevating brand quality, and potential challenges service designers can overcome - like the rise of artificial intelligence.

SCAD was the first university to offer both B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in the transformative discipline of service design, allowing students to learn the ins and outs of systems thinking and creative problem-solving from experts like Denham. Service designers know how to identify and satisfy unmet needs in various sectors, from health care and #transportation to #education, #finance, and #retail.

To illustrate service design in…

Lawrence Technological University
LTU's Centrepolis Accelerator Awarded A $600K Grant For Defense Industry Battery Work
November 30, 2023

SOUTHFIELD-The Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University will receive $600,000 as part of the Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium (MDRC), a portion of a $4.9 million grant by the Department of Defense to support its work across Michigan.

With local support bringing this strategic investment in the state to $6.3 million, the consortium will create the critical foundation for energy storage, battery innovation, and manufacturing necessary to support the Department of Defense's transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles and beyond.

Led by the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan, the MDRC attained a formal designation as a "defense manufacturing community" in an earlier stage of this competitive process. A designation under the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program by DoD's Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation recognizes Michigan's significance in energy storage and batteries to support the future of…

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