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Greenville University
Teaching Grace And Mercy Through An Interterm Class On Serial Killers
February 8, 2024

It's not a class for the faint of heart.

Even the class title - "A Social Survey of Serial Killers" - doesn't reveal the challenging material that students will encounter. Or the spiritual questions they'll wrestle with.

But wrestling with those questions of evil, redemption and grace is precisely what Professor Shawn Foles intends the class to promote. Criminal Justice 199 was one of 10 classes offered during the two-week interterm between the fall and spring semesters.

Teaching grace and mercy through an interterm class on serial killers"Outside of some theology classes, this is one of the most religiously introspective classes on campus," said Foles, pictured above. "It asks the students if grace is available to even serial killers. And, as Christians, how should we view serial killers?

"It's important to deal with these difficult questions as we strive to follow Christ," he added. "These people have done horrible things. We talk about forgiveness and grace, but can we…

Kentucky Wesleyan College
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
February 8, 2024

We are pleased to feature Danielle Roe '10 as we celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Feb. 7. In true Wesleyan Way fashion, she honors a significant mentor in her life, another KWC success story.

We are honored to celebrate you as a great representative of KWC's female athletes, past and present, and we would love for you to share memories of your experiences at KWC.As an African American woman, I felt a sense of family and community despite any cultural barriers in the world. It was a tough transition going from a predominantly Black high school to being one of the few Black women on campus at the time. KWC opened doors for all of us to grow together as different ethnic groups.

I remember having a season-ending knee injury and many on campus were so helpful and gracious to me. It was a challenge moving around campus in a wheelchair and on crutches. I will forever be grateful for that Southern hospitality.

I could write a book on how I truly walked in boldness…

Caldwell University
Expanding Artificial Intelligence Research And Interdisciplinary Studies
February 8, 2024

To see students go from "zero to understanding - to solve the logic puzzle" and get excited about computer science is like magic, says Vlad Veksler, who teaches computer science courses to majors and non-majors at Caldwell University. "We have many brilliant students," says Veksler, assistant professor in the School of Business and Computer Science.

He gives examples of two students who presented their research at the 16th International Conference on Brain Informatics in August at Stevens Institute of Technology and another student who won a competition at DataFest at Vassar last semester. "There have been some really good success stories - they are expanding their r-sum-s, applying for grad schools and internships," says Veksler.

Veksler's research and teaching focus on artificial intelligence and on human computer interaction, with a major emphasis on how humans interact with technology and computers and how to design software to make it easier for humans to learn and to use.…

University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy
Student-Athlete Pursues Excellence in Patient Care
February 8, 2024

As an EMT, Eutectics Cross Country runner and pharmacy student, sophomore Enze Hao is setting his sights on a future career in health care.

Born and raised in China, Hao moved with his family to Texas in 2012 where his father was a visiting scholar at a university. A year later, he and his family moved back to China, but Hao decided that he wanted to attend high school in the U.S. In 2018, he moved back to Texas to attend a private high school in League City where he ran track and cross country.

Finding the Right Fit
During his sophomore year, Hao was recruited by UHSP's cross country coach.

"Most of the colleges I applied to were in Texas," Hao said. "But I was invited to fly to St. Louis and attend a Eutectics cross country practice as a high school student. That visit made me excited about UHSP."

Hao received collegiate offers from several of the largest and most prestigious D1 schools in Texas, but none of them provided a chance for him to continue running cross…

University of St. Thomas
McCollum Highlights Federal Support for St. Thomas Energy and Manufacturing Programs
February 8, 2024

Congresswoman Betty McCollum recently visited the University of St. Thomas on Jan. 4 to receive an update on key programs receiving federal funding to improve sustainable energy sources and fill important workforce skills gaps.

McCollum and her team were briefed by School of Engineering Dean Don Weinkauf and leaders of the St. Thomas Center for Microgrid Research, the University of St. Thomas Applied Renewable Technologies (START) Center, and the University of St. Thomas America's Cutting Edge (ACE) Initiative.

McCollum, who served as the chair of the U.S. House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee from 2021-23 and is now the ranking member, championed these St. Thomas programs and helped secure significant federal funding for them.

"Dollars that are being invested here at the University of St. Thomas through the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Defense are giving our students here in the Twin Cities and St. Thomas a leg up on the jobs of the future," McCollum…

Illinois Institute of Technology
Illinois Tech Receives $6 Million NSF Investment to Diversify, Expand Chicago's Tech Workforce and Convert Research into Societal Impact
February 8, 2024

Illinois Institute of Technology receives $6 million through U.S. National Science Foundation's (NSF) first-ever Accelerating Research Translation (ART) investment to translate fundamental academic research into tangible solutions that benefit the public
Illinois Tech Receives $6 Million NSF Investment to Diversify, Expand Chicago's Tech Workforce and Convert Research into Societal Impact
CHICAGO-February 1, 2024-Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) has received a significant investment of $6 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) under its Accelerating Research Translation (ART) initiative. This landmark funding positions Illinois Tech at the forefront of translating academic research into practical, societal solutions, in alignment with the NSF's commitment to fostering technological innovation and partnerships.

Illinois Tech's TechForward Initiative: Bridging Research and Societal Impact

Through the ART…

Kansas Wesleyan University
Community Resilience Hub Earns Membership in 1% for the Planet
February 8, 2024

The Community Resilience Hub (CRH) at Kansas Wesleyan University has joined 1% for the Planet as an environmental partner. The global network includes business members committed to donating at least 1% of annual sales to approved environmental partners. Since its inception in 2022, 1% for the Planet members have given more than $540 million to environmental partners whose work centers on such environmental causes as conservation and restoration, resilient communities, just economies, renewable energy, land and water rights, and community conservation.

The CRH is a multifaceted initiative that supports community resilience through education, action and advocacy. Through partnerships, programs and conversations, the CRH is leading efforts to create healthier and more resilient communities in Kansas. Current initiatives center on sustainable food systems and regenerative organic farming that will address food insecurity, enhance access to healthy produce and reduce reliance on national…

Graceland University - Lamoni
Graceland goes Big Four: Learning from the Pros
February 8, 2024

Throughout a year at Graceland University, our students score many big and small successes that they can always look back on proudly. In turn, it always makes us proud to report back on their accomplishments on and off campus.

A team of four Graceland students scored big as one of eight schools with a sport business or sport science program that were invited by the Phoenix Suns and the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University to the Southwest Sports Business Combine (SSBC).

Sehwan Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sport Management within the C.H. Sandage School of Business led the ambitious Graceland team to Phoenix as an advisor: Peyton Anderson '24, Shane Harper '24, Justin Rombough '25 and Lyndon Shell Jr '26.

The SSBC offered students a big-league opportunity to learn from prominent sports industry representatives and seasoned sports management professionals, and test their skills in the real-life arena before graduating. Two truly action-packed days…

University of Redlands
Bulldogs 'Get in the Game' to help save lives
February 8, 2024

When a faculty member's child needed a bone marrow transplant, Coach Joey Mariani, associate head coach of football and director of football operations at U of R, became aware of the urgent need for bone marrow donors. He rallied the Bulldog community to join the bone marrow registry, resulting in 400 new registrants from the U of R, which means 400 more possible lifesaving matches for those in need of a bone marrow transplant.

Now U of R has partnered with The Andy Talley Bone Marrow Foundation, a program that works with football teams across the country to host an annual "Get in the Game. Save a Life" drive, which aims to increase the NMDP - previously known as the National Marrow Donor Program and Be the Match - registry.

Students from the U of R football team, fraternities, and sororities volunteer at the drive to aid students, faculty, and staff in completing their swab kit correctly. The registration process is a swift online questionnaire followed by a check swab. Once…

Clark University
All in a day's play
February 8, 2024

"Let me tell you about my typical day."

Sajed Ziade '26 suggests this as the best approach to understanding just what it takes to be a gamer at an elite level.

Here is how his typical day unfolds:

After awakening at about 11 a.m., the computer science major attends class and heads to the gym for a workout. He then settles at his computer to play the globally renowned video game League of Legends for about an hour and a half as a tune-up for a practice session with fellow members of FlyQuest, his League of Legends team. That session will consume seven hours.

And he isn't done. Once his FlyQuest teammates scatter for the night, and after a quick break, Ziade will continue playing for another three to four hours to polish the skills he'll employ in the high-stakes competitions pitting him against some of the best players from around the country. He'll finally get to bed in the early morning hours. The cycle resumes at 11 a.m.

Computer Science major and elite gamer Sajed…

Alfred University
Alfred University to use $1.25 million in grant funding, software for renewable engineering training program
February 8, 2024

Alfred University has been awarded a $466,853 grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) which will support student internships and fund a program that provides short course training for renewable energy engineering students and workers in the electric utilities field. The University has also received a donation from GE Digital of $786,000 in grid planning and operations software to support the NYSERDA-funded project.

The program-to which the University will provide $117,000 of in-kind/cost share funding-will benefit students in the University's Renewable Energy Engineering and Electric Engineering programs by providing them with access to state-of-the-art equipment and training to prepare them for jobs in the growing renewable energy industry.

David Gottfried, deputy director for Alfred University's Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) said a portion of the NYSERDA workforce training grant will be used to purchase two microgrid…

Illinois Institute of Technology
Building Bonds Through Fulbright Journey
February 8, 2024

Gurram Gopal, interim chair of the Department of Information Technology and Management at Illinois Institute of Technology, spent two weeks visiting campuses of Universidad Privada Boliviana (UPB) across the Bolivian countryside making academic and business connections between the university and Illinois Tech as a Fulbright Specialist.

It was Gopal's third award from the Fulbright program, which is sponsored by the United States Department of State. He traveled to campuses in the Bolivian cities of Cochabamba, La Paz, and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, giving lectures on the digital trends and digital transformation sweeping the global economy and how Bolivian enterprises can take advantage of this massive change and investment. The visit also included meetings with Bolivian academics, students, and business leaders in order to build new opportunities for students enrolled at UPB schools and Illinois Tech.

"There are great opportunities in business in Bolivia," Gopal says. "Europe has…

DePauw University
DePauw University receives $200 million in gifts for transformational liberal arts education
February 8, 2024

President Lori S. White announced today that DePauw University received $200 million to support the pillars of its strategic plan, marking a tremendous investment in the future of the university and liberal arts education. This represents the largest gift ever given to DePauw University and one of the largest gifts bestowed on an American university.

The university received $150 million from an anonymous donor and $50 million in supporting matches from other donors to champion the goals of DePauw's strategic plan.

"We are humbled by these gifts and grateful for the confidence they demonstrate in our vision for DePauw," White said. "Thanks to support at this scale, we can focus on ensuring that our core academic programs and offerings are extraordinary in every way. We know that our aspirations for DePauw - to be a new model for a liberal arts college for the 21st century - will require further philanthropic support, and this gift - and those it will inspire - are essential to…

Moravian University
Moravian University hosting an event to officially launch the new School of Professional Studies & Innovation
February 8, 2024

BETHLEHEM, PAToday, Moravian University announced it will host an event to officially launch the School of Professional Studies and Innovation (SPSI), a school designed to provide academic programs designed for adult learners who want to advance or reimagine their professional careers. Faculty, staff, community partners and other members of the Lehigh Valley business community are expected to attend.

The launch event will take place on Thursday, February 1, 2024 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Payne Gallery (346 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018) on Moravian's Priscilla Payne Hurd (South) campus.

"This event will celebrate the launch of this exciting new school, which will impact adult learners, as well our community and corporate organizations, in the Lehigh Valley and beyond," said Bryon L. Grigsby, president of Moravian University. "Courses in the new school will be taught by industry experts, experts who will help prepare our students for a marketplace and a digital economy that's…

Concordia University - Ann Arbor
Dylan Jergens' new chapter on and off the court
February 8, 2024

After completing his undergraduate studies and competing at a Division I university, Dylan Jergens opted to further his basketball career at CUAA while simultaneously pursuing his master's degree.

As the final buzzer sounds and the crowd erupts in cheers, Dylan Jergens takes a moment to reflect on his journey from Division I basketball to his current chapter at Concordia University Ann Arbor. A graduate student pursuing a Master's of Science in Curriculum and Instruction with K-12 Health and Physical Education Certification with aspirations of becoming a Physical Education teacher and basketball coach, Jergens has seamlessly blended his passion for the game with his academic pursuits.

Transitioning to CUAA
"After my time at CMU, I wanted to play one last year of basketball," Jergens explains. "Concordia had the education program I was looking for, and the opportunity to play alongside my brother made it an easy choice."

Having played at Central Michigan University (CMU), a…

Union University
'Topping out' ceremony marks key event in construction of new academic building at Union
February 8, 2024

JACKSON, Tenn. - Feb. 6, 2024 - Union University students, employees and friends signed a steel beam and participated in a "topping out" ceremony on campus Feb. 5 to celebrate a milestone in construction of the new academic building on the Great Lawn.

The beam they signed was installed on Tuesday and is the highest piece of structural steel in the building. The facility will house the McAfee School of Business and the computer science and engineering departments.

"First, foremost and always, we acknowledge God's hand," Union President Samuel W. "Dub" Oliver said. "Psalm 127 begins, 'Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.' We know that it is in the Lord's providence that we are gathering here today to celebrate this topping out."

The ceremony featured recognitions of architects TLM Associates, structural engineers Clay Williams and Associates and general contractor Linkous…

Graceland University - Lamoni
A Path of Professional Growth
February 8, 2024

Recent School of Nursing graduate Lindsey Davis is featured in the National Student Nurses' Association membership magazine

With incredible passion and commitment, Graceland University School of Nursing students shine in nursing excellence long before they graduate. They attend conferences and create connections across the nation, join professional associations, and chronically impress honor program committees with their leadership skills in the field.

One such honoree is Lindsey Davis '23, a December graduate who was recognized as a future nurse leader by the Leadership University Honor Society of the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA).

The freshly published issue of the NSNA membership magazine Imprint features a portrait of Lindsey's personal ambition and professional growth. Head right over to the online edition to read about the multifaceted roles she takes on as as A trailblazing force in education & healthcare. [- Up Close section, pages 9-10]

*** The…

University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy
UHSP Students Present Research at ACS National Conference
February 8, 2024

P1 student Micaela Uy and sophomore Nadia Bostick recently had the opportunity to attend the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Conference in San Francisco where they each got to present their research and share ideas in front of thousands of chemistry professionals.

Uy and Bostick have each invested their time in chemistry research that has not only satisfied their curiosity but their excitement to learn new things. They have been working alongside Ray Mu, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, on special research projects that lead to the opportunity to participate in the ACS conference.

A Personalized Experience at UHSP
Bostick and Uy each found their paths to research in different ways.

"When I was looking at research opportunities on campus, I remember Dr. Mu was the most welcoming and excited about it," Bostick said. "That was the main reason I wanted to work with him. It was his enthusiasm that drew me in."

Uy notes that she was drawn to the opportunities…

University of St. Thomas
Sights and Sounds: First Day of Class Inside the Schoenecker Center
February 8, 2024

St. Thomas officially opened the doors on Feb. 5 to the Schoenecker Center, the university's new central home for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education. The five-level, 130,000-square-foot complex on Summit Avenue is poised to become a national model for interdisciplinary learning, uniquely positioned to prepare tomorrow's graduates to work across fields and disciplines.

The Schoenecker Center features a host of marquee learning spaces for STEM and arts education, including an engineering high bay, a 150-seat music performance hall, science laboratories, emerging media studios and an art gallery.

Deans Don Weinkauf, School of Engineering, and Bill Tolman, College of Arts and Sciences, were thrilled to start welcoming the St. Thomas community inside the university's new academic center.

"My favorite part of this building is not the building itself: it's the excitement that comes from people as they walk into this space," Weinkauf said ahead of…

Gannon University
Gannon Awarded $40k to Address Student Food Insecurity
February 8, 2024

Gannon University has secured a $40,000 grant from the PA Hunger-Free Campus program, dedicated to addressing food insecurity among college students. The funds, available until the end of 2024, will be used towards the following objectives:

Increase the variety of culturally appropriate foods available to students utilizing Gannon's Store U-Knighted service.

Reach 90% of food-insecure students through increased evidence-based screenings, awareness, messaging and destigmatizing the need for help.

Provide food for students remaining on campus over breaks when food service is closed.

Work to connect students to grocery stores to select their own preferred food items by providing gift cards to local grocery stores and for gas and ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft.

Continue to support the Temporary Food Assistance Program, a Gannon University proxy program assisting students with securing food packages from the Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie.

Greenville University
A Tribute to W. Richard Stephens
February 8, 2024

W. Richard Stephens, the eighth president of Greenville College, now university, passed away on December 7, 2023, at the age of 91, more than 30 years after completing his 16-year term as the University's leader in 1993.

Stephens, a native of Ashburn, Missouri, attended Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas, for two years before transferring to Greenville College in 1951. He graduated from Greenville College in 1953 with a bachelor's degree in education and went on to earn a master's degree in education from the University of Missouri in 1957 and a doctorate in education from Washington University in 1964.

While at GC, he married Arlene Greer of Enid, Oklahoma, whom he had met at Central Christian College. They had three children, Rick, Kendall, and Kelli; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Arlene died in 2008.

As he worked on his doctorate, he returned to Greenville in 1957 to teach in the education department and coach baseball. He left to teach at…

College of Saint Benedict & Saint John
From SJU to the Super Bowl: Ben Bartch ready for Sunday
February 8, 2024

Super Bowl Sunday was a big day around the house when Ben Bartch '20 was growing up.

"We always had a big Super Bowl party," recalls Bartch, a graduate of Blanchet Catholic High School in Salem, Oregon who went on to become an All-American offensive lineman at Saint John's University.

"It was a tradition. We'd have food. We'd all play football outside and everybody would wear the jersey of their favorite team."

Of course, Bartch dreamed of one day wearing an actual jersey in the actual game. And now, that childhood fantasy has become reality.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder is currently an offensive lineman for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers and is expected to be in uniform and active when his team takes on Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium in the Las Vegas area Sunday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. CST. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS, streamed on Paramount+ and shown in a youth-focused telecast on cable's…

Caldwell University
Caldwell University's 50th Anniversary of Title IX Panel Named NCAA DII Award of Excellence Finalist
February 8, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS - Caldwell University has been named a finalist for the 2024 Division II Award of Excellence for its innovative panel, A Review and Discussion on the Impact of Title IX and Women in Athletics, held at the George R. Newman Center on February 24, 2023. The accolade recognizes initiatives in the past year that exemplify the Division II philosophy, community engagement and student-athlete leadership.

In all, 25 schools and two conferences have been tabbed as finalists, as determined by a committee of athletics administrators. The national Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee selected the top three finalists, who will be announced at the Division II business session on January 13 at the 2024 NCAA Convention in Phoenix.

"This honor further recognizes the outstanding effort that many people at Caldwell University and our Athletics program put into organizing such and impactful event," said Mark A. Corino, Caldwell University Assistant Vice President/Director of…

Rockford University
Rockford University Performing Arts Department Receives 2024 Community Arts Access Grant from the Rockford Area Arts Council
February 8, 2024

Rockford University is thrilled to announce that our Performing Arts Department received a Rockford Area Arts Council 2024 Community Arts Access Grant for $2,500.

Beth Drog, Chair of the RUPA department, attended the RAAC 2024 Access Grant Reception today at the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in downtown Rockford, where she accepted this grant.

This grant will go toward the RUPA students attending the 2024 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. RU students will tour Edinburgh, learn about its rich history of performing arts, attend performances at the festival, and perform their pieces for festival audiences. $2,000 will cover one student's trip.

Anyone interested in helping the RUPA department raise more money for their trip, can head here.

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