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Taylor University
From Studio to Speedway
December 5, 2022

The years you spend at college are intense, packed with study, internships or practicums, social groups and activities, and relationships galore. Threaded through it all is an overall goal to be prepared for your next stage of life, the 40+ years of your career that starts after commencement.

Taylor University emphasizes becoming a lifelong learner and critical thinker, with the ability to flex and adapt to a changing world and new opportunities that may come your way. Hailey Hamilton ‘22 found that her degree in Photography, along with her sense of adventure, helped equip her to take professional-quality photos at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Getting Started
Hamilton grew up near Indianapolis in Brownsburg, and she became a believer in high school. When she was considering colleges, she knew she wanted to go somewhere that would help grow her newfound faith. She met a Taylor recruiter at a high school college fair and signed up to attend a 24@Taylor visit, where she…

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The College of Wooster
Wooster receives $475 thousand HHMI grant to support inclusive excellence in research mentoring in STEM
December 5, 2022

The College of Wooster has received a grant of $475,000 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence 3 (IE3) initiative for work over the next six years on inclusive excellence in research mentoring in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM). The initiative challenged United States colleges and universities to sustainably build capacity for student belonging, especially for those who have been historically excluded from the sciences. The Institute announced in November that 104 colleges and universities received grants through the IE3 initiative to continue their critical work to build capacity for inclusion of all students in science. These grants—totaling more than $60 million over six years—along with previous funding to IE1 and IE2 schools, are now supporting 161 schools nationwide as they design experiments aimed at improving the introductory undergraduate science experience.

Wooster is part of a Learning Community Cluster…

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Trine University
99.5% of Trine’s Class of 2022 employed
December 5, 2022

Trine University’s Class of 2022 saw 99.5% of its members obtain their desired career outcome within six months of graduation, lifting the placement average for Trine graduates to more than 99% over the last decade.

Trine’s employment rate for its graduates is more than 15% higher than the most recent national figures.
“Our winning combination of personal attention, practical experience and programs that equip our students with career-ready skills continues to result in a near-perfect rate of employment for our graduates,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “Coupled with our low student debt load, a Trine education provides an incredible value for students and families.”
National figures for the Class of 2021, the most recent year available, showed 84.1% of college graduates employed with six months of completing their degree.
Perfect streak for teachers
Trine’s Franks School of Education announced earlier this fall that 100% of its graduates…

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Champlain College
New Esports Arena Debuted at Champlain
December 5, 2022

The Champlain College gaming community is celebrating a new state-of-the-art esports arena at Lakeside campus.

Champlain College celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the-art esports arena at our Lakeside campus.
The new facility is home to Champlain’s varsity and club esports teams, supporting students in competitive play. The esports program paves the way for students to learn about and gain experience in the multi-billion dollar video game industry. At the same time, students also cultivate skills in fields such as marketing, graphic design, broadcast media production, communication, business management, and more.
The space includes over 24 PC stations, a training room, digital media stations, and a full broadcasting suite.
“Our new esports arena rounds out Champlain’s incredible game offering and gives students the opportunity to explore the game industry at every level,” said Christian Konczal, Director of Esports at Champlain College. “This is a space where our…

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Wesleyan College
Wesleyan alumnae credits her independence to her time at Wesleyan
December 5, 2022

“Wesleyan College taught me to love myself first and speak in what I believe in. This school has been a foundation for me to be the independent woman I am today.”

- Wesleyan College, Henaa Razzak '10
Wesleyan College 2010 graduate Henaa Razzak left Wesleyan with a Biology major and Neuroscience minor before going on to receive her master's of public health at Mercer School of Medicine and master's in neuroscience at the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Currently, Razzak is studying at the American University School of Medicine, preparing for boards for medical school. She is also finishing up a Masters in Business Administration with a healthcare management concentration online at Davenport University. With all of the programs that Razzak has been a part of, she says Wesleyan College is where she felt most comfortable.
“I always wanted to go to a small liberal arts school because I went to a very big high school and didn't feel heard in the classroom. Thus, I wanted…

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Trine University
Trine alumnus Pellegrino donates $3 million toward new design center
December 5, 2022

A 1960 Trine University alumnus and his wife will donate $3 million toward efforts to build a new student design center on Trine’s Angola campus.

John Pellegrino, who graduated with a degree in civil engineering, and his wife Mary have made a $1 million gift and plan to complete the pledge by the end of the year.
In appreciation for the gift, a newly proposed facility will be named the John and Mary Pellegrino Engineering Design Center.
“The student design center has long been an essential element of the practical, hands-on education offered to engineering students at Trine University,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine University president. “We are grateful to John and Mary for this significant upgrade to our facilities and equipment, which will benefit Trine students for many years to come.”
Outstanding alumnus
John Pellegrino said he thought about giving to Trine after reflecting on photos from his childhood during the Great Depression and on what his degree has…

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Indiana Institute of Technology
Sixteen Warriors earn valuable experience at NSBE Fall Regional Conference
December 5, 2022

Sixteen members of Indiana Tech’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) represented the university well at the NSBE Fall Regional Conference, which was held in Indianapolis Nov. 18 through 20. Here is a summary of the awards and experiences these students earned from being a part of this event.

Darrell Martin, Jacob Ritchie, Kersen Trim, Alejandro Munoz, Cameron Chandler and Will Owens comprised the Indiana Tech team that took third place in the Academic Technical Bowl (STEM Jeopardy) Competition. The University of Michigan finished first, followed by the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.
Jordyn Hartfield was named Regional Member of the Year.
Olaide Olapade was named Regional Academic Member of the Year.
Jerry Walker served as telecommunications chair for the NSBE Regional Board, which was instrumental in organizing and delivering a top-rate experience for all attendees.
Dr. Susan McGrade was awarded the Regional Collegiate Advisor of the Year…

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Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Neighborhood markers and community-building: Brandon Minga
December 5, 2022

Residents of Milwaukee’s Near West Side are enjoying their neighborhood’s rich history and artistry through seven unique markers, courtesy of Milwaukee creatives Brandon Minga, ’04 Illustration, and Andre St. Louis. The markers, which are made possible with funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Development Choice Neighborhoods Initiative, will be intended for pedestrians to view while walking through the area and will tell stories specific to each neighborhood in the Near West Side.

According to a blog post published by Near West Side Partners, the markers will be 12-foot-tall structures intended to “bring permanence, color and liveliness to the area.” Minga, quoted in the post, particularly enjoyed gathering information from the community and emphasizes the importance of that feedback given the vast and unique community that makes up the Near West Side. “The residents are the clients… [we’re] creating some deeper thought on what community can be,” he says.

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Dominican University
Students Explore One of World’s Wonders in Quest for Breakthrough Discovery
December 5, 2022

In the tunnel of a 1,000-year-old pyramid, Dr. Joseph Sagerer checked his internet connection.

The Mayans who built the Temple of Kukulcan were experts in harnessing the most advanced technology of their day to worship their feathered serpent god — but even they couldn’t imagine the wonders of Wi-Fi.
What would they think of a group of scientists and college students designing a device that uses particles from space — muons — to explore beyond the stone they painstakingly laid centuries ago?
“I think they would say what we are doing is somewhat strange,” Sagerer, a senior physics lecturer at Dominican University, said with a laugh. “But they did use astronomy and the timing of the movement of the sun to design the pyramid. I think if you gave them the knowledge about muons, it would be an extension of their using the heavens for understanding and to inspire.”
In August, Sagerer, accompanied by Dominican students Oscar Meza Quintero and Avery Brown, traveled to Chichen…

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University of Bridgeport
UB Alumna Reflects on her Journey from Undocumented Immigrant to Doctor of Health Sciences
December 5, 2022

“I remember thinking to myself there has to be a better way.”- Dr. Paula Garay.

When Paula was five years old, her mother left Chile for the United States, leaving her four children in the care of family members. Her mother spent the next seven years working multiple jobs to support her family back in Chile in the hopes that she would be able to bring her children to the United States. Paula’s mother went for more than three years without taking a day off from work. “I didn’t see my mother for seven years. That’s part of my trauma. I’ve had a tug of war with myself about it, especially now that I’ve had my own three babies.”
Paula came to the U.S. to be with her mother when she was 12. She arrived as an undocumented immigrant faced with mapping out life and school in the United States while getting to know her mother again. Dr. Garay recently spoke with University of Bridgeport, detailing the challenges she overcame to earn three degrees from University of Bridgeport.

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St. Lawrence University
CCE Launches Saints Accelerate Career Exploration and Development Program
December 5, 2022

The interactive on-campus program for sophomores and juniors will offer fun and engaging hands-on sessions with Laurentian alumni and parents.

The St. Lawrence University Center for Career Excellence is excited to announce the launch of Saints Accelerate, a career development and preparation event to be held on campus from January 14-16, 2023.
Saints Accelerate programming is designed to help students:
Discover and understand various career paths and possibilities
Articulate their story, career interests and the value of the St. Lawrence experience
Strengthen networking abilities and confidence
Students who attend will have opportunities to speak with and learn from Laurentians working in a variety of fields.
Events/discussion topics include:
Welcome dinner with volunteers
Young alumni panel
Focused small-group mentoring conversations
Hands-on career path cases
Escape Room networking competition
Crafting your story: Creating a career path…

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Carroll College
Carroll College Announces New Physician Assistant Program
December 5, 2022

HELENA – Carroll College is pleased to announce its plan to develop a new graduate-level Physician Assistant (PA) program. This intensive 27-month program will prepare students to earn a Master of Science (MS) in Physician Assistant Studies.

“I believe this announcement marks one of the most significant programmatic developments in Carroll College’s 113 year history. Carroll’s new Physician Assistant Program will serve the growing healthcare needs across Montana and especially rural areas,” said John Cech, Ph.D., president of Carroll College. “Building on our highly successful undergraduate nursing, pre-med, allied health and health sciences programs, a graduate-level physician assistant program is a natural progression for the college and a strong fit for the mission of Carroll College in serving others.”
As licensed clinicians who practice medicine in every specialty and setting, physician assistants are in high demand both regionally and nationally. US News and World Report…

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Delaware Valley University
Winners Announced for the 2022 Spark Bowl Competition
December 5, 2022

The top three small businesses received checks to support their ideas at a “Shark-Tank”- like competition in Bucks County on November 17.

Spark Bowl, a “shark-tank” - like competition, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, brought small businesses together to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges on Thursday, November 17. The competition awarded a total of $21,000 dollars in prize money to three small businesses in DelVal’s Life Sciences Building auditorium. During the competition, each business was given five minutes to pitch to a panel of judges, and 10 minutes to answer questions from the judges.
As part of DelVal's experiential learning program, DelVal undergraduate students served as business consultants for the finalist teams by helping the businesses prepare their presentations, and were awarded prize money for their efforts as well. Three student teams received a total of $6,000 in prize money.
“Student teams work with the finalists by doing market analyses, helping them…

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Dominican University
Still Shining
December 5, 2022

The next chapter in the storied history of Dominican University athletics has officially arrived.

Dominican’s athletics department announced a new visual identity in late August, unveiling a revitalized brand that pays homage to the university’s acclaimed past while highlighting its bright future through a fresh, distinctive design.
The updated version of Dominican’s iconic Star integrates the university’s colors and symbolizes the connectivity of the community and the teamwork that has always been a hallmark of Stars athletics.
Erick Baumann, assistant vice president for athletics and head men’s soccer coach, said the department engaged an experienced outside firm to assist with the rebrand process. The department also worked alongside a diverse committee of student athletes and university stakeholders to develop the new brand identity, he added.
“As Dominican University celebrates its centennial in River Forest, now is a great time to bring the Stars and wider university…

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Savannah College of Art and Design
SCAD Atlanta unveils 'FORTY FOUR' on Spring Street
December 5, 2022

New Residence Hall Welcomes Students for the 2022-2023 Academic Year Part of SCAD Atlanta’s Midtown Expansion

ATLANTA – Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announces the unveiling of FORTY FOUR, the university’s new, state-of-the-art 10-story residence hall, welcoming students for the 2022-2023 academic year. Named in honor of the forty-four years since SCAD was founded by President Paula Wallace, FORTY FOUR is the first phase of SCAD Atlanta’s transformational development projects on Spring Street in the upper Midtown corridor.
Boasting sweeping views of Atlanta’s Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead skylines, FORTY FOUR is a 581-bed residence hall with co-educational accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students. FORTY FOUR features dormitory-style rooms, suites, and apartments outfitted with modern amenities for high-rise urban living.
Connecting FORTY FOUR with SCAD Atlanta’s main academic location at 1600 Peachtree Street via SCAD Way, the university offers a…

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Mount Mary University
Caroline Scholars Program
December 5, 2022

A full scholarship to exceptional students

The Caroline Scholars Program is a four-year scholarship program for first-year, full-time undergraduate students with a passion for social justice. This highly selective program provides challenging academic work, leadership development, service learning opportunities and financial assistance that covers full tuition, room and board. Six (6) students are chosen for the Caroline Scholars Program each year.
Each year, Caroline Scholars:
receive funding that covers 100% of tuition.*
receive funding that covers the cost of a standard room in the residence hall (including meal plan).**
live in a learning community in the residence hall with other Caroline Scholars.
develop an awareness of social justice issues, learn ways to make a difference, and discover abilities and sensitivities around social issues.
enroll in a special 2 credit course with fellow Caroline Scholars every semester.
complete 300 hours of academic service learning…

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The College of Wooster
Wooster again ranks high for international student enrollment
December 5, 2022

The College of Wooster is once again considered one of the “Leading Institutions for International Students,” ranking No. 27 among baccalaureate colleges and universities in the United States, according to Open Doors, an annual report sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that tracks trends in international student enrollment.

The ranking is based on the actual number of international students studying at the College, which Open Doors reported as 301 students at Wooster this year, up from 282 last year. International students enrolled for the first time at a U.S. college or university soared by 80% year-over-year up to 261,961 students in 2021/22. This brings new international student totals back to pre-pandemic levels.
Continuing to rank as a leading institution for international students affirms Wooster’s commitment to having a diverse, inclusive, safe, and welcoming community. The global campus at Wooster, along with the small classes led by faculty who are leaders in…

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Taylor University
Taylor University Earns Multiple Firsts, Seconds, in College Broadcasters Competition
December 5, 2022

Student filmmakers at Taylor University have earned nine awards including four first place awards and two second place awards from the College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) for their work on television, radio, podcast, and film projects.

The awards came as a result of entry into the CBI’s annual National Student Production Awards, a program that draws entries from all over the United States.
The students—both current and alumni—have been members of Taylor’s Film and Media program, which has established itself as one of the premier programs for film among colleges and universities.
“We are tremendously proud of our students for how they poured themselves into the work to tell the stories in outstanding and compelling ways, and for the recognition that has come to them as a result of that hard work,” said Professor John Bruner of Taylor’s Film and Media program. “These awards represent a welcome external validation from a respected source, and for that we are most thankful.”

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Champlain College
Top 10 Tips for the College Admission Process
December 5, 2022

We know applying to college is no easy task—and most often involves multiple applications to multiple colleges. From finding the right program and worrying about deadlines to figuring out what to say about yourself in that daunting essay—it’s a lot to juggle.

Fortunately, we’re here with some pro tips from real Champlain students who went through the process, and a real college admissions counselor (who does indeed read all those applications) about completing these tasks and making the process as smooth as possible. Here are the top 10 tips they recommend for navigating this special time.
Our first five tips come from Cody Campbell, one of Champlain’s admissions counselors:
Apply early. Whether you’re applying Early Decision or Regular Decision, applying early allows us to be sure everything has been received for your application and it allows you to reduce stress for your senior year.
Review your essay. Be sure to read your essay more than once to make sure it is clear,…

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Randolph College
A conversation with President Sue Ott Rowlands
December 5, 2022

Sue Ott Rowlands, Randolph College’s 11th President

Sue Ott Rowlands, Randolph’s 11th president, began her tenure July 1. She brings a wealth of experience and background in teaching and administration, with a keen focus on, and a successful track record with, student success.
Ott Rowlands previously served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Northern Kentucky University, where she was also a professor of theatre arts. Prior to her tenure at NKU, Ott Rowlands was the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Toledo in Ohio. She has also served as chair of The Ohio State University’s acting/directing program in the Department of Theatre and head of the acting program at Webster University in St. Louis.
Keep reading to learn a little more about Randolph’s newest president.

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Newman University
Newman receives $2.2 million grant to support student success
December 5, 2022

Newman University was recently awarded a nearly $2.2 million Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education to implement the university’s student support and success program.

The Title III grant, which was many years in the making, will implement the project “Navigating the University Experience: Integrating Student and Faculty Support for Increased Retention, Graduation and Professional Achievement” over the course of five years.
Grant manager Victor Chavez said the efforts of bringing the Title III grant to fruition on the Newman campus started even before his time. When Newman University applied for the grant previously, the score was “one point off from perfect,” Chavez said.
“We had to wait another year in the initial competition, but thankfully with the help of McAllister & Quinn (a federalgrant consulting firm), we were able to improve it even more and get the funding we needed,” he said. “Lori Steiner and Audrey Hane (dean for arts and sciences and director of…

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Eckerd College
Eckerd College Seville Study Center welcomes first batch of students
December 5, 2022

Emily Farrell has an early flight from Seville, Spain, to Barcelona, but the Eckerd College senior international business and Spanish student from Miami, Florida, wakes in a panic to a phone call from her friend also going on the trip. Emily forgot to set her alarm.

She jumps out of bed and scrambles to gather her things but arrives at the gate right as the plane is taking off. She missed it. The gate agent tells her all the other flights to Barcelona are booked, so Emily tries the train station in the middle of town. At 8:30 a.m., the virtual kiosk shows no available seats on any train to Barcelona. She approaches the help desk and explains, in Spanish, her dilemma. A few clicks on the computer reveals one last window seat on the 8:50 a.m. train.
Emily sits gratefully on the train, watching the Spanish countryside pass by her window. She’s one of 11 Eckerd students testing their limits and enjoying adventures in the first group to spend a full semester at the College’s Seville…

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Roberts Wesleyan University
Roberts Hosts Occupational Therapy Symposium
December 5, 2022

On November 23rd, the Occupational Therapy class of 2024 hosted a Demonstration Symposium. This symposium showcases the outstanding research and academic scholarship of the Roberts Wesleyan University Occupational Therapy Doctoral students.

Throughout the day, the students presented and demonstrated their assistive technology projects and answered questions. The students’ projects aimed to increase the ease of use for these everyday items for individuals with disabilities.
This symposium focused on the students’ work on creating assistive technology devices to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities. The examples of assistance technology included modified doorknobs and dog leashes.
Jayne Knowlton, the program director, shares, “The goal of the Assistive Technology Symposium was to allow students to demonstrate the assistive technology project they developed during the Contextual Modifications for Occupational Performance course.…

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Mount Mary University
Learn why students chose Mount Mary University
December 5, 2022

Why I chose Mount Mary: Four Students Share their Stories

Who is a typical student at Mount Mary University, and what makes someone want to come here? The answer to that question is, of course, as diverse as the students who attend the school.
While every student has traveled her own unique path to learn about and ultimately enroll at Mount Mary, there are some similarities that students hold in common, such as a commitment to social justice and a desire to learn more about others and also themselves.
The goal of a Mount Mary education is to educate individuals with the purpose of transforming communities. While this has been the key mission of the institution since its founding in 1913, it has been and continues to be realized in ways as unique as each graduate.
Every student has a story to tell. Here are just four stories about how today’s students are shaping their interests and personal goals through a Mount Mary education.
“At Mount Mary there are so many different…

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