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Welcome to the APCU News Blog! The posts below highlight activities and accomplishments from our member institutions as well as other items of interest from the world of higher education.

Friday, August 28 2020

The Center for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR Center) at Waynesburg University welcomes Lee Ann Wainwright, thanks in part to a $100,000 grant from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation that will enable the CSR Center to have a greater impact in the region by studying and addressing more community challenges. Wainwright, most recently with Chevron, will serve as the director of strategic partnerships. More.

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Thursday, August 27 2020

The College of Idaho has been recognized as one of the best schools in the west by The Princeton Review. The 2021 edition acknowledges top schools in five regions and the College is named one of the “Best in the West.” The College is one of just 127 colleges in 15 western states to receive the “Best in the West” accolades in its website feature “2021 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”  More.

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Thursday, August 27 2020

Rhodes College will have a new supercomputing center, thanks to a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $389,662. The award will be used to build a supercomputing cluster that will serve as the cornerstone of a campus-wide research computing center. This resource will greatly advance opportunities for students to engage in computation-based scientific research alongside faculty in a wide range of disciplines.  More

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Thursday, August 27 2020

The Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation has made a $525,000 gift to University of the Ozarks in honor of the University’s long-time former president and foundation board member, Dr. Rick D. Niece. Niece was president of Ozarks for 16 years – from 1997 to 2013 – and served as a director on the Bentonville, Arkansas-based Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation (WFCSF) from 1997 to 2019. More.

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Wednesday, August 26 2020

Maryville College hopes to boost student academic success over the next five years with a $1.3 million Student Support Services (SSS) grant to help 140 first-generation college students, students with high financial need and students with disabilities each year. The SSS program is one of eight federal “TRIO” programs, which began in 1968 to support disadvantaged students. MC has applied before but this is the first time it has received funding under TRIO.  More.

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Wednesday, August 26 2020

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Illinois College a TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program grant that will provide up to $1.3 million in support for first-generation college students, income-eligible students and students with disabilities. Over the next five years, the grant will strengthen services for traditionally disadvantaged students to improve academic success, retention and graduation. More.

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Tuesday, August 25 2020

Students in the Physical Education and Human Performance (PEHP) program in the historic Kiewit Building at Hastings College will benefit from a new Strength and Performance Center offering high-tech fitness and training equipment. When complete by spring 2021, the center will accommodate weightlifting equipment, high-tech exercise machines and technology for research and athletic development.  More.

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Tuesday, August 25 2020

The Billings Chamber of Commerce announced that Dr. Robert J. Wilmouth, President of Rocky Mountain College, is the 2020 Legacy Award honoree. Dr. Wilmouth has served in multiple leadership capacities in Billings for almost 30 years, and will be honored during the 2020 Billings Chamber Annual Meeting. Dr. Wilmouth has been the President of Rocky Mountain College (RMC) since January 2013. More.

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Saturday, August 22 2020

Eastman, a global advanced materials and specialty additives company, recently awarded funds to the Tusculum chemistry program’s growing research enterprise. The money will provide meaningful support for the university’s chemistry and biology students as they conduct research in the Meen Center’s state-of-the-art laboratories on subjects with global applications.  More.

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Thursday, August 20 2020

Creating socially distanced classroom spaces that are equipped for in-person and remote students is a problem Information Technology departments across the country are tackling for the Fall 2020 semester. When Media Services Technician Steven Mayhugh discovered a small flaw in Eckerd College’s plans this summer, he tapped another staffer to craft a solution that will help faculty and students stay connected.  More.

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Thursday, August 20 2020

Davidson College has issued a public apology for its support of slavery during the college’s first 30 years and its embrace of the racist laws and policies that followed. The college’s apology came in light of the recommendations by Davidson’s Commission on Race and Slavery, which also included public commemoration of the contributions of enslaved persons on campus and review of the names of prominent spaces. More.

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Wednesday, August 19 2020

Athletic Director Derrick Gragg is leaving the University of Tulsa for a new role in college sports, the NCAA announced Wednesday. Gragg is moving on to become the NCAA’s Senior Vice President of Inclusion, Education and Community Engagement. He also will serve on the NCAA senior management team, beginning his new role with the NCAA on Oct. 5. More.

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Wednesday, August 19 2020

Stillman College is getting a $720,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program. The grant is designed to help predominately minority institutions improve their science and engineering education programs. Students interested in STEM fields like biology, math and chemistry will benefit from the grant with hands-on research opportunities and collaborative efforts with professionals in their future fields. More.

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Friday, August 14 2020

Warren Wilson College has earned a STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). With more than 900 participants in 40 countries, AASHE’s STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. More.

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Wednesday, August 12 2020

With a $250,000 grant from the Gambrell foundation, Queens University and Interfaith Youth Core started Bridge Builders Charlotte to support projects that strengthen area nonprofit responses to COVID-19 needs through interfaith engagement. Already six university and colleges in the area — three are historically Presbyterian — are involved in the initiative. More.

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Sunday, August 02 2020

Elisabeth Gantt, a 1958 graduate of Blackburn College, has donated $2 million to the college’s Gantt/Rohatsch Scholarship in honor of her husband, R. Raymond Gantt, who died in April. Raymond Gantt, a native of Chicago, was also a 1958 graduate of Blackburn. The scholarship was first established in 2002 to benefit Blackburn students who have financial need and demonstrate significant academic promise. More.


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