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New! Drury Professor to Use Hybrid Teaching Model and Digital Library during Summer Fellowship in Africa

Photo of Albert KorirIn 1999 Albert Korir came to the United States because he wanted better access to modern equipment for chemistry research. This summer, Dr. Korir, now a chemistry professor at Drury University, will return to his Kenyan homeland to teach students at Moi University using a hybrid flipped classroom model with the aid of content from the Analytical Sciences Digital Library (ASDL).

Research or teaching? Dr. Korir contemplated that question as he completed his graduate degree in chemistry at the University of Kansas. In Kenya, he had taught math and chemistry in high school for seven years. On the other hand, it was his quest for practical research that brought him to the U.S. His faculty mentor, Cynthia Larive, chemistry professor and now divisional dean at University of California-Riverside, suggested that he teach in a university where he could embrace both research and teaching. Read more

New! Q & A with Arcadia: Staging Crimes on Campus

Photo of ribbon cutting for houseIn January Arcadia University introduced its new Crime Scene House. Dr. Karen Scott, director and associate professor of forensic science at Arcadia, gave us more details on this real-life teaching tool for the Masters of Science in Forensic Science (MSFS) program.

What exactly is a crime scene house and what special features does it have?
A crime scene house is a property that is set up as a crime scene for training or teaching purposes. This can be anything from a single room to a whole house and garden. It is not essential to have any special features; however we have a variety of props that we use for our scenes including a mannequin so that we can stage murder scenes. Read more

New! Paul Simon Award Recognizes North Central’s Comprehensive International Programs

Photo of group with flagsNorth Central College is one of five institutions nationwide to receive a 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. This prestigious award recognizes colleges and universities that are making significant, well-planned, well-executed and well-documented progress toward comprehensive internationalization using innovative and creative approaches. Read more

New! Five NAC&U Members Named Among Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students in 2014-15

Nazareth College, North Central College, Pacific Lutheran University, St. Edward’s University and The University of Scranton were named on the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs list of the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-2015 Fulbright students. All were in the Master's institutions category. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

New! Hampton University President Interviews on C-SPAN's Washington Journal

Photo from C-SPANHampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey appeared live on C-SPAN on February 5 to talk about issues that affect higher education and the state of historically black colleges and universities in the United States. Read more

New! North Central College Sets Record in Number of Students, Proposals at National Conference

Photo of Abby Van HookNorth Central College will send a record 59 students to the 29th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) to be held April 16-18 at the Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash. NCUR is an interdisciplinary conference where students representing universities and colleges from around the world share their research and creative works in oral, poster and performance/visual arts presentations. North Central College places in the top 2 percent (No. 8 of 391) of the nation and the most accepted proposals of any college or university in Illinois. With 59 students giving 52 accepted undergraduate presentations, this participation is the most ever in College history. The research projects presented by students cover a range of some 30 academic fields, from biochemistry, German and political science to education, international business, athletic training and more. Read more

Making Mentoring Inroads through Hoops Program

Photo of Gong and BarnesMichael Gong, ’15, spent many hours fulfilling a service learning requirement at the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center (CCJDC) during his freshman year at John Carroll University (JCU). It was as much a learning experience for Gong as it was for the youth he mentored. Together with Ned Barnes, ’15, and JCU’s Center for Service and Social Action, that learning experience became only a starting point.

JCU’s Arrupe Scholars program provides a mission-based scholarship to several students each year as it seeks to build leaders for social action. As an Arrupe Scholar, Gong fulfilled the service requirement by mentoring youth in the CCJDC in a program called "Passport to Manhood."

"Everyone has stereotypes about what a juvenile delinquent is, but in reality, these kids are not like that. They have goals and dreams, and they're hard-working," said Gong. Read more


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