Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Huston-Tillotson University Featured for Raising its Community Profile

Colette Pierce Burnette, president of Huston-Tillotson University, is interviewed by Kate McGee of Austin's NPR station, KUT 90.5.  The segment, "East Austin Is Growing And Huston-Tillotson Hopes Its Roots Keep A Community Intact," highlights initiatives designed to raise the profile of the institution by building stronger links to the communities it serves.
Huston-Tillotson traces its roots to Samuel Huston College and Tillotson  College.  The two institutions merged in 1952 to form Huston-Tillotson  College.  The name was later changed to Huston-Tillotson University in 2005.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Small Colleges take a more Active Role in Communities they Serve

Governing is featuring a post by Aaron M. Renn, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, offering comments on a trend where small colleges are taking a more active role in the communities where they reside.  Renn's article, "Can a Small College Save Its Small Town?" includes references to Franklin College in Indiana and to a recent Wall Street Journal article by Douglas Belkin that focused on a number of initiatives at Albion College in Michigan, Ripon College in Wisconsin, and several other small colleges.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

College of Saint Benedict Announces Large Gift

The College of Saint Benedict announced a large gift this week that will be used to complete construction of new athletic fields.  The Corborn Family Foundation committed $500,000 for the College Avenue Athletic Fields that will include two soccer/lacrosse fields, two softball fields, three intramural/multi-use fields, and an athletic center featuring locker rooms and a training room, with restrooms and concessions for spectators.

CSB is located in St. Joseph, MN and enrolls just over 1,900 students.  The institution was founded by the Sisters of the Order of St. Benedict in 1887 and was initially known as St. Benedict's Academy.  It became St. Benedict's College and Academy in 1913 and the College of St. Benedict after 1927.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Cornell College Announces Record Gift and Plans for a New Science Center

Molly Duffy reported for The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA) this week on the "Largest gift in Cornell Colege's history to fund new science center."  Cornell College is located in Mt. Vernon, IA and and enrolls just over a thousand students.  The new four story building will house chemistry and biology labs, classrooms, and offices.  Cornell alumna Jean Russell pledged $20 million toward the estimated cost of $35 million for the project.
The Cornell web site offers more information including floor plans and additional project details.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Stephens College Offers Saturday Afternoon Science Programs

KRCG-TV posted an article February 18, 2017, "Stephens College promotes women in science fields," by Caileigh Peterson that focuses on the institution's initial Saturday Afternoon Science program.  Peterson interviewed Erin Sellner, assistant professor of biochemistry, who led the session that is designed for young women in grades six through eight.  Sellner indicated that she hopes that "that STEM fields gain more fierce females," and that " engagement fosters a real passion and interest that can be maintained and we'll start to see an increase in women who are actually going to college and then staying in the field."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Chatham University's Aqua Lab

KDKA, the CBS affiliate in Pittsburgh featured Chatham University's aqua lab in a two-minute video segment this week, "Chatham University's Aqua Lab Helping Students Learn A New Kind of Farming."  You can also learn more about various sustainability initiatives associated with the Eden Hall Farm by visiting the Chatham website.
Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability and the Eden Hall Farm were also featured in an earlier post on the Small College Garden blog in April 2016, "Sustainability as a Competitive Advantage for Small Colleges & Universities."