Higher Ed

This year, the FAFSA will be available three months earlier than in previous years, on October 1. What do students need to know? Our financial aid experts have weighed in:    Complete it with the college applications, but be aware of deadlines. "With the availability of the FAFSA form earlier now, it is best to complete the FAFSA and college... Read More
This year, the FAFSA will be available three months earlier than in previous years, on October 1. What do students need to know? Our financial aid experts have weighed in:    Complete it with the college applications, but be aware of deadlines. "With the availability of the FAFSA form earlier now, it is best to complete the FAFSA and college... Read More
For college students, career prospects after graduation top a long list of concerns. But at Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a quickly growing number of others across the country, thinking about a career in terms of vocation, or a “calling," rather than just a job leads students to more meaningful work. David Cunningham, director of the... Read More
Every year, students at Susquehanna University donate rice to needy families in the Philippines. This year, they delivered over 100,000 pounds of rice—and some of it they carried on their shoulders, 55 or 110 pounds at a time.   Delivered in 55- or 110-pound bags, the simple act of physically delivering the rice is significant for the students who... Read More
There’s a good reason to pay faculty higher salaries: it helps alumni (and even non-alumni) earn higher salaries after graduation. A forthcoming study from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., finds that institutions that invest more money into faculty salaries, as well as services that directly benefit students (like tutoring, student... Read More
Managing money as a single mom is overwhelming, but thanks to a particularly successful program at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., there’s hope.   Since 2006, Julie Kalkowski has been teaching single moms how to better manage their money in the Financial Hope Collaborative. The eight-week course offers childcare and dinner while teaching... Read More
When Kristen Nash started using a stand-up desk at her workstation at Saint Leo University, she immediately noticed its benefits. “I felt freer and it felt better standing up,” she said.  Studies have shown that people using stand-up desks, which are becoming more popular in work places across the country, can burn more calories, stay focused and... Read More
Aging, injury and disease can take a toll on our brain health, but research suggests that eating certain foods can help our brains resist some of that damage. Kristina and Timothy Simeone, husband and wife researchers from the Creighton University School of Medicine, have been studying the effects of sleep and nutrition on the brain for years, and... Read More
THE BACKPACK FILMMAKER – Jay Craven has been making films on small budgets for nearly 40 years.  This summer, he’s screening his latest film, Peter & John, based on Guy de Maupassant’s 19th century seaside novel, that he shot and produced with 30 professionals and nearly three-dozen college students.  He’ll play the film, accompanied by two of... Read More
  EAST LANSING, Mich. – A complex relationship between genes, hormones and social factors can lead to eating disorders in women. Kelly Klump, Michigan State University eating disorder expert, has made monumental strides in deciphering how these factors interact. In her latest discovery, she has found that during the menstrual cycle, ovarian... Read More
Before the July 4th holiday, the Second Circuit Court negated the six prong test developed by the Department of Labor that helped identify if an internship should be paid or unpaid. Instead, this court ruled in favor of a much more relaxed set of rules stating that internships must “integrate classroom learning with practical skill development in... Read More
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Fingerprints have been used by law enforcement and forensics experts to successfully identify people for more than 100 years. Though fingerprints are assumed to be infallible personal identifiers, there has been little scientific research to prove this claim to be true. As such, there have been repeated challenges to the... Read More
You’ve scored – and aced – the job interview. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for that offer, right?  Not so fast, careers experts say. “The follow-up thank-you note is a part of the job-seeking process and candidates should exert the same level of effort used for the development of a targeted cover letter and resume,” says Michaeline Shuman,... Read More
Too much sun can lead to skin cancer, but too little can also be risky, researchers say. Last week, the Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a scientific consensus paper by researchers at University of California, Creighton University, Boston University Medical Center and others illustrating that UV exposure provides the benefits... Read More
Can a friendly robot help children with autism express their emotions and connect emotionally?  Researchers at the University of Denver are investigating whether robots can serve as a stepping stone to more meaningful human interaction. An interdisciplinary faculty-student-robot research team at the Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and... Read More
There’s a new term that’s being bandied about college and university career services offices.  The term is often used in project management and is familiar to industries like marketing and public relations.  The term, ‘deliverables’, which means a tangible or intangible object to be delivered to a client based an outcome in a project, is foreign... Read More
There’s a new term that’s being bandied about college and university career services offices.  The term is often used in project management and is familiar to industries like marketing and public relations.  The term, ‘deliverables’, which means a tangible or intangible object to be delivered to a client based an outcome in a project, is foreign... Read More
Some call it a trend. Many call it a fad.  Others call it a business. Food trucks have become a hot item, especially in metropolitan areas. According to the National Restaurant Association, food trucks generate $650 million in annual revenue. By the year 2017, it’s expected to be a $2.7 billion national industry. Despite food trucks’ popularity... Read More
Do Florida Republicans have a new favorite son? According to a new survey by the Saint Leo University Polling Institute, Senator Marco Rubio has pulled nearly even with former Governor Jeb Bush as the top choice of Florida Republicans for president of the United States. By several measures, support for Rubio has surged since he officially declared... Read More
People often say to “trust your first instincts” when making decisions. New research from Albright College tested the usefulness of this old adage by looking at student behavior during exams. They found that more often than not, revisions—changes from a first instinct to a new choice—were more likely to result in a correct answer. And on the... Read More
Gary Maul is using the liberal arts environment to build a better engineer. Maul, professor and chair of the Department of Systems Engineering at Otterbein University, is leading a new program designed to make engineering students more well-rounded. Maul reports that Otterbein’s new pioneering broad-based training matrix combines the principles of... Read More
At most colleges and universities, it’s up to the faculty members to secure grants and research opportunities for students.  At Messiah College in Mechancisburg, PA, they have developed a facility called the “Collaboratory”.  The Collaboratory operates like a third party that writes grants and secures research projects for students from non-profit... Read More
Bob Schieffer’s retirement from CBS News caused me to think about the time he used one of our stories in 1995 as the close to his show, “Face the Nation.”  He also used it in his 2004 book, likewise titled “Face the Nation.”  He called it, “The Short Life of Angel Wallenda” and here is how it came about. The phone rang shortly before noon on... Read More
Dick Jones Communications April 2015 Tipsheet USING CONTESTS FOR ADMISSIONS LEADS – Marlboro College in Marlboro, Vt., isn’t targeting more high school students by buying more names.  Instead, they are utilizing contests to deliver quality leads. The Beautiful Minds Challenge was born out of the idea that Marlboro students are interested in... Read More