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Nicholls Announces Top Grantees for 2016
THIBODAUX, La., May 26 -- Nicholls State University issued the following news release:

Nicholls State University announced its top grantees for 2016. The leaders in grantsmanship collectively received more than $1.7 million to study topics such as accelerating recovery from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to creating the Bayou Educational Opportunity Center on campus.

The top 10 grant award winners at Nicholls are: Gina Bergeron, executive director of the Family Service Center, received more than $358,000; Debi Benoit, director of research and sponsored programs, received nearly $263,000; ... Show Full Article

Millikin Alum Becomes First Illinois National Guard Military Judge
DECATUR, Ill., May 26 -- Millikin University issued the following news release:

Millikin University alumna Sarah Smith-Raschen '98 recently graduated from the 60th Military Judge Course at the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in Charlottesville, Va. Smith-Raschen is the Illinois National Guard's first Military Judge under the Illinois Code of Military Justice.

"I honestly could never have imagined that 22 years ago, when I enlisted in the army as a mechanic, that I would be selected for this position," Smith said in a recent interview with the Madison-St. Clair Record.

Smith-Raschen ... Show Full Article

Gwaltney Receives Top American Society of Civil Engineers Award
NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 26 -- Lipscomb University issued the following news release:

Lipscomb University professor Chris Gwaltney has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers to receive its 2017 Edmund Friedman Professional Recognition Award.

?Gwaltney, professor and chair of the civil engineering department in Lipscomb's Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering, was selected to receive the award "for exemplary contributions to the status of the engineering profession, outstanding civil engineering accomplishments and dedication to ethical practice," said Thomas W. Smith, ASCE ... Show Full Article

Foundation Chooses Mark Gilman as Johnson Countian of the Year
OVERLAND PARK, Kan., May 26 -- Johnson County Community College issued the following news release:

Mark Gilman, Prairie Village, has been named by the Johnson County Community College Foundation as the Johnson Countian of the Year for 2017. Gilman is chairman of the board of Gill Studios, Lenexa, and is a longtime supporter of the performing arts and community health initiatives on the local and state level.

"Each year, JCCC recognizes a Johnson Countian of the Year -- a man, woman or couple who worked to benefit the county through civic leadership or philanthropic support," said Joe Sopcich, ... Show Full Article

College Honors Its 48th Graduating Class
NEWARK, N.J., May 26 -- Essex County College issued the following news release:

Essex County College celebrated its 48th annual Commencement Friday, May 26 with 1,318 Associate degrees and certificates awarded to graduates. The ceremony for the Class of 2017 was held at the Prudential Center, Newark.

This year's class included 201 students graduating with Honors, High Honors and Highest Honors. At 18, Jacob Barnett (Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts with Highest Honors) is the youngest Essex graduate. He leaves the College after earning a 3.98 grade point average. On the other side of the ... Show Full Article

CBU President Joins Catholic Leaders in Call to Protect DACA Students
MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 26 -- Christian Brothers University issued the following news release:

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., president of Christian Brothers University (CBU), is among 65 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities who recently signed a letter calling upon Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to clarify the department's practices and intentions regarding immigrants previously protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. The letter urges the secretary to carry out President Trump's promise last month to protect DACA holders from deportation and also requests ... Show Full Article

Bulls Notebook: USFSM Dean to Visit Japan, Tour Universities
SARASOTA, Fla., May 26 -- The University of South Florida's Sarasota-Manatee campus issued the following news:

Nearly 20 years after spending six months in Japan, Dr. Jane Rose is making a return trip this summer as part of a Japanese Studies Institute (JSI) fellowship.

The dean of USF Sarasota-Manatee's College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Dr. Rose said the two-week seminar is part of a larger effort to strengthen ties between U.S. and Japanese universities. The visit will take her and nine other U.S. academics on tours of several colleges and cultural sites, starting with Hosei University ... Show Full Article