Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Indiana News Nuggets

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Indiana News Nuggets

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Here's an overview of key happenings and milestones at some colleges and universities in the Hoosier State.

Butler University, Indianapolis - This 155 year-old university recently received the first patent in its history. The patent was issued for work done by Drs. Olujide Akinbo and Michael Samide to improve a device used in pharmaceutical, medical and environmental research. The chemistry professors made a critical change to a research tool called a Solid- Phase Microextraction Device (SPME) that extracts compounds from chemical solutions. Their adjustment to the existing device makes it sturdier and less expensive. The professors' version uses a refashioned metal rod with grooves instead of fiber glass that can collect the absorbent material. They received Patent No. 7,665,374.

Goshen College, Goshen - This liberal arts college founded in the Mennonite tradition with a heritage of service and international education has put a new twist on its study-abroad program. In April, four Goshen students began a three-month program that gives them an opportunity to serve and be immersed in Latino culture in northern Indiana for a semester. Under this program, students will also study Latino history, literature and culture. They will take field trips to Latino communities in cities such as Chicago and Indianapolis. The students will also serve in local organizations, church programs or schools that have strong ties to the Latino community.

Indiana University, Bloomington - Thousands of members of Kappa Alpha Psi, one of the nation's largest and oldest AfricanAmerican fraternities, will descend on the campus of the state's premier public university next summer as part of the fraternity's centennial celebration. The organization was founded on the Indiana University campus in January 1911 by 10 African- American students. Today, it has approximately 730 chapters and more than 120,000 members around the world. Although most of the centennial celebrations will take place in Indianapolis next year, the organization's officials are encouraging members and their families to make the "pilgrimage" to the Bloomington campus.

Indiana State University, Terre Haute - This university of approximately 11,000 students has embarked on a program to make it easier for adults with some college to get degrees. The university's Adult Career Education program targets individuals 25 or older with approximately 60 college credits. The accelerated program focuses on online courses and provides credit for college-level learning gained outside the classroom. …

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