On the heels of Rhodes College’s “1616′” event, commemorating the year that William Shakespeare died, professor Scott L. Newstok (director of the Pearce Shakespeare Endowment at Rhodes) pens a provocative essay for the Chronicle of Higher Education. [image: the 1588 “Grafton Portrait” of a young man, once thought to portray a young William Shakespeare.]
News from Members
Jim and Marilyn Simons of New York have pledged a gift of $2.5 million to Morehouse College for STEM Education.
The Board of Trustees of Birmingham-Southern College is pleased to announce that Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, BSC’s former Chief of Staff, has been named the 15th president in the college’s 160-year history. The current president, Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, is vacating the position. Read the full news release.
Furman University President Elizabeth Davis announced today that Dr. George C. Shields, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell University, has been named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Furman. Read the story on Furman’s website.
Faculty from multiple ACS institutions, led by Washington And Lee Classics professor Rebecca Benefiel, have been widely recognized for their ongoing work in deciphering the graffiti in the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Funded in part by ACS, the project leaders and their students are now creating a digital, online archive of these… Read more »
Millsaps College has announced the creation of a distinctive leadership development program, known as the Institute for Civic and Professional Engagement. Identified as a key goal in the institution’s strategic plan, Across the Street and Around the Globe: Partnerships and Influence at Millsaps College, the Institute was developed by a task force of campus faculty,… Read more »
Centenary College of Louisiana has chosen Dr. Christopher L. Holoman, an academic with extensive experience in college classrooms and administration, as its 31st president. Holoman is currently Provost at Hilbert College in Hamburg, New York, and will assume leadership of the 191 year old Shreveport institution in July. Read more at the Centenary website.
William “Will” Dudley, provost and professor of philosophy at Williams College, has been named president of Washington and Lee University. According to the W&L website, “Dudley will assume his duties on Jan. 1, 2017, succeeding Kenneth P. Ruscio ’76, who announced in May 2015 his intention to step down from the presidency, and who will remain… Read more »
Hendrix College, the ACS member in Arkansas, has signed an agreement with United International College (UIC), a longtime ACS partner in China. The agreement clears the way for faculty and student exchanges between Hendrix and UIC, China’s oldest liberal arts institution. Read more at the Hendrix site.
Three ACS faculty are among the 35 state-level winners of the Professor of the Year Award, sponsored by the the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. They include Michael Flowers (Theatre, Birmingham-Southern), Mary Blythe Daniels (Spanish, Centre) and Jennifer Peszka (Psychohlogy, Hendrix).
Spelman College was awarded $2.7 million by the U.S. Dept. of Education, as part of a program called First In The World. Read more at the Spelman College website.
Currently, there are only 93 male African American computer science Ph.D. students in the country. Of those, Morehouse produced 12. “This is counting every single black male from every school in the nation. Of all of those African American Ph.D. male students, 13 percent are coming from Morehouse, from this lab. That’s a historic number,”… Read more »
Dr. Edward F. Leonard III, who is currently president of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, has been named the 14th president of Birmingham-Southern College, college officials announced Wednesday. In his eight years at Bethany, Leonard grew enrollment more than a third and completed the school’s largest fundraising campaign. The small liberal arts college improved facilities… Read more »
Birmingham Southern College will host a workshop on May 19th, 2015 called Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts: What is it, are are we teaching it? Participants will explore the meaning of critical thinking, learn about ways to use blended learning and other high-impact practices to improve critical thinking, and build activities to enhance and… Read more »
“Martin Luther King Jr.’s Mountaintop speech was more than brilliant rhetorical art; it was also the culmination of a lifetime spent in intense and extensive reading,” writes Scott Newstok, Associate Professor of English at Rhodes College. April 3rd is the anniversary of the delivery of this famous speech, and Prof. Newstok describes the event in its… Read more »
Dianne Loftis, senior at Rhodes College and Audrey Morrow, senior at Hendrix college, are among just 50 students across the nation who have been selected to be 2015 recipients of the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The award, named in honor of the founder of IBM, provides funding for an academic year of study abroad. A… Read more »