NCICU President Hope Williams discusses the implications of the new tax law on private, non-profit colleges and universities in an op ed for WRAL.
Bridgestone has presented $4,000 to the Independent College Fund of North Carolina for a 2018-19 scholarship for a Barton College student. This is the 57th year that the company has supported the Fund.
“By providing this critical scholarship support, Bridgestone is helping make a college education possible,” said ICFNC Director Colleen Kinser. “On behalf of the Independent College Fund, we are deeply appreciative of Bridgestone’s commitment and generosity.”
“Bridgestone is proud to continue its support of the Independent College Fund of North Carolina in its mission to positively impact college students throughout North Carolina,” said Andy Moler, Plant HR Manager.
Eight undergraduate college students have received stipends from North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) to support their research. The research will be presented at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on November 4, 2017, at Campbell University.
The recipients are:
Carrie Blowe, a junior Biology major at Chowan University researching: Effects of Agricultural Runoff on Turtle Immune Health;
Paul Brennan, a senior Biology major at Davidson College researching: Exploration of Transgene Number in Immune T-Cell Mouse Model;
Cameron Deal Futral, a senior Biology major at Davidson College researching: Does Removal of the CD4 Enhancer NCE Affect Presentation and Activation in the Periphery;
Mia Elizabeth Guzynski, a junior Biology major at Davidson College researching: Is the NCE enhancer required for the upregulation of CD4 during antigen-specific T-cell activation in vivo;
Brittany Lefebvre, a senior Biology major at St. Andrews University researching: Wound Healing Potential of Mastoparan;
Marisa Richardson at Shaw University researching: Microplastics in Salts;
Adele Warren, a senior Biology major at St. Andrews University researching: Antibiotic-Enhancing Potential of Mastoparan; and
Megan Weeks, a senior Biology major at Queens University of Charlotte researching: The Use of Caenorhabditis elegans N2 Model System to Investigate in vivo Interaction Between Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki and a Novel Bacteriophage.
“We deeply appreciate the funding by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation that enables us to support substantive research at the undergraduate level,” said NCICU President A. Hope Williams, “and we look forward to reviewing the findings in November.”
Wake Forest University President Nathan Hatch was elected chair of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) during the organization’s annual meeting held March 28 and 29 in Pinehurst, succeeding Elon University President Leo Lambert who has served as chair for the past four years. Hatch will serve a two-year term leading the executive committee of the board. NCICU is the sector of higher education in North Carolina that represents the 36 private, non-profit institutions in the state.
“We are deeply appreciative that President Hatch has accepted this key role for independent higher education, and are indebted to President Lambert for his outstanding leadership over the past four years,” said NCICU President A. Hope Williams.
Elected to the Executive Committee were Queens University of Charlotte President Pamela Davies, vice chair, Livingstone College President Jimmy Jenkins, secretary, and Meredith College President Jo Allen, treasurer.
The NCICU annual meeting was attended by college and university presidents and trustees, and corporate partners who serve on the Independent College Fund of North Carolina (ICFNC). Governor Roy Cooper was among the speakers, acknowledging the value of and support for private higher education in North Carolina as a complement to the public higher education system. Also on the agenda were State School Superintendent Mark Johnson, Senator David Curtis, Representative Craig Horn and Representative John Fraley.
Leading the discussion on national higher education issues were Sarah Flanagan, vice president for Government Relations and Policy Development, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Dr. Terry Hartle, senior vice president, American Council on Education, and Dr. Susan Johnston, executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
“We had an outstanding range of speakers, who demonstrated extraordinary insight and knowledge about the state and national issues in higher education,” said Dr. Williams. “We talked about the life-changing effects of higher education on the lives of our students and their families, as well as the challenges that all of us in higher education face.”
During the meeting, retiring Mars Hill University President Dan Lunsford was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine for his 46 years of service to the State of North Carolina. A graduate of Mars Hill, Dr. Lunsford began his careers as a teacher in Durham in 1969. He served as superintendent for Orange County and Henderson County Schools before being named dean of the School of Education and Leadership at Mars Hill. He became president in 2003.
Additional retiring or departing presidents were presented with a token from NCICU as well as a letter of appreciation from Governor Cooper for their service. Those presidents are: Steven Solnick, Warren Wilson College, Ronald Carter, Johnson C. Smith University, Leo Lambert, Elon University and Mark La Branche, Louisburg College. Duke University President Richard Brodhead, who was not in attendance, is also retiring.
The Independent College Fund of North Carolina (ICFNC) has raised $2.9 million in its 2016-17 fundraising campaign, according to Director Colleen Kinser. The campaign raised $590,970 in scholarship support, $218,455 for student enrichment programs and other grants, and more than $2 million in in-kind gifts. ICFNC is a division of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU).
The amount raised for student enrichment programs included $86,000 for NCICU’s annual Ethics Bowl in which 22 North Carolina colleges and universities participated. The Fund provides food and lodging for participants and a stipend for campus team coordinators.
In an ongoing partnership, SAS provided more than $2 million in donations of software and training support for 31 participating NCICU campuses.
“We are so grateful to the more than 125 corporate and foundation donors and sponsors who contributed to this year’s campaign,” said Kinser. “Their support provides deserving students with, not only the opportunity to attend the college or university of their choice, but also to participate in enriching programming that take the college experience to another level.”
The Independent College Fund of North Carolina is the division of North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities that provides student scholarship aid and enrichment programs. NCICU supports, represents and advocates for North Carolina’s 36 private colleges and universities.