University of Detroit Mercy Receives $1.6 Million Grant from Department of Education

University of Detroit Mercy has received a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

The five-year grant was given through the Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP), “which provides grants to institutions that serve a high percentage of traditionally underserved students,” according to university officials.

Detroit Mercy will use a significant amount of funding to create its Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), where faculty can hone methods to improve student success.

The grant will be used to give financial support for personnel, support the creation of the CETL’s physical space, fund faculty mini-grants for research on teaching and learning, help establish a mentoring program and support faculty development.

The CETL will also develop plans to attract non-traditional student populations.

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Parents of Murdered University of Utah Student Reaches $13.5 Million Settlement with University

The parents of University of Utah track athlete Lauren McCluskey – killed by her ex-boyfriend on campus two years ago – reached a $13.5 million settlement Thursday with the school. The university admitted to improper handling of McCluskey’s case, the Associated Press reported.

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McCluskey’s parents and Utah President Dr. Ruth Watkins announced the settlement at a news conference in Salt Lake City, on the second anniversary of her death on Oct. 22, 2018.

“We failed Lauren and her family,” Watkins said. “If these employees had more complete training and protocols to guide their responses, the university believes they would have been better equipped to protect Lauren.”

McCluskey, 21, had “contacted university police more than 20 times to report harassment by the man she had dated before she was found fatally shot in a car near on-campus student housing in October 2018,” the AP reported.

Melvin Shawn Rowland, 37, killed McCluskey.  McCluskey had broken up with Rowland after learning he had lied about his name, age and sex offender status. Rowland committed suicide after the murder as police tracked him down.

In 2018, Watkins had said that she had not found “anything in an initial review of the case to indicate McCluskey’s death could have been prevented,” the AP reported. In 2019, the parents, Jill and Matt McCluskey, sued Utah for $56 million, claiming negligence from the university.

An independent review found many missed warning signs before the murder.

The McCluskeys said the $13.5 million will go to the Lauren McCluskey foundation, which works on improving campus safety and helping collegiate track athletes and animal shelters.

The settlement also states that McCluskey will have a track facility built and named after her.

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How to Pivot When Your Teaching Role is Not What You Expected

The expectations and reality of a job sometimes don't align, but it doesn't mean you're a failure. Whether you're new to your institution, and it's different than you imagined it, departmental restructuring is changing your role, or teaching remotely is making your semester feel uncomfortable, here's how to pivot if your teaching role is not what you expected.

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TMCF to Host Virtual HBCU Homecoming Event Oct. 25

College homecomings provide alumni with opportunities to reconnect and engage with current students, faculty, staff and the campus community.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, celebrations will take on a new form this year.

To maintain the community collaboration aspect of homecoming, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) will host a virtual concert and fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 25 putting the focus directly on historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

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“We are looking forward to raising awareness about HBCUs but we hope that the fundraiser will support the important work that we do in providing career readiness and opportunities to students who attend our schools,” said Dr. Harry L. Williams, president and CEO of TMCF.

#RISE HC2K20 boasts an impressive roster of celebrities who will perform and make appearances. They include Ne-Yo, Shaquille O’Neal, 2 Chainz, T.I., Big K.R.I.T., India Arie, Lucky Day, Lil-Baby, T-Pain, Leon Bridges, Mo’Nique and Rotimi.

There will also be DJ sets from various HBCUs and a Unity Step Performance. Actor and TMCF national ambassador Terrence ‘J’ Jenkins and actress Brandee Evans are hosting the event, which will be broadcasted on HBCU Nation and AspireTV and streamed on TMCF’s YouTube channel.

“We’ve done it all, in order to just get that whole homegrown spirit for that homecoming feel,” said Khadija S. Campbell, senior events manager at TMCF.

With the purchase of a VIP ticket, participants can also gain access to songwriter, singer and record producer Anthony Hamilton’s pre-show and a private Moet Hennessy mixology event.

HBCU alumni and students are encouraged to engage with the event online and show off their school pride. TMCF also launched the Musical Cypher competition, where students can submit videos of themselves freestyling over the “Come Home” beat produced by rapper David Banner.

“Our team has really taken the helm, pretty much making sure that we are reaching the vast majority of HBCU alumni and students and making sure that they are able to feel part of the experience,” said Campbell.

Williams emphasized that HBCUs

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