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When Maxwell Olivero started his journey at Michigan State University in 2010, he was pleasantly surprised to find his new school had made a special effort to reach out to him. The New2U program, developed by MSU’s Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center (LBGTRC), helped provide him with “a very positive support system” as soon as he arrived on campus.
A team of five women took an out-of-this-world approach to their senior capstone project, designing suits for NASA instead of the runway.
Creighton Drury was part of an inspiring basketball team at Rutgers 25 years ago. Now, he’s leading a team that’s changing the lives of at-risk kids in New York.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are national champions – in this year’s EcoCAR2 Challenge.
College students face a lot of tough issues, and many don’t know where to seek help. At Indiana, the Culture of Care Program is a place where students to heal each other.
More than 3.4 million people, roughly equivalent to the population of Los Angeles, die each year around the world for reasons that relate back to poor water quality, according to non-profit organization Water.org. And a lack of regular access to potable water negatively affects hundreds of millions more in ways ranging from personal hygiene to education.
As the majority of Northwestern University’s undergraduates embarked on internships and took some time off from their course work this summer, a group of even younger students immersed themselves in a new and unique program — Northwestern Academy.
“You can be a foreign correspondent without leaving Lincoln.”
In January 2013, Allie Adam, a senior on the University of Iowa women’s soccer team, traveled to Haiti with a teammate on a weeklong mission trip with Community Health Initiative (CHI), an organization dedicated to providing medical care to rural communities in that country and also addressing broader health issues.
When Logan Stark returned from Afghanistan in 2011, he struggled to talk about his experience. He had served four years in the Marine Corps and was about to begin his freshman year at Michigan State University on the GI Bill.
Every November, the states of Michigan and Ohio get fired up for the annual gridiron showdown between the Wolverines and the Buckeyes. Fans of both teams often measure overall success for the season by the results of this single game.
When former University of Illinois engineering student Mallory Casperson was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she got high-quality medical care. Today, she’s three years cancer-free. She gave credit to her oncologists and others who helped her overcome the disease, while noting that they didn’t provide as much emotional support as she expected. Not that they had to — after all, that’s not their job.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) pop up in the news fairly often these days.
For a 19-year-old who’s won major awards for scientific research and set a lofty personal goal of curing colon cancer, Keven Stonewall’s a pretty regular, down-to-earth guy.
It’s no secret that many Sub-Saharan African countries face challenges in developing and delivering high-quality health care to their citizens, and some of the reasons for that are well-known. Extreme poverty. Remote and untamed geography. Destructive conflicts that often do the most harm to women and children.
Students at Indiana University are building their technology skills while helping improve their school’s community, thanks to an innovative program called Serve IT.
Beer and higher education have always gone hand-in-hand, but the University of Minnesota and Dr. Charlie Rohwer may have taken the relationship to a whole new level.
As a conference, more than $22 million were raised last year. To find out more about each university’s dance marathon and the individuals and organizations being impacted, visit:
For better or worse, social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are an indelible feature of modern life. A research team of professors and students at Penn State’s College of Medicine is trying to create a tool that can help scientists determine how to prompt social media users to live a healthier lifestyle.
The 2013-14 academic year was a big one for Carly Mercer and Charles Torwudzo.
In 2008, then nine-year-old Ohio native Quinn Clarke was battling cancer for the second time in his young life. He asked his parents if he could host a kickball game to raise money for cancer research. More than 500 people came out to show their support at that first game.
When high school students with mental disabilities graduate, they all too often lack the knowledge, connections and support needed to seek full-time employment. They may have the skills to do a particular job, but they won’t know the first thing about how to search for openings, create a résumé or build up their professional network.
You enter a small, egg-shaped chamber and take a seat on a stool inside. After sitting, you put on a headset and stare into a mirror placed in front of you. As your thoughts slow down and your brain enters a meditative state, your reflection fades into nothing.
At Northwestern University, a unique spin on the Buddy System is pairing first-year medical students with people who suffer from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.
Ellen Anderson is living proof that answering a call for volunteers can lead to a worldwide movement.