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STREB, a dance troupe renowned for their extraordinary displays of daredevilry in unexpected places, brought their wizardry to the University of Nebraska. But they didn’t just come to perform. They came to engage students in a hands-on creation experience. The group from UNL included more than dancers; it included architectural students who helped design amazing staging for the Lied Center. The computer/engineering students designed flying robots that performed during the dance.
The American workspace epitomizes hard work.
Reverend Tracey (Truhlar) Bianchi graduated from Iowa (1995) with a BA in History and Political Science. She serves on pastoral staff at Christ Church of Oak Brook (a Chicago area congregation of 3000+). She’s the author of several books and numerous articles. You can find her at traceybianchi.com
One in four girls will be the victim of a crime of violence before she graduates high school, according to the Center for Disease Control. For girls in the worst neighborhoods of Chicago, they make up a disproportionately high part of that terrible statistic.
Based within a few miles of the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., it makes sense that the University of Maryland would have a pronounced program in international studies and a corresponding preponderance of students interested in foreign languages studies.
Katie Smith is a champion.
Happy Memorial Day! As we all take a day to consider the sacrifices made protecting our freedoms, let’s look back at some of the programs around the Big Ten that support our military members.
Students at Rutgers University are studying the relationship between humans and the buildings in which they live.
“When cancer touches someone that is a peer, it really changes your perspective,” Kelley Griesmer says.
“My guess is that most scientists would say that they got into science because they wanted to change the world,” Stephen DiMagno says.
Last October, Purdue University firefighter and paramedic Blair Blanch attended a program led by Bill Cannata of the Autism Law Enforcement Education Coalition (ALEC). For Blanch, the session was not just any old lecture. Blanch’s son, Nicholas, who will turn six years old this June, has autism.
They were created for in-class assignments, student newspapers, and online viewing.
It’s commencement time for many Big Ten universities, and the words being shared with graduates have been powerful and inspiring.
The first two winning essay from Michigan State’s “I Have A Dream” contest, by Zakiya Suleiman and Lana Zuck, were featured earlier. Now, we present he essays from Sara Hughes and Tiffany Khoury. Enjoy!
Four students have been chosen as winners in the Michigan State University “I Have a Dream” essay contest. From quesadillas to immigration to Jiminy Cricket, the essay writers used a variety of topics to join the conversation happening on the campus of MSU around “the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to end segregation in America.”
It is one of the world’s poorest countries, and it sits in the middle of a crisis that sees attacks on entire villages, forcing people to flee with little or nothing from their homes when armed militants arrive at their doorstep. Human rights watchers estimate that a million people are displaced from their homes; that represents almost one fourth of the entire population of the Central African Republic.
Multitudes of people are familiar with the song “Magic Bus” made famous by The Who back in 1968. Flash forward to today because there’s a new M.A.G.I.C. Bus in town and it’s time for our generation to learn about University of Minnesota’s Maroon And Gold Impacting the Community! (M.A.G.I.C.) Bus. These Gopher student athletes are all about giving back to the community that supports them in a Big Ten way.
A sea of students proudly displaying the colors of 14 universities spent a gorgeous spring day playing with mentors and learning about the Big Ten community in Chicago.
To go green, community leaders need fresh ideas. To make classes relevant, professors need connections to community leaders. To get jobs, sustainability-minded students want real-world experience.
It has been an extremely busy year for University of Illinois engineering students, Supriya Hobbs and Janna Eaves, co-founders of a startup toy company called Miss Possible.
David Chase was at Northwestern University Library when the idea hit him. He does not remember what he was studying at the library. That is irrelevant. His idea had nothing to do with schoolwork.
Jeff Sauer admits he was not initially ecstatic over the prospect of coaching the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.