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For a handful of universities across the country, an iconic athletic program is intertwined with its institution’s identity — to the point that many instinctively associate school and sport.
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Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are no problem for college women; they can use those as well as any guy on campus. But when it comes to understanding what happens when they hit the control and the “C” keys on their laptops, they may not be quite so savvy. That’s the way Maureen Biggers, one of the founders of the Center of Excellence for Women in Technology at Indiana University, saw it.
Purdue Athletic Chaplain Marty Dittmar worked to build and open an orphanage northeast of Mirebalais, Haiti. Built entirely by volunteers, the Purdue community has contributed considerable time, effort, and money to making the Ephraim Orphan Project a reality. The orphanage opened its doors about 9 months ago. LiveBIG sat down with Chaplain Dittmar to get an update.
On Monday, March 3, the Northwestern University Dance Marathon (NUDM) hosted their annual student-athlete talent show to benefit their causes. On hand to serve as celebrity judges for the event were Northwestern alumni Michael Wilbon from ESPN and Oakland Raiders linebacker Nick Roach.
Penn State senior Denzel Middleton is recovering from THON, the annual student-run dance marathon. As an independent dance couple, he and his partner raised over $11,000 – a significant percentage of the $13.3 million raised this year.
Last week, 22 students in the Penn State School of Music Chamber Orchestra set up in the HUB-Robeson Center and asked passers-by to “Conduct Us,” allowing anyone to direct the classical music performances. Here is the result:
The seventh-annual Buckeye Cruise for Cancer was exactly what the name implies: a bunch of Buckeyes coming together to defeat the disease that claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.
What if you wanted to support a dance marathon but you can’t dance? It turns out that there are plenty of ways to raise money without taking a turn on the dance floor, if you are part of Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon.
Born out of passion and fueled by desire or necessity, entrepreneurship lives at the intersection of innovation and ownership. And, from small clubs across the country to the television show “Shark Tank,” entrepreneurship is all the rage right now.
The Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) at the University of Iowa does flight test research, pilot performance assessment and pilot training systems research and design. The OPL is directed by Tom Schnell, associate professor in Mechanical and industrial Engineering, who is a commercial pilot and a flight instructor.
Four years ago, Ryan Miller was named the Most Outstanding Player as the United States men’s hockey team won the silver medal. This weekend, the US will be playing for the bronze and “home” will have their collective eyes on the ice in Sochi.
During the Michigan State episode of LiveBIG, we featured a unique project titled “Spartans’ Will 360,” that told stories of MSU alumni making an impact all over the globe.
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BTN LiveBIG has been an important part of BTN’s commitment to showcasing and supporting the best of each Big Ten university. BTN LiveBIG just finished its fourth season telling stories of students, staff, faculty, and alumni who are making a difference in the world through innovations in research, education and community service.
For the past 37 years, Penn State University’s student body have pulled together the largest student-run fundraising effort, called THON. Many universities have dance marathons to support charities, but Penn State students blow it out at a scale that is unmatched. The student body has successfully raised more than $100 million for pediatric cancer patients and research. This year’s effort is expected to clear $12 million in donations.
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Tonight after the Wolverines take on Minnesota in men’s hockey, learn more about two incredible programs at the University of Michigan: its rehab robotics group, and a class of students that’s developing software for a 13-year-old girl with cerebral palsy named Grace.
Four years ago, the American Heart Association recommended changing the traditional method of CPR. That same year the AHAS got a vocal champion in Northwestern’s Dr. George Chiampas. He brought passion and a personal story to his commitment to changing the way everyone gets trained on saving sufferers of heart attacks.
Tonight after the Cornhuskers host the Fighting Illini in men’s basketball, check out the premiere of the Nebraska episode of LiveBIG. This episode features the Nebraska Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) and a program that allows photojournalism students the opportunity to travel the globe documenting human needs.
How many times have educators told their students to “shoot for the moon?”