Nazareth's close-knit campus offers students, faculty, and staff the advantages of a national campus by being part of the New American Colleges & Universities (NAC&U) — an academic consortium of 25 colleges that collaborate to provide more opportunities to enhance teaching and learning.

Benefits to Students

  • Student Exchange: Spend a semester at one of the other NAC&U campuses, taking advantage of the host campus' geographic location and expertise. Among the opportunities are six NAC&U Signature Experiences tailored to particular areas of study and guaranteed to include hands-on learning, including internships, currently in music business, publishing, civil rights, paleontology, meteorology, and geography. Talk to Nazareth's Emily Marchese, co-director of Internships,
  • Study Abroad: Programs vary in structure, but many include opportunities for field study, guided travel opportunities, internships, and special projects. Check with Nazareth's Center for International Education for guidance.
  • Online Courses: See the list of options and check with the Nazareth Registrar office to make sure course credit will transfer.
  • Student Excellence Awards for up to three seniors per year provide a cash prize and invite the winners to attend the NAC&U Summer Institute to receive their awards and present their work. Each member college can nominate one student. At Nazareth, contact Professor Keith Koster,
  • Present in Washington, D.C.: Students from NAC&U campuses have presented Congressional Briefings, National Press Club Briefings and at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting. For more, talk to Nazareth's NAC&U representatives, listed below.

Benefits to Faculty/Administrators


For more information, contact Nazareth's faculty ambassadors to NAC&U:

Keith A. Koster

Keith A. Koster

Associate Professor in Music
Arts Center 1D

Education: Ph.D., University of Missouri; M.M., Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University; B.S., Quincy College

Teaching and Research Interests: Exploring the art and science of effective teaching, music literacy, music teaching methodologies, and gender and music. 

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Marie J. Bell

Marie J. Bell

Assistant Professor in Nursing
Smyth Hall 221C

Education: B.S.N, University of Rochester; M.S., Nazareth College; Ed.D., St. John Fisher College

Teaching and Research Interests: Medical and surgical nursing, critical care, geriatrics, transcultural nursing. Recent research has focused on functional decline in older adults and health disparities.

For more about study away, contact Nazareth's NAC&U Study Away Coordinator:

Emily Marchese

Emily Marchese

Assistant Director of Global Experiential Learning in Internship Program
Assistant Director in Internship Programs in Center for Life's Work
Golisano Academic Center 109

For information about NAC&U's work on civic engagement, contact the co-chair of NAC&U's Civic Engagement Constituency group:

Nuala S. Boyle

Nuala S. Boyle

Director, Civic Engagement and Experiential Learning Outcomes in Center for Life's Work
Director, Civic Engagement and Experiential Learning Outcome in Center for Civic Engagement
Golisano Academic Center 108

Center for Life's Work coach for: Community Service, Civic Engagement, Service Learning

Education: B.A. (English), Stonehill College; M.A. (Religious Studies), Sacred Heart University.

Nuala Boyle has worked in higher education since 1997, cultivating civically engaged and socially responsible students, and supporting community-engaged teaching and learning.

Boyle is a leader in the field of civic engagement, service-learning, and experiential education. She has been director of the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) since 2010. She oversees curricular and co-curricular community service, as well as the College’s Center for Service-Learning. Nuala co-chairs the Experiential Learning Steering Committee and with the director of the core curriculum is responsible for developing and implementing the College’s experiential learning requirement as part of its core curriculum.

Boyle's efforts have enabled Nazareth to become nationally recognized for its commitment to civic engagement.

Boyle is on the board of the National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE) and co-chairs NSEE’s Northeast Region. In 2014, she completed her certificate of Experiential Education through NSEE. Boyle is also an active member of New York Campus Compact’s Advisory Board.

Advancing Learning Through Collaboration

Congratulations to Cathy Rasmussen & Ellen Contopidis — two Naz professors/leaders in education and health and human services — who've received a $4,000 NAC&U grant to expand and improve students' preparation for careers that require collaboration across specialties. These Nazareth faculty members will collaborate with two University of Evansville physician assistant science profs to advance interprofessional education for students. This was one of three Collaboration, Growth and Innovation grants awarded by NAC&U.