NACU Prize for Student Excellence

Nazareth seniors: Enter by Jan. 8, 2018 to compete for a $1,000 prize for outstanding contributions in the liberal arts, professional programs, experiential learning, or civic engagement. Read submissions details.

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 (NACU) — 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 NACU campuses, taking advantage of the host campus' geographic location and expertise. Among the opportunities are six NACU 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, emarche0@naz.edu.
  • 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, kkoster8@naz.edu.
  • Present in Washington, D.C.: Students from NACU 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 NACU representatives, listed below.

Benefits to Faculty/Administrators

NACU Summit at Nazareth

NACU Think-tank Summit at Nazareth will be April 6-8, 2018

Contact

For more information, contact Nazareth's 2017 faculty ambassadors to NACU:

Keith A. Koster

Keith A. Koster

Associate Professor in Music
585-389-2700
kkoster8@naz.edu
Arts Center 1D
Bio

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
585-389-2718
mbell5@naz.edu
Smyth Hall 221C
Bio

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

Nuala S. Boyle

Nuala S. Boyle

Director in Center for Civic Engagement
Director of the Center for Civic Engagement in Center for Life's Work
585-389-2670
nboyle5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 108
Bio

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.

Bio:
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.