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Pre-Med and Pre-Health Adviser Named

  Tuesday, July 18, 2017
— Antoinisha English is the new adviser for Christopher Newport’s Pre-Med and Pre-Health Programs. She graduated from George Mason University with a degree in biology and is a nursing care partner at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk. ...

A Voice for Many

  Friday, June 30, 2017
— English major Chris Utterback is the winner of the 2017 Carol Gay Award for outstanding papers on children’s literature with her essay “The Other Identities: David Levithan’s Queer Representation in Young Adult ...

CNU Students Earn National Alpha Chi Scholarships

  Tuesday, May 30, 2017
— Since its charter in 1977, the Alpha Chi Honor Society at Christopher Newport has seen several students receive monetary awards from the national organization. Now, on the 40th anniversary of the University’s Virginia Zeta chapter, ...

2017 Klich Academic Achievement Award Winners

  Friday, May 19, 2017
— On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Christopher Newport University announced three Klich Academic Achievement Award winners: Brook Byrd of Williamsburg, Virginia; Emily Egress of Chesapeake, Virginia; and Ben Miller of Rockingham County, Virginia. The ...

CNU Faculty and Students Publish Book Honoring Ella Fitzgerald

  Wednesday, May 10, 2017
— English Professor Dr. Ivan Rodden and three students, Brittney Banks, Victoria Carrico and Kris Summerson, have published an anthology of prose and poetry to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ella Fitzgerald. The book, Ella @ 100, is a ...

Sheri Shuck-Hall Named Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year

  Monday, May 08, 2017
— Dr. Sheri Shuck-Hall, associate professor of history and director of the Public History Center (PHC) at Christopher Newport, is a recipient of one of only two Outstanding American History Teacher of the Year Awards given by the National Society ...

Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and CNU Announce Partnership

  Tuesday, May 02, 2017
  Pre-Law
— The Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and Christopher Newport have announced a new dual-degree program to help students expedite their law school education. Students participating in the new “3+3 program” ...

Christopher Newport Announces Fulbright Scholarship Winners for the 2016-17 Academic Year

  Tuesday, April 25, 2017
— Two Christopher Newport students, Brook Byrd, a senior physics major, and Nathan Siemenski, a senior English and political science double-major, were named Fulbright Scholarship winners, making this the first year CNU has had multiple ...

AT&T To Support Freshman Student Success Initiative

  Friday, April 21, 2017
— On Friday, April 21, Christopher Newport University announced a $35,000 grant from AT&T to enable the expansion of a major student success initiative designed to help freshmen graduate on time. Vince Apruzzese, regional vice president for ...

On the Road to NYU

  Friday, April 14, 2017
— Senior Gracie DeSantis is one of only 100 applicants selected for admission to New York University's Center for Publishing, one of the top publishing graduate programs in the U.S. DeSantis chose NYU because it "is located in the Mecca of the ...

White Named Distinguished Lecturer by Leading Historical Society

  Friday, April 14, 2017
— Dr. Jonathan White, Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership and American Studies, has been appointed a distinguished lecturer by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The lecturers are academics from leading colleges and ...

Danielle Ward-Griffin Awarded Virgil Thomson Fellowship

  Tuesday, April 04, 2017
— Dr. Danielle Ward-Griffin, Assistant Professor of Music, has been awarded the Virgil Thomson Fellowship from the Society for American Music for “Exporting Menotti: Maria Golovín at the Brussels World Fair.” The ...

Lynn Lambert Honored as Open Source Software Leader

  Friday, March 31, 2017
— Dr. Lynn Lambert, Associate Professor of Computer Science, is one of 21 higher education instructors recognized by Red Hat for their continuing efforts to incorporate open source philosophies, methods and tools into their academic work. Red Hat ...

Students Brew Up Winning Recipe With Local Craft Beer Maker

  Monday, March 06, 2017
— When Tradition Brewing needed help increasing brand awareness in the crowded craft beer market, the fledgling company turned to Dr. Lisa Spiller and students in her Integrated Marketing Communications class. Marti Caldwell, Tradition’s ...

White Publishes Book on Dreams During the Civil War

  Thursday, March 02, 2017
— Dr. Jonathan W. White, associate professor of American studies, has published Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams during the Civil War. This unique history explores what nighttime was like for soldiers, slaves and civilians during ...

Senior Wins Social Work Student of the Year Award

  Monday, February 27, 2017
— The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Virginia Chapter has awarded Christopher Newport University senior Abbey Yoder the 2017 Bachelor’s in Social Work Student of the Year Award. Yoder was recognized for her outstanding ...

Donaldson Publishes Book on Systems Thinking in Management

  Monday, February 20, 2017
— Dr. Willy Donaldson, assistant professor of management, is the author of Simple_Complexity: A Management Book for the Rest of Us: A Guide to Systems Thinking. In the book, Donaldson applies the concepts of systems thinking to business ...

Padilla Publishes Book on Alfred Hitchcock's Classical Influences

  Thursday, February 16, 2017
— Dr. Mark Padilla, Distinguished Professor of Classics, has published Classical Myth in Four Films of Alfred Hitchcock, an original study of Hitchcock that considers how the filmmaker's classics-informed London upbringing marks some of his films. ...

New Pre-Law Program Adviser Named

  Thursday, February 16, 2017
— Dr. Michelle Kundmueller, Assistant Professor of American Studies, is the new adviser for Christopher Newport's Pre-Law Program. Kundmueller attended law school at the University of Notre Dame and then practiced law in Chicago for five years. In ...

'Oyster Pointer' Establishes New Marketing Scholarship

  Friday, February 10, 2017
— Captain and marketing major Makenzie Fancher is the first recipient of the new Oyster Pointer Outstanding Marketing Student Annual Scholarship. “It's a humbling experience to be the inaugural winner of this scholarship. I aim to make a ...

Captaining the Family Business

  Friday, January 27, 2017
— Full-time student and full-time employee are two ways to describe senior Mark “Alex” Johnson. Johnson, a management major, splits his time between Christopher Newport and the family business, Shawnee Canning Company, in Cross ...

Accounting Majors to Provide Free Tax Services

  Wednesday, January 18, 2017
— Christopher Newport University's Luter School of Business students will prepare and e-file tax returns this year. The free service is geared toward low-to-moderate income taxpayers, and returns will be prepared by accounting majors certified by ...

Dr. Kenneth Rose Publishes Book on Religious Contemplative Practices

  Monday, December 19, 2016
— Dr. Kenneth Rose, Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, is the author of Yoga, Meditation, and Mysticism: Contemplative Universals and Meditative Landmarks, which explores contemplative practice and experience across religious ...

Reimer Elected Honor Society Vice President

  Wednesday, November 09, 2016
— Dr. Mark U. Reimer, George and Mary Torggler Distinguished Professor of Music, has been elected vice president of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society. Founded in 1916, Pi Kappa Lambda recognizes and encourages musical achievement ...

Office of Teacher Preparation Awarded Virginia Department of Education Grant

  Wednesday, October 26, 2016
— Dr. Marsha Sprague, Professor of English and Director of the Office of Teacher Preparation, was awarded a grant from the Virginia Department of Education to continue CNU’s clinical faculty program in partnership with Newport News Public ...

Philosophy Alum to Publish Paper

  Friday, October 21, 2016
— Jacqueline Thornley ’13 will have her senior seminar paper in philosophy published by Dialogue, the journal of Phi Sigma Tau, the international philosophy honor society. Her article is titled, “More Than We Can Chew: The True ...

The Intersection of Theater and the Sciences

  Thursday, October 20, 2016
— Christopher Newport’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences prepared Danielle Hartman ’07 to explore her passions in unique ways. A member of the Honors Program, Hartman double-majored in English, with a writing ...

Happier Students are More Engaged Students

  Thursday, October 20, 2016
— Traditionally, when it comes to mental health, there’s a tendency to focus on problems like anxiety and depression, and interventions are designed to eliminate the symptoms and fix the problems. The underlying assumption is that if ...

Alumni Society Award – Dr. Andrew Falk

  Thursday, October 20, 2016
— Collaboration with students motivates and inspires Dr. Andrew Falk’s teaching and scholarship. “I look at teaching and mentoring as very collaborative,” he explains of his approach. “Teaching is often ...

Captains Spotlight: Ben Watkins

  Thursday, October 20, 2016
— During his days playing hoops for Christopher Newport, Ben Watkins ’16 contributed to the Captains’ success as both a player and a student assistant coach. He assumed the latter role from 2013–15 while working his ...

A Passion for Politics

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— Late this summer Carolina Hurley (’14) began serving as director of television for the Republican National Committee (RNC). In this role she pitches RNC staff, surrogates and content to TV producers, reporters and anchors to garner ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: On Study Abroad

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— Studying abroad helped me gain a greater understanding of the natural world and different cultures. Circling the globe, swimming with whales, researching coral health on the Tahitian reefs and trekking 100-plus miles across the rugged Yukon ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: On Service

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— Ever since I was little, I have been serving others. An outreach program called Reaching Our City Kids here in Newport News shaped my views on service. My mother was director of the program, and my brother, sister and I worked by her side. It was ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: On Internships

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— If you looked back at photos of my childhood, you would find few pictures in which I wasn’t wearing a hat. Little did anyone know, my favorite accessory reflected my developing personality in more ways than one. A hat is the finishing ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: Research

  Wednesday, October 19, 2016
— As an art history major, it is important to have experience working or interning in the field before graduating. As I was considering options, one of my professors, Dr. Liz Moran, asked me if I was interested in being a research assistant with ...

Professors Awarded Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Grant

  Wednesday, September 07, 2016
— Professors Diana Obeid and Hussam Timani were awarded a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to hold a one-day symposium on the Middle East on October 29, 2016 at Christopher Newport University. The purpose of the program, which ...

Moran Publishes Book on Aztec Food and Ritual Practice

  Tuesday, September 06, 2016
— Dr. Liz Moran, Associate Professor of art history, has published Sacred Consumption: Food and Ritual in Aztec Art and Culture, a book that analyzes how foods were transformed into sacred elements within particular Aztec rituals, and how food in ...

Christopher Newport Named a Model of Excellence by 'University Business' Magazine

  Friday, August 12, 2016
— Christopher Newport University is one of nine colleges and universities nationwide being honored by University Businessmagazine in its Summer 2016 Models of Excellence program, which recognizes innovative approaches to encouraging and ...

Sociology Professor Pens Text on Prohibition in the South

  Thursday, May 26, 2016
— Dr. Michael Lewis, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology (SSWA), has published The Coming of Southern Prohibition, an examination of the rise and fall of South Carolina’s ...

PCSE Student Chosen for Summer Research Program at CERN

  Tuesday, May 03, 2016
— Junior physics major Mitchell Kerver has been selected for an undergraduate research fellowship at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) this summer in Geneva. CERN is one of the ...

Cusher Wins $20K National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

  Friday, April 29, 2016
— Dr. Brent Cusher, assistant professor in the Department of Leadership and American Studies, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop a new course called The Promises and Perils of Ambition. ...

Professor Patricia D. Hopkins Receives Sankofa Award

  Friday, April 22, 2016
— Associate Professor of English and Director of African-American Studies Dr. Patricia D. Hopkins has received a​ 2016 Sankofa Award​ ​from CNU’s Student Diversity and Equality ...

Filetti Wins Annual College English Association Prize

  Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  English
— Dr. Jean Filetti, Professor and Chair of the English Department has won the Robert A. Miller Memorial Prize for best article published by the College English Association in its journal CEA Critic. The CEA is a ...

Rising Senior Brook Byrd Named Goldwater Scholar

  Tuesday, April 05, 2016
— Applied physics major Brook Byrd has been awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, widely considered the most prestigious award bestowed on undergraduates studying the sciences and engineering. Byrd is the first student in the history of ...

Skees Wins VMFA Fellowship

  Wednesday, February 17, 2016
— Kristin Skees, lecturer in the Department of Fine Art and Art History, has been awarded an $8,000 fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, which recognizes artists in the commonwealth for their exceptional ...

Partners in Transformation

  Monday, February 01, 2016
— Since its founding in 1999, TowneBank has actively supported the University – from creating the Spirit of Excellence Scholarship for Luter School of Business students to supporting Captains athletics and partnering with Christopher ...

The Systems Thinker

  Monday, February 01, 2016
— Although it was just six years ago that Dr. Willy Donaldson first stood in front of a Christopher Newport classroom, he has been a fixture in the local business community for more than 30 years. He’s been CEO of eight companies and run ...

Vachris Co-Authors Book Tying Together Economics, Literature

  Friday, January 15, 2016
— Economics Professor Dr. Michelle Vachris co-wrote Pride and Profit, a text describing the links between British writer Jane Austen’s work and that of economist Adam Smith, both of whom revealed much about culture and ...

CNU Among Kiplinger's Best Values

  Thursday, December 17, 2015
— Christopher Newport has been named once again to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s lists of the Top 100 Best Public Colleges of 2016 and the Top 300 Best College Values out of 1200 public and private ...

Christopher Newport and Riverside Announce Performing Arts Medicine Partnership

  Monday, November 16, 2015
— Christopher Newport University and Riverside Health System are pleased to announce a new collaboration between Riverside’s Performing Arts Medicine Program and CNU’s performing arts academic programs ...

Professor Rebecca Wheeler Receives Fulbright Award

  Thursday, October 08, 2015
— The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced that Dr. Rebecca Wheeler has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Tajikistan in teaching English as a foreign language. Wheeler will serve ...

Alumni Society Award – Dr. Linda Waldron

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— “I came here during a time when there were a lot of curriculum changes,” she says, recalling her role in developing new courses. “This forces you to constantly seek feedback from your students. That’s how I ...

Mastery Through Mentorship

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— The two psychology professors have seen a lot and been a part of countless undergraduate lives, teaching and training students in a wide array of courses and research methods. Their latest endeavor combines all that experience with a crucial ...

The Language of Family

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— As one often hears, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Just ask Judy Montgomery Hicks. Her passion for all things German inspired her teaching of the language at various Virginia schools, including Denbigh High in Newport News ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: On Honor

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— I still remember the nerves I felt sitting in the Community of Scholars Convocation, the freshman welcome ceremony. I recall intently watching the faculty members adorned in academic regalia as they filed into the hall, wondering which ones I ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: On Service

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— My parents always enforced the value and necessity of helping others. From a young age I not only enjoyed service but felt I could make an impact. When I heard about the Bonner Service Scholars Program, I had found my way. Launched in 1989 at ...

A Captain's Viewpoint: On Leadership

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— As a 17-year-old boy in the rural town of Hardyville, Virginia, I viewed my capacity to change the world in a limited light. Although I was intrigued by international diplomacy and history, the world outside of small-town baseball, roaming the ...

Captains Spotlight: Jerry Brown

  Tuesday, September 01, 2015
— A four-year member of the Captains football team from Emporia, Jerry Brown (’15) attended Greensville County High School where he played his sport of choice. Named team MVP his senior year there, he graduated salutatorian of his ...

Dr. George H. Ebbs Named Dean of Luter School of Business

  Monday, June 15, 2015
— Christopher Newport University is pleased to announce that Dr. George H. Ebbs, former president of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and former dean of the College of Business at Bloomsburg University, has been named Dean of the Joseph W. ...

Luter School of Business Maintains AACSB Accreditation

  Tuesday, February 24, 2015
— CNU’s Luter School of Business has successfully earned re-affirmation of its business accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. AACSB ...
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