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Professor Wins Grant for Colonial America Education Project

  Wednesday, September 04, 2019
— Professor Lisa Heuvel is part of a team of educators awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant for a teacher institute focused on the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival and the complex legacy of the Plymouth ...

Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch Awarded Inaugural Walker Endowed Professorship in American Studies

  Tuesday, September 03, 2019
— Dr. Elizabeth Kaufer Busch, a prominent scholar in the field of civic education, has been named the inaugural holder of the Laura and Pete Walker Endowed Professorship in American studies. Busch is co-director of the Center for American Studies ...

Leadership Studies Minor Wins Major Award

  Monday, July 22, 2019
— Christopher Newport University’s minor in leadership studies – a program one of its faculty describes as “winged with hope” – was honored with the Outstanding Program Award from the Association of ...

MAT Graduate Named York County Teacher of the Year

  Monday, June 10, 2019
— Mandy Rocamontes Poe (‘11, ‘12) knew from the moment she stepped on Christopher Newport’s campus that it was the place she wanted to pursue her teaching career. The Virginia Beach native graduated with her ...

Freshmen Excel at National Leadership Conference

  Thursday, April 25, 2019
— Four Christopher Newport University freshmen presented research at a national leadership conference, earning praise with their creative thinking about how leadership is defined and carried out. The students joined about 300 other students from ...

Students Learn the Meaning of Inside-Out Leadership at U.S. Naval Academy

  Tuesday, February 05, 2019
— From seeing military leaders in action to learning more about their own leadership potential, four Christopher Newport students brought home lasting lessons from the U.S. Naval Academy Leadership Conference. The students, accompanied by Dr. Sean ...

In New Book, Professor Contends Bureaucracy is Transforming Law on Sexual Assault and Discrimination

  Monday, January 14, 2019
— The 37 words in Title IX that prohibit sex discrimination at schools and colleges receiving federal funding have been transformed by a “discretionary bureaucracy” into hundreds of legal requirements, according to a new and ...

CNU Establishes New Leadership Studies Partnership With University of Virginia

  Thursday, January 10, 2019
— To boost graduating students who want to continue their education, Christopher Newport University has forged a new admissions partnership with the University of Virginia’s renowned Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public ...

Dr. Jon White Takes Leadership Roles With Three Major Lincoln Organizations

  Monday, December 03, 2018
— Dr. Jonathan W. White, associate professor of American studies, is emerging as one of the nation’s foremost scholars on the life of Abraham Lincoln and has now assumed leadership positions with the three major organizations dedicated to ...

CNU Students Win International Leadership Association Competition

  Tuesday, November 06, 2018
— A team of Christopher Newport students won first place in the 2018 International Leadership Association (ILA) Global Conference case study competition, defeating teams from across the nation. The ILA is the largest worldwide community committed ...

From CNU to the NFL

  Wednesday, September 05, 2018
— For James Hardy ‘03, the path to joining the staff of the New England Patriots began not on the playing field, but in the classroom. “I didn’t play any sports at CNU,” he explains. “The football ...

A Family Tradition

  Friday, June 22, 2018
— While some college students spend their summers working local jobs, others prepare to make a difference on a larger scale - like junior Meg Copenhaver, who spent a portion of her summer jumping out of airplanes. An Army Reserve Officer Training ...

Brent Cusher Co-Edits Leadership Volume

  Monday, May 14, 2018
— Dr. Brent Cusher, associate professor in the Department of Leadership and American Studies, is the co-editor of Leadership and the Unmasking Authenticity: The Philosophy of Self-Knowledge and Deception, along with Dr. Mark Menaldo of Texas ...

Senior Wins Social Work Student of the Year Award

  Wednesday, April 25, 2018
— The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Virginia chapter has awarded Christopher Newport senior Marianna Ferguson the 2018 Bachelor’s in Social Work Student of the Year Award. Ferguson earned the award thanks to her ...

White Co-Authors Book on USS Monitor

  Wednesday, March 21, 2018
— Dr. Jonathan W. White, associate professor of American studies, has co-authored Our Little Monitor with Anna Gibson Holloway, former curator of the USS Monitor Center in Newport News. Through archaeological and archival materials, the book ...

Alumni Profile: Courtney Duquette

  Monday, January 29, 2018
— Duquette’s advancement in the computer science field is significant not just for her impressive skills, but also in light of the statistical odds against her. In 2015, a survey done by The Huffington Post reported that women held only ...

Students Attend International Leadership Association Conference

  Monday, January 22, 2018
— A group of 11 Christopher Newport students pursuing minors in leadership studies recently traveled to Brussels for the International Leadership Association (ILA) annual conference. Leadership scholars and students from around the world attend and ...

ROTC Cadet is Army's First Fourth-Generation Paratrooper

  Thursday, August 17, 2017
— Service members wearing olive-green helmets with black numbers and letters on it line up on several steps as they wait their turn to practice landing techniques after jumping out of an airplane. In the crowd, one Army Reserve Officer Training ...

Heart of a Healer

  Monday, July 17, 2017
— Veterinary care provides unique challenges, given the ways an animal’s body responds differently to ailments compared to humans. Yet these are challenges Justin Hansford ’16 feels equipped to conquer at the Virginia-Maryland ...

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 ...

Island Biology

  Tuesday, May 16, 2017
— I first heard about the island biology and experimental design study abroad experience from some friends who had taken the class. They told me it was a perfect opportunity to explore an island, do research and learn several skills along the way. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Harter Authors Study of Foucault and Leadership

  Tuesday, December 06, 2016
— Nathan Harter published Foucault on Leadership: The Leader as Subject, an examination of French philosopher Michel Foucault's insights on leader development, most importantly that a leader must first become a subject – an autonomous ...

Jonathan White Named to Nau Center Board

  Friday, October 21, 2016
— Dr. Jonathan White, Associate Professor of American studies, has been named to the Board of Directors of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. The Center was recently established to promote scholarship, ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...
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