About Rachel Leingang

Rachel is a Masters student at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School with over eight years of journalism experience. She's written investigative stories on post-9/11 veterans and immigration reform, but also loves to write about everyday life, from craft beer to arts and culture.

Appalachian State University students delve into sustainability program in Malawi

Malawi Map

Now in its third year, Appalachian State University's Sustainable Development and Social Entrepreneurship in Malawi study abroad program helps participants to expand their worldview. "Sending students to Malawi opens their eyes to a reality that can seem distant and far too strange to relate to when seen in a news story or a documentary," said Meredith Church, the International Programs Coordinator for the Walker College of Business at ASU. "Meeting people face to face, seeing the hills and fields firsthand, diving in to a project with a community on the other side of … [Read more...]

American Public University System breaks ground on West Virginia community projects

West Virginia

Earlier this month, the American Public University System (APUS) celebrated the start of a $100 million project aimed at community revitalization for the communities of Charles Town and Ranson, West Virginia. APUS includes both American Military University (AMU) and American Public University, and the system provides distance learning programs for more than 100,000 students around the world. APUS has more than 90 online courses of study, including national security, military studies and business administration. Its programs are exclusively online and approximately 58 … [Read more...]

Agnes Scott College initiatives target women in business

Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2012.

As part of a long standing initiative to create more opportunities for women, Agnes Scott College recently developed a degree program for business management at its Decatur, Georgia, campus. These initiatives began three years ago with the Bridge to Business program (now called Women's Bridge to Business), a three-week summer course at Georgia Tech that introduces female participants to a potential Master's in Business Administration. "They get a chance to meet with women CEOs and work on their soft skills," said Dr. Carolyn Stefanco, vice president of academic … [Read more...]

Davis & Elkins College launches student-run coffee shop

Frank Cottrill, a Davis & Elkins College senior from Parkersburg, WV, serves as manager of Beta Bean Café. The kiosk, located inside Booth Library, serves hot and cold coffee drinks, tea and pastries. The business opened earlier this month in response to students’ request for a campus coffee shop.

A business fraternity at a small college in West Virginia had a pioneering idea: a student-run coffee shop to serve the campus and provide hands-on experience for the organization's members. Davis & Elkins College's Phi Beta Lambda chapter set the plan for a cafe in the campus library into motion over a year ago. But the process to open Beta Bean Cafe wasn't simple. "There were several obstacles on top of the usual steps," said Frank Cottrill, Phi Beta Lambda president and manager of the cafe. "I had to work in conjunction with the administration, library staff, … [Read more...]

Otterbein University awarded grant to fund STEM scholars

Grants

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Otterbein University to fund a scholarship program for students in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). At Otterbein University, the program will specifically help needy Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Physics students. The $629,000 grant will continue the Cardinal Science Scholar Program at Otterbein, a private Christian college in Westerville, Ohio. The program sets up scholarship recipients with a mentor, provides a separate orientation, and includes field trips … [Read more...]

Dillard University adds diversity to its student body

Brazil & U.S. Flag

Students at Dillard University, a small, historically Black university in New Orleans, welcomed a new crop of scholars this year from an unlikely place: Brazil. As part of an agreement between the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Alliance and the government of Brazil, Dillard was one of the first universities to receive students from a competitive scholarship program, the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. President Obama and Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, agreed to a study abroad program for more than 100,000 Brazilian students. So far, an estimated … [Read more...]