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Academic Distinction

There are wonderful things happening in – and out – of Malone University classrooms.

Students are discovering connections between their fields of study and "real life" through opportunities such as the Student Research Symposium, in which both graduate and undergraduate students in every discipline– voluntarily, joyfully – conducted their own research projects (in partnership with a faculty mentor) on subjects that were meaningful to them.

Joy Moroney Harris Projects like the one social work major Joy Harris '13 (pictured left) saw through: an intern with Harbor Light Hospice Agency, Harris explored animal-assisted therapy at the end of life in nursing facilities.

She also partnered with Hanna Haver '13 to see if using music could either help relax or stimulate elderly patients who have dementia.

"I learned so much from these projects, and through my internship," says Harris, who landed a full-time job at Goodwill as a vocational evaluator just days after graduating summa cum laude.

Last year, Marissa Geib '12, a biology and political science major who was interning in Washington D.C. with the U.S.D.A.'s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, did research that took her right into the heart of one of the most challenging political and economic issues in contemporary America: immigration reform and agriculture. Geib examined the interdependencies of America's food supply and immigration reform and presented her research at the symposium.

Students are afforded many other opportunities unique to Malone from their freshmen through senior years. For example, first year students in teacher education and nursing can observe in public school classrooms and hospitals from the beginning to get a taste of their future. Some teacher ed courses are actually taught within the walls of suburban, rural, and urban elementary schools by a Malone professor.

In senior seminar courses, student focus on meaty subjects taught by renowned professors – such as "Lessons from the Holocaust," "Work and Vocation," and "Intimacy: Creating Human Connection Within Community."

And Malone's Honors Program invites intellectually gifted and highly motivated students to a community of learning that especially challenges them to critical and creative thinking and interactive learning as well as trains them in scholarship and leadership.

Business students compete nationally through Enactus, an international non-profit organization that works with business leaders and higher education to mobilize students to use their entrepreneurial action to transform lives. Students get to make presentations to Fortune 500 leaders - and at Malone, Enactus students have received grants for the last several years to help small businesses and individuals. (Read about just one!)

Both marketing and public relations students regularly volunteer their skills with nonprofits - providing benefits to both the students and the organizations.

And last year, our  student athletes' "Academic Success Rating" was the highest score in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC).

Malone University is nationally recognized as one of the best universities in the Midwest by the U.S. News & World Report.

Your gifts help us continue that great work so that we become known as a University of Distinction around the world!