Around the industry: Chicago State president to leave post after 9 months

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  • California: University of Southern California (USC) alumna Suzanne Dworak-Peck has donated $60 million to the USC School of Social Work, the largest donation from an individual to a social work school. The school will be renamed after Dworack-Peck (Xia, Los Angeles Times, 9/14). 
  • Illinois: Chicago State University President Thomas Calhoun's resignation was accepted by trustees last week, after Calhoun had been in seat only nine months. Students, faculty, and staff attended the trustee meeting and loudly protested the board's decision; more than 100 faculty member had signed a letter supporting Calhoun a few days prior to the meeting. As part of the separation agreement, Calhoun will receive $600,000. University trustees named Cecil Lucy, VP for administration and finance, as interim president (Rhodes, Chicago Tribune, 9/16).
  • Michigan: Michigan State University is using a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop mobile technology that can identify and help treat depression and anxiety. With sensors inside smartphone and wristbands, the technology will measure students' indicators of depression and offer guidance for managing symptoms, as well as identify the most at-risk students (DeNardi, MeriTalk, 9/13). 

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