Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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Bates Board of Trustees elect officers for coming year

.. the Bates Technical College Board of Trustees elected Mike Grunwald as board chair and Karen Seinfeld as vice chair for the 2011–2012 academic year.

The Suburban Times, July 27, 2011



Don't look to Clark College, its foundation to help finance Bears baseball stadium

Donors intend most money for school programs, scholarships

The Columbian, July 29, 2011



Advocate for women bequeaths nursing scholarship
Leah Hawkinson died with one regret: She never fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.  Instead, she  worked cleaning houses and raised five children, two of whom became nurses themselves.  Hawkinson died earlier this month at 95, but her love of nursing will be carried on by an endowment to the nursing program at Skagit Valley College. Hawkinson’s will specified that a portion of her estate go toward “something that would support young women.”  About $30,000 will be placed into the Leah G. Hawkinson Nursing Scholarship.
Skagit Valley Herald, July 30, 2011


Bugs in our backyard /Washougal man, a prolific amateur collector, is an expert on Clark County species

Craig Sondergaard … is one of the most impressive amateur naturalists in the county, according to his former Clark College professor, Jim Campbell.

The Columbian, July 30, 2011



SLIDESHOW: SSCC math & engineering professor goes for the ride of her life aboard the Blue Angels

Heidi Lyman, a math & engineering professor from South Seattle Community College got to go on the ride of her life aboard the number 7 jet of the USN Blue Angels on August 1.

West Seattle Herald, August 1, 2011



Bellingham astronomer studying the edge of our solar system for New Horizons space probe

Research by Alex Parker of Bellingham could shed light on how our solar system developed. Not bad for a 24-year-old fresh out of school. Parker recently finished his doctoral work in astronomy at the University of Victoria, B.C., and landed a research job at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. … He aced his Running Start classes at Whatcom Community College, then studied physics and astronomy at the University of Washington.

The Bellingham Herald, August 1, 2011



Centralia College Builds New Natural Outdoor Learning Center and ‘Central Park’

A project more than two years in the making turned another page Monday when construction equipment once again came to life on the Centralia College campus to continue creating an outdoor learning center along and around China Creek

Centralia Chronicle, August 2, 2011





Va. Community Colleges Dive Headfirst Into Remedial-Math Redesign
Other colleges struggling with developmental courses watch to see how well the new module-based curriculum will work.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 31, 2011


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Commentary: A Size That Fits All for the Science-and-Technology Pipeline
… So, given a steady supply, why do companies report difficulty in finding ideal workers? Listen carefully and it sounds as if the employers would like entry-level workers to have skills not typical of newly graduated students. Leading engineering companies seek technologists with a depth of skill in a technical area combined with a broad education across technical fields, business, and the social sciences. Colleges find it difficult to develop all of that in only four years. So the hiring difficulty may reflect problems with pedagogy, the structure of higher education, the unwillingness of some employers to train new workers, and a lack of collaboration between academe and industry. It does not, however, indicate a loss of student interest or a shrinking pool of science-and-engineering graduates.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 31, 2011



Texas Takes Steps to Streamline the Path to a College Degree
A new law requires students to file degree plans, focusing their studies early on. It also allows transfer students to earn two-year degrees retroactively. … Legislation signed into law this year will require all students to file degree plans after completing 45 semester hours of courses. Students who were tempted to wait out the recession by dabbling in a few more courses will have to convince advisers that all of the classes they're enrolling in count toward their degrees.


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Myths About Fair Use

Academics potentially enjoy some of the greatest benefits of U.S. copyright law’s doctrine of fair use — which lets them use copyrighted material without permission or payment, under some circumstances. Now if only they knew they did. Patricia Aufderheide reviews seven misconceptions held by many academics -- to the detriment of their teaching scholarship.

Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2011



Fields of Learning

Student farms are reaching new heights, and their supporters argue that this experiential learning is crucial at all colleges -- land-grant or otherwise

Inside Higher Ed, August 2, 2011






Pridemore says Senate seat his top priority

Vancouver Sen. Craig Pridemore said Monday it is highly unlikely he will run for anything except re-election to his current Senate seat

The Columbian, August 1, 2011



Liias joins crowded field vying for Inslee's seat

The Herald, August 2, 2011



Hobbs seeks seat in Congress: Jobs his number one priority

State Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, today announced he will seek [Sen. Jay Inslee’s] seat in Congress. He currently represents Everett, Mill Creek, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Marysville and unincorporated Snohomish County in the State Legislature. … Hobbs learned the value of education and hard work when he went to school while holding down a full time job. Hobbs earned his Associate’s degree from Everett Community College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington. In 2011, he received a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Washington Evan’s School.

Lake Stevens Journal, August 2, 2011





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