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2009 August 10 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Ala. Board Sticks by Doctorate Requirement for New Chancellor

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The State Board of Education is sticking by its requirement for the next chancellor of Alabama’s two-year college system to have an earned doctorate from an accredited college or university.

The board enacted that requirement June 25. Gov. Bob Riley told the board that the requirement could eliminate some good candidates. He urged the board to say a doctorate is preferred but not required.

The board split 4-4 on Riley’s requested change. The tie vote means a doctorate is still required.

The board is looking for a replacement for Bradley Byrne, who had a law degree but no doctorate. Riley told the board that he does not have a candidate in mind to replace Byrne, who resigned to run for governor.

  • Jindal Adjusts Membership of Louisiana College Review Panel

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal has tweaked the membership of a panel that will look at ways to revamp Louisiana’s public college systems.

Jindal announced he’s made two new appointments to the nine-member Postsecondary Education Review Commission. Those appointments are New Orleans businessman David Voelker and James Wharton, a former LSU chancellor and chemistry professor.

The governor’s spokesman says the chairmen of the four public university systems will serve as nonvoting, ex officio members of the commission.

Jindal initially had picked the chairs of the LSU and Southern University systems as his two appointees. That decision raised concerns from leaders at the University of Louisiana and Louisiana Community and Technical College systems, who expressed concerns about being left out.

The commission will consider ways to shrink spending at college campuses. Its first meeting is planned for Aug. 10.

  • Wash. College Student Says Sex Harasser Kept His Job

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) — A student at Lake Washington Technical College has filed a $300,000 claim against the state, saying her professor was allowed to keep his job even after the school substantiated her complaint of sexual harassment.

Taryn Woolworth says that while the professor, Bob Mandy, got two written reprimands and was told to take a one-day training course, she was unable to continue taking classes with her fellow students. She was assigned one-on-one to another professor.

She filed the harassment complaint in March, saying Mandy, a married father, had repeatedly flirted with her and sent her hundreds of text messages and e-mails, many of them after she told him to stop. Some of his e-mails apologized for his inappropriate behavior and begged her to write him back.

School spokeswoman Regine Adams says the school followed its policies and its collective bargaining agreement in punishing Mandy.

Lake Washington Tech is a state school in Kirkland with about 5,500 students.

  • Ivy Tech Offers Free Energy Training to Contractors

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ivy Tech Community College and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority are offering free training to contractors who want to work with an energy conservation program.

Officials say the training will help contractors learn about weatherization and energy conservation techniques they can use in people’s homes.

Contractors who complete the training will be eligible to do work through the Home Energy Conservation Program. That federal program aims to reduce heating and cooling costs for low-income families, the elderly, people with disabilities and families with children.

Ivy Tech officials say the training will provide job opportunities to more Indiana workers while helping others become more energy conscious.

  • Miss. College Sees Boost in Summer School Enrollment

SCOOBA, Miss. (AP) — Summer enrollment at East Mississippi Community College is up by 33.5 percent — an increase of more than a third over last summer. Final registration numbers show a total of 2,310 students enrolled in one of two summer sessions, May 27 to June 26, and July 7 to Aug. 6.

Of the 2,310 students registered for summer sessions, 1,557 chose classes at EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus in Mayhew. At the Columbus Air Force Base branch, 272 students registered.

In the southern end of EMCC’s district, 427 students enrolled at the Scooba campus, and 54 at the Naval Air Station Meridian branch.

The first day of fall classes is Aug. 17.

  • Denver-Area College Enrollment Up By 26 Percent

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Fall enrollment in northern Colorado’s Front Range Community College system is running about 26 percent higher than last year.

Andrew Dorsey, president of the system, says enrollment at the Westminster campus in suburban Denver is up about 40 percent. The Larimer County campus in Fort Collins, where space is more limited, has seen an increase of about 16 percent.

Front Range had about 8,600 students last year.

The college has locations in Longmont and Brighton in addition to Westminster and Fort Collins.

  • Eligible Vets Can Attend Mont. Colleges Tuition-Free

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Eight Montana colleges and universities are participating in a program with the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow veterans participating in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program to attend college for free.

Under the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, an institution can contribute up to 50 percent of tuition expenses, and VA will match that amount.

The VA says Montana State University in Bozeman will provide $6,100 for undergraduates and $6,600 for graduate students per year, with a limit of 100 students.

The University of Montana in Missoula will contribute $6,180 for 25 students.

MSU-Billings will pay $2,100 for eight students.

The University of Great Falls will provide $10,000 for an unlimited number of students.

Carroll College in Helena will donate $8,562 for an unlimited number of students.

And Miles Community College will provide $500 for one student.

  • Arkansas College Trustees Favor Consolidation

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Trustees of NorthWest Arkansas Community College are considering a centralized Washington County campus.

The college offers classes in five locations. Trustee said that buying, building or leasing a single facility, probably in Springdale, to consolidate operations and provide space for growth makes sense.

Rodney Showalter, vice president for finance, said the $347,000 paid annually in rent won’t cover the estimated $8 million in construction costs that the college would need to consolidate.

The existing Washington County facilities mostly offer basic classes such as math and English. The lease on rented space in the Washington County Center in Springdale runs through 2014.

  • Accreditation Stripped from Alabama Nursing Program

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Chattahoochee Valley Community College has lost the accreditation for its nursing program.

College president Laurel Blackwell notified the Alabama Community College System of the action last month.

The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission withdrew accreditation because too few of the program’s faculty had master’s degrees and there was not an acceptable evaluation plan to determine outcomes for the students.

There were 116 students enrolled in the college’s nursing program. College officials say they are working to ensure that they are able to graduate from a fully accredited program.

Interim Chancellor Joan Davis said those students might be sent to any of the system’s 19 other accredited nursing programs.

  • Feds Give Millions for Native Hawaiian Education

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education has awarded more than $6 million to improve the educational prospects of Native Hawaiian students.

Close to $2 million will go to the Kapiolani Community College to renovate facilities, including the Malama Hawaii Center. The college will also receive $692,000 to strengthen support services and diversity curriculum.

The University of Hawaii-Hilo will receive more than $1.7 million to expand the Native Hawaiian Student Center.

And Chaminade University will receive $2 million for improvements for its communications program, including infrastructure and information technology improvements.

  • Las Vegas School Features Geothermal Cooling System

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The new Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas features a geothermal system of 180 wells that cool the building.

The wells, buried 400 feet deep, used a closed-loop system that sends hot water beneath the Earth’s surface to be cooled.

Paul Gerner, the associate superintendent of facilities for the Clark County School District, says while the system requires digging a hole in the Earth there are savings on electricity from not having to build the infrastructure for a conventional air-conditional system.

The Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy focuses on vocational training for public service jobs like law enforcement, emergency medical technicians and forensics. The school also has a crime scene lab.

  • ND College Alum Donates $1M to Science College For Scholarships

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — An alumnus of the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton has donated $1 million to the school.

The gift from the late Wilbur Lunday and his late wife, Betty, is among the largest in the two-year college’s 106-year history. It will go for athletic scholarships and other uses.

Wilbur Lunday graduated from what is now the College of Science in 1927. He and his father later started a California-based business that makes asphalt products.

College President John Richman called the $1 million donation “an extraordinary act of generosity.”

School officials said news of the gift arrived a year and a half after Lunday’s death.

Kim Nelson, the donor development manager at Science, met Lunday about six years ago.

She said he was a modest man who believed the Wahpeton school was a good fit and offered a quality education.

  • Audit Results in Suspension of Head of SC Tech College

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — The president of a South Carolina technical college has been suspended after an audit.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported that Denmark Technical College President John Waddell has been suspended without pay.

The audit has been turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Denmark Tech Area Commission Chairman James Hayes says the state audit was requested last month because commissioners were concerned about some things they heard.

State tech board spokeswoman Kelly Steinhilper says the audit found some administrative irregularities. She would not elaborate.

Waddell has been president since 2007.

Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Vice President of Academic Affairs Walter Tobin Jr. is taking over as acting president.

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