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2010 September 6 - 12:00 am

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  • Judge Retains Theft Charges Against Ala. College Officials

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Tuscaloosa has refused to dismiss charges against two former community college officials but says their trials won’t begin until at least December.

The two, 51-year-old former Shelton State Community College President Rick Rogers and the college’s former dean of business services, 48-year-old Karen Van Luvender, are charged with theft and theft by deception.

Both had asked Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge John England to dismiss their indictments for being too vague.

England ordered state prosecutors to file a more definite statement of the charges by Sept. 3, and stated in his ruling that the trial will not be until December or later.

Rogers’ attorneys said the charges stem from the costs associated with the construction and maintenance of his home.

  • Ivy Tech’s Snyder Awarded 3-Year Contract Extension

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Ivy Tech Community College board has extended the contract of school President Thomas Snyder by three years.

The contract extension runs through June 2014 for Snyder as leader of the college with 23 campuses across Indiana. The former president of Anderson-based Remy International Inc. became Ivy Tech’s top administrator in 2007 and had a contract that ran through June 2011. He will continue to be paid $300,000 a year.

Ivy Tech has seen its statewide enrollment explode over the past two school years, with its spring 2010 enrollment of nearly 120,000 students up almost 40 percent from the fall 2008 semester. Ivy Tech trustee Kaye Whitehead says Snyder’s leadership has been critical for the school and that it’s fortunate to keep him.

  • Former Teacher Pleads Guilty to Computer Theft

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A former teacher at Turtle Mountain Community College says he will plead guilty to stealing laptop computers from the school.

Martin Henry is charged in federal court with larceny. Authorities say he stole 17 laptops and computer repair kits while working in the college’s technology department.

The thefts allegedly occurred between February and July 2009. Prosecutors say the equipment was sold or pawned at various shops.

Henry faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

  • Ill. College Prez Who Resigned Is Reappointed

GODFREY, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois college has reappointed a president who resigned months ago over personal finances.

The board of Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey said that Dale Chapman has returned to the post.

Chapman had been the college’s president from 1992 until the end of May. That’s when he stepped down, saying he needed to access his retirement fund so he could settle federal taxes and property-related debts.

The school and Chapman left open the possibility of his return after his issues were resolved.

The board credits Chapman’s tenure with quadrupling the college’s enrollment to 13,500 students and overseeing more than $123 million on capital projects.

  • Survey Says More Teens Save for College

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Saving money to help pay for college is a priority for many teenagers today.

About 66 percent of the teens who responded to a survey TD Ameritrade paid for say they are saving for college. That’s up from last year, when 62 percent of teens in the survey said the same thing.

TD Ameritrade’s Stuart Rubinstein says teenagers might be more willing to help pay for college after seeing their families or friends struggle financially during the recent recession.

Infogroup conducted the phone survey of 772 adults and 363 teenagers in July for TD Ameritrade. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points for adults and plus or minus 5 percentage points for teens.

  • Kansas College, University Offer Dual Admission

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Transfer students from Butler Community College already make up one-fourth of the student body at Wichita’s Newman University.

Now, the two schools have adopted a dual admission policy designed to make it even easier for Butler students to transfer, and more affordable.

First-year students at Butler who sign up for dual admission will have an academic adviser at both schools, to make sure they get the classes they need to transfer to Newman.

Butler students with a 2.0 grade point average will be able to transfer to Newman and receive an annual scholarship of $3,000.

  • N.J. College Joins Ranks of Smoke-Free

CARNEYS POINT, N.J. (AP) — Salem Community College is the latest New Jersey campus to go tobacco-free.

Smoking or use of any tobacco product on college property will be prohibited. The new policy will applies to the college’s Carneys Point campus and all of its satellite facilities.

Salem is the sixth New Jersey community college to go smoke-free. Gloucester County College became the seventh on Sept. 1.

Salem’s nursing department plans to hold smoking cessation workshops for staff and students.

  • 1 in 4 Georgia Students Need Remediation

ATLANTA (AP) — One in four first-time freshmen entering the University System of Georgia require remedial classes.

Data released by the state Board of Regents meeting shows that more than 14,000 freshmen need help brushing up on math, English and reading before they begin college-level classes. The numbers are even more startling for two-year colleges: nearly 60 percent of students entering a Georgia community college need remedial classes.

University system officials say the program costs the state’s 35 colleges and universities $22.3 million each year. Needing remedial classes also delays students’ graduation and makes them much less likely to get a college diploma.

  • Neb. Schools Team Up for Nursing Program

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center has partnered with Northeast Community College for a new nursing program in Norfolk.

Courses at the new J. Paul and Eleanor McIntosh College of Nursing on Northeast’s campus will be offered starting this fall.

The college will offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from UNMC, as well as house Northeast’s two-year nursing program.

UNMC says the 43,747-square-foot nursing facility was paid for through a $11.9 million capital campaign.

  • 3 W.Va. Colleges Get Grants To Help Students

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three public colleges in West Virginia are getting federal grants to help low-income, first-generation or disabled students succeed.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded $368,173 to Bluefield State College, $354,116 to West Virginia Institute of Technology and $275,202 to Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

The grants will be used to provide support services such as tutoring and academic counseling.

  • $12 Million Tech Center Opening in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A $12 million career and technical education facility is opening on the Bismarck State College campus this month.

The 94,000-square-foot Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy will be used by the school district and the community college.

Every classroom has windows so people walking by can see what is happening. There also are 42 cameras in the building — some for security but most so people can see what’s happening in the classrooms via computer.

The classrooms themselves will be instructional tools, with such things as ductwork and pipes left exposed.

  • Miss. College Seeking More Adjuncts

RAYMOND, Miss. (AP) — Hinds Community College officials say a record enrollment has fueled the need for more adjunct instructors.

A week before classes start on Aug. 16, Hinds’ enrollment is up 13.2 percent over this time last year. The school broke the 12,000-credit student marker for the first time in 2009.

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