A summary listing of higher-ed-related news from around the nation
Michigan College Plans Veteran’s Resource Center
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lansing Community College plans a new Veteran’s Resource Center as part of an upcoming downtown campus renovation project.
The Lansing State Journal reports (http://on.lsj.com/1PRtxq2 ) the roughly $6 million project would turn a building LCC already owns into a space to accommodate LCC students who are military veterans. Plans call for completing the project by mid-2019.
LCC President Brent Knight says the proposal will expand the college’s robust offerings for veterans. He says: “Veterans have served our nation and we think we need to do all we might helping them prosper in civilian life.”
The college is an institutional partner in the Michigan Veterans Education Initiative, which aims to serve between 30,000 and 50,000 veterans returning to the state in the next five years.
Nearly 60K Tenn. Students Apply for Free Tuition
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For the second straight year, nearly 60,000 high school seniors have applied for Gov. Bill Haslam’s program that offers eligible seniors free tuition to a two-year community or technical college.
Haslam announced that 59,635 students had submitted applications before the application deadline.
In 2014, more than 58,000 students applied.
And according to the Tennessee Student Assistance Corp., 15,830 students from the graduating high school class of 2015 are using Tennessee Promise benefits this fall, which is the first year of implementation.
The Tennessee Promise is a key component of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential to 55 percent by the year 2025.
Brawl Gets Miss. College Barred From Playoffs
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — A brawl that cleared the East Mississippi Community College bench when it was ahead 48-0 has also barred the school from this year’s community and junior college state playoffs.
Jim Southward, commissioner of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, confirmed the postseason ban, The Commercial Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1Nuplu7) reported.
The brawl erupted shortly before halftime of the game between East Mississippi and Mississippi Delta Community College. Each player who left the bench area was suspended for two games, and so many players left East Mississippi’s bench that it cannot field a playoff team, Southward said.
Itawamba, which did not make last year’s playoffs, replaced East Mississippi.
East Mississippi won the last two National Junior College Athletic Association national championships.
Because the game was the season’s last for Delta, returning players will sit out next year’s first two games, with returning East Mississippi players out of the season opener.
About 10 minutes of fighting broke out on the Delta sidelines after a legal tackle of an East Mississippi player was followed with more physical contact.
The East Mississippi bench emptied. The field was marked with a series of skirmishes in which players threw punches at each other, at coaches, and at officials. Law enforcement and game administrators restored order.
College Soccer Coach Accused Of Assault
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A community college soccer coach is facing an assault charge.
WTOK-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1W89yZr ) a student and soccer player at Meridian Community College has accused coach Alex George in an affidavit.
“Those affidavits alleging simple assault by threat with one and actual physical simple assault on two others,” Lauderdale County Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun said.
Calhoun said the student claims George verbally threatened him, punched him the head and grabbed him by his throat and cursed at him.
This isn’t the first time George has faced an assault charge. In 2010, he was accused of assault for an altercation at the State Games. The disposition of that case was not immediately known.
George’s attorney, Bill Ready Jr., said he believes the student who filed the complaint has made false claims against his client. He said the student’s motivation appears to be vindictive toward the coach.
George has served as soccer coach at MCC since 2002. He’s won three regional championships during that time. He also serves at the girls’ soccer coach at West Lauderdale High School.
La. Colleges Partner for in Nurse Training
NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Northwestern State University and Delgado Community College in New Orleans are partnering in a new nursing program.
The schools signed a memorandum of understanding for a 2 + 2 program that will allow Delgado students who are pursuing an associate of science in nursing degree to complete the first two years of study there and transfer all credit hours to Northwestern State toward completion of a bachelor of science degree in nursing.
Administrators say the partnership is mutually beneficial for each school.
Former DuPage President Sues Over Ouster
GLEN ELLYN, Ill. (AP) — The ousted president of Illinois’ largest community college is suing the school’s Board of Trustees for wrongful termination.
Robert Breuder filed a federal lawsuit against the College of DuPage board and four trustees who approved a resolution to remove him. The board acted following an internal investigation that claimed to have found evidence of “misconduct and mismanagement.”
Breuder was dismissed about five months before he was scheduled to step down with a muchmaligned $763,000 severance package.
The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/krGVg ) the lawsuit claims board chairwoman Kathy Hamilton and her supporters ran a campaign to tarnish Breuder’s reputation while violating his constitutional rights.
The board issued a statement denying the lawsuit’s allegations and saying it will vigorously defend its case in court. Umpqua Community College seeks new interim president
Ore. College To House Airport Art Collection
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene Airport officials say the “flying people” on airport walls will temporarily be moved to Lane Community College so the airport’s $16.8 million expansion project can proceed.
The Eugene Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1XjS758 ) that the iconic art installation officially titled “Flight Patterns” will be displayed at the college’s David Joyce Gallery.
The artwork was created by the late LCC art instructor David Joyce. It features seven panels and more than 100 black-and-white photo cutouts of local people in flying poses.
Airport spokeswoman Cathryn Stephens says no final decision has been made about where, when or if the artwork will return to the airport.
She says the wall configuration will be very different after the expansion project.
Tucker Named Chancellor of WV Council
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Sarah Tucker has been named chancellor of the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.
She has been serving as interim chancellor since July and previously served as vice chancellor.
Before that, she was director of planning and research for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says Tucker has been instrumental in helping create a more responsive community and technical college system that offers the workforce training students need to compete for good jobs in high-demand fields.
Tucker is a Wheeling native.
She is a graduate of Harvard University and received her doctorate from the University of Michigan.
Former Colo. Student Arrested For Threats
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Fort Collins police have arrested a man accused of threatening to burn down buildings at a community college.
The Coloradoan reports (http://noconow.co/1MTmEzw ) that 29-year-old David Moscow was arrested Monday after police executed a search warrant of his home and found a semiautomatic rifle, a handgun, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and illegal drugs. Police say he made indirect threats to Front Range Community College’s Larimer County campus.
A psychologist notified police that Moscow had become increasingly upset about his perceived treatment by the school.
Moscow voluntarily left the school in 2012. In 2014, he left a harassing voicemail for a counselor. He recently reapplied to the college.
Police say Moscow told a counselor last week that if the school didn’t re-admit him, he was going to burn it down.
Umpqua CC Extends Search for President
ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Umpqua Community College is extending its time frame for hiring a new college president with hopes that the position will be pulled next summer.
The Roseburg News-Review reports (http://bit.ly/1N8DY3E ) that the Board of Trustees had planned for a permanent president to begin in early 2016.
The board is looking for a replacement interim president while they expand their search for the permanent position. Current interim president Rita Cavin made a commitment until January.
Earlier this month the board appointed the presidential search selection committee that scheduled its first meeting for early December. At that time, the committee will create a profile for the new permanent president.