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2008 October 20 - 12:00 am

NEWS BRIEFS:

  • Wentworth Institute Will Use

$10 Million Gift To Build        New Center on Boston Campus
BOSTON (AP) — A 1951 graduate of the Wentworth Institute of Technology has given the school a $10 million gift, the largest donation in the college’s history.
The gift from William Flanagan will be used to help build a new student center on the school’s Boston campus. The college will name the facility after Flanagan, who donated the money as a gift annuity and will receive an annual payment from the college as part of the gift. The school’s previous largest gift was $1.4 million.

Wentworth President Zorica Pantic says Flanagan’s “extraordinary generosity” will benefit generations of future students.

Flanagan founded Nexus Inc., a maker of communications equipment, including audio plugs and jacks. He sold the company last year.

  • Tennessee Author Donates    Part of Historical Memorabilia Collection to Cleveland State

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — Author William B. Breuer has donated part of his collection of historical memorabilia to the Cleveland State Community College library.

Breuer, of Cleveland, earlier donated documents and rare materials to the National Archives in Washington and the U.S. Army Historical Center.

Breuer’s nonfiction book, “The Great Raid,” became a 2005 movie starring Benjamin Bratt that chronicled a daring rescue mission in World War II. It’s among 39 books he has written. 

The items donated to the library include photographs, letters, news clippings and documents.

  • Rhode Island’s Colleges Weigh Tuition Hikes to Bridge Cost Gap

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s three public colleges are weighing tuition and fee increases as a last resort to make up for a budget gap caused by last minute cuts this summer.

The colleges say they need another $4.5 million to bridge the gap in their budgets and are asking for the fee hikes, which could be approved soon by the Board of Governors for Higher Education.

If approved, tuition and fees at the University of Rhode Island would rise by $250 per student for the spring semester — a nearly 7 percent increase over the fall. That would bring the tuition for in-state students to $3,977 next spring, not including room and board.

At Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island, student costs would rise by $2000.

  • Typo in College Handbook Spurs Apology from  School President

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president of an Iowa college says he’s sorry about an unfortunate and offensive typo in a school handbook.

A calendar entry for Feb. 16, 2009, was supposed to read “Black History Lunch and Learn.” Instead, it says, “Black History Linch and Learn.”

It sounds like “lynch,” a term commonly used for hangings of blacks by white mobs, often in the once-segregated South.

The handbook was distributed to about 10,000 students before the mistake was discovered.

Des Moines Area Community College president Rob Denson said stickers are available to place over the entry, which will be corrected in the next printing.

  • N.C. Counties’ Bond Plans Are On Hold Thanks To Credit Crisis

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Officials in North Carolina’s Wake and Durham counties say the nation’s financial crisis is making it hard to borrow for construction projects, including at Wake Technical Community College.

Wake County has delayed plans to sell $454 million in bonds in the past two weeks and Durham County’s effort to borrow failed because no lenders bid on its offering.

Both counties have AAA credit ratings, the highest possible, which indicates they are among the safest borrowers.

Wake County manager David Cooke says the county has enough money to wait. But long-term problems could delay construction of schools and libraries, as well as projects at Wake Technical Community College.

  • Iowa’s DMACC Gets Grant To Establish Cyber Crime Unit

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) —  The Des Moines Area Community College will receive more than $1.6 million in federal aid to establish an Electronic Crime Institute.

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said the Justice Department funding will help boost DMACC’s technology and improve the quality of education at the school.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said the money provides resources for criminal justice students, current law enforcement and the public in an effort to prevent cyber crime.

The Electronic Crime Institute will provide digital forensics training and more technology to work on such cyber crimes as identity theft.

  • N. C. Board Chairman Defends Aviation Program 

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Robeson Community College is taking issue with a report by North Carolina auditors that questions its aviation program and the cost of some office furniture.

State Auditor Les Merritt’s office said that only 28 students had enrolled for aviation courses at the school over three academic years, at a cost of more than $300,000. Merritt said the money could have been put to better use.

College Board Chairman George Regan said the program has cost the state little extra and has potential for growth in the next three years.

Merritt’s office also questioned Robeson President Charles Chrestman’s spending $17,000 to buy furniture and other items. Regan said the purchases replaced furniture that was more than 30 years old. The college’s staff is reviewing how the furniture was bought.

  • Miss. County Class of 2009 Gets Pledge Of Free Tuition 

FULTON, Miss. (AP — Students in Itawamba County are being guaranteed two years of tuition at Itawamba Community College.

Randy Kelley of the Three Rivers Planning and Development District said the district will contribute up to $25,000 annually to the Itawamba County program and offer matching grants to its other counties — Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc and Chickasaw.

Other funding will come from the city of Fulton and the Itawamba County Board of Supervisors, as well as private donors.

The tuition guarantees start with the Class of 2009.

  • Student To Face Charges In Dormitory Room Fire

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A Pearl River Community College student faces misdemeanor charges of malicious mischief after officials say exploding fireworks in a dormitory room triggered a small fire.

Authorities did not identify the student or say what, if any, disciplinary action was pending.

Adam Breerwood, dean of student services, said the fire started when fireworks exploded in a men’s dormitory room. The fire was contained to the one room.

Breerwood says the sprinkler system and fire alarms activated and students were safely evacuated. No injuries were reported.

  • New Montana Site Focuses on Clean Energy Training

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Brian Schweitzer and the State Board of Regents have unveiled a website that gives those interested in “green” energy a way to learn about industry opportunities in Montana and to find online classes to prepare for jobs in the field.

The new Montana Green Campus combines two of the governor’s pet projects — developing clean energy industries in Montana and offering residents more online education.

The website allows a worker in rural Montana to learn about green energy job opportunities in the state and to sign up for Internet classes to retrain for those jobs, Schweitzer said.

“I can’t expect somebody from Lewistown to move to Bozeman or Missoula” so they can change careers and work on wind turbines, the governor said.

The site also includes a map showing where 38 green energy projects are already under way around the state.

Also available is information about university research on fuel cells, hybrid energy, carbon sequestration and green construction.

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