Thursday, August 25, 2016

More Nashville controversy over removing Confederate

From Vanderbilt's Confederate Hall. This time from a sports talk show host. Makes me like Jack Daniels even more. From The Tennessean.

Popular sports talk show host Clay Travis said Wednesday that Jack Daniel's nixed a promotion deal with him because of two tweets criticizing Vanderbilt University's decision to remove the word "Confederate" from the face of a residence hall. 
Travis wrote a blog post blasting the decision to officially rename Confederate Memorial Hall, which the university announced Monday. In tweetspromoting the post, he called the decision "unbelievable" and said "PC Bromanis & Middle Eastern terrorists have same response to history that upsets them, erase it all." 
In a post published Wednesday, Travis said Jack Daniel's had terminated a $3,000 deal to promote the Tennessee whiskey maker's new Jack Fire brand on Travis' Twitter and Facebook accounts because of his Tweets about the Vanderbilt decision. In an email Travis posted to his site, an unnamed Jack Daniel's representative said Travis' Twitter commentary "brings (the company) into public disrepute" and "offends the general community."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Don't worry

Be happy with the bronze. My take from this is that you should compare yourself with the losers, not the winners! From CNN.

The bizarre psychology of the bronze medal win
The researchers found that, following a competition, athletes who won bronze appeared to be significantly happier on average and that silver medalists tend to focus more than bronze medalists on what they failed to achieve.

"They compare themselves to the gold medalist and thereby think of what they didn't achieve; the bronze medalists also focus on what didn't happen: They didn't come in fourth and fail to get a medal," Gilovich said. 
In other words, counterfactual thinking influences how satisfied each athlete feels. 
What's another example of counterfactual thinking for those of us who are not Olympic athletes? "College admissions," McGraw said. "Do you get your first choice? Do you get your second choice? It took me three tries to get into graduate school, and I only got into one, and so I was so much happier to be there than my peers who turned down three other schools."

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Advice for college students

Moving in. From NBC News.

Ready for College Move-In Day? Ten Tips to Help Parents and Teens Prepare
All summer long, that big milestone looms for incoming college freshmen and their parents: Move-in day. 
College move-in day is typically hot, hectic, and an emotional whirlwind. But there's good news: While it's easy to feel utterly unprepared, there are many steps you can take to make the day easier. 
For starters, parents need to remember that this generation doesn't need everything at school like your generation did. The risk for most parents is sending their teen to college with too much stuff — not too little. If your college student needs anything, many major national retailers sell dorm room furnishings, and many offer free shipping. 
So rather than wasting money and time piling your car high with items that will never get used, pick and pack the basics, the items you are sure your teen will use, and then let them order online whatever they find they need later.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Our grand opening went well

And classes start today. From Local 8 Now.

Sevier County opens first four year university
Sevier County has opened the county's first four year college degree school with East Tennessee State University. 
Sevierville and Sevier County joined together to find a location and recruit new higher education options for students graduating high school. The end result means many could actually get a free four-year education. 
"We think there's going to be a lot of opportunity for people to get their degree, that wouldn't be able to except for coming here and going through with a scholarship program," said County Mayor Larry Waters. 
A scholarship program that was developed and when the criteria is met, will mean free college. 
Spencer McCroskey is one of the first who won a scholarship.
"Planned on going to UT and then when I heard this was jump started, I jumped on this very quickly and I'm very thankful for ETSU and Sevier County also," said McCroskey. "It's going to save me a lot of money, so I'm thankful for that. I can keep my job, still work and go to school." 
ETSU plans to offer 12 degree programs that build on programs already offered by Walters State University in Sevierville. Also, Tennessee College of Applied Technology will develop additional training that current and future businesses need for skilled workers.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Terminal sabbatical

Sounds ominous. But it's really just an incentive to pull the trigger on retiring, figuratively speaking. From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

One Idea to Ease Faculty Into Retirement: the ‘Terminal Sabbatical’
Faculty members can work as long as they want, a right that began with the end of mandatory retirement in 1994. Many haven’t been shy about exercising that right, and the American professoriate is decidedly grayer than a generation ago. 
This creates complications for colleges, including by limiting their flexibility in making decisions about budgets and about academic programming. It also exacerbates job-market pressures for some new Ph.D.s who see a glut of aging scholars contributing to the dearth of job openings. All this was on the minds of Widener University administrators when they conceived of a new option they’d like to begin offering soon: the terminal sabbatical. 
The idea is to allow eligible faculty members — based on years of service — to take a one-year sabbatical from which they would then retire, without returning to the faculty. Julie E. Wollman, Widener’s president, says she hopes such a program would encourage more professors to retire by easing their transition out of campus life. That, in turn, would free up money in the budget and allow administrators to more nimbly shift money to emerging priorities.  
Administrators are just beginning to sketch out the specifics of their idea, and to pitch it to faculty, but they envision that a professor who takes a terminal sabbatical would continue to receive a salary and benefits for one year while doing the kind of work one would do on a typical sabbatical, like research and writing. The sabbatical might also include some form of service to the university, like performing an analysis of a proposed program or helping to revamp curricula. 
Offering a structured sabbatical program at the end of a professor’s academic career is unusual, says Janette C. Brown, executive director of the Association of Retirement Organizations in Higher Education. Many colleges, though, are paying more attention to easing tenured faculty members’ transition into retirement. Phased retirements, in which professors work progressively fewer hours for one or more years, are common.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Promises, promises

Just a few years ago UTC was the hot regional university in the state, just like Chattanooga was the hot city. Not so much, now, evidently. We've been a little more successful with dual admissions here at ETSU. Like six fold. From The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

UTC scrambles to attract students lured away by Tennessee Promise
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has launched several programs in an attempt to reverse a drop in enrollment tied to Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise scholarship. 
Tennessee Promise offers two-year college scholarships to students who meet a forgiving set of minimum requirements, a policy that officials say has shifted college enrollees away from traditional four-year universities and toward two-year community colleges. 
In response to a drop in enrollment in 2015, UTC officials moved to partner up with local two-year colleges in an effort to lure students back toward a four-year education. 
UTC has established dual admission programs with Chattanooga State Community College, Cleveland State Community College and Motlow State Community College.
"Thinking in terms of the Tennessee Promise, we have specifically looked at ways to strengthen our relationships with local community colleges," said Chuck Cantrell, associate vice chancellor of communication at UTC. 
Dual admission students are enrolled at both the community college they are attending, as well as UTC. The move is aimed at allowing students to complete their two-year degree, then "step onto UTC's campus to finish a four-year degree," said Cantrell. 
Dual admission students are also allowed to participate in student life activities on both campuses, such as sporting events and concerts, making the transition appear seamless, Cantrell said. 
Currently, there are 17 students who have officially enrolled in the dual admissions program. There are also many more students enrolled at Chattanooga State who are pursuing a transfer path, Cantrell said. 
"Chattanooga State Community College has been our top feeder for transfer students for many years," he said. For 2015, UTC had a total of 901 transfers from two-year and four-year colleges. 
Meanwhile, UTC and Cleveland State have had meetings throughout the summer about an articulation agreement in engineering that would allow students to apply credits earned at one school to a program at another school.