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Watched The House Bunny

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on cable the other night. It's the college movie about the ex-Playboy bunny who leaves the mansion and ends up the house mother at a sorority. I liked it better when I first saw it when it was called Legally Blonde!

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/house_bunny/

In classic bait-and-switch

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William Saletan's article doesn't even mention the iPhone by name. Still, it does ponder the implications of checking your brickberry (if you lack an iPhone) during meetings.
Rude To Check iPhone During Meetings?

No frills bachelor degrees

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Sounds a lot like what we've been doing in continuing higher education for years. No concerts, no sports, no fitness centers--just convenience and learning.

At Nacubo Meeting, Arizona State Official Describes 'No Frills' College Education - Under the “no frills” model, students would attend focused classes at a different location than the university’s current campuses. The programs offered would be in high-demand areas such as business and education, and the teacher-student ratio would be higher, Mr. Olsen said. (A similar proposal was put forward in Pennsylvania this year.) The program is envisioned as a middle ground between the state’s research universities and its community colleges. Students would receive Arizona State degrees, but they would not have the student-life or research opportunities available to students on the main campus. Tuition would be lower than the cost of attending one of the existing campuses, probably not exceeding the amount of a full Pell Grant,…

And next month they'll start using both sides

of the toilet paper.

University of Denver Cutting Back on Summer A/C
The University of Denver is boosting temperatures in some of its buildings this summer to conserve energy and cut back on air conditioning. DU's energy engineer Tom McGee says temperatures in centrally controlled buildings will be boosted by about four degrees to an average room temperature of 76 degrees.

Is our online students

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learning? Yes.

The Evidence on Online Education
Online learning has definite advantages over face-to-face instruction when it comes to teaching and learning, according to a new meta-analysis released Friday by the U.S. Department of Education.

The study found that students who took all or part of their instruction online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through face-to-face instruction. Further, those who took "blended" courses -- those that combine elements of online learning and face-to-face instruction -- appeared to do best of all. That finding could be significant as many colleges report that blended instruction is among the fastest-growing types of enrollment.

The Education Department examined all kinds of instruction, and found that the number of valid analyses of elementary and secondary education was too small to have much confidence in the results. But the positive results appeared consistent (and statistically significant) for all types…

Fund the formula,

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Tennessee. The state funding formula for higher education in Tennessee has never been fully funded during my time here. It's supposed to reward growth, move resources where needed most, be fair, yada yada yada.

State cuts hurt growing colleges
Jones recently analyzed Tennessee's higher education funding formula for a grant application, calling it one of the best systems in the country. The formula, determined by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, would typically give more funds to schools with more students.

But the formula hasn't been fully funded in 20 years, meaning political interests can dictate where the limited amount of money goes.

"(The formulas) are very well designed; they're just not implemented," Jones said. "The budget recommendation goes to the legislature, and the legislature does what legislatures do."

The higher education funding formula is scheduled to come up for review this year, when possible changes will be discussed, said …

Mmmm

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Coffee. Not just good, but good for you!

Is Coffee Bad for You? Often, NoIt's believed to improve mood, alertness, and energy. But is coffee bad for you? Despite past concerns about coffee, tea, and other sources of caffeine being detrimental to health, recent research suggests that regular coffee consumption may reduce the risk of health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and liver cancer—and regular coffee drinkers might even live longer. "For most people [who] choose to drink coffee, the benefits probably outweigh the risks," says Donald Hensrud, chair of the division of preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

"In the past, a lot of people have tried to improve their health by cutting down on coffee," says Rob M. van Dam, assistant professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. But that's probably an unnecessary sacrifice. Although experts once thought caffeine was harmful, recen…

Dual Credit

Mandated in Texas. I wonder how long it will take until this type of regulation is replicated across the country? Tennessee is already devoting an increasing number of lottery dollars for dual credit. Not coincidentally, this is the first year that our education lottery paid out more than it took it.

Dual College Credit Programs, Now Mandated, Become More Popular

Amy Simpson is preparing to teach her first college class, but she'll be teaching it at North Garland High School.Simpson will spend the summer wading through the requirements for a college composition course, matching them to the state curriculum for high school English. She'll pick materials and write lesson plans.And when students complete the class, they'll have the chance to earn both high school and college credit for it.The dual credit program is not new. But the classes are becoming more popular due to a change in state law requiring districts to offer students an opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of col…

The Southern Regional Educational Board

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Fact Book is now available.

http://www.sreb.org/main/EdData/FactBook/factbookindex.asp
From the Summary: College affordability increasingly challenges students from middle- and lower-income families, however. Students in SREB states, on average, pay less to attend college than their peers nationwide, although the gap narrowed significantly from 1998 to 2008. Tuition and fee levels at public four-year institutions in the SREB region by 2008 reached 91 percent of the national average — up from 78 percent a decade before. On the other hand, median household income in the SREB region dropped from 90 percent of the national level in 1997 to 86 percent of the national level in 2007. Thus, families in SREB states have relatively fewer resources for college expenses.

The portion of annual family income needed for a student to attend a public university for one year rose significantly for students from middle- and lower-income households in recent years. Students from middle-income families ($50,0…

He's a leader

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She's a bitch. This probably comes as no surprise, but people interpret the emotional states of men and women differently.

Face to Face
She's emotional. He's having a bad day. When participants in an experiment looked at photos of women's and men's faces looking sad, afraid, angry, or disgusted, with a sentence beneath the image purporting to explain the emotion ("buried a family pet" for a sad face, for instance, and "was threatened by an attacker" for a fearful one), they offered starkly different explanations for the emotions: that women in the photos felt sad, angry or afraid because they were "emotional," but the pictured men felt those emotions because they were "having a bad day"—even when the expressions and their explanation was identical.

'Scuse me, while I kiss

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This guy. I always thought misheard song lyrics were a product of poor hearing and/or poor vocalization. Turns out that there's more to it than that. These errors are sometimes called Mondegreens.

A personal favorite: my wife thought that the chorus to Burton Cummings "Stand Tall" http://tinyurl.com/l2bhyz was "Sen-core"--whatever that means. There's even a website devoted to favorite misunderstood lyrics KissThisGuy .

A recent study looks to explain the difficulty in interpreting song lyrics:

Turns out, unless you're looking at a person's face, it’s much harder to understand what he or she is saying (or singing), according to Ma, who recently authored a study on lip-reading.

“Understanding speech can be difficult, especially when it’s noisy,” or overwhelmed by a loud music track, says Ma, whose study appeared in the March journal of Public Library of Science.

“We found that this process can be helped a lot by looking at the speaker’s face. If you have o…

You may be in trouble

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If you start hearing these terms at work. People tend to avoid "firing" or "laying people off."

Restructuring plan Restructuring program Planned reduction Head-count reduction Reducing the current employee total Workforce alignment Repositioning Aligning operations Offboarding Rebalancing employment levels Rightsizing

Summer school ups

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and downs. Our summer enrollments are trending upwards, but we have a big decrease in graduate enrollments while undergraduate is booming. And since many of our graduate students in the summer are teachers, College of Education enrollments in particular are down. This also means that revenues (while good) are less than we might expect with an overall enrollment increase since graduate tuition runs higher than undergraduate.

This might mean that folks see the value of completing bachelor's degrees and attending in the summer will accelerate the process and keep the cost down a little (since tuition always goes up the fall). Conversely, teachers, worried about their jobs or tightening their belts anticipating a year without salary increases, may be deciding to wait a while before continuing their education.
I wonder how summer school at other institutions is looking? I have heard over the grapevine that many are up, but I wonder if the graduate/undergraduate is splitting like ours?

Lard is back,

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Baby. Lard After decades of trying, its moment is finally here. Wait long enough and everything bad for you is good again. Sugar? Naturally better than high-fructose corn syrup. Chocolate? A bar a day keeps the doctor away. Caffeine? Bring it on. Lard, however, has always been a ridiculously hard sell. Over at least the last 15 years, it's repeatedly been given a clean bill of health, and good cooks regularly point out how superior this totally natural fat is for frying and pastries. But that hasn't been enough to keep Americans from recoiling—lard's negative connotations of flowing flesh and vats of grease and epithets like lardass and tub of lard have been absurd hurdles. But no longer. I'm convinced that the redemption of lard is finally at hand because we live in a world where trendiness is next to godliness. And lard hits all the right notes, especially if you euphemize it as rendered pork fat—bacon butter
Time to rethink fat, as well. Fat is where it's at
For deca…

Now airlines want to charge you

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Five dollars to pay your $15 bag checking fee at the airport? WTF? Remember when flying used to be fun? From Budget Travel's blog:

New $5 fee for paying $15 fee to check your bag at airport
United and US Airways will start charing $5 if you pay the fee for checking a bag at the airport check-in counter instead of in advance online. The fees themselves are $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for the second. Meanwhile, Alaska Air is adding a $15 charge for the first checked bag starting July 1. For trips to Europe, Delta and Northwest are slapping on a $50 fee for the second checked bag (for flights departing on or after July 1). Faced with the sluggish economy, the airlines are tacking on fees on top of fees to try to stay in the black. United, for one, believes it will rake in up to half-a-billion dollars in fees this year.

The iPhone

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Saves reading.

How the iPhone Rekindled Reading
The iPhone changed two big things about the way we approach information and entertainment. It personalized our relationship to news by shrinking the information outlet into a pocket-size platform we can constantly consult. That ubiquity replicates the attachment many readers feel for books, magazines, and newspapers. How many of us carry around something to read as much as a talisman
of broader engagement as means to keep boredom at bay? The iPhone also created the app, a Chiclet-size portal into another world. And the app is changing the way we think about information, but it is also creating an opening for the information and entertainment brands, especially magazines and books.

Part-time students in Tennessee

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Get a more level playing field, but tuition and fees go up nonetheless. But it could have been worse. And may well be in two years when the stimulus money runs out.
The Board of Regents has approved tuition increases of between 6 percent and 9 percent for full-time university students in Tennessee.

The amount an individual student's tuition increases will depend upon how many credit hours that person is taking. In the past, tuition has been capped at 12 credit hours. Additional hours were free.

Officials say the change will benefit part-time students. Board members have said they hope it encourages more people who cannot attend class full time to pursue a degree.

According to a news release from the board, the increase was approved on Friday. The only no vote came from student Regent Gionni Carr.

The Tennessee Board of Regents system includes six universities (Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee State, Austin Peay State, Tennessee Tech, East Tennessee State and Memphis), 13 two-year scho…

Working for Bozeman

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Want a job? Hand over your Facebook password

How would you like to apply for a job and have your prospective employer ask for the usernames and passwords for all your social-networking accounts?

That’s what’s happened to applicants for jobs with the city of Bozeman, Montana, who were surprised to discover they needed more than a work history and references.

“Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.,” reads a background-check waiver form that applicants had to sign. (There’s no mention of Twitter.) The form then contains three lines where applicants are to list their logins and passwords.

The request raised questions about privacy rights in Montana, whose constitution states: “The right of individual privacy is essential to the well-being of a free society and shall not be infringed without the showing …

I may have posted something earlier about my iPhone.

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Time.com lists the top iPhone Apps for Father's Day. Oddly enough, the only one I have is the bartending one. Isn't technology wonderful?


Ten Best iPhone Apps for Dad

This service

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turns your electronic communication into analog versions. It's a way to keep connected with the "unplugged population."




Dear Grandpa, Here's a Printout of My Facebook Updates...



At 90, Chandler Murray's mailbox, not counting bills and solicitations, receives only a handful of seasonal letters from a few old friends. "People just don't write letters anymore," says his daughter, Heather Bellanca. And by people, she means anyone more than 20 years younger than Murray, who lives by himself in Middlebury, Vt. So in an effort to keep him connected, Bellanca, who lives a couple of hours away in Salem, N.Y., this spring started spending $9.95 a month for a service that sends him letters every week — letters family and friends e-mail to a company that prints the correspondence and delivers it, via U.S. Postal Service, to Murray's door.

The company is called Sunnygram, a play on telegram or maybe gramma — though grandpas like Murray might appreciate the corr…

Born to be

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Transplanted. Study finds that organ donation increase when states repeal mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. Donorcycles: Do Motorcycle Helmet Laws Reduce Organ Donations?
Abstract: Government traffic safety mandates are typically designed to reduce the harmful externalities of risky behaviors. We consider whether motorcycle helmet laws also reduce a beneficial externality by decreasing the pool of viable organ donors. Our central estimates show that organ donations due to motor vehicle fatalities increase by 10 percent when states repeal helmet laws. Two characteristics of this association suggest that it is causal: first, nearly all of it is concentrated among men, who account for over 90 percent of all motorcyclist deaths, and second, helmet mandates are unrelated to organ donations due to circumstances other than motor vehicle accidents. Our estimates imply that every death of a helmetless motorcyclist prevents or delays as many as 0.33 deaths among individuals on organ transplant …

Today is

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My 33rd Wedding Anniversary and Juneteenth Day. Alex, what day in June is associated both with the gain and loss of personal freedom?

When : Always on June 19th

Juneteenth Day celebrates and symbolizes the end of slavery in the United States. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. But, it was not until June 19, 1865 that all slaves were finally freed. That concluding event was when General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas with his troops and issued Order Number 3 which finally freed the last of the slaves.

The formal end of slavery was marked by the passing of the 13th amendment of the constitution.

History of Juneteenth

University of Tennessee -- Chattanooga

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To offer graduate tuition discounts to north Georgia residents. This is similar to programs at other colleges and universities in Tennessee that border other states.

Tennessee: Board expands, extends UTC regional discount

The discussion over expansion of the regional tuition discount program began when Mr. Foy proposed amending a one-year extension of the undergraduate discount to include graduate programs.UTC generated more than $315,000 in revenue last year by enrolling North Georgia students. Mr. Foy, along with several other Chattanooga representatives, said the school could earn more money by opening the program to graduate students."Forty percent of the families in those border counties work in Chattanooga," Dr. Brown said. "We believe it is a good policy. It builds economic development in the Chattanooga region."Mr. Wharton, a trustee on the finance committee, said he is concerned the proposal was made off-the-cuff and that there was no data proving it could …

Making Opportunity

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Affordable and the higher ed structure in Tennessee. There is talk of reorganizing the governance structure of higher education in Tennessee. Now the process is being linked to a Making Opportunity Affordable initiative...
Before considering higher education reorganization, states should first make a thorough evaluation of how well their existing policies and structures align with the state's agenda and the public interest.

The national Making Opportunity Affordable initiative, in which Tennessee is one of eleven participating states from 37 original applicants, provides a framework, a process, and resources for doing this kind of evaluation. The MOA framework is about productivity – that is, increasing the production of postsecondary certificates and degrees within available resources from students and the State.

While MOA is not primarily about governance and structure, its productivity agenda naturally raises questions about Tennessee’s current configuration of postsecondary pro…

Dean Dad looks at three approaches

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to using the stimulous money in higher education:

The World Won't End in 2012

For FY 2011 – meaning, July 1 of 2010 – we're told the stimulus will be gone, at least from higher ed. And the odds of tax receipts having bounced back to 2007 levels by then are vanishingly low. I've been hearing phrases like “that's when the wheels fall off” and “that's when we hit the wall.” I've seen three different reactions to the foretellings of doom, each rational in its own way. One is simple denial. The future is unreadable, a year ago we thought we had money, who knows what might happen in another year? Besides, you people were all gloom-and-doom-y this year, and a pile of money just landed on us. All will be well, this too shall pass, so stop crying wolf. Use the stimulus money to compensate for this year's cut, and leave the future to the future. Psychologically, it's understandable, but it's also incredibly dangerous. GM used this strategy for many years, and …

A masters degree

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in planning? There are probably concentrations in (1) Strategic and (2) Making-It-Up-As-You Go.

UT trustees talk cuts, consider removing 3 programs
Underscoring funding challenges, trustees this afternoon heard proposals for academic program discontinuances. The Knoxville campus proposes cutting three academic programs effective this fall: a minor in dance education; master of science in safety education; and master of science in planning. Adjunct faculty teach dance classes, UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said. The safety education graduate program recently lost one faculty member who won't be replaced. The one faculty member in the planning graduate program will be shifted to another teaching area. "These savings take a number of years to take effect, and I would think we would be more aggressive in program discontinuance," Trustee Charlie Anderson said.

Now you know:

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Facebook users earn B's, not A's. Hmmm. I wonder if students who are more social tend to learn lower grades overall....

What Facebook Users Share: Lower Grades
According to a new study by doctoral candidate Aryn Karpinski of Ohio State University and her co-author Adam Duberstein of Ohio Dominican University, college students who use the 200 million–member social network have significantly lower grade-point averages (GPAs) than those who do not. The study, which will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association on April 16, surveyed 219 undergraduate and graduate students and found that GPAs of Facebook users typically ranged a full grade point lower than those of nonusers — 3.0 to 3.5 for users versus 3.5 to 4.0 for their non-networking peers. It also found that 79% of Facebook members did not believe there was any link between their GPA and their networking habits.

How long till Tennessee

Considers letting community colleges offer selected bachelor's degrees? After all, it would be cheaper for the state and cheaper for students.

Community Colleges Challenge Hierarchy With 4-Year Degrees

When LaKisha Coleman received her associate’s degree at Miami Dade Community College six years ago, her best bet for a bachelor’s degree seemed to be at the more expensive Florida International University.

But nowadays, Miami Dade College — the “Community” has been dropped — offers bachelor’s degrees in teaching and nursing and public safety management, and will soon add engineering technology, film production and others. Ms. Coleman returned to Miami Dade two years ago and is about to graduate with a degree in public safety management.

Ms. Coleman now recommends the college to family members. “It’s much cheaper, the teachers are good, you can do it in the evening while you work, and everyone’s very helpful,” she said.

As Ms. Coleman discovered, the line between community colleges and f…

Ben Stein on

Business travel and meetings.

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Community college

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Fast Facts from the American Association of Community Colleges

Click here to download the 2009 Fast Facts. (PDF) Data are derived from the most current information available as of January 2009.

Number and Type of Colleges
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,177
Public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 988
Independent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158
Tribal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31

Enrollment
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.7 million
Credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.7 million
Noncredit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 million
Enrolled full time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40%
Enrolled part time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60%

Demographics
Average age . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .…

What, no Hawthorne Effect?

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Just paying attention to people doesn't work? I'm currently trying to increase output in my operation by making nearly everyone move her office. There has been an increase in the output of frustration and hard feelings....

Was There Really a Hawthorne Effect in the Original Hawthorne Studies?

Steven D. Levitt
John List and I stumbled onto the original, never-analyzed data from the original
illumination experiments done at the Hawthorne Plant. These studies gave rise to what is now known as the Hawthorne Effect.We find that there actually wasn’t a Hawthorne Effect in the original data, at least not of the sort that you read about in virtually every introductory psychology textbook, where it is claimed that the workers’ output went up every time the lighting was changed, whether the change was to make the lights brighter or dimmer.The Economist magazine has a nice piece on it.

UM purchasing

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a nearly bankrupt private college?
Talks hint at state purchase of Lambuth University
The salvation of struggling Lambuth University could be its inclusion in the state higher education system.

The United Methodist Church-affiliated school in Jackson delayed faculty and staff payroll in both April and May as it flailed financially.

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reported discussions between state officials and Lambuth that could result in the school becoming a campus of the University of Memphis.

Lydia Lenker, a spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Bredesen, confirmed to the newspaper that interim Lambuth President Jerry Israel, University of Memphis President
Shirley Raines and others met Tuesday afternoon with John Morgan, Bredesen's top
aide.

Even more on meetings

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Study Proves the value of meeting In order to strengthen the business case for meeting, U.S. Travel Association commissioned APCO Insight to survey 401 business executives at companies with more than $50 million in annual sales to gauge how much they value business travel as a means of growing revenue, developing talent and achieving their business goals. Despite 82 percent of the surveyed companies reporting that business travel is important to achieving their business results, business travel bookings through agencies have fallen 20 percent in January and February (according to tracking done by Amadeus).

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Professor Daniel Diermeier stated, “It’s a classic trade-off between short-term cost-reductions and long-term value. During times like these, many companies will go too far, and actually cut back on the activities that would best position them to compete in the future.”

According to the survey:

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of …

ACHE elections

One week left to vote! – Board of Directors and Vice President – Voting now open through June 15!

Please see the April/May issue of Five Minutes with ACHE for more information about the candidates.

Standing for Director-at-Large:

~Jeffery Alejandro
~Pam Collins~Paula Hogard
~Jane LeClair

Standing for Vice President:

~David Grebel
~Charles Hickox

Visit our home page or log into the ACHE Member Community and follow the links from there!

More on the benefits of professional meetings

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I heard a nice editorial by Ben Stein last Sunday concerning business professional development meetings and their value to the economy, and I've been trying to find it to post. In the meantime, I'm doing a quick-and-dirty search for related items. Here's one I found that seems pretty good--albeit coming from the U.S. Travel Association:

Value of Meetings

When business meetings and events are cancelled, it’s the hourly-wage workers – not corporate CEOs – who pay the highest price. Meetings, events and performance incentive travel in the United States are responsible for almost 15% of all domestic travel. Generating 1 million jobs and $27 billion in wages, meetings and events can provide a solution to our economic woes. Meetings and events support local communities and working families around the country – something we cannot afford to overlook as we rebuild our economy.

Click here to find out what share of your state’s travel economy depends on meetings and events.

Click here t…

Me as a Vulcan

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The presidential search

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At the former Northeast State Technical Community College gets down to the nitty-gritty. You can follow the interview on the interweb.

Finalists square off with the public to answer questions
Three finalists to replace the retiring Bill Locke as president of Northeast State Community College are to undergo public interviews today on campus.
Janice Hoots Gilliam is to be interviewed by the presidential search advisory committee from 10:45 a.m. to noon, followed by R. Foster Chason from 1 to 2:15 p.m. and Steven R. Campbell from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
The interviews, to be held in Room 226 of the Wayne G. Basler Library on the Northeast State campus, will be shown live at www.northeaststate.edu/interviews and will be archived at the same Web address.
Campbell is vice president for business affairs at Northeast State Community College (previously known as Northeast State Technical Community College until legislation changing the name was signed into law by the governor last week).
Chason is vi…

Top ten places to live

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According to usnews.com
America's Best Places to Live 2009
1. Albuquerque, N.M.
2. Auburn, Ala.
3. Austin, Texas
4. Boise, Idaho
5. Durham, N.C.
6. La Crosse, Wis.
7. Loveland, Colo.
8. San Luis Obispo, Calif.
9. St. Augustine, Fla.
10. Upper St. Clair, Pa.
By the way, you'll get to check Albuquerque out when you attend the 2010 ACHE Annual Meeting and Conference! I might be able to spell it from memory by then.

A reprint of

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My most recent column for Five Minutes with ACHEhttp://www.acheinc.org/08_09_news/April-May/index.html#


What is the value of the Annual Conference and Meeting?

One of the more pleasant responsibilities of the ACHE president is to visit each of the organization’s regional conferences. During the business meeting at one of these conferences, the vice chair of the region asked the attendees whether they should consider cancelling their 2010 regional meeting. After all, the economy was weak, budgets were tight, and travel was difficult. After a brief silence, one fellow spoke up. “You know,” he said, “if we cancel our meeting ourselves, then what we’re saying to the decision makers is that it wasn’t very important to begin with.”
I’ve cleaned up his language a bit – if I remember correctly, he had a more colorful term for the decision makers – and I know the decision is not quite that simple. But his comments stick in my mind and have shaped my thinking. This issue hits home because our stat…

From the Blue Plum

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Music Festival. We were a sponsor of the 10th Annual Blue Plum Festival, held in downtown Johnson City this past weekend http://www.blueplum.org/. We set up a booth and gave out water and ETSU trinkets and information. Amy Johnson, who worked the booth last year in stifling heat, said that last year's sponsorship was the best thing the division did as far as marketing efforts--and this year was even better. We had lots of folks stop and inquire about continuing their education with one of our programs. Thanks to Amy, Jordan Swingle, James Stukes, Tamara Curtis, and all others who worked the booth or helped set up.

More on ETSU staff awards

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Outstanding staff see State University are honored by their peers through the Distinguished Staff Awards at East Tennessee State University – presented annually at the university’s Staff Picnic sponsored by the Staff Senate – which include a $1,000 check, provided by the ETSU Foundation, and an engraved recognition memento from the Staff Senate. Awards are usually made in six non-faculty employment categories, with Career Awards given as merited to staff members in any category. However, as no nominations were submitted for three of the EEOC categories this year, the Staff Senate voted to recognize two deserving individuals in each of the remaining categories, in addition to presenting one Career Award. University employees nominate individuals for the awards based on one or more of these criteria: a staff member whose performance of assigned tasks deserves recognition and inspires other employees, positive attitude in working with others, commitment to the university community, an…

Ron Sundberg

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Receives recognition for a successful year as Chair of ACHE New England from Ellen Griffin, the new Chair. Ellen works at Southern New Hampshire University. The ACHE New England conference was wonderful, and I would encourage other regions to bring these speakers in for their meetings. Raymond Guillette and James McCormack's session on Engagement Marketing for Adult Learners was--as they say around here--wicked good. For a professional development day in the fall, in partnership with Hesser College, the region is bringing in Stephen Brookfield to speak.

Just arrived

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8

8 *************************************************************************************888888 at the Fitch House,Mansfield Center, CT, for the ACHE New England regional meeting. It's a beautiful bed and breakfast, and I'm wondering if I have to get dressed for breakfast. I did bring pajamas and a robe, after all... http://fitchhouse.com/. No bar, though...

Tennnessee lost another continuing education

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leader on Saturday. Dr. Paul Goldberg, founding Dean of Continuing Education at Roan State Community College and former President (and the only two-time president) of TACHE died Saturday morning. Paul called me shortly after I moved to Tennessee, and he and I rode together to Nashville for a meeting. He was a dear friend and colleague, and he will be missed. Somewhere in heaven, he and Barbara Belzer are already planning classes, teaching the saints to twitter...





Spent the weekend

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in Asheville. We got a little sun, driving the convertible on the backroads over the mountains. We spent Sunday at Biltmore, and bought season tickets. Kathy loves Biltmore--I think she was a Vanderbilt in a previous life. That would also help explain our credit card bills! Me, I think Biltmore is interesting once--it's a big ass house with a lot of bedrooms and bathrooms. Here's a picture of the castle and one from base of the Bass Pond, optimistically called the waterfall.