Wednesday, October 31, 2012

And happy Feast of Samhain

For all you practicing Druids.

Feast of Samhain/Celtic New Year/Celebration of All Celtic Saints

November 1 is the Celtic feast of Samhain. Samhain, Gaelic for "summer's end," was the most important of the ancient Celtic feasts.

The Celts honored the opposing balance of intertwining forces of existence: darkness and light, night and day, cold and heat, death and life. The Celtic year was divided into two seasons: the light and the dark, celebrating the light at Beltane on May 1st and the dark at Samhain on November 1st. Therefore, the Feast of Samhain marks one of the two great doorways of the Celtic year. Some believe that Samhain was the more important festival, since it marked the beginning of a new dark-light cycle. The Celts observed time as proceeding from darkness to light because they understood that in dark silence comes whisperings of new beginnings, the stirring of the seed below the ground. Therefore, the Celtic year began with the season of An Geamhradh, the dark Celtic winter, and ended with Am Foghar, the Celtic harvest. The Celtic day began at dusk, the beginning of the dark and cold night, and ended the following dusk, the end of a day of light and warmth. Since dusk is the beginning of the Celtic day, Samhain begins at dusk on October 31. Samhain marks the beginning of An Geamhradh as well as the New Year.

Happy Holloween

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We're providing financial support for this activity

Adults thinking about returning to school are invited to “Begin Again at ETSU: A Degree is the Key,” a free public information session to be held Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Carnegie Hotel Grand Soldiers Ballroom. 

The session is designed for former college students who did not finish their degrees when they were younger and for new adult students.

“Starting a degree or finishing a degree can be a confusing process after you have been out of school for a number of years,” says Dr. Carla Warner, director of Adult, Commuter and Transfer Services (ACTS) at ETSU. “‘Begin Again at ETSU’ is a program that will help answer prospective students’ questions and start them on the path to success.”

Representatives of the ETSU offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Cross-Disciplinary Studies, University Career Services, Veterans Affairs, ETSU Online and Graduate Studies will discuss their services and procedures. In addition, current adult students will share their stories of returning to school and how they juggle academics with family, employment and other responsibilities.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, call ACTS at (423) 439-5641 or visit


See this guy at the TACHE Conference in Nashville, November 8.  A magical time is guaranteed for all.

Professional magician, speaker and M.C. Joe M. Turner is a corporate entertainment specialist based in Atlanta, Georgia. He creates customized corporate magic presentations for promotional, motivational and entertainment events in the United States and Canada. For his skills in adapting his performances to entertain and amaze his audiences while emphasizing specific marketing or inspirational messages, Mr. Turner is often described as "The Chief Impossibility Officer" and "America's Corporate Conjuror." He has also served as a magic consultant, writer and director for theatre, film and cause-related promotional projects on the national scale. Mr. Turner has entertained prominent elected officials, sports figures, corporate leaders and other celebrities. He has been featured in numerous television, radio and print appearances, including Good Morning America, Nightline, and a highly rated feature on CNN Headine News.

Monday, October 29, 2012

I'm not that old

But I find myself reading the AARP website.  Then again, maybe I am that old....

Don McLean's 'American Pie' Explained With Slideshow

For profits feeling the heat

Even their flagship is cutting back.  From The New York Times.

University of Phoenix to Close 115 Locations

The University of Phoenix, the nation’s largest for-profit university, is closing 115 of its brick-and-mortar locations, including 25 main campuses and 90 smaller satellite learning centers. The closings will affect some 13,000 students, about 4 percent of its student body of 328,000. 
It is also laying off about 800 employees out of a staff of 17,000, according to Mark Brenner, senior vice president for communications at the Apollo Group, which owns the university. 
After the closings, which are to be completed next year, the University of Phoenix will be left with a nationwide network of 112 locations and a physical presence in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hey, it's an election year you know

U. of Iowa to Get Federal Funds for Flooded Buildings After All

Despite a federal audit challenging the allocation of $84-million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for the University of Iowa’s rebuilding efforts after a 2008 flood, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed that the money would go toward replacing the campus buildings damaged in the disaster.

This year the Association for Continuing Higher Education is broadening its audience and bringing a virtual component to the ACHE 2012 Annual Conference & Meeting on November 12-14 in Austin, Texas. By utilizing the Mediasite webcasting platform, an online attendee pass will be available for the first time, giving attendees the option to view live streams of conference sessions from their desktops or mobile devices. They can even pose questions to the speaker by clicking the Ask button on the Mediasite player.

College choices in the Memphis area

The Commercial Appeal highlights some of the outreach efforts of the University of Memphis.  The story includes comments from our continuing education friends Dan Lattimore and Sam Brackstone.

College choices are moving closer to home
But, just as in secondary education, there are far more choices in higher education around the Memphis area today and thousands of students are finding satellite campuses near their homes or jobs better suited to their needs. 
The University of Memphis, for example, offers classes at its Lambuth campus in Jackson and has a growing presence in Collierville. Ole Miss has a satellite campus in Southaven with nearly 1,000 students. Jackson-based Union University offers courses in Germantown. There are numerous other examples and most often, administrators say, these locations are attractive to students returning to college — so called nontraditional students. 
The University of Memphis' satellite campuses in Jackson, with enrollment of nearly 1,800, and at the Carrier Center in Collierville, with nearly 1,300 students, offer a wide array of classes in majors varying from business to nursing. For the most part, the Lambuth and Carrier sites serve students returning to college with a year or two already completed. 
Dr. Dan Lattimore, dean of the University College and vice provost for extended programs, said choosing which classes to offer is a simple case of supply and demand; it's based on what students want to study.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Improving higher education

Time lists eight ideas to improve higher education: leading off with our Governor's suggestion to tie funding to graduation rates.  Of interest to continuing educators is Molly Corbett Broad's suggestion to Do More for Adult Learners.

8 Ideas to Improve Higher Education

There are 18 million undergraduates attending U.S. colleges and universities, but a surprisingly small portion of them fall into the category of “traditional” students: just 27 percent are fresh out of high school and studying full-time at a four-year school. Yet that’s where the national focus is, and that’s a problem. The vast majority of undergrads are older, taking longer to finish, working more and seeking credentials to help them get or retain a job. Many of them are juggling the very real demands of work and family and struggle to find the time and energy to devote to education. 
By 2018, 63 percent of all jobs will require at least some postsecondary education, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. This is why policy makers need to start focusing on adult education: some 34 million Americans started college but didn’t complete their degree. Another 62 million have a high school diploma but never went to college.

ETSU to offer veterinary assistant training

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development, in partnership with Boston Reed College, is offering a veterinary assistant training program.

The course will meet on the ETSU main campus from Nov. 5 to Dec. 17 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9:30 p.m., with no class meetings the week of Nov. 19.

The program combines 35 hours of classroom instruction with a 24-hour volunteer experience that students will coordinate in their local area. Over the course of five weeks, participants learn to clean and disinfect cages and work areas, as well as sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics.

The program fee of $1,099 (which is subject to change) includes textbooks, program materials and a certificate of completion.

Veterinary assistants can pursue employment in a veterinary clinic or animal shelter by helping with procedures, caring for animals, performing simple laboratory tests and administering medications. The course will prepare students to assist veterinarians or veterinarian technicians in their daily tasks such as feeding, watering, and examining pets for signs of illness, disease or injury.

For more information, contact the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (800) 222-3878 or

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

HERS Institutes accepting applications

Applications are now open for women leaders whom your campus would like to nominate for the 2013-2014 HERS Institutes for Women in Higher Education.

HERS offers TWO Summer Institutes - the first at Bryn Mawr College and the second at the University of Denver.  Both offer a TWO WEEK residency with a 12-day program of presentations, case studies, interviews and on-campus assignments. A comprehensive fee of $6900 covers tuition, meals & campus housing:

            June 22-July 6, 2013
            July 21-August 4, 2013

In addition, HERS offers an academic-year Institute at Wellesley College with four interconnected 3-day seminars, providing the same core curriculum while taking advantage of opportunities for group assignments between sessions. The fee of $5700 covers tuition & meals only; hotel accommodations are available at HERS Institute rates. 

All applications submitted for consideration by December 1, 2012 will be eligible for a $500 early application discount.  More information about the curriculum, faculty, fees, accommodations, application process and related deadlines can be found at our website: For other questions, please contact Shannon Martin-Roebuck at 303-871-3975 or  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

National Women's Leadership Forum

December 5-7, 2012
Washington, DC 
Nomination Deadline: October 25, 2012

There is still time to nominate women administrators whose next career move is to a presidency, vice presidency, major deanship, or other comparable senior executive position to participate in ACE's next Women's Leadership Forum.

This highly interactive Forum provides an opportunity for women leaders to network with women presidents and executive search consultants who help participants develop effective search strategies.

Topics to be covered include:
  • Developing an Effective Search Strategy
  • Fundraising
  • Media Training
  • Crisis Planning and Response 
  • Contract Negotiation
If you know of any women with the potential to become a senior academic leader, don't wait—submit a nomination today! Self-nominations are also welcome. All nominations must be submitted by October 25, 2012

Be sure to include the nominee's name, title, institution, phone, fax, and e-mail address.

Visit the website to learn more.

Plus 50 grants available to community colleges

The American Association of Community Colleges is offering grants to member community colleges to start a Plus 50 Encore Completion program on their campus. The goal of the program is to help 10,000 students over 50 earn certificates or degrees in the high-demand fields of health care, education, and social services, enabling them to increase their employment competitiveness while improving their communities.

AACC has created a successful model for community colleges to provide effective training and supports for plus 50 students at community colleges. This competitive grant program will enable more colleges to provide supports for students over 50 to succeed. Deadlines: October 26, 2012 and February 15, 2013.
More information on the RFP is available here:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Low hanging fruit

The University of South Carolina creates Back to Carolina, a college for adult students with 60 or more credit hours and no degree. From The Chronicle of Higher Education.

U. of South Carolina Crafts an Online Degree That Students Can Afford

Mr. Pittman recently began studying in the university's new Back to Carolina program, an online degree-completion option for adults who are 25 or older and previously earned at least 60 academic credits at the university. Back to Carolina is a pilot program for Palmetto College, the first offering in a much broader distance-learning effort set to begin in the fall of 2013. 
With Palmetto, the first program of its kind in the state, the university sees itself as filling a gap in the availability of affordable bachelor's degrees for South Carolinians, as well as contributing to the state's educational-attainment and work-force goals. 
More than that, the university is positioning itself to compete with for-profit institutions. 
Palmetto College will offer online bachelor's-completion programs in a variety of vocational fields, including business, criminal justice, education, and nursing, which students can pursue on their own time. It will enroll students who already hold at least 60 credits from one of the system's largely two-year "regional" colleges, a South Carolina technical college, or an out-of-state institution, and who, for whatever reason, are unable to relocate to a four-year, or "senior," campus to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Has pop culture forsaken the liberal arts?

Wherefore art thou, Indiana Jones?  By Kevin Craft, writing in The Atlantic.

Pop Culture Has Turned Against the Liberal Arts

What gives? Why are so many works perpetuating the stereotype that liberal arts programs cater to Peter Pan boys and girls and sad-sack professors, none of whom have the emotional intelligence to deal with life's problems? Part of it could be recession-era scapegoating. And part of it is that the cultural heroes of the moment are largely start-up kings like Mark Zuckerbergs and Steve Jobses who dropped out of college to pursue fortune. You can see similar strains of thought in Scott Gerber's recent Atlantic piece critiquing the liberal arts curriculum for inadequately preparing entrepreneurs. 
It, of course, wasn't always this way. Remember Indiana Jones? The title character, played by Harrison Ford in the prime of his alpha-male A-star days, is a professor of archeology. He got his love of academics from his father Henry Jones, a professor of medieval literature. It is these two men's fluency in liberal arts—that and the younger's proficiency with a bull-whip, a revolver, and his fists—that qualify them to travel the globe and battle Nazis while searching for long-lost archeological treasures. If those films were released today, I wonder if some Hollywood producer would insist that the Jones boys be changed from professors to executives at a private treasure-salvaging company. The idea that liberal-arts lovers can be heroes seems even more antiquated than the artifacts the Jones' are after.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Group rate ends on the 20th

Have you registered yet?

Please visit the ACHE 2012 conference registration page for information on additional registration options, to include single day registration and guest registration.

You can get registered online or print the registration form.

If you are from a member institution but don't have ACHE Community login credentials, email to get your discount code.
Things you need to know about reserving a hotel room:

Monday, October 15, 2012

Circle of life

Another listing of best places to retire

Tennessee is in the top 10 at number 8.  Of course, with our low life expectancy, don't plan on being around too long. From

Best Places to Retire: Latest Survey Ranks Top States

No. 9: Tennessee 
Why it's in the top 10: After ranking in the bottom 10 in last year's study, Tennessee was a huge beneficiary of the new reader-weighted preferences. The state came out strong for economic factors and climate, which was enough to overcome a high crime rate and low life expectancy. 
Economic factors: Tennessee had the eighth-best score for economic factors, largely on the strength of having the nation's lowest cost of living. 
Climate: Tennessee's climate score is above-average. 
Life expectancy: Tennessee's life expectancy of 75.1 years is one of the lowest in the nation. 
Crime: The state has the third-highest violent crime rate in the U.S.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Publics with worst graduation rates

Vincennes was a community college when I was offered a teaching job there, years ago.  But it was called Vincennes University even then.  On the flipside, Playboy's number one party school, the University of Virginia, had the best graduation rate at 92.7%.  Hmmm. I wonder if the Complete College Act takes this into account.  More parties, everyone!  From CBS Moneywatch.

50 state universities with best, worst grad rates

  1. Vincennes University, 0 percent
  1. University of Houston-Downtown, 12.4 percent
  1. Texas Southern University, 13.3 percent
  1. Chicago State University, 13.9 percent
  1. Cameron University, 14.1 percent

Forbes lists the best colleges to work for

Brigham Young University is number one. Only one, the University of South Florida, is in the South. By Jacquelyn Smith, writing in Forbes.

The Best Colleges to Work For

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Playboy identifies the top ten

Party schools.  The University of Virginia leads the pack.  Mr. Jefferson would be so proud. Vanderbilt comes in at number seven.

Top Ten Party Schools

Plus 50 meets completion goal

Returning folks to the workforce.  From The Community College Times.

Baby boomer college program reaches completion goal early
A national program to help students age 50 and older returning to college train for new jobs has reached its goals two years ahead of schedule and is revving up to help more people. 

Nearly 9,300 student baby boomers were assisted in the last two years by the 18 colleges participating in the Plus 50 Completion Strategy, organized by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). Forty-six percent of those students—4,243 of them—completed degrees or certificates over the last two years.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tales of the non-traditional

More news about graduation and adult and continuing education students.  From The Huffington Post.

Margaret Dunning, 102-Year Old 'Belle Of The Concours,' Going Back To College On Full Scholarship

Margaret Dunning is not like most 102-year-olds. The Plymouth, Mich., native is a celebrity of sorts within the antique car show circuit, where the still-active driver and "Belle of the Concours" displays her automotive baby: a gorgeous, cream-colored 1930 Packard 740 Roadster.
But the energetic centenarian is far from done yet. This week Dunning learned she had been given a full scholarship to return to school, nearly 80 years later, to finally earn her business degree.
“I’m having a big day, I’ll tell you,” Dunning said in an interview with “Was it ever a complete surprise!”
Auto products manufacturer The FRAM Group decided to help send Dunning back to the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business after seeing a story about her lifetime devotion to cars, reports. Dunning will also get free auto parts for life, a nod to the fact that she still changes the spark plugs and oil on her cars.

ETSU to expand non-credit certificate programs in legal areas

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development, in partnership with the Golden, Colorado-based Center for Legal Studies, will offer several non-credit legal program certificates.

The courses include paralegal certification, legal nurse consultant certification, legal investigation certification, advanced legal research and writing, and several others. All are offered online. A complete listing can be found at under “Featured Programs.”  

For more information, contact the Office of Professional Development at (800) 222-3878 or visit the Web address listed above.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Rooms are going fast!

Best states to earn a living

Illinois, yes--Illinois--is number one and Tennessee is number eight.  From
Best Rated States for Earning a Living
8. Tennessee $38,038A very low cost of living helps Tennessee overcome relatively low wage levels. The state's taxes don't apply to wages, so you'll keep more of what you make.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

ETSU offers new graduate-level concentration in Regional and Community Studies

East Tennessee State University’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program now includes a concentration in Regional and Community Studies.

Students choosing the new option may explore the history, heritage, problems and potentials of Appalachia and the American South, as well as other communities and regions. They will gain knowledge to support the quality of life in various localities and to foster the development of communities and neighborhoods.

The MALS program allows students to design their own multi-disciplinary curriculum, and they may choose an elective track in Appalachian and Southern Studies, Community Studies or Hispanic Community Studies.

Graduates of the program would be qualified for employment in not-for-profit organizations that serve community needs, national and international human service agencies, community service organizations and chambers of commerce, as well as in various federal, state and local agencies. The master’s degree would also serve as a step toward various doctoral and professional programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Jill Leroy-Frazier at or Dr. Marie Tedesco at or visit

Call for speakers

UBTech 2013 will examine the shifting—and disappearing—boundaries that have previously deļ¬ned how, when and where higher education delivers on its mission. Now new challenges and opportunities face every department on every campus. Join the conversation. Seeking presentations in:
•            Campus IT
•            Finance
•            Enrollment/Retention
•            Facilities/Planning
•            Teaching/Learning
Share your experience and expertise with peers from across the country.            

To submit a proposal, visit

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Learn a new language through ETSU Rosetta Stone language instruction

In 2010, East Tennessee State University’s Honors College and Office of Professional Development began a program that offered online language-learning courses available in 25 languages through Rosetta Stone, a leading provider of technology-based, language-learning solutions.

A 2011 user satisfaction survey gave Rosetta Stone® Classroom high marks for being accessible, convenient and user-friendly. Among the most popular of the 25 languages available are Italian, English, Japanese, Latin, French, Spanish and Greek.

The non-credit professional development instruction is available to the community and does not require formal admission to ETSU. For a registration fee of $60, users receive two months of independent study in one language, available at all proficiency levels.

For more information, contact Angela McFall of the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (800) 222-3878, or register online at

Monday, October 1, 2012

I know I have the right to remain silent

But, on this story, not the ability.  I actually feel bad for everybody involved, especially after discussing it with some UT folks last week.  Chug-a-lug, chug-a-lug.  Sigh.   From The Huffington Post.

Butt-Chugging: Students, Experts Recoil At Alcohol Enema Case
Before an unruly Tennessee party ended with a student hospitalized for a dangerously high blood alcohol level, most people had probably never heard of alcohol enemas. 
Thanks to the drunken exploits of a fraternity at the University of Tennessee, the bizarre way of getting drunk is giving parents, administrators and health care workers a new fear.

Chattanooga calling

The 2012 Life Boomers & Seniors Expo

The 2012 Life Boomers & Seniors Expo is the premier resource for all things important to seniors and baby boomers. This event will feature vendors offering exciting new products, health screenings, financial planning, assisted living, real estate, shopping, home improvement ideas, travel, recreation, fitness and more. Life will also feature informative seminars about the things that matter most to today’s boomers and seniors. 

For more information, visit here.

October 6th, 2012
10:00am – 6:00pm
Chattanooga Convention Center 
Featuring Celebrity guest Doris Roberts 

We need the dues

The University of California is considering everything short of a bake sale to generate money.  Cut health benefits, tap the endowment, admit more out-of-state students--all being discussed.  Including tinkering with course schedules and credit hours.  From Nanette Asimov, writing in
UC regents hear ideas for raising money

UC could dangle a carrot to get students to graduate in just three years, offering more classes at night, on the weekends, and online. It might let students take classes elsewhere, or get credit for real-world experiences, Dorr said. 
Or there's the "stick" approach: Disincentives for students on the five-year plan, such as limiting how many total credits a student can earn. 
And, finally, the sneaky method: Labeling three-credit classes as four- or five-credit classes so students earn credits faster. The official description is "adjusting course units so that fewer courses (are) needed for a full-time load." 
"Well, that raises a red flag," Lansing said. "You cannot diminish the quality of the degree."