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Lifelong learner

She's here to chew bubblegum and kick ass.  And she's all out of bubblegum.  From The Johnson City Press.

Taekwondo just part of 80-year-old’s physical routine
Last week the feisty 80-year-old Ruth Sluder stepped away from one of her Taekwondo sessions at Olson’s Martial Arts Academy where she is a third-degree black belt to talk a bit about her brand of enthusiasm.  It was her birthday. She’d just finished breaking a wooden board with her foot. The rosy glow on her cheeks was not rouge, and she fidgeted inside her martial arts garb, anxiously watching her “family” go through their maneuvers.  That’s how she defines her martial arts mates. In turn, those at the school say she’s “the mom of the group.”  “Before my husband died, he told me to go on and enjoy life,” she said with a smile. “My mother lived until she was 94. She exercised all her life — every day up until she passed. Age is only a number, and mine’s unlisted.”

No where to go but up

For Tennessee on the state rankings for well-being.  Top states include Hawaii, Colorado, and Minnesota. Behind Tennessee are Mississippi (48), Kentucky (49) and West Virginia.  From The Tennessean.

Tennesseans rank 47th in well-being

Folks in these states tend to have lower rates of obesity and fewer medical problems such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, chronic pain. They also report enjoying their jobs more, have lower rates of smoking, and exercise more often than residents in states that rank lower on the list.  Five states that have always been in the bottom 10 with the lowest well-being score every year from 2008 to 2012: West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Arkansas and Mississippi

Gifting your staff

Seems to improve productivity more than a cash bonus.  Although it seems reminiscent of the Hawthorne Effect, these experiments suggest there is a productivity increase when you show employees that you put some thought into rewarding them by picking out a gift.  At least in Europe.  Would the results translate to the U.S.?  In the meantime, start putting more effort into those holiday presents you give out.  From Slate.  

Gifts from your boss: Do they make you work harder? - Slate Magazine
Before the students started to catalog the books, the experimenters told some of them that they would receive an unexpected 7-euro bonus—a 20 percent pay hike relative to the promised wage of 36 euros for the three-hour job. Another group was given a gift-wrapped water bottle that was worth around 7 euros. (In some versions of the experiment, a price tag was left on and catalogers were informed of the present’s value, to ensure that the employees didn’t overestimate it.) Crucially, a separate set of s…

God help me, I do love top ten lists

A Boomer video

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Save the date

2013 NACADA Region 3 Conference Greenville, SC May 14-16, 2013
Growing with the Flow: Bridging Advising Strategies and Best Practices for Student Success
Region 3 Conference

An economist breaks up with his girlfriend

After all, it's good to be data driven.  From Josh Freedman in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

It’s Not You, It’s Quantitative Cost-Benefit Analysis.

Susan, we need to talk. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately. About us. I really like you, but ever since we met in that econ class in college I knew there was something missing from how I felt: quantitative reasoning. We can say we love each other all we want, but I just can’t trust it without the data. And after performing an in-depth cost-benefit analysis of our relationship, I just don’t think this is working out.  Please know that this decision was not rash. In fact, it was anything but—it was completely devoid of emotion. I just made a series of quantitative calculations, culled from available OECD data on comparable families and conservative estimates of future likelihoods. I then assigned weights to various “feelings” based on importance, as judged by the relevant scholarly literature. From this, it was easy to determine th…

The higher education inspector will see you now

Tennessee considering another layer of oversight for colleges and universities.  From The Tennessean.

Bill offered to create TN higher ed inspector
Republican state lawmakers are proposing legislation to create an inspector who would examine operations within Tennessee’s higher education systems.  The legislation, which was delayed in the House State Government Subcommittee on Wednesday, would create the Office of Higher Education Ombudsman within the office of the state Comptroller of the Treasury. It also would establish the position of Higher Education Inspector General within the ombudsman’s office, which is estimated to cost $504,300, according to a legislative summary of the bill.  The salary and benefits alone for the inspector general’s position are expected to cost $123,000.  The person’s job would be to “examine financial and policy compliance” within the University of Tennessee and state Board of Regents systems and annually report to the chairmen of the education committees…

The King of Engagement

And not the betrothal kind, either.  How many of these can you come up with?  The Knight of Noncredit? The Conference Queen? From Time.

Ambassador of Buzz? Are Offbeat Job Titles Awesome or Unprofessional?
Why be just another generic associate when you could hold the job title of ninja, happy maker or ambassador of buzz? Quirky job titles can give the impression that worker and company alike are fun, hip and creative. Then again, they might just come off as silly.  Offbeat job titles have been around for years, especially in cutting-edge tech firms and funky, laid-back places like Oregon. A 2009 story highlighted, for instance, how companies in the state were handing employees job titles such as consultant of pleasure and (you gotta love this one) grand pooh-bah.  The Boston Globe now reports that the fun, irreverent-job-title trend is spreading to “more traditional fields” including publishing and advertising. So a young woman who answers phone calls and greets guests in an office isn…

An evening with President Noland in Asheville, NC

In Asheville, NC.

Conference trends

Successful Meetings lists five notable corporate event trends.  I've pulled out number four.

5 Corporate Event Trends to Watch in 2013

Event organizers will engage audiences with smartphones: Smartphones are increasingly used to conduct business and stay in touch. Gartner predicts that mobile devices will surpass PCs as the tool of choice to access the web in 2013. Forward-thinking event planners will provide attendees with all-in-one apps they can use to track activities, connect with business contacts and share their experiences via social networks. These apps will also empower organizers to engage with users before, during and after an event.

Dr. Elaine Boone named coordinator of ETSU’s presence in downtown Kingsport

East Tennessee State University has selected Dr. Elaine Boone as coordinator of the university’s activities in the Downtown Kingsport Academic Village, working in collaboration with the Kingsport Higher Education Commission. 

ETSU is offering classes this semester at the Regional Center for Applied Technology, and Boone will oversee the ongoing progress of the university’s presence by determining program needs and matching faculty and classes to fill those needs as ETSU transitions to a larger space in the Food City Shopping Center.

Boone brings a diverse background to the position. A Kingsport native, she taught 25 years at many places, including Kingsport City Schools, Washington Co. Schools, Abilene (Texas) Independent School District, McMurry University, Tusculum College, Northeast State Community College (NSCC) and ETSU. She has developed curricula, advised students, supervised interns and served as an administrator. In addition, she was co-owner and manager of a small business.

In my day, I worked my way through college

Here's why you can't do that today. The New York Times describes the plight of working students. Even if, according to your chronological age, you aren't an adult, most of our students have adult responsibilities these days.

College Costs, Battled a Paycheck at a Time
But students nowadays who try to work their way through college without parental support or loans face a financial challenge of a different order than the one that Ms. Foxx, 69, confronted as a University of North Carolina undergraduate more than 40 years ago. Today, a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State, the largest university in her district, can easily cost $80,000 for a state resident, including tuition, room, board and other costs. Back in her day, the total was about $550 a year. Even with inflation, that would translate to just over $4,000 for each year it takes to earn a degree.  And the paychecks that Mr. Tolmie managed in the big city are only a dream in towns like Boone, where employers have th…

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Top tenning during spring break


Top tenning during spring break


Top tenning during spring break


Top tenning during spring break


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Civil mediation training

ETSU's Office of Professional Development will offer civil mediation training approved by the Tennessee Supreme Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission (ADRC). The sessions will meet on April 4, 5, 18, 19 and 20, from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. daily in the East Tennessee Room of the D.P. Culp University Center.

Jean Munroe will conduct the 40-hour course that covers employment, contract, business, personal injury, sexual harassment and community issues. Other content includes requirements of Rule 31, the mediation process, negotiation styles and methods, the reasons people make specific decisions, the basics of neurolinguistics, increasing one’s emotional intelligence and ways mediators can market themselves.

Munroe has been a mediator since 1991. She was approved in 1998 by the Tennessee Supreme Court ADRC to train Rule 31 mediators, and she has conducted over 100 mediation training sessions.

This training is of benefit to attorneys, teachers, social workers, psychologists, execut…

ACL starts soon

East Tennessee State University’s Alliance for Continued Learning (ACL) will offer a wide range of seminars and activities during its spring program series beginning Tuesday, March 19, and ending Tuesday, April 23. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. All classes will be held at the Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. in Johnson City.

To give new members an opportunity to become acquainted with the group, the ACL will welcome participants at a continental breakfast on March 19 at 9:30 a.m. ETSU President Emeritus Dr. Paul Stanton will offer welcoming remarks.

The spring lineup includes a look at the civil rights movement by Dr. Jill LeRoy-Frasier of the ETSU School of Continuing Studies; Southern Appalachian folk medicine explained by Dr. Anthony Cavender of the ETSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology; and an investigation of the “prodigal son” in art.

Among other sessions are musician and composer Dr. Lewis Songer speaking on the acoustics of music; r…

Face to face still best

For generating ideas.  So it makes sense to sit down together in the same place to plan a conference.  From Successful Meetings.

Face-to-Face Meetings Generate Most Ideas, Scientific Study Finds
The best brainstorming sessions take place in person during face-to-face meetings, according to a new scientific study.  Conducted by the IMEX Group in partnership with the Meetology Group, the study involved an experiment that was designed to test the question, “Does meeting face-to-face improve creativity compared to virtual meetings?” As part of the experiment, pairs of participants engaged in brainstorming sessions face-to-face, over the phone and via video chat. The results showed that face-to-face sessions generate more ideas, a “marginally” higher quality of ideas and a greater variety of ideas than either phone or video chat.  “A face-to-face meeting between two people who do not know each other resulted in more creative ideas than the other two methods,” says Dr. Paul Redford, a consul…

Starts next week

2013 Georgia Adult Education Association Annual Conference
March 11-12, 2013
Lodge & Spa at Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, Georgia

Mr. Henry Carter- Author and Community LeaderDr. Earl Suttle- Leadership Success International 


Call for proposals

Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund

The Summer Session Research Consortium is pleased to announce a  Call for Proposals for the Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund.

Amount of Award 
The total for the year 2013 is $10,000. One or two proposals will be supported from this amount.

Proposals must be submitted electronically to Dr. Donna Shea, the Research Consortium Chair, by Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Funding decisions will be announced by May 2013. Prospective applicants should feel free to contact Donna by email or telephone at 617-353-5124 with questions or to discuss their ideas.

More Information
Details about the award process are available in the 2013 Call for Proposals.

The Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund honors Theresa Ann Neil, a nearly 20-year member of the staff at at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  Born in 1948, Theresa passed away on June 25, 1994, after an accident that took her life and that of her husband, D.C. Neil.  She served as Assistant Vice Chancellor…

I wonder if McDonald's University

Is still in operation?  Does anyone know?  Anyway, Frank Abderholden, writing in The Chicago Sun-Times, describes another corporate college.  I remember when these were viewed as a growing threat to continuing education.  Nowadays, there other threats...

Walgreens U area’s latest collegiate addition
Walgreens University is not solely a building, but a national program with national access and offerings for team members at every level of the company,” said Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, chief human resources officer. “We hope every one of our 240,000 team members will find ways to grow their careers and improve themselves through the educational opportunities that Walgreens University will expand or introduce.”  Plans are to double the number of learning opportunities for employees through expanded online classes, regional training sessions and in the Deerfield campus classrooms. More than 100 courses will be available through one of the few corporate training programs to offer college credi…

Dr. Glover is my hero

Programs and policies designed to improve student learning by holding schools accountable for performance on standardized tests are brought into serious question in a new book published by an East Tennessee State University professor.

Dr. Eric Glover is the author of The Myth of Accountability: What Don’t We Know?, published by Rowman & Littlefield Education. Glover is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the ETSU Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education, where he also coordinates the principal training program.

In his book, Glover challenges the idea that schools are failing and goes on to argue the opposite.

“Yes, there are failing schools serving children of poverty, but overall our schools have improved and continue to improve in spite of accountability measures that limit their ability to do so,” Glover said.  “Today, our best classrooms and schools are organizations that should be emulated by business and other entities, and they are models of the learni…

Class, your required reading is on Facebook

That will make it easier for you to remember the content.  Or so it seems. I have to say, though, that I disagree with the author that there are too many posts about babies on Facebook.  Other people's babies, perhaps, but my way.  From Salon.

Study: People can remember more about Facebook than real books -

Researchers at the University of Warwick and the University of California, San Diego, tested how well people could remember text taken from Facebook updates and compared it to sentences picked at random from books. What they found is that participants’ memory for Facebook posts was about one and a half times greater than their memory for sentences from books.  Now before you slap your forehead and lament the death of the written word, consider the implications.  The study’s findings shed considerable light on the kind of information we are hard-wired to retain, revealing that our brains favor natural, spontaneous writing over more polished content. T…

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