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ETSU to assist those wishing to begin or complete graduate degrees

East Tennessee State University will offer assistance to those desiring to begin work on a graduate degree or those needing to write a thesis or dissertation to complete a degree.

A Graduate Record Examination Test Preparation Workshop will be held on Saturday, Feb.1, 2014, in an all-day session for prospective graduate school applicants.

Sponsored by the ETSU School of Graduate Studies and the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach, the program has a registration fee of $70, which includes coffee and a continental breakfast as well as five hours of instruction on the verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing measures of the GRE. In addition, participants will take three 30-minute practice tests and receive the scores for the tests, along with advice on improving those scores.

The online link for registration is here.  In addition, the School of Graduate Studies and School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach are offering a Graduate Management …

Common Sense Media's report

On Children's Media Use is out.  Unsurprisingly, more kids have access to and use modile devices.  The link and key findings are below.

Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013
Key Finding 1: Young Kids' Mobile Access Dramatically Higher
Key Finding 2: Kids' Time on Mobile Devices Triples
Key Finding 3: Time with “Traditional” Screen Media is Down
Key Finding 4: TV Still Dominates Kids' Media Time
Key Finding 5: Reduced but Persistent Mobile Digital Divide
Key Finding 6: TV Widest for Education but Digital Growing

Application deadline next week

ACE Now Accepting Nominations for the 2013 Adult Learner of the Year Award 
Is there a student on your campus who has overcome great odds to reach his or her higher education goals? Help honor that achievement by nominating him or her to become ACE's 2013 Adult Learner of the Year. ACE will recognize the winner at its 96th Annual Meeting, Seizing Opportunity, to be held in San Diego, CA, March 8-11, 2014. Nominations are due by December 6, 2013.
ACE's Adult Learner of the Year Award recognizes a person who has benefited academically and professionally from making use of ACE's credit recommendations for workforce or military training. Award winners demonstrate: •Continued success in academic, professional, personal and community endeavors
Extraordinary achievement in his or her community or workplace while successfully             balancing the demands of family, career and education
Inspiration to others to set high lifelong learning goals This year's Adult Learner o…

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UT Knoxville makes this list

Of America's ugliest campuses.  Seems a bit harsh to me.  From Travel and Leisure.
America's Ugliest College Campuses
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TNWith a lack of green space and a road slicing the campus in half, the brick and concrete environs of the University of Tennessee could double as a skateboard park. The John C. Hodges Library is a notable eyesore. Not only was the original 1969 building unappealing, in 1987 more brick cascades were added, accentuating the squat proportions. Fortunately, any daytime dreariness is in stark contrast to night, when, according to one student on, “The campus is a wonderland, with all of the buildings lit up and the pedestrian walkway lined with gorgeous lamps.”

I'd hate to be a public school teacher right now

No respect.  Outlandish expectations.  It reminds me of the tee shirt I saw recently: Those who can, teach. Those who can't, pass laws about teaching. From Liz Riggs, writing in The Atlantic.
Why Do Teachers Quit? Ingersoll extrapolated and then later confirmed that anywhere between 40 and 50 percent of teachers will leave the classroom within their first five years (that includes the nine and a half percent that leave before the end of their first year.) Certainly, all professions have turnover, and some shuffling out the door is good for bringing in young blood and fresh faces. But, turnover in teaching is about four percent higher than other professions.  Approximately 15.7 percent of teachers leave their posts every year, and 40 percent of teachers who pursue undergraduate degrees in teaching never even enter the classroom at all. With teacher effectiveness a top priority of the education reform movement, the question remains: Why are all these teachers leaving—or not even ent…

Let's hope the rock star

isn't Miley Cyrus.  In Nashville in December.

Call for proposals

Call for Proposals Deadline has been extended. 

Please submit by November 26th.  
Conference Tracks Presenters are requested to submit proposals for concurrent sessions for topics pertaining to adult and continuing higher education. Areas of focus include but are not limited to:  • Stand By Your Brand: Marketing
• Tuning Into Professionalism: Leadership
• Breakthrough Performances: Best Practices, Non-Credit
• Putting on the Hits: Best Practices, Credit  Guidelines for Concurrent Session Proposals: Concurrent sessions will be 45-minutes in length. To propose a concurrent session, please provide the following items of information in the format below:   1. Name, Institution, Mailing Address, Telephone, Fax, E-mail for all presenters
2. Title of presentation.
3. Recommendation for Novice, Intermediate, Experienced, of All Audiences (Indicate One)
4. Abstract of presentation (70-80 words)
5. Brief biography of presenter(s)
6. One page double-spaced Presentation Summary, including pertine…

This is about ROTC leaving Tennessee Tech

NOTE: This is an unfortunate byproduct of scheduling posts while off campus.  Both programs have gotten a two-year reprieve for their ROTC programs.

But the same thing is happening at ETSU.  From Alan Blinder, writing in The New York Times.
R.O.T.C. Making Cuts to Expand Recruiting -
When Sarah Short arrived at Tennessee Technological University this summer, she had mapped out her four years of undergraduate study and well beyond: an affordable nursing degree and a commission as an Army officer.  But months into her first semester, Ms. Short’s plans changed after the Army announced it would close Tennessee Tech’s 63-year-old Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 2015, two years before Ms. Short expected to finish her degree.  “This is the only place I’ve ever wanted to go,” Ms. Short, 18, a first-generation college student from Murfreesboro, said last week. “It’s perfect for me — was perfect.”  The abrupt news, delivered to Ms. Short and scores of other cadets here days…

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Walking in Memphis.

At the TACHE Hospitality Suite


Mmmmmmm . . . doughnuts

I've only been to one of these, listed below, and it's rather well-known.  These are Food and Wine's choices.  We have Auntie Ruth's doughnuts (more commonly referred to as the Amish doughnuts) sold at our local farmer's market that I would put up against anyone's glazed varieties.
America's Best Doughnuts
Café du Monde; New Orleans, LA
Opened in 1862, this sprawling 24-hour café in the French Quarter attracts tourists and locals at all hours for dark-roast coffee spiced with chicory (which tempers the bitterness) and its divine beignets, served fresh-fried hot and dusted with powdered sugar.

Getting ready for my presentation today

At the TACHE preconference for off-campus center administrators. Here's some advice from the Dale Carnegie Blog I'll be following.  I just wish Dale could do the whole thing for me.

Presentation Tips Part 1: Opening a Presentation Most airplane difficulties occur at two critical points: take-off and landing. The same is often true of presentations. A strong opening will create additional confidence and is an opportunity to make an immediate positive first impression. Key Points: Get favorable attention quickly, Lead naturally into your presentation, Build goodwill, Create points of agreement. Techniques: Use an exhibit, Dramatize your ideas, Get participation, Cite points of agreement or common ground . Avoid the apology. “How often we all have heard speakers begin by calling the attention of the audience to their lack of preparation or lack of ability. If you are not prepared, the audience will probably discover it without your assistance.”  —Dale Carnegie

TACHE Starts today


Social notworking

Harvard, Stanford, and Johns Hopkins are 1-2-3 at engaging students through social media, according to whole list can be found at the link below.  Vanderbilt is number 22.

Top 100 Social Media Colleges

I'm so old I still use email

Unfortunately, our students don't.  From Courtney Rubin, writing in The New York Times.
Technology and the College Generation As a professor who favors pop quizzes, Cedrick May is used to grimaces from students caught unprepared. But a couple of years ago, in his class on early American literature at the University of Texas at Arlington, he said he noticed “horrible, pained looks” from the whole class when they saw the questions.  He soon learned that the students did not know he had changed the reading assignment because they did not check their e-mail regularly, if at all. To the students, e-mail was as antiquated as the spellings “chuse” and “musick” in the works by Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards that they read on their electronic books.  “Some of them didn’t even seem to know they had a college e-mail account,” Dr. May said. Nor were these wide-eyed freshmen. “This is considered a junior-level class, so they’d been around,” he said.  That is when he added to his course syl…

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Its called the educational buffet

But I'd call it an educational smorgasbord.  Oh, wait. Aren't those the same things? Hmmmm.  When I think buffet I think huge portions of unlimited food and when I think smorgasbord I think wide variety of choices.  I bet there's a liguistic monograph in there somewhere.  
Connotations aside, I have to wonder what the role of continuing education will be when most of the students are nontraditional and patching together programs of study from all sorts of various providers? From The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The New, Lifelong, Nonlinear Path Through College When the filmmakers behind the animated summer blockbuster Monsters University needed inspiration for their fictional campus, they visited three of the nation's best-known colleges: Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of California at Berkeley.  Such name-brand campuses, having provided the backdrop for Hollywood productions, help shape our collective vision of coll…

Where have all the non-traditional students gone?

Apparently, not to community colleges.  Priced out of the market, I'm afraid.  From James Orbesen, writing in The Atlantic.
Students at Community Colleges Are Getting Younger and Younger All throughout graduate school, in preparation for teaching, I read the works of educators such as UCLA’s Mike Rose, about the magic of community colleges to empower the so-called “non-traditional” student: someone who doesn’t enroll in higher education directly out of secondary school, who falls outside the 18-24 demographic, or has professional or personal obligations that eclipse their academic pursuits. Rose writes that these students are seeking a “second chance.”  According to his 2012 book Back to School, there are over 10 million students in community college with backgrounds as diverse and varying as imaginable. Rose tells the story of Henry, a big man in a wheelchair who had made some mistakes--a gangland encounter left him a paraplegic. Moving back in with his parents and deciding to pur…

MTSU's Dianna Rust

Wins ACHE leadership award.
Call for 2014 Connection Webinar Presentations Deadline Extended to Friday, November 8th!
IACET would like to invite you to submit a presentation proposal for our monthly Connection webinars. IACET's Connection webinars are available free of charge to Authorized Providers and individual members, and covers topics ranging from learning outcomes to best practices in continuing education and training.
Below is a sample of previously recorded Connection webinar presentations. Writing Policies and ProceduresImplementation of Learning After Training7 Essential Practices for Managing Virtual TeamsClick here for a list of potential topics that have been suggested by webinar participants. Please note that webinar topics must be relevant to IACET and/or the continuing education and training industry and be 45-60 minutes in length.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please click on the link below.
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ETSU to observe Nontraditional Student Week

Nontraditional Student Recognition Week will be celebrated Nov. 4-8 with a variety of activities at East Tennessee State University.

A large portion of the student body at ETSU is “nontraditional,” which encompasses married adults, adults working full-time and attending school part-time, single parents and other categories.

ETSU’s Adult, Commuter and Transfer Services (ACTS) office is sponsoring the university’s observance of this nationally celebrated week, and members of Alpha Sigma Lambda adult student honor society and the Adult Learners Student Organization will assist in the events.

“Adult Students Rock” T-shirts will be given away on Monday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m.-noon at Borchuck Plaza in front of the Sherrod Library.  In case of rain, this activity will be moved to the second floor booths in the D.P. Culp University Center.

A “Paint-a-Mug” activity will take place Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in The Cave on the first floor of the Culp Center, and pastries and beverages…

The bourbon tour starts tonight.

When in Kentucky....

Interested in learning more about the history and legacy of Kentucky Bourbon? We've got just the event for you!

Kentucky’s Bourbon Story – A Fundraiser for ACHE Scholarships
Date:  Monday, November 4th
Location:  Meet in the Henry Clay Room at 5:30 p.m. (tour leaves at 5:45 p.m.)
Price:  $35

Led by hometown boy, Dan Lavit, this Fun’raising event will introduce you to the rich history of Bourbon in the bluegrass state. This fun, educational event will feature a visit to Town Branch Distillery (a short walk from hotel) where we will learn about the process of making bourbon.  Those wishing to continue the fun can partake in a casual evening of food and spirits as we visit some of the world’s best Bourbon bars.  Price includes a Bourbon presentation, distillery tour, and goodie bag.  Dinner and spirits are at own expense.  All proceeds from this Fun’raising event will benefit the ACHE scholarships.

At the conference


Infographic Friday

The Dos and Don'ts for Online Learners - An infographic by the team at dos and donts for online learners