Saturday, May 31, 2014

Today is

The 80th Anniversary of the death of Bonnie and Clyde.  Shot down near Bienville Parish, Louisiana.  From

6 Things You Didn't Know About Bonnie and Clyde
1. Although Barrow and Parker claimed to be married, Parker remained legally married to her first husband, Roy Thornton. On the day she died, she still wore his wedding ring and bore a tattoo on her knee with intertwined hearts and their names, Bonnie and Roy.2. Bonnie and Clyde were both short. Parker was only 4’11″ and Barrow 5’4″ at a time when average heights for women and men were about 5’3″ and 5’8″. (Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, who played Bonnie and Clyde in the famous 1967 film stood 5’7″ and 6’2″ respectively.)3. Parker was an honor student and a poet, and life as one of America’s most wanted didn’t stifle those interests. Shortly before her death, Parker wrote a poem called “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” which was published in several newspapers and immortalized their tale.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

As retirement creeps closer

I spend more time on rankings like this. I'm surprised these "best states" are all in the north.  I don't see retiring in the Dakotas in my future.  Although maybe, like Rhoda, I'd keep better up there.  From CBS News.

Report ranks best, worst states for retirement - CBS News compiled a variety of statistics and scored all 50 states on factors such as crime rates, weather, healthcare, tax rates and overall cost of living. The top state for retirees? South Dakota, according to the personal finance site. It was followed by Colorado, Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming. The five states at the bottom of the list as places to retire: New York, West Virginia, Alaska, Arkansas and Hawaii. 
"While the states that ranked highly may not be thought of as typical retiree havens, seniors should consider more than sunshine when choosing a place for their golden years," Bankrate analyst Chris Kahn said in a statement. "The Dakotas both ranked in our top 10 for the second year in a row due to their low cost of living, low crime rates, good health care quality, low taxes and excellent satisfaction scores from residents."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Some days, all I do

Is go to meetings.  Some are good, some not so good.  Here are some tips for a good meeting from Lifehacker.

There are three Ws to address before the office meeting ever takes place: when, who and why. The fourth W, "where", is obviously in your office. 

Why are you meeting? If you don't ask that question, you will get nothing done at the meeting itself. As many of the commenters point out, the first step is to set an agenda for the meeting. 
Crew founder Mikael Cho notes that a meeting shouldn't be the place where you brainstorm ideas, you need to tell the attendees to do that in advance and show up with a clear list for discussion. Similarly, the meeting organizer should send required reading at least three days in advance, says blogger Scott Berkun, and make it concise enough so that everyone has actually read it before they show up.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Give Vets their due

Prior learning is so hot right now in academic circles.  Continuing educators and CAEL members have been fighting the good fight for some time now.  Like my whole career...From Time.

Vets Want Class Credit For Military Skills
“Looking at the kids next to me, I knew I was going to smoke these kids,” said Lloyd, who was 35 at the time. “I had a competitive advantage.” 
But while he may have had a head start over 18-year-old classmates right out of high school, Lloyd got no academic credit for it. He had to slog along with them through introductory courses in anatomy and physiology, the fundamentals of nursing care, and how to conduct physical examinations, among other subjects. The only benefit of his time in the military that the university conferred was to recognize his basic training by tossing him two credits for phys-ed. 
Lloyd, now 39, completed his degree and is on his way to a earning a master’s next year. Those are the kinds of credentials required to get civilian nursing jobs. But it took him longer than it needed to, in part because universities and colleges give veterans so little credit for their military training and experience—even though the skills they’ve learned, in fields like nursing and law enforcement, are in high demand, and even as more are being discharged into a persistently soft employment market. Some 684,000 veterans are unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day: Remembering the Fallen
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Office of Professional Development specializes in planning and implementing Conferences & Seminars, Non-Credit courses, Certification Training courses, and Children's Enrichment programs.

2014 Renaissance Child Summer Camps
All Camps are $185 per week, per child, except for two specialty camps:  Girl's Radio/Television/Film Camp, which is $300 and Digital Media Camp for High School Students, which is $375.  All camps are eligible for a multiple camp/camper discount of $10 per camp/camper or an ETSU discount of $15 per camp/camper.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

Surprisingly, German is the third most spoken language in Tennessee, after English and Spanish.  Oh year, and Southern.  The most commone Native American language spoken here is Cherokee.  From Slate.

Language map: What’s the most popular language in your state?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lake Wobegon nation

Where everyone is above average.  From YouGov.

America the intelligent
The latest results from YouGov show that most Americans (55%) think that they are smarter than the average American - meaning that the average American thinks that they are smarter than the average American. A third of the country (34%) say that they are about as smart as the average person, while only 4% say that they are less intelligent than average Americans. People with higher levels of educational attainment say that they are smarter than most Americans, with fully 51% of people with post-graduate degrees saying that they are 'much more intelligent' than the average American.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Use your end of year funds to register for ACHE



ACHE Annual
Conference & Meeting
October 27-29, 2014

You won't want to miss the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Join us for this year's conference and enjoy the outstanding lineup of speakers, network with colleagues and experts in your field, and meet with vendors about exciting new higher education products. Strengthen your continuing higher education unit by gaining information on how to create, manage and grow your programs. This conference will help make a difference for your institution!

The ACHE conference will be held at the fabulous Tropicana Las Vegas
a newly renovated Doubletree by Hilton property that is conveniently located directly on the infamous "Las Vegas Strip."

To register for the conference, please visit  

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

ETSU to offer class for adults who wish to learn to play the piano

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development will offer a non-credit piano class designed for adults interested in learning to play the piano or in reviewing and refreshing their piano skills.

Participants will study the mechanics of playing the piano, develop music reading skills and gain an understanding of basic harmony and rhythm through the use of classical and popular melodies. No prior background in playing piano or reading music is required.

The $150 course begins Tuesday, May 20, and will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for six weeks, ending Thursday, June 26. The class will meet in ETSU’s Mathes Hall piano lab.

The instructor for the course will be Jerilyn Paolini, a member of ETSU’s music faculty since 2001. Paolini teaches individual and group piano classes and directs the ETSU Summer Piano Camp. She also regularly performs in music department concerts.

For further information or registration, call the Office of Professional Development at (800) 222-3878.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Save the date

2014 CAP Conference 

The New Face of Accelerated Learning

Tuesday, July 22 - Pre-Conference Events
July 23 & 24 - Main 2-Day Conference

Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center
Metropolitan State University of Denver

 Register Online Here
Download the Brochure and Registration Form Here

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Students upset at Bryan College

More than 20% of the faculty won't return in the fall.  Some because of changes in the college's Statement of Belief.  From The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Dozens of students tied strips of black fabric to their arms to highlight the sadness on campus. 
And at a morning chapel service, the last of the year, students stood up to announce their discontent and that Monday would be a day for students to speak out. 
The student response came after weeks of controversy sparked by a February change to the school's long-held statement of belief that embraced a more narrow view of creation. But issues on campus, professors and students say, go much deeper. 
Many are upset over the secrecy and urgency that surrounded the clarification, leaving some professors little time to find other jobs if they couldn't sign the revised statement. And many say the campus has been defined by distrust and division for weeks. 
After visiting campus earlier this month, trustees said they had "heard the voices of the Bryan Community and will be taking specific steps to bring healing and move forward ..." Board members held dedicated meetings with students, many of whom had signed a petition asking for a reversal of the clarification. They met with faculty, who had cast their own vote of no-confidence in Livesay. 
But many of the administration's critics say reconciliation is a long way off. 
Students said they weren't trying to personally disrespect Livesay, but wanted to voice their disagreement with his leadership. They have met with him and trustees, but said they got little accomplished.

Monday, May 12, 2014

ETSU to sponsor Kingsport Area Safety Council’s annual Safety Seminar

East Tennessee State University will join the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Tennessee Department of Labor as sponsors of the 29th annual Kingsport Area Safety Council Safety Seminar on Wednesday, May 14, at the Eastman/Toy F. Reid Employee Center in Kingsport.
The day begins with opening ceremonies at 7:15 a.m., which include a keynote address by ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland.

A day of safety workshops will begin at 8:15 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m.

A $50 fee for the seminar includes lunch and refreshments. The pre-registration deadline is Friday, May 9, although participants may register at the event. There is a $20 fee for continuing education units (CEUs) for professionals.
To register online, visit and click “registration,” then “courses” and “Continuing Education Units only.” For further information, go to    

Tennessee's Brentwood

Is number seven on this list from The Fiscal Times. Bethesda, Maryland is number one.  By the way, Brentwood is why we don't have a state income tax...

The 10 Richest Small Cities in America
Brentwood, TNBrentwood has more luxury car dealers per capita than anywhere else in our 25 wealthiest small cities – to  the tune of one for every 6,176 people.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

This is bad news for me

According to my last BMI, I'm either very overweight or obese--give or take a biscuit.  From Time.

There’s No Such Thing As Healthy Obesity, Says Study
There’s a persistent and controversial question dividing researchers: Can you can be very overweight and also very healthy? The research suggesting people can be healthy at any size was intriguing, and we covered it. But the tide (and the research that supports it) is turning, with many researchers saying it’s simply not possible to be fit and obese.

Today, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that looked at 14,828 metabolically healthy Korean adults with no known heart disease found obese people had a higher prevalence of early plaque buildup in the arteries compared to normal weight people. The researchers defined obesity in the study as a BMI over 25; in the U.S. obesity is defined as a BMI over 35. The researchers conclude that even though these people may not have heart-related disease yet, their weight is still taking its toll on their health.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Eliminating seams

Easing transfer restrictions could boost the graduation rates of community college transfers, according to The Hechinger Report.

Barriers to credit transfers lower graduation rates, new study finds
Universities’ unwillingness to award academic credit to community-college students for courses they already took is driving down graduation rates for the increasing number of people following that route to a degree, according to new research. 
If not for the loss of academic credits when students transfer from community colleges to four-year colleges and universities, 54 percent of them would graduate, compared to the 46 percent who do now, the research, conducted at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, found. 
“Loss of credits is a tax on transfer students,” CUNY researcher David Monaghan said. “Policymakers should be pushing both community colleges and four-year institutions to address it.”

Monday, May 5, 2014

Some progress on the drive to 55

We moved from seventh from the bottom to eighth. We're heading in the right direction, thankfully.  From The Tennesseean.

TN ranks 42nd in college degrees, report finds
Tennessee has narrowly improved its percentage of college graduates, moving from 43rd overall to 42nd, according to a report released today. 
The study, “A Stronger Nation through Higher Education,” released by Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation, comes just days after the Tennessee General Assembly approved Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to offer free community college tuition to Tennessee high school graduates. 
Haslam has a goal of boosting the number of college graduates to 55 percent by 2025.