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We have a lot of ghost stories here at ETSU

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My student worker swears she heard my toilet flush when my office was empty. (Yes, I have a private bathroom, thank you very much.) I even had a friend die in his office during commencement. I'm skeptical, to say the least. Unless he happens to be looking over my shoulder right now...From The Atlantic.
Why College Students ​Need Their Urban Legends
Legend has it that the forests surrounding Reed College in Portland, Oregon, are home to not only standard flora and fauna, but also a slightly lesser known species: zombie monkeys. The mutant albino monkeys are rumored to be the former subjects of a psychology professor’s secret experiments in his underground lab. At some point, the primates were allegedly freed by an animal-rights activist group and now run amok in the canyon beside the school’s campus—potential threats to students wandering around a little too late at night. Meanwhile, near Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, a Loch-Ness-like creature (lovingly nicknamed Champ) …

Infographic Friday

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Thanksgiving week

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Thanksgiving week

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by 23andMe.
From Visually.

Thanksgiving week

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Thanksgiving week

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Infographic Friday

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A guest infographic from Brandman University

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Tweaking Tennessee Promise

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In its second year. There's a desperate need for more mentors and more attention paid to completing the required community service. From The Tennessean.
Tennessee Promise gets 'refined' in year 2
Officials at every level of Tennessee Promise — including counselors such as Ogilvie, leaders in Gov. Bill Haslam’s office and college admissions staffers — are using lessons from the program’s first year to refine their approach to year two.  Community colleges are beefing up admissions events and paying more attention to help with financial aid. The Tennessee Promise program itself is reaching out to involve parents more in the process and to bolster the student support system.

Mike Krause, the executive director of Tennessee Promise and a member of Haslam's staff, said these kinds of tweaks will become common as the program continues.  “This is definitely a program that every year we’re going to undergo continuous improvements,” Krause said. “There’s no doubt that this is a …
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The timeless value of the liberal arts

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When you think about it, it's not surprising West Point stresses the liberal arts. Soldiers deal with a considerable amount of ambiguity these days and the liberal arts prepare them to handle that. From The Hechinger Report.

The surprising institutions that refuse to drop the liberal arts
Christian Nattiel rattles off the way his course of studies has prepared him for his prestigious role as a company commander in charge of 120 fellow cadets at the U.S. Military Academy.  Nattiel, of Dade City, Florida, isn’t focusing at West Point on military science, or strategy, or leadership. He’s majoring in philosophy.  Ramrod straight in his Army combat uniform on the historic campus, where future officers are required to take humanities and social-sciences courses such as history, composition, psychology, literature, and languages, he said that, in philosophy, “There’s no right answer, and that’s very useful in the Army, so you’re not so rigid.”  Thirty miles up the Hudson River, students i…

Great time at TACHE

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Infographic Friday

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The real Big Stone Gap

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Is not too far from here.  Three cheers for the film; the Appalachian or hillbilly stereotype deserves to die. From Salon.
Deliver me from “Deliverance”: Finally, a Hollywood movie gets Appalachian people right
“Big Stone Gap,” a new movie adapted from the bestselling novel by Adriana Trigiani, stars Ashley Judd as a middle-aged Appalachian woman whose quiet life is disrupted by a death and a sudden revelation. The film features an African-American woman who is neither servant nor Magic Negro, a gay man who is not ostracized once he comes out, and a main character who is not only Italian, but also intelligent and even bilingual. In fact, many of the characters—including a lovable librarian and a tough coal-miner—love to read. References are made to “Jane Eyre” and “Wuthering Heights.” Michelangelo is quoted. The film even showcases a couple of Melungeon characters, a tri-racial isolate that most Americans don’t even know exist because they’re rarely taught anything about this region’s …

The Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education conference starts tonight

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Opening Reception at the Aquarium of the Smokies.
TACHE 47th Annual Conference The Park Vista - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel


Gatlinburg, TN November 11-13, 2015

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From Visually.

Attending the ACHE Annual Conference and Meeting

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Infographic Friday

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Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education

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TACHE 47th Annual Conference The Park Vista - A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Gatlinburg, TN November 11-13, 2015 $195 for TACHE members.  For more information or to register for the conference, go here.  Make your room reservations here. Plan to attend the fabulous opening reception Wednesday night at the Aquarium of the Smokies!

Those zany Millennials

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They don't drive cars, which impacts more than you might think.  From Salon.
This is the one change by millennials that will change absolutely everything
Let’s take a look at the era that began in 2001, when the first Millennials graduated college, got jobs, and started families. Eight years later, in 2009, Millennials drove 23 percent fewer miles on average than their same-age predecessors did in 2001. That is, their average mileage—VMT, or vehicle miles traveled—plummeted from 10,300 miles a year to 7,900, a difference of 2,400 miles a year, or 46 fewer miles a week.  It’s not that they stopped traveling. While Millennials made 15 percent fewer trips by car, they took 16 percent more bike trips than their same-age predecessors did in 2001, and their public–transit passenger miles increased by a whopping 40 percent. That’s 117 more miles annually biking, walking, or taking public transit than their same-age predecessors used in 2001.  When a cohort of the size of the Millennial gen…

I suppose it's better than dressing as hookers

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That allegedly Louisville used to recruit basketball players. But still. Wasn't anyone thinking before this happened? From The Huffington Post.
University Of Louisville Sorry A Bunch Of Its Staff Wore Sombreros And Fake Mustaches
The University of Louisville issued an apology on Thursday, after a community outcry over a photograph showing school staff, including school President James Ramsey, donning sombreros and other items associated with Hispanic culture during a party.  In a statement directed to the Hispanic and Latino faculty, staff and students, Ramsey' office said the school will initiate diversity training immediately.  The photograph, taken at a staff luncheon, was posted on the website of Louisville's newspaper, the Courier-Journal, along with a story about a university-owned mansion that sits vacant except for certain events, like fundraisers and staff luncheons.  The photo shows Ramsey wearing a sombrero and multi-colored poncho. Women in the image are wearing…

Vanderbilt

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Is number 42.  On GrubHub's list of the 50 most caffeinated colleges. From Time. The methodology might be a little suspect...
THE 50 MOST CAFFEINATED COLLEGES
Millions of students return to campus this week preparing for another year of late nights studying and early-morning classes (or just late nights and no studying).  Who’s struggling the most to stay awake?  Online food delivery company GrubHub, which now serves more than 20 million meals each quarter, analyzed delivery orders sent to more than 100 colleges in 47 states during the 2014-2015 academic year to see which students are ordering the most caffeine. (The company used e-mail addresses ending in .edu to determine which orders came from people associated with college and universities.)  By tallying up the orders that had the highest percentage of coffee drinks, energy drinks and all eye-opening cups in between, the company has crowned Lehigh University, the private school in Bethlehem, Penn., America’s most caffeinated sc…