Friday, October 28, 2016

Infographic Friday

Halloween Traditions Around the World
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tennessee hauntings

There's reportedly a few haunted buildings on our campus. And my student worker swears she heard my toilet flush when no one was upstairs in my office. Across the mountains, the most haunted place in North Carolina is the Biltmore Estate. Been there several times. From

The Most Haunted Places in Every State
Tennessee: Loretta Lynn Plantation House in Hurricane Mills 
Visit the Loretta Lynn Plantation House and adjacent cemetery for a chance to see the spirits of Confederate soldiers buried on-site, among other supposed apparitions. Tours of the haunted ranch are available daily, and often come with ghost stories. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Best arial views

Image result for clingmans domeFrom across the county. In Las Vegas, oddly enough, the view was from the High Roller Ferris wheel. We rode that two years ago at the ACHE conference. It had an open bar. From I think traversable is misspelled, unfortunately.

Awesome Aerial Views in All 50 States
The view from 6,643 feet is worth a visit to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is free year-round. The highest point, known as Clingmans Dome, is reached by car and a half-mile summit trail traversible only by foot to an observation tower at the peak. On a rare clear day, there's a 100-mile view.

Monday, October 17, 2016

ACHE Conference weather forecast

Looks like a warm week in the Big Easy...

Mon, Oct 17Scattered clouds. Warm.86°F69°F
Tue, Oct 18Partly cloudy. Warm.87°F68°F
Wed, Oct 19Mostly sunny. Warm.88°F69°F

At the ACHE Conference in New Orleans

A Breakdown of Traditional New Orleans Cuisine

Sunday, October 16, 2016

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

FOCUS on our new governing board

Just announced. They will need confirmation from the legislature. From

Governor appoints 8 people to ETSU’s local governing board
Governor Bill Haslam has appointed eight individuals to the newly created local governing board at East Tennessee State University. 
The goal of the appointments is support student success in the state’s education initiative called Drive to 55. The program moves the governance of the ETSU from the Tennessee Board of Regents to a the local governing board. A first in the institution’s 105-year history. 
The appointees to the ETSU governing board are:
  • Janet Ayers, president of the Ayers Foundation
  • Steven DeCarlo, CEO of AmWINS Group, Inc.
  • David Golden, senior vice president, chief legal and sustainability officer and corporate secretary for Eastman Chemical Company
  • Dorothy Grisham, owner/operator of an Allstate Insurance Agency
  • Dr. Linda Latimer, anatomic and clinical pathologist and owner of Mountain Regional Pathology
  • Scott Niswonger, chairman and founder of Niswonger Educational Foundation and executive chairman of Landair Transport, Inc.
  • James Powell, founder of Powell Companies and former chair of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, owner of Ron Ramsey and Associates.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Meanwhile, just over the mountains in North Carolina

Private colleges around here are recruiting Hispanic students. Who knew? And who knew Hickory was so well regarded by Reader's Digest? Maybe there's a market for ETSU here that we're ignoring. From The Hechinger Report.

Needing students, Appalachian colleges reach out to fast-growing Hispanic population
Janeth Barrera Cantu has spent most of her 18 years living in a cramped trailer in rural North Carolina with her three siblings and parents. Eight years ago, her father was deported to Mexico, where he was shot and killed, a crime that remains unsolved. For several years afterward, her mother, Maria, was left as the sole breadwinner for the family of five. 
The trailer is just down the road from Hickory, a town Reader’s Digest named one of the 10 best places in America to raise a family and that business magazines have hailed for its entrepreneurial climate. That’s where Maria Cantu earns a living cleaning houses. She now has a boyfriend who helps raise the children; he works in a glove factory. 
Among Hickory’s most picturesque landmarks is Lenoir-Rhyne University, a private liberal arts school with a leafy campus of stately brick buildings and well-kept, wide-open spaces. The evangelical Lutheran institution named in part for a Confederate Civil War officer remains more than two-thirds white, and costs $43,200 a year for tuition, room, and board. It’s less than four miles from the Paradise Valley Mobile Home Park, where the Cantus and other mostly Hispanic Catholic families live. 
They might as well be in two different worlds. But now these two worlds are colliding. 
More of the teenagers graduating from high schools in Appalachia look like Janeth Barrera Cantu, and fewer look like the middle- and upper-class whites from which local colleges and universities have historically drawn their enrollments. So Lenoir-Rhyne and other schools in the region have started trying to recruit Hispanics, who—like Barrera Cantu—increasingly want college educations. 
“Liberal-arts colleges are in crisis,” said Doug Sofer, a history professor at another of these schools, Maryville College in Tennessee. Hispanics, Sofer said, “should be an obvious demographic target, and it’s in our own self-interest to figure this out.” 
Six of the 10 states with the fastest-growing Hispanic populations in the country are in the Appalachian South, with their numbers of Hispanics up between 120 and 176 percent since 2000. They’re drawn by jobs in sectors ranging from food services to farming to furniture manufacturing.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Party, on Garth

University of Wisconsin-Madison tops Princeton Review's ranking of Party Schools. May alma mater, the University of Iowa, was 6th. Go Hawkeyes. No Tennessee institutions made the list.

Party Schools
1. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI
31,662 Enrolled

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Golden Gate University tops the list

Of Washington Monthly's Best Four-Year Colleges for Adult Students. Followed by The University of Utah and our ACHE friends--Park University.  I was a little surprised to see my alma mater listed since flagships steer more towards the traditional student. Among two-year schools, Weber State University is number one, followed by Utah Valley University and Central Texas College. Hmmm. When I go to Weber State's website, it doesn't appear like they offer associate degrees. And Utah does have community colleges...

Best Colleges for Adult Learners - 4 Year Colleges

RANK1Golden Gate Univ.–San Francisco (CA)

Monday, October 3, 2016

Alzheimer's takes a devastating toll - not
just on those with the disease, but on
entire families.
Dementia and Alzheimer 
Progression and Treatment
October 6th, 13th & 20th, 2016
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 3 sessions
ETSU at Kingsport Allandale
Fee:    $95.00

Click Here to register online

This workshop is a basic overview 
of Alzheimer's disease and
dementia, progression and treatment.

It includes topics on communication, 
behaviors, personal care, activities, family support, end-of-life and spiritual care.

Learn strategies to help loved ones 
or patients cope with this progressive disease.

About our Instructor

Sharon Durnin, is a Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, and currently serves as Director of The Alzheimer's Regional Resource Center, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides resources, training, educational materials and support to those caring for someone living with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related diseases. She joined Preston Place, LLC, in 2003 and is the Administrator of Preston Place II, a secured memory-care facility, which opened in April, 2007. She has over 18 years of experience working with Alzheimer's and other related dementias.
October 6th, 13th & 20th, 2016
8:30 AM to 12:30 PM, 3 sessions
ETSU at Kingsport Allandale  
Fee:    $95.00

Click Here to register online

East Tennessee State University's
Office of Professional Development
Box 70559
Johnson City, TN  37614-1707
423-439-8084 (local)
Website - Click Here

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ACHE South Annual Conference
Peabody Hotel
Memphis, Tennessee
April 11-13, 2017