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Infographic Friday

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From https://www.goldentours.com.

Suddenly

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Retirement doesn't look so bad. Growing older, after all, but not up. Flip-flops are cheap, too. From The Rolling Stone.

Jimmy Buffett to Open Margaritaville Retirement
For Parrotheads "55 and better" seeking an "active adult community" while wasted away again, the Latitude Margaritaville will open its first branch in Daytona Beach, Florida, with similar communities also in the works.  "Inspired by the legendary music and lifestyle of singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett, your new home in paradise features exciting recreation, unmatched dining and FINtastic nightlife," the Latitude Margaritaville site says.  The $1 billion project, a collaboration between Margaritaville Holdings and Minto Communities, aims to create 7,000 homes in Daytona Beach; since announcing Latitude Margaritaville two weeks ago, the property has already received over 10,000 registrations, Minto senior vice president Bill Bullock told Good Morning America.  “It…

Adult Ed 101

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Money and time, the two big obstacles to higher education for adults. Tennessee is addressing the money part, to its credit. From The Tennessean.

Survey reveals why it's so hard for adults to go back to college Money is a key hurdle for many working adults interested in higher education.  Tuition and fees were listed as a barrier by 81 percent of the survey participants, the report said. Three fourths of respondents said they needed help finding extra money to pay for college.  "People who are out in the workplace, they don’t have the extra money to take a class here and there,” Ward said. “That money means the difference between going to school and not going to school.”  Ward predicted that Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Reconnect proposal to make community college tuition-free for adults without a degree could "change the game" by dramatically easing the financial burden many adult students face. The report said employees also struggle with other costs, like book…

One of the benefits of lacking a college degree?

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You're less likely to marry. So there's that. From CBSNews.com.
Why men are having problems getting married Since the recession, incomes for college grads have recovered, while less-educated Americans have seen their incomes decline 3 percent, according to the Economic Policy Institute. The income gap between college grads and high school grads now stands at 56 percent, the widest since 1973, the EPI found.  That meshes with the problems facing younger American men who lack college degrees. In 1990, more than 17 percent of men between 18 to 39 worked in manufacturing, but by 2007 that had declined to about 11 percent, Autor and his co-researchers found. Fewer job opportunities reduce “the supply of young men who would likely be judged as good marital prospects,” they noted.  While more Americans are getting married later or even skipping marriage altogether, another trend has emerged in the last few decades: the so-called marriage gap. This phenomenon dovetails with education a…

Look busy

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This is why our vacation days go unused. We want to be overworked. The bosses won...From Paste.
Social Science: How Being Overworked Became a Status Symbol Do you catch yourself complaining to your friends about how totally overworked you are? Joking that maybe you’ll have time to hang out some time in the next century? Making sure they know that you eat “sad desk salad” for lunch because you are just so swamped? Turns out you may be, consciously or not, trying to signal your social status—just as surely as if you showed off a new designer bag or bragged about going backstage at a super hip show over the weekend. Yes, apparently being a workaholic is yet another signifier of the social hierarchy that we’re hardwired to try to climb, and being busy makes you look important and high-status, in the eyes of Americans, at least.  It used to be that leisure time was a sign of wealth and status: only the well-off could afford regular vacations, “ladies who lunch” showed off by socializing and…

Happy National Cocktail Day!

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It seems the best states to raise a family include a lot of snow and cold weather

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North Dakota, New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota and Nebraska lead the list. The District of Columbia, Mississippi, and New Mexico are at the bottom. Tennessee is 37th, right behind Kentucky. From WalletHub.

2017’s Best & Worst States to Raise a Family
Raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state. And the reasons are often similar: career transitions, better schools, financial challenges or perhaps a general desire to change settings.  But wants and needs don’t always align in a particular state, which might offer, for instance, a low income-tax rate yet subpar education system. Consequently, a family must make unnecessary sacrifices — the kinds that are easily avoided by knowing which states offer the best combination of qualities that matter most to parents and their kids.

Source: WalletHub

Social notworking

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We no longer have to live with unanswered questions. Remember when we had to dig out the encyclopedia? When we could buy encyclopedias at the grocery store as an incentive to shop? O brave new world, / That has such people in 't! I suggest you try calling in sick to work with one of these--like nomophobia. From The Week.

5 new brain disorders that were born out of the digital age
1. Nomophobia Some people are afraid of spiders. Others, heights. Or maybe you're unreasonably fearful of clowns. The list of phobias is long, and researchers recently added one more: In 2012, the world learned of "No-Mobile Phobia" or "nomophobia" — the feeling of panic one has upon being separated from one's phone or tablet. In one U.K. survey, 73 percent of respondents felt panic when they misplaced their phone. And for another 14 percent, that panic spiraled into pure desperation.  But the research into this new fear is so new, it's hard to say conclusively whether nomoph…

Tennessee Reconnect

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Pushing for adults to be able to attend community college for free. I've heard little opposition to it. From WJHL.com.
Southern Republican, Gov. Bill Haslam, leading free college movement A Republican governor from a deep red Southern state has emerged as an unlikely leader of the free tuition movement, winning converts across party lines by emphasizing the need for a better-trained workforce.
Now Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is pushing his state to become the first to make community college free to almost every adult.  Liberals and conservatives remain divided about how much taxpayer money should go toward ensuring more people graduate college. But a critical shortage of skilled, qualified workers is building rare bipartisan consensus that government needs to push harder to educate today’s workforce. “The free college movement has gained support from the left and the right, albeit for different reasons,” said Thomas Harnisch, director of state relations and policy analysis for the A…

Welcome to the Spring Equinox!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Erin Go Braghless....

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You mean Kindergarten Cop

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Doesn't accurately portray how teachers work? I'm shocked. Shocked. Could the documentary discussed in the interview below, Teacher of the Year, be the only movie that really looks at a teacher's responsibilities? From The Atlantic.
How Pop Culture Misrepresents Educators
Andrew Simmons: The movie may critique the Hollywood hero-teacher narrative, but doesn’t Angie come across as the kind of teacher that a teacher should emulate? Angie Scioli: To suck the public in, you give them that narrative, which establishes my moral authority as a “good” teacher. Then in the second part of the movie, you learn that half my fourth-period class is failing, my value-added test scores are terrible, and the event I organized, Pridefest, is not a success. You think, “Wait, I thought she was a good teacher.” The public has been fed a media narrative that a good teacher is the hero teacher. Once that’s established, it’s more powerful to find out it’s not going all that well in some aspects. Th…

Happy Pi Day

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From Visually.

Welcome to the first DST workday!

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From Visually.

Infographic Friday

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Save the Date!

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Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education
East Regional Conference Friday, May 12, 2017
Click Here to Register
Make plans now to attend the 2017 East Regional Conference on the ETSU at Sevierville campus.
2025 Red Bank Road Sevierville, TN 37876

More info to follow on speakers. Conference check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.  Morning pastries, juice/coffee, lunch and afternoon snacks are included in your $25.00 registration fee.  The conference will conclude by 3:30 p.m.



Happy National Proofreading Day!

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NATIONAL PROOFREADING DAY National Proofreading Day is observed each year on March 8th.  This day was created to bring  awareness to the importance of proofreading.

National Proofreading Day promotes mistake-free writing. Make all your writings and documents make a positive and professional impression by proofreading them carefully.   From NationalDayCalendar.com. 

From the "it seemed a good idea at the time" file

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Maybe don't name a bill after someone who supports pedophilia. I wonder what will happen when Conservatives protest a liberal speaker on campus? From WATE.com. 
Tennessee bill’s nickname gets heat; Sponsor says it’ll change A bill that would stop speeches from being canceled at public universities due to protests is getting some heat Tuesday.  Representative Mike Stewart wants the so-called Milo bill to be withdrawn.  “We in the state of Tennessee do not need to be naming bills after people, celebrating them, for promoting pedophilia, racism, negative behavior toward women,” said Stewart.  The bill is not actually about Milo Yiannopoulos but is in response to what happened at the University of California-Berkeley. The former Brietbart columnist was supposed to give a speech there, but protesters flooded the and things turned violent, so it was canceled.

Renaissance Child Enrichment

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 East Tennessee State University's  Office of Professional Development Presents: Renaissance Child Spring Enrichment Program March 13-17 Daily sessions from 8 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Children ages 6 to 12  

Spring-related arts and crafts will be offered, as well as field trips, including visits to WCYB News Center and Bright's Zoo.
Each child should bring a bag lunch daily and wear "paint-friendly" clothing.

To register, CLICK HERE,   or call 423-439-8084 or email goicl@etsu.edu.
For further information, contact Betsy Cunningham  at 423-439-8084  or email at cunninghamb@etsu.edu.




Enrollment is limited.  <

Infographic Friday

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[Source: Today I Found Out]

Tennessee HBCUs visit the White House

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A nice moment, even if bumbled by Betsy DeVos. From The Jacksonsun.com.
TSU, Fisk, LeMoyne-Owen leaders met President Donald Trump Leaders from three of Tennessee's historically black colleges and universities traveled to Washington D.C. this week for a series of meetings in which President Donald Trump and other federal officials pledged to support the institutions.  TSU President Glenda Glover, interim Fisk President Frank Sims and LeMoyne-Owen College President Andrea Lewis Miller were among more than 60 HBCU leaders to converge in the nation’s capital on Monday and Tuesday for the meetings. Sims described them in an email as “quite productive,” even though they were somewhat overshadowed by controversial remarks by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.  “Our goal as a group was to share our collective concerns with President Trump and his executive leadership directly responsible for educational funding and policies that impact our institutions,” Glover said in a statement. “We hope…

Haunted by student loans

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Who knew your social security could be garnished for student loan debt?Under the radar is right. From CBS MoneyWatch.
The rising cost of college loans for retirees One of the growing threats to a comfortable retirement -- other than not saving enough -- is being hobbled by college loans in your seventh decade.   Although student debt mostly flies under the radar for retirees, it has become a problem because debt collectors can garnish Social Security payments.  According to a recent study by the Government Accountability Office, this debt can force retirees dependent upon Social Security into poverty.
Since college loans can be discharged in court only in cases of serious disability, they can follow you the rest of your life. That’s also the case for those who co-sign for debt. Parents and grandparents who want themselves or family members to earn a college degree can get trapped in student debt during their most vulnerable times. Doing the right thing can be a financial disaster.     …