A green oasis in the desert of dried up funding! Provost Peter Keller this week announced that a recent Department of Community & Economic Development grant enables faculty to apply for funding to develop course innovation and development for the 2011-2012 year. Applicants may be individuals or small groups of faculty. Contact Keller or your Dean for details.
This large, old tree fell across Wellsboro St. late Wednesday morning. As anyone around Mansfield knows, traffic is usually bumper-to-bumper and sometimes even stopped, so it was amazing that only one car was hit. Crews worked through the night to erect new poles and return the power lines. It is safe to say it was a miracle that no one was hurt, especially the driver of the vehicle draped in power lines.
This year is the 20th anniversary of our nursing program. Terry Day and I spent a morning this week at the Robert Packer campus to interview nursing profs Susan Lanzara and Jamie Klesh as well as a group of nursing and radiology technology students. The warm, respectful relationship the students had withs their professors was inspiring and I left knowing that future patients are going to be in good hands when these students go out into the field. Special thanks to Jackie Wisniewski, coordinator of Student Services, Guthrie/Mansfield Education Center for her help.
Amazon sells books. Google finds answers. And now a software program may be the next step in suggesting student courses. The Chronicle reports on the sneak peak at the program and the Netflix Effect.
The automated system looks at a student’s planned major, academic performance and information on how similar students made out in particular class. The system compiles and crunches the information and makes a recommendation. According to the article, Austin Peay State University officials say “an early test of the system found that it could lead to higher grades and fewer dropouts.”
Around the Mansfield region we talk a lot about politics, entertainment and natural gas. Here’s a recent update on the Marcellus Shale Tax debate.