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Private gifts to colleges rebounding

NEW YORK (USANN4)– Gifts to colleges and universities are on the rebound as the U.S. economy slowly improves from the recession.   Bloomberg cites a leading education official, who says higher education gifts will likely increase 5-point-7 percent in the fiscal year ending June 30th.

At least six schools have received donations of $100 million or more this year.   Earlier this month, the University of Pennsylvania said it got $225 million for its medical school.   That is the largest single gift in the school’s history.

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University of Minnesota Law School may lose state funding

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (USANN4)–In a few years, the University of Minnesota’s law school expects to be on its own.   Minnesota Public Radio reports that school officials expect to lose all state funding in the near future.   The law school gets about 12 percent of its funding, around $5 million, from the state.

It plans to become financially self-sufficient within a few years.   That means all of the money in the University of Minnesota law school’s budget will come from tuition revenue and private donations.   Officials say they will need to increase tuition revenue and private fundraising to make up for the loss of state money.

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College settles hiring discrimination suit

TEMPE, Arizona (USANN4)–An Arizona community college district has settled a federal hiring-discrimination lawsuit.   The Maricopa County Community College District will pay nearly $68,000 in penalties and back pay, according to the Justice Department.   In the suit, the district had been accused of hiring discrimination against non-citizens.

It was also accused of preventing newly hired non-citizens from starting their jobs by requiring them to produce documents that it did not require U.S. citizens to produce and were not mandated by federal law.   The department says among those harmed was a permanent resident who had accepted an adjunct mathematics faculty appointment.

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House speaker criticized by Catholic academics

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–Catholic academics are upset with House Speaker John Boehner.   The Ohio Republican is scheduled to give the commencement address Saturday at Catholic University of America.   According to the National Catholic Reporter, more than 75 Catholic academics have sent a letter to Boehner.

They say the speaker, who is Catholic, has strayed from one of the church’s core teachings, preferential treatment of the poor.   Boehner is also scheduled to receive an honorary degree from the school.

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Nevada survey suggests some professors overpaid

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (USANN4)–A new report shows that some college professors make a lot of money, but don’t work very hard for it.   KTNV-TV in Las Vegas examined records from three Southern Nevada colleges, in regards to how much is spent on tenured professors.   The largest of the three, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, pays more than $50 million for tenured professors.

Some of them make more than $100,000 per year.   Twenty-three of those professors teach just one class per semester.   Another 57 teach just two classes.   There’s one geology professor who makes $107,000 to supervise one student who is writing a thesis.
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Pitzer College to offer secularism major

CLAREMONT, California (USANN4) — A California college is the first to offer a major in secularism.   The New York Times reports that Pitzer College is creating a department of secular studies this fall.   Pitzer is a small liberal arts institution east of Los Angeles.   Professors will teach courses such as “God, Darwin and Design in America,” and “Bible in Literature.”

Pitzer, founded in 1963, is known as a school that emphasizes community service and environmentalism.   It is one of the seven institutions of higher learning known as The Claremont Colleges.

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What do college boys most often think about?

COLUMBUS, Ohio (USANN4)– Men think about nothing but sex, right?   Not so fast.   A new study indicates that men think about sleep and food as much as they do sex.   In a study by an Ohio State University psychologist, the median number of thoughts about sex by college-age men is 18 times a day.   That compares to 10 times a day for women.

However, men also thought about food and sleep proportionately more.   The study was limited to college students, but new research is being conducted on adults ages 25 and up.

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Mexican students rehearse for Cinco de Mayo

Students from Escuela Normal De Atlacomulco rehearse for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. (Photo: Adriana Monroy Rodríguez)

By Russell Lindquist

Russell Lindquist

GROSSMONT COLLEGE — Virginia Berger, one of Grossmont’s instructors of English as a Second Language (ESL), has helped Grossmont to coordinate dozens of exchange students from Mexico’s Northwestern city of Atlacomulco for a three-month English-immersion program, here in San Diego, the conclusion of which will graduate the students as instructors of ESL in their native country.

“[This exchange program] has been taking place since 2001. The students who will perform are going to become ESL Teachers in México, in middle schools,” said Professor Adriana Monroy Rodríguez. She and Professor Elizabeth Martinez are instructors of ESL in Mexico; both are also academic assistants to the Vice President of Escuela Normal De Atlacomulco, from which the students hail as well.

The exchange students rehearsed under the direction of Professors Martinez and Rodríguez for tomorrow’s folk dancing to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

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Lindquist is Managing Editor of the GC Summit; email him at russL@gcsummit.com

History professors not big money makers

WASHINGTON, D.C. (USANN4)–If you’re looking for a profession with big salaries and pay raises, scratch history professor off your list.   The American Historical Association’s magazine reports that history professors are making just a smidge more than last year.   Perspectives on History shows that the average salaries for history professors at four-year colleges and universities in 2010-11 rose only a half percent.

That’s less than the rate of inflation.   The data comes from a survey of faculty salaries conducted by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

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Cuyamaca College to mount music festival May 7

CUYAMACA COLLEGE  (Press Release)– Combine live bands with college students eager to learn the music business and what do you get? The Cuyamaca College Music Industry Studies program’s third annual Coyote Music Festival set for noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 7, on the grand lawn of the Rancho San Diego campus.

The free event for all ages will be showcasing local bands on two stages playing original and covered music ranging from rock, pop, alternative and punk to acoustic jazz and folk.

For the students, the concert is the culmination of a semester-long project to put on a music festival, handling all aspects of production, including planning, auditions, promotions, staging and sound engineering.

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