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For 82 students a year, $1,000 scholarships

EL CAJON (Press Release) – East County’s two community colleges have raised almost $850,000 for the Bernard Osher Foundation scholarship fund that will forever provide awards of at least $1,000 to 82 students each year.

As a result of the three-year intensive fundraising campaign, 56 students at Grossmont College and 26 students at Cuyamaca College will be selected annually to receive an Osher scholarship. With the match from the Bernard Osher Foundation, the total value of the two college’s scholarship fund is more than $1.6 million.

In May 2008, California’s 112 community colleges were challenged to raise money for the scholarships, with a promise of a 50 percent match from the Osher Foundation for all of the donated funds. The San Francisco-based foundation also made an initial $25 million contribution to the fund.

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Senators denounce ‘profiteering’ at private colleges

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) – Following Wednesday night’s PBS Frontline segment documenting the mistreatment of America’s veterans by some for-profit colleges, a group of Senators condemned the practices brought to light.  Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), along with Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), called for greater oversight of military education benefit dollars in order to protect our veterans and military personnel from abuses in the for-profit higher education industry.

The Frontline segment comes after a report released by Senator Harkin in December detailed the massive growth in military education benefits flowing into for-profit colleges.  Last year, $439 million went to the 15 publicly traded for-profit higher education companies, accounting for 25 percent of all Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.  A yearlong HELP Committee investigation of the for-profit education industry has revealed that at many schools more than half of students drop out within a year, with no evidence that military students are faring better.

“Frontline’s findings are deeply disturbing and only serve to underscore the findings of our investigation:  many of these subprime colleges are aggressively enrolling veterans and collecting their hard-earned education benefits with little concern for whether they succeed,” said Harkin.  “We need to step up oversight of military education benefits to ensure that our brave men and women in uniform receive a quality education.”

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Bill would require Medicare to reject payments to uncertified imaging and radiation technicians

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Press Release) – U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (R-Kentucky), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, on Thursday introduced legislation that would protect patients undergoing medical imaging procedures or radiation therapy by setting new education and certification standards for the technical medical professionals performing the imaging. Rep. Whitfield’s legislation is co-sponsored by Rep. John Barrow (D-Georgia) and a bipartisan group of 17 members of the House of Representatives.

The bill, known as the Consistency, Accuracy, Responsibility and Excellence (CARE) in Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Act, would ensure that a patient who undergoes a medical imaging or radiation therapy procedure paid for through Medicare has the services performed by a professional with appropriate education and competency assessment through certification. Further, Rep. Whitfield’s bill would ensure that taxpayer dollars are only being spent on those procedures performed by qualified individuals.

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Books by National Academies now may be downloaded for free in PDF format

WASHINGTON, DC (Press Release) — As of today all PDF versions of books published by the National Academies Press will be downloadable to anyone free of charge.  This includes a current catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports produced by the Press. 

The mission of the National Academies Press (NAP) — publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council — is to disseminate the institutions’ content as widely as possible while maintaining financial sustainability.  To that end, NAP began offering free content online in 1994.  Before today’s announcement, all PDFs were free to download in developing countries, and 65 percent of them were available for free to any user.

“Our business model has evolved so that it is now financially viable to put this content out to the entire world for free,” said Barbara Kline Pope, executive director for the National Academies Press.  “This is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact by more effectively sharing our knowledge and analyses.”

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N.C. college bars student from graduation because of ‘negative’ FB comment

RALEIGH, N.C. (Press Release)Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) has refused to allow a student to participate in its graduation ceremonies due to a comment he posted on Facebook about how the college was handling its recovery from tornado damage. Despite SAC’s extensive promises of freedom of expression for students, the college disciplined student Roman Caple because of what it called a “negative social media exchange.” Caple, who is represented by attorney Brandon S. Atwater, has also come to the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) for help.

FIRE Senior Vice President Robert Shibley said, “While it promises free speech, Saint Augustine’s College has apparently rolled out a brand new, unwritten ‘don’t challenge our decisions on Facebook’ rule that warrants keeping a student out of graduation ceremonies. It’s hard to think of a pettier way to punish a loyal, graduating student for publicly disagreeing with administrators.”

On April 16, 2011, a tornado hit Raleigh and cut off electrical power to many SAC students. On April 18, SAC announced via Facebook that it would reopen, although some students still were without power. Following complaints, SAC announced a public meeting with Progress Energy and students on April 19. In response, Caple posted this message on SAC’s Facebook page, encouraging fellow students to bring any necessary documentation to the meeting and to anticipate SAC’s response: “Here it go!!!!! Students come correct, be prepared, and have supporting documents to back up your arguments bcuz SAC will come hard!!!! That is all.”

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Tech Mall hours for May 31, June 1-12

GROSSMONT COLLEGE (Press Release)–The following are hours of operation for the campus library and for the Learning & Technology Resources Center (the tech mall).

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

  • The Library will close at 12:00pm
  • The Tech Mall will close at 2:00pm

June 1-9, 2011

  • The Library and Tech Mall will be closed.
  • Access to Assessment on the 2nd Floor will remain open.

June 13, 2011

  • Regular Services in the Library and Tech Mall will begin.
  • Monday – Thursday, 8:00am – 6:00pm

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Preceding provided by Kerry Kilber Rebman, Dean of  Learning & Technology Resources

Of wolves and gardeners: much to see at student art exhibit now at the Hyde Gallery

By Leon Goodrum

GROSSMONT COLLEGE– I had the pleasure of viewing the “Grossmont College Art Student Exhibition 2011″, a collection of student works submitted by instructors. Ceramics, drawing, jewelry, photography, digital media, furniture were among the categories represented.   

I found the gallery a delight and the selected pieces showcased wonderful art otherwise not accessible to the public. Some of my own personal favorites include a photo titled “The Gardener” (11-183) which features a grandmother tending her lawn. The vivid color is warm and calming while the balance was easy on the eyes.  

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