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SU goes “green” for Earth Day
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Students, faculty and members of the Shippensburg community braved the rain and wind Tuesday to celebrate Earth Day with music and a heightened awareness of doing good things for environment. Around 30 stands, some from on-campus organizations and others from the community, attended and offered information about going green or using recyclable products.
Source:   By Lauren Cappuccio, shipnewsnow.com

The Grapes of Wrath: Celebrating 75 years of a great American novel
Monday, April 07, 2014
April 14, 2014, marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath. In the novel, John Steinbeck follows the fictional journey of the Joads, a family of sharecroppers from Sallisaw, Oklahoma, forced to migrate west during the Dust Bowl. The Joads join thousands of other migrants on the trek to the Salinas Valley of California, a place they idealize as rich with opportunity.
Source:   By Ryan Schleeter, National Geographic

California University of Pennsylvania offers training for weather spotters
Friday, April 18, 2014
Brittany Kusniar remembers dime-sized hail raining on her car while she was driving home to Uniontown last summer, and how her severe-weather training kicked in. The SkyWarn volunteer with the National Weather Service took measurements and reported them through a Facebook page run by the agency's Pittsburgh office. “It wasn't all that bad, but it is still nice for them to know,” said Kusniar, 21, a junior meteorology major at California University of Pennsylvania. “On radar, a meteorologist can assume hail is probably falling ... but it's nice to verify it.”
Source:   By Jaso Cato, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

ESU alumnus named to top PASSHE post
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Marcus S. Lingenfelter, a member of the Council of Trustees at East Stroudsburg University, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees, which comprises the trustees from the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities.
Source:   The Pocono Record

State-owned universities to learn about child-abuse prevention
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities will begin a new child abuse prevention initiative this week at Slippery Rock University.
Source:   The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Advocacy group sues Pa. universities over athletic opportunities for women
Thursday, April 17, 2014
A complaint filed by a women's advocacy group alleges that the majority of universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education are violating Title IX.
Source:   By Anya Sostek, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State System universities accused of violating Title IX by not letting enough women play
Thursday, April 17, 2014
An advocacy group has filed a Title IX complaint against nine Pennsylvania State System universities, saying the schools have failed to provide athletic opportunities for female students.
Source:   By Jeff Frantz, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

College enrollment by recent high school grads is down
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
College enrollment by the high school class of 2013 was lower than it has been for any graduating class since 2006, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday.
Source:   By Ann Belser, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Student Loans Can Suddenly Come Due When Co-Signers Die, a Report Finds
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
For students who borrow on the private market to pay for school, the death of a parent can come with an unexpected, added blow, a federal watchdog warns. Even borrowers who have good payment records can face sudden demands for full, early repayment of those loans, and can be forced into default.
Source:   By Richard Perez-Pena, The New York Times

College is for learning, not debt
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
A year ago, I was where many parents are right now. My daughter Monique Olivia was faced with the decision of where to attend college.
I'll admit I was pretty adamant leading up to the choice that many families have to make by May 1, the deadline for accepted students to declare where they will attend college: No student loans.
Source:   The Philadelphia Inquirer

The new SAT: Aptitude testing for college admissions falls out of favor
Monday, April 21, 2014
There’s a reason the College Board scrubbed “aptitude” from the name of its big admission test two decades ago. The idea of a Scholastic Aptitude Test left the organization open to criticism that it believed some people were born to go to college and some weren’t.
Source:   By Nick Anderson, The New York Times

Sen. McCaskill sends out ‘unprecedented’ survey about campus rape to colleges
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
As the next step in looking at what to do about the problem of sexual assault on campus, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is sending out an extensive survey to 350 college and university presidents across the country.
Source:   By Diana Reese, The Washington Post

Mansfield University students participate in community service day
Monday, April 14, 2014
Mansfield University students, along with staff and faculty, took part in a day-long community service project on Saturday. More than 300 students signed up to help clean parks, churches and along highways in the Mansfield area as part of “The Big Event.”
Source:   The (Elmira, N.Y.) Star-Gazette

WCU honors group raises money for hunger in Africa
Sunday, April 13, 2014
The Honors Student Association at West Chester University announced that it had raised more than $11,000 during its ninth annual Aid to South Africa event.
Source:   By Kendal Gapinski, The (West Chester) Daily Local News

IUP students study by day, man fire station at night
Sunday, April 13, 2014
When a call comes in to the Indiana Fire Association's White Township substation after midnight, four firefighters spring from their second-floor beds, slide down a pole into the truck bay, grab their gear and head out. Students at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, they are part of a bunk-in program that provides firefighters experience and a free place to live.
Source:   By Mary Pickels, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Guest Voice of Jane Earll: Why I support 'The Community's College' in Erie
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I wholeheartedly applaud "the Community's College" and the Porreco Promise initiative recently unveiled by Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. The plan for the new Porreco College is a pipeline to affordable, accessible educational and training opportunities currently lacking in this region. It is a very important initiative and deserves our support.
Source:   By Jan Earll, in The Erie Times-News

Millersville University gets approval for flexible pricing plans
Monday, April 14, 2014
The board of governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has approved new, flexible pricing plans at Millersville University.
Source:   By Paula Wolf, Lancaster Online

Few Erie-area college students pay full price
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The first price you see is not the price you pay when it comes to higher education in the Erie area. Families in northwestern Pennsylvania are just starting to navigate the daunting process of figuring out how to pay for college as the end of the school year inches closer, and a recent analysis of federal data shows how determining the price of higher education is more complicated than just looking up prices online.
Source:   By Sean McCracken, The Erie Times-News

Kutztown University opens veterans center
Friday, April 04, 2014
Acknowledging that the growing presence of former military members on campus, Kutztown University officially opened a veterans center Thursday at a program in the McFarland Student Union Building. F. Javier Cevallos, Kutztown's president, heralded the center as an important step in helping veterans make the transition from military to academic life.
Source:   By Ron Devlin, The (Allentown) Morning Call

Panel to explore how to temper rowdy celebrations
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Indiana Borough residents eventually will get a chance to give a new borough council committee their ideas for keeping a lid on celebrations of rowdy young people like last month’s “IUPatty’s Day.” But Indiana Borough Police Chief William Sutton said not all the strategies developed by the committee — like operational plans for police officers during the celebrations — will be divulged.
Source:   By Randy Wells, The Indiana Gazette

College students find their 'path'
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Ashley Mayo was a woman on a mission when she enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh four years ago. Today, the Washington native says she is nearing “mission accomplished,” thanks in part to MyPath101, a new app designed to help students choose a major in line with their goals and talents, select the right classes, graduate in four years, establish an online identity, and begin a career.
Source:   By Debra Erdley, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

SAT exam undergoes an intense makeover
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
To use a sample word offered by the College Board, interest in the redesigned SAT college entrance exam -- coming in spring 2016 -- is likely to be intense.
Source:   By Eleanor Chute, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pennsylvania State System allows Clarion to drop flat rate for tuition
Thursday, April 10, 2014
For now, it's just one campus. But if Clarion University succeeds in a pricing experiment that it hopes to begin in fall 2015, other state-owned universities across Pennsylvania may ask themselves -- as Clarion did -- whether it's time to drop a pricing standard as old as the State System of Higher Education itself: the flat tuition rate for full-time undergraduates.
Source:   By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Shippensburg University may be among first to test out new presidential selection process
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Shippensburg University may be among the first Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities to put to the test a new presidential search process.
Source:   By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Millersville University to add extra fee for students majoring in STEM fields
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Millersville University students enrolled in its most popular majors will be hit with an extra $100-a-semester fee, starting in the fall. It will be charged to undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The fee is needed to help cover the high cost of purchasing and updating equipment and services used in these programs, said Millersville's President John Anderson.
Source:   By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

State System Chancellor Frank Brogan lays out his vision for the state universities
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Six months on the job, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan has developed a clear vision of where he wants to lead the 14-university system. Allowing universities to break away from the system, legislation that two state senators have put on the table,  has no place in that plan.
Source:   By Jan Murphy, The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News

Chancellor delivers 'State of the System' on Pa. universities
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Faster approval of new academic programs, a greater voice in vetting prospective campus presidents, and added tuition price flexibility are what member universities can expect from the State System of Higher Education, Chancellor Frank Brogan said today.
Source:   By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steps to avoid letting universities exit state system
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The chancellor of Pennsylvania's higher education system on Wednesday promised more autonomy for its 14 universities, giving two state senators hope that their proposed legislation to break up the system won't be necessary.
Source:   By Susan Snyder, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Two students named to State System of Higher Education board of governors
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Two students have been named to the board of governors of the State System of Higher Education.
 
Source:   The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sponsor admits State System bill's odds dim
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
A controversial bill that would enable larger and financially healthy state-owned universities to secede from the State System of Higher Education may not have the votes to pass the Legislature — at least not this year, its prime sponsor now concedes.
 
Source:   By Bill Schackner, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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