More than 16,650 hours devoted to community volunteer and service-learning programs by 989 students last year helped Lawrence University earn a spot on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the seventh consecutive year.
Lawrence is one of only two Wisconsin institutions to be cited every year by the Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for National and Community Service since it launched the honor roll program in 2006 in response to the thousands of college students from around the country who traveled to the Gulf Coast to help with relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
The program salutes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities on issues ranging from supporting at-risk youth to neighborhood revitalization.
Honorees are chosen on the basis of several factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.
The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Educations 95th Annual Meeting March 4 in Washington, D.C. Law
Artisans, game and food vendors are encouraged to participate in the first ever Northwestern Oklahoma Medieval and Renaissance Faire at Northwestern Oklahoma State University on Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food vendor applications and fees are due March 1, and all other applications and fees are due March 15. No applications will be accepted after March 31.
The purpose of a medieval faire is to recreate a 14th century English market faire by providing free outdoor arts and crafts, as well as a living history.
All contributing vendors are required to be in appropriate period costumes and decorate their booths accordingly. Detailed costume and booth decoration suggestions will be provided upon request.
Arts and crafts are expected to fall within the “medieval” theme. Dr. Amy Hall, assistant professor of English and faire coordinator, listed on the website that this event is not a flea market, street festival or outdoor mall.
The faire will specialize in handmade crafts, and items made by individuals or an individual company are preferred.
A majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical on Wednesday about the constitutionality of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that requires covered states and jurisdictions, including school districts, to obtain federal approval for any change in voting.
Justice Antonin Scalia said during the arguments in Shelby County v. Holder
Adapting to mobile: the museum perspective.
Description: With their rich content and a willing audience, museums are perceived as a wonderful platform for design experimentation with mobile experiences. But the development of mobile experiences are challenging how museums traditionally operate, they are shifting what it means to have a museum experience, and they are encouraging museums to think differently about their craft.
This session will explore some of these opportunities and challenges faced by cultural institutions as they start to adapt to the potential of new mobile technologies.
Bio: Loic has worked with high-profile museums around the world to help them thing strategically about the new opportunities presented by mobile technologies.
What are MOOCs?
MOOCs are free online learning courses that are available to thousands of students at a time. For example, a recent MOOC offering, “Think Again: How to Reason and Argue”, co-taught by two professors from Duke and University of North Carolina saw an unprecedented 180,000 students register for the course. [i]
Understandably, MOOCs have been getting a lot of media attention in the last six months, due in large part to their ability to make education free and accessible to anyone with an internet connection – and the controversy about their long-term feasibility.
How Do the Classes Work?
MOOCs typically follow the same basic format as a general online course. They typically contain online written materials, short video and audio lectures and quizzes to ensure that students are adequately grasping the material. Students and instructors can also interact in online discussion boards and forums.
In some cases, schools may offer MOOCs through iTunes U, which allows professors to build online courses that students can access on their iPads through a free app.
How Do Educators Feel About MOOCs?
According to the Sloan Report’s 2012 Survey of Online Learning, only 2.6 percent of institutions indicated they currently offer MOOCs and just 9.4% said they have plans to offer them. [ii] This
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, Lawrence University brings the great British composer’s hilarious coming-of-age comic opera “Albert Herring” to the stage Feb. 14-17.
Performances in Stansbury Theatre of the Music-Drama Center are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16 with a 3 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, Feb. 17. Tickets, at $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students, are available through the Lawrence University Box Office, 920-832-6749.
Originally set in 1900, guest director/choreographer Nicola Bowie transports the production to 1947, the year Britten wrote the opera.
“It is a period that resonated with me, and I believe further serves to accentuate the characters, making them more relevant to an audience in 2013,” said Bowie, an accomplished director who has staged operas with the New York City Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Washington Opera, among others. “It proved to be a perfect fit, emphasizing that life in many rural areas of Britain and probably elsewhere has changed very little over the last few hundred years.”
Intricate and Witty
Pairing an intricate but listenable score with a witty libretto, Albert Herring parodies life in a rural British village, poking fun at puffed-up politicians, flighty school teachers, vapid vicars, bumbling police officers and an assortment of other eccentrics. But his treatmen