Monday, November 30, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 2:19 PM
A view of Temple University's campus. (Sharon Gekoski-Kimmel / Staff Photographer)

After years of lobbying, the 1,400 adjunct professors at Temple University will become part of the faculty union after more than two-thirds of those voting approved the measure.

The vote results were released Wednesday by both the university and the union following a tallying of the vote - 609 to 266 - by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board in Harrisburg.

With the addition of the adjuncts, the size of the Temple Association of University Professionals - the faculty union - will double. Its current membership is about 1,400.

POSTED: Monday, November 23, 2015, 4:59 PM
In Atlantic City, the former Revel casino (pictured) will not be connected to the former Showboat casino property next door, a judge ruled Monday. Glenn Straub, the Florida developer who bought the Revel property, had sought to force Stockton University to connect the properties, essentially using Showboat to power Revel. (CHARLES FOX / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

On the list of things the Showboat property in Atlantic City is not: A casino, a college campus, an extension cord.

A judge ruled Monday that Stockton University is not required to connect the Showboat building to the Revel property next door, as Florida developer Glenn Straub had sought.

“Stockton is grateful that the court has ruled that we are free of all energy obligations with KK Ventures, and can now complete settlement with this behind us,” Harvey Kesselman, Stockton’s interim president, said in a statement.

POSTED: Friday, November 20, 2015, 4:39 PM
Penn State logo outside of Beaver Stadium. ((Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports))

A day after administrators at Pennsylvania State University appeared all but certain to begin building residence halls at its branch campuses in Abington and Media, the board of trustees put the brakes on the project – at least temporarily – at the urging of Gov. Wolf.

Trustees who are members of Gov. Wolf’s cabinet successfully convinced a majority of the board to delay the projects for further study. The 402-bed apartment-style residence at Abington, the 256-bed residence hall at the Brandywine campus in Media and a student union building at Brandywine would cost the university more than $100 million. They would be the first residence halls on what have been commuter campuses for years.

The decision comes as Gov. Wolf continues a battle for a 2015-16 state budget in which he is seeking a boost in higher education funding for Penn State and other colleges. His cabinet members, who serve on Penn State’s board, linked that budget battle with the approval of the residence hall projects.

POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:55 PM
In this July 12, 2012, file photo, former FBI Director Louis Freeh gestures during a news conference in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

A group of alumni-elected trustees at Pennsylvania State University will get to review documents used by an outside investigator that found university leaders culpable of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The university must turn over to the seven trustees within 20 days all material not privileged or confidential and within 45 days all material that is privileged or confidential, according to a decision by Common Pleas Court in Centre County. The documents in question were prepared by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who led the university-commissioned investigation into the Sandusky scandal.

Alumni trustees have argued for years that Freeh unfairly blamed the university and accused former administrators of covering up abuse by Sandusky, a former assistant football coach now in prison. They want to see Freeh’s interview documents and other material to understand how he reached his conclusions in July 2012.

POSTED: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 2:30 PM

Aiming  to draw more students and stay competitive in the Philadelphia area market, Pennsylvania State University is poised to spend more than $100 million to add residence halls and a student union to its campuses in Abington and Media.

Neither the Abington or Brandywine campus currently has residence halls, so the projects would allow some students to live on campus for the first time. The new student union with dining services is slated for the Brandywine campus in Delaware County.

The board of trustees’ finance committee on Thursday endorsed the projects, which will be considered for final approval by the full board on Friday.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 10:56 AM
Robyn Dizes, director of career development at Peirce College, shows off the college's career closet.

At Peirce College in Philadelphia, career advisers offer job-seeking male students tips on resume-writing and interview techniques.
Oh, and a spiffy suit to wear on the job interview, too.
The college for years has referred female students and alumni to the non-profit “Career Wardrobe” where they can borrow interview attire free of charge. But they could find no similar organization for men, so over the last two years, the Philadelphia-based college that caters to adult learners has been building its own wardrobe for its male students and alumni.
“We wanted to be able to offer the same type of services for men,” said Robyn Dizes, director of career development.
Now celebrating its 150th anniversary, Peirce is making a push to upgrade its collection. It wants  150 suits.
 The college is looking for donations of all sizes, big and tall, small and medium, light-colored, dark-colored - whatever would be appropriate for a job interview.
“We’ve also put the push on for additional ties and belts,” Dizes said.
Peirce career counseling officials are hoping to land the suave stash by the end of December.
“It’s a really big need that we have,” said Amanda Hill, supervisor of marketing and communications at Peirce, which enrolls about 2,200 students, average age about 35. “We’ve seen the success of students when they come in and find a suit that fits and they go out on an interview and can put all their skills to work. It’s a really great thing.”
Peirce has turned an office into a makeshift dressing room with blinds and racks of clothing. They call it the “Career Closet.”
 Clothing can be borrowed for up to two weeks, free of charge, by current students and alumni. (The clothing is available to those trying to land a job. Once the job is landed, individuals must begin building their own wardrobe).
Since July, 72 Peirce students have borrowed from the closet.
It’s not a unique program. Other colleges have started career closets, too.
At the University of Arkansas, the Sam M. Walton College of Business Career Development Center Closet (Career Closet) opened in August 2010.
Kansas State, Delta College in Michigan and Santa Monica College all house closets, too. More recently, two UCLA seniors opened one in April.
“It made me pause because we go to UCLA to get higher education to go to graduate school or get a good job, and attire shouldn’t be the one thing holding us back from achieving our goals,” Amir Hakimi said in an interview on UCLA’s web site.
New to the interview world, students don’t always know what they need, Dizes said. Her office hammers on the importance of appearance.
“The first impression is often the last impression,” she said.
At Peirce, students will be charged $50 if they don’t return the clothing - but that’s not happened in the last two years, Dizes said.
“They check it out like a library book,” she said. “They are pretty good  about returning it.”

POSTED: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:34 AM
Bill Cosby (Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

Drexel University on Thursday joined a growing number of colleges across the country that have revoked honorary degrees to embattled entertainer Bill Cosby.
Drexel President John A. Fry announced the decision and said he made it in consultation with the executive committee of Drexel’s board of trustees.
“The misconduct by Bill Cosby that came to light through his sworn deposition testimony stands in clear opposition to Drexel’s values,” Fry wrote to the Drexel community Thursday. “Universities are critical arenas in the movement to recognize and address sexual violence and misconduct as a societal problem. Drexel takes that responsibility very seriously, and the decision to revoke Mr. Cosby’s honorary degree flows from that responsibility.”
Drexel awarded the degree to Cosby in 1992, long before allegations became public that he drugged and sexually assaulted dozens of women over decades.
Brown, Fordham, Marquette, Tufts, the University of San Francisco, Baylor, Lehigh, and Wilkes Universities and Goucher, Muhlenberg, and Franklin and Marshall Colleges already have revoked honorary degrees they gave to Cosby, who for decades enjoyed a reputation as America's favorite TV dad.
Other universities, including Temple, Cosby’s alma mater, have taken no action.
The University of Pennsylvania, just nextdoor to Drexel in West Philadelphia, last week opted not to act.
“While the allegations against Mr. Cosby are deeply troubling, it is not our practice to rescind honorary degrees,” said Stephen J. MacCarthy, Penn’s vice president of university communications.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 7:46 PM
Officials from (Stockton University)

Atlantic and Cape May County freshman applicants to Stockton University who are denied admission will now receive a different rejection letter.

In this one, local students will get a conditional acceptance to the university: They’re not admitted as freshman but can transfer in later if they go to Atlantic Cape Community College.

“They get a second chance, essentially,” Otto Hernandez, the community college’s vice president for academic affairs, said Tuesday. “It’s a terrific benefit to students who really want a Stockton degree who don’t get in the front door.”

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