Wednesday, September 2, 2015

POSTED: Monday, August 31, 2015, 6:02 PM

Bryn Mawr College on Monday named a new residence hall that also will serve as its Black Cultural Center after Enid Cook, the college’s first African-American alumna.

Cook, a 1931 graduate who majored in chemistry and biology, was denied on-campus housing and lived off campus with a local family. After earning her doctorate from the University of Chicago, she became a lecturer in that school’s department of medicine and later served as the chief of the public health laboratory and a professor of microbiology at the University of Panama. She died in 1989.

“In addition to honoring Enid Cook, The Cook Center stands as a testament to the accomplishments of the many women of color who have attended Bryn Mawr and as a reminder of the work that remains to be done in creating a more just and equitable world," said Bryn Mawr College President Kim Cassidy.

POSTED: Monday, August 24, 2015, 6:28 PM
The collaborative collection by Emily Ray and Katherine Voigt won the “Best of Show” award at the 2014 Philadelphia University Fashion Show. (Courtesy photo)

Two local universities can claim fashion diva status - they made the Business of Fashion’s first ever “Global Fashion School Rankings.”

Drexel University placed 10th in undergraduate fashion education, while Philadelphia University came in 16th.
In graduate school education, Philadelphia University showed up again, in 10th place.

That prompted New York Times’ Vanessa Friedman to quip: “Philly: hotbed of fashion invention. Who knew?” in her blog, “On the Runway.”

POSTED: Monday, August 24, 2015, 11:49 AM

The University of the Arts has extended its closure for the papal visit.

The university at 320 S. Broad St. will close at 1 p.m. Thursday before the pope's visit and not reopen until the following Tuesday, said spokesman Paul Healey. The plan initially was to close from Friday through Sunday.

"We've reassessed, and it just would be really challenging to get people in and out," Healey said.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 10:04 AM
Gov. Christie is flanked by Rutgers president Robert L. Barchi (left) and State Sen. Donald Norcross during a groundbreaking for Rutgers-Camden's Nursing and Science Building in Oct. 2013. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer, file)

Rutgers University raised a record $187.9 million last school year, the school announced Wednesday.

Much of the money came from “a surge in donations” received at the end of the university’s 7.5-year “Our Rutgers, Our Future” fund-raising campaign, the university said in a news release. The campaign to raise $1 billion ended in December 2014, exceeding its goal by $37 million.

The 2014–15 record surpassed the previous year’s total by 26.6 percent. In the 2013–14 year, the university’s Rutgers Foundation received $148.4 million, a record at the time.

POSTED: Monday, July 27, 2015, 11:51 AM

A new program at Drexel University will teach the art of conflict management to engineers with the goal of preparing them to work in countries prone to conflict.

It's peace-building, one brick at a time, under Drexel's new partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace's non-profit arm, PeaceTech Lab.

Drexel is the lab’s first academic partner in the effort to create “humanitarian engineers” who are focused on supporting peace - socially, economically, educationally and now technically.

POSTED: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 5:56 PM
Temple University Board Chairman Patrick O’Connor. (DAVID SWANSON / File Photograph)

Temple University Board Chairman Patrick O’Connor did not violate any board policies in his defense of fellow trustee Bill Cosby in a sexual assault lawsuit filed by a former Temple employee, the university said in a statement early Tuesday evening.

O’Connor, vice chairman of the Cozen O’Connor law firm, disclosed to the board in 2005 that he was representing Cosby against allegations that the entertainer drugged and molested Andrea Constand and that decision was “vetted” by the board, Temple said.

The statement of support comes one day after Art Hochner, president of Temple’s faculty union, called on O’Connor to consider stepping down for representing Cosby while he also was supposed to be looking out for the best interests of Temple as a trustee. Other faculty also have objected to O’Connor’s dual role.

POSTED: Friday, July 17, 2015, 3:06 PM
Old Main on the Penn State campus. (Mario Tama/Getty Images file photo)

For the first time in nearly 50 years, state residents attending Pennsylvania State University will not face a tuition increase for the upcoming academic year.

Reversing a proposal announced on Thursday that would have raised tuition 2.7 percent for state residents attending the main campus, Penn State President Eric Barron on the floor of a board of trustees meeting on Friday afternoon announced the freeze. That’s $450 or more that undergraduate students will keep in their pockets, depending on their year in school and major.

In-state freshmen and sophomores at the University Park campus will pay $16,572 in tuition for the second consecutive year. Tuition also is frozen for upperclassmen; their tuition amounts vary based on their majors.

POSTED: Thursday, July 16, 2015, 12:01 PM

In-state freshmen and sophomores at Pennsylvania State University would see their tuition rise 2.7 percent or $450 for 2015-16 under a proposal passed by the board of trustee’s finance committee on Thursday morning.
Under the proposal, the students would pay $17,022, up from $16,572 last year.
The full board, which is meeting this week at the university’s Beaver campus in western Pennsylvania, will vote on the proposal Friday.
In March, trustees approved a 3.89 percent increase in room and board costs. That means, if the tuition proposal is adopted this week, the total price tag including fees would exceed $28,000 for next year.
The tuition increase would be steeper for out-of-state students - 2.99 percent or $882. They would pay $30,404 for tuition, and their total cost would top $41,400.
Tuition increases for juniors and seniors, both in-state and out-of-state, would vary depending on their majors.
Increases for students at Penn State’s branch campuses also would vary.
At eight of the 19 undergraduate campuses — Shenango, Beaver, DuBois, Fayette, Greater Allegheny, Mont Alto, New Kensington and Wilkes-Barre — there would be no increase in tuition. At six campuses - Brandywine, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Schuylkill, Worthington Scranton and York - the increase would be under 1 percent. Students at Abington, Altoona, Berks, Erie and Harrisburg would get a 1.2 percent increase under the proposal.
The finance committee also endorsed a freeze on the university’s technology fee, the first in 20 years. Full-time students at University Park would pay $942 in technology, facilities and activities fees annually next year under the proposal.
The board also on Friday will vote on the university’s proposed $4.9 billion operating budget for 2015-16, which assumes a 3 percent increase in general state funding or about $6.4 million, for a total of $220.5 million.
Temple University earlier this week adopted its budget, assuming a 5.4 percent increase in general state funding.
State lawmakers have not yet agreed on a budget for the fiscal year. Republican lawmakers have proposed a 3 percent increase in funding for state-related universities, while Gov. Wolf has sought a larger amount.

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