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POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:42 PM
A student fills in an answer sheet for a standardized test. (Photo courtesy of ACT)

Remember those missing ACT exams?

They’ve finally shown up at the Iowa-based testing service’s headquarters, but officials there say they have no idea where the test sheets have been all this time.

Their whereabouts over the last two months remain a mystery - at least as far as ACT officials are saying.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 3:31 PM
Richard L. Wallace

A local environmental studies professor who teaches students to be lifelong problem solvers has been named Pennsylvania professor of the year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Richard L. Wallace, who has taught at Ursinus College since 2002, was chosen for his “interdisciplinary and integrative teaching which fosters critical thinking, his community contributions, and his scholarship on marine mammals,” the university said. He was honored on Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Wallace was the college’s first environmental studies faculty member and built the department with about 50 students currently majoring in that area. Among the projects that he has been involved in developing are: the college’s organic farm, a naturalized storm water basin, the creation of a farmers' market in Collegeville and a reforestation and restoration project in Hunsberger Woods.

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:02 PM
This is the Penn State logo on the side of a Penn State merchandise trailer outside Beaver Stadium on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in State College, Pa. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Following a heated debate, a majority of Pennsylvania State University board members postponed consideration of a proposal for the board to go on the offensive against the NCAA for its handing down of sanctions against the football program.

The proposal, put forth by trustee Anthony Lubrano, called for the university to join the lawsuit against the league by State Sen. Jake Corman and state treasurer Rob McCord. It follows the release of emails that showed NCAA officials questioned their own authority to hand down the sanctions and bluffed university leadership into accepting them. The NCAA vacated 111 Penn state football victories and instituted a bowl ban, loss of scholarships and a $60 million fine – punishment aimed at university leadership for their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

“I think everybody here should be sickened by what happened,” said trustee Robert Jubelirer.

POSTED: Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:44 AM

Pennsylvania State University has received threats regarding today’s board of trustees meeting and has put additional security in place, the university announced.

The board is expected to discuss the recent release of emails that show officials at the NCAA were unsure they had the authority to sanction the university over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Alumni trustees want the board to oppose the sanctions, but the board chair said he intends to honor the consent decree.

Anyone wanting to attend the 1:30 p.m. session should arrive early, university officials said, and not bring large bags or backpacks. Bags will be searched.

POSTED: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 1:15 PM
File: Penn State Board of Trustees meeting at the Penn State Milton H. Hershey Medical Center on Friday March 15th 2013. Here, trustees Ira Lubert, left, and Anthony Lubrano. ( (Ed Hille)

The suggestion came from Pennsylvania State University trustee Anthony Lubrano: As a university with $950 million in assets, is it a "pipe dream" to consider freezing tuition?

“Tuition is such a topic of conversation,” Lubrano said at a meeting of the board’s governance committee on Thursday morning.

He pointed out that Penn State is the second most expensive public university in the nation, a distinction he’s not eager to keep.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 2:05 PM

Ursinus College’s board of trustees has appointed Lucien T. Winegar, its dean and executive vice president, to step in as interim president.

Winegar, who was appointed dean in April 2012, has been leading the college since the sudden death last month of President Bobby Fong.

Winegar, a former dean and psychology professor at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, has a bachelor’s in psychology from St. Ambrose College in Iowa and a master’s in education and child development and Ph.D in human development from Bryn Mawr College.

POSTED: Friday, October 24, 2014, 5:40 PM
Administrators from (Rowan College at Gloucester County)

High school students at Gloucester County Institute of Technology will be able to enroll at the Gloucester County community college next door in their senior years, under an agreement signed Friday between the two schools.

Known as the Gloucester County Institute of Technology Collegiate High School Program, the initiative gives GCIT students the option of earning up to 30 credits at Rowan College at Gloucester County during their senior year. Students would spend the day on the community college campus taking classes taught by that school’s faculty.

With existing dual enrollment options to take courses for college credit, some students already are able to accumulate 30 credits their first three years of high school. The new program could mean racking up 60 credits by the time they graduate — finishing high school and an associate’s degree at the same time.

POSTED: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:49 PM
Bunce Hall at Rowan University (David M Warren / Staff Photographer)

A five-year dual-degree program announced Thursday by Stockton College and Rowan University will allow students to receive bachelor’s degrees from both institutions, spending three years at Stockton and two at Rowan.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey would award a bachelor of science degree in chemistry, mathematics, or physics after the student’s fourth year, which would be spent at Rowan. After a fifth year, Rowan University would award a bachelor of science in engineering.

“Stockton’s strengths in the sciences mold well with our engineering programs to the great benefit of students and the region,” Ali A. Houshmand, Rowan’s president, said in a news release. “This joint venture will increase access to prominent programs, enabling some of the best and brightest college students to stay here to earn degrees that open doors for them in high-demand fields. With two degrees, they will be uniquely prepared to work for leading technology-driven companies in New Jersey.”

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