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December 2014


El Camino College Compton Center Wins Marketing Awards

The El Camino College Public Relations and Marketing Department was recently honored with two first-place awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) at its regional conference.

The NCMPR Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges. El Camino College Compton Center’s online newsletter, “The Messenger,” took top honors in the electronic newsletter category. In addition, the department received a second gold award for newly designed Compton Community College District presentation folder.

“The Messenger” is a completely redesigned newsletter created to consolidate and replace two former online publications into one comprehensive source for news and information. The purpose of “The Messenger” is to inform faculty, staff and key stakeholders about news and events happening at ECC Compton Center, share student success stories, highlight student support programs and services offered on campus, and feature professional accomplishments of faculty members.

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Kean University Earns Place on President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for Fifth Straight Time

Campus community logs nearly 34,000 service hours in 2012-2013

UNION, N.J. – For the fifth-consecutive award cycle, Kean University has been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement resulting in meaningful outcomes in their communities.

“Being named to the prestigious President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the fifth time is a direct result of this University’s unwavering commitment to service and volunteerism—from our Board of Trustees to our students,” said Kean University President Dr. Dawood Farahi. “Service to others is not only embedded into the curriculum at Kean, it is a part of our campus culture—and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The 2014 Honor Roll covers the 12-month period ending June 30, 2013. “During that time, Kean students engaged in nearly 34,000 hours of community service, approximately half of which took place in the community within 5 miles of our campus,” said Scott Snowden, Director of Kean’s Center for Leadership and Service (CLS). “Through partnerships with Union County Parks, the City of Elizabeth and its public schools, the Community Food Bank of New Jersey in Hillside, and many other government and non-profit agencies, we provide our students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful service that has a direct impact on the surrounding community.”

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The Mexican Museum Announces New Officers for 2015

Andrew Kluger to continue leading Board of Trustees as support for new facility expands

San Francisco, CADecember 16, 2014 — The Mexican Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate, announces its slate of new officers for 2015. Andrew “Andy” Kluger, current Chairman of The Mexican Museum’s Board of Trustees, has been re-elected as Chair for the coming year. He is joined by Alejandro Vallejo as Vice-Chair, Miguel Bustos as Secretary, and Dr. Edgar de Sola as Treasurer. The Mexican Museum is the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano, Latin American and Latino art, culture and heritage.

“I am deeply honored to be re-elected as Chairman of The Mexican Museum Board of Trustees,” said Kluger, who has served as Chair since 2013. “My vision going forward is to continue the tremendous local, national, and international momentum we have generated over the past two years. This includes the immense public recognition and financial support surrounding the groundbreaking of the new Museum home in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Garden Arts District next summer, as well as securing additional funding and endorsements for the future galleries to be housed there.”

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New England College Launches 8 New Associate and Bachelor's Degrees 100% Online, Bisk Education Announces

Web-based programs include expanded options in psychology, healthcare administration and criminal justice.

TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New England College (NEC), which prides itself on providing individualized student support from application to graduation, is adding eight degrees to its 100% online programs.

The new degrees include:

• AS in Accounting
• AA in Psychology
• AA in Criminal Justice
• AS in Healthcare Administration
• BS in Accounting
• BA in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology
• BA in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology
• BA in Psychology with a concentration in Criminal Justice

NEC's online degree programs, supported by Bisk Education, are designed to give students a solid educational foundation to pursue careers and/or further studies.

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Florida Atlantic University Poll Finds Hispanic Consumers More Optimistic About Their Current and Future Conditions

BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- Hispanic consumer confidence has rebounded as the nation comes into the holiday season, rising to 81.3, up from 73.4 in October, and its highest level since August when the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economic Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) started calculating the index. The gain was due to improved personal finances and a more favorable outlook for businesses and the country as a whole.

The Current Conditions Index was 80.8 in November, up from 74.6 in October. The entire gain was due to more favorable buying plans for big ticket items such as furniture, refrigerators, ovens or televisions by Hispanic consumers. The gains in buying plans were due to large gains among younger and higher income Hispanics.

"This is good news for manufacturers, retailers and the economy as a whole as the nation enters the holiday shopping season," said Monica Escaleras, director of FAU BEPI.

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NUA President Eric Cooper to Deliver Keynote At NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program Conference

Syosset, N.Y., December 10, 2014 - Dr. Eric Cooper, Founder and President of the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education, will deliver the keynote address to the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program Conference on December 13, 2014, at the InterContinental New Orleans in Louisiana.

"We are excited to welcome Dr. Eric Cooper and for him to share the great work of the NUA. We feel his passionate striving toward a world in which barriers to high levels of learning borne of racism, sexism and economic disadvantage are eliminated for all children are particularly relevant to student athletes," said Bernard Franklin, NCAA executive vice president of education, community engagement and chief inclusion officer.

NUA has provided professional development, advocacy and organizational guidance that transform urban and suburban schools. NUA's approach is guided by the Pedagogy of Confidence, an approach to educating all students based on the fearless expectation and support for the high intellectual performance of all students, especially those who are dependent on the school and community for the skills and support needed to attain high achievement. NUA uncovers strengths of students and teachers and then builds on those strengths. NUA's CEO Yvette Jackson, the author of Pedagogy of Confidence, will be attending the conference.

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If original DACA program is a guide, many eligible immigrants will apply for deportation relief


About 4 million unauthorized immigrants are eligible for temporary deportation relief under President Obama’s new executive action, but how many will take advantage of the offer?

A previous program may offer some insights. One way immigrants may qualify for relief is under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which started in 2012 and is now expanding. In that program, applications surged after the program’s launch and trailed off over time. Today, nearly two-thirds (64%) of the estimated 1.1 million unauthorized immigrants who are eligible have had their applications accepted for review.

DACA offers deportation relief and work authorization to those who came to the U.S. as children. So far, about 702,000 unauthorized immigrants have had their applications accepted for review since the program began in August 2012, according to recently released U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data showing program applications, approvals and renewals through Sept. 30, 2014. Of the applicants, 87% have been approved for the renewable two-year permits.

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New Jersey City University Symposium Examines Investment in America's Security

Policy and Resource Issues to Be Highlighted

JERSEY CITY, N.J -- "Investing in America's Security: Policy/Resource Issues" will be the topic of the 4th Northeast Regional Security Education Symposium held by the Professional Security Studies Department of New Jersey City University (NJCU), 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., on Friday, December 5, 2014 in the Multipurpose Room of the Michael B. Gilligan Student Union Building on the NJCU Main Campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.

Ambassador (Retired) Clay Constantinou will deliver the Symposium's keynote address. Featured speakers include: Joseph Picciano, P.E., Deputy Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness; Hon. Michael Balboni, President and Managing Director of RedLand Strategies, Inc. and former New York State Senator and Deputy Secretary of Public Safety; and Dr. Michael J. Chumer, NJIT Research Professor and Academic Advisor, and Director of NJCU's D.Sc. in Civil Security Leadership, Management and Policy Program.

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Over $50,000 Raised for Underserved Students by the Fund for Education Abroad

FEA kicks off International Education Week with its 4th Annual Reception featuring DJ Spooky, Ambassador John D. Negroponte and Representative Chris Van Hollen

WASHINGTON, DC-November 20, 2014–- More than 200 study abroad advocates raised over $50,000 for underserved, often first-generation college students in celebration of International Education Week during the fourth annual reception of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA). Against the dramatic background of contemporary art exhibited throughout Washington’s Longview Gallery, the global travel enthusiasts learned how living and studying abroad shaped the lives and world views of a Congressman, a leading diplomat, an award-winning multimedia artist and FEA Scholars who shared intimate presentations of their experiences around the globe made possible through FEA Scholarships.

“America is in a complex and delicate relationship with the world; studying abroad gives us the tools to navigate this world,” said composer, author and musician Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, reflecting on his experiences studying in Paris and traveling and performing across the globe. He also shared Multimedia Mixes to Save the Planet, a video about his work, Sinfonia Antartica, for which he was named a 2014 National Geographic Explorer.

Ambassador John D. Negroponte stressed the importance of language skills: “The coin of the realm in the diplomatic corps is language.” He praised the FEA for empowering students who might not otherwise have access to these tools, including critical language studies, which are vitally important in a rapidly globalizing reality.

Sharing a worldview born of a peripatetic childhood lived in many countries, Representative Chris Van Hollen commented, “If we have a better understanding of one another throughout the world, we will have a more peaceful world and a more prosperous world.” The Congressman offered his belief that everyone, including members of Congress, should have the chance to be immersed in another culture.

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