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Closing the achievement gap

Mon, 11 Jul 2011

The achievement gap comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. There is the Caucasian v. African American achievement gap, the Caucasian v. Hispanic achievement gap, the poverty achievement gap, the male v. female achievement gap, etc.

Three Utah State University projects competed for and were awarded $120,000 in grant money from the state of Utah during the most recent Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program solicitation period. Twenty-two grants were awarded statewide.

A rural tax education program hosted by Utah State University Extension was selected to receive the 2011 Western Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Extension Program Award.

When it comes to hands-on skills, Utah Valley University students use their classroom instruction and experience to excel in real-world situations. UVU students won medals in 12 different competitions and placed second overall among competing colleges and universities at the 47th annual SkillsUSA Championships June 20-24 in Kansas City, Mo.

The Utah State Board of Regents approved an administrative restructuring that creates the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education within the College of Agriculture at Utah State University.

Bullying is no longer considered a rite of passage, or simply a matter of child's play. Every day, it seems the headlines highlight another tragic ending to the story of a victim of bullies. Whether that bullying took place virtually on a Web site or at school, educators are forced to deal with the effects on a daily basis.

New findings about the DNA of Great Salt Lake brine flies are taking a Weber State University student to one of the most important molecular genetics research conferences in the world.

The annual URSA summer conference will be held at Southern Utah University in Cedar City on July 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th , 2011. This years theme is Empower Students - Common Core and More.

?Our Conference was built on a pioneering spirit and through innovation that has contributed to some of the most valuable advancements in this country and the world," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said.

Culver studies the cultural, environmental and recreational history of the American West. He spent the 2010-11 academic year on sabbatical researching his next book as a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environmental Studies at The University of Munich and at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif.

Freedom Fire, Logan City's annual celebration and firework display, opens with a bang, presenting Cache Valley's largest Independence Day show at Utah State University's Romney Stadium July 1.

Check out UVU's summer catalog for lots of exciting classes.

Free Job Fair and Open House

Tue, 28 Jun 2011

This Manufacturing Job Fair & Open House is a unique opportunity to speak to employers who are actually hiring as well as find out how to become industry certified through DATC.

Over the past century the life expectancy of Americans has continued to climb. However, recent projections by Utah State University sociologist Eric Reither, who specializes in the study of the consequences of the nation?s obesity epidemic, suggest this trend may be a thing of the past for some subsets of the population.

The annual URSA summer conference will be held at Southern Utah University in Cedar City on July 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th , 2011. This years theme is Empower Students - Common Core and More.

Superintendent Randy Merrill proposed that Provo School District develop a plan that would drive education efforts in the District for the next decade. In his words, "...not only must the plan be inspirational and motivational, but it must also have substance." The intent is to create a plan that will deliver superior performance, have a distinctive impact and will achieve lasting endurance.

Join fellow fans as the state of Utah declares July 1, 2011, as ?Utah PAC-12 Day,? with a celebration on the south lawn of the State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

Dixie State College of Utah has announced it has received $300,000 in grant funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to support students and staff to carry out upper atmospheric research using instruments on the International Space Station (ISS) and NASA's TIMED (Thermosphere Ionosphere-Mesosphere Energy and Dynamics) satellite mission.

The institute will be held from July 1-16 on the university?s campus in the foothills just east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Parents can register their teens for this program by completing the form found under ?registration? at, or by calling 801-587-1005. Utah resident students receive a 20 percent discount.

Utah Valley University physics professor Steve Wasserbaech will join some of the world's top minds during a yearlong appointment at the world-renowned CERN laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.

The USTAR Space Weather Center at Utah State University assisted the Japanese disaster relief efforts by providing data maps outlining the best frequencies for radio communication within the islands of Japan.

Enrollment at Utah Valley University for summer term 2011 is up nearly 6 percent over last year. On the 15th day of classes, there were 11,973 students enrolled in summer term at UVU. At that same mark a year ago, there were 11,336 students attending classes at UVU. The increase of 637 students is a 5.6 percent jump.

The program will begin in June and continue midway through July with themed activities being held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. The tour will start at Lorin Farr Park (June 13-17), then move on to Liberty Park (June 20-24), Monroe Park (June 27-July 1), Jaycee Park (July 5-8), West Ogden Park (July 11-15) and finish at the Marshall White Park (July 18-22),

alt Lake Community College remains the nation?s fourth most productive two-year college in terms of the number of associate?s degrees awarded, according to an analysis published Monday in Community College Week.

Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College this week opened its new building, the Samuel H. and Marian K. Barker Family Health Technologies Building, for classes. It?s the college?s first new building in 15 years. It is the new home to the 600 students studying for health-related certificates in career areas including dental assisting, medical or nursing assisting, pharmacy assisting, phlebotomy technician, dental or medical office administrator, medical coder or licensed practical nursing.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 4 ? 7 p.m. in conjunction with the open house for the new Samuel H. and Marian K. Barker Family Health Technology Building. Several events will precede the community event which will include a donor dinner, staff and alumni celebrations and a ribbon cutting ceremony.

New research out of the University of Utah (the U) David Eccles School of Business shows social marketing tools are crucial to the success of health care providers in their efforts to help consumers navigate the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA.)

Utah Valley University has now flown its flag atop a 29,029-foot flagpole, if only briefly, thanks to an adventurous member of its Woodbury School of Business National Advisory Council.

Elizabeth Jarema, a student at Utah Valley University, is returning to her elementary school in Fiji this summer, along with 22 fellow UVU students to help build a better library to improve the student literacy rate and to install septic tanks and outhouses to improve health conditions.

Lt. Governor Greg Bell, Utah State Board of Education Chair Debra G. Roberts, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry K. Shumway, Utah Commissioner of Higher Education William A. Sederburg, and Prosperity 2020 Chair Mark Bouchard kicked off the Utah Common Core Academy 2011 at a news conference at the Utah State Office of Education on June 13th.

Fry Street is the professional string quartet in residence at Utah State University, based in the Department of Music. There, quartet members balance teaching responsibilities while maintaining an active, professional performance schedule. That dual dedication adds luster to the shine of the continuing Best of State honors.

Call for Presenters: Suecon

Thu, 09 Jun 2011

The Washington County School District, the Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (UCET), and UELMA welcomes you to the first Southern Utah Education Conference (SUECON) held in beautiful St. George, Utah

Education leaders from across the state, including representatives from most major institutions of higher education met for Utah Business magazine?s Education Roundtable on Tuesday, June 7 where they discussed the challenges and opportunities facing higher education in Utah.

Southern Utah University?s Centurium Consulting Group, a student advertising and public relations agency, worked with the Beaver City Council during the spring semester to design and create a new website for the community.

Conference for educators focused on special needs.

Learn more about the Rio Mesa Center (formerly called the Entrada Field Station) in this video featuring center manager Sylvia Torti, biologist Don Feener, and others.

Utah Valley University is one of three Utah institutions of higher education to be honored by the Corporation for National & Community Service for its support of volunteerism, civic engagement and service learning.

Out for the summer and have nothing to do? Come explore some exciting careers for the fun of it! DATC?s Summer Youth Experience is an exciting opportunity for youth ages 14-18 to take classes at DATC TUITION FREE!

The 17th Annual KSL News Radio and Zions Bank Teacher Feature Banquet was held on May 17, 2011. Each week, KSL NewsRadio hosts Grant and Amanda announce a Teacher Feature recipient. These teachers receive a plaque, gift certificates and an invitation to the annual Teacher Feature banquet with Utah Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry Shumway, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and representatives from KSL and Zions Bank.

For the fifth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has named Weber State University to the President?s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service. ?Weber State University serves a unique educational role by blending traditional liberal arts education with experiential learning to effectively meet local educational needs,? said Ryan Thomas, associate provost.

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