Michigan State University holding virtual ceremonies for fall 2020 graduates

EAST LANSING, MI — All commencement ceremonies at Michigan State University for fall 2020 graduates will be held virtually, the university announced Thursday.

More than 2,600 graduates will be recognized Dec. 18 and 19 at commencement ceremonies that will be streamed on the MSU commencement website, according to a university release. The names of graduates will be scrolled on the screens at the end of the ceremonies, the release said.

“I am incredibly proud of these students for not only completing their degrees but doing so under such difficult circumstances,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. “It is fitting to have three highly accomplished alumni serving as our keynote speakers. They remind us of the impact we can have on the world as Spartans.”

Scheduling for spring 2021 commencement is currently being developed, according to the commencement website. Details will be posted in late January, according to the website.

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WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Reaffirms The Colleges of Law’s Regional Accreditation for Eight More Years

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. and VENTURA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Santa Barbara & Ventura Colleges of Law (COL) received reaffirmed accreditation for a period of eight years from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The announcement marks the culmination of a five-year endeavor to show ongoing alignment with WSCUC’s standards of accreditation focused on institutional quality, sustainability, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

“It’s a great achievement,” said COL President Matthew Nehmer. “Because of our work with WSCUC, The Colleges of Law is stronger and more prepared to help our students achieve success and advance our mission onward. We are thrilled by the outcome.”

WSCUC is an accreditation agency for higher education recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Among its duties is to establish institutional eligibility for federal funding, including student access to Title IV federal financial aid.

The commission’s reaffirmation decision followed a

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University of Pennsylvania a cappella group competing for national recognition

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A University of Pennsylvania a cappella group hopes they will win national recognition through a competition. The group is called Penn Masala, and they are in the Upstaged competition, competing against college groups across the country.

“It’s amazing. I think like there were over 5,000 groups that were originally considered, and it’s really an amazing experience for us to be in the top 8,” said Shrivats Kannan, a member of the group.

Members said they felt it’s important to mash American songs with Hindi songs to promote their South Asian culture.

“Penn Masala’s a way to combine those really two most important parts of our lives, which is the heritage and our current lives here in the United States,” said Sachit Gali, a member of the group.

Their videos highlight their South Asian culture.

“It’s good to finally get some awareness out. Obviously, our group has been

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Drexel University to open research center on racism and health

Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health announced plans Thursday to launch a center to further research on racial inequity and disparities in health.

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Ana Diez Roux (left), dean of Drexel's School of Public Health, greets David and Dana Dornsife in 2018. The school was named after the couple in honor of their donation. Dana Dornsife, who grew up in Yardley, is a 1983 graduate.

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Ana Diez Roux (left), dean of Drexel’s School of Public Health, greets David and Dana Dornsife in 2018. The school was named after the couple in honor of their donation. Dana Dornsife, who grew up in Yardley, is a 1983 graduate.

Established with a $9 million gift from philanthropist and alumna Dana Dornsife and her husband, David, the Center on Racism and Health will aim to advance anti-racist public health research and train students and professionals to combat racism in public health.

“All over the world there are renewed calls to address racism as the public health crisis that it is,” said Ana Diez Roux, dean of the Dornsife School, said in a news release. “The Dornsife School has

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Former DeSales University priest indicted on child porn charges, allegedly collected images of children being “tortured”

A former DeSales University priest who has ties to European royalty was indicted Thursday for collecting child pornography, including photos of what federal prosecutors described as “the torture of very young children.”

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William McCandless, 56, of Wilmington, Delaware, is charged by Indictment with possessing child pornography for importation into the Unites States, transporting child pornography in interstate and foreign commerce, and attempting to access with intent to view child pornography.

If convicted, McCandless faces a maximum possible sentence of 60 years in prison.

United States Attorney William M. McSwain said McCandless frequently traveled overseas and was assigned to St. Charles Parish in the European Principality of Monaco from 2010 to 2017.

It was in Monaco that McCandless amassed a collection of thousands of images of

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Maxonrow partners with National Chiao Tung University

HSINCHU, Taiwan, Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Blockchain tech startup company Maxonrow and Taiwan’s leading university National Chiao Tung University jointly established the “Technology Management and Blockchain Research Center” which is dedicated towards the development of blockchain technology applications, promote cross-domain integrated application systems, and contribute to the development of blockchain-industry ecosystem alliance. The inauguration ceremony of research center was held recently on 24th November, 2020.

The “Technology Management and Blockchain Research Center” which was founded by National Chiao Tung University‘s Institute of Technology Management Professor Grace Lin and Maxonrow Taiwan Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Don Hsieh. The former is positioned as director of the research center, whereas the latter is taking on technical director role.

In addition, the research center successfully collaborated with many public sector organizations, academic units and well-known corporations, including Chunghwa Telecom, General Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of China,

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James Graham hints at coaching role at the Dragons after fairytale finish to playing career

Rugby league legend James Graham admits he still can’t believe the circumstances in which he finished his career a week on from St Helens’ miraculous Super League grand final victory.

Graham farewelled rugby league after St Helens defeated Wigan in a thrilling match last week that saw Jack Welsby score a last-second try off a deflected field goal. 

For 35-year-old Graham it was the perfect end to a storied career that started all the way back in 2003 for St. Helens. 

Overall, he amassed 474 matches of rugby league across his time at St. Helens, Canterbury, St. George and playing for Great Britain and England. 

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But he admits not one of those matches comes close to rivalling St. Helens’ 2020 title win for the best moment of his career. 

Speaking with Andrew Voss on SEN, Graham reflected

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Worcester School Committee stands by decision to extend remote learning, will respond to letter from state education officials

Members of the Worcester School Committee on Thursday night stood by a decision to extend remote learning during the pandemic, as the district administration works to respond to a request for more information from Massachusetts education officials.

Superintendent Maureen Binienda told committee members during Thursday’s meeting that the district received a letter from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education seeking more information about when students are expected to return to classrooms. Other districts that are using online learning models also got a letter, Binienda said.

Last month, the committee voted to push back the start of a hybrid learning model as updates to school HVAC systems were ongoing. Members had vowed to not bring back students until buildings are safe, and also noted rising coronavirus rates in the community, which continue to increase. Students with the highest level of needs are slated to return to school buildings on Jan.

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Full Sail University and AdventHealth University Named a Winner at I/ITSEC’s Annual Iron Dev Competition

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Full Sail University and AdventHealth University are proud to announce today that their team for the Iron Dev competition has been named the winner in the following category, Most Innovative Solution. Iron Dev is an annual competition held by the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC). Winners in each category were selected based on the merit of their technology-based solution according to the scores of the judging committee and votes of the viewing public.

The virtual reality (VR) solution, which is currently a prototype, created by the Full Sail University and AdventHealth University team serves as a proof of concept for a virtual command center to help healthcare facilities and systems, like AdventHealth, visualize hospital resources and COVID-19 data points. The technology would allow healthcare providers to quickly make real-time decisions by streamlining the distribution and allocation of resources.

“With the

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University of Ibadan SME Co-Creation Summit

The adoption of Entrepreneurship programs in universities across the globe has grown immensely. Entrepreneurship education has taken its place in the curricular of universities considering its importance in shaping the minds of young people towards the development of the right mindsets for enterprise development, learning through student practice ventures, with the potential of becoming real ventures, and subsequent achievement of vision through hand-holding and mentoring. The incorporation of entrepreneurship studies in all departments in our institutions of higher learning is sacrosanct to the development of the competencies of students, in shaping the desired entrepreneurial focus that relates to their specialisms, like medical students and engineering students being engaged to understand the focus of developing outcome-driven innovation that would support economic growth in their respective fields.

I was at the University of Ibadan SME Co-creation summit, held at the international conference centre of the University, on the 12th of November 2020.

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