Should undergrads suit up for class?

There’s always one kid on campus who always wears a suit everywhere. Maybe he or she has a professional job or internship off campus…or perhaps that person takes himself or herself just a bit too seriously, says the Washington Post. Former Harvard president Larry Summers brought up suits on campus on Tuesday during a tech conference when he was asked about a scene in the movie “The Social Network,” when he meets with Mark Zuckerberg and the Winklevoss twins, who claim Zuckerburg broke the student code of conduct in stealing their idea for Facebook. In the movie, Summers quickly dismisses the twins’ charges…

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Wright-Patt Credit Union donates $33 million towards higher education

As higher education institutions around the country are being forced to raise their tuition rates in order to recoup their losses from lowered state education budgets, the Wright-Patt Credit Union announced a deal that will make some institutions quite happy, reports Classes2Careers. The credit union announced Monday that it will be pledging an additional $33 million in support of higher education institutions as part of a country wide effort by credit unions to provide some financial assistance for college students.  While the credit union has already donated $20 million to help with students’ finances, Wright-Patt recently decided to donate another $33 million to contribute even further…

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Beyond Facebook: University connects alums online

Ninety-four percent of campuses reported a fundraising uptick in 2010.

A new alumni social networking website launched July 18 by Indiana University (IU) frames connecting with old friends and classmates as an interactive game, as higher education looks for more ways to combine alumni fundraising with social media outreach.

Called “Spirit of IU,” the site goes beyond the Facebook news updates that have become standard among university sites and offers contests and an online alumni directory that doubles as a game.

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“Universities have been great at saying, ‘Hey, look at me!’” said JT. Forbes, executive director and CEO of the IU Alumni Association (IUAA). “Instead we want to say, ‘Hey, let’s talk!’”

After signing up for a free membership, users gain points by uploading photos, participating in photo communities such as “IU Baby” and “IU Traveler,” and encouraging others to sign up.

By amassing points, users can earn prizes from the IUAA that range from coupons for IU merchandise to being profiled in the alumni magazine.

The site also hosts contests, the first of which is “Who Are IU’s Most Fashionable People?”

Users can upload photos of their favorite IU outfits for others to vote on, and then IU alumna Jessica Quirk, author of the recently released book, What I Wore: Four Seasons, One Closet, Endless Recipes for Personal Style, will choose the winner.

The site comes as part of IUAA’s migration from six issues per year of its print publication to four issues, with the additional content to be published online instead.

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College fires its entire staff

The delay of a planned merger this fall between Atlantic Union College and Maryland-based Washington Adventist University will result in all of AUC’s faculty and staff being laid off on July 31, reports News Telegram. College President Norman L. Wendth said yesterday that because the state Department of Higher Education has not approved Atlantic Union Campus operating as a satellite of Washington Adventist University, a sister Seventh-day Adventist school, it is unclear when–or if–the plan will take effect…

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NSF awards $10 million grant to Stanford University to launch national center to educate entrepreneurial engineers

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $10 million grant to launch a national center for teaching innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering, based at Stanford University, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Directed by the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford’s School of Engineering, the new center addresses the critical need for innovative and entrepreneurial engineers. STVP’s key partner on this initiative is the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)…

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Venture for America to place young entrepreneurs in struggling cities

A new nonprofit is pairing creative, eager entrepreneurs with distressed cities nationwide, reports the Huffington Post. Venture for America, modeled after Teach For America, is confident it can do for business what TFA has done for schools. Just as the successful education nonprofit puts high-performing college grads to work at schools in disadvantaged areas, VFA will recruit top college graduates to work for two years at business startups in hurting cities such as Detroit, New Orleans and Providence, R.I., according to Silicon Republic…

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Board: Foes of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants get signatures to put it to Md. voters

Opponents of allowing in-state tuition for certain illegal immigrants have obtained enough signatures to put the measure on next year’s ballot, a state board formally certified Friday, reports the Washington Post. The Maryland State Board of Elections validated 108,923 signatures in the petition drive, elections administrator Linda Lamone wrote in a letter posted on the board’s website. Opponents needed 55,736 signatures to put the measure on the ballot. Elections officials rejected 23,148 signatures out of a total of 132,071 that were submitted…

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Ministry, church sue each other over sale of online university

A Louisville-based ministry and a large Arizona church are suing each other over the disputed sale of an unaccredited online university last year, each accusing the other of fraud, the Courier-Journal reports. Child of the King Ministries of Louisville agreed to sell an entity called American International University for $400,000 to the Phoenix-based Church for the Nations in May 2010, both lawsuits say…

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