W&J dedicates Cooper Hall in honor of alumnus, scientist, civil rights leader | Living

Washington & Jefferson College dedicated Cooper Hall, formerly Beau Hall, in honor of Dr. Walter Cooper, a noted research scientist, steward of education and advocate for civil rights during an Oct. 2 ceremony.

Cooper, who at 92 years old has remained active in the W&J community, was honored during a private ceremony held on the W&J campus with friends, family and students in attendance.

“It is indeed an honor (from) this college, which played such a major role in forming my philosophy of life and also provided me with an education that provided a foundation for not only a rewarding pursuit of science and technology, but also provided me with a great interest in the humankind and the problems which our nation faces, and especially [those] the minority of which I’m a part has faced,” Cooper said.

The former Beau Hall, which recently underwent a $1 million renovation, was chosen

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Charles Fancher, leader in Tennessee higher education, dies at 99


Charles B. Fancher Sr., a leader in Tennessee higher education, has died. He was 99. 

Fancher, who had a career in higher education that spanned nearly 30 years and two states, died Monday after dealing with an abdominal condition. He was two weeks away from his 100th birthday. 

Throughout his career, Fancher served in various higher education roles in Tennessee, including as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Tennessee Board of Regents, a position he retired from in 1985. While there, he oversaw the court-ordered merger of Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee at Nashville.

While working at TSU, Fancher was tapped to serve as interim president of the university, where he held other positions during his tenure, such as dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs. 

He also worked in education in Alabama. During his

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Question leak gang leader Salam remanded

Abdus Salam, mastermind of medical and dental admission test question leaking arrested on Monday, October 5, 2020 Courtesy

He was involved in the medical and dental admission test question leak in 2013 and 2015

A Dhaka court has put Abdus Salam, the alleged mastermind in leaking medical and dental admission test question papers from DGHS press in a five day remand on Tuesday.

Salam, known as the machine-man of Bureau of Health Education, was arrested from Banasree area of Dhaka on Monday by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said CID Cybercrime Unit Special Police Superintendent SM Ashraful Alam in a press briefing on Tuesday at its head office.

The alleged mastermind of the ring had leaked questions in 2013 and 2015, he said. 

In primary interrogation Abdus Salam disclosed that five to six doctors and three to four coaching centres are connected with the ring.

He was discharged from his

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Bob Woodrick, West Michigan leader in diversity education, dies

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A man who dedicated much of his life in West Michigan to combating what he called “the disease of racism” has died.

Bob Woodrick died Friday, Oct. 2 at the age of 88, according to a news release from Grand Rapids Community College. He leaves behind a legacy of promoting community conversations and education surrounding the topic of racism, the release states.

GRCC’s Diversity Learning Center, founded in 2006, was renamed the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion in 2016 to celebrate the couple’s work both on and off campus.

As a professional, Woodrick began his career in the family business, D&W Food Centers in Grand Rapids, and worked there his entire life, leaving only for college and the military, the release states.

Woodrick, according to a 1993 Grand Rapids Press story, started working for his father at the age of 14 —

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Education Leader: Kansas schools must find better solution

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas state education commissioner Randy Watson said schools will need to rethink the way they deliver education amid the coronavirus pandemic because what is happening now is “not sustainable.”

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Watson told members of the Kansas Association of School Boards on Friday that one of the best solutions is to return students for five-day-a-week learning, while keeping class sizes to fewer than 15 students while requiring masks and social distancing.

Watson said schools may need to partner with other organizations in the community, like churches or businesses that are closed anyway because of the pandemic to get enough room to space out students.

Watson also suggested that schools look internally for backup and use non-teaching school staff — like librarians, paraeducators, substitute teachers, central office staff and reading specialists — to fill the ranks.

“Everyone is going to have to be a

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Des Moines leader Nancy Mwirotsi receives $10,000 grant for STEM work

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Athletes from Ames, Hoover, North and Roosevelt speak before the DMPS March for Fairness.

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Nancy Mwirotsi, founder of Pursuit of Innovation 515 (Pi515) in Des Moines, has been awarded a $10,000 Nation of Neighbors grant from Royal Neighbors of America, one of the first and largest women-led insurers in the country.

Mwirotsi is known in the area for her advocacy work on behalf of underserved women, refugees, and low-income students, the press release announcing the award stated. She will use the grant to expand her Girls Entrepreneurial Summit program that focuses on educating young women on business basics including planning, financials, marketing, and digital promotion.

“I am shocked and quite honored to have received this grant,” Mwirotsi said in the release. “It’s such a blessing to be recognized for your work.”

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Roaring Fork Schools cultural diversity director named bilingual Leader of the Year by state organization

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Amy Fairbanks, director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) for the Roaring Fork School District, was recognized recently with a top statewide honor.

Fairbanks was recently named Educational Leader of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education for 2020.

The award recognizes someone who “has distinguished themselves as an outstanding leader and advocate for emerging bilingual students and families and as an advocate for bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy,” according to a press release. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have Amy as part of our instructional team. Under Amy’s extraordinary leadership, (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education) programming and emerging bilingual students in Roaring Fork Schools have benefited greatly,” Rick Holt, Chief Academic Officer for the district, said.

“Amy has not only improved academic programming and outcomes, she has successfully navigated the difficult adaptive challenges of influencing the ways people act to provide equitable access for

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Roaring Fork Schools department director named ‘education leader of the year’ | News

The Colorado Association for Bilingual Education, or CABE, named the Roaring Fork School District’s Amy Fairbanks education leader of the year.

Fairbanks, the district’s director of culturally and linguistically diverse education department, was recognized as “someone who has distinguished themselves as an outstanding leader and advocate for emerging bilingual students and families as an advocate for bilingualism, biculturalism and biliteracy,” an RFSD press release said Wednesday.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Amy as part of our instructional team,” Chief Academic Officer Rick Holt said in a statement. “Under Amy’s extraordinary leadership, CLDE programming and emerging bilingual students in Roaring Fork Schools have benefited greatly. Amy has not only improved academic programming and outcomes, she has successfully navigated the difficult adaptive challenges of influencing the ways people act to provide equitable access for all students.”

CLDE’s role in the district centers around ensuring equity, according to the district website, “to

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Thousands of jobs to be created on Toyota site with higher density development proposed | St George & Sutherland Shire Leader

The buyer of the Toyota site at Woolooware Bay forecasts the new business park it is planning will create thousands of jobs, with strong interest already fielded from global and national brands.

This will require higher density development across the site through a long-term masterplan, which can be sought under the present B7 zoning.

A Planning Proposal is expected to be submitted to Sutherland Shire Council within the next month.

The state government will be asked to support the new employment “hub” by upgrading the road system in the area.

Privately owned Aliro Group, through its institutionally backed Industrial Value Fund, AGIVF, purchased the site in March this year, and settlement is due to take place in November.

Aliro managing director and chief executive Daniel Wise said the intention was for the site to become a major job generating hub that will provide a diverse range of employment opportunities.

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