Higher education task force told to ‘put student needs first’ in SD’s public university system

“The task force was created after state lawmakers passed legislation in the 2020 session directing the study. Findings are to be reported to the Legislature and Gov. Kristi Noem no later than Nov. 15, 2021,” according to a news release.

The task force began by listening to the perspectives of former Board of Regents members and those who oversaw public universities in the past during their meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Kathy Johnson, who served on the Board of Regents from 2005 to 2017, said the task force needs to remain cognizant of the fact that no one knows what the future is going to hold.

“The jobs that are in high demand today and are gearing up to produce graduates aren’t going to produce jobs and graduates ten years from now that are in high demand,” Johnson said.

Kay Schallenkamp, Black Hills State University president from 2006 to 2014,

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‘Stewarding Our Auqifer’ field day to educate public and ag producers

NAZARETH, Texas (KFDA) – Ogallala Commons will hold the second Stewarding Our Aquifer field day next week.



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The event will focus on landowner management practices contributing to a rise in groundwater levels in certain parts of the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District.

Another presentation will examine large-scale rainwater harvesting.

The event’s feature presentation will be by Alan Birkenfeld, owner and manager of a 640-acre farm on the Castro-Swisher county line, where organizers say the water levels are “stable and rising.”

Birkenfeld will give an overview of his vision and discuss use of cover crops. His presentation will also include a discussion on grazing and management practices used to transition to grass farming.

Organizers encourage farmers, ranchers, agency personnel, educators and the general public to attend the presentations.

Activities begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Home Mercantile Building in Nazareth on Tuesday,

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Private, public schools differ in return-to-play philosophy | Guam Sports

With the novel coronavirus pandemic approaching the seven-month mark and as the island remains in Pandemic Condition of Readiness 1, Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero recently signed an executive order allowing golf, tennis, scuba diving and gyms to resume activity. In a subsequent order, the governor paved the way for sports organizations to submit startup plans for noncontact training to the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

As tennis players, golfers, denizens of the deep and sporting organizations rejoiced, the executive orders gave the island’s sports chiefs hope that interscholastic competition may be nearing, although the government gave no indication when that might happen.

“Having been in lockdown for four weeks, five weeks, any news concerning the ability for students” to participate in sports “is uplifting information,” said Terry Debold, the president of the Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam, the nonprofit organization that manages private school sports. “It’s great,

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New Book Edited by Dornsife Faculty Serves As Useful Guide for Urban Public Health Education


Urban Public Health: A Research Toolkit for Practice and Impact



October 7, 2020

An increasing majority of the human population resides in urban areas, and residents are affected in multiple ways by these settings. Our lives and our health are shaped by the design of buildings and transportation systems, access to improved sanitation and early childhood education, the availability of food stores and recreational spaces, and by a wide range of local policies from housing to health care access.

A new book, Urban Public Health: A Research Toolkit for Practice and Impact, edited by Gina Lovasi, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Urban Health and Co-Director of the Urban Health Collaborative, Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, MPH, Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, and Jennifer Kolker, MPH, Clinical Professor and Associate Dean for Public Health Practice and External Relations, tackles these issues and more. 

The overall progress of urban health is measured and monitored by

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After 40 years in medicine, here’s what a Maine addiction expert has learned about alcohol, opioids and public health

When The New York Times, the Washington Post and news agencies across Maine have needed to understand the opioid epidemic and the policies emerging in response to it, they have often turned to a specialist in addiction medicine working in Portland, Dr. Mark Publicker. Unafraid to criticize redundant task forces and barriers to treatment, his advocacy led to better policy and saved lives, said those who learned of his impending retirement online.

As the pandemic complicates the more hidden challenge of addiction, Publicker, 70, will retire from his private practice at the end of the year, after 40 years in medicine. He recently spoke about his career and the changing upheavals of the opioid crisis. Today, synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, are the most common drugs involved in drug overdose deaths in the United States.

Dr. Mark Publicker will retire from his private practice in Portland at the end of the
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Alfond’s $240 million gift to UMaine System among largest ever to public higher ed institute

Administrators in the University of Maine System on Wednesday lauded a $240 million gift that is among the largest ever in public institutes of higher education and will be used for systemwide investments in facilities, academics and athletics.

Much of the funding from the Harold Alfond Foundation, one of the state’s leading philanthropic organizations, will be spent on the University of Southern Maine campus in Portland. Officials there are planning for the construction of a new graduate center and law school and for the campus to be part of a multi-university engineering program that will give students around the state greater access to courses and degrees.

“This is a combination of a year-long effort to explain the needs of the system to an organization that has been very generous in the past and an effort to come forward with new initiatives that obviously have attracted the support of the Alfonds,”

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$240M investment in UMaine System one of the largest ever to a public institution of higher education

On Tuesday, the Harold Alfond Foundation announced more than $500 million dollars of new grant investments in Maine institutions to help grow the state’s workforce and economy and support quality health care. 

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Included in that grant money is $240 million to the University of Maine System (UMS). According to the UMS, this is the largest ever to a public institution of higher education in New England and the 8th largest gift ever made to a U.S. institution of public higher education.

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“Maine is receiving a transformative, unprecedented investment in its people and its future from the Harold Alfond Foundation,” Chancellor Dannel Malloy said. “And it comes at a time when we need optimism and an affirmation that we work best when we work together. Through the work to achieve unified accreditation for our

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New bipartisan council formed to defend election integrity launches $20 million public education campaign to count every vote

New bipartisan council formed to defend election integrity launches $20 million public education campaign to count every vote

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — A bipartisan group of more than 40 former elected officials, former Cabinet secretaries, retired military officials, and civic leaders called the National Council on Election Integrity has formed to defend the legitimacy of our elections and ensure that every American’s vote is counted in 2020, Issue One announced today.

The National Council on Election Integrity — which includes individuals who have advised presidents, former party leaders, and heads of some of the largest civic organizations in the country — has launched “Count Every Vote,” a new $20 million public education campaign highlighting the country’s ability to hold safe and secure elections during the coronavirus pandemic and stressing that all citizens’ votes must be counted, regardless of whom

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Atlanta Public Schools reopening process | Superintendent speaks

Dr. Lisa Herring spoke to 11Alive’s Jennifer Bellamy on Tuesday.

ATLANTA — When some Atlanta Public Schools students begin returning to in-person classes later this month, one thing district superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring wants parents to keep in mind is that it won’t necessarily be like everything is back to normal.

Parents have until the end of this week to declare whether they want their students (for now, only pre-K through 5th grade and special education students will be considered, but the district is asking all parents to declare their wishes) to return as part of Phase II of the district’s reopening plan.

Some parents have become increasingly vocal about their wish to see their kids return to “normal” school, but what Dr. Herring told 11Alive’s Jennifer Bellamy on Tuesday is that “it’s not the same experience” they’re accustomed to. 

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COVID-19 curriculum aims to reshape public health education

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“View of Smallpox Hospital” by Paul Emmert, c. 1853–59, Hawaiʻi Historical Society

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted educators in Hawaiʻi to provide a historical look at contagious diseases in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. An interdisciplinary curriculum, COVID-19, the Latest Hawaiian Epidemic: Educating for Health, Responsibility, and Resilience Through a Place-Based, Cultural Lens, that compares and contrasts Hawaiian historical timelines and science phenomena associated with COVID-19, is the brainchild of University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Education Curriculum Studies Professor Pauline Chinn.

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The curriculum has multiple purposes: to understand COVID-19 in historical contexts, examine leaders’ actions in a crisis, and teach students about ways to slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. Chinn, graduate students Kaleolani Hanohano and Alison Yasuoka, and Hawaiian translator graduate assistants Riley Wells and Kyle Nakatsuka, developed a series of lessons that include: hands-on activities, simulations, models,

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