Saint Michael’s College, Albany College of Pharmacy to offer dual degree program

first_imgSaint Michael’s College, a liberal arts college with an excellent track record of training science graduates, and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS), which provides a professional doctoral program in the field of pharmacy, have signed an agreement establishing a Dual Degree Program. With both Saint Michael’s and ACPHS’ newly opened campus being in Colchester, Vermont, the ease of cooperation is enhanced.Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a bachelor’s degree in biology (or related field) from Saint Michael’s, and a doctor of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Students will normally complete the program in seven years, spending three years at Saint Michael’s and the remaining four years at ACPHS-Vermont.“This program expands opportunities available to Saint Michael’s students by leading them in a significant career direction, and one that well serves the community’s medical needs today,” said Dr. John J. Neuhauser, president of Saint Michael’s College.“Since announcing our plans for a Colchester campus, our objective has been, and continues to be, to encourage students to pursue a career in pharmacy in Vermont,” said Dr. James J. Gozzo, president of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “Our agreement with Saint Michael’s will serve to facilitate this effort.”Under the terms of the agreement, Albany will reserve up to ten positions in each admission cycle of the program for qualified Saint Michael’s students. Students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Michael’s once they have completed degree requirements at Saint Michael’s and the first year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at ACPHS-Vermont. They will receive the Doctor of Pharmacy degree upon successful completion of three additional years at ACPHS-Vermont.The timeframe for the dual program will vary depending on a number of factors, including Advanced Placement and language preparation, but students may be able to complete the program in seven years, spending three years at Saint Michael’s and four at ACPHS-Vermont.  Interested students will need to plan and work carefully with academic advisers at Saint Michael’s.“I am very excited about this opportunity for our science students who are interested in pursuing this important career path.  I believe that the future of higher education will be enhanced through collaborative agreements such as this one.  We can no longer function in isolation; we need to work together to maximize opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Karen Talentino, Saint Michael’s College Vice President for Academic Affairs, who wrote the articulation agreement with Dr. Robert Hamilton, Associate Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, for the Vermont Campus, ACPHS-Vermont Campus.“One of the qualities that attracted ACPHS to the Colchester/Burlington area was the strength of the region’s colleges and universities and the opportunities to develop agreements such as the one we have signed with Saint Michael’s,” said Dr. Hamilton. “By working together, we can help expand the range of educational opportunities available to Vermont students.”Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to the advancement of health. The College has academic programs and research activities spanning the full spectrum of pharmacy and health sciences – from drug discovery to patient care. ACPHS opened its satellite campus in Colchester, Vermont, in fall 2009. It is the only pharmacy program in the state and will eventually be home to nearly 300 students. For more information, please visit is external) .Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 371 Colleges. It is one of 270 colleges and universities nationwide, and one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Saint Michael’s is located just outside Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns.Source: St Michael’s 3.29.2010-30-last_img read more

USG to provide webcasts of Senate meetings

first_imgUSC’s Undergraduate Student Government is taking a page out of C-SPAN’s book.Striving for greater transparency, USG has decided to film its weekly Senate meetings and post them for viewing on its website.“Not many people go to these meetings, so people can at least get a feel of what the Senate is about and what they do,” said David Ji, deputy director of technology for USG.Tuesday’s Senate meeting was the first to be videotaped, but USG officials are currently in the process of resolving technical and logistical issues related to filming and don’t expect the video to be available until Friday, Ji said. As filming procedures become more streamlined, the videos should appear online one to two days after each meeting, he added.Residential Senator Wilson Kyi, who spearheaded the project along with Ji and USG Vice President Ashlie Chan, said he hopes the convenience of watching the videos online will give students incentive to take an interest in the work USG does.“We thought that having our actual meeting videotaped would increase the transparency for how our decisions are made,” Kyi said.The project began when Kyi and other senators spoke to students who said that they weren’t able to attend meetings because of scheduling conflicts. That discussion was then made official business at USG meetings last semester, but the actual process was only set up a week ago, Kyi said.Chan said she recognizes the Senate meetings will not interest everyone, but hopes the videos will allow students to feel more connected to their student representatives.“There’s only so many people in our organization, so we need that feedback from students,” Chan said. “If it changes one person’s attitude toward USG, if they want to know more about what USG’s doing, then it’s worth it.”Kyi added that no portion of student money was being used to fund the project, since Ji already had all of the equipment necessary to film the meetings.USG senators will email their constituencies to inform them about the videos and they plan to publicize the service when visiting various student assemblies and organizations on campus, Kyi said.Some students said they were excited about having the chance to watch the Senate meetings online and anticipated becoming more knowledgeable about USG through these videos.“I would be really interested to watch it. I think it’s important to know what’s going on because if they are making decisions, we often don’t know about it,” said Natalie Torkan, a senior majoring in business administration.Michael Doherty, a senior majoring in communication, said he thinks the videos will allow USG to make students more aware of pressing campus issues they may not have known about otherwise.“I’d watch it. I’d like to know what’s going on,” he said. “I personally wasn’t even aware you could attend the meetings, so [the videos] will make for more viewers who are more informed.”But other students, like Jennifer Esfandi, a senior majoring in psychology, said the videos alone may not be enough to convince students to attend the Senate meetings or to take notice of USG’s work.“I think it’d make [the meeting] more accessible on the one hand,” she said. “But I don’t think I would watch them, and the people who would watch them would probably go to the meetings anyway if they cared.”While he knows the videos may not reach every student at USC, Kyi said he believes USG has a responsibility to make the option available to students who want to take advantage of it.“I don’t plan that the majority of the students will watch the whole meeting, but I do think that students who are interested will watch it. Maybe they’ll want to watch it for a decision that just happened or for something controversial that may happen in the future, so it’s great to have this resource,” Kyi said. “As long as there are students who want to see our meetings, we want to provide that service for them.”last_img read more

The KDOT’s position on where it places stop lights

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following was an article I wrote on Oct. 22, 2012, dealing with having stop lights on the east corridor going out of Wellington. This article was written after an accident which occurred after an automobile rollover at U.S. 160 and Boundary that involved a student driver. Please keep in mind, the city of Wellington is not in charge of setting speed limits on federal highways such as U.S. 81 and 160. That is determined by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Allen Grunder, the source for this story, has retired from KDOT since this article was written.Oct. 22, 2012: When an accident occurred on U.S. 160, east of Wellington at the intersection of Boundary north of McDonald’s Restaurant,  many readers were concerned about the lack of traffic lights or the high rates of speed in the area. Sumner Newscow decided to call Allen Grunder, the area engineer at the Kansas Department of Transportation office in Winfield, to ask him what gives. Is there a way to make the U.S. 160 highway from the roundabout to the Kansas Turnpike safer?Grunder said speed limits and stop lights are determined by a plethora of factors that go into a formula set up by KDOT. The formula is based on a number of accidents at an intersection, the number of drivers who pass through, and the average speed of the drivers. KDOT never alleviates from the formula, whether it is in east Wellington or downtown Wichita or Timbuktu.He said it is all incumbent on traffic flow. The safest roads are the one’s in which the largest percentage of drivers are all driving the same speed.“The problem you get into is the variation of how fast people drive,” Grunder said. “We determine speed limits based on how 85 percent of the traffic will naturally drive down that road.”If drivers are going west from the turnpike they will have a 65 mph speed limit until they reach the KOA Kampground where the speed limit is reduced to 55. The speed limit drops to 50 west of McDonald’s and by the time drivers get to the roundabout the speed limit is at 35. It gets down to 30 thereafter.Grunder said if you took out all of the speed limit signs, 85 percent of the traffic would use those same speeds anyway. They would come in at 65 mph and naturally reduce their speed to the 30 mph level when they get into town.“Think about driving in the country,” Grunder said. “You might only go 55 to 65 mph out there not because of the traffic, but because you worry about hitting a deer or whatever. The drivers determine the speed limits.”Grunder said where the problems come in is the variation of speeds. The driver who goes 85 mph in a 65 mph zone is, of course, a hazard. But the little old man driving 30 mph in the 65 mph zone is just as much of a hazard.“Anytime a driver has to put on his brakes, it becomes a more unsafe traffic environment,” Grunder said.Which brings us to the stop lights. Grunder said stop lights are important in very busy intersections but stop lights must enhance the flow of traffic not hinder it. Again, it depends on speed variations.“Many accidents occur when people speed up to beat a traffic light and rear end the person in front of them, because they are not paying attention,” Grunder said. “Stop lights don’t necessarily make the intersection safer.”That isn’t to say the east corridor is perfect. Wellington just recently was awarded two KDOT funding grants for turning lanes: one at the 8th Street and G (the viaduct) and 16th Street and Woodlawn (Editor’s note: those proposals have been taken off the table since this story was written), which are for intersections with more than 12 accidents in a three-year period. Both intersections have stop lights. The costs of those projects, a 90-10 percent split with KDOT, is $55,000 at 8th and G and $150,000 at 16th and Woodlawn.KDOT does studies based on requests. Twice, the Wellington City Council has asked about possibilities of stop lights at the Walmart entrance and the school entrance. Both times KDOT turned them down. Neither intersection met the KDOT criteria of putting in a light.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (40) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down pmalcolm · 325 weeks ago My student was the 1st one! I do believe there need to be stop lights at both of those intersections! Maybe save a life! Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 325 weeks ago It is amazing how they use the figures to build what they want and ignore what is a need. They helped build a roundabout with minor accidents. Please someone let me know when someone was killed at that intersection before the roundabout was ever built. Minor accidents and semi trucks scraping each other. How many accidents have occurred in front of Wal-Mart? We have had the minor fender benders to serious injury accidents. Now a fatality. What does that count for in the formula? The state needs go get there head out of sand. Slow it down a few extra minutes doesn’t hurt. We all managed to get where we were going when the speed limit was 55. Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Welltaxton · 325 weeks ago stoplights are for cross flow of traffic. By congesting the flow of traffic on US-160 would only make this problem worse. Maybe the high school should have been built in the down town area instead of on the side of a US Hiway. Maybe a bypass should be built around Wellington. Report Reply 1 reply · active 325 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down old timer · 325 weeks ago A stoplight slows traffic and only for cross flow traffic..I would tell you to visit rock road or maize rd in wichita…several stoplights that have nothing to do with cross flow traffic. They are used to slow traffic and make an area safer..sorry if it delays life lost is already one to many Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down outoftowner · 325 weeks ago I really don’t see the problem. I go to Wal Mart and McDonalds. When exiting, I STOP at the stop signs. When clear I proceed. I hate that accidents are happening, but when exiting correctly, it’s not dangerous. Report Reply 1 reply · active 325 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down A. Troutman · 325 weeks ago Welltaxton…maybe you could relocate…or pray that you or one of your loved ones aren’t the next fatality. Closed minded people are the reason nothing ever changes. I lost a brother on this same highway and everything my parents did to try to make it safer was met with reasons why it couldn’t be done. I’m assuming that taxes in Wellington are a problem for you from your name that you obviously are too fearful to post…money and facts and figures mean absolutely nothing when it comes to loss of life!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 325 weeks ago Here is a simple concept and a very cheap way to address this issue. The old Wal-Mart location on the West side of town located on US160 has a posted speed limit of 35mph. For many years the McDonald’s and Wal-Mart existed in this location and at the best of my knowledge no accidents that caused the loss of life. We now move to the East side of town, still on US160 new Wal-Mart, and McDonald’s but for some reason posted speed limit of 50MPH that then shifts to 55MPH and up from that point….so why not reduce this speed to match the prevoius locations speed limits at the old location to 35MPH. People need to just be forced to slow down sooner when approaching town and those leaving just need to be more understanding that this distance of highway at 35MPH would only likely take them an additional minute to pass through before reaching an increased speed of 55 just passed the KOA. Seems to be a more simple approach and much cheaper one than placing expensive stop lights which are no guarantee to fix or reduce the accident potential. Reduce the speed limit and have officers radar it daily and force society and the residents to get used to it, because in the end we are talking about someones life and it maybe yours. Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 325 weeks ago Did anyone read the article? Report Reply 1 reply · active 325 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down David Edge · 325 weeks ago Nobody read the article it’s way to long lol Report Reply 1 reply · active 325 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Love driving · 325 weeks ago Damn’d if we do and vice versa. I say let KDOT say when enough is enough. Report Reply 0 replies · active 325 weeks ago 123Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. 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