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"Construction is underway on the first academic facility in almost two decades to be built on the Claremont, California, campus of Harvey Mudd College. Designed in 1956 by Edward Durrell Stone, the 39-acre school is a private engineering, science, and math institution, which is planning for growth in the coming decade.
“A lot of their current classrooms are underground so they were literally wanting to bring these into the light,” ... a new 70,000-square-foot Teaching and Learning Center to create a bridge between academic facilities located to the west and dorms to the east. Though the design emphasizes transparency, energy efficiency, and a range of academic and social functions, a unique bi-axial hollow slab structural system concealed in the building’s concrete will have one of the greatest impacts on reducing material use as it targets LEED Platinum certification."
Design challenge: Make a useful, marketable product out of a football field worth of used artificial turf:
"Early this semester, Natalia challenged the entire Cornish community to design a marketable product that would fill a pressing social need, re-using an entire college football field of artificial turf. We had a week to design something. One week is not a long time when you’re in school.
One football field contains the equivalent of some 1.3 million plastic bags. When the artificial turf is replaced, it usually goes right into landfill. I saw this as an opportunity to design something useful, and to increase awareness in my own community that this familiar material is not sustainable. Using design to raise awareness made me feel that I was able to give something back to my community, to the people who were trying to make my life better by installing artificial turf in the first place."
"Some say they are already functionally "private": Both Curtis and Glasper referenced a table created by D. Bruce Johnstone, a leading scholar of higher education who is former chancellor of the State University of New York. In the table, Johnstone looked at various qualities such as 'mission,' 'ownership,' and 'sources of revenue,' and established a continuum from "high 'publicness' " to 'high "privateness."'" For sources of revenue, the continuum goes from public funds as the primary source of college budgets to tuition funds as the primary source.
By such measures, Curtis said, his college is private. By next year, he said, the college will be close to having two-thirds of its revenue come from tuition revenue. But Curtis stressed that his college is embracing many other characteristics of privatization 'and they are not all bad.'"
SCUP board member Jay V. Kahn has been named interim president of Keene State College:
"Jay V. Kahn has been Vice President for Finance and Planning of Keene State College in New Hampshire since 1988. Prior to joining Keene State, he was the Associate Vice President for Administration and Planning at Governors State University, University Park, Illinois, where he worked from 1978 to 1988, and from 1973 to 1978 with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, last as Assistant Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Kahn received a B.A. degree from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Political Science -- Policy Studies from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Nationally, he serves as an at-large director on the Society for College and University Planning Board of Directors. Locally, he serves as Chairman of the Cheshire Medical Center Board of Trustees. Previously he chaired the Board of the Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce and the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation. At the state level, he serves on the Workforce Initiatives Board."
"Service learning programs -- in which involvement with local groups or civic activities is linked to academics -- are widespread throughout the United States. But Warren Wilson's reforms of its program are notable because the 1,000-student college has been in engaged in service learning for decades and, as a work college, is no slouch about asking students to make meaningful contributions.
Starting this fall, new students can count social activism or policy work toward their 100-hour requirement. Those efforts wouldn’t qualify under the current rules. But the real value of the new requirements is that ability to transfer classroom experience into meaningful involvement, said Freesia McKee, a senior who helped design the program."
TCLF seeks partners--professors and students of planning, architecture, and landscape architecture:
"What these university partnerships achieve, which is difficult otherwise, is a density of content in a particular city, region, or state. For example, Douglas’s Research Methods class generated almost fifty new landscape entries, all within 150 miles of Baton Rouge. Sites range from the iconic Oak Alley Plantation outside of New Orleans to lesser known gems like Windrush Gardens, the former garden estate designed by Steel Burden and now owned by LSU. And similarly for Way’s UW students, What’s Out There will grow to include more than 30 new entries, from Richard Haag’s Gasworks Park to several parks identified in the Olmsted Brothers’ plan for Portland, Oregon. In the coming months, each of these new entries will be posted with photographs and text created by the students and vetted in-house at TCLF.
We want to know What’s Out There! If you would like more information on how to participate, whether as a professor or a student, please contact Courtney Spearman at firstname.lastname@example.org."
The modern knowledge worker is more efficient than ever, but there are still things that slow down his productivity in the office.
The interior windows, which provide a glimpse from the hallways into the laboratories and classrooms, is a unique feature, Hartke said.
“Wherever possible we wanted to place these windows so when cadets are passing by they can look in and see what’s going on inside,” Hartke said. “We got the idea from a study as a way to increase student interest in the sciences.”
If cadets are exposed to more science in action, then they may consider the option of making it their major. Another way to increase the visibility of science is through display cases, which Hartke said will contain various eye-catching science items throughout the facility.
“To me, the greatest excitement there is here—and there’s actually many pieces to get excited about—is ‘making science visible,’” Lachance said. “A lot of the labs and equipment had been buried out of sight in the basement, and people in our own department never knew some of the things we had down there.”
The proposal by BudCud for the Osiedle Przyjaźń 2.0 is an innovative university campus located in the center of Bemowo district in Warsaw.
James Alan Fox: As with the Oikos U. tragedy, suspects are often older students, who see their education as do-or-die situations.
I don't claim to be clairvoyant. I'm just someone who has studied the 20 campus shootings that resulted in multiple fatalities over the past two decades. The average age of these assailants exceeds 35, with several being well into their 40s. Unlike a traditional-age college student who might dismiss a failing grade or an expulsion as a temporary setback, older students often view their pursuit of a college degree as their last hope for success. Failure at this stage of life can leave them feeling that they are simply out of options.
An eye-opening new study of cocaine-addicted mice found that dedicated exercise may in some cases make it even harder to break an addiction.
"'But, really, what the study shows,' he continues, 'is how profoundly exercise affects learning.'
When the brains of the mice were examined, he points out, the runners had about twice as many new brain cells as the animals that had remained sedentary, a finding confirmed by earlier studies. These cells were centered in each animal’s hippocampus, a portion of the brain critical for associative learning, or the ability to associate a new thought with its context."
Simmons is presenting "Integrated Planning and Resource Allocation to Meet Changing Fiscal Realities" on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:45 am. Register for SCUP–47 by Monday, April 30 for early bird savings!
"Rochester Business Journal and Financial Executives International award this distinction to individuals who make significant contributions to their organizations and the community during the past year. Heze was recognized for student focused financial decision making, empowering and developing employees and leading efforts for the very successful shuttle between campuses. Outside of MCC, Simmons was recognized for his contributions to Jefferson Avenue Childhood Development Center.
In an article in the Rochester Business Journal, Heze said 'I see this award as a tribute to my staff and an extension of all the hard work they do, too.'"
The use of clickers has spread from classroom pop quizzes to corporate presentations and church sermons, as efforts increase to encourage participation and gauge opinions.
How the Recession & the Architectural Meltdown is forcing Architecture to revolutionize itself away from starchitecture and towards design for the 99%.
By Vanessa Quirk in Architecture Daily. We are a fan of the Design:IntegrateCommunity:Building illustration. This is a nice, lengthy piece worth reading.
Richard Florida is a SCUP member favorite writer. In this post, he's deep in a series about green cities:
"Not surprisingly, residents of greener, lower emitting metros report higher levels of happiness. This shift is bound up with the deeper transformation of our economy and way of life - from an older industrial economy based on the exploitation of nature and physical labor to a more knowledge-based economy. New management systems began to see defects and inventory and ultimately emissions as costs to be eliminated. Waste became a costly enemy.
Our built environment and development patterns are just beginning to catch up. A growing number of cities and metros, especially those with more knowledge-based and talent-driven economies, place a premium on being clean and green as key elements of their quality of life and ability to attract talent. Bigger, denser metros which are less car-dependent generate greater energy efficiency and lower levels of pollution as well as higher levels of productivity and innovation."
Indianapolis Business JournalColleges could be banned from using tax funds for marketingIndianapolis Business JournalThe legislation has little chance of passing this year as the presidential election approaches, said Terry Hartle, senior vice...
This is a photo from the Stanford University tour at SCUP's 2012 Pacific Regional Conference. Here's a link to the Proceedings.
"A Dartmouth University professor puts the tasks that all organizations must perform into three boxes: (1) a box containing those things an institution does to make its core business as excellent as possible, (2) a box of “selective forgetting” for eliminating activities no longer productive or useful, and (3) a box of innovation for selective experimentation with projects that anticipate the future. Most organizations know how to succeed at the first task, says Vijay Govindarajan, who teaches at the university’s Tuck School of Business and writes on business strategy, but they do not spend sufficient time and intellectual focus on the second and the third. Although Govindarajan makes this argument about businesses, it readily applies to colleges and universities—and the boards that govern them."
I had a chat with IBM's Dave Bartlett at IBM Pulse 2011 about the state of Smarter Buildings and Smarter Cities today and their possibilities. Transcription:...
#SCUP47 Presenter David Bartlett (the Building Whisperer?) interviewed. He is a member of the presenting team for "How Strategic Partnerships Are Advancing Campus Sustainability" at Tulane U.
Nilsson, Elisabet M. (2011). The making of a maker-space for open innovation, knowledge sharing, and peer-to-peer learning. In Sonvilla-Weiss, S. & Owen, K. (Eds.) Future Learning Spaces: Designs on ELearning Conference Proceedings, pp 293-298, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
Keywords: maker-space, open lab, peer-to-peer learning, co-design, socio-cultural theories, social and technological innovation, co-production
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In add-on to that program, Florida Tech has set up a second grant module that will enable Valencia College President Sandy Shugart to endowment 10 Valencia former students with scholarships that are valued at $15000 a ...
Valencia College president Sanford Shugart is Sunday's plenary speaker at SCUP–47. Register now!
College tuition just keeps rising, and student loan debt is at an all-time high, leading to hefty loan payments that can overwhelm earners early in their careers.
What if students were indebted for 5% of the annual income for the 20 years after graduation?