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College professor ends hunger strike over his tenure denial
EASTON, Pa. (AP) - A college professor says he has ended a hunger strike he began last week over the denial of his application for tenure.
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1,270 Penn State faculty, staff offered voluntary retirement
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State has announced that it is offering voluntary retirement packages to about 1,270 faculty and non-academic staff members in order to address "budgetary and ongoing workforce challenges."
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Kent State signs partnership agreement with China's Xi'An International Studies University
Through a partnership with China's Xi'An International Studies University, Kent State students will be able to study Chinese language, literature and culture abroad, and students from China will have the opportunity to be immersed in Kent State's many education opportunities. AKRON, Ohio -- A delegation from Xi'An International Studies University (XISU) in China, led by President Wang Junzhe, recently met with members of the Kent State University faculty and staff to sign a partnership agreement between the two universities. XISU, located in the historically significant city of Xi'An, provides an important strategic partnership for Kent State. Through the partnership, XISU students will be welcomed to Kent State, and Xi'An International Studies University will become the newest education-abroad destination for Kent State students. At XISU, Kent State students will receive instruction in Chinese language, literature and culture while living and traveling in one of the most culturally important cities in China. The delegation from Xi'An International Studies University arrived in Kent March 6. Sarah Malcolm, director of international partnerships and marketing and communications in the Office of Global Education at Kent State, met the group for a tour of University Library. The delegation joined Kent State President Beverly Warren in the University Library's Urban Conference Room, where the signing ceremony took place. A traditional exchange of gifts between the two parties followed the signing.  In addition to Junzhe, the delegation from XISU included Huang Libo, associate dean of the School of English Studies; Chenguang Pang, associate dean of the School of Chinese Language; Fan Hua, deputy director of international cooperation and exchange and Na Hong, deputy secretary-general of the Alumni Association. Warren was joined by several faculty and staff members from Kent State University at Stark, including Dean Denise Seachrist, Associate Dean Aloysius Kasturiarachi and Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bei Cai, who is an alumna of Xi'An International Studies University. She recently returned to her position at Kent State Stark after a fall semester sabbatical at XISU, where her work led to a deeper collaboration between the two universities.  Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Todd Diacon and Associate Provost Marcello Fantoni also attended the ceremony, along with a small audience of Kent State faculty and staff. Translation between the two parties was provided by Color Kang, an international admissions counselor in the Office of Global Education.  "A successful partnership is all about a good 'match,'" Cai said in a news release. "Both universities have strong degree programs in humanities and liberal arts, and both universities are mutually interested and committed to making the partnership a success. Our two universities have a lot to offer to each other."  Malcolm, who oversaw the foundation of the partnership, said in a news release, "The partnership with Xi'An International Studies University is an excellent example of how the connections and collaborations among faculty can blossom into a comprehensive partnership. We are pleased to see this partnership include strong faculty connections and quality student education-abroad experiences."
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | University Academia Dean Faculty Academic degree College Professor Kent State University
University of Akron to sell president's house after nearly $1 million in work
The University of Akron plans to sell the mansion the school spent nearly $1 million renovating and furnishing for its former president. AKRON, Ohio - The University of Akron plans to sell the mansion the school spent nearly $1 million renovating and furnishing for its former president. Trustees on Wednesday authorized administrators to seek legislative approval to sell the university-owned residence. Approval is needed because the deed is in the name of the state of Ohio. The 7,600-square-foot home, with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, two half-baths and a four-car garage, has been vacant since former President Scott Scarborough moved out in the fall. Scarborough resigned last May. In October, when Matthew Wilson was named president, the former dean of UA's law school decided to remain in his own home. At that time the university said it had no specific plans for the mansion. The university had required its president to live in a university-owned residence, officials said. Wilson and the board agreed that Wilson would not live in the home or be provided with a housing allowance. The school bought home, on Burning Tree Drive in Akron, and a neighboring lot for $850,000 in 1998 when Luis Proenza arrived as president. Little had been done to the home during Proenza's tenure but faculty, students and staff were angered when they learned that renovating and furnishing the home for Scarborough cost $950,000. The university on Wednesday broke down the expenditures: $375,000 came from non-public donated funds resulting from the sale of previous university residences given to the UA Foundation by donors and restricted for a residence. $141,000 for furnishings, fixtures and equipment came from private donations. $167,645 in already budgeted labor costs for university employees. $268,179 for outside labor, materials and furniture. The planter referred to by interior decorators as an "olive jar." University of Akron  A $556 olive jar in Scarborough's bedroom became a flashpoint for students and employees upset at the cost of renovations at a time when 161 employees lost their jobs. "To my knowledge, the purchased items and furniture (including the large planter that is referred to as an "olive jar") remain University property and are still in the residence," spokesman Wayne Hill said in an email. "Disposition of them will be considered as part of the overall sale process, assuming the legislative approval is obtained."
358 points by The Plain Dealer | Ohio University University of Akron Akron Ohio Home improvement Renovation Luis M. Proenza Dean
Harvard student says a man called him a ‘f***ing Muslim’ in Cambridge
“This is about standing up to hate against any group,” Harmann Singh said.
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Oberlin College employee victim of hate crime
An Oberlin College employee's home was vandalized early Thursday morning and an anti-Semitic note was left behind in what Oberlin Police are investigating as a hate crime. OBERLIN, Ohio - An Oberlin College employee's home was vandalized early Thursday morning and an anti-Semitic note was left behind in what Oberlin Police are investigating as a hate crime. "It is with deep outrage and sorrow that we report that one of our colleagues and his family were the victims of a cowardly, hateful act last night," Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov wrote in an email to students and the college community on Thursday afternoon. "The outside of their home was vandalized and a note left behind that included antisemitic and threatening language. The Oberlin Police Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime." As the General Faculty discussed yesterday, this is a moment of great stress and consternation, both nationally and locally. We will need each other's continued compassion and support at this time; please take care of yourselves, your families, and your loved ones. As our community grieves for the loss of dignity and personal/physical safety that comes with these sorts of vile attacks, these events also can galvanize us in our resolve to fight bigotry and hatred wherever and whenever they occur." The letter was also signed by Tim Elgren, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,Andrea Kalyn, dean of the Conservatory and Meredith Raimondo, vice president and dean of students. The college had no further comment. The incident occurred several days after the college fired assistant professor Joy Karega, who had posted anti-Semitic statements on Facebook. Oberlin College fires professor who posted anti-Semitic statements Oberlin Police did not return phone calls. They said the call came in about 3:40 a.m. and described the crime as "criminal damaging and ethnic intimidation," the Chronicle-Telegram reported.  To comment on this story, please visit our crime and courts comments page.
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UMBC inks deal with Tel Aviv University
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County will develop research and exchange faculty and students with Tel Aviv University in Israel under a new pact announced Wednesday. The memorandum of understanding will be in place for five years with the potential to be extended, according to state officials....
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