In each episode of T&L's Honor Role podcast, guests are asked how they take care of their health and wellness and balance the demands of leadership and other responsibilities. Some common themes have emerged. Most guests emphasized the centrality of health and wellness to their ability to be in service to others, noting that self-care fuels their work. The importance of sleep, good nutrition, and physical movement are central to self-care as well as music, laughter, meditation, and joy, particularly during this time of ongoing disruption. "Understand that self-care is not selfish," says Dr. Tanzy Kilcrease, Bibb County (GA) Schools Chief of Staff. "We can't lead others if we don't care for ourselves."
Working for an embassy or consulate in a foreign country might not be the career path most IT professionals take, but that’s part of what appealed to Enoch Masih, an information technology major at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. “IT has so many different options but this is certainly a unique one, getting to travel so far away and also being able to do something that serves your country in a small way,” says Masih, a Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellow. The program is run by the U.S. Department of State and The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, and provides students pursuing an IT-related bachelor’s or master’s degree the opportunity to apply to practice their tech skills internationally while serving U.S. diplomacy.
Everyone Can Code Early Learners is the latest coding for students offering from tech giant Apple. This resource has been created for elementary school students and educators with coding training from kindergarten all the way to college age. The idea is to teach students how to code and app design using the company's own Swift programming language. This is so simple to use that it's designed not only for trained educators but also for families to use with children at home.
Along with Harvard University, which recently decided to move its Chinese classes from Beijing to Taiwan, 21 other US universities also are offering Mandarin language education at Taiwan schools such as National Taiwan Normal University and National Tsinghua University. Taiwan's education ministry has allocated $1.6 million for the exchange program.
Undergraduate students who work in the admissions office at Hamilton College petitioned the National Labor Relations Board successfully to form a union. The union, which includes students who work as admissions fellows and campus tour guides, is the first undergraduate student union to form following the board's decision to overturn a rule that made undergraduates ineligible to unionize.
Brown and Harvard universities are reporting double-digit growth for their endowments. Harvard, which has the nation's largest endowment, saw a 33.6% return, adding $11.3 billion, while Brown had a 51.5% return, growing its endowment to $6.9 billion.
The University of Arizona is encouraging medical students to practice in the state by offering its UA Primary Care Physician Scholarship Program that covers tuition costs. Mimi Coomler of Tucson Medical Center said that "the first order of business is to really stabilize our workforce" to combat medical staff shortages.
Maryland is one of the few states that offers scholarships specifically to students transferring from community colleges, write Barbara Schmertz, Emily Dow and Yuxin Lin. The 2+2 Transfer Scholarship is awarded based on merit and need and about half of the recipients also receive other financial aid, they explain.
Only 88% of faculty participate in college presidential searches, compared with 94% 20 years ago, the American Association of University Professors reports. Some schools are conducting closed searches for new leadership, where the names of candidates are not publicized until the end of the process.
Students with disabilities at West Virginia University are enjoying a typical college experience through the Country Roads Program, which provides them with the support they need to live in dorms, take classes, work and participate in clubs. The two-year, nondegree program prepares students for independent living and also provides them with job training.
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