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    College Connection - Monday Aug 10, 2015 | 5:47 pm

    How student government team building benefits a campus

    I’ve always enjoyed being part of a team, and this past weekend was no exception. As a member of the Student Government Association at the University of Maine at Augusta, I’m allowed to be a part of a group of people working to serve our fellow students. The SGA is an organization that works as the voice of students on campus, and this past weekend we learned how to more […]

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  • College Connection - Tuesday Aug 04, 2015 | 4:30 pm

    The rise of the micro-credentials in education

    “Micro-credential” is a growing buzzword in higher education. Micro-credentialing is where students gain skill sets in a focused area and receive a credential after having completed a small number of courses. The credentials have names such as “digital badges,” “certificate” and the very 21st century sounding “nano-degree.” Various versions of these credentials can be earned through larger business entities, universities and colleges, and through web-based learning platforms. The micro-credential can […]

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    College Connection - Wednesday Jul 29, 2015 | 10:05 am

    Getting lost while traveling can be a beautiful destination

    When I was a teenager, my family took a trip across Mexico. One day in the city of Morelia (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), my father left us with my mother so we could spend the day by the hotel pool. He told us he was going to “get lost.” This took place in the 1980s — long before your smartphone could, at any moment, precisely locate you in […]

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    College Connection - Wednesday Jul 22, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Do the math: How partisan is the Maine Legislature?

    “When am I going to use math in real life?” It is tempting to answer, “Never!” However, in truth leaders in all sorts of fields use mathematics to understand and thereby control the world. Their knowledge builds their power. For an example of the practical power of math, let’s turn to the recently adjourned 127th Maine State Legislature. Lately, complaints about the partisanship in the legislature seem to be everywhere. […]

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  • College Connection - Tuesday Jul 14, 2015 | 11:45 am

    Studying how traumatic childhood events affect health

    I first learned of the adverse childhood experiences (ACE) study a few years ago as I was working on understanding how stress impacts our health and well-being through the psychoneuroimmunological system. The ACE study was performed in the late 1990s by the Centers for Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente with 17,000 participants, and the goal of the study was to better understand how adverse experiences in childhood impact health later […]

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    College Connection - Tuesday Jul 07, 2015 | 9:58 am

    The gender imbalance in education raises important questions

    As an educator and a father of two school aged boys, I am particularly interested in reports of academic success of students in local schools. Every year around graduation time the Kennebec Journal posts top 10 graduating student lists for local high schools; I review these with great interest. I am interested in students’ college and career plans. Their plans are inspiring; it demonstrates the essential role that education plays in […]

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  • Education - Tuesday Jun 30, 2015 | 10:00 am

    Mad Max: Fury Road—A Review

    When one thinks of post-apocalyptic car chases, sex slaves, and heavy metal one hardly ever thinks about feminism unless one is planning a feminist rant against one or several of those things. However, the new Mad Max film, the fourth installment in the Australian movie series, somehow includes all three of those things while passing the Bechdel test with flying colors. Mad Max: Fury Road weaves strong female characters effortlessly betwixt […]

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  • College Connection - Tuesday Jun 23, 2015 | 12:40 pm

    A 40-year throwback to the future of higher education

    I still remember the glimpse of the future we Readfield Elementary School second-graders received in class during the throwback year of 1975. A rattling projector beamed a stunning forecast as a narrator blared, “Technology is your friend and our future! In the year 2000, classrooms will amaze and be easily accessed by all.” Various scenes of future classrooms rolled by. Our favorite was a college classroom depicted as an amphitheater […]

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    College Connection - Wednesday Jun 17, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Good design is Maine design

    Mainer’s are known for a Yankee frugality. This quality might be seen to be at odds with the idea of “good design.” One might think, incorrectly, that “good design” is just another way to say “costs a lot.” Actually, “good design” is an idea that is about as Maine as one can find. Good design fundamentally must be useful; it must serve a purpose and serve it well. The value of […]

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