Aurora, CO (PRWEB) August 19, 2014
AURORA, Colo. August 19, 2014 Gamification offers a career boost for geospatial professionals as the desire to create more realistic virtual worlds is requiring the application of geographic information systems (GIS). The gaming industry is relying on GIS for real-world datasets, which increases the need for trained GIS professionals.
GIS provides the source data to enrich our understanding of a host of human interactions with the landscape. Whether it is introducing an improved user experience for games or creating more dynamic public spaces for our citizens to enjoy, there are so many ways in which GIS data can be leveraged to improve the world, says Stephen A. McElroy, Ph.D., GISP, GIS program chair at American Sentinel University.
Gamification in GIS applications helps younger students grasp spatial concepts easier in addition to helping adults who may be new to spatial thinking.
The makeup of a metropolitan area can be recreated through GIS data, allowing an in-depth understanding of the landscape, terrain, road structure, and buildings. Learning from accurate, real data is more beneficial than learning from simulations. For game enthusiasts that have visited the city, the gaming experience provides a multitude of recognizable landscape features that are built into the core product that only GIS can provide.
Geospatial Community Leverages Talent and Infrastructure of Gaming Community
There are numerous aspects from the gaming community that are already helping to enhance 3D GIS visualization software products such as Esris CityEngine and Google Earth.
Data compression and tiling routines have led to faster rendering and the ability to use larger datasets, says Dr. McElroy. Multi-core computer processing allows for more seamless movement through the landscape.
The industry can use these virtual worlds as testing for prototype environments to help conditions in the real world, according to Dr. McElroy 3D visualization techniques allow for prototypes to be tested and analyzed prior to implementation. This provides a valuable opportunity to make adjustments in the planning and design phases, which result in smarter urban design outcomes and improved quality of life for residents.
In addition, Dr. McElroy says that virtual games play a valuable role in designing future buildings, roads, cities and parks.
3D environments that simulate the real world help us to understand and plan sustainable environments, he adds.
For example, the amount of shade that would be created by a building can be modeled to determine the impact on the adjacent landscape. Such modeling efforts help to identify facts that affect both the existing population in an area as well as future impacts.
A number of industries such as urban planners and architects have benefited most from GIS modeling and gaming simulations and now the gamification of GIS offers tremendous growth potential for geospatial professionals.
For those professionals interested in programming, software development and customization, the gamification of GIS offers a relatively new career path , says Dr. McElroy.
The gamification of GIS can lead to more practical hands-on training scenarios that can assist first responders in times of crisis for fire, police and hazards personnel to enhance their spatial thinking abilities when dealing with common emergency response situations.
Improvement to real-world situational awareness could lead to better decision making in times of crisis, adds Dr. McElroy.
Organizations around the world use GIS and the demand for people with GIS skills are increasing. Earning a GIS degree online will prepare professionals to break into this rapidly growing field.
Learn more about American Sentinel Universitys geospatial degree programs at http://www.americansentinel.edu/geospatial
About American Sentinel University
American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited associate, bachelor’s and master’s online degree programs focused on the needs of high-growth sectors, including information technology and business intelligence degrees. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For required student consumer information, please visit http://www.americansentinel.edu/doe
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San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) August 28, 2014
As the nation faces an urgent need for more trained nursing professionals, National University announces the creation of the Accelerated Track for Vets to BSN (V2BSN) Project that is being launched to provide veterans interested in nursing careers with academic and professional support through a three-year $ 1.05 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The grant is being awarded to the private, nonprofit universitys School of Health and Human Services.
The funding for the Accelerated Track for Vets to BSN (V2BSN) Project, which comes from the federal Departments Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), will provide a full suite of pre-entry outreach services, retention activities, and academic and career support services, including licensure preparation, in order to ensure the professional success of veteran graduates who enter and complete the already-established program. The field of nursing is expected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We are extremely honored to have been awarded this prestigious grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services since it recognizes the value and expertise that veterans bring to careers such as nursing and other health specialties, said Dr. Gloria J. McNeal, Dean of National Universitys School of Health and Human Services and a former Navy Nurse Corps Officer. National University has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the success of military and veteran students, and this project allows us to build on that tradition by offering meaningful and relevant career options and academic support.
The program will be designed to provide an accelerated experience, based on evaluation of candidates for advanced placement. In its evaluation of the proposal, the Department of Health & Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) external reviewers commended the University for demonstrating strong support services for the veteran community. The Accelerated Track for Vets to BSN (V2BSN) Project builds on the Schools current partnerships with a variety of agencies to establish clinical rotation sites. The Project is being offered in collaboration with the National University Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, which was created to provide guidance and assistance for the needs of veteran students through a grant awarded to National University by the U.S. Department of Educations Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
We are extremely proud of the innovative work being done by our School of Health and Human Services, and for the recognition they have received through this competitive grant, said National University Provost Debra Bean. This program will have a positive impact, not only in our communities, but in the lives of our military and veteran students as they take the next steps in their professional careers.
Please visit the School of Health and Human Services website for additional information as it is made available: http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfHealthAndHumanServices.html
To learn more about transitioning to college from the military, National University offers a free download guide: Roadmap to Your Degree: How to Transition From Military Service to College.
About the National University School of Health and Human Services
The National University School of Health and Human Services offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in Nursing, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, Health Informatics, Nurse Anesthesia, Clinical Laboratory Science, Clinical Regulatory Affairs, Radiation Therapy, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Informatics, Nursing Administration, and Health and Life Sciences Analytics. Graduates of these programs are prepared to assume leadership positions in the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based practices designed to improve the quality of healthcare systems and healthcare safety. http://www.nu.edu/OurPrograms/SchoolOfHealthAndHumanServices.html
About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 students and more than 140,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit http://www.nu.edu.
Garden City, NY (PRWEB) August 26, 2014
NAPW honors Joan L. Whitman, Ph.D., Owner of Grant Associates, LLC, as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. She is recognized for leadership in grant writing with this prestigious distinction. As the largest, networking organization of women in the country, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.
Specializing in grant writing for rural and urban communities seeking federal, state and/or local foundations to secure funding, Dr. Whitman says, My role includes research for funding sources and facilitation of the grant writing process in collaboration with stakeholders with expertise in the evaluation segment of grant outcomes.
Dr. Whitman has built a solid foundation in the education arena. Her non-university experience includes teaching social studies. She tenures as Assistant Principal and Learning Center Director at Wisconsins Brookfield East High School. Her university teaching experience includes a professorship in graduate education and Program Chair and Adjunct Instructor at Cardinal Stritch University, where she developed numerous online outreach graduate and undergraduate courses.
Besides her numerous professional and community leadership positions at Cardinal Stritch University, Dr. Whitman also worked on numerous committees at the Waukesha Public School District, including the Teacher Evaluation Sub-committee and the Teacher Development Committee. She was the School’s Attuned Community Partnership Co-chair in 2006 and served on the MetroParent Partnership from
2005 to 2007, helping to establish teacher and parent professional development conferences. Dr. Whitman has been a keynote speaker for various educational programs throughout the US and is co-author of How the Brain Learns. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northland College and her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from Cardinal Stritch University.
NAPWs mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.
Richmond, Ky. (PRWEB) August 26, 2014
Dr. Peter Mansi, president of the International Association of Arson Investigators, a professional fire investigation association with 79 chapters and 8,000 members world-wide, took time from attending the 2014 IAAI Tennessee state meeting in Knoxville, TN, to travel to Eastern Kentucky University to visit with faculty and staff of the School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management (SSEM).
Greg Gorbett, Associate Professor, SSEM, invited Dr. Mansi to campus to tour the classrooms and labs and discuss the degree programs offered by the Fire Protection Program at Eastern Kentucky Universitys College of Justice & Safety.
EKU has had a close working relationship with the past presidents of IAAI, including EKU grads, and this is an opportunity to show Dr. Mansi what we do here and talk about working together in the future, said Gorbett, who also coordinates the on campus and online Fire Protection Administration (FPA) and Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation (FAEI) degrees. The visit was especially meaningful because Mansi resides in the United Kingdom and was only visiting the United States for a limited time.
Dr. Mansi, became President of the IAAI in April 2014. He is the first off-US Continent President in the IAAIs 65 year history. He served as the UK Chapter President for 11 years.
Both IAAI and EKUs FAEI program have a common goal of increasing knowledge and professionalism in the fire investigation profession, said Gorbett. It was a pleasure to highlight EKUs remarkable facilities and faculty with an eye towards building a more active relationship between EKU and IAAI.
Dr. Mansi was an operational fire officer within the London Fire Brigade for over 30 years; the last 12 of those as a fire investigator. He has a Ph.D. in forensic fire investigation, developing a unique and comprehensive methodology by designing a series of 23 Fire Investigation Road Maps (FIRMs) and associated guidance. He is now a Managing Partner in Fire Investigations (UK) LLP, a forensic fire investigation consultancy, which responds to cases throughout the world.
Eastern Kentucky Universitys College of Justice & Safety offers three accredited and highly respected degree programs in fire protection, which are available online and on-campus. Students may choose from Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation, Fire Protection Administration and Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology. EKU is a fully accredited, brick-and-mortar institution celebrating more than 100 years of student success.
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New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) August 12, 2014
Connections Education, Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), and Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) are pleased to announce that TMCF Collegiate Academy @ SUNO (TMCF@SUNO), the unique new addition to the New Orleans public education scene, has named New Orleans educator Angela Kinlaw principal.
I look forward to joining TMCF@SUNOs future team of certified teachers, administrators, and support staff in delivering the academys blended, college preparatory program to our scholars, said Angela Kinlaw, principal of TMCF@SUNO, who believes in referring to all students as scholars. We have a daily opportunity to speak into existence not simply who we think they can be, but who we believe they already are, she said.
TMCF@SUNO students will be provided with a laptop and other technology tools; allowing them to work anywhere within the academy as well as beyond, 24/7. The academy will open as a middle school serving grades 6-8 in the 2015-2016 school year and will add one high school grade per year starting in 2016.
As excited as I am about the technology, I am most excited about our personalized approach to learning in-person and virtually, said Kinlaw. Scholars can excel more with opportunities for enrichment, while learning at a pace that works best for them.
Kinlaw served as ninth grade principal at John McDonogh High School in New Orleans this past school year. Her previous education experience includes principal positions in San Diego and St. Louis. She earned a Master of Education (MEd) in educational leadership and administration from San Diego State University-California State University and an MEd in curriculum and instruction from University of San Diego.
TMCF@SUNO will offer a state-of-the-art physical campus where a dedicated in-person staffincluding Principal Kinlaw, a guidance counselor, personal trainer, and highly qualified Louisiana-certified teacherswill interact with students on-site, in addition to licensed virtual teachers. Campus-based Success Coaches will also help guide students through the schools comprehensive curriculum which includes AP courses, foreign languages, core academics and more. Among the engaging electives offered will be Juilliard eLearning, online music courses developed exclusively with the famed conservatory. Additionally, students will experience hands-on, project-based learning.
Angelas experience, passion for education, and vision for re-imagining middle and high school to better serve students will be instrumental to the academys success, said Mickey Revenaugh, Executive Vice President of Connections Education. We are thrilled to have Angela at the helm of TMCF@SUNO.
The academy is authorized by the Orleans Parish School Board and governed by a local Board of Directors. Its curriculum and other services are provided through contract by Connections Education, a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable online and blended learning accredited by AdvancED. As the academys national non-profit partner, Thurgood Marshall College Fund will offer high-achieving academy students the opportunity to receive scholarships to attend its public Historically Black College and University (HBCU) member schools.
TMCF@SUNO will provide its students with the learning environment necessary to ensure success in college and beyond through an innovative and individualized guided early college program, said Juontonio K. Pinckney, Vice President and Superintendent of TMCFs K-12 Initiatives. We are excited to have an extraordinary instructional leader like Angela to lead that charge.
Added Victor Ukpolo, Ph.D., Chancellor of SUNO, The academy will offer students a high-quality education, access to college level courses at SUNO, and a technology-enhanced education that aligns to the needs of our global societyall without leaving New Orleans.
For more information, visit http://www.TMCFcollegiateacademy.com.
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About Connections Education
Connections Education is a leading provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education solutions for students in grades K12. Since 2001, the companys Connections Academy division has delivered individualized learning to students through virtual public schools. Among the schools supported by Connections in the upcoming 201415 school year are 35 Connections Academy virtual (online) public schools and Nexus Academy blended schools that operate in 25 states and expect to serve more than 45,000 students from across the U.S. A private online academy, International Connections Academy, serves students worldwide. The Connections Learning by Pearson division meets the needs of schools, school districts, and other institutions looking to develop and enhance their online learning programs. Connections Learning by Pearson delivers a full range of targeted digital learning solutions to the K12 education community including online courses, a program for homebound students, a digital learning platform, and more. Connections Education is committed to expanding quality education through technology and helping students achieve both academic and personal success. For more information, call 8003826010 or visit http://www.ConnectionsEducation.com. Connections Education is part of the global learning company Pearson (NYSE:PSO).
About Thurgood Marshall College Fund
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is named for the U.S. Supreme Court’s first African-American Justice. Established in 1987, TMCF supports and represents nearly 300,000 students attending its 47 member-schools that include public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), medical schools and law schools. TMCF helps students with a clear intention and the motivation to succeed and acquire a high-quality college education at an affordable cost. Through its scholarships and programs, TMCF plays a key role in preparing the leaders of tomorrow. TMCF is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization and for more information about TMCF and its initiatives, visit http://www.ThurgoodMarshallCollegeFund.org.
About Southern University at New Orleans
Southern University at New Orleans, founded in 1956, is a four-year public institution categorized as an SREB Four-Year 5 institution, a Carnegie Masters College and University I, and as a SACSCOC Level III institution. As an accredited liberal arts teaching institution and a member of the Southern University System, SUNO is known for its highly engaged faculty and personal academic support. The University offers a wide range of baccalaureate programs and is committed to graduate education through the masters degree, offering graduate programs to meet regional and statewide needs. For information, please visit the Universitys Web site at http://www.SUNO.edu.
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) August 14, 2014
National University, Californias second-largest private, nonprofit university, announced today the appointment of Dr. Allyson Handley as Executive Director of the Sanford Education Center, which is scheduled to formally launch Sept. 18. Handley who is currently President of the University of Maine at Augusta has an extensive background in higher education public policy and leadership, and holds a Doctor of Education degree from Johns Hopkins University. In her new role at the Sanford Education Center she will oversee the development and national implementation of three programs that address critical needs in the nonprofit and education sectors. She will join National University and the Center in mid-September.
As Executive Director of the Sanford Education Center at National University, Dr. Handley will provide key leadership in carrying out the mission of the Center, which was established in January 2014 with a $ 1 million inaugural gift from philanthropist and businessman Thomas Denny Sanford. The Center, based in La Jolla, Calif., also recently received an additional anonymous gift of $ 9.22 million dollars.
We are extremely pleased to announce that Allyson Handley, a proven leader in higher education policy and institutional development, is joining us as Executive Director of the Sanford Education Center to lead the national implementation of programs that are dedicated to A Better Tomorrow, said National University President Michael R. Cunningham. Her expertise and demonstrated results in strategic initiatives will ensure the success of the Sanford Education Centers mission, which is aligned with National Universitys commitment to serve the public good.
The Center offers three programs that Handley will oversee. The Sanford Inspire Program, designed for integration into teacher education programs, provides teachers with proven pedagogical tools and strategies to create an interactive, inspiring environment that encourages student learning at all grade levels through 12th grade. The Sanford Harmony Program empowers teachers to foster healthier relationships between girls and boys at the Pre-K through 6th grade level and into adulthood, resulting in an improved learning experience, stronger academic performance, an improved attitude toward school, and reduced classroom aggression. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy will train existing and future nonprofit leaders in state-of-the-art relationship building and fundraising techniques through stackable workshops, certificates and masters programs in nonprofit leadership.
Dr. Handleys appointment marks a return to National University for Handley who during the 90s served as Dean of the School of Education and Human Services, Vice President of University Advancement, and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations. Prior to her current post at the University of Maine at Augusta, Dr. Handley was President of Midway College in Midway, Kentucky and President of Cogswell College in Sunnyvale, Calif. She also has served as the Kentucky Governors Executive Cabinet Secretary, providing public policy oversight for nine Cabinets, and as Senior Policy Advisor for Postsecondary Economic Development Initiatives, also in Kentucky.
Dr. Handley has extensive professional and community affiliations. She has served as Chair of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance Board of Directors, Chair of the Maine Higher Education Council and Chair of the International Womens Forum, to name a few. She has taught at the University of San Diego, Johns Hopkins University, and McGill University in Canada, and she has been an invited speaker on a range of education topics at national and international conferences.
About National University
Founded in 1971, National University is the second-largest private, nonprofit institution of higher education in California. With 30,000 students and more than 140,000 alumni, National University is the flagship institution of the National University System. National University is dedicated to making lifelong learning opportunities accessible, challenging, and relevant to a diverse population of students. Five schools and one college the College of Letters and Sciences; the School of Business and Management; the School of Education; the School of Engineering and Computing; the School of Health and Human Services; and the School of Professional Studies offer more than 100 graduate and undergraduate degrees and 23 teacher credentials. Programs are offered at more than 45 locations throughout California and across the nation, and are also available online. National University is headquartered in La Jolla, California. To learn more, visit http://www.nu.edu.
New York, NY (PRWEB) August 11, 2014
Kermit Lowery, a vice president and assistant general counsel at LexisNexis Legal & Professional, received the American Bar Associations 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award, along with four other recipients, on Saturday, August 9, 2014, during the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston.
The ABA Pro Bono Publico Award is presented each year by the Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service to honor legal professionals and organizations that have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor.
Mr. Lowery is the immediate past president and a current board member of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project. He has spent many years and countless hours providing legal services to the less fortunate in the greater Dayton area, handling up to 20 pro bono cases per year, and leading workshops and other pro bono initiatives.
The Awards subcommittee, chaired by Judge Lora Livingston of Texas, was particularly impressed by Mr. Lowerys dedication to serving his community, the volume of his case load and the longevity of his commitment to pro bono work, especially given his demanding responsibilities as in-house attorney for a large company.
Kermit has done so much for his community. Hes constantly providing service to the less fortunate as well motivating the entire community to do so, said Kelly Henrici, executive director of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Montgomery County Judge Mary Huffman, a judicial board member of the Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project, said; Kermit lives a commitment to pro bono work every day. He helps his under-served clients in so many ways, by listening to them and giving them a voice.
For more than 26 years, Mr. Lowery has been a key legal adviser to the LexisNexis businesses. Prior to joining LexisNexis, Mr. Lowery was an Assistant Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps (JAG). He recently retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army with more than 39 years of active and reserve duty.
Mr. Lowery is a member of the ABA and the Dayton Bar Association, where he serves as first vice president. He is also a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and an advisory board member for the University of Dayton Program in Law and Technology.
Mr. Lowery graduated from Wright State University, with dual majors in Political Science and Communications, in 1980. He earned a J.D. degree in 1984 from the University of Dayton School of Law, from which he received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.
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Provo, Utah (PRWEB) August 21, 2014
Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, will close the application period for two of its available scholarships on August 31. The first scholarship is for 2014 Utah high school graduates and offers an enrollment in the Career Step training program of the students choice for one graduate from each high school in the state, and the second scholarship is for mothers returning to school and offers $ 2,000 to be used toward higher education at the institution of the students choice. Both scholarship application periods close August 31.
Education changes lives, and our scholarship program fosters that change and makes it a possibility for more people, said Career Step CEO Steve Tober. We have been helping students gain the skills they need for better careers for over 20 years, and our scholarships are about expanding that opportunity even farther.
Career Step currently offers four scholarship programs: full tuition for the Career Step program of their choice for a 2014 high school graduate from each of the 152 approved Utah high schools, two $ 2,000 scholarships for mothers returning to school, a $ 2,000 scholarship for a military service member or spouse, and a $ 2,000 for a graduating high school senior. These scholarships have different application deadlines; however, the application period for both the 2014 Utah high school graduate and one of the awards for mothers returning to school ends August 31.
The 2014 Utah high school graduate scholarship is intended to award over $ 450,000 in tuition to graduates across Utah. The program will offer one career training scholarship to a graduate from each of the 152 approved public, charter and alternative high schools throughout the state. Applicants can apply at CareerStep.com/utah-scholarship by submitting a 200 to 500 word essay on why pursuing additional education after high school is important to them.
The mothers returning to school scholarship offers $ 2,000 that can be used at the institution of the students choice. Applicants can apply at CareerStep.com/scholarships by submitting an 800 to 1000 word written or video essay on how they plan to use their education to benefit their family and community.
We live and breathe education and truly believe in the difference it makes, said Ryan Ewer, Vice President of Enrollments and Marketing. We are excited about this scholarship program, and I hope that people will take advantage of this opportunity and submit their applications before the August 31 deadline.
For more information on these scholarship opportunities or the Career Step training programs, visit CareerStep.com/scholarships or call 1-800-246-7837.
About Career Step
Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, has trained over 85,000 students, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, and provides training for several of the most respected healthcare employers in the nation. Career Step is committed to helping students and corporate employees alike gain the skills they need to be successful in the workplace, improving lives and business results through education. Career Steps training programs are currently focused in healthcare, technology and administration, and more information can be found at http://www.careerstep.com or 1-800-246-7836.
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