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 ATU creative writing program to celebrate 40 years  ATU creative writing program to celebrate 40 years
Four decades ago, Arkansas Tech University faculty members Frances Gwaltney and B.C. Hall had a vision for creating a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree in creative writing. On Thursday, November 13, faculty and students from the Arkansas Tech Department of English and World Languages will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of that degree with a free public reading and reception. Five faculty authors from the department Dr. Emily Hoffman, Paul Lake, Dr. Stanley Lombardo, Dr.....

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 UAMS awarded grant to train health science teachers UAMS awarded grant to train health science teachers
The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Partners in Health Sciences Program has been awarded $135,000 in grants to give Arkansas pre-K-12th grade teachers tools to teach health science topics. Of the total, $100,000 is the third installment of a six-year $600,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education to train pre-K teachers in "Healthy Hearts & Lungs" curriculum. The remaining $35,000 is from the Arkans....

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 Carolina Cruz-Neira international pioneer leading UALR Carolina Cruz-Neira international pioneer leading UALR
Carolina Cruz-Neira, globally recognized as an international pioneer in the areas of virtual reality and interactive visualization, is the new director of the George W. Donaghey Emerging Analytics Center (EAC) at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. On August 27, the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) and Governor Mike Beebe announced her appointment as one of two new ARA Scholars who will share their knowledge and research to create new paths for the state’s economic success. The firs....

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 What's the best way to pay for college? What's the best way to pay for college?
With average costs of $20,882 per year, college students and their families need to use a combination of personal, federal and private resources to pay for higher education. Loans, grants and scholarships can get you closer to your goal. Here’s how: Direct Subsidized Loans are only for undergraduate students in financial need. The U.S. government pays interest during enrollment and for the six-month grace period after. The current interest rate is 4.66 percent. Direct Unsubsidized L....

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21 new schools and districts receive grants 21 new schools and districts receive grants
The Arkansas Department of Education announced that 21 new schools/districts were selected to receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to establish before- and after-school programs for youth, families and communities. “These grants provide much-needed educational support services to students and their families around the state,” ADE Commissioner Tony Wood said. “We are pleased to award funding for new and existing programs for the 2014-15 school year.” There are curr....

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21 new schools and districts receive grants
The Arkansas Department of Education announced that 21 new schools/districts were selected to receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to establish before- and after-school programs for youth, families and communities. “These grants provide much-needed educational support services to students and their families around the state,” ADE Commissioner Tony Wood said. “We are pleased to award funding for new and existing programs for the 2014-15 school year.” There are curr....
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 Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library to open on Sundays Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library to open on Sundays
Sunday can now be one more fun day with extended library hours at the Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library and Learning Center, 4800 West 10th Street. Beginning September 7, the Children's Library's operating hours will include Sundays from 1p.m. at 5 p.m. The interior of the Children's Library includes a computer lab with fourteen computers, teaching kitchen, large activity area, individual and group study rooms, theater, and community room i....

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 Registrations open for International Medical Interpreters Registrations open for International Medical Interpreters Conference
Registration is open for the International Medical Interpreters Association (IMIA) Tri-Symposia, hosted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Friday through Sunday, October. 3-5. This year’s theme is “The Three Pillars of a Profession: Education, Certification and Employment.” The three-day symposium is for medical interpreters and all persons interested in interpreter education, including trainers, training organizations, private interpreting service companies, nonprofits, hospit....

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Going back to school? Tips to choose the right degree
For many, earning a college degree opened the door to the working world. It may have even been instrumental in landing your current job. But are you applying what you learned in college to your current career field? A recent survey suggests this might not be the case. Only 35 percent of college-educated workers consider all or most of what they learned in college to be applicable to their current jobs, according to a survey conducted. Today, many working adults are returning to college to ....
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“I can’t afford college” and other financial aid myths
There’s a lot of information out there, both good and bad, about paying for college. Here we want to clarify a few of the less-than-true statements you may have heard. Myth 1: You can’t afford college or You can’t afford the college of your dreams. Many students and parents see the tuition price, cost of living in the dorms and the price of textbooks and say there is just no way they could ever afford it. Let's face it college is expensive! It's the largest single investment many families ....
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Governor Beebe: A college degree matters
In our ongoing efforts to increase the number of Arkansans completing college degrees, a new program shows promise for rapid results. This new initiative, called Degree Matters, targets approximately 6,000 people who have already completed three-fourths of the coursework required for an Associate's Degree. The initiative has such great potential to make a difference that all of Arkansas's two- and four-year colleges and universities are on board to help it succeed. Already, we are working....
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Get your kids ready to head BACK TO SCHOOL
As students head back to school this fall, the Central Arkansas Library System wants to make sure that all children have the most important school supply of all – a library card. Owning a library card provides students access to the resources they need to compete academically. What can you do with a CALS library card? Access Free Databases. CALS offers more than one hundred databases free of charge to patrons. Most can be accessed from the website at any time by using your library card n....
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Back to school bites
When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it's easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love. Whether your star pupils prefer a savory dip, a light and salty snack or a chewy fruit bar, here are a few great choices you can pack. Keep food fresh: Ensure that puddings and yogurts stay cold by fre....
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Back-to-School Health Basics
Put well-child check up on your to-do-list. Summer is almost over and kids will soon fill the classroom once again. From shopping for new shoes and school supplies to end of summer vacations, parents have a list a mile long of things to do before the school year begins. Is a well-child doctor’s checkup on your to-do-list for back to school preparation? It should be. Believe it or not, even kids who aren’t sick need to go to the doctor periodically to make sure they are up-to-date with the....
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Setting up a homework station
Success in school is a marriage of many factors. Proper study habits and continued education at home are some of those factors. “The assignment of homework, over time, serves to foster the kinds of qualities that are critical to learning, persistence, diligence, and the ability to delay gratification,” says Janine Bempechat, author of “Getting Our Kids Back on Track: Educating Kids for the Future.” “These skills become increasingly necessary as students graduate to higher levels of scho....
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