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Monday, March 11, 2013

CHEA: Your Source for Information on Accreditation

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Council for Higher
Education Accreditation

One Dupont Circle NW
Suite 510
Washington, DC 20036
(tel) 202-955-6126
(fax) 202-955-6129
March 11, 2013
CHEA keeps member institutions, recognized accrediting organizations and the public informed on accreditation-related issues. To find out more about the information available from CHEA:
Visit the redesigned home page of the CHEA Website, the most comprehensive national source  of information on higher education accreditation.
·         Check the CHEA Almanac Online for up-to-date facts and statistics on U.S. accreditation.
·         Read the Federal Update and Inside Accreditation to get the latest federal policy news and analysis of issues affecting accreditation.
·         View CHEA's consumer-friendly videos, designed to inform students, parents and the public about accreditation and its value.
You can also follow CHEA on Twitter or "like" CHEA's Facebook page to receive updates on CHEA activities, including upcoming meetings and the recently launched CHEA International Quality Group.
Make sure that you are taking advantage of CHEA's information resources.
A national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of approximately 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. For more information, visit CHEA's Website at


8th Institute for New Faculty Developers



The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Kennesaw State University and the POD Network are pleased to present the 8th Institute for New Faculty Developers
Registrations are now being accepted for the Institute, to be held June 24-28, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Faculty development is crucial for institutions which are becoming more student-centered and need to be more accountable to the public. As a career, it is rewarding and exciting. And yet, most people in the field entered it without proper training or a qualifying degree and have faced a steep learning curve when they were starting out.

The Institute is designed to answer questions asked by new faculty developers and to provide the resources to get them started in planning, developing, and managing programs that will be effective in strengthening teaching and learning on campus.

Participants at the Institute will learn from a group of outstanding presenters and facilitators from a diverse mix of institutions who are recognized leaders in the field.

Participants will save $150 off the regular Institute fee when registering by the Early Bird deadline of April 5, 2013. Those who register by the early bird deadline will also be included in the needs assessment, and will be able to give input as to what concurrent sessions would be most helpful to them.
Fees for this five-day program include all program activities and materials, two key resources “A Guide to Faculty Development” and “How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching,” and most meals and refreshments, all at a reasonable rate.


See you in Atlanta!

Hoag Holmgren
Executive Director
The Professional and Organizational Development
Network in Higher Education (POD)

Michele DiPietro,
Executive Director
Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning
Kennesaw State University
Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education

Professional Organizational
                                  Development Network in Highter
Center for Excellence
in Teaching & Learning
1000 Chastain Road MB#5400
Kennesaw, GA 30144


DILLARD UNIVERSITY Center for Teaching Learning and Academic Technology Presents: A Lecture Series on Multiculturalism – Greece - Featuring Scholar: Mr. Raymond Vrazel, Jr.,


Center for Teaching Learning and Academic Technology

Presents:  A Lecture Series on Multiculturalism – Greece
Featuring Scholar: Mr. Raymond Vrazel, Jr., Assistant Professor of Theater Arts
Ancient Greece in the Modern College Classroom
Monday’s Session: FLCs
Review, Reconnect and Reflect

Dillard University

2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana 70122

Will W. Alexander Library ~ Second Floor ~ Foyer and Media Room

Monday, March  11, 2013 ~ 4:00-5:30 p.m.


Barbara M. Albert

Executive Assistant

Office of Academic Affairs

(504) 816-4216 (office)

(504) 816-4144 (fax)









TO:                 Faculty and Staff


FROM:           Phyllis W. Dawkins, Ph.D.

                        Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs




DATE:           07 March 2013



The 2013 Annual Honors Convocation will be held Tuesday, March 26th at 11:00 a.m. in the Alfred K. Lawless Memorial Chapel. The speaker for this occasion will be Representative Patrick O. Jefferson.


Your participation in the Honors Convocation is one of the primary obligations of a full-time faculty and is, thereby, listed on the academic calendar and contract as one of the many events you are required to attend.  Classes will be cancelled from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Should a personal emergency arise that would interfere with attendance at this ceremony, faculty should contact the respective Dean and the Provost, immediately. 




The faculty and staff must assemble in academic regalia by 10:45 a.m., in front of Rosenwald Hall.  The Faculty Marshals will arrange the order of the procession and will lead faculty and staff members to their reserved seats.  The procession will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m.  Faculty and staff members not in academic regalia will not be permitted to march into the Chapel with the faculty.   


In the processional, the Faculty Marshals will seat the students, followed by the student processional which is directed by the Student Marshals. When the students are seated, the University Marshals will lead the platform guests into the Chapel.


In the recessional, the platform party will proceed followed by the faculty, staff, and then the students. 





Academic regalia and dark colors are required for all participants in the academic procession.  Males should remove their caps prior to the invocation and place them on their heads just before marching out, after the benediction.


For rental of academic regalia please order from Ms. Lucy Green in the Campus Bookstore.


Your participation is central to the continued success and reverence of this ceremony.  I hope to see each of you there.














Recent ICPSR updates and additions - New Releases through 2013-03-10

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions


Note: Additional SAMHDA studies may be available though they are not listed in this email/web site announcement.



Lynn Strong

Director, Undergraduate Research

Human Subjects Research Protection/IRB

Dillard University

Ensuring students more than a degree.

PSB 250

2601 Gentilly Blvd.

New Orleans, LA  70122

T:  504-816-4446






Dear Colleagues:

The HBCU Faculty Development Network Board of Directors invites you to vote for two new members to the HBCUFDN Board of Directors. The deadline for voting is by the close of business, March 11, 2013.
Members should access the HBCUFDN website, (Announcements
section) to see information on the candidates: Statements by candidates
and resumes.
Once you have perused the statements and resumes you may then go the the following SurveyMonkey link to vote:

Thank you for your assistance and cooperation. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans for the 2013 Conference.

Barbara M. Albert

Executive Assistant

Office of Academic Affairs

(504) 816-4216 (office)

(504) 816-4144 (fax)



MakeUseOf: 5 Tech Myths Debunked: Cell Phones Don't Cause Cancer & More

MakeUseOf Newsletter

5 Tech Myths Debunked: Cell Phones Don't Cause Cancer & More

Myths are more common than most people will admit. They perpetuate because they sound like they could be true - and nobody has time to fact-check every last detail. Eventually, as the myths are repeated time and time again, they sound more factual than the truth.

Technology is as susceptible to myths as any other niche. The complexity of the subject, combined with the rapid introduction of new, unfamiliar innovations, creates a perfect breeding ground for misunderstanding. Let's set these tech myths straight.

RAM Usage Is Bad

tech myths

MakeUseOf will occasionally receive a question from a reader that asks about how to reduce RAM usage on a computer, tablet or smartphone. Their alarm is understandable. A user browsing the web in Windows 7 might open their task manager to find over six gigabytes of RAM used. "Ack!" they think, "no wonder my computer is so slow!"

In truth, this relationship should be flipped on its head. RAM is very, very quick. Mechanical hard drives and some forms of flash storage (like most SD cards) are slow. By storing data that might be needed in RAM, a computer can increase the load speed of frequently accessed software. If RAM is not full of data, it's effectively doing nothing, so why have it sit empty?

Smartphone users shouldn't worry for the same reason. Background apps can negatively impact performance on an Android phone, but this usually isn't because of memory. Instead, the culprit is usually an app that's running in the background. Clearing memory appears to improve performance only because the offending app is closed to free up space.

Improperly Unmounting A USB Drive Will Delete Data

tech myths busted

Windows has long sounded the alarm about improperly unmounting disk drives. To this day, you may still receive warning messages when you remove a drive that you haven't properly disabled through the operating system. Given the alarm, you'd think that the consequences of disobeying would be disastrous.

Not true. USB drives can be freely removed from a computer without issue in most situations. I can attest to this personally. As part of my work, I often have to move flash drives from one PC to the next, and I've never lost data from a drive because of it.

So why the warning? Microsoft is playing it safe. Data corruption can occur, but only if a USB drive is actively in use at the moment it is unplugged. Most users don't do this. Still, Microsoft doesn't want to be on the hook for the 1-in-1000th  time it does occur. And that's why the alarm is raised even when there's no fire.

You Don't Need An Antivirus If You're Careful

tech myths busted

Whenever I write an antivirus article I inevitably receive a reply from some smart-alec who claims that you don't need an antivirus if you're careful. Viruses come from infected files, right? So just don't download them! You'll be fine.

Well, actually, that tech myths couldn't be more wrong. A decade and a half ago, most viruses were distributed through infected files, but they've become far more sophisticated since then. Worms, a specific class of virus, can infect any vulnerable computer through networking exploits. Other viruses spread using browser vulnerabilities. And still more are designed to spread via USB drives or local networks.

Clever users might respond by claiming people don't have to worry if their software is up to date. This too is no guarantee. Zero-day exploits are common and even a patched system is a sitting duck. An antivirus may be able to stop such an attack (even though it's unknown) by using heuristic detection to raise the alarm when a file behaves suspiciously. Those without antivirus, however, have no defense.

Cell Phones Cause Cancer

tech myths busted

Many consumer technologies rely on energy and therefor emit or use some form of radiation. Even radio waves are a form of radiation, and since cell phones use them, there's been concern that having a source of radiation close to our heads could cause cancer. This has been backed up by an alarming report from the World Health Organization which labeled cell phones a "Class B Carcinogen".

You'd expect that to be based on some fairly hefty evidence, right? Actually, the WHO report is less damning than it sounds in headlines. Class B simply means that a study has indicated that there might be a link, but the link is too weak to be definitive. Meanwhile, numerous other studies have found no link. This includes a massive Danish study involving 350,000 people that was released in late 2011.

Further evidence against the risk of cancer can be found in what we know of physics. Radiation comes in multiple forms, and humans only need to worry about radiation energetic enough to damage DNA. Ultraviolet rays from the sun, which can cause skin cancer, are over 400,000 times more energetic than those emitted from cell phones. Low energy waves like radio can't hurt DNA, and that means they can't cause cancer.

Everything Electronic Causes Cancer

tech myths

This means that what holds true for cell phones should hold true for other wireless devices, as well. The rise of wireless networks has caused distress about what all those waves bouncing through the atmosphere might do to our cells. The answer is simple - nothing.  Sleeping on a bed made of wireless routers would be uncomfortable, but it's not going cause cancer.

Some users become concerned because of another alarming effect. Heat. As electronics are used, they put out heat, and that heat is absorbed by our bodies. That's why your thighs are warm after using a laptop.

Computers can be harmful if they're too hot, but the problem isn't limited to electronics. Dermatologists have long known that constant exposure to heat can cause scaly, discolored skin which is often permanent. A hot computer can cause this - as can a heating blanket, seat warmer, fireplace or oven.

While skin discoloration and minor burns can be a problem to a handful of people, there's no evidence that normal, intermediate use of a computer will cause cancer. The lesson from dermatology is simple. If something is hot, don't hang around it too long.


This is merely a handful of tech myths. There are plenty more out there, ranging from the believable to the utterly outrageous. Have you heard a tech myth that you later found out wasn't true? Tell us about it in the comments.
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