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Utah’s regular State Board of Regents will meet Friday March 25 beginning at 9 am in the Taylor Health Sciences Center at Dixie State College in St. George for the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting. A Regent and President retreat is scheduled the day before to discuss individual campus strategies for implementing the HigherEdUtah 2020 Plan.

Oakridge School in Springville, Utah, has received the 2011 Utah Community of Caring Innovative Practice Award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring at the University of Utah College of Education.

In response to the devastation in Japan, students in the Utah Valley University Japan Club and the International Student Council will hold the “A Dollar for Help, A Crane for Hope,” fundraiser March 21-25.

University of Utah researchers built "spintronic" transistors and used them to align the magnetic "spins" of electrons for a record period of time in silicon chips at room temperature. The study is a step toward computers, phones and other spintronic devices that are faster and use less energy than their electronic counterparts.

Park City’s Jeremy Ranch Elementary School, McPolin Elementary School, Parley’s Park Elementary School, and Trailside Elementary School along with Provo’s Freedom Academy charter school will be presented with the Healthier US School Challenge Bronze Award for promotion of nutrition and physical activities. They are Utah’s first schools to earn the awards.

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University today announced that the U.S. News & World Report has ranked the school No. 29 on its annual list of best graduate school education programs in the nation. This marks the 12th consecutive year the college has made it on the list, and it is the only education program in Utah this year to secure a place in the top 50.

The Utah Women and Education Project (UWEP) has released its second set of findings in its two-year study into Utah females’ lagging higher education attendance and graduation rates. In the second of four monthly releases, UWEP details the need for positive school counselors and administrators, the influence teachers have on a young woman’s college decisions and the influence of college preparation activities.

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On Wednesday, March 30 Career and Technical Education (CTE)high school students across the state, interested in healthcare careers, will participate in a Virtual Healthcare Interactive live broadcast, in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education and Intermountain Healthcare.

Kathy has been involved in guiding and using technology at the national level with her involvement with SETDA, the State Educational Technology Directors Association. She is a charter member of SETDA and she has been involved with several committees and has presented numerous times to her national colleagues.

James Kasting, a geosciences professor at Penn State, will discuss techniques for planet finding and possible alternative indicators for life during his presentation, “How to Find a Habitable Planet.” The public lecture will be held March 10 at 7 p.m. in Lind Lecture Hall Room 126 at Weber State University.

Golden Key International Honour Society recently selected Utah natives Trevor Nelson and Spencer Bailey as winners of the FORD Business Scholarship. Golden Key annually awards more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and awards.

The roof has been completed, windows have been installed, and some of the interior has been done. The outside of the building is made of custom brick to match the old Farrer building. The decorative stone and medallions seen around the building were cast from molds taken from the old Farrer building. It's expected that the building will be completed by the end of May.

The 170,000 square foot, five-story Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons Building is the keystone of Dixie's overall campus master plan to accommodate the growth that has already begun to transform the College.

Ten finalists will be selected from the top 30 teams and will pitch their business idea to a panel of industry professionals. The winning team will be announced at the Utah Entrepreneurs Challenge’s annual final awards banquet held on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the University of Utah Rice Eccles Stadium Tower.

On Thursday, March 17, Utah Valley University will host the Latino Youth Leadership in Action Conference (LYLAC) in the UCCU Events Center and the Sorensen Student Center. The theme this year is “It’s Up to Me … Yo Soy la Herencia.”

Davis School District is celebrating its Centennial year. The district was established July 17, 1911.

Inc. Magazine featured the University of Utah in the March edition in an article titled “Utah’s New Tech Powerhouse.” The article features an interview with Jack Brittain, the v.p. of Technology Venture Development at the University of Utah, and highlights how the U of Utah launched more startup companies than MIT in 2009

Interested in learning more about programs in Park City Schools? Want to know what challenges our principals face and how PCSD will meet the demands of educating students in the 21st century? Join us for Education Awareness Month. This month, the Park City Education Foundation and Park City School District will host a series of conversations on education.

The Charter Quality Counts annual report on Utah’s public charter schools details all aspects of charter schools in the Beehive state and includes a variety of helpful information, such as a charter school map, data on student enrollment and profiles of Utah’s existing and planned public charter schools. You can search for schools by legislative district and State Board of Education district.

Concurrent Enrollment is a Utah Valley University – High School partnership program, where qualified students can earn tuition-free college credit. College classes are taught by UVU-approved instructors using college curriculum.

Steve Hess, the chief information officer for both the University of Utah and the entire Utah System of Higher Education, sketched out what that world might look like — and what must be done to make it happen — this week in presentations to lawmakers and the U.’s trustees.

Rep. Christopher Herrod’s bill to eliminate tenure died in committee last week after his colleagues concluded it would blunt Utah’s competitive edge on faculty recruitment. But the proposal opened a discussion that is sure to resurface in a Legislature that reveres free market principles and is wary of liberal academics.

On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College will host their 5th Annual Career Fair. Students, faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare students with the final polish they need to shine when meeting employers.

UASSP has selected Murray High School Principal Scott Bushnell as the Utah High School Principal of the Year. Robert Sonju from Fossil Ridge Intermediate in St. George is the association’s Utah Middle School Principal of the Year. And Paul Kirby from Midvale’s Hillcrest High School is the Utah Assistant Principal of the Year.

The Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP), Utah’s official nonprofit 529 college savings plan, reached more than $4 billion in assets as families continue to make a commitment to save for the future higher education expenses of their loved ones. A small commitment today to save for the future college costs of a child can make a big impact if that child attains a college degree.

– The 2011 University of Utah Women’s Week celebration will highlight the progress women have made toward equality in the work place, education, athletics and more, while underscoring the need for continued strides toward full parity. “Ain’t Misbehaving: Women Making History, Fighting for Equality” is the theme of the celebration, which runs Feb. 28 through March 4. All events are free and open to the public.

The biggest news from the Utah Legislature today is the Senate’s preliminary approval of a resolution changing the governance of the state’s public education system. S.J.R. 9 Joint Resolution – Governance of Public and Higher Education, by Sen. Stuart Reid (R-Ogden), seeks an amendment to the state constitution, giving governance of public education to the governor, as provided by the Legislature in statute.

The 2011 SLVSEF will be held March 23-25, 2011 at Rice Eccles Stadium. NOTE: This year SLVSEF will span 3 days instead of 2! We’re having the Elementary and Junior / Senior fairs on different days to accommodate the addition of Canyons School District!

The current political and social turmoil in Egypt will be discussed during a video conference with Mohammed El-Saidi, associate vice president of academic affairs at Utah Valley University and an Egyptian native, on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Liberal Arts Building, Room 110. El-Saidi will present his remarks by video conference due to his recovery from recent surgery.

Effective immediately, Davis Applied Technology College, a UCAT campus, is accepting students into a new Energy Technician Program. This program will prepare students for a career in the emerging energy industry. Students will complete one of three technical skill tracks in Energy Management, Green Construction or Renewable Energy Transmission.

The University on Wednesday received that word via letter from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) declaring the institution’s new accreditation status, which now also applies to UVU’s master’s programs. “This is a well-deserved recognition for our university,” President Matthew S. Holland said. “I’m so proud that this distinguished accrediting body recognizes the fine quality institution Utah Valley University is.”

Utah's online education buzz

Tue, 15 Feb 2011

As Project Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library, a collaboration between the Eccles Health Sciences Library and NANOS, Nancy Lombardo presented the project update to the NANOS Executive Board on Saturday, February 5. In this session, new collections were outlined, as well as growth in existing collections.

The Human Element of Water

Mon, 14 Feb 2011

Experts and water rights advocates will discuss the challenges surrounding water in a conference Feb. 23-25 on the University of Utah campus. "Water, Conflict and Human Rights: Emerging Challenges and Solutions," is presented by the Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center on Human Rights Advocacy. All events are free and open to the public.

With over 200 online and independent study courses and a variety of interesting degree programs, USU is helping to expand the opportunities for Utah students.

Many of the Chinese teachers in Utah had an opportunity to travel to China to attend a week-long training on Chinese teaching materials and methods sponsored by the Confucius Institute. Included in the group were three teachers from the Alpine School District.

Clearfield High School students collect donations to help build a day care facility in Guatemala.

WSU Plans Engineering Day

Thu, 10 Feb 2011

“Parent-Daughter Engineering Day” will be held on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning at Weber State University. The day is designed to spark the interest of 40 middle school-age girls and get them thinking like engineers.

Johnson is keeping close watch on the transition of power in Egypt. Should unrest continue to spread, stability in the Middle East could crumble. Then countries like Jordan that have a more positive relationship with the United States and the West could be threatened.

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