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Settle into the world that will become your home for the next four years: manage your time and choose your space. Page 2

COLLEGE

» NAB THE PERFECT INTERNSHIP Hands-on training gives a leg up to compete for jobs post-graduation. Some experts advise multiple gigs. Page 4

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» FINANCIAL REALITY FACE TIME

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Have the “money talk” with your college-bound student (way) before the senior year of high school. Page 10

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ncreasing the retention rate of incoming freshmen is one reason colleges and universities spend so much effort working with new students. While many resources exist to help ease the transition from high school to college, one area is often overlooked: the relationship between professors and students. The connection can pay off at all stages of a student’s college career. Page 2

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Connecting with professors helps students move forward By Dave Etienne Enquirer contributor

Attending college can be daunting, but it’s especially challenging for new students. There’s finding your way around campus, getting used to living on your own, managing your time and making new friends. Add in time spent participating in sports and clubs or working a job and it’s no wonder only 46 percent of students complete college, according to data collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for its report “Education at a Glance 2010.” According to the study, among the many factors influencing graduation rates are such things as income and whether their parents completed college. Not to be overlooked are more abstract measures such as developing relationships with their professors, a habit often started when consulting with high school guidance counselors. Website www.thedailymuse.com suggests that students who reach out to their professors are better informed about career choices within their fields of study and may even have a leg up on internships, co-ops and post-graduate opportunities. “From my earliest undergraduate days as a student, I have always valued the opportunity to make a professional connection with my professors and this has carried over to my work to today,” said Charles H. Matthews, Ph.D., Professor and Executive Director of the University of Cincinnati Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research. “I have never viewed the classroom as a static, dull place. Rather, I have always seen the classroom as a vibrant, networking environment.” Matthews can cite many students with whom he’s kept in contact and watched as they’ve gone on to form successful ventures and pursued rewarding careers. “Many professors provide opportunities for students to engage with them on research and other venues,” said Mat-

What she wish she’d known as a freshman By Emily Genco USA TODAY College

UC professor Charles Matthews with doctoral candidate Diana Hechavarria. Hechavarria will begin a fellowship in Spain in October and plans to graduate from the Lindner College of Business in April. Connecting with professors gave her opportunities to grow as a scholar and person, she said. THE ENQUIRER/LIZ DUFOUR

PREPARE TO MEET WITH YOUR PROFESSOR » Identify one to three key points you want to discuss. For example, you might discuss a minor you’re thinking about taking to complement a current course your professors teach. You may also want to meet to discuss a personal challenge you’ve been experiencing that’s making it difficult for you to focus in class or concerns you have about any aspect of the class. » Take advantage of professors’ office hours. These are usually posted at the beginning of the semester. » Bring a notepad so you can jot down recommendations and/or suggestions your professors make, steps that might give you insights into new study habits or ways of approaching upcoming college textbook chapters and projects so you earn higher grades. » If your professor provides an email address, use it for setting up and confirming meetings outside posted office hours. You can also dash off a quick electronic “thank you” after the meetings. Caution: use email sparingly, and remember to use complete sentences and correct grammar and punctuation; this is a professional communication, not a message to friends. College.com

thews. He also mentioned that professors are great resources for letters of reference for internships, graduate programs or jobs. One student with whom Matthews connected is Diana M. Hechavarria, who is currently a doctoral candidate in the Lindner College of Business at UC. “Connecting with my professors has helped me in my college career through creating a genuine mentorship relationship,” she said. In turn, as I prepare for a career in academia myself, I am well aware of the importance of being accessible to my students for constructive feedback. My goal

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is to be able to connect with them and inspire them to reach their fullest potential, just like prior professors have done with me.”

COLLEGE

As a freshman at the University of Wisconsin, I was constantly on the move between classes, newspaper pitch meetings and yoga sessions at the campus athletic facility. Here are a few nuggets of wisdom I wish I’d known before I settled into Genco what would become my home for the next four years.

Choose a dorm based on size, not appearance Dorm selection is a sticking point for many incoming freshmen. The choices can be overwhelming – should you live by the lake or in the city, on a co-ed or single-sex floor, in a double or quad room? Imagine deciding between flavors at the local ice-cream parlor multiplied by 100. You aren’t just deciding between coconut and pistachio. You’re making a selection that will help to shape your social experience as a college student. For many, the core group of friends established as a freshman will endure. The bond forged between students figuring out the best dining options See FRESHMAN, Page 11

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How to score the perfect internship It’s all about making career connections The growth of a college student from the first year of instruction to the final days as an undergraduate is immeasurable. But what happens in the time between these two milestones? Book reading, paper writing and party-going generally make the list, but employers are telling us to add another item – practical on-the-job training. Internships have become an essential key to compete post-graduation, so make your work count. Start building your company “wish list” early on and you’ll be able to find the right spot to gain true hands-on training, says

Jennifer Mleko, director of career services at The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg. “You should be identifying potential employers, reading industry publications in your field of interest and building a network of contacts starting the first or second quarter of school,” according to Mleko. Juliane Pelfrey, director of career services at The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati, advises students to start the research process as early as six months prior to the anticipated start date. “You should eye small to mid-sized businesses,” according to Pelfrey. “Internships with smaller companies typically provide more opportunities for junior employees to gain practical experience. There’s a greater

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chance for involvement in a project from conception to production with these organizaPelfry tions.” Both Pelfrey and Mleko caution against limiting options by solely seeking paid internships. Students should focus on job duties, experience gained and opportunity for growth – in your education and your career. No amount of cash flow trumps the chance to vet out potential career paths. But what about the actual application process? How are you to compete with other star students vying for the same role? These simple steps

may land you in a recruiter’s office sooner than expected: First is the cover letter. While we would love to think these have become a thing of the past, the introductory notes fill an employer in on what students are hoping to gain from the work stint and which past experiences will serve them best in the desired post. Passion, drive and desire to learn are what managers are yearning to see. Next step is the résumé. Pelfrey says it’s time for students to pull away from traditional business templates and up the ante with personality-driven résumés. “Design should never overcome content, but employers love seeing ingenuity and creativity from their future protégés,” she says.

If you’re light on employment history, bulk up the résumé with applicable classroom projects, freelance samples and pro-bono work. And don’t forget to highlight transferable skills. Mleko says, “Whet the recruiter’s appetite by showing what you can bring to the table and tailoring your résumé to the job you’re applying for.” The last piece of the puzzle might be the most important tip for workforce newcomers: professional portfolio. Yours should be stocked full of writing samples, design projects and inspired original pieces. Even works in progress will get hiring managers going, so invest the time in selecting a collection that represents range and competencies. – ARAContent


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MBA opens doors to global opportunity By Dave Etienne Enquirer contributor

Nothing in life is guaranteed, but getting an MBA does open doors to opportunity. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), MBA graduates can expect to earn an average salary of $106,000. And college graduates respond to the promise of higher earnings: as recently as 2008, there were more than 250,000 students enrolled in MBA programs across the country and more than 100,000 MBA degrees awarded annually, also according to GMAC data. Along with prospects for higher pay, possessing an MBA can also make a candidate more attractive to a wider

range of companies, and is almost a requirement in such fields as investment banking, international business, marketing and human resources. One of the challenges associated with acquiring an MBA is the time it takes. Often, the candidate has to fit in classwork and homework while holding down a full-time job. Here in Cincinnati, Xavier University offers the 12month Momentum program to overcome the time crunch faced by those interested in getting their MBA. “The Momentum MBA program is the full-time program offered at Xavier University,” said Jennifer Bush, assistant dean of MBA Programs in Xavier’s MBA Program Office. “There are no prerequisites for the

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program, but admitted students with an undergraduate degree in business that is composed of coursework that is five years old or younger can take advantage of the option to complete their degree in three semesters.” Acceptance into the program takes place throughout the academic year, meaning students can begin their studies in the fall, spring or summer terms. Usually half of the classes are in the afternoon and half are in the evening. What effect has the recession had on MBA programs? “Traditionally, students have turned to the MBA degree during economic downturns, and that definitely happened in ’08 and ’09,” Bush explained. “But that interest See MBA TODAY, Page 7

MBA PROGRAMS Many area colleges and universities offer MBA programs. Here’s how to get more information on some of them:

COLLEGE OF MOUNT ST. JOSEPH www.msj.edu/academics/graduate-programs

MIAMI UNIVERSITY www.fsb.muohio.edu/mba

NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY http://cob.nku.edu/graduatedegrees/mba.html

STRAYER UNIVERSITY www.strayer.edu

THOMAS MORE COLLEGE www.thomasmorecollegeinfo.com/programs

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI http://business.uc.edu/programs/graduate/mba.html

UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX www.phoenix.edu/programs/degree-programs

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY www.wright.edu

XAVIER UNIVERSITY www.xavier.edu/graduate-admission – Compiled by Dave Etienne


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has remained steady, especially as the value of an MBA has continued to be recognized and discussed. MBA degrees provide a flexibility that is very valuable in today’s economy. It develops the ability to see the interconnectedness of the global marketplace, allowing industries and technologies to work together in ways that didn’t happen in the past. Being able to provide such a skill set is invaluable to employers.” According to Bush, Xavier’s Momentum MBA students usually come back for their MBA after having worked a year or two or have recently graduated from undergraduate studies. That was the case with Nalinka Ratnavibushana. “When I got my undergrad degree in psychology from Xavier, I had to decide what to do next. I really liked Xavier, so I chose to go into their business program and get my MBA.” The Sri Lankan native hopes to use her MBA to secure

Nalinka Ratnavibushana, of Sri Lanka, is taking the fast track to an MBA. She is a student in Xavier University’s 12-month Momentum MBA program. PHOTO BY CHRIS BECKMAN FOR THE ENQUIRER

a job in the Cincinnati region upon graduation.

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Have you had the ‘money talk’? Save early to avoid college loan debt By Jeff Wallner Enquirer contributor

The U.S. Department of Education reported in June that average tuition costs at four-year public universities rose 15 percent from 2008-10, and have increased 5.6 percent each year since 2002. Dan Bisig, founder of College and Beyond LLC in Florence, Ky., which helps families with the college selection and funding process, says there are numerous ways college students can offset the costs of tuition, housing and books once on campus. But Bisig warns that waiting until

then, or even until they are a senior in high school, to prepare for the financial realities of college is much too late. “I refer to it as the ‘money talk,’ ” Bisig says. “Parents think they have plenty of time. They forget to talk about how much they can afford to send a son or daughter off to college It’s a prickly conversation, especially when they’ve already decided on a college.” The average student loan debt is nearly $21,000 for borrowers under the age of 30, according to data released last month by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Nearly 50 percent of families and students pay for college with loans. “But if students start (saving) early enough,

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and are proactive enough, they can avoid loans,” Bisig says. Crystal Faulkner, of Cooney, Faulkner & Stevens CPA, agreed. “You can get a student loan easier than you can get a credit card. That’s sad,” she said. “There’s more student loan debt in this country than there is credit card debt.” Faulkner suggests using tax credits and deductions as an alternative to loans. The American Opportunity Tax Credit can be claimed for expenses of up to $2,500 for the first four years of post-secondary education. It covers course-related books, supplies and equipment that are not necessarily paid to the educational institution. With 40 percent refundable up to $1,000, you

can qualify even if you don’t owe taxes. The Lifetime Learning Credit provides up to $2,000 for qualified education expenses with no limit on the number of years it can be claimed. Attending an area community college such as Cincinnati State Technical and Community College, University of Cincinnati – Clermont, or Sinclair Community College before completing a bachelor’s degree at a four-year institution also can be a huge money saver for students. According to the American Association of Community Colleges, average tuition at community colleges last year was more than 35 percent less than four-year colleges. Students who attend

local community colleges might live at home, saving money on housing and giving them the flexibility to find jobs while also getting accustomed to college curriculum before being thrust into life at a larger university. After arriving on campus, students should look for student discount programs and comparison shop for computers, office supplies and other items. Renting textbooks, being willing to work and go to school, and shopping at discount clothing stores are other ways to save money. Faulkner also suggests that students leave their car at home, for more reasons than just high gas prices. “Schools make a lot of money on parking violations,” she said.


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and study locations on campus is powerful. Don’t limit yourself. Make sure you have the best chance to meet people you will connect with.

You CAN go see shows on a school night They’re coming to town, your favorite band. You have every CD, every T-shirt, every press clipping ever written about them. You know each minute fact from the bassist’s birthday to the five other titles in consideration for their latest album. This band — the one you’ve dreamt about seeing for five years – is coming to town the night before your midterm essay is due. Fear not. Nobody says you can’t ace your midterm and experience the greatest concert. Ever. It just takes some planning. Get an early start on your paper or exam preparations. Take some time to visit your professor. Share your ideas. It’s a great way to network and

make sure you’re headed in the right direction. Procrastination is your enemy. Fight the urge to watch a Mad Men marathon or take up jazz ballet and hit the books instead. That concert will dangle like a carrot before you, urging you on and focusing your attention.

Don’t be afraid to strike out on your own High school is notoriously cliquey. College … not so much. Differing classes, dorm locations and sheer craziness of scheduling can make forming a tight-knit group of friends immediately difficult. Don’t be afraid to journey solo. Go to the comedy show at your student union, check out that new thrift boutique or head to the gym. You don’t need a posse in tow to validate your experiences or selfesteem. It’s a great way to find others who share similar interests. Give it time, and soon you’ll be crowd-surfing alongside your new crew.

to become an engineering, fashion or chemistry major since you could verbalize your most ardent desires. You’re breathless at the thought of summer internships in a lab or at a designer label. Good. For. You. Now take a step back and picture yourself two years in the future. What do you think the chances are that you’ll have the same passions? You might, or the countless experiences and lessons you’ll learn in college might drastically alter your perspective. Maybe then you’ll want to pursue teaching or

nursing. Why not branch out your freshman year and take introductory classes in subjects that have always interested you? That way if you decide to change your major, you’ll have fulfilled some of the perquisites and can then move onto the secondary classes in the track. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up studying classics after all. Emily Genco is a senior at the University of Wisconsin majoring in journalism and was a summer 2012 intern for USA TODAY College.

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PLANNING TIME LINE Whether you are a student or parent, following a planning time line will keep the college-bound on track throughout high school. Check out this year-by-year guide to learn what you should be doing to prepare for the college admissions process. Step-by-step tips cover when to register for college entrance tests, schedule campus visits, identify sources for letters of recommendation, file for financial assistance and more – on time.

FRESHMAN YEAR

Outline high school courses to take for next four years

SOPHOMORE YEAR

JUNIOR YEAR

SENIOR YEAR

Sign up for extracurricular activities or try new activities including sports, music, community service

Sign up for extracurricular activities or try new activities including sports, music, community service

Research, apply for and participate in summer enrichment programs, classes, or jobs

Sign up for extracurricular activities or try new activities including sports, music, community service

Begin taking SAT, ACT or other required college entrance tests. Take the PSAT

Develop lists of potential colleges and each one’s requirements for entrance tests including SAT subject tests

Identify teachers or community leaders to ask for letters of recommendation along with a plan for writing college entrance essays

Take college entrance exams early in the year

File college applications no later than mid-December

Sources: National Association for College Admission Counseling, Marcy Goldsmith College Advising

Research, apply for and participate in summer enrichment programs, classes, or jobs

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Take college entrance tests if ready or for practice, along with researching test-prep programs

Attend one or more college fairs

Finalize list of colleges; draft a personal statement and other essays for review by student’s school counselor

Register for the SAT or SAT subject tests if applicable

Continue to participate in summer enrichment programs, classes, or jobs; begin developing résumé with activities and awards

Determine college deadlines for early action or early decision and make sure all applications are filed by the deadline

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COLLEGE VISITS

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RÉSUMÉ BUILDING

Start building your recommendation file by asking teachers of classes you excelled in for recommendations

Informal college visits if desired

Informal college visits

Schedule more formal college visits and begin looking into private scholarships

Fill out and mail Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and College Scholarship Service (CSS) profiles (if applicable)

Research the college application process by meeting with a counselor to review academic and non-academic achievements and activities, and begin talking about financial aid

Make sure all financial aid applications are filed by the end of January; review packages when they arrive in the spring

Visit one or two colleges before making your final decision. Notify school of your choice by May 1


SET COURSE FOR COLLEGE EARLY IN HIGH SCHOOL By Sue Kiesewetter Enquirer contributor

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hen it comes to planning for college, sooner is better, experts say. But there is no “one size fits all” plan that works for all students or families. “For some teenagers, talking about college too soon gets them so nervous they can’t talk about their locker combination,’’ said Marcy Goldsmith, owner of a college advising firm in Cincinnati. “The worst thing you can do is get a child so focused on college that they get so anxious they can’t do what they need to do in high school.”

FRESHMAN YEAR For that reason counselors say that while freshman year is the optimal time to begin planning for college, it should be low-key planning. “Freshman year is about doing high school. At the same time it’s a good opportunity to explore things outside high school that might become passions,’’ Goldsmith said. “To do (ninth grade) well they have to take good strong academic classes and can’t be fluffing off,’’ added John Boshoven, a counselor for continuing education at Community High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., and past board member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). “Get involved in stuff outside of school – go out for football, be in the

band, do community service, get involved in your faith community. Don’t just go home and play video games at night,” he added. Freshman year is also when families should begin plotting out the student’s academic plan for high school. It should be as rigorous as possible, with honors, advanced placement and accelerated courses. “Make sure they’re taking college prep classes and encourage them to take honors courses,’’ said Melissa Gorbandt, director of undergraduate admissions at Northern Kentucky University. “Colleges look at both the GPA and strength of curriculum.” This is the time Gorbandt says that parents can help their child get organized by creating a file that will contain the student’s awards, accomplishments, community service and extracurricular activities. Along with that, include information about what the teen experienced when completing a project. “Kids remember what they did, but not what they felt,’’ said Lisa Sohmer, director of college counseling at New York City’s Garden School and a past NACAC board member. “The feeling of that moment when they help a child learn to swim as a camp counselor – that’s exhilarating, it might have given them a sense of accomplishment. That’s what they forget down the road and that’s what could become the beginning of an essay or short response,” Sohmer said.

HIGH SCHOOL COURSES BY YEAR Freshman year is the time to begin plotting out the academic plan for high school. It should be as rigorous as possible, with honors, advanced placement and accelerated courses, college counselors say. » FRESHMAN YEAR English I; algebra I or geometry; earth/space science or biology; foreign language I or II; history; one or more electives » SOPHOMORE YEAR English II; geometry or algebra II; biology or chemistry; foreign language II or III; history; one or two electives » JUNIOR YEAR English III or advanced placement; algebra II or pre-calculus; chemistry or physics; foreign language III or IV; U.S. history or advanced placement U.S. history; one or two electives » SENIOR YEAR English IV or AP English IV; pre-calculus, calculus or AP calculus; physics or AP biology or AP chemistry; U.S. government or AP U.S. government; one or two electives Source: National Association for College Admission Counseling

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JUNIOR YEAR

Sophomore year should be a continuation of activities and narrowing to a few that the child is passionate about. Job shadowing can also begin this year. “Sophomore year is the year to be involved because by senior year you want to be president or vice president of the organization,” Goldsmith says. “You want the adviser to know you so they can write a letter of recommendation for you.” It’s also the time to begin thinking about college entrance exams. In Kentucky, sophomores must take the PLAN exam, which is an ACT practice test, Gorbandt said.

Others should think about taking the PLAN exam along with practice tests, preparation classes and other skill assessments in preparation for junior year, when students should be taking college entrance exams. Junior year is also when students should begin visiting colleges they are interested in, think about college majors, go to college fairs, and begin taking leadership roles in clubs, organizations and sports. “If they’re not pleased with their (college entrance) score, they have time to improve – get a tutor, take a class, buy a practice test book, then take it again,’’ Boshoven said. Academically, junior year is important because

it’s the last full year of grades that will be recorded on transcripts typically sent with college applications fall of senior year.

SENIOR YEAR There should be no sloughing off senior year, experts say. “It’s very, very important that senior grades don’t slide,” Gorbandt said. “A very strong academic curriculum allows you to perform better in college and that’s the backbone. We’re looking for students who can succeed.” Seniors should collect their letters of recommendation; put together résumés with activities, community service, awards and jobs; and finalize the list of colleges they plan to attend. “Applying to college is like taking on another full-time job,” Sohmer said. “No matter how daunting the process seems, the idea of going to college is still exciting.” Applications and accompanying essays, recommendations and other required materials should be filed by mid-December, sooner for early admissions. Work should also begin on seeking requirements for financial aid and scholarships. Once admission letters start arriving, students should make final decisions about college, send in acceptance letters and put down housing deposits, if applicable. Families can then schedule summer orientation sessions at the student’s selected school.

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NKY COLLEGE NOTES

OHIO COLLEGE NOTES

NKU professor wins top teaching award

Potential students and their parents tour UC’s main Clifton campus earlier this year. 2012-13 enrollment of 42,000 students includes 5,994 freshmen. THE ENQUIRER/LIZ DUFOUR

UC part of statewide research collaboration The University of Cincinnati has joined with Case Western Reserve University and Ohio State University in a statewide experiment to streamline the path to major research studies. The deal would allow a single university’s Institutional Review Board to assume responsibility for studies done by multiple universities. UC, OSU and Case Western are the three Clinical and Translational Science Award institutions in Ohio, and the deal is the first reciprocity agreement among multiple CTSA organizations. Since 2007, they have brought

in more than $185 million in federal funding. Reviews by Institutional Review Boards at each university are meant to protect research study participants. UC and Case Western already have a deal and soon will begin recruiting patients for a trial on response to hepatitis A and B vaccines in patients with HIV, hepatitis C, or both. “This research partnership is a testament to the speed with which we can get things accomplished, and ultimately benefit patients,” said Tom Boat, vice president for Health Affairs and

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dean of the College of Medicine at UC.

Cincy State to train GE workers Cincinnati State Technical & Community College has joined with GE Aviation on a Mechanical Maintenance apprenticeship program for GE Aviation employees. The program includes 80 hours of welding instruction offered at Cincinnati State’s Harrison campus. Other topics covered at the college’s Evendale site include industrial piping systems, hydraulic systems and preventive mainteSee NOTES, Page 15

Mathematics professor Chris Christensen has won the top teaching award at Northern Kentucky University. Christensen has taught at NKU since 1983. His newest scholarly efforts deal with the connections between mathematics and cryptology, which is the study of secure communications such as codes. He was presented with the Frank Sinton Milburn Outstanding Professor Award at NKU’s convocation ceremony Aug. 17. During his time at NKU, Christensen has taught 28 different undergraduate courses, seven graduate courses, an Honors class and two study-abroad classes. He also has directed more than 25 independent studies.

Gateway offers leadership course Gateway Community & Technical College is offering a Course on Achieving Global Leadership Skills in October. The registration deadline for the three-module course is Sept. 30. Each of the four-hour standalone modules costs $99 for the courses

taught at Gateway’s Boone County campus overlooking Interstate 75. The first class on Oct. 3 is titled “Principles and Qualities of Genuine Leadership.”

NKU’s ELOC program helps local groups Students in Northern Kentucky University’s master’s program in Executive Leadership and Organizational Change completed several projects to help local organizations this summer. Those groups included AIM Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Police Department, Elementz Hip Hop Youth Arts Center, Life Learning Center and TriHealth Physician Practices. The projects are done as part of the public engagement practicum at the end of the ELOC program’s first year. “These projects help students hone their skills for work and community service,” said Tracy Sigler, the NKU professor who helped create the program. Compiled by Enquirer higher education reporter Cliff Peale


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nance. The program began July 30.

Completion of college is focus of Ohio regents Driving Ohio’s college students through to completion of a degree is the focus of a new task force from the Ohio Board of Regents. Convened by Chancellor Jim Petro, the group is charged with finding ways to help more students plan, pay for and finish their degree. Only 26 percent of adults in Ohio hold a bachelor’s degree, compared to the national average of 31 percent. “We must achieve a higher rate of certificate and degree completion in order to compete in today’s global economy,” Petro said in a statement. A report from the group should be ready by mid-November.

Private donations are up at Miami University Private donations to Miami University increased 15 percent

to $33.7 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30. It was Miami’s best fundraising year since 2008 and brings Miami to $453 million in its “For Love and Honor” capital campaign. The goal for the campaign is $500 million. Last year alone, five new professorships and 12 new faculty/staff endowments were created. Miami is seeking to raise $50 million over five years for student scholarships, and has surpassed its goal two years in a row.

Mount St. Joseph opens art gallery in Price Hill The College of Mount St. Joseph has opened an art gallery in Price Hill’s Incline district. The 1,300-square-foot gallery will be on the first floor of The Flats, a century-old building at Price and Hawthorne avenues. Mount staff and students will work at the gallery, which will be used for exhibitions including Mount faculty and students, regional artists and community events. The Mount signed a threeyear leave for the space. Compiled by Cliff Peale, Enquirer higher education reporter

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