Upcoming events at Oklahoma City University

In this issue
Spring 2015 will be packed with events for your student to learn more about Oklahoma City University. Registration for these events will open one month before each event. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our event’s page.

Encourage your student to audition at OCU
Oklahoma City University’s spring performing arts auditions for 2015 seniors will begin in February. These auditions are for theatre, music, and dance programs. Students must submit an official audition request. Please see each department’s website for the request deadline. It is important to remind students they must apply to the University before they can audition. They can apply for admission at okcu.edu/apply.

Theatre and Music Auditions
February 6-7, 2015
March 6-7, 2015
Learn more about Theatre Auditions
Learn more about Music Auditions

Dance Visit Day & Auditions
March 27-28, 2015
All prospective dance students must have at least an ACT score of 20 or an SAT score of 950 on file prior to auditioning. 
Learn more about Dance Auditions

Upcoming Events

Feb. 6-7
Theatre & Music Auditions

Feb. 27
Pre-Professional Sciences Day

March 6-7
Theatre & Music Auditions

March 12
Nursing Open House

March  12
Business Open House

March 27 
Dance With The Stars Visit Day

March 28
Dance Auditions

April 17 
Stars Junior Day

April 22
Pre-Law Day

Important Deadlines

Jan. 1 – Mar. 1, 2015
Priority FAFSA filing period

Mar. 1, 2015
Priority admission application deadline for OCU merit and departmental scholarships.

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program


Office of Advocacy & Outreach (OAO) recently released its USDA 1890 National Scholars Program. The National Scholars Program is a major effort of the USDA and nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions (HBCUs) to award scholarships to students to attend one of the nineteen 1890 Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employment benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the following universities:

· Alabama A&M University
· Alcorn State University
· Central State University, Ohio
· Delaware State University
· Florida A&M University
· Fort Valley State University, Georgia
· Kentucky State University
· Langston University, Oklahoma
· Lincoln University, Missouri
· North Carolina A&T State University
· Prairie View A&M University, Texas
· South Carolina State University
· Southern University, Louisiana
· Tennessee State University
· Tuskegee University, Alabama
· University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
· University of Maryland Eastern Shore
· Virginia State University
· West Virginia State University

Eligible students must be U.S. citizens, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, have been accepted at one of the 1890 HBCUs, study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related academic disciplines, demonstrate leadership and community service, and etc. Please visit the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program website for more information. 

The scholarship may be renewed each year contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree. High school applications and college applications may be downloaded from the site below:

Application and supporting documentation
DEADLINE: February 1, 2015

ALERT: GED numbers drop…should we be concerned?

Do all high school seniors earn their diploma?

Is a high school diploma more desirable than a GED?

An educational crisis was recently announced, GED numbers dropped amid speculation for the decline.  Could it be that the most noted alternative to physically attending high school is no longer a desired option?

Successful completion of a four-year high school education has been the traditional aspiration of many students.  Even though this describes the program most frequently pursued, educational adjustments have allowed changes to the number of required school years, which enables some students to graduate early and matriculate to college; some are educated at home.  While there could be variations in the program of study, it is assumed that the ultimate goal is for the student to earn a high school diploma.

Most students are introduced to the GED as a last option; designed to demonstrate evidence of high school completion with an alternative format.  Who are the likely candidates?  Students who are challenged with the curriculum and are frequently retained with little chance of graduating are identified as the target population. Their GED profile frequently portrays chronic absenteeism, disruptive behavior, learning deficiencies, low motivation, poor self-esteem, and basically no desire to be in a school setting.

There used to be confusion as to the value of a GED versus a high school diploma?  For example, can a GED recipient enter the military or matriculate to college?  There are four-year colleges that accept the GED.

Chris Rock, the comedian, inserted jokes about the GED in his show, only to later admit he completed high school via a GED.

Occasionally a mental health challenge or physical disability could be an exception to cognitive and behavioral distractions.  The student really wants to attend school, but feels overwhelmed by the intensity of the issue and the lack of confidence with potential classmates and the school environment.

Some students assume the GED is the easy way to complete high school and  educators agree it is a logical path, if “the other way” isn’t working.  Many GED programs recommend a pre-assessment for the exam since administration can be restrictive.

Could it be that the traditional GED candidate has decided to take high school more seriously, attend classes every day, study hard, and behave appropriately; therefore, making a high school diploma more desirable?  Or, are there other reasons for this decline?

According to the article, “GED numbers drop,” by Katlin Mulhere, factors such as price, test changes, and administration are cited as possible reasons for the decline.  The test format was just redesigned after ten years.  Was it piloted and evaluated before its first administration?

In the meantime, a high school education opens doors for many opportunities.  Even though a high school diploma is what the majority prefer, society is formed by people who march to a different drummer.  As long as the drummer provides an option of a diploma or GED, opportunities will be available.


2015 Open House Events at Beacon College (FL)

Open House Event

Our OPEN HOUSE events give families of students with language based learning disabilities and ADHD a personal day to discover the many opportunities they’ll have available as a student at Beacon College. They’ll find that our focus is on student success – THEIR SUCCESS!

Saturday, February 14th • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration begins at 10 a.m.
Beacon College, 200 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL 34748

Their day will include a campus tour, lunch, and the opportunity to speak with representatives from admissions and financial aid, residence life, student clubs and organizations, and much more. They should register soon, spaces are limited and fill up quickly!

Program Highlights at our Open Houses include:

  • Meeting and speaking with our students about their experiences
  • Exploring our growing academic programs, guided by our expert faculty
  • Hearing about the exceptional record of success of our students and graduates
  • Discovering why Beacon was named a “Best Value College”
  • Learning how our unique approach to learning can change their lives

Our convenient Leesburg campus location is just one hour from Orlando! If they are unable to attend our February 14th Open House, they can consider attending one of our upcoming events on March 14th or April 18th, 2015.

We welcome students who may benefit from Beacon College’s innovative and transformational learning experience. They can register online today!

For questions or assistance, call us at 855-220-5376 or email admissions@beaconcollege.edu.

Many thanks for your assistance.

Dale Herold
Dean of Admissions & Enrollment

News from Wittenberg University (OH)

Wittenberg University:  P.O. Box 720, Springfield, OH 45501 ~  www.wittenberg.edu  ~  

Wittenberg’s Advancement Office recently announced a gift in the amount of $1.5 million from the trust of John C. Zimmermann in memory of his mother, Catherine, class of 1927. The gift is expected to produce $10,000 scholarships for deserving students. 

This summer, Wittenberg will host the second annual President’s Leadership Academy. Designed for high school students entering grades 11 and 12, the academy will explore leadership through every lens while helping to provide skills to stand out in the college admission and scholarship process. I encourage you to share this information with your sophomores and juniors who exhibit strong leadership potential. 

If you have students who are confused about the definition and value of a liberal arts education, you might suggest that they visit liberalartspower.org. Launched by the Council of Independent Colleges, this new site offers a variety of resources from data to blog posts to videos that highlight how liberal arts colleges produce graduates who are among the best prepared for success in their personal, career and community lives.

Karen Hunt, Executive Director of Admission

Applying At Wittenberg

Applying To Wittenberg
Early Action II deadline: Jan. 15
Regular Action deadline: March 15

Students can apply online for free using either Wittenberg’s application or the Common Application.

Special Visit Days

Special Visit Days
Jan. 19, March 16 and April 20

Accepted students are invited to tour campus, meet faculty and students, and attend financial aid sessions. 
Register Now


Physics Professor Named 2014 Ohio Professor of the Year

Professor of physics and department chair Elizabeth George recently was named the 2014 Ohio Professor of the Year, an accomplishment that shines a light on Wittenberg’s superb teaching inside the classroom and outside of it.   Wittenberg leads the state among four-year institutions in the number of professors receiving the coveted distinction, and in fact, boasts three of the last five Ohio Professors of the Year.  Dr. George is inspired by the chance to work with undergraduates one-on-one—a hallmark of the Wittenberg experience—to keep investigating the best practices for the teaching of science and to find ways to engage students from the start.  Read More



Wittenberg Adds Men’s Volleyball as 24th Varsity Sport

Wittenberg has sponsored men’s volleyball as a club sport for many years, but the Tigers will compete as a varsity sport for the first time in the 2015-16 school year as members of the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League.  “Ohio boys’ volleyball has exploded in the last few years,” said Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Paco Labrador. “I’m thrilled that Wittenberg is going to provide a new avenue for the hundreds of high school boys looking to continue their academic and athletic careers with a collegiate, varsity volleyball experience.”  After a successful two-year stint at Miami University as a volunteer assistant coach for the women’s team, Evan Amstutz, class of 2013, has been named as the head coach of the newly created men’s team at Wittenberg.   “This is a university with a support system in place for all student-athletes that is second to none, and I am truly fortunate to work alongside the rest of Wittenberg’s faculty and staff to promote the overall mission of the university,” Amstutz stated. Read More

Community Engagement Efforts Receive National Recognition

Wittenberg has been included on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for 2014. Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.  Last year, Wittenberg’s Hagen Center facilitated more than 40,000 hours of community engagement, including service, internships, work-study, community-based courses and research projects.  Additionally, Wittenberg was recognized on the 2014 Interfaith Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes institutions that demonstrate participation of campus and community faith-based organizations, including cooperation of faculty, staff and students of diverse faiths and secular perspectives in projects that tackle community challenges.  Read More


Wittenberg Partners with Miami University to Offer New Degree Programs

Wittenberg has joined with Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, to allow highly qualified Wittenberg students to pursue both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a new combined program over five years. Thanks to the partnership, Wittenberg students who have completed 64 semester hours of coursework and have a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average may now be given priority consideration for admission to one of Miami’s 20 combined programs. Students who are accepted to Miami University under this agreement will be admitted in their fourth year at Wittenberg, and may enroll in undergraduate or graduate-level coursework at Miami University as specified by the requirements of their chosen master’s program. Wittenberg’s department of history is the first campus program to identify the graduate courses that would allow its students to complete their B.A. in history at Wittenberg before heading to Miami to complete their M.A. in the same discipline.  Read More

Inaugural SPARK Conference Held on Campus

The program, initiated by the Office of Student Development, offered short, engaging and creative discussions and workshops to inspire attendees to think critically about their potential and their future while at Wittenberg and well after they graduate.  Featured keynote presenters (alumni, faculty and staff) shared their accomplishments, passions and commitment to their values as they helped students navigate their own Wittenberg experience.  “The opportunity to see and hear campus and alumni leaders share their personal journeys and advice resonated powerfully with students,” said Jon Duraj, associate dean of students for student success and retention.  Read More

Wittenberg Commitment

Believing that students must be equipped for success throughout their entire college journey and beyond, Wittenberg University has initiated a bold new approach to making the most of one’s college experience.  Called the Wittenberg Commitment, the four-year personal and professional development plan promises that students will have a seamless transition into college, a meaningful journey while here, and the confidence to leverage their liberal arts education and leadership skills post-graduation.  From a year-long first-year seminar, comprehensive advising and engaged learning options to the ability to create their own WittFolio and participate in the robust Wittenberg Network, the Wittenberg Commitment takes active, engaged learning to an exciting new level, all capped by a four-year graduation guarantee.


Enjoy the simple pleasures of life



Some of the most pleasurable adventures of life can be rather simplistic. It does not have to be the most elaborate setting or extraordinary lifestyle to make an impact.  Even simple pleasures can bring calmness and serenity to the mind.  Enjoying a moment of silence while sipping coffee or tea; listening to birds chirping happily in the trees; smelling the fragrance of fresh cut flowers; or watching a large school of fish swim harmoniously in an aquarium can improve our attitude and perspective of life.







What’s new at Allegheny College (PA)??

The Thirteenth Plank
Why “The 13th Plank?
Allegheny Magazine
Allegheny College is among 361 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s 2015 Community Engagement Classification. “Allegheny’s commitment to service is evident among many individuals, units and offices—from the president and provost, development, academic departments, student affairs and the new Allegheny Gateway,” says David Roncolato, Allegheny’s director of civic engagement.



Cheryl Hatch in Liberia Feature2
Living and Leading by Example Starting the Conversation
“I believe a journalism professor needs to continue practicing journalism, and this is a timely story in Africa, where I’ve done much of my work in the past two decades,” said Journalism Professor Cheryl Hatch.
Two students at Allegheny College, Imani Prince and Brianna Cusanno, have been selected as Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassadors for 2015.
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The Celebration Continues It’s On Us
The yearlong bicentennial celebration continues with a semester full of special events, including guest speakers, Chompers’ costume reveal, and more!
Allegheny has joined the national “It’s On Us” campaign, designed to create a new precedent towards how colleges and universities across the nation act, talk and think about sexual assault.
Don’t miss this!
Visit Allegheny
Monday, February 16
Presidents’ Day
Open House


Saturday, April 25
Open House
Register Now
Allegheny College Allegheny College Bicentennial: 1815-2015

In 2015, our distinguished history will meet our limitless future. Learn more about Allegheny’s past, present, and future; including historical trivia & photos, upcoming events & celebrations, speakers, and much more!

Copyright © 2015 Allegheny College. All Rights Reserved.
520 North Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335 | admissions@allegheny.edu

Florida Polytechnic University

Florida Polytechnic University


Do you know doers, innovators and trailblazers who have the potential to be the next great leaders in technology or engineering? These are exactly the students who find their future at Florida Polytechnic University.

Students at Florida Poly are part of something extraordinary. The University is the newest member of the State University System of Florida, opening its doors for classes in August 2014. It is Florida’s only university wholly dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) with a strong emphasis on core STEM – Technology and Engineering. Florida Poly focuses on small class sizes to deliver hands-on learning in fast-growing high-technology areas. We draw from a pool of high-achieving student candidates who thrive in our unique learning environment.

Cyber Security, Cyber Gaming, Machine Intelligence and Semiconductors are just some of our innovative academic programs. Florida Poly’s industry-inspired curriculum includes six undergraduate degrees, two master’s degrees and 19 cutting-edge concentrations across the College of Engineering and the College of Innovation and Technology. Our mission is to provide students with the knowledge, experience and professional network needed to graduate job-ready for the competitive high-tech workforce.

Florida Poly is affordable, too. Students in the 2015-16 class are eligible for scholarships that range from $1,000 to $16,000 each academic year.

We offer a rigorous, technology-rich academic environment that inspires students not just to learn but also to lead, and not just to imagine but also to innovate. Students work side-by-side with professors conducting research, even in their freshman year. They also benefit from the University’s connections to more than 75 industry partners – including tech giants like Microsoft, Harris Corporation, Cisco and Lockheed Martin.

Feel free to contact us anytime to learn more about Florida Polytechnic University.

Scott Rhodes

Florida Polytechnic University

Florida Polytechnic University

Dedicated STEM Focus

Florida Poly is committed to problem-solving research and a cutting-edge curriculum focused on the core STEM subjects of Technology and Engineering. The University is guided by the principle that “innovation occurs when research and creativity are applied to real-world challenges and opportunities.” Over the next decade, the U.S. alone will need more than one million additional STEM professionals in its workforce. Florida Poly is dedicated to helping close that skills gap by producing highly capable and educated STEM graduates who are ready to work and live successfully within a multicultural global community and by connecting them early with industry-leading firms in the high-tech sphere.

Florida Polytechnic University

High-Tech Lifestyle

Florida Poly students are wired to change the world. We lead the charge in technology and innovation with a state-of-the-art wireless technology environment that extends from learning spaces to the student residence hall. Our advanced technology is accessible to all students and includes an IBM Supercomputer, a digital library and advanced technology labs such as a Nanotechnology Lab, Entrepreneurship Lab, Media Lab, Student Data Center Lab, Visualization and Technology Collaboration Lab, and the nation’s largest Rapid Application Development (RAD) Makerspace Lab for 3D printing.

Florida Polytechnic University

Create Your Culture

An entrepreneurial spirit is encouraged at Florida Poly. On our brand-new campus students have the unique opportunity to launch and lead the clubs and organizations that will shape our University’s legacy. Where else do students have the chance to help develop and influence the campus culture for generations to come? From the Student Government Association to the Florida Poly League of Legends Club and the Women in STEM Program, students already are making an impact!

Hands-On Learning

Hands-on learning is what we do best. At Florida Poly, students don’t have to wait until their senior year to undertake a research project. We not only encourage innovation, we show our students how to develop ideas, create proposals for industry and even patent their inventions. Also, Florida Poly students have opportunities for networking with industry leaders.

Florida Polytechnic University’s Career Services links students with future employers. Florida Polytechnic is dedicated to bridging the innovation gap and connecting students with the industry and knowledge leaders changing the world. As a degree requirement, Florida Poly students must complete an internship. From Harris Corporation to Microsoft to Lockheed Martin, Florida Polytechnic collaborates with a growing list of industry partners to engage students in problem solving, provide hands-on work experience, and offer opportunities in business leadership and employment upon graduation.

Florida Polytechnic University

Emmanuel College (MA): Final Admissions and Scholarship Deadline Approaching


Emmanuel College, located in Boston, MA, is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway consortium.  It is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The enrollment is approximately 2056; 81% freshmen return for sophomore year; 50% of freshmen graduate within four years; test optional college.


Scroll down to read their newsletter regarding the February 15th final application deadline and opportunity for non-need-based scholarships and awards.  The website is www.emmanuel.com.


High School Juniors and Sophomores:  You are Emmanuel’s targeted audience for Explore Emmanuel Day! scheduled for Saturday, April 25th.  Information is included in the newsletter.

Happy New Year! With our final admissions and scholarship deadline fast approaching, we wanted to connect with you about a few items of note.
Final Admissions Deadline
Emmanuel College’s final admissions deadline is February 15. All students applying by this date will be automatically considered for non-need-based scholarships and awards. Please remember that we are test-optional.
Learn more
Spring Open House
Are you working with juniors and even sophomores on their college search? Encourage them to register for Explore Emmanuel Day! This event includes a student/staff panel, campus tour and presentation about the admissions process. This year’s Explore Emmanuel Day is April 25, and students can learn more and register by contacting Admissions.
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Did You Know…
Emmanuel students know the value of a global perspective in a culturally diverse and interconnected world. For the spring 2015 semester, our students are studying abroad in 22 cities across 16 countries, including Spain, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
Emmanuel College News
Peer-Tutoring Program Receives Certification
Emmanuel’s Peer Tutoring Program was recently granted Level 1 International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) from the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA). The College’s program involves more than 70 tutors – students in a variety of majors and areas of study who come recommended by professors as having outstanding academic and interpersonal skills.
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Emmanuel Earns Distinction on the President’s Honor Roll
Emmanuel College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the fifth straight year. This year, the College earned Distinction in two categories, General Community Service (as one of just seven Massachusetts colleges) and Education Community Service (as the sole Massachusetts college).
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Emmanuel College, 400 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115