Wednesday, 16 January 2013 13:59

Who needs a vacation?

Many college students use the time between the fall and spring semesters to catch up on relaxation or just spend time doing leisurely activities without worrying about assignments or tests. But then there are other students who for one reason or another decide to take winter courses, which at Husson University are offered online.

Professor Cornel Plebani teaches criminal justice at Husson University and is teaching criminology over the winter term online. He doesn't see as much of a difference between the physical classroom and the cyber classroom.

Published in Livin'
Thursday, 20 December 2012 10:16

Our grief

Is there anything anyone can really say that touches the depth of grief a parent suffers over the loss of a child? I'm not sure there are words to express the profound sadness the parents, teachers, children and community members of Newton, Connecticut are feeling right now. As a mother and teacher, my heart is broken and with the victims of this unfathomable atrocity.

Out of touch with the media during the work day, I was sitting in a Friday afternoon department meeting when a colleague asked me if I had heard the news. Thankfully, I've heard this question sparingly in my life, but every time I have, it sends a shiver down my spine. I was in college during the Columbine shooting and somewhat insulated from the world at the time. Still a child myself, I had no way of looking at such tragedy in a manner that felt real. I simply couldn't grasp what others were going through.

Published in Livin'
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 15:52

MECA - Artists at work

PORTLAND Humanity and art have been wrapped together since the dawn of time. It's the earliest form of expression and is what sets us apart from our primal cousins. And though society may not always acknowledge its importance, art will remain inextricably entwined with our cultural identity something close to the core of Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland.

We were recently able to sit down with Dr. Donald Tuski, president of MECA, to talk about the school and some of the programs and events that are offered there.

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 15:23

Schooling the minnows

When I began teaching, my father, my first teacher in all things, said, 'Remember, kids can smell a fake like sharks smell blood in the water.' At the time, I wasn't really sure why he told me this. Why wouldn't I be real with my students, and why did he compare them to sharks?

Ten years of teaching later, I understand him perfectly. This business demands the real teacher to show up every day. The reality of our daily grind is quite startling: Teachers barely have time to avail themselves of the facilities, much less be human while frantically running the halls searching for a working photocopier. But I know now that students aren't vicious. They are not sharks circling for the kill. They're more like fish in a school. They will swim upstream faster than you can blink an eye if they don't feel like you are swimming with them, watching out for their best interests.

Published in Biz
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:18

The New Hampden Academy

New school year begins with a brand new high school

HAMPDEN - It's been an exciting start to the school year for high-schoolers living in SAD 22 who began the 2012-2013 school year in a brand new building off Western Avenue. The new school has been in the works for some time, and now its hallways and classrooms, filled with fresh paint and supplies, are finally bustling with students, staff and faculty.

"The whole building is just fabulous," said Principal Ruey Yehle. "I think the opportunities this building will bring to our students are definitely an improvement over the opportunities the old building brought them."

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 22:26

Top apps for students heading off to college

As the end of summer nears, college students and parents will soon be heading out of their driveways with cars filled to the brim with dorm room supplies. A visit to most any college campus in the United States will confirm that the majority of college students rely on their mobile phones. In fact, a recent study of campus mobile phone users found that 53 percent owned smartphones, but few take advantage of the many advanced features these phones offer (Test Kitchen Research Reports).

Whether you are a first year college student or returning to school, students often have to learn how to juggle work, school, and their social lives. A smartphone is a perfect tool to help students stay on track, balancing their classes and entertainment, as well as keeping in touch with Mom and Dad back home.

Published in Tekk
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 21:50

Doing dorm bedding right

As our oldest child heads to his new adventure at college, it's been a busy summer planning for all of the things he'll need when he gets there. From books and a meal plan to even his new laptop, we've tried to think of all the things today's college student has to have.

And then there's the college dorm room.

For college students, the dorm room is their home away from home and it's important to furnish and decorate it comfortably and inexpensively. And most colleges provide twin-sized beds; however, many use extra long mattresses to accommodate taller individuals. Buying the correct bedding can make all the difference, as the bed takes up the majority of both physical and visual space in the dorm room.

Published in The Frugal Edge
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 11:27

30 Never Looked so Good

NESCom marks three decades of excellence

(Editor's note: A lot of the background and history of NESCom in this article was provided courtesy of the booklet 'A Review 1981-2007' created by NESCom Founder George Wildey)

BANGOR - The New England School of Communications, located on the campus of Husson University in Bangor, has been producing some of the most talented employees in the communication business for 30 years now. Aron Gaudet, a 1996 graduate and creator of the Maine troop greeters documentary 'The Way We Get By,' and Bret Johnson, a 2005 graduate and recent Academy Award winner for his contributions to the Martin Scorsese film 'Hugo,' are just two of the school's amazing stand-outs. These talented individuals, along with countless other students, got to where they are today thanks to the vision of one New York native with years of experience that he wanted to share with others.

Published in Cover Story


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