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Simon urges support for marriage equality

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Encourages passage of marriage equality during veto session

SPRINGFIELD, IL – As the 2013 fall legislative session gets underway, Lt. Governor Sheila Simon today joined supporters of marriage equality for the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality.

“The families gathered here today have been waiting too long for the same rights families like mine have,” said Simon. “We will not stop this fight until true equality is the law of the land, and all Illinois families are recognized as being equal.”

Simon joined thousands of marriage equality proponents, religious leaders and families in Springfield, for a rally at the base of President Abraham Lincoln’s statue at the Capitol. Following the rally, Simon participated in a march around the Capitol complex.

“This is a day to show that people across the state of Illinois want marriage equality for all. We are part of every fabric of society and we will come together with our allies to be heard in Springfield,” said Tracy Baim, March co-chair.

The March on Springfield for Marriage Equality is part of a grassroots movement aimed at passage of Senate Bill 10, the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act. Though Illinois currently has civil unions, only marriage affords couples the ability to file joint tax returns, participate in spousal Social Security and veterans’ benefits, and benefit under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago) and Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago), passed the Senate in February and is awaiting a vote in the House. Its passage would make Illinois the 15th state in the nation to recognize marriage equality.

“Illinois is home to our nation’s greatest president, who believed that all individuals should be treated equally, and we will not stop fighting until President Lincoln’s dream is realized,” said Steans, Senate sponsor of the bill. “It is time for all Illinois families to be treated equally.”

“Every day that passes that all Illinois families are not treated with equality is one day too long,” said Harris, House sponsor of the legislation. “I am grateful for the Lt. Governor’s longstanding and heartfelt support for equality.”

Palestinian woman arrested in Chicago by agents of Department of Homeland Security; charged with immigration fraud

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

(From The Committee to Stop FBI Repression)

A Palestinian woman, Rasmieh Odeh, was arrested at her home this morning by agents of the Department of Homeland Security.

She is charged with immigration fraud.  Allegedly, in her application for citizenship, she didn’t mention that she was arrested in Palestine 45 years ago by an Israeli military court that detains Palestinians without charge; that has over 200 children in prison today; and does not recognize the rights of Palestinians to due process.

The arrest today appears to be related to the case of the 23 anti-war activists subpoenaed to a grand jury in 2010.  Well known labor, community and international solidarity activists around the Midwest had their homes raided by the FBI when the U.S. Attorney alleged that they had provided material support to foreign terrorist organizations in Palestine and Colombia.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry Jonas is leading the investigation against the 23.  He was at the court room in Chicago this morning, consulting with the assistant U.S. attorney who was presenting the indictment to the judge.  Jonas was also the prosecutor in the case of the Holy Land Five, the heads of the largest Muslim charity in the U.S. before 9/11.  He was successful in getting prison sentences for as long as 65 years for the five men, who provided charity to children in Gaza.

The Committee to Stop FBI Repression (CSFR) denounces this attack as another example of the continuing repression of Palestinians and people who stand in solidarity with them.  Homeland Security, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Attorney’s office now are carrying out enforcement of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Odeh will appear in court in Detroit on November 1st, where she will be represented by Jim Fennerty of the National Lawyers Guild.  CSFR urges people to attend the proceedings at the Federal Court in Detroit in her defense.

EEOC struggles to curb employers’ indiscriminate use of criminal background checks

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

(The Sentencing Project)

In August, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) responded to a letter from nine State Attorneys General criticizing its efforts to prevent indiscriminate criminal background checks by employers. EEOC stood firm about its 2012 Enforcement Guidance on the use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The agency maintained that employers may be liable for disparate impact if they uniformly administer “a criminal background check that disproportionately excludes people of a particular race, national origin, or other protected characteristic” when it is not related to the job or necessary for the business, and for disparate treatment if they use “criminal history information differently based on an applicant’s or employee’s race, national origin, or other protected trait.”

The EEOC has lost several recent court cases enforcing this policy and has been required to pay employers damages.

Chicago International Film Festival presents First Q Hugo Film Awards

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Films from Taiwan, The Netherlands and Finland take home the First Q Hugo Film Awards

CHICAGO, IL – The 49th Chicago International Film Festival has announced  the winners of its inaugural Q Hugo Film Awards. Eleven films from Belgium, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan and the United States were shown as part of OUT-Look, the Festival’s recently rebranded LGBTQ program. All eleven films participated in the competition.

The awards were presented on Monday October 21 during a ceremony held at the Hoover-Leppen Theatre at The Center on Halsted (3656 N. Halsted). The Ceremony also featured live performances by World Music singer/songwriter Sandra Antongiorgi, the legendary Joel Hall Dancers and the reigning Miss Continental 2013 Naysha Lopez.

The Festival also payed a special tribute to Chinese cult filmmaker Scud for his fearless, bold and unique cinematic work. He was joined at the tribute by the cast members of his latest film, Voyage, which received its world premiere at the Festival: Leni Speidel, Haze Leung, Byron Pang, and Vietnamese supermodel Chan Than San.

For a downloadable press release and photos, click here.

Q HUGO FILM AWARD WINNERS

The Gold Q Hugo Film Award goes to Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Taiwan) for its welcome comic tone and generosity of spirit, capturing the joys and struggles of a gay protagonist while extending complexity and perspective to all its characters. Director: Arvin Chen

The Silver Q Hugo Film Award goes to It’s All So Quiet (Netherlands/Germany) for telling a specifically gay and yet broadly relatable story of desire, frustration, and independence, and for letting this tale unfold in a particular, beautifully evoked time and place. Director: Nanouk Leopold

A Special Jury Prize goes to American Vagabond (Finland/Denmark/USA) for exploring the lives of homeless gay teens who often go unacknowledged, exposing negative aspects of LGBT life but also showing how compassion can arise where we least expect it. Director: Susanna Helke

The Q Hugo Film Award jury consisted of: Hank Sartin (USA), managing editor for RogerEbert.com; film critic and academic Nick Davis (USA); and film critic and programming director for Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, Richard Knight (USA).

Q HUGO FILM AWARDS SPONSORS
Effen Vodka, program partner for OUT-Look, is the Lead Partner for the Q Hugo Film Awards; Center on Halsted, Lavazza Espression, Sidetrack, Stella Artois, Tres Generaciones® and the Windy City Media Group are the Evening Partners.

FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Led by Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago, the 49th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Official Airline – American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel – JW Marriott Chicago; Official Vehicle – Mercedes-Benz; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partners: Illinois Office of Tourism and Intersites; Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Effen Vodka, WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: State Farm, AARP, Tres Generaciones®, Comcast, Allstate, Spotlight Cinema Networks, Casale del Giglio, Second City Computers, Shutterbox Entertainment, Gibson’s Restaurant Group, RL Restaurant, Creative Technology and Lavazza Espression.

IDOT announces Public Webinars to help plan future transportation program

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Webinars to Provide Opportunity for Public Input on Next Multi-Year Program

CHICAGO, IL –Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host two webinars to provide the public additional opportunities to provide input for the upcoming Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program for fiscal years 2015-2020.

The webinars will be held Monday and Tuesday, October 28 and 29. The webinars will be hosted by IDOT engineers and, will give residents and businesses in the area a chance to better understand and weigh in on project priorities over the next five to seven years.

Multi-Year Plan Webinar (Chicagoland area)

Monday, October 28, 2013

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/366965330

Multi-Year Plan Webinar (Statewide)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/749540130

The webinars are in addition to the 16 informational and feedback sessions hosted in person by IDOT earlier this year in communities throughout the state.

“We value feedback from the public and encourage anyone who missed our informational and feedback sessions to sign up for this webinar,” said Secretary Schneider. “With the help of the public, we can ensure that their transportation needs are addressed and that our programming system continues to serve them in the best way possible.”

Also called the Multi-Year Program (MYP), this planning and programming guide for transportation is based on current estimates of local, federal and state funding, including funding from Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, enacted in 2009. The current MYP for FY 2014-2019 totals about $9.5 billion for the state road and bridge systems alone, and focuses on maintenance and improvement of the road system and any interconnected modal systems such as transit, rail, or bike facilities, as appropriate.

To access the webinar, those interested will need a computer with internet access. The public meeting will include a short presentation and an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comments for the upcoming 2015-2020 improvement program.

Comments or questions will be accepted verbally during the webinar or can be submitted at this link http://www.dot.il.gov/opp/outreach/outreach.html.

Illinois State Board of Education to unveil new, more user-friendly School Report Card

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Streamlined Report Card will provide more robust information to reflect schools’ unique qualities

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinoisans will get a new and improved view of their local schools through a more consumer-friendly State, District and School Report Card, set to debut Oct. 31. The new Report Card features multiple measures of academic performance as well as school climate and learning conditions, rendering a more complete picture of the state’s nearly 4,000 public schools.

“The new, simplified Report Card represents more than a cosmetic change,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “This complete makeover reflects the comprehensive changes taking place in Illinois schools, from higher expectations in the classroom, increased collaboration among teachers and more  meaningful academic data to show how well our students are progressing from one year to the next, and whether they’re on track for college.”

The new Report Card emphasizes measuring student and school progress rather than merely providing a one-time snapshot of annual standardized test scores and aims to better inform everyone, from families and educators to policy makers and students themselves. It highlights important college readiness benchmarks and also displays more elements about daily school life, including school leadership, extracurricular activities, honors and awards that distinguish each school.

The Report Card, developed through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), will be available Oct. 31 at illinoisreportcard.com in two new formats:

· An online Report Card with an interactive tool for exploring school performance data. The tool includes simple, intuitive displays as well as detailed data views and descriptions for each school and district. The online Report Card will continue to offer information on student demographics and performance.

· An At-A-Glance Report Card will offer a two-page snapshot that can be downloaded from the online Report Card, printed and distributed to local families and community members. A sample of the “At-A-Glance” Report Card can now be found at illinoisreportcard.com.

“The new School Report Card will be a useful tool for parents to better understand their students’ academic performance and their schools’ overall achievement,” said Peg Staehlin, president of the Illinois PTA. “The At-A-Glance Report Card will help initiate conversations among parents, communities and their local school administrators and boards of education to share their perspectives and develop action plans to help improve the educational experiences for the children they serve.”

The 2013 Report Card will display “Student Academic Growth” by school according to a new growth model using value tables that shows how much academic progress students have demonstrated from one year to the next in reading and math. Education experts believe this approach will improve understanding of student learning and provide a more nuanced accountability system that reflects progress as well as achievement.

The Student Academic Growth score will be reported in 2013 on an advisory basis, not as part of the state’s accountability system. This metric will be displayed by elementary school and district on both the “At-A-Glance” two-page report and the online report card.

The 2013 Report Card also offers data about students on track for college. This year’s report card features a metric labeled “Ready for College Coursework,” which refers to the percent of students who earned a combined score of at least a 21 on the ACT college admissions test.  ISBE chose a score of 21 as that figure is the mathematical average of the four ACT College Readiness Benchmark (CRB) values and is a single, simple metric that resonates with families as they plan for college applications and admissions.  At the same time, ISBE will also showcase the data regarding the percent of students who met each of ACT’s four college readiness benchmarks (CRB) as those metrics reflect college readiness for each of the four tested subjects: English, mathematics, reading and science.

The School Report Card will also list the participation rates of teachers and eligible sixth- through twelfth-graders from each school on the first statewide school climate and learning conditions survey, administered in spring 2013. The report card will provide a link to each school’s summary responses for survey questions.

A wide variety of community education groups, including the Governor’s Illinois P-20 Council, the Illinois PTA, state teacher unions and school district superintendents, collaborated on the new Report Card.

“Illinois’ redesigned Report Card goes beyond merely meeting the compliance requirements of No Child Left Behind by providing parents, educators and others in-depth, meaningful big picture data about students and their school environments in order to drive continuous progress,” said Aimee Rogstad Guidera, founder and executive director of Data Quality Campaign, a national advocacy group that helps states develop and implement best practices in educational data use. “By making information available in a format anyone can understand, the new Report Card fosters a model of school improvement where all community members are empowered to make the best decisions possible to improve student success.”

The following is a list of metrics that will appear on this year’s Report Card:

Academic Progress

· State Test Achievement (Illinois Standards Achievement Test, Prairie State Achievement Exam and Illinois Alternate Assessment)

· Ready for College Coursework and ACT College Readiness Benchmarks

· Graduation Rate, 4-Year

· Graduation Rate, 5-Year

· Student Academic Growth

Student Characteristics

· Racial/Ethnic Diversity

· Low-Income Students

· English Learners

· Students with Disabilities

· Homeless Students

School Environment

· Average Class Size

· Student Mobility

· Instructional Spending Per Pupil

· Operational Spending Per Pupil

· Student Attendance

· Chronic Truancy Rate

· Total School Days

· 5Essentials Survey (survey questions and responses)

Programs and Courses

· Advanced Placement Courses

· International Baccalaureate Courses

· Foreign Language Courses

· Before and After School Care

· Career and Technical Education Courses

· Dual Enrollment Courses

· Elective Courses

· Health and Wellness Programs

· Community Programs and Partnerships

· Work Study Programs

· Athletics

· Dual Credit Courses

· Fine and Applied Arts Courses

· Physical Education Courses

· Health and Nutrition Courses

· Academic Enrichment Programs

· Fine and Applied Arts Programs

· Awards – Faculty and Staff

· Awards – Scholastic

· Awards – Athletic

· Awards – Community

ISBE has produced the School Report Card since 1986 for every public school and district in Illinois. State Report Cards have been produced since 2002 and are required under No Child Left Behind. School districts must present the report card at a regular board meeting, make it available to local newspapers within the first 30 days of receiving it from the state, and notify parents of the new report card in writing. Districts with websites must post the report card online. If they do not have a website, they must provide parents with copies.

Chicago to honor fallen cyclist with memorial roadway

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Alderman Burnett to dedicate a stretch of Clybourn as “Honorary Bobby Cann Way”

On October 25, 2013 at 1 p.m., the city of Chicago will hold a public ceremony dedicating a portion of North Clybourn Avenue to Robert “Bobby” Cann, a cyclist who was struck and killed by a motorist on the street earlier this year. The ceremony will be led by Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. of the 27th Ward, and is scheduled to take place near the intersection of Clybourn Avenue and Larabee Street, where the crash occurred. The roadway will be named the “Honorary Bobby Cann Way.”

Cann, a 26-year-old passionate bicycling advocate, was taking his usual ride home from work on Wednesday, May 29 when a car being driven south on Clybourn struck him. Witnesses on the scene were quick to assist, but soon after being rushed to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Cann was pronounced dead. Since the crash, the driver, Ryne Sam Hamel, has been charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI resulting in death.

Following Cann’s death, there has been an outpouring of community support. Cann’s friends and family have created a makeshift memorial for him at the site of the crash, they have appeared in large numbers at court dates for the accused driver, and Critical Mass held a ride in Cann’s honor earlier this year. Cann’s employer, Groupon, responded by organizing a fundraiser that brought in substantial resources for the Active Transportation Alliance’s Neighborhood Bikeways Campaign, an initiative geared toward making Chicago streets safer for people biking.

By all accounts, Cann was an outgoing, warm and friendly person who was always concerned about the safety and wellbeing of others. “We want to remember and celebrate the life of this kind and caring young man,” said Ald. Burnett. “We also want this [memorial roadway] to serve as a reminder of our duty to work toward creating streets that are safe for everyone.” In a recent move to improve street safety for people biking, Burnett partnered with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the Chicago Department of Transportation to complete a new innovative bike lane on Milwaukee Avenue between Kinzie Street and Elston Avenue. Burnett was recently named chairman of the city council’s Committee on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety.

“Our deepest condolences go out to Bobby Cann’s family and friends,” said Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “This roadway dedication will honor Bobby Cann’s memory and act as a constant reminder of the urgent need for us to work together in making the city safer for pedestrians and people biking.”

The public is invited to attend the roadway dedication event. Speakers will include Ald. Burnett, a member of Cann’s family and a representative of the Active Transportation Alliance.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff. For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

Fireflies: Bold New Book by Acclaimed Illustrator, Alberta Hutchinson, Stunningly Illustrates 253 Poems by Rabindranath Tagore

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Since 1877, the poems and short stories of Rabindranath Tagore have enriched the minds and souls of millions. Bringing his celebrated one-sentence poems to a modern audience, Alberta Hutchinson is delighted to announce a new fully-illustrated collection of all 253 verses

Gilbertsville, New York – Among many of his accolades, Rabindranath Tagore is perhaps best known as the first Asian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. With an abundance of poems, novels, short stories, dramas, paintings, drawings, and music to his name – Tagore has become synonymous with philosophical, political and spiritual elevation.

Celebrating 253 of his empowering one-sentence Fireflies poems, Alberta Hutchinson’s new book adds further allure to Tagore’s work by providing bold illustrations for each.

“This ‘Fireflies’ collection of Tagore’s inspired words is a treasure of the sweetest, most lofty jewels of experiencing life that one could ever find in one small book. What is different in this volume of his poetry is that the whole book is fully illustrated for the first time. It absolutely has to be seen to be experienced! No verbal description can get you anywhere near this book!!” says Hutchinson.

Continuing, “This is definitely a picture book of a detailed, highly elaborate nature that was years in the making. Each tiny poem is nestled underneath an instant intuitional vision caught and illustrated by the artist, and each whole unit of ‘word-picture’ is framed by an elaborate individual border to embrace that particular energy in a visual music to match Tagore’s verbal music!!”

The book, with a foreword by Professor of Philosophy and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Ashok Kumar Malhotra, is available in both black-and-white and color versions.

To date, reviews for the collection have been overwhelmingly positive.

“This book speaks directly to the soul. Its poems are concise yet beautifully eloquent. When I read them, I am re-awakened to an inner knowing of beauty and love and creative spirit. I am also reminded of the timelessness and constancy of truth. ‘Fireflies’ is a book to return to again and again,” says Jeauty, reviewing the book on Amazon.

Another reader, John, was equally as impressed. He comments, “Fireflies by Rabindranath Tagore is one of the most beautiful books that I have ever read. The poems flow together very cohesively. Tagore covers many different subjects. He speaks of innocence, nature, power, bigotry, freedom, death, and love. In short, Tagore writes about life.”

As a book that has to be seen to be believed, Hutchinson’s work is poised to be in high demand.

‘Fireflies’, published by Illume Writers & Artists, is available now: http://amzn.to/GVwTbR

About the Author:

Rabindranath Tagore is perhaps the most significant writer, poet and composer in the history of India. Fireflies is one of Tagore’s lesser known works, a collection of short poems, which has never before been fully illustrated.

About the Illustrator :

A prolific artist, poet and author, Alberta Hutchinson has created thousands of works including coloring books, illustrated books, a mandala series, design books, ornaments, portraits, quilts and fabrics, and has designed and built a meditation pagoda, “Lotus House.” Hutchinson’s design books include the popular Mystical Mandala Coloring Book, published by Dover Publications. Her other recent books include the novel, Step by Step (2011), an illustrated children’s book, The Orphan and the Christmas Tree (2011), an illustrated book of her own poems, Songs of Symmetry (2012) , and three coloring books for all ages from her Sacred Design Series (2014) .

Together, the Tagore-Hutchinson illustrated Fireflies is a monumental work.

State Receives $2.3 Million to Fight Fraud and Abuse

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Competitive Grant Recognizes Illinois’ Effort, Progress

CHICAGO, IL – Federal officials awarded the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) $2.3 million to enhance programs that guard against waste, fraud and abuse of the unemployment insurance program, the Department announced today. The competitive grants also recognize Illinois’ initiatives to make the program fair for workers and employers, thereby improving the state’s business climate and economy.

“Fighting waste, fraud and abuse are not empty words. Our integrity programs have saved taxpayers more than $239 million in the past two years,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “The vast majority of workers enjoy the dignity that comes with earning a paycheck, just as the vast majority of employers respect their workforce and are a positive influence in their communities. Stealing from them hurts every taxpayer because it slows our economy and drives up the cost of doing business.”

The U.S. Department of Labor grant will be used to enhance existing anti-fraud programs and evaluate new initiatives. These programs help everyone because they lessen the need to raise the employer taxes that fund unemployment insurance benefits. The most common types of fraud are improperly collecting unemployment insurance while working or an employer misstating its obligations to avoid paying taxes.

Anti-fraud efforts include monthly wage reporting, which allows IDES to more quickly identify individuals collecting unemployment insurance while working; garnishing federal tax returns to put money back into the Trust Fund from which benefits are paid; strengthening the anti-fraud unit with attorneys from Attorney General Lisa Madigan; and the ability to hold individuals personally liable if they know their company’s tax obligations were purposefully under-reported to avoid paying taxes.

Authority for many of these programs were part of Gov. Quinn’s bi-partisan reforms in November 2011 that are expected to save businesses more than $400 million, provide 16 percent unemployment insurance tax reductions for companies that did not lay off workers and punish those who defraud the unemployment insurance program.

Unemployment insurance benefits are funded through business contributions. These temporary dollars most often are spent for essentials at the local grocery, gas station and clothing store, thereby supporting the local economy. Every $1 in unemployment insurance benefits generates about $2 in economic activity.

Report fraud at (800) 814-0513, (312) 793-8333 or in writing at www.ides.illinois.gov at the bottom of the page.

Accrediting agency Oks launch of “Oakwood Online University

Posted by Admin On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

“A game changer,” predicts OU president, Dr. Leslie N. Pollard

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – The Atlanta-based Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has approved Oakwood University providing adult learners a business degree completion online, it was announced today.

“Oakwood Online University,” a concept first spelled out by then-new Oakwood president, Dr. Leslie N. Pollard, in “Vision 2020,” his first address as its 11th president on January 25, 2011, will start as a pilot program in January 2014, as Organizational Management (business), one of its five LEAP adult degree completion programs, will be offered both as fully online and continued as its on-site track.

“Through our LEAP program, Oakwood Online University will be able to reach adult learners all over the world, who have been wanting to complete a lifelong dream: to finish their college degrees and improve their standards of living and the quality of life for themselves and their families,” summarized Mrs. Hyacinth Burton, Dean of the OU School of Business & Adult and Continuing Education. Additionally, she continued, OOU achieves one of the primary visions of our university strategic plans for academic offerings, enrollment and more diverse learners.

In his initial “Vision 20/20 Statement” 2011 address, Pollard forecasted, “By 2020, OOU is launched: Oakwood Online University. . . . The lower-cost revenue from Oakwood Online University helps grow the amount of institutional aid to needy students in our residential program.”

More recently and in his annual presidential address at the school’s First Chapel program on Thursday, August 22, President Pollard announced several of what he called “game changers”:

* “Recovering a base of industry at Oakwood University . . . that will employ our students and bring in non-tuition revenue . . .”;

* Breaking ground for the 11,700 sq. ft. Media Center and the Oakwood University Broadcasting Network, “to produce our own products – our own talk shows, our own dramas, our own editorials and religious news casts – and market them on our own terms, in our own voice” – which occurred on Wednesday, October 9; and

* OOU, as “we (the President’s Council) voted to fast-track OOU’s development process by buying into the HBCU Online Consortium, supported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This means we will immediately save hundreds of course-development hours by acquiring access to collaboratively-developed course content. Oakwood Online University will be a game changer. We will no longer be bounded by local geography, but can make Oakwood University accessible to students around the world.”

For more information on Oakwood Online University and its program offerings, contact Mrs. Hyacinth Burton, OU School of Business, 256-726-7081.

Photo Caption: The McKee building, School of Business & Adult and Continuing Education, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama

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