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U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Henry Floyd to Speak at Opening Convocation
SPARTANBURG, S.C., Aug. 18 -- Wofford College issued the following news:

The Honorable Judge Henry F. Floyd '70, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, will be the guest speaker for Wofford College's opening convocation, set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Leonard Auditorium in Main Building. He also will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the ceremony.

The program is free and open to the public.

Opening convocation marks the beginning of the new academic year at Wofford. Classes begin on Monday, Sept. 4.

The event will be webcast live; a link will be provided ... Show Full Article

The University of Scranton Names Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
SCRANTON, Pa., Aug. 18 -- The University of Scranton issued the following news release:

The University of Scranton has named Sunil Ahuja, Ph.D., associate provost for academic affairs. He was also awarded tenure and rank of professor in the Department of Political Science at Scranton.

Dr. Ahuja has more than 25 years of experience in teaching, scholarship, service and academic administration, particularly in the arena of institutional accreditation. Most recently, he served as vice president for accreditation relations, institutional change and research, Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, ... Show Full Article

NASA Astrophysicist to Give Public Lecture at Clemson on Eve of the Eclipse
CLEMSON, S.C., Aug. 18 -- Clemson University issued the following news release:

Clemson-educated astrophysicist William "Tom" Bridgman will give a public lecture titled "The Cosmos in Your Pocket" at 7 p.m. Sunday in Brackett Hall 100 on the campus of Clemson University.

Bridgman, who is a program analyst at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, will explain how problems solved by astronomers centuries ago have helped pave the way for breakthroughs in modern technology.

For example, discoveries in the 16th and 17th centuries by pioneering astronomers such as Galileo, Johannes Kepler and Isaac ... Show Full Article

James Franklin Inks Contract Extension
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Aug. 18 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news release:

Penn State Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced today (Aug. 18) that head football coach James Franklin has signed a contract extension. The new agreement extends Franklin's current contract to six years, keeping the 2016 Sporting News and Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year as the leader of the Nittany Lions through at least the 2022 season.

During the 2016 campaign, Franklin's third in Happy Valley, he led Penn State to its first outright Big Ten championship since 1994 and its second ... Show Full Article

Institute of Genealogy Moved to UGA After Six Decades in Birmingham
ATHENS, Ga., Aug. 18 -- The University of Georgia issued the following news release:

The University of Georgia is helping transform a decades-old institution. The Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research debuted in July at its new home, the UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, after nearly 60 years at Samford University.

The second-oldest institute on genealogy in the United States, the IGHR was able to expand thanks to UGA's facilities, opening evening classes and the opportunity to offer a family history expo to the public.

"We feel like we're working hard to grow it and build ... Show Full Article

Inslee Names Alyssa Norris As WSU Student Regent
SPOKANE, Wash., Aug. 18 -- Washington State University's Spokane campus issued the following news release:

Alyssa Norris, a WSU Honors College senior majoring in civil engineering, has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee as the student member of the Washington State University Board of Regents for the 2017-18 academic year.

"It's a delight to welcome Alyssa to the board," said WSU President Kirk Schulz. "She brings proven leadership skills to the position and has served as a articulate voice for students in several capacities. I look forward to collaborating with her during the year ahead."

Norris ... Show Full Article

Arkansas Policy Program Report Explores Teacher Recruitment, Retention, Quality
CONWAY, Ark., Aug. 18 -- Hendrix College issued the following news release:

Hendrix College graduate Sami Sexton '17 recently published Getting the Best Teachers Where They Are Needed Most through the Arkansas Policy Program (APP).

Developed by Hendrix politics professor Dr. Jay Barth with the support of the Bill and Connie Bowen Odyssey Professorship, APP builds upon Barth's ongoing public policy and public opinion research and advocacy work related to Arkansas. Through APP, students and faculty provide nonpartisan, original analyses on key public policy issues in Arkansas through a new undergraduate ... Show Full Article