Saint Leo University Announces New Nursing Program

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Dec. 1, 2020

Saint Leo University is launching a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program beginning Fall Semester 2021 at its University Campus, north of Tampa. This program is designed to prepare students for generalist nursing practice within complex health care systems.

“We are thrilled to be adding the Bachelor of Science in Nursing to our College of Health Professions. This is a contemporary and competitive program that will incorporate best practices and current innovation to prepare our graduates for future career opportunities throughout Florida and throughout the United States,” said Saint Leo University President Jeffrey D. Senese. “There is a growing demand for nurses across the country, and Saint Leo is well-positioned to help meet this need.”

The limited-access program will be accepting new students into pre-nursing coursework in arts and sciences during the first two years, including courses in anatomy, microbiology, math, writing, ethics, and psychology. Students will then apply to the nursing program during their sophomore year to begin the nursing-major courses in year three. The application process is competitive and limited spaces are available for the BSN program. This program format will allow for potential transfer students and second-degree students who may want to pursue their BSN degree in a shorter time-frame to consider Saint Leo.

There is a growing need for nurses in the coming years as a result of the rapidly aging U.S. population and a simultaneous number of nurses retiring. The global pandemic continues to support this urgent need for licensed nurses in the field as the health care system undergoes a major transformation in structure and groundbreaking technology advances.

“We are excited to offer future professionals a strong curriculum that is also unusual in having a contemporary focus on holistic wellness for all people—meaning individual patients, families, and communities—and an emphasis on the well-being of the nurse,” said Dr. Mary Spoto, vice president for Academic Affairs. “Teaching future nurses to cultivate their own well-being is a good way to reduce turnover in the profession, and that serves everyone in society,” Spoto explained.

Upper-level nursing courses will commence in Fall Semester 2023 and the university anticipates having 48 spots for students in the first group admitted. Students will participate in theory, simulation, lab, and clinical experiences at a variety of health care and community agencies including West Florida Advent Health and others. The program will prepare graduates who can provide safe, quality care with an emphasis on wellness. The first group will complete their studies in Spring Semester 2025.


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Upon successful completion of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), graduates are able to work as registered nurses. “Nurses who have a BSN are favored regionally and nationally by health care employers and are well-positioned for career

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Howard University School of Business Announces $250,000 Gift from Ryder System, Inc.

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Howard University School of Business is the proud recipient of a generous multiyear gift of $250,000 from Ryder System, Inc. The gift will support the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management (CESCM), as well as scholarships for supply chain majors, paid internships at Ryder, and the development of data analytics curriculum and programming in the supply chain program. The gift is in recognition of Ryder’s partnership with the School of Business over the last 17 years. Howard is ranked 13th among all undergraduate and graduate university supply chain programs in the nation by Gartner, the leading research and advisory company.

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“We are very grateful to Ryder for making this investment in the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management and in our students,” said Anthony Wilbon, Ph.D., dean of the Howard University School of Business. “For the past 17 years, Ryder has partnered with us to support the growth of the Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management by developing our curriculum, participating in the classroom and serving as a strong adviser, helping us become one of the top supply chain centers in the country. We look forward to our continued partnership.”

The Center for Excellence in Supply Chain Management supports both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the School of Business by providing students with exposure to the supply chains of Fortune 500 corporations and government entities. The CESCM advisory board and corporate partners play a critical role in supporting supply chain management students by offering internships, classroom lectures, corporate site visits, supply chain conferences and scholarships, and providing input on curriculum to help prepare students for high-performance careers in supply chain management.

Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R) is a leading logistics and transportation company. As a member of the CESCM advisory board for 10 years and a partner with the School of Business since 2003, Ryder has contributed to the success of Howard’s supply chain management students and the supply chain program by providing funding, time and talent. Through internships and working with Ryder executives on real world corporate challenges, students gain experience that helps prepare them for successful careers in the industry.

“Our partnership with Howard is one of our longest with any university,” said Ryder Chairman and CEO Robert Sanchez. “We’re excited about taking it to a new level. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the industry, like e-commerce, electrification and green energy, that will change the way supply chains operate over the next 10 to 20 years. Getting the next generation ready to excel in that environment is what we’re about and what Howard is about.”

Ryder wanted to celebrate the long-standing partnership by supporting Howard’s work to train the next generation of supply chain leaders and increase diversity in the industry. The coronavirus pandemic made this effort more critical. The company recognized

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Barry University Commits to Cover Full Tuition for Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Recipients and Announces Upcoming Drive-in Tour

MIAMI, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Florida’s top achieving high school graduates can soon take advantage of the personalized educational experience and world-class instruction offered at Barry University, without worrying about tuition.  The university today announced its commitment to meet full tuition for full-time first-year Barry students who earn the Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship, beginning Fall 2021.

While it is typically regarded as a scholarship for public Florida institutions, Barry has long accepted the value of the state lottery-funded Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program Academic Scholars and Medallion Scholars awards. Today’s commitment will fill the gap between the value of the scholarship and Barry tuition for incoming first-year Florida Academic Scholarship recipients.

Award earners will receive Barry-funded scholarships and grants which, combined with the Florida Academic Scholarship and other federal and state-funded grants, will meet 100% of tuition.  The financial aid package is renewable each academic year a student receives the Florida Academic Scholarship and enrolls full-time in an undergraduate program of study.

“At Barry, we seek to maximize affordability for all students,” said Roxanna Cruz, Barry University Associate Vice President for Enrollment. “Through this initiative, we are proud to do so for high-achieving Florida students seeking an individualized education, hands-on experiential learning, and access to the incredible benefits of a Barry degree.”

And, for any interested students who want a closer look at Barry while adhering to health and safety guidelines, the university has reimagined the traditional tour and is hosting an exciting and engaging drive-in event on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 10am-12pm.

Students and their families can visit the beautiful campus and learn about the endless possibilities a Barry education brings, all from the comfort of their car. Each stop will offer insight into life at Barry and fun giveaways for future Buccaneers. Reservations, and masks, are required. For more information visit

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Concordia University announces Bull as 11th president | Education

Before Goddard, Bull served as chief innovation officer, vice provost for curriculum and innovation and a professor at Concordia University Wisconsin between 2006 and 2018, and has also worked in K-12 Lutheran schools in Illinois and Wisconsin.

A graduate of Concordia in Wisconsin, Bull holds degrees in education, theology and history, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University Chicago, a Master of Liberal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Education in instructional technology from Northern Illinois University.

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Stuart Bartruff, the chair of Concordia’s Board of Regents, said Bull “expressed a strong desire to return to serving in a Christ-centered Lutheran” university.

“He has a strong commitment to Lutheran theology, and he looks forward to faithfully fulfilling the Concordia University Promises of a Lutheran Education,” Bartruff said in a statement.

Bull will succeed the Rev. Brian Friedrich, who was Concordia’s president from 2004-2019, and the Rev. Russ Sommerfeld, who began his interim role Jan. 1.

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Hailiang Education Group Inc. Announces Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021

HANGZHOU, China, Nov. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Hailiang Education Group Inc. (Nasdaq: HLG) (“Hailiang Education”, the “Company” or “we”), an education and management service provider of primary, middle, and high schools in China, announced its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2021 ended September 30, 2020.

“Hailiang Education has achieved remarkable results through the continual improvement of brand awareness and the development of innovation strategies, albeit the COVID-19 pandemic still has temporary impact on part of our business. We will continue to build a one-stop comprehensive service platform for primary, middle and high school education, in order to provide students with high-quality education and management services and to vigorously develop additional education services, such as online and onsite educational training services, study trip services and overseas study services. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, we recorded revenue of RMB298.5 million (US$44.0 million), increased by 29.8% from RMB229.9 million for the same period of last year. We generated revenue of RMB263.1 million (US$38.8 Million) from primary, middle and high school educational services, an increase of 36.1% compared to the same period of last year. The net profit attributable to the Company’s shareholders was RMB26.9 million (US$4.0 million), compared with the net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders of RMB15.3 million for the same period of last year. The net profit attributable to the Company’s shareholders margin was 9.0%, and the net loss attributable to the Company’s shareholders margin was 6.7% for the same period of last year, demonstrating Hailiang Education’s significant profitability,” said Dr. Junwei Chen, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hailiang Education.

Dr. Chen said, “The first quarter of fiscal year 2021 was a critical period for the new school year enrollment. As of September 30, 2020, the number of students enrolled at our affiliated schools reached 26,869, an increase of about 10.8% year-on-year. The total student enrollment of 72,846 in our affiliated and managed schools increased by approximately 9.5% year-on-year. We added three affiliated schools to our school network, namely Lanzhou Hailiang Experimental School, Hailiang Overseas Chinese School, and Wuhu Hailiang Experimental School, all of which started their first year of enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. As of September 30, 2020, there were 568, 828 and 409 students enrolled in these three schools, respectively. The Company also acquired Jinhua Hailiang Foreign Language School (“JHFL”) and completed the transfer of sponsorship in September 2020. As of September 30, 2020, the number of students enrolled in JHFL reached 739, an increase of 164 from the same period of last year. The increase in the number of students enrolled in our schools has proved that the Company’s precautionary measures during the COVID-19 have been effective and recognized by the public. The Company has successfully seized the opportunity to develop amid the negative impact of the COVID-19 on the education industry and the public’s philosophy of education. In addition, as of September 30, 2020, the number of

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Marinomed announces trial of Carragelose in COVID-19 at Swansea University Medical School

Vienna, Austria, Swansea UK, November 30, 2020 – Marinomed Biotech AG (VSE:MARI), a globally operating biopharmaceutical company, is pleased to announce today that the Swansea University Medical School plans a clinical trial with Iota-/kappa-carrageenan nasal spray as a COVID-19 Prophylaxis for Healthcare Professionals (ICE-COVID).

The investigator-initiated trial at Swansea will be recruiting 480 healthcare professionals managing COVID-19 patients during the pandemic. Objective of the study is to assess the efficacy of Carragelose nasal and throat spray in reducing the rate, severity, and duration of COVID-19 infections. Further endpoints include infection with other respiratory viruses, usability of the spray for prophylaxis and the effects on quality adjusted life years (QALYs). The ongoing clinical trial is supported by Marinomed Biotech AG, the originator and licensor of Carragelose and Boots UK; the Carragelose nasal spray used in the study is marketed as Boots Dual Defence in the United Kingdom.

The design of the double-blind trial is finalized and planned to start shortly. The study population will be equally randomized into a treatment group (0.12 mg/ml iota-carrageenan / 0.4 mg/ml kappa-carrageenan in 0.5% saline) and a placebo group (0.5% saline) and will apply this study regime three times a day, one dose into each nostril and three throat sprays, over the course of eight weeks .

“With the world in the devastating grip of this SARS-CoV2 pandemic and nurses and doctors especially exposed, we are looking forward this very important clinical data from the Swansea trial. Our pivotal clinical data for Carragelose demonstrated alleviation of different coronavirus infections. Marinomed has been able to show neutralizing activity towards the new coronavirus in vitro earlier this year.” said Dr. Eva Prieschl-Grassauer, Chief Scientific Officer at Marinomed. Adding, “We have very good reason to expect and hope that the trial will confirm our in vitro findings and contribute to validating Carragelose nasal spray as a COVID-19 prophylaxis for the vulnerable community of healthcare professionals, protecting them from contracting COVID-19 infections.”

“After seeing the effects of this pandemic on colleagues caring for patients with COVID-19, we wanted to find a way for research to help protect frontline NHS staff,” said Dr. Zita Jessop, Principal Investigator for the clinical trial and clinician scientist at Swansea University. “Previous studies highlighted the effectiveness of iota-carrageenan-based nasal sprays against coronaviruses, indicating promise against SARS-CoV-2. If the results of this randomised placebo-controlled clinical trial are positive as we expect, this has the potential to add an extra prevention strategy in the fight against COVID-19,” she added.


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LAMOST-Kepler/K2 survey announces the first light result

LAMOST-Kepler/K2 survey announces the first light result
Fig.1 Kepler telescope. Credit: NASA

An international team led by Prof. Fu Jianning and Dr. Zong Weikai from Beijing Normal University released the first light result of medium-resolution spectroscopic observations undertaken by the LAMOST-Kepler/K2 Survey. The study was published in Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series on Nov. 12.

The result demonstrated that the medium-resolution spectrographs on LAMOST performed to the designed expectation.

The LAMOST-Kepler/K2 Survey was launched based on the success of the LAMOST-Kepler project, a low-resolution spectroscopic survey that consecutively performed since 2011.

Different from LAMOST-Kepler project, the LAMOST-Kepler/K2 Survey aims to collect time-series spectroscopies with medium resolution on about 55,000 stars distributed on Kepler and K2 campaigns, with higher priority given to the targets with available Kepler photometry.

Each of those input targets will be visited about 60 times during the period from September 2018 to June 2023. This project is allocated with one-sixth of the entire time within the LAMOST medium-resolution observations.

From May 2018 to June 2019, a total of 13 LAMOST-Kepler/K2 Survey footprints have been visited by LAMOST, and obtained about 370,000 high-quality spectra of 28,000 stars.

The internal uncertainties for the effective temperature, surface gravity, metallicity and radial velocity were 80 K,0.08 dex, 0.05 dex and 1km/s when the signal to noise ratio equals to 20, respectively, which suggested that the performance of LAMOST medium-resolution spectrographs meet the designed expectation.

The external comparisons with GAIA and APOGEE showed that LAMOST stellar atmospheric parameters had a good linear relationship, which indicated the quality of LAMOST medium-resolution spectra is reliable.

The LAMOST-Kepler/K2 Survey is the first project dedicated to obtaining time series of spectra by using the LAMOST medium-resolution spectrographs, pointing toward the Kepler/K2 fields. These spectra will be very important for many scientific goals, including the discovery of new binaries or even the brown dwarfs, the study of oscillation dynamics for large-amplitude pulsators and the investigation of the variability of stellar activity.

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Baylor University Announces Statues Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients | Media and Public Relations

Gift from Houston couple installs statues in McLane Stadium plaza

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WACO, Texas (Nov. 28, 2020) – Baylor University today celebrated the installation of two bronze statues honoring the institution’s two Medal of Honor recipients, U.S. Army Corps Col. John Riley Kane (BA 1928) and U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Jackson “Jack” Lummus Jr. Efforts to honor these Baylor heroes were spurred forward and funded through a gift by A. Haag and Millette Sherman of Houston. The statues were unveiled during a dedication ceremony in the McLane Stadium Plaza.

“We are truly grateful for the generosity of Haag and Millette Sherman and their heartfelt dedication to honoring two of Baylor University’s most decorated heroes: John Kane and Jack Lummus,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “As Medal of Honor recipients, these two Baylor alumni truly served their country selflessly, and we are humbled to count them as members of our Baylor Family. We are forever grateful for their service, and for Jack’s sacrifice, and we are honored to have the privilege of keeping their memories alive through future generations of Baylor students.”

Both multi-sport Baylor Letterwinners, John Kane and Jack Lummus’s likenesses are located on the grounds of McLane Stadium as a reminder of the lives they lived at the University, beyond the heroism they were compelled to display during World War II. The two men received their honors for heroism in distinctly different circumstances – one as a pilot in the European theatre of World War II, while the other for his ultimate sacrifice on the ragged hills of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Theatre of the war. Haag and Millette Sherman were inspired to create the Medal of Honor tribute as a way to honor Baylor’s history and recognize the singular heroism of Kane and Lummus.

The statues are the work of Baylor alumnus Dan Brook, a Native American artist based in Dallas, Texas, at Brook Studio. The statues honor Lummus and Kane, with both dressed in military uniforms denoting their affiliation and rank within the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army Air Corps (the precursor to the U.S. Air Force), respectively.

“Jack Lummus and John Kane represent the very best of our Baylor Family and our country,” Haag Sherman said about the project and his family’s inspiration for initiating the statue construction. “Their selfless heroics in humankind’s greatest struggle for freedom have immortalized them, and their leadership, service and faith are foundational to both Baylor and our country. Dan Brook’s beautiful work will educate and inspire generations of our Baylor Family and our guests. Millette and I are proud and honored to have played a small part in the commemoration of these heroes.”

The Shermans’ generous gift is helping teach future generations about the rich tradition of bravery and military service among Baylor alumni. The stories of Lummus and Kane speak to the

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BIG NOON KICKOFF Announces Big Ten Championship Game Kickoff Time, Discusses College Football Playoff Rankings and More

On today’s edition of BIG NOON KICKOFF, host Rob Stone, analysts Brady Quinn, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Urban Meyer and Charles Woodson and reporter Bruce Feldman look at the Big Ten’s Championship Game criteria, break down the first College Football Playoff rankings and more.

FOX Sports announced on today’s show that the Big Ten Championship Game moves to the network’s premier BIG NOON SATURDAY time slot, at 12:00 PM ET on Saturday, Dec. 19. That weekend, BIG NOON KICKOFF will be live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis at 10:00 AM ET.

Feldman reports on the criteria for teams to be eligible for the Big Ten Championship Game:
“Even though the Buckeyes sit there at 4-0, if they are not able to play the next two games in the regular season, then they would fall behind the Big Ten criteria for the minimum six games needed to qualify for the Big Ten title game. Now there’s one caveat in here, – if the total number of games for the whole league falls below an average of six, that could give them some flexibility to get in. But our math tells us that for that to happen, the Big Ten would need to have 12 of the next 14 games over the next two weeks canceled for that threshold to be altered.”

Meyer reacts to teams potentially not meeting the minimum number of games played requirement:
“Your heart breaks in half when you think about the discipline and all of the things and the sacrifices that the players have made, and to get those positives.”

“They worked so hard, and it is gone. I mean, when you start talking about 21 days – some conferences have 10. Twenty-one days – it might be over.”

Quinn says that the Big Ten should be flexible under the circumstances:
“The Big Ten and college football, they’re going to have to be flexible. If you look at how the NFL has been able to survive for the most part, making some adjustments, but they’ve adapted as the season has gone along. That is where Kevin Warren, the Big Ten Commissioner, he may have to change the threshold based on what they agreed to earlier. I know it hasn’t impacted all teams – Wisconsin and now Ohio State – but it is impacting the conference. It is impacting where the conference can potentially go at the end of the year.

“Some people might say that is unfair to all the other teams if we are just making this about Wisconsin or Ohio State. No, it is not, because it is unfair to those athletes. Ultimately, there are going to be more teams, I’m sure, impacted by this down the stretch. But in my mind, they’ve got to

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COVID-19: University students react as government announces ‘travel window’ and mass testing | UK News

University students in England will be able to travel home for Christmas from early December under new government guidance.

The Department for Education has said universities in England should revert to online teaching to allow students to travel home between 3 and 9 December for the festive period.

Universities will be expected to stagger the dates in which students leave during this “travel window” and liaise with other nearby institutions to ensure transport is not overwhelmed.

This guidance hopes to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission as students will be travelling home after the lockdown.

The government has also promised to help universities establish mass testing capacity as well as testing as many students as possible before they return home.

Sky News spoke to university students across the country about this new guidance.

‘These travel corridors are superficial and merely a PR stunt’

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Muraad says the student travel corridor is ‘merely a PR stunt’

Muraad Chaudhry is a third-year international relations student at SOAS, University of London.

He welcomes the idea – but only in principle.

“The announcement of university travel corridors for many will provide a sense of certainty and opportunity to see their families over the Christmas period,” he told Sky News.

“However, in reality, these travel corridors are superficial and are merely a PR stunt which will make very little to no difference to the spread of the virus in university settings.

“This is due to students mixing in halls of residence regardless of online or in-person teaching methods used.

“Furthermore, the effectiveness of this scheme is dependent on a testing programme.

Muraad added: “However, government ministers have stated that coronavirus tests will be offered to as many students as possible, not all.

‘It’s just not acceptable to politicise when we can go home’

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James believes it is ‘not acceptable to politicise’ fee-paying students’ holidays

James Taylor, a student at the University of Gloucestershire, was not happy about being given a set period to return home.

“It’s just not acceptable to politicise when we can go home, the government aren’t the ones paying £9,250 a year,” he said.

“I live in a shared house and people think the same thing, we’re paying for something that we can’t even control, what are we paying for?”

He also questioned the logic behind the plan, saying that “everyone leaving at once is going to be mayhem”.

He added that due to “the evacuation plans” he will struggle to get home within the government’s time frame because it has “ruined my travel plans as I live overseas in Jersey“.

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Jasmine welcomes the idea and says ‘it could have been a lot worse’

Jasmine Jones, a third-year natural sciences student, had planned to stay at university beyond the travel window to complete work.

She told Sky News: “It’s kind of annoying, but I don’t really mind it too much. I’m going to do whatever I can to get home

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