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Globe Universityst Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

Globe Universityst Recognized for Outstanding Community Service

Globe University - Madison East has been selected as the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools Honorable Mention winner for the Community Service Recognition Award 2012.

Medical Assistant Program Chair Elisha Terre submitted the nomination, which was chosen as one of the top three finalists nationally by representatives from the ABHES Conference Planning Committee.

The nomination highlighted the campus’s St. Baldrick’s Day event, which raised more than $8,500 for children’s cancer research last year. This service learning project began as a classroom conversation about patient empathy and grew into a campus-wide effort involving several student clubs and programs.

The award will be accepted at the ABHES National Conference in Las Vegas on Feb. 23.

Madison School District To Present Plans To Close Achievement Gaps

Madison School District To Present Plans To Close Achievement Gaps

Superintendent Dan Nerad will present the Madison School District’s preliminary plan to build the future of the district and eliminate the achievement gaps for low-income and minority students at a special meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Fitchburg Public Library.

After the initial plan is presented, the district will provide opportunities for community input over the next two months, and will use that input to revise and refine the plan.

More information and a full calendar of community input sessions will be released on Monday.

The Fitchburg Public Library is located at 5530 Lacy Rd.

Herzing University To Host Global Game Jam 2012 Event

Herzing University To Host Global Game Jam 2012 Event

Herzing University-Madison students, faculty and other local game development enthusiasts will compete to create the best game for computer, tablet or cell phone use against participants in hundreds of local teams across dozens of countries. The Global Game Jam 2012 Event started on Friday, Jan. 27 and runs through Sunday at Herzing University at 5218 E. Terrace Dr.

In 2011, teams in 44 countries created over 1,500 games in one weekend.

Global Game Jam 2012 gives aspiring game developers, such as Herzing students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Game Development program.

The game development industry is growing rapidly with global industry sales for console games predicted to grow to $34.7 billion this year and U.S. sales of all types of video and computer games expected to reach $11.7 billion in 2012, officiails said.

Brink To Host MMSD School Board Candidate Forum

Brink To Host MMSD School Board Candidate Forum

A Madison Metropolitan School District candidate forum will be held at the Brink Lounge on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Issues facing the new school board will include decreased state funding, new opportunities in changed labor relationships, crime in the schools, low and decreasing performance levels for some students. 

The four candidates for two seats will vie for election to the Madison Metropolitan School District Board of Education for three-year terms.

The election will be held on Tuesday, Apr. 3.

Seat 1 Candidates:

MMSD To Cancel After School Activities Outside Of Dane County

MMSD To Cancel After School Activities Outside Of Dane County

The Madison Metropolitan School District will cancel after school and evening activities outside of Dane County Friday due to inclement weather.

Other activities within Dane County, including events, athletics, MSCR activities and practices, will go on as scheduled, unless canceled by the event organizer, officials said.

Grant To Madison Schools To Bolster Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

Grant To Madison Schools To Bolster Substance Abuse Prevention Programs

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has awarded the Madison Metropolitan School District a $20,000 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse prevention grant.

The grant funds will allow MMSD staff to further implement the Second Step curriculum for social-emotional learning, train security officers and other staff to recognize behaviors of students under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, improve communication and collaboration with local alcohol and drug use and abuse treatment service providers, and better support parents and families.

"No single activity or practice in isolation can wholly prevent youth alcohol and drug use," said Nancy Yoder, Director of Student Services for MMSD, in news release. "MMSD takes a comprehensive approach that accounts for the complexities and nuances of the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that play into whether a student abstains from, uses, or abuses alcohol or drugs."

Madison, Eugene Mayors Make Community-Based Rose Bowl Wager

Madison, Eugene Mayors Make Community-Based Rose Bowl Wager

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Eugene, Ore., Mayor Kitty Piercy have made a friendly wager on the Rose Bowl that will make either community a winner pending the outcome of the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks match up.

"We wanted to develop a wager that could benefit our entire community and particularly those most in need," Soglin said in a news release.

Each mayor has committed to privately raising $500 if their team loses. The money will then be used for tools for Habitat for Humanity organizations in either Madison or Eugene.

"Each of us will raise the money privately and no city funds are involved," Soglin said. "This is a great program and we both want to support it."

Both mayors said they are aware of the growing need for shelters and services for the homeless. They each credit Habitat for Humanity for the work it is doing. But each also is rooting on their favorite teams in the Rose Bowl.