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Online Master of Computer Science | Computer Science | U of I - Illinois Computer Science NewsOnline Master of Computer Science | Computer Science | U of I - Illinois Computer Science NewsPosted: 23 Jun 2020 07:37 PM PDTComplete a Master's degree at your own pace, at your own place! Busy professionals can complete a degree online while they continue to meet their current life and career obligations. Illinois Computer Science has partnered with Coursera to use its massive open online course (MOOC) platform to offer the MCS to students in a more flexible and affordable way than is possible on campus. Students can earn the Online MCS in as little as one year, or in as many as five years.The Online MCS program is a non-thesis (coursework-only) degree that requires 32 credit hours of graduate coursework, completed through eight graduate-level courses each at the four credit hour level. The MCS requires that four of these eight courses are chosen from unique "core" areas of co…

University of Southern Mississippi Recognized for 19 Top Degree Programs in US | The University of Southern Mississippi - Southern Miss Now

University of Southern Mississippi Recognized for 19 Top Degree Programs in US | The University of Southern Mississippi - Southern Miss Now

University of Southern Mississippi Recognized for 19 Top Degree Programs in US | The University of Southern Mississippi - Southern Miss Now

Posted: 28 Jan 2020 12:00 AM PST

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 12:42pm | By: Van Arnold

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) has been awarded top ranking status for 19 degree programs by – an online resource guide designed to help students make informed decisions about higher education programs.

USM was listed amongst hundreds of other competing institutions across the nation. The student-focused comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 1,604 accredited colleges and universities. Each program is evaluated based on curriculum

quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

"We are very pleased with this recognition of our outstanding, student-focused online programs. We strive to provide exceptional instruction, relevant curricula, and career-readying experiences for our online students, and it is rewarding to see our faculty and leadership in the programs get these national accolades," said Dr. Amy L. Chasteen, Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at USM.

The 2020 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment, and leading third-party evaluations. analyzed hundreds of schools with comparable programs on a scale of 0 to 100.

"Today's higher education landscape offers many options to professionals seeking online degrees," added Chasteen. "Given the current competitive environment for recruiting and retaining students, we are honored to be recognized nationally for the good work we are doing and the ways in which we are supporting students to earn their degrees and advance their career opportunities.

The University's Sport Management undergraduate and graduate programs were both ranked in the Top-11 nationally. Dr. Jamye Foster, Director of USM's School of Marketing, which oversees the program, notes that the rankings validate the efforts by faculty and the rigorous requirements associated therein.

"Our Sport Management faculty is dedicated to student success, and they work hard to make sure the curriculum stays relevant and impactful," said Foster. "One of our main goals within the School of Marketing is to prepare our graduates for the workforce, and our Sport Management programs are designed to accomplish that."

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Hot and cold music in Laconia - Concord Monitor

Posted: 09 Feb 2020 03:39 PM PST

Published: 2/9/2020 6:34:47 PM

LaconiaHot and cold music

Join world-renown saxophonist Tom Robinson and pianist Noelle Beaudin or an evening of Latin music that will turn even the coldest heart warm with passion on Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Laconia. "Songs of Fire and Ice" is a collection of old and modern love songs (some not so happy!) from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Spain. Tickets are $15, available at the door. The church is located at 172 Pleasant Street in Laconia. Light refreshments will be served during intermission. Robinson received his bachelor's of music in jazz studies from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He teaches jazz piano, saxophone and directs the jazz band for St. Paul's School in Concord. He is a member of the CCMS Musicians of Wall Street, and the PSU faculty jazz quartet. He has a busy performance schedule as a soloist, sideman, and as part of a trio with drummer Tim Gilmore, and bassist John Hunter. The trio's recording Skylight features original music. Beaudin studied piano performance and composition at the Boston Conservatory of Music and performed frequently in the Boston area before moving to France and the U.K. She currently teaches piano and composition from her studio in Center Sandwich, is the music and choir director for the Unitarian Universalist Society of Laconia, and executive director for the New Hampshire Independent School of Music. She performs regularly throughout the New England area as a soloist or accompanist. Tickets may be purchased at Greenlaw's Music in downtown Laconia, online at, or call 848-2469.

EpsomSchool screening

Epsom Central School will have screenings and registration for incoming kindergarten students and new to us first grade students for the fall of 2020 on the following dates: March 24, March 25, and March 26. Please call Epsom Central School at 736-9331 for more information and/or to make an appointment.

ConcordUSDA open house

USDA Service Center will hold an Open House on Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at 10 Ferry St., Suite 211, Concord. Talk to experts from the Farm Service Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Rural Development, and the Merrimack County Conservation District about USDA technical and financial assistance and loan programs.

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Regional news briefs, Feb. 10, 2020 - News - Akron Beacon Journal

Posted: 09 Feb 2020 02:23 PM PST


Lake graduate to return

for annual Jazz Festival

The Lake Local Schools Jazz Program free annual Jazz Festival will be held at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Lake Performing Arts Hall.

This year, in addition to guest high school ensembles, Lake will host jazz percussionist Billy Sheak. Sheak will be working with the Lake High School Jazz Band prior to the event and will perform with them at the festival.

Sheak, a 2011 graduate of Lake High School in Uniontown, received bachelor's degrees in music education and jazz studies at Bowling Green State University in 2016. He also received a master's in jazz studies from the State University of New York at Purchase College in 2018.

Sheak, who says he wants to keep jazz alive and thriving in Northeast Ohio, was a founding member of the Tiffin--based Axis Indoor Percussion Ensemble. He also is a former student of jazz drumming legends John Riley and Matt Wilson.

He was also the first-call substitute drummer for the Birdland Big Band at the world-famous Birdland Jazz Club in New York.

Sheak teaches at Alliance City Schools where he is an assistant band and orchestra director, percussion director, drumline instructor, Jazz Band director and Show Choir instrumental director.


Group names Feb. month

to recognize vision issues

Prevent Blindness has declared February as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)/Low Vision Awareness Month to help educate the public on AMD types, treatment options, low vision services and more.

According to estimates from the Prevent Blindness report, "Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems," more than 2.2 million Americans, including 88,546 Ohioans, ages 50 and over have AMD.

AMD is an eye disease that affects central vision and may occur in one or both eyes. Symptoms usually appear gradually and may include difficulty seeing in the center of vision, straight lines appearing wavy or missing, and trouble seeing in dim light.

Risk factors include family history of AMD, aging (those over 60), race (Caucasians have a higher rate of AMD), sex (women have a higher rate of AMD), smoking, heart disease, high blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol, obesity, high sun exposure and poor diet — with low intake of antioxidants.

The Vision Council says that 1 in 28 Americans age 40 and above have low vision.

The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness offers educational materials at no cost through its website ( and its toll-free number (800-301-2020).

Resources include: Living Well with Low Vision, an online resource at, which offers a self-help guide to non-visual skills, a visual skills workbook for people with age-related macular degeneration, a guide to caring for the visually impaired, and a range of resource directories, including a searchable database of more than 1,500 paratransit services around the country.


Central State University

hires new president

Central State University on Friday announced the selection of its ninth president, naming the former head of Western Illinois University.

Jack Thomas, who left his Illinois position last year after eight years, replaces current Central State President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond.

Thomas called Central State, a historically black university, a special institution where he could contribute the most to its future success.

"We must think big, dream big and achieve our goals as a university," said Thomas, who holds degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Virginia State and Alabama A&M universities.

In Illinois, Thomas was under fire from alumni and others. The Quad-City Times reported last year that enrollment dropped 35% in the last decade, although administrators said that was due to many factors, including population trends and cuts in state support.

Central State said Thomas successfully managed Western Illinois' budget of nearly $224 million "during a period of unprecedented fiscal challenges."

Jackson-Hammond is stepping down also after eight years. During her tenure the school opened a new $33.5 million student center and a $24 million residence hall.

Theater, arts, history highlight top events - New Bern Sun Journal

Posted: 09 Feb 2020 10:19 AM PST


For Colored Girls:

The New Bern Civic Theatre continues its Black History Month production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When The Rainbow Is Enuf.

Shows are at the Athens Theatre, 414 Pollock St. this week begin Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

Remaining performances are Feb. 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 16.

Ticket prices, not including sales tax or online service fees are Orchestra – advance, $20, door, $22, students and active duty military, $12; Balcony –advance, $19, door, $21, students and active duty military, $10.

Visit the box office or call 634-9057. Also visit online at or on Facebook at newberncivictheatre

The shows are sponsored by Creekside Cabinets.

Ramblers return:

Neuse River Ramblers return to Riverside United Methodist Church in New Bern on Feb. 9 for a free performance at 3 p.m.

The Neuse River Ramblers add a touch of bluegrass flavor to traditional and contemporary tunes.

The Neuse River Ramblers were featured at Guitarfest 2019 in Washington, as well as at venues in and around New Bern.

The quartet includes Doug DeSantis on mandolin and fiddle, Andy Franklin on bass, Van Rice on guitar and Donny Batten on banjo.

Riverside United Methodist Church is at 405 Ave. A.


Library events:

New Bern-Craven County Public Library, 400 Johnson St., hosts a variety of events this week.

Children's programs begin Feb. 11 with Preschool Storysteps at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 to 5. It includes stories, music, puppetry and other activities.

InBeTWEEN Wednesdays is Feb. 12 at 4 p.m. for grades 3 to 5.~ 4:00-5:30 p.m. The topic is Winter Games: A Celebration of Olympic Proportions. Why wait until 2022 when you can participate in our very own library winter games and earn a medal now. Let the games begin. Registration required. Call 638-7815.

Children's Story Hour is Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. for kindergarten to second grade. It is an after-school adventure of storytelling and creative activities.

TOTs - Time Out for Toddlers is Feb. 14 at 9:30 and10:30 a.m. for ages 18 months to 3 years. Join host Toady the Frog for books, rhymes, finger-plays, songs and puppets.

Adult programs for ages 18 and over begin Feb. 10 with iPhone Basics at 2:30 p.m. Learn how to use your Apple iPhone of any generation. Skills include contacts, apps, phone, and eBooks. No computer skills necessary, but an iPhone is required. Registration required. Call 638-7807.

Craven Chess Players meet Feb. 10 at 4:30 p.m. for ages 8 and up. Registration required. Call 638-7807.

Tai Chi Easy with Jan is Feb. 15 at 9:30 a.m. for all Ages Bring a mat or towel and water.

Brown Pelican entertainment:

The Brown Pelican on Broad Street in New Bern has variety entertainment six nights a week.

The weekly shows and events also include Big Jim Kohler each Monday, Simon Spalding Feb. 11 and 18, along with Trivia Night on Wednesday and Open Mike each Thursday evenings.

Live music is each Friday and Saturday.

Upcoming dates and players include Feb. 14 – Tim Blivins; Feb. 15 - Hot Buttered Grits; Feb. 21 – Charlie Duzan; and Bryan Mayer on Feb. 22

There is no cover. The Pelican is a private club with $1 memberships available at the door.

Check the Brown Pelican Facebook page for updates.

Lewis n Clark show:

The New Bern duo of Von Lewis and Abbey Lewis sing on Feb. 10 for diners at Annabelle's in the New Bern Mall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Annabelles of New Bern is at 3100 Dr. M. L. King Jr. Blvd.

Call 633-6401 for reservations or go online at


Behind the Scenes:

Tryon Palace hosts a look at the Conservation Lab on Feb. 11 at 2 p.m., beginning at The Waystation, corner of George and Pollock streets.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for youth.


Lecture sold out:

The Feb. 12 New Bern Historical Society lecture at The Chelsea on The Underground Railroad in New Bern is sold out.

A society spokesman said there may be an encore event later this year.


Knights help Special Olympics:

The Knights of Columbus 3303 in New Bern, host a Special Olympics Spaghetti Dinner on Feb. 13.

It is at the Knights' building, 1125 Pinetree Drive in New Bern from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children, available at the door. Take-out is available. All proceeds go to Special Olympics in Craven, Pamlico and Jones counties.

Black History events:

Craven Community College will host two events in honor of Black History Month.

"Black History Reflections" will take place Feb. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in the new STEM Center on the Havelock campus.

"For the Love of Education" will be Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Student Center on the New Bern campus.


Antique Show & Sale:

The two-day New Bern Preservation Foundation Antique Show & Sale is Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.

Tickets are $10 at Mitchell Hardware and at the door, good for both days.

Visit with 30 east coast dealers, representing American, European and Asian home elements in all design eras spanning the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Find antiques, fine art, silver, carpets, porcelain, glass, estate jewelry and mid-century modern furniture.

Luncheon assortments and cash bar refreshments available.

Singing Valentines:

Send a love song and more to your sweetheart on Feb. 14 when The Southern Gentlemen Barbershop Chorus again presents its famed Singing Valentine program.

Deliveries can be made to residences, businesses, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, gyms, restaurants or any place else between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the New Bern and Havelock areas.

A donation of $40 supports the charitable giving of the Chorus to Merci Clinic, The Coastal Women's Shelter and New Beginnings, the opioid recovery program of Bayboro's Hope Clinic. Your participation can be paid by credit card or check in advance.

Get information and participate by calling 288-9132.

A debonair and handsomely costumed Barbershop quartet will deliver two sentimental love songs, a long-stemmed red rose, a Valentine card signed with your message of endearment and will provide a photograph to record the special moment.

A complimentary ticket to the Chorus' annual show in April is included.


The second downtown New Bern Artwalk of the year is 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Presented by the Craven Arts Council, it is a free, self-guided cultural walking tour.

This month features 29 participating and supporting galleries, studios, restaurants and businesses.

The Bank of the Arts, 317 Middle St., opens a new exhibit by the Coastal Photo Club in the Main Gallery and continues the Craven County Schools Valentine's Day Cards sale in the Director's Gallery.

Get a map and list of other sites, exhibits and special features online at

Lewis n Clark love songs:

The New Bern duo of Von Lewis and Abbey Lewis perform Love Songs of Dolly Parton and Elvis Presley on Feb. 14 at Copper Ridge on the Neuse, 2706 Old Cherry Point Road.

The dinner-dance show is 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $50, available at Carolina Creations, Copper Ridge on the Neuse or by calling Bill Stafford at 560-6581

Tickets are also online at, with service and processing fee.

Brutopia entertainment:

Brutopia in James City has games, live music and food trucks weekly.

Food trucks are on-site from 5 to 9 p.m. on event nights and live music is 7 to 10 p.m.

Brutopia's February weekend music lineup includes Feb. 14 - Big Jim Kohler; 15 - Laura Davis;

21 - Justin Castellano; 22 - The Take Kindlies; 28 - Holden Dixon; and 29 - Retromic.

Blackbeard's entertainment:

Blackbeard's Triple Play on South Front Street in New Bern has variety programing each week.

For weekend music updates, check Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant on Facebook.

Musical events upcoming include Love-Bites Anti-Valentines Party with Spare Change on Feb. 14; Big Time on Feb. 15; The BiPolar Express on Feb. 22.

Other events include 30 Second Rocks each Saturday at 9 p.m., with cash prizes and venue products.

Team Feud Trivia is each Tuesday. Karaoke with Diane Dees is on Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Pamlico Musical Society:

Pamlico Musical Society presents Juno-nominated artist Barbra Lica at the Old Theater in Oriental on Valentine's Day Feb. 14 – at 7:30 pm. She will also conduct a free Informance at 1:30 p.m. the same day at the Oriental United Methodist Church, hosted by Prime Time.

Lica is a fast-rising Canadian jazz vocalist and songwriter.

Concert tickets are $22, available in Oriental at Nautical Wheelers, 411 Broad St., and online at Call 617-2125.


Black History Parade:

The fourth annual Black History Parade is Feb. 15 in New Bern.

It begins at noon, with a rain date on Feb. 22.

Contact Victor J. Taylor, committee chairman at 617-2537. Entry fees and forms are due by Feb. 11.

The event is sponsored by nonprofit Vision Forward and other civic-minded community members, according to Taylor.

The parade lineup will be at 10 a.m. in the Fort Totten area on Trent Boulevard.

Palace Outlanders:

Tryon Palace hosts two differently themed tours Feb. 15, based off the TV series Outlanders. Tours are $15.

Tours will take place on the third Saturday of every month through November.

Tours are at 9:15 a.m. for Outlander Home and Hearth and Outlander in the Governor's Palace is at 3:15 p.m.

More information online at

Gardening event:

Craven County Cooperative Extension helps you get ready for spring gardening with a special Feb. 15 program.

Spring Pruning "The Right Tool for the Job" with an outdoor demonstration is presented by Tom Glasgow, extension director.

Demonstration Garden Tour is at 9 a.m., sponsored by the Craven County Cooperative Extension and facilitated by Craven County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.

This Horticultural Workshop Program is at the Agricultural Building and Demonstration Gardens, 300 Industrial Drive. Take the Clark's Exit 409 from U.S. 70 West.

Call 633-1477 weekdays. For accommodations for persons with disabilities, contract Glasgow at 633-1477 no later than five business days before the event.

English-Speaking Union program:

An Unexpected Journey: 30 Years at the Central Intelligence Agency, presented by Elinor Kelly Wilson, is the Feb. 15 program.

The cost of the noon luncheon at the New Bern Golf and Country Club is $18 for ESU members and $22 for non-members. Reservations and payment must be received by Feb. 12. Mail Colonial NC Branch, P.O. Box 645, New Bern, NC 28563 or pay on-line by going to: or


The Brown Brothers:

Popular New Bern singer and band leader Joe Brown teams with his brothers, Brandon, Donovan and Karsten, on Feb. 16 for a reunion performance.

That is the first of three Sundays they will host 3:30 p.m. spiritual enrichment sessions at Highways & Hedges Revival Center, 1601 National Ave., New Bern.

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