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Trailblazing Texas College Opens New Houston Campus to Meet Increased Regional Demand for Frontline Healthcare Workers - Tyler Morning Telegraph Trailblazing Texas College Opens New Houston Campus to Meet Increased Regional Demand for Frontline Healthcare Workers - Tyler Morning Telegraph Posted: 03 Dec 2020 07:00 AM PST HOUSTON , Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The College of Health Care Professions (CHCP), the largest provider of allied health education in Texas , today announced the opening of its Houston Med Center campus near the Texas Medical Center hub. The new campus, CHCP's fourth in the greater Houston area, will offer short-term programs that will prepare working learners for fast-growing healthcare jobs in the region, including many on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. "Even before the pandemic, the presence of a world-class healthcare system was accelerating the demand for talented workers throughout the Hous

ASU music student recitals return with COVID-19 restrictions - The State Press

ASU music student recitals return with COVID-19 restrictions - The State Press


ASU music student recitals return with COVID-19 restrictions - The State Press

Posted: 14 Nov 2020 11:24 AM PST

Music students can choose up to 10 guests to watch them perform in person, while others can watch online

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The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts adjusted its activities to a mostly online setting, including live student recitals at the Katzin Concert Hall in light of ASU's COVID-19 restrictions.

Though the recitals are no longer open to the public, each student performing in a group is allowed up to 10 close friends or family members and their major professor to come in-person to watch. Students also have the option to livestream their performances online for others to tune in virtually.

The live performances scheduled throughout the semester are a graduation requirement for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral music students. Depending on the preparedness of the students and their physical health, performances are subject to cancellation.

The school of music worked with the ASU administration to ensure students would be able to complete their graduation requirements, School of Music director Heather Landes said.

"I know that our students are really frustrated by not being able to (perform) as they have in the past," Landes said. "Trying to figure out ways to make it safe and to be able to help students engage has been my drive over the summer — to make sure that our students could complete their degree requirements and get their performances in, but do it in a safe way."

Normally, students may perform in groups of three to five. This year, performances are restricted to only two or three other performers and must spread out on stage at least six feet apart from each other. 

Students must wear proper personal protective equipment. For example, pianists and string instrument players must wear a mask throughout their performance. However, brass or woodwind players and vocalists are allowed to perform without a mask.

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Jalen Montgomery, a senior studying music learning and teaching, performed a piece on the bassoon in a group with three other students to fulfill his one recital requirement as an undergraduate student on Nov. 6. 

"I thought that the smaller audience was fine," Montgomery said. "I had a lot of good friends and family come down so it was good for me and I know plenty of people watched the livestream online ... That was really nice just to be have it be accessible to other people from their homes and in the comfort of their own spaces."

Graduate voice performance pedagogy student Teresa Murphy performed an hour-long solo vocal recital on Nov. 10 showcasing female Argentinian poets and composers.

Preparing for her performance in a remote setting was "disappointing," because she planned to learn the music with an Argentinian teacher in Buenos Aires, Murphy said.

"We had already planned a concert that we were going to (perform) together there so it was just disappointing seeing all that fall apart," Murphy said. "But, of course, that's COVID and that's 2020."

Despite her original plans being canceled, Murphy worked closely with her voice professor and pianist, Stephanie Weiss, to prepare for this recital as best as she could without the guidance of an Argentinian performer.

Despite preparation and learning being "isolating," Murphy said her live performance for her small audience was "exciting and freeing."

"I get a lot of joy in music and sharing it with other people," Murphy said. "This music is hardly ever performed up here so the audience had not heard these songs before. It was so exciting to perform and to get to share this music that I'm so excited to expose everyone to."


Reach the reporter at kncasti1@asu.edu and follow @kristencasti11o on Twitter. 

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Josh Bergeron: New Catawba president wants to pay forward help he received - Salisbury Post - Salisbury Post

Posted: 14 Nov 2020 09:08 PM PST

There is probably a large list of things that keep college presidents awake at night, but for Catawba College President David Nelson, there's one in particular.

It isn't COVID-19, though you could certainly excuse him for pacing around after midnight and thinking about a one-in-a-lifetime global pandemic.

No, Nelson, a first-generation college graduate himself, says he worries about those who could benefit from a college education and, more specifically, a Catawba College education.

Nelson didn't go to college because his family pushed him to do so. Instead, he benefited from the attention of a music and English teacher who urged him to do so.

One of those teachers, made Nelson sit in his office and fill out college applications.

"He wasn't sure that I would follow through because I had no encouragement otherwise," he said.

Nelson, of course, went to college, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Hardin-Simmons University and a doctorate in theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Now, he makes service to others and to the community a core part of his mission as a college president and a personal principle.

"My purpose in life, and I come to Catawba very much out of vocation and out of a sense of calling, is to pay that forward," Nelson told the Kiwanis Club of Salisbury on Friday. "So, what keeps me up at night is imagining the student who would benefit from a Catawba education, whose life would be transformed by  Catawba College and who doesn't even know about us or who knows about us but doesn't have the resources.

"I keep wondering where are the people like us who don't get to go to college and how is it that we offer and how can we raise the resources to ensure those students can come."

Nelson is still relatively new on the job. His first official day on the job was July 1, meaning that he was dropped straight into planning for an unprecedented school year.

"No one taught us how to do college during a pandemic," Nelson said. "Or, I missed the class on that at least. So, we've all been learning."

After balancing health and safety with the benefit to the students, Catawba judged that in-person learning was best. Nelson says the "supermajority" of classes are being taught in person, though some are hybrid classes, with some in-person days and others online. A third of Catawba's classes are only online.

The college uses a four-stage assessment of how its COVID-19 efforts are going — green, yellow, orange and red. Green is self-explanatory. Yellow involves a spike in cases and requires immediate action. Orange involves going to remote learning for a couple weeks. Red requires sending all students back home.

The good news? Catawba has remained green the whole time.

As of Friday, there were two students in on-campus quarantine and four employees in isolation or quarantine.

Some more good news? There's life beyond the pandemic, Nelson said, adding that he thinks about the college's future in three basic categories: identity, sustainability and visibility.

To keep the college's identity, Nelson said Catawba will maintain a strong liberal arts education.

That includes getting students to think about a career as being something filled with purpose.

"We want meaningful lives filled with purpose, but we don't have to invent that at Catawba. It is written into the DNA of the college to think in those terms," he said. "So, I come in not saying we need to change any of that. I come in saying we need to affirm that … I want us to really hold onto those things that really make Catawba, Catawba — the things that if you take them away it wouldn't be the same college any more."

But Nelson has some ideas about the future and the college has plans for additions and enhancements.

Some recent additions include graduate-level programs in business administration, sports management and clinical counseling and mental health. Nelson said the school met its planned cohort numbers for the first year and are enrolling folks for a second cohort now. The programs don't require students to attend classes on campus because "people are out in their profession and they're wanting to get a graduate degree and we want to accommodate them."

He said there will be concentrations added within the master's degree programs as well as some certificate programs. There are also planned additions focusing on data science and computer science.

Another project will involve people who attended Catawba and earned a significant number of credits but did not complete a degree. The college will contact "a few hundred who may be 30 hours from completing a degree" to let them know about a general studies program that the faculty approved last spring.

Whatever the future brings, Nelson promised that people would hear him talk frequently about being a student-ready campus — that is, helping students succeed once they get on campus.

"It is not just a place where they can do work. They can do their best work, but they can also be their best selves," he said.

Josh Bergeron is editor of the Salisbury Post.

Obituary for Bobby Moore, Aledo, TX - Arkansas Online

Posted: 14 Nov 2020 10:10 PM PST

Dr. Bobby Moore, 80, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2020, at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. His whole life was spent serving God with music. He worked in churches as music minister, public schools teaching and directing award winning choirs, traveling and singing in quartets and trios. He was an accomplished pianist as well as singer. He sang to the glory of God all over the United States, as well as Europe, the Middle East and Egypt. He also was a recording and sound engineer, and ran his own sound and recording business for many years. He was lovingly known as"Dr Audio." He received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music from the University of Arkansas, a Master's degree in counseling from the University of Arkansas where he made the Dean's List with a four point grade average. He went on to receive his Doctoral degree in Music Ministry, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Shaloam Bible College and Seminary in Des Moines, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his father Oscar Moore, mother Ellen Finch Moore, sister Betty Moore Hayre, twin brother Billy Moore, and wife Carola J. Moore. He is survived by his loving wife Glenda Moore of Fort Worth, Texas, daughter Melody Moore of Springdale, Ark., stepsons Stan Barnhill of Murphy, Texas, and Greg Barnhill of Colorado Springs, Colo., three grandchildren and two beautiful daughters in law. He will be missed beyond measure by all those whose lives he touched. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Christian Life Cathedral Chapel in Fayetteville.

Published November 15, 2020

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