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Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Even Before Pandemic - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 05 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT Even before the coronavirus pandemic propelled UNLV into remote learning in the spring, online courses at UNLV were prevalent.  "There's been a steady decrease in the number of students that have never taken an online course," said Elizabeth Barrie, the director of the Office of Online Education . She recently presented during The State of Online Education webinar event. It highlighted some of the initiatives and cross-campus partnerships that contribute to student achievement and shared how faculty prepared for online learning through the summer. She noted that 95% of students who graduated in spring 2020 with an undergraduate degree had taken at least one online course. And, compared to past years, there has been an increase in the number of students who have taken more than 30 credits, or two semesters, online. 

Wartburg to offer online Master of Arts in leadership beginning summer 2021 - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Wartburg to offer online Master of Arts in leadership beginning summer 2021 - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Wartburg to offer online Master of Arts in leadership beginning summer 2021 - Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Posted: 23 Dec 2020 05:31 AM PST


Michael Gleason

WAVERLY — Now more than ever, companies and organizations seek professionals who are called to lead and can navigate the complexity of change with grace and positive strength. Wartburg College is answering that call with the development of a new Master of Arts in leadership that will enroll its first cohort in the summer of 2021.

The online master's program is designed for working professionals and provides a deep foundation of problem-based learning about leadership from different perspectives.

Offered entirely online, the program includes two brief online intensive experiences (three days each) at the start and end of the first year of the two-year program. The Master of Arts can be applied to any field and is designed to help individuals explore how they are called to lead and navigate personal leadership challenges.

"Graduates will use their unique strengths and passions to improve their communities and places of business," said Michael Gleason, director of Wartburg's Institute for Leadership Education. "Students will learn more about how they can create more than just a 'quick fix,' but rather create deeper and longer-lasting change by considering the values and root causes of the problems they wish to explore."

The program builds on the college's longstanding commitment to leadership education. One of the four pillars of the college's mission statement, the leadership concept was formalized in the late 1980s with the formation of the Irving R. Burling Chair in Leadership and the Institute for Leadership Education. In 2001, faculty approved a leadership minor, and in 2019, the college was approved to begin offering a Graduate Leadership Certificate. The new master's program joins the Master of Arts in Music Therapy as the second graduate degree offered by the college.

"The fact that leadership is one of the four pillars of the college says so much. Wartburg has always been on the cutting edge of leadership education," Gleason said. "We have the ability to make leadership development even more pervasive at Wartburg, which makes this a very exciting time."

All participants will be mentored and will receive a high level of faculty support as they progress through the program. Graduates will have the opportunity to create leadership portfolios; implement (or further implement) a project within their business, organization or community; and demonstrate learning through a written product that integrates knowledge with the course.

"This program is structured so that students have the opportunity to apply theory to practice. Throughout the program students will use concepts they are learning in classes to develop a leadership project to be implemented in their workplace or community. They will then reflect on how the project went and consider how to improve in the future," Gleason said. "We are excited to have the opportunity to work with graduate students who want to learn how they can fully leverage their authentic leadership to make communities better. We know businesses, organizations and communities also will benefit as these students apply what they are learning to create change in each of these settings."

To learn more about Wartburg's Master of Arts in leadership or register for an upcoming informational webinar, visit

Emily Christensen is the assistant director of marketing and communication at Wartburg College.

Gregory Hettmansberger Obituary - WI | -

Posted: 24 Dec 2020 01:21 AM PST

Hettmansberger, Gregory Gene

SUN PRAIRIE - Gregory Gene Hettmansberger, 65, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in a car accident in Pratt, Kan. He was born July 7, 1955, in Danville, Ill., to Harlan and Delores (Smith) Hettmansberger. Gregory married Cynthia (Larabell) Hettmansberger on April 21, 1996, in Simi Valley, Calif. They were married for 24 years.

Greg graduated from White Plains High School in White Plains, N.Y., in 1973. He went on to attend college at SUNY-Potsdam where he received a bachelor's degree in music education in 1977. He then obtained his graduate degree in music performance (clarinet) from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1979.

Greg was most passionate about Jesus, people, music and writing. He was a member of Sweet Orchard Church in McFarland, Wis. He wore many hats in his professional life, but the common thread has always been his writing career. He most recently was working as a bus driver for Kobussen Buses, LTD. He also spent 12 years as a K-12 band director, first at Grace Brethren Christian School in Simi Valley, Calif., and then at Abundant Life Christian School in Madison, Wis. He most notably has been a published author since 1988. His written works are mostly in the realm of classical music. He has been writing program notes for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival for 24 years, and was also a contributor to Madison Magazine. Many of his musings live on at His final work, a book yet to be published, is a biography on the American music director and conductor, John DeMain.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia of Sun Prairie, Wis.; stepdaughter, Emily Watson of Phoenix, Ariz.; mother, Delores Baker of Marlton, N.J.; sister, Brenda Hettmansberger of Peekskill, N.Y.; brother, Neil Baker of Mount Laurel, N.J.; stepmother, Doris Hettmansberger of White Plains, N.Y.; stepsister, Laura Levenson of White Plains, N.Y.; and stepbrother, Alan Levenson of Norman, Okla.

Gregory is preceded in death by his father, Harlan Gene Hettmansberger.

Memorials can be made online to Madison Symphony Orchestra's Musicians' Relief Fund. Online condolences may be made at

Published by on Dec. 24, 2020.

Eartha Shivers-Lamkin Obituary - SC | The Times and Democrat -

Posted: 24 Dec 2020 01:17 AM PST

Eartha Shivers-Lamkin

BALTIMORE -- Eartha Shivers-Lamkin, the eldest daughter of the late Adam and Lila Shivers, was born in Orangeburg South Carolina, on Jan. 21, 1944. After a lengthy illness, she departed this life on Dec. 17, 2020.

Eartha attended Christ the King Elementaryunior High School and Wilkinson High School, where she sang in the choir and played in the band. She received her bachelor of science degree in music education at Claflin University and completed post-graduate studies at both the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina. She later received a Master's of Education degree from Coppin State University.

Eartha taught briefly at Williamsburg County Training School (currently C.E. Murry High School) in Greeleyville before moving to Baltimore, where she served as a supervisor with the Baltimore Association of Retarded Citizens and later taught in the Baltimore County Public School System for over 30 years. After retiring, she became the chairman of the Department of Humanities at the now-defunct Sojourner-Douglass College. She was also the music coordinator at her church, Timothy Baptist, and was the ffounder and CEO of the B-Sharp Summer Music Enrichment Academy at Timothy Baptist Church. This academy provided an opportunity for interested students to learn or to continue to sing or play a musical instrument during the summer.

A dazzling vocalist with impeccable taste, Eartha's singing career began early in life at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, her home church in Orangeburg, where she faithfully sang on the choir. While in high school, she studied voice at South Carolina State College, sang on Claflin College's choir, and won first place each year in the Omega Talent Hunt. In her senior year, she won first place in the Omega Talent Hunt's National Competition. She also performed with The Exotics, a popular Orangeburg R&B band, and frequently returned home on Christmas Eve to perform in their annual band reunion gala, which raised money for music scholarships through the J.B. Hunt Scholarship Fund. Before moving to Baltimore, she also performed with Skipp Pearson and the Tetra Chords, and Cornelius Crawford and the Entertainers.

In Baltimore, she performed with her husband, John Lamkin II, in his various jazz, sacred and R&B bands and recorded on her husband's two albums, "Hot" and "Transitions." She has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, The Washington Jazz Battalion, Duke Ellington, The Jimmy Wells Quartet, Keter Betts, Moe Daniels, and the former Baltimore City Big Band led by the late saxophonist, Eugene Walker. In addition to these diverse experiences, Eartha performed for local television programs in Baltimore City and Washington, D.C., and performed internationally in Korea, the Virgin Islands and Africa. Other notable performances include Radio City Music Hall, The Lyric Theater, Carnegie Hall, The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Cotton Club in New York City, the Sportsman's Lounge in Baltimore, and Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. She also sang with the Morgan State University Choir under the direction of Dr. Nathan Carter, which was featured on Phillip Glass' recording of his "Choral Symphony No. 5."

As a music teacher and choral director with a deep interest in music education, she always encouraged young people to pursue and to continue their musical talents. As a brilliant and talented vocalist, she was always willing to assist fellow musicians in whatever way she could.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. John R. Lamkin II; her three children and their spouses, John and Lolita Lamkin, David and Christina Lamkin, Philip and Jocelyn Lamkin-Thomas; her eight grandchildren, J. Russell Lamkin IV, Jalen Lamkin, Kalia Lamkin, Cyrus Chambers, David S Lamkin II, Kaleb Thomas, Harper Thomas, Zuri Ziva Thomas; her seven siblings, Carrie Booker, Connie Shivers, Mary Bender, Nathaniel Shivers, Nathan Shivers, Flossie Brown, Alfonzo Shivers; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

The viewing will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4, at Wylie Funeral Home, 9200 Liberty Road, Randallstown, MD 21133, with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with the wake from 11 to 11:30 a.m. For family and friends who will not be able to attend, the service will be livestreamed from the funeral home. Go to https:/, scroll to "view online service," and click on Baltimore County.

To be in compliance with the Baltimore County COVID-19 restrictions, only 75 people will be allowed in the chapel during the funeral. During the viewing, people will not be allowed to gather. Viewers will only be able to file in one at a time, view the body, greet the family and exit the funeral home. Social distancing and masks or facial coverings will be required.

Published by The Times and Democrat on Dec. 24, 2020.

Alex B. Marciniak - The Daily Globe - Your Daily

Posted: 23 Dec 2020 02:57 PM PST

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Alex B. Marciniak, 64, of Ironwood, left his pain behind on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota.

Alex was born on Feb. 26, 1956, in Duluth to Bernard and Elda (Cirilli) Marciniak. He graduated from Hurley High School in 1974. While in high school, Alex was selected for Badger Boys State in Ripon, Wisconsin. He was on the forensic team and went to state competition earning an "A" in memorized declaration. Prior to high school, he attended St. Mary's School in Hurley and made the boys basketball team. After high school, Alex attended the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts in 1978. He studied theater and music. While at UW-Superior, Alex gave several piano recitals on the Thorp Langley stage. Upon graduation, he attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He studied under a world famous Mozart scholar pianist, Lily Kraus, and was awarded a graduate assistantship graduating with a master's degree in applied piano in 1980.

After college, Alex returned to Ironwood and began teaching at the Gogebic Community College. He taught a number of classes including music appreciation, speech, art history, film history and piano. He performed piano recitals throughout the Gogebic Range including Hurley High School, Ontonagon Theatre and at his home for friends. For many years, he taught and mentored students some attaining great prominence including Jessica Catalino.

Alex touched and influenced many lives being an integral part in developing the dramatic and performing arts in Ironwood and the Gogebic Range starting in the 1970s. He was generous with his many gifts when volunteering his time and remarkable talents. Over the past 40 years, Alex often shared the stage as an actor in musicals, comedies and dramas. His musical expertise served many productions as the musical director, teaching actors their vocal parts and accompanying many productions on the piano. He helped establish the Gogebic Range Players, and the in house theater company at the Ironwood Theatre where he directed plays and musicals. Alex loved melodrama and presented several dinner theater shows at the Branding Iron in Hurley, including "Driving Miss Daisy."

At the Gogebic Community College, Alex directed the community chorus for a number of years and directed musicals, comedies and dramas including "Can Can," "Dirty Works at the Crossroads," "Doubt" and "Gin Game." Some of his biggest musical productions included the memorable hits, "Grease," "Forever Plaid" and "Chicago." Alex was on the board of directors of Theatre North, a member of Klassic Kruisers and the Gogebic Range Men's Club.

Alex was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Ironwood where he was a reader and Eucharistic minister. He frequently attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley.

Alex is survived by several cousins; and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m., at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 108 S. Marquette St., in Ironwood, with the Rev. Binu Joseph, celebrant, and the Rev. Frank Kordek, OFM, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, will concelebrate and be the homilist.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no visitation prior to the Mass and attendance at the church will be greatly restricted in numbers to family and a few non-family. Masks will be required. There will be no reception or food after the Mass.

The funeral will be filmed and available after 3 p.m. on Dec. 30 on the church website. To watch his funeral go to

Alex's passing will leave a huge void in our community. His talents and magnetic personality will live on in our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Alex's memory to HOPE Animal Shelter, Box 261, Ironwood, MI 49938.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerald Rocco, owner and manager of Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., in Wakefield. Condolences may be expressed online at


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