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Rust College Campus NewsBriefs (08/22/13)

Rust College Campus NewsBriefs (08/22/13)

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A Weekly Update of Activities at Rust College
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Vol. 43, No. 3 August 29, 2013
A Weekly Update of Activities at Rust College
Campus NewsBriefs
Where Tomorrow’s Leaders are Students Today
Help Rust College win $50,000 in scholarship funds!
To Vote: Visit www.allstate.com/representScroll down under “Vote for Your School” and choose RUST COLLEGE!You can vote everyday!
Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation Partnering to Raise $150,000 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Show your school pride by getting a quote now and Allstate will donate $10 to the Tom Joyner Foundation tosupport students at HBCUs. Then vote to help your favorite HBCU win a $50,000 donation from Allstate.
Allstate and the Tom Joyner Foundation are asking alumni, students and supporters of Historically Black Collegesand Universities (HBCUs) across the country to do their part to raise scholarship funds as part of the fifth annualAllstate Quotes for Education program.For every person who receives an insurance quote from a participating Allstate agent and mentions Quotes for Education between August 1 and Nov. 30, 2013, Allstate will donate $10, up to a total donation of $150,000. Thefunds will be donated to The Tom Joyner Foundation and earmarked for general scholarship funds to assist studentsattending HBCUs.For the third year, participants in this program will also have a chance to vote for the HBCU of their choice toreceive an additional $50,000 donation for scholarships."We know that cuts to student loan programs over the past few years are hurting students all over the country, butthese cuts are particularly detrimental to students attending HBCUs," said Cheryl Harris, senior vice president atAllstate. "Allstate and The Tom Joyner Foundation are passionate about helping these students pursue their dreamsas we continue to support programs like Quotes for Education."“HBCUs are part of my DNA, and my foundation is dedicated to helping students complete their college degrees,"said Tom Joyner, chairman and founder of the 15-year-old foundation. "Every dollar raised will go a long way toinvest in these students' dreams – and careers."
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Academic Enrichment Guidelines (AEP)
To students registered for Academic Enrichment 
The following guidelines should be adhered to if you desire a grade for Academic Enrichment:
1. To receive a grade for Academic Enrichment, you must be registered. Please check the class list in the Dean of Stu-dents Office to make sure you are registered for the course. If your name does not appear on the class list, please go to the Registrar’s Office to register. Students earn AEP points by attending assemblies and participatingin other AEP approved events (Lyceum programs, Sunday school, etc.)2. AEP cards are not issued to students after 2:50 p.m. during weekly assemblies. If you are late due to a conferencewith an instructor, a statement from the instructor is required.3. Students are not permitted to stand in the doorway or sit in the aisles or on the steps.4. Sleeping is not allowed during assembly and other AEP events. Students must sit up and be attentive.5.
DRESS CODE FOR ATTENDING ASSEMBLY: Males should wear suits with shirt and tie or slacks witha shirt and tie. Females should wear business attire (suits, dresses, or pants suits). Blue jeans, joggingsuits, hot pants, short shorts, sneakers, or halter tops should not be worn by anyone. Males should removetheir hats/headrags before entering the auditorium. Students who are not properly dressed will not begiven an AEP card, nor will they be permitted to enter the auditorium while assembly is being conducted.This policy will be strictly enforced. NO EXCEPTIONS.
6. Loitering in the lobby is not allowed. If you are not attending the program, you must vacate the venue. Cardswill only be accepted from students in attendance. Each student should turn in his or her own card. If two cardsare turned in, neither will be accepted.7. If you are a participant in an AEP program, you must pick up your card before the event begins. Cards will not be issued after the program is over. Please print your name on your card.8. If you leave before the program is over, you will not be given credit for that date. Students leaving the programfor practice of any kind without prior approval will not be given credit.9. The grading system is as follows:Semester Attendance15 points = A12-14 points = B9-11 points = C6-8 points = D5 or below = F10. If you miss assembly due to illness, please submit a doctor’s statement to the Dean of Students Office. All excusesmust be turned in before grades are completed.
Academic Enrichment is a requirement.
All students must complete and pass four (4) semesters of Academic Enrich-ment to graduate. If you receive an “F” for any semester, you must repeat that semester. If you are unsure of thenumber of semesters of AEP you have completed, please check your transcript in the Registrar’s Office.
Students who register for the second module orfourth module must accumulate the requiredpoints to be given credit for the semester.
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President Obama: Making Higher Education More Affordable for the Middle Class
During his weekly address, President Barack Obama proposed major new reforms to make collegemore affordable for middle class families and those fighting to get into the middle class.“We cannot price the middle class out of a college education. That’s why I proposed major newreforms to make college more affordable and make it easier for folks to pay for their education,”President Obama said.“First, we’re going to start rating colleges based on opportunity – are they helping students fromall kinds of backgrounds succeed, and on outcomes – their value to students and parents. In time,we’ll use those ratings to make sure that the colleges that keep their tuition down are the ones thatwill see their taxpayer funding go up. Second, we’re going to jumpstart competition between colleges over innovations thathelp more students graduate in less time, at less cost, while maintaining quality. A number of schools are already testingnew approaches, like putting more courses online or basing course credit on competence, not just hours spent in the class-room. And third, we’re going to help more students responsibly manage their debt, by making more of them eligible for aloan repayment program called Pay-As-You-Earn, which caps your loan payments at ten percent of what you make. Andwe’ll reach out directly to students to make sure they know that this program exists.”President Obama said he realizes these new reforms will not be popular with everyone, “but the path we’re on now isunsustainable for our students and our economy.”
 Social Work Program Director Receives National Appointmen
Dr. Gemma D. Beckley, professor of Social Work and Chair of the Rust College Social Work programhas been appointed to the Commission of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in Washing-ton, D.C. CSWE is the U.S. Department of Education approved agency for accrediting college and uni-versity schools of Social Work. As a commissioner, Dr. Beckley will work with fellow commissionersin reviewing applications from schools throughout the United States seeking reaffirmation of the socialwork programs’ accreditation, as well as schools seeking recognition from the Council for initial ac-creditation.In 2000, Dr. Beckley led the Rust College faculty in gaining full accreditation of the Rust College SocialWork program. Prior to returning to Rust College in 1991, Dr. Beckley was Director of the Master’s program in Social Work at Grambling State University in Louisiana, Program Director with the Chil-dren’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., Social Work faculty member at the University of Missis-sippi, University of Tennessee and Wiley College. During the 2005-2007 academic years, Dr. Beckleyserved as visiting professor at Fordham University in New York in the School of Public Service. Dr. Beckley holds degrees fromDillard University in New Orleans, Atlanta University in Atlanta, a Master’s of Social Work and the Doctorate of Social Work from Columbia University in New York.Dr. Beckley says she is very excited about this appointment, as she is the first appointed member from a Mississippi privatecollege.“I look forward to working with other commissioners in carrying out the process of assuring quality in Social Work programsthroughout the country,” she said.Other CSWE-approved programs in Mississippi are Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, University of Mississippi and University of Southern Mississippi.
 Dr. Gemma D. Beckley

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