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Moving Mountains By Climbing One

Like most people, Troy Cusson, instructional design manager in Keuka’s Center for Professional Studies, knows someone who has faced the challenges that a cancer diagnosis can bring.

He has seen friends and relatives fight with every last ounce of energy in an effort to defeat the disease. Some succeeded. Others have not.

Cusson found a way to fight alongside those facing the ultimate challenge. He decided to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – the tallest free-standing mountain on earth – as part of a February 2013 expedition known as “Journeys of Inspiration” that raises awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society. The Journeys of Inspiration program  provides access to professional training, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration. Through it, the American Cancer Society helps striving athletes achieve their personal goal of climbing a mountain and changing the course of cancer forever. The victories change athletes’ lives, but the finish line is just the beginning.

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Tempus Fugit: Why We Turn to the Obits

By Sander A. Diamond, professor of history

The order in which we read the newspaper tells us much about ourselves, our age and the times we live in. Of course, when there is a major event with banner headlines, this is what most people read first. But on the average mundane days of our lives, people first turn to what interests them, their favorite sections. The news junkies gravitate to the top story and then turn to the editorial page and op eds, often to arm themselves with comments to send on Twitter. Others turn to the business section, read the often dismal news, and call their brokers. The sports section commands a huge audience. But there are a special group of readers who turn to the obituary page, some out of an interest in how people lived their lives, others doing the mathematics of their own lives and quietly calculating how much time may be left. It is on this page where the profiles of the newly departed remind us of the inevitable outcome of life.

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If Students are Bored, Unengaged, or Apathetic, Try PBL

By: Peter Talty, Professor of Occupational Therapy

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) can be an excellent way to engage students in subjects from art history to zoology (A to Z), and just about every discipline in between. PBL was initially implemented in medical schools and has become a mainstay of instruction for schools of nursing, social work, engineering, veterinary medicine, business, law, dentistry,  education, and numerous others.

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Hitler Still Commands Our Attention and Interest

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Adolf Hitler was born in the small provincial town of Braunau on the Inn River in the most westerly part of the Austrian Empire, the Viertelwald. Ten days after his 56th birthday, he committed suicide in the Führerbunker deep under the war-torn streets of Berlin.

A week later, German surrendered unconditionally. In the course of his lifetime, he accelerated the pace of historical change more than any other individual in the 20th century and almost single-handedly willed the coming of the greatest and most destructive war in history.

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TAP Key to Economic Turnaround

Gov. David Paterson has proposed a $45 million cut in TAP in his 2009-10 spending plan.

A good deal of the savings would come from an increase in the number of credit hours a student must take to qualify for a full TAP award. Currently, students must take 12 credit hours per semester to qualify for the full award; the Executive Budget calls for an increase to 15 credits. TAP awards for students taking 10 to 14 credits would be pro-rated.

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