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Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

For more information about the bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree in computer information systems and other degree offerings in the UHV School of Arts Sciences, visit ranked a University of Houston-Victoria computer degree No. 4 in affordability when compared with other regionally accredited universities across the U.S.

“ is the go-to source for recognizing standout online education offerings, and we are pleased to have our online bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree in computer information systems ranked as the most affordable in the state and among the most affordable in the nation,” said Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the School of Arts Sciences. “University officials have done an outstanding job making sure that our tuition stays low but our programs are led by quality faculty.”

The online bachelor degree affordability rankings were calculated by comparing tuition and distance learning fees at 43 regionally accredited universities in the U.S. These universities offer 88 online degrees in the major areas of information technology, computers, computer science, computer programming, computer information systems, Web development, technology management and allied IT career fields. UHV’s program also was ranked the most affordable in Texas.

In-state students pay an average of $22,740 at UHV for an online bachelor of applied arts and sciences degree in computer information systems.

By comparison, the average higher education cost for an online IT bachelor degree or online computer science degree is $46,758, according to The study’s most expensive private universities reported online IT degree costs of more than $86,000.

“Online university students can pay as little as $21,000 or as much as $86,000 for an online IT bachelor degree,” said Vicky Phillips, founder of “Clearly it pays for nontraditional students to get educated about the University of Houston-Victoria’s online degree programs before they enroll.” first recognized UHV in 2004 when it ranked the Strategic Master of Business Administration fourth as a “Best Buy” in regionally accredited universities across the nation. Since then, the university’s business programs have made the rankings three other years, but this is the first year the degree program has made the list. The rankings come out every two years.

“So many students and families do their research online when looking for a college, so we are honored to be ranked by,” UHV Interim President Don Smith said. “UHV continues to offer quality, affordable programs to both traditional, face-to-face students and those whose schedules work better with online study.”


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Sunday, July 31st, 2011

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Friday, July 15th, 2011

- A new transfer agreement between Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and Northern Essex Community College will allow local Northern Essex students to complete one of eight bachelor’s degree programs offered by Saint Joseph’s College Online without leaving Northern Essex. Under the partnership, students can remain at Northern Essex, earn one of nine specific associate degrees, then complete two additional semesters at Northern Essex prices while concurrently matriculating and registering at Saint Joseph’s. Students will complete the final year of their bachelor’s studies through Saint Joseph’s College Online. Bachelor degree programs offered through Saint Joseph’s include business administration, health administration, criminal justice specialization, and radiologic science administration. Northern Essex has now entered into transfer agreements with more than two dozen public and private universities. For more information, call 978-556-3440. – Brenda J. Buote

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Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

LAWRENCE – About 150 middle and high school students took part in the Stand Deliver program offered by Family Service, Inc. this past academic year.

The students were matched with adult mentors from four corporate sites: Raytheon, Philips Health Care, Pfizer and New Balance. Students are brought to their mentor’s work places one day each week during after school hours.

Mentors worked with students on homework, MCAS preparation, SAT preparation, Advanced Placement courses, and college preparedness.

“I think the Stand Deliver program is a great program because it enables people to befriend one another and to improve their grades with mentors that truly care” saide Alex Perez, an 8th grader at the Guilmette Middle School.

Accordng to a survey of the students, 55 percent of them said their grades “significantly improved,” 50 percent of the high school student scored in the advanced category of the math poetion of the MCAS exams and 81 percent scored in the advanced or proficient category of the English language part of the test.

Students can take Maine school ‘s online courses

A new transfer agreement between Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and Northern Essex Community College will allow NECC students to complete one of eight bachelor’s degree programs offered by Saint Joseph’s College Online without leaving NECC.

Under this new partnership, students can remain at NECC, earn one of nine specific associate degrees and then complete two additional two semesters at NECC prices while concurrently matriculating and registering at Saint Joseph’s, located in Standish, Maine. The fourth year will be completed through Saint Joseph’s College Online.

Bachelor degree programs offered through Saint Joseph’s include business administration, health administration, criminal justice specialization, human services specialization, adult education training specialization, psychology specialization, nursing to BSN (or MSN for qualified applicants with BS degrees), and radiologic science administration.

Northern Essex has now entered into transfer agreements with more than two dozen public and private universities to offer its students bachelor degree completion programs.

For more information, contact Academic Advising at 978-556-3440 and for a complete list of schools that Northern Essex has transfer agreements with, go to class=”headBriefs”>Summer camp applications available

HAVERHILL – Applications are available for the Police Department’s GREAT/DARE Days summer camp.

The camp is free to Haverhill children ages 8 to 11.

Applications can be picked up in the front lobby of the police station, 40 Bailey Blvd.

Parents or guardians must fill out a permission slip, complete with medical information, and return it to the Police Department by Thursday.

Camp runs from July 11 through Aug. 11 and consists of recreational activities, guest speakers and field trips.

The camp will be at Consentino Middle School, 685 Washington St., and runs weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Parents/guardians must provide a snack and lunch for their child.

They must also arrange for their child’s transportation and inform police of those arrangements so that no child is left stranded at the end of the day.

Children who attend on a regular basis and participate in all activities will be considered for field trips throughout the summer.

Cabbage Island trip planned

HAVERHILL – The Council on Aging is offering a downeast clambake adventure Aug. 18. The trip includes motorcoach transportation to Boothbay Harbor, Maine, a scenic harbor cruise enroute to Cabbage Island in Linekin Bay and a downeast clambake of Maine lobsters and clams steamed in seaweed. Cost is $95 per person. For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan (ext. 11) or Rita LaBella (ext. 16) at 978-374-2390 or

Vendors needed for Tattersall Farm Day

HAVERHILL – The Trustees of Tattersall Farm are seeking vendors, artists, craftsmen, agricultural demonstrators, environmentalists and conservationists to participate in Tattersall Farm Day. This year’s event will be held Sept. 18 from noon to 5 p.m. Rain date is Sept. 25. The farm is at 542 North Broadway. Vendor spaces are approximately 12-feet square. Select spaces go quickly. Cost is $25 per space for artisans and vendors. Commercial and/or larger spaces can be negotiated upon request. Commercial vendors wares should be relative to farming, the environment or conservation. For more information contact Kathy Bresnahan at 978-374-2390, ext. 11 or

Kids Camp returns to NECC

HAVERHILL – There are still spaces available in Northern Essex Community College’s College for Kids and Arts Alive.

Classes meet on the college’s Haverhill campus and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A junior division is for ages 9-11 and a senior division is for ages 12-14. Campers select morning, mid-day, and afternoon classes spanning a variety of more than 30 interests focusing on sports, computers and art. Classes include horticulture, floral design, screen printing, basketball and journalism. Camps run in four, one-week sessions. The cost is $160 a week with a $35 registration fee, except for the first week, which is $150 for four days. Single class days are $60 ($50 for the first four day week). Choices are on a first come first served basis. The Arts Alive program, for ages 6-8, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features three classes a day on a rotating basis. Themes and dates include July 5-8: Dance, Sing, Paint Act and Create; July 11-15: Archaeology Exploration; July 18-22: Young Architects, and July 25-29: Space Race. Early registration is recommended. The first session is $150. Others sessions are $180 with a non-refundable $35 registration fee. Before and after care is available for a nominal fee. Campers must bring a brown bag lunch. For more information contact Deirdre Budzyna at 978-556-3456 or Visit online at

EPA honors Pelham organization

PELHAM – The federal Environmental Protection Agency has awarded its Energy Star designation to New England Pentecostal Ministries of Pelham for energy efficiency efforts.

New England Pentecostal replaced old toilets to save water, added energy efficient windows, insulated water pipes, added insulation to the building, added timers to outdoor lights, applied weather stripping to doors, and purchased high efficiency heat and air conditioning units.

Ex-big leaguer’s wife to talk in Kingston

KINGSTON – Nichols Memorial Library will host author Kathleen Lockwood as she shares stories of her life and talks about her book “Major League Bride” on Thursday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Lockwood married Major League Baseball pitcher Skip Lockwood shortly after graduating from college in 1970. Five children, six teams and many years later, the couple lives in New Hampshire.

Her book details the triumphs and tribulations of family life within Major League Baseball. Lockwood will be available to sign copies of her book, which will be for sale at the event. The library is at 169 Main St. in Kingston.

For more details, call 603-642-3521 or go to

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Sunday, June 26th, 2011

In May 2001, Vince Carter , the All-Star guard for the Toronto Raptors , made headlines and created some controversy, but not for anything he had done in association with his status as a basketball player. A millionaire many times over, as well as an established NBA icon, Carter was suiting up later that day for the seventh game of a playoff series against the 76ers “> Philadelphia 76ers ; however, there was business of another kind he had to take care of first.

Carter had traveled by private jet to the University of North Carolina to experience a moment of pride that had nothing to do with sinking a jump shot. Instead, Carter was about to receive his college degree in African-American Studies. The ceremony meant enough to him that he was going to attend that first and then fly to Philadelphia for his playoff game. It incurred the wrath of some fans but was, as far as he was concerned, compulsory.

“This is something I had to do for me, regardless of what other people say about it,” he told CBC Sports, “because it’s something I wanted to do, something I had to do.” A prominent example among those professional athletes who went back to school after making millions, Carter completed his degree through correspondence courses, but if the option of online education had been available for him then, he may have taken advantage of it.

Athletes, no matter how accomplished or wealthy, can benefit from any form of online learning, whether it results in an online bachelor degree or some other “sheepskin.”

Education is particularly important for those who may not have a long shelf life in their athletic endeavors. For David Klingler, there was a time to get serious about academics and a chosen field after football. Klingler was a first-round draftee of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1992 after setting numerous passing records at the University of Houston , and he received a salary that was commensurate with his draft status. He already had a business administration degree, but after he finished his NFL career in 1997, he returned to school, this time to obtain a master’s degree in theology, and continued to earn his Ph.D. in Old Testament Studies.

As he told the Houston Chronicle in 2007, “One of the things athletes lose sight of or forget is that even if you are a professional athlete and in it for a long time, you’re still going to have a giant chunk of your life to go after you’re done playing.”

There’s food for thought in this statement, which is why the option of online education is so important.

In an atmosphere where preparing for the rigors of professional sports is a year-round business, and ancillary considerations also take up much of an athlete’s time, the convenience of pursuing an administration degree of some kind through the avenue of online education, where students have an opportunity to operate largely on their own time, presents a viable alternative indeed for those who are serious about matriculating further.

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Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Steven Shaishnikoff of Unalaska recently received his bachelor’s degree in justice studies, family members said.

Shaishnikoff graduated from Unalaska High School in 2005. He went on to continue his education for two years at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He then took a short break, moving back to Unalaska for work.

He decided to continue his degree through Grand Canyon University through an online bachelor’s degree program. Steven completed his studies in February 2011 and satisfied all of the requirements for the degree of bachelor of science in justice studies. On May 6, Steven participated in the commencement ceremony with his GCU classmates at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Steven graduated with university honors.

Honoring Steven at the commencement was his fiancee and inspiration, Amy Van Ostenbridge; his weekend caller for encouragement, grandmother Jean Dow; and proud parents, Bill and Diane Shaishnikoff.

Steven currently resides in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and works for the city. In the future Steven would like to continue his education with a master’s degree.

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Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Five Recipients will Receive Full-Tuition Scholarships for Themselves and a Second Full-Tuition Scholarship to Pay It Forward to Someone Else

Online PR News – 25-May-2011 -Bryant Stratton College Online today announced that five deserving individuals have been awarded full-tuition Pay It Forward Scholarships to attend Bryant Stratton College Online, as well as a second full-tuition scholarship to “pay it forward” to someone else. Launched by Bryant Stratton College Online last fall, the Pay It Forward Scholarship program is designed to recognize and reward individuals who are not only interested in improving their own lives with education, but who also want to share the gift of education with someone else.

Bryant Stratton College Online selected ten finalists, from hundreds of applications, whose stories were found to be in the best “Pay It Forward” spirit and met Bryant Stratton CollegeOnline’s enrollment standards. The five recipients were chosen by popular vote online to receive the full-tuition awards.

Voting was based on videos from the finalists sharing their stories of inspiration and kindness, as well as why they should be chosen to receive a Pay It Forward Scholarship. The remaining finalists were each awarded a $5,000 partial scholarship for an associate’s degree program at Bryant Stratton College Online. Additionally, Bryant Stratton College Online selected a deserving individual from all the applications submitted to receive one $10,000 partial scholarship for an online associate’s degree program.

“The Pay It Forward Scholarship recipients are already doing wonderful things in their communities to help others and it is our honor to acknowledge their efforts and help them in return,” said Scott Traylor, Associate Campus Director for Online Education at Bryant Stratton College. “The response to the Pay It Forward Scholarship program was amazing and we received so many compelling essays with inspirational stories, detailing the kindness and generosity of the applicants. We are thrilled to announce our five recipients who truly live the pay it forward lifestyle and to give them the opportunity to transform their lives with education, as well as the life of someone else.”

The names of the five Pay It Forward Scholarship recipients are below:

Delethia Cason (Elgin, IL)
Dyanne Daly (Tonawanda, NY)
Carrie DePasquale (Colden, NY)
Kelly Giffen (West Milwaukee, WI)
Ashley Williams (Moon, VA)

The videos of the winners revealing how they pay it forward now and why they want to go back to school can be viewed at

The Pay It Forward Scholarship recipients all applied by the December 31, 2010 deadline and met current Bryant Stratton College scholarship and enrollment requirements. The complete rules and regulations can be reviewed at class=’paragraph’>Bryant Stratton College was founded in 1854 and is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. For more information about Bryant Stratton College and its online degree programs, visit

Editor’s Note: To arrange an interview with a Pay It Forward Scholarship recipient, please contact Lindsey Mikal at or 303-433-7020.

About Bryant Stratton College Online
Bryant Stratton College is one of the nation’s pioneers in career education and is the premier provider of online associate’s degrees. Bryant Stratton College offers accredited education that upgrades student capabilities and maximizes their marketability. For more than 155 years, Bryant Stratton College has helped students gain the career skills they need to succeed in the workplace. Currently, Bryant Stratton College Online offers four online bachelor’s degree programs, eleven online associate’s degree programs and ten online certificate programs in a variety of fields including business, criminal justice, financial services, healthcare, human resources and information technology. Some online programs are not yet available in all states. Bryant Stratton College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Bryant Stratton College also offers flexible scheduling at its 17 campuses located in four states: New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. For more information about Bryant Stratton College and its online degrees, visit

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