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Husson Southern Maine Campus to Host Presentation on Developing and Managing Change through Collaboration

Westbrook, ME (PRWEB) August 30, 2014

Husson University announced today that it will be hosting presentations by Robert Laliberte, past board member of the Maine chapter of the Project Management Institute, on Wednesday, August 27 and Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. at their new Southern Maine campus in Westbrook.

Laliberte will describe his techniques for developing and managing change through collaboration. He will also discuss appreciative and disruptive inquiry techniques. By helping members of the business community better understand the value of managing team initiatives, Husson hopes to increase interest in their new Project Management Leadership Program.

This presentation will feature an overview of the latest concepts that make collaborative project management such an important part of every successful modern business, said Charlie Collins, Ed.D., executive director of Husson Universitys Southern Maine campus. Individuals who have completed a project management educational program are better equipped to make important contributions to business operations, supply chain management, information technology operations, construction projects and a wide range of other professional endeavors.

Increasing the level of project management expertise in Southern Maine has the potential to enhance the success, efficiency and profitability of the local business community. In an effort to promote the value of this important body of knowledge, Husson University is now offering a new Project Management Leadership program designed to help individuals get the skills they need to supervise initiatives from conception to completion.

Over the course of the program, students take a case study through a four-phase project planning process. They learn about the unique challenges at each stage and the specific actions they can take that increase the likelihood of project completion and success. Risk management, time management, project control, conflict management and procurement are just some of the topics that will be addressed. The program concludes with a course that prepares students to take the Project Management Professional (PMP

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IAAI President Visits Eastern Kentucky University’s Fire & Safety Laboratory

Richmond, Ky. (PRWEB) August 26, 2014

Dr. Peter Mansi, president of the International Association of Arson Investigators, a professional fire investigation association with 79 chapters and 8,000 members world-wide, took time from attending the 2014 IAAI Tennessee state meeting in Knoxville, TN, to travel to Eastern Kentucky University to visit with faculty and staff of the School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management (SSEM).

Greg Gorbett, Associate Professor, SSEM, invited Dr. Mansi to campus to tour the classrooms and labs and discuss the degree programs offered by the Fire Protection Program at Eastern Kentucky Universitys College of Justice & Safety.

EKU has had a close working relationship with the past presidents of IAAI, including EKU grads, and this is an opportunity to show Dr. Mansi what we do here and talk about working together in the future, said Gorbett, who also coordinates the on campus and online Fire Protection Administration (FPA) and Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation (FAEI) degrees. The visit was especially meaningful because Mansi resides in the United Kingdom and was only visiting the United States for a limited time.

Dr. Mansi, became President of the IAAI in April 2014. He is the first off-US Continent President in the IAAIs 65 year history. He served as the UK Chapter President for 11 years.

Both IAAI and EKUs FAEI program have a common goal of increasing knowledge and professionalism in the fire investigation profession, said Gorbett. It was a pleasure to highlight EKUs remarkable facilities and faculty with an eye towards building a more active relationship between EKU and IAAI.

Dr. Mansi was an operational fire officer within the London Fire Brigade for over 30 years; the last 12 of those as a fire investigator. He has a Ph.D. in forensic fire investigation, developing a unique and comprehensive methodology by designing a series of 23 Fire Investigation Road Maps (FIRMs) and associated guidance. He is now a Managing Partner in Fire Investigations (UK) LLP, a forensic fire investigation consultancy, which responds to cases throughout the world.

Eastern Kentucky Universitys College of Justice & Safety offers three accredited and highly respected degree programs in fire protection, which are available online and on-campus. Students may choose from Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation, Fire Protection Administration and Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology. EKU is a fully accredited, brick-and-mortar institution celebrating more than 100 years of student success.

Birmingham Jewellery Quarter Trader Nets Sponsorship Deal With Villa Stars

Birmingham UK (PRWEB UK) 22 August 2014

Local jewellery entrepreneur, Director Rajesh Vora Aka Raj, The Diamond Doctor is delighted to announce that he has entered into a player endorsement deal with his beloved Premiership football club Aston Villa. This deal has Diamond Dealer Direct sponsoring Villa star midfielder Fabien Delph, 25 and current club captain and Dutch World Cup star Ron Vlaar, 29.

Director Raj Vora, said he is honoured to be sponsoring two of Villas major players from the last premiership campaign and said this would be the first of many strategic sponsorship deals that Diamond Dealer Direct will enter into in the future with the emphasis of supporting charity fund raising events, whilst increasing his brands visibility in the local community.

As part of the sponsorship deal I had the opportunity to watch the current crop of talent get put through their paces at the state of the art Body Moor Heath training facility. I gained a fascinating insight into the daily routine of a professional footballer when I spoke with many of the players after a gruelling training session, enthused Raj.

To celebrate the sponsorship deal and the launch of their new on-line website, Diamond Dealer Direct will be offering up to 70% Off RRP High Street prices on a range of diamond jewellery when purchased online throughout the months of August to the end of September, 2014. The new website does an excellent job of showcasing the wide range of spectacular jewellery offered by this diamond retailer and is extremely easy to navigate.

The website at lays out all of their available diamond creations for visitors, and it is plain to see that the speciality of this retailer is diamonds. The website is designed to help customers make well-informed decisions with an education section setting out information on carat, colour, clarity, shape and cut.

For those patrons who prefer to come into store and shop in person, the physical address is 43 Warstone Lane in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. We will offer an international price match guarantee on any like for like basis, says Raj. Raj would like to wish the players, management, staff and supporters of Aston Villa Football Club a successful 2014/2015 campaign.

About Diamond Dealer Direct Ltd.

Located in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham with its grass roots in the trade of loose certified diamonds and manufacturing. With humble beginnings as a diamond wholesaler, Diamond Dealer Direct continues to strive to supply stunning diamond engagement rings and diamond jewellery at their retail outlet. This extensive range of high quality certified diamond rings and jewellery is sold at competitive prices both at the store location in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and on-line.

About Rajesh Vora Aka Raj The Diamond Doctor

Born in 1980, Raj spent his early years enjoying school life. He went on to King Edwards Five Ways Grammar School. He went on to study a degree in Biomedical Science at Birmingham Uni.

After graduating with an honours degree, he took various courses in fitness, nutrition and sports injury rehabilitation. After getting married, Raj spent some time in the family diamond wholesale business and never left after realizing business was his calling. Raj identified a clear gap in the market, to provide an exclusive education to clients, whilst supplying high end diamond jewellery at wholesale prices. Raj is a pure scientist by trade and an entrepreneur my nature. It’s no wonder he is known as the Diamond Doctor.

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Mountain Highs Annual Season Pass Sale Begins August 30th

Wrightwood, CA (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

Mountain Highs 2014/15 Season Pass is the best value in Southern California and beginning August 30th, anytime season passes are on sale for up to 64% off. The Wrightwood Resort is also offering Young Adult & College passes to help students save even more. For as little as $ 249 (Regular $ 699) guests can enjoy an entire season of skiing and snowboarding at Southern Californias closest winter resort plus track their days ridden, number of days, vertical feet and more. Seniors age 70 & over receive a free season pass and children ages 6 through 12 receive a season pass with the purchase of an adult season pass. Visit for a full listing of prices and benefits including Mountain Highs $ 49 VIP Upgrade.

ICDC College is Proud to Announce That Singer and Actress Chiquis Has Joined the Schools Family in a New Partnership to Inspire Future Leaders

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (PRWEB) August 16, 2014

ICDC College is thrilled to announce that Hispanic singer and actress Chiquis is bringing her message of empowerment and taking control of your life to past, present, and future students of ICDC College. Chiquis, the daughter of late singer Jenni Rivera, is proud to partner with ICDC College and promote education to help change peoples lives. The school helps make students education dreams a reality by providing them with a variety of career training programs to choose from. By teaming with Chiquis, the school aims to blend empowering students through education with the stars own inspirational story.

As part of the partnership, ICDC College will feature Chiquis in a TV commercial, YouTube videos, ads, and in various social media initiatives. The first YouTube video is already on ICDC Colleges channel, and can be seen here: Get your education, and it will change your life! Chiquis proudly says in the video. Her earliest memories were of her mother riding her bike to school, and this taught her to never give up.

In my career, Ive tried to inspire people to live their dreams, no matter what! Chiquis says. ICDC College helps students achieve their college dreams, so Im thrilled we can team up!

Chiquis, who enjoys a global influence in the entertainment world, first gained fame through reality shows and web series. In these projects, viewers saw Chiquis promote independence by living on her own, something which bucked Hispanic tradition, but a lifestyle in which she was proud to show as it may inspire others to live their dreams.

For more information, please contact Rene Nunez via e-mail at rene.nunez(at)icdccollege(dot)edu, or via telephone at (310) 482-6996 ext. 105.

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About Chiquis:

As a child, Chiquis saw her mother, Jenni Rivera, riding her bike to and from school, determined to get an education at all costs. Chiquis grew up seeing how hard you have to work to make your dreams a reality, and with all that shes accomplished so quickly in her life, shes successfully incorporated those lessons into her life.

In addition to starring in reality shows and webisodes, Chiquis aims to empower people by inspiring them to Boss Up! and take control of their lives, relationships, families, and careers. Her fans are known as the #BossBeeNation on Twitter.

About ICDC College:

ICDC College is a career training school with a variety of different programs that focus on developing students entry-level skills in areas like Healthcare Management, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Homeland Security, Business, Medical Assisting, Criminal Justice, Computer Technology, and more! Since 1995, ICDC Colleges dedication to students has evolved to include online Associate Degrees, and a variety of online and campus-based Fast-Track Diplomas and Certificates.

ICDC College offers and accepts government financial aid – including Veteran and Military Benefits – for those who qualify. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and is approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs as an Institution of Higher Learning (IHL). ICDC College has been named a Military Friendly School

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CUE and The Learning Revolution Announce First Online Summit featuring Google for Education

Walnut Creek, CA (PRWEB) August 15, 2014

This September, CUE and The Learning Revolution Project will host the first ever Online Summit featuring Google for Education, which will highlight the work of Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers, Google Educators and Googlers themselves. This event will take place entirely online, and all sessions will be recorded via Google Hangouts on Air. Registrants will have access to recordings indefinitely.

Registration for the weekend summit is $ 40 and is now open at This low price includes unlimited access to the archives as mentioned as well as a one-year membership to CUE. The online summit will take place September 6 & 7, 2014, 9am-6pm Pacific (GMT-7).

We are excited to bring this new format of professional development and collaboration to educators, said Mike Lawrence, CUEs CEO. Most brick-and-mortar conferences, including our own, require attendees to pick and choose between sessions. By offering unlimited archival access to all the sessions, we ensure that attendees can see everything. Steve Hargadon, founder of the Learning Revolution Project, whose online events have had hundreds of thousands of attendees, adds: The travel time and expenses of face-to-face events can make them hard to attend–having a virtual conference significantly opens the door to easier participation.

Call for Proposals

Google Certified Teachers, Google Education Trainers and Google Educators can apply to present at the inaugural virtual summit To apply, fill out this Submission Form by September 1, 2014. If your session(s) is accepted, you will be notified on a rolling basis starting on August 15. Apply early as submissions are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proposal strands include Search Literacy, Leveraging Devices and Apps, Digital Citizenship, IT/GAFE Management, STEM and Computer Science, Gone Google Stories, Innovation in Leadership, Getting Googley: Projects and Initiatives from Google, Project-Based Learning Using Google, Professional Learning and even more. Visit for more details on the event.

About CUE

Ed Tech Professional Development is at the core of CUE’s work. We strive to be a community inspiring innovative learners. By providing Ed Tech professional development to schools, districts, and local educators on the infusion of emerging technologies, we can help better prepare students for college and careers ahead. |

About the Learning Revolution Project

The Learning Revolution Project holds “conference 2.0″ virtual and physical events and promotes the events of our over 200 partners in the learning professions. We also highlight good conversations about learning taking place between educators, learners, leaders, and others from the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional and home learning worlds. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place. Learning Revolution projects have 130,000 members from 200+ countries. |

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ImageIt begins. The first couple of weeks of college have, perhaps predictably, been difficult. The dentistry’s taken care of, at least for the moment, but there’s been a horrible cold going around, bad enough to keep me out of college for two days feeling miserable, and rob me of a nice weekend. But the upside is that I’m back, although still not feeling great, and come the 18th I’ll be running for election as student LGBT officer.

I already know the post’s going to be contested, so unlike the leader of Glasgow City Council (who sees fit to send me flyers about it) I won’t be running unopposed and get in automatically. Those who know me know that I have a wicked competitive streak, so it’s certainly tempting to wheel out the deranged bloodlust and vow to make a sandwich spread of the crushed spines of my enemies. But I’m not going to, on something vaguely approaching principle. It takes a lot of courage to stand up in front of a bunch of (largely) teenagers and tell them why you think you’re awesome enough that they should support you. So anyone who does that has my admiration to a certain extent. I’m fairly certain most, if not all, of the candidates for the various posts will be younger than I am, and they cared enough to run for them instead of just doing joyriding or flavour crystal meth or dubstep or whatever it is the kids do these days. That’s awesome.

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Thy Venom’d Stang

Well, of course I was going to pay for my arrogance, wasn’t I? I have three and a half hours before I have to leave for my first day at Langside, and for the past week or so I’ve been having progressively worse toothache. I’m not sure if it’s wisdom teeth, general neglect, or both, but the entire right side of my face hurts like a bastard, as well as my throat. It’s not swollen or anything, I just look like a bulldog licking piss off a nettle. That’s about how I feel, too.

I’m just about getting by due to magical painkillers, but if it doesn’t recede on its own at least a little bit, there’s no way I can go in today. I’ll be trying to provoke neds into punching me in the face to get rid of all my teeth at once. Either that, or a complete zombie. So I’m waiting for 0830; that’s when I should be leaving, but also when the Glasgow Dental Hospital opens. If I’m not feeling any better by then, I’m making myself an appointment and not going into college until I can actually sit through a lesson or get any sleep without painkillers.


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I’m in. Now I just have to stay that way. I have a student ID card with a ludicrous photo, a small mountain of paperwork, and just under a week before my classes start. Since you didn’t ask, I’m enrolled for Highers in English, History, Psychology, Sociology and French. That’s a huge workload, complicated significantly by anxiety and having forgotten all the French I’ve ever learned.

Told you it was bad.

Of course, there’s more. There always is, with me. In a few weeks, elections for student government start. Compared to Croydon, it actually seems like it’s organised properly; affiliated to the NUS, proper positions and everything. So in keeping with my habit of getting overconfident and overextending myself, I’ve decided I’m going to stand. On the off-chance I actually win, you might be looking at the next LGBT officer. I mean, it’s not like I ever desperately wanted a position of responsibility in the past to satisfy my own insecurity and ego.

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Back to School

I have kind of a storied history with education. I went to an expensive, if second-flight, public school (public as in private, Americans) in south London, only to drop out at seventeen. I’ve always been highly-strung and weird. Highly-strung and weird and gay was not really a combination suited to that environment. Add in the pressure of A-levels, and it’s not wholly surprising. I had something like a nervous breakdown, spent what felt like six months in bed crying, and that was it.

I’ve spent basically the last five years trying to get back into education. Problem is, mental illness keeps getting in the way. My last attempt, at Croydon College, went pretty much the same. Stayed six months, and then essentially collapsed right before exams started. But, I’m either persistent or stupid, because I’m trying it again. This time at Langside College in Glasgow. Now, granted, I can cope with stuff a lot better now, and I actually have a support network in husband-shaped form. But I guess it also brings to mind an old idea; the definition of madness is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

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An Approximate Scot

I’m not quite sure how I feel about the mess that is the Scottish independence debate. Partly, that’s due to my own particular identity crisis. I’m half English and half Scottish, with a fair amount of Irish mixed into the Scottish side. I was born and raised in London, but most of my family are clustered around the west of Scotland. And for the past two years I’ve been living in Glasgow. That’s an uncomfortable confluence of circumstances, especially when forms ask me for my nationality and ethnicity. The first seems like an obvious ‘British’, but is that an ethnicity?

There’s a perennial thing in the British press about what, if anything, ‘Britishness’ means. For me, it’s a nebulous sort of catch-all. Am I proud to be British? Of course, history of violent colonialism and boy bands aside. I can’t really be proud to be Scottish, because until fairly recently I’d never lived here. My accent certainly marks me as English. But what’s Englishness? The playing fields of Eton? Grandmothers bicycling to church? I’m several counties and a couple of generations away from that seeming even faintly plausible. These days, ostentatious Englishness seems to be wholly the province of fat-headed racist morons and Morrissey. But I repeat myself. So fuck that, right?

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Stranger Here Myself

I can’t say I’m back by popular demand, because I’m not. Probably, on reading the tagline, a handful of people will have the same unspoken thought: “Who invited her?” I also can’t say I’m back because I had burning insights to deliver about the state of the world today, because I don’t. My name is Alex, and I have some opinions. I don’t particularly expect anyone to care much, but I’m writing them down.

I used to write a moderately successful blog about being seventeen and insane. I stopped being seventeen but kept being insane. At age 19, two years ago, I moved from London to Glasgow. I made a vague attempt to keep writing about it, and then… radio silence. I disconnected myself from the outside world; not wholly intentionally, but after a while it stops making any difference. I grew my beard, smoked a lot and wrote precious little. I did this because I don’t like people – not in the abstract, anyway. Certainly there are people I like, I’m just not very good with the species as a whole. Sometimes that means my relationships with people I care about suffer. I’m not very reliable. But I’m also 21 and (still) insane. I’m learning, and this is a part of that.

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