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John Huston Retires as Chairman of Wood & Huston Bank

John Huston Retires as Wood & Huston Bank’s Chairman of the Board

After 66 years of service to Wood & Huston Bank, John Huston has announced his retirement as Chairman of the Board of Wood & Huston Bank effective June 21, 2015.

Mr. Huston began working full time for Wood & Huston Bank after he graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1949. Huston is also an Army Veteran, having served our country in the Korean War.

During his time at Wood & Huston Bank, the bank grew its deposits from $ 6.8 million to $ 510 million, an increase of 7,400%. Loans grew from $ 1.6 million to $ 486 million, an increase of 30,275%… a remarkable run for a remarkable man.

Commenting on Mr. Hustons retirement was president of the bank, Barry Randolph, All of us at the Bank want to thank you, John, from the bottom of our hearts for everything that you have done for this bank, this community, and each of us personally. You are the most respected man I have ever known and that respect is well deserved. You have been the cornerstone of the Wood & Huston Bank for over 66 years and I am honored to have worked with you.

On the announcement of his retirement, the Board of Directors unanimously voted on a resolution to elect John Huston Chairman Emeritus of Wood & Huston Bank, effective, June 21, 2015. In separate resolution, Mark Thompson, executive vice president and CFO of the bank was unanimously elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.

John Huston is married to his wife Donna with whom they have four sons along with their wives and 9 grandchildren. John is an avid outdoorsman. A lifelong resident of Saline County, John has been past president, director and member of numerous civic organizations. He was active in the Chamber of Commerce, Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, the Sappington School Fund and the Ridge Park Cemetery to note a few. He was also a director of Missouri Valley College for over 50 years. He remains actively involved in the life of the local community.

Accepting the position of Chairman of the Board for Wood & Huston Bank is Nick Huston. Mr. Huston has been employed by Wood & Huston Bank for 33 years beginning his career at the bank in 1982. Like his father, Mr. Huston is also an alumnus of the University of Missouri and lifelong resident of Saline County. He is married to his wife, Leslie, has two children and too is an avid outdoorsman.

About Wood & Huston Bank

Established in 1874, Wood & Huston is an independent, full-service community bank that in 2014 celebrated 140 years of providing a wide range of quality financial products and solutions to the communities that they serve in Missouriwith branches and/or service locations in Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Marshall, Slater, Springfield, West Plains, and Higginsville, MO. Wood & Huston Bank delivers the convenience of online banking, mobile banking, mobile deposit and high-interest checking, along with competitive-rate loans for its customers. Its Wood & Hustons history and mission that distinguishes it from so many banking institutions. Personal service has been a legacy passed on from generation to generation for Wood & Huston Bank. The Bank operates with a philosophy that its reputation must be recreated every single day to meet each new challenge. To learn more about Wood & Huston, explore its website at, drop by one of the convenient locations, or call (660) 886-6825. Wood & Huston Bank is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

Attorney Grace Ha Receives First AtlAS Fellowship With Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation

Grace Ha

Grace Ha is the first recipient of the AtlAS Fellowship with the Atlanta Center for International Arbitration and Mediation, a partner with Georgia State University College of Law.

Ha holds a B.S. degree from Duke University and a J.D. degree from Emory University School of Law. She is fluent in Korean and practiced law in Seoul, Korea, specializing in international commercial arbitration, for several years.

The Atlanta center is a new project at Georgia State and will host international arbitrations and mediations in a facility within Georgia State Laws new $ 82.5 million building in downtown Atlanta.

Ha will assist in developing operating protocols and programs to support the center with the opening and operating of the arbitration facility. The center will open in late September.

We are pleased to establish the AtlAS Fellowship and doubly pleased to get it off on the right foot with an accomplished lawyer like Grace Ha, said Magaly Cobian, managing director.

The AtlAS Fellowship is named in honor of the Atlanta Arbitration Society, one of the centers founding sponsors and stakeholders. AtlAS was established in 2011 by a group of Atlanta lawyers determined to see Atlanta realize its potential as a thought leader in international dispute resolution and as a premier location for international arbitration and mediation.

The AtlAS Fellowship at ACIAM is a major step toward our vision of making Atlanta a world leader in commercial dispute resolution, said Ben Greer, AtlAS president and a retired Alston & Bird partner. With our airport, our cost structure and our favorable legal environment, and now with Grace Ha joining our team, we have a promising future.

SmartEdTech Launches Training for Special Education Professionals

SmartEdTech, a company dedicated to transforming special education, launches SmartEdTechU, an online training site for educators and special ed therapists, this week. The website hosts courses in how to use the companys software, as well as how to change settings on an iPad or Android tablet to make learning more accessible for special needs students.

The SmartEdTech software tracks progress when students are using learning activities housed on the tablet, and enables educators to communicate and collaborate through a cloud-based customer portal, explains Abey Mukkananchery, product specialist for SmartEdTech. We are providing easy access to training for our customers. Users can learn at their convenience, review videos to be sure they get it, and check their understanding with self-testing. The company also offers certification for completion of the training.

SmartEdTechU is not limited to the companys software users. Many education professionals are frustrated because they want to use their tablets more efficiently with their students, continued Sami Rahman, CEO of the company and the instructor in the accessibility videos. By changing the tablets settings, a specialist can make learning easier for students with vision, hearing or physical impairments. Our videos help the the educator help the students!

The courses are offered at no charge, and the company intends to add new courses regularly. To see their current offering, go to

SmartEdTech is a rebranding of the parent company SPEDK12, founded in 2012 to serve Special Education providers. Downloaded to tablets, the SmartEdApp (iOS) and the SmartEdPad (Android) provide a library of educator-selected activities for individualized student learning. The software tracks student progress, allows for sharing goals and results with an entire IEP team, and integrates with the schools existing technologies.

SPEDK12, located in Sunnyvale, California, focuses on innovative solutions for the needs and concerns of Special Ed providers including teachers, administrators, therapists and parents. The company pioneered the use of software-based technology housed on an Android tablet that is used by hundreds of specialists in the US. Under the banner of SmartEdTech, similar technology has been developed for use on iOS tablets.

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Today OpenEd, creator of the worlds largest online library of standards-aligned resources for K-12 teachers, announced new partnerships that now make its resources available real-time across a broad range of ed tech companies, including learning management system (LMS), test prep app and assessment solution, enabling literally millions more teachers and students to have access to its resources for personalizing learning.

The company is announcing new partnerships with LMS companies Otus Learning Management Network and Atlas Learning, and Higher Learning Technology for its test prep apps. OpenEds resources already are available through leading assessment companies, including Renaissance Learning, which is using OpenEds learning activities, videos and homework assignments aligned to standards and tagged for specific curriculum uses, and making them available to the more than 30,000 schools who use Renaissances STAR assessment.

At OpenEd, our mission is to ensure that all teachers and students have access to assessments, videos, educational games and other standards-aligned resources, said Adam Blum, CEO of OpenEd. Our new API allows us to make our library of standards-aligned resources available to companies across the education space, including LMS, test prep and assessment, so they can provide standards-aligned content for personalizing learning to the educators that they serve.

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In Otus, teachers can easily use analytics to run reports based on standards to learn how individual students or groups of students are progressing, said Otus Chief Product Officer Chris Hull, who also co-founded the company and is a seventh grade teacher at Elm Place Middle School in suburban Chicago. With resources like OpenEd discoverable in Otus, teachers can quickly find resources to fulfill specific needs and provide personalized learning.

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“OpenEd provides expertly curated resources, said Atlas Learning Chief Marketing Officer Brett Lipensky. With all of the resource providers in the market, it is great to collaborate with a company that manages and organizes their content in a way that it makes our customers lives easier.”

Higher Learning Technology, which develops educational apps that test users’ knowledge of exam material in addition to formative assessments, now can integrate OpenEds content with its test prep app.

As the highest-grossing higher education test prep app, we recognized the need to help students fill in their learning gaps, said Alec Wright, CEO, Higher Learning Technology. We expanded our partnership with OpenEd as the only service that offers high quality videos for instruction on every microconcept in the K-12 space.

About OpenEd

OpenEd is the largest K-12 educational resource library, offering over a million assessments, homework assignments, videos, games and lesson plans for every Common Core Math and English/Language Arts Standard as well as the Next Generation Science Standards. OpenEd lets teachers assign quizzes and homework to their students and automatically grades them, recommending videos and assignments in real-time and personalized based on each student’s progress in learning each Common Core standard. The result is truly personalized learning for every student.

OpenEd is committed to keeping the majority of its content available for free to educators around the world. For more information, visit

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We were pleased to host this important event at our Westbrook campus, says Husson University College of Business Dean Marie Hansen, J.D., Ph.D. This joint effort with the Institute for Family-Owned Business is a perfect example of the kind of collaborative educational opportunities that enable Husson University to serve the Southern Maine business community.

Over 80 percent of Maines businesses are family-owned. In any five-year period, nearly 40 percent of these businesses will pass the baton to the next generation.

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American Sentinel University and the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) recently named Lynda Steinbach, RN, BSN at Grand River Health CHA as the April Colorado Health Care Stars Award Winner recognizing Steinbach as an exceptional health care professional.

Colorado Health Care Stars is a new statewide health care professional award recognition program sponsored by American Sentinel University and CHA. The program was launched in February 2015 to acknowledge clinical professionals in Colorado who exceed expectations in the delivery of health care.

Steinbach, an Education Coordinator and Emergency Preparedness Director, has been at Grand River Health for 16 years and during that time she has demonstrated a passion for high-quality care.

In the past two years, Steinbach worked with the local EMS to develop an innovative education program that taught CPR to 1363 members of the community. Prior to implementing this project, in 2012, 25 percent of cardiac arrest patients who arrived in Grand Rivers Emergency Department had bystander CPR. In 2014, the rate was 100 percent.

Also, Steinbach helped facilitate an active shooter drill that includes 154 participants across two counties and several key stakeholder groups.

Lynda is constantly looking for grants and other means to enhance the nursing education programs at Grand River. She constantly shares new and innovative ideas when challenged with resolving problems or educational needs, says Erin Muck, Chief Nursing Officer at Grand River Health CHA. In the past year, she has obtained multiple learning opportunities for our nursing staff and is responsible for organizing very complex skills days for nursing twice a year to support evidence-based care and quality improvement and truly is a nursing leader that exceeds all expectations in the delivery of patient care.

Nominate The Next Colorado Health Care Stars Winner

Nominate an exceptional clinical professional. Complete the nomination submission form at

Each month CHA draws from the pool of nominees and chooses an individual that will be featured the following month on the CHA Career Center website, receive a $ 100 Visa gift card courtesy of American Sentinel University and be entered into a drawing at the end of the year for a monetary scholarship toward an accredited health care certificate or degree at American Sentinel University.

American Sentinel is honored to recognize the efforts of nursing leaders, like Lynda Steinbach, who tirelessly work to make a difference in their community, says Chris Wolfe, director of program management at American Sentinel University.

Learn more about American Sentinel Universitys online degree programs at or call 866.922.5690.

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers the competitive advantages of accredited online degree programs in nursing, informatics, MBA Healthcare, DNP Executive Leadership and DNP Educational Leadership. Its affordable, flexible bachelors and masters nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The university is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), of 1601 18th St., NW, Suite 2, Washington, D.C. 20009. The Accrediting Commission of DETC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. For required student consumer information, please visit:

About the Colorado Hospital Association

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New York Film Academy Los Angeles and New York City to Host Open House with Award-Winning Photographer Ralph Gibson

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Recently, the New York Film Academy appointed award-winning photographer Ralph Gibson to Chair of its Department of Contemporary Photography. In order to properly introduce Mr. Gibson to each campus and its surrounding area, the New York Film Academy has, and continues to host Open Houses at its United States campuses.

On May 30th, 2015, Gibson held a special workshop at New York Film Academys South Beach location, introducing prospective students and photographers in the Miami area to Natural Light Portraits.

“It was great to have Mr. Gibson speak so candidly to prospective students about the world of photography and how our programs here at NYFA teach you in an immersive and practical environment as oppose to the traditional, sit, listen and watch approach, said NYFA Photography Enrollment Advisor, Evan Leone.

Next on the Open House tour for Gibson are Los Angeles and New York City. Gibson will be conducting his special Natural Light Portraits Workshop at NYFA Los Angeles on June 20th from 1:00pm-2:30pm. Following that will be a New York Open House on July 11th at NYFA Battery Park, located at 17 Battery Place in Manhattan, from 12:00pm 2:00pm.

Ralph Gibson is that rare artist who has touched the masters of the past half-centuryfrom the Beat Generation in San Francisco to the vigor of yesterdays born-digital, cross-media creations. He began his professional career as an assistant to Dorothea Lange and, to date, has published over 40 photography monographs and his photographs are included in over 170 museum collections around the world. Gibson holds honorary doctorates from the University of Maryland and Ohio Wesleyan University.

Gibson’s awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Commandeur de LOrdre des Arts et des Lettres de France, three National Endowment for the Arts awards, as well as the Leica Medal of Excellence, the Lucie Lifetime Award and the Silver Plumb Award. This year he received the Guild Hall Lifetime Achievements Award and a purchase award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

If youre interested in attending one of our Open House Workshops with Ralph Gibson, please CLICK HERE.

New York Film Academy Photography Programs

NYFA offers several tracks in photography: one-year conservatory programs (offered in our NY, LA, and South Beach campuses) as well as MFA & BFA in Photography degree programs (offered exclusively at our Los Angeles and South Beach campuses) all of which provide state of the art equipment, as well as incredible backdrops against which to shoot original images. All conservatory course credits are transferable toward the degree programs.

In addition, all MFA, BFA, One and Two Year Photography Programs include a state-of-the-art Canon or Nikon HDSLR camera to keep.

About the New York Film Academy

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With more than 7,500 students from 108 countries this past academic year, NYFA offers courses all around the world, including New York City, Los Angeles, South Beach, Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Gold Coast/Queensland, Florence, Paris and more.

Photographs of Ralph Gibson’s work are available upon request.


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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