The University of the People Makes Higher Education Affordable for Everyone

University of PeopleImagine a free university where students from all walks of life can learn from professors during 10-week intensive classes that are taught on the Internet. Now, imagine that this university sets up computer centers where students need them – such as the earthquake-ravaged Haiti in the weeks after the natural disaster struck – so that students can continue learning. Well, you do not have to imagine anymore because the University of the People is making this dream a reality.

“They don’t have electricity, they don’t have computers,” said Shai Reshef, the creator of the University of People about the students in Haiti that use his computer centers to continue their education. “They come in two shifts, for four hours a day, to study. Their need waste the point that we began a feeding program.”

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Students Are Now Majoring in Emergency Managent and Disaster Response

The devastation in Japan left many students asking what they could do to help.

When I was in kindergarten, the OKC Murrah Building was blown up by a bomb. This experience was quite shocking for me, but since it was not in my town, I was not nearly as affected by this disaster as Carlene Pinto. When Pinto was in middle school, she watched the second World Trade Center Tower crash to the ground and then walked home as paperwork and dust fell from the sky all around her. Lindsay Yates was another young child who saw disaster strike her hometown when Hurricane Fran killed 24 people in her state. What do we three women have in common besides tragic events in our childhoods? We could all study disaster mental health at SUNY New Paltz.

The university is one of many schools that are now offering programs that focus on emergency management and disaster response. This new trend is in direct response to the numerous catastrophes that have plagued our nation and the world in recent years. In 2001, there were only about 70 emergency-management programs in the USA; today, that number is more than 230.

“This generation has never known a time without terrorism or disaster, and I think it has drawn many of them to this field,” said Karla Vermeulen of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health. “They were 10 at the time of 9/11 and 14 during Katrina, and it’s really shaped them.”

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McGovern-Dole Nutrition Relief Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals

McGovern-DoleThe U.S. government currently provides direct donations for food programs through the Food for Progress Program, the Food for Peace Act, the Local and Regional Procurement Project and the McGovern–Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program.

According to reports, the McGovern-Dole aids in child nutrition, education and nourishment endeavors for poverty stricken countries, primarily in grade school aged girls.

Due on Friday, October 15, 2010 by 5pm est., the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently accepting submissions for FY 2011 Food Assistance proposal grants for the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program.

If you are interested in applying, proposals are preferred online, but you are also encouraged to email in a submission as well. The proposals are encouraged to include how proper nutrition will strengthen literacy and numeracy rates for the children. The organization also says preference will be given to proposals that are clearly outlined, realistic, sustainable and demonstrate that the greatest benefits will have a substantial impact on the beneficiaries. Read the rest of this entry »

Students Lend Support to Haiti Earthquake

haiti earthquakePeople all across the globe are reaching out to the millions of Haitians who were struck by the most devastating earthquake to hit the small island in more than 200 years.

And as word of the disaster spread rapidly around the country, students from college campuses quickly organized and lent their support to the victims in a show of force and solidarity in a manner that is solely unique to the unbridled passion and altruism of college students.

Here are just a few examples of the outpouring support that students are coordinating from campuses across the country.

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