Berry College, Tennessee locked in billboard war

From the Associated Press:

ATLANTA — A private college in northwest Georgia is suing Tennessee’s higher education commission in a dispute over billboard advertising.

Berry College says in the federal lawsuit that the Tennessee agency has threatened to sue the school if it continues to advertise in that state without registering and paying fees of more than $20,000 a year.

The Rome, Ga.-based school says it competes with Tennessee colleges and has advertised on at least one billboard in the state. It depicts two students in front of a college building with Berry’s name, website and the phrase “26,000 acres of opportunity.”

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission has threatened other schools with such requirements in order to reduce competition from out-of-state institutions, Berry maintains in the lawsuit. Other schools have removed their ads over the issue rather than risk civil and criminal sanctions, the school’s lawyers say.

Georgia Tech degrees on the cheap

From Inside Higher Ed:

The Georgia Institute of Technology plans to offer a $7,000 online master’s  degree to 10,000 new students over the next three years without hiring much more  than a handful of new instructors.

Georgia Tech will work with AT&T and Udacity, the 15-month-old Silicon  Valley-based company, to offer a new  online master’s degree in computer science to students across the world at a  sixth of the price of its current degree. The deal, announced Tuesday, is  portrayed as a revolutionary attempt by a respected university, an education  technology startup and a major corporate employer to drive down costs and expand  higher education capacity.

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Nathan Grant, Oxford graduate



Nathan Grant receives diploma at Oxford College, May 11, 201

May 11, 2013 — It was a beautiful spring day in Oxford, Georgia as Nathan and his classmates lined up to accept their associate degrees and begin their new status as Emory University juniors. (About 95 percent of Oxford grads go on to study at Emory’s main campus in the Druid Hills section of Atlanta.)  Nathan only has a brief respite before he begins summer school at Emory on May 20. He’ll be studying Biology, Calculus 2, and Economics. Judy and I are very proud of him.  Yay, Nathan!

Mom and Dad with the new grad

Soledad O’Brien to speak at Agnes Scott Commencement

News from Agnes Scott College (official announcement):

Emmy-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien will deliver remarks at Agnes Scott College’s 124th Commencement on May 11 at 9:30 a.m. on the Presser Quadrangle and receive an honorary degree from the college. The Reverend Dorothy Collin (DC) Horne, minister of congregational life at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte and mother of Senior Class President Sally Horne ’13, will be the speaker for Baccalaureate Vespers on May 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Gaines Chapel, Presser Hall.

O’Brien is a CNN special correspondent. She recently entered into a unique production and distribution agreement with the network to produce long-form programming specials through her company, Starfish Media Group. Launching in June, the 360 media production company and distributor will be dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, opportunity, poverty and personal stories.

A critically-acclaimed journalist, O’Brien has reported on breaking news from around the globe. In 2011, she won an Emmy for Crisis in Haiti in the category of Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story Long Form. O’Brien was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its BP oil spill and Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the Southeast Asia tsunami. The National Association of Black Journalists named O’Brien the Journalist of the Year and Edward R. Murrow Awards lauded her with the RTDNA/UNITY award for Latino in America in 2010. O’Brien has been integral in hosting and developing the award-winning Black in America franchise, one of the CNN’s most successful international franchises. In 2010, she wrote a critically acclaimed memoir “The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities,” which chronicles her biggest reporting moments and how her upbringing and background have influenced these experiences.

In addition to Starfish Media Group, Soledad and her husband, Brad, run the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Foundation, which sends young women to and through college.

“We are thrilled to have Soledad O’Brien speak to the Agnes Scott class of 2013,” said Elizabeth Kiss, president of Agnes Scott. “Ms. O’Brien’s distinguished career as a broadcast journalist, her trailblazing documentaries about race, ethnicity and American identity and her personal philanthropic commitment to the education and empowerment of young women make her a perfect role model for our graduates.”

Horne is minister of congregational life at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. She previously served as associate for campus ministry and for Presbytery missions for Providence Presbytery in five upstate South Carolina counties. Horne has a degree in child development and family relations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a master’s in Christian education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond. She graduated in 1988 from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., where she received her Master of Divinity degree. Her first ordained call was to First Presbyterian Church in Concord, NC.