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Compliments from Colleagues

Each year the Utah Campus Compact honors faculty, staff, and students on each campus for their efforts in service and service learning. This year Katielee Robinson won the student award for her efforts in organizing an alternative spring break for students to work for Habitat for Humanity in Tucson. Rob Nielson won the staff award for spearheading Buster's Pantry and for promoting service by student-athletes. The Family Studies Department won the faculty award for their extensive use of service learning in their classes. Congratulations to all the winners!
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We'd like to recognize Ted Olson for taking some time yesterday afternoon to give a prospective student, interested in studying meteorology, a personal tour of the science building. We'd also like to recognize Ted for giving a tour of the power plant to the Chinese delegation. Thanks, Ted.
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Justin Cherry was also a part of the IT team working hard to make sure the Business Building was up and running when students returned to school in January. He also does a great job managing the student help desk and responding quickly to computer questions. I know he is willing and able to answer my in-a-crisis-computer questions. Thanks, Justin, and apologies for missing your name last month.
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Jay Olsen was recently selected to receive the honorary State FFA Degree. They recognize Jay as a leader and trainer of young people and a supporter of the FFA program. Congratulations, Jay!
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The Science Division recently organized their annual Science Olympiad. Many high school and junior high school students from the region spent the day on campus showing their smarts. A huge thank you to Dan Black for his leadership and work. Appreciation is also given to the entire division for spending a Saturday helping youngsters continue their love of all-things science.
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The home just east of Anderson Hall (which the College purchased a few years ago) has been remodeled for use as a Children's Justice Center. During the recent open house, the chair of the Friends Committee read a nice credit to all who donated time or materials. Snow College employees were thanked multiple times. It was really neat. Thanks again to everyone who has helped with this much-needed community project.
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(Please send a quick note to Marci to recognize your peers. We want to let others know of the many good things our employees do each day. Thanks so much!)

Giving Prizes for Good Deeds

Last month's "Caught Ya" winner: Lisa Laird * $25.00 Bookstore Shopping Spree

Commencement Speaker and Details

Please plan to participate in Commencement again this year. For Ephraim, faculty and interested staff will line up at 9:30 on Saturday, May 5. The Bookstore will be able to help you rent regalia if needed. Carl Allen, the Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at Juilliard, will be the Commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree. As you may know, he has been hugely influential in furthering the Snow College/Juilliard partnership. The Richfield Campus ceremony will be held on May 4, and arrangements for the speaker are being made.

College Forum - You are Invited

The Legislative Session ends this week, and President Wyatt would like to give a summary of this year's happenings on the Hill. There has also been talk of modifying the College's logo and branding approach. Both topics - along with others you may have - will be discussed on Monday, March 12, in Ephraim. In an effort to accommodate more employees' schedules, two forums will be held - one at 12:30 p.m. and one at 4:30 p.m. Both will be held in Founders Hall in the Noyes Building. The Richfield forum will be held on Tuesday, March 27, at 3:00.

Accelerated Associates Degree

Offering an accelerated associate degree is another initiative the Academic Affairs Office is undertaking. This innovative idea could help recruit students who complete 12-18 college credits during high school and want to jump right into college. The goal is to enroll students in June, just weeks following their high school graduation, and have them finish with their associates degree the following June. A working committee has been formed to discuss details, and Dr. Smith welcomes your ideas, thoughts, and suggestions.

Truth-In-Tuition Hearing Scheduled

Each year the College holds a truth-in-tuition hearing. The meeting, which will be held on March 14 at 5:00 p.m., provides an opportunity for students to have a voice in and learn how their tuition dollars are spent. This year, the administration will discuss a four to five percent increase for the first tier of tuition and a zero to three percent increase for the second tier. As you may recall, the first tier of tuition is set by the State Board of Regents and applies to all Utah Colleges and Universities. The second tier must also be approved by the Board of Regents but each school determines the amount and use of funding.

Bachelors of Social Work Degree - A Partnership with University of Utah

Recently a formal agreement between Snow College and the University of Utah was signed, and students can look forward to another opportunity in Central Utah. The Bachelors of Social Work program will enable students to earn the degree while remaining in their local communities at or near Snow College. Students must graduate with their associates degree from Snow, be accepted into the program at the U, and may complete classes at either campus. The agreement states, "A major goal...is to maximize participation of faculty from Snow College and its community." Interested students should contact Eldon Barnes.