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Congratulations to the newest members of Tau Upsilon Alpha the Human Services Honor Society.  Sixteen new members were inducted into the Stevenson chapter on 29 March 2017.  Many thanks to Professor Lauri Weiner who advises the Honor Society and also serves as the National President and Dr. John Rosicky, Department Chair, for hosting the induction ceremony.  Congratulations, too, to HSR scholarship winners Kelly Schwager and Alexis Young, pictured below with Dr. Rosicky.

James M. Lang discusses the importance of "smartness" in a recent article for the Chronicle of Higher EducationBuilding on Alexander W. Astin's 2016 book Are you Smart Enough? How Colleges’ Obsession With Smartness Shortchanges Students, Lang considers why colleges and universities focus on the achievements of the incoming class over those of the graduating class.  Such a focus, he suggests, is akin to hospitals measuring success by the health of a patient when he/she enters the hospital instead of the health of the patient as she/he leaves. Moreover, attention to traditional measures of smartness for incoming students (grades, SAT scores, etc.) often works directly against initiatives to diversify the student body.  If higher education's mission is to improve the lives and prospects of our students, perhaps we should focus less on their smartness at the point of admission and more on how we can help them get to someplace great by the time they leave.

How were books printed before typewriters or word processors? Students in Dr. Amanda Licastro's class English 256: Introduction to Digital Publishing, had the opportunity to experience this first hand by working on a letterpress with School of Design visiting artist Ursula Minervini.  Students learned about how the letterpress worked by setting type and printing their own broadsides, many of which are now on display in the Dawson Center. 

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