Bellevue University is a private, non-profit university located in Bellevue, Nebraska. It opened in 1966 and from the outset has focused on providing adult education and educational outreach. As of 2011, 80% of their undergraduates were aged 25 and over. The university has over 10,000 students enrolled in a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 28, 2017
The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University is pleased to announce the launch of an affiliated Institute at Long Island University (LIU) that will help nonprofits increase their fundraising capabilities and positive impact in the Northeast United States. The addition marks the ongoing expansion of a nationwide network of Institutes that are led by the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University to offer curricula for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers based on the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford. The approaches are presented by recognized nonprofit leaders, members of academia, and renowned philanthropists. Through the arrangement, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Long Island University has access to educational resources and content developed through the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University. The founding Institute, launched in 2014, is based out of the private, nonprofit National University, which is the anchor institution of the National University System. A foundational element of each Institute is the Cause Selling approach, which blends the passion of philanthropy with an emphasis on proven business and sales principles to support the work of frontline nonprofit fundraisers. Other affiliated Institutes have opened at John F. Kennedy University, which is part of the National University System and serves the San Francisco Bay Area; Augustana University; and Bellevue University. “The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Long Island University is a natural extension of the University’s longstanding tradition of service,” said Long Island University President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline. “We are proud to join this nationwide movement and carry out Mr. T. Denny Sanford’s vision by supporting the great work of our region’s nonprofit community.” Dr. Lena Rodriguez, Endowed Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University, said: “We are very pleased to celebrate the launch of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Long Island University, which will strengthen the philanthropic culture in the region they serve and build the capacity of nonprofit leaders. The vision of Mr. Sanford is to make the world a better place, and through the work of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy we create stronger communities through more sustainable and impactful nonprofits.” LIU’s own broad and ongoing partnerships with local, regional and national nonprofit organizations have brought services and opportunities to its students and extended community alike, and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at Long Island University will strengthen these partnerships by serving as a resource for nonprofit organizations in the Northeast that wish to increase their fundraising capabilities and their impact in the community. The core approaches of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy network are based on Mr. Sanford’s own interactions with hundreds of nonprofits and foundations, and his desire to offer fundraisers access to proven approaches that more effectively convey their causes. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University has overseen the development of a one-of-its kind textbook, Cause Selling: The Sanford Way, which is based on the vision of Mr. Sanford and outlines in detail how the cause selling approach can strengthen fundraising effectiveness through business and sales principles that incorporate communication skills, basic psychology, research, strategy and data analysis. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University has also developed more than 30 educational content modules that focus on Cause Selling and related topics of donor relations, planned giving, and social media/marketing for nonprofits. The modules are available online for affiliated Institutes to develop workshops and seminars in coordination with nonprofit leaders, members of academia and renowned philanthropists who bring their own professional and regional perspective to the content. More than 12,000 nonprofit leaders have benefitted from the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University programs, which include seminars and lectures and webinars. The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University also meets standards of excellence as outlined by Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International and has been approved by the nonprofit certification organization as a Continuing Education Provider. About the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University The Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University is leading a national initiative dedicated to strengthening the impact of nonprofits through fundraising-focused educational programs that are presented by recognized nonprofit leaders, members of academia and renowned philanthropists. Based on the vision of philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University was launched in 2014 to develop curriculum that is now being shared with affiliated Institutes around the country. To learn more about the movement led by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University: http://sanfordeducationprograms.org/instituteofphilanthropy.cfm
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its ranking of Nebraska’s best colleges for 2017. Of the 20 four-year schools included on the list, Creighton University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Doane College Crete and Hastings College were the top five schools. Of the 9 two-year schools included in the ranking, Western Nebraska Community College, Mid-Plains Community College, Metropolitan Community College, Northeast Community College and Southeast Community College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “A strong educational foundation can open a lot of doors when it comes to starting a new career,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “These Nebraska colleges and universities have distinguished themselves by providing excellent service to student through quality degree programs and career resources.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Nebraska” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also analyzed based on additional metrics including program offerings, employment services, academic counseling, opportunities for financial aid, graduation rates and student/teacher ratios. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Nebraska” list, visit: Nebraska’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Bellevue University Chadron State College Clarkson College College of Saint Mary Concordia University-Nebraska Creighton University Doane College-Crete Grace University Hastings College Midland University Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Nebraska Wesleyan University Peru State College Union College University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska Medical Center University of Nebraska-Lincoln Wayne State College York College Nebraska’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Central Community College Little Priest Tribal College Metropolitan Community College Mid-Plains Community College Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture Nebraska Indian Community College Northeast Community College Southeast Community College Western Nebraska Community College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | April 19, 2017
South Dakotan and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, one of the country’s most generous philanthropists, is donating $28 million to the private, nonprofit National University System to further its role leading the national adoption of three initiatives: Sanford Harmony, Sanford Inspire and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. Based on the vision of Mr. Sanford, the three Sanford Education Programs provide innovative, research-based solutions designed to address critical needs in teacher education, PreK-12 instruction and nonprofit fundraising. The donation, which is the largest ever received by the National University System, ensures the continued expansion of all three programs, which give people the tools to develop better relationships. More than 500,000 PreK-12 students from Los Angeles to New York City are being reached through a phased roll-out of two of the initiatives: Sanford Harmony, a PreK-6 social emotional learning program that promotes positive peer interactions and communication among boys and girls; and Sanford Inspire, which supports inspiring PreK-12 teaching through teacher education. The Sanford Harmony program, based on eight years of research at Arizona State University’s T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics, has also been adopted in some of the largest school districts in the country. “We are very appreciative to have received this historic gift, which affirms the remarkable impact of these initiatives and allows for us to expand even further the capacity of these programs to transform the lives of our children, schools and communities,” said Dr. Michael R. Cunningham, Chancellor of the National University System, a network of nonprofit education institutions including National University that collectively serve higher education and K-12 students. “We are honored to carry out the vision of Denny Sanford, who is the inspiration and driving force behind these programs, and we are dedicated to ensuring their impact will last for generations.” The donation from Mr. Sanford brings total funding to date for the programs to approximately $70 million, which comes through a combination of donations from Mr. Sanford, Dr. Cunningham, anonymous donors and matching funds from National University itself. The National University System is leading the nationwide expansion of the programs through collaborations with more than a dozen other universities and numerous school districts around the country. The funding allows for Sanford Harmony to be available to PreK-12 schools at no cost. “Helping others is what this is all about, and it’s why I’m so pleased to recognize the remarkable impacts these three programs are having nationwide,” said Mr. Sanford. “What started out as a dream is now a reality, and to me the greatest gift of all is being able to see for myself how these programs are strengthening our communities and helping children succeed in school and life.” With adoption in more than three dozen states, the PreK-6 Sanford Harmony social emotional learning program continues to expand significantly. Based on Mr. Sanford’s desire to improve relationships among children into adulthood, Sanford Harmony supports positive peer interactions through lessons and activities that encourage communication, collaboration, and mutual respect among boys and girls. The program is being adopted by public and private schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and Magnet Schools of America. It is also being introduced to three of the five largest school districts in the country: New York City, where in partnership with Long Island University the program is in the process of reaching more than 100,000 students; as well as in Los Angeles and Clark County, Nevada. “I am confident that the Sanford Harmony program will lead to stronger and healthier relationships among children while fostering positive, lifelong relationships and ultimately lowering divorce rates,” said Mr. Sanford. With new resources being developed monthly, the Sanford Inspire program now offers 60 video training modules developed in collaboration with Arizona State University. The PreK-12 initiative is based on Mr. Sanford’s vision to support inspiring teaching, and was developed in conjunction with Teach for America. Sanford Inspire provides access to research-based teaching methodologies, and on-demand, self-guided online modules and offers a tool box to help teachers create inspiring classroom environments. A movement as well as a resource, Sanford Inspire principles and resources are being integrated as part of teacher education programs by a growing number of colleges and universities and impacting to date about 14,000 pre-service and in-service teachers. National University’s Sanford College of Education, which is among the Top Ten largest schools of education in the country, has aligned Sanford Inspire principles with its curriculum and programs. More than a dozen other schools and colleges of education are currently adopting Sanford Inspire, including City University of Seattle, which is also part of the National University System, and Nova Southeastern University in Florida. National University performed the research and development of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University, which has directly impacted more than 12,000 frontline nonprofit fundraisers. The University is also supporting the expansion of a national network of affiliated Institutes at universities around the country, including John F. Kennedy University, and City University of Seattle, both affiliates of the National University System; Bellevue University; Augustana University; and Long Island University in New York. The founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University has created foundational curriculum based on the vision of Mr. Sanford to increase the impact of nonprofits through a unique focus on frontline fundraising and donor relations. A common cornerstone among each Institute is the Cause Selling approach, which blends the passion of philanthropy with an emphasis on proven business principles. With the development of more than 30 instructional modules and a one-of-its-kind textbook – Cause Selling: The Sanford Way – the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University meets the standards of excellence as outlined by Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) International and has been approved by the nonprofit certification organization as a Continuing Education Provider. About the National University System The National University System is a network of accredited nonprofit education institutions serving higher education and K-12 students that includes National University, John F. Kennedy University, City University of Seattle, WestMed College and the Division of Pre-College Programs. Established in 2001 to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st Century, the network’s complementary universities offer pathways for students to attain professional and terminal degrees through quality and innovative programs delivered in a format that is flexible to the needs of adult learners. The anchor institution, National University, was founded in 1971 and is among the largest private, nonprofit institutions of higher education in California with more than 150,000 alumni. For more information on the National University System: https://www.nusystem.org/ About the Sanford Education Center and Sanford College of Education at National University The Sanford Education Center at National University was established in 2014 through the generous support of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford to provide innovative programs in the nonprofit and PreK-12 sectors. The Center, in coordination with universities around the country, is leading the national expansion of three initiatives: Sanford Harmony, Sanford Inspire and the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy. The Center’s initiatives are supported by National University, which is home to the Sanford College of Education, and the National University System. Learn more: http://sanfordeducationprograms.org/
News Article | April 20, 2017
Kevin Berg is executive vice president of production at CBS Network Entertainment Group. He's been responsible for the launch and success of the CSI and NCIS franchises, Blue Bloods, Elementary, and more. But as a young man growing up in Massachusetts, Berg was aimless. He took a year off after high school to work at one of the region's many chair factories. He didn't want to do it forever, so he enrolled at Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) and studied communications. After college, he did a brief stint at a Boston radio station, then headed to Los Angeles. After knocking on doors, he ended up with a job with an award-winning director. Now a success in his field, Berg also has become a philanthropist. He served five years as a member of the Board for the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a leading charitable organization. And he's involved with Save the Children and several community impact projects. He's also helped countless people start careers in the industry. He's known for answering cold calls and taking chances on people. Berg embodies MWCC's mission to prepare individuals for lives of fulfillment, leadership, and service in a diverse and global society. Chong Keun Chu came to America from Seoul, Korea, in 1975. Unsure of how exactly to make his dream a reality, he got a job doing manual labor in Texas. In 1978, he heard about the opening of a new college: Brookhaven College. Chu enrolled in a non-credit painting class. His teacher recognized his talent and passion. He encouraged Chu to enroll as a credit student. Chu took his advice. Eventually, he transferred to Southern Methodist University with a full scholarship. Chu has embraced his heritage and identity in his art. It's redefined him as a Korean-American artist. Now, his art has been featured more than 30 times at numerous galleries nationally and internationally. In 1995, he published the Korean drawing book, From Trash to Treasure. It introduced the American art education system to Korean art students and their parents. In 2006, Chu was the American Continental Curator of the third Gong-Ju International Art Festival in Korea. Closer to home, he and his wife created art for two Dallas Rapid Transit stations. Chu's been a full-time professor of fine art at Brookhaven since 2002, and donates his artwork to college fundraising projects. Jonathan Mark Lane, an alumnus of Big Bend Community College (Washington), was a teacher and wrestling coach at Frontier Middle School when, in 1996, he found himself facing down a 14-year-old student who had a hunting rifle. The student shot and killed his teacher and two other students, and severely injured another student. Lane risked his life to confront and disarm the student and save the lives of 16 students. He received the Carnegie Hero Award, the Rotary International Paul Harris Award, and several others. He was invited to testify before a committee at the U.S. House of Representatives regarding school shootings, and a made-for-television show called Hero's Welcome, airing in 2006, highlighted his actions. Lane continued to be an educator, serving as a principal before entering public service. He served on the Moses Lake City Council for 11 years and was elected mayor in 2010. He's served as a trustee at Big Bend Community College and established the Lane Family Scholarship fund at the college to support low-income students. He's currently president of the Washington State Association of College Trustees. Emad Rahim's life today is a far cry from where he started out. He was born in a concentration camp in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. His father and brother died there. Rahim's mother strapped him to her back and risked landmines and soldiers to get to a refugee camp in Thailand. They were awarded sponsorship to America, but there were more setbacks. While living in Brooklyn during the height of the crack epidemic, Rahim walked into a drug deal gone wrong. He was shot in the leg. His mother decided to relocate the family to Syracuse. There were other struggles: an abusive stepfather, poverty, dyslexia and discrimination. Rahim got through high school with the help of a mentor. At New York's Onondaga Community College, he began taking on leadership roles. He went on to earn multiple graduate degrees in business and a doctorate in management. Along the way, he became a husband and father. Now, Rahim serves as an endowed chair and professor at Bellevue University. He founded the Project Management Center of Excellence at Bellevue, and Venture Connect at Morrisville State College. He's been a Fulbright Scholar and a TedX speaker. He uses his own story to inspire and motivate students. He works with community organizations to combat racism and foster diversity. He received a congressional award for civic engagement and was recognized by the United Nations as an Empact 100 Honoree. His story was turned into a short documentary and was part of the Syracuse Theater production, Tales from the Salt City. Karen Trovato's inventive nature began early. The daughter of an IBM engineer, she earned an amateur radio license when she was 9 years old and enjoyed helping her father with technical projects and his own inventions. It left a mark on her. Trovato studied math at Dutchess Community College in New York—one of the few women studying in that field. She continued her schooling and eventually earned her Ph.D. in computer science and robotics from the University of Amsterdam. She spent 36 years working at Philips Research North America, developing around 50 inventions. She developed algorithms that led to the self-parking car. In 2005, she was named Inventor of the Year by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. Her work resulted in 40 issued patents in the U.S. and over a hundred worldwide. But of her many inventions, it's her work in healthcare that really keeps her going. She invented the Electronic Pill in 2007 after becoming interested in Michael J. Fox's struggle with Parkinson's disease. The remote-controllable pill delivers medication at the most optimal time. This invention spun out of Philips and became the Medimetrics company, offering Intellicap. She's currently working on devices that reach and treat lung cancer without surgery. Trovato also values community service. She's a trained EMT and volunteered weekly for the Peekskill Ambulance Corps for years. And she works with the American Association of University Women to introduce girls to science, math, technology and engineering. As the voice of the nation's community colleges, the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), delivers educational and economic opportunity for 12 million diverse students in search of the American Dream. Uniquely dedicated to access and success for all students, AACC's nearly 1,200 member colleges provide an on-ramp to degree attainment, skilled careers and family-supporting wages. Located in Washington, D.C., AACC advocates for these not-for-profit, public-serving institutions to ensure they have the resources and support they need to deliver on the mission of increasing economic mobility for all. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/outstanding-community-college-alumni-to-be-honored-by-national-association-300442154.html
News Article | February 17, 2017
— The ranking took into account accreditation, costs, acceptance rate, student satisfaction, and other factors that accounting students look for in potential programs, such as salary outcomes of each program. University of Massachusetts Amherst took the top spot. The second and third spots went to, Northeastern University and Auburn University, respectively. Six of the sixteen schools in the ranking have achieved AACSB accreditation, which is highly prestigious and has only been given to 170 schools in the nation. Along with rankings, the report includes pertinent information about each ranked school and degree program. The complete list of schools can be seen below (listed alphabetically): Auburn University Bellevue University Indiana Wesleyan University Liberty University Northeastern University Penn State World Campus Regis University Saint Leo University Southern New Hampshire University Southern Oregon University University of Alabama Birmingham University of Maryland University College University of Massachusetts Amherst University of the Incarnate Word Washington State University Western Governors University The ranking placement and information about each school can be found at http://www.topaccounting.org/rankings/best-online-bachelors-degree-in-accounting/ According to managing editor of TopAccounting.org, Ivor Lee, “These schools stand out from among their peers not because of their size, or their reputation but because of their dedication to making education available to all students online. Online education is a field that is constantly changing and these schools have made the effort to stay relevant and agile--and in doing so have been able to help many students earn their accounting degrees.” Lee says, “Congratulations to these schools for maintaining high standards in their traditional and online programs and ensuring an equitable and educational experience for their students. This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and faculty at these schools.” Top Accounting is an independent and objective resource for current and prospective accounting students. We offer data-based rankings of on-campus and online accounting degree programs, as well as career and education advice. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who produce accounting school and program rankings and accounting resources. For more information, please visit http://www.topaccounting.org/
News Article | February 28, 2017
MastersinAccounting.info, a leading career and education website focused on graduate programs in accounting and finance, has released its ranking of the Top Online Master’s in Accounting Programs. To be considered for the list, schools with an online master’s in accounting program were checked for not-for-profit status and accreditation from one of the six regional accreditation agencies in the US recognized by the US Department of Education. The online degrees from the schools on the list are also the same degrees granted to traditional, on-campus students. The rankings were based on factors measuring academic quality, student experience, and graduate success. The ranking uses a unique methodology that considers such factors as the average tuition cost per online credit hour; program accreditation by the AACSB, ACBSP, or IACBE; the average mid-career pay of alumni; and school rankings according to US News & World Report in the regional, national, and online categories. Rob Voce, founder of MastersinAccounting.info, said about the list: “Enrollment in online degree programs is increasing and schools are responding by offering more distance education programs at the graduate level - which can be particularly convenient for those who are already working full-time. Our ranking is designed to help these prospective students learn about and compare first-rate online master’s in accounting programs that offer long-term value.” Overall, 37 schools with online master’s in accounting programs satisfied the inclusion requirements and ranked on this list. Auburn University, in Auburn, Alabama, captured the top spot on the list, followed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the second spot. As well as providing schools’ results on ranking factors, the Top Online Master’s in Accounting Programs list includes detailed information on schools’ admissions statistics and requirements as well as tuition comparisons. For the top-ranking schools the list also provides: The top schools on this year’s list are: 1. Auburn University Raymond J. Harbert College of Business (Auburn, AL) 2. University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School (Chapel Hill, NC) 3. University of Connecticut School of Business (Storrs, CT) 4. University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management (Amherst, MA) 5. Pennsylvania State University World Campus (State College, PA) 6. University of Southern California Marshall School of Business (Los Angeles, CA) 7. Emporia State University School of Business (Emporia, KS) 8. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Business School (New Brunswick, NJ) 9. Colorado State University College of Business (Fort Collins, CO) 10. University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business (Birmingham, AL) 11. University of Texas at Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Business (Richardson, TX) 12. St. John’s University Peter J. Tobin College of Business (Jamaica, NY) 13. Georgia Southern University College of Business Administration (Statesboro, GA) 14. Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business (Boston, MA) 15. DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business (Chicago, IL) 16. Golden Gate University Edward S. Ageno School of Business (San Francisco, CA) 17. Southern New Hampshire University College of Online and Continuing Education (Hooksett, NH) 18. California State University, Sacramento College of Business Administration (Sacramento, CA) 19. University of Scranton Kania School of Management (Scranton, PA) 20. Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management (Syracuse, NY) 21. University of Hartford Barney School of Business (West Hartford, CT) 22. University of Miami School of Business Administration (Coral Gables, FL) 23. George Mason University School of Business (Fairfax, VA) 24. University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business (Vermillion, SD) 25. Florida Atlantic University College of Business (Boca Raton, FL) 26. Stetson University M.E. Rinker Sr. Institute of Tax and Accountancy (DeLand, FL) 27. Rider University College of Business Administration (Lawrenceville, NJ) 28. New England College School of Graduate and Professional Studies (Henniker, NH) 29. Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT) 30. Indiana Wesleyan University DeVoe School of Business (Marion, IN) 31. Plymouth State University College of Business Administration (Plymouth, NH) 32. Bellevue University College of Business (Bellevue, NE) 33. Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business (Chicago, IL) 34. Franklin University Ross College of Business (Columbus, OH) 35. Nova Southeastern University Huizenga College of Business (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 36. Saint Mary’s University Graduate School of Business and Technology (Winona, MN) 37. Baypath University School of Science & Management (Longmeadow, MA) *See the full rankings and program details here: http://www.mastersinaccounting.info/online-masters-in-accounting/ About MastersinAccounting.info: MastersinAccounting.info is a free online resource focused on providing accurate and up-to-date information on degrees, programs, and schools for prospective master’s in accounting students. The site also provides additional resources such as career outlooks, graduate student guides, scholarships, and more. MastersinAccounting.info’s goal is to be best in class.
News Article | November 14, 2016
The John F. Kennedy University Sanford Institute of Philanthropy and the Tesoro Foundation are pleased to announce philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford will be a keynote speaker at a Nov. 15 Symposium – Building Outrageously Successful Nonprofit Organizations – that is co-hosted by the University and sponsored by the Tesoro Foundation. Mr. Sanford is considered to be one of the world’s most generous philanthropists, and he has donated more than 1 billion dollars to causes he supports nationwide ranging from education to nonprofits. Mr. Sanford is the namesake of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University, launched earlier this year as part of a national network of Institutes that are based on Mr. Sanford’s vision and approach toward helping nonprofits improve fundraising and donor relations through seminars and educational programs. Each Institute offers curricula developed by the founding Institute, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University, and presentations by recognized community nonprofit leaders, members of academia, and philanthropic leaders. The day-long Symposium, which is being offered at no cost, is being held at the Concord Hilton and is designed to support nonprofit executives, board members and management staff. It includes presentations by Rudolph A. Johnson III, President and CEO of Neighborhood House Association in San Diego and recipient of the KPBS Black History Month Local Hero Award, as well as nationally-recognized expert and author Heather Carpenter, Ph.D. To register: http://www.jfku.edu/Events/2016-John-F-Kennedy-University-Institute-of-Philanthropy.html “We are pleased to have such a distinguished group of speakers and nonprofit leaders join us for this very special Symposium that highlights the great work being done by our region’s nonprofits, and we are very thankful for Tesoro’s support” said Debra Bean, President of JFK University. “We are particularly honored to welcome Mr. Sanford, a world-renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist and the namesake of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy network, to share his insight and inspiration with our San Francisco area community.” Strengthening fundraising and donor relations are top concerns among local nonprofits, according to results from a recent survey in the East Bay by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University, and the Symposium will explore these themes and others related to the nonprofit community. The annual event is the largest to date, according to Patty Deutsche, Director of Northern California Government and Public Affairs for Tesoro: “Tesoro gives more than $1 million each year to local non-profits but we can’t help them all. Knowing that these organizations are the backbone to a healthy society, funding this Symposium is one more way Tesoro can assist in building and strengthening our community.” Two years ago, Mr. Sanford teamed up with San Diego-based National University, a private nonprofit university in California that, like JFK University, is part of the National University System, to develop educational programs that emphasize a Cause Selling approach that strengthens donor relationships. The Cause Selling approach, as envisioned by Mr. Sanford, applies business and sales principles that position nonprofits with making the right ask for causes that are important to them. This approach has been detailed in a one-of-its kind textbook, Cause Selling: The Sanford Way. “The JFK University Sanford Institute of Philanthropy supports nonprofits in our region by helping them develop essential fundraising and leadership skills that will result in a greater community impact while achieving organizational growth and sustainability,” said Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University. “We are honored to provide access to high-quality training, functioning as a hub for information and technical resources, and strengthening collaborative efforts to build a strong and robust nonprofit community.” Since the launch of the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University in 2014, affiliate Sanford Institutes of Philanthropy have been created at Augustana University serving the South Dakota region and Bellevue University serving the Nebraska and the western Iowa region. Each Institute, including the one at JFK University, offers educational programs based on the tenets of the Cause Selling approach and being responsive to the unique needs and challenges facing nonprofits in each distinct community. At JFK University, that has included, in addition to sponsoring the Symposium, offering seminars, networking sessions, and webinars. About John F. Kennedy University For over 50 years, John F. Kennedy University, a non-profit affiliate of the National University System, has offered undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs that prepare individuals for career success while also engaging the student in personal growth through a commitment to service. Today, the University’s three Colleges provide innovative higher education opportunities to 1, 200 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit http://www.jfku.edu. About Tesoro Foundation. The Tesoro Foundation is a separate, 501(c)(3), philanthropic affiliate of Tesoro Companies, Inc. Tesoro and the Tesoro Foundation are committed to collaborating with our stakeholders to create cleaner, safer, well-educated communities where we operate. We create Shared Value for us and our communities by ensuring our charitable investments serve the communities’ needs, harness our employees’ passions and interests, and align with our business goals. We strategically focus our community investments in three core areas where we can make a positive, measurable impact: STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), public safety, and environmental conservation and sustainability. For more information, visit http://tsocorp.com/social-responsibility/tesoro-community-investments/.
News Article | December 8, 2016
Organizations spent an average of $1,252 per employee on training and development initiatives in 2015, a $23 increase from 2014, according to the recently released ATD 2016 State of the Industry report, sponsored by Bellevue University and the Training Associates. Developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the workforce continues to be a priority for organizations. The use of technology is increasing in the delivery of training, but about half of all learning is still delivered live in a traditional classroom. ATD’s 2016 State of the Industry report is based on a survey of more than 300 organizations of various sizes, industries, and locations. Key findings include the following: The ATD 2016 State of the Industry report is a free member benefit and is available on the ATD Store. ATD will also host a webcast about the report’s findings on Wednesday, December 21, 2016. The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is the world’s largest professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees, improve performance, and help to achieve results for the organizations they serve. Originally established in 1943, the association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector. ATD supports talent development professionals who gather locally in volunteer-led U.S. chapters and international member networks, and with international strategic partners. For more information, visit http://www.td.org.
News Article | December 2, 2016
Four new chemical elements now have official names and symbols, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) announced this week. After a five-month review, IUPAC chemists have approved the four names for superheavy elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 proposed by the elements' discoverers. Such superheavy elements, whose atomic numbers indicate how many protons reside in each nucleus, don't occur naturally in nature, so they must be created in labs. Following tradition, the names needed to honor a place, geographic region or scientist, with the name endings following specific protocols related to each element's placement on the periodic table of elements. Here are the new names: The IUPAC announced in January that the four elements would land on the periodic table, though the elements remained nameless. Then, in June, the IUPAC announced the new names, which had yet to be finalized. [Elementary, My Dear: 8 Elements You've Never Heard Of] The five-month window was meant to give the public a chance to make suggestions or raise concerns about the element names, considering these names will be used around the world, in many languages, Cleveland Evans, a professor of psychology who studies names and naming at Bellevue University in Nebraska and chairs the Name of the Year committee for the American Name Society, told Live Science in June. The proposed names seem to have sailed through unscathed, though that doesn't mean interest was lacking. "Overall, it was a real pleasure to realize that so many people are interested in the naming of the new elements, including high-school students, making essays about possible names and telling how proud they were to have been able to participate in the discussions," Jan Reedijk, president of the IUPAC's Inorganic Chemistry Division, said in a statement. "It is a long process from initial discovery to the final naming, and IUPAC is thankful for the cooperation of everyone involved. For now, we can all cherish our periodic table completed down to the seventh row." Scientists with Japan's RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science proposed the element name nihonium, which is one way to say "Japan" in Japanese and means "the land of the rising sun," according to the IUPAC. Kosuke Morita and his colleagues created the elusive element on Aug. 12, 2012, after colliding zinc nuclei together in a thin layer of bismuth. Like other superheavy elements, after 113 was created, it quickly decayed, ultimately turning element 113 into 111, and then 109, 107, 105, 103 and finally into element 101, according to Morita. Names for elements 115 and 117 were proposed by their discoverers at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee; Vanderbilt University in Tennessee; and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. Both element names, moscovium and tennessine, honor regions where experiments linked to creating the elements took place. The name oganesson, for element 118, honors Yuri Oganessian "for his pioneering contributions to transactinide elements research," IUPAC officials said, referring to elements with atomic numbers 104 through 120. "His many achievements include the discovery of super-heavy elements and significant advances in the nuclear physics of super-heavy nuclei, including experimental evidence for the 'island of stability,'" an idea suggesting that super-heavy elements can become stable at some point in their existence. Though there is no certain limit for the number of protons that can be stuffed into an atomic nucleus, the higher the number, the more unstable the element, chemists say. Now that the seventh row (called a period) of the periodic table has been completed with element 118, according to the IUPAC, chemists will continue to search for heavier elements beyond that.