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News Article | October 29, 2016
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The 2016 ranking of the Best Online Colleges in Texas has been released by leading higher education and online student resource provider, AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Four-year colleges earning the highest marks include the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, the University of Texas, Victoria, and Southwestern Adventist University. Frank Phillips College, Western Texas College and Odessa College received top honors for two-year colleges. Between the two lists, more than 70 colleges in Texas were recognized for their variety of online education options and their strong focus on affordability. "The number of Texans earning college degrees has increased dramatically over the past five years,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "We’ve found the schools in Texas who are designing learning options to be more flexible and accessible than ever before, for both in-state students and learners located across the nation.” To earn a place on AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s list, schools are required to meet certain baseline criteria. Colleges must be accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions. Schools had to also meet baseline affordability standards, offering in-state tuition for under $5,000 per year at two year schools and under $25,000 per year at four year schools. Each college’s ranking is determined by an in-depth analysis of more than a dozen different metrics, ranging from financial aid options to graduation rate to online program variety. The full list of colleges is included below. To see where each ranks specifically and to get more specific details about the methodology used to compare each college, visit the following page: The Best Two-Year Online Colleges in Texas for 2016: Alvin Community College Amarillo College Central Texas College College of the Mainland Collin College Del Mar College El Paso Community College Frank Phillips College Grayson College Houston Community College Kilgore College Lamar Institute of Technology Lone Star College Navarro College North Central Texas College Odessa College Panola College South Plains College Tarrant County College District Temple College Texas State Technical College - Waco Trinity Valley Community College Tyler Junior College Western Texas College The Best Four-Year Online Colleges in Texas for 2016: Amberton University Angelo State University Arlington Baptist College Dallas Baptist University Dallas Christian College Grace School of Theology King's University Lamar University Lubbock Christian University Messenger College Midwestern State University Our Lady of the Lake University Parker University Prairie View A & M University Sam Houston State University South Texas College Southwestern Adventist University Southwestern Assemblies of God University Southwestern Christian College Stephen F. Austin State University Sul Ross State University Tarleton State University Texas A & M University - Central Texas Texas A & M University - College Station Texas A & M University - Commerce Texas A & M University - Corpus Christi Texas A & M University - Kingsville Texas A & M University - Texarkana Texas Tech University Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Texas Woman's University The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Brownsville The University of Texas at El Paso The University of Texas at Tyler The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center The University of Texas Medical Branch The University of Texas of the Permian Basin University of Houston - Clear Lake University of Houston - Downtown University of Houston - Victoria University of North Texas University of North Texas at Dallas Wayland Baptist University West Texas A & M University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


Abraham R.,Christian College | George J.,Christian College | Thomas J.,Eastern Condiments Ltd. | Yusuff K.K.M.,Cochin University of Science and Technology
Fuel | Year: 2013

The oleoresin industries in India make use of the spice residue as boiler fuel and the combustion of this waste biomass generates tons of ash everyday. Herein the study we have carried out the characterization of this industrial waste ash in order to have a broad awareness of its properties in terms of toxicity, composition and possible utility. Techniques like XRF, ICP-AES, SEM-EDS, surface area, pore volume analysis, powder XRD, TG-DTA, FTIR and elemental analyses were used for the purpose. Ash collected from the grate fired furnace (bottom ash) as well the flyash deposited on the boiler walls and pipes were analyzed. Elemental analysis of the ashes indicates its potential as a crude fertilizer or cement replacement material. PXRD indicates the presence of several crystalline phases such as harrisonite (Ca(Fe3+,Mg) 6(PO4)2(SiO4)2), aphthitalite ((K,Na)3Na(SO4)2, cryptomelane (KMn4+6Mn2+2O16), varulite (NaCaMn2+2.25Fe2+0.5Fe 3+0.25(PO4)3), marokite (CaMn 2O4), fersilicite (FeSi) in the flyash fraction and the phases magnetite (Fe3+2Fe2+O4), kalsilite (KAlSiO4), cryptomelane (KMn4+ 6Mn2+2O16), fukuchilite (Cu 3Fe2+S8), walthierite (Ba0.5Al 3(SO4)2(OH)6), and magnesite (Mg(CO3) in furnace ash. The amorphous nature of silica in the ashes is evident from the characteristic broad hump around 2θ = 30. The iron rich fraction of the ash consists primarily of magnetite which leads to a greenish blue color on heating the ash above 650°C. This magnetite fraction if separated could find use as catalysts in organic reactions. SEM images indicate the ashes to be highly agglomerated and EDX data shows the surface of the ash particles covered with potassium oxide and carbon. The percentage of K seems to be higher in the flyash due to the volatility of the potassium compounds which is carried up by the air current. Even though the surface area of the as received ashes is negligible an acid treatment removes the surface adsorbed species and increases the surface area to 368 m2/g making it an effective adsorbent. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


News Article | October 28, 2016
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CDF Capital announced the addition of a new Vice President to its Ministry Development Team. Dirk Scates has been appointed to the role of Vice President of Ministry Development for Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri where he will help serve the local church and further CDF Capital’s mission statement of “Helping Churches Grow.” Dirk will report to Executive Vice President of Lending and Investments, Lou Myers. “We are blessed to have found Dirk at the time he desired to return to ministry. With his extensive ministerial experience as well as the work he’s been doing the last couple of years, he is the perfect choice for CDF Capital as we continue to pursue our mission of helping churches grow.” said Lou Myers, EVP Lending and Investments. He added, “Our calling to serve the church and its leaders with a wide variety of offerings is best delivered by a team of Ministry Development representatives who have had direct experience with the issues that church staff encounter every day. Dirk fits that model very well and is ideally suited to advise and consult with the churches in these states.” Dirk joins CDF Capital after a break in his three-decade ministry career. Most recently Dirk worked as an instructor for GSI Training Services where he led trainings for Fortune 500 companies including: Intel, Lexmark, Monsanto, Abbott Labs, Eli Lilly and Company, Chevron, Duke Energy Lonza Corporation, and several others. Additionally, he was the content officer for all CBT & WBT courses, and the regulation publications for Government Services Institute (GSI). Prior to his work at GSI, Dirk served as a Senior Pastor for over a decade at Tonganoxie Christian Church. He began his career in ministry serving over thirty years in the Christian Church, beginning in Phoenix, AZ (Northwest Christian), then in Sugar Land, TX (Providence Christian), and Tonganoxie, KS (Tonganoxie Christian) respectively. While in Tonganoxie, he served for four years on the board of directors at Nebraska Christian College. President of CDF Capital, Dusty Rubeck states, “Dirk is the right choice for I-35 Corridor. He has a long history and great reputation in ministry adding to our relationships with the churches we serve. We are very pleased to welcome him to the CDF Capital team.” Dirk graduated from Manhattan Christian College with his B.S in Biblical Studies and completed 90 hours toward a B.S in Biology at Kansas State University. In addition, Dirk has completed graduate work from Emmanuel School of Religion in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Pacific Christian College in Fullerton, California. He attributes his success to God, his family legacy in the Christian Church, his supportive wife, Shelley, and their three children. Dirk states, “The truth is I’m just a ragamuffin Christian. I look forward to returning to my roots in ministry. I consider it a profound honor and my highest calling to lead and serve believers in the church and love the people who have yet to discover God is for them. I believe the Church, is the hope of world and God’s primary instrument for reconciling the world back to Himself. My passion for the past 35 years, which continues now with CDF Capital, is helping churches grow!” About CDF Capital: Since its founding in 1953, CDF Capital has provided financing for the expansion, building, and growth of Independent Christian Churches and ministries all across the United States. Today, CDF Capital believes that church growth is more than just attendance and finances; it also involves congregational spiritual maturity, a culture of healthy leadership, discipleship-making, and more. When a church is properly resourced financially, spiritually, and in leadership, lives are transformed. CDF Capital is a member of the Provision Ministry Group. For more information, visit CDF Capital online at http://www.CDFcapital.org and on social media platforms at https://www.facebook.com/CDFcapital/ https://www.instagram.com/CDFcapital/ https://twitter.com/CDFcapital For more Information, please contact:


News Article | October 28, 2016
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A leading resource for higher education and student resources, AffordableCollegesOnline.org, has released its list of Kansas’ Best Online Colleges for 2016-2017. The site analyzed a mixture of data on both two-year and four-year schools, ranking the following colleges and universities in the top five: Fort Hayes State University, Washburn University, Sterling College, Newman University and Manhattan Christian College for four-year schools; Allen County Community College, Kansas City Kansas Community College, Barton County Community College, Hutchinson Community College and Seward County Community College for two-year schools. "More than 100,000 students enrolled in college programs in Kansas last year, and nearly half of those were non-residents” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "There is a growing opportunity for colleges in Kansas to offer distance or online learning programs to their students, and the schools on our list are the ones who have already made a point to emphasize high-quality online education.” To be considered for the Best Online Colleges in Kansas list, schools were required to meet several minimum criteria points. All colleges must hold regional accreditation and be public or private not-for-profit entities to qualify. Affordability standards were also set at $5,000 or less for in-state tuition at two-year schools and $25,000 or less for in-state tuition at four-year schools. Each college earned its rank by analysis and comparison of more than a dozen unique data points, including financial aid stats and graduation rates. A complete list of schools making the Best Online Colleges in Kansas ranking are listed below. More details on school placement on each list and the methodology used to determine each school’s position can be found at the link below: Schools recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Kansas, Two-Year: Schools recognized as the 2016-2017 Best Online Colleges in Kansas, Four-Year: Barclay College Central Christian College of Kansas Emporia State University Fort Hays State University Friends University Manhattan Christian College Newman University Ottawa University - Kansas City Pittsburg State University Southwestern College Sterling College Tabor College University of Kansas University of Saint Mary Washburn University Wichita State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information, has highlighted Kansas’ best colleges and universities with online programs for 2017. A total of 33 schools were recognized for providing top-quality online learning programs. Of the 18 four-year schools that were ranked, University of Kansas, Kansas State University, Baker University, Southwestern University and Wichita State University came in as the top five institutions. Kansas’ top 15 two-year schools were also included, with Dodge City Community College, Barton County Community College, Hutchinson Community College, Johnson County Community College and Kansas City Kansas Community College taking the lead. “Students across the nation are increasingly interested in pursuing an online education, and Kansas is no exception,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list have proven to offer high quality education options online for students who want a more flexible, accessible certificate or degree program.” To earn a spot on Kansas’ “Best Online Schools” list, these colleges and universities must be public or private not-for-profit entities that are institutionally accredited. Each college is also rated based data points that include graduation rates, student/teacher ratios, student services and financial aid availability. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: The Best Online Four-Year Schools in Kansas for 2017 include the following: Baker University Barclay College Central Christian College of Kansas Emporia State University Fort Hays State University Friends University Kansas State University MidAmerica Nazarene University Newman University Ottawa University Pittsburg State University Southwestern College Sterling College Tabor College University of Kansas University of Saint Mary Washburn University Wichita State University Kansas’ Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Allen County Community College Barton County Community College Cloud County Community College Coffeyville Community College Colby Community College Cowley County Community College Dodge City Community College Flint Hills Technical College Hutchinson Community College Johnson County Community College Kansas City Kansas Community College Labette Community College Pratt Community College Seward County Community College and Area Technical School Wichita Area Technical College ### About Us: AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable, quality education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success.


News Article | November 10, 2016
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A list of the Best Online Colleges in North Carolina for 2016-2017 has been issued by leading online higher education resource provider AffordableCollegesOnline.org. Nearly 70 colleges and universities across the state were chosen for excellence and affordability in online education, with top marks going to North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, Western Carolina University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro among four-year schools and Pamlico Community College, Pitt Community College, Southwestern Community College, Stanly Community College and Lenoir Community College among two-year schools. "8 percent of undergraduate students and 16 percent of graduate students took advantage of online learning programs at North Carolina’s colleges and universities in 2012,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of AffordableCollegesOnline.org. "The schools on our lists are those that are best emphasizing the variety and quality of online education options in North Carolina, all while keeping affordability for their students in mind.” To qualify for a spot on the AffordableCollegesOnline.org Best list, all North Carolina colleges and universities were vetted based on several standard criteria points. Only accredited, public or private not-for-profit institutions were considered for the list. Those schools were additionally required to provide in-state tuition for no more than $5,000 per year at two-year schools and no more than $25,000 per year at four-year schools. Qualifying schools were then scored and ranked against one another based on more than a dozen statistical factors important to students, such as graduation rates and online program availability. A full list of North Carolina’s Best Online Colleges is included below. For specific school ranks and information on the data and methodology used to determine placement, visit: Apex School of Theology Appalachian State University Cabarrus College of Health Sciences Charlotte Christian College and Theological Seminary East Carolina University Fayetteville State University Grace College of Divinity Heritage Bible College John Wesley University Lees-McRae College Mid-Atlantic Christian University Montreat College North Carolina A & T State University North Carolina Central University North Carolina State University at Raleigh Piedmont International University Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary St. Andrews University University of Mount Olive University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of North Carolina at Charlotte University of North Carolina at Greensboro University of North Carolina at Pembroke University of North Carolina Wilmington Western Carolina University Winston-Salem State University AffordableCollegesOnline.org began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.


News Article | March 1, 2017
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“Letter of Love”: a tale of young love and war. ““Letter of Love”” is the creation of published author, Maria Teresa Hamilton, survivor of the Civil War in El Salvador, wife, mother, and co-founder of a Christian College. “I turned to be Christian at the age of fifteen. I dedicated myself to serve in very poor communities, and I study psychology. I lived the civil war. ” --Maria Teresa Hamilton Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Maria Teresa Hamilton’s new book reveals the power of love. The Civil War of El Salvador stretched from 1980 to 1992. During the worst moments of this bloody war, this true story took placed. It is the story of a solider, a guerrilla girl, and a young civil girl. Trapped in a war without reason from the beginning of their young lives, a love letter saves the lives of all three. View a synopsis of “Letter of Love” on YouTube. Consumers can purchase “Letter of Love” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble. For additional information or inquiries about “Letter of Love”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.


Mathew T.J.,Christian College | Prabhakaran Nayar S.R.,Central University of Kerala
Advances in Space Research | Year: 2012

The characteristics of the equatorial F-region zonal plasma drift during post-sunset period have been investigated using the multi-frequency HF Doppler radar. The pattern of the zonal plasma drift is such that it starts with a westward drift during the pre-sunset hours, followed by an eastward drift shortly after the E-region sunset. The zonal plasma drift is characterized by the presence of a positive vertical shear around the post-sunset period and maximum shear is observed at the time of the peak of the pre-reversal enhancement in the vertical drift. The presence of vertical shear in the zonal drift is associated with the post-sunset velocity vortex existing at the equatorial F-region. © 2012 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Jayakrishnan R.,Christian College
Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing | Year: 2013

A thin layer of p-type Cu2O was grown over flexible 30 μm thick copper substrates. Using Injection Chemical Vapor Deposition technique, n-type In2S3 thin films were grown over the Cu 2O layer. A p-n junction was thus realized. The Cu 2O/In2S3 hetero-structure showed photovoltaic behavior. A solar cell with the structure Cu/Cu2O/In 2S3/Ag could be fabricated. An acidic texturization sequence was developed which increased the photo-sensitivity of the In 2S3 window layer. The Cu/Cu2O/In 2S3/Ag hetero-structure with the textured window layer had an open circuit voltage of 377 mV, short circuit current density of 0.118 mA/cm2 and fill factor of 33.34%. It was found that the efficiency of the solar cell depended upon the photo-sensitivity of the In2S 3 window layer. The work demonstrates the use of copper substrate for thin film solar cell fabrication. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Philip S.K.,Christian College | Rajasekharan K.N.,Kerala University
Synthetic Communications | Year: 2011

Novel benzo-1,2,3-triazol-1-yl-(N-aryl)amidines (1) have been conveniently synthesized by the solvent-free reaction between 1,2,3-benzotriazole and arylcyanamides under thermal=microwave conditions in good yield. The versatility of these compounds (1) as amidine transfer reagents has been established by their conversion to trisubstituted guanidines by reaction with amines under solventless, thermal=microwave conditions.

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