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Friends University is a private non-denominational Christian university in Wichita, Kansas.Friends University was founded in 1898. The main building was originally built in 1886 for Garfield University, but was donated in 1898 to the Religious Society of Friends by James Davis, a St. Louis business man. In the 1930s the leadership of the school was turned over to an independent Board of Trustees, with some representation of the Mid-America Yearly Meeting of Friends on the board. It operates today with "an amicable but independent relationship with the Society of Friends." The mission of Friends University is "to provide a high quality undergraduate and graduate education that incorporates liberal arts instruction and professional studies within the context of the Christian faith." Wikipedia.

Chappell V.,Friends University
Proceedings of the International Conference on e-Learning, ICEL | Year: 2012

For years, educators have discussed how to assure successful online course outcomes while increasing student satisfaction and retention. Most literature advocates developing learning communities as the best way to engage students and provide quality online learning. However, course and program outcomes must be based on individual student achievement. Therefore, to increase retention and create an effective virtual classroom of adult learners, it is first necessary to bring out the best in each student. It takes time and directed faculty interaction to support each student in achieving their best performance and self-confidence. These qualities are necessary prerequisites for student participation and building a strong learning community. For example, first year MBA students usually do not meet standards of online discussion. Besides lacking necessary knowledge, many of them suffer from stage fright. When listening to an online lecture, each student is sitting on the front row as a passive and invisible recipient. But during group discussion and problem solving modules, each student becomes the central figure where the whole group can observe and evaluate his or her performance. Guided instruction by the professor will help each student develop their academic growth, professional confidence and business communication skills so they become capable of contributing to the discussion which is the basis of any community of learners. Once created, the community will help affirm each other's self-esteem, social recognition and growth. Therefore, a quality online classroom consists of three major interrelated entities: professor, student, and course content. The dynamic interaction between the professor and each student within the course content will prepare them for constructive business communications with other students in the online forums. Only individuals with independent critical thinking, professional confidence and business communication skills are capable of contributing to a discussion thus creating an effective and long lasting community of learners.

Brzorad J.N.,Lenoir-Rhyne University | MacCarone A.D.,Friends University
Waterbirds | Year: 2013

Studies must be performed throughout the year to determine how the seasonal energy requirements of Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) and Great Egrets (Ardea alba) change. Foraging behavior was quantified during the breeding season in Kansas and during the non-breeding season in Florida using energetic algorithms and scan sampling. Fifty-eight percent (n = 287) of breeding Snowy Egrets were observed ambulating while 51% (n = 271) of non-breeding Snowy Egrets were observed loafing. Standing foraging was the most commonly observed behavior among Great Egrets in both the breeding (54%, n = 91) and non-breeding (38%, n = 164) seasons. Behavior was dependent on season for both Snowy Egrets (x 2= 200.1, P < 0.001) and Great Egrets (x2= 187.4, P < 0.001). During the breeding season, Snowy Egrets expended 0.13 ± 0.06 W (Watts) in rivers and 0.08 + 0.02 W at weirs. During the non-breeding season Snowy Egrets expended 0.06 ± 0.01 W. During the breeding season Great Egrets expended 0.11 + 0.02 W at both weirs and in rivers, and 0.09 ± 0.02 W during the non-breeding season (F2,46 = 7.86, P < 0.0012). Snowy and Great egrets appear to vary their caloric demand on aquatic systems over the annual cycle. However, the quantity of energy derived from an ecosystem should not be the only factor taken into consideration in determining the value of that ecosystem.

De La O G.,Friends University | Matis T.,Texas Tech University
Journal of Applied Research and Technology | Year: 2014

Describe the interoceanic Mazatlan-Houston Logistic Corridor (MHLC) as an alternative route to create sustainable competitive advantages for Mexican, USA, and international firms competing in an international marketplace. Taking into account the competitive advantages of utilizing this corridor for international trade, we analyze supply chain strategies for Mexican and international companies demanding economical logistic solutions in this region. It was found that the MHLC benefits efficient industry segments with demand well known in advance. It was also found that the potential of both inbound and outbound container traffic to the Asia-Pacific marketplace along this international commerce corridor fluctuates between 39, 000 and 761, 000 TEU's.

Gryczynski J.,Friends Research InstituteBaltimore | Jaffe J.H.,Friends University | Schwartz R.P.,Friends Research InstituteBaltimore | Dusek K.A.,Friends Research InstituteBaltimore | And 5 more authors.
American Journal on Addictions | Year: 2013

Background: Recent policy initiatives in Baltimore City, MD significantly reduced access disparities between methadone and buprenorphine in the publicly funded treatment sector. Objectives: This study examines reasons for choosing buprenorphine over methadone among patients with access to both medications. Method: This study was embedded within a larger clinical trial conducted at two outpatient substance abuse treatment programs offering buprenorphine. Qualitative and quantitative data on treatment choice were collected for new patients starting buprenorphine treatment (n=80). The sample consisted of predominantly urban African American (94%) heroin users who had prior experience with non-prescribed street buprenorphine (85%), and opioid agonist treatment (68%). Qualitative data were transcribed and coded for themes, while quantitative data were analyzed using descriptive and bivariate statistics. Results: Participants typically conveyed their choice of buprenorphine treatment as a decision against methadone. Buprenorphine was perceived as a helpful medication while methadone was perceived as a harmful narcotic with multiple unwanted physical effects. Positive experiences with non-prescribed "street buprenorphine" were a central factor in participants' decisions to seek buprenorphine treatment. Conclusions: Differences in service structure between methadone and buprenorphine did not strongly influence treatment-seeking decisions in this sample. Personal experiences with medications and the street narrative surrounding them play an important role in treatment selection decisions. Scientific Significance: This study characterizes important decision factors that underlie patients' selection of buprenorphine over methadone treatment. © American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

Maccarone A.D.,Friends University | Brzorad J.N.,Lenoir-Rhyne University
Waterbirds | Year: 2016

Intraspecific and intersexual morphological variation is common in many groups of birds, but few studies with larger sample sizes exist for describing such variation in ardeids. Since 2008, three species of long-legged wading birds were captured for telemetry studies in Wichita, Kansas, USA, and on the East Coast of the USA in North Carolina, Maryland, and New Jersey. Captured individuals were weighed and their culmens and tarsi were measured before they were released. Beginning in 2013, a blood sample was collected from each bird and was used to determine its sex. Measurements of 103 birds of three species were used to examine statistical relationships among mass, culmen length, and tarsus length, and to determine whether males of Great Egrets (Ardea alba) and Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) differed from females in these values. Great Blue Herons (A. herodias; 1,702-2,859 g), Great Egrets (769-1,300 g), and Snowy Egrets (349-539 g) all showed high variation in body weights, but significantly lower variation in culmen and tarsus lengths. For all three species, body weight correlated significantly with both culmen and tarsus lengths, which were themselves strongly associated. Male Great and Snowy egrets were significantly heavier than females and also had longer culmens and tarsi. The role of interspecific differences in body size in reducing competition at feeding sites is discussed, as is the possible role of intersexual differences during the breeding season.

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