The United States Air Force Academy , is a military academy for officer candidates for the United States Air Force. Its campus is located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado, United States. The Academy's stated mission is "to educate, train, and inspire men and women to become officers of character, motivated to lead the United States Air Force in service to our nation." It is the youngest of the five United States service academies, having graduated its first class in 1959. Graduates of the Academy's four-year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree, and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. The Academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting more than a million visitors each year.Candidates for admission are judged on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, athletics and character. To gain admission, candidates must also pass a fitness test, undergo a thorough medical examination, and secure a nomination, which usually comes from the member of Congress in the candidate's home district. Recent incoming classes have had about 1,200 cadets; historically just under 1,000 of those will graduate. Tuition along with room and board are all paid for by the U.S. government. Cadets receive a monthly stipend, but incur a commitment to serve a number of years of military service after graduation.The program at the Academy is guided by the Air Force's core values of "Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do", and based on four "pillars of excellence": military training, academics, athletics and character development. In addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets also take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, humanities, social science, basic science, military studies and physical education. All cadets participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics, and a thorough character development and leadership curriculum provides cadets a basis for future officership. Each of the components of the program is intended to give cadets the skills and knowledge that they will need for success as officers. Wikipedia.
News Article | May 17, 2017
Ohio based children’s author, Laura Ceville, has announced that she is training for her first triathlon. The event is set for 11 June 2017 at Deer Creek State Park in Mount Sterling, Ohio. It will be a sprint triathlon, with 0.5 miles of swimming, 12.4 miles of cycling, and 3.1 miles of running to finish it off. She is currently in her fifth month of training, which she hopes will culminate in the IRONMAN World Championship in October of 2019–the year she turns 40. Athletes gain entry into the event in three ways: by earning a slot at a qualifying event, being selected in the IRONMAN Legacy program or by winning through the IRONMAN charitable eBay auction. More information can be found at: http://ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/world-championship/athletes/qualification-faq.aspx#ixzz4gsuqKJ9Y. Laura Ceville was born in Panama City, Panama, and came to the United States at a young age. It was here that she fell in love with the English language and kindled a dream to write fiction. She majored in English at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has gone on to publish a range of books. She is also an Air Force veteran, graduating in 2002 as a Second Lieutenant. She separated from the Air Force in 2006, seeking to pursue the dream of getting published. Laura published her first book in 2013, called My Dog, Jack. It features heartwarming illustrations, and she has since published four Kindle books, which are all available on Amazon. In addition to her writing career, Laura is the Vice President of The Brubaker Company, a mortgage and retirement protection company based in Eaton, Ohio. Her coach for the triathlon is Don Scarpero of DCS Endurance Coaching. Don has been competing in triathlons for 26 years, and brings a wealth of experience to her training, helping Laura to get in the best shape for the event. Coach Scarpero is a USAT certified triathlon coach, an ASCA certified swimming coach, and a healthy running certified coach. More information about DCS Endurance Coaching can be found at: http://dcsendurancecoaching.com. For more information, please visit http://www.dcsendurancecoaching.com/
News Article | May 17, 2017
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced approval of three new chapters to be established at institutions across the nation. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. The three institutions granted a charter for a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi include Long Island University, Nova Southeastern University and United States Air Force Academy. Once installed, these chapters will join more than 300 Phi Kappa Phi chapters in the United States and the Philippines. The Society currently inducts approximately 30,000 new members each year on its chapter campuses. “We are pleased to welcome these three institutions to the Phi Kappa Phi community,” said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. “The grant of a charter is a mark of excellence for an institution. We look forward to installing these new chapters so they can begin recognizing their best students with invitations to membership.” The Society’s board of directors approved the institutions’ petitions to establish a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi based on select criteria. Approved institutions must be a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an established reputation of excellence and an expressed commitment to upholding the values of the Society. Phi Kappa Phi was founded 120 years ago under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction. The Society’s mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Since its founding, more than 1.5 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization's more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit http://www.PhiKappaPhi.org.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of the best colleges and universities in Colorado for 2017. 20 four-year schools made the list, with University of Denver, Regis University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado—Colorado Springs and Colorado Colleges coming in with the highest scores. Of the 15 two-year schools that were also included, Aims Community College, Colorado Northwestern Community College, Trinidad State Junior College, Front Range Community College and Red Rocks Community College were the top five schools. A full list of schools is included below. “These schools have shown a commitment to preparing their students for success in college and beyond, with numbers to prove it,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “We measure data from each school, but also dig deeper into the success of alumni after college to find which colleges in Colorado truly are the best for students.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Colorado” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data points including the number of career and academic resources, annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, financial aid availability, 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 Colorado” list, visit: Colorado’s Best Four-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Adams State University Colorado Christian University Colorado College Colorado Mesa University Colorado School of Mines Colorado State University-Fort Collins Colorado State University-Global Campus Colorado State University-Pueblo Fort Lewis College Johnson & Wales University-Denver Metropolitan State University of Denver Naropa University Regis University United States Air Force Academy University of Colorado Boulder University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Colorado Denver University of Denver University of Northern Colorado Western State Colorado University Colorado’s Best Two-Year Colleges for 2017 include: Aims Community College Arapahoe Community College Colorado Northwestern Community College Community College of Aurora Community College of Denver Front Range Community College Lamar Community College Morgan Community College Northeastern Junior College Otero Junior College Pickens Technical College Pikes Peak Community College Pueblo Community College Red Rocks Community College Trinidad State Junior 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 | May 8, 2017
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Brian Leshko, HDR’s bridges and structures inspection program leader, has been inducted into the University of Connecticut’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers. Each year, the School of Engineering commends exceptional engineering alumni whose careers are characterized by their exemplary contributions to the engineering profession through research, practice, education, policy or service. “I am truly grateful to be honored for my contributions to the engineering profession,” Leshko said. “I am humbled to join the talented group of UConn graduates who have distinguished themselves and positively impacted society through their engineering achievements.” Leshko’s engineering career began at the United States Air Force Academy, where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He would later earn a master’s degree in structural engineering at UConn, and a master of civil engineering degree with an emphasis on structural dynamics from The Johns Hopkins University. Leshko’s education led to a fascination with inspection and evaluation techniques for bridges and tunnels. His professional commitment to this specialized area, as well as his diverse experience, has been instrumental in growing HDR’s bridges and structures inspection program into a national leader. What started as a cadre of six bridge engineers/inspectors has grown to a staff of more than 100 certified personnel. “It’s no surprise that Brian is receiving this well-deserved honor,” said Pat Hickox, HDR’s bridges and structures director. “It is through his commitment and dedication that we have been able to enhance our bridge and tunnel inspection services for our transportation clients. We are pleased others recognize the greatness we see each day.” Leshko shares his expertise through professional writings and presentations, and is contributing to several ongoing research projects for the Federal Highway Administration and National Cooperative Highway Research Program. He has been recognized as an Inaugural Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute and a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers—a prestigious honor held by fewer than five percent of ASCE members. About HDR’s bridge experience We have a passion for all types of bridges, and offer every bridge-related service you can think of and a few you might not. We work on some of the largest and most complex bridge programs in the United States, including leading the Hoover Dam Bypass design team, winner of the prestigious 2012 ACEC Grand Conceptor Award; serving as lead designer for both the New NY Bridge replacing the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Program public-private partnership; and co-managing the Oregon Transportation Investment Act III Bridge Delivery Program. About HDR For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world—and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.