Florence, AL, United States

University of North Alabama

Florence, AL, United States

The University of North Alabama is a coeducational university located in Florence, Alabama, and the state's oldest four-year public university.Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Tuscumbia, Sheffield and Muscle Shoals. The four cities comprise a metropolitan area with a combined population of 140,000 people.The University of North Alabama, which celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2005, has undergone numerous sweeping changes in the course of its long history. Originally founded as LaGrange College in 1830, it was reestablished in 1872 as the first state-supported teachers college south of the Ohio River. A year later, it became one of the nation's first coeducational colleges.Within the last half century, the University of North Alabama has developed into a comprehensive regional university exerting a major influence over the cultural, social and economic life of Northwest Alabama and providing educational opportunities for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate majors offered through the colleges of Arts and science, Business, Education and Nursing and Health.UNA has strong commitment to improving academic quality, an effort perhaps reflected in the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report's America's Best Colleges, which ranked the university as a top tier public university.UNA also underwent continued growth in 2009, with 7,243 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for the fall semester. Wikipedia.

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News Article | April 17, 2017
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LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has ranked the best universities and colleges in Alabama for 2017. Using government-backed data, the site found 27 four-year schools had the caliber to be on the list. Samford University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Spring Hill College, Auburn University and University of Alabama in Huntsville came in as the top five. 26 two-year schools also made the list, with Enterprise State Community College, Gadsden State Community College, Wallace State Community College Hanceville, Southern Union State Community College and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College ranked as the best five. A full list of schools is included below. “Alabama currently has the third-highest unemployment rate in the country, but schools are working to combat that by providing quality higher education opportunities,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “The colleges and universities on our list offer certificates, degrees and employment resources that best set students up for success in the workforce after school.” To be included on the Alabama’s “Best Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also appraised for additional data that includes employment services, student counseling, annual alumni salaries 10 years after entering college, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid offerings. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Alabama” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in Alabama for 2017 include: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Birmingham Southern College Faulkner University Huntingdon College Jacksonville State University Judson College Miles College Oakwood University Samford University Spring Hill College Stillman College Talladega College The University of Alabama Troy University Tuskegee University University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of Mobile University of Montevallo University of North Alabama University of South Alabama University of West Alabama The Best Two-Year Colleges in Alabama for 2017 include: Alabama Southern Community College Bevill State Community College Bishop State Community College Calhoun State Community College Central Alabama Community College Chattahoochee Valley Community College Enterprise State Community College Faulkner State Community College Gadsden State Community College H Councill Trenholm State Technical College J F Drake State Community and Technical College J F Ingram State Technical College Jefferson Davis Community College Jefferson State Community College Lawson State Community College-Birmingham Campus Lurleen B Wallace Community College Northeast Alabama Community College Northwest-Shoals Community College Reid State Technical College Remington College-Mobile Campus Shelton State Community College Snead State Community College Southern Union State Community College Wallace Community College - Dothan Wallace Community College - Selma Wallace State Community College - Hanceville 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 | July 13, 2017
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SAN JOSE, Calif., July 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY), a containerization, virtualization, and data management solutions provider, is pleased to announce that its HVE ConneXions has been awarded a contract with the University of North Alabama (UNA) to deploy next-generation desktop virtualization solutions.  UNA’s technology staff went through an eight-month process to evaluate multiple vendors, and ultimately chose HVE ConneXions as it provides the most robust, cost effective and proven solution to meet their requirements. Howard Technologies, a partner for over three years, presented to UNA both the HVE technology and an overall architecture that included leading edge technology integrated with HVE’s VDI appliances to support their overall desktop virtualization footprint.  UNA implemented two HVE-202-Ds (Datrium Ready VDI Nodes for 200 Users) and two HVE-3DGFX vGPU VDI appliances, coupled with an OpenConverged Datrium DVX NetShelf solution.  This architecture will allow the UNA virtualization environment to scale from a few hundred to thousands of sessions while maintaining a predictable cost model and increase performance as the consumption grows. HVE’s turnkey solution was implemented, and training completed, within a week at UNA.   Also, as part of the solution, HVE and Datrium are providing 24x7 proactive monitoring and support, which is a unique offering when compared to other providers, and  an additional deciding factor for UNA. Stephen Putman, Chief Information Officer for UNA, said, “The decision to go with VDI at UNA had been debated for many years.  After deciding to pursue VDI initially for labs and classrooms, we quickly realized finding the right technology was a challenge. We contacted several technology providers and were overwhelmed with the number of available solutions. HVE ConneXions was presented to us by Howard Technologies and we quickly realized HVE was very knowledgable and had put much research and  development into providing a highly optimized VDI  solution.” Putman added, “HVE coupled with Datrium provided the most comprehensive long-term solution with outstanding performance and overall viability. Also, their track record in education is excellent, and their responsiveness to quickly address any technology challenges in the implementation was impeccable. This purchase allows our staff and academic community to reap the benefits of VDI by delivering applications more rapidly than in the past and allows the ITS department to provide UNA  with predictable performance and a cost-effective model for expansion.” Greg Horsleyl, Senior Account Executive for Datrium stated, “HVE and Datrium provide a best of breed solution through their purpose built compute and storage specifically designed for VDI that scales to meet any requirement.  Architected, implemented, and monitored by HVE ConneXions and Datrium, we are able to provide UNA white glove customer service from start to finish.” Dave Harmon, VP of Virtualization for Sphere 3D said, “HVE, Howard and Datrium technology staff went through a comprehensive process of environment analysis, VDI infrastructure requirements, and onsite interviews with UNA staff to determine their goals and expectations of a desktop virtualization solution.We were told that other vendors were focused on meeting the budget and failed to address the unique requirements at hand for UNA.” Harmon added, “We believe it was HVE’s overall end-to-end solution that encompasses all aspects of VDI, our high-level of customer satisfaction and virtualization competency, that set us apart for this win.  It’s a great partnership with UNA, Howard, Datrium and HVE that will prove to be beneficial for UNA‘s technology education objectives long-term.” About University of North Alabama University of North Alabama (UNA), located in Florence, Alabama is listed in "US News and World Report America's Best Colleges" as an institution that offers a quality education at an affordable price. UNA is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the United States, founded in 1830. UNA offers fully-accredited programs in over 100 different undergraduate or graduate options in four different colleges.  For more information on UNA, visit www.una.edu. About Howard Technologies Howard Technology Solutions, a value-added reseller, based out of Ellisville, Mississippi, strives to bring to market cutting-edge, reliable, high-quality technology equipment at affordable prices. Visit www.howardcomputers.com/education for more information on Howard Technology solutions for education. About Datrium Datrium is the leader in Open Convergence for private clouds. Datrium converges storage and compute in a radical new way—modeled on public cloud IaaS versus traditional converged infrastructure or hyper-convergence—for vastly simpler performance and predictability. The company is led by the founders and early top architects of Data Domain and VMware. Datrium has been named to Gartner’s Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2016. For more information, visit www.datrium.com and follow @datriumstorage on Twitter. About HVE HVE ConneXions, recently acquired by Sphere 3D, is a fast-growing technology provider of next generation converged and hyperconverged infrastructure. Its engineering philosophy is dedicated to creating Manageable, Scalable, Reproducible, and Predictable (MSRP) solutions based on proven virtualization technologies running on high-performance, next generation platforms. For more information and technical specifications on the HVE product line, visit www.hveconnexions.com. About Sphere 3D Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY) delivers containerization, virtualization, and data management solutions via hybrid Cloud, Cloud and on-premises implementations through its global reseller network and professional services organization. Sphere 3D, along with its wholly owned subsidiaries Overland Storage, and Tandberg Data, has a strong portfolio of brands, including HVE ConneXions and UCX ConneXions, dedicated to helping customers achieve their IT goals. For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com. Follow us on Twitter @Sphere3D and @ovltb. Safe Harbor Statement This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, including the market adoption, actual performance and functionality of our products, both on a stand-alone and integrated basis; our inability to comply with the covenants in our credit facilities or to obtain additional debt or equity financing; any increase in our future cash needs; our ability to successfully integrate the UCX and HVE ConneXions business with Sphere 3D's other businesses;  our ability to regain compliance with the NASDAQ minimum closing bid price requirement between now and July 31, 2017; our inability to take other actions to regain compliance with the NASDAQ minimum closing bid price requirement; our ability to maintain compliance with other NASDAQ Capital Market listing requirements; unforeseen changes in the course of Sphere 3D’s business or the business of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, including, without limitation, Overland Storage and Tandberg Data; the level of success of our collaborations and business partnerships; possible actions by customers, partners, suppliers, competitors or regulatory authorities; and other risks detailed from time to time in Sphere 3D’s periodic reports contained in our Annual Information Form and other filings with Canadian securities regulators (www.sedar.com) and in prior periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov). 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If you want a Stock Review on ANY, CDNS, INVA or SHOP then come over to http://dailystocktracker.com/register/ and sign up for your free customized report today. DailyStockTracker.com has initiated coverage on the following Application Software equities: Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY), Cadence Design Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: CDNS), Innoviva Inc. (NASDAQ: INVA), and Shopify Inc. (NYSE: SHOP). These four stocks belong to the Technology sector, which has received an "Outperform" rating from Charles Schwab on July 06th, 2017 due to positive factors such as increased technology spending and wage increases. This morning's free research reports on the aforesaid equities are available upon registration on DailyStockTracker.com at: Last Friday, shares in Mississauga, Canada headquartered Sphere 3D Corp. ended the session 7.13% lower at $4.56. The stock recorded a trading volume of 5.00 million shares, which was above its three months average volume of 221,410 shares. The Company's shares have surged 40.85% in the last month. The stock is trading 11.46% above its 50-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Sphere 3D, which provides virtualization technologies and data management solutions in the Americas, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, and Asia/Pacific, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 52.77. On July 13th, 2017, Sphere 3D announced that its HVE ConneXions has been awarded a contract with the University of North Alabama (UNA) to deploy next-generation desktop virtualization solutions. UNA's technology staff went through an eight-month process to evaluate multiple vendors, and ultimately chose the Company, as it provides the most robust, cost-effective, and proven solution to meet their requirements. Visit us today and access our complete research report on ANY at: San Jose, California headquartered Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s stock gained 0.81%, to close the day at $34.73 with a total trading volume of 958,922 shares. The Company's shares have advanced 1.14% in the past month, 11.64% over the previous three months, and 37.71% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 2.31% and 17.77% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Additionally, shares of Cadence Design Systems, which provides electronic design automation software, emulation and prototyping hardware, system interconnect, and analysis worldwide, have an RSI of 60.37. On July 10th, 2017, Cadence Design Systems announced that it will hold its Q2 2017 financial results webcast on July 24th, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. PT. Participating in the webcast will be Lip-Bu Tan, President and CEO; Geoff Ribar, Senior Vice President and CFO; and John Wall, Corporate Vice President Finance and Controller. The complimentary report on CDNS can be downloaded at: Shares in Brisbane, California headquartered Innoviva Inc. recorded a trading volume of 481,721 shares at the close of the last trading session. The stock ended the day 0.39% lower at $12.92. The Company's shares have advanced 5.56% in the last one month and 20.75% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 5.22% and 10.98%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Innoviva, which engages in the development and commercialization of bio-pharmaceuticals, have an RSI of 58.04. Register for free on DailyStockTracker.com and access the latest research report on INVA at: Ottawa, Canada headquartered Shopify Inc.'s shares finished Friday's session 0.66% lower at $92.41. A total volume of 1.02 million shares was traded. The stock has advanced 8.26% in the last one month, 30.84% in the previous three months, and 115.56% on an YTD basis. The Company's shares are trading above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 2.16% and 48.61%, respectively. 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The company leads the future of education with hundreds of global education customers, including new customers University of North Alabama, Liberty University, Sheridan College, and more NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - July 24, 2017) - Kaltura, the leading video technology provider, announced today that as the 2017 school year has come to an end, the company continues to gain momentum with new customers from the education sector including University of North Alabama, Liberty University, Sheridan College and more. Kaltura provides the market leading education video platform for higher ed, K-12 and ed-tech organizations around the world. The company provides a true cross-campus suite of solutions, covering every use case for video for educational institutions -- from marketing to admissions, to teaching and learning, campus life, digital archives and even alumni and community relations. "The importance of video in education is a given these days," said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, "Now the question becomes how to most effectively deploy video across the growing number of use cases needed by any educational institution -- this is where Kaltura excels with easy-to-use, market-leading products that cover all education video needs; and the cherry on top is that our products are all built on top of the flexible Kaltura Video Platform, so we can continue to grow with our customers over time and provide ongoing value. We are proud to lead the education video market, and are honored to be trusted by so many customers around the globe." With its recently launched Lecture Capture solution, together with its existing market leading products including MediaSpace Video Portal, Video Quizzing module, Accessibility and Search advanced capabilities, Webcasting solution, and deep integrations with all leading Learning Management Systems, Kaltura provides the most comprehensive set of education video solutions. Additional education customers include Purdue University, Columbia Business School, University of Georgia, Wilmington University, University of Cincinnati and The University of The West of England, to name a few. "Video has become mission critical for education, with proven measurable impact on learning results and student satisfaction," stated Michal Tsur, Kaltura Co-founder, President and General Manager of Enterprise and Learning. "We thrive on customer feedback, and look to our community of users to help us design and create user-friendly products that make a difference and can evolve over time as new trends emerge. I am delighted to welcome our new customers on board, and we are looking forward to meeting many customers and prospects at the EDU summer conferences." Joshua Frejosky, Director - Enterprise Architecture/Communications at Liberty University commented: "With newer generations being focused on convenient instruction through YouTube videos and the like, the need for quality video based content has not only become imperative, but a gateway to innovative and immersive learning. Kaltura affords us a simple yet extremely robust tool set to not only create new high quality content, but also the infrastructure for a more expansive reach. I am thrilled to be a part of providing our faculty with technology that will make an immediate and lasting impact on them and their students!" "As a e-learning practitioner, I often ascribe to the premise that we often don't really know what we want until we see it. This was my experience with Kaltura," stated Michael Evans, M.A., Associate Dean, Digital Learning and Innovation, Centre for Teaching and Learning at Sheridan College. "When I finally was exposed to the Kaltura toolset, I and my team were able to realize solutions to a number of issues we had been wrestling with for some time. These included expanding pedagogical use of video across curricula, organizing a completely disparate collection of video elements, and consolidating captioning activities. As well, we immediately saw the power of providing both faculty and students with the ability to create and manage video within the learning environment. As well, the concept of "lecture capture" became more accessible and less of a classroom replacement. And all of this at the very beginning of our relationship with Kaltura! I anticipate many years of creative development ahead!" John McGee from Education Technology Services at University of North Alabama stated: "We've only been a Kaltura customer for a few months, but I've had a relationship with Kaltura since 2014. One reason we favored Kaltura was the kindness of their employees, but Kaltura's ease-of-use, consistently high Gartner ratings, and LMS integration might have had a small influence on our decision. Our goals for Kaltura are traditional lecture capture and easy-to-use student recording." Kaltura will be participating at BbWorld, InstructureCon and D2L Fusion. To schedule a meeting with the Kaltura teams on the ground please click on the following links: Kaltura's mission is to power any video experience. A recognized leader in the OTT TV (Over the Top TV), OVP (Online Video Platform), EdVP (Education Video Platform) and EVP (Enterprise Video Platform) markets, Kaltura has emerged as the fastest growing video platform, and as the one with the widest use-case and appeal. Kaltura is deployed globally in thousands of enterprises, media companies, service providers and educational institutions and engages hundreds of millions of viewers at home, in work, and at school. The company is committed to its core values of openness, flexibility, and collaboration, and is the initiator and backer of the world's leading open-source video-management project, which is home to more than 150,000 community members. For more information visit www.kaltura.com.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. & SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) today announced that Misty Williams has advanced to director of sales at the company’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa in Alabama. Williams previously served as a sales manager at the upscale, 295-suite hotel connected via skybridge to the Von Braun Center. With more than 13 years of hospitality experience, primarily in Huntsville, Williams will supervise this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame hotel’s sales and marketing team. Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville is owned and operated by Springfield, Missouri-based JQH, a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, including operating more than 1 million square feet of superb meeting space. “Misty has proven to be a highly effective member of our hotel team and contributes to a positive culture that inspires success,” said Sandi Snead, general manager of JQH’s Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa. Prior to joining JQH in 2015 as a sales manager of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville, Williams served as an area director of sales for DoubleTree Suites by Hilton and for Hampton Inn & Suites in Huntsville. Her hospitality career also includes roles as a director of sales with the Courtyard by Marriott Huntsville and as a sales and marketing director for the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove in Owens Cross Roads, Alabama. She also served as a marketing and public relations director at New Hope Telephone Cooperative in New Hope, Alabama, where she focused on special event coordination and community engagement. Williams is a member of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Executives (HSME) − Huntsville, including serving as a past board member and a secretary for 2017. She is also a member of the Huntsville – Madison County Hospitality Association and the Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County. Williams received a Bachelor of Science in marketing from University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. “I appreciate the opportunity to expand my responsibilities in my new leadership role,” Williams said. “I look forward to continuing to collaborate internally and externally to ensure a superb guest experience.” Located at 800 Monroe Street, Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa in Alabama is connected to the Von Braun Center via skybridge, providing access to more than 100,000 square feet of continuous space complementing the 7,000 square feet of meeting space at the hotel. Each spacious two-room hotel suite features a separate living room with a sofa bed and two TVs. Guests can enjoy internet access, a large desk with ergonomic chair, a mini-refrigerator, and a microwave. The contemporary hotel features a fitness center and an indoor pool. Bicycles are also available for enjoying downtown Huntsville. Guests can start their day with a free made-to-order breakfast. A nightly two-hour reception with complimentary drinks and snacks is offered in the hotel’s open-air atrium. Guests can also dine at The R. restaurant for Southern-style dining or stop by Caffeina’s cyber café, where Starbucks® coffee is served. Guests can indulge in a massage or facial at the luxurious on-site Spa Botanica. For more information about Embassy Suites by Hilton Huntsville Hotel & Spa, go to www.embassysuiteshuntsville.com, connect at www.facebook.com/embassysuiteshsv/, or call (256) 539-7373. Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) is a leading private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States, representing brands such as: Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Sheraton, IHG, Chateau on the Lake Resort / Spa & Convention Center, and Plaza Hotels Collection. With a portfolio of 35 hotels representing approximately 8,500 guest rooms/suites in 16 states, JQH’s properties are dominant in their markets. Founded on the extraordinary vision of John Q. Hammons and built on his continued legacy of excellence spanning more than 50 years, JQH has become one of the most recognized and award-winning companies in the hospitality industry. Built to be the best, JQH continues to set the standard in hospitality management and hotel development. Go to www.jqhhotels.com for more information, or connect with JQH on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

News Article | September 29, 2017
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The Big South Undergraduate Research Symposium (BigSURS) is coming to Liberty University in April 2018, bringing together schools from the Big South Conference (Liberty’s NCAA Division I athletics conference) as well as schools across Central Virginia to showcase student research and scholarship in various fields of study. BigSURS is an outgrowth of the Big South Conference’s Academic Consortium and is modeled after the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the nation’s major national collegiate academic conference. Events will take place April 13-14, immediately following Research Week, with awards given to outstanding undergraduate research in a number of areas. Presentation formats include posters, oral presentations, performances, and works of art. Past events have drawn hundreds of entries from approximately 20 institutions. In recent years, Liberty has consistently reaped multiple first place awards. This will be the first time Liberty has hosted the symposium, and it will showcase a number of its facilities for the event, including the Jerry Falwell Library, the Center for Natural Sciences, and the Center for Music and the Worship Arts. “Providing undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in research-focused events develops skills that will benefit them during their current academic experience and in future academic and professional pursuits,” said Dr. Ronald Hawkins, Liberty’s provost and chief academic officer. “Hosting BigSURS provides an opportunity for Big South students to get to know each other and celebrate, learning from one another.” For more information, visit the BigSURS 2018 website. ABOUT THE BIG SOUTH Founded in 1983, the Big South Conference is an exemplary leader in college athletics, dedicated to developing student-athletes through the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, community and field of play. The league’s growing presence as an NCAA Division I athletic conference is made evident by its multitude of athletic accomplishments, innovative marketing and media partnerships, increased television packages and most importantly, its commitment to fostering the academic, personal, social, athletic and leadership development of its student-athletes. Comprised of 10 member institutions (Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville and Winthrop University, plus football members Kennesaw State University, Monmouth University and the University of North Alabama) sharing a common geographic region and similar academic values and purposes, the Big South’s remarkable history of achievement is characterized by the league’s 19 championship sports and the profound academic and life successes of its nearly 3,500 student-athletes. The Big South Conference: Where Winners Are Made. ABOUT LIBERTY UNIVERSITY Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 550 unique programs of study from the certificate to the doctoral level. More than 250 programs are offered online. Liberty’s mission is to train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.

News Article | December 8, 2016
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Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly® employment, entrepreneurship and education resources for veterans and their families, announced today special awards for its 2017 Military Friendly® Employers and 2017 Military Friendly® Schools. For more than a decade, Military Friendly® ratings have set the standard for companies and colleges demonstrating positive employment and education outcomes for veterans and their families. New this year, Military Friendly® Awards showcase the most powerful and effective programs of all institutions earning the Military Friendly® designation. “All of our Military Friendly® award recipients set the standard for excellence,” said Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and head of Military Friendly® development. “They offer exceptional examples of what it means not just to build a program that meets federal requirements, but one that serves the military and veteran community from classrooms to careers.” For 2017, Military Friendly® has named Marsh & McLennan Companies, a leading global professional services firm providing expertise in strategy, risk and people solutions, as its Overall (#1) Military Friendly® Employer, and The City College of New York as its top institution in the category of Military Friendly® Schools - Public Universities with More than 10,000 Enrolled Students. "Marsh & McLennan Companies is pleased to be recognized as the number one Military Friendly Employer,” said Dan Glaser, President and CEO, Marsh & McLennan Companies. “Veterans have served our country with distinction, and we are proud to provide them with meaningful opportunities to contribute to our firm. And with every hire, my conviction grows stronger that it is not only the right thing to do, but it is also the best thing to do—for our company, our clients and our colleagues.” Glaser described how Marsh & McLennan’s veteran talent initiative casts a wide net to identify veteran candidates for a range of roles. “Our ‘Silver Medalist’ program identifies impressive military veteran candidates who did not receive a job offer in their initial round of interviews and works with them to develop their interviewing skills. We work closely with these candidates to identify and place them in other positions in one of our operating companies.” Based on the successful completion of the Military Friendly® survey, more than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary schools were designated as “Military Friendly®” in early November. Of these recipients, 154 employers and 541 schools have been recognized for excellence in different award categories. Awards for Top 10, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners by category (annual revenue for employers and institution type for schools) moves the entire program from a binary designation of “Are you Military Friendly®?” to “How Military Friendly® are you?” Interim President Vince Boudreau at The City College of New York (CCNY), the flagship institution of the City University of New York system, couldn’t agree more. “CCNY is tremendously gratified to receive this recognition,” Boudreau said. “We noticed over ten years ago that veterans had begun showing up on campus for the first time in decades, but we didn't have the apparatus to serve their needs. Crucially, however, our entire veterans' program began when several of them called a meeting designed to build that apparatus. We think this element of our programming—that it was originally conceptualized by veterans for veterans—makes it distinct. It also demonstrates the great organizational and programmatic capacity that veterans possess, and why it is so vital that colleges like ours make every effort to embrace them.” Award thresholds were set by the leading institution in each category. Award categories are: Public Universities with fewer than 10,000 students - University of North Alabama, Florence, Alabama Public Universities with more than 10,000 students -The City College of New York, New York, New York Private Institutions with fewer than 10,000 students -The College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York Private Institutions with more than 10,000 students - Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia Non-Traditional Institutions - Academy of Cosmetology & Esthetics - Paul Mitchell Partner School, Staten Island, New York Community Colleges - Mercer County Community College, West Windsor Township, New Jersey Private Vocational Schools - Community Business College, Modesto, California Online Universities - Drexel University Online Graduate Schools - University of California - Davis, Graduate School of Management, Davis, California Tier 1 Research Institutions - University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia Less than $500MM Revenue - PlaneTechs, LLC, Oak Brook, Illinois $500MM - $1 Billion Revenue - Cajun Industries, LLC, Baton Rouge, Louisiana More than $1Billion Revenue - Marsh & McLennan Companies, New York, New York Government & Nonprofit Entities - Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, City, New Jersey Award levels in each category are defined as: Top 10 Gold – A ranked list of the Top 10 in a category based on a numerical score. Gold Medal – Institutions scoring within 20% of the last-ranked (10th) organization. Silver Medal – Institutions scoring within 30% of the last-ranked (10th) organization. Bronze Medal – Institutions scoring within 40% of the last-ranked (10th) organization. Companies and schools must have successfully completed a 2017 Military Friendly® survey and been designated as a 2017 Military Military Friendly® Employer or School to be considered for the Awards program. The names of awardees are published online and will be printed in the December issue of G.I. Jobs® and the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools. To see a complete list of this year’s award winners, or to learn more about Military Friendly® ratings and how to participate, visit https://militaryfriendly.com. About Military Friendly®: The Military Friendly® Employers and Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of leading companies and colleges nationwide. The survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent advisory council of educators and employers, and tested by EY based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free. Criteria for consideration and recipients of the designation can be found at: https://militaryfriendly.com. About Victory Media: Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, entrepreneurial and education opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur®, STEM JobsSM and Military Friendly® brands. Learn more about Victory Media at http://www.victorymedia.com.

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The best colleges with online programs in the state of Alabama have been ranked by The Community for Accredited Online Schools, a leading resource provider for higher education information. Among the 19 four-year schools that made the list, Auburn University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Samford University and Judson College came in as the top five schools. Nine of the state’s two-year schools also ranked, with Wallace State Community College Hanceville, Gadsden State Community College, Bevill State Community College, Wallace Community College Selma and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College taking the top five spots. “Interest in online schools in Alabama is quickly growing,” said Doug Jones, CEO and founder of AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org. “The schools on our list offer high-quality online options for students who not only want greater flexibility, but also the reliability of attending an accredited higher education institution.” Schools on the Best Online Schools list must meet specific base requirements to be included: each must be institutionally accredited, public or private not-for-profit. Each college was also scored based on additional criteria such as the availability of post-graduation job resources, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and financial aid opportunities. For more details on where each school falls in the rankings and the data and methodology used to determine the lists, visit: Alabama’s Best Online Four-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Alabama A & M University Alabama State University Amridge University Athens State University Auburn University Auburn University at Montgomery Faulkner University Jacksonville State University Judson College Samford University Spring Hill College The University of Alabama Troy University United States Sports Academy University of Alabama at Birmingham University of Alabama in Huntsville University of North Alabama University of South Alabama University of West Alabama Alabama’s Best Online Two-Year Schools for 2017 include the following: Bevill State Community College Calhoun State Community College Gadsden State Community College Jefferson State Community College Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Northwest-Shoals Community College Snead State Community College Wallace Community College - Selma Wallace State Community College - Hanceville ### 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.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: AMO Theory/Atomic, Molecular & | Award Amount: 97.51K | Year: 2013

The response of a physical system to incoming electromagnetic radiation or charged particles is one of the most basic properties of nature of utter importance to both fundamental and applied sciences along with a wide variety of technological applications. Despite numerous studies of these processes performed to date, the current understanding of them is far from complete. This is because the processes are multifaceted in the richness of phenomena that might occur, and are extremely difficult for theory to embrace all of them, or even some of them. In this project, the understanding of the structure and spectra of free and confined atoms and their interactions with incoming electromagnetic radiation or charged particles will be advanced. In the project, confined atoms of interest are defined as atoms which are embedded into hollow interiors of various gas-phase fullerenes Cn or other types of penetrable and impenetrable confinements with varying heights and widths, as well as positioned near planar or non-planar graphitic nano-structures. New trends in the cross sections of corresponding processes of photon absorption and collision of the incoming electrons with confined and free atoms will be unveiled. For free atoms, this will be achieved by accounting for the interactions mixing a pure vacancy state (such, e.g., as 5s in Ba) or pure incoming particle state with dominant (to be determined in the project) higher order continuous state excitations in a number of atoms, in the first hand in Ba and Mn; so far, the needed understanding is lacking. For confined atoms, new trends in their spectra will be unraveled by accounting for individual and combined effects brought about by the above specified confinements of different properties and geometry, by varying positions of the confined atom inside a confinement, and by accounting for multielectron interactions (electron correlation) in the atom itself. Hartree-Fock approximation, random phase approximation with exchange, methods of many-body perturbation theory, etc., will be employed in, or adjusted to, the stated studies. The intellectual merit of activities to be performed is determined by the fact that to date there is little knowledge on how the individual and combined effects of nano-scaled confinements of different symmetries (spherical, non-spherical, homogeneous, inhomogeneous, planar, non-planar, etc.) may alter the structure and spectra of confined in, or positioned near them atoms. Also, to date, there remains a lack of understanding of the interactions mixing pure vacancy/particle states in an atom with its higher order excitations. Moreover, results of the project will identify some of the most interesting and/or useful future measurements/calculations which could be performed, both for free and confined atoms, thereby contributing synergy to advancement of the field.

On a broader impact scale, the involvement and active participation of undergraduate students in this project will strengthen integration of research and education at the University. Furthermore, the project will enhance the research infrastructure in the University. Results of research will be disseminated broadly to scientific community and general public for a broader awareness of science. Society will benefit from the performed activities by gaining new fundamental knowledge on phenomena of nature with important applications, and by the training of students who, early in their careers, will have acquired a unique professional experience for entry into graduate study in physics or scientific and engineering careers. All of the above will significantly contribute to the benefit, health, vitality of science and engineering, and the prosperity of society.

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