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News Article | May 1, 2017
Site:, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has announced its list of the best online Christian colleges in the nation for 2017. The top 50 schools were acknowledged, with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Buena Vista University, Judson College, Amridge University and Chaminade University of Honolulu taking the top five spots. A full list of the winning schools is included below. “As demand for quality online education grows, religious-based schools are offering more flexible online programs than ever before,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of “These schools go above and beyond with their online curriculum, offering the best combination of value and quality that translates into student success.” To be included on the “Best Online Christian Colleges” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit and have an active Christian affiliation. Each college is also measured on such data points as the diversity of degree programs offered, academic and career counseling services, variety of student resources and post-college alumni earnings. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the “Best Online Christian Colleges” list, visit: The Best Online Christian Colleges in the U.S. for 2017 include: Amridge University Baker University Belhaven University Bethel University Bethesda University Briar Cliff University Buena Vista University Canisius College Carlow University Chaminade University of Honolulu Clarks Summit University Concordia University-Nebraska Concordia University-Wisconsin DeSales University Duquesne University Graceland University-Lamoni Gwynedd Mercy University Iowa Wesleyan College Judson College King University LeTourneau University Malone University Marian University McKendree University Messenger College Mississippi College Newman University Niagara University North Greenville University Ohio Christian University Oral Roberts University Ottawa University-Ottawa Presentation College Quincy University Saint Joseph's College of Maine Saint Leo University Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Siena Heights University Southwestern Adventist University Southwestern College Spring Arbor University University of Detroit Mercy University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne University of Saint Mary University of St. Francis University of the Cumberlands University of the Incarnate Word Viterbo University Wayland Baptist University William Woods University ### About Us: 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 has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.

Song D.-X.,Guangzhou University | Taylor P.D.,Wesleyan College | Qin L.-Y.,Guangzhou University
CIE 2016: 46th International Conferences on Computers and Industrial Engineering | Year: 2016

Practical teaching plays a significant role in the training of business administration students in universities. This paper takes the undergraduate students whose major is business administration in Guangzhou University as an example, through the questionnaire investigation to find the major problems exist in the current practical teaching system and reconstruct the practical teaching system for business administration based upon the 3C educational concepts. Finally, some improvements are proposed to ensure the system operates smoothly.

Pickens L.R.G.,Kent State University | Rowan J.D.,Wesleyan College | Bevins R.A.,University of Nebraska - Lincoln | Fountain S.B.,Kent State University
Neurotoxicology and Teratology | Year: 2013

This study was designed to determine whether deficits in adult serial pattern learning caused by adolescent nicotine exposure persist as impairments in asymptotic performance, whether adolescent nicotine exposure differentially retards learning about pattern elements that are inconsistent with "perfect" pattern structure, and whether there are sex differences in rats' response to adolescent nicotine exposure as assessed by a serial multiple choice task. The current study replicated the results of our initial report (Fountain et al., 2008) using this task by showing that adolescent nicotine exposure (1.0. mg/kg/day nicotine for 35. days) produced a specific cognitive impairment in male rats that persisted into adulthood at least a month after adolescent nicotine exposure ended. In addition, sex differences were observed even in controls, with additional evidence that adolescent nicotine exposure significantly impaired learning relative to same-sex controls for chunk boundary elements in males and for violation elements in females. All nicotine-induced impairments were overcome by additional training so that groups did not differ at asymptote. An examination of the types of errors rats made indicated that adolescent nicotine exposure slowed learning without affecting rats' cognitive strategy in the task. This data pattern suggests that exposure to nicotine in adolescence may have impaired different aspects of adult stimulus-response discrimination learning processes in males and females, but left abstract rule learning processes relatively spared in both sexes. These effects converge with other findings in the field and reinforce the concern that adolescent nicotine exposure poses an important threat to cognitive capacity in adulthood. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

Fountain S.B.,Kent State University | Rowan J.D.,Wesleyan College | Wollan M.O.,Kent State University
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory | Year: 2013

Two experiments examined whether muscarinic cholinergic systems play a role in rats' ability to perform well-learned highly-structured serial response patterns, particularly focusing on rats' performance on pattern elements learned by encoding rules versus by acquisition of stimulus-response (S-R) associations. Rats performed serial patterns of responses in a serial multiple choice task in an 8-lever circular array for hypothalamic brain-stimulation reward. Two experiments examined the effects of atropine, a centrally-acting muscarinic cholinergic receptor antagonist, on rats' ability to perform pattern elements where responses were controlled by rules versus elements, such as rule-inconsistent "violation elements" and elements following "phrasing cues," where responses were controlled by associative cues. In Experiment 1, 3-element chunks of both patterns were signaled by pauses that served as phrasing cues before chunk-boundary elements, but one pattern also included a violation element that was inconsistent with pattern structure. Once rats reached a high criterion of performance, the drug challenge was intraperitoneal injection of a single dose of 50. mg/kg atropine sulfate. Atropine impaired performance on elements learned by S-R learning, namely, chunk-boundary elements and the violation element, but had no effect on performance of rule-based within-chunk elements. In Experiment 2, patterns were phrased and unphrased perfect patterns (i.e., without violation elements). To control for peripheral effects of atropine, rats were treated with a series of doses of either centrally-acting atropine or peripherally-acting atropine methyl nitrate (AMN), which does not cross the blood-brain barrier. Once rats reached a high criterion, the drug challenges were on alternate days in the order 50, 25, and 100. mg/kg of either atropine sulfate or AMN. Atropine, but not AMN, impaired performance in the phrased perfect pattern for pattern elements where S-R associations were important for performance, namely, chunk-boundary elements. However, in the structurally more ambiguous unphrased perfect pattern where rats had fewer cues and presumably relied more on S-R associations throughout, atropine impaired performance on all pattern elements. Thus, intact muscarinic cholinergic systems were shown to be necessary for discriminative control previously established by S-R learning, but were not necessary for rule-based serial pattern performance. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

Nierenberg K.,Mote Marine Laboratory | Byrne M.M.,University of Miami | Fleming L.E.,University of Miami | Stephan W.,University of Miami | And 4 more authors.
Harmful Algae | Year: 2010

The west coast of Florida has annual blooms of the toxin-producing dinoflagellate, Karenia brevis with Sarasota, FL considered the epicenter for these blooms. Numerous outreach materials, including Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) cards, exhibits for local museums and aquaria, public beach signs, and numerous websites have been developed to disseminate information to the public about this natural hazard. In addition, during intense onshore blooms, a great deal of media attention, primarily via newspaper (print and web) and television, is focused on red tide. However to date, the only measure of effectiveness of these outreach methods has been counts of the number of people exposed to the information, e.g., visits to a website or number of FAQ cards distributed. No formal assessment has been conducted to determine if these materials meet their goal of informing the public about Florida red tide. Also, although local residents have the opinion that they are very knowledgeable about Florida red tide, this has not been verified empirically. This study addressed these issues by creating and administering an evaluation tool for the assessment of public knowledge about Florida red tide. A focus group of Florida red tide outreach developers assisted in the creation of the evaluation tool. The location of the evaluation was the west coast of Florida, in Sarasota County. The objective was to assess the knowledge of the general public about Florida red tide. This assessment identified gaps in public knowledge regarding Florida red tides and also identified what information sources people want to use to obtain information on Florida red tide. The results from this study can be used to develop more effective outreach materials on Florida red tide. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Salk T.T.,University of Minnesota | Frelich L.E.,University of Minnesota | Sugita S.,University of Minnesota | Sugita S.,Tallinn University | And 3 more authors.
Forest Ecology and Management | Year: 2011

Anthropogenic factors such as elevated deer populations, invasive earthworms or climate change may alter old-growth forests of the Upper Midwest region of the United States. We examined demographic trends of woody species across all size classes over 35 years in a late-successional forest dominated by hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), sugar maple (Acer saccharum) and yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula using two sets of permanent plots. For the duration of the study period, species that were less-preferred white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) forage, especially sugar maple, comprised a much higher fraction of all seedlings and saplings compared to overstory trees. The density of small sugar maple declined across the study period, but no other species became more abundant, creating a more open forest understory. By the most recent census, preferred species for deer browse had been nearly eliminated from the understory, and declines in unpreferred species such as sugar maple were also apparent. We found small changes in temperature (<0.5-1°C rise in minimum and maximum temperatures depending on season) and precipitation (±28. mm depending on season) and little evidence of invasive earthworms impacts. Our results suggest that the sustained elevated deer density is shifting the structure and composition of this old-growth forest. A demographic model showed that if current recruitment, growth and mortality rates were to continue for 500 years the forest would eventually reach a new equilibrium with virtually no hemlock or yellow birch remaining. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

Flaherty K.M.,University of Arizona | Muzerolle J.,US Space Telescope Science Institute | Rieke G.,University of Arizona | Gutermuth R.,Smith College | And 4 more authors.
Astrophysical Journal | Year: 2011

We describe extensive synoptic multi-wavelength observations of the transition disk LRLL 31 in the young cluster IC 348. We combined 4 epochs of IRS spectra, 9 epochs of MIPS photometry, 7 epochs of cold-mission IRAC photometry, and 36 epochs of warm-mission IRAC photometry along with multi-epoch near-infrared spectra, optical spectra, and polarimetry to explore the nature of the rapid variability of this object. We find that the inner disk, as traced by the 2-5 μm excess, stays at the dust sublimation radius while the strength of the excess changes by a factor of eight on weekly timescales, and the 3.6 and 4.5 μm photometry show a drop of 0.35 mag in 1week followed by a slow 0.5 mag increase over the next 3 weeks. The accretion rate, as measured by Paβ and Brγ emission lines, varies by a factor of five with evidence for a correlation between the accretion rate and the infrared excess. While the gas and dust in the inner disk are fluctuating, the central star stays relatively static. Our observations allow us to put constraints on the physical mechanism responsible for the variability. The variable accretion, and wind, are unlikely to be causes of the variability, but are both effects of the same physical process that disturbs the disk. The lack of periodicity in our infrared monitoring indicates that it is unlikely that there is a companion within ∼0.4 AU that is perturbing the disk. The most likely explanation is either a companion beyond ∼0.4 AU or a dynamic interface between the stellar magnetic field and the disk leading to a variable scale height and/or warping of the inner disk. © 2011. The American Astronomical Society. All rights reserved.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 576.53K | Year: 2011

The Student Preparation and Retention Collaborative (SPARC) is providing financial and programmatic support for two cohorts of 7 to 8 high achieving, socioeconomically disadvantaged women from rural and inner city schools in Georgia through four years of a Wesleyan College undergraduate major in Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematics. The need for SPARC is great in Georgia, where there is a disparity in high school mathematics and science achievement in terms of race and socioeconomic status. The current success of the college in recruiting and retaining a diverse student body provides an ideal environment to support SPARC Scholars. Since 1836, Wesleyan College has emphasized the importance of science as well as classical learning in the education of women. This history has paid modern benefits since over seventy-six percent of natural science and mathematics graduates pursue advanced degrees or are employed in mathematics or science-related occupations. Of these graduates, twenty-five percent are women of color.

Intellectual merit: Scholarship students receive the following: integrated academic support; faculty, peer and alumnae mentoring; summer academic boot camps; and early engagement in undergraduate research are being provided. As a result of these programs, it is anticipated that eighty percent of these scholars will graduate and ninety percent of these graduates will pursue advanced study or employment in STEM fields.

Broader Impact: The project is increasing the national diversity of women who graduate with degrees in Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics, informing the design of initiatives at other, larger institutions that have adopted smaller learning communities, and encouraging retention in mathematics and science fields. Boot camps are providing models for summer undergraduate academic preparation and helping students develop enthusiasm for and confidence in the study of math and science.

News Article | February 19, 2017

Induction Ceremony to be held at Wesleyan College, Macon, GA

News Article | December 1, 2016

Tackle The Tar, a signature project of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club, held its first 5K Obstacle Course Race and Family Fun Day in 2016. The primary goal of the event was to raise scholarship funds to send local students to local colleges. In its inaugural event, the Rotary Club presented $36,000 in scholarships to Edgecombe Community College, Nash Community College, and NC Wesleyan College. This event is an action-packed 5K run which includes traversing the area surrounding the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. The course includes 15 or more obstacles such as climbing walls, ropes, barrels, slip-n-slides, a fire pit, and of course a mud pit! Last year there were over 400 runners and even more are planned for 2017. The first heat begins at 9 a.m. There are fun races as well as competitive races. Cash prizes will be given for first, second and third place winners in the timed heats. But that’s not all! It’s actually three days of family fun beginning May 18, 2017. Tackle The Tar will be featured on Thursday night with Live Music and adult beverages. On Friday, there’s a Kids' Fun Run and Movie Night, and on race day, there’s arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, bounce houses, food trucks, adult beverages, and more. The public is invited out at no charge as a spectator to show support for this great cause. Those who would like to be a participant in any of the races or be a sponsor in this event should please visit Volunteers are also needed. Feel free to email at with any questions. Rocky Mount, NC has a lot to offer with over 100 restaurants and 2,500 hotel rooms. It’s a great place to visit or stay. About the Company: Whether a lifelong resident, a first-time visitor just passing through or a traveler on the hunt for a new adventure, Nash County offers an interesting and exciting blend of experiences, historical attractions, and special events sure to pique the interests of many. From New York City to Miami, or Murphy to Manteo, Nash County anchors the Interstate 95 (I-95) and US Highway 64 (US 64) interchanges, making it easily accessible from every direction and the perfect destination for all special events.

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