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Lewis-Clark State College names new Provost

Lewis-Clark State College names new Provost

Dr. Lori Stinson has been appointed as Lewis-Clark State College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The appointment was made by LCSC President J. Anthony Fernández and was effective July 1st.

Stinson had been serving as Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since May of 2013, and prior to that, she had served as Chair of the Nursing and Health Sciences Division since 2007.

Stinson joined the LCSC faculty in 1984 and served as an instructor until 1986, and rejoined the LCSC faculty as an assistant professor in 1997. She also worked as community health nurse with the Suquamish Tribe in Washington; public health nurse with the Seattle-King County Public Health Department; rural health volunteer with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic; and ER and staff nurse at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow, according to a press release.

WSU researchers create gel to keep fields healthy during drought

WSU researchers create gel to keep fields healthy during drought

Washington State University researchers have created a product that could help farmers keep their fields moist during a drought.

Led by Associate Professor Jinwen Zhang, the group created hydrogel pellets similar to the super absorbent material used in diapers. The main difference is what they're made of. While diapers rely on petrolium based gel, WSU researchers have created one out of soy protein.

The pellets swell to hold 250 times their weight in water, and because they are made of biodegradable agricultural material instead of chemicals they leave no residue behind when they disintegrate in the ground. In fact, the soy protein can actually act as a source of nitrogen to help plants grow.

A soy-based product would also lessen dependence on foreign oil imports, and boos the local economy since the U.S. Produces half of the world supply of soy beans.

Local Idaho schools to receive grant funding for technology programs

Local Idaho schools to receive grant funding for technology programs

Fifteen Idaho schools will receive part of a $3 million technology grant, according to State Superintendent Tom Luna, four of them right here in the inland northwest.

The goal is for the schools to pilot innovative technologies that, if successful, can be duplicated in schools across the state to give teachers the tools they need to help raise academic achievement.

Currently Idaho has the lowest rate of high school graduates heading directly to college, at just over 45 percent. A study also found that over 60 percent of fourth grade students are not proficient in math and reading.

The Idaho State Department of Education reviewed applications from 99 schools across the state, totaling over $26 million in requests for grant funding. The applications covered a broad cross section of schools, made up of varying grade levels, demographics and regions of the state.

LCSC announces summer concert series

LCSC announces summer concert series

From LCSC:


Lewis-Clark State College is once again offering a series of free summer concerts, with the public welcome to attend.

 

Unicorn awards catch on in LCSC classroom

Unicorn awards catch on in LCSC classroom

The awards that Jill Thomas-Jorgenson started giving out to her students in Lewis-Clark State College's Strategic Management capstone class for graduating Management and Business Administration students have become coveted items. A few years ago, she started giving out pink unicorn (innovative) and purple squirrel awards (research = nut gathering) thinking that her students would believe they were silly. But, she says, students love the awards and actually compete for them.

Kindergarteners learn lesson in recycling for Earth Day

Kindergarteners learn lesson in recycling for Earth Day

Kelly Ward's Kindergarten class at Monarch Academy in Clarkston spent the last few weeks learning about recycling for Earth Day. Ward says the students at the private school went around to local businesses along 5th and 6th Streets a few weeks ago to let them know that Earth Day was on April 22nd and to ask them if they would be willing to collect items such as cardboard, plastic bottles, paper, and aluminum cans.

Clarkston School District names superintendent finalists

Clarkston School District names superintendent finalists

From the Clarkston School District:


The Clarkston School District Board of Directors have invited three finalists to Clarkston to interview for the position of Clarkston School District Superintendent. Interviews and forums will be held on April 23, 2014. Congratulations to the following candidates: