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Capella University Announces New Homeland Security and Security Management Specializations

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) October 28, 2007

Capella University (http://www.capella.edu), an accredited*, fully online university based in Minneapolis, announced today that it is offering two new specializations within its Bachelor of Science in Public Safety online degree program — Homeland Security and Security Management. The specializations are designed to help meet employment needs within these growing fields. The Homeland Security specialization focuses on managing public security in relation to federal resources, while the Security Management specialization focuses on preparing individuals for leadership within the private security field.

“Since the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2001, it has grown into one of the largest federal agencies, and there are also many homeland security employment opportunities within other federal agencies and state and local governments. Our new Homeland Security specialization is designed to help prepare students to succeed in these important positions,” said John Sullivan, Jr., PhD, Public Safety faculty chair in Capella’s School of Undergraduate Studies. The National Security Agency and U.S. Department of Homeland Security have designated Capella University a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. Capella is also one of few schools to have an educational alliance with the FBI.

“Our other new specialization, Security Management, focuses on the needs of private industry, where security has also increased in importance,” said Dr. Sullivan. “Much of the nation’s infrastructure is privately owned and there’s a growing recognition that this needs to be protected, for both business and national security reasons.”

Dr. Sullivan exemplifies Capella’s philosophy of recruiting highly experienced scholar-practitioners for faculty and program leadership positions. Prior to beginning his academic career, which included service as academic dean and founding director of graduate studies in criminal justice for Lynn University, Sullivan had an extensive career with the U.S. Customs Service. He was a U.S. Treasury agent specializing in criminal investigations of fraud, internal security, money laundering, and child sexual exploitation before becoming an agent-in-charge of two large field offices.

He also served as U.S. Customs headquarters section chief for general smuggling, during which time he authored some of the earliest threat assessments on terrorism in the 1980s. He has been a guest instructor at both the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the FBI Academy, has testified before Congress on crimes against children, and has served on the executive protection details of U.S. presidents and their families, presidential candidates, and heads of state. His professional certifications include Certified Homeland Security Practitioner (CHS-V), Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Business Manager, among others.

Capella is now accepting enrollment applications for its BS in Public Safety, Homeland Security and Security Management specializations. For more information, please call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), option 3, or e-mail info@capella.edu. Review of these specializations is pending in AZ, FL, KY, SC, and WA. Contact an enrollment counselor for additional information.

About Capella University:

Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited*, fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, public health, human services, public safety, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business, information technology, health, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella offers 104 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs, as of October 23, 2007. The online university currently serves more than 19,000 students from all 50 states and 56 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company (NASDAQ: CPLA), headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit http://www.capella.edu or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), http://www.ncahlc.org.

Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552), http://www.capella.edu.

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Walden University, Newsweek Host Forum on Emerging Technology in Classrooms

Minneapolis (PRWEB) December 8, 2007

Walden University, an accredited online distance-learning institution, recently teamed up with Newsweek magazine to host a panel discussion about the emerging trends of technology in the classroom. The panel discussion, titled “Wireless and Well Prepared: The E-mergence of Technology in the Classroom,” was held in the Holeman Lounge of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 5. The event concluded with a brief reception and discussion with panelists.

“As a leader in online higher education, Walden University understands how important the role of technology is to students in the learning process,” said Jonathan A. Kaplan, J.D., the president of Walden University, who also gave opening remarks at the forum. “This was an excellent opportunity to highlight how technology in the classroom has helped administrators, teachers, and all educators better teach today’s students.”

Newsweek senior editor and “The Technologist” columnist Steven Levy moderated the discussion with the following panelists:

Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator, D-Minn.

Member, Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Innovation

Elected in November 2006, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has participated in several legislative initiatives, such as strengthening the ethics rules in Congress, expanding opportunities for the middle class, protecting American consumers, and promoting energy independence. She serves on four committees: Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Joint Economic. Prior to her Senate election, Klobuchar served eight years as chief prosecutor for Minnesota’s largest county.

Dr. David Thornburg

Founder and director, Global Operations, the Thornburg Center

Faculty, Walden University

An award-winning futurist, author and consultant, Dr. David Thornburg is a senior fellow of the Congressional Institute for the Future, where he conducts research and provides staff development in education, multimedia and communications. He is the author of Campfires in Cyberspace, which explores the true nature of the World Wide Web as a tool for learning.

Walter Bender

President, Software and Content, One Laptop Per Child Foundation

In his work with the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, Walter Bender is helping to develop and deploy technologies that will revolutionize how the world’s children engage in learning. He previously served as the executive director of the MIT Media Laboratory, which he also helped to found. While at MIT, Bender was a senior research scientist and director of the Electronic Publishing Group and engaged in the study of new information technologies and the field of personalized interactive media.

Mary Cullinane

Director, U.S. Partners in Learning, Microsoft Corp.

Mary Cullinane was a teacher for 10 years prior to helping establish EdGate.com, an Internet startup that developed online distance-learning communities for schools. While at EdGate.com, she managed the user experience and helped to build strategic business initiatives. She joined Microsoft in 2000 to manage the Anytime, Anywhere Learning program. Three years later, she oversaw the creation of the School of the Future in West Philadelphia. She is currently responsible for Microsoft’s U.S. Partners in Learning initiative, which focuses on expanding the digital presence in the United States.

Steven Levy

Senior Editor, Newsweek

Steven Levy joined Newsweek in 1995 as a contributing editor and columnist, and was promoted a year later to a senior editor and chief technology writer. He covers industry strategies, policy issues, and trends and products. In 2004, he started a weekly column called “The Technologist,” in which he focuses on trends, news, personalities and oddities. His Newsweek columns have won numerous awards over the years, and his articles and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s and Premiere.

A webcast of the forum is archived and available for future reference from the online university at http://www.WaldenU.edu/c/About/OnlineForm_NewsweekForum.aspx


About Walden University

Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees online through distance learning. This comprehensive, accredited online university now offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s completion programs in business. Walden University is a member of the Laureate International Universities network, the largest global network of accredited campus-based and online universities.

For more information, visit http://www.WaldenU.edu

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, http://www.ncahlc.org ; 312-263-0456.

Contact:

Ana Sanchez

410-843-8083

Walden University

http://www.WaldenU.edu

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Donna Brazile to Speak at Walden University Academic Residency in Dallas

Minneapolis, MN (PRWEB) January 16, 2009

Donna Brazile, the nationally acclaimed political strategist and commentator and chair of the Voting Rights Institute, will deliver an address titled “The Political Environment and Mood of the Country” at Walden University’s winter academic residency. The event will take place on Thursday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

Brazile’s plenary address will touch on her breadth of political experience, which includes running the Gore/Lieberman campaign in 2000 and serving as chief of staff and press secretary to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. She will also offer an overview of the political environment and discuss trends shaping and driving the mood of the country.

Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign since 1984, making history in 2000 as the first African American to lead a major presidential campaign. After the Gore-Lieberman campaign, she was appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, an organization established in 2001 to help protect and promote the rights of all Americans to participate in the political process.

Walden is offering 200 free tickets to the event on a first-come, first-served basis (two per person). While supplies last, tickets will be available at Borders bookstore located at 10720 Preston Road in Dallas. For more information call (214)363-1977.

Walden’s academic residencies provide face-to-face sessions that give Walden doctoral students the opportunity to interact and develop critical-thinking, writing and research skills. The sessions are attended by a diverse community of career professionals and faculty, and serve to establish meaningful networks that promote quality graduate research while students attend the university online. Academic residencies are held throughout the year across the United States and internationally. More than 1,200 doctoral students will participate in the Dallas residency.

For more information about this online university, visit http://www.WaldenU.com.

About Walden University:

Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, nursing, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business, psychology, and child development. Walden University is a member of Laureate International Universities, a leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit http://www.ncahlc.org or call (312)263-0456.







Henley-Putnam University Hosts Information Security Webinar

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) August 23, 2010

How safe is the information we share through Facebook? Could the free exchange of personal data through public domains impact our safety? These questions and more will be answered during Henley-Putnam University’s FREE August webinar, Insider’s Guide to Open-Source Security Risks. Leading the webinar will be Colonel Michael Angley, former U.S. Air Force Special Agent and Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University.

Insider’s Guide to Open-Source Security Risks presents information about the dangers inherent in publicly available information, and reinforces the importance of sound Operations Security (OPSEC) planning and processes.

“Our country prides itself in the basic freedoms guaranteed its citizens by the Constitution, but the unbridled exercise of free speech can also become a handicap,” said Col. Angley. “Information that we, as Americans, make available in the public domain can be aggregated over time by adversaries who may use this information to harm us.”

During the free webinar, Col. Angley will examine the proliferation of various social media networks, foreign perception of American culture, how data aggregation works, operations security, and immediate challenges facing our country with emerging social media platforms.

Insider’s Guide to Open-Source Security Risks will take place Wednesday, August 25, at 4:00 PM EDT (1:00 PM PDT). Those interested in participating in the webinar should register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/882714610. The webinar is open to the public and completely free of charge.

The webinar series, launched in 2009, was designed to bring the hands-on experience of former members of the CIA, Secret Service, FBI, and intelligence and federal law enforcement community to those seeking careers in Strategic Security. Registration information for upcoming webinars is available on Henley-Putnam’s website at http://www.henley-putnam.edu/594-238.htm.

The series is one of many career resources offered by Henley-Putnam University. The university’s mentoring program assigns degree students with a high-level faculty or expert mentor to support them in making career decisions. In addition, through its online career portal, Henley-Putnam helps students research careers, explore university programs, prepare for a job search, locate employers and gain basic knowledge of the Strategic Security field.

For more information on Henley-Putnam University’s Strategic Security certificate and degree programs, please call admissions at 888.852.8746 or visit http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu.

ABOUT COLONEL MICHAEL ANGLEY

Mike Angley is the Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a retired career Air Force Office of Special Investigations (OSI) Special Agent. He has over 25 years experience conducting counterintelligence and counterterrorism operations around the world and in the United States. He is a seasoned criminal investigator as well, held five command assignments in his career, and when he retired in 2007 was one of OSI’s senior-most Special Agents in command of OSI Region 8, Air Force Space Command. Mike Angley is also the multi-award-winning author of the Child Finder Trilogy (http://www.mikeangley.com) a thriller series featuring an Air Force OSI Special Agent protagonist.

ABOUT HENLEY-PUTNAM UNIVERSITY

Founded in August 2001, Henley-Putnam University is a leading educational institution specializing in the field of Strategic Security. The University offers accredited online Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and the Management of Personal Protection; a Doctoral Degree in Strategic Security; and several certificate programs. Henley-Putnam prepares law enforcement, military, intelligence, and private industry professionals with the networks, skills, and insights to advance in their careers and protect the future. Henley-Putnam University, which is committed to building a student and alumni network that will serve its community, is an accredited member of DETC (detc.org) and offers 125 courses taught by hands-on faculty members from all branches of the military and law enforcement fields, including the FBI, CIA, DoD, DIA and Secret Service. For more information on intelligence degrees and counterterrorism degrees, visit the Henley-Putnam University website (http://www.Henley-Putnam.edu), e-mail AdmissionsAdvising@Henley-Putnam.edu, or call 888.852.8746.

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Henley-Putnam University Webinar Unveils the Rules of “Intelligence Oversight”

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) June 15, 2011

Henley-Putnam Universitys free webinar series continues with the Insiders Guide to Intelligence Oversight and Counterintelligence.

On Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 1:00 PM EDT (10:00 AM PDT), Colonel Michael Angley, former U.S. Air Force Special Agent and Senior Military Advisor to Henley-Putnam University, will lead the webinar, which explores the rules and procedures under which counterintelligence (CI) personnel operate when it comes to U.S. persons.

There are various authorities under which CI personnel conduct their missions, such as executive orders and federal laws, said Col. Angley. The term Intelligence Oversight aims to protect and preserve the civil rights of American citizens and others covered by the law while empowering CI personnel to do their jobs effectively. Its a delicate balancing act for the CI community. During his April webinar on Counterintelligence, Col. Angley touched upon Intelligence Oversight, but he did not go into depth because of the complexity of the subject. The June webinar is a natural follow-on to the CI webinar because it provides the detail and attention this important topic deserves.

During the free webinar, Col. Angley will discuss:

UMHS Launches Ad Campaign for New University of Michigan C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital

Warren, MI (PRWEB) September 02, 2011

University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) is launching a new campaign to announce the opening of the C. S. Mott Childrens Hospital. Created by marketing communications company Campbell Ewald, the campaign drives consumers online to view 12 new in-depth videos that focus on patients featured in the campaign and their experience with UMHS doctors and staff. From Jake who was born with portions of his tibia missing and has been fitted with over nine different prosthetic legs to Ariana who is living and breathing with an expandable, titanium rib these heartwarming videos take viewers through a timeline of touching accounts of patients procedures, recovery and triumphs.

This new, engaging campaign provides the consumer a window into the patient lives and stories of the incredible care they received that is the hallmark of doctors and staff at the University of Michigan Health System, said UMHS Director of Marketing Dave Brudon. Their dedication, skill and compassion are improving lives today, while their innovations are paving the way to better treatments and cures for tomorrow. Thats really the message the campaign captures and drives home.

As part of the overall Michigan Difference creative, the campaign features the iconic and inspiring music of the University of Michigans fight song alongside impactful imagery to showcase new faces and stories that portray the Michigan Difference. The work which includes TV, radio, print and online videos describes the relationships and partnerships that grow between patients, doctors and staff at C.S. Mott Childrens Hospital, while capturing moments within stories and bringing them to life. At the end of the TV spots, viewers are invited to visit mottchildren.org to view the online videos and discover more about the new C. S. Mott Childrens Hospital. A new Mott Childrens Hospital logo, also created by CE, is revealed and features a childs wooden block with the iconic University of Michigan M letter on the front in maize and blue.

Mark Simon, chief creative officer of Campbell Ewald said, We developed the campaign, and in particular the videos, to take a more personal, in-depth look at the impact the entire hospital has had on the lives of these patients and their families. The stories of these little victors and the people who dedicate their lives to helping them is what Hail to the Victors is all about.

The television spots and online videos will debut on September 3 during the first University of Michigan home football game vs. Western Michigan University that begins at 3:30 p.m. on ABC-TV. Radio and print, which highlights the newly designed hospital and its features, will break on September 5, with TV also running locally on primetime cable and network programming.

Click the links below to view the work:

Peyton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX599CfNT40

Jake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n3Ew1sU7RQ

Austin & Michaela: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbtJClFk5I0

Larry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9E8p_FiQ58

Hail to the Little Victors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-4U5huxwn8

About Campbell Ewald

Campbell Ewald is a collaborative marketing communications company that provides clients game-changing solutions. As one of the nations largest communications brands, CE is made up of a collective of thought leaders with innovative capabilities both traditional and specialized, including advertising; insights and solutions planning; integrated content strategy and development; social, relationship, retail and experiential marketing; interactive/digital; and strategic media planning and buying.

CE has offices in Detroit, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Miami and Washington, D.C. A part of The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG), CE partners with a score of national brands, including Alltel Wireless, Carrier, Chicken of the Sea, General Motors, Ghirardelli, Kaiser Permanente, Olympic Paints and Stains, OnStar, USAA, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Mint, the United States Navy and the United States Postal Service. Please visit us on http://www.c-e.com, Facebook and Twitter.

About C. S. Mott Childrens Hospital

The University of Michigan C. S. Mott Childrens Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in the U.S. News Media Groups 2011 edition of Americas Best Childrens Hospitals including third in the country for heart and heart surgery. In November, the hospital moves to a new 1.1 million square feet, $ 754 million state-of-the-art facility that will be home to cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.

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University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital Receives $12.7 million Health Care Innovation Award from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation


Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) May 08, 2012

University Hospitals Case Medical Centers Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital (UH Rainbow) will receive $ 12.7 million of $ 122.6 million awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) this week for sustainable plans to improve care, lower costs and improve the overall health and wellness of children. UH Rainbow is among 26 other preliminary awardees announced today to receive a federal Health Care Innovation Award from more than 3,000 applicants nationwide.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) opened a grant competition late December of 2011 for ideas that can deliver quick benefits to the Medicare and Medicaid program in terms of cost savings and higher-quality care. The competition called the Health Care Innovation Award, funded by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will provide three-year grants of $ 1 million to $ 30 million to health care providers, payers, local government entities, and public-private partnerships, including collaborative efforts among multiple payers.

UH Rainbow submitted a proposal to deliver CMMIs three goals — better health, improved care, and lower costs — through the implementation of a multidisciplinary workforce that the childrens hospital calls the Physician Extension Team (PET). The PET model is designed to create collaborations with primary care providers, hospitals and managed care and health educators in order to provide children with the highest quality of care at significantly reduced costs to the health care system.

We are changing the health care delivery system for all pediatric patients and improving child health overall, said Leona Cuttler, MD, UH Rainbows Director of the Center for Child Health and Policy, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Our goal with the PET model is develop a sustainable coordinated system that improves the quality of outpatient care for children, increases their access to physicians, improves pediatric behavioral health services, decreases unnecessary emergency visits and hospitalizations and advances the health and functionality of children with complex chronic conditions.

UH Rainbows PET model will target over 68,000 children with Medicaid insurance as well as include children with other insurance in several counties across northeastern Ohio.

The PET Model includes three core programs:

— Practice-tailored Facilitation: Health care professionals will provide customized education, training, and enrollment in quality improvement initiatives to primary care offices. PET will collaborate with primary care physicians to improve access.

–Telehealth: The PET program will provide 24/7 access to nurses and physicians who provide advice, referrals, and care coordination through an extensive system of telephone triage, community-based telehealth facilities and instant alert devices that connect homes to on-call personnel.

–Support Services: Multidisciplinary teams including health care professional advocates will assist primary care physicians in providing their patients with medical evaluations and home-based assessments, mental health support as well as align social services.

We believe this new model will provide better health care at a more appropriate level, said Andrew Hertz, MD, Medical Director for the UH Rainbow Care Network and Assistant Clinical Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. The PET model represents an innovative way to deliver integrated care and we believe it can be easily replicated nationally with high impact savings to the Medicaid and other insurance systems, added Dr. Hertz All children receive a greater level of care and their primary care physician maintains overarching care coordination.

The PET model will be implemented in stages during the course of six months. More than 50 health professionals will be either hired or trained to implement the PET model.

The preliminary awardees announced today expect to reduce health spending by $ 254 million over the next three years.

We cant wait to support innovative projects that will save money and make our health care system stronger, said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Its yet another way we are supporting local communities now in their efforts to provide better care and lower cost.

Preliminary awardees were chosen not only for their innovative solutions to the health care challenges facing their communities, but also for their focus on creating a well-trained health care workforce that is equipped to meet the need for new jobs in the 21st century health system.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the health care and social assistance sector will gain the most jobs between now and 2020.

About University Hospitals Case Medical Centers Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital

For 120 years, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Childrens Hospital has been dedicated solely to the care of children. As one of the most renowned pediatric medical centers and a principal referral center for Ohio and the region, UH Rainbow physicians will receive more than 200,000 patient visits annually. The 244-bed hospital is home to 850 pediatric specialists and 40 special care centers including Centers of Excellence in oncology, neonatology, pulmonology, cardiology, neurology and endocrinology. There is a full complement of pediatric surgical specialists who focus on minimally invasive techniques as well as an outstanding program in bloodless surgery. As the primary affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, UH Rainbow trains more than 100 pediatricians each year and consistently ranks among the top childrens hospitals in research funding from the National Institutes of Health.







Liberty University Commencement 2012: Paying Tribute to Libertys Heritage, Gods Blessings


Lynchburg, Va. (PRWEB) May 12, 2012

Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., may have retold the Miracle Story of how Liberty University has become the worlds largest Christian university during its 39th Commencement on Saturday morning, but the packed Williams Stadium crowd only needed to look around them to see the miracle for themselves.

They saw Libertys largest graduating class honored 14,012. The number of graduates has nearly quadrupled in the five years since Falwell, Jr., became chancellor after the sudden death of his father, Libertys founder, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. Liberty now enrolls over 90,000 students and will surpass 100,000 in the next 12 months.

They saw thousands more parents, grandparents, siblings, spouses, children and close friends arrive to campus several hours early just so they could support their loved ones and celebrate their achievement on this important day.

They saw more than 2,000 military personnel honored for earning their degrees while serving and protecting our country.

And they saw a prominent Virginia businessman honored on the same stage with the founder of Chick-Fil-A and a presumptive Republican presidential nominee (see honorary doctorates below).

No doubt the largest crowd ever for a Liberty Commencement, Saturdays event was historic in many other ways.

Falwell took the opportunity to formally announce Libertys intention to move its football program to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level, after recently completing various feasibility studies. The move will be finalized when Liberty is invited to join an FBS conference, he said.

Falwell also announced this year that Liberty will top $ 1 billion in net assets, making it the youngest university in American history to reach this tier.

My father announced publicly, shortly before his death in 2007, that he was praying for a five-year, $ 1 billion miracle for Liberty, he said. This was at a time when Libertys net assets were less than one-tenth that amount. I have to admit many of us thought it would take a generation or more to reach that goal. Over the last five years, though, God has taught us all that there is no limit to what He can do.

And theres no limit to what God can do in the lives of people committed to Him, a theme that rang true from the invocation given by Dr. Elmer Towns, co-founder and Dean of the School of Religion and Dean of Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, to an address by world-renowned evangelist Luis Palau, to Falwells charge to the graduates and the speech delivered by former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Romney was introduced by Liberty alumnus Mark DeMoss (84), a friend of Romneys who founded the DeMoss Group, a national public relations firm, and whose father was one of Falwell, Sr.s closest friends and confidants.

Romney paid tribute to Falwell, Sr., many times in his 20-minute speech, recalling having met him in his Boston home seven months before he died. Romney called it a great life honor to speak at Libertys Commencement.

Your generosity of spirit humbles me, the welcoming spirit of Liberty is a tribute to the gracious Christian example of your founder, he said. In his 73 years of life, Dr. Falwell left a big mark. The calling Jerry answered was not an easy one. Today we remember him as a courageous and big-hearted minister of the Gospel, who never feared an argument and never hated an adversary. Jerry deserves the tribute he would have treasured most: as a cheerful, confident Champion for Christ.

Romney said the most confident step Falwell, Sr. ever took was to open the doors of this school 41 years ago.

He believed that Liberty might become one of the most respected Christian universities anywhere on the earth and so it is today, Romney said. He believed even when the first graduating class consisted of only 13 students that year after year young Christians would be drawn to such a university in ever great numbers here you are. Today, thanks to what you have gained here, you leave Liberty with conviction and confidence as your armor. You know what you believe, you know who you are and you know whom you will you serve. Not all colleges instill that kind of confidence.

Romney spoke briefly about his own convictions, receiving a standing ovation when he stated marriage was a relationship between one man and one woman.

He also spoke about the protection of religious freedom, the first freedom in our Constitution and putting that faith into service.

Whether the cause is justice for the persecuted, compassion for the needy and the sick, or mercy for the child waiting to be born, there is no greater force for good in the nation than Christian conscience in action, he said.

Service and moral convictions is where people of different faiths, like yours and mine can meet in “common purpose,” he said.

Romney graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971, and continued on to earn dual degrees from Harvard Law and Harvard Business School. A businessman and career consultant, he co-founded and later served as CEO for the investment firm, Bain Capital.

During a significant time in his career, Romney was asked to take over the managing role of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, which was on the verge of collapse. Under his leadership, the budget was salvaged, the publics confidence was restored, and Salt Lake City staged one of the most successful games ever held on U.S. soil.

Romney married his childhood friend, Ann, in 1969. They have five sons and 18 grandchildren.

Commencement 2012 notables:

During his welcome speech, as he traditionally does, Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr., shared a few words highlighting some notable graduates in this years class.

This years oldest graduate, at 77, is Dolores Darrell and Libertys youngest is Gabrielle Turnquest, age 17.

Falwell gave special recognition to those graduates who completed their degree through Liberty University Online, many of whom could not have obtained a college degree without it.

As part of Libertys Christian mission we have sought to make Christian education affordable and accessible for as many individuals as possible, Falwell said. Liberty University Online has achieved that objective like nothing else could.

Katherine McInnis began her college journey in 1977 but had to drop out because of financial challenges. She enrolled in Liberty Online as a mother and grandmother and today, on her 53rd birthday, graduated Summa Cum Laude.

In 1998, graduate Katheryn Armstrong broke her back while taking classes at Liberty. She enrolled in Liberty online to finish her degree, and thanks to a miraculous new surgical technique, walked across the stage at graduation, after years of being confined to a wheelchair.

Falwell was reminded of Libertys humble beginnings from Mark Rhoades, Jr., who attended Liberty in 1974 when classes were held at the old Thomas Road Baptist Church site and the land on which Williams Stadium now rests was home to a dairy barn.

Rhoades also had to leave Liberty after only one year and later returned to obtain his B.S. in 2010, and this year received his M.A in Human Services.

Falwell, citing Libertys family-friendly atmosphere, said that three sisters Hannah Ellenburg, Catherine Comfort and Emily Ellenburg graduated together today and their fourth sister, Sarah Ellenburg, is a freshman. Resident student Katie Raybould told Falwell at last weeks senior picnic that three members of her immediate family would graduate together today.

Mike Morrison and his sister, Danielle, graduated today. Mike, a member of the Flames hockey team, will play pro hockey in New Zealand this summer.

Falwell somberly honored Ron King who was awarded his doctorate in ministry

Concordia University, Nebraska Students Fight the Night to Help Stop Malaria

Seward, NE (PRWEB) September 16, 2012

On Sept. 28 many Concordia University, Nebraska students will give up the comfort of their beds and sleep outside to provide a bed net to someone at risk of contracting malaria in another part of the world. The night under the stars will be the capstone of a Fight the Night event, a project that kicks off a Lutheran Malaria Initiative campaign on Concordias campus.

Earlier that evening, all are invited to enjoy food, music and entertainment in the quad at the center of campus. Admission to the event is $ 10, the cost to provide a bed net for one child in need.

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. Bed nets are the fastest way to prevent malaria infection because they create a protective barrier against mosquitoes at night, when the vast majority of transmissions occur.

It is not very often that we have the chance to directly affect the life of someone who lives on the other side of the world, and all we have to do is sleep outside and if you ask me, thats the best part! said Alyssa McAfee, a junior from Grand Island, Neb.

Planned activities include live music performed by campus bands, an IMPROVables comedy show and the much-anticipated Pie your Professor game. St. John Lutheran Church will provide fruit and baked goods while Our Redeemer Lutheran Church will provide hot chocolate during the event. Those wishing to participate should bring tents and sleeping bags; bed nets will be provided for those who wish to sleep under one for the night.

The event is part of an effort to raise $ 25,000 through student and donor support at Concordia. Donations will go directly to the LMI, which works in Sub-Saharan Africa to end malaria. So far the campus has raised more than $ 11,000 for the cause.

People with malaria often experience fever, chills and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. In 2010, an estimated 216 million cases of malaria occurred worldwide and 655,000 people died. More than ninety percent of those deaths occurred in Africa, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To make a donation to the Lutheran Malaria Initiative and Concordias fundraising goal, visit lutheranmalaria.org and click the LMI Universities tab near the top of the page; then click on Concordia University, Nebraska.

Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Neb. that currently serves over 2,200 students. Concordia offers more than 50 professional and liberal arts programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit cune.edu.







Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) Selects miiCard as Identity Provider for safi.re-Based Information Sharing Governance


Edinburgh, UK (PRWEB UK) 4 December 2012

Online identity verification company miiCard today announced that it will verify digital identities for ENUs online healthcare and childcare protection initiatives. ENU will use miiCards Level of Assurance 3 (LOA3) identity proofing service to safeguard sensitive healthcare and user data. With miiCard, ENU can prove a users identity to the level of an offline photo ID check before allowing policy-based access to the data in a controlled manner, enabling greater information sharing between organisations and within society.

These initiatives involve highly sensitive and private information, and it is critical that we know the identity of the person at the other end of the browser, said Professor Bill Buchanan, Professor of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. miiCard delivers an unprecedented level of assurance and traceability when proving a users identity, and gives each user complete control over their own identity and what type of information they share online. It is only with this level of identity checking and trust that we can meet the UK governments three-year target for universal access to personal health records.

Edinburgh Napier University and miiCard will deploy their joint solution across three application areas:

1. Trusted Services for Holistic Care: This project focuses on developing a scaleable, robust and secure information architecture for holistic care that integrates information from primary and secondary care, along with the assisted living environment. The cloud-based platform employs a strong governance policy that integrates digital identity at its core to enable users to own their data, define access to it, and leverage it for a wide range of clinical services.

2. ee-Health Portal: Utilising the Trusted Services work, this broader solution incorporates a portal for clinical and social care services to verify the identity of a patient or citizen, and then allow them to access and share their personal health records.

3. Child Protection: In this integration with key Scottish and UK government initiatives, safi.re applies a federated identity infrastructure and information sharing system to a child concern portal where professionals across multiple agencies can monitor, share and implement action plans on behalf of at-risk children.

“We are proud to be a part of Edinburgh Napier Universitys pioneering safi.re solutions to important healthcare and child welfare needs online, enabling improvement in data sharing and ultimately quality of life for all of us as citizens, said miiCard CEO James Varga. These are powerful examples of the types of applications miiCard makes possible by creating true trust online.

miiCards Identity as a Service (IDaaS) platform can prove a users identity completely online and in just minutes. Using the authority and security inherent in a users online financial accounts to validate identity, miiCards LOA3 service is able to verify approximately 300 million users across nine countries and five continents today.

About miiCard

miiCard is a global online identity verification service that allows a user to prove for the first time that I am who I say I am purely online and in real-time. miiCard empowers consumers to build trust on social networks, trade and transact easily and with confidence, and proactively manage their online identity. Vendors accepting miiCard as proof of online identity can increase conversions, reduce cost of execution and augment fraud and identity theft protection. miiCard currently supports the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and France.

About Edinburgh Napier Universitys safi.re

Information sharing is an essential business requirement, allowing companies and organisations to combine skills, information and processes to deliver better services or products to their customers or citizens. In recent years, the demand for significant sharing of sensitive information has outstripped technologys ability to deliver this requirement securely and consistently.

safi.re (Structured Analysis and Filtering InfoRmation Engine), developed within Edinburgh Napier University and supported by a Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept project grant, looks to address this technology gap, providing a governance framework and architecture between departments or organisations that controls, protects and provides the information while ensuring all compliance and policy requirements are met.