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first_imgAgricultural lawyer Terence Centner’s focus on current issues and his cultivation of thoughtful debate have made him a favorite instructor at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This fall, his engaging teaching style won him national recognition. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities recognized Centner with a National Excellence in College and University Teaching Award for Food and Agricultural Sciences. Centner received the award at the 128th APLU Annual Meeting, held Nov. 15-17, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences recognize faculty members who maintain outstanding scholarship, exemplary pedagogy and dedication to instruction. Only two national awards were given this year. The other award went to Garey A. Fox, professor and Buchanan Endowed Chair in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Oklahoma State University. “To be recognized as one of the top teachers out of all the American colleges of food, agriculture, natural resources, human sciences and related fields is a tremendous honor,” said Josef Broder, interim dean and director for CAES. “Dr. Centner’s dedication to teaching excellence and his personal commitment to student success are most appreciated by the college and university.” Since joining the faculty of UGA in 1982, Centner has won several accolades for his teaching, including a 2004 UGA Gamma Sigma Delta Senior Faculty Award, a 2007 UGA Student Government Teaching Award, a 2014 CAES D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Teaching and membership in the UGA Teaching Academy. Centner is also the recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung Research Fellowship, the 2014 American Agricultural Law Association Distinguished Service Award and the 2007 CAES D.W. Brooks Award for Excellence in Research. He served as Fulbright Fellow at the University of Mannheim in Germany from 2002 to 2003 and as Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland this year. Centner’s teaching focuses on engaging students through rigorous reading assignments, discussion and exercises. He employs the Socratic method in his agricultural and environmental law classes, which require students to learn how to formulate responses to questions, observe how others handle challenging inquiries and prepare themselves for their future careers. A leader in curriculum development, Centner proposed and helped to develop three majors, three minors and one certificate, as well as accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. He has presented seminars at 27 foreign universities. Centner is a founding member of a planning subcommittee that developed an online agricultural and environmental law certificate program for AG*IDEA, a national consortium offering online programs. He is a national expert in agricultural and environmental law. The trademark protection for Georgia’s Vidalia onions resulted from his research efforts. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, Juris Doctor degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Arkansas. “Educating students and inspiring young minds is at the very heart of the public universities’ mission,” said Ian Maw, vice president of food, agriculture and natural resources at APLU. “The impact that educators have on their students can last a lifetime, and these awardees have helped their students realize their aspirations and serve as an inspiration to fellow educators.” (The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities contributed to this release.)last_img read more

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FACS Centennial

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first_imgIn the aftermath of World War I, with a nationwide food shortage raging, the doors of the University of Georgia were opened to women.Ultimately, the demand for technically trained female teachers and home demonstration agents dissolved the resistance to women enrolling at UGA.A bachelor’s degree for women was approved within the Division of Home Economics, part of the UGA College of Agriculture, in February 1918, and the first 12 female students enrolled that September.Championed by College of Agriculture President Andrew Soule, the Division of Home Economics eventually became the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS).The college now has an alumni base of almost 20,000 and is celebrating its centennial throughout 2018.“Those women who went before us were driven to learn and understand more, to do more with their education and to contribute more to improving the lives of others,” FACS Dean Linda Kirk Fox said.One of the key features of the centennial celebration is the launch of a special website, www.fcs.uga.edu/centennial, that includes timelines, oral histories, and photos and biographies of the “FACS 100 Centennial Honorees,” people who brought strength and commitment to the ideals of the profession.They were nominated and selected by a committee of faculty, staff, alumni and students.The Centennial Honorees, along with members of the Honor Hall of Recognition, the highest honor given by the college, will be celebrated at the “FACS 100 Gala: A Centennial Celebration,” on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia.“I am proud to join with others in recognizing these individuals who have embraced and influenced the ideals to which our college aspires, including student-centered education, research to improve the human condition, generosity and a spirit of public service,” Fox said. “All of the Centennial Honorees and the members of the Honor Hall of Recognition are to be applauded for their contributions to our success.”Several of the honorees have long ties to UGA Cooperative Extension, including current faculty members Elizabeth Andress and Judy Harrison and former 4-H and Morgan County Extension Coordinator Carolyn Ainslie.Honorees even hail from the same family. Ava Rodgers, former housing specialist and U.S. Department of Agriculture deputy administrator for home economics and human nutrition, was selected along with her nephew, Tom Rodgers, former director of Georgia 4-H and UGA Extension director of county operations.You can review the bios of the honorees at www.fcs.uga.edu/centennial/facs_100_honorees.The honorees also will be recognized in the 140-page pictorial history book, “Enriching Lives: Family and Consumer Sciences at UGA,” which will be published this summer.“The partnership between the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences to engage the university with the people of Georgia is unique,” said Don Bower, a retired Extension human development specialist and one of the Centennial Honorees. “State and local faculty from both colleges work together closely to discern local needs and to deliver practical, research-based information to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. This partnership has proven successful for the last 100 years and continues today with Georgia as a national leader in Cooperative Extension engagement.”last_img read more

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Educational forensics lab offers Champlain College students real-life experience

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first_imgChamplain College,A new center of excellence at Champlain College, offering students a fully-equipped, state-of-the-art facility in which to learn and practice digital forensics investigation techniques, has been named in honor of U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, according to Champlain College President David F. Finney.The Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation (LCDI) provides a high-tech educational setting and a fully equipped, secure digital forensics lab to bring professional investigators and law enforcement officers together with Champlain’s computer and digital forensics students to work on gathering digital evidence from computer hard drives, smartphones and other digital media storage devices.From left to right: Ali Rafieymehr, dean of the Division of Information Technology and Science; Champlain College digital forensics student Meghan Percy ’12, Jonathan Rajewski, co-director of the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at Champlain College; President David F. Finney; US Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt); and Michael Wilkinson, co-director of the LCDI. (photo by Stephen Mease, Champlain College)”Thanks to your long-standing support, the Leahy Center for Digital Investigation is now fully functional on the third floor of our new Miller Center at Lakeside Campus,” Finney said at the dedication ceremony of the LCDI today, adding, “We are poised to build on our technology degree programs and the past successes of the digital forensics center to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system in Vermont.”The core operating goal of the LCDI, Finney noted, is to give Champlain students the opportunity to work on real-world projects in a supervised environment ‘ enhancing their education and increasing the digital forensic capacity of Vermont law enforcement.Leahy secured the three-year, $500,000 US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant in 2010 to provide educational and technical support to Vermont law enforcement agencies related to critical digital forensics issues and a $650,000 grant in 2006 to staff the digital forensics program at Champlain College and conduct digital investigations with Vermont law enforcement. After receiving the most recent grant, Champlain College invested additional college funds to build a secure LCDI facility and teaching lab at the new Miller Center. The project has also received material support from, and maintains operational relationships with the Burlington Police Department, Vermont State Police and the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.”Champlain College is building a real-world classroom that gives students careers skills for the 21st Century, gives Vermont’s law enforcement agencies a revolutionary digital forensics resource, and that once again shows Champlain College’s incredible ability to innovate and implement cutting-edge learning programs,” Leahy said, adding “This is a program that already has proven itself invaluable in putting criminals behind bars.”Leahy, at age 34, was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from the Green Mountain State. A graduate of Saint Michael’s College in 1961, he received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964. He served for eight years as State’s Attorney in Chittenden County and has gained a national reputation for his law enforcement activities and was selected as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States. Leahy, who ranks second in seniority in the Senate, is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and is a senior member of the Agriculture and Appropriations Committees.Champlain College has been educating digital forensic professionals since 2002 when it was one of the first to offer an undergraduate degree in the field. Since that time Champlain faculty have been working closely with law enforcement at the national, regional and state levels, and the private sector to ensure that the programs provided meet the changing needs of the industry.”With this upgrade, Champlain can now be part of meeting Vermont’s expanding needs for digital forensics through education, examinations, handling casework and evidence management,” Finney said. “There is a growing need for digital evidence expertise in courts of law and Champlain is positioning itself to be the premier destination for those who want to study this emerging field of forensics,” he said.Leading the LCDI laboratory are digital forensic professors Jonathan Rajewski and Michael Wilkinson.Earlier this year, Rajewski was named the “Digital Forensics Investigator of the Year” by Forensic 4Cast, a website offering the latest information about the field. Rajewski was nominated for the award by his students at Champlain College and the winner was determined by an online poll of his peers in the national and international digital forensics community. Champlain’s overall digital forensics program was also cited as one of the top college programs in the field in 2010 by Forensics 4Cast.Rajewski, who earned his bachelor’s in Economic Crime Investigation, his masters in Managing Innovation in Information Technology, teaches Computer & Digital Forensics, is a co-director of the Champlain College Center for Digital Investigation and is a Computer Forensic Examiner with the Vermont Internet Crimes Task Force. As a practicing “Digital Forensics Lethal Forensicator” and former global senior digital forensic consultant, he has experience with both civil and criminal digital forensic investigations and in providing expert written and oral digital forensic testimony. He has served many high profile confidential clients and has worked alongside international and local, state/federal governmental entities. In addition to his academic duties at Champlain College, he serves as an examiner of electronic equipment used in high profile Vermont criminal cases.Prior to joining Champlain, Wilkinson was a coordinator with the State Electronic Evidence Branch (SEEB) of the New South Wales Police Force in Australia, where he worked from 2003 to 2010. In his time with SEEB he examined hundreds of digital devices, developed processes for the extraction of evidence from a range of devices, and presented evidence in court as an expert witness. Wilkinson was also a member of Standards Australia committee IT-12-04 dealing with information security standards, developed and taught courses in digital forensics at Macquarie University and the University of South Australia, and developed national competencies for digital forensic examiners with the Australian National Institute of Forensic Science. Having been responsible for the management of 15 forensic staff and over 1000 jobs a year in one of the world’s largest police forces, Wilkinson is truly aware of the challenges faced when dealing with digital evidence. He sees the LCDI program filling a critical need and growth area for both digital forensic labs and digital investigative branches around the world.Rajewski and the Computer and Digital Forensics major faculty emphasize a hands-on approach to learning in order for their students to gain mastery-level understanding of the subject matter. The digital forensics laboratory at the LCDI offers students the unique opportunity to work on real cases, Rajewski said. “What our students become capable of is tremendous… It is also an amazing resume builder,” he added.The BJA grant facilitated by Sen. Leahy also opens the door for Champlain to develop new strategic partnerships with public and private organizations which need to conduct forensic investigations. Among the activities possible through the LCDI:â ¢ Conduct digital forensic investigations ‘ With the costs of digital forensics on the rise and pressure from society to uncover what actually occurred at the digital crime scene, the LCDI can offer world class digital forensic services right here in Vermont for a fraction of the cost. Leading qualified teams of forensic examiners, Rajewski and Wilkinson can provide attorneys and clients with expert digital forensic consulting services.â ¢ Provide training to those involved in civil / criminal litigation ‘ Champlain College is a leader in the Digital Forensic higher education arena. It will offer training opportunities for first responders, lawyers, police officers, investigators and members of the judiciary using face-to-face, online, and video training modules.â ¢ Data Recovery Services ‘ A laboratory that is fully equipped to properly attempt to recover your precious data is one that you should select. Data recovery and digital forensics is a science that shouldn’t be done by non-qualified personnel.The LCDI has been designated by the State of Vermont’s Department of Human Resources to conduct important forensic examinations. This offers the State of Vermont a neutral, highly professional resource dedicated to the prompt, thorough and independent analysis of sensitive data. The partnership is designed to ensure thoughtful collaboration and optimum efficiency.”The LCDI and the corresponding career-focused curriculum offered to undergraduates, continuing professional studies students and Champlain’s Master of Science in Digital Investigation Management (MSDIM), and the new Master of Science in Digital Forensics Science (MSDFS) which will begin in fall 2012, combine to put Champlain at the forefront of this field of study,” according to Ali Rafieymehr, dean of the Division of Information Technology & Sciences. “The LCDI offers learning in a real setting, offering greater context and more opportunities to practice the techniques,” he said, “The goal is to educate the next generation of leaders in the rapidly growing fields of Digital Investigation, Digital Forensics, Cyber Crime, eDiscovery and Computer Forensics.”Due to the broad range of educational opportunities associated with the LCDI and the mapping of digital forensic curriculum to National Security Agency standards, the U.S. Department of Defense has designated the College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security,” Rafieymehr added.To learn more about relevant undergraduate programs, visit http://www.champlain.edu/Undergraduate-Studies/Majors-and-Programs.html(link is external).About Champlain CollegeSince 1878, Champlain College has provided career-focused education to students from its hilltop campus in Burlington, Vt. Champlain’s distinctive educational approach embodies the notion that true learning only occurs when information and experience come together to create knowledge. Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and eight master’s degree programs. Champlain offers study abroad programs at its campuses in Montreal, Quebec and Dublin, Ireland. Champlain College is included in the Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition.” Champlain was named a “Top-Up-and-Coming School” by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges and is ranked in the top tier of 2012 Regional Colleges in the North. For more information, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external).Related MediaThe new Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation was officially dedicated on Monday, Nov. 14 : http://app.readmedia.com/news/attachment/36452/IMGP9755.JPG(link is external)The official ribbon-cutting for the Patrick Leahy Center for Digital Investigation at Champlain College. : http://app.readmedia.com/news/attachment/36453/IMGP9745.JPG(link is external) BURLINGTON, VT (11/14/2011)  ‘last_img read more

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Rice to Cuomo: Let Nassau Lead Texting-While-Driving Programs

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state’s new initiative to combat texting-while-driving in New Baltimore. (Photo Credit: Governor’s Office)New York’s evolving texting-while-driving laws and other initiatives to combat texting from behind the wheel will save lives, but more can be done to make roads safer, according to a letter Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice sent the governor.Rice’s letter, dated Oct. 2, calls on the state to: make its texting-while-driving laws even more stringent, reform vehicular assault statutes and allow law enforcement to obtain cell phone information from drivers involved in fatal crashes.And she thinks Nassau should be the one leading the charge.“We have an opportunity in New York to become a model for how to address this growing national problem,” Rice writes in her letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I am more than willing to offer my jurisdiction for a new anti-texting-while-driving pilot and educational efforts that, if successful, can be replicated across the state and country.”Cuomo has taken steps this year to stiffen texting-while-driving penalties. He recently signed legislation that increases penalties from three to five points and imposes a 60-day suspension of junior licenses upon conviction.The governor last month also unveiled a “texting zones” plan that will create 91 designated texting pull-off areas along the New York State Thruway and other state highways. Two of those zones will be on the Long Island Expressway between Exits 51 and 52 at an already existing rest stop. The signs should be up this month, an official said.In her letter, Rice applauded Cuomo for his efforts, but identified one major loophole that allows drivers to text while stopped at a red light. She said it “undermines our efforts to instill an awareness in drivers that at no time is it safe to text while operating a motor vehicle.”On reforming current vehicular assault statutes, Rice said: “Without this important change, prosecutors and the courts must attempt to apply reckless and negligence-based charges to these instances,” adding that without it the legal system could fall short.She also noted that authorities should enact uniform policies statewide for obtaining cell phone information from drivers involved in deadly accidents, adding that Cuomo “could play a valuable role in improving and standardizing how and when this information is collected and utilized by law enforcement.”Rice has become increasingly more active in statewide affairs with her appointment as the president of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York and co-chair of the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. Read full letter: Nassau DA Kathleen Rice Texting Letter to Cuomolast_img read more

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US suspends flights by Chinese airlines in new spat with Beijing

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first_imgThe suspension applies to seven Chinese civilian carriers, although only four currently are running services to US cities, including Air China and China Eastern Airlines, the Department of Transportation (DOT) said.”US carriers have asked to resume passenger service, beginning June 1st. The Chinese government’s failure to approve their requests is a violation of our Air Transport Agreement,” the department said in a statement.US air carriers had sharply reduced or suspended service to China amid the COVID-19 pandemic.United Airlines and Delta Air Lines submitted applications at the beginning of May to resume flights but have been unable to receive authorization from Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC), the DOT said. Downgrade for American In early January 2020, before the pandemic struck, US and Chinese carriers operated approximately 325 weekly flights between the two countries.US carriers praised the administration’s move”We support and appreciate the US government’s actions to enforce our rights and ensure fairness,” Delta spokesperson Lisa Hanna said.And Katherine Estep of industry trade group Airlines for America said the order should “ensure fair and equal opportunity for passenger airlines with respect to service to and from China.”Airline shares jump on Wall Street, with United gaining 12.5 percent in an upbeat market.The fight over air travel comes after the US imposed restrictions on Chinese telecom giant Huawei and ordered a probe into the actions of Chinese companies listed on American financial markets.Trump also has blamed China for the US coronavirus outbreak and blasted the country in a fiery speech last week over a new security law in Hong Kong. China mocked the US stance on Hong Kong in light of civil rights protests across the US following the police killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man.”Racism against ethnic minorities in the US is a chronic disease of American society,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said earlier this week.Meanwhile, American Airlines, which is not planning to resume service to mainland China until late October, saw its debt downgraded Wednesday by S&P Global Ratings due to the company’s precarious situation.Airlines have been among the hardest hit by the global pandemic as air transport has been virtually shut down, forcing many to announce massive layoffs.S&P lowered American’s debt grade a notch to “B-” saying the cost-savings measures it has taken “will be insufficient to offset the effects of sharply lower demand from the impact of the virus on the company’s credit metrics.”American is a beneficiary of the government’s Payroll Support Program, under which it will receive $5.8 billion through July 2020, but S&P said the carrier still has a cash shortage. Topics : Washington on Wednesday ordered the suspension of all flights by Chinese airlines into and out of the United States after Beijing failed to allow American carriers to resume services to China.The move adds to a growing friction between the world’s two largest economies amid the coronavirus crisis and in the wake of a two-year trade war that has not been fully resolved.The US action takes effect June 16 but could be implemented sooner if President Donald Trump orders it, the Department of Transportation (DOT) said. The latest spat between Washington and Beijing centers partially on the CAAC deciding to determine the flight limit for foreign airlines based on their activity as of March 12.But US carriers had suspended all flights by that date due to the pandemic — meaning their cap was calculated to be zero — while Chinese-flagged flights continued.The “arbitrary ‘baseline’ date… effectively precludes US carriers from reinstating scheduled passenger flights to and from China,” the US order says.The department also said there are indications Chinese airlines are using charter flights to get around the limit of one flight a week to increase their advantage over US carriers.”Our overriding goal is not the perpetuation of this situation, but rather an improved environment wherein the carriers of both parties will be able to exercise fully their bilateral rights,” the order said.last_img read more

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Scottish wave body hires cost reduction investigators

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first_imgWave Energy Scotland (WES) has awarded two contracts to study the opportunities for step-change cost reductions resulting from the improvements in supporting infrastructure for wave energy converters.The contracts, with a total value £143,000, will involve the evaluation of the innovation landscape to find the optimum choices for electrical connection solutions, and foundations and moorings.WES selected the UK-based energy and environmental consultancy TNEI Services to study wave energy cost reduction options arising from the innovation in electrical connection systems.The electrical connection system is defined as the systems, sub-systems, functions and capabilities involved from the first generation of electrical energy to introduction of grid compliant electricity into the onshore electrical transmission or distribution grid.For the moorings and foundations scope of work, WES opted for subsea mooring systems and tethers specialist Tension Technology International.The moorings and foundations represent the whole extent of the station keeping system up to the connection point to a wave energy converter.The electrical connection, and foundations and moorings systems in a wave energy device can amount to as much as a quarter of the capital costs so reducing these costs is of paramount importance, according to Wave Energy Scotland. Illustration/Pelamis wave energy device (Photo: Steve Morgan/EMEC)last_img read more

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Ocean City Inlet Dredging Begins

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first_imgThe Ocean City Inlet dredging program is about to begin, the Maryland Congressman Andy Harris said in his latest announcement. Commenting the latest news, Congressman Harris said: “I applaud the Army Corps of Engineers for taking the steps necessary to get dredging of the Ocean City Inlet underway.”“The fishing and maritime industry is critical to our local economy and community. “This dredging is a high priority, and I am glad the Corps is getting the job done.”The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) was able to secure a USACE dredge vessel from their Wilmington District for this dredging job.The vessel is scheduled to dredge for five days over the coming week, starting today.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plays an active role in Ocean City – carrying out multiple missions and ongoing efforts in and around this coastal city.last_img read more

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Coats Responds To Nationwide VA Audit

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first_imgThe results have been released from an audit of Veteran Affairs medical facilities across the nation.The information released Monday shows staff at 90 different sites changed appointment dates entered by veterans and the 14-day target for an appointment wait time was not realistic.It found more than 57,000 veterans have been waiting up to three months for a medical appointment. According to the data, 13 percent of staff interviewed across 76 different sites had been instructed to schedule the medical appointment without regard to the patient’s desired date.Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) sent out the following statement after the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released findings of an internal audit.“This report reaffirms a culture change at the Department of Veterans Affairs is necessary,” said Coats. “Confirmed audit findings show that Indiana veterans endured unacceptably long wait times with some never receiving an appointment. As I hear from more veterans, I continue to support an independent investigation to make sure we identify and prosecute those responsible for falsifying records and neglecting patient care. As a veteran, I expect my country to fulfill its promises to my fellow servicemen and women. As a Senator, I will seek to hold them accountable.”last_img read more

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United Way of Franklin County Awards a Total of $5,000 to Service-Minded Students

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first_imgBrookville, IN—The United Way of Franklin County is pleased to announce two recipients of the 2019 Live United Scholarship.  Isaac Selm and Jenna Watterson, both recent graduates from Franklin County High School were awarded a total of $5,000 for tuition costs and fees.The Live United scholarship recognizes individuals that have demonstrated a commitment to serving Franklin County by making a positive impact in the community through community service. Current high school seniors, GED graduates, and current post-secondary students of any age are eligible. The student must be a resident of Franklin County.The United Way of Franklin County seeks to positively impact the lives of those in our community by assessing needs, uniting partner organizations, agencies and volunteers and devoting financial resources and efforts to the most critical needs.  For more information click here.last_img read more

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