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Music Matters brings music education back to public school campuses

Music Matters brings music education back to public school campuses

Music Matters, a division of the non-profit arts organization, Young Artists Conservatory of Music (YACM), expands public school music education to 7 Fairfield/Suisun schools. In the spring of 2010 a concerned parent, representing Nelda Mundy Elementary, refused to see their school lose band education. When approached to create an option, Wanda Cook, YACM’s Artistic Director, worked to create a business plan, funded by the lowest possible parent tuition with the recognizable high educational quality for which the conservatory is known. Today, Music Matters Program Director, Jacqueline Crockett oversees a YACM team of 11 profoundly dedicated music teachers responsible for educating nearly 500 students on campuses throughout FSUSD before and after school.
Music Matters boasts valuable community collaborations necessary to support the program.

Clery Act Crime Report for 2011 Released

Crimes reported at the University of California, Davis, in 2011 showed little change from the previous year, campus officials reported today.

"UC Davis is a relatively safe campus," said UC Davis Police Chief Matt Carmichael. "Our job is to keep it that way."

Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, universities must report crime statistics annually to the U.S. Department of Education and make the information available to students, faculty and staff. This year's full report can be found online at http://police.ucdavis.edu.

Among major crimes, UC Davis experienced 96 burglaries, five robberies and four aggravated assaults in 2011, compared to 88, two and 11 in 2010. There were 24 forcible sexual offenses, compared to 21 the previous year. There were again no homicides.

UC Davis receives grants to study robotics as teaching tool in schools

UC Davis receives grants to study robotics as teaching tool in schools

Two new grants awarded to the University of California, Davis, by the National Science Foundation will study the impact of robotics in teaching science, technology, engineering and math from elementary to high school.

Both projects are led by Harry Cheng, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the UC Davis K-14 Outreach Center for Computing and STEM Education.

"Robotics involves a variety of math, information technology, and engineering concepts," Cheng said. "Introducing computing and robotics into the math and science curriculum helps make abstract ideas concrete and allows students to apply mathematical concepts to real world problems."

The C-STEM Center also will hold a Fall Robotics Academy for school teachers on the weekend of Oct. 13-14. The class will train teachers to use robots and computing in their classrooms.

New program to help international undergrads succeed

New program to help international undergrads succeed

The University of California, Davis, will welcome its largest-ever group of new international undergraduates with programs to help their transition to U.S. college life -- from culture shock to different expectations in the American classroom.

UC Davis estimates it will enroll about 600 international students -- 70 percent to 80 percent more than last year -- and is offering them expanded orientation services, which begin today, as well as a new mentoring program and a special seminar series.

The new programs offer additional support for international students as UC Davis moves to increase their numbers to offer a more global experience for all of its students. Similar services are provided for all new students, but these focus on the unique needs of international students.

Avian Scientist Named Interim Dean of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Avian Scientist Named Interim Dean of College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Mary Delany, a distinguished avian geneticist who has served as an associate dean of the University of California, Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2009, has been named interim dean of the college.

Delany will serve in the post until the university appoints a permanent successor to outgoing dean Neal Van Alfen. A comprehensive international search will begin soon.

“We are delighted that Mary Delany has agreed to serve as interim dean,” said UC Davis Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Ralph Hexter. “As a distinguished researcher, she embodies the excellence and global impact of UC Davis’ work in agricultural and environmental science. As a respected longtime member of the UC Davis community, her appointment ensures stability and continuity.”

Woodland Community College Foundation to Honor Founding Members

Woodland Community College Foundation to Honor Founding Members

The Woodland Community College Foundation (WCCF) will honor founders of the Woodland Campus, formerly known as Yuba College, Woodland Center, at a Founders Day dinner event recognizing their contributions in bringing higher education to the Woodland Community.

“I am pleased that we are able to honor these early education pioneers and valued members of the community,” said Angela Fairchilds, President, Woodland Community College. “In doing so, we are proudly recognizing those who made our college possible for generations of students to pursue their educational goals close to home.”

The event will be emceed by Gary Sandy, Trustee of Yuba Community College District, and in addition to honoring the founders it will also showcase the founding staff and faculty of the campus.

Attention high school students! You're invited to join the Citrus Circuits robotic team

Attention high school students! You're invited to join the Citrus Circuits robotic team

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