It has been a little while since I’ve provided an update on American Public University System’s (APUS) sustainability efforts. There seems no better time to do so than Earth Day. Despite my lack of updates on this blog, the APUS Sustainability Committee has been working diligently and partnering with other groups on campus to promote sustainability and make APUS a greener place to work and learn.
Frank Buckles, the last living World War I Doughboy, died early Sunday morning at the age of 110. Born on February 1, 1901 in Bethany, Missouri, Buckles’ life spanned one of the most turbulent, exciting, and eventful times in history. A resident of Charles Town, West Virginia where American Public University System (APUS) is headquartered, Buckles was well-known within the local community as well as nationally.
I was going through some old files the other day and stumbled across a handwritten note from a former colleague of mine. Reading the note again triggered memories about that particular time of my life and my career. Later, I thought about other notes I had received over the years and how the art of the handwritten note seems to be disappearing.
Tomorrow is the ninth anniversary of 9/11. Most of us can remember where we were and what we were doing the moment we heard about the planes flying into the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon. Unlike normal days where we go about our business, many of us knew our lives would be changed forever.
The end of August, first of September represents the start of the traditional fall semester at most colleges and universities. Freshmen arrive with the excitement of attending a new school and meeting lots of new friends. Returning students arrive with tales of summer’s experiences and a spirit of renewal for their academic quest. The campus has been spruced up with summer maintenance projects, some of which have been completed just days, or even hours, before the first freshmen arrived.
The world’s response to the situation in Haiti over the next few days will be critical in finding survivors, helping the injured, and providing food, water, and other supplies to a nation devastated by the disastrous earthquake which hit that country on January 12th. We know that we will have students and faculty members deployed to Haiti as members of the Marines, Coast Guard, Navy, Army, Air Force, emergency and disaster rescue teams from states, counties, and municipalities, United Nations peacekeeping troops, and other agencies that have yet to be named in the press.
For a number of years, we have printed a calendar for our students serving in the armed forces. In previous years, the theme for the pictures was “Our Athletes Don’t Play Games” with pictures of service members provided by the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. This year, we altered the theme to “A University of Heroes.”
Last night I watched CNN and FoxNews for a while. Both shows had panelists discussing the recent incident with the Nigerian terrorist on the Northwest/Delta flight to Detroit from Amsterdam. Panelists discussed the fact that the terrorist’s father reported his concerns about his son’s radical activities to officials from Yemen, the U.S. embassy in Abuja, and the Central Intelligence Agency and yet, he did not land on a “do not fly” list.
I haven’t written for this blog in almost a month. The reason is simple. I have not been able to bridge the gap between thoughts and comments on primarily current events in higher education and academic research.
Several years ago, I heard about a doctorate program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education that was designed for people who were employed full-time in higher education.
The 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was a week ago on November 9. I remember it well. CNN was still in its infancy and yet its coverage of the emotion of the crowd was worth watching long into the night.
Precedents for the fall of the wall were the discussions between the West and Mikhail Gorbachev.