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The acting president of Hopkinsville (Ky.) Community College said he would have to examine the job qualifications before deciding whether he will apply to become the permanent president of the local college.

Dr. James E. Selbe, who most recently served as provost of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, said he is going to look at the job announcement when it is posted to see if he is qualified.

The retirement of HCC President Dr. Bonnie Rogers was announced formally last week. Her tenure will end in June. (Kentucky New Era, Jan. 27, 2006)
The acting president of Hopkinsville (Ky.) Community College said he would have to examine the job qualifications before deciding whether he will apply to become the permanent president of the local college.

Dr. James E. Selbe, who most recently served as provost of the West Kentucky Community and Technical College in Paducah, said he is going to look at the job announcement when it is posted to see if he is qualified.

The retirement of HCC President Dr. Bonnie Rogers was announced formally last week. Her tenure will end in June. (Kentucky New Era, Jan. 27, 2006)

An agreement signed last week will ensure that students can continue to transfer credits easily from Jackson State Community College to the University of Memphis and take U of M courses on the Jackson State campus, college officials said.

The articulation agreement formalizes what has been a working arrangement between U of M and Jackson State for decades. Typically, a student begins work at the community college and, two years later, transfers those credits to the four-year institution.

Prior to last week's announcement, JSCC and U of M already had formal articulation agreements for the engineering technology and baccalaureate nursing programs. (The Jackson Sun, Jan. 19, 2006)

With the help from a grant, the visitors center at the Gray Fossil Site at East Tennessee State University will include a multi-media classroom complete with the latest educational enhancements.

The Eastman Credit Union last week presented a $100,000 contribution to the ETSU Foundation to fund the ECU Multi-Media Classroom.

The fossil site was discovered in Summer 2000 by state Department of Transportation crews working to wide Highway 75. Researchers have determined the site to be from the Miocene age, between 7 million and 4.5 million years ago.

Construction has started on the 33,000-square-foot visitors center, which will house a research facility and museum to showcase fossils unearthed at the site. The facility is slated to open in late Spring 2007. (Kingsport Times News, Jan. 20, 2006)

Rutherford County School Board voted last week to renovate MTSU's 76-year-old Homer Pittard Campus School in exchange for university President Sidney McPhee agreeing to a 30-year lease.

The board for several years has provided staff to teach 310 students in grades K-6 and train the university's education majors, but county leaders are concerned that McPhee has discussed the possibility of relocating the laboratory school to Murfreesboro City Schools' Reeves-Rogers Elementary.

The president recently announced that he was rejecting the offer but maintained that he has concerns about renovating the school and making it more accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Murfreesboro Daily, Jan. 24, 2006)

Fund raising for Dyersburg State Community College in Tipton County is progressing, according to officials.

This year's campaign, dubbed “Good to Great,” already has netted nearly $140,000 for the college, which is about $50,000 more than last year.

The fund-raising drive will continue into the spring. Donors can specify where they want their donation to go, such as scholarships or nursing.

Last fall a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the DSCC-Jimmy Naifeh Center in Covington for Phase 3 of the campus.

The project, expected to cost nearly $6 million and funded by the state legislature last year, will add 33,000 square-feet to the Covington facility, more than doubling the size of the campus. It will include a 250-seat lecture hall, nursing lab, EMT lab, surgical lab, learning resource center and several classrooms. (Covington-Leader, Jan. 23, 2006)