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Vanderbilt University is offering its top students, starting with the freshman class of 2005, the opportunity to win spots in its professional and graduate schools at the same time they qualify for undergraduate admission. The program, called ENGAGE (Early Notification of Guaranteed Admission for Graduate Education) Scholars, will allow about 15 students, provided they keep their grades up and meet other graduate admission criteria, to attend Vanderbilts divinity, education, engineering, law, management, medical and nursing schools after earning a bachelors degree from the university. Vanderbilt University is offering its top students, starting with the freshman class of 2005, the opportunity to win spots in its professional and graduate schools at the same time they qualify for undergraduate admission. The program, called ENGAGE (Early Notification of Guaranteed Admission for Graduate Education) Scholars, will allow about 15 students, provided they keep their grades up and meet other graduate admission criteria, to attend Vanderbilt's divinity, education, engineering, law, management, medical and nursing schools after earning a bachelor's degree from the university. (The Tennessean, 1/27/04)

Murray State University will host Dr. Maya Angelou Feb. 24 at the Regional Special Events Center. (Murray State Web site, 1/27/04)

Katherine Greenberg, an education professor at the University of Tennessee, has been appointed to the UT Board of Trustees. She will serve the remaining five months of the term of Michael Combs, who resigned last week after the Knox County Sheriff's Department began investigating him in a rape case. Combs has said his decision to resign was unrelated to the case. No charges have been filed against him. (The Tennessean, 1/25/04)

Due to statewide budget cuts, Hopkinsville Community College is trimming $185,000 in addition to a previous reduction of $144,800 in recurring current fiscal year funds. HCC's total annual state appropriation has been cut by $1,133,400 since 2002. As a result, HCC President Bonnie Rogers has instigated a campus-wide hiring freeze. Two open faculty positions, one in history and one in criminal justice, will not be filled. In addition, the college will not replace the recently vacated director of public relations position. The college also will eliminate $52,500 allocated for hiring adjunct instructors and require an enrollment minimum of 20 students for all upcoming eight-week and summer session courses. HCC plans to capture $45,000 from a bookstore auxiliary services account, reduce the budgets of the business/industry training and continuing education/community services departments and eliminate all non-required external expenses. (HCC Web site, 1/23/04)