jueves, 30 de enero de 2014

About Mercyhurst University

Fast Facts

  1. Mercyhurst is a four-year, Catholic, liberal arts university, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1926.
  2. Granted university status in 2012.
  3. More than 50 undergraduate majors, with 67 concentrations as well as unique adult programs and eight graduate degrees are available at the university.
  4. Mercyhurst University offers 24 varsity level sports, with the Lakers fielding teams in 12 women’s sports and 12 men’s sports. Two of the programs compete at the NCAA Division I level (men’s and women’s ice hockey), while 21 teams participate on the Division II stage.
  5. Mercyhurst's main 75-acre campus is set in Erie, Pa., the state's only port city; the campus is approximately 100 miles from Cleveland, OH and Buffalo, NY and 130 miles north of Pittsburgh, PA.
  6. Accreditation: The Pennsylvania Department of Education; The Council on Social Work Education; The Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration; National Association of Schools of Dance; The National Athletic Trainers Association; The American Physical Therapy Association; The National Association of Schools of Music; and International Assembly of Collegiate Business Educators. 
  7. Full-time Graduate Students: 300.
  8. Average class size: 20 and all courses are taught by faculty, not graduate or teaching assistants.
  9. Applications - 3,000.
  10. Admitted - 2,260.
  11. Number of Freshmen - 670 (Men-270, Women-400).
  12. Average GPA - 3.41.
  13. Middle 50 percent SAT - 1650.
  14. Middle 50 percent ACT - 24.
  15. The enrolling freshmen include 18 Valedictorians or Salutatorians, 410 Egan Scholars, and five Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients.
  16. Geographic Distribution: Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, and more than 31 states and 21 countries.

    viernes, 24 de enero de 2014

    Wash, Brush, Comb! Hygiene Habits for Kids

    “Wash your hands. Brush your teeth. Did you use soap?” These are just a few of the phrases preschool parents repeat like a broken record. It's a fact: children and germs go hand in hand. Each day parents watch their children play in the sand at the park, stick fingers in their noses and mouths, pick up slimy creatures, and reach eagerly for food that's fallen on the ground.
    Getting preschoolers to take over the brushing, scrubbing and rinsing themselves is an important step in the development of a preschooler's independence. Not only does it give parents a welcome break and help ditch the dirt in the short term, but teaching basic hygiene concepts to children at a young age will form the groundwork of a healthy lifestyle in the future.

    Proper Hygiene

    Just as you teach your child the steps to ride a bike or play a game, it's important for you to teach your child proper hygiene habits. Personal hygiene can include such skills as how to properly wash hands, take a bath, brush teeth and hair, and follow proper toilet training skills. “The most common health issues that come up is from preschoolers playing with unsanitary things and then touching their mouths and other kids before washing hands," says pediatrician Carol-Lynn Barsky. "At this age, it is primarily hand washing that will keep them healthy.”

    Get in the Habit

    Help train your child to get in the habit of washing his hands after certain activities such as using the bathroom, playing at the park, and being at a friend’s house. Keep a regular schedule for taking baths and help your child brush teeth and hair in the morning and before bedtime everyday. If your child gets in the habit of regular hand washing, brushing teeth, and bathing, it will become more natural and reminders from parents will be less necessary. One of the most effective ways to teach consistency in good hygiene is to set a good example as a parent by washing your hands, and brushing your teeth and hair in front of your child regularly.

    What about Germs?

    It's important to gently explain the idea of germs to your child, without scaring him. You want your child to feel free to make mud pies and pick up insects, without the fear of germs. “I teach the children that not all germs are bad, but that some germs can make us sick," says preschool teacher Shannon Johst. "I talk to them about how fast germs can spread, and that washing hands will keep them safe.” The key is to focus on what your child can do for his body to stay healthy rather than focusing solely on germs.

    Make Teaching Hygiene Fun

    Learning to take care of his body should be fun for your child and not a chore. Here are some ideas to be creative:
    • Pretend to be a “germ detective” and use a magnifying glass to examine your child’s hands and teeth. Give him a “secret mission” to wash his hands or brush his teeth.
    • Give your child a "buddy" to wash while he washes his hands, such as a rubber ducky, plastic figure or toy car. Ask if his buddy used soap, rather than asking your child about his own hands.
    • Let your child pick out a special soap and toothpaste at the store that he'll use to wash his hands and body and to brush his teeth. There are many "cool" soaps out there, such as soaps in the shapes of animals and scented foam soaps. When your child is involved in the selection of products to use, he will feel that he has ownership of the hygiene process.
    • Use a “puppet helper.” Have your child choose a puppet that will be a washing buddy in the bath or remind him to wash hands when he gets home. Talk in a funny voice with the puppet to differentiate the puppet from the parent. Being "helped" by a puppet and being nagged by a parent will get different results from your child.
    • Teach your child how to bathe different body parts by using a favorite doll as an example in the bathtub.
    • Keep a laminated “body check” chart in the bathroom to have your child check off what parts of the body he has taken care of that day; teeth, hair, arms, legs, hands.
    Establishing good hygiene habits with your preschooler is the best defense against the germs that live everywhere in your child’s environment. Enjoy being creative with your child and setting good examples, and you'll be left with a clean, happy and healthy child!

    Wash, Brush, Comb! Hygiene Habits for Kids

    jueves, 16 de enero de 2014

    US College Tour Summer Program

    US College Tour Summer Program

    TS College Tours provides tours of US colleges for international students. It is the only college tour program that is exclusively focused on the backgrounds, needs and interests of international school students. Their programs offer students a unique opportunity to visit colleges and to help them focus on their college search!Each tour is led experienced international school counselors who, as well as organizing all tour details, share their knowledge with students through nightly seminars and daily conversations on various admissions- related topics. For summer 2014, TS College Tours is offering programs that visit colleges in the Northeast and California as well as one that visits some of the top art colleges in the US. To find out more about the 2014 tours, please visit www.tscollegetours.com. Their programs normally fill up quite early so we encourage you to apply soon if interested.


    viernes, 10 de enero de 2014

    Augustana College

    Quick Facts

    Our Location
    The College is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, a city with a population of more than 162,000 in a metropolitan area of approximately 235,000.
    Our Campus
    Augustana’s beautifully maintained, tree-lined campus is situated on 100 acres in a residential area.
    View the "Fast Facts" pamphlet that provides an overview about the state of the College. It includes a snapshot of our student population and cites many of the attractions of Sioux Falls.
    Our Students
    Approximately 1,765 full- and part-time students, primarily of traditional age, come from 30 states and 44 foreign countries. More than 100 international students are enrolled.  Students typically enter the College with an average ACT of 26 and a high school grade point average of 3.69. Of students whose schools report class rank, 63% ranked in the top quarter of their graduating class.
    Our Faculty
    Nearly 82 percent of our 129 full-time and tenure-track faculty possess the highest degree in their disciplines. The student to faculty ratio is 12:1 with an average class size of 20 students.

    Co-Curricular Activities
    Beyond the classroom, we provide opportunities for involvement in more than 100 student organizations and activities, including special interest groups, 18 NCAA Division II athletic teams and 20 performing arts ensembles in music and theatre.

    Our Traditions
    Major College traditions include Opening Convocation, Viking Days, Viking Varieties, Christmas Tree-lighting, Augustana Vespers, Community Service Day, Semester Shutdown, the Augustana Symposium, Senior Celebration, Family Weekend and the Faculty Gauntlet at Commencement. Ole, the Viking statue in the center of the Quadrangle, is often decorated for special seasonal events. The Green is the large expanse of green space used for frisbee, bonfires and all kinds of student activities. An age-old college tradition — college football — returned to campus after 52 years with the inaugural season in Kirkeby-Over Stadium in 2009.

    Residential Life
    Living opportunities include six residence halls, 16 theme houses and five apartment complexes.
    Comprehensive Costs for 2013-2014
    Tuition                                                                                                                                       $28,200
    Student Activity Fee (Supports campus events, concerts and student activities)            $430
    Room and Board (Does not include S.D. sales tax of $250)                                           $6,920
    Total                                                                                                                                           $35,500

    Beyond the Rankings

    domingo, 5 de enero de 2014

    Rowe Fund

    The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awardinginterest-free loans of up to $15,000 dollars.
    By financing a portion of their studies in the United States, the Rowe Fund helps students complete their education while at the same time fostering cultural diversity, friendship, and communication among the people of the Americas. Rowe Fund loans include:
    • Deferred repayment while in school
    • No application or processing fees
    • Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round and at any time during the studies in the U.S.
    • Funding is sent directly to the student after approval
    • Easy access to loan application forms and instructions
    For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Applicants or, if you have already been awarded a Rowe Fund loan, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions for Current Beneficiaries.   
    The Rowe Fund was endowed through a bequest from Dr. Leo Stanton Rowe, who served as Director General of the Pan American Union (the precursor of the OAS), from 1920 until his death in 1946.  Dr. Rowe devoted his life to furthering understanding and integration among the countries of the Americas, particularly through higher education.

    Visit http://www.oas.org/en/rowefund/ for more information.