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Kudos to Lynn University, a small private college in Florida- unlike most small colleges, Lynn University has changed its cafeteria hours to be open 24/7 to accommodate students schedules. The university was concerned that many students were missing meals, especially in the morning-- and also noted that students would rather eat many meals at later than traditional times. In addition, instead of more 8 am classes, the university is adding 5 pm classes to the schedule-- a time preferred by many students (and a time that now does not interfere with dinner). http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/01/27/small-private-college-all-night-dining-allows-more-flexible-class-scheduling

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If you are filling out a FAFSA for a number of colleges to which your child is applying note this: some colleges are using the so-called FAFSA position of the college on the student's form to determine the student's interest level toward the college, even though for many students the order the colleges are listed on the FAFSA is unrelated to interest level. Some colleges have even done research and found there is indeed a correlation. The best way to try to avoid this issue is to list colleges alphabetically on the FAFSA. http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/28/colleges-use-fafsa-information-reject-students-and-potentially-lower-financial-aid

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Here are some productivity apps- see whether any appeal to you. I especially like the sound of "clockwork tomato"/"focus booster" based on the "pomodoro technique" (which I had never heard of but sounds interesting and promising) and "brainscape" for making flashcards on your phone/ipad and testing yourself. http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/gradhacker/7-productivity-apps-new-year

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In this compelling article, Yo Yo Ma explains that the tools of empathy, collaboration, flexible thinking and disciplined imagination, taught by the arts, are essential for a balance between reason and the critical, found in STEM, and empathy and creativity, found in the arts, leading to the balanced innovation and vision needed in society. He states, "For me the most proficient way to teach the values of collaboration, flexibility, imagination and innovation -- all skill sets needed in today's world -- is through the performing arts. If you have these tools, you can do well in any field from software engineering to the biosciences." Bravo!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yoyo-ma/behind-the-cello_b_4603748.html?utm_content=buffer94a81&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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