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The Rev. Velman L. Luse

Mar 07, 2013
The Rev. Velman L. Luse

DECORAH — The Rev. Velman L. Luse, 85, of Decorah, died Monday, March 4, 2013, in St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minn.
The body has been bequeathed to the betterment of science and mankind. A celebration of life service will be on April 6 in Decorah. Memorial contributions can be made to Art Haus, Empty Bowls or the Raptor Resource Project.

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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 23, 2013 04:21
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 21, 2013 13:49

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Believe it or not, a place exists where companies are hiring like crazy, and you can make $15 an hour serving tacos, $25 an hour waiting tables and $80,000 a year driving trucks.

You just have to move to North Dakota. Specifically, to one of the tiny towns surrounding the oil-rich Bakken formation, estimated to hold anywhere between 4 billion and 24 billion barrels of oil. Vickie McMullen and her husband were living in one of the poorest cities in North Carolina, and they knew they needed to move to dig themselves out of debt. When they looked online earlier this year and saw the number of high-paying job opportunities in Williston, North Dakota -- less than 50 miles from Watford -- they knew it was the place to jumpstart their lives. McMullen now works as a nanny in exchange for housing. Her husband, who worked on behavior management programs for a school system in North Carolina where he took home about $1,600 a month, found a job working in the oilfields where he makes that same amount of money in one week -- adding up to an annual salary of about $77,000.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 21, 2013 13:33

Undergraduate tuition and fees for Iowa residents at the University of Iowa is: $8,057

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 21, 2013 13:28

"Someone is deemed a North Dakota resident when they`ve been living in the state 90 consecutive days." You get a job in North Dakota for 90 days and establish your residence then become eligible for in-state tuition. The University of North Dakota tuition for a resident is $7,092 a year.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 21, 2013 10:10
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 21, 2013 09:06

The University of North Dakota took a survey of what courses its students wanted and found heightened interest in business aviation. About half of the students surveyed said they had interest in pursuing careers in that area of aviation. So the university administration is now offering a concentration in that specific field, with 16 credit hours of courses on fleet planning, aircraft acquisition, insurance, accounting and entrepreneurial skills. These are the people who will inherit the whole industry.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 21, 2013 08:54

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences - University of North ...

Welcome to the John D. Odegard School Of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota. We are a world-renowned center for aerospace learning, nationally acclaimed for our achievements in collegiate aviation education, atmospheric research, space studies, and computer science applications. With over 500 faculty and staff members, over 1,500 students from around the world, and a myriad of programs and projects, the John D. Odegard School Of Aerospace Sciences is setting the pace for the future of flight.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 20, 2013 13:24
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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 19, 2013 13:49

Penn State News
University Park, Penn., United States
March 18, 2013

1st Lt. Mark McCormick-Goodhart

As editor-in-chief of the Penn State Law Review and a U.S. Marine Corps officer, McCormick-Goodhart is accustomed to deadlines and a demanding schedule. He is one of about 150 commissioned Marine Corps officers enrolled in law school nationwide. "I had a choice: flight school or law school. And I didn't trust myself with planes," he said. After graduation, McCormick-Goodhart will serve as a law clerk to Judge Kim R. Gibson, Grinnell College 1975, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Judge Gibson was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Sept. 23, 2003.

After his first year of law school, McCormick-Goodhart clerked for Judge Kevin A. Hess, Grinnell College 1972, of the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas in Carlisle, Pa. He then interned at the U.S. Army War College Office of the Post Judge Advocate under the supervision of Captain Jessica Guise, Grinnell College 2004. McCormick-Goodhart also took advantage of the federal judicial externship program during his second and third years of law school, serving as an extern for Judge Christopher C. Conner, Grinnell college 1982, of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

"I think the federal judicial externship program is the best-kept secret here," he said. "There's almost nothing better than having a federal judge as a mentor during law school." McCormick-Goodhart was pleased to discover that Judge Gibson offers one-year clerkships — the longest clerkship deferment permitted by the Marine Corps — because federal clerkships are often two-year commitments. "I am very excited to work for Judge Gibson. He's a retired U.S. Army Colonel, a former state trial court judge, and an active community volunteer. I have a lot to learn from him." Graduating from West Point in 1970, Judge Gibson, '75, commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and later served as an active-duty judge advocate until 1978.

After concluding his one-year clerkship, McCormick-Goodhart will attend Naval Justice School in Newport, R.I., and will eventually serve as an active-duty judge advocate on a detail determined by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Education: Bachelor of arts, economics, with honors, Grinnell College
Volunteer Work: Volunteer work: Wills for Heroes, Carlisle, Pa.
Recent Publication: "Leaving No Veteran Behind: Policies and Perspectives on Combat Trauma, Veterans Courts, and the Rehabilitative Approach to Criminal Behavior," Penn State Law Review


Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 19, 2013 10:06

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

Gifted Hands


A remarkable book titled Gifted Hands tells the personal story of Benjamin Carson, a black kid from the Detroit ghetto who went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon.

At one time young Ben Carson had the lowest grades in his middle school class, and was the butt of teasing by his white classmates. Worse yet, he himself believed that he was just not smart enough to do the work.

Fortunately for him, his mother, whose own education went no further than the third grade, insisted that he was smart. She cut off the television set and made him and his brother hit the books--books that she herself could scarcely read.

As young Ben's school work began to catch up with that of his classmates, and then began to surpass that of his classmates, his whole view of himself and of the wider world around him began to change. He began to think that he wanted to become a doctor.

There were a lot of obstacles to overcome along the way, including the fact that his mother had to be away from time to time for psychiatric treatment, as she tried to cope with the heavy pressures of trying to raise two boys whose father had deserted the family that she now had to support on a maid's wages.

In many ways the obstacles facing young Ben Carson were like those faced by so many other youngsters in the ghetto. What was different was that he overcame those obstacles with the help of a truly heroic mother and the values she instilled in him.

It is an inspiring personal story, told plainly and unpretentiously, including the continuing challenges he faced later as a neurosurgeon operating on the brains of people with life-threatening medical problems, often with the odds against them.

To me it was a personal story in another sense, that some of his experiences as a youngster brought back experiences that I went through growing up in Harlem many years earlier.

I could understand all too well what it was like to be the lowest performing child in a class. That was my situation in the fourth grade, after my family had moved up from the South, where I had been one of the best students in the third grade -- but in a grossly inferior school system.

Now I sometimes found myself in tears because it was so hard to try to get through my homework.

But in one sense I was much more fortunate than Ben Carson and other black youngsters today. The shock of being in a school, whose standards were higher than I was able to meet at first, took place in an all-black school in Harlem, so that there was none of the additional complications that such an experience can have for a black youngster in a predominantly white school.

By the time I first entered a predominantly white school; I had already caught up, and had no trouble with the school work. Decades later, in the course of running a research project, I learned that the Harlem school, where I had so much trouble catching up, had an average IQ of 84 back when I was there.

In the predominantly white school to which I later went, I was put in a class for children with IQs of 120 and up, and had no trouble competing with them. But I would have been totally wiped out if I had gone there two years earlier -- and who knows what racial hang-ups that might have led to?

Chance plays a large part in everyone's life. The home in which you are raised is often a big part of luck being on your side or against you. But you don't need parents with Ph.D.’s to make sure that you make the most of your education.

The kinds of things that statisticians can measure, such as family income or parents' education, are not the crucial things. The family's attitude toward education and toward life can make all the difference.

Virtually everything was against young Ben Carson, except for his mother's attitudes and values. But, armed with her outlook, he was able to fight his way through many battles, including battles to control his own temper, as well as external obstacles.

Today, Dr. Benjamin Carson is a renowned neurosurgeon at a renowned institution, Johns Hopkins University. But what got him there was wholly different from what is being offered to many ghetto youths today, much of which is not merely futile but counterproductive.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 18, 2013 10:18
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 14, 2013 11:57

There is a social order in corporate America and probably every where. If you don't have the right social and people skills, you probably won't go very far regardless of how hard you work.

Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Mar 13, 2013 02:09

When I was in college, a friend invited me to his home over Christmas break in Detroit. As it turned out, he lived in Grosse Pointe two mansions from the Ford estate. He lived on the third floor that over looked Lake Michigan. He ordered hors d'oeuvre on the dumb waiter and we listened to classical music and sipped expensive wine before we had dinner and watched the ships on Lake Michigan sailing in the night. The meal was served by the butler and his parents dressed properly for dinner as I sat there in my blue jeans feeling like a fool. They never said one word to me the entire evening. They just starred at me.

Posted by: William Beenblossom | Mar 08, 2013 15:43

Vel and my husband, Bill Beenblossom, were dear friends.  They were the same age and loved to tell stories to each other.  A good man has passed.


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