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Syllabus News Update for Friday, November 21, 2003.

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News for Friday, Nov. 21, 2003
* National Technological U. Celebrates 20th Anniversary
* Carnegie Mellon Has Nation's First Green Dorm
* Union Electrical Apprenticeship Rivals Size of Universities
* UC Davis Helps State Develop Farm Water Computer Models
* Woodbury Prof Named to Esquire 'Best & Brightest' List
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National Technological University Celebrates 20th Anniversary

National Technological University, the nation's first
accredited "virtual" university, is marking its 20th
anniversary. The school, which started by delivering
master’s level engineering courses via satellite in 1984,
offers students the flexibility to customize their
academic programs from a variety of university partners.
Among the schools its draws on for its degree and
professional certificate programs are the University of
California, Berkeley, Southern Methodist University,
the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University
of Florida, and The University of Arizona.

NTU's Spring 2004 academic lineup its first bachelor's
degree completion program in Information Technology,
presented with the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
The program allows students with associate's degrees to
build a foundation in software and hardware applications,
while concentrating in Management Information Systems,
Network Security or Software Engineering. Beginning in
Spring 2004, NTU will introduce video compact disc (VCD)
as a delivery format. NTU will continue offering its
courses online, and via CD-ROM, DVD and VHS.
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Carnegie Mellon Has Nation's First Green Dorm

Carnegie Mellon University's $12.5 million New House
residence hall has earned recognition by the U.S. Green
Building Council as the first green dormitory, making
it one of the nation's healthiest and most energy-efficient
residence halls.

The 71,400-square-foot "green building" offers 255
undergraduate residents environmentally friendly
amenities ranging from a sophisticated air ventilation
system to specially designed, high-efficiency washing
machines to conserve water use. The carpeting was
specifically made for Carnegie Mellon from recycled
yarn, said Tim Michael, director of housing services.
The New House residence hall, completed this spring,
also sports lighting activated by motion sensors to
reduce energy consumption and 18-inch exterior walls
for improved insulation.

Union Electrical Apprenticeship Rivals Size of Universities

Enrollment in the organized electrical construction
industry's apprenticeship program now rivals that of
the largest universities, with nearly 50,000 students
participating in the professional career-training
program. Officials of the National Electrical Contractors
Association and International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers (NECA-IBEW), say latest figures show 49,532
apprentices are enrolled in its National Joint
Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) program
for the electrical construction professions.

Beyond its size, officials say the NJATC program is
increasingly taking on the flavor of college as more
apprentices elect to earn college credits for program
course work, or link their apprenticeship studies to
two- and four-year degree options. Unlike traditional
college students, apprentices earn a competitive wage,
benefits and pay increases as they complete the program's
extensive on-the-job training and classroom instruction.
NJATC apprentices typically earn $50,000 to $150,000
in total wages and benefits over a three- to five-year
apprenticeship, and then graduate to enter the job
market as union journeymen.

UC Davis Helps State Develop Farm Water Computer Models

The University of California at Davis and California’s
Department of Water Resources have developed two
state-of-the-art computer models for estimating California
agricultural water demand. One model is called the
Consumptive Use Program and was designed to help farmers
determine their crop water requirements. The other model
is called SIMETAW, designed to assist the State of
California plan for future agricultural irrigation
water demand. It can help water agencies and researchers
simulate daily weather conditions and net crop water
requirements for multiple future years. While allowing
users to plan agricultural water demand, it can also be
used to study the effect of climate change on water
demand in California.

Woodbury Prof Named to Esquire 'Best & Brightest' List

Woodbury University associate professor of architecture
Jennifer Siegal has been named one of America's "Best &
Brightest" in the December issue of Esquire magazine.
Siegal, who has taught at Woodbury since 1997, was
recognized for her innovative work designing mobile
structures. At Woodbury, Siegal has worked with her
architecture students to build "Paseo del Sol," an
open-air classroom with solar panels. The Mobile Eco
Lab project, a used cargo trailer that Siegal and
Woodbury students converted into a traveling ecological
classroom, won architecture awards from the Los Angeles
chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.

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