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• Maryville College is hosting its annual Financial Aid Night at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10 in Fayerweather Hall’s Lawson Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Although presented by Maryville College financial aid staff, this is a general information session to help prospective students and parents, regardless of the type of college they are considering. Terminologies, student eligibility, timelines and information on grants and loans will be explained. From institutional aid to state and federal aid programs, this financial aid primer will help decipher the terms, raise the issues, review best approaches and answer financial aid questions. The Tennessee HOPE Lottery Program also will be covered in depth.

• Science Academy Research Poster Session from 7 to 8 p.m., Dec. 10. Under the guidance of research scientist mentors Farragut High School students have been conducting research at The University of Tennessee Knoxville, ORNL and the Knoxville Zoo this past school year. This poster session allows the students an opportunity to present their results and showcase their work. The event will be held in the Farragut High School commons. Students, teachers, and community members are invited to attend this “academic pep rally” to view the exciting work these students have completed. Refreshments will be provided by Kroger of Farragut.

• U.S. Cellular is inviting communities to rally around their favorite school to share $1 million. Ten schools across the country with the most votes each will win $100,000 to use in any way they want in the company’s Calling All Communities campaign. Between now and Jan. 15, 2010, anyone 18 or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store to receive a code to vote online for their favorite school. Schools of all sizes, public, private, urban and rural, K-12 have a chance to become a Calling All Communities champion. The campaign returns at a time when school districts across the country are feeling a greater budget pinch in a slowing economy. According to the American Association of School Administrators, the percentage of schools cutting extracurricular activities almost tripled from 10 percent in 2008-09 to 28 percent for 2009-2010.

• The renowned Gesell Institute is holding a 3-day training workshop in Knoxville, Feb. 1-3, 2010. Hosted by Christian Academy of Knoxville, this workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The 3-day workshop includes insightful professional development on the ages and stages of childhood as well as in-depth training and hands-on practice with the Gesell Developmental Observation. The long-used and well-loved GDO assessment involves direct observation of a child’s growth and development, as well as some measures of achievement. Participants will learn to observe and interpret development and behaviors in the areas of cognitive, language, math and motor development of the 18-month to six-year-old child in order to understand the unique needs and abilities of students, and in planning for appropriately challenging preschool and kindergarten curricula. The fee for this 3-day workshop is $495. Reservations can be made by calling the Gesell Institute at 1-800-369-7709 or by visiting their website at

• Several Farragut area students have been inducted into the Tennessee Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society at Lipscomb University. Farragut residents include: Allyson Hall, Lindsey Wilkerson and Jenny Randolph. Farragut students are among 69 undergraduate and graduate students inducted into the prestigious society. Alpha Chi is a national college scholarship honor society that promotes outstanding character and academic excellence in all disciplines, said Dr. Lin Garner, assistant athletic director for academics, senior woman’s administrator and faculty advisor of Alpha Chi.

• Oak Ridge Associated Universities has contributed $25,000 more to Roane State Community College to expand its Oak Ridge campus.

• Roane State’s contemporary management program offering new format. Thanks to a new format, Roane State Community College’s contemporary management program is an even better fit for working adults’ busy schedules. With the traditional format, classes meet one night per week for five weeks, plus an eight-hour summary session. The new, hybrid format combines Web classes with face-to-face sessions. The hybrid format reduces the number of face-to-face class meetings from six sessions in five weeks to only two sessions in five weeks. Prospective students who have not applied for admission are encouraged to contact the admissions office at 865-882-4523. For more info, to apply online, or to register for classes, visit


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