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ADHE extends scholarship application deadlines to July 1 for Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pul

ADHE extends scholarship application deadlines to July 1 for Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pul

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (ADHE) – The deadline to apply and accept financial aid – including the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship – through the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) has been extended until July 1, officials said Monday, for residents in the tornado and flood-damaged counties of Faulkner, Independence, Randolph, Pulaski and White, which were recently declared disaster areas by Gov. Mike Beebe.

“After touring the area last week, we began assessing what we could do to assist those affected by this terrible disaster,” said Director Shane Broadway, “and with our normal deadline of June 1 fast approaching, we wanted to be certain to allow more time for families most directly impacted.”

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

Arkansas lotto eyes advertising with universities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A committee of the Arkansas Lottery Commission is discussing the prospect of advertising with universities in the state.

Lottery Director Bishop Woosley said Wednesday that it would be a natural fit because proceeds from the lottery fund college scholarships.

The agency surveyed other state lotteries and found that it's common for lotteries with ties to education to market through universities.

For instance, Woosley says the lottery could sell instant tickets with an Arkansas Razorbacks theme and have in-game ads that promote how much lottery money goes toward scholarships.

The idea is one of several Woosley is proposing to increase revenue.

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Third annual Celtic Poetry Contest accepting entries

Third annual Celtic Poetry Contest accepting entries

BATESVILE — The third annual Celtic Poetry Contest sponsored by the Arkansas Scottish Festival is now accepting entries. The entry deadline is March 31.

Entries into the free contest may be any style and any length. Poems must have a Celtic theme or be in traditional Celtic form. The seven Celtic nations include Ireland, Galicia, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Brittany, Scotland and Wales. Entries will be judged by two-time contest winner, Kenton Adler.

“I will only have access to the content, so I won’t have any knowledge of who the author is during the judging,” Adler said. “Our plan is that the winner of each year’s contest will be the succeeding judge for the next competition. We had 11 entries in last year’s contest. We’d like to see 20 to 30 this year.”

The winning poem will be read, by the author if possible, at the Celtic Concert April 11 during the Scottish Festival. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. First place prize is $100.

Lyon fraternity hosting community chili dinner, entertainment

Lyon fraternity hosting community chili dinner, entertainment

by Hannah Keller

BATESVILLE — The brothers of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Lyon College will host an all-you-can-eat chili dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 at First Presbyterian Church in Batesville.

Harding University lecture series continues with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

Harding University lecture series continues with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman

SEARCY, Ark. — Retired Lt. Col. Dave Grossman of the U.S. Army will continue the 2013-14 Harding University American Studies Institute Distinguished Lecture Series Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium.

Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier and speaker, and he is an expert in the field of human aggression and the sources of violence and crime. Grossman has taught at West Point as a psychology and military science professor and has combined his experiences to create a new field of scientific study termed “killology.” With breakthrough contributions, Grossman has shared information on the understanding of killing in war, the psychological expense of war, the causes of the current “virus” of violent crime, and the process of healing the victims of violence in war and peace.

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

ASMSA students improve ACT scores, opposite of state, national trends

HOT SPRINGS — In a year where state and national ACT scores dropped across the board, Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts students improved their scores.

In 2013, ASMSA students received an average composite score of 28.6, according to a report released Wednesday. The average composite score for the state was 20.2, and the national average was 20.9. Both the state and national scores dipped from the previous year. ASMSA’s score rose by almost 2 points.

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score. Students also receive scores in four individual testing areas, which are combined for the composite score. The individual testing areas are English, mathematics, reading and science.

Lyon College named “Best Southeastern College” by Princeton Review

Lyon College named “Best Southeastern College” by Princeton Review

(Lyon College) - For the 10th year in a row, The Princeton Review has named Lyon College a “Best Southeastern College,” based on results from its “2014 Best Colleges” survey. 

Lyon College is one of 138 schools receiving the Best in the Southeast designation compiled by the education services company headquartered in Massachusetts.