Djuro Zivkovic won the 2014 award in music composition for “On the Guarding of the Heart,” a 20-minute piece for chamber orchestra that he describes, in a university news release, as inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach and focused on “detachment, stillness and watchfulness, … solitude and exile.”
Mr. Zivkovic, who was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, in 1975, lives in Stockholm and teaches at the Swedish Royal College of Music.
The Grawemeyer Awards are five annual prizes given in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education, and religion. The awards were created by the industrialist and philanthropist H. Charles Grawemeyer at the University of Louisville in 1984. This year’s awards are $100,000 each.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference canceled its football-championship game after the star quarterback of one team was allegedly beaten up by members of the other team during the conference’s annual football banquet, USA Today reports. The quarterback for Winston-Salem State University, Rudy Johnson, was treated at a hospital and released. He was allegedly attacked by a group of Virginia State University players in a bathroom of a Winston-Salem State building while the banquet was in progress. One Virginia State player was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault. In a written statement, the Division II conference said that “we did not make this decision lightly” and declared that “our singular focus is on the safety and security of the CIAA’s student-athletes and those who follow them.” In a statement on its website, Virginia State’s president said, “We deeply regret the inconvenience to our fans and supporters.”
Amid word that a seventh person on the Ivy League campus has come down with the disease, federal officials have agreed to import a vaccine that’s approved for use in Europe and Australia but not the United States, reports the Associated Press. The special vaccine, Bexsero, is needed because the Princeton victims have Type B meningitis, which is caused by a different bacterium. The Daily Princetonian reports that the university’s trustees plan to discuss this weekend whether to use the vaccine on the campus. A university spokesman told the newspaper that Princeton would not cancel any events connected with this weekend’s homecoming.
Michael B. McCall, who has led the Kentucky Community and Technical College System since 1998, announced on Friday that he planned to retire in January 2015. The system was formed in a 1997 merger of the state’s community colleges, formerly affiliated with the University of Kentucky, and the state’s technical colleges. Since then, according to the Associated Press, enrollment in the system has more than doubled, to some 96,000 students. Mr. McCall has been well compensated for his work. In a Chronicle survey of executive compensation at community colleges in the 2006-7 academic year, he was the top-paid president, receiving $610,670.
The North Dakota institution received word on Friday from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools that its “on notice” status had been dropped, The Dickinson Press reported. The university was put on notice last year, following scandals involving inflated enrollment figures and the awarding of hundreds of degrees to foreign students who didn’t earn them. The university’s president at the time of the scandals was fired in 2011. The university never lost accreditation.
The congressman, a former librarian, served a district in Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1982 to 2006. He supported many education causes in the House of Representatives, including efforts to strengthen historically black colleges. After he retired from Congress, he taught public administration at Medgar Evers College, part of the City University of New York.
The donation, to be divided among the Kansas State University Foundation, the Oklahoma State University Foundation, and the University of Oklahoma Foundation, consists of stock in the Dolese Bros. Company, an Oklahoma City business that’s described as the state’s largest supplier of concrete, crushed stone, sand, and gravel. The gift derives from a plan by a company executive, Roger Dolese, who died in 2002, to keep the company privately owned and to foster the graduation of more engineers from nearby universities.
The share of undergraduates who took out loans to finance their bachelor’s degrees increased from 49 percent in 1994 to 64 percent in 2001 to 66 percent in 2009, the last year covered by a brief report issued on Thursday by the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics, in one of its first data publications since the federal government reopened after a 16-day shutdown.
The university announced on Thursday that it would slash tuition by 20 percent to 25 percent, and would offer students a free semester if they met standards for progress toward a degree but were still unable to graduate. The move came a year after the university was a poster child for high-priced colleges when The New York Times used an Ohio Northern graduate with $120,000 in student-loan debt as an example of “a generation hobbled by the soaring cost of college.” In taking steps to make its education more affordable, Ohio Northern became the latest college to see a tuition reset as its best move.
The legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, lets community colleges offer high-demand courses at higher prices—$200 per unit instead of $46—during the shorter summer and winter sessions, according to the Associated Press. Supporters of the pilot program said it would make it possible for more students to avoid being shut out of courses they need to graduate. Critics said lower-income students would be denied the opportunity to obtain the course credits.