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Guilford County Schools

The PSAT will be administered to Early College at Guilford students at 9 a.m. Oct. 15. The test is free and transportation to the test site will be provided. Students with the highest PSAT scores will be eligible for a variety of College Board scholarships.

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The Early College at Guilford is participating in three business/education fundraising programs. For the Harris Teeter Together in Education program, you can help The Early College at Guilford raise funds by linking your store card to both the Early College at Guilford (No. 6515) and the Early College at Guilford Robotics Team. Harris Teeter will give the school a percentage of every purchase made at the store. The Office Depot will give the school five percent of money spent at the store. Give the store clerk the number 70122055. Food Lion has a similar program called “Lion Shop and Share.” To participate, visit www.foodlion.com and select “Lion Shop and Share,” then “Link MVP Card.” Select Early College at Guilford and register your 12-digit MVP card number.

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The Early College at Guilford was presented with the 100 percent graduation rate award Sept. 8 in Raleigh. Charles Blanchard, principal of The Early College at Guilford, attended the award ceremony and accepted the plaque that granted the school admission into the “100% club” granted to schools all of whose students graduated in a given year.

High Point

University

HPU’s School of Education has partnered with Thomasville City Schools in a $1 million Project Impact Grant as part of a two-year research project focusing on the integration of 21st-century technologies and instruction in K-12 classrooms.

The grant, an extension of the Think BIG grant awarded to the school of education earlier this year, seeks to evaluate the impact of providing technology instruction and support through the establishment of professional learning communities. This includes teachers’ attitudes toward technology, use of 21st-century technologies and impact on academic achievement.

Jane Bowser, technology coordinator for the school of education and the original recipient of the 2008 Think BIG grant, is providing technology instruction through a series of Summer Institutes and staff development modules. Mariann Tillery, dean of the school of education, is directing the research component.

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HPU hosted a group of young political leaders from Lebanon on Sept. 16 for a panel that explored issues of diversity and multiculturalism in the High Point area. The panel was sponsored by the Piedmont Triad Council of International Visitors.

The panel included Harold Warlick, dean of the chapel at HPU; Trent Vernon, principal of Johnson Street Global School, and Peter Maluth, an immigration specialist with World Relief Refugee Service in High Point; Rabih Dandachli, from the Muslim Student League; Tony Darwish, vice chairman and head of the media department at the Lebanese Forces Student Association; Melkar El Khoury, executive assistant for the Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights for Lebanon; Makram Ghassan Rabah, analyst for the New Opinion Workshop, and Gilbert Rizk, editor in chief of Kataeb.org.

The visitors also are learning about U.S. policy-making, strategies for conflict resolution and interfaith initiatives in dealing with religious and cultural diversity.

Carole Head, chairwoman of the Modern Foreign Language Department at HPU and a member of the Board of PTCIV, served as host.

N.C. A&T

A&T’s school of education is the featured school for the 2008 homecoming. Beginning Oct. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m., the school will host an alumni reunion High Tea & Tour program and reception. Alumni and guests will hear the school’s newest dean, Ceola Baber, and receive a tour of the new education building. From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11, the school will host a pregame picnic for alumni and friends of the school of education. Activities will be held at the school of education building at Bluford Street and Benbow Road.

Information: 433-5570.

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A&T’s criminal justice program in the department of political science and criminal justice is offering A Criminal Justice Roundtable brown-bag lunch at noon Wednesdays in October in Room 220 Gibbs Hall.

The topics and facilitators are:

l Oct. 1: The Impact of Crime on the Movement for Civil Rights. James P. Mayes.

l Oct. 8: Police as Slaves, John Jones.

l Oct. 22: Savage Inequalities in the Educational Experiences of Youth: A Crime of the State, professor Radscheda Nobles.

l Oct. 29: moderated student panel discussion.

Discussions are open to the public. Information: 256-2127.

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Greensboro Mayor Yvonne Johnson will be the keynote speaker for A&T’s Fall Convocation at 10 a.m. Oct. 9 in Harrison Auditorium. Johnson will also be the grand marshal for the university’s homecoming parade at 8 a.m. Oct. 11.

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The 30th annual Richard E. Moore Memorial Aggie Homecoming Golf Tournament will be Oct. 10 at the Grandover Resort, on the east and west courses. The tournament is expected to attract more than 200 golfers. The format will be medal play with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. There will be pre-tournament flighting. The entry fee is $130 per player and includes golf cart, 18 holes of golf, practice balls, on-course beverages, trophies, souvenirs and an awards reception. In case of inclement weather, you will receive a rain check or credit for a tax deductible contribution.

Information: 433-5570.

UNCG

English poet and priest George Herbert died 375 years ago. To honor his literary and spiritual legacy, UNCG is celebrating Herbert with a three-day international conference. Mark Strand, former U.S. Poet Laureate and winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, will open the conference Oct. 9, reading alongside Carl Phillips, chancellor of the American Academy of Poets.

The Strand-Phillips poetry reading will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Elliott University Center Auditorium.

“George Herbert’s Travels: International Print and Cultural Legacies” runs through Oct. 11, at UNCG. The UNCG conference will offer plenary addresses by Richard Strier of the University of Chicago, Elizabeth Clarke of the University of Warwick and Judith Maltby of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and will feature more than 50 scholars from North America, Britain, France, Israel, Iran and Japan.

For a schedule or to register, visit www.uncg.edu/eng/george_herbert/. To register by phone, call (866) 334-2255.

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UNCG will celebrate Greensboro’s bicentennial Oct. 12 with music and poetry. The celebration begins at 3:30 p.m. in the School of Music Recital Hall.

The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts at UNCG has commissioned former N.C. Poet Laureate Fred Chappell, who helped establish the university’s MFA Writing Program, to write a poem in honor of the bicentennial. Eddie Bass, emeritus professor of music at UNCG, set Chappell’s poem to music, and students and faculty will perform the piece, structured around four of the city’s public parks.

MFA Writing Program alumni Sarah Lindsay and Carole Boston Weatherford will also do readings.

The program, co-sponsored by the MFA Writing Program, is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the McIver Street deck.

Information: Mark Smith-Soto, 334-3775 or mismiths@ uncg.edu.

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The history and politics of human rights, from ancient times to the modern-day plight of child soldiers in Africa, will be discussed as part of UNCG’s 2008 Harriet Elliott Lecture Series Oct. 30-31.

Ishmael Beah, who was conscripted as a child soldier in his home country of Sierra Leone, will speak on “Children at War” at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in Aycock Auditorium.

The lectures are part of Human Rights Week at UNCG Oct. 27-31. The series continues Oct. 31, with four lectures in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House. A reception and book signing will follow the lectures.

The lectures are:

l 9 a.m. — “Back to the Future? The 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” by Micheline Ishay, author of “A History of Human Rights from Ancient Times to the Era of Globalization.”

l 10 a.m. — “Back Together Again: The Challenge of Post-Conflict and Post-Dictatorship Societies” by Jean-Marie Kamatali. A law professor focusing on international human rights and comparative constitutional law, Kamatali was a member of the human rights community in R wanda before, during and after that country’s notorious 1994 genocide.

l 11 a.m.— “The U.N. as an Agent of International Human Rights: Problems, Pitfalls and Potential” by Reverend Canon Samir Habiby. Born in Haifa, Habiby became a U.S. citizen in 1964.

l noon — Thomas F. Jackson, associate professor of history at UNCG, will conclude the lectures with a look at “Human Rights and the African-American Freedom Struggle.” Jackson’s book “Martin Luther King: From Civil Rights to Human Rights,” earned the prestigious Liberty Legacy Foundation Award for the year’s best book on any aspect of the civil rights struggle since the nation’s founding.

Information: 334-5992 or www.uncg.edu/his.

Private

Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, 2205 W. Market St., Greensboro, will host a Scholastic Book Fair Oct. 16-22 for the school library. Families, teachers and the community are invited.

The Book Fair Safari will feature a Serengeti Soiree family event with dinner in the “Kilimanjaro Café” (school cafeteria), followed by an All-School Dance with deejay in the school gym from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17. There is a fee for dinner, but the book fair is free and open in the school library during the event. Donuts for Dads is from 7:15 to 8 a.m. Oct. 21.

Fair hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16-17 and 20-21, 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 22 and 5 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Information: 275-1522.

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