Life of Learning

Chautauqua Institution Lectures
3:20 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Retired Diplomat Nicholas Burns on US Policy Toward Iran

Retired diplomat Nicholas Burns believes there are three basic choices the U.S. could make in foreign policy regarding Iran. The first two, he said, are so "absurd" that they shouldn't be taken seriously. The third, though, is the path he believes in, because it's "practical and right in the middle."

Keystone Exam
3:30 am
Mon March 25, 2013

After Years of Debate, Keystone Exams Get Passed

After more than four years of debate and revision, the Keystone Exam will more than likely be coming to schools across Pennsylvania.

After receiving approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the regulations will now go to the House and Senate Education committees and Independent Regulatory Review Commission for consideration.

The exam plans however, come with some new regulations — the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards. These new requirements must be implemented across the state in English, arts and mathematics by July 1.

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Head Start
2:32 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Protesters Voice Concern Over Looming Head Start Cuts

Protesters with One Pittsburgh rally outside the BNY Mellon building in downtown Pittsburgh Friday.
Credit Jared Adkins / 90.5 WESA

The March 1 sequestering of approximately $85 billion could hit national early education program Head Start as early as next week.

In response to the pending cuts, One Pittsburgh, an organization focused on getting big companies to pay their “fair share” of taxes, held a rally at the BNY Mellon building in downtown Pittsburgh Friday to protest the effect cuts will have in the Pittsburgh region.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:33 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

The Future of the Catholic Church with Bishop Zubik

David Zubik has been the Pittsburgh Catholic Bishop since 2007.
Credit Ryan Loew / 90.5 WESA

The Catholic Church is in a state of change. With a new Pope comes a fresh perspective. So what is the potential future for the Roman Catholic Church? What's the future of the church in Pittsburgh? Bishop David Zubik of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh shares his perspective.

What questions do you have about the state of the Catholic Church and its future?

Pittsburgh Public Schools
5:09 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Pittsburgh Public Schools Reappoints Superintendent Linda Lane For Three More Years

Linda Lane
Credit Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane has been awarded a three-year contract extension.  

Lane, who was appointed as superintendent in December 2010, will see her salary increase to $220,000 effective September.

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STEM
6:17 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

In Pittsburgh Visit, NOW President Encourages Women to Pursue STEM Fields

Terry O’ Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday to tour STEM education facilities at Community College of Allegheny County, deliver a speech and participate in a panel discussion with women who work in STEM-related fields.

O’Neill said STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is important not just for women but also for the competitiveness of the country.

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PASSHE
3:41 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

State System Finalizes Contracts with Professors, Coaches

With a special board vote on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) finalized new contract agreements with roughly 6,000 educators and 400 coaches across its network of 14 state-owned universities, ending a saga of negotiations lasting nearly two years.

The employees had been working without contracts since midway through 2011. In the autumn of 2012, the union authorized a strike, but no action was taken.

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Undocumented Students
4:31 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Undocumented Students Urge State Lawmakers to Grant Them In-State Tuition

Undocumented students gathered at the state Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to grant them in-state tuition at Pennsylvania’s 18 state-owned and state-supported universities, citing their struggles to advance their education after high school without the same help afforded their peers.

Carina Ambartsoumian, 25, said her parents came to the United States from the former Soviet Union in 1993, fleeing religious persecution and hoping to attain refugee status. She said her family’s papers were not recognized by the newly independent Ukraine after the Soviet Union dissolved.

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Fred Rogers' Birthday
3:20 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Pittsburgh Children's Museum Offers Free Admission for Mister Rogers Day

King Friday's Castle, from the original set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, on display at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum
Credit Pittsburgh Children's Museum

Your friendly neighbors at the Pittsburgh Children's Museum will waive admission fees on Wednesday, March 20 — just tell 'em Mister Rogers sent you.

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Carnegie Library
3:30 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Carnegie To Discuss 'State Of The Library' With The Public

The “State of the Library” along with other issues surrounding the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), such as 2012 accomplishments as well as plans for 2013, will be discussed at a meeting with the general public as part of their community engagement strategy.

Library spokeswoman Suzanne Thinnes said to expect a few surprise announcements at the meeting.

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Education & Learning
7:12 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Memorial Planned For Seton Hill Lacrosse Coach

A road trip by a college women's lacrosse team came to a horrifying end Saturday when the team bus veered off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and crashed into a tree, killing a pregnant coach, her unborn child, and the driver, and injuring numerous others, authorities said.

Seton Hill University team players and coaches were among the 23 people aboard when the bus crashed just before 9 a.m. No other vehicle was involved, and police could not immediately say what caused the accident.

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Charter School Funding
1:31 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Charter School Groups Fighting Funding Reducing Proposals

Charter school groups are giving bad grades to legislative proposals that would reduce what they receive in funding from their local school districts.

One of the more tense exchanges in a recent state House committee hearing on proposals that would mean less funding for charter and cyber charter schools came during a back and forth on the quality of the education provided at the publicly-funded, privately-run schools.

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School Funding
5:34 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Cyber Charter Schools Raise Larger Questions About Public Ed Funding

As state lawmakers consider proposed changes to funding cyber charter schools, larger problems with how public education is funded are drawing attention. 

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Education & Learning
12:47 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Quarter Million Taken From Butler Catholic Church

A former secretary and bookkeeper at Holy Sepulcher School in Butler has been formally arraigned today on theft of funds charges. Officials at the Diocese of Pittsburgh said forensic audits found that as much as $250,000 was taken from the school by Lynn Tomlinson over a six-year period.

“With the assistance of diocesan auditors, we undertook a thorough financial investigation. Major diversions of school tuition, receipts and scrip purchases were revealed,” wrote Father Gizler, pastor of Holy Sepulcher, in a letter sent Thursday to parishioners and school parents. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Choosing a New Pope

Cardinal Jorge M. Bergoglio SJ (later to become Pope Francis) celebrating mass in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He's the first Latin American Pope.
Credit Aibdescalzo / Wikipedia

It was white smoke and a new Pope Tuesday evening. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review Middle East correspondent, Betsy Hiel has been covering the historic event from Vatican City. She talks about reactions in Rome to the selection of Pope Francis.

And Pope Francis decided to adopt the name of the patron saint of the environment and animals--St Francis of Assisi. Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to living in the way of St Francis were over the moon when the announcement was made. Our content partners at the Allegheny Front talked with the Sisters of St Francis of the Providence of God Convent in the White Hall section of Pittsburgh about the 12th century saint.

Then, Protocol and ceremony are always part of the selection of a new Pope. So what goes on behind the scenes in the Conclave? What went into the selection of Pope Francis, the first Latin American Pope? What's next for him? Duquesne University Law Professor and Canon Law Scholar, Nicholas Cafardi  talks about the conclave and the papacy.

Religion
5:36 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Bishop Zubik Welcomes New Pope

Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Bishop David Zubik welcomed the selection of a new pope.
Credit Deanna Garcia/90.5 WESA

Pittsburghers are quickly reacting to the word that a new pope has been chosen including Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese Bishop David Zubik who said he "prayerfully and joyfully" welcomes Pope Francis I.

“Our new Holy Father brings with him the experience of a dedicated pastor who has served the Church so well in his many years of ordained ministry,” said Zubik.  “That experience – and the rock-steady faith that has guided him – will be his comfort and strength in the challenging days ahead.”

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:40 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Training for Disaster: A New College Course Teaches Humanitarian Aid

Relief workers unload bottles of water in Gonaives, Haiti. Find out what it takes to be a humanitarian aid worker.
Credit Marion Doss

  

  Beginning this summer La Roche College will offer a first of its kind - two week training program for people interested in working in Humanitarian and Emergency Aid. We'll talk with the program's instructors Jeff Ritter, Department Chair of Communication and Astrid Kersten, Professor of Management. Then Angela Garcia, Deputy Director of Global Links medical relief and development program talks about the real world application of this training.

Education & Learning
10:43 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Duquesne University Focuses on Africa

Duquesne University's Center for African Studies is hosting three days of events starting Tuesday, which will explore student and faculty connections to Africa.  All events begin at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.  

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Commit to Complete
7:53 pm
Sun March 10, 2013

CCAC Program Aims to Turn Credits into Credentials

90.5 WESA's Emily Farah talks to CCAC about a White House initiative that hopes to have 5 million more college graduates in 2020 than there were in 2010.

Monday marks the kick-off of a Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) initiative that highlights the benefits of earning college degree over college credits.  The Commit to Complete program is part of a larger challenge stemming from the White House and several national organizations including the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

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State Owned Universities
4:24 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

State System Teachers Approve Contract

Faculty at West Chester University and 13 other Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Schools have agreed to a new contract.
Credit Kyle Wagaman / Flickr

Unionized faculty members at Pennsylvania's 14 state-owned universities have overwhelmingly endorsed a new four-year contract.

The Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) said Friday that 95 percent of the faculty members who voted supported the pact.

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Education & Learning
2:13 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Duquesne University Focuses on Africa

Duquesne University's Center for African Studies is hosting events from March 12-14 which will explore student and faculty connections to Africa.  All events begin at 4:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.  On Tuesday, March 12, in the Pappert Lecture Hall at the campus' Bayer Learning Center, Emory University professor Dr. Dianne Diakite will speak on "Mother Symbol and Africana Women's Religious Practices of Peacebuilding."  Responses from different perspectives will be offered by law professor Dr. Susan C. Hascall and English professor Dr. Emad Mirmotahari.

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CCAC
10:02 am
Fri March 8, 2013

CCAC Teachers get a Raise

Teachers at the Community College of Allegheny County will be getting a few more dollars next year as they send their students to the CCAC North Library.
Credit CCAC North Library

The Community College of Allegheny County has approved a three percent raise for about 330 faculty union members.  The deal with Local 2067 of the American Federation of Teachers is for one year only.

The trustees of the school unanimously approved the plan on Thursday night. The deal comes with a price tag of $650,000 in the 2013-14 school year.

CCAC spokesman David Hoovler said annual salaries across the bargaining unit average $65,000.

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Public Safety
12:27 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Pittsburgh Council Votes to Fund CCAC Police Training Program

Although Pittsburgh City Council voted on Wednesday to fund a police education program at the Community College of Allegheny County, at least one Council Member raised questions about the necessity of a rule that requires all Pittsburgh police officers to have 60 college credits before joining the force - particularly for military members.

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Essential Pittsburgh
11:32 am
Wed March 6, 2013

The Arlen Specter Collection

Senator Arlen Specter held office in Pennsylvania for more than 50 years, including 7 years as Philadelphia District Attorney from 1965-1973.
Credit Former Senator Specter Website / Wikipedia

This week, the University of Pittsburgh entered into an agreement with Philadelphia University, which owns the archive of the late US Senator Arlen Specter. His massive archive of papers, photos, multimedia, and memorabilia reflect his more than 50-years in office. The archives will be housed for the next 30 years at the University of Pittsburgh Archives Service Center in Point Breeze. University of Pittsburgh Assistant Librarian, Michael Dabrishus has been tasked with combing through and maintaining the collection.

Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
2:25 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

The "Light is on" For Catholics to Confess Wednesday

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is hoping confessionals like these will be well used Wednesday.
Credit Kim Tyo-Dickerson/Flickr

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is hoping a special focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation this week will bring more worshipers into the church.  The diocese is making sure all 203 of its parishes are open for confession Wednesday night from 6:00 to 9:00.

The diocese is marking the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops-sponsored “The Light is on for You” campaign aimed at calling Catholics to the Sacrament of Confession.

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