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Monday, November 29, 2004
photo Likins' pay among top 15 in U.S.

Study says UA president one of the highest paid among public institutions

UA President Peter Likins is one of the highest-paid public university presidents in the nation, coming in at No. 15, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education Nov. 19.

Likins' total compensation package is $503,394, but Likins said he does not believe the president of a public university should make more than half a million dollars. [Read article]

photo Nat'l nursing pinch prompts UA response

The UA College of Nursing is taking steps to help relieve a national shortage of nurses. Along with an accelerated nursing program implemented last year, officials in the college say they are lobbying to expand the resources in the school to provide room for more students.

Jayne Matte, a nurse recruiter at University Medical Center, said the shortage is due mainly to an aging nursing population. [Read article]

photo Celebrated prof to retire in spring

After this school year, journalism professor Jim Mitchell will end a chapter in his extensive print and broadcast career. This spring semester at the UA will be the last for the former radio broadcaster, news anchor and lawyer, who will retire from teaching to write novels, learn to fly a helicopter and travel to New Zealand.

"I'm just clicking things off the list," he said.

Professor Mitchell has been the sole instructor of media law and writing for television news courses at the UA since 1995, when he accepted the teaching job a week before the semester began. Mitchell said his news experience and five years of law school qualified him to take up the class despite the short notice. [Read article]

photo Classroom clocks leave kids confused

Students sitting through long lectures might find their eyes wandering toward the clocks on their classroom walls, only to discover those clocks are often wrong.

But students may no longer have to be frustrated with the off-time clocks in many classrooms if a new Global Positioning System is installed by Facilities Management.

All clocks on campus are wired to a master clock that controls all clocks on the main campus. But as the master clock gets older, more classrooms clocks are off. [Read article]

photo UA speed racers set for May competition

A group of UA students will compete in a national racecar competition demonstrating their prowess to engineer and race a formula-style racecar in May in Detroit.

Each year, a team of UA engineering students design and build a racecar for the international formula competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers featuring more than 150 different teams from colleges and universities around the world. [Read article]

photo Fast facts

Things you always never wanted to know

  • "101 Dalmations" and "Peter Pan" are the only two Disney Cartoon movies where both parents are present and don't die during the movie.

  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

  • A cat's urine glows under a black light.

  • Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.

  • A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

  • All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill. [Read article]

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