Southwestern Community College (SCC), in Sylva, North Carolina, is going remote one day a week due to soaring gas prices its staff are facing, Insider reported.
"Due to the ever-rising costs of gasoline, Southwestern Community College's administration has decided to move to virtual operations every Friday starting on June 10 at all SCC campuses and locations," the college said in a statement.
Staff will work virtually on Fridays and all buildings – except SCC’s Public Safety Training Center – will be closed on Fridays through "at least" Aug. 5. However, the school said that it will remain fully operational and that its one on-campus class on Fridays will continue as scheduled.
Average US gas prices were $4.94 a gallon Thursday, dropping to $4.58 in North Carolina, according to AAA. Yet although gas prices have fallen slightly recently, they remain far above pre-pandemic levels and around $2 more per gallon than this time in 2021.
Florida State University’s College of Business has received $10 million to create the Dr. Persis E. Rockwood School of Marketing in honor of the late trailblazing FSU professor emerita.From left: Dr. Charles Rockwood, Dr. Michael Hartline, Dr. Persis Rockwood
The gift is from Rockwood – she died in May 2021 at age 97 – and her surviving husband, FSU Professor Emeritus Dr. Charles Rockwood.
This money also will establish the Dr. Persis E. and Dr. Charles E. Rockwood Eminent Scholar Chair in Marketing.
“This is a historic moment in the life of the university, the college and more specifically the Department of Marketing,” said Dr. Michael Hartline, dean of the College of Business. “The transformational nature of this gift cannot be overstated, as it will have a life-changing impact on our faculty and students, as well as our college.”
Persis was the first woman, in 1960, to earn a Ph.D. in marketing from Stanford University; the first woman at FSU, in 1973, to attain the status of full professor of marketing; and the first woman elected as president of the Southern Marketing Association – now the Society for Marketing Advances – of which she was a founding member.
In 2018, she was one of the first seven faculty – and the first woman – inducted into the FSU College of Business’ Charles A. Rovetta Faculty Hall of Fame.
Dr. Jeffrey Robinson will become Rutgers University- Newark’s new provost and executive vice chancellor.Dr. Jeffrey Robinson
Robinson is the co-founder of Rutgers’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. He is also the Prudential Chair in Business and professor of management and global business at Rutgers Business School.
“Jeff has earned a reputation as a thought leader, author, sought-after speaker and trainer working at the intersection of economic development, social problem solving, inclusive innovation and workforce diversity,’’ said Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Dr. Nancy Cantor. “We are thrilled to welcome him to his new role on our leadership team.’’
Robinson is also board chair of the Support Center, a non-profit specializing in organizational development, consulting and executive transition, and chair of Board of Trustees of the Sphinx Scholarship Fund.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies at Rutgers College; a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Rutgers School of Engineering; a Master of Science in Civil Engineering Management from Georgia Institute of Technology as a GEM Fellow, and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Columbia University's Graduate School of Business.