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Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, N.C., announced, last month, that it will be joining the IBM ThinkPad University program through which all of its students will receive IBM ThinkPad notebook computers. JCSU is the first historically Black college or university to join the IBM ThinkPad University program.
The computers will be available to all students as part of the university’s tuition plan, starting August 2000.
“The intent of the mobile computing program is to broaden our collaborative learning environment and enhance students’ productivity, education and overall competitiveness in the marketplace,” says JCSU’s president, Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy.
IBM ThinkPad University is a mobile computing concept that provides each higher education student with a notebook computer.  However, Steve Jarrett, an IBM director of operations and the corporate liaison for JCSU, says that there is more to the program than just selling computers.
“IBM works very closely with educational institutions to weave technology into the teaching and learning process in a way that provides maximum value,”  he says.
The plan also includes regular consulting and planning services to fully integrate the computers into a broad range of aggressive technology programs underway at the University.
The IBM program gives institutions the capability to use Lotus Notes and Lotus LearningSpace, which provides a flexible, collaborative environment for developing and delivering online courses. The software will enable information to be accessed and transmitted from any point by simply plugging into an information port.
For more information on the IBM ThinkPad University, please visit <>.

Savannah State University has been given approval by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to establish a master’s of science degree in urban studies. The program, which will begin in August, is an interdisciplinary graduate program that is designed to prepare students for managerial and other professional positions in a variety of work settings in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
The 36-semester hour curriculum includes 21-hours of interdisciplinary core, six hours of internship or thesis, and nine hours from a specialty concentration in urban politics, urban and regional economic development, public management, or administration of justice. Designed to develop the analytical and research skills necessary to understand urban areas, the program will offer some courses at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
For more information, contact Loretta Heyward at (912) 365-2448.

St. John’s University’s psychology department is offering a new doctoral program in School Psychology beginning in September. The program meets all the requirements for students seeking licensure as a psychologist.
The program offers two tracks — a general and a bilingual track. The bilingual track is open to students who are fluent in a second language and prepares them to work with culturally and linguistically diverse children and adolescents.
Students will have the opportunity to gain experience in psychological evaluation, consultation, and intervention on campus before getting external field placements.
For more information, contact Brother Shamus McGrenra at (718) 990-5736.     

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