Around the industry: SUNY taps alumnus Al Roker to find new chancellor

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  • Missouri: College of the Ozarks is requesting that members of the community refrain from playing Pokémon Go on certain parts of campus. The college is implementing the rule so that visitors to memorials, including the Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the 9/11 "Lest we Forget" memorial, can reflect in peace. Students will still be able to play the game in their residence halls and in outdoor common areas (KOLR, 7/18).
  • New York: The State University of New York (SUNY) system has tapped NBC's "Today" show weatherman and anchor Al Roker to help find a new chancellor. Roker, who graduated from SUNY Oswego in 1976, will be one of 22 members tasked with vetting candidates to replace current chancellor Nancy Zimpher (Campbell, WGRZ, 7/13).
  • Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's board of governors on Thursday approved a $178 increase for state institutions this fall, marking the smallest hike in nine years. Full-time in-state students will pay a base tuition of $7,238 for the 2016-2017 academic year, up from $7,060 last year. According to system spokesperson Kenn Marshall, the small increase was possible because state-funded universities have cut nearly $300 million from their expenditures over the last decade. In addition, Pennsylvania has also increased funding to the system by about $35.1 million over the last two years, he says (Kannan, Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/15).

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