Around the industry: IU apologizes to first black student named Miss SUI

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  • Iowa: The University of Iowa (UI) has apologized more than six decades later for failing to recognize the status of the first black student named Miss State University of Iowa (SUI, as it was originally known). Dora Martin Berry was elected by her peers as Miss SUI in 1955, but UI did not recognize or acknowledge that she had won the title. UI President Bruce Herreld apologized to Berry at an event last week honoring the former Miss SUI and other black alumni who graduated from the 1930s to the 1960s. "To this day, the University of Iowa has not officially acknowledged Dora Martin's achievement in winning Miss SUI of 1955, so I'd like to rectify that decades-long wrong," Harreld said (Charis-Carlson, Iowa City Press-Citizen, 10/22). 
  • Pennsylvania: Next September, the Philadelphia School District plans to launch the state's first middle college high school program through Parkway Center City High School. A group of 125 students will take courses at Community College of Philadelphia alongside their high school classes. Students will be able to earn enough college credits by high school graduation for an associate degree and two certificates: one in entrepreneurship and one in in computer programming and software development (Graham, Philly.com, 10/20).
  • Texas: The University of Texas at Austin will become the first university in the United States to offer an undergraduate degree in computational engineering in fall 2017. Computational engineering focuses on finding solutions to problems through modeling and simulation (Stansbury, eCampusNews, 10/24).  

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