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Article Posted October 21, 2008

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USG has Top ROTC Cadet

Earl Porter, a senior at North Georgia College & State University, was recently named as the nation’s top ROTC cadet. Porter earned the top spot on the Army’s annual ROTC National Order of Merit list, a ranking of 4,417 students in more than 270 ROTC programs across the country based on their grade point averages, performance at the Army’s Leadership Development Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Wash., physical fitness and campus-based leadership performance.

“I’m the first in my family to go to college, and I didn’t think I was college material,” said Porter, a criminal justice major. “I was not a model student in high school, but coming to North Georgia gave me a new start.”

As commander of Foxtrot Company in North Georgia’s Corps of Cadets, Porter has 97 students under his supervision on a daily basis, and he plans to commission into the Army as a second lieutenant following his graduation from North Georgia in spring 2009. In addition to Porter, four other cadets from NGCSU ranked in the top 10 percent of the National Order of Merit list.

CSU Onine Math Contest

As national experts continue to stress the need for more science and math education, a fun math contest on the Columbus State University (CSU) website is doing its part to keep interest alive by offering not just equations, but brain teasers and real-life scenarios for different age levels.

Hundreds of thousands of people from more than 213 different countries around the globe are finding their way to the site every month to solve the Problem of the Week and try out Algebra in Action, Middle School Madness and the Elementary Brain Teaser. More than 564,000 visits were logged last year, and the counter is on track to double that mark this year. The site also has reached the coveted No. 1 spot on Google for “math contest” searches.

The man behind the contest, David Rock, dean of CSU’s College of Education, has spent most of his career trying to change perceptions of math. When the Internet first hit the mainstream in the mid 1990s, Rock found a way to combine technology with learning and make math fun. “Too many of our kids lose interest in math as they become older,” Rock said. “Perhaps it’s because it’s not cool or because they don’t think it’s relevant. But whatever the reason, we’ve got to do what we can to change that perception, “ he commented.

Posted by John Vanchella
Published in: On Campus

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