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Friday, May 12, 2006

THE FINAL WORD

PETERSBORO, Utah -- Gloom like a Bulwer-Lyttonesque pall hung heavily over the Cache Valley as word came that the WORD had gone.

"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire. . . ." No, wait. . . . That's actual Bulwer-Lyttonism. Scratch it.

We conclude, with joy and trumpets and a tankard or two, the 10th season of TODAY'S WORD ON JOURNALISM. What began in 1995 as a professor's strategy to get his students to read email (guess that worked!) now has spread, birdflu-like, far beyond that unwilling audience to self-flagellating WORD volunteers on five-and-a-half continents. But the willing and unwilling alike--the halt and addled and addicted and deluded--will have to get a life and smell the roses, for a while anyway.

Today marks the end of the WORD for this academic season. Even ere the rosy dawn that didth bust o'er this glade, this vale, this happy home. . . . ooops. Avert already, Sir Bulwer, you mangy cur!!!!

See you in the fall. . . TP

Franco taking advantage of 'great opportunity' in move to Nebraska

By Julie Garcia

April 12, 2006 | Almost every student knows and remembers Juan Franco from his or her early days at USU. He's the man whose main goal is to welcome and serve the students. That is why many are sad to see Franco leaving his position as vice president of student services at Utah State University.

Franco wasn't looking to leave the university. When the chance came to serve as vice chancellor for student affairs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, friends convinced him to look further into the opportunity, Franco said.

"It turned out to be such a great opportunity that I just couldn't turn it down," he said.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an AAU school. An AAU school is a group of the top 60 higher-education schools in the country leading in academics, research, library size and other related things.

Franco will have similar duties at UNL, but he will be overseeing more programs. His career will still be student-service oriented.

Dr. Franco has accomplished many things at USU by working together with the students and staff. This includes the remodeling of the student center, particularly the Juniper Lounge.

He's also assisted in working with the academic site and service-learning center to develop an academic program that is housed within the services unit in the TSC.

"I think one of the things I'm most proud of is that we've been able to work across divisions for the betterment of the university and on behalf of the students," Franco said.

His philosophy focuses on helping students, he said. Anytime there is anything done in higher education, faculty and staff need to be asking themselves if it will benefit the students in some way, he said.

Franco said if that if something assists the students, then it probably will make the school more successful.

"My philosophy is really grounded on my passion for working with young people," Franco said.

If you enter Dr. Franco's office, you'll probably notice all of the pictures of student he said he's "adopted" over his years at Utah State.

You also might notice the bowl of candy that he has for all of the students who visit him. Franco said he's enjoyed his time at USU. "I'm going to miss the students the most," Franco said.

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