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Selected Media Coverage: October 8, 2004

**Lehigh in the News** {online press clippings from other news sources}

Electronic Design (Circulation: 145,000)
Now is the Time to Strategize the Future of Engineering

Mohamed El-Aasser, Dean of the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh, was quoted in an article announcing that Lehigh, Drexel, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Colleges of Engineering are all pleased to report that there’s no evidence of decreasing engineering enrollments at their respective institutions. Their concern, however, is the barely increasing pool of engineering talent nationwide and what this ultimately means to U.S. technology leadership. Dr. El-Aasser suggests that if the percentage of women increased to the same proportion in society, we would be on track with a more appropriate number of engineering students. When Dr. El-Aasser realized that freshmen needed to get the big picture without waiting for junior-year engineering courses, he suggested inverting the “education pyramid.” In response, the engineering college at Lehigh designed a three-credit course where freshmen participate in two five-week projects in teams of five to six students. Each project has at least one engineering challenge based on theoretical concepts with deliverables at the end. Students have the opportunity to pick an area of interest, and the faculty assigns a second project that forces students to move beyond their “comfort zones.”
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Christian Century (Circulation: 30,000)
Store-Bought Faith

Lloyd Steffen, professor and chair of religion studies and university chaplain at Lehigh University, reviewed two books –“Consuming Faith: Integrating Who We Are with What We Buy” and “Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a Consumer Culture.” Steffen wrote: “Two books exploring the dynamics of consumerism in the context of Christian faith are enlivening the marketplace of ideas…Both books focus on the theological implications of consumption affect identity, the meaning of faith and the practice of religion.”
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Journal of Learning Disabilities (Circulation: 7,000)
Early Reading Instruction for Children with Reading Difficulties: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners

Asha Jitendra, professor of education and human services, Lana Edwards, assistant professor education and human services, and Kristin Starosta and Gabriell Sacks, doctoral students in the College of Education at Lehigh, jointly authored an article on the effectiveness of a supplemental tutoring intervention using Read Well (Sprick, Howard, & Fidanque, 1998-2000)—a curriculum originally used to investigate the impact of tutoring interventions on the reading literacy of Spanish-dominant bilingual children who were learning to read in English—on children classified as having learning disabilities, ADHD, or identified as being poor readers.
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Common Dreams News Center
Rajan Menon, professor of international relations at Lehigh’s op-Ed on the situation in Iraq was picked up by Common Dreams, a national progressive non-profit organization. Menon wrote that America’s withdrawal without victory seems inevitable. “It’s just a matter of when,” he said. “George W. Bush and John F. Kerry have more in common on Iraq than is generally believed, or than either acknowledges. Both candidates would continue the war, and they agree that withdrawing without victory is not an option…Both believe an elected Iraqi government will yield a legitimate Iraqi government and enable the war to wind down. There's only one problem with this reasoning: It’s wrong. The risks of a U.S. departure are real: Things could get worse in Iraq. But it's hardly clear that we are making things better by staying. Meanwhile, we are promised an Iraq that sows democracy in the Middle East by force of example, told that a new occupant in the White House will assemble a truly international coalition that will ease our burdens, and treated to the mantra that the war must be won. This is a denial of reality. Sooner or later, the American public will catch on. Most Iraqis already have.”
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The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Plan Ahead: Philharmonic Goes Russian

It's not too early to plan for the Lehigh University Philharmonic's concerts on Oct. 22 and 23. When the students in this remarkable ensemble put on their white ties and tails, they look and play like a professional orchestra. The concerts, under the direction of Paul Chou, will have a Russian ambiance, with performances of the ''Overture to Prince Igor'' by Borodin and Tchaikovsky's ''Symphony No. 5.''
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The Express Times (Circulation: 130,360)
The Catholic Vote

Frank Colon, professor political science at Lehigh University, was quoted in an article about how important Pennsylvania is in the upcoming presidential election. You can tell what that group is by examining where Bush is campaigning, says Colon. "The fact that George Bush has made so many visits to areas in Pennsylvania that are heavily Catholic shows that's he's trying to woo their votes," Colon says. And one recent poll suggests that strategy may be working. President Bush has made 38 trips to Pennsylvania, more than any other state. Sen. John Kerry has visited Pennsylvania 15 times. And some experts say both Bush and Kerry believe one voting group may determine the election both in Pennsylvania and nationally. They are voters from a religious group.
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The Express Times (Circulation: 50,522)
Orchestra Brings Tradition to Zoellner

Honoring Lehigh University with a stop on its Pennsylvania-only tour, China's oldest traditional instruments orchestra is bringing its centuries-old sound and traditional costume to the university's Baker Hall Saturday. "It's nice to have a celebration of Chinese culture included in the series this year," says Deborah Sacarakis, director of programming at Lehigh's Zoellner Center. The concert is co-sponsored by Arts Lehigh, L.U. Asian Studies Department, Global Union, Office of Graduate Student Life, PA Council on the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China.
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The Express Times (Circulation: 50,522)
Strike Up the Band

A photograph of Lehigh’s marching band, Lehigh Marching 97, appeared in the local section of The Express Times. The photograph showed some members practicing in a parking lot near Stabler Arena.
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**News of Interest

The Morning Call (Circulation: 130,360)
Ticket News

At Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena, Bob Dylan, veteran folk-rock singer-songwriter, will appear on Nov. 16, 8 p.m. Tickets, $39.50, will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.
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Posted on Friday, October 08, 2004

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