On this day in history in The Citizen: Oct. 9, 2013

2013-10-09T06:00:00Z On this day in history in The Citizen: Oct. 9, 2013The Citizen staff Auburn Citizen
October 09, 2013 6:00 am  • 

Oct. 9, 1918

Hon. Charles S. Whitman, governor of New York State, was the first speaker at the morning session of the Seminary Centennial celebration held in the First Presbyterian Church today.

Politics must be sublimated and the gospel of service take the place of the old methods of administering the affairs of the body politic. He spoke briefly of the influence radiated from Auburn Seminary through its century of endeavor until the far distant lands have been touched and moulded into higher ideals of Christian civilization.

Oct. 9, 1953

Plans to establish a rehabilitation center in Cayuga County were given an enthusiastic go-ahead last night when Ashley M. Congdon, city welfare commissioner,was authorized to proceed with the appointment of committees to prepare reports on several phases of the project.

From the comments of persons representing several points of view, the following basic recommendations emerged:

1. The county should be surveyed carefully to ascertain the number of residents who could be helped by the establisment of such a center.

2. Industry in the area should be surveyed to determine what sort of products could best be turned out in a "sheltered workshop" for the disabled.

3. Problems of finance, space and staff should be carefully investigated.

4. The proposed center should be a county project, not limited to the city of Auburn. Rhe speakers were unanimous in their conviction some sort of rehabilitation center is a must in the county and that the project should be started as soon as possible.

Oct. 9, 2003

Current eighth graders and high school students may get a reprieve from having to score a 65 or higher on their Regents exams to graduate high school.

State Education Commissioner Richard Mills recommended Wednesday that the Board of Regents make four major policy decisions on testing. 

His first recommendation was for the passing score on a Regents, 55 percent, be extended for an additional two years, rather than increased to 65 this year as planned.  While Mills said the overall data is positive, many students have still not met the standards and a large percentage are in the 55-64 percent gap.  The lower grade will apply to all students currently in high school, and those entering ninth grade next fall.  

There has been success in bringing some students to the passing score of 55, but most of the urban districts have not brought enough of their students to passing the Regents exams at 65.

The second recommendation was that the alternatives for all students with disabilities entering ninth grade through fall 2009 be extended.  Students who normally had test modifications through their Individualized Education Plans, such as having a test read to them, would not have been allowed those services on the Regents exams this year.

At the same time, Mills said the department will intensify the work to improve performance of urban districts by targeting federal aid and focusing on improving the achievement of students with disabilities, particularly in what Mills called the Big 5 districts-- New York City, Yonkers, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.

Oct. 9, 2008

SKANEATELES — Students and professionals had one common thing to say about Skaneateles High School's voluntary job shadowing program — just do it.

Juniors heard from a variety of professionals as well as seniors who went through the program during a kick off Wednesday for this year's job shadowing program, a growing program that connects students and professionals in fields that interest them.

Some speakers asked students to assess what they want to do, and even as important, what they don't want to do. Lori Ruhlman, who heads the program, hopes the shadow program will help narrow down their choices and more importantly help them find a job they love.

The district offers job shadowing with any profession they can find in the region to match students' requests. Past experiences range from a couple hours of talking about the occupation to a couple days working with a person to a mentoring situation, and the opportunity has even a turned into a couple internships, Ruhlman said.

After the assembly, Ruhlman received "tons" of applications in which students selected a couple areas they want to explore. Future jobseekers can ask for a shadow experience at any time during their junior and senior years.

Dr. Tom Bersani told the students to keep reaching toward a goal, even if that goal changes through the years. Speaking about opportunities, the surgeon said one open door will often lead to three more.

 — Compiled by Jean Bennett

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