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Compass B al an ce Global Leaders Lynn University in Boca Raton is already renowned for providing an education that incorporates a global perspective and for having one of the largest populations of international students in the country. Now it is also being recognized for its core curriculum, “The Dialogues of Learning”, which was just selected by the Association of American Colleges & Universities to be part of a national project on General Education for a Global Century. “Out of more than 140 institutions that applied, Lynn was one of only 32 and one of only 2 in Florida selected to be a part of this curriculum and faculty development project,” says Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross. The 32 selected institutional teams will spend the fall and winter refining education reform strategies and strengthening connections between existing general education goals, outcomes and essential global learning results. In addition, they will also inventory the opportunities for global learning that already exist on their campuses, and explore ways those opportunities could be better integrated within their larger efforts. Working through a social networking website, team members will help identify common areas of interest and concern. Those critical issues will be addressed in the project’s central activity — an intensive summer institute in 2011; 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton; 561.237.7000; Lynn.edu. Decision Time If you’re the parent of a high school senior, this can be a stressful time of year — and not because of worries about who is to sit where at the holiday table. It’s crunch time for college application deadlines, which means making some tough choices with your child about which schools to send those steep application fee checks to. As a parent, it’s your job to help your child focus their efforts on schools that will ultimately be the right fit. That goes a lot further than just making sure the major they’re interested in is available. Here are a few additional things to consider: 1.) College Size: Some kids will be better-adapted to larger schools offering a wider array of sports and extra-curricular activities; others thrive on the personal in-class attention at smaller colleges. 2.) Location: It’s not just about how far away the school is. It’s also important to consider community life. Is the school in a big city, where adventurous students will find plenty of culture and social life? Or a smaller one, where the easily distracted will have less to lure them from their studies? 3.) Cost: Are tuition, housing, and fees within your family’s means? Are there scholarships or other aid options available? No parent wants their child to start their career saddled with debt. 4.) Communication: Most importantly, make sure to talk frequently with your teens about college choices. After all, it is one of the biggest decisions of their lives! Debbie › counselor Tannen more is a than career 20 with years of experience helping people find and keep jobs they love. She has recently retired to her dream condo in Key Biscayne where she spends her time gardening, kayaking and writing columns. Date Time “If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.” — Mario Andretti 32 Not Funny Stressed Out Couples go on 6-8 dates before considering entering into an exclusive relationship. Enjoy it while it lasts. The most common time for breakups is within the first 6 months of dating. Why did the chicken cross the road? Well, in Quitman, Georgia, it better not have — it’s actually illegal there for a chicken to cross the street. The penalty? We’re not sure, but we think it involves breadcrumbs. In case you needed any other reasons to chill out this holiday season, we learn that stress has been proven to enlarge fat cells, aggravate acne, and though it doesn’t turn hair gray, it does cause it to fall out.