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Earth Day 2015: How Green Can You Be?

everyday-Earth-Day-2015By Christopher Beveridge and Dr. Kathleen J. Tate
Christopher is the Secretary for the APUS Save the Earth Club.
Dr. Tate is the Program Director of Teaching at APU, and the Lead Advisor for the APUS Save the Earth Club.

Every day should be Earth Day. However, April 22nd is traditionally the time of year when we focus on environmental issues that matter the most to us, Even if the weather threatens your volunteer efforts on Wednesday or any day during this special week, remember that you can put earth conscious principles into practice on other days year-round. There are 40 things you can do yourself, according to the EPA, to improve the environment. For example, opting out of junk mail, buying refurbished products, and getting your own reusable water bottle. Outside of personal goals for helping the environment, there are higher reaching projects you can lend a hand or voice to.
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Endangered Species Day 2015: How Our Online Students Can Get Involved

Southern White Rhinoceros pictured.

Southern White Rhinoceros pictured.

By Dr. Francesca Catalano
Faculty Director, School of STEM at American Public University

Recently, a post went viral on Facebook announcing that the black rhino was declared extinct. The black rhino has actually been extinct since 2011; it’s the white rhino that is at grave risk. Sadly, the last known white rhino male is under armed guard 24 hours a day to protect it from poachers looking to earn up to $75,000 for his horn.

Currently, 41,415 plant and animal species are designated endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (Endangered Earth). Of those, almost 40% of are listed as “endangered threatened with extinction.” (IBID). According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1,578 of these are found in the United States. This is a worldwide problem that requires worldwide action and response.

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Remaining Academically Engaged

staying-academically-engaged-fsaThere are many obvious reasons why every college student should remain academically engaged throughout the duration of his or her time in college. To obtain a degree or certificate, you must excel academically and complete all the course work that is required. However, some students may not necessarily realize that many colleges actually make academic engagement a requirement to receive Federal Student Aid (FSA) disbursements.

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The Scholarly Database Differential

online-library-databasesBy A. Marissa Smith, MLIS
Senior Online Librarian at American Public University

Chances are that if you’re taking a college course, you’ll need to make a choice about which scholarly database to use for a course assignment. Making a good choice will help you find quality sources and save you time.

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The Ultimate Pi Day

Pi-Day-2015By Liz Hutchings
Faculty Member, Mathematics at American Public University

As a college math instructor and a homeschooling mom, Pi Day is one of my favorite holidays. Whether it is a real holiday or not is up for debate, but in my home this year’s Pi Day will definitely be one to celebrate.

In case you haven’t heard, this Pi Day is special because it will not only be March 14 (3.14), but we can get as accurate as 3/14/15, 9:26 and 53 seconds = 3.141592653. That is just incredible and will never happen again in our lifetime.

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Below the Border, Under the Radar

Puerto-Rico-statehoodBy Dr. Stephen Schwalbe
Faculty Member, Political Science at American Public University

Puerto Rico could soon gain statehood and become the 51st state – and, few Americans are aware of this. The last time this happened was in 1959 with the accession of both Alaska and Hawaii.

In 1898, as a result of the Spanish-American War, Puerto Rico became a possession of the United States. The Foraker Act of 1900 established a civil government, and the Jones Act of 1917 gave U.S. citizenship to all Puerto Ricans. In 1952, Puerto Rico approved its constitution, although it has no representation in Congress, much like Washington, DC. It is represented in Congress by a resident commissioner, who is elected to four-year terms, but has no voting authority. On the other hand, residents of Puerto Rico do not pay federal income taxes.

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Yes, You Can! Committing to Being a Better Online Student

surviving-school-onlineBy Dr. Angela Gibson
Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University

At the beginning of each new year, new season, or even new month it seems that television shows and magazines create lists to help you become the new you. One topic that doesn’t seem to make headlines is how to be a better student.

It doesn’t take a new year’s resolution to become a better online college student; it can happen any time. What is needed is commitment to the focus and dedication needed to become a better you academically.

Starting is often the hardest part. Finding just one or two things to do to improve is a great first step.

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Balancing Major Purchases and Student Loan Debt

financial-literacy-online-studentImagine (or realize, if you are fortunate enough) the situation where you have completed education goals and have obtained either the degree or certificate of your choice. Assuming you have a full-time job in your field, you may be ready to start thinking about major purchases. The two major purchases that you may start to think about are a first (or new) house or car. Both are obviously major investments that take planning and thought. If you are an independent person, having your own house and car are essential to your survival. But what if you have student loan debt? Can you really take on a mortgage or a car payment?

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