News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 11, 2013

NEWSMAKERS: Published July 11, 2013

The Tribune-Star

---- — An Indiana State University professor has been named as one of four new members elected to the Saint Mary’s College board of trustees.

Sister Alma Mary Anderson, professor of computer graphics and graphic design at ISU, served nine consecutive years on the board and is now returning after a one-year break. Anderson has taught at ISU since 1987, and in 2010 she received the university’s President’s Medal, the highest award bestowed on faculty, for her service to students, the university and the community.

Anderson is a book designer and illustrator for textbooks in environmental health and sciences and related fields, as well as a graphic designer and computer and design consultant for small nonprofit organizations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Saint Mary’s in 1965. In 1987 she earned her master of fine arts in graphic design, with a minor in computer graphics, from Rochester Institute of Technology.

The other elected board members are Russell L. Blackwell and Anne Meagher Northup. Malea Schulte was appointed as the student trustee. Board members serve three-year terms.

The departing trustees are Nancy Roberts Dobson, Sarah Belanger Earley, Father Ken Molinari and Alyssa Vinluan.

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, is a four-year, Catholic women’s liberal arts college, founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross.


The National Council on Teacher Quality has recognized Western Governors University’s Teachers College as the only online university to be included in the council’s honor roll.

The NCTQ report was based on ratings of more than 1,100 colleges and universities in the U.S. The NCTQ evaluated the teacher preparation programs on national standards for content, pedagogy, classroom experiences and outcomes. WGU earned three out of four stars, joining Indiana University-Bloomington and Purdue University-Calumet on the list. WGU was specifically recognized for its student teaching program.

Established 10 years ago, WGU’s Teachers College has 11,000 students and more than 10,000 graduates in all 50 states. WGU offers 20 undergraduate- and graduate-level teacher preparation programs, with licensure available in all 50 states. WGU’s Teachers College is the nation’s largest provider in master’s degrees in math education. Nearly 25 percent of WGU Teachers College graduates are math or science educators, many teaching in inner city and rural schools.

Tuition for WGU’s teacher education programs, which has not increased since 2008, is charged at a flat rate of $2,890 per six-month term.

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