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After more than three years of completing self-studies, gathering data and submitting reports, UVU’s Math Lab and Peer Tutoring programs were recognized with the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) Distinguished Certification in its national conference held in Greensboro, N.C.

Kathryn Van Wagoner of the Math Lab, and Wendy Simmerman, who replaced Regie Holdaway as the manager of Peer Tutoring, accepted the certifications for the University.

The NADE certification process mandates applicants to document the use of quality practices, as defined by research, in the field of learning assistance. The application also demands programs to demonstrate the use of systematic assessment in order to facilitate continual improvement of services and student learning.

The NADE highlighted the variety of services within the UVU tutoring centers that support different student needs and learning styles, and the excellent training programs in place for tutors, which led to the certification. In addition, NADE recognized the quality of the University’s Tutoring and Training Handbook used in the Peer Tutoring program.

The Math Lab and Peer Tutoring programs join The Writing Center, which was honored on 1997, to receive certification from the NADE.

American Fork Public Library is looking for volunteers to assist with duties such as shelving, mending and processing books, and story times. Volunteers need to be 16 years or older. For more information, please contact Sheena Parker at 801-763-3070.

Volunteers are needed to answer phones for Centro Hispano in Provo. Volunteers need to be 18 years or older and bilingual in Spanish and English. To sign up as a volunteer, contact Teresa Tavares at 801-655-0258 or

Juvenile Justice Services is looking for a volunteer to design a Web site for Observation & Assessment, where teens come after committing a first-time minor offense. Volunteers should have a basic knowledge of graphic design and be experienced in all aspects of Web design. Work can be done from home. For more information, contact Noella at 801-370-0503 ext. 130.

National Kidney Foundation Of Utah & Idaho is looking for volunteers to help with office work, such as, answering the telephone or preparing mail. Volunteers need to be 18 years or older. For more information, call Ann Madsen at 801-226-5111 or



A 1,000-year-old rock formation of a fishing trap in a British river was found through the help of Google Earth. Archeologists found the 853-foot trap in the Teifi River near the town of Cardigan. A person in an airplane, whom saw the V-shaped formation in the river, first discovered it. The fish trap was used by trapping fish in the V when the tide went out. The fishermen would then come and remove their prey with nets. The trap now acts as a natural reef in the river. Google Earth is becoming a widely used tool for this kind of research. In February, scientists speculated they found the fabled city of Atlantis, but it was unproved when Google Earth said the found markings were created by modern technology instead.

JAPAN RELEASES LIFE-LIKE ROBOT – A new life-like robot will be unveiled at a Tokyo fashion show. The robot, named HRP-4C, is 62.2 inches tall and 95 lbs with black hair. HRP-4C was designed to look like an average Japanese woman, wearing a silver and black spacesuit. Developers said it could be used in amusement parks or to perform human movements such as exercise instruction. The robot will go on sale for 20 million yen ($200,000 USD). The programming technology is also said to become public so people can come up with fun moves for the robot. Japan is one of the leading robotics industries in the world with its government’s help to develop the industry.

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