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Business Notes: March 7

March 7, 2012

Kohl Foundation announces 2012 scholarship recipients

The Herb Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship Program has announced its 2012 recipients.

The $1,000 awards are being made to 100 teachers, their schools and 175 graduating high school students. "Excellence" recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Each fellow's school will also receive a $1,000 grant.

"Initiative" scholarship recipients, chosen by their schools, have demonstrated exceptional initiative in the classroom and have shown strong promise in succeeding in college and beyond, but have not yet received other academic-based scholarships.

Recognition luncheons for Kohl Scholarships and Fellowship recipients are scheduled for noon March 24.

Medical College unveils 'Discovery Curriculum'

The Medical College of Wisconsin is making major changes to its curriculum, the hallmarks of which will be the earlier integration of patient observation for medical students, a year-long foundational program, and a full year of symptom- and system-based units of education to ensure grounding in the basic sciences.

Among the highlights of the new curriculum is "Active Learning," a teaching method that encourages student interaction in small groups to deepen the understanding of content. Active Learning will be a component all four years of the curriculum.

The new curriculum, called the Discovery Curriculum, is the culmination of more than four years of planning by faculty, staff, and students. Several hundred people at the Medical College joined forces to craft a vision and develop a working design for the project.

I am extremely proud of the tireless, dedicated and thoughtful efforts of scores of our faculty, staff and students to bring this important curriculum initiative to fruition," said Joseph E. Kerschner, M.D., dean of the Medical School and executive vice president of the college.

Nearly 30 students are participating in a pilot curriculum and provided input to the Discovery Curriculum design team.

For information, visit the College's Discovery Curriculum website at www.mcw.edu/ medicalschool/curriculum. htm.

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