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Military Life Tough on Teens

A recent report indicates that teens with family members in the military are more likely to contemplate suicide if their relatives were deployed overseas multiple times.  Researchers at the University of Southern California analyzed survey data from nearly 15,000 high school students in California--including nearly 2000 with parents or siblings in the military.  They found a link between a family member's deployment history and a variety of mental health problems, including "suicidal ideation" or thoughts about suicide.

School Attendance Matters!

A recent study shows that school attendance and unexcused absences matter.  In fact, sixth graders who missed 10 days of class had, at best, a 20% chance of graduating from high school on time.  This was the bombshell for researcher Bob Balfanz who has spent his career wondering how to understand the 1 million dropout problem in the U.S.But

Arizona Third in Child Hunger

Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important in establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation.

Over-Parenting Studied by UA Researcher

When it comes to parenting, can there be too much of a good thing - too much attention, guidance and problem solving?

Yes, says University of Arizona communication Professor Chris Segrin, who has been studying the effects of over-parenting, also known as “helicopter parenting.”

An example of a helicopter parent is seen when a student graduates college, and a parent helps the adult child negotiate with employers for a salary, Segrin says. Another example is parents who call their children’s college professor to argue about exam grades.

Cost of Raising a Child Rises to $300,000--without College!

The US Department of Agriculture released a report that shows that a middle income family can expect to spend nearly $300,000 to raise a child from birth to age 17--and that is without including the cost of college.  In their annual report, USDA cites housing as one of the largest factors which accounts for 30% of the total, followed by child-care and education at 18%, food at 16%, transportation at 14% and health care at 8%.

Arizona Universities Now Some of the Most Expensive

University education in the knowledge economy is a ticket to innovative, creativity and productivity.  Yet, Arizona is now ranked among the top 5 states where tuition has risen precipitously.  State universities have been viewed by parents as affordable options to achieving a college degree, but recent tution increases in Arizona are not putting higher education out of reach for some.

In Arizona, average tuition and fees for instate students is now $9,428.  This is an increase of 16.8% from just one year ago and 101.7% from just 5 years ago.

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New UA President Ann Hart Outlines Priorities

Incoming University of Arizona Ann Hart recently shared her thoughts with editors at the Arizona Daily Star about her top 6 priorities:

Ann Weaver Hart talked via email about her top priorities and some issues she'll face as president of the University of Arizona.

Q. UA has seen a doubling of tuition rates in recent years. What would you tell students who may be worried about future tuition hikes?

Horse & Dog 360 Apps now available!

For a limited time, a portion of the proceeds from all sales of two new apps, Horse 360 and Dog 360 will be donated to 4-H.  Get that competitive edge in judging contests and improve your knowledge of animals by downloading both of these apps to your smart phone (iOS applications only--sorry).  These comprehensive apps provide indepth subject matter about horses and dogs, with the ability to see skeletal features, muscles and organs.  The competition format helps you improve your knowledge and time of response.  Vet Talk features allow you to explore the health and well-being of your animal

Support 4-H by Purchasing Two New Apps

Get the competitive edge in 4-H competitions AND support 4-H by purchasing two new apps during the months of June and July. Horse 360 and Dog 360 are complete curricula for your phone. They help you learn about your animal and teach you about anatomy. Check them out at the iTunes store and dowload today. A portion of every sale will be donated to 4-H.  Previous users have found that these apps help them improve their subject matter knowledge of horses and dogs, and last year's Hippology contest winner was from Phoenix who studied using the Horse 360 app.

 

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