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· TPT Features ‘The Telling Project’ with PBS An Original Play Featuring Minnesota Veterans of the Vietnam War- May 12th 3-4:30 pm “Join TPT for an unforgettable afternoon of history, theater and community building. In a production created exclusively for MN Original and Twin Cities PBS, The Telling Project brings together seven Minnesotans to share their experiences of going to and coming home from The Vietnam War. Veterans and their family members will take the stage to perform intimate firsthand testimonials giving critical insight that helps to bridge the divide between vets and civilians. The cast includes a Marine specializing in public affairs, an Army nurse, a Captain of the Royal Lao Army and his son, a filmmaker, working to tell his father’s story, a Navy cook, an Army helicopter pilot and a Hmong nurse who worked for the American CIA. This performance will be filmed for an upcoming MN Original documentary that will take you inside the process of creating this one of a kind theater experience, watching first hand as these veterans become stage performers. The documentary will air this fall in conjunction with Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour series The Vietnam War, which will air nationally on PBS. More info: Free but RSVP is required. Performance will include strong language and mature themes. Audience members may be captured in recorded footage. Doors open at 2:15. Performance at 3:00 (approximate run time is one hour). Post-show refreshments, meet the cast. The performance and documentary are part of Minnesota Remembers Vietnam, a statewide, multimedia initiative aimed at inspiring Minnesotans to share stories, recognize bravery, express their reasons for dissent, and foster understanding around the lasting impact of war.”
· MN Veterans 4 Veterans Trust Fund Approved $10,000 to Fishing with Vets Organization Grant was approved at V4V March 2017 Meeting Click Here to Read Full Press Release
· Globe University, Minnesota School of Business Denied Access to Federal Student Aid Dollars U.S. Department of Education takes enforcement action following findings of fraud, misrepresentation PRESS RELEASE December 6, 2016: The U.S. Department of Education announced today that participation in the federal student aid programs will end this month for Globe University (Globe) and Minnesota School of Business (MSB), two for-profit colleges under common ownership. This enforcement action is in keeping with the Department’s ongoing efforts to protect students, safeguard taxpayer dollars and increase accountability among postsecondary institutions. The Program Compliance and Enforcement Units within Federal Student Aid determined that Globe and MSB are ineligible to participate in federal student aid programs because Globe and MSB have been judicially determined to have committed fraud involving Title IV program funds. Additionally, both institutions knowingly misrepresented the nature of their criminal justice programs and the transferability of credits earned to other institutions. These callous acts of misrepresentation left many students without the credentials necessary for their chosen careers and no options to continue their studies at other postsecondary institutions. Many graduates incurred thousands of dollars of debt but had limited options for successful job placement in their chosen fields. “Globe and MSB preyed upon potential public servants – targeting those with a sincere desire to help their communities.” said U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell. “These institutions misrepresented their programs, potentially misleading students, and abused taxpayer funds, and so violated federal law, which is why we removed them from the federal student aid program. This is a sober reminder that not all institutions deliver on their advertised promises.” In letters sent today, the Enforcement Unit notified Globe and MSB that each school’s application for recertification to participate in the Title IV federal aid programs has been denied. Effective Dec. 31, 2016, students at both schools will no longer be able to use federal aid such as Pell Grants or Direct Loans to pursue their studies. Earlier this year, following a lawsuit filed by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson in 2014, a Minnesota court issued an order finding that Globe and MSB engaged in consumer fraud and deceptive trade practices by misrepresenting the job opportunities available to their criminal justice graduates. The investigation by the Program Compliance and Enforcement Units included review of the material presented at trial, the judicial determination arising from that trial, and information collected through various Departmental oversight and monitoring processes. Globe currently enrolls roughly 1,000 students at ten locations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and South Dakota and received $28.4 million in federal student aid during the 2014-15 award year. MSB enrolls approximately 700 students at nine locations throughout Minnesota and received $25.5 million in federal student aid during the 2014-15 award year. Both schools have until Dec. 20, 2016, to submit evidence to dispute the Department’s findings. The Enforcement Unit, announced in February, includes four groups – Investigations, Borrower Defense, the Administrative Actions and Appeals Service Group (AAASG), and Clery – and utilizes a broad set of interventions and tools, including subpoena authority, document demands, and interrogatories and interviews to enforce against violations of federal law. The Unit also collaborates with partner state and federal agencies. Over the last three fiscal years, the Department has denied recertification applications for more than 30 institutions, including Marinello Schools of Beauty, Computer Systems Institute, and Medtech College.