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NEW HOPE ACADEMY CLOSES
(February 22, 1999) The Salt Lake Tribune reported on their web site, that New Hope Academy, owned by a Utah company but operating
in the island of Apia, Samoa, has been closed down amid charges of abandonment. The article reported an agent for the U.S. Consulate
found five students on February 2, 1999 on the beach or living with villagers. It also reported the former partners of New Hope Academy
included Norm Cluff of Orem, Utah, Utah businessman Dan Wakefield and Mekeli Ieremia, a popular former Brigham Young University football
ROYAL HAVEN UNDER ORE. ED. DEPT.
(Jan. 11, 1999) Royal Haven, an Equestrian Center For Girls in Bend, Oregon, owned and operated by Steve and Karen Gage, 541-388-3956,
was notified in mid-January they were not required to be licensed under the Oregon Department of Human Resources as either a foster
home or as a residential treatment program. It was determined that the Gage home “fits the definition of an alternative education
program as part of the Sisters School District…. As an educational entity, the Gage home falls under the Department of Education’s
rules as applied by the school district.”
VIOLENCE AMONG BOYS SYMPOSIUM
(February 1, 1999) DeSisto School held the first in what they hope to be a series of Symposiums on Raising Boys last July according
to DeSisto Director of Public Relations Sean Alazraki, 413-298-3776. A major focus of this first retreat was on the causes and implications
of the “growth of violence among boys.” Participants in the two day retreat included Michael DeSisto, Headmaster of DeSisto School,
Michael Gurian, author of “The Wonder of Boys,” Ronald Goldman, Psychologist, Daniel Kindlon, author of “Raising Cain: Protecting
the Emotional Life of Boys,” Michaelangelo Signorile, Author of “Life Outside, Crisis of Masculinity in the Gay Community,” James
Gilligan M.D., author of “Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic,” and Carol Gilligan, author of “In a Different Voice.” The
school has applied for grant money to make more retreats possible across the United States.
CHANGES AT MT. BACHELOR ACADEMY
(January 21, 1999) Chip Huge, former Assistant Admission Director of Mt. Bachelor Academy, in Prineville, Oregon, 800-462-3404, accepted
the position of Admission Director for the NorthStar Center, in Bend, Oregon, 541-385-8657, formerly held by Jane Stewart, now NorthStar’s
Program Director. And, after 10 ½ years at Mt. Bachelor Academy, Director of Admission and Consultant Communication, Sarah Persha
will leave in March to pursue further education. Sarah intends to return to this field of work in approximately two years…meanwhile,
Daniel Conroy, a consultant from the Denver area, will be serving MBA for six months in a consulting position: hiring, training, and
review of the Admission Department’s needs.
LAWSUITS AGAINST TEEN HELP/WWASP
(November, 1998) The World Wide Association of Specialty Programs (WWASP) and Teen Help, with headquarters in St. George, Utah along
with various other entities associated under the WWASP umbrella had two suits filed against them in November from incidents occurring
between 1996 and 1998. The Dochterman lawsuit was filed November 7, 1998 in Utah by an ex-student and her mother. The mother had enrolled
her child at Cross Creek Manor two separate times and is now, along with her daughter, suing Teen Help and other WWASP associated
entities for negligence, misrepresentation, abuse, Rico and sundry other complaints. The Goold lawsuit was filed November 17, 1998
in Utah by an ex-student and his father for negligence, abuse, rico and sundry other complaints stemming from his transport to and
stay at Paradise Cove in Samoa. In both cases, the attorneys representing the plaintiffs are Thomas M. Burton of Pleasanton, California
and Wesley D. Hutchins of Salt Lake City, Utah. Copies of the lawsuits can be found at the Interpid
Reporter web site.
TECH BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS
(February 10, 1999) “It’s a Seller’s Market For Tech-Savvy Teachers” is an article in Education
Week on the Web, Feb. 10, 1999. The article reviews how teacher-entrepreneurs are turning their classroom technology tools into
WILDERNESS: HEALING AND GROWING PEOPLE
(January 26, 1999) The University of Idaho Wilderness Research Center at Moscow, Idaho, will be hosting Earth Week 1999 with the theme
“Wilderness for Healing and Growing People”, Tuesday April 20 to Friday April 23, 1999. Events include seminars with the questions
if a Wilderness Treatment Curriculum could be developed at the University of Idaho and should a “research cooperative” be established
to address issues affecting the Wilderness Therapy Industry? John Hendee is the Director of the Wilderness Research Center. Please
contact Administrative Assistant, Susan Geotz with information on plans to attend at 208-885-2267.
SPORTS, CLUBS, ACADEMICS AT HIDDEN LAKE
(January 11, 1999) Rusty Ray, Director of Academics at Hidden Lake Academy, in Dahlonega, Georgia, 800-394-0640, announced several
recent improvements the school’s curriculum. These include AP courses in English and U.S. History, Honors courses in English, Mathematics,
Science and Social Science along with continuing Fine Arts courses in Art, Drama, and Music. Aaron Kanner, an ex pro-football player
with the Chicago Bears, is managing the sports and physical education programs.
ASPEN ACCREDITATED BY COA
(February 1, 1999). Aspen Health Services, headquartered in southern California, 800-283- 8334, announced Aspen Achievement Academy
and Aspen Ranch have received accreditation from the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. (COA). This
recognizes both programs as “provider of high quality services” and is effective through October 31, 2002.
CATHERINE FREER SPECIALTY CAMPS
(January 28, 1999) Catherine Freer Wilderness Therapy Expeditions, Albany, Oregon, 541-926-7252, announced they again this summer
will offer several specialty camps for children who do not need the intensive therapy of their 21-day therapeutic expeditions. Whitewater
Camps, 14 days each, will have five sessions through the summer. They also are introducing a Horse Camp and a Climbing Camp, each
with only one session. These specialty camps are co-ed “designed for 13-17 year-old adolescents who will benefit from a healthy, structured,
and challenging small group expedition.”
S.O.A.R. ADDS PROGRAMS
(January 18, 1999) Jonathan Jones, Executive Director of Success Oriented Achievement Realized (SOAR), a program using wilderness
adventure and recreation pursuits for LD and ADD youth, based in Balsam, North Carolina, 828-456-3435, this summer is offering an
alumni course traveling to Costa Rica, and have enhanced their North Carolina Expedition and North Carolina Academic Discovery courses
in response to requests from professionals.
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