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Seen 'n Heard - Feb, 1999 Issue (page 1).

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(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 player.

(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.” 

(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. 

(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. 

(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.

(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 business opportunities. 

(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. 

(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. 

(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. 

(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.”

(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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