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Michigan Representative Cushingberry To Begin Distance Learning Course at Finlandia

August 24, 2009

George CushingberryHANCOCK, MI - Copper Country community members and Finlandia University students have an excellent opportunity this fall to work with a leading state legislator.

Beginning Friday, September 18, George Cushingberry, Michigan State Representative for the 8th District, will teach an interdisciplinary distance learning course entitled "The Dynamics of Political and Social Action."

The first three sessions of the course will take place on the Finlandia University campus three consecutive Fridays, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Subsequent class meetings will be held at Madonna University, Livonia, Mary Grove College, Detroit, and the University of Detroit, and broadcast on distance learning television.

When the course moves on to other colleges, Finlandia students will tune in via television and communicate with Mr. Cushingberry using e-mail and the Internet.

"The course delivery format is unique," says Finlandia Provost Jeanne Rellahan. "This multi-campus approach will give Finlandia students a great opportunity to interact with their peers in the Detroit area."

Mr. Cushingberry says the class is intended to equip students with knowledge about the methods, motifs, metaphors, meaning, and meanderings of the interrelationships of life, science, and philosophy. He will provide practical examples and discuss the ways in which the symbols of American history are used in the political process.

To facilitate televised delivery of Cushingberry's course lectures, Finlandia and the other participating colleges will receive the equipment necessary for their broadcast.

Cushingberry is current chair of the Michigan House of Representatives Appropriations Committee. He has served several terms in the Michigan House for the; his current term ends in 2010. From 1987 to 2002, Cushingberry served on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.

Cushingberry has a J.D. from the University of Detroit and bachelor's and master's degrees from Wayne State University. He also practices law and is an assistant pastor at New Starlight Baptist Church, Detroit.

Both Finlandia University students and community members are invited to register for the course, which is designated PLS 350. There is no pre-requisite. For-credit students will earn three general education credits upon successful completion of the course.  The course may also be audited - with no academic credit - for $150.00. Registration is accepted up to and including the first day of the course, September 18.

For additional information, please contact Finlandia University Provost Jeanne Rellahan at 906-487-7301.