MCCA This Week: January 29


This Week
January 29, 2021

Happy National Puzzle Day! 

Across the country, jigsaw puzzles quickly became a sought-after activity during quarantine to pass the time. Just two weeks into March, one of the largest jigsaw puzzle producers in the U.S. noticed sales were up 300% over the same week the previous year.

Historians date the first jigsaw puzzle back to 1760 with John Spilsbury, an English engraver. Spilsbury mounted a world map to a sheet of hardwood and used a hand saw to cut around country boundaries. He called this the “dissected map” and was used for teaching geography.

Fast forward to the 20th Century and famous brands like Milton Bradley and Parker Brothers (purchased by Hasbro in 1984 and 1991, respectively) began mass-producing wooden “Pastime Puzzles.” By the later part of the century, cardboard puzzles dominated the market and wooden puzzles became high-end.

POLL How many jigsaw puzzles have you completed since March 2020?

Today's This Week is 564 words, about a 4.3–minute read.

U.S. Education News

  • Community college is playing a greater role in the educational trajectories of people with bachelor's degrees. Of employed graduates who received their first bachelor's degree before 2008, 48 percent previously attended a community college. (National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics)
  • The coronavirus pandemic has negatively impacted students’ academics, mental health, and outlook on the future. Still, a majority of students are not utilizing nonacademic support services provided by colleges to get help. (Inside Higher Ed)
  • The initial rise of the CMO role in higher education may be in the past, but the reach of the CMO’s influence will grow. (Inside Higher Ed)

Missouri News

  • Gov. Mike Parson delivered his third State of the State address Wednesday. He unveiled a new budget and several new initiatives, urged legislators to take action on key priorities, and touted various successes from the past year. (Springfield News-Leader)
  • Missouri has given the first dose of coronavirus vaccine to about 262,000 people, 4% of the state's 6 million residents. That’s the lowest percentage of all 50 states. (St. Louis Public Radio)

College Headlines

  • To quickly get more COVID-19 vaccinations into more peoples’ arms, St. Louis Community College is partnering with the St. Louis County Department of Public Health to conduct its first community mass vaccination site STLCC-Florissant Valley. (STLCC News)
  • Metropolitan Community College's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon, held virtually, raised $110,778 for student scholarships. (MCC News)
  • East Central College Board of Trustees President Ann Hartley officially received an award last week recognizing her service to the College and embracing ECC’s mission. (ECC News)
  • East Central College will be allocated more than $3.4 million through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act. (ECC News)

Stuff We're Clicking On

  • Oklahoma Rep. Justin Humphrey has introduced a new bill to the state legislature to open up licenses for Bigfoot Hunting Season. Yes. For real. (Travel + Leisure)
  • A tweet by a student at Concordia University in Montreal went viral last week after announcing a disturbing realization: The professor whose video lectures he'd been enjoying was dead. (The Chronicle)
  • There hasn't been any official guideline changes from the Centers for Disease Control on the practice of “double-masking,” but, according to University of California, San Francisco professor and infectious disease expert Dr. Monica Gandhi, the advice is sound—so long as you’re doing it properly. (Mental Floss)
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