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¢ James Fowler, a former KU student and member of the Lawrence band the Hefners, now is a chef at an experimental school-lunch cafe in Portland, Ore. He's profiled in today's issue of [The Oregonian][1].Cooking and teaching seemed destined to intersect for Fowler, who grew up in a family of educators in rural Kansas. His mom taught school, tended a large vegetable garden and cooked honest, country food: pork chops, plum sauce from fruit picked in their yard, "fabulous" creamed potatoes and peas. At least once, she hinted to her oldest son that cooking school might be his path. Instead, Fowler headed to the University of Kansas to study Latin and Greek, then stayed in Lawrence for three years, drumming in a band called the Hefners.¢ Should universities have more certificate programs as part of their offerings? That's the topic of a story on [insidehighered.com][2] that quotes a KU administrator.Jean Redeker, assistant dean of University of Kansas Continuing Education, said undergraduate students also find use in certificate programs. The university's Office of International Programs offers a global awareness certificate for students who complete foreign language, international studies and study abroad requirements._"More and more businesses are looking to hire students with experiences overseas, and this makes them more marketable," she said._ [1]: http://www.oregonlive.com/foodday/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/living/1160166303188070.xml&coll=7 [2]: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/10/10/certificate

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