Seven Dixie State Football Student-Athletes Earn All-RMAC Academic Honors

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Wednesday, seven Dixie State football student-athletes were honored academically by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.Making the first team was senior defensive back Alex Lilliard who has a 3.30 GPA in Recreation and Sports Management.This season, Lilliard has been highly productive on the football field, posting 49 tackles (24 solo stops), 6 tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, six pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery thus far.Six other Trailblazers made the honor roll for the RMAC academically. They include senior long snapper Dylan Douglass (3.31 GPA, criminal justice), senior tailback Sei-J Lauago (3.37 GPA, criminal justice), senior offensive lineman Joshua Partida (3.44 GPA, criminal justice), sophomore defensive back Augustus Fraser (3.34 GPA, nursing), redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Gage Manzione (3.65 GPA, exercise science) and sophomore offensive lineman Kyle Whitesides (3.49 GPA, social science composite teaching).To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must use a season of competition, carry a 3.30 cumulative GPA and been an active student at the institution for at least two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters. Written by October 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Seven Dixie State Football Student-Athletes Earn All-RMAC Academic Honors Brad James Tags: Dixie State Football/RMAClast_img read more

University of Evansville and Methodist Temple Partner for Expanded Religious Life Offerings

first_imgThe University of Evansville has partnered with Methodist Temple to provide expanded religious life offerings that are further integrated into the student experience. The partnership includes shared clergy and a newly created organizational structure that is integrated into both the Center for Student Engagement and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.“This new organizational structure allows us to uphold our longstanding commitment to inclusivity and rich interfaith dialogues while determining the best opportunities of spiritual growth for all of our students,” said UE president Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz.Shared clergy include JillAnn Knonenborg, Methodist Temple’s Associate Pastor, as well as Lead Pastor, Andy Payton.Knonenborg will serve as UE’s Director of Religious Life beginning this fall. She will work collaboratively with the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Center for Innovation and Change, and campus service organizations such as UE Habitat for Humanity. She will also develop programming to promote an inclusive environment, coordinate UE’s Alternative Spring Break, advocate for social justice issues, and identify alternative worship experiences that best align with student needs. Knonenborg graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., with a Master of Divinity and recently moved to Evansville.Payton will serve as the University Chaplain to preside at official ceremonies such as convocation, baccalaureate, and commencement and will serve as the liaison with the United Methodist Church. He will also coordinate the annual Vespers and Christmas worship services, as well as the Edgar M. McKown Lecture and associated worship service. Payton graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Communications and went on to seminary at Christian Theological in Indianapolis where he obtained a Master of Divinity.“Both JillAnn and Andy bring a fresh perspective to our campus community,” said Pietruszkiewicz. “I look forward to watching our students grow under their leadership.”The Newman Center will continue to offer Catholic masses in Neu Chapel, and a newly created campus worship experience will be announced in the fall semester. Students are encouraged to consider opportunities within the community to participate in worship services. Neu Chapel will continue to be available to the community for weddings and other outside rentals.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

CHARITABLE GIVING-IT’S AN AMERICAN TRADITION

first_imgBy Tom PurcellAh, the giving season is upon us – the best time of the year to be an American.According to Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2016, American giving rose to $390 billion last year – a 3 percent increase over the prior year.Americans give around 3 percent of our collective income to charity – more than the citizens of any other country. Better yet, these are individual Americans, not the government, who are generating the lion’s share of the contributions.According to the National Philanthropic Trust, the vast majority of U.S. citizens donate to charity – and 91 percent of high net-worth households do. Though most of the contributions come in small amounts, the average household contribution equals $2,520 – no small amount of generosity.Giving USA says individual Americans gave an estimated $281.86 billion in 2016 – an increase of 3.9 percent over the prior year. Individual giving accounted for 72 percent of all charitable giving in 2016.The balance of giving, some 28 percent, came from foundations ($59.28 billion), bequests ($30.36 billion) and corporations ($18.55 billion).In 2016, the United States government gave about $40 billion in foreign aid to more than 100 countries – only about 10 percent of what our individuals and private organizations gave.The fact is America is the most generous country on Earth, and most of the giving is coming from individuals sharing their hard-earned dough.According to a 2006 report by journalist John Stossel, Americans give 3 1/2 times more, per capita, than the French, 7 times more than the Germans and 14 times more than the Italians.Though not all Americans are as generous as they could be.One might assume that the more liberal folks in America – folks who voice their concerns about the poor – would be more likely to donate to charitable causes. But that turns out to be a myth.Stossel set up a Salvation Army bucket in two places: Sioux Falls, S.D., and San Francisco, Calif. San Francisco has a lot more dough and a lot of people who classify themselves as politically liberal; only 14 percent of the people who live there attend church. Sioux Falls is a rural, middle-class community in which half the folks are churchgoers.So which city gave more? The Sioux Falls folks won hands down. Stossel pointed out that the simple reason why is that liberal folks tend to believe the government should take care of the poor, whereas more religious folks tend to be big believers in giving their own time and money to help a variety of charitable causes.Stossel found, in fact, that almost all the people who donated to the Salvation Army in Sioux Falls were churchgoers. And that churchgoers are four times more likely to give to charity than those who are not.Another interesting finding was that the people who give the most, as a percentage of their wealth, aren’t the richest Americans or even middle-class Americans – they’re the folks on the lower end of the economic scale. They give almost 30 percent more of their income than anybody else.In any event, the holiday season is upon us, and it is the favorite time of the year for Americans to give to individuals and to the charities of our choice.Bolstered #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that now falls on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the giving season is off to a great start. On #GivingTuesday, more than 2.5 million individuals donated $274 million – nearly $100 million more than last year.As I said, it’s the giving season, the best time of the year to be an American.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: IPO top employer for working families

first_img The IPO is a great place to work. We are committed to the physical and mental wellbeing of our people. This includes policies that support our people to balance work and family life. An environment where people can meet their full potential is also one which delivers for customers. We retain valuable skills and are better able to respond to changes in the business environment. The IPO also made it to the top ten in 2017. The award is run by Working Families, the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation. The charity helps working parents, carers and employers achieve a better balance between responsibilities.If you’re interested in working at the IPO, search for jobs on the civil service vacancy website. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) was named as one of the UK’s top 10 employers for working families today. The Top Employers for Working Families 2018 award recognises organisations that lead the way in creating flexible, family friendly workplaces.We understand flexible working schemes bring benefits to our people and the business. Home working, flexible hours and shared parental leave are all available at the IPO. Support networks and staff counsellors are also on hand to provide support.Dominic Houlihan, Director of People, Places and Services, IPO said:last_img read more

Jackie Greene To Lead Members Of Dead & Co, moe., Twiddle In Charity Grateful Dead Tribute

first_img***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website. What’s better than seeing a lineup of all-star musicians performing the music of the Grateful Dead? Knowing that proceeds from the event will go to the incredible charitable efforts of the esteemed organization, Rock and Wrap It Up!That’s what’s happening with Jackie Greene & Friends on September 14th at Brooklyn Bowl, when the ever-talented Greene will lead a talented cast of musicians including Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company), Mihali Savoulidis (Twiddle), Al Schnier (moe.), Leslie Mendelson and Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band) in a charity benefit celebrating the music of the Dead. With more guests to be announced, this show is guaranteed to be a great celebration for a special cause.For over 25 years, the non-profit organization Rock and Wrap It Up! has worked tirelessly to reduce poverty and hunger nationwide. The global think tank has a number of programs designed for this cause, including a successful initiative collecting food that has been prepared but not served at major events like concert tours, educational institutions, the hospitality industry, sporting events, and film shoots. Working with local kitchens and shelters, Rock and Wrap It Up! coordinates food pickups at venues all across the country, ensuring that “one man gathers what another man spills.”Tickets for this exciting Jackie Greene and Friends benefit show are on sale now, and all of the information can be found right here. To learn more about Rock and Wrap It Up! or to donate to the cause, head to their official website. You can also check out the poster below![Cover photo via Mark Raker]Fans of Al Schnier (moe.), Leslie Mendelson, and Scott Sharrard can catch all three of them and countless others at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others!last_img read more

Peering into the Fogg

first_imgThe much-anticipated renewal of the Harvard Art Museums is nearing completion, and last week officials offered a sneak peek at the massive project’s progress.Wearing hardhats, protective gloves, safety goggles, and bright yellow vests, a small entourage led by museum director Thomas W. Lentz wove its way through the beams and boards of the construction site that is steadily morphing from a dark hole in the ground and a hollowed structural shell to a teaching and learning museum for the 21st century.“What has driven this entire project is our mission,” Lentz said, is “innovative teaching and learning,” developing new experiences in that field for students, faculty, and the community.When it opens next year, the new 205,000-square-foot building, which unites the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum under a spectacular glass roof, will include two entrances, five floors above ground and three floors below, a café, a museum store, an expanded art study center, a 300-seat theater, lecture halls, and teaching galleries.Function and form hold equal place in the ingenious design by Pritzker Prize-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano, who is known for works that include the sky-piercing, glass-covered tower called the Shard in London and the San Nicola Football Stadium in Bari, Italy, which blooms from the landscape like an enormous concrete flower.But one function was particularly vital to the Harvard project. For art lovers and worried experts alike, the main drawback to the original Fogg was its lack of climate controls. “Our internal joke,” said Lenz as he stood at the bottom of the steps of the 1927 Fogg’s original Quincy Street entrance, “was we would never lend to ourselves.” Now, he said, the climate-regulated galleries will be “what a collection of our stature really deserves.”For Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums, the collection also deserves the chance to be seen — and engaged with — in innovative ways. Spatial constraints in the old facility meant only a fraction of the museum’s expansive collection could be exhibited. When the renovated and expanded facility opens next year, visitors will have 40 percent more gallery space to explore. And viewers will be able engage with that material in new ways.Standing in a smaller gallery on the dusty third floor, still empty and smelling of paint, Lentz explained that the new museum will not offer narrowly dedicated galleries for paper, photography, prints, or drawings. Instead of consigning such materials to a “paper ghetto,” these media will be displayed side-by-side with paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, offering visitors a more “contextual presentation.”The museum also will mingle works provocatively. For instance, American works of art will stand alongside European and Native American material. “In many ways, that’s a reflection of how American art history is now taught,” said Lentz. “In our view, that’s going to make for a more compelling presentation. We expect to see lots of interesting juxtapositions.”The galleries will remain small in scale, “human and intimate,” said Lentz, to encourage viewers to slow down, look, and truly connect with artworks. That intimate engagement will be strongly encouraged on the fourth floor.One level below the museum’s Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies is the art study center, where visitors can request up-close viewings of works of art. The center’s layout includes three study rooms, one each for the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger, and Sackler museums, as well as two seminar rooms that can accommodate smaller groups of students.“The power, we believe, of an art study center,” said Lentz, “is it’s essentially art on demand. What you can have in here is an experience that is fundamentally different from walking through the galleries, sitting in a classroom, or looking at slides or PowerPoints.”There will be teaching galleries on the third level, including one that will function as a curatorial laboratory where students can study the art of installation and how to craft an “argument” by using works of art.Capping the building’s fifth floor is Piano’s glass lantern, a shining, slanted rooftop fitted with a complex series of mechanical shades that allow museum workers to control carefully the amount of light that flows into the space. The giant skylight disperses light through the conservation lab, study center and what now will be the central circulation corridor of the building, diffusing sunshine into the galleries and arcades and the beloved old courtyard below, and creating what Piano calls the “Light Machine.”According to Lentz, that courtyard, modeled after a 16th-century façade in Montepulciano, Italy, is now truly the emotional and symbolic heart of the museum. Previously, the space, which was only open on three sides, was “gloomy and static,” Lentz recalled. Thanks to Piano and his architectural team, the courtyard has been pushed open on all four sides and now includes 16 points of entry, along with a bluestone floor.The ground floor also serves as a pedestrian thoroughfare. The public will be able to stroll from the Quincy Street entrance through to a new, expanded entrance on Prescott Street, taking advantage of the café and store without paying admission. “We wanted to make it much more transparent, much more accessible,” said Lentz.Various flourishes contribute to the museum’s visual delights. For example, the new wing’s wooden façade, when seen up-close, surprises a viewer with its grain of rippled waves. The undulating clapboard made of Alaska yellow cedar will weather over time to a light gray hue. Another welcome and unusual detail can be seen in the museum’s winter gardens: small niches on the second floor of the new wing that will serve as intimate glass sunrooms populated with art that is not sensitive to light.Throughout the building, a vertical glass window becomes a transparent seam allowing visitors to see where the old Fogg structure and the new wing merge. Glass-tipped galleries at either end of the first floor facing Prescott Street will allow passersby to peek inside. “The porosity of this building,” said Lentz, “is radically different.”Ever-conscious of the building’s famous neighbor, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard, the only North American structure by the renowned modernist architect Le Corbusier, Piano has extended that structure’s graceful curving concrete ramp along the edge of the museum, bringing it under the cantilever of the new wing down to Broadway. Charles Klee, the principal at the architectural firm Payette, which is collaborating on the project, said Piano likes to say, “It’s a little bit like Le Corbusier putting his arm around the Fogg.”“A lot of people, when we began this, thought that we were just sort of rebuilding a very beautiful, static treasure house,” said Lenz. “My message is this is going to be a very different kind of art museum … I think the experience for viewers is going to be much more dynamic and much more integrated.”last_img read more

Akyeampong named faculty director at Center for African Studies

first_imgEmmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong, professor of history and of African and African-American studies, has been named the Oppenheimer Faculty Director at the Center for African Studies.Akyeampong, who joined Harvard faculty in 1993, is senior historian of Africa at Harvard, specializing in West Africa, Islam in Sub-Saharan Africa, comparative slavery, social history of alcohol, disease and medicine, ecology, the African diaspora, political economy and trade, and social and cultural history.The author of “Drink, Power, and Cultural Change: A Social History of Alcohol in Ghana, C. 1800 to Recent Times” and “Between the Sea and the Lagoon: An Eco-Social History of the Anlo of the Southeastern Ghana, c. 1850 to Recent Times,” Akyeampong was instrumental in creating Harvard’s Department of African and African American Studies with Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. He has also edited several books including “Dictionary of African Biography ” (with Gates) and “The Culture of Mental Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa” (with Allan Hill, Andelot Professor of Demography Emeritus at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Arthur Kleinman, professor of medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School).Akyeampong is co-founder of the Ghana-based International Institute for the Advanced Study of Cultures, Institutions and Economic Enterprise. He is also a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, and serves as an affiliate minister for outreach at Acton Congregational Church.His appointment begins July 1.last_img read more

NPR report highlights merchant failures on data breaches

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Merchant data security breaches–their effects on consumers and the reactions of retailers–were highlighted on a recent segment of NPR ‘s “All Things Considered.”Reporter Aarti Shahani followed a security expert who was able to point out how easily a hacker could infiltrate a retailer’s point-of-sale network. EMC’s Davi Ottenheimer noted a card reader–similar to ones he had at home–connected to a tablet left unattended in a high-end retail store. At another large retailer, no one noticed that he was paying more attention to a computer plugged into the network than to the merchandise.“A lot of times, a lazy approach to security is just to make information difficult to get,” Symantec security expert Orla Cox told NPR . “Just because you’re not talking about it isn’t actually making you any more protected.”The incentives are small for retailers to take on more responsibility. They want to keep information technology budgets down, and they don’t have to pay, even if they are at fault. Financial institutions pick up the bill, Shahani said.The Credit Union National Association, NPR noted, “is asking lawmakers to intervene, so that retailers are held to stricter security and disclosure rules.” continue reading »last_img read more

3 things I learned about being a young professional from a heavy rock festival!

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: James MarshallSo, for those of you that know me well… You may know I like my music on the… Well… Heavier side of things. For those of you that don’t know me that well, you now also hold this information! Now we can begin.I recently spent 5 nights camping in a field at one of Europe’s biggest ‘heavy rock’ festivals, Download. It’s an experience I shall never forget. The joy people held for hearing their favourite bands play their favourite songs louder than they’ve ever been played, it was almost magical. I could go on for days about what I saw there but instead, I want to tell you about 3 things I learned there which will affect my professional life.These 3 things aren’t new ideas, they aren’t revolutionary and they aren’t difficult! So, I know what you’re thinking, tell us already:1. Don’t be scared to ask for help.Day 1, my friend and I arrive at a campsite surrounded by hundreds if not thousands of already pitched tents. I have to be honest… I had never pitched a tent before which wasn’t a pop up. After struggling for about 25 minutes and most likely being laughed at by our camping neighbours, I asked for help. Within 5 minutes and to my surprise, an army of people where helping us build our tent and not 5 minutes later, we were housed for the week. continue reading »last_img read more

Great news for Croatian tourism! Uniline opened an office in Seoul

first_imgExpanding its foreign markets in Asia systematically and in the long run, Uniline, Croatia’s largest tour operator, has opened, after Shanghai, its office in Seoul, South Korea.Uniline’s new office is located in a residential part of Seoul, about a kilometer and a half from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and about two kilometers from the Dynasty Palace. “Uniline’s goal is for every tenth Korean to experience and get to know the beauties of Croatia and South-Eastern Europe in the long run. ” pointed out Robert Sedlar, executive sales director of the travel company Uniline. In order to achieve these goals, the company announces numerous marketing and sales activities in the Korean market, and for this purpose, negotiations are underway to open an air charter line between Seoul and Dubrovnik.According to the latest census, South Korea has over 51 million inhabitants, and in 2016 in Croatia there were about 380 thousand arrivals and 450 thousand overnight stays of Korean guests, which is 10% more than in 2015, or in the last 6 to 7 years increased by as much as 30 times. The scale and goal are set high, but luck accompanies the brave and persistent visionaries, so we should certainly praise Uniline’s efforts and proactivity in developing new markets, including a large market such as South Korea.Pictured: (left) Robert Sedlar, Sales Executive and (right) Kwang Hyun Kyle Kim, Head of Korean market Korean reality shows as an impetus to arrivals                                    The impetus for the arrival of Koreans in Croatia was the filming of a reality show ”The Romantic in Croatia” 2012, which encouraged numerous groups of young Koreans to go in search of love in several Croatian destinations. This was followed by the filming of the series “Noonas over Flowers” in which several famous Korean actresses travel to Croatia as backpackers. The series, which aired from late November 2013 to January 2014, soon became the most popular travel documentary in Korea. The next two reality shows were filmed in 2015.Related news: ROBERT SEDLAR, UNILINE: GREAT SUPPORT FOR THE INITIATIVE STARTED BY UNILINE BECAUSE SLAVONIA HAS A LOT TO OFFER AND SHOWlast_img read more