Saint Mary’s names Outstanding Senior

first_imgGraduates of the College will receive their diplomas Saturday, but this year’s Outstanding Senior Eleanor Jones said she has already earned the most valuable gift possible — a Saint Mary’s education.Jones, a global studies major, said she was surprised to learn that her leadership, service and academic achievement qualified her for this award.“It was really unexpected just because I know how many people in our class are so passionate about what they do,” she said. “We’ve got a great student body with a lot of people who do different activities across the board, so honestly I wasn’t expecting it because we have so many incredible people. Knowing that makes it an even bigger honor.”Jones said her involvement with the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership enhanced her college experience by encouraging her to appreciate other lifestyles while recognizing a common humanity.“There are universal issues that we can all revolve around,” Jones said. “You get to realize more of your similarities and your differences and how you can celebrate them.”Jones said she spent two summers at Saint Mary’s working for the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI), where women from North Africa and the Middle East develop action plans they want to implement in their home countries. Through her work with SUSI, as well as her year-long study abroad experience in South Africa, Jones said she learned the importance of intercultural leadership and sensitivity. In 2014, the Jordanian team proposed a company called SheCab, in which all passengers and drivers are female.“I got to go to Jordan to give them moral support, and we went to the embassy with them when they presented their business plan,” Jones said. “We decided we wanted to start a fundraiser on campus to show that Saint Mary’s still supported them even though they weren’t here anymore.”Marc Belanger, Global Studies professor, said in an email Jones’s desire to understand and improve the world around her is evident in her superior work.“As a student, [Jones] has first rate writing and analytic skills comparable to other outstanding students, but what makes her different is that [Jones] really cares about the human dimension of the issues we are discussing and asks questions that always push the discussion to a deeper level than it might normally go,” Belanger said. “While her GPA shows that she gets A’s most of the time, it is this level of what I would call ethical seriousness that makes her so interesting to work with.”According to Belanger, Jones’s desire to respond to global challenges makes her deserving of the Outstanding Senior Award.“I don’t think I have ever had a student any more determined to figure out the best way for her to make a difference in the world or more willing to question her own motives and goals with more honesty,” Belanger said. “I think she can do that because she never forgets that it’s not about theories or ideologies, but about human beings.”Jones said the support of Belanger, along with other faculty and staff, enables her to be her best self.“Most of the things I’ve done are because a professor has tapped me on the shoulder and said ‘Hey, I think this would be a good idea,’” she said. “Saint Mary’s has kept pushing me to get outside my comfort zone. I feel like I’m always presented with different opportunities, and it’s been hard for me to say no.”Jones said one of her most meaningful accomplishments is helping to pioneer the Food Recovery Program, which donates leftovers from the dining hall to the Center for the Homeless.“We’ve saved about 5,100 pounds since last year,” Jones said. “You can see the initial impact of everything that you’ve done.”Though Jones has contributed to the community, she said her classmates’ success is most impressive to her.“I think that we have a lot of students who found what they are passionate about and have started applying it,” Jones said. “We’ve got a well-rounded student body.”Jones will return to South Africa for a year of service at a children’s home. She said students should view every challenge as a path to success and make the most of their college years.Jones said Saint Mary’s shapes its students into goal-oriented, compassionate leaders capable of changing the world.“In a world where women are often times pitted against each other, here we’ve got this community of people constantly trying to support each other,” Jones said. “It has taught me to be strong and confident in what I say, and I think that’s pretty special.”Tags: Commencement 2016, Outstanding senior award, saint mary’slast_img read more

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Brooksie L. East

first_imgBrooksie L. East, 82, of Nederland, Texas passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Gulf Health Care in Port Arthur.Brooksie was born February 19, 1937 in Temple, Texas to Vernon Collier and Jessie Brooks Collier. She was a resident of Nederland for 30 years, and a member of First Baptist Church of Port Arthur.Brooksie worked at Park Place Hospital for many years first as a nurse and then as Purchasing Agent. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dennis Charles East; sisters, Margaret Rucker and Nelta Kacir.Survivors include her husband of 62 years Clyde C. East, Jr. of Nederland; daughters, Denise Hinton and husband Steve, and Durise Leger and husband Keith all of Port Neches; brother-in-law, Ray Rucker of Temple; grandchildren, Jordan Leger, Shelby Leger, and Brooksie East; and one great-grandchild, Greenleigh Leger.center_img A visitation for family and friends will begin at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves followed by the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Larry Haynes officiating and Reverend Mark Humble as music director.Burial will be at Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.last_img read more

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Texas Athletics to help student-athletes LEVERAGE their platform

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – Utilizing one of the most influential brands in American sports, Texas Athletics is launching LEVERAGE, an innovative name, image and likeness program designed to equip Longhorn student-athletes with the knowledge and tools necessary to maximize their brand and platform.“Texas is a land of opportunity, Austin is a thriving, dynamic and energetic city right in the middle of it, and The University of Texas is like none other,” said UT Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte. “All of those factors, along with the national and worldwide power of the Longhorn brand are among the many things that will be key elements in our exciting new LEVERAGE program. The program is designed to prepare, enhance and play a critical role in our student-athletes developing and growing their personal brands.”“From the Longhorns’ daily local, regional and national media coverage in five of the nation’s largest cities (Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio), to the expansive reach of our social media platforms and our very own one-of-a-kind Longhorn Network partnership with ESPN, there’s just no better place to be. Whether it’s national award recognition, sharing your personal and team success stories, or establishing a tremendous network of mentors in the community and beyond, the LEVERAGE program will position student-athletes to be presented in the best light by a premier group of folks in the world of creativity, communications and student-athlete development.” LEVERAGE, which is part of the new the new 4EVER TEXAS program, is composed of four main areas of focus: Personal Branding & Brand Management, Business Formation & Entrepreneurship, Opportunity Management and Financial Literacy.In the ever-evolving college sports landscape, student-athletes are more interested than ever in advancing their personal brand and setting themselves up for a successful future. With unmatched brand identity and unrivaled campus resources, Texas Athletics is well-equipped to offer its student-athletes that opportunity.“When it comes to exposure, visibility, valuable connections and a broad and far-reaching network, Texas has all of that,” said Texas Football head coach Tom Herman. “With the NIL opportunities coming in the near future, the establishment of the LEVERAGE program is a personal development area where we will provide unmatched resources when it comes to building our players’ brands. The people they will meet, opportunities at their disposal and the resources our first-class Football and Athletics programs will provide are second to none, and this program is just another great reason to be a Texas Longhorn.” The University of Texas is uniquely located in one of the nation’s top-ranked cities to live and work. A hotbed for technology and startups, student-athletes at UT have limitless access to business opportunities, just by being part of the Austin, Texas community.With a strong emphasis on social media, Texas Athletics has cultivated one of the most powerful presences in college athletics. The Longhorns lead all of collegiate athletics in Twitter interactions and have one of the top Facebook followings with an audience of over 1.5 million. Texas has experienced extreme growth on Instagram since 2018, with more than 160,000 new followers for a 167% increase. The Texas Football Instagram has grown by nearly 200,000 followers during that same span, a 155% increase.“The athletes we’re recruiting have had their hands on these social platforms almost their whole lives,” Texas Women’s Swimming & Diving head coach Carol Capitani said. “LEVERAGE provides an opportunity for them to learn and advance their personal brands in a way that’s true to them, while building off the social presence they’ve already cultivated. There is no athletic department better positioned to handle NIL needs than Texas, and I’m grateful for all the first-class resources that our student-athletes have available to them.”With a footprint that includes five of the nation’s 15 largest cities, Longhorn student-athletes are exposed to more local and national media coverage than any other athletes in the country. The presence of Longhorn Network, the only national television network with dedicated 24/7 coverage to a single university, sets UT apart from all of its counterparts.center_img The powerful UT alumni network of more than 500,000 members around the world provides extraordinary opportunity for Longhorn student-athletes to connect with business leaders and influential community members.“The University of Texas is unmatched across the country in terms of combining a passionate fanbase, top-notch academics, elite competition and providing resources to student-athletes in their pursuit of success,” Texas Track & Field head coach Edrick Floreal said. “Now, with LEVERAGE, we are taking the next step in supporting our student-athletes and preparing them for success outside of athletics. There is no better place for a student-athlete to build themselves, both on and off the track, than at UT.”As part of the 4EVER TEXAS program, LEVERAGE will serve as an innovative resource to help prepare student-athletes for lifelong success. The LEVERAGE program will provide specific curriculum around areas of financial literacy such as, wealth management, assessing financial risks, taxes, and making business decisions.— texassports.comlast_img read more

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See Broadway Favorites Have a Zoom-Style Thanksgiving Celebration

first_imgIllustration by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com View Comments Thanksgiving may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t celebrate with loved ones! See how some Broadway characters are being safe and eating their feasts over Zoom. Look closely to see Evan Hansen, the Schuyler sisters, Elphaba and Glinda, Tina Turner, Jagged Little Pill’s Healy family, Satine and Christian, The Temptations, the Phantom and Christine, the Six queens, The Plastics, Hadestown’s Eurydice and Orpheus and Nala and Simba dig in. Broadway faves are still out there this holiday season, even if masks cover them up a bit! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!last_img

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VSAC CEO to testify at Senate hearing

first_imgScott Giles, president and CEO of Vermont Student Assistance Corp, will testify before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, Thursday, January 16 at 10 am.’ Giles’ testimony is part of the committee’s hearing, ‘Strengthening Federal Access Programs to Meet 21st Century Needs: A look at TRiO and GEAR UP,’ as Congress prepares to reauthorize the Higher Education Act this year. The hearing will be webcast live.’ ‘ Giles joins a panel of six other experts in improving higher education access for Americans, particularly low- and middle-income students and those who are the first to pursue education beyond high school.’ ‘We are all aware that the United States needs an educated workforce to remain competitive in the global economy. And Vermont students ‘ just like those in the rest of the nation ‘ need to acquire education or training after high school in order to thrive and succeed,’ Giles said. ‘VSAC is unique among state-based agencies because we provide, under one roof, a full range of services aimed at helping Vermonters navigate the complexity of educational choices and how to finance those plans.’’ Giles’ testimony focuses on Vermont’s efforts with the federally funded programs and includes recommendations for future improvements. The full text of his testimony can be viewed here.’ Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a member of the committee, said, ‘VSAC has helped thousands of Vermont students and families manage the costs of college and pursue their dreams of higher education.’  I am very pleased that our ongoing efforts to protect VSAC’s critical role in our state will allow it to continue doing the excellent and important work it has done so well over the years. At a time when student debt in this country exceeds $1.1 trillion, it is vitally important that local, nonprofit loan servicers like VSAC are around to compete with the large corporations that service most student loans.’’ About VSACVermont Student Assistance Corporation is a public, nonprofit corporation created by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters plan and pay for education or training beyond high school.’  VSAC administers Vermont’s 529 college savings plan; outreach services to encourage low-income students to aspire to and complete college; college and career planning services for all Vermonters; need-based state grants for full-time, part-time and non-degree study; public and private scholarship programs; and private education loans. Find us at www.vsac.org(link is external) or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VermontStudentAssistanceCorporation(link is external).WINOOSKI (January 16, 2014) ‘VSAClast_img read more

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Mission Hills resident Mark Gilman, chair of Gill Studios, named Johnson Countian of the Year

first_imgMark Gilman. Photo by Larry Levenson.A printing industry executive who has devoted decades to supporting the performing arts and efforts to improve public health here has been named the Johnson County Community College Foundation’s Johnson Countian of the Year.Mark Gilman, who lives in Mission Hills, has been the chair of Lenexa-based Gill Studios, a commercial and promotional printing company, since 2005. He started at the company as a salesman in 1962 before moving on to the executive ranks. He was the company’s president before becoming chair.Gilman grew up in northeast Johnson County and graduated from what was then Shawnee Mission High School before going on to earn a college degree from the University of Kansas and attending gradate school classes at the University of Southern California.He has served in prominent volunteer roles throughout the metro area for decades, including positions on the boards of the Foundation for Shawnee Mission Health, the JCCC Foundation, the Missouri Repertory Theatre and the Kansas Arts Commission.In 2007, JCCC gave Gilman its Performing Arts Endowment Award in recognition of the $250,000 gift he made to the school’s Yardley Fund.“The JCCC Foundation is privileged to recognize Mark through this award for his service to the community and the college,” Brad Bergman, JCCC Foundation president, said in a statement. “His civic contributions throughout the years have touched the lives of many people in the community and at our college. We look forward to celebrating his achievements at our Some Enchanted event this fall.”Gilman will receive his award at the annual Some Enchanted Evening gala at the Overland Park Marriott Nov. 11.A list of previous Johnson Countian of the Year honorees is below:Adam Hamilton, 2016Mary Davidson Cohen, 2015Dr. Gary Morsch, 2014Lynn Mitchelson, 2013Audrey Langworthy, 2012David Wysong, 2010Terry and Peggy Dunn, 2009Fred Logan, 2008Dick and Barbara Shull, 2007Norman and Elaine Polsky, 2006Ed Eilert, 2005Robert D. Regnier, 2004Walter Hiersteiner, 2003Mary Birch, 2002Drue Jennings, 2001Betty Keim, 2000Steve Rose, 1999Charles J. Carlsen, 1998George and Floriene Lieberman, 1997Dick Bond, 1996William Dunn, 1995Adele Hall, 1994SuEllen Fried, 1993James P. Sunderland, 1992Stan and Shirley Rose, 1991John H. Robinson, 1990Paul H. Henson, 1989Ben Craig, 1988Robert H. Meneilly, 1987last_img read more

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The trouble with drinking guidelines: What, in the world, is a standard drink?

first_imgPinterest LinkedIn It’s a widely accepted fact that excessive drinking of alcohol is bad for one’s health. But what constitutes excessive drinking? According to a new report published today by the scientific journal Addiction, the answer to that question varies widely by country, and many countries don’t provide an answer.Researchers looked at 75 countries that might be expected to provide low-risk drinking guidelines and a definition of a ‘standard drink’. Only 37 countries (under 50%) did so, and their guidelines and ‘standard drink’ definitions were surprisingly inconsistent.The size of a standard drink varies by 250%, from a low of 8 g in Iceland and the United Kingdom to a high of 20 g in Austria. An 8 g drink is equivalent to 250 ml (8.45 US fluid ounces) of 4% beer, 76 ml (2.57 oz) of 13% wine, or 25 ml (0.85 oz) of 40% spirits. In the most conservative countries, low-risk consumption means drinking no more than 10 g of pure ethanol per day for women, 20 g for men.Want to drink more? In Chile, you can drink 56 g per day and still be a low-risk drinker.Got a reason to celebrate? In Australia, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, and the UK, you are allowed to drink more on special occasions.Tired of the old double standard? In Australia, Grenada, Portugal, and South Africa, low-risk drinking guidelines are the same for women and men. The UK joins that list with its new guidelines.Co-author of the report Keith Humphreys says, “If you think your country should have a different definition of a standard drink or low-risk drinking, take heart – there’s probably another country that agrees with you.”The World Health Organization defines a standard drink as 10 g of pure ethanol, with both men and women advised not to exceed 2 standard drinks per day. Although the WHO’s definition of a standard drink is the one most often used, 50% of countries with drinking guidelines don’t use it. Emailcenter_img Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Sharelast_img read more

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Ken-Tool Appoints New Director of Marketing and Sales

first_imgAKRON, OHIO — Automotive specialty tool manufacturer Ken-Tool has appointed Gerald Hill to the position of director of marketing and sales. Hill is a seasoned sales and marketing executive, having spent more than 20 years with the Timken Co. in various sales and marketing positions. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Hill began his career as a sales representative for Timken in San Francisco. He then served as a district manager in both Minneapolis and Los Angeles, later being promoted to national sales manager, aftermarket distribution-bearings. Hill also held the positions of national sales manager for heavy duty products and national account manager for the company. “We’re very pleased to have been able to find a person with Jerry’s skill sets and experience. I’m excited about the new ideas and programs Jerry will bring to our company,” said Alec Pendleton, president of Ken-Tool. “We are committed to growing the company with new and exciting marketing programs as well as with new products. Jerry brings us experience and fresh thinking in these most important areas.” _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. last_img read more

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County On Tips For Zero Waste School Supplies

first_imgCOUNTY News: Here is a look at school supplies, the waste they generate and explores some sustainable alternatives. Zippers are less likely to break, seams are less likely to rip and straps are less likely to fray. If your kid outgrows it, you can pass it down to siblings or friends. When planning for lunches, use reusable alternatives to plastic utensils and baggies. Give your kids actual metal utensils (you can buy cheap ones at the thrift store if you are worried about them getting lost or tossed), a cloth napkin and food packaged in reusable containers. It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy, supply list in hand, especially on tax-free weekend. It is time for back-to-school shopping: backpacks, scissors, filler paper, and pencils by the ton, not to mention new clothes. When back-to-school shopping, always start in your own house. Salvage from previous school years, raid your home office supplies or trade with your friends. Next, look to thrift stores and other second-hand sources. If you have to buy new, look for recycled or sustainably-sourced content. Impress upon your kids the importance of taking care of their supplies so they may last all year and beyond. And if you have extra supplies, consider donating them to the schools. Buy in bulk rather than in small, single-serving packages and convenience foods, then pack the food into your own containers, or juice or milk into a Thermos. Wrap loose items in beeswax wraps instead of plastic. Purchase reusable water bottles. All schools are equipped with water bottle filling stations thanks to a NMED Recycling and Illegal Dumping (RAID) Grant. These actions save resources and it’s cheaper that way too! When it comes to school supplies, there is often no wiggle room. They want their 24 Ticonderoga pencils, 12 glue sticks, 4 dry erase markers, plastic baggies, Clorox wipes and very specific folders. It can be hard to cut waste in this area, but here are a few suggestions: Most kids use a backpack and lunchbox for school. When you go to a store, they have all the kids’ favorite characters on them, and the kids want something new and different. Backpacks and lunchboxes are two items that should be able to last more than one year. There are two ways to achieve longevity here: first, buy quality, and second, set the expectation that these items are to be cared for, not tossed on the ground or sat upon. At school, there are cubbies, hooks, or lockers to keep them safe; there should be a special place at home as well, and not on the floor in the corner where the cat could pee in it (one author learned that the hard way). When you buy quality items, you pay more up front for the longer lifespan. Need a highlighter? Try a highlighter pencil: there’s no plastic, and it never dries out.Use folders and spiral notebooks from previous years. Notebooks are almost never filled, and sturdy folders can be reused, even if you have to cover the front. Take blank pages from used 3-hole punched notebooks to use as filler paper.Shop the thrift stores. They usually have tons of decent three-ring binders and other supplies.For paper products, choose recycled paper. Post-consumer content is best, but any recycled content is better than none.You can even find erasers made from recycled plastic, and pencils and colored pencils made from recycled newspaper instead of wood! A sixth grader will need a bigger pack than a first grader, and a lunchbox just big enough for a fourth grader will not hold enough food for a growing teen, but there’s no reason that a first-grade backpack can’t last through second or even third grade, or a larger pack through all of high school.last_img read more

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Official figures show construction output dropping in second quarter

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletterslast_img read more

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