WCU’s Johnson-Busbin named recipient of UNC system teaching honor

first_imgJulie Johnson-Busbin says she strives to make her sales and marketing classes relevant for Western Carolina University students by presenting information that is applicable to their professional and personal lives and to help them succeed in the business world – but that’s only half the story.In addition to helping students gain practical knowledge and skills, Johnson-Busbin said she hopes they leave her classroom with an improved outlook about themselves and their potential for success.Johnson-Busbin, professor of sales and marketing in WCU’s College of Business and a resident of Whittier, was recently named one of the top teachers in the University of North Carolina system. She is among 17 recipients of the 2017 UNC Board of Governors Awards for Excellence in Teaching.“Don’t get me wrong. I do believe it is important to provide classes that are relevant, engaging and useful,” Johnson-Busbin said. “My goal is to afford students the chance to try new skills, receive feedback, critique themselves and try again. I like to push students when they haven’t reached as far as they are capable, yet provide support when they’ve stretched as far as they can.”Still, Johnson-Busbin said she would be hard-pressed to define her teaching purely in terms of whether or not her students pass her tests or ace their role-playing sessions. “Success for me is about whether I’ve had a positive influence on how students think and feel,” she said. “What I would argue is that often the actual content of the class is not what students remember several years down the road. I believe that it is helping students better understand themselves and giving them insight into the potential that makes each one unique. I know this sounds like a lofty goal, and one that might even be unattainable, yet I find myself captivated by the idea that I might make a lasting impact on their lives.”A host of Johnson-Busbin’s colleagues in WCU’s School of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Sport Management, and Hospitality and Tourism and her former students agree that she does reach that goal, as evidenced by the testimonials they submitted to the Board of Governors award committee. WCU alumni now employed by companies such as E*TRADE, Financial Corp, United Parcel Service, Sherwin-Williams and IBM raved about her performance as a teacher and her impact on their success as students and professionals. A former student said Johnson-Busbin “has an innate ability to state the facts of the ‘real world’ to her students and prepare them for those realities better than any other educator I’ve been around. She also makes every attempt through her vast corporate network at bringing in Fortune 500 companies to present career opportunities for her qualified students, and then tracks their progression in those roles for years beyond graduation.”One WCU colleague who formerly served as department head said Johnson-Busbin is the “total package: instructor extraordinaire, mentor, adviser, role model” and wrote about receiving emails in which alumni expressed appreciation for the instruction they received from Johnson-Busbin and credited her with helping them achieve career milestones.Another colleague in the College of Business wrote that many company executives seek out WCU graduates who have been taught by Johnson-Busbin as potential employees and said her teaching and leadership in the sales and marketing curriculum “is producing tangible results for WCU students.”Johnson-Busbin earned both her master’s and doctoral degrees in marketing at Georgia State University. She joined the WCU faculty in 1996. She has twice received the College of Business Creative and Innovative Teaching Award and is a three-time winner of the Board of Governors’ Creative and Innovative Teaching Award.A member of the Board of Governors is scheduled to present the award to Johnson-Busbin during WCU’s undergraduate commencement that begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Johnson-Busbin also will speak at the Graduate School commencement ceremony set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 5.Johnson-Busbin and other recipients of the UNC honor, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure. Winners receive a commemorative bronze medallion and $12,500 cash prize.Established by the Board of Governors in April 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the university system, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus. Winners must have taught at their present institution at least seven years, and no one may receive the award more than once.last_img read more

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Learn Secret Gutenberg Tips on September 14

first_imgHave you started using Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor currently in beta testing? Wondering if there are faster or easier ways to edit in Gutenberg?Or have you run into some issues, but haven’t figured out how to resolve the problems? Then you don’t want to miss this week’s Gutenberg YouTube Live talk and Q & A hosted by my friend Birgit Pauli-Haack on Friday, September 14, 2018. She’ll share all kinds of useful tips to make it easier for you to work with Gutenberg. The talk is free and open to any content creator, blogger, or do-it-yourself website owner.What You’ll LearnGutenberg keeps improving and adding features with each new release. But it also has several shortcuts and hidden features you might not know about. At the YouTube Live talk and Q & A, you’ll learn how to:Start a quote or ordered list quicklyApply code formatting around textDock the toolbar to the topAdjust the size of your editor window as well as many other Gutenberg editing tips. Have questions about Gutenberg? Ask away! There’s plenty of time in between tips to get your questions answered.Pauli-Haack will discuss what’s not quite working yet, and “gotchas” you want to avoid. In addition, you’ll learn about new features coming in Gutenberg 3.8, including Spotlight Mode and Full Screen Mode. What If You Haven’t Tried Gutenberg Yet But Still Want to Attend?I’ve got you covered! You’ll get more out of the talk if you’ve already used Gutenberg. And there are a couple ways to do that quickly.You can visit Test Gutenberg for a hands-on demo using Gutenberg. Add text, edit existing text, change colors, fonts, etc.Another option is to create a copy of your own WordPress site on a staging site, so you can test Gutenberg out with your own content, without making changes to your live site. According to the instructions in the post, it will take about 15 minutes to set up a staging site on Pantheon, for free. YouTube Live Talk DetailsThe Gutenberg YouTube Live and Q & A talk will be Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. It’s free, no registration required. When I asked Pauli-Haack how long she expected it to last, she said about an hour.SummaryIf you want to:Learn shortcuts for using GutenbergAsk questions about something that you didn’t expect with GutenbergFind out about upcoming featuresjoin Pauli-Haack on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

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In the summertime…

first_imgWondering how to keep your little ones occupied this summer? Story trailsEvery place has a story to tell. And Story Trails brings those stories to the forefront through their special trails for children. On the trails, you get to learn about things you wouldn’t even notice otherwise. For your children,Wondering how to keep your little ones occupied this summer?Story trailsEvery place has a story to tell. And Story Trails brings those stories to the forefront through their special trails for children. On the trails, you get to learn about things you wouldn’t even notice otherwise. For your children this summer, try the trail which explores the night sky or the Building Blocks Trail, which exposes them to the world of construction, and many more. For more details, log on to www.storytrails.in.Sea legsIf your children are fond of the high seas then sailing is definitely something they should try. The Royal Madras Yacht Club holds classes for different age groups. The club has not only promoted sailing as a sport in the state but has also produced many award-winning sailors at the national and international levels. The Tamilnadu Sailing Association also provides sailing lessons.Call 25382253 or 24764625.Making a splashTaking a dive in the clear blue waters is a summer dream-nothing can rejuvenate you better than swimming. With classes being conducted all over the city, let your children get comfortable in water, especially in the hot weather, when other athletic sports can leave you drained. If you’re really serious about this, the aquatic complex in Velachery has an Olympic-sized pool.The little festivalThe city will be host to an international theatre festival for children for the first time. The Little Festival is on from June 10 to June 19 at The Museum Theatre. The festival aims at not just promoting theatre but also providing a global forum for the performing arts. Look out for Kingdom of Joomba, a musical , Matti, Patti, Bu, a puppet theatre, and Choon Hyang, an English musical.Language classesIf you want your child to be working the grey cells, then language classes are the perfect way to go. Choose from French, German, Spanish, Korean and many more. Almost all the consulates have special packages and classes for children for the summer vacation.advertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoBurnley defender Pieters: Norwich tactics helped us

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Burnley defender Pieters: Norwich tactics helped usby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley defender Erik Pieters says Norwich City’s tactics helped his side secure a 2-0 victory at Turf Moor on Saturday.A double from Chris Wood saw Sean Dyche’s clinch a comfortable victory in front of their supporters.Pieters believes Norwich penchant for playing out from the back allowed the Clarets to press high up the pitch and capitalise on mistakes.The Dutchman said: “The way they play and how they beat City playing out from the back helped us.”We pressed them 100 per cent, we didn’t give them any time, so it helped us win the ball and score our goals. I think they helped us.” last_img

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14 days agoWolves Europa League tie Slovan Bratislava to feature 5,000 strong crowd

first_imgWolves Europa League tie Slovan Bratislava to feature 5,000 strong crowdby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA 5,000 strong crowd is likely to attend Wolves’ Europa League match away to Slovan Bratislava on 24 October – even though it is officially being played behind closed doors.Uefa sanctioned the Slovak champions after fans made racist chants in a play-off game against PAOK of Greece.But Uefa rules will allow accompanied children aged 14 and under to attend.In addition, 200 Wolves fans will be allowed in to see the game, providing they hold ‘category one tickets’.Uefa ruled in August that Slovan must play their next two European games behind closed doors as a consequence of racist behaviour by their supporters at a play-off match against Greek side POAK Salonika. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Michigan Football’s New Air Jordan Jerseys May Have Leaked

first_imgMichigan shows off new jerseys for 2016 season.@jharkelroad1Michigan’s football program is set to unveil its new Air Jordan jerseys next week.The Wolverines, who signed a $173 million deal with Nike that runs through 2027, officially become a Nike school on Aug. 1. Jim Harbaugh’s team is set to reveal their new Jumpman-brand jerseys (they’ll be the first college football team to wear the logo) at a special ceremony on Tuesday in Detroit.It looks like a picture of the jerseys might have leaked early, though.Check out this photo:@mgoblog @michiganinsider @umichWD @SamWebb77 pic.twitter.com/NzWfGbhPVn— Justin E Harkelroad (@jharkelroad1) July 29, 2016This photo of the jerseys hasn’t been confirmed, but they certainly look like they could be Michigan’s new Jumpman jerseys. The uniforms aren’t expected to change much, save for the addition of the classic Air Jordan logo.If these are the new jerseys, what do you think, Michigan fans?The Wolverines open their 2016 season Sept. 3 against Hawaii.last_img read more

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Small States Make Progress on Climate Change Talks

first_imgMinister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill has informed that recent negotiations on climate change have resulted in a number of significant achievements, which will benefit Jamaica and other small island developing states. He said that coming out of the recent United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), progress was made towards the establishment of a mechanism that will address issues relating to loss and damage in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. This, he said, will improve the capacity of these countries to adapt to climate change. “This is of utmost importance to Jamaica, as ocean acidification caused by the higher than normal atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, profoundly impacts marine life,” he stated. The Minister was addressing the eighth Climate Change Roundtable series held on December 18 at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston. The progress towards the setting up of the loss and damage mechanism came out of the efforts of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention. The group successfully completed its work, creating several new institutions that will enhance the future implementation of the Convention in the areas of mitigation, adaptation, technology transfer, capacity building and short term finance. The Minister also reported that decisions were made that have reaffirmed the commitment of all parties to work towards a new instrument with legal “teeth” that will substantially address many of the issues of climate change, including significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement will be adopted in 2015 for entry into force in 2020. The Minister led a delegation of six to the conference, which was held in Doha, Qatar from November 26 to December 8. He informed that of the 41 decisions made at the conference, 27 of which were under the convention, 13 under the Kyoto Protocol and one was a joint resolution congratulating the hosts – the Government of Qatar – for their excellent organisation and support. He said that coming out of the negotiations, the Kyoto Protocol will have a smooth transition into a second commitment period that will begin on January 1, 2013 until the end of 2020. He however pointed out that the full operation of the Green Climate Fund has been delayed for another year. “This was not totally unexpected given the uncertainties that still exist with the global economy,” he stated. The Fund is expected to contribute to the ultimate goals of the UNFCCC.  A number of developed country parties have pledged some US$6 million in short-term financing up to 2015, namely Germany, United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Sweden and the EU Commission. Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Dr. Arun Kashyap, also informed that the Convention was significant for many small island developing states. He said the advancement towards establishing a new mechanism to address loss and damage is a “significant achievement” given that this process has been long resisted by developed countries fearing it could expose them to unlimited compensation claims.last_img read more

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Football Justin Fields remains uncertain on eligibility for 2019 season

After meeting with the media for the first time as a member of Ohio State, it still remains unseen whether freshman quarterback Justin Fields will be eligible to play in the upcoming season.On Wednesday, Fields said he doesn’t have a timetable on when the decision from the NCAA on if he will be granted eligibility to play in 2019, but he’s hoping a decision will happen sooner rather than later.“I don’t really know anything, but I do hope I’m eligible this year to play, and so we’ll just see what happens,” Fields said.  “I’m hoping soon, so we can just get all this over with, and I can just really just focus on the team and getting better.”Fields announced he would be leaving Georgia to come to Ohio State on Jan. 4, and would typically be forced to sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules.But Fields is applying for a waiver to become immediately eligible to play, using an incident when a Georgia baseball player used a racial slur directed toward Fields as the major factor in the case.The case is being ran by Tom Mars, who helped Michigan junior quarterback Shea Patterson gain immediate eligibility, and Fields is letting Mars control the situation, while he hopes to just move on from his previous school.“I just don’t want to really talk about Georgia, I really just want to keep all my focus on Ohio State,” Fields said. “I’d really rather not kind of talk about why I left, I’d rather just talk about this upcoming season, and kind of the upcoming goals me and this team have to try to accomplish this year.”Though there were no updates on the situation, Fields said he was focused on “next season” and preparing to work with head coach Ryan Day and the offense.Mars told The Lantern the case was in “crunch time” on Jan. 9, but regardless, Fields isn’t letting the case get to him.For now, he is focused on his new school, getting to know his new coaches and teammates, and worrying about the factors he can control.“Growing up, I’ve always learned to control the controllables, so I mean, I know I can’t control what the NCAA decides, so my focus is just on this team and getting better.” read more

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Garth Crooks takes a dig at Lacazettes celebration

first_imgGarth Crooks has taken a swipe at Alexandre Lacazette for his “spine-chilling” goal celebration in Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Everton.The former Olympique Lyon skipper opened the scoring for the Gunners in their 2-0 victory at the Emirates on Sunday, before celebrating with a dance.He performed a little dance for the fans packed inside the stadium, before returning to his position and getting on with the game.✅ Five wins in a row✅ Auba and Laca both on the scoresheet✅ First clean sheet of the season🕺 Arsenal fans heading into work this morning… pic.twitter.com/qJ7aky1F9i— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 24, 2018Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Writing in his BBC team of the week column, Crooks said: “In the end, one goal was enough to win the game against Everton, and when you score a superb goal like Alexandre Lacazette’s one for Arsenal, you are entitled to celebrate.“What I don’t get is the appalling disco jig that follows. Why spoil such a wonderful finish with such a spine-chilling dance?“What’s wrong with punching the air or running to the crowd?”Arsenal have been on a winning streak after their poor start to the campaign and will hope to see more of Laca’s dance moves in their upcoming fixtures.last_img read more

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FLOW presents Five Lucky Winners with a Dinner for Two Gift Voucher

first_img The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 14, 2017 – Today, five winners were the recipient of a Dinner for Two Gift Voucher courtesy of Flow & Samsung;Flow Marketing & Comms Exec, Darron Hilaire stated, “This Year we partnered with Samsung & Blue Haven to give five (5) couples an opportunity to enjoy a dining experience on the day that focuses on celebrating the gift of love.”  These couples will enjoy an exquisite dining experience at the Blue Haven Fire & Ice Restaurant this Valentine’s Day;The winners selected for this years Valentines Day campaign were: 1) Mr. Albert Grant Jr; 2) Mrs. Deserene Robinson; 3) Ms. Deniese Garland; 4) Ms. Kenya Gardiner and 5) Mr & Mrs John Bendan;Flow would like to thank all our customers for participating in the 2017 Valentines Day – Double the Love Campaign. Also, congratulations too all of the winners – have a Happy Valentines Day! ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Recommended for youcenter_img #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

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