Religious Ministries Team Aboard USS New Orleans Kicks Off UTR

first_img View post tag: Religious View post tag: off View post tag: Navy View post tag: UTR Training & Education Religious Ministries Team Aboard USS New Orleans Kicks Off UTR Share this article View post tag: Kicks The religious ministries team aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) launched its “United Through Reading” (UTR) program Nov. 16, for Sailors and Marines to use throughout the ship’s deployment.UTR provides the opportunity to keep an open line on communication with loved ones and help relieve the stress of deployment by having deployed service members read aloud to children via DVD.The program is available to any service member, including those who do not have children but would like to send a message or read a book to someone special in their lives.“Just taking the 10 or 15 minutes to refocus on the home front helps us stay balanced and keep our perspective on what we’re actually fighting for; the freedoms of our friends and family members at home,” said Lt. Paul Armstrong, USS New Orleans chaplain. “It’s also a great way to say ‘I love you’ in a way that will really connect with a child’s heart.”Personnel Specialist 3rd Class Marilyn Smith expressed her excitement with the program and said she plans to record a DVD at least once a month throughout the deployment.“My daughter just started to read before I left, and this is a great way for me to continue being there,” she said. “It’s very tough, but the technology we have today helps us bridge the gap and bring us closer to our family, even if we aren’t (physically) there.”While the child watches the DVD, his or her reaction is recorded and sent to the service member via e-mail or through the mail.“I know what her reaction will be, she’ll be happy, probably clap and point to the screen and say ‘that’s my mommy!’” Smith said. “It’s tough being away from her, but this helps me stay connected.”According to the program’s official website, UTR is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 that has united families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud togetherUSS New Orleans is assigned to Amphibious Squadron 5, and along with embarked Marines assigned to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the ship deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Readiness Group, Nov. 14.Commissioned in 2007, New Orleans is the second of the San Antonio-class transport dock ships. Its warfighting capabilities include a state-of-the-art command and control suite, substantially increased vehicle lift capacity, a large flight deck, and advanced ship survivability features that enhance its ability to operate in the littoral environment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , November 22, 2011; View post tag: team View post tag: Aboard View post tag: New View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic November 22, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today Religious Ministries Team Aboard USS New Orleans Kicks Off UTR View post tag: USS View post tag: Ministries View post tag: Orleanslast_img read more

Adjunct Faculty, Welding CTE-CE

first_imgOne LSCStudent FocusedOwn ItAdvance EquityCultivate CommunityChoose Learning Equipment used includes, PC workstation running on a LAN in aMicrosoft Windows environment, calculator, phone and other generaloffice equipmentInterface with internal and external contacts as needed tocarry out the functions of the positionWork is performed in a climate-controlled office with minimalexposure to safety hazardsHours will vary depending on class time; Instructors arerequired to meet with classes at all scheduled times and beavailable to students outside of class instruction Demonstrated ability and commitment to workcollaborativelyDemonstrated commitment to multi-cultural andmulti-generational diversityDemonstrated commitment to the mission of the comprehensivecommunity collegeDemonstrated communication and computer skillsDemonstrated commitment to quality service to students KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Campus Marketing StatementLone Star College-North HarrisLone Star College offers high-quality, affordable academic transferand career training education to 99,000 students each semester. LSCis training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the communitycollege experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head,Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution ofhigher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impactof nearly $3 billion.LSC, which consists of seven colleges, ten centers, two universitycenters, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online, iscontinuously named Great Colleges to Work For by the Chronicle ofHigher Education. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.Lone Star College-North Harris, nestled on 200 acres of pineywoods, is the original and largest college in the Lone Star CollegeSystem family. Serving the community for more than three decades,LSC-North Harris offers more than 60 programs of study, includinguniversity-transfer and numerous education courses and programs.LSC-North Harris is keenly focused on leading-edge technology inemerging technical job fields.Campus address is 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, Houston, TX 77073.Job DescriptionPURPOSE AND SCOPE:It is the responsibility of the teaching faculty to provide thelearning activities and support that will lead to the achievementof the course objectives and contribute to the educationalenvironment of the college and the community. Primaryresponsibilities are to plan, develop and teach courses within thecurriculum in a manner that facilitates student learning.CE Adjunct faculty are hired in a part-time capacity on asemester-by-semester basis, contingent upon the needs of theSystem. Lone Star College accepts application material year-roundfrom qualified applicants willing to teach on a part-time basis.Adjunct (part-time) faculty hiring is based on student demand. Weoffer day, evening, and weekend classes. Classes are offered atvarious times and locations during the academic year. As a rule,adjunct faculty may teach a maximum of five classes per academicyear.ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: WORK SCHEDULE & CONDITIONS: REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: At least 3 years of documented experience working or teachingWeldingcenter_img PHYSICAL ABILITIES:The work is sedentary. Typically, the employee sits comfortably todo the work. However, there may be some walking; standing; bending;carrying of light items, such as papers, books, or small parts; ordriving an automobile. No special physical demands are required toperform the work. Commitment to MissionThis job carries with it the obligation to uphold the Mission ofLone Star College (LSC) in carrying out the duties of the position.A commitment to positive interpersonal behaviors, professionalcommunication, diversity, integrity, leadership, stewardship,respect and accountability to LSC students and employees isessential.Cultural Beliefs The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” isdesigned to recognize colleges that have been successful increating great workplaces and to further research and understandingof the factors, dynamics and influences that have the most impacton organizational culture at higher education institutions.Lone Star College was recognized in five areas: Confidencein Senior Leadership; Diversity; Facilities, Workspace &Security; Job Satisfaction; and Work/Life Balance .Qualities of ExcellenceAs faculty members of Lone Star College, we strive to create anation of world citizenry in our students. In that pursuit, wemodel ways of thinking and being that incorporate diversity,equality, and equity. Our culture, then, requires the possession oftranscendent qualities that, while immeasurable, are evident inglobal citizens. We are compassionate with our students,colleagues, and ourselves. We are innovative in the pursuit oflearning. Ultimately, we create a culture where learning thrives,people are safe, and we mirror the qualities of worldcitizenry.Lone Star College faculty are dedicated to four qualities ofexcellence: Student InvestedContent ExpertPedagogically ExcellentInstitutionally Dedicated Teaches Welding courses at a variety of times andlocationsCreates engaging lessons that promote student involvement andapplication of the materialSubmits required college reports and forms in a timelymannerUtilizes a course syllabus for each course, followingestablished institutional guidelinesMeets with and advises students either before or after class orby appointment, electronic communication, or other appropriatemethodsEvaluates students to measure their progress in achievingcourse objectives and informs students in a timely manner of theirprogressMaintains professional relationships with students, colleagues,and the communityAttends meetings, trainings, and orientations as requiredResponsible for other reasonable related duties asassigned Salary$43.75 per contact hour.Benefits Marketing StatementBy joining our top-notch institution, you will enjoy being a partof an organization that offers a supportive, collegial workenvironment, excellent work/life balance, tuition waiver,participation in a tax deferred retirement plan, professionaldevelopment opportunities and more.Special InstructionsGo to the Job Search page, click on ‘My Activities’ at the top ofthe page. Under My Cover Letters and Attachments you will click on‘Add Attachment.’ Please be sure to put the Job ID# in the titleonce you name your file for cover letters only, unless you attachedyour cover letter with your resume.If you are applying for an Instructional position (i.e. Faculty,Adjunct Faculty, Instructor), please ensure you include thefollowing to be considered: Resume/CV, Cover Letter, TeachingPhilosophy, and unofficial transcripts.You must limit your file name for any attachment to 40 charactersor less.How to ApplyALL APPLICANTS MUST APPLY ONLINE ONLYWe will not accept application material received via fax, email,mail, or hand delivered.Postings for part-time and adjunct positions are active for theacademic year. By selecting the option to receive notifications onyour profile, you will begin receiving electronic communicationregarding new opportunities with Lone Star College (LSC).If selected for an interview, a recruiter will contact you byphone, or email to schedule an interview.Lone Star College participates in the E-Verify program, under whichLone Star College provides the federal government with informationfrom each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm that the employee isauthorized to work in the United States.More information on the E-Verify program is available at www.dhs.gov/E-Verify .Lone Star College is an EEO Employer. All positions aresubject to a criminal background check.last_img read more

South Bend Fire Department to host blood drive

first_img Google+ Previous articleConfirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett underway on Capitol HillNext articleSilver Lake man killed in dirt bike crash Friday Brooklyne Beatty Twitter (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) The South Bend Fire Department is hosting a blood drive later this month.The blood drive is set to take place on Friday, October 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Central Fire Station on S. Michigan Street.A COVID-19 antibody test is available to anyone who donates.Make an appointment to donate by clicking here. South Bend Fire Department to host blood drive Facebook WhatsApp Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketcenter_img TAGSantibodyblood drivefire departmentIndianaOctober 23South Bendtest Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – October 12, 2020 0 432 last_img read more

Kanye West meets with GSD students during impromptu visit

first_imgThe Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s African American Student Union invited musician/artist Kanye West to the School Sunday, November 17. West met with students and then toured the School. While visiting, West addressed the students who had gathered. After his remarks, West distributed tickets to his concert in Boston that evening.The following statement was put out by Harvard GSD – African American Student Union:“The Harvard Graduate School of Design’s African American Student Union wrote Kanye West a letter in response to a series of interviews Kanye delivered referencing his growing interest in design and his experiences with race as an artist in the United States. Recently, we received word from Kanye West stating that he would be in town for a concert and that he wanted to meet with a small core of our group’s leaders. Kanye led a very thoughtful conversation regarding the trajectory of design discourse and practice as well as the under-representation of minorities in design disciplines.”Mohsen Mostafavi, dean of Harvard GSD, commented: “We are thrilled that Kanye West decided to visit Harvard Graduate School of Design and has taken such interest in our students, their work and design in general. I share Mr. West’s concern that minorities are underrepresented in design disciplines. We hope that Mr. West’s visit will raise awareness of design education amongst students of color and will inspire others to recognize the important role of designers in re-imagining and improving the spaces in which we live.”last_img read more

The case for (community) college

first_imgProjecting optimism during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama touted the nation’s recent economic turnaround and offered ideas that could help to improve “middle-class economics” for Americans, including in higher education.Obama, J.D. ’91, proposed several initiatives, involving tax breaks for the middle and working classes and detailed a plan he had previewed earlier this month to make community college tuition-free to anyone who wants to enroll. He has long referred to community colleges as “the unsung heroes of American’s education system,” humble institutions that provide a gateway to good jobs for millions of people.Recalling the competitive advantage the country once enjoyed as a result of the education and training provided by the G.I. Bill, the president warned that the United States has sharply fallen behind other nations in ensuring that its workers have the necessary skills for the 21st-century economy.“We need to up our game. We need to do more,” Obama said during his 59-minute speech. “By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education,” he said, adding, “too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s sure not smart for our future.”According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 12.8 million students were enrolled at one of the nation’s 1,132 community colleges as of fall 2012. Sixty percent attended part-time; 17 percent were single parents; 12 percent had disabilities; and 36 percent were the first member of their family to attend college. In 2013-2014, the average annual tuition at public community colleges was $3,260, as compared with $8,890 at four-year public colleges.“Access and affordability bring college within reach for more students, expanding minds and creating opportunities,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust before the speech. “I applaud efforts to expand access to community colleges.”Faust has traveled widely in speaking about the life-changing importance of a college education. “Civil rights activist Nannie Burroughs referred to education as ‘democracy’s life insurance.’ I agree,” Faust said.Under the White House’s proposal, the federal government would provide 75 percent of the tuition for qualified students to attend community college for two years, with participating states covering the remainder. Only those students who maintain at least a 2.5 grade-point average and make demonstrable progress toward a degree or certificate program completion would qualify for the tuition break. Other financial aid, like Pell Grants, could then be used to pay for related expenses, such as books.The plan will be included in Obama’s forthcoming budget proposal at an estimated cost of $60 billion over 10 years, with additional costs to states that participate. The initiative is expected to face stiff opposition from the new, Republican-majority Congress, which would have to approve the funding.A running startKatie Hinde, assistant professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, said attending community college was “instrumental” in realizing her career aspirations.“I come from poverty, and I knew my parents were never going to be able to help me out with college. They emphasized learning and education and did everything they could to help support me in the absence of economic support because they didn’t have it,” she said.While attending a small, rural high school in Washington state, Hinde was accepted into “Running Start,” a state-run program similar to the one Obama has proposed, which provided her two years of free tuition at Seattle Central Community College. Hinde says it was there that she first discovered biological anthropology and earned credits that she later transferred to the University of Washington, where she completed her bachelor’s degree. Those early credits provided a leg up on scholarships and fellowships, she said.“It was hugely important for me, and I was able to graduate undergrad without any debt,” which in turn allowed her to take lower-paying research posts and build vital skills without financial worry as she pursued her master’s degree and Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Hinde is now a tenure-track professor.“I think the particular fast-track path that I’ve been on was made possible by those two free years of community college,” she said.While she supports the overarching goal behind the plan, Bridget Terry Long, Ph.D. ’00, the Saris Professor of Education and Economics and the academic dean at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), said she needs more information before deciding whether this particular program is likely to prove worthwhile.“In some respects, I think the devil is in the details, and my opinion will depend on ultimately what’s decided. For many low-income students, community college — after financial aid — is extremely low-cost. This would take away the barrier and simplify things in a way that would increase access for them, most certainly,” she said.While the plan makes it easier for students to find the money to attend community college, Long has some concerns about its feasibility.“One, do community colleges have the capacity to take on another large group of students? We’ve seen during the last recession, as people became unemployed and they were looking for more skills, more and more people were going to the community colleges. The community colleges are already underfunded. Their faculty are already oversubscribed in terms of the courses that their teaching and services are trying to provide, so the question is whether or not they could handle this kind of potential expansion without additional resources, without additional faculty, without additional student supports, which would be really important to actually making the idea of educational attainment a reality,” Long said.“The other part of it is, for many community college students, the tuition — because it’s so cheap — isn’t really the primary cost. It’s living expenses, it’s time off from work, it’s transportation, it’s basic living expenses,” she said. “And so while this is a wonderful step in the right direction for students, for low-income workers who are facing huge challenges, there are still additional costs they’d still have to incur.”Further, whether community college credits will fully transfer or satisfy degree requirements at all state universities is an unanswered question.“I think this policy is wonderful for the consumer side, in that it’s kind of streamlining and saying it is possible for you to further your education. But on the institution side, you need the investments to help people sort and figure out what to take that might have value and that might lead to some better job or career or further education,” said Long. “It’s going to take both; it’s absolutely going to take both.” What Excellent Community Colleges Do | Harvard Graduate School of EducationJosh Wyner, author of ‘What Excellent Community Colleges Do’ examines the characteristics of high performing community colleges and how they prepare all students for success.last_img read more

The weight of the ‘eights’ on her shoulders

first_img“Hands on! Shoulders! Ready! Up!”Jennie Kunes shouts commands as her teammates hoist a boat off the racks of the Newell Boathouse.“Walk it out! Going downstream!”Kunes, a junior, says that back in high school her friends suggested she join rowing as a coxswain because she is “small and loud.”Now the 4-foot-11, 105-pound Kunes plays a role akin to a quarterback for Harvard’s heavyweight varsity rowers.Coxswains call out instruction while sitting opposite rowers, the only crew member facing the direction the boat is moving. Charged with keeping the crew and equipment safe, they make all of the decisions on the water.,“We steer the boats,” Kunes said, “executing everything from the turns in the Head of the Charles course to keeping the boat straight during a 200-meter race on a buoyed course.”While many of her fellow engineering concentrators tend to stay up late, Kunes says she heads to bed by 11 p.m. and rises at 6:15 a.m., arriving at the boathouse by 7.Kunes also joined the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club this year and describes her assistant stage manager role as “like being a coxswain, but on land.”last_img read more

Fall Firewood.

first_imgLong-ago memories of a country fall in north Georgia pervade my thoughts about this time of year. The cool nights and crisp morning air take me back many years to Saturday afternoons.Back then, my dad and I would split firewood behind the barn while we listened to Larry Munson describe each play on the radio during Georgia Bulldog football games.Dad was a University of Georgia graduate back in 1932. He was a true Bulldog fan, so we had to listen to all the Bulldog games on the radio. Now mind you, we had a television, but not out at the barn.Munson MemoriesDuring those play by play commentaries on the radio, we would stop and listen to Munson describe the plays. It was easy to picture them in our minds. I can’t tell you who played for Georgia at the time, but Vince Dooley was the coach.Dad and I could get quite a bit of wood split during commercials, timeouts and halftime. We weren’t fortunate to have a gas-powered wood splitter. I don’t even know if they made them back them.We used a wedge, a sledge hammer and a tool my Dad called a “go-devil.” The go-devil was simply a splitting maul. It had a wedge on one side, a hammer on the other and a long handle.Even though Dad was in his 70s and blind in one eye from a car wreck around 1936, he would take the go-devil, and with a powerful swing, bury the wedge deep in the center of the short length of log we were splitting.Science of SplittingIf the log was straight-grained, like pine, oak or hickory, it would usually split into equal halves. If it had knots in it, splitting the log was a bit more difficult. And if it was wood with an interlocking grain, like sweet gum and elm, it was darn near impossible to split.We had a lot of sweet gum and elm.If Dad didn’t split the wood with the go-devil (sometimes it would just bounce out), he would leave the go-devil stuck in the log section and hold the handle steady, and I would use the sledge hammer to pound the hammer side of the go-devil completely through the log. Eventually, it would split.Sometimes we just gave up on the sweet gum and elm.We stacked the split wood under the barn so it could dry. It takes at least six to nine months for it to dry (then it’s called seasoned wood).Seasoned WoodIf it’s not seasoned, I can’t burn wood in the wood heater I have now. So I have to plan for the winter well in advance if I want to use my wood heater.Green wood will burn, but seasoned wood will have more heat value. That’s because heat is lost as the moisture in the wood changes to steam, which then escapes and allows the wood to burn. Green or wet wood sizzles, fizzles and spits as it burns.Green wood will often split more easily than dry wood. Red oak and locust split easier dry than green. On the other hand, white oak, ash and maple split easier green than dry.Splitting wood is a skill I learned from my dad. It was good exercise, a diversion for us at times. And it created some memories of my dad and football on Saturday afternoons, memories that seem to come back every fall. The old woodpile warms a body with the cutting, the splitting, the stacking, the burning and the memories returning year after year. Photo: Mike Isbelllast_img read more

Swiss Re steps away from coal insurance business

first_imgSwiss Re steps away from coal insurance business FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Swiss Re took a step forward this week in its commitment to manage carbon-related sustainability risks and support the transition to a low-carbon economy. As of Monday, the Zurich-based firm no longer provides insurance or reinsurance to businesses with more than 30 percent exposure to thermal coal.The thermal coal policy announced in June 2017 was based on Swiss Re’s pledge to adopt the principles of the Paris climate agreement in 2015, which seeks to keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius. As part of that commitment, “Swiss Re supports a progressive and structured shift away from fossil fuels,” according to a company statement.The thermal coal policy applies to both new and existing thermal coal mines and power plants, and is implemented across all lines of business and Swiss Re’s global scope of operations. The policy is an integral part of Swiss Re’s Sustainability Risk Framework, which the reinsurer uses for all underwriting and investment activities.The 30 percent threshold on Swiss Re’s insurance practice is in line with the threshold on the firm’s investment practice. As of 2016, Swiss Re stopped investing in companies that generate 30 percent or more of their revenues from thermal coal mining or that use at least 30 percent thermal coal for power generation. The reinsurer also divested from existing holdings.Swiss Re isn’t the only insurance firm to restrict its participation in the coal sector in recent months. In May, Germany’s Allianz stopped insuring single coal-fired power plants and coal mines, in response to criticism from environmental groups. Dai-ichi Life Insurance recently became the first Japanese institution to stop financing coal-fired power plants overseas, and Nippon Life Insurance is considering limits on coal plant financing.More: Swiss Re stops insuring businesses with high exposure to thermal coallast_img read more

Credit unions: Big believers in small business

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Christina PontissoA Smarter Choice would like to give special thanks to Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union for contributing the article below to our blog. They provided a very insightful article focused on how credit unions are focused on working with small business start-ups by providing financial assistance. Enjoy!The benefits of doing your personal banking with a credit union over a large financial corporation have been outlined numerous times.  And the public has been ready to make the move, as credit unions passed the 1 million member mark in 2014.  But it’s not only personal savings and lending where credit unions can make a difference.   Credit unions are big fans of small business!Small business optimism is at it’s highest in several years.  In addition to an increase in the overall optimism index score, small businesses have big plans for capital investments. Half of all small-business owners surveyed said they plan to make investments next year, up from 43% in 2013 and 41% in 2012. continue reading »last_img read more

Facility Solutions: Integrating physical and digital delivery

first_imgJust a few years ago, Brett King, author of Banking 2.0 and Banking 3.0, and I appeared to be in two very different camps. His was: “Branches are dead.” Mine was: “Not so fast, Mr. King.”This played out in a number of online exchanges on LinkedIn group sites. King has gone on to great success on the technology side, but the vast majority of financial institutions are still trying to find the perfect balance of technology and human touch, of hitting target member preferences and economic possibility.The search for the perfect delivery solution is certainly good for our business. It helps credit unions integrate the right technologies and drives a strong unique brand experience. We know that in addition to a strong branch network optimization plan, a great location, and a powerful branch business model and branded experience, staff’s ability to deliver on the brand promise is critical. The only way staff can deliver is by living in both the physical and technological worlds.Reflective of this, over the past few years we have seen new employee titles. Teller and MSR have become universal associate; branch operations manager has changed to member experience manager; and, most recently, greeter or concierge is now referred to as digital ambassador. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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