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Administrative Fellowship Program names 10 fellows

first_imgContinuing the legacy of a flagship leadership development fellowship for academic administrators of color, 10 new fellows have been selected for the 2007-08 class of the Administrative Fellowship Program. The seven visiting fellows are talented professionals drawn from business, education, and the professions outside the University, while the three resident fellows are exceptional professionals currently working at Harvard who were identified by their department and selected by the fellowship program review committee.Coordinated by the Office of the Assistant to the President, the Administrative Fellowship Program (AFP) launched the program year with a one-day orientation at the Harvard Faculty Club in September. President Drew Faust welcomed the sponsors and 10 new fellows and proceeded to lead a discussion on Harvard’s ongoing commitment to diversity. Following her remarks, A. Clayton Spencer, vice president for policy, helped the fellows appreciate Harvard’s unique organizational structure and her role in the President’s Office.Entering its 18th year, AFP is a University-wide program that provides professionals an opportunity to learn leadership by working in a significant academic administrative role for one year. AFP reflects Harvard’s strong commitment to addressing the under-representation of ethnic minority groups within the University’s administrative workforce.The program is supplemented with educational seminars and case studies on various aspects of higher education leadership and academic administration. The program faculty is a combination of school deans, vice presidents, major office directors, and faculty across the University. The goals of the program include enhancing the fellows’ administrative and professional skills, and clarifying their career objectives.The 2007-08 Harvard Visiting Administrative Fellows are as follows:Simone Monique Barnes, B.A. in English literature and criticism (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth) and Ed.M. in arts in education (Harvard Graduate School of Education [HGSE]). Barnes previously ran her own public relations consulting firm in New York City. She has worked as a public relations consultant with clients reflecting arts, publishing, lifestyle, and nonprofit sectors, such as HarperCollins Publishers, Aaron Davis Hall, the Thymes Ltd., and the Faith Quilts Project. Barnes has taught courses in marketing and public relations, and has published work with Oxford University Press. She currently serves on the board of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers. Her fellowship assignment is in the curatorial department of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.Emilyn Brown, B.A. in anthropology and African-American studies (City University of New York), M.A. in history (Columbia University), masters of science in library and information science (MSLIS/Pratt Institute). Brown most recently served as an archivist and acting librarian for the Research Institute for the Study of Man (RISM), and as an archival consultant for the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church, both located in New York City. Prior to her decision to embark on a career as an archivist, Brown worked in the corporate sector. In 1991, she became an activist on behalf of the New York African Burial Project. Her primary research interest is the social history of colonial New York with an emphasis on African-American and women’s studies. Her fellowship assignments are at the Edna K. Loeb Music Library and the University Archives.Roland N. Bullard Jr., B.A. in communication (Florida Atlantic University), M.Ed. in higher education administration (University of South Carolina), doctoral candidate (A.B.D.) in higher education administration (Indiana University). A student affairs administrator by trade, Bullard has served in various positions in higher education. He is an active member of several professional organizations dedicated to the study of college student personnel services such the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). For ACPA, he has taught online courses and serves as a curriculum consultant for the New Professionals Institute/Roadshow. Most recently, he was a fulltime doctoral student while serving in a graduate assistantship position in the Office of the Chancellor at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. His fellowship assignment is in the Kennedy School of Government (KSG) and is a multifaceted appointment that includes special projects in human resources, degree programs, facilities management, and the dean’s office.Megan Minoka Hill, B.A. in international affairs (University of Colorado, Boulder), M.A. in social sciences (University of Chicago). A member of the Oneida Nation (Wisconsin), Hill brings comprehensive fundraising and public relations experience to Harvard. She previously served as a director of development for the Arizona State University Foundation, the director of development for the University of New Mexico’s College of Arts and Sciences, and the director of individual giving and major gifts for the American Indian College Fund, a national organization serving America’s 34 tribal colleges and universities. Hill has also consulted with international indigenous communities to foster sustainable and economic development in Siberia, New Zealand, Australia, and southern Africa. Currently, she is the secretary/treasurer on the board of directors for Native Americans in Philanthropy, and is a member of the board of directors for the Dr. Rosa Minoka Hill Fund. Hill’s fellowship assignment is in the Honoring Nations program at KSG.Bill Johnson, B.S. in education and Ed.M. in administration (University of Nebraska). A native member of the Santee Sioux Tribe (Nebraska), Johnson has worked the past 15 years in various college settings, including public and private universities, as well as a community college. His primary work has been in collegiate athletics as a men’s basketball coach, he brings experience in various administrative areas including student affairs and recruitment, community and alumni relations, and fundraising and development. His most recent position was at the University of San Francisco. Johnson has always remained active in the Native American community, volunteering to meet with prospective incoming students at the universities and college where he has worked. Johnson’s fellowship assignment is in the Harvard University Native American Program.Maria Mejia, bachelor of business administration (Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre Y Maestra, Dominican Republic), master of industrial and labor relations (Cornell University). While working at Avery Dennison Corp. for eight years, Mejia held various middle-management positions, such as human resources generalist, human resources manager, and acting human resources manager for Central America and the Caribbean. Her experience in the field of human resources includes staffing, training and development, and employee relations and project management. Mejia brings valuable experience in networking and building relationships at all levels of the organization, as well as a deep understanding of corporate and manufacturing environments in a global capacity. Mejia remains active as a volunteer by serving as a counselor to several nonprofit organizations, such as Local Initiatives Support Corp., a community development organization. Additionally, she volunteered as a translator at the 2004 presidential election polls, to assist the growing Latino population in understanding the voting ballot. Mejia’s fellowship assignment is in the Office of the Vice President of Finance.LeSette M. Wright, B.A. in psychology (LaSalle University), Ed.M. in counseling psychology and guidance (Temple University), M.A. in bilingual/bicultural studies in Spanish (LaSalle University), and M.Div. in urban ministry (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary). Wright has 14 years of human services and public health experience. She served as public health adviser and violence prevention counselor at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), where she helped to develop the Peacezone, a violence prevention curriculum for students in grades K-5. She is a clinical therapist, certified nouthetic counselor, and certified school counselor with specialization in Spanish bilingual/bicultural studies and youth ministry. She has worked with students, families, teachers, administrators, clergy, and a host of mental health providers in a variety of settings, including Boston and Philadelphia school districts. Her fellowship assignment is in the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center at HSPH.The 2007-08 Harvard Resident Administrative Fellows are as follows:Pamela Burton, B.S. in business management (University of Massachusetts). Burton is currently the administrator for Faculty Support Services at HGSE, where she’s responsible for the day-to-day operations of the faculty assistants. She has been with the School for nearly three years. Previously, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) for 15 years as the business director for the Social Service Department. There she started a committee of professionals of color. She was the first chairperson of this committee and continued to be involved in various diversity issues throughout her time at MGH. She is a past recipient of a YMCA Black Achiever Award.Christie L. Taylor, B.A. in journalism (Boston University) and M.A. in English literature (University of Wisconsin, Madison). Taylor is currently the director of administration in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She has been an administrator at Harvard for nearly 10 years. Prior to coming to Harvard, Taylor worked as an independent producer/director, business manager, and project consultant to WGBH; the Children’s Museum (Boston); Blackside, Inc.; Celestial Media; Reel Deal Productions; and others. She served as a participant on Governor-elect Deval Patrick’s transition team.Loc Truong, B.S. in biochemistry (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) and M.S. in school counseling (University of La Verne). In his current position as assistant director of employer relations with the Career Services Office at HGSE, Truong works with employers in various education industries, helping them strategize recruiting methods and connecting them with the HGSE community. He also works closely with graduate students and alumni, guiding them in their job searches, and managing career expos. He has mentored teen fathers in a parenting education program, and worked as a counselor with organizations that prepare low-income high school students for college. In 1999, as a featured guest at the annual State of the Union address, Truong was recognized by President Clinton for his volunteer work with AmeriCorps.Of the many former visiting fellows who remained at Harvard after their fellowship assignment, 18 are currently employed at the University in permanent staff positions.The Administrative Fellowship Program is a collaborative effort between host departments and the Office of the Assistant to the President, with fellowship stipends being underwritten in part by the President’s Office. The program is coordinated by the Office of the Assistant to the President, where Teresa Malonzo serves as program coordinator and James Hoyte is the associate vice president/assistant to the president.last_img read more

Police Officer Pays Out of His Own Pocket to Help Family in Need

first_img(WATCH the video below, or READ the story from WVEC.com)Story tip from Stacey EvansAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA news tip called into KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon brought to light a story of kindness and generosity by a local police officer.Officer Carlos Ibarra says he deals with a lot of homeless people who could use help, but usually it is just a husband and wife and a kid or two at the most. This dad and seven kids were living in a van.When none of the local shelters answered their phones on the weekend, he put them up in a hotel and paid the $70 fee from his own pocket. He went and got them a box of food too. last_img read more

Tekoa Academy campuses to close Monday

first_imgTekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School has announced that all of its campuses in Port Arthur and Orange will be closed Monday. The school said in a news release the decision was made “[a]fter much consideration.” The move comes just hours after Nederland and Port Neches-Groves school districts announced their spring break would be extended another week in reaction to coronavirus concerns.Breakfast and lunches will still be available for Tekoa students to pick up. Students who are unable to pick up their meals are asked to call 409-982-5400.last_img read more

Cinderella Orchestrator Danny Troob on the Secrets Behind Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Irresistible Songs

first_img It is a lot of responsibility, and sometimes, frankly, I would rather not think about that part. Fortunately, once work starts, you have so much to do that the big picture disappears, and instead of thinking, you are doing, one note at a time. Related Shows In August of 2012, I was asked to participate in the first Broadway production of Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Job description: orchestrator. Cinderella was written for the small screen; Julie Andrews was the star, back in 1957, and the song score was rather limited, as TV or animated musicals tend to be. Cinderella The physical challenge is considerable, however. There is a period of four or five weeks (usually coinciding with Christmas or July 4) when every workday is 12 to 14 hours, and there are no days off. But the reward is “sharing the experience” of the writers at a very deep level—you get to live their dream, and for a while, you become responsible for making it come true to a new audience, in a new context. What Rodgers and Hammerstein could do is astonishing—a fact more or less universally acknowledged—but it becomes so much more vivid when you are dealing with their work on an intimate basis. Everyone is aware of how catchy their songs are, and how deeply they move an audience. What I discovered in the course of my work is how precise their craft is—how much complexity is involved in creating simplicity. From the beginning, I knew Cinderella would be an enormous amount of work, but I was looking forward to getting up close and personal with the Rodgers and Hammerstein songs. When you write orchestrations, you absorb the language of the songwriters. And to write beautiful orchestrations, you have to lose yourself in their language, and recreate it yourself—a job that is more demanding spiritually than intellectually, and more of an emotional than a physical challenge. I don’t want to delve too deeply into specifics of musical theory, which can only be understood by other musicians. But here, in layman’s terms, are some of the miraculous achievements I found in every song in Cinderella—and, I think, can be found in all of the songs in the R&H catalog. In terms of show-business savvy, R&H knew that they had satisfied the needs of the family audience and could allow themselves the luxury of a classic that makes no allowances and explores every nuance. Indeed, every song in this “simple” score is animated by hidden complexities of this kind. For all the production pressures and inexorable deadlines, it was an education and a great privilege for me to be able to hang out with this great music at such an intimate level.center_img The thematic material in an R&H song is extremely specific and is re-used in many ways within the same tune. The bridge of a song (say, “My Own Little Corner”) will be an echo—perhaps a reverse echo or an inverse echo—of the A section. This specificity, even stinginess if you will, gives each song great individuality. Catchiness. The song is what it is; it is not like another song, whether from the same show or from a different score. And as in all great dramatic writing, the songs run an enormous gamut of emotions. Happy, sad, jaunty, ironic, profound, casual, extroverted and very, very private. Unlike many scores for families, Cinderella includes material that is very grown-up in tone. “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” is a rapt meditation on the meaning of love that would not be out of place in an art song by Debussy, set to a text by Mallarmé. Contained within the range of an octave, the melody probes, wonders, soars. The impressionistic harmonies express the same ambiguities you find in the lyric. The accompaniment (written by Rodgers) has a baritone line that starts in unison with the voice, but continues to descend as the voice ascends—a second melody that adds weight to the vocal line, but with such subtlety that most people don’t even “hear” it as the song unfolds. At the workshop, I was impressed by the way this small score had been expanded to fit a large stage. Songs from other R&H properties had been added, and an almost unbroken tapestry of song, underscore and dance music held the show together. (Thank you, David Chase!) Now the show definitely was not small. Not in scope, and not in duration. The reading, with intermission, was almost three hours long, but excellent cuts were made in previews. Musical range is compressed. The songs have a very large arc, but do it in the space of very few notes. So, the songs can be sung by a variety of singers, and by the average listener as well, without needing to dig for low notes or soar for money notes. The bridges of the songs—the contrasting sections—move into remote keys, which make them feel like new territory, but the still remain in the same register as the A sections. The result is great singer-friendliness. About the author: Danny Troob is a four-time Tony nominee for his work orchestrating the musicals Newsies, The Pajama Game, Shrek and now Cinderella. With 24 Broadway musicals under his belt, Troob knows a thing or two about how to make songs come alive on stage and affect an audience in just the right way. With Cinderella, Troob faced an unusual challenge: working with a Rodgers & Hammerstein score that had been expanded from a TV movie to a full-scale Broadway musical. The process, led by music supervisor and arranger David Chase, involved adding trunk songs from the R&H catalog and rearranging the existing score to fit the demands of a reconceived two-act show. In a fascinating essay for Broadway.com, Troob discusses the joy of his work process and explains why audiences instinctively love the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more


first_imgToll free phone line to request forms 800-870-3676, this is an automated system and you will not talk with an INS staff person. To talk with an INS staff person about the status of your application, or with questions about requirements, forms, etc. that cannot be answered through the automated system, call 800-375-5283. You MUST have your alien registration number available when calling this number. If you have access to a computer and any on-line service, you can access the INS and obtain information on all of its services to include forms, answers frequently asked questions, etc.last_img read more

You can’t freeze out credit union folks from a good fundraiser

first_imgCUNA leadership, CUs embrace the #ALSIceBucketChallenge.by. Craig SauerThe viral fund-raiser the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has raised more than $41.8 million, according to The New York Times.And the credit union movement is getting in on it—supporting the ALS Association’s effort to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.CUNA’s Interim President/CEO Bill Hampel accepted the challenge Thursday in D.C. from the Pennsylvania Credit Union Association and the Credit Union Association of New York. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COVID-19 cases surge higher in Americas and African regions

first_imgAs the world neared 12 million COVID-19 cases, new infections are accelerating in at least two World Health Organization regions, with illnesses recently topping 6 million in the Americas and cases in Africa passing the 500,000 mark.The global total today climbed to 11,910,220 cases, and 545,980 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.Americas cases surge, burden shows some shiftAt a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) media briefing yesterday, director Carissa Etienne, MBBS, MSc, said cases increased 20% last week compared to the previous week, and about 100,000 cases a day are reported from the region. However, she noted that new patterns are emerging. Two months ago, the United States made up 75% of cases in the region, but this past week it reported under half of the cases, with cases in Latin America and the Caribbean area accounting for about 50% of cases.Brazil alone accounts for 25% of the cases outside of the United States. Brazil yesterday reported more than 45,000 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University case list. Other Latin America countries such as Mexico, Peru, and Colombia also reported high daily totals yesterday.Etienne said battling the COVID-19 threat requires strong coordination across the region, a deep understanding of epidemiological trends, clear guidance, and a steady supply of medical products. She said the region took early steps that kept cases low early, but now it faces persistent challenges.Protecting healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) is a top priority, she said, noting that it’s also important to prevent stigma so that people seek care as soon as they have symptoms, which enables earlier and better contact tracing. “This is our best hope for controlling the pandemic,” she said.Leaders should allow evidence to guide their actions, with a focus on what works and uniting people around common goals, Etienne said.Africa’s death numbers pass West Africa’s Ebola fatality totalIn Africa, a growing number of countries are reporting sharp rises in cases, and in less than 5 months, the virus led to 11,959 deaths, which is more than the 11,308 reported in West Africa’s massive Ebola outbreak.Cases in 22 countries have more than doubled over the last month. Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa make up about 71% of the continent’s cases, with South Africa as the hardest hit country, reporting 43% of all cases. Yesterday, it added more than 10,000 cases to its total, according to the Johns Hopkins University dashboard.Matshidiso Moeti, MBBS, director of the WHO’s African regional office, said in a statement, “With more than a third of countries in Africa doubling their cases over the past month, the threat of COVID-19 overwhelming fragile health systems on the continent is escalating.” She added that so far, countries have avoided disaster scenarios, but they can slow the spread of the virus by shoring up key public health steps such as testing, tracing contacts, and isolating cases.About 80% of all infections are in people younger than age 60, likely reflecting Africa’s younger population, Moeti said. However, the likelihood of death rises with age and underlying medical conditions.Cases rise again in Central Asian countriesHealth officials in Uzbekistan today announced they would impose another lockdown, to start on Jul 10 and last 3 weeks, following a surge in cases after initial measures were relaxed in May, Reuters reported. Kyrgyzstan also recently imposed a second lockdown.In other global developments:Serbia’s plans to reimpose a lockdown prompted protests in front of the parliament in Belgrade that drew thousands of people and injured police officers and protesters, ReutersRomania today reported a record daily high of 555 cases, pushing its total past 30,000, though a state of alert is slated to end on July 15. The country’s main hot spots are the cities of Bucharest, Suceava, and Brasov.The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) today announced that it expanded its partnership with China-based Clover Pharmaceuticals to speed the development and manufacturing of its candidate protein-based S-trimer COVID-19 vaccine. In a statement, CEPI said the extra $66 million investment would support preclinical studies, phase 1 study, and preparing for an efficacy trial. Also, the deal would scale-up manufacturing capacity to produce hundreds of millions of doses per year. The initial agreement in April covered preparations for and the start of a phase 1 clinical trial that began enrolling participants on June 19.last_img read more

Luxfer showcases new NGV facility at Turin world fair

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SBB Cargo stands alone

first_imgSWITZERLAND: The ‘gradual separation’ of freight activities from the national railway operator has taken a further step, with SBB Cargo AG being managed as an independent company within the SBB Group since the start of the year. This is intended to pave the way for the introduction of third-party participation in the freight business.SBB announced last year that it was looking for outside partners to take a minority financial stake in SBB Cargo AG. It reported on January 18 that market soundings had attracted interest from various parties, both domestic and international. These offers are currently being examined and negotiations are underway with a view to final decisions being taken during the course of 2019.Undertaken within the 1999 legislation which established SBB Cargo AG as a ‘private law’ joint stock corporation, unbundling the business as an independent group company is intended to allow the minority investors to play a more active role in shaping the future direction of rail freight operations. SBB Cargo International remains 75% owned by SBB Cargo AG and 25% by intermodal operator Hupac.Following the separation, SBB Cargo AG has its own board of directors, and its CEO no longer sits on the SBB Group management team. A ‘renewal’ of the board is envisaged as part of the ‘opening up’ of the company, with recruitment underway for an external director to be appointed in the next few months. A new Chairman is to be named once the external partner(s) have joined the business.Nevertheless, SBB says the freight business will continue to work closely with the Group leadership on all matters relating to freight transport, including service agreements with the federal government, network and timetable planning, and the SmartRail 4.0 next-generation traffic management project.SBB says the reforms are intended ‘to further increase the competitiveness of SBB Cargo AG’, and enable greater multi-modal integration with other partners. This would allow the operator to continue providing its customers with high quality services while making the business more competitive.An ongoing restructuring and development programme has enabled the freight business to significantly improve its commercial performance following a ‘financial setback’ in 2017. SBB Cargo AG reported a 1·7% increase in revenue during 2018 compared with the previous year, which allowed it to finish the year in profit, two years ahead of the original target in the restructuring plan. With public support finishing this year, the objective is to be able to support sustainable investment by 2023.Noting that wagonload traffic declined by a further 2·4% last year and ‘remains under increasing pressure’, SBB Cargo says it is currently discussing service options with its customers, but insists that ‘there will be no surprises’.last_img read more

Malaysia’s rail sector to exhibit at InnoTrans for the first time

first_imgINNOTRANS: The Malaysian rail industry will be represented on a combined stand for the first time at InnoTrans 2020.The stand in Hall 11.2 will feature 10 companies.‘Over recent years, developments and growth in the Malaysian rail sector have certainly exceeded expectations’, explains Badrul Hisham Hilaly, trade commissioner at Malaysia External Trade Development Corp. ‘The country’s rail industry has developed and attained an international standard and recognition.‘By taking part in InnoTrans 2020, Malaysia aims to position itself as a reliable partner in engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning for international OEMs.‘MATRADE has developed a strategy in order to give the country’s rail industry a strong impetus, by encouraging companies to demonstrate their expertise at leading international trade fairs such as InnoTrans’.last_img read more