The Erskine Peters Fellowship, which helped African American graduate students finish their dissertations for the past 11 years, will come to an end at the conclusion of this academic year, the Fellowship’s coordinator said. The Office of the Provost, which funds the Fellowship, decided to terminate the program. The Office did not give a specific reason for its decision, however, the program was not endowed and was funded strictly on a year-to-year basis, Erskine Peters coordinator Maria McKenna said. McKennasaid the Fellowship aimed to give students the opportunity to experience academic life. “We wanted to give African-American graduate students an opportunity in[higher education],” she said. “The second goal was for them to experience academic life at a major Catholic university.” The Fellowship, which funded two to four African-American graduate students for a year to finish their dissertations through the Office of the Provost and other funds, has seen 47 fellows in its 11-year run, she said. “It is viewed as one of the premiere pre-doctoral fellowships,” McKenna said. “It put Notre Dame on the map as one of the universities putting African-Americans into higher education.” Richard Pierce, chair of the Africana Studies department and one of the founders of the fellowship program, said the Fellowship brought remarkable individuals to campus. “We’ve had some great people come through the program,” he said. “[Writing a dissertation] is a lonely process in the academic world — it’s just you and your work. To have this program and to be part of that process with these fellows is good. I get to see the best parts of the students.” When the idea of a fellowship program for minorities came up in a conversation with First Year of Studies Dean Hugh Page in 1999, Pierce said both agreed they wanted to find a way to increase the number of diverse faculty teaching in higher education. Therefore, they established a fellowship to help students finish their dissertations and enter the teaching realm. At the same meeting, Erskine Peters — a former Notre Dame English professor who empowered his students and fellow faculty members — was declared the namesake of the Fellowship due to his diverse mindset. “Peters came here and was committed to students,” he said. “[Notre Dame] is a large experiment. Some say you can’t have reason and faith in one body. Peters challenged that — he showed that you can have this in one mind, one body and one heart.” McKenna said she believes Peters would have been honored by the fellowship. “This fellowship program meant a great deal to his family because he was such a pioneer in many ways to the academy,” she said. “Notre Dame did justice to the impact Erskine Peters had on students and the academy by honoring him with this program.” To commemorate the Fellowship, McKenna said the Africana Studies department, in conjunction with the Institute for Scholarships in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters and the Kenneth and Frances Reid Fund, will host a conference from March 29 to March 31. “We’re having it as a finale,” she said. “The conference is ‘Africana Studies’ Impact on the Academy,’ looking at the study of African people and the diasporas around the world.” The keynote address, “Minorities in the Academy: Then and Now,” will be given by Earl Lewis, the provost of Emery University. McKenna said Lewis knew Peters when he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, before coming to Notre Dame. There are no plans to continue a pre-doctoral fellowship program like the Peters Fellowship on campus, McKenna said. Pierce said he is grateful for the Fellowship and what it taught the faculty of the University. “We fulfilled the goals we had,” he said. “However, I wish we had more people hired here that came through the program … It’s difficult to think that we didn’t keep them here. Looking at their accomplishments, though, I’m pleased with the little part we played.”
Students will celebrate Asiatic culture and traditions Saturday during Asian Allure: Speak, a show that has continued for more than a decade. Senior Ryan Gonzales said this event is important for students who participate in the show and for the University community as a whole. “It’s not often that we get to express our culture in this way, so it’s a great thing for cast members to participate in and for the University to experience,” Gonzales said. This year’s show is titled “Asian Allure: Speak.” It will be held today at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. in Washington Hall and is approximately two hours long. Gonzales said the show will feature performances from various campus groups under the umbrella of the Asian American Association (AAA), including the newly added Tae Kwon Do club. This year’s Asian Allure will differ from shows in years past in its focus on skits and emphasis on tradition, Gonzales said. The focus on skits involves expanding the number and lengths of the skits and eliminating the fashion show and musical performances, leaving the skits and dance performances as the show’s core, Gonzales said. Gonzales said in the past skits served as a transition between other performances, but will now act as the centerpiece of the show. “This year the skits are holding the weight of the show, the message of the show,” he said. The emphasis on tradition is a departure from past shows that sought to incorporate modern performance styles with traditional styles, Gonzales said. “Compared to years before, we are placing a particular value on tradition,” he said. “Other directors blended the modern and the traditional, but this year we’re placing a value on tradition and remembering where we came from.” This emphasis is reflected in the name of this year’s show, ‘Speak,’ Gonzales said. “What’s important is speaking the languages of the cultures,” he said. Language carries with it the culture and history of our past. When we speak we remember, and if we speak we won’t forget.” Gonzales said Asian Allure is the biggest fall event for the AAA and Asian Allure: Speak has a cast of more than 80 students. The show and the general rehearsals that take place for a week before the show provide those in different clubs a chance to get to know each other, he said. “It’s a great opportunity for clubs to come together, meet each other and learn about different cultures they wouldn’t otherwise learn about,” Gonzales said. The event also helps to represent the level of diversity on campus, Gonzales said. “You can see [Asian Allure] as a service to the University,” he said. “It’s a reality that there isn’t enough racial diversity at Notre Dame to accurately represent the country we live in. Asian Allure is a great display of the cultural diversity that is on campus.” Gonzales, who wrote two skits for the show himself, said he has wanted to direct the show since his sophomore year because of his interests in drama and storytelling. “I really like theatre and dance, but more than those two things I love telling stories,” Gonzales said. Contact Christian Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org
In commemoration of September 11, 2001, 2,977 flags on South Quad will be displayed to honor the victims of the terrorist attacks.Sophomore Jack Connors said the flags will be set out the night before and will remain on the Quad until 5 p.m.“Each one of the flags represents someone who lost their life in the terrorist attacks on 9/11,” Connors said. “They will be east of the flag pole, towards O’Shag.”Fr. Rocca will lead a prayer service at the memorial at 5 p.m, Connors said.“There will be a few readings, and then Fr. Rocca will say a few words and bless the flags,” he said.Connor said the memorial will act as a visible reminder of all those who died in the attacks.“It was such a significant event in our nation’s history,” Connors said. “It’s been a while now, and people don’t really remember it as much as they really should.“It’s just a great way to remember all those who lost their lives.”The memorial is sponsored by the Young Americans for Freedom, a new club beginning the process to gain official recognition from the University and cosponsored by the Federalist Society at Notre Dame Law School.“The club is a campus education and activism club,” Connors said. “It’s sponsored by a larger national organization, which is Young America’s Foundation. There are close to thirty other colleges who are doing this same event with their help.”Connors said the flags were donated by both the American Legion in South Bend and Young America’s Foundation.Tags: 9/11, Flags, Remembrance
Mason McClintock, 17, of Alma, Georgia, is the winner of the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Award for Civic Engagement, according to the National 4-H Council. McClintock will be recognized nationally for his resilience and leadership of his program, the Alma Entrepreneur Tour. From his retro sense of style to his effervescent personality, McClintock always felt different from others his age. When 4-H came into his life, everything changed. He found a place of belonging, somewhere he could be himself and feel encouraged by adults and his peers.“The accepting environment I’ve found in 4-H has been incredibly impactful,” McClintock said. “My 4-H leaders and peers have demonstrated empathy, humble service and a commitment to ensuring everyone feels they have a place to belong.”As a 4-H’er, McClintock developed strong leadership and communication skills, ultimately serving as the Georgia 4-H state president. He’s now using those skills to make a difference in his small, rural hometown of Alma, where he saw an opportunity to help youth explore new careers and expand their goals for the future.McClintock’s program, the Alma Entrepreneur Tour, focuses on rural entrepreneurship, identifying local entrepreneurs and connecting them with the community’s youth. The program raises awareness about innovation in business and demonstrates how overcoming obstacles can transform passions into possibilities. McClintock’s program teaches youth entrepreneurial principles while exposing them to new fields. From financial institutions and inns to department stores and agricultural operations, he has introduced more than 50 youth to a variety of new career pathways. McClintock hopes that these experiences will encourage his peers to pursue the fields they find interesting.“I hoped that if I could find a way to expose rural students to new businesses and workforces started by entrepreneurs in Alma, maybe that would be the spark they needed to realize it just takes perseverance to use your passions to create the life you want for yourself,” he said.McClintock will receive a $5,000 scholarship for higher education and will serve as an advocate and spokesperson for 4-H Civic Engagement programming. He will be recognized as the 2019 4-H Youth in Action Pillar Winner for Civic Engagement at the 10th Annual 4-H Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, March 12. Three other 2019 Youth in Action Pillar winners, Addy Battel of Michigan (Agriculture Pillar winner); Elisabeth Watkins of California (Healthy Living Pillar winner); and Clyde Van Dyke of New York (STEM Pillar winner), also will be recognized. The 4-H Youth in Action Awards were established in 2010 to recognize 4-H’ers who have overcome challenges and used the knowledge they gained in 4-H to create a lasting impact in their community.Amelia Day of Fort Valley, Georgia, won the 2017 National 4-H Youth in Action Citizenship award for creating the nonprofit organization Operation: Veteran Smiles to provide care packages to veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals. Sophia Rodriguez of Hinesville, Georgia, was awarded the 2018 National 4-H Youth in Action Healthy Living Pillar Award for her program promoting the emotional well-being of children in military families through her Tie-Dye for Troops program.To learn more about the 4-H Youth in Action program and to view pillar winners from around the country, visit www.4-h.org/youthinaction. To learn more about Georgia 4-H, go to georgia4h.org/.
By Dialogo January 26, 2012 When Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded slain al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in June 2011, it was clear that he faced a daunting task in rebuilding an organisation suffering from a severe depletion of its ranks as a result of the blows it received, particularly in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border areas. It was also clear that al-Zawahiri needed to find a solution to the challenge posed by the Arab Spring revolutions. The strength of the demonstrations illustrated that the majority in the Arab street did not support al-Qaeda’s policy of advocating change through violence, nor were they convinced of its justifications for attacking the West, as the West stood by the Arab peoples in their quest for greater political freedom. And now it appears that al-Zawahiri needs to find a solution to another problem, one that most likely started years ago but has been exacerbated by the killing of Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011; specifically, a shortfall in donor funds. Nine months after Bin Laden’s death, not one retaliatory attack has been carried out, which may be a result of the organisation’s inability to conduct operations or its unpreparedness to do so at this time. Another reason may be that the myriad of security services in Western and Arab countries are on high alert to prevent possible attacks from occurring. Another factor delaying or hindering the conduct of attacks could be a shortfall in donor funds to al-Qaeda. This lack of funds may be affecting its ability to make the necessary preparations for large operations that require substantial financing, in addition to the cost of recruiting and training operatives. Shortfall in donor funds not new The shortfall in donor funding for al-Qaeda in Waziristan is, in fact, not new. Frequent reports of funding shortfalls have been circulating for years. Al-Zawahiri highlighted the issue explicitly in a June 2005 letter to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former leader of al-Qaeda’s branch in Iraq. Al-Zawahiri requested that al-Zarqawi transfer a large sum of money ($100,000) to the leadership of the organisation. In his letter, al-Zawahri refers to an interruption in al-Qaeda’s funding following the arrest of Abu Faraj al-Libi, a leader in the organisation, even though al-Zawahiri described the organisation’s financial status as “good” in general, which means that some funds were still reaching al-Qaeda in Waziristan at the time. It is not clear if donations to al-Qaeda, which come mostly from supporters in Gulf countries, declined further or increased in the years after this letter was written, but new information from Waziristan does not indicate that the organisation is in a better position militarily or financially. An Afghani operative who fought alongside al-Qaeda said the organisation’s presence in Waziristan has contracted significantly, their ranks thinning to no more than a few dozen individuals. The young Afghan, named Hafez Hanif, told Newsweek in an interview published January 2nd that he sought information about a group of al-Qaeda fighters that he had not heard from since the killing of Bin Laden and found out they were living in dire conditions with their ranks greatly depleted. While Hanif said “money is a more significant problem [for al-Qaeda] than the thinning of its ranks”, the fighter’s uncle told the magazine his sources confirm that the organisation’s donor funding, which used to be in the millions of dollars each year from Gulf donors, has dried up. Donor funds go to other causes It appears that donor funds now go to causes other than those of al-Qaeda’s leadership, which has apparently become marginalised and isolated in its Waziristan hideout. Hanif’s uncle said he thinks “Arab people now think the fight should be political at home and not terrorism aimed at the West”, and that “the peaceful struggle on Arab streets has accomplished more than Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri ever have”. If the information provided by these Afghans is true, it would reinforce the widely held belief that the organisation is at risk of ceasing to be an effective force, as it was in Afghanistan in the years prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks. This impression was reinforced during the Arab Spring demonstrations, and again following Bin Laden’s death. Also, media reports confirmed al-Qaeda’s loss of many of its leaders and members in air strikes and clashes with Pakistani forces. Newsweek’s report indicated that al-Qaeda, which once had hundreds of fighters in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border areas, now has no more than a few dozen left in the area, probably including al-Zawahiri and Abu Yahya al-Libi. This paltry number confirms that al-Qaeda has been reduced to a marginal role. The absence of al-Qaeda fighters in the battles being waged by the Pakistani and Afghan branches of the Taliban against the governments of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Western forces is another sign of its weakened position. The fact that al-Qaeda is facing these problems in Waziristan does not mean the organisation is finished, and it could still carry out a suicide attack to avenge Bin Laden’s killing. But even if al-Qaeda succeeds in carrying out a revenge attack, that would probably not signify a fundamental change in its status if the shortfall in fighters and funding continues, and if it remains marginalised amidst the mostly peaceful Arab Spring revolutions. I must say that that is not the cause of satisfaction when the factors that triggered the emergence of Al – Qaeda persist; besides the common ambition and greed, that blossom not only in the West, to pretend or even expect our same behavior, little interest in listening to complaints, clarifications and comments, without taking into account that they are being divided, confused and disorganized with our habits and ideas, beyond the democratic interest, vigilant and popular are those who want to be more than the others and they do not see the sacrifices that are required because they are not allowed a way of life made up of appearances, lies and blindness: blindness is what lies in many who have not seen more than a game of conveniences necessary for animal or irrational satisfaction, the same thing,(what benefits lust, benefits family dissolution, social dissolution, violence and lies)). Can a pig or piglet give me the tranquility because they have never thought in terrorism?; Perhaps one drifts away from the movement generated by death, learn, resist and thus be saved of what is waiting to end (God helps those who help themselves).
August 1, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Workers’ Comp Section monitors rates and benefits study Workers’ Comp Section monitors rates and benefits study Senior Editor A busy legislative session tracking a variety of bills has transformed into continued activity for the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section as it monitors a new gubernatorial commission studying rates and benefits.The section had been monitoring several bills during the session, some of which would have cut injured workers’ benefits and the fees paid to lawyers. That could have made it hard for some to obtain attorneys. Instead, after major players were unable to reach an agreement, lawmakers passed a much milder bill, intended to improve reporting, speed settlements, and end some of the fraud associated with construction companies avoiding paying workers’ comp premiums.But any thoughts the section could relax over the summer before preparing for the 2003 legislative session ended May 22 when Gov. Jeb Bush created by executive order the Governor’s Commission on Workers’ Compensation Reform. The commission has 13 members, each appointed by Bush who also chose the chair.Rafael Gonzalez, immediate past Workers’ Compensation Section chair and who is monitoring legislative issues for the section, said this commission is far different from another one Bush appointed a couple of years ago.“It’s almost unprecedented. This group does not contain the representative of any insurance company,” he said, noting the first panel had members mostly from large employers and insurance companies. “It is employers — some of them very large, some of them small, some of them contractors. It includes a judge of compensation claims, a couple representatives of state government, and it includes a couple of representatives of worker advocacy groups.” There are also two legislators.Gonzalez, who has followed workers’ compensation legislative battles for years, said it’s the first time he’s seen a workers’ comp judge included on such a panel. “That brings a nice new perspective on why things happen the way they do, legally,” he said.Of the commission’s first meeting, Gonzalez said, “I was super impressed. I think all of them had a good understanding of where workers’ comp is at today. The makeup of the commission is good in the sense it isn’t tilted one way or the other.”He has also asked the commission for time to present the section’s concerns at one of the next two upcoming meetings. The section has worries about attorneys’ fees, when attorneys get involved in cases, and the definition of permanent total disability — a subject that raised concerns in the legislature last year.Gonzalez noted that Gov. Bush cited some statistics in his order creating the commission, but that the commission at its first meeting seemed to get different data. “Maybe getting consistent statistics will be one of their homework assignments,” he said.According to the governor’s order, the panel is charged with:• Determining the availability and affordability of workers’ comp insurance in Florida compared to other states.• Finding the impediments to quick resolution of claims and statutory ways to speed those settlements.• Exploring what factors are driving up the cost of insurance and what laws can be passed to reduce the cost.• Ascertaining the adequacy of compensation for injured workers and any statutory changes needed to ensure that those workers are equitably compensated.• Reviewing the findings of a three-member panel created by the legislature to look at the availability and accessibility of medical treatment for injured workers, and the adequacy of the medical fee schedule.The resolution requires the commission to report to the governor, Senate president, and speaker of the House by January 31, 2003, and to go out of existence no later than July 1, 2003.Bush’s order notes that Florida has among the highest workers’ compensation rates in the country, but also among the lowest benefits for injured workers. It also referred to studies showing the state’s system fails to perform as well as those in other states.Named to the commission by Bush were:• Pete Carpenter, chair, of Jacksonville, former chief operating officer, CSX Transportation, Inc.• Claude Revels of Keystone Heights, corporate safety director, JM Family Enterprises, Inc.• Kathleen Davies of Miami, senior director of safety and risk management, Burger King Corporation.• Carlos Cantero, of Orlando, owner, C.D.S. Sitework and Trucking, Inc.• Derrick Wallace, of Orlando, president and chief executive officer of Construct Two; president of the Economic Development Commission in Orlando; Board of Directors, Florida Chamber of Commerce.• Judge Maria Ortiz of Miami, judge of compensation claims, District K.• Hayden Dempsey of Tallahassee, Executive Office of the Governor.• Kevin McCarty of Tallahassee, Department of Insurance.• Dwayne Sealey of Tallahassee, secretary-treasurer, Florida AFL-CIO.• Stuart Colling of Maitland, president of Florida Workers Advocates.• Michael Ozegovich of Key Largo, community services director; South Florida Carpenters Regional Council.• State Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, chair of the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee.• Rep. Leslie Waters, R-Largo, chair of the House Insurance Committee.The commission next meets August 20 at the Orlando World Marriott during the Workers’ Compensation Institute. Following meetings are tentatively planned for September 24, October 22, November 19, and December 10, although no locations have been set.
42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Money, ideally, is a wellspring of security and freedom. Poorly managed or inadequate funds are the opposite: a sinkhole of uncertainty and constraint. The purpose of earning and saving is not to hit an arbitrary number in a bank account but to enhance these underlying values and experiences in order to live the life you want and provide for your loved ones. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the federal agency charged with protecting the wealth and income of average American citizens, has just released a financial well-being scale to measure how well money is working in your life.The simple 10-question, multiple-choice survey has been designed and tested to focus financial counselors, educators, coaches and planners on a single, simplified metric of financial health. The CFPB’s hope is that this survey will be taken by millions of Americans and used, for example, to assess the impact of a financial education program or to track an individual’s progress over time.Scores on the test can range from 0 to 100. It’s scored slightly differently for folks above retirement age (around 62). Not enough people have taken the scale yet to establish “good” and “bad” values, but reading it and answering the questions for yourself may inspire you to reflect on the biggest financial issues in your life.
The Big Ten’s statement said it will continue to evaluate the winter and spring seasons. Bough and Palmer are hopeful to play a normal season next spring, with Big Ten and NCAA championships on the schedule. “She’s definitely like talked me through everything that goes on with Ohio State field hockey,” said Palmer. With her freshman year looking much different than she expected, Palmer has her close friend Bough to help her get through it. Bough and Palmer moved in earlier this week to prepare for the field hockey preseason. Bough said the team was remaining separate until the COVID-19 testing process was complete. “It was heartbreaking,” said Bough. While there won’t be games played this fall, the girls are looking on the bright side and are happy to be at OSU, training together. “I reached out to Sam and a couple of the other freshmen and made them text me if they had any questions or needed anything,” said Bough. “I think that really helped ease a lot.” (WBNG) — Whitney Point’s Leanne Bough and Maine-Endwell’s Sam Palmer had just arrived at Ohio State University when the Big Ten postponed the fall sports season. On Tuesday, the Big Ten postponed all fall sports. Bough says OSU’s Athletic Director Gene Smith immediately called an athletics Zoom meeting so players wouldn’t find out on social media. “We”ll start out eight hours and slowly start to get into more hours, and practice probably five days a week,” said Bough. For now the Southern Tier natives are training and hoping for a spring season. “Not necessarily suprising but more like, ‘whoa,'” said Palmer. The two-time All-American and New York State Player of the Year will be joined by Palmer this season, a 2020 Maine-Endwell graduate who also brings an impressive resume to OSU. “Being a unit, a team keeps everyone positive because we’re all motivated toward the same goal,” said Palmer. “We are already out here and still able to be together,” said Bough. “We came to the conclusion that probably eventually it was going to happen just for our safety and stuff like that and that’s what our AD and principal decided,” said Bough. “It definitely puts a damper on the excitement of like, oh freshman year, college,” said Palmer. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.
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However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the event will be held virtually. Meanwhile, the Scroll of Honor Award ceremony will take place in Surabaya under strict health protocols.Read also: What sort of ‘development’ has no place for a billion slum dwellers?The award is given to acknowledge “initiatives [on] outstanding contributions in the field of [among other categories] human settlements, provision of housing and improving human settlements and the quality of urban life,” according to the UN.Surabaya was chosen to host the event in acknowledgement of the accomplishment of its mayor, Tri Rismaharini, who was given the award during the 2018 WHD commemoration in Nairobi, Kenya.She was honored for implementing people-centered and inclusive city regeneration as well as development initiatives that prioritize low-income residents. Among the initiatives recognized was Risma’s initiative on solid waste management and mobilizing communities to reduce and recycle household waste.In the statement, Indonesia’s deputy permanent representative to UN Habitat said the country should take pride in many regional leaders who have received global recognition for their innovations and inclusive policies in urban development. (aly)Topics : The commemoration of this year’s World Habitat Day (WHD), which falls annually on the first Monday of October, will be held in Surabaya, East Java, on Oct. 5.According to a statement, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN Habitat) executive director Maimunah Mohd Sharif signed an agreement on Tuesday to select the East Java provincial capital to host the commemoration event.The event, with the theme of “Housing for All: A Better Urban Future”, will bring together stakeholders on sustainable urbanization and settlement development.