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Loss and grief ignited her desire to move forward

first_imgCathy Payne of Orlando, Fla., came to Harvard Extension School as a way to honor people she had lost. The advanced-placement art history teacher, who teaches in a Winter Park, Fla., high school, holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of Florida. At Harvard she earned a master’s of liberal arts, museum studies.Q&ACathy PayneHarvard extension: Why did you decide to earn a degree at Harvard Extension School?Payne: I decided to earn a degree at Harvard Extension School to honor the memories of loved ones. After losing several people in a short period of time, I felt inspired to live my life in a more robust manner as a way to acknowledge their battles to survive and to, in some way, extend their lives through my own.Before Harvard Extension, I’d tackled goals that helped me to work through my grief — running a marathon and earning a pilot’s license — but I was ready to take on a goal that would ultimately touch others. The master’s in the field of museum studies was a natural fit for my passion to make art and history accessible to those who do not live near metropolitan cultural centers. Also, many museums have the same aim as I do: to educate and to extend the lives and memories of those who came before us.Harvard extension: How has this experience helped you in your career or personal development?Payne: I’m happy to report that I use what I learned at Harvard Extension every day in my own classroom, and these lessons have made me a better teacher. Besides teaching, I plan to work occasionally in collections management on a volunteer basis at my local art museum. Through my internship at that museum, I learned that the museum field is where I ultimately want to be when I retire from teaching.Harvard extension: What was the most challenging aspect of your time at Harvard Extension? What was the most rewarding?Payne: The most challenging aspect of my time at Harvard Extension was that I worked full time as a high school teacher while completing my degree in 18 months. I was incredibly busy with little unstructured time. Also, a break to my dominant arm during one term made life extra interesting — there’s nothing like submitting a long paper the day after you get a cast removed!The most rewarding aspect of my time at the school is that my capstone project, which focused on using virtual reality images to bring art and architecture to remote areas, is already being used in several practical ways by myself and others.Harvard extension: What was the online experience like for you? How did you ensure success?Payne: It may sound simple, but I ensured success by following the technology recommendations provided by the School as to the proper headset and computer system. I also made sure I attended every session and participated in group discussions to feel connected. I’m happy to say that I never missed a class, even after a hurricane knocked out my power and I was forced to use the live web conference app on my phone. I commandeered the dining room in my home to use as my study space throughout the program.I was a bit skeptical at first of taking most of my classes online, but it turned out that there could be no other way to meet so many people from diverse backgrounds. My classmates were from London, Toronto, Buenos Aires, San Diego, Paris, Sydney, and Moscow — a truly global group. Also, I could be wearing pajama bottoms (with proper school-wear on the torso, of course) for my later evening classes without my classmates knowing — that was a bonus! With the live web classroom, you can see and communicate with your classmates and instructor in real time, so I always felt connected to the group.Harvard extension: How did you manage to balance your studies with work and family responsibilities?Payne: I scheduled my class and study time into my calendar each week and then stuck with the plan. I treated time with my family as sacrosanct and that motivated me to do my school work during scheduled times and stay focused. Most importantly for my mental health, I developed three plans for my program completion in case a family emergency came up.Harvard extension: What types of student resources and special options did you take advantage of as a student at Harvard?Payne: As a distance student, I found the online library resources invaluable. The Scan and Deliver [electronic document delivery service] for research allowed me to access material as if I were on campus. I also took advantage of the Harvard housing listings to locate a graduate student housing sublet during the January session class I took — it saved me a significant amount of money over a hotel stay and it was only a five-minute walk from my class.This article was originally published on Harvard Extension School’s Student Spotlight web page in May. It has been lightly edited.last_img read more

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Breen-Phillips hosts annual meal auction for charity

first_imgBreen-Phillips Hall’s (BP) 33rd annual meal auction, when the Notre Dame community will have an opportunity to donate to charity by participating in raffles and silent auctions of a variety of items, gift baskets or meals with “campus celebrities,” is set to take place Friday afternoon. Proceeds from the auction benefit two charities: Meals on Wheels, a local program that delivers meals to those who cannot prepare them themselves, and CURE Childhood Cancer, an organization dedicated to funding research of childhood cancer.Meal Auction commissioners sophomores Kara Shannon, Grace Garvey and Claire Hagerstrom are the main organizers of the event.“This year we have adopted an ‘honorary Babe,’ Cecilia, the daughter of a BP alumna,” Shannon said. “She is battling childhood cancer, so we are donating 25 percent of the meal auction proceeds in her name to CURE Childhood Cancer, [and] 75 percent of the proceeds will go to Meals on Wheels.”Shannon said this year’s theme is “BP Meal Auction 2017: Give for Gold” in honor of gold being the color of childhood cancer and to honor the Dome.“People can participate in the Meal Auction by stopping by, telling their friends and bidding on all the auction items that we have,” Shannon said. “Even stopping in for a few minutes to get some tickets and put names towards baskets is a great way to get involved.”According to the event website, the raffled or auctioned items include box tickets to a Chicago White Sox game, tickets to a Chicago Cubs game, signed sports equipment from Notre Dame athletes, Ray-Ban sunglasses, $100 gift cards to stores such as Urban Outfitters and Lululemon, themed baskets filled with a plethora of prizes and much more.The auctions also include opportunities to dine with “campus celebrities” such as head football coach Brian Kelly and head basketball coach Mike Brey. Other prizes include a private yoga class from Steve Krojniewski, founder of True Balance Yoga, a behind-the-scenes look at the new Student Center led by vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffman Harding and meals with many other professors or faculty members.“We really have something for everyone,” Garvey said. “The Meal Auction brings together people from all over campus and unites them with a common goal, and we love that some professors have given meals every year.”Students can pay for auctioned items or raffle tickets with Domer Dollars, Venmo, cash or checks. Though most items will be sold through a silent auction, competitive items will go up for live auction at 8:30 p.m.“Of course the goals of the auction are to raise money for Meals on Wheels and CURE Childhood Cancer, but also as a dorm we hope to just inspire BP spirit and get everyone excited for all the fun auction items that we have,” Shannon said.Free food and drinks will be provided at the event, which will feature campus brand representatives Coca-Cola and Rockstar and performances by a cappella groups Halftime, Harmonia and the Undertones.“We definitely hope that it’s packed,” Garvey said. “We even booked two rooms this year since last year got so crowded.”Tags: BP meal auction, Breen-Phillips Hall, Brian Kelly, cure childhood cancer, Erin Hoffman-Harding, meals on wheels, Mike Breylast_img read more

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Businesses can call Small Business Administration for federal aid

first_imgBusinesses that have suffered storm damage should call the US Small Business Administration to begin the federal aid process. The SBA provides loans to businesses that have suffered losses to cover cost of recovery and working capital to help with lost business during the storm and recovery.Call 800-659-2955 or visit www.disasterassistance.gov(link is external) to register for business assistance.Individuals and homeowners are also eligible for SBA loans to help with costs not covered by FEMA grants; those people are already registered when you register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or at www.disasterassistance.gov(link is external). However, while you are registered, you do not have to take out a loan.  US Small Business Administration Administrator Karen G Mills issued the following statement after the announcement of the Presidential disaster declaration for several counties in Vermont that were affected by Tropical Storm Irene beginning on August 29.The disaster declaration covers the counties of Chittenden, Rutland, Washington and Windsor in Vermont, which are eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the SBA. Small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in the following adjacent counties are eligible to apply only for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange and Windham in Vermont; Grafton and Sullivan in New Hampshire; and Clinton, Essex and Washington in New York.‘The U.S. Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the people of Vermont with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist homeowners, renters, and businesses with federal disaster loans. Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.’Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible up to $40,000 to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed personal property.Businesses and private non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.Interest rates are as low as 2.5 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362), (TTY) 800-462-7585 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Additional details on the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers and the loan application process can be obtained by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail).Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012.last_img read more

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Attorneys must not take independence for granted

first_img August 1, 2001 Regular News Attorneys must not take independence for granted Eminent lawyer Michael E. Tigar who has represented such famous clients as Angela Davis, H. Rap Brown, the Seattle Seven, the Chicago Eight, Allen Ginsberg, and Terry Lynn Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing case looked around and said: “There are a lot of gray hairs in this room. How many of you have fired a client?”Most of the hands went up at the joint luncheon of the Trial Lawyers Section and Chester Bedell Memorial Foundation at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Orlando June 22.And Tigar seized upon that to make his point about the independence of lawyers and how to embrace and preserve that independence that is too easily taken for granted.“Independence of judgment is key to a lawyer-client relationship,” said Tigar, also a law professor at Washington College of Law at American University. “Our brothers and sisters of the bar will not revile us for cases we choose to take.”Or choose not to take.“We’re not as rich as investment bankers or dot-com people used to be. But half the investment bankers are in Club Fed,” Tigar said. “virtue of our good fortune, we have the ability to make independent decisions.”Here was the kicker of Tigar’s speech: “But what are we doing with it? We can wander around transfixed by our independence. Is it heretical to ask: Can the independence of the bar be justified?”As July 4 was the holiday around the corner, he asked: “What is the Declaration of Independence? It is a justification of independence.. . . Suppose those of us in this room would say, `Let us justify the independence of the bar.’ How well is our stewardship?.. . Are enough people getting enough justice?,” he asked, noting the cutbacks in legal aid to the poor and unprecedented numbers of people on death rows without adequate counsel.“How is it that lawyers are not spending enough time on pro bono cases? Could we, in short, write the justification of the independence of lawyers that would command the decent respect of others?”Tigar challenged lawyers to “take seriously and not make it cliche what it means to be an independent bar.” “We do not own and did not invent the law,” Tigar said. “We’ve received it from others before us.”Lawyers’ duty, he said, is to make sure the law is not damaged, and to “make it a little better during the time that we have it.”“If we can do that, like the people who wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776, we are entitled to our independence.”center_img Attorneys must not take independence for grantedlast_img
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How to position your brand and win more members

first_imgDave Power, CEO of Perkins School for the Blind, and professor of business at Harvard Extension School, calls the positioning statement, “the most critical element of company strategy.” It’s quite the assertion, but nailing your positioning statement really can help you connect with your potential members in a way that nothing else can. Most credit unions struggle to position their brands. If you can capture your credit union brand in a simple statement, than that clarity will help your best customers recognize you as something theyneed—which will lead to more conversions and greater membership growth.In this post, we’ll discuss how you can write a positioning statement, both for your overall credit union brand and your specific products. We’ll also discuss the elements that are most likely to produce an effective positioning statement that leads to more loans, members, and deposits. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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How NYSDOT is ready to take on snowfall in May

first_imgIn the meantime, Cook says the department always has its plows at its locations, fueled and ready to go in case of unpredictable weather patterns. As for the amount of salt for the roads, he says they have plenty. With the travel ban recently lifted in Broome County and snow expected, the New York State Department of Transportation wants to make sure drivers are away of their surroundings. “Don’t let the time of year cloud your judgment,” said NYSDOT Region 9 spokesperson, Scott Cook, after he says he recently saw more cars out on the roads. “If you see a plow, stay away. If a plow is working, if it has its blade down, if the plow is spreading salt, keep your distance. Don’t try to pass it and let us do our job.” “Just in this region, we got almost 50,000 tons ready to go,” said Cook. He says depending on how the weather is forecasted in the next several hours, his crews will be pre-treating roads in the center of where a possible squall system could come through in the area.center_img At the NYSDOT Region Nine, Cook says a lot of them have been working from home as much as possible. He says crews out and about on the roadways have been taking the necessary precautions to protect themselves from the coronavirus. (WBNG) — Snow in the middle of May is uncommon, but the NYSDOT says it’s ready for anything and has a warning for drivers. Cook went on to say his department has not yet seen an economic impact from this pandemic in things like the budget, supplies, or hiring. He says there could be changes as the economy starts to re-open.last_img read more

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NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Egyptian poultry, Russia vaccinates birds, Jakarta’s poultry shelters, UK flu-shot policy, TB-infected doctor

first_imgApr 13, 2009Egypt reports two more H5N1 outbreaksAnimal health officials in Egypt recently reported two new H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in backyard poultry, according to the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). The virus infected 12 chickens in a village in Suez governorate, and the vaccination status of the birds was not known. Meanwhile, the virus hit 34 unvaccinated poultry of various kinds in a village in Beni Suef governorate. The outbreak was detected through active surveillance.Russia targets poultry vaccination to migration hotspotRussia’s agricultural oversight agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, today announced the start of a major push to vaccinate backyard poultry in the Altai region against the H5N1 avian influenza virus, Itar-Tass, Russia’s news agency, reported. Officials said the Altai region is at risk for H5N1 outbreaks because it is on a route for migrating birds from Asia, where the H5N1 virus is more prevalent.Jakarta to consolidate backyard poultryIn an effort to control the spread of the H5N1 avian influenza virus, Indonesia’s agriculture ministry recently announced plans to corral all poultry in residential Jakarta neighborhoods into four centrally located poultry shelters, according to a report in the April issue of Poultry Indonesia magazine. The city government said it will build the four structures and that all chickens in the city must be confined to the areas by Apr 24, 2010. Construction on one shelter, designed to hold 1 million birds, is nearly complete, but work hasn’t begun on the other three.Report says UK won’t urge flu shots for childrenThe United Kingdom’s expert panel on immunization has decided not to recommend influenza vaccination for children, according to Pulse, a weekly newsletter for British physicians. The UK Department of Health had asked its medical advisers to review the issue after a modeling study by Health Protection Agency researchers predicted that vaccinating children could reduce flu in the general population by up to 70%, the report said. But the minutes of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation make clear that flu shots would not be recommended for children, according to Pulse. Professor Andy Hall, chair of the committee, said there was not enough evidence that current flu vaccines are effective in young children. The British policy contrasts with that of the United States, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all children aged 6 months to 18 years receive annual flu immunizations.Chicago health officials track contacts of TB-infected doctorA 26-year-old pediatric resident working in Chicago was diagnosed as having tuberculosis (TB) on Apr 7 and might have exposed patients at three area hospitals to the disease, the Chicago Tribune reported on Apr 11. None of the woman’s patients or coworkers have so far been diagnosed with TB. Though the three hospitals have said the risk to patients is “minimal,” they are contacting patients who were exposed to the resident. Northwestern Memorial Hospital said in an Apr 10 press release that at least 17 patients—some of them women who delivered babies—were exposed to the woman at its Prentice Women’s Hospital between Nov 3 and 19, 2008, and that another 100 may have received care from her. Evanston Hospital said today that a limited number of patients and staff in the facility’s special infant care unit were potentially exposed to the doctor between Feb 11 and Mar 12. She most recently worked at Children’s Memorial Hospital, where hospital officials said she had contact with at least 150 children and more than 300 workers, the Tribune reported. Susan Gerber, MD, chief medical officer of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said the woman’s infection was “susceptible and sensitive” to treatment and that health officials are investigating a trip she made as a medical student in late 2007 to an HIV clinic in Botswana.last_img read more

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Split, Zadar and Šibenik will soon be connected by a fast ferry line

first_imgSplit, Zadar and Šibenik from April 01, 2019. they should be connected by a fast regular ferry line. Namely, the mentioned planned line is in the process of approval for 2019 by the Agency for Coastal Liner Shipping. As planned according to the sailing schedule, the high-speed line Split-Šibenik-Zadar and vice versa would be active from April 01 to October 31, 2019.years. Find out the list and price list of all regular, as well as planned, which are in the process of approval, maritime lines in 2019 on the website Coastal Shipping Agencies. According to the published price list, a passenger ticket from Split to Zadar would amount to HRK 158,00, and from Zadar to Šibenik and from Split to Šibenik a total of HRK 110,00. center_img It is unfortunate that the news of the introduction of a ferry line between Split, Zadar and Šibenik delights us today. The mentioned line should be something normal and in function for decades. Why? Because it is logical and natural to connect three big cities in Dalmatia by sea. So much for the strategic development of tourism, right? But again better ever than never. Every day from Split at 09.00 a fast ferry line would depart towards Šibenik, where it would then depart from Zadar from 10:35 where it is planned to arrive at 12.40. The line from Zadar would leave at 17.30 pm with arrival in Split in the evening. last_img read more

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Spike in divorce applications: ‘It’s that New Year’s resolution’

first_img“They’re spending three or four weeks together over the Christmas period and they never spend time like that together during the year so that can cause tensions as well.” “Often it’s that New Year’s resolution.” “The unhappiness may sort of drift along during the year, but in some cases people with children might say ‘look we’re just gonna have one more Christmas with the kids and then in the new year I’m gonna do something about it’. He said the financial stress of Christmas, holidays and couples spending more time together could propel them to consider splitting up. TVNZ One News 7 January 2019Family First Comment:  A sad reality – but at least NZ has a structure in place which means that divorces can’t be done quickly and without due consideration – as has become the situation in the UK. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2019/01/04/couples-file-divorce-christmas-day-ministers-accused-making/We should be providing all the financial and relationship counselling and resources possible to help couples possibly avoid a marriage breakdown. www.ProtectMarriage.nzWhile most people are slowly easing themselves into work after the holidays, divorce lawyers know they will need to hit the ground running. But he said a lot are not prepared for the time and effort a divorce takes.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/spike-in-divorce-applications-its-new-years-resolution?variant=tb_v_1 Senior divorce lawyer Jeremy Sutton said couple inquiries and applications for divorce spike this month.last_img read more

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Watford’s Deeney claims every team has ‘one gay player’

first_img Loading… Deeney suspects gay footballers are worried about the scrutiny that would follow if they reveal their sexuality while still playing.But the 31-year-old claims one top player coming out would lead to others following their lead.Talking on the BBC’s Grounded with Louis Theroux podcast, Deeney said: “I would go on record saying that there is probably one gay or bi-person in every football team. They’re there, they are 100 percent there.“I think people that are gay or from that community definitely are very worried about having to shoulder the responsibility of being the first. I think once the first comes out, there would be loads.“If he come out and said it, I genuinely believe you would get in the first week at least 100 people that went ‘me too’. Just because they don’t want to be the face of it.”Former Norwich and Nottingham Forest striker Justin Fashanu, who declared he was gay in 1990 and died in 1998, remains the only openly gay male footballer in British history.Despite acknowledging some players would fear criticism, Deeney, who is preparing for the Premier League’s return on June 17, believes the current era is a good time for sportsmen to declare if they are gay.Watford striker Troy DeeneyRead Also: Hazard taken off, ice strapped to right ankle“I think there is now a bigger platform than ever to be a gay athlete of any nature,” he said.“I also wonder, why people finish football, rugby, whatever the sport it might be, and then go ‘I am gay’… I feel like it must be a real heavy load to carry throughout all your whole sporting career.” Watford striker Troy Deeney believes there is probably “one gay player in every football team”.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role ModelsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running ArtThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoolast_img read more