Director offers seminar

first_imgDiane Fox, director of the Office for Student Success at Saint Mary’s, is leading a five-day summer seminar called “Access to Success” that will cover what college students need to be academically successful. The seminar is offered June 13 through June 16 to local students who are beginning college, students who’ve had a difficult start to college and those returning to college after being away.According to Fox, the overall goal of the seminar is to teach students that “rather than jeopardize your future, this seminar can empower you with the skills, strategies, and psychology of your success in college-and perhaps, life.”Fox sees the program as a way to give back to the community that she has been a part of her whole life.“I’ve been a South Bend resident all my life and this is one of my ways that I am giving back to the high school kids in the South Bend School Corporation and all of the schools in the surrounding areas,” Fox said. “I think most kids today have a hard time transitioning from high school to college for whatever reason it is.”Fox said she hopes that by incorporating college students who may not have had a strong academic year, they will be able to give advice to recent high school graduates that enroll in the week-long program.“My target audiences are beginning college students and anybody who had a difficult first year. When you graduate from high school you think you know everything, and naïvely so because if you get into a good college, why would you not think that you would be smart and successful by doing the same things you did in high school?” Fox said. “Nobody tells them this until you get that bad first grade and you cry and you think you’re stupid and want to flunk out of college.”Fox believes that most of the common mistakes high school graduates will make their freshman year can be easily prevented.“I think this is important because it makes student proactive rather than reactive and if anything, my goal is to keep them out of a hole that first year,” Fox said. “I don’t care what college you go to but if you get in a hole that first year, you’re digging out the next four years. I don’t think it’s arrogance that they think they know everything, it’s naïvety.”The key to both enjoying college and being academically successful is balance, according to Fox.“I don’t think you should do something at the expense of something else ever,” Fox said. “It’s all about balance because I think you’re priority has to be academics because that’s why you’re here, but you can’t study all the time or you’re going to burn out. But you can’t party all the time because you’re not going to have anything to go back to”.The seminar lasts from June 13 through June 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Diane Fox at [email protected]: Access to Success, office for student success, South Bend communitylast_img read more

Wellington gets 1.7 inches of rain this morning

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 310 weeks ago My wife reported a little more than that at 10:00am. Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Adding it up · 310 weeks ago Did you have Quinn do the adding or did you use a calculator? Just wondering. Report Reply 0 replies · active 310 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — According to the trusty Sumner Newscow rain gauge, Wellington received 1.7 inches of rain as of 9:30 this morning. That’s a good start for September. In August, we had 3.1 inches of rain. In July we had 5.0 inches and in June 8.3. Total since June is 18.1 inches! Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Music Out Loud – Names Requested to Honor Local Musicians

first_imgFacebook43Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by City of OlympiaHelp us honor musical legacies in our community!The Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation Department and the Olympia Arts Commission need your help to posthumously honor musicians who have significantly contributed to music growth in the area or made a name for Olympia, through artistic design and a music performance series at up to three sidewalk sites in downtown Olympia.Citizens are asked to submit names of deceased local musicians who has been pivotal in the musical growth of the Olympia community. Commissioners are looking for musicians to honor who meet the following criteria:Are deceased.Was born or has lived (10+ years), and has had a significant connection with the Olympia area.Pivotal in the musical growth of the Olympia community.Accessible to the public.Contributed to vitality of Olympia’s music scene.History of musical achievement.Respected by peers.Has made a significant contribution to music.Honored by local musicians and aficionados for his/her contribution to the community.With his or her passing, left a lasting legacy that will forever be remembered.The City’s ability to establish positive communication with family or estate of the musician.Consideration of diverse styles of music.SUBMISSIONSSubmittals are REQUIRED to include the following information:Musician suggestionWhy should this musician be honoredYour name and contact informationNames must be submitted by 5:00pm on April 30 and be based on the criteria specified above. Names will be accepted by email at [email protected] or mail/drop at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia 98501.PUBLIC HEARINGThe Olympia Arts Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday May 14, at 6:00 pm at Olympia City Hall, 604 4th Ave. E, Room 112. The public is encouraged to attend. For special accommodations, please contact Stephanie Johnson at 360.709.2678.last_img read more

“Do not allow CSME to be victim of procrastination” – Granger tells Caricom…

first_img28th Inter-Sessional HoG meetingThe need for greater regional integration was emphasised at the opening of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Inter-Sessional Meeting held in Guyana on Thursday, where regional leaders pushed the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) agenda.Caricom Chairman, President David Granger, delivering his address at the opening of the 28th Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of GovernmentDuring the two-day confab, focus will be placed on the broad areas of economic development, crime and security and international relations.In his address to the Caricom Heads, incumbent Chairman President David Granger underscored the need to expedite the full implementation of the CSME in order for the Caribbean to escape the economic downfall in today’s global environment.“The CSME has the potential to enhance Private Sector growth and competitiveness by providing access to a larger pool of resources, facilitating the movement of human capital, catalysing the establishment of regional businesses and encouraging the free movement of goods. The CSME must not be allowed to become a victim of equivocation and procrastination,” the Guyanese Leader noted.He added that the region faces threats that include dampened demand for its goods and services and distortions in its financial sectors caused as a result of de-risking by international banks.On the other hand, President Granger asserted that with regional security an essential pillar of Caricom, there needs to be an integrated approach to tackling issues that threaten the security of the Region.Caricom Heads and members of various delegations gathered at the 28th Inter-sessional Meeting“The Caribbean – a maritime corridor between two continents – is vulnerable to narcotics trafficking and human trafficking, gun running, terrorism and penetration by international criminal cartels. Transnational criminal threats demand multinational functional cooperation,” he outlined. We must continuously strengthen our security architecture in order to assure citizens and investors of greater security and stability,” he outlined.The Head of State also went on to urge the Member States to be vigilant in the face of continuing threats to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Region.Moreover with functional cooperation an elemental pillar of Caricom, the Guyanese Head of State pushed for greater cooperation among Member States in promoting food and energy security in the Region.Food securityTo this end, he posited that the Region has the capability to meet its food needs, noting that the Community’s three mainland States – Guyana, Belize and Suriname – are, together, bigger than developed countries such as Germany and Japan.The President added that food security will not only ensure health and nutritional benefits for the Caribbean but at the same time also earn foreign exchange and eliminate the bloated bill for food importation.“Ensuring regional food security is a cross-sectoral task involving cooperation in agriculture, finance, health and nutrition and infrastructure, among other sectors… Food security can be advanced by the fuller utilisation of our lands for large-scale investment in agriculture and agro-processing and by dismantling barriers to regional trade in agricultural products,” he asserted.Furthermore, President Granger also called on his fellow Caricom Heads of State to intensity efforts at regional energy security.“We have the means to do so since we are blessed with abundant sources of renewable energy. The Community has done considerable, commendable work towards ensuring energy security which can ease the Community’s energy sector off of its addiction to fossil fuel and encourage the adoption of renewable sources of energy,” he remarked.Also delivering remarks at the opening of the two-day confab, General Secretary of Caricom, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque also posited that a sustained economic development requires a cohesive response by working collectively and pooling resources.In this regard, he noted that with CSME already having been established as the “best vehicle” to drive sustainable economic growth and development, there is much more to be done despite the progress made in promoting the initiative within the Region.“With all that is before us, it is relevant and timely for this meeting to consider a comprehensive review of the CSME, as agreed to last July. Ideally, a review of the CSME must not only be about what has been done, or not done, and what might have been the constraining factors; it should also be about the impact and how it has measured up to intent and expectations, and therefore how the shortcomings might be addressed,” Ambassador LaRocque stated.IntegrationOn the note of integration, the Secretary General stated that steps are apace to establish a Results Based Management (RBM) system that will measure the tangible results of regional integration mechanisms.Meanwhile, Prime Minister of Dominica, Rooseveldt Skerrit, who handed over the Caricom Chairmanship to Guyana last year, decried the slothfulness of progress particularly in carrying out the mandate of the Heads of Government Meeting.He recalled urging Member States last July to use powers at their disposal to work towards the speedy and effective implementation of matters we have long agreed upon.“Today many of these matters are still pending, as they languish in our Ministerial Councils, Committees, Commissions and Working Groups. Whether this is due to them being inquorate or Member States asking for time to consult, or even officials not being adequately prepared, the effect is the same – a hindrance to progress,” the outgoing Chairman opined.He further noted that it will be no surprise if, during deliberations, there is further evidence of the need for a greater effort by all to complete the tasks set by the Heads of Government.“We are dealing with matters that strike at the heart of both the concerns of our Community and the strengthening of our integration movement. Indeed these matters are also of great significance to all our countries domestically,” Prime Minister Skerrit added, while pointing out to his colleague Heads that as Leaders, they have a responsibility to ensure that those who have been tasked with fulfilling regional mandates participate fully in the relevant discussions.last_img read more

De Bruyne eyes golden era for champs City

first_img0Shares0000Kevin de Bruyne predicts glittering future for English champions Manchester City under manager Pep Guardiola © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Kevin De Bruyne says Manchester City are ready to reign supreme in the Premier League for years to come under the astute leadership of Pep Guardiola.City were confirmed as English champions on Sunday with a record-equalling five games to spare after Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against struggling West Bromwich Albion. Belgium midfielder De Bruyne has been one of the standout players in City’s record-breaking campaign, but he knows Guardiola was the mastermind behind their triumph.City’s top priority in the close-season will be securing the services of former Bayern Munich and Barcelona chief Guardiola, who also led his team to League Cup glory in February, for longer than the one year remaining on his contract.“Everyone knows he’s one of the best coaches in the world. To achieve what he has achieved in the game is special and to be part of a group of players led by him can only help us to keep developing,” De Bruyne said.“He came in two years ago and changed the way we play. That obviously takes time to adapt to but we’ve developed together and this season is a reward for all that work.“What we want to do now is continue playing the way we have this season and become even stronger. He’s a big part of that and hopefully these can be his first trophies of many here at City.”Backed by City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners, Guardiola has spent big money to bolster his squad and more reinforcements are likely to arrive before next season.But De Bruyne believes the current City squad is already well placed to build on this season’s achievements.“It’s no coincidence that the type of players brought in over the last year or two have all been of a similar age and we will look to build as a group together. The feeling amongst the squad is great,” he said.“We have enjoyed the season a lot but there is work to do if we want to achieve more in future. That can be the trickiest thing in football, to not only win but keep winning. Having such a young squad will hopefully help us to achieve that.”City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan also believes the foundations are in place for sustained success.The Germany international, who had been back in his homeland watching former club Borussia Dortmund play Schalke when he learned he was a Premier League winner, said: “Although some of our players have won it before, it’s our first title as a group of players under the new manager.“We have developed together and there is a lot of potential. What we all have to do now is to work hard and believe in our ability to keep succeeding.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA  man who raped a Donegal woman in her home after meeting her for the first time the previous day has been remanded in custody pending sentence.Sean Finn (aged 42) of Colehill, Kinnegad, Co Meath pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape on May 15, 2010. Mr Justice Paul Carney adjourned the case for sentence next week.Finn met the then 26-year-old woman the previous night after he joined a group she was in who were drinking in a hotel in Donegal.He stayed with the group when they had breakfast the following morning and went back to the woman’s house when she and her companion got a taxi there.Finn later got a taxi with the woman and her friend who were going on to another pub but he got dropped off at hospital to attend for an appointment.He then turned up at the pub the woman and her companion were in and arrived back at her house later that afternoon.Detective Sergeant Michael Carroll told Ms Mary Ellen Ring SC, prosecuting, that the woman ordered food to be delivered to her house that afternoon and thought a knock to the door was the delivery man. She saw it was Finn and refused to answer the door.When the food arrived a short time later Finn was still there and invited himself into her home. He had bought food himself and the two ate together before he leaned in to kiss the woman.She pushed him away but he kissed her again, more aggressively and she bit his tongue causing him to bleed.Det Sgt Carroll said Finn was on top of the woman on the couch but she managed to slide out from under him onto the floor.He grabbed for her and pulled her bottoms down and she banged her head off the wall in the resulting struggle.Det Sgt Carroll said the woman then grabbed a nearby photo frame and hit Finn with it twice on the head, again causing him to bleed.He then raped her.Det Sgt Carroll said when Finn was finished he wiped the blood from his face and told the woman not to tell the gardai. He left the house leaving his bloodied shirt behind.The woman called gardaí who then contacted the hotel the group had been in the night previously.They viewed CCTV footage and arrested Finn at his ex-wife’s home later that day.Det Sgt Carroll said the woman was examined and found to have bruising to both her elbows and knee caps which was consistent with the struggle as she had described it.Finn later showed gardaí where he had discarded the clothes he had been wearing and made full admissions to them in the subsequent interview.Det Sgt Carroll said he had no previous convictions.Ms Ring read the woman’s victim impact report into court in which she described being “very disturbed” by the event.She stated that she had always been “outgoing, independent and very trusting” but added “he came to my home, took advantage of my trusting nature and raped me”.She said her personality has since changed and she now “has a short fuse, is irritable and easily upset”. She said she now has no sense of fun and is withdrawn and wants to be left alone.“The most personal part of my human life has been degraded and demeaned,” the woman stated before she added that she now feels vulnerable and weak.“It is always on my mind. My whole world has been invaded and it constantly comes into my mind that people know,” she said.The woman described how she had been attacked in her own home which she said had “previously felt like a safe place”.“I have had a heinous crime committed against me and now I will always be seen as a victim. I will always have the shadow of this assault over my life,” the woman said.EndsMAN FOUND GUILTY OF RAPING DONEGAL WOMAN IN HER OWN HOME was last modified: April 4th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalguiltyrapelast_img read more