first_imgPhoto courtesy of Brittany Margritz Sophomore Brittany Margritz works on a construction project in Milwaukee over the summer. Margritz volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, part of her SSLP sponsored by the University.Sophomore Brittany Margritz spent her summer working for Habitat for Humanity in Milwaukee.“Before I went to Milwaukee, I spent a week in Haiti doing service there,” Margritz said. “I volunteered with Habitat for Humanity sporadically throughout high school and went on service trips for the past six summers.”Margritz’s responsibilities while working for Habitat for Humanity varied from hands-on construction projects to office work for the organization.“Three days a week, we were out on construction, so we were out on site doing different things like framing houses and finishing work,” Margritz said. “Two days a week I worked in the office with the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, so we have partners in the neighborhood we built in that help us.”Margritz said that the building aspect of her work with Habitat for Humanity fit in well with her civil engineering major and future career goals. But she said the most rewarding part of the service was getting engaged with the local community.“It was really nice to work side-by-side with [homeowners] in their neighborhood because we worked in the one neighborhood,” she said. “And we really got to know the neighborhood well, and the whole community was very behind the effort.”Sophomore Su Jean Park also spent her summer doing an SSLP in Wisconsin, working with the COA Youth and Family Centers.  She said she was drawn to the SSLP because it allowed her to learn outside the classroom.“I really liked the philosophy of intertwining outreach experience and theology,” Park said. Park, who spent most of her time working with underprivileged children from Milwaukee, said all in all, the experience was a positive one.“Children are just so malleable, and you can see changes throughout the weeks you know them,” Park said. “It was rewarding just being with the kids and feeding off their energy.”Tags: habitat for humanity, service, SSLP, summer service learning program A central tenet of the Holy Cross education each Notre Dame student receives is service to the community. This past summer, many students engaged in a Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP), fulfilling this aspect of the Holy Cross mission by engaging in service across the country and internationally through the Center for Social Concerns.An SSLP is a three-credit theology course where students engage in active service for eight consecutive weeks, according to the Center for Social Concerns website. These immersions are often sponsored by Notre Dame clubs in the area.last_img read more

17 Jan / 2021

Browne Awards 2020

first_imgThree graduate students in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) were recently honored with an E. Broadus Browne Award for Outstanding Graduate Research.Given in honor of Browne, a former director of the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Stations in the college, the award is presented to outstanding master’s and doctoral students based on research and effective communication.This year, Lorena Lacerda in the department of crop and soil sciences was awarded first place for the Browne Award in the doctoral division. Her research is interdisciplinary and international — part of a collaboration between UGA and the Israeli Agricultural Research Organization — and focuses on using remote sensing to improve irrigation scheduling methods in irrigated cotton in the state of Georgia.“Winning this award is good feedback that gives me even more confidence to believe we are on the right path,” said Lacerda. “The monetary incentive that comes with the award will allow us to participate in more events and help us disseminate our results to the academic community, farmers and other stakeholders.”The first-place doctoral award consists of a certificate, $2,000 and up to $1,500 for support to attend a professional meeting. Second place is awarded $1,000. The first-place master’s award consists of a certificate, $1,000 and up to $1,500 in support to attend a professional meeting.Doctoral student Dima White won second place in the doctoral division. His research thesis deals with addressing keel bone fractures using nutrition and management interventions in laying hens housed in cage-free aviary systems. It consists of using a device to scan the keel bones in pullets and laying hens, and determining the structural compositions of those bones in 3D analysis.“[I’m] proud to represent the poultry science department because all of the faculty and students are doing great research and I couldn’t have done any of this without their help and support,” said White.Raegan Wiggins was awarded first place in the master’s division. Her research at the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics is based on working to combat the buildup of aflatoxin, a highly toxic substance that is sometimes found in peanuts. It is considered the most carcinogenic, or cancer-causing, substance yet discovered.“I firmly believe that, by educating others, we can all do our part in improving on the current world hunger and food safety crises,” said Wiggins.CAES currently has 580 graduate students across its 18 master’s degree and 15 doctoral degree programs. To learn more about CAES graduate programs, visit read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County lawmakers made eastern Long Island the first place in the nation to forbid 19 and 20 year olds from buying cigarettes and other tobacco products starting next year following an intense debate.The county legislature voted 10-8 late Tuesday night to raise the legal age for buying tobacco products from 19 to 21 within Suffolk, imposing $1,000 fines for retailers that violate the new law.“This is about preventing addiction,” said Suffolk Legis. Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai), one of the lawmakers who voted for the bill, referring to the hundreds of thousands who die each year from tobacco-related illnesses and the thousands within the 19- to 21-year-old age group who pick up the habit each day for the first time.The move comes after CVS recently announced is will phase out the sale of cigarettes at its pharmacies nationwide this year and New York officials encouraged other drug stores to follow suit.The new law, which now goes to County Executive Steve Bellone for signing, also bans the sale of cigars, rolling papers, chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes to 19 and 20 year olds starting in 2015. A similar law has been proposed in Nassau.Opponents and advocates voiced their concerns throughout the afternoon and into the evening, encompassing everything from its potential effects on health and costs to discussion over curtailing freedoms, over-regulation and whether or not the new restrictions would actually be enforceable. Even those who voted against the bill made pointed statements in favor of increased education for youth and anti-smoking initiatives.Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) joined Republican lawmakers in opposing the increase, echoing concerns of others that there existed several flaws in the legislation, one of which being, she said, the inability to effectively enforce it. She added that the onus would fall onto shop owners, who would be held responsible should a 19- to 21-year-old purchase cigarettes in their shop.Legis. Lou D’Amaro (D-North Babylon) also crossed party lines to vote against the bill, asking: “How many other types of conduct are we going to now prohibit for adults?”“We send our young people off to go ahead to fight for us all over the world, we encourage our young people to be able to enter contract, we have our young people go ahead and be able to vote and yet this is an effort to tell them ‘you’re good enough for some things but not for this,” Minority Leader John M. Kennedy (R-Nesconset) said in explaining his vote. He suggested that the state should pass the law instead.Majority Leader DuWayne Gregory (D-North Amityville), a military veteran, said that when he first heard of the idea to raise the age he harbored concerns about preventing those who could serve our country in times of war from smoking a cigarette, but decided in the end to vote on the side of potentially saving lives, “for the public good.”last_img read more

first_imgAs credit unions continue to work toward digital transformation and the need to provide an omnichannel member experience, many face the challenge of how to handle the complexity of producing and delivering communications through the member’s channel of choice. Business-critical communications have become increasingly complex, with members now asking to receive them not only by print or email, but also (or alternatively) via SMS text and mobile.To stay competitive, credit unions are seeking ways to effectively manage member touchpoints across a variety of channels. However, automating the process with comprehensive customer communications management systems—software that often integrates with CRM (customer relationship management) systems—can be expensive and not completely self-managing. That means reaping the rewards and earning the return on a technology investment still requires knowledgeable and experienced personnel to operate the system effectively. For many small- to medium-sized credit unions, this is likely where the greatest challenge lies.What is the best way to manage a CCM system and all the advantages automation brings to omnichannel member communications? There are three approaches to consider: instructional, empowered and partnered. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgBy Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (April 16) ­– An amazing 152 cars and an absolutely packed grandstand were on hand for opening night of the 2016 season as well as to pay their respects to Shawano Speed­way legend M.J. McBride Saturday evening.McBride, a seven-time track champion at Shawano who passed way this winter, was honored by the track and its competitors as part of an emotional opening ceremony. His son Dean car­ried the checkered flag around the track one final time in honor of his father.Brad Lautenbach led the first two laps of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature before suc­cumbing to the pressures of Marcus Yarie.  Lautenbach continued to follow Yarie until Eddie Muenster put his familiar number five car into second.At this point in the race the best battle was for position in the top five as Muenster, Lautenbach, Andy Kleczka, Benji LaCrosse, and Johnny Whitman all vied for runner-up honors.  At the end it was Yarie in victory lane, with LaCrosse emerging in the battle for second. Kleczka, Muenster, and Whitman completed the top five.Brandon Czarapata led from lap five to the finish in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Jordan Barkholtz found his way around Kelsey Hayes for the lead and eventual Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory.last_img read more

23 Sep / 2020

Donald R. Brown

first_imgOn Monday, August 3, 2020, Donald “Don” Richard Brown of Cedar Grove passed away at the age of 94. Born on July 11, 1926, in Cedar Grove, Don lived a long, full life during which he served in the Navy at the end of World War II and owned and operated Brown Lumber Company in Cedar Grove Don was involved with the Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department, the Shriners, and the American Legion. He was involved at events in and around Cedar Grove   Don loved nature and gardening, socializing with family and friends and making homemade wine and sourdough bread.Don was preceded in death by his beloved wife Lela Jean Brown. He is survived by his five adult children: David (partner Linda Kaiser) Brown, Cincinnati, Ohio; Steve (wife Pam) Brown, Shelbyville, Indiana; Tom Brown, Cedar Grove; Bruce (partner Ann Webb) Brown, Naperville, Illinois; and Jill (husband Scott) Keller, Pendleton, Indiana. Don is also survived by seven grandchildren: Neil (wife Stacie) Brown, Rockford, Illinois; Tim (wife Andrea) Brown, Hamilton, Ohio; Eric (wife Jennifer) Brown, Cincinnati, Ohio; Ali (husband Luke) Trout, Monticello, Indiana; Graham (wife Kaitlyn), Pendleton, Indiana; Michael (partner Becky Allen) Brown, Shelbyville, Indiana; and Seth (wife Megan) Keller, Pendleton, Indiana, as well as 12 great-grandchildren.Visitation and funeral arrangements are pending at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children ( in Don’s name. Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home has assisted the family with the arrangements. For more information, send condolences, or to sign on the line guest book, go to The Cook Rosenberger Staff is honored to serve Don’s family.last_img read more

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Wellington City Council decided against naming an interim city manager for the present at its meeting Tuesday night at the council chambers. The group will instead take up the issue again at 5:30 p.m. next Monday in a special meeting.After a 30-minute executive session to discuss the issue, councilman Kip Etter motioned to go back into executive session to continue the discussion. That motion resulted in a 3-3 tie. Mayor Shelley Hansel broke the tie by voting against continuing the executive session.Hansel said she agreed with Jim Valentine who had suggested letting the dust settle a bit, before moving forward.The council terminated Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert last month and was considering naming an interim manager while they begin another search.“We need to do this in a purposeful and thoughtful way,” Hansel said. “We want to make the right decisions and we want the public to be proud of that decision.”The city will continue with Jason Newberry handling day-to-day duties, and Shane Shields continuing to be in charge of the finances. Hansel also said she appreciated the work of Carol Mericle and Jeremy Jones, who are also department heads.She said she feels confident the city is in good hands with the staff that is in place.She also welcomed the public to give her and the council feedback on the direction it should take in finding a new city manager, and even what to do in the interim.••••••SRMC bringing in more:The Council heard from Terry Deschaine, a board member from the Sumner County Medical Center.  He said the hospital is doing much better, but would be even better if the state expanded Medicaid.He said the new interim director hired last year has made a lot of improvements, and he said the study and plan the city paid for is also showing some dividends.Over the last few months the hospital has brought in about $100,000 more per month than it has spent, but it still has some old debts that are being paid down. That is a lot better than a year ago, when it was losing money each month.Deschaine said the hospital would be getting about $800,000 more per year of the state expanded Medicaid. The state has refused to do that under the Affordable Care Act, as have other states with Republican governors.The hospital lost its surgeon last year, but has since entered agreements with two from Wichita, who come down weekly to do surgical procedures. That is saving the hospital $350,000 each year, and has resulted in more doctors encouraging people to have procedures done here instead of going to Wichita.•••••KDHE representative pays visit:The council also heard from a KDHE representative concerning the raw water issue near Mayfield. There was an issue recently when the city was told it had to disconnect people that were hooked to a line that brought untreated water into the city, even though that water was coming from their land.The city was ordered to provide bottled water to those customers, some of which had already dug their own wells and would not have been inconvenienced by being cut off. Jason Newberry told the council the city is close to being in compliance, and is giving bottled water to eight residents now. Some of them are getting their own wells and don’t need the line anymore.It was a year old agreement that the city would get water from under their land and they would get to hook to the city line for free.  The Feds have since ruled that a city may not allow people to use untreated water, and KDHE was passing that regulation along.Kathy Tucker Voegel of KDHE gave a report on how the situation had evolved.She said KDHE first contacted the city in 2005 and told them they would have to disconnect those customers. The city asked for more time and was given more time. This went on through 2009, with KDHE telling the city to shut them off, and the city asking for more time. From there the issue was not raised again until late last year when KDHE sent another letter to the city.She said she did not know why communication broke down there.There may still be an issue on a cross connection at the water plant, where untreated water is close to treated water. That issue is being addressed, Newberry told the council.•••••Replacing gas turbine:The council voted to purchase a gas turbine for the electric plant from Air New Zealand for about $30,000. That bid was a lot less than the others, and that was a concern, but Newberry said the city has worked with this company before and has been happy with the results.The turbine had been malfunctioning. It has been there 29 years and this is the second time it has had problems.The item was not budgeted but there may be enough in equipment repair funds to cover the costs.•••••In other business, the council passed:•renewing a cable TV franchise contract with Sumner Communications;•setting new court costs and fees getting them in line with state guidelines.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Larry · 218 weeks ago Take it from one that now lives in a state where they expanded Medicare under Obamacare and it has been a disaster. Even with the extra money they received, the cost almost double over that. Two hospitals here that were counting on the money to save them, has only put them in even worst shape. Report Reply 2 replies · active 218 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Gocrusaders · 218 weeks ago The City Council has clearly known for sometime that Mr. Eckert was going to be replaced based upon your prior reporting as to his evaluations, etc. It is a continuing pattern of lack leadership / utter dysfunction by the Mayor and Council that it had / has no plan as to an interim replacement. Leadership, and lack thereof, which was cited repeatedly by the Mayor in her reasoning / quotes for the termination of Mr. Eckert does not begin and end with the City Manager, it should begin with the Mayor and Council, until that is figured out and acted upon by those elected officials, there is little hope of good governance. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Friend of a friend · 218 weeks ago The mayor thinks she runs the city and that is an issue. They should appoint an interim. How about the one they originally wanted to hire, Shane Shields. Give him a chance and proceed slowly. What is the hurry. He is a level head that knows Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Jeremy Davis · 218 weeks ago Here’s some input. Let’s set goals of thing wed like to see in 1 year, then 2 years, 5 years. Things that will not only bring in money but also bring wellington more up to date. Our wheat festival could possibly be expanded to generate more attraction. Once the goals are set for the things/changes we’d like to see happen. Then find a manager who can by track record accomplish them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 218 weeks ago Shane Shields would make a great City Manager. He knows everything there is about all departments and finances. He is a true leader that can lead this City forward. Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Oh boy · 218 weeks ago Why does it seem that anything of importance in always held in an executive session? We elected these council members to represent us and when anything important/interesting comes up they deal with it behind closed doors so that we don’t know what’s being discussed! Report Reply 3 replies · active 217 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 218 weeks ago What is the difference between appointing an interim City Manager, and simply asking your existing employees and department heads to continue executing the functions that they have been tasked with? Beyond Shane Shields, is there anyone else within City Hall who is qualified to serve as the interim manager? When you appoint an interim manager, you pay them a City Manager salary, so there is additional cost involved with that as well. There’s no easy solution to this mess, and it only stresses more the importance of getting this roll filled with a high quality applicant. The problem Wellington will run in to is that a high quality applicant will always be looking for greener pastures. They prove their salt here, and they move on to a larger city with a larger salary. This is a position where the individual is almost always looking for upward mobility, unless you can find home grown talent that is content to do his best work in the town he grew up and raised a family (hint, hint). Report Reply 0 replies · active 218 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. 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first_imgRoger Federer is the GOAT and there is no denying that. And recently at the ongoing Australian Open, the tennis icon proved once again he is one of the most modest sportsperson ever.In a video that went viral recently, the tennis player was denied entry into the men’s locker room, as he did not have the proper identity proof. And Roger Federer did not loose his cool.Even @rogerfederer needs his accreditation ??#AusOpen (via @Eurosport_UK) (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2019One can see in the video, which was shot at the Australian Open, Federer walking up to the locker room where he is stopped by a security personnel. Federer was not carrying his own identification card and the guard politely stopped him. The tennis legend, who has won 20 career grand slam titles, was lauded online for his demeanour.And seems like he has found a new fan in cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin took to Twitter today to praise Federer for his patient act.Good to watch the security officer doing his job well at the @AustralianOpen. The manner in which @rogerfederer reacted was commendable as well. Such actions are not common today and they just increase the respect people have for great athletes like Roger. Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 20, 2019He tweeted, “Good to watch the security officer doing his job well at the @AustralianOpen. The manner in which @rogerfederer reacted was commendable as well. Such actions are not common today and they just increase the respect people have for great athletes like Roger.”advertisementSuch a reaction from a sportsman isn’t that common and Roger Federer’s act has put across a great example for celebrity sports stars to follow.ALSO SEE | This 19-year-old Indian boy made The Egg defeat Kylie Jenner in viral Instagram photo challengeALSO WATCH | Ground control to Major Tom: Inside Crimea’s spaceship hotellast_img read more