The Office of Multicultural Services (OMS) at Saint Mary’s hosted an open house mixer event Monday in its office.Director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services Gloria Jenkins said she wants her office to feel like a welcoming space for all students.“A lot of students are not connecting on campus,” she said. “I want them to know this is a place they can come to meet people, make friends and find a way to get involved on campus. It’s somewhere to hang out.”Jenkins said her office partners with various student groups and other offices to plan events and programming, including Belles Connect, a pre-orientation program for diverse students. The office also works closely with Student Diversity Board (SDB), she said.Senior Princess Mae Visconde said she is very involved with the OMS and helped plan the mixer with the intention of fostering community.“We’ve done [the mixer] in the past and just invited multicultural students, but this time, we opened it to everyone just so everyone can meet one another,” she said.Visconde said the goal was to help students branch out and make new connections.“Some students may not know about the office at all, so this gives them the opportunity to get to know the office, Gloria and the people who come here,” Visconde said. Visconde said she has been a member of SDB the past three years and has worked closely with Jenkins in the past. She said she planned the mixer last year because some students were not connecting with one another on campus and felt lonely.First year Theresa Bridge she attended the mixer because a friend invited her, and this was her first experience with the OMS.“[Mixers] help us get to know new students, get involved in the community and meet new people,” she said.She said she thinks introverted students have a hard time connecting with other students and campus organizations.“When you’re an introvert, you like to stay in,” Bridge said. “If you put yourself out there, it’s not hard; but for some people, it’s hard out of fear of acceptance.”Rawia Chaouali, an international student from Tunisia, said she agrees it is harder for introverts to make friends on campus, so extroverts have an easier time.“For me, I’m social and like to start conversations with whoever and wherever,” she said. “I’ve never felt lonely, actually. Maybe for some other students, it may be hard, though. Clubs are not promoted, or the culture in a club is not that involved.”Chaouali said she believes clubs and organizations should continue hosting mixers such as this one.“Events like this are important first of all because of networking,” Chawali said. “Second of all, it gets yourself out of your comfort zone. When you’re busy, you’re not homesick. It’s also fun, and you learn a lot.”Sophomore Karin Garcia also attended the mixer and said she thinks the OMS is such a good resource for students that she and her friends visit the office frequently.“It’s such a comfortable environment for us,” she said. “We know there are people of other cultures, so we definitely feel safe and comfortable with other people here. There are snacks, and it feels home-ish.”Garcia said she hopes people got to know more about the office through the mixer.“It gets more people to come and meet different people and learn about different cultures,” she said.Tags: Gloria Jenkins, multicultural mixer, Office of Multicultural Services, SDB, Student Diversity Board
AUSTINAustin lies about 60 miles south of Fort Hood and can be reached by taking Interstate 35 south. It is the capital of Texas, with nearly 948,000 residents.Austin’s attraction has much to do with its cultural and recreational scenes. Tourists in Austin can enjoy the famous Sixth Street nightlife, hiking and biking trails, the University of Texas campus, Barton Springs (a 3-acre, spring-fed pool), the Austin Symphony Orchestra, ballet, the theater and the popular Capitol 10,000, the largest 10K in Texas.For more information, visit the convention and visitors bureau at www.austintexas.org or call 512-474-5171.DALLASDallas is northeast of the Fort Hood military reservation and can be reached by taking Interstate 35E north to the intersection of Interstate 30. The city is about 160 miles from Fort Hood and is the county seat of Dallas County, with a population of more than 1.3 million.The Dallas area offers the tourist shopping, recreation, arts and culture, family fun and the best in professional sports. Dallas is home to the Dallas Cowboys football team (five-time Super Bowl champions), Dallas Mavericks basketball, Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Stars hockey (1999 Stanley Cup champions) and FC Dallas soccer. The city also hosts the Byron Nelson golf tournament.For more information, call the city’s tourism organization at 214-571-1000 or go to www.visitdallas.com.FORT WORTHFort Worth sits about 30 miles west of Dallas and about 160 miles north of Fort Hood. Settled in 1849 as an Army outpost at a fork of the Trinity River, Fort Worth was one of eight forts assigned to protect settlers from Indian attacks.Fort Worth’s businesses manufacture a variety of goods, from handcrafted saddles to F-16 fighter aircraft. World-class museums offer everything from agricultural exhibits to world-class masterpieces. The city is home to the famous Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. It is also home to the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, which looks much the same as it did more than 100 years ago when Exchange Avenue was filled with cattle bound for the Kansas packinghouses and railroad yards. For the ultimate cowboy experience, visit Fort Worth, “Where the West Begins.”For more information on Fort Worth, visit the city’s chamber of commerce at www.fortworthchamber.com or call 817-336-2491.GEORGETOWNGeorgetown is 25 miles north of Austin on Interstate 35. Known for its small-town charm, Georgetown offers an exciting weekend getaway for the whole family.Georgetown offers a variety of attractions, including the Inner Space Cavern, one of the best preserved caves in Texas. The historic downtown square has more than 30 unique shops where you can find that one-of-a-kind gift at any of the specialty, antique or gift shops. A variety of dining on the Square, from Cajun cuisine to coffeehouses, can meet any taste.For more information, visit the chamber of commerce at www.georgetownchamber.org or call 512-930-3535.SAN ANTONIOSan Antonio lies southwest of the Fort Hood military reservation and can be reached by taking Interstate 35 south about 150 miles until it intersects with Interstate 37 at downtown San Antonio.San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the United States with a population of nearly 1.5 million and one of the top tourist destinations in the country. San Antonio has never lost touch with its heritage while keeping pace with a fast-changing world. Entertainment options are virtually limitless, and many things to see and do in San Antonio are available at little or no cost. Theme parks are fast becoming the most popular of San Antonio’s destinations. Other activities include soaking in the culture of the River Walk while enjoying a guided boat ride, taking in the proud history of The Alamo or cheering at a home game for the NBA’s Spurs.For more information, visit the chamber of commerce at www.sachamber.org or call 210-229-2100.NEW BRAUNFELSRight on the beaten path between Austin and San Antonio is beautiful New Braunfels. With the scenic Texas Hill Country as its backdrop and the clear Comal River as its centerpiece, this charming city of German heritage is a great place for family fun. The city offers residents and visitors a variety of attractions, including the Schlitterbahn Water Park, the Historic Outdoor Art Museum, performing arts and more.For more information, visit the chamber of commerce at www.innewbraunfels.com or call 800-572-2626.WACOWaco, in McLennan County, sits on the beautiful Brazos River in the “Heart of Texas.” Interstate 35, which runs through the center of the city, allows accessibility for tourism and business travel. Waco lies about 65 miles northeast of Fort Hood.The city is home to a symphony orchestra, Cameron Park Zoo, the Hawaiian Falls Waco water park, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Waco Mammoth National Monument.For more information, visit the chamber of commerce at www.wacochamber.com or call 254-757-5600.
We saw Culprit’s Junior One this summer at Interbike, shortly after its formal announcement, and liked the build quality. Now, it’s in stock and shipping for $1,295 USD including shipping.As founder Josh Colp has mentioned, it’s a real bike made for performance riding, it just happens to be sized for kids. Colp says he made this video just to show it’ll easily handle the weight of a full size adult, but that it rolls quick and easy for kids. Standover height is just 550mm, Interested? It and the Arrow One we reviewed are shipping now. Order form is downloadable here, or check their website for more details.There’s also the Junior Two 650C road bike for really short riders or kids that are in between sizes. Standover height is 686mm, and Colp says it should be ready to ship around January 15 for $1,350 USD. Both prices mentioned here are part of their New Year’s special and go up in mid-February.A junior racer on the Junior One in Thailand. Note the Token wheels and other decent spec.
Green Mountain Power Corp,Three Rutland nonprofits will be going solar thanks to $60,000 in grants from Green Mountain Power. Each nonprofit was awarded $20,000 to begin using the sun to create energy ‘and there’s still one more opportunity for another nonprofit to win a grant. The matching grants that will help these non-profit organizations build solar projects are part of GMP’s effort to make Rutland the Solar Capital of New England. ‘These non-profit groups will not only rely on the sun for a portion of their energy needs, they will help inform their clients and the general public about the benefits of solar energy,’said GMP President and CEO Mary Powell. ‘We want to demonstrate solar in a wide variety of settings, so we are particularly pleased to award these grants, which will support three very public projects and important local institutions.’ Grant winners are the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center on West Street, Rutland Regional Community Television on Scale Avenue in Howe Center, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church on Hillside Road. Rutland-based Same Sun of Vermont will build the projects for the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center and Rutland Regional Community Television. USA Solar Store in Perkinsville will build the Good Shepherd project. ‘Each of these projects will have significant environmental and economic benefits for the nonprofits, and will help engage the community at large,’said Steve Costello, GMP’s vice president for generation and energy innovation. The Food Center is quickly becoming an important part of the western gateway to downtown Rutland, with hundreds of people visiting weekly. The TV station will document the installation of its new solar array and air programs about it multiple times on three cable access channels. Good Shepherd will use its array to teach students about energy at its Little Lambs Early Learning Center. Nonprofits interested in applying for the fourth $20,000 matching grant from GMP should contact David Dunn at the GMP Energy Innovation Center at 353-1456 or email [email protected](link sends e-mail) for more information. The deadline for applying is Aug. 27 at 5 pm. GMP already operates the 150-kilowatt Creek Path Solar Farm on a former brownfield; just received a permit for an 18-kW solar project on the roof of the planned Energy Innovation Center in downtown Rutland; purchased an interest in the 150-kW solar farm on the former Poor Farm off Woodstock Avenue; is in the planning stages for the 2.3-megawatt Stafford Hill Solar Farm on a former city landfill; has filed for a state permit for the 150-kW Solar Center at Rutland Regional; recently signed an agreement to build a 75-kW solar array on the College of St. Joseph gymnasium roof; and has just issued a request for proposals for an approximately 75-kilowatt solar project on the roof of the company’s Electrical Maintenance facility on Green Hill Lane.
Vermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the official results of the Vermont 2018 General Election held on Tuesday, November 6. The 2018 General Election set a record for most votes cast in a Vermont midterm election, with 278,230 voters casting ballots out of 490,074 registered voters. Vermont’s number of registered voters is also at an all-time high.Vote totals and winners for all federal and statewide offices were certified yesterday by Secretary Condos and a designee from each of Vermont’s three major parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive). Vote totals and winners for County office, State Senate, and State Representative were canvassed at the town and county level.Official election results for the November 6th General Election can be viewed online at the Secretary of State’s website.(link is external)“Election Day here in Vermont was a shining example of what healthy democracy looks like,” said Secretary Condos. “The civil discourse among candidates, high voter turnout, and implementation of policies and practices preserving voter rights and access that we saw on Election Day are all reasons to be proud.”“Ensuring the integrity and accuracy of our Vermont elections is critical to our democratic process, and to voter confidence in that process,” said Secretary Condos. “That’s why we use paper ballots and conduct a post-election audit after every General Election. We want to ensure that there are no anomalies between official results and audited results, and want to give Vermonters peace of mind in the integrity of our elections.”The 2018 General Election Audit will take place at 10:00AM on Thursday, November 29th at the Pavilion Auditorium, located at 109 State Street(link is external) in Montpelier. Members of the public and the press are invited and encouraged to attend.Audit procedure includes a top to bottom audit of every race on each ballot cast in a randomly sampled 5% of voting precincts in Vermont, conducted by an independent third-party contractor. Vermont towns are required to seal and save ballots for 22 months following an election.The towns randomly selected for audit of 2018 General Election results are Westford (Chittenden 8-3), Mount Holly (Rutland-Windsor 2), Pittsford (Rutland 6), Hardwick (Caledonia 2), Cavendish (Windsor 2), Arlington (Bennington 4) and Glover (Orleans-Caledonia). These towns represent a geographically diverse sampling and include 6 towns which conduct vote counting by optical scan tabulator and 1 which conducts hand counts.Source: Secretary of State 11.14.2018
Hal and Wilda Sandy at the 1996 parade marking the 50th anniversary of his Jayhawk design.The northeast Johnson County man who designed one of the most recognizable logos in all of college sports has passed away.Hal Sandy, who lived much of his life in Westwood Hills and who moved to Claridge Court in Prairie Village with his wife Wilda in recent years, died last week at the age of 93.As a student at the University of Kansas, Sandy designed what has come to be known as the “smiling Jayhawk,” a tweak on the graphic that had been adopted by the university in 1941 that depicted a scowling bird with a frown on its face.Sandy’s Jayhawk logo, top, replaced the angrier version that had been in use by the school before.Sandy recalled that he enrolled in classes at KU as quickly as he could after being discharged from the army, and started taking classes in the summer of 1946. Shortly thereafter, Ed Browne, the school’s public relations head, challenged Sandy to recraft the mascot to reflect the optimistic mood of the post-war era.He sketched out precisely one version of the design.“I believe in doing things as quick as you can,” Sandy said in an interview a decade ago. “I drew it one time, and I was satisfied.”Sandy printed his friendlier looking design on decals and sold them across Lawrence, earning enough income from the effort to finance his final two years of college. When he graduated in 1947, he sold rights to his design to the Kansas Union Bookstore for $250.He went on to a career in advertising, founding his own agency that served a variety of major national clients.In 1996, KU marked the 50th anniversary of Sandy’s Jayhawk logo with a parade down Jayhawk Boulevard.An interview Sandy did with KU’s Max Max Falkenstien in the 2000s is below:
Women defeat Iowa StateMinnesota won all but one of the 16 events Friday at the Aquatic Center.Ichigo TakikawaKierra Smith swims the 100-yard butterfly event against Iowa State on Friday at the University Aquatic Center. Smith set meet records in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. (Ichigo Takikawa) Nickalas TabbertOctober 15, 2012Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers women’s swimming and diving team defeated Iowa State 144-140 in its first home meet of the season Friday at the University Aquatic Center.The defending Big Ten champion women won all but one of the 16 events, but they still only edged the Cyclones by four.“It was a nice meet for our home opener,” women’s head coach Terry Nieszner said. “I think, overall, we raced really well.”Nieszner said she was pleased with how freshmen Lauren Votava and Kierra Smith competed. Votava set a meet record by winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.85, while Smith set records in the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley with times of 1:02.77 and 2:04.48, respectively.The Gophers set meet records in 10 different events, beginning with the 200 medley relay. Junior Tess Behrens, senior Haley Spencer, junior Erin Caflisch and sophomore Tori Simenec finished the relay in 1:44.33.Sophomore Jessica Plant won both the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke in record fashion. Her time of 2:01.71 in the 200 backstroke bested the previous record by nearly two seconds.In the 200 butterfly, Simenec set a meet record with her time of 2:02.03. She followed that with a record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.64.The women ended their night in the pool with a record-setting win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Freshman Marina Spadoni, Behrens, sophomore Blake Zeiger and Plant finished the relay in 3:28.30. Head men’s and women’s coach Kelly Kremer said he was pleased with how both teams competed Friday. Though the men were competing against one another, he said he thought they competed better than they did a week ago at Michigan.Smith said her success Friday gives her confidence in the training the team has been doing.“It just feels like the work is paying off,” she said.Smith also said having times to compare from last week at Michigan allowed her to feel more comfortable at Friday’s dual meet.Junior diver Maggie Keefer won both the 1- and 3-meter diving competitions with scores of 289.72 and 302.25, respectively. She said she was pleased with her consistency but said lifting weights in practice this week had an effect on her and her teammates.“We’re just so sore,” she said. “But you know, just pushing through it, it’s part of the season.”Nieszner said the team will go back to hard conditioning in practice and focus on its meet next Saturday at Kansas.Both the men and women will compete Oct. 26 at home against Wisconsin.
Daily Postcard: A spooky house spotted Sunday on Grand Canyon Drive in White Rock. Photo by Jaret McDonald
Some of the 55 Founding Members of the Los Alamos Community Foundation gather around the Donor Marker during an event in November in the Atrium at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comLACF News:Simple Gifts arrives in Los Alamos this Saturday, thanks to the Los Alamos Little Theatre and Playwright, Robert Benjamin. Benjamin has created the gift of a play, and worked with the Los Alamos Community Foundation, to support local senior serving non-profits in town.“LACF was pleased to be thought of as a beneficiary for this community performance. We will be directing our part of the proceeds to the endowments that we hold for LARSO and LARC,” Executive Director Rachel Kizielewicz said. “These two nonprofit organizations provide important services to the seniors in our community. We are happy to help support their long-term financial sustainability.”At 2 p.m., this Saturday, the duo of Jody Shepard and Tomás Farish, will take us on a journey in a heartwarming play about grief and caregiving.The basic storyline of Time Enough, a play produced by Benjamin in 2008, about a rekindled friendship of an older man and woman, breathes new life again through the additions of Simple Gifts. A talk back will follow the play, allowing the playwright to see into the minds of the audience, gauge their expectations or learn what their vision was of the play. This allows a writer to make changes and mold the work to help it grow, for future productions.Tickets are a suggested donation of $25 each, but larger donations are welcome. While they will be available at the door, the hope is that tickets will be purchased online through the Los Alamos Community Foundation or in person at either senior center location. This will allow volunteers to judge the need for snacks that can be enjoyed after the play.The Los Alamos Community Foundation, promotes the development of permanent, prudently invested funds to support local organizations, and provides local philanthropically-minded residents opportunities to make a permanent impact in support of Los Alamos non-profits. The Los Alamos and Retired Senior Organization (LARSO) and the Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) have created endowments to enhance their long-term financial sustainability.Public donations to all endowments are welcome and can be done online. A list of the array of endowment opportunities, from youth sports to senior services, can be viewed on the LACF website at https://alamos.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list. Donations can also be made by check to LACF at PO Box 1225, Los Alamos, NM 87544.Los Alamos Community Foundation, Connects our Community through Enduring Philanthropy. The organization seeks to improve the quality of life in our community by inspiring, facilitating and supporting enduring philanthropy and building the capacity and success of our non-profit organizations. LACF stewards nine local endowment funds, and has assets of more than $500,000. For more information about the Los Alamos Community Foundation, visit www.losalamoscf.org.
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