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  • Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

    first_imgOriel postgraduate student Marcus Walker has been nominated for the Professorship of Poetry of Oxford, an honoured post established in 1708 and previously held by Matthew Arnold, WH Auden and Seamus Heaney. Walker, a figure with a notable love of notoriety amongst the student body, hopes to restore rhyme, rhythm and meter to poetic style – “much unlike the current Poetry Professor Paul Muldoon” whose five year stint as Professor ends in Michaelmas. However, he will face virtually unbeatable competition from fellow nominees Christopher Ricks, Anne Carson, and Peter Neville Frederick Porter. A former President of both OUCA and the Union, Walker is well known for his loonish antics and archaic sense of dress. Although he can recite from heart Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade and Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, it is thought that he has not written any poetry since his school days. Accompanied by the Editor of Cherwell, Mr Walker handed his signatures to the University Registrar only hours before the close of nominations. Asked whether he would be willing to give our readership a flavour of his poetic style Mr Walker said that “none of it is clean enough to print”. At the time of going to press, the acceptance of Mr. Walker’s nomination by the university was pending. The duties of the Professor include giving termly public lectures, and an oration at honorary degree ceremonies, as well as the ability to judge and award a number of poetry prizes to the value of many thousands of pounds. In return they will receive an annual stipend of £5,427. Elections for the Professorship will take place at the Divinity Schools on Saturday 15 May, and polls will be open for four hours. Members of Convocation – the graduate body which elected Chancellor Chris Patten last year – will be able to exercise their right to vote in person. At the previous contested election, in 1994, only 451 members of Convocation turned out to vote.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more

  • Deaconess Foundation Impact On Health Care

    first_img Gifts to Deaconess Foundation impact health care invisible ways. With the generous help of past patients and families, employees, community philanthropists, corporations, volunteers and many others who share the Deaconess vision, Deaconess Foundation has been able to increase the quality of and access to health care throughout the Tri-State region. Learn how to give today.Health Initiatives Supported By Deaconess Foundation includes:Mammograms and pelvic ultrasoundsAutomated External Defibrillators (AED) for community locationsHospice CareContinuing Education for EmployeesEmergency Obstetrical TrainingDeaconess Riley Children’s Servicesmany other life-saving services About Deaconess FoundationDeaconess Foundation was created in 1972 with a mission to support the medical, charitable and educational activities of Deaconess Health System by raising and distributing funds. Over 45 years later, our efforts continue to grow, supporting Deaconess health initiatives throughout the Tri-State. Governed by a local Board of Directors, Deaconess Foundation uses funds raised for health system projects. Meet our team.Thank You to our Foundation Board of Directors Ms. Carol McClintock (Chair) – F.C. Tucker/Emge RealtorsMr. Jeff Justice (Vice Chair) – HAFERMr. Scott Saxe (Secretary) – Saxe Pinkston Financial Group of Wells Fargo AdvisorsMr. Court Kull (Treasurer) – Fifth Third BankMrs. Jane Absher – Henry Absher Oil ProducerMrs. Shirley Becker – Community VolunteerMr. Don Breivogel – Atlas World GroupMs. Kathy Briscoe – F.C. Tucker/Emge RealtorsMrs. Kristine Cordts – Karama CollectionMs. Susan Enlow – Community VolunteerMrs. Linda Garrett – Mel-Kay ElectricMs. Jennifer Gilbert – Old National BankMrs. Lori Goris – Community VolunteerMr. John Lamb – German American BankMs. Laurel Mills – Community VolunteerMrs. Kathryn Nix – United WayMr. Doug Padgett – Community VolunteerDr. Lynn Penland – the University of Evansville (retired)Mr. Donald A. Rausch – Community VolunteerMr. John Robertson – Deaconess AuxiliaryDr. Peter L. Stevenson – Deaconess Hospital Emergency PhysicianMr. Mike Sutton – Commerce BankMrs. Havi Troffkin – Community VolunteerMrs. Kirsten Wagmeister – Community VolunteerMs. Brenda Wallace – Harding, Shymanski & Company, P.S.C.Ms. Linda White – Deaconess FoundationMr. Brian Williams – Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn, LLPMs. Nancy Hartley Gaunt – Board Member EmeritusFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

  • Join in the fundraiser

    first_imgOne of the patients treated at the Children’s Trust is 13-year-old Josh. He was knocked down by a lorry while doing a paper-round. His doctors expressed little hope of recovery, but after three weeks, when Josh came out of his coma, he was unable to walk, talk or eat. Six weeks after going to the Trust, Josh made a significant breakthrough and began to talk again. Through intensive sessions in the gym, hydrotherapy pool and horse-riding, he also began to walk.Josh worked extremely hard to recover from his injuries, but it might have been a different story without the team of physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, play therapists, nurses and care staff.”Bakers help raise money to improve the lives of severely injured and disabled children through National Doughnut Week,” says Liz Haigh-Reeve, director of fundraising for the charity. “The funds raised go directly towards providing care, education and therapy, helping children and their families nationwide rebuild their lives following an accident or serious illness.”National Doughnut Week 2007, sponsored by ingredients supplier BakeMark, is running from 5-12 May. Last year, the week raised over £35,000 for the charity and more than 600 bakeries took part from all over the UK. “We are really hoping for over £50,000 this year. This will help make life-changing differences to some of the children,” says Haigh-Reeve. “Most of the children at the Trust cannot walk or talk and many have impaired hearing or vision. Some cannot breathe independently and most have profound learning difficulties, epilepsy and complex medical needs.”new accommodationShe explains: “The Children’s Trust offers 16 of the 20 beds in the UK for children who need rehabilitation following acquired brain injury. Over the next couple of years the trust will spend up to £8m on new accommodation to provide 22 beds in a purpose-built home-from-home setting. All the money must be raised through donations. We need bakers to help make this the most successful National Doughnut Week ever!”The Children’s Trust site, based in Tadworth, Surrey, offers short, medium and long-term residential care and therapy to children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs. St Margaret’s School provides special education for children aged 5-19 with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).Says Haigh-Reeve: “Statutory funding meets the cost of providing for the child’s educational or health needs, but fundraising must provide everything else, including the cost of social workers to support families, the cost of play, outings and activities, specialist equipment and all buildings, buses and capital purchases. This year, the fundraising team must raise over £5 million and, without generous support, the trust just couldn’t manage. The Trust works hard to make sure every child can take part in activities that they enjoy, including playing computer games, hockey, going to Scouts or Brownies and wheelchair football.”Also to help raise funds, in December 2006, the trust launched its very own lottery. Winners receive a £1,000 jackpot, and runners-up can win anything between £10-£100. All the proceeds go to helping the trust. Bakers can request these forms to put in their shops, or take part in the lottery themselves.PLEA FOR HELPLiz Haigh-Reeve adds: “I would say to any bakers, please, please register for National Doughnut Week. It is a fun way to raise money, drive sales and to get publicity for your store.”Sponsor BakeMark UK is offering free doughnut concentrate mix to make 900 doughnuts to any bakers who register for the week before 24 March. There’s a point-of-sale pack for all participating craft bakers with a selection of bright, eye-catching posters and banners, price tickets and counter-top cards to entice customers, as well as advice on how to attract local publicity through the press. nl To register for National Doughnut Week, go to [http://www.fundraising.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/nationaldoughnutweek] or call Christopher Freeman on 020 8340 1614 or 07776 480032—-=== What bakers can do for the children ===£40,000 – could finance a height-adjustable kitchen£30,000 – could provide a fully furnished bedroom in the family accommodation£20,000 – could pay for a medical store room£15,000 – could buy and equip a multi-sensory bathroom£3,000- could buy a child’s spa bath£1,500 – could buy a special height-adjustable ’volker’ bed£1,135 – could buy an interactive fibre-optic lightboard£600 – could buy an adjustable-height child’s table£250 – could buy bed linen and curtainslast_img read more

  • Tate & Lyle reports steadier trading

    first_imgGlobal ingredients and food solutions supplier Tate & Lyle says trading performance for its first quarter has been “in line with expectations”.After last year’s bout of profit warnings, the company appears to have steadied, and expects volume growth in its speciality food ingredients arm to strengthen through the second half of the year.In its trading results for the period from 1 April 2015 to 30 June 2015, the company said: “We continued to take steps to address the impacts of the supply chain disruption experienced last year and we expect volume growth to strengthen through the remainder of the year as the additional capacity comes online in the second half. The volume of new products grew strongly in the quarter.”Meanwhile, Bulk Ingredients, excluding commodities (ethanol and co-products), performed “steadily” and slightly ahead of the comparative period supported by solid sweetener demand. However, the company said this was more than offset by the impact of commodities, including the continuation of low US ethanol margins.Javed Ahmed, chief executive, said in a conference call today: “We have made a solid start to the year; trading was in line with expectations and guidance remains unchanged.”last_img read more

  • Eyes on the stage

    first_imgPaige Martin began her theatrical career at the age of 5. Since then, the Harvard College senior has performed in more than 35 musicals, including three professional productions and 16 leading roles. When she heard that Victoria Clark was to give a master class on campus last October as part of Harvard’s Learning From Performers series, Martin jumped at the chance to work with the Tony Award-winning actor/vocalist.Literally.“I was the first to perform for Ms. Clark,” Martin remembers. “She stopped me about three-quarters of the way through my song and had me start over, but this time I had to jump rope while singing. The idea was that by doing physical exercise, I would get to engage more with my breath support, something that I need to work on. In only 20 minutes, she used different exercises to help us make changes in our performance. It was really incredible.”Incredible experiences are the stock-in-trade of Learning From Performers (LFP). The program began in 1975 “to facilitate direct engagement between Harvard students and gifted artists.” Today, LFP hosts 15 to 20 performers each year who lead master classes and other educational forums in music, dance, theater, and other arts. Program manager Tom Lee says that the presence of professional artists on campus connects Harvard’s curriculum to the world of creative expression.“The University has made strides in hiring practicing artists as faculty, but we still need to bring more of those people to campus to mentor students and to help them flex their creative muscles,” he says. “The performers create a spark of learning that’s unique to this program and different from what happens in academic classes.”Sparks flew last winter when Bridget Haile ’11, an aspiring opera singer, participated in a master class with famed soprano Renée Fleming. Haile impressed both Fleming and the audience in Paine Hall with her rendition of “Trees on the Mountains,” an aria from Carlisle Floyd’s opera “Susannah.” She says Fleming has been an inspiration to her ever since childhood, when she first heard Fleming on a recording of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”“Great performers are not always great teachers,” she says, “but Ms. Fleming gave me detailed technical advice to improve my singing. We worked on jaw tension, which has been an issue for me in the past, and she shared a few helpful practice techniques with me. She was very generous with her compliments. I’ll never forget that afternoon.”Although Haile and many other undergraduates are gifted performers, Lee says that they might balk at a career in the arts, especially with the country mired in recession. That’s why LFP puts students in touch with artists who support themselves financially through their work.“It’s an eye-opener to meet someone who’s making a living from working in the arts,” Lee says. “We collaborate with the Office of Career Services to bring in artists for sessions on careers and career building — from resumes to auditions to agents. Life after Harvard doesn’t have to be all about investment banking, medicine, and law.”Elizabeth Mak ’12 says that she wants to work in theatrical design when she graduates from Harvard, but didn’t think that the career path was open to her until a recent workshop with Tony Award-winning set designer — and College alumnus — Derek McLane ’80.“I was really excited when Tom approached me to join the master class with Mr. McLane,” she says. “I was unaware that Harvard graduates could be designers on Broadway. I really wanted to get his input on how to break into the industry and talk to him about my own work.”This year, LFP has welcomed its usual eclectic mix of artists — from writers/directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly to heralded jazz bassist Cecil McBee. Lee says that the lineup depends a lot on circumstance and luck. Artists often find themselves in town and unexpectedly available for an afternoon, due to a cancelled appointment or a last-minute scheduling change.In January, Roland Tec ’88, director of the acclaimed film “All the Rage,” will lead a storytelling workshop exclusively for Harvard undergraduates. Also on tap in the months to come are orchestra conductor Hugh Wolff ’75; violinist Aaron Dworkin, founder and president of the Sphinx Organization, dedicated to supporting cultural diversity in classical music; choral conductor Maria Guinand, acclaimed for her performances with the Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in her native Venezuela; poet and visual artist John Ashbery ’49; legendary musical theater composer/lyricist Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”); and photographer Susan Meiselas, Ed.M. ’71.While the series’ target audience is students of the College, most events are open to Harvard faculty and staff, and also to the public. The Office for the Arts almost never charges for the sessions or requires tickets.“There might be occasions where it’s not appropriate for a big crowd,” Lee says. “The workshop with Derek McLane, the Tony Award-winning set designer, was an example of that. Students had to work with him in a very intense way. But for most of our events, the public is encouraged to come. We want people to know that there’s a lot of art making going on at Harvard.”last_img read more

  • Rhodes Scholars had help along the way

    first_imgFour members of Harvard’s Class of 2018 were among the 32 Americans selected as Rhodes Scholars on Saturday. In interviews with the Gazette, the students talked about formative campus experiences, their academic goals, and the thrill of winning a Rhodes. “My goal is to popularize math,” Xavier Gonzalez ’18 said. “I would really like to do that as a long-term career plan.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.Xavier Gonzalez: Math can be popularizedFor Houston native and Winthrop House resident Xavier Gonzalez, math is not just a concentration — it’s a passion.“My goal is to popularize math,” he said. “I would really like to do that as a long-term career plan.”Gonzalez credits both his professors and his classmates for turning him on to new ways of thinking.“My time at Harvard has been transformational, and has exposed me to totally new perspectives in mathematics,” said Gonzalez, an avid tennis player outside the classroom. “I’ve learned so much from my professors, but also from my fellow students in dining halls, and from freshmen I advise.”Gonzalez also noted a recent program he participated in at Emory University, and the mentorship of Emory’s Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics Ken Ono.“He was a role model for me,” he said. “I would not have gotten this scholarship without him.”Tania Fabo ’18 will spend her time at Oxford researching systems of oppression and how they relate to health disparities. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerTania Fabo: Disparity in health a call to actionTania Fabo sees her Rhodes as an opportunity to help unlock systems of oppression that exist in health services, and to work toward “the ultimate goal of health equity.”“One of the reasons I applied for this scholarship was to explore some burning intellectual questions, such as how science can be used as a field to mobilize toward further health equity,” she said.Fabo, a Quincy House resident concentrating in human development and regenerative biology, plans to work on two one-year degrees at Oxford, one in medical anthropology, the other in research and oncology.“I want to learn about some of the systems of oppression that exist which have gotten us to the place in health disparity that we’re at now,” she said.After hearing about the Rhodes, she added, “I just stood there for about five minutes and didn’t say anything. It was just a weird, surreal feeling. Then I started calling family and friends, they were super-excited.”“I really want to fight against human suffering and disease,” said Alan Yang ’18. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.Alan Yang: Taking aim at infectious diseaseAlan Yang plans to combine “the disparate fields of immunology and migration studies” in his studies at Oxford.“I really want to fight against human suffering and disease,” the Quincy House resident said. “I’m looking forward to improving the way we track and treat infectious diseases all over the world.”Yang has never been to Europe, or studied abroad, and was in “total disbelief” when he learned he was headed to Oxford. “I felt shock, and then a wave of immense gratitude,” he said. “I’m incredibly humbled and grateful, and could not have won without the support of my family, friends, professors, and mentors.”Yang, concentrating in molecular and cellular biology, said that conversations with his housemates have been key to opening his mind to new ideas.“Harvard has taken me down roads I never could have imagined,” he said. “It has truly been life-changing.”“The brilliance and diversity of students has pushed me to think about things in a completely different perspective” said Samarth Gupta ’18. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerSamarth Gupta: Moving forward with ‘a completely different perspective’A Lowell House resident concentrating in economics, Samarth Gupta plans to enter law school after Oxford studies focused on comparative social policy.“The thing that stands out to me about Harvard is the people here,” said Gupta, whose long-term goal is a career in public policy. “I have learned as much in the dining halls here as I have in my classes. The brilliance and diversity of students has pushed me to think about things in a completely different perspective and to have an open mind. I think that experience is really unique to this University.”The foreign excursion will be new for Samarth, who has spent most of his life in Massachusetts and has never been to Europe, but he’s not nervous.“Going overseas is going to be thrilling,” he said.Also, three other Harvard seniors have been awarded International Rhodes Scholarships.And a recent graduate, Jamie Beaton ’17, was announced as a recipient of an International Rhodes. Beaton, 22, plans to pursue a master’s of philosophy/doctor of philosophy in economics at Oxford.last_img read more

  • Dell Launches New Laptop Built just for Small Businesses

    first_imgDell recognizes that small businesses have unique needs when it comes to their technology. With businesses recognizing that technology is no longer just PART of their strategy but central to their business model, those businesses have begun to identify exactly which PC features will lend to their most success while being mindful of a price point that is feasible for their budgets.Dell’s Vostro line includes laptops and desktop computers that are built with entry-level business features. The line allows for a graduated approach from devices used purely by consumers to full business class devices used by large enterprises.On November 9th, the new Vostro 5000 laptop will become available. Vostro 5000 will be available in 15” (5581) or 14” (5481).Security is a growing concern for small businesses. With data as their most precious asset, Vostro’s optional power button SSO fingerprint reader and 100% hardware/software TPM help give SBs the peace of mind they desire.This installation of the Vostro line will be thinner and lighter than previous generations, an attempt by Dell to address the growing need for mobility among small businesses. Whether entrepreneurs are on the road pitching new investors or at client meetings all over town, it is evident that small businesses need their PC to go where they go.When you’re on the go or working from your hotel, the Vostro optional backlit keyboard makes it convenient to type in dim light or in the darkness of redeye.Find out more about the new Vostro 5000 here and experience the best features for small business at a small business friendly price.last_img read more

  • Casting Announced for Alan Hruska’s Laugh It Up, Stare It Down

    first_img Laugh It Up, Stare It Down Related Shows Broadway alum Katya Campbell and more have been tapped for Alan Hruska’s Laugh It Up, Stare It Down. Directed by Chris Eigeman, the new play will begin previews on August 26 with opening night set for September 9 at off-Broadway’s The Cherry Lane Theatre.Joining Campbell (Disgraced) in the cast will be Jayce Bartok (Made In Poland), Maury Ginsberg (Mother Courage and The Cherry Orchard) and Amy Hargreaves (Homeland).Laugh It Up, Stare It Down tells the story of Cleo and Joe—the meeting of their minds, the entwining of their hearts, and their life-long search for a meaningful point in a universe too random to have one. It’s a journey marked by a missing baby, a forged painting, a house invader, a tidal wave, and frozen pistou. Will they rise above their outrageous fortune? Will they find ecstatic love?The production will feature scenic design by Kevin Judge, costume design by Jennifer Caprio, lighting design by Matthew J. Fick and original music and sound design by Peter Salett. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 10, 2015last_img read more

  • 5 scary things millennials do with money

    first_imgAs the title suggests, I’m talking to you, Millennials; however, Baby Boomers should also listen up to those scary things Millennials do with their money. The good news is that it’s not all doom and gloom, so let’s start with the encouraging report. Millennials are budgeting… sort of. And, you are doing better than we Baby Boomers have done.  The unfortunate news is that we set the bar so low; we are not the generation to emulate. T. Rowe Price released a study in June 2015 revealing that, “More millennials than baby boomers track expenses carefully (75% vs 64%) and stick to a budget (67% vs. 55%). Okay, that is the good news; now for the scary news.The Scary Mistakes Millennials Make:Mistake #1: Too Much DebtMillennials ran up huge student debt, a major “ball and chain” for this generation. A recent Allstate/National Journal/Heartland poll noted that, “…nearly three-in-10 young people who define themselves as just starting out cited paying off student loans as their biggest financial challenge…” continue reading » 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

  • NAFCU advances data-driven advocacy, bolsters research team

    first_imgAs today’s financial marketplace becomes more innovative and data-driven, NAFCU is keeping pace by facilitating a forward-thinking approach to its award-winning advocacy efforts. Among the most recent efforts: bolstering NAFCU’s research team in order to provide credit unions and key policymakers more insight into the issues affecting the industry’s every-day business operations and services.As a result, NAFCU has promoted Andrew Morris to senior counsel for research and policy, effective immediately.“Andrew brings a thoughtful, analytical approach to our regulatory efforts in his current role and will be bringing those skills to the Research team, helping us to provide data-driven support for all NAFCU’s lobbying goals,” said Carrie Hunt, NAFCU EVP of Government Affairs and General Council. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more