U.S. News & World Report ranks SMC

first_imgFor the fourth year in a row, U.S. News and World Report ranked Saint Mary’s College among the top-100 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. The College came in at No. 87, up from No. 90 last year. This year marks the fourth year in a row the College’s position has moved higher in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. In a recent press release, Saint Mary’s President Carol Ann Mooney said she is extremely satisfied with the progress the College has made each year. “We know that national rankings are important to many high school students in their college search,” she said. “I am very pleased that Saint Mary’s College is ranked among the top-100 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges for the fourth year running. Students graduate from Saint Mary’s with an education that challenges their minds, awakens their imaginations and instills in them the desire to leave the world a better place.” Student body vice president Meghan Casey said Saint Mary’s allows for unique opportunities and one-of-a-kind experiences. “I believe the students here know what a great school it is and to see actual proof that our ranking has moved up solidifies my feelings that Saint Mary’s is such an outstanding institution,” Casey said. The College works to benefit each and every student the best education possible, Casey said. “Our education is individual and Saint Mary’s strives to give each student the best education that they can receive,” Casey said. “Saint Mary’s determination to empower students can be attributed to this increase in our position.” U.S. News and World Report determines placement on the list bysassessing criteria from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, which parents, students and teachers consult when exploring higher education opportunities. The report also considers alumni giving, peer assessment, student selectivity and financial resources, as well as high school counselor assessments and faculty resources. The Saint Mary’s Office of Institutional Research reports 93 percent of students who graduate from Saint Mary’s do so in four years. According to a recent press release, this high graduation and retention rate also contributed to the College’s inclusion on the list. This ranking comes just several weeks after the College received national recognition from The Princeton Review, which named Saint Mary’s on its “Best Colleges in the Midwest” list for the 10th year in a row. Director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said the “impressive” ranking is an invaluable asset to theeCollege and is especially important for its contribution to Mooney’s goals. “This ranking is affirmation that we are on course to meet a key goal in the College’s strategic plan, which is to provide ‘Educational Excellence Equal to that of the Best Colleges in the Country,’” she said. “This is one of the goals President Mooney set early in her presidency. … Under her leadership, the excellent academic reputation of Saint Mary’s College continues to grow and our peers are taking notice. Our hope is this ranking instills pride in students, faculty and staff alike.” Casey said the report is a point of pride for fellow students.  “I believe the ranking validates students’ positive opinion of our unique education and that we are getting an education [that is] very special,” Casey said. “Being a student leader, seeing our school excel and the proof that we are ranked highly makes me proud of being a leader at such an amazing institution. I am proud to call Saint Mary’s my college.”last_img read more

Jennifer DiNoia Will Defy Gravity in London’s Wicked

first_imgExperienced Elphaba Jennifer DiNoia will join the West End production of Wicked in the role for a limited engagement. Di Noia will take over from Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Kerry Ellis and begin performances on October 27 and play through January 31, 2015. Ellis’ last show at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre will be on October 25.DiNoia first joined the cast of Wicked in 2006 and has subsequently performed the role of Elphaba across North America in the national tour, in both the Broadway and Chicago productions, and internationally in Seoul and Sydney. This is her West End debut.From October 27 the Wicked cast will also include Savannah Stevenson as Glinda, Jeremy Taylor as Fiyero, Martyn Ellis as The Wizard, Liza Sadovy as Madame Morrible, Philip Childs as Doctor Dillamond, Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose, Sam Lupton as Boq, Emma Hatton as Standby Elphaba and Sophie Linder-Lee as Standby Glinda. View Commentslast_img read more

Kyle Riabko on Bringing the Songs of Burt Bacharach to London in Close to You

first_img View Comments Canadian singer-songwriter Kyle Riabko earned raves off-Broadway in 2013 and then at the Menier Chocolate Factory this past summer with What’s It All About?, his smart, hip reimagining of the back catalog of Burt Bacharach. Now, the actor is leading its West End transfer to the Criterion Theatre where the same production is now in previews under a different Bacharach song title, Close to You. So, what is it all about? The charming Riabko tells us.What was the thinking behind changing your title?It was a collective decision and a creative one. I knew the phrase “What’s it All About?” was an important one to me and also one that you could take out lyrically and melodically—and also at the time I was 23 years old, so I was on a journey not just with Burt’s music but also of self-discovery. It felt like a philosophic exercise of sorts.So now you’ve grown up and the new title reflects that?[Laughs.] As we started performing the show for people, we realized what was happening was that the esoteric search for the meaning of life was there in the music, but that what we were watching were people—and couples in particular—remembering their feelings. It became a more emotional journey, so this different title felt right.How do you feel about the long journey of the show to the West End?London has been something we always wanted to do. Even at the very early days of working with Burt on this, he would always say, “You gotta get to London” because, as he puts it, they really discovered him here before they did in the States.What’s interesting is that you didn’t get a commercial transfer in New York but you are enjoying one here.This was very swift and it all just fell into line. When we were in New York, it wasn’t an easy time to transfer for anyone, but all the doors there are still wide open. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the process of creating this show, you can’t plan how it’s going to go.There’s been some surprise that a musical paying homage to a songwriting legend who is now 87 is the brainchild of someone six decades younger.Well, it sounds cheesy, I know, but it really is true that music is a universal language across borders and also across age barriers. When I was working with Burt on the piano and he was in a vocal booth, I certainly wasn’t thinking about the 60-year age difference.Because?I think because the questions Burt was asking himself about life were the ones that we all do and certainly I was, so it became very personal for me. The fact, for instance, that he didn’t have his first hit until he was 35, and I had spent so much of my life beating myself up at age 17 or 18 at not having a number one hit yet. So his friendship has come to mean a lot to me, alongside his qualities as a mentor and a teacher.How did you approach creating the show?For us, everything started with the arrangements. We sat down with the entire catalog and thought about what category the songs might fall into—whether they were about love lost or the naiveté of love or being in the middle of love—things like that. I also organized the songs in my mind with regard to colors. I would say, “Those are two green songs or red songs or blue songs” or whatever.What was the challenge in bringing that music to life onstage?[We had to ask] how do you convey the emotional shifts in a theatrical setting? That was why we were so pleased to find in [director] Steven Hoggett—someone who could visually convey the material in a way that was evocative and not literal. What we didn’t want with “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” were people coming onstage with seven umbrellas and spinning them around; we wanted it to be about the innards of the songs.Are you able to keep the informal party vibe at the Criterion?We’ve got our sofas on stage again so that helps it feel inclusive, and also the show has grown up over the past couple of years. It really feels now as if we’re ready for a bigger stage.Speaking of bigger stages, would you like to originate a show on Broadway having taken over in Spring Awakening and Hair?I would love to but I’ve always been a musician first, so this has been very helpful to me in thinking about other projects I might want to write for the stage and how to do that in a tangible way. It’s about staying inspired, but I’m focusing on this now.Is Broadway the next stop?I don’t think we know. The most important thing is for us to make this as successful an experience as we can. We’re really happy just to be able to continue playing the show.last_img read more

NYC Pension Funds Weigh Policy Change That Would Favor Renewables Over Fossil Fuels

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said on Tuesday his office would propose to the trustees of the NYC pension funds to explore stopping additional investments in fossil fuels and increasing investments in clean energy.The proposals in the coming weeks will also include divesting current holdings in fossil fuel companies as part of efforts to reduce carbon footprint in various portfolios, Stringer said in a statement. on.nyc.gov/2kKy3wyAs trustee and custodian of the city’s five pension funds, Stringer and his staff oversee its $160 billion public pension system.Stringer said earlier this year that New York City pension system would analyze its carbon footprint for the first time amid concerns of potential investment risks from companies that fail to adapt to climate change.NY City Comptroller proposes pension funds to cut fossil fuel portfolio NYC Pension Funds Weigh Policy Change That Would Favor Renewables Over Fossil Fuelslast_img read more

BP aims for 20GW of renewable energy projects by 2025

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:BP Plc’s journey from oil major to clean energy giant will start with a five-year sprint to dramatically boost wind and solar power.By 2025, the company intends to have approved more than 20 gigawatts of renewable energy projects, an eightfold increase from 2019, Dev Sanyal, BP’s executive vice president of gas and low-carbon energy, said in an online presentation on Tuesday. Most of that would be solar — putting BP on a par with today’s biggest generator of electricity from the sun. The company also plans big investments in wind, following on from last week’s $1.1 billion deal with Equinor ASA.“With falling costs comes real growth,” Sanyal said. “Renewables have become the fastest growing source of energy and we see this continuing over the next decade and beyond.” This rapid expansion would just be the start of the London-based oil giant’s transformation into a low-carbon integrated energy company. Chief Executive Officer Bernard Looney has pledged to eliminate all net greenhouse gas emissions from BP and its customers by 2050.Of the 20 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity BP intends to begin developing over the next five years, 83% will be solar, 15% wind and 2% bio-energy, Sanyal said. That much solar would give BP about the same capacity as is currently owned by the world’s biggest operator, China’s State Power Investment Corp. Ltd, according to data from BloombergNEF.Solar power will be crucial for achieving the breakneck pace of growth BP laid out. It is relatively quick to install, taking as little as 18 months from concept to construction, Sanyal said. That’s much faster than massive offshore wind farms, which can take a decade to plan and construct.[Laura Hurst and Will Mathis]More: BP’s clean energy push starts with five-year dash on solar, wind BP aims for 20GW of renewable energy projects by 2025last_img read more

5 communication tips for leaders

first_img 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Connect with your teamAs a boss, you can shy away from being too friendly with you team. While keeping it professional is important, it’s not a bad idea to bond with your team. Have conversations that don’t involve work and find some common interests in your lives, like sports, kids, or pets. Being a boss is important but showing your human side will be beneficial in connecting and building trust.Be a great listenerListening is just as important as talking when it comes to communication. Show your employees that they’re being heard, and that their point of view is being considered. This will go a long way with your staff.Value your teamEach of your staff members was hired for a reason. Avoid micro-managing and let them feel in control of their own responsibilities. Feeling in control will help them believe in themselves and take ownership in their job. Don’t be afraid to encourage and compliment your team to let them know how well they’re doing.Ask for feedbackSometimes it’s hard for an employee to be honest with their boss. By providing them this opportunity, you’ll decrease frustration and increase motivation. An open office is a peaceful office.Always be positiveEven when times are tough, being positive is contagious. Keeping your team happy will keep your team productive.last_img read more

Socceroo Tommy Oar settles on beachside beauty

first_imgMermaid Beach living.It’s further back from the beach than his other holding, which he has listed for rent at $750 a week.The three bedder cost $1.31 million in 2014.●HOPE FOR STAMP DUTY RELIEF IN NSW●SYDNEY’S NEWEST MILLIONAIRE’S ROWOar, who played for the Socceroos at the 2014 World Cup when he was playing in Europe, spent the 2016/17 season at Brisbane Roar.Last year Oar sold his $417,000 Surfers Paradise investment apartment to the Liberal Party politician John-Paul Honoré Langbroek and his wife Stacey.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:39Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:39 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFIFA is not all Russia has to offer00:39 Tommy Oar. Picture: Darren EnglandSOCCEROO Tommy Oar, who wasn’t selected in Bert van Marwijk’s final 23 for the World Cup, has bought again on the Gold Coast.Despite spending most of his time in Greece where he plays his club football, the midfielder has spent $1,225,000 on a Mermaid Beach home.SIGN UP FOR THE LATEST NEWS HEREThe 1960s home was marketed as having potential as a redevelopment project.It has three bedrooms and one bathroom on its 405sqm Sunbrite Ave parcel, just 200 metres from the beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe Mermaid Beach home.last_img read more

The ‘gay cake’ ruling against a Christian bakery could lead to even more discrimination

first_imgThe Telegraph 19 May 2015Is today’s ruling in Belfast a triumph for equality or a blow to freedom of conscience? Ideally, this shouldn’t be a matter of winners and losers. But the ruling verdict against Ashers bakery, which refused to decorate a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan, will feed the feeling many in Northern Ireland and beyond harbour: that the state apparatus is actively at odds with religious faith.WATCH VIDEOhttp://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/ashers-bakery-lose-gay-cake-case-we-will-not-be-closing-down-we-have-not-done-anything-wrong-says-boss-31233797.html#st_refDomain=&st_refQuery= In some senses, of course, this is true. There are some supposed religious practices, such as the torture of children under the banner of exorcism, that the state should never permit.But the Ashers case is nowhere near as clear-cut.To recap. Gay rights activist Gareth Lee went to Ashers, a Christian-run bakery, asking for a cake to be decorated with a picture of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie and a slogan in support of marriage equality. Ashers initially took the job, but then, after an apparent tussle with his conscience, the bakery manager Daniel McArthur decided he could not, in good faith, carry out the commissioned work.Lee, with the support of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission, brought a case against Ashers, saying he had been discriminated against on grounds of his sexuality. This morning, the court ruled that this was exactly what had happened.I have to admit I was surprised by the verdict. For me, the case was not simply one of straightforward homophobia. Refusing to write a message fundamentally at odds with one’s beliefs is different from, say, refusing a couple a bed in a B&B: it is to involve people in an argument rather than simply request that they act as disinterested providers. If Ashers had simply refused to sell any cake at all to Mr Lee or any other LGBT person, then that would be an obvious act of discrimination.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/general-election-2015/politics-blog/11615045/The-gay-cake-ruling-against-a-Christian-bakery-could-lead-to-even-more-discrimination.htmllast_img read more

Roselyn McKittrick

first_imgRoselyn V. McKittrick 84, long time resident of Milan, IN passed away peacefully surrounded by her children at the Ripley Crossing Nursing Home on Saturday March 16 after a short illness.   Born in 1934 in Forrest City Iowa, the child of Gladys and Melvin Knutson. Roselyn had a memorable childhood growing up on an Iowa farm with her four brothers and sisters.  Upon graduating high school Roselyn left the farm and moved to Minneapolis before securing a job with TWA Airlines in Chicago.   She then lived and worked in Washington D.C.  where she met her future husband.   Married in 1955, Roselyn and John and moved to Milan where they raised three children Dennis, Rhonda and Tom.Roselyn will be remembered as a dedicated advocate for her adopted home town of Milan.  Her multiple contributions to Milan included resurrecting the historic King Hotel and transforming it into the highly successful Rail Road Inn.  Through her tireless efforts Roselyn transformed the decaying hotel into a thriving and highly popular restaurant which is fondly remembered by many.Roselyn’s legacy is most tied to her founding of the Milan 1954 Museum celebrating Milan’s David and Goliath victory in the 1954 State Basketball Championship.   The museums humble beginnings began in a corner of Roselyn’s antique store, Milan Station Antiques on Carr Street.   Roselyn worked tirelessly to ensure the story of the Mighty Men of Milan was preserved and shared with younger generations.  Her efforts led to the development of the Milan 54 Museum located in the fully renovated former bank building.  The museum has welcomed visitors from dozens of countries and thousands of basketball fans from throughout the US.  One of Roselyn’s greatest joys was retelling the tales of Milan’s epic 1954 Championship, the story that inspired the 1986 movie Hoosiers.   Roselyn shied away from recognition however her tireless efforts in preserving the story of the Milan Miracle was featured in hundreds of articles and news reports.Roselyn will be remembered by many for many things including as: a 34-year breast cancer survivor; long time member of the St Paul Lutheran Church; unofficial town historian; and supporting multiple causes and programs within the community.   She is survived by her children, Dennis McKittrick, Milan, Rhonda Harvey, Chicago, and Tom (Kristen) McKittrick, Charlotte, NC; 5 grandsons Eric McKittrick, Brian McKittrick, Riley Harvey, Max McKittrick and Tyler McKittrick and 3 great grandsons: Easton, Grant and Beau McKittrick, and her sister Dorothy Weir.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Saint Paul Lutheran Church Sunday School program or the Milan 54 Museum.A service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday, March 23, 2019 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church 7124 North State Road 101 Milan, Indiana 47031, with Pastor Sue Socha officiating. No visitation prior to the service, fellowship will follow the service at the St. Paul Lutheran Church Hall.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141.  You may go to www.lawcarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more