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Vermont Tech celebrates 148th commencement

By on December 31, 2020

first_imgOn Saturday, May 17, Vermont Tech celebrated the college’s 148th annual commencement ceremony. Taking place at Norwich University’s Shapiro Fieldhouse in Northfield, Vt., 456 Vermont Tech students graduated with associate and bachelor’s degrees. “Just as there was no hiding from that final exam, that senior project, that lab report, that shift at the farm, that clinic, there is no escape from the credit that is due to you, for your effort and commitment and the drive that got you here, in the spring, at a moment of transition and transformation,” said Vermont Tech President Dan Smith to the graduating class. “It has not been easy and nor should it be, because it is a benchmark and a milestone that you will note for the rest of your lives when you hear yourself say: ‘I graduated from Vermont Tech in the spring of 2014’.”Selected by the commencement committee, it is a Vermont Tech tradition for a member of the graduating class to give a student address. Following Smith’s remarks to the graduates and their families, 2014 graduate Magdalene Miller gave the student address, offering a message to her fellow classmates. Roger Allbee, former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets, delivered this year’s commencement speech and was also awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa. “Over time this institution, as the only technical college in the state, has added disciplines or career paths to meet the employment needs within the state and region. You today represent that broad base of trained individuals,” said Mr. Allbee. “Use your education, use your talents, use your skills and use your dreams to make Vermont and other places you travel to a better place.” For more information about Vermont Tech, please visit www.vtc.edu(link is external).About Vermont Tech – Vermont Tech is a leading public college with a mission of applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington, and at five nursing campuses located throughout the state. Vermont Tech takes an optimistic, rooted and personal approach to education to support students in gaining the confidence and practical skills necessary to not only see their potential, but to experience it. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledgeable workers needed most by employers in the state and in the region.  www.vtc.edu(link is external).last_img read more

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Bupa extends Great Run series sponsorship until 2013

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first_imgLeading health and care company, Bupa, has renewed its sponsorship of the Great Run series for another five years, from 2009 to 2013, making it one of the longest-running sporting sponsorships in the UK.This takes the duration of Bupa’s support of the runs to 21 years which reflects the stature the events have achieved. Over 164,000 people enter a Bupa Great Run event each year – the Bupa Great North Run, the world’s largest half-marathon, in particular saw the millionth entry and the 750,000th finisher last weekend, and was broadcast live for four hours on the BBC, with highlights shown internationally across Europe, Africa, Australasia and Asia.John Cullinan, Bupa Brand Communications Manager, Bupa said: “We are proud to continue to support the Great Run series and have watched the events become a huge success. Running is a great way to stay fit and sport has a very positive role to play in society by encouraging everyone to take an interest in exercise and fitness, which as we all know plays a key role in health and wellbeing.”It is also fantastic that millions of pounds is raised for a host of charities every year. Indeed, our own nominated charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care, received Relatedlast_img read more

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SM South senior among select group of cheerleaders to perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

By on December 20, 2020

first_imgSM South senior Parrish Mock in Times Square on Thanksgiving Day. Photo courtesy Mock family.If you were among the millions of people tuning in to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast on Thursday, there’s a chance you caught a glimpse of a Shawnee Mission resident among the performers.In February, Parrish Mock, now a senior at SM South, tried out to be part of a 400-performer squad for this year’s parade. She found out she made the cut, and then went about learning the routine that the group would put on outside of the New York store.Mock arrived in New York City with her mother, sister and brother the Saturday before Thanksgiving and had four-hour practice sessions morning and evening up until dress rehearsals on Wednesday. On Thursday, she and the other cheerleaders had to arrive hours ahead of the parade itself to get stationed.When the parade itself began, she said, it was almost surreal.“There are these giant balloons in front of you and behind you, and then you see these huge crowds of people,” she said. “It’s a three mile parade route, but you hardly even think about it because of all the excitement. I couldn’t drop a smile if I’d wanted to.”Mock has been on the Raiders cheer squad since freshman year and has been on the varsity team since her sophomore year. She said she doesn’t plan to pursue cheering in college — she’s thinking about going to either Arkansas or KU and studying nursing — but that the Macy’s parade was a great experience to cap off her cheering career.Mock was the only member of the Thanksgiving cheerleader performance squad from Kansas.last_img read more

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The Shawnee city council needs to elect a president and vice chair. Here’s what could happen at Monday’s meeting

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first_imgRecently seated Councilmember Kurt Knappen, shown above in a file photo, won’t be able to attend Monday’s governing body meeting. He’s asked members of the council to table voting for a new council president and vice chair until the following meeting, when he will be in attendance.It appears the Shawnee governing body on Monday could make a second attempt to elect a council president and vice chair for 2020 — even if not every member of the council is in attendance.At its previous meeting Jan. 13, the city council had 4-4 split ties on multiple nominations for the two positions. Mayor Michelle Distler then declined to break the tie votes and ultimately tabled both items to the next meeting, which left the positions up in the air.Election of the two positions requires a simple majority, and attendance of the full council Monday could possibly yield another round of 4-4 ties. However, Councilmember Kurt Knappen has already announced to his fellow members that he will be unable to attend because of work obligations.In an email he shared with the Shawnee Mission Post, Knappen asked his fellow councilmembers to table the discussion to the following council meeting “in order to include the full council in this decision.”“This would allow me to be part of the process and allow us to decide this as a unified council,” he wrote his council peers on Jan. 18.However, Distler said she has concerns about tabling the item simply because Knappen will be absent.“There’s no way to predict when the entire council is going to be there,” she said. “We’re going to try to move forward with the process, and if it doesn’t move forward, then it does end up getting tabled again. At this point, I can’t predict what’s going to happen, but I can’t table it just because someone’s not going to be there because then somebody could maybe not be at the next meeting as well.”Coming up with alternative solutionsPer the city’s charter ordinance, the city council elects two of its members to sit as council president and as vice chair. However, there has been interest in recent months in looking at alternatives to the current system.Shawnee City Manager Nolan Sunderman will present the council with an outline of possible changes to the existing process in the coming months.In a memo to the governing body, City Manager Nolan Sunderman said the mayor has directed him to prepare alternatives for the council committee to review in March regarding the process of selecting a council president.“I’m hoping that…the council can come to a solution that fixes this so it is not an issue every single year,” Distler said. “We definitely need to fix the process. We can’t keep doing this.”In his email to the council, Knappen also suggested the council consider adopting an alternative approach to electing a council president and vice chair. For example, the city could establish a set rotation that gave each councilmember a turn serving as president. Other Johnson County cities use such an approach.City Attorney Ellis Rainey said he foresees some challenges with the idea of taking turns — some councilmembers may never get to serve as president if their terms expire and they aren’t re-elected — but he said the city council can work out the details and find a solution that fits Shawnee.If the council does not elect a president or vice chair next week, then the councilmember with the most seniority (longest time serving on the council) will preside over all future council committee meetings until a president is elected. That would be Councilmember Mike Kemmling, who would also become acting mayor in the absence or disability of the mayor.last_img read more

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Court suspends Web ad enforcement

By on December 18, 2020

first_img March 1, 2010 Regular News Court suspends Web ad enforcement Court suspends Web ad enforcement center_img The Florida Supreme Court has agreed with the Bar Board of Governors and ordered a suspension of Bar advertising rules that affect lawyer and law firm Web sites until July 1.The court last November 19 issued its revised opinion in In Re: Amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Rule 4-7.6, Computer Accessed Communications, case no. SC 08-1181. In that opinion, the court said that Rule 4-7.2 would apply to lawyer and law firm Web sites, effective January 1, 2010.The court opinion meant that lawyers and law firms, on their Web sites, would not be able to refer to past results, use testimonials from clients, or characterize the quality of their legal services — items included on virtually all attorney sites.At its December meeting, the Board of Governors voted for a six-month enforcement moratorium on the rule to give time to lawyers to be informed about the change and bring their Web sites into conformance.Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., wrote to the court after the meeting, telling it of the board’s action. He noted in the letter than any lawyer intentionally misrepresenting information on his or her Web site would still be subject to prosecution under Rule 4-8.4(c), which prohibits deceitful conduct.“We treat the letter as a motion to suspend the effective date of the [rule change],” the court said in its order. “The Bar’s motion to suspend is granted. The amendments to Rules Regulating The Florida Bar – Rule 4-7.6, Computer Accessed Communications, that became effective January 1, 2010, are suspended and now shall become effective July 1, 2010, absent any further order of this court.”Since the court’s November ruling, the Standing Committee on Advertising has published guidelines for lawyers to bring their Web sites into compliance with the revised advertising rules. Those guidelines ran in the January 15 Bar News.Basically, the guidelines advise lawyers they may set up “safe havens” on their Web sites by using disclaimers to create sections where information is provided only at the request of a viewer.last_img read more

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St. Cloud State visits for Minnesota’s celebratory weekend

By on December 17, 2020

first_imgSt. Cloud State visits for Minnesota’s celebratory weekendThe Gophers will drop banners and play a Huskies team they are 21-1 against all-time. Bridget HaegOctober 15, 2004Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintWith all the fanfare of the 2004 national championship banner-dropping ceremony taking place tonight, it could be easy for Minnesota’s women’s hockey team to get sidetracked.But as the Gophers host St. Cloud State in a WCHA matchup this weekend at Ridder Arena, they said they can’t let last year’s accomplishments overshadow tonight’s work.“Our team has been pretty focused on St. Cloud Ö We don’t want to be too distracted by the pregame stuff,” coach Laura Halldorson said.Though the Gophers hold a 21-1-0 all-time series record versus the Huskies, team members said they don’t expect St. Cloud to hand them a win.“It’s probably going to be a lot more physical than last weekend (against North Dakota),” Minnesota sophomore defender Lyndsay Wall said.“It’s going to definitely be a higher-tempo game.”Last weekend, Minnesota (2-0-0, 2-0-0 WCHA) dominated in its season opener against North Dakota.It outscored the Sioux 15-1 in the series, with senior forward Kelly Stephens notching a hat trick in game two.Minnesota will look to continue its winning streak tonight with slightly different lines and a week’s worth of defensive practice.The Huskies (1-1-0, 1-1-0 WCHA) lineup is facing a more severe overhaul than just a few line changes, with four transfer players and nine rookies on the roster. “We feel we’re much deeper (compared to last season),” Huskies coach Jason Lesteberg said.Seeking to improve on last year’s sixth-place WCHA finish, the Huskies got off to a solid start by splitting their opening series with Ohio State.But they also scored only three goals on the weekend, playing flat during a couple periods, Lesteberg said.St. Cloud State sophomore goaltender Lauri St. Jacques posted a .922 save percentage and a 2.01 goals against average in the opening weekend of play.Whoever starts in goal for the Huskies tonight will have the challenge of stopping Minnesota’s power play in a rivalry that tends to get a little bit chippy.The Gophers scored eight power-play goals in 12 opportunities last weekend in North Dakota.While the Huskies will have to stave off the power play, they will also have to counteract one of Minnesota’s strengths: its speed.“It’s going to be the fastest opponent we’ll play all year Ö We’ll have to play very smart,” Lesteberg said.And Minnesota will have to remember its game first, celebration second.last_img read more

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University unveils $13M plan to replace facilities for displaced track and field teams

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first_imgThe proposed track facility will also include 5,600 square feet to accommodate restrooms, a press box, concessions, and both permanent and temporary spectator seating for 4,000 The location of the proposed facility currently houses the university’s Recreation Sports Bubble and Softball Field, which would be relocated to the corner of 25th Avenue Southeast and 6th Street Southeast. The University would need to purchase the Mathisen Elevator property and demolish long-vacant grain elevators to make room for the relocation and reconstruction of the Sports Bubble and softball field. The proposed recreational sports project would cost an estimated $6 million, bringing the project total to $19 million. The project would be paid for through university debt funding.Coyle said that the relocation of the track facility will allow its athletes to take full advantage of all of the new Athletes Village facilities and amenities once they are completed. At a regents committee meeting Thursday — where the University unveiled the proposal — Coyle and regents emphasized the importance of including and enhancing spaces for recreational or club sports team, which the relocation of the Sports Bubble would provide. University unveils $13M plan to replace facilities for displaced track and field teamsThe proposal was part of a plan to replace the teams’ facilities destroyed by construction of the Athlete’s Village. Emily PolglazeSeptember 10, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s cross country and track and field programs could train in a new $13 million facility proposed by the University of Minnesota Thursday. The project includes a new track and field facility as well as relocation of two current recreational athletic facilities that currently occupy the land of the proposed track, bringing both closer to the new Athletes Village that is still under construction. “Our goal here is that we can maximize shared amenities with the Athletes Village complex,” University Athletics Director Mark Coyle said Thursday. The track and field team was displaced by the construction of the University’s Athletes Village.Initially, no plans were made to replace the destroyed track facility. The lack of facilities for the teams prompted a gender-equity complaint, triggering an ongoing federal Title IX investigation of the school. The track teams have been using facilities at Hamline University for practice in the meantime. If approved by the University’s Board of Regents, construction is slated to be completed by August 2018. Regents are expected to address the proposal in October.The proposed track facility, which would include nine lanes and resources for javelin, shot put, discus/hammer throw, long/triple jump, and steeplechase, has been integrated into the Athletes Village project. last_img read more

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Women in the fertile phase of their menstrual cycle prefer shaved male bodies, study finds

By on November 19, 2020

first_imgShare Email Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterestcenter_img Share on Facebook The researchers from the University of Turku photographed 20 men, aged 20–32 years, with visible chest and torso hair before and after they shaved themselves clean. Rantala and his colleagues then interviewed 552 heterosexual women, asking them to choose between the hairy and shaved versions of the same body.“Interestingly, we found that the removal of body hair increased the sexual attractiveness of the male body to Finnish premenopausal women,” the researchers explained. This was especially true for younger fertile women, who preferred the shaved body more than the hairy body.Rantala and his colleagues also found that women in the non-fertile phase of their menstrual cycle were more likely to prefer male body hair than women in the fertile phase. Pregnant women and postmenopausal women were also more likely to prefer male body hair.“The finding that menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause have effect on women preference on body hairs is a strong argument against the interpretation that change in fashion would explain why older women preferred more hairy men,” the researchers said. “Rather, it suggests that sex hormones might have effect on preferences.”The hairiness of a woman’s father was also associated with her preference for male body hair.“This suggests either that women are sexually imprinted for the hairiness of their father or that women’s preference for body hair is heritable,” the researchers said.However, the Rantala and his colleagues acknowledged that body hair itself might not be the physical trait that women are “cueing in on.”“For example, body hair could mask desirable male traits like muscles and a v-shaped body, which women found more attractive during the fertile phase of their menstrual cycle (see Little et al. 2007), and shaving body hair makes these traits more visible,” they said.It is also possible that hairless bodies are associated with a particular type of man.“On the other hand, in contemporary Finland, body hair may be a signifier (positive or negative) of some target of learned prejudice: social class, ethnic background, etc,” the researchers wrote, noting that Scandinavian men tend to have less body hair than men from other parts of the world.“Clearly, more experimental studies are needed to show whether changes in women’s preferences on body hairs with menstrual cycle are widespread among different human cultures before any generalization can be made.” Researchers in Finland have found that women’s preference for male body hair appears to change across the menstrual cycle.“These findings suggest that body hair may play a much more important role in human mate choice than previously thought and that biological factors, such as hormones and sexual imprinting or heritable preferences, may explain individual variation in women’s preferences with regard to body hair,” researchers Markus J. Rantala, Mari Pölkki and Liisa M. Rantala wrote in their study.The research was published in the journal Behavioral Ecology.last_img read more

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Brain inflammation linked to depression in multiple sclerosis

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first_imgPinterest LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Emailcenter_img Share Patients with multiple sclerosis have higher rates of depression than the general population, including people with other life-long disabling diseases. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis arise from an abnormal response of the body’s immune system. Immune response has also been linked to depression, leading researchers to think it could be a shared pathological mechanism that leads to the increased rates of depressive symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis.A new study in Biological Psychiatry supports this hypothesis, providing evidence that inflammation of the hippocampus, a region of the brain implicated in the genesis and maintenance of depression and in the pathology of multiple sclerosis, alters its function and contributes to symptoms of depression.“This study elegantly links hippocampal inflammation to depression,” said Dr. John Krystal, Editor of Biological Psychiatry. The research was a collaboration between King’s College London, Imperial College London, and Imanova Center for Imaging Sciences. Led by senior authors Paul Matthews and Eugenii Rabiner, the research team combined two complementary brain imaging techniques to study the relationship between hippocampal immune response, functional connections, and depressive symptoms in 13 patients with multiple sclerosis and 22 healthy control subjects. Positron emission tomography (PET) allowed for quantification of activated microglia, a measure of immune response. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) assessed the strength of hippocampal connections to an extensive network of brain regions involved in emotion.First author Dr. Alessandro Colasanti, of King’s College London, explained that PET imaging revealed immune activation in the hippocampus of patients with multiple sclerosis. “We also discovered that more inflammation was associated to more severe symptoms of depression,” said Colasanti.Measurements of functional brain connections with fMRI during rest showed that immune activation in the hippocampus altered its connections with other brain regions. “This study, combining two advanced complementary brain imaging methods, suggests that the inflammation of the hippocampus affects the brain function and causes depression,” said Colasanti.The findings suggest that hippocampal inflammation could be the contributing cause of high rates of depression in multiple sclerosis. The authors predict that an effective and targeted treatment of brain inflammation would help to restore brain function and protect against depression in multiple sclerosis.last_img read more

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Jamaica Culture Minister welcomes US University’s establishment of Reggae Studies…

By on October 20, 2020

first_img Jul 14, 2020 Breadfruit, Climate Change And An Agriculturist’s Vision For… UNESCO adds reggae music to global cultural heritage listPORT LOUIS, Mauritius: Reggae music, whose chill, lilting grooves won international fame thanks to artists like Bob Marley, on Thursday (Nov 29) secured a coveted spot on the United Nations’ list of global cultural treasures. UNESCO, the world body’s cultural and scientific agency, added the genre that originated in Jamaica…November 29, 2018In “Culture”WI cricket in danger, needs protection, says GrangeJamaica Observer – Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has likened West Indies cricket to an element of cultural heritage that is in danger and in need of protection. Grange made the comment at the St Catherine Cricket Association Awards Ceremony where she expressed satisfaction that the…December 10, 2018In “CARICOM”Marley’s contribution to Jamaica priceless – Jamaica Tourism MinisterTourism and Entertainment Minister Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has described as “priceless,” the contribution of late Reggae legend, Robert “Bob” Nesta Marley, to Jamaica’s music legacy. “I am often asked the value of Reggae music and…Bob Marley to Jamaica and Jamaica’s tourism, and I would say it is immeasurable…it’s not something…January 17, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Feb 6, 2020 Koffee: the new toast of Jamaican reggae “Reggae’s contribution to Jamaica’s revenue and global competitiveness has been documented but not shared enough. I hope the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Reggae Studies will contribute to that body of knowledge which speaks to the outstanding economic contribution of reggae music to the global creative economy,” Grange said. She was in Minnesota to assist in kick-starting what is intended to be the annual Minnesota International Sports and Reggae Festival and the establishment of the Minnesota International Institute for Reggae Studies. “The celebration of Sports and Reggae in a festival is phenomenal because it blends two elements of Jamaica’s creative genius into one activity,” said Grange. The International Institute for Reggae Studies and the Minnesota International Sports and Reggae Festival are being implemented with the support of the Organisation for Strategic Development in Jamaica and the University of Minnesota. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Dec 30, 2019center_img KINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Culture Minister Olivia Grange, has welcomed the decision of the University of Minnesota to establish an International Institute for Reggae Studies. Grange gave her support to the initiative during her visit to the University over the weekend. “The move by the University of Minnesota to subject Reggae Music to academic enquiry follows similar programmes established at our own University of the West Indies in Jamaica with a Reggae Studies Unit. However, as far as we know, it is the first of its kind in the United States.” Gong strong at 75: Love lessons from my father Jul 11, 2019 You may be interested in… Jamaica Reaffirms its Commitment to Reparations last_img read more

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