first_imgWestern Carolina University faculty and staff must not allow the death of beloved Chancellor David O. Belcher nor an unsuccessful search for his successor to divert their attention from working to move the institution forward and supporting growing numbers of students through rigorous academic and extracurricular programs.In her Wednesday, Aug. 15, Opening Assembly address centered on the theme “Choose Great,” Interim Chancellor Alison Morrison-Shetlar called the 2018-19 academic year “…the end of an era at WCU, but the beginning of a legacy.”“We have achieved incredible things together,” Morrison-Shetlar said. “We have embraced our mission – our purpose. We have changed lives. But we cannot push pause on our momentum. Our students deserve much more.”Belcher, WCU chancellor since 2011, died June 17 after battling brain cancer for more than two years. Morrison-Shetlar, provost at WCU since 2014, has been serving as the university’s CEO since Belcher went on medical leave Dec. 31, 2017.A national search for WCU’s next chancellor came to an unanticipated and unsuccessful close July 16 following a special called meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors on July 12. The search is on hold as the board reviews the process for selecting chancellors across the UNC System, with new guidelines expected sometime in September.“You were not expecting me to be standing up here this morning. You were expecting me to be back in my provost seat and for a newly appointed chancellor to be addressing you,” Morrison-Shetlar said early in her remarks.“You may be feeling anxious and uncertain about what comes next. You are not alone. Much of what we are anxious and uncertain about, however, is completely out of our hands. What I can say with certainty is that we have amazing chancellor search co-chairs in Board of Trustees Chair Pat Kaemmerling and Vice Chair Bryant Kinney. They and the committee remain committed to the task of finding the next great leader for WCU, and they will not let us down,” she told a packed house in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.Morrison-Shetlar said that she also remains committed to her task – that of guiding the university during an unexpectedly extended time of transition in leadership.“I will be present in this role, and I will put everything I have into the job of interim chancellor, with the goal of supporting your success and the success of our students,” she said. “It has taken everyone in this auditorium to build WCU into what it is today, and I know that, with your continued commitment, things are going to continue in the right direction. We have all made choices every day that have led us to success.”Turning attention to the year ahead, Morrison-Shetlar said that the incoming freshman class – the first admitted to WCU through the NC Promise tuition plan – will be the largest in university history, with move-in day set for Friday, Aug.17. Student enrollment numbers should be record-setting in most student populations, including new transfer and new graduate students, she said.“We must continue to grow to meet the needs of students and the demands of our region and our state. But, we will choose to grow responsibly and sustainably, with a focus on maintaining academic excellence and delivering an unmatched total student experience,” she said.Addressing WCU’s role in regional economic development, Morrison-Shetlar pointed out the university’s recently announced partnership with a local broadband provider to expand high-speed internet access in the Cullowhee Valley and an upcoming conference hosted by WCU on the outdoor products industry.“Our region is moving forward, and we will not only be at the table but be a leader in the conversation about regional progress,” she said. “We will choose to work collaboratively, across divisions, to leverage our strengths to improve the communities we serve.”Morrison-Shetlar reminded the group that WCU has taken a variety of steps to address faculty and staff salaries. The university invested nearly $4 million in enrollment growth money from last year in human resources – with $1.5 million to hire new faculty, $890,000 to hire new staff and $1.4 million put toward salary increases for existing faculty and staff.“Our strategic plan reaffirms our choice to continue to invest in recruiting and retaining the very best employees and in providing professional development resources for our faculty and staff,” she said. “We recognize that it is our people who make our institution great.”The 2018-19 academic year promises to be another busy time for construction, with a new campus residence hall now underway and expected to be ready for occupancy by fall 2019, the start of framing on a replacement for WCU’s 1970s-era Natural Sciences Building, a makeover of the main campus entrance, numerous renovation projects, and ongoing planning for a new lower campus residence hall and a replacement for an aging steam plant.After a special preview of WCU’s upcoming marketing campaign, “Choose Great,” Morrison-Shetlar urged faculty and staff to embrace that theme throughout their work in the year ahead.“The most important choice is the choice to be great. It’s what we’re asking of our students, and it’s what we should be asking of ourselves,” she said. “Yes, this work we do is hard. Resources are limited. There have been and will be setbacks. But we are persistent. We are innovative. We know how to work together. We have clear direction. We are already on a path to success. And we understand our mission – our purpose – is centered on students and their accomplishments. So, let’s choose to be great. Let’s choose it together. Let’s give this year everything we’ve got. Let’s start today.”Also speaking during the Opening Assembly, Acting Provost Carol Burton discussed the university’s revised strategic plan, which features a new strategic direction focusing on inclusion and diversity; the yearlong campus learning theme titled “Defining America”; new academic programs starting this fall or in the planning phases; liberal studies student learning outcomes; and a new university speaker series to launch Friday, Aug. 17, with poet and civil rights activist Nikki Giovanna as part of New Student Convocation.“I urge each of you to continue to nurture our students this year – it is my métier, my life’s work. I pledge my commitment to maintaining our dedication to academic excellence, and to building on the legacy left by Chancellor Belcher,” Burton said. “David told us that he trusted us to continue this worthy work and, in life, ‘to be a verb and not a noun.’ As a two-time alumna of this institution, I feel a special sense of responsibility to live up to his expectations. I trust you will join me in that endeavor.”Katherine Spalding, past president of the Student Government Association, opened the assembly with a collection of comments from recent alumni who were influenced in their post-WCU careers by Belcher and his wife, Susan Brummell Belcher. “These are just a few of the lives Chancellor Belcher changed. He changed my life, too,” Spalding said. “Maybe, he changed yours. There are thousands more like us. His greatest accomplishment is his impact on our lives.”Damon Sink, chair of the Faculty Senate, and Natalie Broom, chair of the Staff Senate, shared highlights of the previous year and expectations for the year ahead for the shared governance bodies.last_img read more

first_imgFor those who needs to get going on planning, Red Hat has put together a very good migration guide. The document helps you start thinking about and resourcing your migration.   Register, to get started.  Also, a lighter version to get an idea.  Just completed 8 city roadshow with Dell and Red Hat, talking to customers face to face over lunch about how a migration should be planned and done from UNIX/RISC to RHEL/Intel/Dell.  Most of the customers I had conversations with were from medium size business.  One customer clearly said, it is no brainer, there is no reason to advocate to purchase new AIX/Power or Solaris/SPARC machines any more.  The other customer said, much of the knowledge accumulated to manage UNIX servers can immediately applied for migration activities while he saw the needs to get the UNIX administrators trained on RHEL through the training programs offered by Red Hat.  Consistently, there were the nuance that customers needed to act now, for a short term result.  I had opportunities to attend two of the seminars in different cities, meeting few different customers.  Customers came to our seminar to look for a template to quickly develop a plan that could also be approved quickly and get the project going to counter the enormous management pressure they get to do more with less.  Please contact RHEL, Dell, or Intel representative for the next steps, and if you don’t have such resource, let me know.  I’ll help dispatch one to you.last_img read more

first_imgIt is a trade practice that would not impress a union man. It is a truth whose profoundity would not impress Rahul Dravid.The sports media’s simple operating principle, the manager of the Minnesota Vikings team was once told, is: “When you lose we make fun of you. When you win,,It is a trade practice that would not impress a union man. It is a truth whose profoundity would not impress Rahul Dravid.The sports media’s simple operating principle, the manager of the Minnesota Vikings team was once told, is: “When you lose we make fun of you. When you win, we make fun of the other guy.”For the Indian cricket team, fun has pretty much fled the building and the jokes are coming back at them with all the sweet intent of a Makhaya Ntini opening spell. There’s the batting order jokes (“think of a number, yaar… arre, any number…”) the process jokes, the flexibility jokes. The only unfunny element here are the numbers-two ODI wins from 10 matches (seven of those against the resolutely flaky West Indians).BREACHED WALL: DravidWithin a week, the Champions Trophy, cricket’s biggest event outside the World Cup, will sweep into our living rooms and the world’s best bowlers and batsmen will be asking questions of India. The logical question to ask in turn is: Are the men in blue going to be, like… er… embarrassing? Unlikely because at home, India are a force multiplied.But the graph of this reforged team has taken its first dive, most inconveniently, when the world has come knocking. The first year of the Dravid-Greg Chappell combine was marked by heady success and high altitude vocabulary-the latter only makes for a barrelful of cheap shots today. It may not be the moment for a full-throated chrous of rhetoric and condemnation. But a raising of the eyebrows? Surely.Click here to EnlargeThe Indian team must question its assumptions of not so long ago or it will have them questioned by its adversaries. That its batting line-up can chase speeding bullets anywhere, anytime, that all problems could be solved by drafting in a slew of young players and shunting out fusty grey beards with bad attitudes, bad knees and long memories.Solutions work in their own time and space. Old ones are rarely the answer to new problems. Today, India’s new problems in the middle are plain to see-not enough runs from outside the old fortresses of Tendulkar and Dravid, the unravelling of performances from Irfan Pathan and M.S. Dhoni (two players key to plans) and the search for stability in the bowling attack.The reasons these issues have come to exist amongst the young men who play for India, how they have been handled and the dynamic that exists inside a team. On the outside though, the professional interpreters of maladies judge by the evidence of their eyes. For a team hardsold as being based on ‘youth’, India’s last six Man of the Match awards have been shared between Dravid, Yuvraj Singh (twice each) and Harbhajan Singh, the sixth going to S. Sreesanth, who is not in the Champions Trophy team. Former India bowler Javagal Srinath has pointed out that 10 bowlers had been tried in a year without a core of even three being identified. Former Test batsman Sanjay Manjrekar wrote after watching the younger Indian batsmen in the West Indies, “Is there a rush to become a dashing match-winner as against merely a humble servant of Indian cricket?” Former India keeper Saba Karim has noticed a trend where players are failing to deliver on what jargon would call their “main skill”- batting and bowling. He says, “Talent, fielding and eagerness to learn is fine, but as a batsman you have to be willing to stay at the wicket, deliver the match-winning score.”More the reason to find and cement in the ‘glue’ players. None of the younger bunch have quite Dravid’s accomplishment. Even the most experienced among them, Mohammed Kaif, it appears, is adrift. Karim is most disappointed about the failure of most of the batsmen to adjust to wickets that ask for a plan B involving shot selection. Given Chappell’s encyclopaedic and microscopic grasp of batting, Karim said he expected the Aussie’s deepest impact to show here.Many look back to the second ODI in Kingston earlier this year, when Yuvraj Singh was bowled by Dwayne Bravo with two runs to win, as the moment India’s ODI team lost its mojo. Dravid’s men have won only one of nine matches since, now unable to shake off poor early season batting form. There is no telling though whether that intangible called ‘form’ feeds into confidence or if the process actually works the other way round.A former member of the team says, “It’s not about form, it’s about getting results. If you’re not careful, you can turn ‘form’ into an excuse… and that feeling can go through a team. When you are struggling, it is more important to remember you have a job to do and then try to do it -ugly if you have to.”At the start of a season that will define this team, India has not narrowed the gap between planning and execution to Australian-style efficiency but has widened it. The Champions Trophy may bring India back to where they were early in 2006. But the clock is ticking and the rest of the world has no intention of standing still.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEngland coach Trevor Bayliss has promised that an attack-minded England will fight fire with fire and will not be intimidated by Australia when the Ashes series starts next week.The 52-year-old former Sri Lanka coach will take charge of England for the first time when the Ashes gets underway in Cardiff on July 8.Australian Bayliss is fully aware of the approach England must adopt if they are to reclaim the Ashes from his compatriots.”To be successful against Australia, it’s certainly not going to be by taking a backward step or allowing the Australians just to dictate terms,” Bayliss said.”You’ve got to get out and fight fire with fire, be positive and aggressive and the individuals have to play their own natural game.”I think going forward with this group of players he (captain Alastair Cook) has got, you will see a bright, attacking style of cricket being played.”England impressed during the drawn series against New Zealand before winning the subsequent one-day international series 3-2 with a thrilling brand of attacking cricket.Bayliss is hoping for more of the same.”I’m all for playing the game in an aggressive manner,” he said.”It gets down to how individuals actually are able to put up with it — how they are able to react to it or whether they react to it. Some will and some won’t.”If you look in history at the best players in the world, they’ve all been self-reliant.”Not only are they single-minded and they know what to do off the field and how to prepare, they are able to make decisions for themselves out on the ground, rather than look to the coaching staff for an answer.”advertisementEngland travelled to Spain for a four-day training camp ahead of the Ashes and Bayliss said it was a great opportunity to build relationships.”We had some good meetings,” he said.”It was important that I got across to the players that I don’t bite. That they’re more than welcome to come and ask me any questions or get involved with any conversations.”last_img read more

first_imgFor the members of the Life Skills family it was a very special day at the Glen Willow Sporting Complex last Thursday, as they participated in the Touch Football Australia Community Clinic in the lead up to the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. The group and their carers participated in an array of games and activities with members of the Australian teams, who spent the morning sharing their skills with members of the Mudgee community. The group made up of adults with various intellectual disabilities had a morning with the teams and close to 100 kids from the Mudgee and surrounding Touch Football communities. Learning the skills of Touch Football from some of the best in the world was an unforgettable experience for the group as well as the players and coaches of the sides. Life Skills has been helping the Mid-West and Mudgee Region for over 23 years offering services to those with disabilities and their families, helping to develop an array of skills, with the promotion of leading a healthy lifestyle a key philosophy of the organisation. Carer Kristy Carter said that the participants ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ themselves. “It’s wonderful, the community inclusion is just awesome, we won’t be able to wipe the smiles off their faces,” Carter said. Participants Nicole and Jono said they lots of fun at the clinic and correctly tipped Australia to win the Trans Tasman series. “I had fun. I taught them a few skills!” Jono said.Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire was full of praise for the interaction and how well the Australian representatives interacted with the group. “To look at the joy and excitement on everyone’s faces in terms of what the players are putting in and even the special relationships which are being formed in an instant just because they’ve made the time to look after these people. I think it’s a strong testament to the inclusive nature of our sport and it just really makes you happy in terms of judging what you are actually here for and realising that you are making such a big difference in the community,” Colm Maguire said. Related LinksLife Skillslast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool defender Van Dijk: I’ve still much to improveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk says he’s far from the finished article.He has been named the Premier League’s Player of the Month award for December.And the Netherlands captain demands more of himself.“I’ve improved in every aspect of my game but there is still so much to learn and to get better at,” he said ahead of Saturday’s league meeting with Brighton and Hove Albion.“I’m working every day to get to where I want to be – I want to get the maximum out of myself. That’s [done] by working every day and making sure that you give everything for the team and for your club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCollege Spun staff picks for week 12 of the 2015 college football season.college spun staff picks week 12Last week, four top ten teams – Baylor, Stanford, LSU and Utah – fell, further complicating the College Football Playoff picture. The Pac-12, which no longer features a team with less than two losses, is in trouble. The Big 12, meanwhile, is looking more likely to see one of its squads qualify for the event. And then there’s Notre Dame, which may very well finish 11-1 and find itself on the outside looking in.This week, despite most of the SEC scheduling cupcakes, we’ve got some great games. LSU takes on Ole Miss. USC and Oregon meet. Baylor and Oklahoma State will tangle. Oklahoma will look to stay hot against TCU. And of course, Michigan State heads to Columbus to take on Ohio State.Matt Hladik is still our leader, but he isn’t in the clear yet. Here’s who we have this week:week 12 picks 1week 12 picks 2week 12 picks 3Who do you have?last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – B.C. Hydro has announced that it has started testing the five-kilometre-long till conveyor system for the Site C Project.According to Hydro, this is the first step in preparing for the beginning of conveyor operations in September and will be testing different sections of the conveyor belt to ensure it is running smoothly.B.C. Hydro says the conveyor, which runs from the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands to the dam site, will carry glacial till, an impervious clay-like material that will form the core of the Site C dam. Hydro Authorities are reminding nearby residents to use caution and stay clear of the conveyor area, which will be an active construction zone until the Site C Project is complete.For more information, you can visit the Site C Project website.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at 7:00 pm the RCMP received a report that a vehicle had struck two pedestrians in the 10100 block of 98th Ave, then fled the scene.The RCMP report all on-duty officers including the Crime Reduction Unit and Drug Section members flooded the scene along with two RCMP Collision Reconstructionists.EMS immediately attended and confirmed the two adults (26-year-old man, 31-year-old woman), were pronounced deceased at the scene. According to the RCMP, shortly after 10:00 pm the suspect believed to be involved in this incident surrendered himself and the suspect vehicle has been seized.If anyone who may have witnessed this incident but have not yet spoken with RCMP, call 250-787-8100.Names of the deceased (both residents of Fort St. John) will not be released by the RCMP and no further information supplied to protect the integrity of the investigation.last_img read more

first_imgDespite the growing prevalence of Diabetes in our country, the understanding of the clinical condition remains limited. It is largely assumed by people with Diabetes that high blood sugar is caused due to sugar and this naturally gets translated into an ‘I don’t’ take sugar in my tea’ expression. Many, instead, switch to the use of artificial sweeteners which are even more harmful. Why there is inadequate knowledge about a condition which affects so many people still remains a mystery. Also, why has health education not been able to keep pace with the growing prevalence and why do health professionals (doctor’s, dietitians, diabetes educators, podiatrists etc.) give diverse advice rather an official, approved, up to date set of guidelines to each person diagnosed with Diabetes, across the Health Care System at all levels, remains unknown. Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeThose affected need to understand that Diabetes is a lifestyle disorder. In simple words, how we lead our everyday lives affects how our body manages its blood sugar. Lifestyle comprises of your food, exercise routine, daily activity, sleep pattern, stress management skills and emotional health. Creating harmony at each level will help enhance the quality of life. For Diabetes care and management, each one of the above parameters are crucial – through different pathways in the body, each affects how our body manages its blood glucose. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATETo gather a better understanding, lets discuss strategies for Diabetes care and management under three pillars – Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep Nutrition We are what we eat. The importance of eating right cannot be overemphasised, this is also because this is the activity we perform three or four times in a day. A meal with all its macros balanced allows for optimum digestion without spiking blood sugar. A traditional, freshly prepared meal with seasonal produce comes handy in getting this parameter right. Avoid processed, packaged food options, salads or smoothies as main meal options. These lack in nutritive quotient and burden the body with added chemicals in the form of additives, colourants, emulsifiers, preservatives etc. Breakfast options can include freshly prepared regional recipes of poha, upma, dalia, idli, dal cheela, parantha, egg and roti. Add seasonal vegetables to these and cook using traditional oils like Mustard Oil, Sesame Oil, Coconut Oil or Ground Nut Oil. Avoid vegetable oils. Vegetable oils are high in Omega 6 and inflammatory in nature. For lunch and dinner, stick to one staple cereal you have grown up eating and have it with dal (lentils) or beans or meat along with seasonal vegetables. You could add curd/buttermilk and salad to complete the meal. How you eat is as important as what you eat. Practice mindful eating. Chew your food slowly. The act of slowing the speed down while eating helps in keeping the portion size regulated. When we eat with distractions like eating while watching TV, checking mobile, reading newspaper, we tend to eat more. For in between snacks, stick to options like nuts, peanuts, chana, paneer, a bowl of curd with fruits or seeds. Exercise Any kind of physical activity that keeps your heart rate elevated for a period of time is termed as exercise. Popularly, people engage in walks. Target achieving a goal of 10,000 steps in a day. Work towards staying active. For every 30 minutes of being seated, take 2-3 minutes to stretch, walk around, this is known to fight insulin resistance. Creating a better environment in the body helps regulate blood sugar. Consistency is key: No matter what type of exercise you engage in, you need to stay consistent. Being enthusiastic one day and then letting go does no good to Diabetes. Therefore, stay consistent. If some form bores you out, try something new, but don’t stop working out. Build in a weekly schedule to include variety. Weight Training: Loss of strength is one of the driving factors to insulin resistance. The contribution weight training has towards combating insulin resistance cannot be emphasised enough. Usually considered a form for young boys who want to pump up, it is often surrounded with speculations for women. But weight training has the ability to bring down high blood sugar levels and maintain that for the next 48-72 hours. This is because when you do strength training exercises that target muscles, your body uses glucose from your bloodstream to power them, which can help clear excess sugar from your system. It improves the body’s ability to manage sugar. Engage in strength training twice a week. You could use resistance bands, free weights or do machine assisted workouts in this category. Sleep Sleep is the most underrated aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Health enthusiasts only focus on diet and exercise and rarely consider sleep as a contributory factor to improved health. Sleep gives our body the time to repair. The immune system, our bodies’ repair system, is strengthened by sleep. Lack of sleep is associated with raised levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol triggers insulin resistance. Sleep deprivation also lowers satiety signals in the body, thereby increasing appetite, which translates as bigger portions. And, as already discussed above, bigger portions lead to high blood glucose and circulating insulin. In a physiological environment of high cortisol and insulin, insulin resistance is heightened. A good quality sleep helps in balancing hormones in the body. It helps in detoxification both at the physiological and mental level and improves lymphatic function. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the effort put towards achieving better health during the day (diet and exercise), only begin to manifest with a good sleep routine. Have a stable routine of bedtime and wake up time for 80 per cent of a week and plan ahead for late nights (if any) in advance. Taking your body in confidence and preparing ahead of time ensures that we don’t leave to chance important measures like meals, exercise and stabilise the hormonal balance of the body. In a nutshell, Diabetes management cannot be oversimplified to the elimination of sugar from tea! It is a lifestyle disorder and all aspects of our life need to be modified with simple, practical and doable tips to improve and even reverse this condition. All the above guidelines serve as means of prevention from Diabetes too.last_img read more