Saint Mary’s names valedictorian

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this article appeared in the March 17 edition of The Observer.Senior Brianne Michaels, a computational mathematics major and economics minor, has been named Saint Mary’s College valedictorian, making her the student with the highest cumulative grade point average in the class of 2014. Michaels, a native of Valparaiso, Ind., said she has had a love of math for as long as she can remember.“The power of mathematics is so intriguing, and a major in mathematics leads to an endless number of career opportunities,” Michaels said.Michaels said she has found her niche in the mathematics department at Saint Mary’s, which has become her “home away from home.”As president of Indiana Epsilon, the College’s chapter of the Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) Mathematical Honors Society, Michaels raised money to send nine members to the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore.“These sales were record-breaking, and more importantly, the number of members we were able to send to the conference was also a new record,” Michaels said. “It was very exciting, [and] I have loved serving my term as president of PME.”Chair of the mathematics department Colleen Hoover said Michaels’ dedication to raising money to send students to the conference was impressive.“As a faculty advisor for Pi Mu Epsilon, I can say that I have never witnessed this kind of unfailing dedication to student travel, and we all owe Brianne a debt of gratitude,” Hoover said.Joanne Snow, professor of mathematics, said she got to know Michaels better through her work as president of PME and having Michaels in class.“Brianne is an excellent student. She is also very conscientious and very thorough in her work,” Snow said. “If she takes on a task, then you know it will be done and done well.”Snow said Michaels has distinguished herself at Land O’Lakes Inc., where she had an internship last summer. Michaels was honored with the Intern Award for her outstanding performance and leadership, and she will continue there as an Information Technology Rotational Analyst after  graduation.Michaels said she is looking forward to her new career and plans to continue to challenge herself both in her career and academically.“I wish to learn as much as possible throughout my life,” Michaels said. “I have always viewed a college education as my ticket to a successful future as an independent woman, and this is proving to be true.”Friend and classmate Megan Golden said she had always told Michaels she would receive the valedictorian award because of her work ethic and the long hours she puts into her schoolwork each day.“[Brianne] is intrinsically motivated and extremely confident in her abilities, so I know she will be successful in achieving her goals in the future,” Golden said. “She is the type of person who works very hard but always makes time for her friends.”Michaels said she owes much of her success at Saint Mary’s to her supportive friends and family.“I have gained life-long friends at Saint Mary’s, which is just as valuable to me as the outstanding education I have received,” Michaels said. “The campus is filled with intelligent, independent women, and I am honored to call myself a Saint Mary’s student and soon-to-be graduate.” “I have made it a priority to perform to the best of my potential in school and to learn as much as I possibly can,” she said. “I strive for excellence in academics, because it is what makes me happy. Being declared valedictorian is just a bonus.” Tags: 2014 Commencement, Brianne Michaels, economics, mathematics, saint mary’s, valedictorianlast_img read more

Research institute CSIRO says rooftop solar in Australia could rise to nearly 60GW by 2050

first_imgResearch institute CSIRO says rooftop solar in Australia could rise to nearly 60GW by 2050 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia’s main scientific research body, the CSIRO, has significantly upgraded its forecasts for small scale rooftop solar in Australia for the next few decades, suggesting that the total capacity on the rooftops of homes and businesses could multiply from its current levels of less than 10 gigawatts to nearly 60GW by 2050.The new scenario modelling – a 50 per cent jump in capacity from its previous estimates – is revealed in a newly published assessment by CSIRO prepared for the Australian Energy Market Operator’s 20-year blueprint for the main grid, known as the Integrated System Plan.AEMO already describes the future of Australia’s main grids as “distributed, democratised, and digital”. The only question is to what extent. And the new forecasts by the CSIRO suggest that it will be a lot.The CSIRO says there are a number of factors playing on its revised forecasts. The first is the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, which will likely mean near term forecasts are below those assumed last year. But long term growth will resume, more rapidly than previously thought, because of the continuing falls in rooftop solar costs, and the attraction of the technology for homes and businesses.The new 2050 forecasts represent a near 50 per cent jump on the previous assumptions made by the CSIRO last year when it was feeding its modelling into the ISP.“This reflects that, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, rooftop solar adoption was trending higher than expected and this trend is expected to at least partially reassert itself post-pandemic through a wide range of drivers,” it says.[Giles Parkinson]More: Australia may reach nearly 60GW of small scale solar – new CSIRO modellinglast_img read more

How to fight stress

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Dan BergerIf you ask any American if they’ve felt stress recently, I bet that nine times out of 10 you’ll get a response in the affirmative. It seems inevitable no matter what we do. But there are strategies to help combat stress – and, in particular, strategies that help leaders lessen the stress felt by their employees.The Harvard Business Review cites a few examples of how to keep balance in the workplace. Among other things, they suggest:focusing on what matters – making sure your team is fulfilling the purpose it was meant to fulfill, without extraneous distractions; continue reading »last_img

One killed, two houses destroyed in Tana Toraja landslide

first_imgA landslide hit Maulu hamlet in Rembon district, Tana Toraja, South Sulawesi, on Thursday morning, killing a villager and destroying two houses. Usman Tato, 65, was buried inside his house, which was located on a slope in the village, at around 4 a.m. local time. Tana Toraja Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) official Alfian Andi Lolo said that this was the second landslide to occur on the slope. “When the first landslide occurred, the victim’s children asked him to leave his house since the first landslide happened right next to the deceased’s house. However, he ignored the warning, and died when the second landslide hit,” Alfian said. The victim’s body was recovered by his family and neighbors. According to Alfian, the area had experienced downpours over the last three days. Landslides are common in Tana Toraja as the area is mountainous and deforestation has left slopes bare and prone to rainy season landslides.“We’ve always warned the public, especially those who live in hilly areas, to leave their houses during heavy rain, but they’ve always ignored it,” Alfian said. The local administration, Alfian added, had tried to relocate the people who lived in landslide-prone areas, but some of them had decided to remain. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Governor and First Lady Wolf Honor Outstanding Pennsylvania Women as “Distinguished Daughters”

first_img Equality,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today announced the designation of nine extraordinary women as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. These women were nominated by non-profit organizations within the commonwealth in recognition of outstanding accomplishments of statewide or national importance.“I am proud to continue the tradition of honoring remarkable Pennsylvania women by designating them as Distinguished Daughters,” said Governor Wolf. “These women have greatly enhanced the lives of fellow Pennsylvanians and those beyond our borders, and have made great contributions to the commonwealth.”Since the first group of women were named by Governor James H. Duff in 1949, nearly 500 women have been recognized by Pennsylvania governors as Distinguished Daughters. This year’s Distinguished Daughters were honored today at the Governor’s Residence, where the Governor and First Lady presented them with medals for their achievements.The 2015 honorees include the following:Barbara BakerDr. Barbara Baker has been President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for 25 years, leading one of the nation’s major zoological parks with 77 acres and over 8,000 animals. Under her leadership, the Zoo has excelled in all areas of its operation, including tremendous budget growth from $3 to $17 million. The most visited cultural attraction in Pittsburgh, the Zoo welcomes over one million visitors annually. Under Dr. Baker’s leadership, participants in Zoo education programs increased from 453 to 400,000 students. The Zoo’s endangered species have increased from five to 52, with internationally recognized programs for coral propagation, African elephants, and support for 165 projects on all continents and oceans. The Zoo’s 742-acre International Conservation Center is dedicated to the breeding of endangered species. Baker, a strong advocate for adoption issues, is an adoptive parent of six of her seven children. She is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with a Master’s in Business Administration.Kim FlemingFleming is chairman and chief executive officer of Hefren-Tillotson, Inc., a privately held Pittsburgh-based financial planning and investment advisory firm. In 2014, Hefren-Tillotson was awarded #1 Top Workplace in Western Pennsylvania, and Fleming received the Top Executive award for medium-sized companies by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She serves on the boards of Allegheny College, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, The Buhl Foundation, Dollar Bank, EQT GP Holdings, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and SIFMA. She chaired the United Way of Allegheny County and is actively involved with local, national, and international mission trips. Fleming received the Family Guidance Leckie Award for philanthropy and service to Pittsburgh, the John McGrady Award for community service, Carlow University’s Women of Spirit® Award for Values, Geneva College’s Serving Leaders Award and the YWCA’s Women’s Leadership award for Business. A graduate of Northwestern University and of the Securities Industry Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, Fleming and her husband Curt have two sons.Janet HaasJanet Haas, M.D., is Board Chair of the William Penn Foundation and has helped guide its approach to strategic grant making over the past two decades. By making significant investments to improve education, protect the Delaware River watershed, and support arts, culture and the development of accessible and vibrant public spaces, the Foundation strives to help make Philadelphia a vibrant place to live, work and visit. The Haas family is one of eight recipients of the 2015 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. Haas is active in the nonprofit sector and currently serves as trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, Morris Arboretum and the Free Library of Philadelphia. In addition to her philanthropic endeavors, Haas specializes in palliative care at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and practices at the Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital. She is a board-certified physiatrist who has specialized in brain injuries. She trained at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Stanford University Hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System and taught at Temple University School of Medicine. Haas received her medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College (now Drexel University College of Medicine) and graduated from Wesleyan University.Lynne Korman HonickmanHonickman founded The Honickman Foundation, dedicated to the underserved through projects in the arts, education, spiritual growth and social change. A decade ago the foundation partnered with Project HOME and Comcast to build The Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs in North Central Philadelphia. Today, the center serves more than 375 children and 925 adults each year. Currently, she is a trustee of Project HOME and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is an inaugural member of the Alfred Stieglitz Center, newly renamed Focus. Honickman is a founder and trustee of Moms Against Guns which merged with CeasefirePA and a member of the Governor’s Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development. She is a member of several advisory additional boards, including the Support Center for Child Advocates, Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance, Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and APR. Formally trained as a writer and artist, Honickman is an activist for the arts and for pressing social issues. She and her husband Harold have two adult children and four grandchildren.Marty Moss-CoaneMoss-Coane has been host and executive producer of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, one of the most respected weekday interview programs in the Delaware Valley, for more than 25 years.  Produced at WHYY, the region’s leading public broadcasting station, Radio Times is recognized as one of the tri-state area’s most thought-provoking, creative and informative radio programs.  Radio Times is heard nationally on the National Public Radio Sirius-XM channel. Moss-Cone believes guiding discussions fairly and accurately is imperative to educating and informing audiences. She has earned praise for her versatility and her engaging conversations and interviews with both guests and callers during the daily, live two-hour program, which covers social issues, public policy, books, films and more. A graduate of Temple University, she has received numerous accolades for excellence in radio, public service, public health and public affairs. She and her husband, clinical psychologist James Coane, have a son, Jesse.Jane OppenheimOppenheim’s leadership skills and her deep concern and commitment to human rights, social services, the arts, education and humanities have benefitted innumerable national, regional and community organizations. She serves on the boards of Scranton Area Foundation, United Neighborhood Centers, Everhart Museum, Scranton-Lackawanna Human Development Agency, Hunter College and Keystone College where she is on the leadership team for the annual literary conference The Gathering. She is a former member of the National Board of the Women of Reform Judaism and the boards of the World Union for Judaism, the Union for Reform Judaism and president of Temple Hesed. Oppenheim’s many awards include those from Hunter College for Outstanding Community Service, B’Nai B’rith Americanism Award, Association of Fund Raising Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award and awards for her service from Keystone College, University of Scranton and Scranton Area Foundation. A graduate of Hunter College, she earned her master’s degree in English at Columbia University. She and her late husband Richard have three children and eight grandchildren.Natalye PaquinPaquin is the Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, the state’s largest organization serving girls and among the largest Girl Scouts Councils in the nation. Paquin previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. She began her career as a litigation attorney and entered the public sector as a Regional Attorney with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Her work in education continued in executive leadership roles with the Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia. Paquin is a Director of National Penn Bancshares, a Trustee of Rosemont College and serves on numerous other boards, including the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and The Philadelphia Award. She received a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and a B.S. from Florida A & M University. Additionally, she was a national Fellow of the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy, and completed Executive Education Programs at Harvard and Loyola University Business Schools.Leila Jones RichardsRichards, MD, MPH, has committed her entire professional career to international health and humanitarian programs.  A public health care physician, noted author and advocate for people world-wide suffering from oppression and war, Richards has worked with many groups such as American Friends Service Committee, UNICEF and the World Health Organization, administering to vulnerable populations, primarily those who have been impacted by the tragedy of international conflict and poverty. Over the course of more than 20 years, she has served in Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Israel, India and Cambodia. Richards has authored numerous articles and reports addressing important medical and social issues facing refugees and displaced persons. Her book “The Hills of Sidon: Journal of an American Doctor in Lebanon” received wide acclaim. Now retired and living in Pittsburgh, Richards remains involved in advocating for the oppressed and supporting international efforts to find a just peace, especially between Palestine and Israel.Page Talbott Ph.D.Talbott is President/CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, one of the nation’s most important special collections libraries. She was formerly Principal at Remer & Talbott, a consulting firm providing exhibition and interpretive planning services, including major exhibits throughout the Commonwealth. Talbott was Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, an international award-winning traveling exhibition, and was the editor and an author of the companion catalog Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. She has been an independent curator and consultant for museums, historical societies, and historic house museums throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She has served on the boards of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Center for Conservation of Art and Historical Artifacts, the Society of Winterthur Graduates, and the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate. Talbott holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from the University of Delaware/ Winterthur Program, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Governor and First Lady Wolf Honor Outstanding Pennsylvania Women as “Distinguished Daughters” SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img October 14, 2015last_img read more

Boys Area Basketball Scores (2-9)

first_imgBoys Area Basketball ScoresSaturday  (2-9)East Central  69     Batesville  65  (OT)Oldenburg  59     Indy Scecina  31Franklin County  51     Switz. County  45Milan  81     South Dearborn  67Greensburg  70     Madison  59North Decatur  68     Knightstown  60Rising Sun  49     Lawrenceburg  41Beech Grove  52     Rushville  47Connersville  50     New Palestine  49Hauser  72     Shawe Memorial  39Centerville  60     Waldron  51Edinburgh  79     CC Lincoln  44Jeffersonville  80     Jennings County  60last_img

CS Fullerton looks for home win vs Cal Poly

first_img February 14, 2020 CS Fullerton looks for home win vs Cal Poly SENIOR STUDS: Cal State Fullerton has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Jackson Rowe, Austen Awosika, Brandon Kamga and Davon Clare have collectively accounted for 65 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 78 percent of all Titans points over the last five games.BIG WEST IMPROVEMENT: The Titans have scored 71.8 points per game across 10 conference games, an improvement from the 59.5 per game they recorded in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JUNIOR: Junior Ballard has connected on 37.6 percent of the 93 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 25 over his last five games. He’s also made 71.1 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Cal Poly is 0-14 when scoring fewer than 69 points and 7-3 when scoring at least 69.WINNING WHEN: Cal Poly is a perfect 6-0 when it scores at least 74 points. The Mustangs are 1-17 when scoring any fewer than 74.DID YOU KNOW: Cal State Fullerton attempts more free throws per game than any other Big West team. The Titans have averaged 20 foul shots per game this season, including 25.2 per game against conference opponents. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCal Poly (7-17, 4-6) vs. Cal State Fullerton (9-16, 4-6)Titan Gym, Fullerton, California; Saturday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Cal State Fullerton looks for its fourth straight win over Cal Poly at Titan Gym. The last victory for the Mustangs at Cal State Fullerton was an 83-75 win on Jan. 23, 2016.center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, Associated Press last_img read more

The Latest: Flames’ Hamonic first NHL player to opt out

first_imgThe school says 110 players were tested when the player returned to campus beginning July 5 for voluntary workouts. The players were all tested before the workout began, the school says. It adds that none of the players that tested positive have required hospitalization.The tests were administered by UVA athletics sports medicine.The players with positive test results will self-isolate for 10 days, or until they have been fever-free for at least three days, whichever is longer. They also will undergo cardiac screening before they are permitted to join daily sports functions.The school did not indicate how many others were determined through contact tracing to have come into close contact with the players infected. It also did not indicate whether any coaches or other football staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.All those found to have come into contact with the infected players will be asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are unable to participate in daily sports functions in that time. Both players had been absent since the White Sox resumed workouts last week for the first time since Major League Baseball shut down camps in March.The team had said Kopech was dealing with a personal issue.“We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”The 24-year-old right-hander is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.Kopech was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 26 and likely would have opened the year in the minors had the season started on time. Kopech was acquired by Chicago in the December 2016 trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. He made his big league debut in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in four starts.Moncada set career highs by hitting .315 with 25 homers and 79 RBIs in a breakthrough season last year.___South American soccer body CONMEBOL said Friday its Copa Libertadores tournament will restart Sept. 15, more than six months after it was suspended.The Copa Sudamericana, the second most prestigious club competition of the region, will resume on Oct. 27, CONMEBOL said. ___The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener.Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24.___More AP sports: and July 10, 2020 The team said after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive for COVID-19 and went to the hospital after a recommendation by his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend.The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players.___Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech has opted not to play this season. The team also said star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz were placed on the 10-day injure list because of unspecified ailments.The White Sox believe they are poised for a turnaround after seven straight losing seasons. But losing Kopech for the season and Moncada for at least a little while are big blows. The Latest: Flames’ Hamonic first NHL player to opt out The team announced Hamonic’s decision Friday night several hours after the league and NHLPA agreed to resume the season. Hamonic opted out for family reasons.“Travis explained that due to family considerations, he has made the difficult decision not to participate,” Calgary general manager Brad Treliving said. “While we will miss Travis in our lineup, we understand and respect his decision.”Hamonic, who turns 30 next month, is a pending free agent. The Flames are set to face the Winnipeg Jets in the qualifying round, starting Aug. 1 in Edmonton.___Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic is the first player to opt out of the NHL’s return. Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to make its decision on fall sports in “late July.”The league put out Swofford’s statement Friday afternoon, saying the league has prepared “numerous scenarios” for fall competition over the last few months. The decision would come from the league’s board of directors.Earlier this week, the ACC delayed the start of fall competition until at least Sept. 1. That move impacts non-revenue programs like soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country, but not football for now. The first football game involving a league team is North Carolina State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 2.___Virginia says two football players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for at least 10 days, along with other members of the program found to have come into close contact with them. South America is one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brazil alone has counted more than 70,000 fatalities due to the virus.The soccer body said teams that need to play out of their hometowns because of the pandemic will have enough time to do so. The presence of fans will depend on local authorities, according to CONMEBOL’s health protocols.___The University of Michigan says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, bringing the total to four out of the 375 who have been tested. The school says none of the 139 staff members have tested positive.___ ___San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.Posey announced his decision on Friday. He says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season. Posey had missed three practices while dealing with a personal issue.Posey joins other big-name players like Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Colorado’s Ian Desmond and Arizonna pitcher Mike Leake in deciding not to take part in the 60-game season this year.— Josh Dubow reporting. Associated Press last_img read more

Another injury blow for Tipp hurlers

first_imgThere’s further injury woe for Tipperary Senior Hurling manager Eamon O’Shea as goalkeeper Darren Gleeson has definitely been ruled out of Sunday’s League semi-final against Waterford.The Portroe clubman, who is carrying a knee injury, was replaced by Darragh Egan in the victory over Kilkenny and the Kildangan man deputised for the quarter-final victory against Offaly.Cathal Barrett is out with a shoulder problem for Sunday’s match and Kieran Bergin broke a bone in his hand on his comeback with Killenaule over the weekend.last_img