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Professors discuss Westville Education Initiative

first_imgEvan DaCosta | The Observer Professors share their experiences instructing courses through the Westville Education Initiative during a panel in Corbett Family Hall on Tuesday night. The program allows prison inmates to pursue a degree in higher education.The panelists began their discussion explaining their own personal reasons for wanting to teach at Westville. Each panelist explained their own beliefs regarding the Westville Education Initiative (WEI), the importance of “practicing what you preach” and making a difference in an individual inmate’s life. They each stressed the importance of recognizing that teaching at Westville was not engaging in prison reform — it was simply teaching a class to college students. The audience at the event was primarily composed of faculty members and graduate students, who were able to ask panelists questions throughout the event. Many of the questions from faculty members were about the logistics of teaching at Westville and future opportunities to teach there.One faculty audience member, who currently teaches chemistry at Westville, discussed the differences in teaching Notre Dame undergraduates and prison inmates. For him, the primary difference is the background of his students. Most of the Westville inmates enrolled in the educational initiative hold a GED rather than a conventional high school diploma. Marshall elaborated on the differences between teaching at Notre Dame and Westville, but said it is important for professors to plan their classes at Westville in the same manner they plan courses at the University. When a professor teaches in Westville, he or she is in a room full of intellectual people with varying levels of preparation, Marshall said. The difficult part, she said, is reconciling the “incredible intellectual capacity that didn’t always have the same kind of preparation, the same kind of resources, going into that [program] that our students have”. Graff discussed the logistical differences between teaching at the University and Westville, such as restricted internet access, a lack of email access and limited access to the professors. However, he said the realities of these problems were much more hard-hitting than he had expected. In adapting coursework, he ended up “jettisoning” the lecture component of his class and focusing on discussions, as inmates were “faithful readers” and very eager to discuss in class.He also discussed the challenges of teaching in a prison, as correctional officers would often interrupt class or remove inmates from the classroom for unknown reasons. Sometimes, professors would arrive at the prison after a long commute only to be told that classes had been cancelled for the day.Sayers, who teaches fiction literature and literary analysis at the prison, said that during literary workshops in class, it was very difficult for inmates to critique one another’s work, due to the proximity in which they live. “One thing that intrigued me was that they seemed just as interested in grades as Notre Dame students,” she said, drawing laughter from the crowd.Classes at Westville are held once a week, and the course schedule mostly maps on to the academic schedule of Holy Cross College, Marshall said. Many times, the door-to-door time commitment for professors involved in the program is six hours, she noted.Stephen Fallon, a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies and English department, said the prison initiative offers a unique chance for instructors to engage with particularly motivated students.“I think it’s both an exciting opportunity for the students out at Westville and it’s a really exhilarating opportunity for the faculty at Notre Dame,” he said. “They’re able to do very high level teaching, with an entirely different population, who are extremely eager to have it. They weren’t expecting to be in college, and now are thrilled to have real Notre Dame professors in the classroom with them, and they don’t just express gratitude in words — they do so by working very very hard. “And I find that when I make an assignment, they’ll have read more than I asked them to read. They’ll go on and read beyond the assignment and have questions sometimes about things I haven’t read, so it keeps me on my toes, and it’s a kind of teaching where I very much look forward to my class each week.” The object of the program is to give inmates the opportunity to earn at least an Associate’s Degree, and the program is one of the only in the country to offer a Bachelor’s Degree. As such, inmates need to be serving a longer sentence (three to ten years) in order to have enough time to complete the degree. Usually, around 150 applicants apply, and the admissions rate to the program is around 20 percent, Alesha Seroczynski, the WEI director of college operations, said.Sayers said the program complements an undergraduate course, “Rethinking Crime and Justice: Explorations from the Inside-Out,” wherein students participate in a class alongside Westville inmates.“I think the work the faculty does teaching the college courses dovetails beautifully with the work that undergraduates do in their ‘Inside-Outside’ course,” Sayers said. “They’re two entirely separate programs but I’ve talked to several students who’ve done the course and we’ve had many of the same insights about how powerful and satisfying and challenging it is to go out to Westville on a regular basis, and how it is a really transformative experience for faculty and students alike.” Tags: Kaneb Center, prison, Westville Correctional Facility, Westville Education Initiative A panel discussion hosted by the Kaneb Center on Tuesday covered various faculty members’ experiences teaching college-level courses at the Westville Correctional Facility, a medium-level security institution southwest of South Bend.The panelists included Maria McKenna, an education and Africana studies professor, Kaneb Center fellow and English professor Kate Marshall, the William R. Kenan, Jr. professor of English Valerie Sayers and Daniel Graff, director of the Higgins Labor Program.last_img read more

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Tony Forecast! Which Musical Stars Will Make the Cut?

first_imgBEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to RightChristian Borle, Something Rotten! — As the Bard, this past winner shakes his leather-clad ass and gets big laughs throughout the night.Andy Karl, On the Twentieth Century — As a strapping goon of a Hollywood star, he plays deliciously off his leading lady and offers a startling change of pace from last season’s Rocky.Brad Oscar, Something Rotten! — In his eighth Broadway show, this past nominee earns a mid-show standing O following his Act One showstopper and is a lock for a nod.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Tony Danza, Honeymoon in Vegas —This crowd favorite could earn a date with a different Tony.Josh Grisetti, It Shoulda Been You — His hilarious turn as the “you” of the title puts him squarely on the short list.Brandon Uranowitz, An American in Paris — As the musical’s narrator, this newcomer is winning throughout.Max von Essen, An American in Paris — This Broadway baby deserves a nod for his Act Two showstopper alone.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTBrooks Ashmanskas, Something Rotten! — One of the most reliable funny men in town, this past nominee is the secret weapon of the show, quietly milking laughs for every second of time on stage.ALSO POSSIBLEClyde Alves, On the Town; Jason Danieley, The Visit; Kelsey Grammer, Finding Neverland; Tom Hewitt, Doctor Zhivago; Matthew Hydzik, Side Show; Jay Armstrong Johnson, On the Town; Howard McGillin, Gigi; Paul Alexander Nolan, Doctor Zhivago; Conrad Ricamora, The King and I; Ryan Silverman, Side Show; David St. Louis, Side Show BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to RightMichael Cerveris, Fun Home — A past winner for playing John Wilkes Booth, this versatile favorite is a natural for dark subjects and as a mysterious dad, he’s unforgettable.Brian d’Arcy James, Something Rotten! — After showing tremendous diversity throughout his career in serious dramas, rock musicals and more, this two-time nominee is a joy leading a big musical comedy.Robert Fairchild, An American in Paris — As the titular character, this Broadway newcomer wows with his genuine triple threats and left no critic pining for Gene Kelly.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:John Cariani, Something Rotten! —A charmer as the more awkward Bottom brother, this actor and playwright could earn his second Tony nod.Peter Gallagher, On the Twentieth Century — Snubbed when he headlined the hit 1992 Guys and Dolls revival, this film and stage fave should earn Tony love this year.Matthew Morrison, Finding Neverland —The popular Glee star has returned to Broadway in a true leading man turn that is equal parts dazzling and touching.Roger Rees, The Visit — Although his role is smaller than some of his competition, this past winner is a great match for leading lady Chita Rivera and a well-liked member of the community.Tony Yazbeck, On the Town — This hoofer with eight Broadway credits to his name could easily score his first nomination for his winning turn as Gabey.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTMichael Esper, The Last Ship — This stage regular gave a sexy, stirring performance in last fall’s failed Sting musical and deserves some late-season trophy attention.ALSO POSSIBLECorey Cott, Gigi; Rob McClure, Honeymoon in Vegas; Tam Mutu, Doctor Zhivago; Ken Watanabe, The King and I; Saul Williams, Holler if Ya Hear Me Who’s ready to obsess over those awesome triple threats that made Broadway’s musicals sing and dance (and pierce the heart)?! We sure are! Read on for our picks in the four musical acting categories in the 2015 Tony races. We’ve got legends and newcomers, always-nominees and never-nominees, laugh-getters and tear-makers. Here’s our Tony cheat sheet for performances in musicals! View Commentscenter_img BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to Right:Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century — This past winner is showing off all of her considerable skills in this high-comedy performance and is guaranteed a nomination.Kelli O’Hara, The King and I — Yes, the five-time nominee is heading back to the Tony ball for her beautiful, naturalistic take on the heroine of this classic.Chita Rivera, The Visit —A genuine stage legend with two Tonys to her name, she’s basically guaranteed her tenth (!!) nomination for this unforgettable turn.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Leanne Cope, An American in Paris — This Broadway newcomer is a dazzler and a true contender.Erin Davie, Side Show — Of the conjoined twins, Violet has the sadder story and she nailed it.Lisa Howard, It Shoulda Been You — Her show has a lot of famous names, but she’s the real star, delivering a heartfelt turn.Beth Malone, Fun Home — As lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, she’s an unlikely narrator and a transfixing presence. BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTLaura Michelle Kelly, Finding Neverland — Shockingly, nominations have eluded this British star’s turn, which gives the new musical its beating heart. ALSO POSSIBLEKelli Barrett, Doctor Zhivago; Vanessa Hudgens, Gigi; Brynn O’Malley, Honeymoon in Vegas; Emily Padgett, Side Show; Rachel Tucker, The Last Ship BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICALFRONTRUNNERSLeft to RightTyne Daly, It Shoulda Been You — Although her show isn’t loved by all, this past winner could get her fourth nod as the funny mother of the bride.Sydney Lucas, Fun Home — Only 11, she’s delivering the most touching song of the season and is a lock for a chance at Tony glory.Judy Kuhn, Fun Home — After earning three nominations before 1994, this powerhouse is back on the boards and a major player in this year’s Tony race.IN THE MIXLeft to Right:Heidi Blickenstaff, Something Rotten! — She could earn her first nomination for a gender-bending turn as a feminist wife.Carolee Carmello, Finding Neverland— Always a standout, she could earn a fourth nomination as a buttoned-up mum.Victoria Clark, Gigi — This past winner brings great humor and warmth to the story of Gigi and her grandma.Ruthie Ann Miles, The King and I — As the King’s #1 wife, this Broadway newcomer stirs the heart.Mary Louise Wilson, On the Twentieth Century— She’s a first-class kook with possible round-trip ticket to the Tonys.BROADWAY.COM SHOUTOUTAlysha Umphress, On the Town — As sexed-up taxi lady Hildy, she can boogie, belt and, yes, cook, too. But can she be remembered for her sassy turn? We sure hope.ALSO POSSIBLESierra Boggess, It Shoulda Been You; Veanne Cox, An American in Paris; Megan Fairchild, On the Town; Lora Lee Gayer, Doctor Zhivago; Harriet Harris, It Shoulda Been You; Jackie Hoffman, On the Town; Dee Hoty, Gigi; Kate Reinders, Something Rotten!; Nancy Opel, Honeymoon in Vegas; Jill Paice, An American in Paris; Ashley Park, The King and I; Mary Beth Piel, The Visit; Tonya Pinkins, Holler If Ya Hear Me; Emily Skeggs, Fun Home; Elizabeth Stanley, On the Townlast_img read more

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Jelena Holenko – the main “fox” and ambassador of our tourism

first_imgMeet Jelena and how the story is told in tourism. As Jelena Holenko points out in the introduction, her terrain is not a stage, but a forest path where she takes on alter ego – foxes. A fox who takes you into her home and a crazy adventure. Being a tourist guide is a great honor, but also a responsibility, because by definition, tourist guides are ambassadors of Croatian tourism. If you want to meet our green heart of Croatia, if you want your guests to be delighted, then I definitely recommend that you introduce Gorski kotar to the soul and ambassador of Gorski kotar – Jelena Holenko aka Lynx and Fox. Travel guides tell stories about destinations, they are the good spirit of the destination who know and tell local stories that are not in the tourist brochures. They are storytellers, selling emotions and experiences. See the story… Last week, the tenth edition of TEDxZagreb was held in Zagreb, this time with the thematic title TWISTER. And exactly one of the lecturers was Jelena Holenko, one of our best tourist ambassadors and a tourist guide or storyteller, who tells the story of Gorski Kotar. Whether you are a travel agency, group or individual and if you are planning to wander around the Green Heart of Croatia – you need Jelena in the team. Experience and story are guaranteed, and Jelena is one of the best examples of how tourism is people and how stories are told in tourism.last_img read more

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Surrey retail: Super Surrey animals

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

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Palm Springs-inspired property renovated on House Rules epitomises Gold Coast living

first_imgDoes this property look familiar? It starred on a television show and is now listed for sale.SPLASHES of colour, eccentric wallpaper, trendy textures and luxury fittings have been expertly blended at this Broadbeach Waters house, creating the ultimate summer haven.The Palm Springs-inspired oasis is bright, beautiful and epitomises Gold Coast waterfront living. Each room is packed with personality and you’ll want to entertain at every chance you get to show off the quirky, yet luxurious home. MORE NEWS: How to sell for the highest priceMORE NEWS: Luxury mansion redesigned: see the before and afters The property even makes a statement from the water.Topping off the offering is the backyard with a beach vibe. The pool is surrounded by whitewashed timber decking and glass fencing to make sure the canal views are on full display. The covered entertainment area has lights, a ceiling fan and a barbecue and nearby steps lead to the private sandy beach. At 9 Summerland Key, the property lives up to its street’s name. The four-bedroom house is on the market with a $1.325 million price tag through Danny Stanley and Jamie Harrison of Kollosche. The four-bedroom house at 9 Summerland Key, Broadbeach Waters, is on the market with a $1.325 million price tag. The home is a tropical oasis. The main bedroom and its open ensuite is a highlight of the property.The property is immediately enticing thanks to a stylish gate with a intricately detailed wooden entry door and a sun-splashed sitting area in the enclosed frontyard. Even the entry hallway makes a statement with two feature walls and a funky pendant light. The main bedroom is zoned at the front of the home and features a double walk-in wardrobe and an open ensuite. The ensuite is a real highlight of the property with a vibrant feature wall, brass gold fixtures, a freestanding bath, a floating timber vanity and luminous oval mirrors. The rear of the floorplan is open and light filled. Even the kitchen has its own unique features.The home’s floorplan then opens out to the main living hub where the kitchen, dining and living areas all effortlessly connect with the tropical backyard. The cooking zone has an aqua feature wall, a window splashback, high-end appliances, a door that leads to the alfresco area and a servery window. Polished concrete, timber and wallpapered walls are featured across the living and dining area and bi-fold doors open out to the backyard. There’s also a cosy rumpus room with a loft in this zone, as well as a family-sized laundry. The remaining three bedrooms share the main bathroom, which has a wet room design with a freestanding bath. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoWant an entrance! mikaela.day@news.com.au Aaron and Daniella Winter had their home transformed on House Rules in 2017. Picture: Tertius PickardOwners Aaron and Daniella Winter, the winners of Channel 7’s House Rules in 2017, had their home completely transformed on the show. A two-week renovation on the small screen is to thank for the product today, with the couple also adding some of their own touches after production wrapped. “We have added more features to the house and added our personal touch to every space,” Ms Winter said. “The front facade has changed, plus we have made the backyard a real entertainers’ dream by adding an outdoor kitchen and a fire pit. “It’s a bright, colourful, happy home. “We have a lot of memories (and) our kids love our home as much as we do. This is the part we will miss, seeing how much the kids enjoy the home.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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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 Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50 Outdoor entertaining covered.last_img read more

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Neumann Completes Currumbin Creek Dredging

first_imgNeumann Contractors has once again been engaged by the Gold Coast City Council to undertake the dredging of Currumbin Creek for 2017. These works are part of a 4-6 year contract with the Gold Coast City Council for dredging and beach nourishment works at both Tallebudgera and Currumbin Creek.Neumann Contractors has undertaken the dredging works in Currumbin Creek for many years now, and the works are an integral part of the Gold Coast City Council’s program to maintain and replenish the sand on Gold Coast beaches.This year, over 33.000m³ of clean sand was dredged from the Currumbin Creek to replenish the sand on Palm Beach.The sand is pumped overland and released on Palm Beach.The Nu Enterprise, a 300mm cutter suction dredger, a land based booster pump and up to 1.2km of pipeline were used to complete the works.[mappress mapid=”24643″]last_img read more

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Sinopec: China’s largest petrochemical port is now operational

first_imgNew Renown docked at 300,000-ton crude oil terminal of Sinopec Zhongke Refinery Port. Image Courtesy: Sinopec The 338,371 cbm tanker was welcomed at the new 300,000-tonne crude oil terminal of Sinopec Zhongke Refinery Port, which forms part of the company’s “front terminal, rear plant” production model. Housed 1,100 metres from Sinopec’s refinery plant, the petrochemical port features eight terminals including a 300,000-tonne crude oil berth, 100,000-tonne oil berth and supporting facilities — providing a total capacity of 34 million tonnes per year. Sinopec Corp., China’s energy and chemical company, has put the country’s largest petrochemical port into operation with the successful docking and unloading of the New Renown, a very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) from the Middle East. To date, the 100,000-tonne berth is the largest domestic refined oil terminal with a loading and unloading capacity of 5.61 million tonnes per year. The terminal provides convenient access to refined oil and chemical products for Sinopec’s core domestic market, while also offering direct opportunities for global exports. Situated on the east coast of Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, the Sinopec Zhongke Refinery Port is part of Zhanjiang Integrated Refinery and Petrochemical Complex — the biggest project of its kind under construction by Sinopec Corp, and a key component of the Guangdong Province’s 13th Five-Year Plan. Additional output is intended to aid the development of the downstream industrial chain of the refining and chemical industry while injecting new momentum for the economic development of the Greater Bay Area. The total investment of the first phase of the project totals more than ¥40 billion ($5.65 billion) and will add over 10 million tonnes of refined crude oil capacity and 800,000 tonnes of ethylene units per year, in addition to auxiliary supporting facilities. Following its completion, it’s estimated that the output of the refinery will exceed  ¥60 billion. At present, there are more than 18,000 builders currently working on-site as part of the project, and 28 of the 30 major production facilities have been delivered. The final project is expected to be fully completed and put into production by the end of July, according to Sinopec.last_img read more

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DEME about to start Saint-Nazaire OSS foundation works

first_imgAccording to the project’s Notice to Mariners, the activities related to the jacket foundation will begin today, 24 August. DEME Group is about to begin offshore substation foundation works at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind project in France. Saint-Nazaire, also known as Parc du Banc de Guérande, will comprise 80 GE Haliade 150-6MW turbines located between 12 and 20km off the coast of the Guérande peninsula. In June last year, a consortium of Atlantique Offshore Energy, GE Grid Solutions and Société de Dragage International (SDI), part of DEME Group, won a contract to design, manufacture, and install the electrical offshore substation. The 480 MW project is scheduled to be operational in the summer of 2022 when it will become the first commercial-scale wind farm installed in French waters.last_img read more

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DSC to host pinning ceremony for nursing graduates

first_imgEducationHealthLifestyleTertiary DSC to host pinning ceremony for nursing graduates by: – June 28, 2018 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 634 Views   no discussions (file photo)Nine (9) students will participate in a pinning ceremony to mark the rite of passage from nursing students to graduate nurse on Friday 29 June 2018. This, as the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Dominica State College (DSC) hosts its 7th Pinning Ceremony from 4:00PM at its Upper Campus under the theme “Pursuing Global Standards with Integrity and Excellence”.“This event will be historic in that the first group of students to pursue the generic Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing at DSC will participate in this rite of passage from nursing students to graduate nurse,” a press release from the school states. DSC President, Donald C. Peters; Coordinator of the HIV/AIDS Response Unit, Nurse Lester Guye and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Chandler Hyacinth are among officials expected to address the ceremony. Sharelast_img read more

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Area Boys Basketball Sectional Finals (3-4)

first_imgArea Boys Basketball Sectional Finals.Saturday  (3-4)Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ South Ripley.South Ripley  47     Milan  42Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ Greensburg.Greensburg  55     Lawrenceburg  41Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ South Decatur.Hauser  64     Oldenburg  61Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Bloomington North.Bloomington South  63     Shelbyville  42last_img

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