New faculty deans appointed

first_imgDanoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana announced today the appointment of the new faculty deans of Currier House. Professor Latanya Sweeney and Sylvia Barrett will take their posts this fall.“I’m tremendously pleased that these two very talented and strong members of the Harvard community will assume these important roles,” Khurana said. “Both Latanya and Sylvia have demonstrated a strong commitment to teaching, learning, and community-building in their careers, and will be a wonderful addition to Harvard College’s residential community as the faculty leaders of Currier House.”Sweeney is professor of government and technology in residence and director and founder of the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard. She is editor in chief of the journal Technology Science, former chief technology officer at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, and distinguished career professor of computer science, technology, and policy at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2001, Sweeney became the first African-American woman to earn her Ph.D. in computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).Her undergraduate program began at MIT, and after 10 years away to run a business, she returned to graduate with a degree in computer science from Harvard Extension School in 1995, at which time she gave a motivating and often-cited graduation speech about those in academic despair.Barrett is a lawyer who has lived most of her adult life in Cambridge but grew up in New York and South Korea with her African-American father, Korean mother, and younger brother. She first came to Cambridge to attend MIT and immediately felt at home in the area’s diverse communities. During her junior year, she got the entrepreneurial bug, like many of her peers at the time, and left MIT to start a computer company with Sweeney.After almost 10 years in the business arena, Barrett returned to school and graduated from Harvard Extension School (A.L.B. ’95) and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (J.D. ’02). For a brief time, she worked in the Science Center, designing and facilitating technology options for the Extension School and Harvard Summer School courses. In law school, Barrett was editor in chief of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law and Policy, won the National Association of Women Lawyer’s Student Achievement Award, and received the School of Law Community Service Award. After graduation, Barrett engaged in private practice, specializing in business law.The two met as MIT undergraduates and have been together for 30 years. Their son, Leonard, is 8 years old and into everything. His current passions are “Magic the Gathering” trading cards, chess, reading, and biking.Interim Dean of Student Life Tom Dingman, who assisted in the search, said of the new deans, “The students, tutors, and staff on the in-house advisory committee who met Latanya and Sylvia were impressed greatly by their warmth, varied experience, and high energy and interest.”last_img read more

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Sunday blog: Let’s get to the main point. How much did the ERIP cost us?

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Thank you for your input. +23 Vote up Vote down stop bullying · 334 weeks ago I don’t understand why our district seems so worried about giving these numbers. Several school districts have a similar plan. The problem became when teachers and smart ones figured out it was a way to double dip. They were actually getting paid what they deserved. But then the idea of replacing with younger new teachers went out the window. No fault of the district when You have a chance to hire experience. The third question should be is how Many double dippers has the district hired? Everyone has a job. The district, the board and Tracy with the cow. He keeps the public informed. This was a classic bullying job by Roth backed by central office. You have a responsibility to be transparent and keep the voters and members of the community informed. Kudos to Tracy for sticking up for what is right..changes need to be made downtown. They may want to fix that before asking the community to approve a mill levy. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Just Wondering… · 334 weeks ago The real question to be asked is how much adding administrators to the original ERIP has ended up costing the district? Teachers settled for no pay raise many times because they were told they would be getting it in the end, in the form of the ERIP. They got it in the end, alright! Meanwhile, administrators, who were not included in the original ERIP, still received raises AND the ERIP. Just how much did adding administrators to the ERIP cost this district? The difference between what administrators and teachers cost the district is the real story behind the ERIP. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 334 weeks ago Don’t let it get you Cueball; if nobody’s upset, you probably aren’t really “doing” journalism. However, the uproar does seem silly in this case. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 334 weeks ago “could have put as much as $10 million “….COULD have cost. Careful Cue. Those kind of “could haves” will send people into a frenzy. We look to you for factual information. But throwing something like that into the pool full of piranha could easily backfire. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down math major · 334 weeks ago Just me I think he qualified that estimate with a response but when the source doesn’t want to give the actual numbers aren’t we all left to guessing? ?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Open Records · 334 weeks ago Cue – Please tell me you’ve submitted open record requests for this information… All of the questions you’ve posed can probably be answered with a little research. Report Reply 0 replies · active 334 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Have you ever had someone try to pick a fight with you over a subject for which you are in complete agreement?A couple of school board members felt intent to inform the public (among other things) on Thursday about what a good job everyone did with the negotiated teachers contract agreement and the phasing out of the ERIP despite what that lousy no-good Sumner Newscow says.If a few of these board members could put aside their collective paranoia schizophrenia for one second, they will probably see they wouldn’t get an argument from me on that issue.The most recent negotiating teams have had the thankless job of slowly bringing this costly piece of policy to termination. They didn’t eliminate it abruptly, and tried to fulfill their obligation to the older teachers in the process. It was a no win situation, especially with so many unsustainable promises to teachers in yesteryear. They probably handled it as well as they could.What has been lost in the whole brouhaha, is how expensive the ERIP has been to the taxpayers of USD 353 District. Dale Dennis, Kansas State Department of Education Deputy Secretary, told Sumner County in 2011-12 USD 353 was paying $512,746 and in 12-13 it was paying $450,860 in early retirement funds (see story here).I took a calculator to this and if you added up the years since 1992 when the program was implemented, the USD 353 school district could have put as much as $10 million into the program. One could argue that more money has been paid in early retirement than the building of the new high school at this point in time. And that is without the help of state aid.Of course, there are a lot of variables to those figures, and we are looking at only one side of the accounting ledger.  I’m sure the school district wasn’t paying as much in the early going as it took the number of retirees to accumulate. Therefore the school district probably didn’t get up to the $450,000 figures until later in the 1990s.Also, the question of the amount of savings USD 353 made by replacing teachers on the top of the salary schedule with new teachers has never been answered.My intent with the ERIP story from the beginning was to ask these two simple questions:1) How much did the ERIP program cost the taxpayers of USD 353 during its duration?2) How many retirees participated in the program from its inception to now?If someone can help me answer those questions, I’d be greatly appreciated.last_img read more

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It is time to pamper yourself with moisturizing body soaps, lotions, and even a moisturizing foot kit

first_imgKelly General Store at 314 E. Harvey.Kelly General Store, Inc.Where: 314 E. Harvey, Wellington, Kans.Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Call: 620-326-2020. Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellygenstore/?fref=tsWhile everyone knows that Kelly General Store, Inc. at 314 E. Harvey has a wide variety of items ranging from home decor to fresh flowers, it is also a great place to pick up items that will allow you to indulge yourself!“Simply Be Well” moisturizing body soaps are simply amazing. The Kelly General Store offers those plant based soaps in three scents including Crushed Blueberry, Almond Milk and Lemon Poppy. They smell wonderful!But that’s not all. Kelly General now carries lotions and body mist from the San Francisco Soap Company. We have lavender, kiwi melon and cherry blossom as well as lotus blossom and jasmine in stock.Do your feet hurt after a long day at work? Our “pamper your tootsies” moisturizing foot kit is now available. Pamper yourself today.Don’t forget! To call Kelly General Store for any of your floral needs, including sympathy and arrangements. We also have green and blooming plants in stock as well as a wide variety of decorative signs for your home.last_img read more

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