SMC seniors host Dad’s Weekend

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Katie Morrissette Saint Mary’s senior class invited their fathers to a variety of events at Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame this past weekend for the annual Senior Dad’s Weekend.Class president CoCo Craig said the tradition of inviting fathers to campus has been part of the Saint Mary’s experience for decades.Craig said she spoke with a professor and alumna of Saint Mary’s who said when she went to Saint Mary’s, dads would come to spend the weekend with their daughters.“There’s always been an event for at least 50 years where dads would come to bond with their daughters,” she said.More than 425 people were registered for the weekend, Craig said, which was about 50 more people than expected. Craig said the weekend started with registration and a welcome reception with snacks and beverages. She said that different vendors from the area had stands at the reception and a percentage of everything the vendors sold went to the class. Saturday started with a tour of Notre Dame Stadium, which included the north tunnel entrance, the locker room and the “Play Like a Champion Today” sign, Craig said. Afterwards, students and their fathers were free to spend the rest of the day on their own, an opportunity which most people took to dine at South Bend restaurants and watch the Notre Dame football game. The Saturday night dinner was held at the Century Center in downtown South Bend, Craig said.“President [Carol Ann] Mooney spoke at the dinner,” Craig said. “We also had a silent auction during the dinner. … It can range from sports game tickets to any kind of goodie basket.”Craig said the weekend is a chance for students to spend time with their fathers while at school. “[Students] have personal time that they wouldn’t normally have at school to hang out with your dad,” Craig said. “They also get to meet everyone else’s family and their fathers. It’s a really fun experience that usually people don’t get to do while at school.” Craig said it is important to have Dad’s Weekend as part of senior year at the College.“At that point, you can show your dad all of the activities you do on the weekends and all of the fun places you like to go,” Craig said. “At the same time, you have your friend group. You know your friends and by that time, you can bond with everyone. All the dads can bond together and all the daughters can bond together. Basically, everyone can have quality time together.”Tags: Class of 2016, saint mary’s, senior dadslast_img read more

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2014 Tony Honorees for Excellence in the Theater Announced

first_img View Comments Benincasa is the President and CEO of The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps everyone in entertainment and the performing arts. Benincasa oversees many programs provided by the fund, including comprehensive social services, health care, employment, training and affordable housing for artists. The Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater were established in 1990 and are awarded annually to institutions, individuals and/or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in theater, but are not eligible in any of the established Tony Award categories. These awards will be presented at the Tony Honors Cocktail Party on June 2. As previously reported, costume designer Jane Greenwood will receive the 2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. The 68th Annual Tony Awards will be broadcast live on June 8 from Radio City Music Hall, with Hugh Jackman as host. Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu will co-host the Tony Award nominations announcement on April 29 at the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced this year’s recipients of the Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater. The 2014 honorees are Joe Benincasa, Joan Marcus and Charlotte Wilcox. Wilcox, founder of The Charlotte Wilcox Company, has served as General Manager for several Broadway productions, including Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me if You Can. She is also a founding member of the Labor Committee for The Broadway League. Marcus has photographed almost 300 Broadway shows and hundreds of off-Broadway, regional and touring productions. She has also served as the house photographer for the Kennedy Center. Marcus’ work has been seen everywhere, from newspapers and magazines to the internet, Playbill covers, train platforms and Times Square Billboards.last_img read more

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Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed, Starring Lupita Nyong’o, Begins Performances

first_img It’s not every day that an Oscar winner makes her Broadway debut in a history-making production! Lupita Nyong’o and more will begin performances in Danai Gurira’s Eclipsed on February 23. The actress is reprising her role in the production, which previously ran at the Public Theater. Directed by Liesl Tommy, opening night is scheduled for March 6 at the Golden Theatre.Nyong’o will reunite on stage with the off-Broadway company: Saycon Sengbloh, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia and Zainab Jah.Amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War, the captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.Eclipsed marks the first time on Broadway that the cast, director and writer of a play are made up of entirely of female artists. Related Shows Akosua Busia and Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Eclipsed'(Photo by Joan Marcus) View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016 Eclipsedlast_img read more

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Rank Your Top 10 Fave Hairspray Songs

first_img View Comments The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Good morning, Baltimore (or wherever you lovely Broadway fans are!). Hairspray started the beat on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on August 15, 2002, and 14 years later, the big, blonde, and beautiful musical has been adapted for the screen a second time (fun fact: the tuner is based on the 1988 John Waters film of the same name). NBC is going for number three with the super-starry Hairspray Live!, which will air on December 7. As you celebrate Hairspray’s anniversary this weekend by boogying down like one of the nicest kids in town, let us know which song from the Tony-winning tuner is your fave! Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan started things off with her top 10! Run and tell us which Hairspray song makes you want to live in the ’60s!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com!last_img read more

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Teacher thank-yous

first_imgA coffee mug is a nice way to thank a teacher for a job well done at the end of the year. But Miller’s collection shows that there may be more memorable and unique gifts students can give, too, said Judy Ashley, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension school relations specialist. “Instead of giving the traditional coffee mug, why not give a gift certificate to a coffee shop,” Ashley said. “He was so proud of her so she gave the extra ones to him. He kept them on display,” said Miller’s mother Betty Dowdy, who now maintains the collection. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaIn the past 24 years, Earny Miller has accumulated more than 50 coffee mugs, which are proudly displayed at her parents’ home. They were all gifts from her students. “I appreciated each and every one, but you can only use one coffee cup at a time,” said Miller, a reading specialist at Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Dalton, Ga. Miller’s late father stored the mugs in a china cabinet. “Help your child write a personal thank-you note individualized for each teacher,” Ashley said. “Or interview your child about the teacher and use the answers in your thank-you note.” Incorporate the child’s answers into a truly one-of-a-kind thank-you note. Include a separate note expressing your gratitude to the teacher. Miller agrees that personal gifts are best. One of her all-time-favorite gifts is a ceramic pot created by a room parent.“She made the pot and added all the students’ names and their thumb prints,” she said.Christmas decorations are also among Miller’s favorites.“I use them to decorate the room and I remember each of the kids when I unpack and display them,” she said. “I have a holiday wall hanging from Joseph Farmer and he’s now 22, a UGA student and the Hairy Dawg mascot.”Teachers often use their personal funds to purchase items for the classroom. To help lessen the burden on the teacher’s budget, give a hodgepodge of classroom materials like tissue boxes, hand sanitizer, paper, chalk and stickers. “You can then work with other parents to give the teacher his or her favorite book signed by each of the students in this year’s class,” Ashley said. “Or, give each teacher a bouquet of their favorite flower.” “If you’re not sure what to include, give a gift certificate to an area teachers’ supply store,” she said.center_img Ask the child what he or she liked best about the teacher or what was the most important thing learned. Ask, too, what flower or cartoon character the teacher is like and why. The child’s response could make for a funny additional anecdote. If time allows, survey your child’s teachers to find out their favorite books, colors, flowers and restaurants. Then use this knowledge to select a good gift, she said. Gifts don’t have to be expensive. Many can be created by the student. Special education teacher Jean Marie Reese’s most prized gift is physically and literally priceless. According to the National Parent Teacher Association, gift certificates to area restaurants, salons or events are also unique, thoughtful gift choices, she said. “One of my students carved a heart and the words ‘I love you’ into a piece of wood,” said Reese, a Banks County teacher. “More than half of our students are on the free or reduced lunch program. Their families don’t have extra money. This personal gift meant so much to me. I have displayed it in my curio cabinet for more than 10 years.”last_img read more

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Court voids its workers’ comp rules

first_img Court voids its workers’ comp rules Gary Blankenship Senior Editor The Supreme Court has declined to adopt proposed amendments for workers’ compensation procedural rules, saying constitutionally the court does not have — and never has had — authority to promulgate such rules.The December 2 opinion settled a dispute about whether the court or the Division of Administrative Hearings, which oversees the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims, is in charge of procedural rules for workers’ compensation cases.The court came down definitively on the side of DOAH, even receding from a 1973 decision it made and finding a state law invalid where the legislature gave the court authority to promulgate the rules.The rules issue arose after DOAH last year set out its own procedural rules, citing a 1993 state law that gave it that authority. The rules committee proceeded with its biennial rules review of the court-approved rules. It and the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section said a 1974 law as well as the court’s 1973 ruling in In Re: Workmen’s Compensation Rules of Procedure, 285 So. 2d 601 (Fla. 1973), gave the court authority over the rules.“[The ruling] will help get things to settle down a little bit, without the cloud of controversy settling over us,” said Judge S. Scott Stephens, the compensation judge who last year prepared the DOAH-approved rules. “It’s very important for the attorneys to know what to expect procedurally.”DOAH has already set up a 14-person committee to review and refine its rules, Stephens said, and it includes members from the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section, compensation judges, and lawyers who represent the plaintiffs and defense bar. The panel held its first meeting on December 8.“Our goal is to have rules of procedure that are tolerable for everybody and apply to everybody across the state,” he said.Stephens said he doesn’t think the transition to the DOAH rules will be difficult because compensation judges, as far as he knows, have been using the agency rules since February 2003. He also noted that the court made its ruling prospective only, which will prevent reopening old cases because of procedural questions.Representatives from the Rules of Workers’ Compensation Committee and the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section said they were disappointed with the decision, but expect to work well with DOAH on maintaining the new rules.Committee Chair Jeff Jacobs noted that former Justice Arthur England, in a case subsequent to the 1973 ruling, wrote a dissent that was essentially adopted by the court in its new opinion.“His dissent was always regarded as well reasoned and judicially sound,” Jacobs said. “It was important for the Supreme Court to decide the conflict [over the rules] and they decided. The decision was welcomed in that regard. It was disappointing that the courts after 31 years receded from its earlier opinion.”He added, “We’re confident that the Division of Administrative Hearings and the Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims will write a proper set of rules and the system will carry on.”Nancy Cavey, chair of the Workers’ Compensation Section, said, “While we disagree and are disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision, we reluctantly accept the same. We look forward to working with Chief Judge Robert Cohen and Deputy Chief Judge Scott Stephens of DOAH in promulgating rules of workers’ compensation procedure that will provide for fair and expeditious resolution of workers’ compensation cases.”The Supreme Court’s per curiam opinion noted that the Florida Constitution vests the Supreme Court with the power to write procedural rules for all courts of the state, and the constitution further defines those courts as the Supreme Court, the district courts of appeal, and the circuit and county courts. “The Office of the Judges of Compensation Claims (OJCC) is not a court of this state because it is neither the Supreme Court, a district court of appeal, a circuit court, nor a county court,” the opinion said.In earlier rulings, the justices have held the workers’ comp proceedings are only quasi-judicial and that judges of compensation claims are members of the executive branch, not the judiciary.“Given that the OJCC is not an Article V court, but rather part of an executive department, we find that this court has no authority under the Florida Constitution, nor has this court ever had the constitutional authority to promulgate rules of practice and procedure for this executive entity. We recede from the decision in In re Florida Workmen’s Compensation Rules of Procedure. . . to the extent that that case and all subsequent cases conclude that this court had jurisdiction to promulgate such rules. We conclude that this court must be removed from this rulemaking process, and the rules this court has adopted must be repealed as unauthorized under the Florida Constitution.”Further, since the OJCC is part of the executive branch, the legislature is without power to give the court authority to write such rules, because that would violate the separation of powers doctrine, the opinion said.“In conclusion, the Workers’ Compensation Rules of Procedure constitute an unconstitutional encroachment on the power of the executive branch to adopt rules of procedure for its own agencies,” the court said, “Accordingly, we hereby repeal this body of rules, effective immediately. In order to ensure that our actions today do not create an upheaval of decades of workers’ compensation law, we hold that our repeal of the Florida Rules of Workers’ Compensation shall operate prospectively, and shall not affect any workers’ compensation proceedings that are final.”The court ruled in Amendments to the Florida Rules of Workers’ Compensation Procedure, case no. SC04-110. The complete text of the opinion can be found at the courts Web site, www.floridasupremecourt.org. The ruling was unanimous, although Justice Fred Lewis concurred in the result only. December 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular News Court voids its workers’ comp ruleslast_img read more

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Kill the password

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr How ineffective are passwords as a means of authentication?Consider this key piece of information from Chris Doner, CEO/founder of Access Softek, a mobile banking software development firm:“All the fraud that’s reported to us—every single instance—has come from the member voluntarily giving the fraudster their password,” Doner says. “Even if you have fail-proof security and you have figured out a security system that doesn’t compromise security, members are still going to give up their passwords.”While in most cases members give up their passwords unwittingly, biometrics offers a much more secure alternative, Doner says.And just as importantly, he said, biometric authentication is no longer just around the corner; it’s already here. continue reading »last_img read more

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Technology in the recruiting and hiring process

first_imgTechnology has changed the recruiting and hiring process tremendously.  For the most part, the days of leaving voicemail after voicemail and trying to coordinate interviews around a lunch schedule have been left behind.  Advancements in technology have changed the way companies find and communicate with potential candidates.We are being introduced to a generation of candidates that can’t even imagine the traditional interviewing process.  Come in and meet with you face to face?  Why?  Fill out a paper application?  Really?A digital recruiting plan can be an easier and better way to build incredible staffs at a much faster rate.  It is a much more beneficial way to be able to recruit quality candidates in areas where we may not be able to realistically conduct face-to-face interviews.How does it benefit the company and how can it make the hiring process easier and better?  Imagine the benefit of having a candidate conducting a single digital video interview with multiple managers simultaneously instead of having to coordinate schedules for all those managers and candidates.  In one afternoon, you could knock out several candidate interviews and move everyone on to the next step in the hiring process. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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An unavoidable place for everyone who is serious about wine – 5. Vinart Grand Tasting

first_img“We want to show the richness of Croatian wine production to prominent wine connoisseurs, and thus slowly position Croatia on the wine map of the world. We have invested a lot to gather important experts here and we are sure that the word about Croatian wines will resonate in the world. ” – says Špiranec. Of course, private visitors are also welcome who, by purchasing a daily ticket, get an insight into the best of Croatian wine production, and a voucher that they can use in the Pop-up Wine Shop at the fair or for transport home by taxi. Tickets are sold on fair days at the entrance to Lauba.Vinart Grand Tasting is open to visitors on Friday and Saturday from 12-19 p.m. An unavoidable place for all those who seriously want to deal with wine and this year for two days becomes Zagreb’s Lauba – a house for people and art – on March 6 and 7, which will host about a hundred Croatian and twenty foreign wineries on Vinart Grand Tasting promenade wine tasting. This edition is also specific in that the organizer will bring a larger group of foreign journalists from all over the world, along with a large number of domestic journalists who report on novelties in the world of winemaking. In order to spread the word about the quality of Croatian wines around the world and to open the possibility of concluding export deals to winemakers, Špiranec invited one of the biggest stars Caroline Gilby, holder of the title of Master of Wine, British, who is an associate and one of the Chairmen at Decanter World Wine Awards.  “We always strive for excellence, so we want to encourage Croatian caterers to pay more attention to the choice of wine that they will have to offer in their restaurant. Therefore, we chose good wines for them from all Croatian regions, in different price ranges, and enabled them to try them in one place. Therefore, from year to year we care about the quality of content, business atmosphere and overall experience. ” – said the author of the project Saša Špiranec, recently the third Croatian judge at Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s most important annual wine evaluation. The fair is held at a time when wines from the previous harvest are ready for presentation, and most restaurants on the coast begin preparations for the new tourist season, so in one place meet caterers, F&B managers, traders, distributors and sommelier. This is an invitation fair, so only wineries that have received an invitation from the organizers can participate, and the criterion for obtaining an invitation is only quality.Visitors are also given a unique opportunity to get to know winemakers and members of their families and employees in wineries. In the occasional Pop-up Vinots each visitor can supplement their home archive or enrich it with a new one.last_img read more

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Japan set to extend virus emergency to May 31

first_imgHe is to explain the government decision at a press conference later Monday.Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said she had asked Abe’s minister responsible for the virus outbreak Yasutoshi Nishimura about the government’s plan for an extension.”The minister told me they were putting it together for an extension to May 31,” Koike said in a video message to residents late Sunday.As experts met Monday, Nishimura warned the battle against the virus was far from over. Topics : Japan’s government prepared Monday to extend its nationwide state of emergency to the end of May as it braces for a lengthy battle against the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared an initial month-long state of emergency for Tokyo and six other regions on April 7, later expanding it to cover the entire country.It is to expire on Wednesday, but Abe is expected to announce an extension to May 31 after consulting infectious diseases experts.center_img “Preparing for the fact that it will take a long time to deal with this infectious disease, I’d like you to propose concrete examples of a new way of life that would enable people to prevent infections while maintaining social and economic activities,” he told a gathering of experts.Japan’s state of emergency is significantly less restrictive than measures seen in parts of Europe and the United States. It allows governors to urge people stay at home and call on businesses to stay shut.But officials cannot compel citizens to comply, and there are no punishments for those who fail to do so.Local reports said the government would continue to urge residents in 13 high-risk prefectures, including Japan’s biggest cities, to cut person-to-person contact by 80 percent and exercise other strict social distancing rules.But museums, libraries and some other facilities are likely to be allowed to reopen so long as they take anti-virus measures.For the rest of Japan, prefectures will be allowed to loosen restrictions on business closures and small gatherings but residents will still be asked not to travel outside their home regions. Bars and nightclubs will be asked to remain shut.Japan has reported a comparatively small scale outbreak, with more than 15,000 infections and 510 deaths so far.But there have been persistent fears about a spike in infections that could quickly overwhelm the country’s healthcare system.Doctors’ associations have warned that hospitals are already stretched thin, with officials in Osaka even calling for donations of raincoats to serve as protective equipment for health workers stuck using trash bags.Measures have been implemented to try to ease the pressure, including sending coronavirus patients with mild symptoms to hotels for quarantine rather than keeping them in overcrowded hospitals.The government has also said it is increasing testing capacity but continues to face criticism for the relatively low numbers of tests being carried out, in part because of stringent criteria.last_img read more

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