first_imgFor a small number of Notre Dame students, taking classes at Saint Mary’s is a normal part of their daily schedule. Junior John Brahier, who is majoring in mathematics at Notre Dame and pursuing a secondary education minor at Saint Mary’s, said he has taken several required courses for his minor at Saint Mary’s. “I’ve taken a number of classes at SMC, all part of my secondary education major,” Brahier said. “SMC has the education program I was looking for, so when I graduate, the plan is that I’ll have both the secondary education minor and a license to teach.” Junior Madeline Swan, who is a math and sociology double major, also has a secondary education minor at Saint Mary’s.  Swan said the small class sizes, good learning environments, and caring professors are instrumental to her success at Saint Mary’s. Her experience at Saint Mary’s has helped her move past common prejudices held between female students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, Swan said. “The professors have been awesome and I have met some truly great classmates,” Swan said. “Also, this has helped me break down stereotype barriers for me that are typically present between SMC and ND girls.” Brahier said it was initially difficult to be the only male in many of his Saint Mary’s courses, but the transition has gotten easier with time. “It was a big difference for me at first because I came from an all-guys high school, so to go to classes of almost all girls was a pretty big change,” he said. “Obviously there was a bit of an adjustment period at first, but it’s not really a big deal in the long-run.” Brahier said his decision to enroll at Saint Mary’s was due to Notre Dame not offering the education training he wanted. “My plan after graduation is to teach math in a high school, but Notre Dame doesn’t have an Education Department that directly prepares students to be teachers and helps with the licensing process,” he said. Brahier said taking courses through the education department at Saint Mary’s has been a positive experience and his professors take an interest in student success. “The Education Department at SMC has sponsored some really cool events related to social justice in education and is a big proponent of service-learning,” Brahier said. “By and large, the faculty I’ve worked with at SMC have been great – they seem to really care about each student and want us to do our best. In general, I think that’s definitely true at Notre Dame as well.” Notre Dame students enrolled in Saint Mary’s classes are assigned a Saint Mary’s advisor in addition to their advisor at Notre Dame, Brahier said. His Saint Mary’s helps him choose his courses and build his schedule, he said.  Brahier said he works with his two advisors separately. “If I have a question about education classes, I have to go to the SMC advisor,” he said. “For math or theology, I go to my advisor from each of those departments at ND.” He said his courses at Saint Mary’s are determined by his major requirements, so he meets with his Saint Mary’s advisor regularly and registers for courses in person. “Registration for my classes at SMC is relatively straightforward because I have a pretty set list of classes that I have to take, so basically I just meet with my advisor over there on a regular basis to make sure I stay on track from semester to semester,” Brahier said. “I don’t do any online registration for those classes – instead, it’s all through contact with my advisor.” Swan said she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to study at both institutions. “I’ve discovered how lucky I am to get the change to participate in such a great education program as an ND student as well as collaborate and learn from some great Saint Mary’s students,” she said. Brahier said the combination of classes from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s has also been rewarding for him. “Both schools definitely are focused on their identities as Catholic schools, and both schools have a sense of purpose and mission,” he said. “My favorite part of the secondary education minor at SMC has been getting to work with the faculty that is so passionate about preparing us to be great teachers. Their staff is dedicated and wants us to do our best, and studying in that incredibly positive atmosphere has been very rewarding.”last_img read more

first_imgGraphic: Cindy Esco It’s a straight shot south fromAtlanta to Havana. And if the U.S. government unlocks trade withCuba, University of Georgia scientists are ready to open doorsto better relations.A group from the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, led by former UGA Vice President for Outreach S. EugeneYounts, visited Cuba this spring to begin swapping scientificagricultural knowledge.When Younts first visited Cuba in February 2000, he was apprehensive.But he found Cuban scientists not only receptive, but hungry forour agricultural knowledge. After visiting Cuba’s AgricultureResearch Institute, Younts was impressed.”They are very highly educated and have a much higherliteracy rate than we do,” he said. “I visited theiragricultural experiment stations and found they needed to meetsome of our scientists.”Meeting of MindsYounts returned for a second visit in April with Larry Benyshek,head of the CAES animal and dairy science department. This secondvisit began talks between UGA and Cuban scientists at CIMA (theCenter for Animal Improvement). CIMA officials invited UGA scientiststo a conference.In May, Benyshek led a group of animal scientists back to Cuba.The group included Benyshek, dairy nutritionist Joe West, geneticistKeith Bertrand, and Steve Stice, a reproductive biologist andcloning expert.The UGA scientists were impressed with the Cubans’ researchaccomplishments.”Cubans have their science,” Benyshek said. “Ithas developed over the years. They’re doing what they can withthe resources they have.”Seeking ScienceAnd in some cases, they’re doing extremely well, particularlyin vaccine development and production.Benyshek visited the Finlay Institute, which directs severalorganizations involved in vaccine production. Its researchersare always interested in developing new technology.”They seek technology, and they seek to develop technology,which is why they are interested in the University of Georgia,”Benyshek said. “When the Russian support collapsed, the economywas left without any sort of underpinning.”The food supply became a serious problem in Cuba, and the futureis still uncertain. There are problems supplying enough of somefoods, including beef and milk.”They are a food-deficit country by far, and they needto import food,” Younts said. “They have really beensuffering since the Soviet Union collapsed. The USSR was givingthem money to buy food, and now that’s gone.”Building FoodPolitical changes forced their agricultural researchers tofocus on rebuilding their food industry.”A lot of their dairy industry and cattle ended up goingto meat,” Benyshek said. “They’re rebuilding their dairyindustry now. That’s an area where we can be very helpful to them.They also have a thriving, developing swine industry.”UGA hopes to continue the collaboration. Several Cuban scientistshave been invited to visit here. “I think they have a numberof students and possible graduate students who could come here,”Benyshek said.The Cubans need technical training, too.”They have gathered cattle data for a number of years,and they need to analyze it,” Benyshek said. “We havea very good program in national and international cattle evaluationat UGA. We’ve done some cattle evaluation in South America, andone of the visiting scientists will probably be looking at thatinformation while he’s here.”Free Intellectual TradeWhile each country will find some short-term benefits to thisproject, most of the gains will be long-term.”We are beginning an educational collaboration that eventually,when the embargo is lifted, will lead the people in this stateto business opportunities there,” Benyshek said.”Our location is our major benefit in developing the relationship,”he said. “They can’t really deal with the closest state (Florida)due to the political climate. So as they come up the coast, we’rethe first one they come to.”Younts will return to Cuba this winter.”I feel the University of Georgia should watch very carefullythe developments there and continue to develop links that areappropriate for this time,” he said.”I think we should do what we can to help the people,”he said. “If we are going to trade with China and North Korea,we should research for ways to overcome obstacles that now hinderus from trading with 11 million of our neighbors who need us.”last_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: Kathy Manderino, Secretary of Labor & Industry Jobs That Pay,  Minimum Wage,  The Blog Too often in Harrisburg, we lose sight of the real impact on people by our actions – or inaction, for that matter.For years, advocates, business owners, and elected officials have called for lawmakers to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage for low-income workers.The goal here is to raise all boats:Lifting people out of poverty allows them to rely less on government assistance.Empowering employees with better wages increases productivity and decreases turnover.Increasing purchasing power for low-wage workers means more customers for small and local businesses.Too often, the workers get forgotten, and so does the true struggle and pain of trying to lift oneself out of poverty working one, two, or three low-wage jobs.Pennsylvanians who work full time at the minimum wage earn $15,080 annually, leaving them below the poverty level for a family of four and unable to afford basic necessities.A full-time, year-round worker earning the current minimum wage earns less than the federal poverty threshold for a family of two.For a single mother with two children who works 40 hours per week, an increase in the minimum wage would lift her family above the poverty line for a household of three.We cannot forget these people, and luckily for them, Governor Wolf understands their struggle to provide for their families. That’s why he’s fighting for better wages for all workers.It is time for us to do the right thing for all working Pennsylvanians and raise the minimum wage.Too many fathers, mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers are working multiple jobs at low wages and still unable to provide enough for their families to get by. We cannot fail them any longer.Let’s raise all boats – too many have been struggling just to stay afloat for far too long. March 09, 2016center_img BLOG: Let’s Raise All Boats For Workers Read more posts about raising Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – No play was possible in the day/night, third “Test” between Windies “A” and Sri Lanka “A” on Thursday.Rain forced the umpires to abandon play with a ball being bowled around 5 pm – about three hours after the scheduled start – on the first day at Sabina Park in the Jamaica capital.The three-match series is level 1-1, after Windies “A” won the first “Test” by an innings and 13 runs at the Trelawny Multiplex on the Jamaica north coast two Saturdays ago, and Sri Lanka “A” recovered to win the second “Test” by 280 at the same venue a week laterlast_img read more

first_imgTHE Guyana Jaguars bowlers were able to maintain total control during the final session of play yesterday, which ultimately left the visiting Windward Islands Volcanoes with a mountain to climb, in order to save the sixth round Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day encounter.Shivnarine ChanderpaulAt the end of day two at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, the tourists, batting a second time were 127-6, an overall lead of 50 runs.After dismissing the Jaguars for 194 in their first innings, the strong second-innings reply the visitors expected, however, did not materialise, as an impressive Jaguars bowling attack had inflicted irreparable damage.With the clouds gathering and the floodlights on, batting became more difficult as the three-time defending champions relentlessly pressed home their advantage.Medium pacer Sherfane Rutherford (2-19) was the main destroyer in the Volcanoes’ second innings, while Keon Joseph, Keemo Paul, and left-arm spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Gudakesh Motie claimed a wicket apiece.Devon Smith struggled initially, but was there at the close on 49, and was the only batsman to offer any form of resistance.Earlier, the Jaguars’ innings was built on the back of a solid 59 from veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul.Resuming at 78-2, the Jaguars lost both overnight batsmen inside the first ten overs of the day.Vishaul Singh failed to add to his overnight seven when he played all around a full-length delivery from left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson in the day’s fourth over, and had his leg-stump uprooted.The senior Chanderpaul, who is West Indies’ second most prolific Test batsman, scoring 11 867 in 164 Tests, joined his 21-year-old son; but the father-son combination was not productive after the young Chanderpaul was caught down the leg side off Shermon Lewis (3-62) for 36 off 126 balls.Anthony Bramble (5) was then trapped lbw to Kyle Mayers (2-56) and Keemo Paul (0) succumbed moments later, when he offered a simple return catch to off-spinner Shane Shillingford (4-36). The three-time defending champions were in a tangle at 98-6.However, the 43-year-old and Rutherford combined to steady the innings and had steered the home side to 144-6 at the lunch interval with Chanderpaul, who hit consecutive cover boundaries off Mayers at one point during that period, on 33, and the teenager on 12.The post-lunch session saw Rutherford last seven balls before he was bowled by Shillingford for 13.Permaul and Chanderpaul then took the score to 178, and during that period Chanderpaul brought up his half-century before a double blow from Shillingford saw the demise of Permaul (22) and Motie (0) in successive deliveries.Mayers then removed Chanderpaul which brought an end to the innings. The visitors’ openers Devon Smith and Tyron Theophile cautiously guided their side through to tea on 24 without loss.Theophile fell soon after the interval, caught at the wicket off Joseph for 16 while Rutherford claimed the wickets of Taryck Gabriel and Miles Bascombe. Both batsmen made nine runs.Smith was joined by Roland Cato, but his stay was also short after he was trapped lbw to left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie for four.Smith and Donwell Hector took the total to 102, after which Hector went lbw to Permaul for 20 while Paul bowled Mayers.Play resumes at 09:30hrs.SCOREBOARDGUYANA JAGUARS 1st innings (o/n 78-2)T. Chanderpaul c wkp. Smith b Lewis 36C. Hemraj b Lewis 29L. Johnson c wkp. Smith b Lewis 4V. Singh b Johnson 7S. Chanderpaul c Theophile b Mayers 59A. Bramble lbw b Mayers 5K. Paul c & b Shillingford 0S. Rutherford b Shillingford 13V. Permaul b Shillingford 22G. Motie c Smith Shillingford 0K. Joseph not out 1Extras: (b-4, lb-6, nb-8) 18Total: (all out, 71.4 overs) 194Fall of wickets: 1-47, 2-63, 3-80, 4-90, 5-97, 6-98, 7-154, 8-178, 9-178.Bowling: Lewis 16-6-62-3, Johnson 15-7-19-1, Mayers 19.4-5-56-2, Shillingford 18-7-36-4, Theophile 2-1-8-0, Cato 1-0-3-0WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 2nd inningsD. Smith not out 49T. Theophile c wkp. Bramble b Joseph 16T. Gabriel b Rutherford 9M. Bascombe lbw b Rutherford 9R. Cato lbw b Motie 4D. Hector lbw b Permaul 20K. Mayers b Paul 11Extras: (nb-1, b-5, lb-2) 8Total: (for six wickets, 43.2 overs) 127Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-45, 3-56, 4-71, 5-102, 6-127.Bowling: Joseph 11-3-26-1, Paul 10.2-2-22-1, Permaul 11-0-34-1, Rutherford 6-0-19-2, Motie 5-0-19-1.last_img read more