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AY20-21 Adjunct Faculty – Theatre, Music, Dance

first_imgPreferred Qualifications Position’s Functional TitleAY20-21 Adjunct Faculty – Theatre, Music, Dance Department Type of SearchExternal Employee ID Position Start Date Position Summary Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum VitaeCover LetterTranscriptsList of ReferencesOptional DocumentsLetter of RecommendationOtherOther2Other3Other4ResumeOther5 Classification TitleAdjunct Faculty Posting NumberFA0323P Position TypeAdjunct Governors State University’s College of Arts and Sciences seeks tocreate an available pool of Adjunct Faculty candidates to teachcourses in our Theatre and Performance Studies program. Coursestaught by adjunct faculty in the above program are primarily forundergraduates. Depending on qualifications and experience,graduate teaching opportunities may be available. Please visit for more information about the programand courses offered.We are particularly interested in adjunct faculty to teach coursesin a variety of areas:In Dance, classes in Hip Hop, World Dance, African Dance, and DanceTherapy.In Music, classes in music history and theory such as AfricanAmerican Music, History of Jazz, 20th Century Music.In Theatre and Performance Studies, classes such as introductorytheatre, storytelling, acting, directing, voice, movement,stagecraft, makeup design, sound design, scene design, costumedesign, lighting design, and stage management.Interested individuals are invited to complete a faculty profile,attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and a list ofreferences for consideration.At Governors State University, adjunct faculty are hired astemporary faculty with teaching responsibilities for a specificcourse in a semester or summer session. Adjuncts are not part ofthe faculty bargaining unit and are not included in membership ofthe Faculty Senate. A Master’s degree in Theatre, Performance Studies, Dance, Music, ora related discipline. Closing Date07/31/2021center_img Open Until FilledYes Position Details Minimum Qualifications Position End Date (if temporary) * Do you have experience teaching in graduate and/orundergraduate programs at an accredited college or university?YesNo Special Instructions to Applicants * What is the highest level of education attained?GEDHigh School DiplomaAssociates DegreeBachelors DegreeMasters DegreeDoctorate DegreeABD Quicklink for Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * Experience teaching in online/hybrid delivery?YesNo Posting Date05/20/2020 The ideal candidate will have experience teaching undergraduate,graduate, and/or online courses. Professional experience is alsohighly desired.last_img read more

All Ocean City High School Seniors Will Be Certified in CPR by March 13

first_imgWhat started as a vague new state law that requires all New Jersey high school students to “receive instruction” in cardiopulmonary resuscitation before graduating will lead to the full certification of all Ocean City High School seniors in CPR and the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators). Ocean City High School nurse Rosemary Millar instructs Zac Calao and Oliver Trout in the use of an AED.Students started classes on Monday, and within the next two weeks, more than 300 seniors will have completed the four hours of instruction necessary for a two-year certification.If a responder can begin CPR measures within five minutes of cardiac arrest, “the probability of survival increases exponentially,” Ocean City firefighter Ray Clark said.The use of AEDs increases the success rate of traditional CPR measures that much more.Clark, also a member of the Ocean City Board of Education, said the effort to train so many students serves not only to meet the state mandate but to increase the likelihood that a trained responder will be near at hand if anybody is in need of CPR.He said the department is training new instructors throughout the city in an effort to sustain a network of students and citizens trained in CPR and AED use.Two new instructors — Ocean City High School nurses Rosemary Millar and Jill Geller — are helping with classes. They recently were recognized statewide for creating laminated AED instructions and locations to be worn by all staff members, Clark said.A card carried by Ocean City School District personnel lists locations of AEDs in each school.The Ocean City Fire Department is working under the auspices of Shore Medical Center to provide the certifications. The instruction takes place during regularly scheduled health classes through March 13.The push to educate students in CPR is part of an effort to expand the focus of “Janet’s Law,” a bill that was recently enacted in memory of Janet Zelinski, an 11-year old New Jersey girl who died of sudden cardiac arrest following a cheerleading squad practice. The provisions of the bill apply to athletic events and activities that take place through public schools.  In brief, Janet’s Law requires public schools to have automated external defibrillators for youth athletic events and to establish certain plans relating to sudden cardiac  events.  (See Ocean City’s Emergency Action Plan).On hand to watch Tuesday’s instruction, Ocean City Schools Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said students have provided overwhelmingly positive feedback on the experience.She said that not only are they glad to have the knowledge but they also see a valuable piece of training that could help in a search for summer or part-time employment.last_img read more

Crews respond to vehicle striking pedestrian at McDonald’s in Johnson City

first_imgThis is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for further information. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Johnson City Police Department says minor injuries were sustained after a vehicle hit a pedestrian in the parking lof of McDonald’s on Main Street. They say tickets are pending investigation. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. —–center_img 11:57 A.M. UPDATE: Johnson city police, fire and Union Ambulance are responding to the incident. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Emergency crews are responding to a car vs pedestrian crash in the McDonald’s parking lot on Main Street in Johnson City.last_img read more

PROMISING PRACTICES FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING Project illuminates spiritual aspects of disasters

first_imgEditor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a biweekly series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning.Dec 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – In the wake of Sep 11, 2001, a group of disaster response experts collaborated on a project to incorporate spirituality into emergency response. Their work already has served as a blueprint for helping people in emergencies, including a college campus shooting, and may prove valuable for an influenza pandemic as well.Media coverage of disasters frequently portrays people struggling with spiritual pain and confusion. Victims may wonder why they were harmed, survivors question why they were spared, and many struggle to cope with loss and change.The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) is a Washington, DC–based group of national, state, local, and faith-based volunteer organizations. In the event of a disaster, NVOAD guides the response of member organizations. That collaboration is intended to reduce redundancy in volunteer response, said Kevin Massey. Massey, a board-certified chaplain, is the assistant director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Domestic Disaster Response group.NVOAD coordinated teams of volunteers after the Sep 11, 2001, attack in New York City. The focus for most responders was saving lives. Volunteer organizations found their standard mission of reconstruction was ill-suited to the jarring demands of a mass victim response, Massey said. Volunteers shifted their approach and began to offer spiritual care in a comforting environment, where people could discuss emotions and beliefs.Addressing spiritual needsIn response to members’ experiences in providing spiritual care after Sep 11, NVOAD formed an emotional and spiritual care committee in 2001. The committee included people from a variety of affiliate organizations, including Church World Service, United Jewish Communities, and the Association of Professional Chaplains.Members brought a strong background in early psychological intervention (EPI), Massey said. EPI is a therapeutic approach that entails pre-incident training for mental health professionals, critical incident stress management, psychological first aid, and long-term counseling and therapy.Committee members identified several priorities for improving disaster response. For example, as part of NVOAD, they had to consider the challenges for volunteers. Volunteers may find their jobs especially difficult when their focus turns from building houses and fulfilling basic needs to aiding the overwhelmed.Further, the response for brief emergencies may differ from the response to a prolonged disaster such as an influenza pandemic. (Experts suggest an influenza pandemic could last as long as 2 years, including waves of illness affecting communities for 6 to 8 weeks at a time.)Special care was needed in approaching the nebulous and sensitive topic of spirituality. The committee wanted to clearly state that disasters should never be used as an opportunity for religious proselytism, Massey said.Handbook for spiritual healthThe committee completed a handbook on spiritual health tools in July 2006. The handbook, Light Our Way, guides disaster relief workers as they assist victims and as they themselves recover from difficult response efforts, Massey said.The committee wrote Light Our Way from an all-hazards perspective, and members specifically tailored their messages to the stages of disaster response. Chapters apply to acute spiritual care, long-term recovery, collaboration with mental and emotional health personnel, self-care for providers, and community resiliency and preparedness training.The need for spiritual care in a community would be ongoing during and after a disaster, Massey said. A long emergency, such as an influenza pandemic, would require an enduring response.The idea for the handbook came from “a desire to have a manual of best practices for chaplains doing disaster response,” said Massey, who served as the author.The committee wanted the handbook to address principles of spiritual care to which all members could adhere. Light Our Way describes its intended audience as “disaster responders who put their personal plans and routines on hold in the event of a local or national disaster.”The guide describesspiritual care as imperative to an individual’s well-being following a disaster or trauma. It defines spiritual care as “anything that nurtures the human spirit as a source of strength in coping with the crisis.” Examples include listening to a disaster victim tell his or her story, providing a religious ritual or vigil, offering food and shelter to relief workers, and supplying “spontaneous generosity.”Clergy and other spiritual care providers risk suffering exhaustion as a result of their close relationships with traumatized individuals, Massey said. Spiritual care during a disaster will further require volunteers to be “doing their best work for a potentially long period of time,” he added. “Disaster response is a marathon, not a sprint.”This long-term view of disaster may be particularly helpful in an influenza pandemic. Many clergy and nonprofit staff are taxed with a multitude of duties and causes during nondisaster times. Self-care is necessary for clergy and volunteers who wish to help members of their communities through a disaster. Light Our Way encourages responders to monitor their own spiritual health before and during a disaster by doing small amounts of work over a long period of time and recognizing the signs of fatigue.A trial by fireAlthough the handbook was years in the making, it was put to use quickly. Light Our Way was used after a college student opened fire on the Virginia Tech campus on Apr 16, killing 32 people before shooting himself.Rev. Jim Kirk, associate pastor at Moorings Presbyterian Church in Naples, Fla., and a volunteer for the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance National Response Team, arrived in Blacksburg, Va., on Apr 16. He distributed about 100 copies of Light Our Way to congregations, campus ministers, and other local faith leaders.He said he recalled thinking, “How in the world do we talk to all these students in various faith communities? How do we help them make sense of what happened?”Spiritual care was crucial for students returning to campus after the shooting, he said.”One of the most important things was to have a safe place to ask questions, like ‘Why did God let this happen?'” Kirk said. “There was a strong international student dynamic [at Virginia Tech]. Light Our Way stresses listening to someone and trying to understand their beliefs. You need to make sure you’re acknowledging and affirming their rituals.”The guide was particularly useful as volunteers realized that self-care was necessary for those who counseled students. In the days following the shooting, “everyone was running on adrenaline, and there was no time to say ‘Let’s talk about how we’re feeling.’ Everyone was in response mode,” Kirk noted.Several volunteers and chaplains suffered from compassion fatigue after their response efforts, he said. Light Our Way was a useful resource in addressing that fatigue, said Kirk, who added: “Spiritual care needs to be ongoing and reinforced with the need for self-care, especially for faith leaders.”See also:View tools and reviewers’ comments for the “Light Our Way” practice read more

Leinster crush Treviso at RDS

first_img Sean Cronin (two) and Leo Auva’a also crossed for the hosts, with Ian Madigan and Fergus McFadden kicking the rest of their points. Ludovico Nitoglia scored Treviso’s only try – and points – of the game in the second half. Flanker Dominic Ryan was the star of the show as his hat-trick of tries helped Leinster secure a 40-5 win over Benetton Treviso and move within two points of second-placed Glasgow Warriors in the RaboDirect PRO12. Press Associationlast_img read more

Spurs look to clean up Ajax talks

first_img Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed on Wednesday that Bale could complete his transfer to the Spanish capital “very, very soon”. Knowing the strength of Real’s desire to sign Bale, Tottenham have played a cunning game all summer with regards to their star player’s departure. Levy hoped that Bale would sit patiently and wait for the deal to be concluded, and that was the case for most of the summer. Bale was laughing and joking with Tottenham players and staff at the club’s base in Enfield a fortnight ago, but things have turned sour this week. Bale did not report to the training ground for two successive days, much to Villas-Boas’ annoyance. The Portuguese used to enjoy a close relationship with Bale, but that is clearly not now the case and the Spurs boss wants to see the winger fined before he leaves for the Bernabeu. “The fact that he hasn’t turned up, I don’t think it’s the correct behaviour,” the Tottenham manager told a press conference ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League play-off tie against Dinamo Tbilisi. “It’s a position of pressure and a statement from the player. It’s a position they chose to take. It’s up to the club now to decide if it’s a fineable offence. “It’s up to the club to decide whether or not it’s a breach of club rules. I’ve given my opinion on it, it’s up to them to decide whether they act on it or not. “It is a dream move for him but I think in the end this could have happened in a different way.” Real Madrid vice-president Fernando Fernandez Tapias accused Tottenham of holding up the deal. Speaking in A Coruna, ahead of a friendly match against Deportivo La Coruna on Thursday evening, he said: “There are problems but in the end I think it will happen. I thought he was going to be here, but so far he’s not in Madrid, although he possibly will be.” As for whether the deal will go through, he said, according to Spanish news agency Efe: “I think so, but I couldn’t swear on it. We’re going to wait because they are dragging their feet. “There is no doubting Bale’s class, but Real Madrid without Bale is a great Madrid, we have a team of warriors.” Tottenham have ramped up their interest in Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen following their admission that Gareth Bale is on the verge of sealing his world-record move to Real Madrid. Banking a huge fee for Bale at the start of the summer would have cranked up the asking price for most of their targets, so chairman Daniel Levy has quietly gone about his transfer business, signing four players for around £60million while Bale remained on their books. Erik Lamela landed in London on Wednesday night and he is expected to undergo a medical ahead of a £25.8million move from Roma, and Eriksen is next on Levy’s shortlist. The Spurs chairman was in Amsterdam on Wednesday to discuss the possibility of signing the midfielder, who has just one year left on his current contract, and it appears the talks have progressed well. “Yes, Levy was here and Eriksen has been given permission to speak to Tottenham,” Ajax director of football Marc Overmars told De Telegraaf. Tottenham are reported to have offered around £8million for the 21-year-old, but that falls some way short of Ajax’s £12million valuation. “There is no agreement yet until it’s signed,” Overmars added. “Obviously, if it happens, we won’t be happy at all to lose him but he only has a year left on his contract.” Levy had hoped Bale would remain at Tottenham, but after acknowledging the Welshman had his heart set on a move to Madrid, he drove to get the highest fee possible for the player. Press Associationlast_img read more

Self-taught artist honors family and heritage through pursuit of music

first_img(Photo courtesy of Charlie Curtin) At first, Guspy admitted that it was hard to be taken seriously as a musician at USC without being in the Thornton School of Music. However, he doesn’t feel wholly disadvantaged because of this, as his courses in the Marshall School of Business teach him other essential skills, such as networking and building relationships.  Guspy’s grandparents worked hard to create a life for him in America. For that reason, he feels an obligation to represent his culture in the music industry and take advantage of all of the opportunities they fought to give him. At 14, Guspy’s father took him to a Dick Dale concert. Around the same time, his friends introduced him to the White Stripes. After watching Dale perform and listening to White Stripes records on repeat, Guspy knew he wanted to make his own music.  “[Seeing Dale play] was just one of the craziest things ever,” Guspy said. “I don’t know, something about … Jack White and Dick Dale … shredding the guitar just [made me think] I really want to do that.” In eighth grade, Guspy taught himself how to play guitar, the drums and has also since taught himself how to produce music using GarageBand. Due to his lack of formal music education, Guspy can’t properly read sheet music. TJ Wee, one of his friends and musical collaborators at USC and a junior majoring in music production, believes that his unconventional approach to music has allowed him to be fearless in experimenting with his craft. “I pushed really hard for him to be a music industry minor and then through that, he was able to develop a mindset and start pushing his business aspects towards music,” Acosta said. “[Being a mentor] it’s not like you teach somebody something. You just set a bunch of parameters and expose them and they just grow with that on their own.” Guspy is inspired by a number of artists, ranging from the way they create their music to their cultural background. As an artist who composes and produces all of his own music, Tame Impala and Mac DeMarco serve as continued inspirations for Guspy. With cultural ties to Mexico and the Philippines, he admires artists such as Omar Apollo, an American artist born to Mexican parents, and the Spanish-influenced band, The Growlers.  Guspy’s music is currently available on SoundCloud. Wanting a clean slate, he has taken his music down from Spotify and Apple Music to focus on rebranding. This process includes polishing old songs with the help of a producer and an audio engineer in order to elevate his music to the next level. Guspy said it is a slow and calculated process, but he is dedicated to releasing the best possible music. “If I want to take it seriously … I should put in that extra 1% to just really hone it in because it takes one song eventually to really make a name,” Guspy said. “So [I] might as well put everything into every song.”  “I want to give back to the community in a sense, and have more representation,” Guspy said. “My grandparents … sacrificed a lot to get their families here. So it is now my job to take the most of the opportunities available and mimic and replicate their hard work that they did to get here so that I could be successful.” Kane Acosta, a junior majoring in music industry, met Guspy during fraternity formal recruitment. He was drawn to Guspy because of their similar interests and music tastes and took Guspy under his wing. As a mentor, Acosta pushed for Guspy to add a minor in music industry. center_img “I think business best suits me because I learned music all untraditionally,” Guspy said. “I don’t think learning that stuff in a classroom would have benefited me. I’m glad I can learn other skills, like how to make money off the music because that’s one thing I didn’t know how to do.” “[Guspy has] definitely taught me to be a little bit less analytical and critical, and just go by what feels good, and what feels right,” Wee said. “He’s really good at doing that.” In addition to writing and producing three full solo albums while in high school, “Guspy,” “River Styx” and “Pilgrim,” all of which are available on Soundcloud, Guspy played in a band that performed at the House of Blues in Anaheim to an audience of over 70 people. For Guspy, it was at this point when he realized that music was exactly what he wanted to pursue. Picture this: It’s an early morning at the beach in sunny Southern California. Surfboard in hand, you soak in the golden hour sunlight and listen to the even beat of the waves crashing onto the shore as you paddle out into the surf. That’s the vibe that Jacob DeGuzman, whose stage name is Guspy, hopes to evoke through his music.  Guspy released the single “Hesh Girl” at the end of his first year at USC on Spotify, SoundCloud and Apple Music — a song based on an inside joke that he and his friends had about a girl living in their dorm. After the release of this song, he realized that he was finally taken seriously as an artist by fellow student musicians. Forming a live band and performing live shows was another step in being acknowledged.  “I was just like, ‘I want to do this forever. And why not? I’m pretty good at this,’” Guspy said. “But coming to college and seeing how it really works, it is a lot of luck. But it’s also a lot of being smart about what you’re doing.” “I see myself fitting with [those artists],” Guspy said. “In a music sense, not exactly, but definitely in terms of identity and culture.” A sophomore majoring in business administration, Guspy’s musical style draws inspiration from jazz and reggae, with distinct undertones of late ’60s rock and indie-pop. His relaxed melodies feel like laying on the sand and basking in the sunshine, while psychedelic beats give the listener an added hallucinatory experience.  Guspy is scheduled to perform at YOON FEST July 17 to 18 in the Mojave Desert. In addition, he has a big release on Spotify coming soon.  This article was updated to reflect new information given about YOON FEST dates.last_img read more

Packers proving NFC North no joke anymore

first_imgYou gotta love speculation when you’re just three games intothe season. Nevertheless, there are several things worth noting about the fourteams of the NFC North thus far.The oft-titled “Black & Blue” division has alreadyestablished itself as one of the more intriguing division races in the NFL. Solet’s touch on the latest rumblings, jottings, thoughts and quips on theNorth.Three teams haveimproved since last yearThat being Chicago, Detroit and Green Bay.While Minnesota got on the right foot against Detroit, theVikings certainly have not shown any improvement. With Sidney Rice sidelinedand Brett Favre struggling to tip the scales in favor of touchdowns rather thaninterceptions once again, the Viking offense seems flat. Their defense,however, looks as inflexible as last year – having not allowed more than 14points in a game yet. As long as Favre can steer his offense close to 24 pointsin a given game, the Vikings should stand in favorable odds.The 2009 season for Minnesota was a special one by anyone’sstandards, so a drop-off in performance shouldn’t be seen as devastating. Theystill remain, rightfully so, a postseason contender. The only problem isthere’s more competition within the division.Right now, the gears of the Packers and Bears are turningwith less friction (although neither of them are perfect either) and the Lions(the Lions!) are shedding their reputation of handing out free wins andreplacing it with one of being a nuisance. Far from a playoff contender, theLions aren’t 0-3 simply because they don’t have any of the big kids on theirteam anymore.They were vexed by a peculiar ruling against Chicago andthen made Philadelphia and Minnesota earn their victories. With Michael Vickquarterbacking the Eagles, that makes three playoff contenders, by the way.Week in and week out they’re far from postseason caliber, but I would deem themto be a potential spoiler. They can certainly influence the division.And did I just say that Minnesota and Chicago are playoffcontenders? Along with Green Bay, that makes three in the NFC North. The Northhas only produced two playoff teams in one year twice since the divisions wereredrawn in 2002. In many of the year’s in between, the North had beenconsidered one of the league’s weakest.But right now, the NFC West is the league’s worst division. I’m not buyinginto Tampa Bay. Washington and New York most definitely cannot run with theleague’s best. Dallas though, however overrated, could still wrest a playoffspot for themselves.That leaves the North with a respectable chance at postingthree playoff teams. It’s a rare occurrence, but the North clearly has the bestchance at doing so in the NFC this season.Aaron Rodgers, at themoment, is the best QB in the divisionLeading up to Monday’s confrontation between Rodgers and JayCutler, some chatter developed as to which quarterback deserved the QB crown ofthe Midwest. While most Packer fans might dismiss the question as farcicalbefore considering the question – it was actually quite legitimate. Cutler hasalready changed teams and systems, and as a young quarterback, it’s hard toadjust to such things (while Rodgers was able to sit and study for three yearsprior to becoming Green Bay’s No. 1).In entering that game, Cutler hosted the attention of theleague as he boasted football’s best passer rating – 102.2 – after having justthrown 26 interceptions the year before. The question between Rodgers andCutler was worth asking.But in the ensuing quarterback joust, Rodgers bested Cutlerboth off and on the stat sheet. Rodgers completed just over 75 percent of hispasses while Cutler fell just below 60 percent. Rodgers had more yards and abetter passer rating.What the stat sheet doesn’t see is what the Packersgift-wrapped for him. Cutler had two interceptions that would have devastatedChicago’s chances at winning but were nullified by Green Bay penalties. Thepseudo-interception by Nick Barnett would have prevented the game tying fieldgoal but was called back due to a helmet-to-helmet collision by Frank Zombo onCutler immediately after the pass was thrown. The second would have erased thegame-winning field goal. All pass interferences aside on that particular play,Cutler tossed up an amateurish throw that jeopardized the game for Chicago.Consider that alongside his pass directly to Packers safetySam Shields in the end zone (which was not called back), and there’s noquestioning that Rodgers was able to steady his hand more so than Cutler in thefirst important game of either quarterback’s season.The Packers need arevelation at running backThere’s a difference between a passing offense and aone-dimensional offense. While the Packers can pass the ball as well as anyone,their running game is barely is alive. Brandon Jackson is far too nervous whenit comes to hitting the line with momentum. In watching Monday night’s game,Jackson probably took twice as many footsteps with the ball as any otherrunning back would as he took the ball to run between the tackles.Not including Ryan Grant’s production against Philadelphiain the season opener in which he got injured, Green Bay is averaging a meager3.8 yards per carry.Late in the 4th quarter against the Bears, when the Packersfound themselves on the 7-yard line with a first down, the drive was stymiedby Jackson’s 1-yard gain on first down and a no-gainer on second (which cameafter a 3-yard penalty on Chicago for roughing the passer). The Packers thensaw the ball slip through the hands of tight end Andrew Quarless in the end zoneand the subsequent field goal blocked.A decent running game could have given the Packers sixpoints on that drive. You can rely on the pass if you want, but it can’t alwayscome through.And as the season continues and the temperatures dip, arunning game is going to become more and more of a necessity in order to win.Back in the 2007 season, the Packers faced the very samesituation: a high rolling passing game whose attitude was that they couldtranscend dead weight in the running game, all in the face of Super Bowl hopes.Fortunately, the Packers found their revelation that year in Ryan Grant andonce he worked his way into the starting lineup, the Packers scored over 30points in seven of the final nine games and then 42 against Seattle in theplayoff game that was played in a snow globe.Green Bay doesn’t necessarily have to go out and barter withother teams for a new ball carrier. If they choose not to (which already seemsto be the case), then someone better light a firecracker behind Jackson.Elliot is a junior planning on declaring a major soon. Any thoughts on the Bears-Packers game last night? 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Students attend political conference at Harvard

first_imgTwo student representatives of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, juniors Rini Sampath and Luke Phillips, attended “Bipartisan Advocacy: Finding Common Ground,” a conference hosted by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics this past weekend that focused on civic engagement and bipartisan advocacy and featured top national political practitioners.Common ground · Junior international relations majors Rini Sampath, left, and Luke Phillips, right, met with undergraduate student leaders from across the country at a conference at Harvard University this weekend. – Photo courtesy of Rini Sampath The Harvard Institute of Politics, part of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, aims to expose undergraduate students to academics, activists and policymakers in the hopes that the students will consider careers in politics and public service.“This conference really taught us practical ways that we can spur bipartisan dialogue on our campus,” said Sampath, who serves as the Undergraduate Student Government vice president.USC is a member of the Harvard Institute of Politics’ National Campaign for Political and  Civic Engagement, a consortium of 25 colleges and universities that aims to engage the millennial generation in improving communities through collaboration and public service. At the conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Sampath and Phillips joined four dozen other National Campaign Ambassadors to formulate plans to address relevant policy issues in their home communities and on their campuses.Speakers at the event included leading professionals with expertise in campaign and issue advocacy, government, and communications, including Dan Glickman, a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center; Steven Olikara, the co-founder and president of the Millennial Action Project; and Mark McKinnon, co-founder of No Labels, a nonprofit organization that aims to achieve bipartisan political action.After returning to campus from the intensive training conference, Sampath and Phillips will use the skills they acquired at the Harvard Institute of Politics to implement advocacy plans through the Unruh Institute’s campus network, which combines the academic study of politics with practical field experience.“Luke [Phillips] and I look forward to working with as many organizations as possible to bring the ideas discussed at Harvard to life at USC,” Sampath said. “Some issues aren’t specific to one political party. The beauty of bipartisan advocacy is valuing action and productivity over party alliances.”Sampath and Phillips were selected for the conference by the Unruh Institute based on their academic achievement and demonstrated leadership on campus.“This is a tremendous opportunity for our students to further develop their leadership skills and interact with some of the nation’s foremost political engagement experts,” Unruh Director Dan Schnur said.“I came out of the conference with the renewed realization that — for better or for worse — our millennial generation will have a far deeper influence on the future trajectory of this country than any of us can now imagine,” Phillips said. “After attending the conference, I see that we need to open up a dialogue about what kind of country we want our kids to inherit, because that’s the country we will create in our lifetimes.”last_img read more