Northwestern Medical Center names new CEO

first_imgSource: NMC. St. Albans, VT: (October 9, 2009) The Board of Northwestern Medical Center has appointed Jill Berry Bowen as the hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). A native of Maine, Berry Bowen most recently served as Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Mercy Hospital in Portland, ME. Before that, she was Chief Operating Officer for more than 10 years at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, ME.  Berry Bowen is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been an active leader in state and local health initiatives and community organizations. She has a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) and a master’s degree in business (MBA).  Her official start date at NMC is still to be determined.    “We are very pleased that Jill has accepted the position,” Judy Ashley-McLaughlin, NMC Board of Directors Vice President and Chairperson of the Search Committee.  “The NMC Board conducted a national search through our management services firm, QHR.  We are confident that we have selected the right person to lead our hospital and community into the future.”Wesley Oswald has been serving as interim CEO for the hospital since June.  Oswald was put in place by QHR when prior NMC CEO Peter Hofstetter accepted the hospital CEO position in Taos, New Mexico.  “Wes has worked closely and diligently with our employees, medical staff and board to provide a smooth transition.  His guidance and experience are greatly appreciated,” added Ms. Ashley-McLaughlin.NMC is a vibrant not-for-profit community hospital in northwestern Vermont whose staff has been recognized two years in a row by Avatar International for excellence in overall patient satisfaction.  For more information on NMC, please visit www.northwesternmedicalcenter.org(link is external)last_img read more

Alternate A.T.

first_imgS.C., N.C.  “The Tuscarora follows a very rocky ridge,” Taylor said. “It is not a fun hike from that standpoint. Once you get into Pennsylvania, or Rocksylvania as we like to refer to it, it is very, very rugged. You’ll go for miles on nothing but rock scrambles. It’s a spectacular hike with all of the vistas, but it’s a very difficult hike.” At the northern terminus, Markel connected with the Benton MacKaye Trail to link up with the Appalachian Trail for a longer hike.  Ga., Tenn., and N.C. S.C. N.C. Alternate A.T. Thru Hike With a flip flop, there are almost infinite routes as thru hikers can start anywhere on the trail. After making it to the southern or northern terminus, they return to the starting point and head in the opposite direction.  But as the number of people attempting to thru hike continues to grow, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is trying to promote more sustainable use to preserve the National Scenic Trail for generations to come.  The idea is catching on. In 2017, there were more flip floppers than southbound thru hikers for the first time. The impact flip floppers have spreads beyond the trail. View from Eagle Rock on the Tuscarora Trail. / Photo by John Stacy. Whether you’re looking for a shorter thru hike or a less crowded one, explore one of these long-distance trails, in various stages of completion, for a new experience.  “Everything is very decentralized, and all the individual clubs are responsible for their own geographic area,” Johnson said. “If there is a connection issue, they’re responsible for working with the trail club immediately north or south to close the gap.” Allen, president of the Benton MacKaye Trail Association, coordinates the work that goes in to keeping this trail accessible to the public.  The ATC has also started promoting the idea of a flip flop thru hike instead of the traditional point to point, northbound, or southbound route. The Palmetto Conservation Corps and volunteers work to build the boardwalk over the Wateree River on the Palmetto Trail. / Photo by John Baldwin. “We had maybe 10 people between 1997 and 2008 who finished,” she said. “Right now, we’re having 16 or 17 people complete in a year. My guess is those numbers are going to keep rising. We reached a tipping point where there is enough trail and camping has gotten easier.” Mountains-to-Sea Trail The Tuscarora offer hikers a quieter trail before meeting up with the A.T. at both the southern and northern terminus. Benton MacKaye Trail The advantages of a flip flop extend beyond the hiker and the trail.  Broken up into passageways of varying difficulties, the goal of the Palmetto Trail is to improve quality of life through conservation and human powered recreation. The Hesters have taken full advantage of the trail, having attempted three thru hikes on a trail that most users do in sections.  Foothills Trail When she started doing research for her 2017 thru-hike, she envisioned starting at the southern terminus in Georgia and making her way north to Maine like the majority of thru-hikers. That is, until she came across the concept of a flip flop hike on the ATC’s website.  Coleman said this route made sense for her because she couldn’t start until May, it made it easier to build her trail legs, and gave her a psychological advantage because she didn’t see as many hikers leaving the trail.  Over the course of two years, Pete Taylor and his hiking partner hiked all 252 miles of the Tuscarora Trail. Designed as an alternative route on the A.T. when developers struggled to get the right of way through Virginia and Maryland, the Tuscarora challenges hikers of all abilities. Heyward Douglass, executive director of the conservancy, said they get visitors from all over the world who say this is one of the best maintained trails they have ever been on. Va., W. Va., Md., and Penn. The annual Palmetto Challenge encourages teams of hikers and bikers to log as many miles on the state’s trails in an 8-week period. Furry friends count as team members.  Palmetto Trail To the west of the A.T., a group of dedicated trail clubs are slowly closing the gap on another long-distance trail along the East Coast. At around 1,800 miles, the Great Eastern Trail is made up of a series of existing trails that are being linked together, including parts of the Pinhoti, Cumberland, and Tuscarora Trails.  Cumberland Trail In areas where road walking is needed to connect parts of the trail, volunteers are working to acquire the land needed to get the whole route off road.  “I knew about the impact on the trail that the bubble from northbound hikers have,” Coleman said. “It just made sense when I read about the crowds and lessening my impact on the trail.” “Southwestern West Virginia and far eastern Kentucky down to Breaks Interstate Park is really the hole in the donut,” Johnson said. “The area that we go through is the coal mining area. All those lands that are not in the towns are pretty much owned by coal companies.” As a trail maintainer for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Deb “Mona Lisa” Coleman had seen firsthand the effects of increased use on the A.T.  Towns like Hillsborough and Elkin have embraced their status as a trail community as volunteers and land management agencies work to put the remaining 500 miles on trails. Looking for a different kind of thru-hike? Try one of these less-crowded long-distance trails Thru hikers also have to contend with how to resupply as the trail communities are not built up like they are along the A.T. Within the last few years, a huge effort has gone into closing the trails between the Finger Lakes in New York and Pennsylvania, as well as connecting the trail through Tennessee. Great Eastern Trail Laurie Potteiger, the information services manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, said the number of thru hikers has been steadily increasing since the 70s, especially in recent years as the trail and resources have become more accessible. The Foothills Trail Conservancy, which coordinates volunteers and maintenance on the trail, offers a shuttle service for thru hikers looking to get from one state park to the other.  While most of the route is on trails through public lands, there are a few sections in Georgia that require some serious road walking.  Ala. and Ga. Pinhoti National Recreation Trail “With any trail association, the public needs to understand that we are maintained almost entirely by volunteer work,” Allen said. “So, if you’re a hiker and you’re not giving back by doing volunteer work, then we certainly need people to reconsider that. Spend some time helping us maintain the trails.” Although an A.T. thru hike does not require a permit, attempting hikers can now register their trip on the conservancy’s website. This allows hikers to see when the busiest days are and plan accordingly.  Kate Dixon, executive director of Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, said the number of thru hikers is already increasing, even though the full trail is not complete.  “A lot of people will go up ahead of time and drop off food,” Taylor said. “But there are a lot of opportunities if you’ve got someone who is willing to resupply you because you spend a lot of time hiking on roads.”  Named for the original designer of the Appalachian Trail, the Benton MacKaye Trail takes hikers through challenging backcountry. The terrain on the 300-mile trail is similar to the A.T. with strenuous climbs and descents.  When Michelle Markel finished her thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail, she started looking for the longest hikes around the country. At 337 miles, the Pinhoti is the longest trail in Alabama and Georgia, running through the Talladega and Chattahoochee National Forests.  “We had never done any kind of long-distance hiking, we were figuring our way out,” Bernie Hester said. “The trail runs through national forests, small towns, big cities. The first time we did it, we kept coming across people who asked, ‘Why are you doing this?’ We didn’t know, it just seemed interesting.” “The Pinhoti is a really great trail to go out and thru hike to see if you really like it,” Markel said. “A lot of people will go out and spend $1,000 on gear, quit their jobs, give their boss the middle finger. Then they get out and three days later, they’re like I don’t really like this. So, the Pinhoti is a fantastic sort of test drive.” Day hikers can choose from several trails varying in length and difficulty while thru hikers should be prepared for strenuous elevation change and rocky terrain in the more remote areas.   “It benefits the trail to spread out hikers, but it can also benefit the hiker,” Potteiger said. “It may not be for everyone. We’re just offering a different way to experience the trail that might be more appealing to you. The terrain is more gentle toward the middle of the trail. You can start later, miss the cold, snow, and ice, as well as the crowds. So, you can eliminate those negative factors.” “It offers the ability to get away in solitude,” said Rob Weber. “There are certain trailheads that are pretty busy on the weekend, but if you’re going to hike the Cumberland Trail, you’re really going to get into some of the last wilderness in the Cumberland Plateau. It’s areas that we’ve been working for the last couple decades to put under conservation protection.” “The Tuscarora Trail is what the Appalachian Trail was 30 years ago,” Taylor said. “Bridges, waterfalls, vistas, the whole nine yards,” Douglass said. “You’ve kind of taken the Appalachian Trail and shrunk it down into 77 miles.” Completion of the project will depend on public support through donations, trail construction, and local government. Before tackling a thru hike of the A.T., Bernie and April Hester wanted to do some hiking locally to prepare. That’s when they learned about the 500-mile Palmetto Trail that runs across South Carolina.  As the name implies, the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina stretches 1,175 miles from Clingmans Dome to the Outer Banks.  “Some days, more than 100 people were starting,” Potteiger said. “Close to 4,000 people started in 2017. The way that you impact the trail has a really big variation depending on how you conduct yourself and when you go. There’s a lot we can do to educate people about making choices that help preserve the trail and give them the best experience.” The most common flip flop, and the one Coleman took, starts in Harpers Ferry, W. Va. northbound. After climbing Mount Katahdin in Maine, she traveled back to Harpers Ferry and made her way south to Springer Mountain, Georgia.  Tom Johnson, president of the Great Eastern Trail Association, estimates that 75 percent of the route is now on a trail. Much like the A.T., a majority of the work is being done by volunteers coordinated through 11 trail clubs from Alabama to New York.  “The Pinhoti includes the southernmost Appalachian Mountain over 1,000 feet,” she said. “So, by starting on the Pinhoti, you can actually walk the entire Appalachian chain if you connect to the A.T.” “We have a couple of communities that have really shown what this trail can mean if a community really gets behind it,” Dixon said. “Town boards see it as a valuable quality of life issue for their citizens, but also there’s an interest in it for economic impacts, just having hikers come through.” The power and solitude of the trail has been well documented in popular books, films, and now social media. Tuscarora Trail This cross-state trail runs through mountain towns, agricultural centers, and oceanfront public lands. Several sections allow bikes and horses while optional routes give paddlers a taste of the state’s waterways.  “MacKaye’s route was a little different than the way the Appalachian Trail ended up,” said Barry Allen. “Our route actually follows his vision a little closer. We crisscross a couple of times, form a figure eight. In general, we run a much more westerly and remote route than the Appalachian Trail. In some areas, you’ll be lucky to run into one or two people on the route during the entire day you’re hiking.” The second time they thru hiked, the couple set out with a more concrete goal, raising money and awareness for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in support of April Hester, who was diagnosed with MS when she was 20.  “I started in a relatively easy part of the trail where the terrain did not have as many elevation changes,” she said. “It got increasingly more difficult so by the time I got to the hardest part of the trail, which was New Hampshire and Maine, I felt like I was really ready. The trail had prepared me. But I hadn’t been on the trail for so long that I was feeling depleted.” Although only 77 miles, the Foothills Trail winds through some of the best the Carolinas have to offer, connecting Table Rock State Park and Oconee State Park. This trail takes hikers to countless waterfalls, including Whitewater Falls and Laurel Fork Falls, as well as over Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina.   More than 50 years after plans for the Cumberland Trail were first proposed, the 300-mile project is on its way to linking the public lands in Eastern Tennessee along the Cumberland Plateau.  Ala. to N.Y. “The flip floppers help to support the trail side communities and businesses,” Coleman said. “When we come through, it’s their off season so we help them to extend their season. That’s good for the trail and good for hikers in general.” “I think I came to a full shelter only one time, which is pretty amazing,” Coleman said. “North bounders have a really hard time not just finding space in the shelters but even finding campsites. I think that’s a big part of the impact of the bubble is that there are more people that are camping so they’re camping in pristine areas.” The conference has a paid crew working on the trail, funded through private donations, grants, and any creative methods they can think of, in addition to volunteers. They also host college students every year through the Alternative Spring Break program.  “With so much of the trail acquired, we’re in this critical point where we’re putting all of our energy towards building,” Weber said. “We have more corridor than we know how to get built. That’s a good sign of a victory.” Tenn. Weber, chair of the Cumberland Trail Conference, said that with 93 percent of the land acquired, the focus is now on constructing the remaining 90 miles of trail. Since Earl Shaffer claimed the first Appalachian Trail thru-hike in the 1940s, hikers from around the world have set out on the 2,200-mile trail in search of something. last_img read more

Coram Man Injured in Medford ATV Crash Dies

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 48-year-old Coram man who was critically injured in an ATV crash in Medford over the weekend has died.Suffolk County police said Gregory Jackson was pronounced dead at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center on Sunday night.Police said Jackson was riding a Yamaha quad in the parking lot of his auto repair shop on Cedarhurst Avenue when he lost control of the ATV and struck a parked trailer at 12:42 p.m. SaturdayThe impact ejected Jackson from the ATV, causing him to strike the pavement.The Yamaha was impounded for a safety check.Sixth Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img read more

The trouble with tomatoes

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Andy Janning Andy Janning is a popular keynote speaker at events across the country, a national award-winning expert in talent development, the host of NCUF’s Herb Wegner Memorial Awards, and a … Web: https://www.andyjanningphoto.com Details Quick! Which has more genes: humans or tomatoes?If you said humans, you’d be forgiven. And wrong. But possibly onto a deeper insight into people.In a story published in Spirit magazine, the surprisingly well-written in-flight magazine of Southwest Airlines, an international team of plant geneticists discovered that tomatoes have about 6,760 more genes than humans.This genetic imbalance isn’t a run-up to the real-world re-creation of “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” but rather a result of the decidedly sedentary lifestyle of the fruit that lawyers turned into a veggie. According to Jim Giovannoni, a Cornell University researcher on the tomato genome project: “It’s important to remember that plants are stuck where they are. Humans have the ability to move away from things that might harm us. Plants have to respond to pathogens, cold, heat, and lack of water in the context of not moving. As a result, they may need more genes to facilitate more complex responses to protect themselves.”When I first read this in Spirit, I was flying home from a series of speaking engagements in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Travel-weary and full of post-event to-dos, this tomato truth nearly got pushed out of my head.Yet the more I thought about this story, it struck me that there’s a parallel with human behavior here.The case could be made that the more sedentary the person or corporation becomes, the more they’re apt to institute more complex rules and adaptive behaviors as a way to protect themselves against growth and evolution.The more married we are to our station in life or the market, the more excuses and defenses we mount to justify our inactivity. We add more rules, more lines of genetic “code” if you will, into our organism in order to hold onto our little patch of earth. And while we marvel at the complexity of the system, it still belongs to a tomato.So take a look at your rules, your structure, the DNA upon which you’ve built your company and yourself.Do they encourage movement?Or will they make you plump, ripe, and ready to become someone else’s lunch?last_img read more

Lady Trojans Get The ‘Hat Trick’ Against The Lady Bulldogs

first_imgEC Volleyball faced Batesville at home tonight. All three levels came out on top. Varsity won with the scores of 25-14, 25-13, 25-15.EC Varsity VB vs Batesville (9-14)Batesville vs. EC Varsity VB (9-14)‘It was a great team win. We’ve been focused on minimizing unforced errors and we did that really well tonight. Everyone played very well, but even more impressive, they all played as a team. That’s the most important thing we can pull out of this game.  We continue to grow and learn as a team. This team is capable of things most teams dream of doing if they all stay on the same page. Tonight was our first step in that direction and I truly believe they will continue in that direction.’  Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 10-6 (7-1 in EIAC play). Next up is Ben Davis Invite on Saturday (varsity only).The JV won in two 25 – 23 and 25 – 20 and are now 12-0 for the season.Batesville vs. EC JV VB (9-14)Players did step up for jump serves, as Olivia Langefeld lead with 12 points.‘Our second game of the match showed improvement from the first, however we brought very little intensity to the match. We still need to focus on the intensity and communication of the game.’  Trojans Coach Bernice Rosemeyer.EC Freshman also won 25-24, 25-23.Batesville vs. EC Freshman VB (9-14)Batesville will travel to South Ripley for a rematch on Thursday (9-17) with a 6:00pm JV start.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

Pochettino: I’m happy at Saints

first_img Southampton were three points clear of the relegation zone when the former Espanyol boss took control and now lie ninth in the Premier League, just five points off reigning champions Manchester United. That improvement in fortunes led to interest from Tottenham when they disposed of Andre Villas-Boas and reports this week suggest he is on Real Madrid’s radar should Carlo Ancelotti leave. “You all know I am not one to speak about rumours, speak about unrealistic things, intangible things so I really have no comment on that,” Pochettino said. “I also don’t like to talk about the future – I am not one to talk about the long-term future. “Real Madrid are an amazing club, a great club and you never know what could happen in football, but at the moment I am really happy at Southampton and that is my present right now. Nothing else.” Pochettino’s deal at Southampton runs until the end of next season and plans to assess his position this summer. The Saints boss confirmed he has not spoken to non-executive chairman Katharina Liebherr since she first replaced Nicola Cortese and was keen to avoid talk about penning a new deal. “I understand that the club is going through some changes at the moment,” Pochettino said. The former Argentina international arrived at St Mary’s 13 months ago a relative unknown in this country and facing an uphill battle to win over hearts and minds after the manner in which he replaced Nigel Adkins. However, Pochettino’s high-pressing style and focus on home-grown talent soon won over the doubters, with his stock rising in tandem with Saints’ own fortunes. Press Association “The club needs some time to reorganise. It is a time of reorganisation at the club. Everyone needs time to adapt to their new roles. “I also want to say I have until the end of this season and the next, so I still have some time left.” Speculation will continue about Pochettino’s future for the foreseeable future, but at least he will not be pestered about Dani Osvaldo anymore. The Italy international’s ill-fated five-month stay ended on transfer deadline day, with the club-record signing joining Juventus on loan with a view to a permanent move after an altercation with team-mate Jose Fonte in training. “I am very happy with that situation and how it panned out in the end,” Pochettino said. “I thought it was a win-win situation for all the parties involved. “I am very happy with the squad that we have and I am looking forward to our next game against Stoke. That is my main focus at the moment.” Pochettino expects to be able to call on Victor Wanyama against Stoke after overcoming a knock sustained in the 3-0 win at Fulham, although Calum Chambers will be assessed after getting a dead leg in the same match. Teenage striker Sam Gallagher will not be available, though, having been excused from training following the death of his father, Richard, after a short illness. “I want to take this time to send my heartfelt condolences to him and his family from the entire Southampton family, from the players and the staff,” Pochettino said. “It is a very tough moment indeed and we will give him our full support in this really tough moment. “Sam is going to be with his family until Monday. They need him to be present, they need to be untied and together. “He will come back on Monday but this is a time he needs to be with his family.” Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy at Southampton amid links to Real Madrid, although stopped short of committing his long-term future to the club.last_img read more

Frozen Dome Classic fills Carrier Dome to far corners in rare spectacle

first_imgSpectators sat as far away as sections 321 and 335 in the upper deck of the Carrier Dome to be a part of the U.S. indoor professional hockey record crowd of 30,715 on Saturday night.They got a view that seemed closer to watching a game on a building outside Wrigley Field than inside the Crunch’s usual confines of the Onondaga War Memorial. They were also part of a three-pack of hockey that came with a charity game, Utica College against Oswego State and the main Crunch-Comets event.Tyler Tichener, a 21-year-old senior at Oswego State sitting in the upper reaches of 321, received tickets for the game from his parents and said he didn’t have designs on sticking around after his school played Utica College in the afternoon.“We thought it would be a fun game, but we also thought we’d be able to see most of it,” he said. “I wouldn’t even mind even being at the railing up here, but it’s just so far and so high.”“If we had decent tickets we’d probably be here from the first game to the third game,” he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Oswego State-Utica game did set a Division III attendance record, though, with 7,047 in attendance.Across the football field, Rachael Kellogg, 29, said she was sticking around through the Crunch–Comets main event, but she and six others had no choice but to take the tickets furthest away from the ice.“We just got tickets today,” she said, sitting with her son. “This was the best we had for the price we were willing to pay anyway. We had been talking about it for a while and at the spur of the moment decided to come.”Tickets in the upper deck started at $15 on Ticketmaster, while the most expensive were $61 after fees.Mike Angelidis, who has attended Syracuse basketball games at the Dome before, said he was amazed by people sitting in the far end with a better view of Hall of Fame exhibits set up in the extra space than the ice, which sat where the Syracuse basketball court normally is.“That’s true loyalty to the team and how much buzz they made about both this game,” he said.Crunch owner Howard Dolgon reasserted that he has no plans to play another hockey game at the Dome again. He called it “one and done” and said the crowd wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.“If someone had done this before us, we would not have done it,” he said. “There was a uniqueness to the event and I think when it is unique it does have a cache and an appeal.”Immediately after the game, workers took to the ice with sledgehammers to break apart days-old creation to prepare the area for the schedule Syracuse men’s basketball team practice on Monday. It could be the first and last time such a transformation occurs.Said Dolgon: “I don’t want to say we took advantage of it, but we leveraged that.” Comments Published on November 23, 2014 at 7:36 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Humanist Chaplain guides non-religious USC students

first_imgJustin Chapman | Daily TrojanA secular affair · Bart Campolo, whose father was Bill Clinton’s spiritual adviser, serves as chaplain and adviser of the Secular Student Fellowship.The USC campus boasts more than 80 religious organizations for students, with chaplains to supervise nearly all of them, but only one caters to the ever-growing community of nonbelievers.The Secular Student Fellowship of USC, which meets at 7 p.m. every Monday in room 203B at the University Religious Center, is a “friendly, diverse community of undergraduates and graduate students engaged in an ongoing conversation about how to apply reason and science to live better lives and build better societies,” according to its page on the Office of Religious Life’s website. The group’s adviser is Bart Campolo, USC’s first Humanist Chaplain, a volunteer position he created two years ago.In his role as Humanist Chaplain, Campolo counsels students who don’t believe in God. He is on campus most days of the week, in his office at URC 203A. On any given day he interacts with about three or four students.“I’m like the rabbi/priest/minister/imam to all the students who don’t believe in God,” Campolo said. “If someone’s dad gets diagnosed with cancer and they’re trying to make sense of it, or someone’s having a hard time making friends on campus, or a senior doesn’t know what they’re going to do after they graduate, they come talk to me.”Campolo, 53, is the son of famous evangelical preacher Tony Campolo, who served as former President Bill Clinton’s spiritual adviser. Bart Campolo himself spent many years as a public and influential evangelical Christian leader, but began having doubts about his own faith. After suffering a concussion from a bike accident, he decided at age 51 that he no longer believed in God. He has since devoted himself to secular humanism, which he defines as “creating a community where people pursue love and goodness collectively on the basis of reason.”“My position is supervised by the dean of religious life because he wants me here,” Campolo said. “The dean understands that I’m trying to help students answer some of life’s ultimate questions using science and reason instead of supernaturalism, but that I’m still a religious leader. I’m still pursuing: ‘Where do we come from? What happens when we die? What’s the basis of good and evil? What makes something right or wrong? How do you make the most of this life? How do you deal with your finitude in the midst of a huge universe?’”A recent Pew Research Center study found that more Americans than ever are increasingly becoming less religious, especially millennials. While no data currently exists for how many people on campus are religious versus nonreligious according to the Office of Religious Life, Campolo said his anecdotal experience tells him that about half of the students he talks to around campus don’t identify with a religion or don’t believe in God.“How many people here believe in a magical god who actually intervenes in the lives of human beings? I’m going to guess about 40 to 50 percent,” Campolo said. “USC tends to skew more towards the religious, and yet, the faculty is a whole other story. Very few professors are people of faith, and yet very many of them are professors because they want to contribute to the advancement of life.”Campolo said that his goal on campus is not to criticize religions or religious people, but rather to create a positive community for those who don’t happen to believe in God.“A lot of atheist groups I researched had very negative agendas,” said Campolo. “They were like, ‘Let’s talk about another reason it’s stupid to believe in God,’ or ‘Let’s really focus on the separation of church and state because I’m sick of ‘In God we trust’ on the currency.’ You can’t build a movement around all this negative stuff. Ridiculing religion only gets people to double down. Maybe it’d be better if we go build a community where people could pursue love and goodness in a rational way and don’t have to believe in anything.”Now in his third year as Humanist Chaplain, Campolo has found that many students are discovering and valuing his services.“USC is a big, busy place,” Campolo said. “A lot of people don’t feel like they have a lot of friends on campus. They don’t feel connected. They don’t feel like anybody really cares.”That’s why Campolo and his wife started hosting dinners for the secular community on campus in the URC dining room every other Sunday, a tradition that continues this semester.“Since ‘non-religious’ is the fastest growing demographic in the United States, we think it’s important that a community like this exists to bring us together to pursue goodness without a god, which for many people is a novel concept,” said Katie Bolton, a junior majoring in environmental studies and NGOs and social change who serves as one of the leaders of the Secular Student Fellowship. “Bart is a true pioneer of this movement; he is able to inspire people like few others. I hope that more people will have the chance to know him like I do, because he has something to offer everyone. He just beams goodness to all who cross his path.”Fellow SSF leader Joseph Krieger, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering, said having a Humanist Chaplain and a secular student organization on campus is “a huge comfort.”“There are so many people on campus who don’t believe in a god, but want to have conversations about how to make the world a better place, either through improving interpersonal relationships or supporting causes that we believe in,” Krieger said. “Bart’s intuition, foresight and understanding of how people think make him a master of relationships.”Campolo is also working with Irshad Manji, a senior fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, to create a chapter of her Moral Courage Project on campus.Filmmaker John Wright is currently wrapping up a documentary about Campolo’s relationship with his father Tony following the revelation that he was no longer a Christian. The film, With Whom I Am Well Pleased, is expected to be released by the end of the year. The two Campolos are also working on a book together based on the same idea, due out early next year.“All these religions have endured for thousands of years, not because their narratives make any sense at all, because they don’t, but because they get together every week, they have cool rituals, they sing really well and they take care of each other,” Campolo said. “They endure despite their crazy narratives, not because of them. Secular humanists have a much better narrative, and every fact that gets discovered affirms that narrative. But we’ve got to build a better community.”last_img read more

Female Development World Organization Presents: Protect the Children Charity Gala

first_imgMiami, FL – On the evening of January 18, 2020 the Female Development World Organization (FDWO) will host its annual Protect the Children Charity Gala in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The expectation for this event is to continue to generate awareness and bring ambassadors together to show support of the organization’s mission to protect our children and to benefit the progression of the FDWO through fundraising efforts. Some of the event highlights include Mr. Rodney Harris – Vice Mayor, City of Miami Gardens as the designated keynote speaker. Also, various award recipients such as: Oliver Mair, Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami; Shannan Ighodaro, Author& CEO Oracle Public Relations, Joseph Madalon, Madalon Law Firm, Major Timothy Belcher, City of North Miami Police Department and Karina Gonzalez – March, Attorney at Law Florida Healthcare Law Firm. The program will also feature a special guest appearance by the youth models of “Jay Fits” who will showcase a fashion show entitled “Protecting the Children, Showing Love through Accessories & Fits”.The FDWO was established in 2013, by current Miami Gardens mayoral candidate, Ms. Lavern Deer. The FDWO has positively impacted victims and survivors of human trafficking and abuse in both the U.S. and Jamaica. The organization’s mission is to make a difference in the minds ofadults and youth alike, which are all affected by this global crisis. In addition, Ms. Deer has strategically implemented a “Pathway to Change” within the FDWO which includes programs designed to help survivors to recondition their mind, body and soul. Such programs include: Community Outreach, Health Services, Innovative Education Programs, Athletic Programs, International Foundation Relationship Program (IFRP), Helping to Make a Difference Partnership Program (HMDPP) and a Mentorship Program. Through this initiative local municipalities such as the city of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Margate, Miami Gardens, Tamarac and North Miami Beach have supported FDWO by hosting town halls and symposiums in an effort to build awareness for residences and city officials. The FDWO founder Ms. Deer shares, “It was my calling to start this organization; it was an opportunity to implement a plan of action for my community youth in effort to decrease and bring awareness to the crisis of human trafficking and abuse.”The FDWO has taken its mission a step further by working with Florida Legislators to propose language for the Human Trafficking Education in Schools Bill. The pending bill encourages an Act of Congress relating to comprehensive health education in public middle and high schools. The course will include information such as teen dating violence and abuse related to unhealthy relationships, mental and emotional health, internet safety, the benefits of sexual abstinence, prevention and control of diseases, substance abuse, etc. As a supporter of the bill, Senator Perry Thurston shares, “its imperative that we educate our children on the topic of human trafficking and abuse. This has become a major crisis not only locally but all over the world. In 2016, Official of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability reported 2,013 cases of child sexual exploitation, 96% of the victims were females. [Over the past year] this number has increased drastically; we have to take extra precaution to protect our community youth, that’s the priority of this bill”. Currently, the bill is successfully moving through the Senate. The FDWO hopes the bill will make its way through the house in the near future.Event and Organization Logistics:To purchase tickets to FDWO’s Protect the Children Charity Gala please visit:www.tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/FDWOTicket pricing: $100 Per PersonFor more information on the event or to make a donation to FDWO visit:www.FDWO.orgContact Lavern Deer at (754) 715- 3206last_img read more

Hockey:Trustees stretch lead in hockey league

first_imgHockey League leaders, Trustees of SSNIT, recovered twice to beat second Golden Sticks of the Ghana Commercial Bank, 3-2 to open a five-point gap at the top last Saturday.It was a drama-filled match at the ongoing Dwadifo Adanfo Greater Accra Hockey League at the National Hockey Stadium.Former Africa Best Youth Player, Jonny Botsio, scored a classic winner on the stroke of full time but two players, Prince Morrison of Golden Sticks and Emmanuel Obeng of Trustees, had to be rushed to hospital after a reckless clash.The rumour was rife even before push-off, where key players of Trustees were reported sick, which nearly caused the cancellation of the match. SWAG Player of the Year, Salya Insalbini, number one goalkeeper, Eugene Acheampong, and defender, Samuel Afari all sat out of the match due to sudden illness but their absence ironically gingered the boys to stretch their lead.Playmaker Joseph Appiah lived up to the hype to open the score for Golden Sticks on seven minutes but it was cancelled two minutes later by Mathew Damalie setting the stage for a crack game.Appiah was on hand again on the 18th minute from a similar field’s goal but their joy was blown off on the 48th and 70th minutes when substitute Frederick Darko and lead striker, Botsio, scored to deflate Golden Sticks. The win takes Trustees to 15 points ahead of Golden Sticks who have 10 points, and Police, seven.The Police versus Exchequers match was called off due to the passing out of some new recruits in Kumasi.Isaac Moses, Ebenezer Frimpong and Kenneth Nyame all scored to give the Ghana Revenue Authority (CEPS) men’s team a gleeful 3-0 win over Reformers of the Prisons Service while Real Ambassadors thrashed Tema Youth 4-0.last_img read more