Feast day honors St. Francis

first_imgThe Notre Dame community will celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi today with a special mass, a movie showing, a blessing in the chapel of Breen-Phillips Hall and treats in the dining halls. Duncan Hall rector Terry Fitzgibbons helped plan the days event to honor St. Francis, who is the patron saint of animals and the environment. Fitzgibbons said Heather Rakoczy Russell, associate vice-president for residential life, knew of his interest in the environment and social justice, and asked him to be the representative for the Office of Student Affairs on the University’s Energy and Environmental Issues committee. “The environment’s something that’s always been important to me, and at the same time my faith has been important to me,” he said. “I don’t view them as separate, the two go hand in hand. … This is God’s earth, and we’re supposed to take care of it.” The daily 5:15 p.m. Mass in the Basilica will honor the feast day. Fr. Paul Coleman, director of the Center of Social Concerns, will preside at the Mass. Following the mass, the movie “Sun Come Up” will screen in the Jordan Hall of Science, Fitzgibbons said. “It’s a story about … climate refugees,” Fitzgibbons said. “[The people in the film] basically have no place to live anymore, due to rising sea levels, and this [film] follows their story.” Fitzgibbons then said moviegoers can attend a forum after the film to talk about the Catholic standpoint on the environment. “We’re going to have a discussion, prayer [and] reflection afterwards,” Fitzgibbons said. “With sustainability, ecology, environment, climate stuff … sometimes it can tend to be statistic-oriented, number-oriented. The idea is to spiritualize the environment and ecology because stewardship of the earth is part of our Catholic teaching. It’s not just a hobby we tree-huggers are into, but a part of our Catholic faith.” Fitzgibbons said he hopes the Mass, film and discussion lead to a deeper sense of awareness on environmental issues and how they can be integrated into faith. “Once you make it part of our faith, it’s something we have to take seriously. … We hope students, faculty and staff will join us for this and also be part of the conversation,” he said. “We want to not just end with the film, but moving forward, what are ways we can make the issues of ecology, environment, sustainability [and] climate … more personal, more spiritual?” Other meaningful questions can be addressed in the context of these events, Fitzgibbons said. “What can we do practically for people, like the people in the film who are affected by climate change?” he said. “But also, what can we do on campus, what can we do in our faith lives, to make this more meaningful?” The feast of St. Francis is the perfect time to bring these concerns to light, Fitzgibbons said. “I think the feast of St. Francis is the natural way to tie [faith and the environment] in, with Mass, with the discussion of the film, to tie it in and make it very personal and spiritual,” he said. Breen-Phillips Hall will also hold a prayer service Thursday in the dorm’s St. Francis of Assisi Chapel to celebrate the feast day of its namesake. Breen-Phillips Hall’s liturgical commissioner Kate Lang said the prayer service will also focus on faith and the environment. “One of the Masters of Divinity students [Collen Mayer] is going to give a small reflection on St. Francis and the environment,” Lang said. “One of the students who graduated in 2009 made a marble plaque of St. Francis, and during the prayer service we are going to bless it.” The plaque will then be hung in Breen-Phillips Hall’s chapel. The prayer service will continue the theme of St. Francis of Assisi, she said, with the opening song “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace,” which is based on the Prayer of St. Francis. “The Canticle of the Sun,” written by St. Francis, will also be read, Lang said. In addition to the religious events commemorating the feast of St. Francis on campus, the dining halls will serve special nature-themed desserts at dinner.last_img read more

VEDA approves $17.4 million in financing

first_imgVermont Business Magazine During the most recent quarter, the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved over $17.4 million in financing for economic and agricultural development projects throughout Vermont totaling $30.2 million. Projects include: $1.5 million to Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley (CHSLV) in Morrisville; $240,000 as partial financing to Flex-A-Seal, Inc in Essex Junction; $371,000 to Cynosure, Inc, a non-profit affiliate of Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC); $78,253 to Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC); $808,042 to VRS Solar, LLC; $150,000 to Hunter and Hand Solar, LLC; $1.6 million to purchase The Stone Hill Inn in Stowe; $1 million to support the 40-year old Village Cannery of Vermont; $50,000 in working capital to Mamava, Inc in Burlington; $1.25 million to purchase and renovation of Highland Lodge in Greensboro; $250,000 for J Lev, Inc, Shelburne; and $350,000 to New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), Inc in Brattleboro.”VEDA is pleased to provide financing that will help manufacturing, agricultural and small business projects move forward with their growth plans,” said Jo Bradley, the Authority’s CEO. “In addition, a community health center will expand, and several renewable energy and start-up initiatives will also receive VEDA financing.”Projects approved by VEDA for financing assistance include:$1.5 million to Community Health Services of Lamoille Valley (CHSLV) in Morrisville as partial financing for a $6.5 million project to construct a new state-of-the-art medical facility adjacent to the community health organization’s existing building. The new structure will house Appleseed Pediatrics, and other support services including Behavioral Health, case management and telehealth. Union Bank is also providing financing for the project, which will help CHSLV greatly expand and better meet the needs of the community. CHSLV expects to increase employment within three years from 132 to 138 positions; and$240,000 as partial financing to Flex-A-Seal, Inc. in Essex Junction to purchase new production equipment and fit up a new leased facility which will provide greater growth capacity for the company. People’s United Bank is also providing financing for the $600,000 expansion project. Established in 1983, Flex-A-Seal produces many types of sealing products used in industries including hydrocarbon processing, chemical and food processing, potable water, and drug manufacturing. Flex-A-Seal employs 101 persons, a number expected to grow within three years to 116.Through VEDA’s Local Development Corporation Loan Program, which provides financing to nonprofit local and regional development corporations to build facilities for lease to identified eligible tenants, or to plan and/or develop industrial parks, VEDA approved:$371,000 to Cynosure, Inc., a non-profit affiliate of Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC), for the purchase and installation of new HVAC systems in its building in the Catamount Industrial Park in Milton. The building is leased to Champlain Valley Dispensary, Inc., a State-licensed non-profit distributor of medical cannabis since June of 2013. The renovation will allow the company to build out and increase its production space. Within three years, Champlain Valley Dispensary expects to increase employment from 30 to 49 positions; and$78,253 to Springfield Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) for capital improvements to the Robert S. Jones Center in Springfield that will make the property safer and more attractive to existing and potential future tenants. The project will include construction of ADA accessibility features, sidewalk and paving improvements, exterior lighting upgrades, and a new entry roof.Agricultural loans totaling over $8.2 million also were approved through the Authority’s agricultural loan program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), which provides financing for Vermont farmers, agricultural facilities and forest product businesses.Close to $1.6 million in Energy Financing was approved for several commercial and agricultural solar energy installation projects which together will produce enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 237 average households, and reduce CO2 emissions by 948 tons each year.  Approved financings include:$808,042 to VRS Solar, LLC to partially fund construction of a 420 kW net metered solar array in Shoreham; and$150,000 to Hunter and Hand Solar, LLC to partially refund costs associated with development of a net metered 106.7 kW solar array on the roof of the Fisher School in Arlington. Loans totaling over $1.3 million were approved through the Authority’s Small Business Loan Program, which assists growing Vermont small businesses that are unable to access adequate sources of conventional financing.  Approved loans include:$500,000 as partial financing for the $1.6 million purchase The Stone Hill Inn in Stowe. Stone Hill Inn is a 10-room Bed & Breakfast located on 9 acres on the Mountain Road. Union Bank is also providing financing for the project;$300,000 in working capital as part of a $1 million project to support the 40-year old Village Cannery of Vermont’s fast-growing organic apple cider vinegar business in Barre. Ledyard Bank is also providing financing for the growth project. Within three years, Village Cannery hopes to increase employment from 20 to 25 jobs; and$50,000 in working capital to Mamava, Inc. in Burlington, designer and developer of the first and only free-standing kiosk-type lactation suites for nursing mothers on the go. Mamava has installed approximately 100 of these units in public spaces throughout the U.S. such as airports, arenas/stadiums, colleges, convention centers, government buildings, hospitals and malls. The working capital project will help the business grow employment within three years from five to ten jobs.Approved financings through VEDA’s Vermont 504 Loan Program which, with SBA’s approval, makes SBA 504 loans to eligible and qualified borrowers, include:$380,000 as partial financing for the $1.25 million purchase and renovation of Highland Lodge in Greensboro. Operating since 1926, the Highland Lodge is a 10-room Bed & Breakfast with a 60-seat restaurant and commercial kitchen, owner’s quarters and ten cabins located on136 acres of land on Caspian Lake. Community National Bank is also providing financing for the project. Through VEDA’s Entrepreneurial Loan Program, which provides financing to meet the working capital and capital-asset financing needs of Vermont-based businesses that may not have access to conventional means of financing, the Authority approved financing for:J Lev, Inc., Shelburne – Doing business as J Skis, this alpine ski designer and online retailer is an early-stage company. With the help of $250,000 in VEDA financing, J Skis was able to produce inventory for the 2016-2017 ski season featuring new twin tip skis that the business sells exclusively online direct to consumers at Jskis.com.VEDA also approved $700,000 in financing through the Windham County Economic Development Program, for which VEDA acts as the administrative partner to provide loans for eligible projects that stimulate job creation and strengthen the economic development infrastructure of Windham County. Loans approved are:$350,000 to New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), Inc. in Brattleboro as part of a $2.5 million project to construct a new 8,600 square foot facility with a 38 foot ceiling. Founded in 2007 as a non-profit, NECCA has become a center for circus arts, annually serving over 2,000 individuals of all ages and skills in classes and Outreach programs, and has built an international reputation as a leader for professional level performance training. NECCA currently rents several facilities for its program work, and the new facility will help the Center attract the highest level of professional and aspiring circus arts students and performers. VEDA approved an additional Direct Loan of $391,866 for the project and Brattleboro Savings is also providing financing. The Center estimates employment there will increase from fifteen to eighteen jobs within three years of the expansion project; and$350,000 in working capital to SchoolHack Solutions, Inc, designers of an educational software platform to help schools monitor students’ personalized learning plans. The working capital will enable the business to hire in-house software developers and customer service representatives to expand product offerings and professional services to schools. The start-up business now employs nine persons, a number principals expect to increase to thirteen within three years of the project.About VEDA The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s nonprofit economic development finance lender. Created by the Vermont General Assembly in 1974, VEDA’s mission is “to contribute to the creation and retention of quality jobs in Vermont by providing loans and other financial support to eligible and qualified Vermont industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises.”VEDA offers a wide range of low-cost lending options for Vermont businesses and farms of all sizes, and the Authority’s lending solutions are customized to each borrower’s individual needs. Whether in the form of direct loans, tax-exempt bond issuance or loan guarantee support, VEDA’s innovative financing programs help ensure that Vermont businesses and farms have the capital they need to grow and succeed. VEDA most often lends in conjunction with banks and other financing partners, helping to stimulate economic development activity in Vermont.  Since inception, VEDA has provided over $2.288 billion in financing assistance to thousands of eligible Vermont entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses, family farms, and agricultural enterprises.   VEDA has five offices throughout Vermont – in Montpelier, Burlington, Middlebury, St. Johnsbury and Brattleboro. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-JOBS.Source: VEDA 12.6.2016last_img read more

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What business is your brand in?

first_imgThere are an untold number of ways in which we could talk about the concept of branding. We can discuss brand equity, brand power, brand messaging, personal branding, etc. Branding is as hot a topic as ever, with new articles, books and messages arriving daily.Odds are, you put an lot of time, money, effort and energy into your credit union brand. Whether it’s one person, a team or you outsource the branding, having professionals dedicated to the art and function of branding is critical in today’s competitive marketplace. But — have you ever really stopped to think about the business your brand is in?This is a critical question to consider, regardless of the nature of the business. It applies as equally to credit unions as it does to butchers, bakers and candlestick makers. What do you consider to be the most important job of your brand? Is it promotion? Is it awareness? Is it hip and cool messaging to attract new members? Is it spicing up collateral materials like websites, brochures and lobby graphics?All these things are important parts of branding but not truly the core business your brand is in. At its center,branding is the art of storytelling crafted in such a way as to share the culture of your credit union and its commitment to both members of the community at large.Following are a few ways in which your credit union brand can help live up to this deeper branding message of culture and commitment.Expect your employees to live the brand every day. Marketing gurus come up with terrific branding ideas, but the implementation and display of those ideas lies strongly with your front-line staff. If front-line staff are not living the brand, it is a failed promise. For example, if your branding efforts include a specific order of targeted questions to help staff better serve member needs and they fail to ask those questions, the underlying brand message is diluted. The business of your brand is people.Communicate the brand to staff and members on a regular basis. You must come to see every interaction with staff and members as an opportunity to share and empower the brand message. Every teller transaction, every team meeting, every community event — use these as irreplaceable moments to build the brand. The business of your brand is consistency.Fully integrate your brand. Branding is never just a logo, colors or a catchy message. For your branding to be successful, it must filter up and out into every aspect of your credit union. This includes how you answer the phones, how you reply to emails, how you interact via social media channels, even things as simple as dress code and outgoing email signatures. If every aspect of your credit union is not deeply ingrained with the overall brand message, you’re missing out. The business of your brand is integration.Sometimes it’s tempting to think of branding in terms that limit its power. However, credit unions successful in their branding efforts recognize it is better to look at branding in much larger terms. The business of your brand is people, consistency and integration. More importantly, the business of your brand is storytelling. At every opportunity it shares who you are as a credit union and why both members and potential members can benefit from a relationship with you. Leverage the business of branding in this way to help build your credit union. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Detailslast_img read more

October 1, 2006 On the Move

first_imgOctober 1, 2006 On the Move On the Move Wesley E. Trombley joined Trombley & Hanes in Tampa. Rachel Albritton Lunsford was named a partner in Albritton & Associates Lawyers, and the firm will be known as Albritton & Lunsford Lawyers, PA. Lunsford focuses her practice in probate, wills and trusts, estate planning, corporate and real estate matters. Sandra Gordon joined Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed as an of counsel attorney. Her practice areas include corporate and securities and mergers and acquisitions. Kate Lynn opened The Law Offices of Kate Lynn PC in The Sovereign Building at 609 Hamilton Mall, Ste. #1, Allentown, PA 18101. The telephone number is (610) 435-7770, and the fax number is (610) 419-4699. Her Pennsylvania firm practices family law, personal injury civil litigation, and criminal defense. Tricia A. Shackelford joined Woodward, Hobson & Fulton’s Lexington, Kentucky office, where she will practice in the area of business organizations with her primary areas of practice to include health and corporate law. Jonathan T. Brand joined Berger Singerman as an associate. He will be a member of the business reorganization team resident in the firm’s Miami office. Carlotta J. Roos and Jennifer L. Coffey have joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius ’ labor & employment practice. Brian Greenspoon has joined Greenspoon Marder’s Ft. Lauderdale office as an associate, and his practice areas include commercial real estate, condominium law, and corporate and business law. Eric T. Halsey has joined The Law Offices of Sheftall & Torres as an associate. Frank Silva became in-house general counsel for Shoma Development Corporation. Jennifer E. Simpson joined Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs as an associate in the Boca Raton office. R. Alan Higbee and David A. Gemunder are joining Shutts & Bowen as partners; also joining the firm are Sally T. Woodward and Andrew Fruit. Arthur R. “Randy” Brown, Jr., opened the Law Office of Randy Brown on 851 N. Donnelly St., Ste. 6 in Mount Dora, 32757. The telephone number is (352) 508-4237. Brown will practice labor and employment law and related litigation. Jonathan P. Kilman, Alec D. Russell, and Cheryl Thompson have become shareholders with GrayRobinson. Patrick J. Lannon joined White & Case as counsel in its private clients practice in Miami. Lannon focuses on trusts and estates law. Robert C. Buschel joined Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler in Ft. Lauderdale as a partner concentrating on criminal defense, white collar business litigation, and appeals. Judith A. Silver joined Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler in Ft. Lauderdale as a partner concentrating on technology law, commercial transactions, and intellectual property. Lorianne K. Trewick joined Berger Singerman as an associate. Trewick will be a member of the firm’s dispute resolution team in Ft. Lauderdale. Maria T. Currier, Alberto M. Hernandez, and Roberto Pupo joined Holland & Knight’s health law team. Tina M. Talarchyk joined Squire, Sanders & Dempsey as of counsel in the West Palm Beach office. David Goodwin joined the Miami office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Arthur Garcia, Jr., established the Law Offices of Arthur Garcia, Jr., P.A. located at 12555 Orange Dr., Ste. 261, Davie, 33330. The telephone number is (954) 862-1483, and Garcia will be concentrating in the area of civil litigation. The Health Care District of Palm Beach County announces the appointment of Nicholas W. Romanello to the position of in-house counsel. Allison Grant joined Shapiro, Blasi, Wasserman, & Gora in Boca Raton as an associate and will practice commercial litigation. Donald P. Dufresne joined Greenspoon Marder’s West Palm office, and his practice areas include residential and commercial real estate, business law, real estate law, planning and zoning, and equine law Marc Brody has joined Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart as a corporate attorney in the West Palm Beach office. Brody concentrates his practice in general corporate law and federal and state taxation. Laurinda H. Martins joined Fieldstone Lester Shear & Denberg in Miami as an associate in the firm’s commercial real estate department. Erika A. Young joined the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw as an associate practicing labor and employment law. Jan F. Majewski joined Holland & Knight as senior program manager, training and development. Jung Yoon joined Donnelly & Gross in Gainesville as an associate and will represent businesses and corporations in employment law and labor organizations in public sector labor law. Steven M. Harper joined Harper Meyer. Harper’s practice areas include commercial transactions. Bruce R. Duggar formed Bruce R. Duggar, P.A., at 8596 Arlington Expressway, Jacksonville 32211. The phone number is (904) 725-0905, and the firm will concentrate on elder law, estates, wills, trusts, and probate. W. Chad Williard and Jeffrey M. Flanagan became of-counsel with Zumpano Patricios & Winker for land use and zoning matters. Williard and Flanagan will also continue to maintain their own practice at Carlos Williard & Flanagan, P.A., focusing on land use, zoning and governmental affairs. Fox Rothschild is merging with Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman in New Jersey. The combined practice will continue under the name Fox Rothschild LLP. Sarah Lahlou-Amine joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as an associate. Alfred J. Stashis, Jr., joined Dunwoody White & Landon in Naples. Sunny A. Lim joined Stovash, Case & Tingley as an associate. Kimberly E. Lorenz and Andrew J. Gorman joined Fisher, Rushmer, Werrenrath, Dickson, Talley & Dunlap as new associates. David I. Wynne joined Bavol Judge as an associate. Anthony Guarisco and Sharon James joined The Law Offices of Don Pumphrey. Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs merged with Berrocal & Wilkins and will practice under the name Jones Foster Johnston & Stubbs with West Palm Beach and Jupiter offices. Scott A. Kuhn opened the Kuhn Law Firm in Ft. Myers that will concentrate on real estate law, family law, litigation, probate/estate planning and business matters. Michael A. Gold joined Walters Levine Klingensmith & Thomison where he will be practicing in the areas of criminal defense, construction, and business litigation. Fowler White Boggs Banker relocated its Orlando office to the SunTrust Center at 200 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1950. Robert K. Savage, Jeffrey L. Hinds, and Christopher K. Vogel joined Bricklemyer Smolker & Bolves in Tampa. Kurt L. Barch joined deBeaubien, Knight, Simmons, Mantzaris & Neal. Giorgio Vallar joined Fowler White Boggs Banker as a shareholder and will practice in the real estate practice group. Nicole L. Goetz joined Asbell, Ho, & Klaus as a shareholder; the firm’s name is now Asbell, Ho, Klaus & Goetz, P.A. Brent A. Gordon joined Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & Wein’s litigation department. Kinberg & Associates moved to 1290 W. Eau Gallie Blvd in Melbourne, 32935. The telephone number is (321) 259-1910 and the fax number is (850) 259-1996. Brian D. Tadros and Abhishek G. Shah joined Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson’s Orlando office as associates. David C. Goodwin changed his address to Shook, Hardy & Bacon Miami Center, Ste. 2400, 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33132. October 1, 2006 On the Movelast_img read more


first_img December 1, 2006 Regular News Clarification Clarification David Edward Olson of New Port Richey, whose disbarment was reported in the November 15 News, should not be confused with criminal defense lawyer David William Olson of West Palm Beach, who has been a member in good standing for 24 years and has never been disciplined by the Bar.last_img

News Scan for Jul 12, 2016

first_imgResearchers find Zika persists in female genital tractA French research team yesterday reported the first known detection of Zika virus in the genital tract of an infected woman, along with signs that it persists there after it clears from blood and urine. The team, from Guadeloupe and Toulouse, reported its findings in a letter to The Lancet Infectious Diseases.The 27-year-old woman was sick in May, and a rapid blood test was positive for Zika virus. She was being monitored for oocyte preservation as part of Guadeloupe’s protocol for women with infertility in the Zika setting, but the stimulation process was halted, based in her illness, and she was advised to practice safe sex and regularly use condoms.Her genital swab, endocervical swab, and cervical mucus sample were all positive for Zika virus RNA on day 3 of her illness. However, on day 11 when blood and urine tests were negative, her cervical mucus sample was still positive for Zika RNA.The researchers said though it’s not known if infectious virus was present, the findings have implications for sexual transmission from women to men and vertical transmission from a mother to her fetus.Jul 11 Lancet Infect Dis letter USDA to share food safety data regularly on data.govThe US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced yesterday plans to share huge amounts of food safety information on the government Web site, Data.gov. The information will be updated quarterly and is meant to increase both agency transparency and consumer information.”Consumers want more information about the foods they are purchasing, and sharing these details can give them better insight into food production and inspection, and help them make informed purchasing decisions,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza in a Jul 11 press release.FSIS said it has worked on developing a web platform for sharing the data points for more than 6,000 meat, poultry, and egg facilities for 7 years in response to President Obama’s “Open Government Plan.” This is the first time the agency will be routinely sharing establishment-specific data with the public.The data sets will show results from chemical residue testing, advocated meat recovery testing, results from Salmonella and Campylobacter testing in poultry, and results for Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli and Salmonella in meat. FSIS will also release test results for Listeria and Salmonella in ready-to-eat products and processed egg products.Jul 11 USDA news release China notes new H7N9 avian flu case, 3 new deaths; outbreak hits 800China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (HFPC) today reported a new H7N9 avian flu case in June, bringing the country’s total for that month to seven cases. Officials added that three previously reported patients have died, according to an HFPC report translated by FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board.The newly reported infection expands the outbreak to 800 cases since the first case was confirmed in China in 2013, according to a list maintained by FluTrackers.The agency did not specify which province the newly reported case was in, nor did it provide details on the patient. The HFPC report simply listed 7 cases, including 7 that were fatal. FluTrackers had earlier already noted 6 of the cases, 3 in Hebei province and 1 each in Jiangsu, Liaoning, and Zhejiang.The HFPC noted that 5 of the 7 cases proved fatal, whereas earlier reports listed only 2 fatalities among the 6 that FluTrackers had noted.Jul 12 FluTrackers post FluTrackers H7N9 case listlast_img read more

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris Shares FBI National Academy Experience With Rotary Members

first_imgHe also completed the “yellow brick road”, a 6.1-mile grueling run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net and much more. He explained that his participation in the academy resulted from a commission in 1935 that reported a need for a national standard for police officers. A career in law enforcement was always something Morris said he aspired to do. He credited this aspiration to a deputy sheriff from his hometown. He  explained as a young kid growing up in a small farming  community in California his family didn’t have a lot of money but his mother worked to buy him a bike. By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post kirsten@ladailypost.com “That really stuck with me on being a police officer … I always like to share the story because it was somebody who impacted my life to want to be a police officer,” Morris said. “I think being a police officer is the best job.” During the academy, Morris traveled to New York City and visited the New York Police Department (NYPD) Police One Plaza headquarters. The academy evolved to become a global network. In fact, Morris said he met law enforcement officials from Cambodia, Kenya, Thailand, Denmark, Uganda and other countries. To sum it up, Morris, who also is a Rotarian, said, “It was a good experience.” “What was interesting was even though we might not have been well off this particular family was even less well off than us,” Morris said “I think he just had a really big heart for that family and he didn’t charge the kid, he just made it a learning experience. It was a big learning experience for me to ride over there with him and face that head on.” His class also raised $21,000 in a single night, which was donated to a cops program and the Special Olympics. Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris discusses his experience at the FBI National Academy. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris discusses his experience at the FBI National Academy during a talk Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com center_img “We just saw a need to have more of a net of law enforcement,” Morris said. The work, it seems, was worth it. “I’m so blessed to have this experience. I couldn’t have done without (my family),” Morris said. He added that one night those attending the academy cooked meals from their home countries. It was an opportunity, Morris said, to introduce peers to their cultures. However, his bike was stolen, which devastated him, Morris said. But, the deputy sheriff was able to track down the bike and drove Morris to the kid’s house to retrieve it. After finding them, the deputy sheriff took the kids to his own home, his wife fed and bathed them and the two children were given to child protection services the following day. To get into the academy, Morris said he applied a few years ago and was nominated to attend the academy by a FBI agent from the Albuquerque office. The application process was lengthy; Morris said his entire background was looked at. Later, Morris said he was on another ride with the deputy sheriff when a fellow deputy found a truck and a woman on methamphetamines who had abandoned her young children in that truck for more than two days. Morris said the toddlers hadn’t eaten and if it wasn’t for the deputy patrolling the highway they wouldn’t have been found. For 10 weeks Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and on Tuesday shared his experiences with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. During the 10-week program, Morris took several courses, which touched on a variety of topics including body cameras, rapid DNA, emotional intelligence, wellness and vitality and communication and media relations.last_img read more

Roadside Art: ‘Play Space’ Near NASA Headquarters

first_imgPlay SPACE: Just outside of NASA Headquarters near Houston, Texas, the McDonald’s has a spaceman on the roof peering down on patrons as they enter the building. This McDonald’s gives a new meaning to play space in the restaurant. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comlast_img

LSRPA Gets New Board Member (USA)

first_imgScott Drew, L.S.R.P., a senior environmental scientist and an Associate of Geosyntec Consultants based in New Jersey, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA).This professional organization of more than 500 members incorporated in 2009 in response to the creation of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional certification under the New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA). The act moved the direct supervision of site remediation projects from case managers with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to LSRPs.These independent professionals are responsible for conducting such work with the objective of expediting site closure. LSRPs have an obligation to protect public health and safety and the environment, as well as the authority to review and approve investigation and remediation work plans, develop closure documents, and exercise professional judgment to efficiently move sites through the assessment and remediation process to closure.The mission of the LSRPA is to advance the LSRP profession, acting as an educational and technical resource and assisting its membership to use standards of care and informed professional judgment when performing the work of a LSRP in protecting public health, safety and the environment. The organization works closely with NJDEP officials and other regulatory agencies on issues related to the continued evolution of the SRRA.Mr. Drew has been an LSRP since 2010 and has been a member of the LSRPA Steering Committee for the past two years. He has been a member of the association’s Regulatory Outreach Committee and has represented the LSRPA on two NJDEP stakeholders committees responsible for developing technical guidance for vapor intrusion investigations and evaluating contaminated groundwater discharges to surface water.Mr Drew is a frequent presenter at conferences and technical training sessions in New Jersey on the technical and regulatory aspects of conducting vapor intrusion investigations. He currently serves as an LSRP for 12 project sites.Press Release, January 15, 2014last_img read more