Brandon Kitchin Nelson Mandela’s former prison guard visits campus to reflect on their unlikely friendship Linkedin Campus organizations to host ‘Black Panther’ screening, discussion printSome TCU students in the Society of Women Engineers put on their hard hats to join Fort Worth volunteers in building one man a new home.Elizabeth Torres, a junior mechanical engineering major and SWE vice president of external affairs, helped organize the group’s involvement with the event.“We really try to do a lot of outreach and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), but from time to time, we just do some other volunteer [events] together like Habitat for Humanity,” she said.Members of the Society of Women Engineers working on the house on East Morphy and Stewart in the Hillside neighborhood of Fort Worth. (Brandon Kitchin/TCU360)Through the Habitat building process, families are able to earn a house through sweat equity rather than paying a down payment on a mortgage. The term “sweat equity” refers to people working their payment off by laboring on their own home and neighbors’ homes as well as taking 250 hours of homeownership classes.Mark Rummel, a Trinity Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator, said this process helps families who need a home but couldn’t afford one.“It’s a hand up, not a hand down,” added Gary Baxter, a volunteer at the site. “We’re not giving them the house; they’re earning the house.”SWE volunteers worked on a home for Nikabou Nadjombe who came to America from Togo, a country in West Africa, almost four years ago.Nikabou Nadjombe, the future homeowner of the house SWE volunteered to work on. (Brandon Kitchin/TCU360)Giving back to the community is an important focus to the women of SWE.“Not many women get recognition for their part in the engineering community,” said Kara Lasater, a junior mechanical engineering major and SWE outreach coordinator. “It’s an honor to represent TCU and women in science through acts of service. I love being a part of an organization that represents a lesser known group of people and actively tries to improve the lives of others.”At the national level, The Society of Women Engineers is a non-profit and service organization that was founded in 1950. Currently, the organization has over 35,000 members at the collegiate and professional levels.This house is one of several being built in the Hillside and Morningside neighborhoods. Habitat plans to build at least 10 new homes there by the end of the year.The organization also plans to build at least the same number of houses in both the Como and Carver Heights neighborhoodsRummel said Habitat for Humanity plans to continue to build at this rate in each of these three communities for the next five to six years.TCU SWE has worked with Habitat for similar projects in the past. For them, it’s an annual outing.“It’s an amazing chance to tangibly give back to the surrounding community of Fort Worth,” Lasater said. “As an engineering student, I find working on a build as fascinating as it is fulfilling.”Nadjombe will have a new home by August, an accomplishment he will have earned with hard work and a helping hand from the community. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Brandon Kitchinhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brandon-kitchin/ Linkedin ReddIt ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated’ writer visits campus, talks media coverage on Nike, Kaepernick ad Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Brandon Kitchinhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brandon-kitchin/ Twitter Brandon Kitchinhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brandon-kitchin/ Memorial to commemorate MLK Jr. to come to downtown Fort Worth Brandon Kitchin is a junior Journalism major and TCU 360 line editor from Grand Prairie, Texas. If you ever get the chance to meet him, he is such a positive person that you might just have your day made. You can find him in the loudest section of the Amon G. Carter Stadium or on the field at halftime with “The Pride Of TCU,” the Horned Frog Marching Band. He plays bass drum for the TCU Drumline. Brandon Kitchinhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/brandon-kitchin/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Previous articleMen’s Tennis Secures outright Big 12 ChampionshipNext articleFrog Life empowers a culture of wellness on campus Brandon Kitchin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Facebook + posts
Limerick mayor must have real powers to drive transport strategy Email Print Twitter More than €1 Million allocated to Limerick homeowners this year through energy efficiency grants WhatsApp First directly elected mayor vote could take place in 2021 BusinessNewsPoliticsUnemployment in Limerick now lowest since 2008By Editor – May 8, 2017 1443 Senator Maria ByrneThe Live Register in Limerick has fallen by 15.6% since this time last year. Overall there has been a decrease of 47.2% since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.Commenting on these figures, Fine Gael Senator, Maria Byrne said: “The national unemployment rate now stands at 6.2 %, down from a peak of 15.2% in 2012, as highlighted by my colleague, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor earlier this week. The Live Register has declined by 40% nationally since we launched the Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Thankfully this is not just a national success story; Limerick is also benefitting from the trend of falling unemployment.“CSO figures show that the Live Register in Limerick has fallen by 15.6% since April last year. Overall the Live Register has decreased by 47.2% here in Limerick since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.“The number of persons on the Live Register in April 2017 is the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since October 2008.“We must ensure that this trend continues for the well-being of all our people.“In February we launched the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 to help creates jobs for all who seek one.For rural Ireland only 70% of the new jobs added in 2016 were outside Dublin and the Action Plan for 2017 will continue with this focus.“Each new job created in Limerick is another family looking forward to a brighter future. Fine Gael in Government continues to prioritise job creation, because we believe that only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to improve people’s lives here in Limerick and around the country,” Senator Byrne concluded. Facebook TAGSLive RegisterSenator Maria Byrne Previous articleThree year funding delay for LEADER projectsNext articleRemarkable day in the life of Maz and Bricks Editor Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Register in County Limerick down 64 per cent since 2011 Linkedin Process to install second MRI scanner at UHL is underway 16% drop in Limerick live register figures
Facebook New tech slated for OPD facility Local News Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Twitter By Federico Martinez – April 26, 2021 The Odessa City Council is expected to approve the purchase of more than $600,000 in new technology and furnishings for the police department’s new training facility during their 6 p.m., Tuesday council meeting.The purchase includes cutting edge virtual training technology that will “enhance crisis intervention and de-escalation training for officers,” Police Chief Mike Gerke told council during their work session this past Tuesday.The cost of the new system will be $326,471.42 and paid out of the police department’s capital outlay-buildings fund, Gerke said. The total cost includes shipping, installation of the tactical simulators and a 5-year service support agreement.An additional $142,354.30 is expected to be used to purchase more than a dozen laptops, docking stations, and 29 large, interactive TV monitors and various accessories.City council is also expected to approve the police department’s request to spend $141,221.31 on new furniture for the facility, including various tables, desks, and chairs.Council has also previously indicated it will approve a $30,000 art sculpture design, that when completed will be placed outdoors in the facility’s front entrance.The 10-foot-tall sculpture, which will weigh 4,000 lbs., portrays an abstract scene of a parent and child standing in front of a law enforcement officer, said Randy Ham, executive director of Odessa Arts. The project will be paid with capital outlay funds.“We’re excited,” Ham said. “It’s an art piece we’ve previously never seen in Odessa.”San Antonio artist Oscar Alvarado, was one of more than 40 artists who bid on the project, Ham said. Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleOC board to consider Nacero resolutionNext articleAdinvita to host Young Entrepreneur Day Federico Martinez
Vermont Businesses Recognized for Outstanding Efforts to Employ Individuals with DisabilitiesWaterbury, VT-At this month’s 5th Governor’s Summit for the Employment of People with Disabilities, eight businesses were recognized by the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD) for their efforts to promote the employment of Vermonters with physical, mental, emotional and/or other disabilities.The GCEPD, a statewide committee, offers links to employment services, awareness to employers, and advises the Governor on current issues facing individuals with disabilities who seek employment. In 1989, the GCEPD began recognizing individuals, businesses, media or municipalities that have made significant contributions to the employment of people with disabilities. Currently, over sixty Vermont businesses and individuals have been honored.The Governor’s Awards are given in four categories: Employment, Design/Accessibility, Media, and the Governor’s Award for Outstanding EffortEmployment AwardsSupported EmploymentJoel Melnick– President, Nathaniel Group Inc.–VergennesNathaniel Group has a well established culture of providing supported employment opportunities to individuals. The nominator, a parent of a young adult with significant cognitive limitations who has worked for Nathaniel Group for the past 9 years, states that Mr. Melnick has demonstrated a remarkable openness to bringing students with disabilities into his workplace and genuinely cares for workers with special abilities. His daughter has developed new friendships and a very responsible work ethic as a result of the kind, respectful, and inclusive nature of the work environment found at Nathaniel Group.Youth in TransitionColleen Mollica–Human Resources, VERMED, The Medical Sensor Company–Bellows FallsAwarded in recognition of VERMED’s strong collaborative relationship with the Occupational Development Program at Springfield High School, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Health Care and Rehabilitation Services. Through this collaboration, a number of students with disabilities have found opportunities for on the job training and work experience at VERMED, which for at least four youth has translated into a paid position following high school graduation. Ms. Mollica has shown a willingness to make accommodations for students and has allowed the students in training to feel fully part of the staff by providing VERMED jackets and tee shirts.CorporateKevin O’Brien–Store Manager, Price Chopper of BenningtonAND Price Chopper Vermont Corporate OfficesOver the past several years, Price Chopper has become a valuable partner in communities throughout Vermont. Local managers have ensured that applicants with disabilities have appropriate accommodations during the hiring process, are welcomed and supported in the workplace, and have the same opportunities for promotion and career advancement as other workers. The Price Chopper commitment and philosophy is epitomized by the practices of the Bennington Price Chopper and its store manager, Kevin O’Brien, whose particular efforts are recognized by this individual award. The Bennington Price Chopper has a long and quiet history of offering employment to persons with disabilities. The commitment of Price Chopper to the employment success of these individuals can be seen in their high level of performance. A number of individuals with disabilities have found long term employment with Price Chopper, allowing them to maintain their independence. Bennington agencies that work closely with Price Chopper to develop jobs for consumers state that the company provides solid training and supports to enable people with disabilities to succeed in the workplace.Small BusinessClaude Bouchard-Owner ,Bouchard’s Expert Automotive Repair–St. AlbansMr. Bouchard has consistently given individuals with disabilities opportunities to participate in work experiences and assessments in his business. He has hired individuals with disabilities and written letters of references for others after they have completed their experience. To paraphrase his nominator: “He has worked with some challenging people and doesn’t give up, giving them a chance to get their hands dirty and feel they have a chance in the world of work. He has fostered positive relationships for those that need them. For giving back to his community through interviews, work experiences, and job hires, Claude is a prime example of someone who deserves a Governor’s award.”AccommodationMark Helijas–Executive Director, Turning Point Club–White River JunctionThis award is given in recognition of Mr. Helijas’ willingness to provide accommodations for employees with mental illness. His vision, reflected in his employment practices, is to shine a light to erase the stigma that causes individuals with mental illness to be discriminated against in the workplace. In doing so, he provides the acceptance and support that allows and encourages employees to be useful, in charge, and at their best, without ever feeling “less than”. To quote one of his nominators: “Mark treats everyone fairly. I live with depression and anxiety every day. Knowing that Mark won’t fire me if I get mildly depressed or even depressed enough to need hospitalization makes me a better person. I love being useful and helpful in my job. Mark makes it possible for me to do that.”Design and Accessibility AwardMark Harvie-President, Omni Medical Systems–MiltonWhen Omni moved into a new manufacturing location, it constructed a mezzanine to house several work stations. Regulations required the provision of vertical access to this mezzanine to provide access for individuals using a wheelchair or otherwise requiring accommodation. Omni could have complied with these regulations by installing a basic vertical platform lift hidden in an out-of-the way location, as is often done. However, Mr. Harvie chose instead to showcase accessibility by making the lift the focal point of Omni’s reception area. He went far beyond the minimum requirements and installed a custom lift made of glass and stainless steel, placed in a 4-sided glass shaft with automatic sliding glass doors. This lift is the first of its kind in Vermont, and a rarity elsewhere in the US.Media/Public Education AwardDavid Townsend–Small Planet, Inc.–RutlandPresented to Mr. Townsend for his dedication in promoting public awareness and understanding of the respect, dignity, and equality to which all people with disabilities are entitled. As a member of the Rutland Region Business Advisory Council, he has taken a lead role in developing a website and collateral marketing materials to be used to promote employment for people with disabilities. The intent is to raise the awareness of the business community about the potential benefits of hiring individuals with a disability and about the organizations that support this mission. In addition, Mr. Townsend is a vocal advocate to the business community, speaking at business events to share with employers his experiences in employing and training people with disabilities. For his energetic and passionate initiative to facilitate and lead a partnership of agencies and businesses, and to educate the broader business community about the hiring of individuals with disabilities, Mr. Townsend is recognized with this award.Governor’s Award for Outstanding EffortRobert Johnson, CEO, and Evelyn McLean, Director of Human Resources–Omega Optical, Inc.-BrattleboroSince its founding by current President Robert Johnson in 1968, Omega Optical has successfully grown into a world class company with well over 100 employees. Such growth is due not only to its continuous commitment to quality products and services, but also to its outstanding community involvement and strong belief in a diverse workforce. A large number of individuals with various disabilities have been hired and retained by Omega Optical over the years. Whenever a worker with a disability needs and asks for a reasonable accommodation, Omega Optical management does not hesitate to support their request. If technical assistance is requested, the company routinely collaborates with Vocational Rehabilitation, VABIR, and other agencies so that their employees can continue to succeed at work. Omega Optical is a highly progressive, innovative company, with employees working hard to produce specialty filters such as those on the Hubble telescope. They are also innovative in their ability to see individuals as individuals – to see what they can offer the company and what the company can offer them. This 2008 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Effort celebrates and honors Omega Optical for being a true role model when it comes to hiring and employing individuals with disabilities.This email message may contain privileged and/or confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying of this email message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please immediately notify the sender and delete this email message from your computer. CAUTION: The Agency of Human Services cannot ensure the confidentiality or security of email transmissions.
The finalists are set in Nelson Soccer Playoffs.In Mallard’s Men’s Open, Oso Negro will try to knock off defending champion Hume Innkeepers after the squad outlasted Old Dogs 5-2 in semi-final action Saturday at the Lakeside Pitch. Hume, which defeated Old Dogs last season to clinch the title, had an easy time reaching the final after blasting Nelson Selects 5-0.In Ladies League, Red Dog shutout Wink Wink Wild Cats 3-0 to advance to the final against Yom Chi Ninjas.The Ninjas edged Dirty Dozen 1-0.Meanwhile, in Jackson’s Hole Masters Men, regular season champion Bia Boro shutout Retallack 2-0 while Jackson’s hole advanced to the final with a 3-0 victory over Ted Allen’s.Mallard’s Men’s Open Final goes Saturday at Lakeside while the Ladies and Masters Men Championship Games are set for Sunday.