The Harvard Foundation presented the 2010 Scientist of the Year Award to Paula T. Hammond, the Bayer Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as part of its annual Albert Einstein Science Conference: Advancing Minorities and Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.Hammond will be honored for her outstanding scientific contributions in macromolecular design and synthesis of biomaterials. “The Harvard Foundation is pleased to honor Dr. Hammond as the 2010 Scientist of the Year at our annual Albert Einstein Science Conference,” said S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation.Hammond was also a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study in 2004.To read more about Hammond’s research, visit the Hammond Research Group Web site.
The University will present the medal to Harrington, Sr. Susanne Gallagher and Fr. James McCarthy at the University Commencement ceremony this May. The medal, established at Notre Dame in 1883, is the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics. It is awarded annually to a Catholic “whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the Church and enriched the heritage of humanity,” according to a University press release. Harrington said the Laetare Medal will bring much-needed recognition to their organization, which provides religious education for parishioners with intellectual disabilities. “Our work is very hidden because not too many people pay that much attention to people with disabilities,” Harrington said. “The fact that someone thought we were doing a good job just blew us away. … That’s very affirming for us.” McCarthy, a priest in the Archdiocese of Chicago, first conceived the idea for SPRED in 1960 when he read letters from parents expressing their difficulty in finding ministries for their children with intellectual disabilities, Harrington said. He began working on the project in his off time, and in 1963 Harrington joined McCarthy when he requested a member of her congregation, the Society of Helpers, for assistance. “Theology for people with intellectual disabilities was very bleak, you teach them their prayers and that was about it,” Harrington said. “So many had a capacity, but you had to figure out a different way.” The pair began to work with Catechist volunteers to implement a more contemplative and liturgical approach to religious education better suited to people with these disabilities, Harrington said. She said they based the approach off the prior research and practice of French priests from Lyons, France and Quebec, Canada. “We didn’t know how to introduce [the method] to the [United States],” Harrington said. “We started working in rooms with one-way viewing mirrors. The volunteer catechists could observe us working, then do the same thing.” Gallagher, a member of the Sisters of Providence, joined the organization in 1967 to design a Montessori environment for the groups. With the environment, syllabus and observational teaching method in place, SPRED began multiplying its centers across the United States the following year, Harrington said. Today the Chicago SPRED center has trained volunteers for 156 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago, 15 other dioceses in the country and parishes in Australia, South Africa, Scotland and other English-speaking nations. “What [the Catechists] are really looking for is the basic mentality or basic attitude toward people with intellectual disabilities that is very respectful but can go outside the box to figure out ways to include them in worship settings,” Harrington said. The SPRED groups in each parish function with six “friends,” or people with disabilities, and six sponsors, the volunteer catechists. Each group has a parish chairperson who is accountable to the parish priest. In this way, Harrington said SPRED is very parish-based and parish-operated. She, McCarthy and Gallagher serve as resource people for the individual groups. Harrington said SPRED also offers continual training at its center, where catechists can continue to observe teaching methods and discuss difficulties they are experiencing. “It’s a very trim, decentralized operation,” Harrington said. “We can keep it moving well and quickly because it is decentralized.” The sponsors at each parish meet once per week, Harrington said. During the first week they prepare a syllabus for the second week, when they put on a two-hour class for their friends. At the third week’s session, the catechists reflect on the previous class and ways they can improve it for the following week, when the friends attend class again. The goal of the sessions is four-fold, Harrington said. The catechists aim to instill within the individuals a sense of the sacred, a sense of Christ, a sense of the Father and a sense of the Spirit as living within the Church. “We’re not working with heavy duty concepts, we’re dealing with much more intuitive and contemplative aspects,” Harrington said. “We use a lot of the arts, like music, gestures, silence, to illustrate points.” To aid parents of the intellectually disabled, Harrington said the volunteers try to educate their children to a level where they are able to participate in a normal worship setting. “Some families are afraid to bring their children to Church because they have been treated disrespectfully there,” she said. “The child is not prepared, and the assembly is not prepared.” SPRED works to overcome that, Harrington said. In addition to preparing the disabled individuals for worship, she said many parishes have installed several liturgies throughout the year that may appeal to those who are intellectually disabled. Although some people have criticized the process as too labor-intensive, Harrington said the method has proven successful. “There’s no other way to do a good job for people with intellectual disabilities,” she said. “Families are very happy. [The individuals] come in as little children, and they’re still with us in their 20s and 30s.” Other critics claim the organization is wasting its time attempting to teach people with disabilities, Harrington said. She said fortunately, not all within the Church view it that way. In a press release, University President Fr. John Jenkins praised SPRED’s commitment to educating people with disabilities. “Insisting that a developmental disability neither tempers Christ’s invitation nor restricts one’s right to respond, they have ushered countless people to their rightful place at the Eucharistic table,” Jenkins said. Being awarded the 2013 Laetare Medal allows SPRED to demonstrate the fruits of its efforts to others, Harrington said. “We see there’s a real person inside, and they really respond,” she said. “Not in a way a regular child would, but in their own way.” The three founders of the Special Religious Education Development Network (SPRED) were shocked to find out they were this year’s recipients of the Laetare Medal, Sr. Mary Therese Harrington said.
Image courtesy: Girl Scouts of Western New York.WESTERN NEW YORK – The Girl Scouts of Western New York kicked off their ‘Fall Product Program’ on Monday to help raise funds for programs, community service projects and other special activities.Group leaders say in addition to helping scouts fund their programs, the fundraiser also gives back to the military through the ‘Share Donation Program’ where customers can choose to purchase items to benefit local military personnel and veterans.Typically, scouts would travel ‘door-to-door’ to sell their cookies, however because of the COVID-19 pandemic, girls across Western New York are putting their technology skills to the test using an online digital platform to engage close friends, family, and the general public to order candies, nuts, magazines, and other related items.Program leaders say girls will be not only learn how to sell products online, but will gain money management skills as well. The community can also support a local Girl Scout by purchasing Thin Mints® Almonds, Peanut Butter Bears, Dulce de Leche Owls, English Butter Toffee, Dark Chocolate Mint Penguins, Dark Chocolate Caramel Caps with Sea Salt, Chocolate Covered Raisins, fat free Fruit Slices, Dill Pickle Flavored Peanuts, Salsa Mix, Whole Cashews with Sea Salt, and NEW this year – Peanut Butter Trail Mix. Prices range from $6 to $40.The program runs through October 28. For more, visit GSWNY.org. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Related Shows View Comments All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. Nevermore—The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe, is returning to New York for an open-ended engagement. The musical play, which is written, composed, and directed by Jonathan Christenson, will begin performances on January 14, 2015. Opening night is scheduled for January 25 at New World Stages. Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe’s character and career. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world’s most original and enduring literature before dying in mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. The production will feature sets, costumes and lighting by Bretta Gerecke, with choreography by Laura Krewski and sound design by Wade Staples. It originally played at Catalyst Theatre of Edmonton in Canada in 2009 before touring extensively, including an acclaimed run at London’s Barbican Centre. The show was previously seen in New York at the Victory Theatre in 2010. Nevemore has been expanded since then, with several new songs added and structural revisions made to the original script. Nevermore – The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe Six of the seven original Nevermore cast members will return to the show—Gaelan Beatty, Shannon Blanchett, Beth Graham, Ryan Parker, Garett Ross and Scott Shpeley. Casting for the seventh and final role will be announced soon. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015
Don’t miss “The Georgia Gardener” on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. or Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GPTV. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “The Georgia Gardener” is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and PFC Holding Company. All gardens are nice. Some are truly unique. On “The Georgia Gardener” Sept. 23 and 25, host Walter Reeves visits Charles and Frances Tidd to see their railroad garden. Helen Phillips of Callaway Gardens shows how to make a planting trough. And Reeves takes a look at fall webworms and shows the big-stick way to control them. The Tidds use G-gauge model trains and track to construct a miniature community, including scale model buildings and a covered bridge. They planted small plants like selaginella (arborvitae fern), masus, Jacob’s ladder and pulmonaria, as well as dwarf hostas, boxwoods and conifers, to simulate larger plants lining the tracks.
9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I was in the beautiful state of Alabama yesterday kicking off a full day of training.I met the EVP/COO of the credit union. She had worked there 39 years. She started as a secretary, and just kept getting promoted.We chatted for ten minutes or so. And then I asked her this.Looking back at your time at the credit union, what was the one attribute that was most important in a new employee – one that signaled the best potential?She didn’t even hesitate.“Attitude,” she said.It shouldn’t have surprised me. I’ve heard that so many times.In fact, I wrote that Southwest seeks candidates with a warrior’s spirit. The other two traits Southwest seeks? A servant’s heart, and fun-loving. Seems like they are after a certain attitude! continue reading »
CUNA’s continued outreach and engagement with credit unions and other stakeholders resulted in a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger Wednesday detailing additional policy recommendations to help credit unions continue to provide high-quality financial services to members affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.“While the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed almost every aspect of everyday life, credit unions are standing true to their mission and continuing to assist their members and communities,” the letter reads. “Any regulatory relief the CFPB can provide for credit unions will greatly help in their efforts to serve their consumers.”Wednesday’s letter follows up two previous letters from CUNA to Kraninger, one requesting remittance flexibility and one with a set of recommendations.Recommendations include: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Governor Wolf Announces Voith to Create 37 New Jobs in York County SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 29, 2016 Economy, Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Voith, an international engineering and manufacturing company, will establish a Global Business Service Center and Centers of Competence and create 37 new, full-time jobs in West Manchester Township, York County.“Voith has a long history in York County as one of the largest hydropower manufacturing facilities,” Governor Wolf said. “The proud tradition will carry on and this new investment shows a renewed commitment to the state and an eagerness to continue and grow here in Pennsylvania.”The project includes a committed investment of at least $825,000 from Voith to transform existing warehouse space into a state-of-the-art office environment, retaining 577 current positions and creating 37 new, full-time jobs over the next three years. The project will consolidate accounting, human resources, sourcing, corporate and market communications, and other functions for its North American operations.Voith received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $100,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $74,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits.“After having a presence here for 139 years, Voith is deeply woven into the community,” said Bob Gallo, president and chief executive officer of Voith Hydro. “Our continued success is a positive reflection of our hard-working employees and Voith’s ability to offer our customers leading edge technology and quality service.”The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with York County Economic Alliance.“Our team was pleased that we were able connect Voith with the Governor’s Action Team and other resources to facilitate the consolidation,” Darrell W. Auterson, president and chief executive officer of York County Economic Alliance said. “Voith’s global reputation for excellence greatly enhances our community’s position as a welcoming center for international business investment. We’re honored to have them as a major employer in York County.”Voith is an engineering company in the energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials, transport, and automotive markets. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 20,000 people, generates $5 billion in sales, operates in over 60 countries around the world, and is one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe, excluding the discontinued Group Division Voith Industrial Services. Voith Hydro, specializing in hydroelectric equipment, technology and services, is headquartered in West Manchester Township, York County.Find out more about Voith, visit www.voith.com.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit www.newpa.com.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf
Gov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day May 14, 2020 Flag Order, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf ordered United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds to fly at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, May 15, 2020, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.“Our law enforcement officials work around the clock to protect us and provide public safety,” said Gov. Wolf. “Now, more than ever, we should honor their commitment to our communities, which has given us a sense of security during this global pandemic.”Commonwealth flags have already been lowered to, and shall remain at, half-staff until a date to be announced to honor the victims of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic. Pennsylvanians are additionally encouraged to shine blue lights to honor law enforcement officials on Friday, May 15, 2020, in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillSmith and Elliott principal and selling agent Sally Elliott said the house had a fantastic position and would make an ideal family home.“Because of it’s north facing position it’s one of the few homes than can actually claim to have complete cross breezes so it’s a very low-energy home and on top of that you have solar panels,” Ms Elliott said.“All the living areas are on one level which would suit someone with a young family or if they have a teenager who want their own space there is a bedroom with an ensuite.“It’s probably one of the biggest useable blocks on Castle Hill and the views are fantastic.” 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillON ONE of Townsville’s most exclusive street lies this spacious four-bedroom home with a most enviable outlook.30 Yarrawonga Drive’s hillside location means it has stunning sea views out to Palm Island.The views can be enjoyed from several rooms including the kitchen and front deck while decking in the backyard provides the perfect place to sit for a while and take in the panoramic views. 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillMrs Campbell said they had made several changes to the home.“We’ve completely rejigged it, put in a new kitchen and landscaped so now everything flows while there is also a lot of areas to be private.“For instance, my daughter could have her friends over and we could still be doing whatever we wanted.” 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle Hill“We’re rattling around in a lot of space we don’t need,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“I really love the high ceilings and I love the openness and spaciousness of it all. The rooms are big and we have heaps of storage.“My sister had a very big house in Brisbane and I always thought if I ever had the opportunity I would want a big home where I felt like I was on holiday – and that’s what this house feels like.” 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillThe house is airy and spacious and cooled by ocean breezes that flow freely through the home’s many windows and louvres.The house is owned by Judy and Greg Campbell who bought it in 2004 before undertaking extensive renovations.Mrs Campbell is a keen gardener and her green thumb is evident with the property’s beautiful landscaped gardens and fruit trees.She said her and her husband were now ready to downsize and farewell a home they have loved living in for the past 13 years. 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle HillThe house is on 1562sq m of land and also features a sparkling in-ground pool.There is a large office at the front of the house which would suit someone working from home.The home has many luxury appointments including a chef’s kitchen with Miele appliances, wine cellar and double shower.The house is also completely air-conditioned, including the tiled garage and is fitted with 5 kVA solar panels. 30 Yarrawonga Drive, Castle Hill