Saint Mary’s enacts test optional policy

first_imgAs Saint Mary’s students settle into the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year, high school students begin the admissions process for colleges and universities around the country. Generally, applications require a transcript, essay and ACT or SAT test score. This year Saint Mary’s is adapting its application process, according to its website, to “engage all students, no matter their background.”“Saint Mary’s has been studying the issue for over 10 years,” director of admission Sarah Dvorak said. “For us, the greatest predictor of success at the College is the high school GPA combined with the strength of the coursework and not the standardized test results. In addition, there is an abundance of data out there that clearly demonstrate the tests have a much more adverse impact on women, and students from underrepresented populations and lower socioeconomic backgrounds. This is in direct conflict with our mission as a College. Now we can add that we recognize there are outstanding, academically-prepared students, who did not do well on a test on Saturday morning, but we believe they can, too, flourish at Saint Mary’s.”The College’s mission statement defines the values of students and faculty. Dvorak said they strive to make a difference in the world, regardless of their background or socioeconomic status.“There are more than 1,000 colleges and universities in the U.S., including top-tier institutions, who have chosen not to require standardized test scores for admission,” vice president of enrollment management Mona Bowe said. “I believe that elevates Saint Mary’s to being recognized as one that can break with tradition if it provides access to a superb education to talented students, who for whatever reason, did not test well. It speaks to our willingness to take a stand if it means more students can benefit from the opportunity now available to them.”First year McKenzie Looney?said she would have been interested in the change to the application process as a high school senior.“I think this would have helped me because personally I am not a great test-taker,” Looney said. “I feel that standardized tests have shown that they can not properly gage someone’s actual intellect. This makes Saint Mary’s different because I think they have realized that there is more to a person than one standardized test. People can help contribute to a college without being great at answering a bunch of questions in four hours.”The admission team brought the proposal of changing the application process to the Admission and Scholarship committee. The decision was made by both the committee and council together after viewing supporting data. Now applicants who choose to not include a test score will have to have a GPA between a 3.2 and 4.0, submit an academic writing sample and attach a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher of their sophomore through senior years, according to the admission website.“Admission to Saint Mary’s is a holistic process,” Bowe said. “A process that considers a number of factors in the admission decision. When a student is denied admission to the College, the decision is not based on a single factor. The process will remain the same, and all other factors will be considered when admitting students who choose not to provide their scores.”Tags: Saint Mary’s Admissions, test optionallast_img read more

Is the credit union movement harnessing the power of cooperation?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’ve been catching up on my reading and ran across two articles in the August 2015 issue of Scientific American that touched on the concept of cooperation. Of course, cooperation is at the heart of the credit union movement — people joining together to help each other. Cooperation extends far beyond the individual credit union — credit unions join together in many different ways to help each other advance. This has enabled credit unions to compete and prosper in an intensely competitive marketplace that many predicted would see the end of credit unions.The first article I read was “The Most Invasive Species of All.” It asked the question of how homo sapiens was able to expand out of Africa to all regions of the worlds. Was it bigger brains? Better weapons? Sheer luck? The answer of anthropologist Chris W. Marean is “a genetically encoded penchant for cooperation with unrelated individuals.”“The joining of this unique proclivity to our ancestors’ advanced cognitive abilities enabled them to uniquely adapt to new environments,” Marean writes. “It also fostered innovation, giving rise to a game-changing technology: advanced projectile weapons. Thus equipped, our ancestors set forth out of Africa, ready to bend the whole world to their will.”The second article in the same issue that caught my attention was “Planet Hard Drive,” a discussion of information theory as it applies to people. The author, César A. Hidalgo, sees each of us as an organic, information-generating computer, transforming ideas into useful products or activities. The problem, Hidalgo says, is that each of us is limited. To transcend our own limitations, we need to form social and professional networks. This generates ever richer stores of information that lead to economic and social progress. He envisions ever faster progress ahead as technology and trade break down barriers of language, culture, and nationality and bring people of the world into closer collaboration. continue reading ?last_img read more


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[UPDATED] Death of isolation patient ‘not COVID-19’, says Indonesian hospital

first_imgA male patient suspected of COVID-19?died on Feb. 23 at Kariadi Central General Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, after being treated in an isolation?room?for nearly a week.The patient had reportedly returned to Indonesia on Feb. 12?from Spain via?Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and presented symptoms of the disease?after his arrival, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. He was admitted to the hospital on Feb. 17 and transferred to an isolation room two days later.?Kariadi hospital’s medical and nursing director, Agoes Oerip Poerwoko, confirmed that the patient died on Sunday, but?asserted that SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 – was not the cause of the patient’s death.? Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include the hospital’s explanation for the patient’s cause of death. “The patient died not from the coronavirus, but due to severe breathing difficulties. The result of a laboratory test from the Health Ministry’s research and development center came out a day after the patient was buried,?and it showed he tested?negative for the coronavirus,” Agoes said as quoted by on Tuesday.?Most recently on Wednesday, Agoes said that the patient had died of bronchopneumonia and reiterated that he had tested negative for COVID-19.“The patient tested negative for the coronavirus according to the observation of the Health Research and Development Agency [Balitbangkes] in Jakarta. Balitbangkes did the test,” he said.Agoes said that the patient’s body was wrapped in plastic and then cremated, which was “normal procedure in infectious disease management”. Fathur Nurcholis, a doctor who had treated the patient, said the patient had difficulty breathing and eventually succumbed to multiple organ failure.Besides the recently deceased patient, Agoes said that the hospital had also treated two other patients?suspected of COVID-19 infection, an Indonesian and a Japanese who had traveled to other countries. The two patients had been discharged after testing?negative for SARS-CoV-2.Kariadi hospital has treated?at least?23 patients for suspected coronavirus infection since January.?Four of the patients were nationals of China, Japan, and South Korea,?all of which?have localized outbreaks.?The city of Wuhan in Hubei province, China, is the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak that emerged in December 2019, which has affected 41 countries to date.Read also: ’It is not COVID-19’: Indonesian health official mixes up disease and virus“Of the 23 patients, 10 of them are patients under surveillance because [they] show clinical symptoms [of COVID-19], while the 13 others are under observation?and have been allowed to go home,” said Agoes.Separately, Kariadi hospital?medical services head Nurdopo Baskoro said the hospital had just admitted a female patient on Monday who was being treated in an isolation room.”[The patient] is a 25-year-old woman who came to the hospital in the afternoon complaining about having a fever, coughing and chills. She has?been in close contact with foreigners from [South] Korea and China, but has?no history of traveling abroad,” Nurdopo said.As of Feb. 25, more than 80,400 people around the world?have contracted the virus?and more than 2,700?deaths have been linked to COVID-19.?Indonesia has reported zero confirmed cases to date, although at least nine Indonesian crewmen aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have tested?positive for COVID-19.?In addition, a Chinese national and a Japanese national were diagnosed with the disease upon their return from vacationing?in Bali over the past two months, according to reports issued by the infectious disease centers in those countries. (syk) Topics :last_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf anuncia un programa de subvenciones de $225 millones para peque?as empresas afectadas por la COVID-19

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, ?Espa?ol, ?Press Release El Gobernador Tom Wolf hoy anunció un programa de subvenciones de alcance estatal de $225 millones para apoyar a las peque?as empresas que se vieron afectadas por la crisis de salud pública producida por la COVID-19 y la posterior orden de cierre de empresas.“A medida que atravesamos la pandemia de COVID-19 y nos centramos en la reapertura de nuestro estado, debemos ayudar a todos los residentes de Pennsylvania a recuperarse. Necesitamos brindar asistencia a aquellos que se vieron perjudicados por la pandemia y la recesión económica resultante”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Este nuevo programa brindará apoyo directo a las empresas perjudicadas para cubrir los gastos operativos durante el cierre y la transición a la reapertura”.La financiación se desarrolló en colaboración con los legisladores estatales y se asignó a través del presupuesto estatal recientemente promulgado, que incluyó $2.6 mil millones en fondos de estímulo federal a través de la Ley federal de Ayuda, Alivio y Seguridad Económica por el Coronavirus (Ley CARES), de los cuales $225 millones se destinaron como medidas de alivio para peque?as empresas.El Departamento de Desarrollo Comunitario y Económico (DCED, por sus siglas en inglés) distribuirá los fondos a las Instituciones Financieras de Desarrollo Comunitario (CDFI, por sus siglas en inglés), que luego administrarán los fondos en forma de subvenciones.Las empresas elegibles podrán usar las subvenciones para cubrir los gastos operativos durante el cierre y la transición a la reapertura, y para recibir asistencia técnica, que incluye la capacitación y la orientación de los propietarios de empresas a medida que se estabilizan y reabren sus negocios.Los fondos estarán disponibles mediante tres programas:$100 millones para el Programa de revitalización de empresas de la calle principal (Main Street Business Revitalization Program) para peque?as empresas que sufrieron pérdidas producto de la orden del gobernador del 19 de marzo de 2020 relacionada con el cierre de todas las empresas que no son de soporte vital y que tienen o tendrán gastos para adaptarse a nuevas operaciones comerciales relacionadas con la COVID-19;$100 millones para el Programa de revitalización de empresas históricamente desfavorecidas (Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program) para peque?as empresas que sufrieron pérdidas producto de la orden de cierre de empresas, que tienen o tendrán gastos para adaptarse a las nuevas operaciones comerciales relacionadas con la COVID-19, y en las que las personas con desventajas sociales y económicas poseen al menos un 51% de interés y también controlan la gestión y las operaciones comerciales diarias.$25 millones para el Programa de aplazamiento de pago de préstamos y reserva de pérdidas (Loan Payment Deferment and Loss Reserve Program), que dará a las Instituciones Financieras de Desarrollo Comunitario (CDFI) la oportunidad de ofrecer tolerancia y alivio respecto de los pagos a las empresas de cartera existentes que están luchando debido a las repercusiones de la COVID, así como fortalecer la posición financiera de las CDFI que están sufriendo un aumento significativo de los incumplimientos en sus carteras de préstamos existentes.“Quiero agradecer al Gobernador Wolf por comprometer su liderazgo en la Asamblea General para informar el proceso de trasladar la ayuda federal a los más perjudicados por la pandemia de COVID-19. También quiero agradecer al liderazgo del bloque demócrata del Senado que colaboró con nuestros miembros para formular un plan estratégico para el despliegue de casi $4 mil millones en asistencia federal”, dijo el Senador estatal John Blake (demócrata por Lackawanna). “El Programa de revitalización de empresas de la calle principal es un reflejo de esa cooperación y liderazgo y se reunirá con los propietarios de peque?as empresas de Pennsylvania allí donde se encuentran, en la calle principal, luego de casi tres meses de ventas a pérdida o sin ventas. Permitirá que los propietarios de peque?as empresas en todo el Estado cumplan con los pagos de sus seguros, alquileres, primas de seguros médicos, impuestos locales y otros gastos que de otro modo no podrían cubrir debido a la pérdida de ventas. Finalmente, quiero agradecer a las 17 CDFI de todo el estado, igual que al DCED, por su profesionalismo, agilidad, urgencia y dedicación para llevar esta financiación federal a las peque?as empresas que más lo necesitan lo más rápido posible”.“Los Programas de revitalización de empresas de la calle principal y de empresas históricamente desfavorecidas brindarán medidas de alivio bienvenidas a las empresas familiares en los vecindarios de todo el estado. Desde que comenzó esta pandemia, hemos escuchado las necesidades de los talleres de carrocería de automóviles, las peluquerías, las esteticistas, los due?os de pizzerías, los establecimientos de soul food y otras empresas en nuestras comunidades. Las necesidades de estas empresas que no pudieron obtener la ayuda que tanto necesitaban de otros programas estatales y federales fueron una prioridad en el anuncio del Programa PA CARES el 29 de abril en nuestro bloque Demócrata del Senado, dijo el senador estatal Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery). “Durante meses, mi oficina ha trabajado con una red de organizaciones comunitarias confiables que tienen una trayectoria comprobada de trabajo con nuestras peque?as empresas, las CDFI, para encontrar una solución para prestar asistencia a las empresas de nuestro vecindario. Creo que estos programas son esa solución. Todavía hay más trabajo por hacer, pero estos programas son una victoria para Pennsylvania y sus peque?as empresas”.“Las peque?as empresas se llevaron la peor parte de las repercusiones económicas de la pandemia. Esta inversión es un buen primer paso hacia su recuperación y la recuperación de las comunidades en todo el estado”, dijo el líder demócrata de la Cámara de Representantes, Frank Dermody. “Este programa beneficiará a múltiples industrias diversas, propuesto por muchos miembros en la legislatura, incluidos los diputados Jared Solomon, Morgan Cephas, Jake Wheatley, Ryan Bizzarro, Chris Sappey y Melissa Shusterman”.La PA CDFI Network es un grupo de 17 instituciones financieras de desarrollo comunitario con sede en Pennsylvania que principalmente brindan opciones de financiamiento a peque?as empresas.“Nos complace trabajar con el Gobernador en el Programa de asistencia estatal a las peque?as empresas a causa de la COVID-19 (COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance) para brindar oportunidades económicas a los afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19”, dijo James Burnett, vicepresidente de la PA CDFI Network. “Sabemos lo importante que es respaldar a las empresas más peque?as y vulnerables en todo el estado, incluidas las empresas históricamente desfavorecidas y de la calle principal”.Hay más información disponible en el sitio web de DCED.View this information in English. June 08, 2020center_img El Gobernador Wolf anuncia un programa de subvenciones de $225 millones para peque?as empresas afectadas por la COVID-19last_img read more

2020 Olympics: Sports Minister plans with Presidents of Federations on Nigeria’s successful…

first_imgMinister of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare met with the Ministerial Advisory Committee and Presidents Federations of Sports who will represent Nigeria at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics games. The Minister then took briefs from the Secretary of the Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), and the Paralympic Committee of Nigeria. Lists of athletes who have qualified for the competition and those that are yet to qualify were made known, including the mandatory sports for qualification to the international event. Other items that were deliberated upon are; the budget allocation and accreditation processes for the games. The Minister also briefed the attendees on the stages of mobilization of funds and sponsorship for the event. Read Also:Sports Minister clears doubts on Edo 2020 National Sports Festival It would be recalled that at the last Olympics, only one bronze medal was recorded in football and none from athletes. This the Minister said has necessitated a timely meeting of Federations and continuous feedbacks to put plans in place for a better outing at the Tokyo Olympics. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The meeting which was held at the Media centre of the National Stadium in Abuja, was aimed at preventing a repeat of the last two outings international outings among which was the London Olympics in which no medal was recorded. Setting the agenda for the meeting, the Minister stressed the need for the Ministry and the Federations to maintain common ground in order for Nigerian athletes to give Nigeria a worthy representation at the Olympics games. “It is important we meet and have a time frame. We need to be on the same page to prepare for the Olympics. We are going to create a feedback system beyond this meeting and we going to have a similar meeting down the road, yes to ensure to the smooth running of Olympics.”Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesBut Who In The World Taught Them Those Moves? Was It Papa Bear?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

Pacer’s New Coach

first_imgNate McMillan is the new coach of the Indiana Pacers. ?Nate was an assistant with the Pacers the last couple of years. ?McMillan started out his career at North Carolina State playing under Jim Valvano. ?He was drafted by the Seattle Sonics and played for them 12 years and then remained in their system until he moved on to the Portland Trailblazers before coming to Indianapolis.It will be interesting to see how he gets along as the head coach under Larry Bird. ?I feel you need two traits to succeed with the Pacers. ?You must have complete conviction in your system and win with it. ?The other trait is to get along with Larry Bird who does not want the day-to-day job of coaching, but still keeps his thumb on what is going on.We wish Nate McMillan the best in his new position. ?Just win and you will be fine.last_img read more

Nwakali committed to help Huesca gain promotion to La Liga

first_img “The aim is to pick one of the automatic promotion tickets; we have a big game tomorrow against league leaders Cadiz. “It won’t be an easy match but the entire squad is very committed to ensuring we get back to winning ways.” Nwakali will be expected to play a part when Huesca take on Segunda Division leaders Cadiz on Wednesday. The midfielder burst into the limelight in the 2015 U17 World Cup where helped Nigeria win the title, scooping the Golden Ball award of the tournament in the process. read also:COVID-19: Nwakali allays fear over stint with Huesca Besides representing Nigeria at the U17 level, he has also played for the U20 side and currently has one cap for the Super Eagles. Nwakali will hope to play more prominently for his club in order to boost his chances with the three-time African champions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria’s Kelechi Nwakali is committed to help Segunda Division side, Huesca secure promotion to La Liga at the end of this season. Nwakali The midfielder joined the Oscenses last summer from Premier League side Arsenal, where he failed to play a single game for the Emirates Stadium outfit. The midfielder featured for MVV Maastricht, VVV-Venlo, MVV Maastricht and Porto B on loan during his three-year stay with the Gunners. The Nigeria international could only make his debut for the Spanish division side on June 18 against Mirandes owing to visa issues and the outbreak of coronavirus across the world. Huesca are already in the playoff spot after securing 54 points from 34 games, following 16 wins, six draws and 12 losses. The 22-year-old, who has made two appearances for the Oscenses, has promised to give his best to ensure his side secures promotion to the Spanish top-flight. “I’m excited to be playing competitive football again. I have waited so long for this moment and I’m fully committed to helping the club achieve promotion,” Nwakali told AOI. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

William Jesse “Bill” Russell, Jr, 94

first_imgWilliam Jesse “Bill” Russell, Jr., age 94, longtime resident of Watervliet, Michigan, passed away April 7, 2020 at Morning Breeze Retirement Center in Greensburg, Indiana where he was resident for the last 5 years.Bill was born to parents William Jesse Russell, Sr, and Velma Vera Wallace on July 4, 1925 in Memphis, Tennessee. After spending his early years in East Prairie, Missouri and serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps he relocated to Watervliet, Michigan where he lived most of his adult life. It was there that Bill met and on May 23, 1948, married Leona Clinard, his wife of 66 years.Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother, his wife Leona, who passed away June 28, 2014, as well as by three brothers, two sisters, and one half-sister. He is survived by two sons; Richard E (Debra) Russell of Asheville, North Carolina and James G (Wendy) Russell of Greensburg, Indiana, six grandchildren; Bryan, Jennifer, Jason, Adam, James, and Erin, several great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and by one half-brother.Bill was retired from the Watervliet Paper Company and during his life in Watervliet he regularly attended the Watervliet First Methodist Church. He loved music and spent countless hours listening to, recording and cataloging his collection. He also enjoyed gardening, and traveling and was especially proud of his “R” tree; two maple trees he started as saplings and grafted together to grow into the shape of the letter R.There will be no visitation. Burial will be at Watervliet Cemetery in Watervliet, Michigan. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more