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John McGreevy prepares to step down, reflects on tenure as dean of Arts and Letters

first_imgTen years ago, John McGreevy made the transition from chair of the department of history to dean of the College of Arts and Letters.The transition made him nervous, he said — he would henceforth be responsible for Notre Dame’s oldest academic college and serve as the main voice for what is now 500 faculty members, 3,000 undergraduates and over 1,000 graduate students.“[I was] wondering if I could succeed and flourish in the role,” McGreevy said. “Because you are speaking in front of a lot of different audiences, you are playing a lot of different roles [and] you are making decisions. You can only grow used to that over time.”McGreevy occupied the post for a decade. In February of this year, the University announced McGreevy’s decision to end his tenure as dean. His successor will be department of sociology chair Sarah Mustillo.“It’s been a great experience,” McGreevy said. “I wasn’t a person who was chomping at the bit to become dean. I was happy to do it if asked. But I have found it a very rewarding job.”Despite the challenges that came about through managing time, “a lot of different people” and certain personnel issues and disputes, McGreevy said he liked the day-to-day aspects of the job the most.“I feel lucky, honestly, to have met the people that I have met in the job and to just see how deeply students and faculty and benefactors and supporters and parents and top administrators, how deeply they love Notre Dame and how hard they are working to advance the University,” he said. “I wish every faculty member could see that because it is a neat thing to see.”McGreevy began his Notre Dame story in 1982 as an undergraduate student. After graduating in 1986 and teaching elsewhere, he joined the University faculty in 1997 and served as chair of the history department for six years and was a history professor before being asked to become dean.“I took the job because I thought maybe I could make a difference in the role,” he said. “It is a role with a lot of influence at Notre Dame in terms of hiring and setting priorities. … You do that in collaboration, of course, with the faculty and with your colleagues and administration. And I think that’s proven to be the case — it’s been satisfying in that way.”As dean, McGreevy said his responsibilities included raising money to support the college’s priorities, determining the allocation of resources and communicating with the administration, the departmental chairs and the University’s other colleges while advancing the educational mission of the College of Arts and Letters. “I came in with some goals in mind but … it took a little bit of time to come up with everything,” he said. “You are changing all of the time, too. Things happen that you don’t anticipate.”In addition to increasing the number of faculty within the college, McGreevy said changes during his time as dean include making collaborative programs with other colleges on-campus, expanding departmental space with three new buildings and raising money to assist graduate students.Another one of his most significant contributions to the college was an ambition he had in mind as soon as he took on the role as dean — increasing the level of interest in student theses.“We are really proud of the fact that over 40 percent of our students do a senior thesis now and that’s up from nine percent when we started 10 years ago,” he said. “I think our departments have advanced, probably the most dramatic advance has been in economics because it was really quite small.”Getting stronger students who were more interested in undergraduate research helped the college achieve that student thesis increase, McGreevy said.“I think it has just been a happy marriage of more ambitious and talented undergraduate helping faculty see that this could be one of their most rewarding kinds of teaching that you do, which I believe to be the case, and putting that together,” he said.McGreevy said he feels confident Mustillo — who will take over the position July 1 — will not need much advice from him regarding the position.“We are at a place where students are eager to come to, a place that has resources and a place where you really can do things,” he said. “And I think that’s what makes this dean’s job really attractive and I think I have said that to my successor, Sarah Mustillo — that it’s really a job where we can do interesting things.”Though July will mark the end of McGreevy’s time as College of Arts and Letters dean, this isn’t the end of his career at Notre Dame; he said he plans to spend the next year researching and writing about global Catholicism before rejoining the faculty as a teacher and advisor.“Seeing how people love Notre Dame — it’s very striking,” McGreevy said. “And I have no regrets whatsoever having done it. I think I will be a better faculty person because I’ve done it. …  You see how strong some of our faculty are and what they do to advance their careers and advance their disciplines and it makes you want to be a little bit like them.”Tags: College of Arts and Letters, dean, John McGreevy, Sarah Mustillolast_img read more

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Tickets Available for The Threepenny Opera, Starring Michael Park & Laura Osnes

first_img Michael Park Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s most popular collaboration, The Threepenny Opera is based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. The show centers on the scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. In the tuner, Macheath, or Mack the Knife as he is known, marries the impressionable and innocent Polly Peachum, much to the displeasure of her father and mother. Throughout his marriage, and a series of arrests, he maintains a strong relationship with his mistress, Pirate Jenny. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 11, 2014 View Comments Laura Osnes The Threepenny Operacenter_img Star Files Time to get your amoral antihero fix! Tickets are now available for the Atlantic Theater Company’s revival of The Threepenny Opera, starring Emmy winner Michael Park, Tony nominee Laura Osnes, Sally Murphy and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham. Directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke, the off-Broadway production will play a limited engagement at the Linda Gross Theater from March 12 through May 4. Opening night is set for April 7. Related Shows Adapted by Marc Blitzstein, The Threepenny Opera will feature Park as Macheath, Osnes as Polly Peachum, Murphy as Jenny and Abraham as Mr. Peachum. In addition, the cast of the musical comedy will include Lilli Cooper as Lucy Brown, Rick Holmes as Tiger Brown and Tony nominee Mary Beth Peil as Mrs. Peachum. The show’s ensemble will feature John Kelly as Street Singer, Sophie Bortolussi, Jon David Casey, Timothy Doyle, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Christina Spina and John Watkins.last_img read more

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Over 80,000 Vermonters now receiving 3SquaresVT (formerly Food Stamps) benefits

first_imgAt the end of August, 2009, over 80,000 Vermonters were participating in 3SquaresVT (formerly Food Stamps). That is more than 1 in 8 Vermonters. Collectively, this brought in about 10 million Federal dollars to Vermont’s grocery stores and farmers’ markets in the month of August. Angela Smith-Dieng, Senior 3SquaresVT/Food Stamp Nutrition Program & Policy Specialist at the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger says, “A year ago, in August 2008 there were 57,672 Vermonters receiving 3SquaresVT benefits. Participation has increased by 40 percent in the past year. We believe this is due to the downturn in the economy and the fact that more Vermonters are struggling to put food on the table as well as the expansion of eligibility that began in January. More Vermonters than ever now qualify and there is no limit on the number of Vermonters who can participate.”About the Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger: The Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger is a statewide nonprofit organization that works with state agencies and community groups to develop sustainable hunger solutions. Since 1993 the Campaign’s outreach programs have substantially enhanced Vermont’s nutrition safety net and increased access to nutritious foods. www.vtnohunger.org(link is external). For more information or an application go to www.vermontfoodhelp.com(link is external)Source: Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger September 24, 2009 (Burlington, Vermont) –last_img read more

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Battery storage project queue in Australia climbs to almost 7GW

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia has around seven gigawatts of battery storage projects at various stages in the development pipeline, a new report has estimated, nearly 1GW of which is on track to be delivered by 2024.Projections from Cornwall Insight Australia published on Thursday suggest there is currently just over 900MW-worth of committed or significantly progressed big battery projects being developed around the country with another 6GW-plus either proposed or in planning.Last month, the biggest big battery in Australia, the largest in the southern hemisphere was unveiled by the Victoria government, Tesla and developer Neoen, marking just the latest of more than a dozen big battery projects to be formally announced in the last few months, with many more in the pipeline.Still, as the Cornwall Insight analysis points out, 7GW of battery storage is rather a lot – and certainly far more than forecast by the Australian Energy Market Operator. (And it does not include the proposed 20GWh battery to go with the Sun Cable project in the Northern Territory.“Even if we only assume that 10% of the projected storage will make it to completed projects, that is still a total of ~1.5GW of battery storage that we can expect by 2024 – more than 13x AEMO’s forecast in the Integrated System Plan,” said principal consultant, Ben Cerini.The report finds that the state with the largest MW of proposed battery projects is Victoria, with more than 4GW in the planning and development pipeline – an amount that represents nearly half (more than 40%) of the state’s recent peak demand. New South Wales, meanwhile, has a smaller 1.3GW in the pipeline, but Cornwall notes that this is “well on the way” to the 2.3GW identified in the state government’s NSW Roadmap.[Sophie Vorrath]More: Big battery pipeline nudges 7GW in Australia, as roles for storage multiply Battery storage project queue in Australia climbs to almost 7GWlast_img read more

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Fake Cabbie Flashed Girl, 6, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Neri Garcia-RamosA suspect who allegedly ran an illegal taxi service has been accused of flashing a 6-year-old girl who was seated in the backseat of his cab in Roosevelt three months ago.Nassau County police arrested 36-year-old Neri Garcia-Ramos of Roosevelt on Thursday and charged him with endangering the welfare of a child.Police said the alleged fake cabbie was driving the victim in his Ford Focus from her aunt’s house in Freeport to her Roosevelt home when Garcia-Ramos climbed into the rear seat and exposed himself to the child at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28.When the girl started crying, the suspect got back in the front seat, drove her home and dropped her off without collecting the fare, police said.Garcia-Ramos will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in HempsteadSpecial Victim’s Squad detectives request anyone who may have been a victim of the defendant to contact Nassau County Crimes Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.last_img read more

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State Employee Recognition Day, 2016

first_img Proclamations Governor Wolf Proclamation — State Employee Recognition Day, 2016 by Governor Tom Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter State Employee Recognition Day, 2016 April 21, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img

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Gone in five days as falling rates spark rise in investors

first_imgThe apartment in Kangaroo Point sold for $110,000 in just five days.A Brisbane unit sold for just $110,000 after five days on the market as investors snap up ways to stash cash with savings deposit rates tumbling.Falling interest rates on deposits have been linked to a rise in investor interest in Brisbane units, with cash in the bank getting as little as 1.15 per cent return. Buyers flocking back at ‘unprecedented levels’ The property has 76 enquiries from investors with a week.RateCity.com.au research director Sally Tindall said it was a blow to savers.“Now is an excellent time to review your savings accounts and see if you are getting the most bang for buck in what is a very difficult market for savers.”Westpac’s Life savings account has a base rate of 0.6 per cent and a max rate of 2.1 per cent if owners make a deposit and end with higher balance per month.NAB’s Reward Saver’s base rate was 0.11 per cent with a max rate of 1.86 per cent for one deposit and no withdrawals per month. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Walk in, walk out unit hits market with the works ANZ’s Progress Saver’s base rate was 0.01 per cent with a max rate of 1.95 per cent for a deposit of just $10 and no withdrawals per month.According to Ratecity.com.au, one of the highest savings account rates right now was 2.75 per cent from Endeavour Mutual Lifestyle Account, with the condition being a $400 deposit a month and up to age 35. MORE: Brisbane’s boom suburbs revealed More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoThis is what $110,000 bought.The fully furnished one bedroom, one bathroom studio apartment was rented at $275 a week as part of student accommodation services.This comes as the four major banks reduced savings rates in the wake of Reserve Bank of Australia cash rate cuts, with Australia’s largest bank, CBA, slashing by up to 0.25 per cent this week.CBA’s Netbank savings account now offered 2.05 per cent interest for the first five months and then an ongoing rate of just 0.15 per cent, according to comparison firm RateCity.com.au.CBA’s Goalsaver rate was slashed by 0.25 percentage points to just 1.15 per cent — but if account holders fail to deposit of $200 or more, or make a withdrawal, the rate falls to just 0.01 per cent that month. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The unit is in a serviced student accommodation building in Kangaroo Point.The unit, which was listed as requiring an urgent sale, sold for just $10,000 more than a previous owner paid 15 years ago.Agent Michael Bacon of Place Kangaroo Point told The Courier-Mail that there were 76 enquiries for the property, most of which was from local investors.“It went quite crazy,” he said. “These properties are seen as better than cash in the bank, it’s a far better return and a good alternative for a lot of people.” “Why get a really small return in the bank when you can get close to 10 per cent return? That being said if people want to know the difference, money in bank you can withdraw, but also a lot of these properties sell in five days.”last_img read more

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Brace for weekend power outage, Negrenses told

first_imgThe NGCP said areas under the San Enrique sub-station will be affected by the long power interruption./PN According to Ceneco, a relocation of R14 disconnecting cut-outs switch and massive replacement of pin insulators from Farmville Subdivision to proper Alegria and line clearing activity will be done. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 21, on the other hand, a maintenance activity along Valladolid-San Enrique 69-kilovolt power line is set to be conducted by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). He added: “When electricity supply resumes, please provide allowance of about 10-15 minutes before switching on all electrical appliances and facilities to avoid power surge.”/PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – The Central Negros Electric Cooperative (Cenenco) and Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative announced power interruptions in some areas of this province this weekend.“Electricity consumers are advised that in the event of any power interruption, electrical switch/switches should be turned-off for safety reasons,” said Ceneco officer-in-charge Jose Taniongon In Murcia, the portion of the town proper and Barangay Salvacion along with the whole Sta. Cruz and Alegria villages will experience power outage from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 20.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Middle School Track State Championship Results

first_imgBatesville Middle School State Championship Track results from (5/18).The Batesville Middle School boys finished their season at the State track meet on Saturday.  Will Sherwood, Jake Chapman, Emi Lopez and Eli Loichinger finished 8th in the 4 x 800 relay.The Batesville Middle School girls finished their season at the State meet on Saturday as well.  Madelyn Pohlman finished 3rd in the 400.  Veronica King finished 9th in the Shot Put.  Ava Hanson finished 19th in the mile.  Elena Kuisel, Lizzy Nobbe, Nadine Davis, and Madelyn Pohlman finished 7th in the 4×100 relay.  Kaylie Raver, Kaylynn Bedel, Jada Day, and Ava Hanson finished 2nd in the 4×800 relay.Madelyn Pohlman broke the school record in the 400 with a time of 1:01.31!!!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img

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Hazard: Derby win is vital

first_img Last season’s Champions League winners will bid to carry the momentum from a successful week into the Barclays Premier League clash after keeping alive their two remaining quests for silverware in the FA Cup and Europa League. “Three points are a must for us on Sunday – we need to win the match,” Hazard said on Chelsea’s official website. “Chelsea are a big club – we have to win titles and to qualify for the Champions League. There’s a lot to do but we’ll try to do it all.” Eden Hazard believes a Chelsea victory over West Ham on Sunday is imperative as they seek to finish the season on a high. Hazard believes the close proximity of Thursday night’s 3-1 win over Steaua Bucharest, which secured a place in the Europa League last eight 3-2 on aggregate, could benefit Chelsea against a Hammers side who will be playing just their second match of the month. “It might favour us at the start of the game because we should be able to set the tempo and get into our stride quicker because we’ve been more used to playing competitive games recently,” Hazard said. “But where it might favour them slightly is the fact that towards the end of the game tiredness may set in for us, while in effect they should be stronger because they’ve had a bit of a rest. “It’s something we have to deal with, and with the support of our fans behind us I’m sure we will be able to.” Chelsea suffered the first defeat of Benitez’s tenure at Upton Park in December, despite entering half-time leading 1-0. “At Upton Park, one or two errors crept in, particularly during the second half, but we were very good in the first half,” Hazard said. “We need to try to repeat that first-half display on Sunday and make sure we get a positive result. We are going into the game in good form, so we should be able to produce a strong performance.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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