Pilot program provides resources to sophomores

first_imgTags: Career Center, pilot program, Sophomore Check-Up The University Career Center recently partnered with the economics, history and English departments in the College of Arts and Letters to launch a pilot “Sophomore Check-Up” program, which aims to provide sophomores with information and resources in order to help them achieve their professional goals.Bridget Kibbe, Career Engagement Manager at the Career Center, said the Center has a wealth of resources for every undergraduate class year, but freshman, juniors and seniors have “more of a systematic touch point” with the Career Center.“We recognize that the sophomore year is actually a very important time for making decisions, so we wanted to do a special outreach to focus on resource awareness that would meet students where they are during that time, regardless of the paths they are considering,” Kibbe said.Kibbe said the Career Center began the program with a few departments in order to evaluate the potential success of the program.“It is our hope that we will be able to figure out a way to scale sophomore checkups so more students can participate while retaining the small group design,” Kibbe said.Sophomore Louis Bertolotti said the program helped him to become more knowledgeable about the resources the Career Center has to offer.“This recent program specifically helped me utilize the online databases about which many are unaware,” Bertolotti said. “Furthermore, it provided me with the information on how to secure funding for unpaid summer internships.”Bertolotti said a liberal arts education is very valuable — it helps to teach students about a variety of topics and disciplines.“A liberal arts education culminates in a complete education of the mind, body and spirit,” Bertolotti said. “The Career Center helps one translate the knowledge that comes from a liberal arts education into an actual career path.”Matthew Zyniewicz, the Dean’s Executive Administrator in the College of Arts and Letters, said the College teaches students to tackle today’s most pressing issues in a demanding intellectual environment, which results in the development of skills that are highly sought after by employers.“No matter what course of study you choose in the College, you will acquire skills that are powerful assets in any profession: the ability to think critically and creatively, to analyze complex information, to identify and solve problems, to write well and to speak persuasively,” Zyniewicz said. “These versatile skills are increasingly valuable in today’s rapidly changing global economy.”“[The ‘Sophomore Check-Up’ program] will be a great way for our students to learn about and take advantage of all of the opportunities that are open to them during their time here — and also to begin thinking about their post-graduation goals and how to achieve them,” he said.last_img read more

Surprised by a terrific consumer engagement experience

first_imgA few weeks ago, I went to a big box home improvement store in search of a new grill. Dreams and visions of family cookouts, delicious smells wafting through the air and the satisfaction that comes from cooking a delicious cut of meat outside danced through my head as I entered the store.Once I reached the grill section, I was completely taken aback by the selection. Row after row of powdered black and shiny stainless steel grills leered at me. It’s almost as if they knew I was in over my head and didn’t really have a clue what I wanted. After just a few moments of stumbling zombie-like amongst the grills, I was approached by a smiling sales associate, complete with a blue apron.She asked if she could help me pick out a grill. Here’s where I have to make a confession: I made a snap judgment about her ability to do so. She was young, and — there’s no other way to say it, not a man. My chauvinistic side would not allow for the fact that maybe a younger person, and a female at that, might know a little something about grills.I gave her some very vague terms about what I was looking for and she sprang into action. She asked me a series of probing questions about the kind of cooking I’d be doing, the space I had, charcoal versus propane, etc. She even shared that she had attended an in-store grilling class and training so she could help advise customers on the best possible purchase for their needs. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Targeted COVID-19 testing in Guimaras expands

first_imgMeanwhile, 81 Guimarasnons undergoing dialysis and chemotherapy treatment in the City of Iloilo have undergone RT-PCR test and are now awaiting the results. The provincial government of Guimaras has purchased RT-PCR and rapid diagnostics tests worth P8.8 million./PN Medical technologists from Dr. Catalino Gallego Nava Provincial Hospital, Buenavista Emergency Hospital and Nueva Valencia District Hospital underwent training on the proper collection and transport of specimen before they were deployed. An orientation on the use of the rapid diagnostic kits was also conducted. The frontliners, dialysis and chemotherapy patients and close contacts of COVID-19 patients were being tested first. The tests yielded negative results. ILOILO – The provincial government of Guimaras has expanded its targeted testing in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “Kinahanglan naton makasigurado nga hilway ang probinsiya sang Guimaras sa COVID-19. One way of doing this is ipa-test naton ang aton mga frontliners. Sila ang mga vulnerable, nagataya sang ila kabuhi para masiguro nga hilway sa virus ang aton probinsiya paagi sa pagbantay sa aton mga ports of entry,” said Gov. Samuel Gumarin. A total of 314 frontline workers from the provincial government of Guimaras, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard, and Department of Health have been tested. The expanded testing is a combination of the reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and rapid diagnostic tests. Guimaras policemen wait for their turn to be tested. The provincial government of Guimaras has expanded its targeted testing in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE GUIMARAS CAPITOLlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant, Lakers coach Byron Scott will discuss minutes, workload

first_imgThere aren’t easy answers. Imagine how the NBA will feel if Bryant rests when the Lakers play Christmas Day against the Chicago Bulls in a nationally televised game.Imagine how Lakers fans might feel if Bryant misses any games at Staples Center.“At home, it impacts my decision because he knows how he wants to play in front of the fans,” Scott said. “I know how much the fans would love to see him.”Yet, Scott stressed his decision will address a more important variable.“I have to look out for Kobe to make sure I make it through this season without killing him,” Scott said of Bryant. “There might be some decisions I make that he won’t be real happy with. I’ll have to live with that.”Scott had talked leading up to training camp about conserving the 36-year-old Bryant after he played only six games last season amid injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. But Bryant’s workload still seems heavy.In recent weeks, Bryant has taken over point-guard duties because of inconsistent play from Jeremy Lin and Ronnie Price. After skipping practices and morning shootarounds, Bryant has participated in recent practices in hopes of helping team chemistry.Meanwhile, Bryant has averaged 24.6 points per game on a career-low 37.2 percent from the field.“That’s probably the hardest part, to take that workload off of him. From a mental standpoint when the game is going, he feels like he can get it done,” Scott said. “The most part he can, but when you’re playing four games in six nights, your body is saying you can’t.”Scott has mostly defended Bryant’s high-volume shooting by citing his past success, his aggressiveness and his teammates’ inconsistency. Despite Bryant’s high-volume shooting against Sacramento, Scott argued that Bryant’s nine turnovers showed he still tried to facilitate.On Monday, Scott pinned the fault on Bryant and his teammates.“He thinks his teammates are not getting it done. I told him, ‘I think at times you have to let them fail, just like you’re going to let them succeed. You have to give them a chance,’” Scott said. “We talk after games where he apologizes. But his will and desire to win is so great that he forgets about everything else.”As for Bryant’s teammates?“Be a little bit more aggressive,” Scott said. “If you sit back and allow him and say, ‘Here, Kobe. Here is the ball,’ he’s not going to have that faith in those guys. Say, ‘When you’re double-teamed, throw it to me. I got it.’ That confidence goes a long way.”Yet, Scott hardly sounded confident about his own plan that will entail maximizing Bryant’s talent without overburdening his body.“All of this is new to both of us,” Scott said. “There’s a lot of things we need to talk about in the next day or so.” Lakers coach Byron Scott spent one hour on the team plane thinking about it. He spent some time with Kobe Bryant talking about it. And Scott spent all night sleeping on it.Yet, Scott has not outlined a clear solution on how he will manage Bryant’s playing time and workload amid his recent struggles with fatigue and shooting accuracy.Even more pressing: Will Scott actually sit Bryant out for a game?“It is difficult because I want him out there. I know how much he wants to be out there as well,” Scott said Monday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “But he’s in agreement with however I want to do with him.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Scott said he remains undecided whether Bryant will play when the Lakers (8-19) host the Golden State Warriors (22-3) on Tuesday at Staples Center. After giving Bryant the day off from Monday’s practice, Scott said he plans to have more conversations with him.Scott also insisted he will have veto power over Bryant and joked he would ask Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak to intervene if necessary.“We’ll formulate a plan that suits him so when he is on the court, he can go out and play at full strength,” Scott said. “He’s such a competitor that he tries to will his way through it no matter how his body feels. I want him to get to the point where his body feels a lot better than it does right now.”Bryant posted 25 points on 8-of-30 shooting and nine turnovers in 38 minutes in Sunday’s loss against Sacramento, marking a five-game stretch where he has shot 29.2 percent from the field. Bryant did not speak to reporters Monday, but he sounded amenable toward resting. Yet, what that plan entails appears open ended.Although Bryant has averaged 35.5 minutes per game, Scott suggested the Lakers star will no longer surpass 38 minutes. Scott also might sit Bryant on the second night of back-to-backs, such as when the Lakers visit Dallas on Friday.last_img read more