Saint Mary’s among top-ten economically diverse colleges

first_imgSaint Mary’s received the No. 8 ranking on New York Times’ list of Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges in the nation, published Tuesday.Sam Coughlin | The Observer According to the article, the colleges in the ranking have all made significant changes in recruiting policies and have made compromises elsewhere to ensure that a diverse student body is a top priority. Oftentimes, talented poor students who have traditionally excelled in high school, do not go onto top colleges, nor graduate from any college.Saint Mary’s College President Carol Mooney said it is the College’s goal to meet the financial needs of every student and ensure all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, have the chance to receive a Saint Mary’s education.“We do not want any student to be unable to attend Saint Mary’s because she lacks the financial means to do so.“As part of our Catholic mission to reach out to those with the greatest need, the College must find ways to allow these students to pursue a Saint Mary’s education,” Mooney said.President Mooney said the College is dedicated to educating all qualified students. In the College’s ongoing campaign, “Faith Always, Action Now,” the College has raised more than $23 million for such scholarships.Compared to the other colleges in the New York Times’ ranking, Saint Mary’s has a noticeably smaller endowment per student, at $80,000. As stated in the article, Vassar’s (no. 1) endowment per student is $340,000, Grinnell’s (no. 2) endowment per student is $880,000 and Harvard’s (no. 6) endowment per student is $1.52 million.Vice president for enrollment management Mona Bowe said the ranking accords with Saint Mary’s mission to enroll  qualified students who are ready to learn, work hard and make a difference in the world.“We first look for students with the academic background we feel will result in a successful academic performance at Saint Mary’s,” Bowe said. “But beyond the academics, we look for students who are well rounded: aware of the needs of others, strong in their faith, willing to go the extra mile, athletes, performers and artists.“A wide variety of backgrounds and interests makes for a rich community where learning happens outside of the classroom as much as it happens in the classroom.”Director of the office for institutional research Daniel Flowers said the article reflects the College’s ongoing efforts to provide education to students from all economic backgrounds, which began nearly 20 years ago.“[NY Times] calculated a ‘College Access Index’ that looks at the percentage of students receiving Pell and the net-price for low and middle-income families while taking into account our financial resources as measured by the endowment size,” Flowers said. “They found that out of the universe of top colleges with a four-year graduation rate above 75% (about 100 institutions) we were near the top of the list in terms of this access index.“We’ve also experienced one of the largest increases in students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds from 2007-08 to 2012-2014, from 14% to 24%,” Flowers said. “Only Vassar and American saw larger increases.”Bowe said the admissions team does not consider the ability for students to pay a requirement for admission.“After acceptance, the financial aid team works very hard to make Saint Mary’s a reality for as many students as possible,” Bowe said.As a member of the enrollment team for almost 20 years, Bowe said she is proud of the mission-driven, ethical approach to recruiting the next generation of Belles.“It is a team effort, from our colleagues that raise the funds for scholarships, to our professors and student life professionals, who tend to the needs of our students,” Bowe said. “And not only do we make it possible for students with less financial means to choose Saint Mary’s, we make it possible for them to stay and graduate on time.“We will continue to be good stewards of the resources that our amazing donors have made possible. We hope to continue to provide access to students who find Saint Mary’s to be a great fit for them.”Flowers said the ranking proves that Saint Mary’s is true to their mission of pioneering education.“In sum, we’re living our mission as there aren’t many other top-quality institutions out there doing more for low and middle-income students than Saint Mary’s College,” Flowers said.Senior Amanda Gilbert said she and many of her fellow Belles felt honored to discover the news of the ranking.“It’s just another great accomplishment for Saint Mary’s in our ongoing mission to be a well-rounded campus full of inspirational and confident women,” Gilbert said. “One of the things we students always say we love about Saint Mary’s is our sense of community.“This ranking came as no surprise to us, for we are constantly aware of our opportunities here to engage with a diverse student body and community.”Tags: Economic Diversitylast_img read more

US 4th Fleet Hosts Staff Talks with Colombian Naval Delegation

first_imgBy U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. Fourth Fleet Public Affairs September 15, 2020 U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet, hosted delegates from the Colombian Navy for the annual Maritime Staff Talks (MST), on September 1.MSTs support the U.S. global strategy by building and strengthening working relationships between the U.S. and partner nations and improving interoperability through face-to-face meetings. This year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic the talks occurred virtually via the All Partner Access Network (APAN).“Staff talks are an opportunity for our navies to review progress and plan new efforts that strengthen our partnership,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson.Rear Adm. Gabrielson led the U.S. delegation along with Brigadier General Phillip Frietze, commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces South, and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Scott Clendenin, assistant commandant for Response Policy. Colombian Navy Vice Admiral José Joaquín Amezquita, Chief of Plans, led the Colombian delegation.Topics of discussion included Colombia’s increased participation in exercises that focus on interdiction, coastal and riverine operations, as well as an expansion of the Acquisition and Cross Servicing Agreement (ASCA), which allows for the exchange of goods and services between the two navies.Delegates also agreed to continue the subject matter expert exchanges, which include the exchange of military personnel — a program that has been occurring since 1985. Further, the delegates agreed to help develop an enhanced surface warfare curriculum for Colombia’s war college.“The most important topic was understanding what we need to do for each other in the future. What kind of missions, tasks, and duties we have to help one another complete,” said Vice Adm. Amezquita. “We want to continue working with you to pursue common interest and goals. Working together is the purpose of this navy.”“Whether we are in person or virtual, we can learn from each other,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson. “We have developed some great opportunities and I look forward to continuing our work with our very capable and committed partners in Colombia.”U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet supports U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American region.last_img read more

Financial education for members—and staff

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Before it launched an online financial wellness program for members this past summer, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union first gave its employees the opportunity to review the modules covering topics from credit cards to social security enrollment to investment options.The $1.2 billion Lowell, Mass., credit union began offering the program “A Healthier You,” from EverFi, to its 230 employees in June. Within the first few weeks, 66 employees had completed all 24 topics, and about three in four employees had enrolled.Jeanne D’Arc CU offered small prizes, such as a gift card after completing six modules and a certificate and beach towel bearing the credit union logo for completing the program, says Scott Flagg, SVP/chief member service officer.“We had some friendly competitions to see who could finish first and get their beach towels,” Flagg notes. continue reading »last_img read more

Another State of Emergency is Declared in Jamaica’s Capital As Crime Level “Greatly Endangers Public Safety”

first_img Sharing is caring! Share                                        Boundaries of State of Emergency in Jamaica Tweet 144 Views   no discussions (Caribbean360) Another part of Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, is now under a state of emergency (SOE), with the island’s police chief saying the level of crime there is “at a scale and nature that greatly endangers public safety”.The SOE took effect in the Eastern Kingston Police Division on Sunday.Prime Minister Andrew Holness said security personnel from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were deployed to carry out the enhanced security operation.Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson said the area has been experiencing a high incidence of violent crimes from the latter part of 2019 and since the start of this year.“Eastern Kingston has persistently been one of the country’s crime hot spots with several gangs engaged in deadly inter and intra-gang conflicts or other criminal enterprise. Today, there are currently 32 criminal gangs with over 16 now actively engaged in various violent conflicts in the Division. There are 33 wanted persons and another 34 violence influencers within the Division,” he said.He said that murders in the division increased by 16 per cent in 2019, when compared to the previous year, while shootings increased by 49 per cent. Of those incidents, 67 per cent were related to gang activities.“In 2019, we recovered 36 firearms along with 622 rounds of ammunition in East Kingston alone. Already, since the start of 2020, the Eastern Kingston Division has recorded 11 murders when compared with the three (murders) during the corresponding period last year,” Commissioner Anderson said.Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang noted that the areas extending from Upper Mountain View to Rockfort along the coastline “continue to have a serious increase in…homicides”. And he said the Government was therefore obligated to take strong steps to protect the lives of the law-abiding citizens.“The security forces will take all steps required to apprehend, prosecute, and disrupt the gangs that exist in these areas,” he said.Meantime, Chief of Defence Staff Lieutenant General Rocky Meade reminded that the SOE will give the security forces temporary additional powers of search, arrest and detention and limited suspension of individual rights.“We believe that this is necessary in order to give the security forces the necessary space to carry out the operational tasks that will be required to help bring a sense of normalcy to the communities affected,” he said.He assured citizens that both the JDF and JCF have been properly trained and oriented to give due regard to basic human rights and citizen rights of all the persons within the communities. Share LifestyleNewsRegional Another State of Emergency is Declared in Jamaica’s Capital As Crime Level “Greatly Endangers Public Safety” by: – January 30, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

DOH confirms 2 more cases of COVID-19

first_imgHe became the 44th COVID-19 case inTaiwan. The patient is currently stable at theResearch Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City. The fifth confirmed case is a62-year-old male Filipino with hypertension and diabetes mellitus. He coughedwith phlegm on Feb. 25. DOH also received reports of 3confirmed COVID-19 cases among foreign nationals who had a history of travel tothe Philippines. “The patient returned to thePhilippines on Feb. 25 and experienced chills and fever beginning March 3. Hehad himself checked by a hospital. Samples were collected for testing. Thesewere positive for COVID-19,” Duque said. Secretary Francisco Duque said thefourth confirmed case is a 48-year-old male Filipino with a travel history toJapan. “These recent developments aresignificant, but we are prepared to respond to its potential consequences. Ourpriority is to protect our health workers and the most vulnerable populations,”Duque said. This patient had no known travelhistory outside of the country, said Duque. “The fifth case is known to haveregularly visited a Muslim prayer hall in Barangay Greenhills, San Juan City.Previous visitors to the prayer hall who have fever and/or respiratory symptomsare encouraged to call the DOH hotline (02)8-651-7800 local 1149-1150 forproper referral to the appropriate health facility,” he added. The Health chief said contact tracingis being done and DOH is in close coordination with concerned local governmentunits.center_img “We can still contain the spread ofthe virus in the country, which is why we are encouraging the public topractice proper hand-washing, social distancing, and cough etiquette. We callon the public to be vigilant and continue doing their part in containing thedisease,” he added./PN Secretary Francisco Duque. PNA The first case is a 38-year-oldTaiwanese male who went on a five-day trip to the Philippines with his friendsand, while in the country, had diarrhea on March 2. After returning to Taiwan he hadhimself checked by a clinic for dry throat and tiredness. The third case is an Australian female(from the southeastern state of New South Wales) in her 60s who traveled to thePhilippines. “The patient sought medical help inMetro Manila on March 1 and was hospitalized for severe pneumonia. Specimencollected on March 4 tested positive for COVID-19,” Duque said. The second case is a 44-year-oldJapanese male who visited the Philippines from Feb. 21 to 28. Prior to visitingthe Philippines, he traveled to Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan. Hestayed at three different hotels during his visit to Metro Manila. MANILA – The Department of Health(DOH) has reported two more confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)in the Philippines, bringing the total cases in the country to five.last_img read more

Bulldogs Win Ripley County Middle School Track Meet

first_imgThe 2015 Ripley County Middle School Track Meet was held at Jac-Cen-Del on Monday (5-4).Batesville won both the girls and boys titles.Girls team results:  Batesville 69, South Ripley 58.5, Jac-Cen-Del 34.5, Milan 22.Boys team results:  Batesville 78, South Ripley 36, Jac-Cen-Del 35, Milan 35.BMS Track Results-Ripley County MeetCourtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img

Maradona autographs jersey to help Buenos Aires poor

first_img Loading… “We’re going to get through it,” Maradona wrote on the jersey, a replica of the one he wore when he led his country to victory in the 1986 World Cup. The jersey was first offered at auction, but is being raffled to those who have given donations in an initiative that has collected hygiene products, masks and around 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of food for charity. Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In Europe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Best 90’s Action Movies From Your ChildhoodWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Read Also: Ronaldo, Mayweather own supercars but not richest collection in sport“Diego can’t even imagine what he has done for us, it’s priceless. I’ll be grateful to him until the day I die,” said local resident Marta Gutierrez.In addition to the pandemic, Argentina is facing a serious economic crisis and is in laborious negotiations on debt restructuring with creditors.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Diego Maradona has lent a hand in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in his hometown by autographing an Argentina national team jersey for a raffle. The sale raised money for an underprivileged area on the outskirts of Buenos Aires affected by quarantine rules.last_img read more

Preseason training tones Holloway into leader of Syracuse defense

first_imgIona Holloway’s rigorous preseason training cost her more than sweat and time.“Blew out a lot of shoes,” said Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley with a smile.After a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA tournament cut last season short, the senior back chose to stay in Syracuse for the summer, rather than return home to Scotland. Disappointed in her personal performance, Holloway challenged herself physically throughout the offseason and her hard work has paid off thus far.The senior is the unquestioned leader of a defense that has shut out two of the nation’s top offenses in North Carolina and Princeton.“I felt that throughout my season, my performance was quite inconsistent,” Holloway said. “I dipped in and out of form. I didn’t want that to be the case this year. I wanted to really focus on my fitness as well as my game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a sense, Holloway can attribute her success this season to a birthday present she bought for herself during the summer: a Beachbody Insanity workout DVD — a 60-day program that she followed every day.Her teammates see the results.“She would do the workouts and do extra,” said midfielder Liz McInerney. “And I think she changed her diet. She looks great.”Even with the rigorous exercise Holloway was putting herself through, she found satisfaction in her ability to transform herself into a better athlete.Holloway recognizes the physical changes she has undergone from last season. She said her footwork and speed have improved, even though she considered herself relatively fast before last summer.Aside from putting her birthday present to good use, Holloway said she spent more time during the offseason on the field working on her skills than she had in previous years.Even if she was only on the pitch for 10 or 15 minutes, Holloway knew each rep she practiced of hitting, sweeping or any other skill would benefit her during the season.“That gives you more of a comfort level when you come back and you believe you can do it in a game,” she said.Holloway’s training may have cost her a few pairs of shoes, but it also has her at the top of her game. And the Orange will need her to maintain her performance if the team hopes to play late into November.With that goal in mind for her final season, Holloway pushed herself to become a different player in the middle of SU’s defense in 2012.“I just tried to do everything that I could to make sure that we’re as successful as possible,” Holloway said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 25, 2012 at 12:11 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

LeBron James reacts to Colin Kaepernick’s settlement with NFL: ‘I’m happy he won his suit’

first_img“I think that anybody that would sacrifice their livelihood for the better of all of us, I can respect that. I mean you’ve got a guy that basically lost his job because he wanted to stand for something that’s more than just him.”LeBron James reacts to Colin Kaepernick’s settlement with the NFL.”I stand with Kaep. I hope it’s a hell of a lot of money!”— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 16, 2019In 2016, Kaepernick became the first player to take a knee during the national anthem to protest social and racial inequality. He filed his grievance against the NFL in October 2017 as part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement, claiming owners “blackballed” him as he has yet to find a landing spot since opting out of his 49ers contract in March 2017.  Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid reach settlement in NFL collusion case Related News Lakers star LeBron James expressed his full support behind former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who settled his collusion case against the NFL on Friday. “I think it’s important for you to stick up for what you believe in. I stand with Kaep. I kneel with Kaep,” James told reporters Saturday during All-Star weekend. “I feel what he was talking about nobody wanted to listen to. Nobody ever really actually wanted to understand where he was coming from. “I’m happy to see the news come out yesterday that he won his suit,” James added. “I hope it’s a hell of a lot of money that can set not only him up, but set his family up. … I hope that the word of what he did will live on throughout American history, and also world history because it’s important for all of us, not only African-Americans but for everybody to stand up for something that’s more important than them.”Details were not announced and the settlement terms prevent the parties from commenting, but the end of legal proceedings in the case indicates the players got what they believed to be fair compensation from the league they accused of colluding against them.last_img read more


first_imgBREEDERS’ CUP LAUNCHES ‘WIN WITH WALKER’ PROMOTIONAL SWEEPSTAKES One Lucky Winner to Meet Superstar Pitcher Walker Buehlerat 2019 Breeders’ Cup World ChampionshipsLEXINGTON, Ky., (October 3, 2019) – Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, today announced the launch of a new sweepstakes with the Los Angeles Dodgers’ star pitcher Walker Buehler. Titled Win with Walker , the sweepstakes offers one lucky winner the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, taking place at the storied Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on November 1 and 2, alongside the baseball great, gaining unprecedented access to many of the event’s most exclusive experiences. In addition to receiving two VIP tickets to the World Championships event, the winner will get the chance to watch a Championship race with the famed athlete, beginning with the competing horses’ parade around the Paddock and culminating in the Winner’s Circle.“We’re always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience and we’re proud to be partnering with a world-class baseball player like Walker to offer such an unbelievable opportunity for one lucky fan,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup.“We’re grateful to Walker for his support of the Breeders’ Cup and wish the best of luck to all the fans hoping to win this one-of-a-kind experience!”“Growing up in Kentucky, I’ve been a big racing fan, and I am excited to be a part of one of the biggest events in racing,” said Walker Buehler, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers.To enter the Win with Walker sweepstakes, participants must visit and sign up with their name and email address. Hopeful fans can share a unique referral link via social media and email to earn additional entries into the sweepstakes and increase their chances of winning the Grand Prize. Entries are currently being accepted now through October 23, 2019, at which point the Grand Prize winner will be randomly chosen from the eligible entries and notified via email. Winners and guests must both be 18 years of age. Any and all transportation to/from Santa Anita Park and any corresponding accommodations will not be provided and will be winner’s sole responsibility. For complete rules visit year, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will return to the historic Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 for a record-breaking 10th time. To learn more about the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, please visit read more