Talent and Social Business: The promise and the challenges of Employer Branding

first_img Previous Article Next Article “As some of you know I joined Flipkart with the designation of Director – Talent Branding. Many people after that have asked me what exactly is my role and what would I be doing.”Read full article Talent and Social Business: The promise and the challenges of Employer BrandingShared from missc on 15 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img

US home price growth hits 15-year high

first_imgInventory has hit historically low levels while home prices surpassed $300,000 for the first time ever and continue to rise. (iStock)Home price growth hit levels not seen in 15 years.The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index jumped 11.2 percent year over year in January. That’s up from the 10.4 percent gain in December, which was the best December in seven years.The index’s highest annual rate of price growth on record was in February 2006.The housing market has seen rapid growth since mid-2020, with buyers taking advantage of low interest rates. As a result, inventory has hit historically low levels while home prices surpassed $300,000 for the first time ever and continue to rise.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreUS home prices jump 10.4% in best year since 2013Home prices across globe hit records, prompting worries of bubbleHome sales drop in February as inventory remains at all-time low As home prices soar globally, economists are increasingly worried about affordability locking potential homebuyers out of the market and further exacerbating inequality. Still, many economists forecast a strong year for the housing market as vaccinations roll out.CoreLogic economist Selma Hepp said low inventory is the biggest concern for the housing market’s continued performance.“Potential sellers may be discouraged by their inability to find a new home and subsequently choose to not list their own home – leading to a vicious cycle of declining for-sale homes,” she said in a statement.New construction of homes is lagging behind as lumber prices soar. Housing starts dropped 10.3 percent in January and homebuilder sentiment fell for the third time in four months in February.The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller’s 20-city index (minus Detroit) saw a gain of 11.1 percent in January, compared to 10.2 percent in December. The 10-city index was up 10.9 percent year over year, compared to 9.9 percent the month before.Contact Erin Hudson Full Name* Share via Shortlink Message* Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Email Address* Housing MarketResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Radar-derived bed roughness characterization of Institute and Möller ice streams, West Antarctica, and comparison with Siple Coast ice streams

first_imgSubglacial bed conditions exert a significant control on ice stream behavior and evolution, and can be characterized by determining bed roughness from FFT analysis of radar-imaged basal reflectors. Here we assess bed roughness across Institute and Moller ice streams, West Antarctica, and compare our findings with bed roughness determined across the Siple Coast ice streams. We find that variations in bed roughness are spatially organized, and attribute this to the varying efficacy of subglacial erosion and deposition, with rougher (inland, slow-flowing) regions largely manifesting preglacial topography, and smoother (downstream, fast-flowing) regions evincing significant postglacial modification to the subglacial landscape. The observed similarities between bed roughness characteristics of IIS/MIS and the Siple ice streams suggest that IIS and MIS are largely underlain by wet, poorly consolidated sediments, and may therefore be vulnerable to the types of dynamical instabilities experienced by the Siple ice streams.last_img read more

SECAUCUS BRIEFS

first_imgCheck out Impact annual economic Progress Report inside the newspaperHudson County’s culture, amenities, views, and transportation make it a great place to live and work. 1 / 2 Kindergarteners from the Clarendon School participate in a spring worm dig. The students pictured are Namish Chopra, Damon Lu, Ryan Xu, Kian Varshney, Alexander Gonzalez, and Dhruv Valapureddy. See briefs for more information. 2 / 2 The Secaucus School District honored winners of the Hudson County Champion Consumer Bowl at a recent Board of Education meeting. Pictured are Consumer Bowl team members Kendryck Ceballos, Nader Alkhabbaz, Kaitlyn O’Connell, and Zishan Patel. Advisor Alexis Chisari and Board of Education President Jack McStowe are also present. See briefs for more information. ❮ ❯ × 1 / 2 Kindergarteners from the Clarendon School participate in a spring worm dig. The students pictured are Namish Chopra, Damon Lu, Ryan Xu, Kian Varshney, Alexander Gonzalez, and Dhruv Valapureddy. See briefs for more information. 2 / 2 The Secaucus School District honored winners of the Hudson County Champion Consumer Bowl at a recent Board of Education meeting. Pictured are Consumer Bowl team members Kendryck Ceballos, Nader Alkhabbaz, Kaitlyn O’Connell, and Zishan Patel. Advisor Alexis Chisari and Board of Education President Jack McStowe are also present. See briefs for more information. ❮ ❯center_img In fact, a bevy of unique new businesses have landed in or expanded in this area this year.Each year, the Reporter provides a rundown of what’s new in development, economics, education, and health care in the county. Find out about the county’s progress by looking for the Impact inside this week’s edition.Mayor Gonnelli discusses planned sale of Meadowlands HospitalRecently, media outlets reported that multimillionaire real estate developer Yan Moshe—who owns surgery centers throughout Bergen County—is on track to purchase Meadowlands Hospital for $5 million.Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli briefly discussed the reported sale last week, revealing that his administration knows little about it. “I really don’t know anything about it, which I find to be very odd,” the mayor told the Secaucus Reporter. “Typically, the state or someone would get in touch with us about it. They haven’t been in touch at all.”Regarding his hopes for the hospital’s future, Gonnelli said, “I want it to remain a full-service hospital the way it currently is. I want to get local doctors in there. I want the emergency room to be top notch, like it already is. The program that negotiated with us on the ambulance contract, no one has even called me back yet—that concerns me a little bit.”Gonnelli also shared that the hospital provides free EMS services for Secaucus residents. Previously, under the Elwell administration, the hospital charged the town $700,000 annually to have ambulance stations in the town, Gonnelli said.But some have said that the hospital is underserving the area and is not needed. The county has seven hospitals (see related story in the Impact section).Former councilman denies rumors of challenging Gonnelli in NovemberRichard Kane, who resigned from his Secaucus council position in 2009, recently denied rumors he plans to challenge Mayor Michael Gonnelli in the November elections.“No!” Kane exclaimed with surprise as a reporter asked him if the rumors were true on Tuesday. “No intentions whatsoever. There’s no news there.”The former Democratic 1st Ward councilman stepped down after he got a job in Connecticut. The new position required extensive commuting, leaving him unable to fulfill his council duties.That year was a reelection year for former Mayor Dennis Elwell, who soon stepped down after federal agents arrested him on corruption charges. In a turning of the Democratic tides that once ruled Secaucus, Gonnelli easily won election that November, along with his Independent “Take Back Secaucus” slate. Since then, the Independents have enjoyed considerable popularity among local residents.The deadline for any Democratic or Republican slates or individuals to run in the June primary was April 3. So far, no slates or individuals have publicly announced their intentions to enter the race.Gonnelli has been a member of the town’s Independent party for many years.Secaucus School District honors Hudson County Consumer Bowl ChampionsThe members of the Hudson County Champion Consumer Bowl and their advisor, Ms. Alexis Chisari, were honored at the Board of Education’s Showcase of Success.The New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl is an educational competition for high school students across the state to educate young adults on a variety of consumer issues.This past January, Secaucus High School won the Hudson County competition for the fifth consecutive year, defeating Dickinson High School, Liberty High School, High Tech, and County Prep. Earlier this month, they competed in the Northern Region Competition, defeating Passaic County Technical Institute and Belvidere High School to advance to the final round for the first time in the school’s history. Secaucus High School took second place in the competition, just behind four-time Consumer Bowl State Champions Irvington High School.The Secaucus High School Consumer Bowl competition team consists of team captain Kaitlyn O’Connell, Zishan Patel, David Perez, Nader Alkhabbaz, and Kendryck Ceballos.At the Board of Education’s Showcase of Success, Interim Superintendent Kenneth Knops congratulated team members. Secaucus High School Principal Dr. Robert Berckes extolled the hard work and success of the team and Advisor Alexis Chisari, and Board of Education President Jack McStowe presented Certificates of Merit to members of the Secaucus High School Consumer Bowl team.Kindergarteners learn from worms, and first graders participate in learning centersStudents are naturally curious about the world around them. Therefore, it is important to provide students with the opportunity to pose questions and discover answers on their own. The kindergarten teachers at Clarendon School in Secaucus did just that. Students in Lisa Jaramillo, Maleesa Lamatina, Manal Abuhouran and Anna Falco’s kindergarten classes at Clarendon School got a chance to meet a real worm. The students ventured out to various dig sites around the school.Students made predictions and wrote in their journals about their observations. They learned that worms are all decomposers or living things that eat organic matter. This was an exciting activity enjoyed by all the kindergartners.Meanwhile, Dawn Leon’s first grade students at Huber Street Elementary School have been working collaboratively in differentiated small groups on a daily basis. Each day Mrs. Leon creates centers that support guided reading instruction while integrating interdisciplinary activities. The students enjoy working collaboratively on various activities that are related to the current lessons of the week and reinforcing previously taught skills. Students are able to ask questions, investigate, explore and examine the tasks they are asked to work on.‘Charlotte’s Web’ weaves its way through first grade classStudents in Mrs. Anna Critelli’s third grade class in Huber Street Elementary School are reading the classic novel Charlotte’s Web written by E.B. White. Students are in the process of learning how lessons of friendship, loyalty and truth bind this story together and show readers that friends come in all shapes and sizes.Mrs. Critelli integrates literature circles into her classroom, providing students the opportunity to read a chapter, then to write down several questions that they have about the book, as well as their predictions for what they think will happen. Mrs. Critelli is using this questioning strategy to get the students in the mindset of the book; this strategy will help expand their thinking through peer discussions.last_img read more

Moe.’s Al Schnier Talks Famoe.ly Holiday Concert, New Material, And Writing Music For The Puppy Bowl

first_imgThis weekend, moe. will hit the Capitol Theatre and Garcia’s for their first ever “Famoe.ly Holiday Concert” series. The band will play The Cap on Saturday night and will move to Garcia’s on Sunday for a special acoustic brunch set. You can find all of the details here.In anticipation of this holiday run, we sat down with moe.’s guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire, Al Schnier. Al’s holiday spirit was in full effect, and he discussed a wide range of topics, covering the upcoming holiday shows, his work on moe.’s new album and their forthcoming live record, how he got involved writing music for films, and a great story about his musical collaboration with Keyboard Cat at The Puppy Bowl. See below for a full transcript of this interview, and get excited for this weekend’s double header at The Cap!Live For Live Music: This weekend, moe. is putting on a special holiday show at The Capitol Theatre called “A Famoe.ly Holiday Concert.” What was the inspiration behind putting that show together?Al Schnier: We’ve sort of dabbled in doing a holiday show in the past, but we’ve never really done a proper holiday show. It’s something we’ve talked about for a while, and the timing was right, it’s just something we wanted to do. Last year we did a run around this time of year in San Francisco, and we just got to bust out a couple of our holiday songs from our Seasons Greetings record, but that was about the extent of it. Vinnie [Amico] and I had done a bunch of holiday shows with Floodwood, our Bluegrass group, it became a cool tradition that we were doing, so it’s nice to put together a show this time of year, so we thought we’d give it a shot with moe. It’s been about a year since we played the Capitol Theatre, so all the stars aligned, it was perfect.L4LM: I know that everyone here in New York is really excited for the shows. Usually, when moe. plays this kind of special shows, be it a Thanksgiving run, a New Years run, a Halloween run, the band has a few tricks up their sleeve. What can we expect from moe. at these special holiday concerts this weekend?AS: That remains to be seen! I can tell you this much, we are together right now working on new material. We haven’t gotten to the holiday portion at all yet, although that’s our intention. We’re playing Saturday night at the Capitol Theatre, and Sunday we’re doing something a little bit different, we’re doing a brunch show, an acoustic brunch in Garcia’s, which is sort of like the Sunday brunch shows we used to do at our snoe.down event. Those are always so much fun, and we wanted to do something similar to that. I think what we’ll do is spread out the holiday music over both events. But, right now we’re just focused on working on new songs, and I have no idea what we’re going to play this weekend.L4LM: That’s great that you guys are working on new songs. Is there a new moe. album in the works?AS: I guess that’s always the case. There’s always a new album in the works. Right now, my head is just kind of spinning because I’ve been working overtime trying to get our Fillmore record finished. When we were out in San Francisco in the Spring we recorded a show at the Fillmore, and we’re going to be releasing that on Record Store Day, we have a really great double album that will be coming out on vinyl. So, we’re just finishing that up now. It’s a pretty involved process to go through that whole thing and get it ready to be released on vinyl, and trying to do that, at the same time we’re on tour prepping the two-night Halloween show and prepping the Holiday show and working on new material, there’s just been a lot on our plate right now. But, it’s all been good.L4LM: With 2016 coming to a close, I was wondering what were some of the best shows that you’ve seen, or that you’ve been a part of, in 2016.AS: Wow. OK, so, right away a standout show is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Philly at the Citizen’s Bank Park. I went to the first night of those shows, and it was just amazing. I mean he played for over four hours, it was one set over four hours, and the first two hours of it were songs from his first two records and unreleased material, it was just phenomenal. Another standout show from this year, or a pair of shows actually, was Pearl Jam at Fenway Park, I get chills just thinking about it, those shows were amazing.Our Halloween show, again, I love the Fillmore in Philadelphia. Doing the Quentin Tarantino Halloween show was so much fun, we put in a lot of work and it was so much fun to do. I really have to tip my hat to our crew for doing such a great job on those shows. For some reason, another thing that stands out was when we went out to play Red Rocks this past summer. While the Red Rocks show was fantastic, we played with Gov’t Mule and Blackberry Smoke, but our show at the Boulder Theater was really, really good. There was something about that night was really special, it was just one of those things where there was something really special about it. I don’t know if it was because we were jetlagged, or exhausted, or just having all of our fans there, but it was one of those really good nights.L4LM: Speaking of Tarantino, I know that you recently released a track that you wrote for Django Unchained, I was wondering how you got involved with that and if you’ve written any other music for use in film or TV?AS: moe. had been working with a publishing company, and that was the intent. They were supposed to be bringing those opportunities to us so we could do stuff like that. That was about the closest I had ever gotten to doing anything like that. We would get these e-mails from time to time from our person there, saying “hey, this is a unique opportunity, do you think you’d have anything that could work for something like this?” I happened to have this piece that I was working on that would sort of fit with the Tarantino project, and they actually liked it. They said “Hey, this kind of works, but could you tweak it a little bit, make it sound like this, or that” and I said “sure, yes, anything for you!” I did, and I re-submitted it, and then I was just waiting and waiting. And then I started thinking, “well, if this works, then maybe I’ll fly out to LA, and maybe I’ll do the music for the Guy Ritchie movie, and then I can work with Wes Anderson, maybe the Cohen Brothers will call!” But yeah, it never happened. And, of course, the song they ended up using for the theme song was entirely different from the one that I had submitted. But, it’s cool, I was just excited to be a part of it.There were a few other things too. There was some weird Ryan Seacrest show at one point that I had submitted some music for. There’re a few things that I’ve actually written music for but, again, they’ve never gotten used. So I have all these weird theme songs that I’ve written music for they’ve just never gotten used.Listen to Al Schnier’s song “Django Unchained” below.L4LM: Sounds like you have some good content for a future moe. bonus record.AS: Oh yeah, it’s really strange. One of the things that I actually did get to do that is still one of the funniest things was for the Puppy Bowl. This was two or three years ago, I did a bunch of the music for Puppy Bowl. I had to make up a bunch of the fight songs for Puppy Bowl, and I did the music for the halftime show. Their halftime show “guest superstar” was YouTube sensation, Keyboard Cat. Keyboard Cat was gonna be out there, and I had to re-create a Bruno Mars song as if Keyboard Cat had created it. So basically the Keyboard Cat version of the Bruno Mars song, as if the Cat was being backed up by a ripping band of puppies. So I had to go and reproduce the Bruno Mars song as if Keyboard Cat was playing the melody. And they were like “So this is good, but can you make it sound…worse? somehow? Have you seen the Keyboard Cat before? Make it sound more like he’s just hitting the keyboard with his paws” and I was like “OK!”. So I had to go back and make it sound like the keyboard was being played with fake paws, and they ended up using it in the halftime show. It was one of the most surreal things.L4LM: I don’t know if any story can top writing music for Keyboard Cat and being asked to make it worse. Wow. Well, I have one more question for you, I know you mentioned that moe. is working on new music, and I know you are making your return to Jam Cruise this year, and I’m sure you have a lot of plans that are lining up, so I’m wondering what you’re most looking forward to in 2017?AS: Ya know, I guess, there’s still so much work that we have to do. I feel like, it’s funny because we’ve been doing this for 26 years now, and I feel like we’ve been afforded the opportunity to do that work, and I’m actually really looking forward to, sort of, rolling up our sleeves and doing some of that work. 2017 is probably going to be a busy year for us, we’ve got a lot on deck. There’s a lot of stuff that we’re going to be announcing, and I can’t say anything about any of it now, but I’m really looking forward to 2017.We’ve already made a lot of positive changes within our organization, and everybody in the band has just been really focused on our work. It’s been great the last couple of months. We’ve been getting a lot of good work done, and 2017 is only going to be better. We’ve already got a lot of good shows on deck, and we’re about to roll out some more tour dates, and we have some more big announcements coming, and 2017 is just going to be a great year for moe.last_img read more

Claypool Lennon Delirium Shares Psychedelic Cover Of The Flower Travellin’ Band From Upcoming EP

first_imgOne of the biggest breakout acts of 2016 was The Claypool Lennon Delirium, the unanticipated but fully appreciated collaboration between Les Claypool and Sean Lennon that produced one of the best albums of the year, Monolith of Phobos. While there’s no telling how long Claypool’s side-projects will ever stick around, we do know that there’s more coming from the band in 2017 – as they detail a new release for an upcoming covers EP, Lime and Limpid Green, out August 4th.The new EP includes psychedelic covers of “Astronomy Domine” by Pink Floyd, “Boris the Spider,” by The Who, “The Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, and “Satori” by Flower Travellin’ Band. While the band has played these songs over the past year in their live concerts, this release will newly feature studio versions. The EP was previously issued for 2017 Record Store Day and will become available as a limited-edition run of 3,000 on clear vinyl (with green and double-mint splatter, of course).Rolling Stone has shared the first taste of the new release with a music video for the 1971 “Satori” by the Flower Travellin’ Band. Watch it below:“I think the genesis of this band began with Les and I listening to old records together and feeling like our universes were uncannily intertwined,” Sean Lennon told Rolling Stone. “We were both feeling and hearing something that we wanted to do that was deeply inspired by those people who were the most peculiar in their time, like Syd [Barrett]. Since we only had one album as a band, we wanted to add songs to the live show that would illustrate and elaborate upon what the Delirium were all about.”Les Claypool added, “The thought was to play songs that we hadn’t interpreted in the studio prior. Most of these tunes were played extensively live, so they had time to evolve and develop their own greasy little personalities.” Read the full spread here.last_img read more

Keeping first-years informed

first_img A warmth to beat the heat Asking for help can be hard, especially when you’re not sure what kind of help you need.It’s a problem that Anu Vedantham, director of learning and teaching services for the FAS Libraries, has seen countless students try to solve on their own. That’s why she decided to launch First-Year Librarians in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Related President Bacow and others welcome members of Class of ’22 at convocation “We meet with students every day, but we wait for them to ask us questions,” Vedantham said. “Often we hear in their junior year: ‘I wish I had known this service was available to me.’ The First-Year Librarian will be able to introduce them to services early in their time at Harvard.”The program is being piloted with 17 librarians, each of whom will connect monthly with 10 first-year students.“There are already lots of people here who care about you, but one of the things we want you to do is get to know them,” said Kerry Carwile Masteller, who works as a reference and digital-program librarian at Loeb Music Library.Denisse Cordova Carrizales ’22 listens to speeches at Widener Library Reading Room. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerLast week at Widener about half the cohort of participating students connected with their librarians. The meetings happened as President Larry Bacow, College Dean Rakesh Khurana, and Sarah E. Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library, greeted students taking part in First-Year Retreat and Experience.Thomas recalled that the library at her Western Massachusetts high school was largely made up of books donated by teachers. When she was hired by Harvard as a 21-year-old to file cards in the catalog in her role as a “searcher and filer,” its eight million titles were daunting.Ayana Gray could relate. The first-year said she was excited by the chance to connect with a personal librarian because the library at her Montana high school consisted mostly of fiction.“It was good for reading, but not information,” said Gray. “I feel like my librarian can open a huge gateway of resources to me. Otherwise, I’d be so overwhelmed.”Reed Lowrie, manager of reference and information services in FAS Libraries, said he hopes the program plays a community-building role.“Most of my interactions with students are transactional, and that’s it,” he said. “I’m hoping this will give an opportunity to have more in-depth relationships. I’m also curious to know how students think about research and information. Our profession has completely changed. Students used to have to use the library; now they can use Google, or use the library but never step inside. Making more of a connection is definitely part of the appeal.”A student hugs her book gifted to her by the Harvard Libraries. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerAt Widener, librarians met with first-years, watching as the students opened books given to them by a faculty member or alumnus. Among the titles: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah,” Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers,” and Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.”Gene Nartey, a first-year from Leominster, Mass., received E.E. Cummings’ “The Enormous Room” with a note from Virginie Greene, a French professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures:“The poet E.E. spent three months in a French prisoner camp in 1917 because he expressed anti-war opinions in letters to friends. He wrote an account of his experience in prose, and that was his first published book. This is not the greatest book I have read, but a pretty curious and intriguing one.”Matthew Ciurleo, who received Charles C. Mann’s “1491” from Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of History Daniel Smail, is from Commack, N.Y., where he said the public library was closed for renovations three of his four years of high school.“I ended up using the National Archives website a lot,” he said. “I’m very interested in history and nonfiction, so I’m looking forward to having helping hands.”last_img read more

A&L grads compete in business

first_imgWhen senior Mitch Gainer began interviewing for a position with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he expected most of his peers to have studied business during their undergraduate careers. But as he progressed through the interview process, Gainer, an economics major, said he noticed a majority of the interviewees had educational backgrounds grounded in the liberal arts. “The majority of the top-20 schools in the country don’t have undergraduate business programs, so I found myself competing against history and medieval studies majors,” he said. Like most graduating seniors entering the job market, Gainer said he was worried about employment prospects. But after securing a job in the business world with a liberal arts degree, he said he investigated the statistics on post-graduate plans of students in the College of Arts and Letters. “A lot of Arts and Letters students worry about getting a job after graduation, but that worry wasn’t reflective of what I saw [during interviews] at all,” Gainer said. “So I went to [assistant dean] Joe Stanfiel and the Career Center, and looked closer at the statistics.” When Gainer was offered a position at BCG, Stanfiel said he and Gainer began analyzing 2010 data from the Office of Institutional Research for a different perspective on the post-graduation employment climate for Notre Dame students. “[The interviews] got Mitch thinking about the generalized claims about who gets jobs after graduation and that the sorts of jobs people get would be something to look into as well,” Stanfiel said. “After looking at the data, we found that Arts and Letters students were getting competitive jobs in the business world in roughly equal number with business students.” According to the data, 48 percent of 2010 Notre Dame graduates working in the business world hailed from the College of Arts and Letters, versus 46 percent from programs in the Mendoza College of Business, Gainer said. 17 percent of graduates working in business had degrees from both colleges. Of the graduates working in the top-six consulting firms in the country, Gainer said 43 percent had Arts and Letters degrees, compared to the 40 percent who were business majors. Additionally, every Notre Dame student offered a position at BCG was from either Arts and Letters or the College of Engineering, Gainer said. Since some of the country’s most elite institutions do not offer undergraduate business programs, Stanfiel said the notion that a business degree is necessary for success in the business world does not carry much weight. “It would be very odd to tell someone at Harvard, Princeton, Yale or Stanford that you have to have a business degree to get a good job,” he said. “Notre Dame is an elite university in the company of those places, and the sort of person that comes here is coming from the top one percent of students.” Stanfiel said Notre Dame students have a unique advantage in the pool of newly-graduated job applicants due to the resources available through the Career Center and Arts and Letters. This contributes to the low unemployment rate of Arts and Letters graduates: two percent. “Practical experience would be favorable to have going into a job, so we promote internships and provide funding for students who take unpaid internships,” he said. “Between the outstanding education of Arts and Letters and other opportunities, graduates are going to find themselves very well prepared.” According to the data, Arts and Letters graduates have also been successful in securing jobs in the public sector. 66 percent of 2010 graduates working for the Central Intelligence Agency came from Arts and Letters backgrounds, and 55 percent of students working in other federal government positions were Arts and Letters majors. Just under half of those Arts and Letters graduates working for the federal government were political science majors. Additionally, 95 percent of Notre Dame students who obtain prestigious fellowships, such as the Fulbright and Rhodes scholarships, hail from Arts and Letters. Gainer and other students said a liberal arts education at Notre Dame provides students with critical thinking and communication skills valued in almost every work environment. “Arts and Letters was huge in the interview process, because I was able to take non-business experiences and show their value in business situations,” Gainer said. “My experience working to help establish farming cooperatives in rural India was probably the biggest reason I got a job.” Senior Graham Thomas said his experience as a Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) major prepared him well for past internships, and helped him secure a job with BCG following graduation. “The practice in oral communication provided by discussion-based seminars and oral final exams, a staple of the PLS Great Books seminars, sharpens a student’s ability to think quickly on the spot and to eloquently articulate ideas,” he said. “This skill has made me more effective in my internships when working on teams and attending business meetings, and it was crucial to my success when interviewing for jobs this past fall.” Senior Christine Fagan, a double major in English and Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) who will be working as a project manager for the healthcare software company Epic Systems after graduation, said her undergraduate experience provided her with the skills necessary for success in any job. “My role as a student worker in two FTT jobs helped me work with other people to achieve goals and manage projects and my time,” she said. “My English major has helped me organize my thoughts before beginning a project, so I think having a liberal arts double major has led me to be more well-rounded and learn a lot of business-related skills in an environment I enjoyed more ⎯ in theater and in writing.” The success of liberal arts students in the business world speaks to the type of student Notre Dame attracts and the core identity of the University, Stanfiel said. “If you take a group of incredibly talented people and give them a Notre Dame liberal arts education, we in the College of Arts and Letters feel like that’s the best type of education to have,” he said. “Specific technological knowledge can be learned on the job, but learning how to think and write takes an investment of years and can’t be learned on the job.”last_img read more

Tix Now Available to See Kathryn Erbe & More in Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait

first_imgTickets are now on sale to see Kathryn Erbe, Seth Numrich and more in the world premiere of Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait. Written and directed by Daniel Talbott, the play will begin performances on May 21 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater’s The Gym at Judson. Opening night is set for June 9 and the off-Broadway production is scheduled to run through June 27.Joining Erbe and Numrich in the cast will be Brian Miskell, Chris Stack, Jimi Stanton,and Jelena Stupljanin.Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait takes place in the not-so-distant future; two American soldiers wait at a worn-down outpost in the desert. Hot and bright. Hallucinatory hot. The world has been ravaged by war, its natural resources stripped, and it is no longer clear if there is an enemy left to fight or anything left to fight for. They wait. For orders, provisions, a sign of life. For rescue. Even for death.The production will feature set design by Raul Abrego, costume design by Tristan Raines, lighting design by Joel Moritz, sound design by John Zalewski, projection design by Dave Tennent and violence and dance choreography by UnkleDave’s Fight-House. View Comments Related Shows Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait Show Closed This production ended its run on June 27, 2015last_img read more

Vermont Chamber of Commerce names 2011 Top Ten Summer & Fall Events

first_img45th Annual Vermont Maple Festival: How SWEET It Is!St. Albans, April 15 to 17As summer approaches, it’s time to celebrate the state’s signature product: pure Vermont maple. The Festival is three exciting days for everyone – preschoolers to seniors. Main Street entertainment, maple exhibits, antique and craft shows, cooking demonstrations, sugarhouse tours, face painting, maple buffet, pancake breakfasts, fiddlers’ and youth talent shows, carnival, Sap Run, historical museum, Taylor Park picnicking, delightful downtown shops, maple treats, and a Grand Parade – much are free! www.vtmaplefestival.org(link is external), 802-524-5800.Quechee Hot Air Balloon, Craft & Music FestivalQuechee, June 17 to 19, Fri. 3 pm – 9:30 pm, Sat. & Sun. 5 am – 9 pmThe 32nd annual Festival offers a fun and affordable family experience of music, laughter, children’s rides, shopping, great food, daredevil skydivers and breathtaking balloon rides and ascensions. Adults $10, ages 6-12 $5, under 6 free. www.quecheeballoonfestival.com(link is external), 802-295-2500.LCI Father’s Day Fishing DerbyLake Champlain, June 19 to 21, opens at 12 am on Fri. and closes at 4 pm on Sun.The Derby, presented by Yamaha, is Lake Champlain International’s (LCI) flagship fundraising event and America’s oldest, largest, family fishing derby. The Derby, celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011, brings anglers from over 30 states to Lake Champlain to enjoy family, friends and fishing. There are three divisions of fish: cold water, cool water, and warm water, which include 12 different species of fish in 7 species categories eligible for cash and prizes. Registration fees. www.lciderby.com(link is external), 802-879-3466.Vermont Quilt Festival – 35th AnniversaryEssex Junction, June 24 to 26 (Champagne & Chocolate Preview June 23 evening), Fri. & Sat. 9 am – 6 pm, Sun. 9 am – 3 pmTreat your family to a delightful experience at New England’s oldest and largest quilting event. Be dazzled by the color and design of hundreds of breathtaking new and antique quilts. Enjoy entertaining free gallery talks and demonstrations, take in classes and lectures, shop the merchants’ mall, treat the kids to fun classes, and bring your quilts for appraisal – all at the air-conditioned Champlain Valley Expo in the heart of the beautiful Champlain Valley. $12, seniors and groups $10, children under 14 free. www.vqf.org(link is external), 802-872-0034.Strolling of the HeifersBrattleboro, June 3 to 5, 9 am – 6 pmGet ready for the Tenth Annual Strolling of the Heifers Weekend! Enjoy three days filled with great events to entertain and educate the whole family, highlighted by the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade featuring heifer calves led by future farmers, many other farm animals, tractors, floats, bands, clowns and more. When it’s over, follow the parade to our Green Expo for food, fun, entertainment, and information about healthy local goods and sustainable living. Free. www.strollingoftheheifers.com(link is external), 802-254-5546.Vermont Summer Festival Horse ShowEast Dorset, July 6 to August 14, Wednesdays – Sundays, 8 am – 4 pmThe Vermont Summer Festival attracts the best show jumping athletes, including Olympic medalists from across the country and around the globe. One of the most lucrative events in Vermont, the Vermont Summer Festival Horse show offers more than $750,000 in prize money. Show jumping is a spectator-friendly sport, which is easy to understand and exciting to watch. The show grounds include food and shopping concessions. Wed. to Sat. adults $5, children $3; Sun. adults $7, children $5. www.vt-summerfestival.com(link is external), 802-496-9667.Vermont Cheesemakers FestivalShelburne, July 24, 11 am – 4 pmWith over 50 cheesemakers, the highest number per capita in the country, Vermont is the premier artisan cheese state. At the 3rd annual Festival, you can experience our passion for making fine cheeses. Come taste local foods and meet the artisans responsible for it all. Buy, learn and network, but most of all, celebrate the bounty of the region in the historic Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms along the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain. $30. www.vtcheesefest.com(link is external), 802-479-9371.Deerfield Valley Blueberry FestivalWilmington and neighboring towns, July 29 to August 7Celebrate the farmer in us all! Embrace, experience and enjoy all the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival has to offer. Over 60 ‘blue’ filled events over 10 days! Fees vary. www.vermontblueberry.com(link is external), 802-464-5618 or 802-464-8092.Vermont Festival of the ArtsMad River Valley (Waitsfield, Warren, Moretown, Fayston, Middlesex, Granville, Rochester), August 1 through Labor Day WeekendA five week long celebration of the arts, throughout the Mad River Valley and beyond. The Festival is comprised of more than 125 events ranging from exhibits and performances, to painting, poetry and crafts, poetry workshops, lectures, a full moon celebration and culinary extravaganzas. The center of the state is the center for the arts in Vermont. August is Art in the Mad River Valley. www.vermontartfest.com(link is external), 802-496-6682.Addison County Fair & Field DaysNew Haven, August 9 to 13, 10 am – 10 pmVermont’s largest agricultural fair. Children’s barnyard, cattle judging, tractor pulls, crafts, exhibits, live entertainment, midway, parade, ox pulling, draft horses, youth activities and VT products dinner. Adults $9 (Tues.- Fri.), $10 (Sat.), kids $2, under 5 free. www.addisoncountyfielddays.com(link is external), 802-545-2557. Each year, a panel of independent judges chooses Vermont’s best activities, selected for their diversity and wide appeal. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce announces the highly anticipated 2011 Top Ten Summer and Fall Events. The 2011 award recipients display a wide variety of unique Vermont attributes that will provide something fun for everyone in all corners of the Green Mountain State.In order to qualify as a Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Event, events must appeal to out-of-state visitors as well as Vermonters, and to a diverse audience, including children and families. Events should also be representative of the Vermont brand, featuring time-honored as well as contemporary experiences. Due to the additional attention a Top Ten Award garners, the event must be able to accommodate an influx of visitors up to twice the normal count.The winners in chronological order include: Killington Hay FestivalKillington, Labor Day to Columbus DayA five-week celebration of autumn in Vermont. Our collection of 35 giant hay animals are waiting to greet visitors as they explore Killington. Complete the family-friendly educational scavenger hunt, enjoy a harvest dinner, or play in our handcrafted hay maze. There’s even a special Killington Hay Festival brew from Long Trail and ‘Hay and Stay’ packages for our guests to make a weekend of it in the beautiful Green Mountains! Free. www.discoverkillington.com(link is external), 800-337-1988.South End Art HopBurlington, September 9 to 10, Fri. 5 – 9 pm, Sat. 9 am – 5 pmVermont’s largest visual arts exhibition, featuring more than 500 participating artists exhibiting their work in nearly 100 Burlington businesses and studios. The mission of the event is to highlight the connection of culture and commerce: art is good for business and business is good for art. This is an inclusive, all-ages community event, expressing the best of Burlington, attended by many thousands of residents and visitors. Free (except Strut Fashion Show is $12). www.seaba.com(link is external), 802-859-9222.Glory Days FestivalWhite River Jct., September 10, 9 am – 5 pmA family oriented, fun-filled day of celebration and education of railroading and transportation modes of the past, present and future. Hourly White River Flyer train excursions run along the Connecticut River while local food and street vendors showcase their wares. Live entertainment on the main and children’s stage captivate a multi-generation audience, providing a hometown fair feeling! At the end of the day relax on the grass during a live evening performance. $3 (ages 2 and under free). www.glorydaysoftherailroad.org(link is external), 802-295-5036.16th Annual Southern Vermont Garlic & Herb FestivalBennington, September 3 to 4, 10 am – 5 pmLive music all day! Great food, from garlic ice cream, garlic nuggets, and garlic sausage, to garlic margaritas. Local favorite restaurants share their garlic delicacies. The festival features demos on planting and harvesting garlic, making wreaths and braids of garlic and cooking with garlic. Over 125 vendors; including garlic growers and offerings of fresh herbs, Vermont’s agricultural bounties, delicious garlic condiments, unique handmade crafts and more. Children’s activities! Camelot Village. $5, $1 under 12. www.bennington.com(link is external) or www.lovegarlic.com(link is external), 802-447-3311.Tunbridge World’s FairTunbridge, September 15 to 18, Thur. & Fri. 8 am – 9 pm, Sat. 8 am – 10 pm, Sun. 11 am – 6 pmA blend of active livestock shows, beautiful farm animals, competitive harvest and crafts exhibits, motorized pulling, free entertainment, and expanded midway and a superb Antique Museum with live enactors. As a family venue this couldn’t be better – for all ages and interests – tucked away in a charming valley. Together the fairgrounds and the village of Tunbridge form a designated Historic District. Thurs. $8, Fri. $10, Sat. $12, Sun. $10. www.tunbridgefair.com(link is external), 800-889-5555.The Killington ClassicKillington, September 8 to 11The Killington Classic Motorcycle Touring Rally is a must-attend annual event for New England bikers. We roll out the asphalt carpet as we host the famous 500+ participant parade of bikes to Rutland. Huge vendor village, bike demos and discussions, guided tours, poker runs, social events and more! It’s the largest motorcycle rally in Vermont, going strong for eight years running! $25 to register, free to attend. www.discoverkillington.com(link is external), 800-337-1928.Stowe Rotary’s OktoberfestStowe, September 23 to 25, Fri. 7 – 11 pm, Sat. 10 am – 8 pm, Sun. 11 am – 5 pmA weekend celebration of the harvest and fall foliage events include a free, Friday night ‘Rocktoberfest’ kick-off concert, a Saturday morning parade, and two days of oompah bands, authentic Bavarian foods, freshly brewed Vermont beer, traditional sing-alongs and dancing. Activities include silent auctions, raffles, a ‘bouncy-haus,’ pumpkin painting and more for the kids. There’s something for everyone, young and old. Adults $7, 9 and under $5. www.stowerotary.com(link is external), 802-253-4788.4th Annual Vermont Life Wine & Harvest FestivalWest Dover, September 23 to 25, see website for hours each day.The Festival celebrates the unique local talents of Vermont wineries, cheesemakers, specialty food producers and artists. This event brings together all that makes ‘Vermont Made’ synonymous with top quality, ingenuity and tradition by hosting the Vermont Life Wine & Harvest Soup Contest, Exceptional Wine Pairing Dinners at local area restaurants, Cheese & Wine pairing, Chef Demonstrations, a Locavore Culinary Competition and tastings from many of the exhibitors. Adults $10, under 5 free. www.thevermontfestival.com(link is external), 802-464-8092.Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking FestivalWoodstock, September 24 to 25, 10 am – 5 pmAttend this premier woodworking event in Vermont and view the best Vermont made wood products all under one roof. Buy wood furniture, bowls, baskets, jewelry, carvings, flooring, cabinetry, and more. New exhibitors, prizes and activities every year, with local food and music. Free shuttle ride to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park where one may tour the grounds, watch more woodworking demonstrations, and learn how we care for the forests that provide our craftsmen with wood. $10, age 18 and under free. www.vermontwoodfestival.org(link is external), 802-747-7900.Pumpkin & Apple Celebration at the Billings Farm & MuseumWoodstock, October 1 to 2, 10 am – 5 pmHands-on activities and programs will highlight these two versatile fall crops, their historical importance, and many uses. Apple taste test and visitors vote for their favorite. Sample pumpkin bread; lend a hand in pressing cider, making pumpkin and apple ice cream, and drying apples. Apple races, pumpkin bowling, apples-on-a-string and apple butter making. Adults $12, seniors $11, children ages 5-15 $6, ages 3-4 $3, 2 and under free. www.billingsfarm.org(link is external), 802-457-2355.Source: Vermont Chamber of Commerce. 10.1.2010last_img read more