SMC engages foreign speakers


first_imgThe English Language School at Saint Mary’s demonstrates the College’s mission for student diversity by working to help students reach their educational goals for to English language learning or proficiency.Kelly Konya | The Observer [/Courtesy of Terra Cowham]Terra Cowham, assistant director of the English Language School, said the program provides intensive English Language-instruction to non-native speakers, ranging from beginner to advanced levels.She said while the program mainly focuses on preparing students for higher education and life in the U.S., it also supports students who come for more personal goals.“Some students want to work on gaining confidence in their speaking, reading and writing skills,” Cowham said. “We have had many students whose spouses come for work, and they need a program that will help them gain social language so that they can engage with the community around them.”Cowham said in spring 2013, the School’s calendar changed from semester-long courses to four-week sessions, which are offered in the fall, spring and summer. This allows the program to have start dates every month as opposed to only in the fall or spring.“Having four-week sessions also allows students to come for as many sessions as they would like,” she said. “They could stay for a few months if they did not want to study the whole semester.”Cowham said the program now offers a more specialized summer program, with three sessions beginning May 12.“We have continued to grow and help students along their educational journey,” she said. “We have grown in our extracurricular activities and have added new elective classes.”Cowham said the current classes offered are Speaking and Listening, Reading, Grammar, Cultural Exploration and Service Learning, along with other intensive academic preparatory courses.“Full-time students typically take five classes a day. The classes are approximately one-hour long, which equates to five instructional hours per class per week,” Cowham said. “Classes are offered from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to12 p.m. on Friday,” Cowham said.She said the program attracts students of all ages from all over the world.“We have students who are studying here for their college program, some study here before their entrance into higher education, some are wives and mothers, and we have students who come for just a few classes,” she said. “Our teachers care about each student as an individual.“We welcome anyone who wants language support on their educational journey.”Cowham said because the program is small, the teachers are able to offer a great deal of individualized attention.“We can work directly with student needs as well as offer a close-knit community of learning,” she said.In addition to benefitting students, Cowham said there are many ways the students’ families in the School find fulfillment in the programs as well. With little to no English-speaking experience, the individuals who participate in the program gain a confidence in their English environments.Cowham said the program organizes cultural and extracurricular activities for the participants, which is vital to learning a language and to building relationships with other students.Director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership Elaine Meyer-Lee said the program is working to develop an opportunity for community members to host students coming from other countries.“We now have a partnership with a women’s college in Japan that was started by a Saint Marys’ alumna called St. Agnes University,” Meyer-Lee said.Meyer-Lee said living with a family for the summer could be a beneficial opportunity for intercultural learning for both the international students and host families.For more information about the English Language School or to volunteer to host a student, visit: or call 574-284-4212. Tags: Diversity, english language school, smc english language schoollast_img read more

Come From Away Sets Broadway Dates


first_img‘Come From Away'(Photo: Kevin Berne) Come From Away View Comments Related Showscenter_img Broadway dates have been set for the much-buzzed about Come From Away. The new musical, which follows a group of travelers stranded on 9/11, will begin performances on February 18, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for March 12 at a Shubert theater to be revealed in due course.The production has also announced that it will honor the residents of Newfoundland and Labrador and the “come from aways” whose lives inspired the tuner with two benefit concert performances at Gander’s hockey arena, The Steele Community Centre, on October 29. 100% of the revenue from the shows, which will star the Broadway and Toronto company, is set to be donated to local Newfoundland charities that support the affected communities.With a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away will be directed by Christopher Ashley and choreographed by Kelly Devine. In a heartbeat, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.The cast will include Chad Kimball, Jenn Colella, Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren and Sharon Wheatley.After acclaimed engagements at La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory Theatre, the new tuner will now head to Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre (September 2 through October 9), and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre (November 15 through January 8). The Broadway company is also set to play Toronto. from $49.00last_img read more

Sound Beach Man Dies in Crash


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 36-year-old Sound Beach man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle in Port Jefferson Station late Sunday night.Suffolk County police said Christopher Danielsen was riding his Kawasaki southwest on Jefferson Avenue when he failed to negotiate a left turn at Route 112 and crashed into parked vehicles at Diamond Auto Body and Glass at 11:34 p.m.The victim was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Sixth Squad detectives impounded the motorcycle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8652.last_img

Lampard sees positives as Chelsea miss out on Super Cup


first_imgFrank Lampard fell just short of winning silverware in just his second match in charge of ChelseaIstanbul, Turkey | AFP |  Coach Frank Lampard took great encouragement from Chelsea’s display in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, despite the disappointment of losing on penalties to English rivals Liverpool.“I think we can get better, there are things I still want us to improve on in terms of how we play slightly, but I am really happy with the performance,” said Lampard after Chelsea held the European champions to a 2-2 draw after extra time, only to lose 5-4 in the shoot-out.“To lose the game was disappointing but if it means Chelsea’s season can be something like how we played today, we’ll be OK.”Chelsea took the lead in Istanbul through Olivier Giroud, but Sadio Mane’s equaliser meant the match at the home of Besiktas went to extra time.The Senegal star then put Liverpool in front in the 95th minute, only for a Jorginho penalty to restore parity again.The decisive moment came after nine successful spot-kicks when Tammy Abraham’s effort was saved by Adrian.However, Chelsea were a match for Jurgen Klopp’s team for long spells and Lampard believed they were moving in the right direction after his first competitive game at the helm ended in a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United.“You know Liverpool have got to where they have got, and I have complete respect for Jurgen Klopp,” said Lampard.“I am a new manager who’s been here for six weeks or so, and what I saw today were things that I want in the team.– Abraham ‘will come back stronger’ –Lampard had already twice been on the losing side in the Super Cup as a player for Chelsea, including the 2013 shootout defeat to Bayern Munich. He admitted that having two days fewer to prepare had been a factor as the match went all the way. Chelsea played at Old Trafford on Sunday, two days after Liverpool beat Norwich City in their Premier League opener.“To have two more days recovery at this stage early in the season, it’s clear that it affects your preparation and it’s an advantage to them going in,” said Lampard, whose side next host Leicester City on Sunday.“But that said I think it happens a lot. I don’t want to look like I’m moaning, I’m delighted with our performance, we didn’t lose the game because of that but it was a bit frustrating.”Lampard said he had offered words of comfort to Abraham, the 21-year-old who has returned after a loan at Aston Villa with Chelsea unable to make new signings due to a transfer ban.Abraham had started against Manchester United but was on the bench at kick-off Wednesday before replacing Giroud in the second half.“He will come back stronger. It is part and parcel of being a player at a top level which is what Tammy now is.”Lampard was also delighted with the contribution of USA star Christian Pulisic, who made his full debut after signing from Borussia Dortmund in January.Not 21 until next month, Pulisic played 74 minutes and set up Giroud’s opening goal.“I think there’s a lot more to come. I think the expectation is right because he is a big signing for us, but we must also remember his age, he’s 20. I am really happy with him.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Specht wins OFBF Discussion Meet


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Annie Specht of Columbus is the winner of the 2018 Ohio Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals Discussion Meet. The annual contest tests participants’ subject knowledge, problem solving abilities and personal and small group communications skills.Specht won a $1,000 cash award from Nationwide Insurance, an expense-paid trip to the 2018 Ohio Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Columbus and an expense-paid trip to the 2019 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in New Orleans, where she will represent Ohio in the national Discussion Meet competition.Specht, a Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau member, is an assistant professor of agricultural communication at Ohio State University. She is a member of the American Association for Agricultural Education, North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture and the Association for Communications Excellence. She earned two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in agricultural and Extension education at Ohio State University and her doctorate in agricultural leadership, education and communications at Texas A&M University.The other finalists in the contest were Casey Ellington of Louisville, Jacob Hoelscher of Osgood and Seth Middleton of Sidney. The final round of the competition was held during Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals Winter Leadership Conference Feb. 2 in Columbus.last_img read more

Lucas Digne rescues point for Everton after Watford’s crazy five minutes


first_imgShare on WhatsApp Reuse this content The Fiver: sign up for our daily football email. Topics Everton The hosts were initially bright in attack with Bernard and Sigurdsson bringing finesse and vision. The pair almost combined to create a second for Richarlison but Craig Cathcart made a crucial intervention. The defender also denied Sigurdsson, and Yerry Mina was booked for deliberate handball from Sigurdsson’s inviting cross. Mina flirted with a second yellow when he took Isaac Success and the ball as the forward broke in search of an equaliser. Enough of the ball in Friend’s view, to the obvious disgust of Success and Gracia. He would find consolation in his team’s dominant start to the second half.The visitors’ strength, pace and movement – combined with a careless and chaotic restart by the hosts – turned the contest in their favour. Silva raged at his players from the sidelines but the lead evaporated before the Everton manager could implement change. Roberto Pereyra, Doucouré and Deeney went close before the equaliser arrived fortuitously but not without merit. A slip by Digne invited the former Evertonian Gerard Deulofeu to release Kiko Femenia down the left. His first-time cross was steered on to a post by Pereyra but, just as Watford thought their luck was out, the rebound struck Coleman on the thigh and rolled into an empty net.Watford were ahead two minutes later thanks to another raid down their right. As Everton dawdled over a free-kick Gracia’s team reacted sharply with Femenia playing Pereyra into space. The Argentinian delivered a deep cross to the back post where Doucouré rose above Coleman and sent a textbook header past Pickford. Chaos continued when Kabasele needlessly fouled Mina in the area but Sigurdsson’s spot-kick was saved by the trailing leg of Ben Foster. Victory beckoned but then Kabasele erred again. Up stepped Digne and down went the snakes. “Forget the derby, it is already past,” the Everton manager reacted. “That game is finished and we had to prove our quality in the next games.” They did not. “I agree with you,” he added. “We could not put our quality on the pitch in the second half. We gave them the chance to play long balls to Troy Deeney and prepare for second balls and we lost completely our focus and conceded the two goals. We gave them the chance to change the score.”Javi Gracia was also left aggrieved, although the Watford manager’s annoyance centred on the referee, Kevin Friend, and not his players’ efforts to record a first win in six matches. Theo Walcott was clearly offside in the buildup to Richarlison’s opener but the goal was allowed to stand despite vociferous protests from the visitors. “I prefer not to say anything about the referees,” Gracia said. “But it was offside. If VAR was ready today the result would have been different. I’m very proud of my players.”Richarlison scored five goals in his first 13 outings for Watford last season but none in the 28 games that followed or under Gracia. “At the end I told him that was the first goal I saw him score because he didn’t get one for me!” he said. The Brazil international claimed his eighth of the season when sweeping the hosts into an early, polished yet controversial lead.There was no disputing the quality of the move that put Everton ahead. Walcott, making his 300th Premier League appearance, Coleman and André Gomes combined to breach the visitors’ defence. The Portugal international exchanged touches with Walcott before delivering an inch-perfect ball for Richarlison to convert at close range. But Walcott was offside when he received Gomes’s pass. Watford, their dispute over an alleged “unwarranted approach” for Silva unresolved, had another grievance with Everton. Share on Facebook Watford fans brought inflatable snakes to taunt Marco Silva but the surest way to torment their former manager lay in the club’s first victory at Everton. It was in their grasp until stoppage time, deservedly so, only for Lucas Digne to produce an antidote for Silva and Everton’s self-inflicted suffering.Everton’s form has plummeted since they handed Liverpool victory in the 96th minute of the recent Merseyside derby. This time the 96th minute brought relief as Digne swept an exquisite free-kick into Ben Foster’s top corner following a careless handball by Christian Kabasele. Relief was fleeting as far as the Everton manager was concerned. His team led through Richarlison, the man who followed him from Vicarage Road to Goodison Park in the summer for £40m, and were punished for two lapses in concentration that produced an own goal from Seamus Coleman, plus what seemed an emphatic winner from Abdoulaye Doucouré.Gylfi Sigurdsson also failed to convert from the penalty spot before the France full-back Digne came to the rescue with his first goal in English football. Everton’s performance, however, in keeping with last week’s home draw against Newcastle, gave Silva cause for concern. Premier League Everton 2-2 Watford: Premier League – as it happened Watford Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email Read more Share on Messenger match reportslast_img read more

Second Cruise Port


first_img Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppFrom the House Assembly at last sitting: A second cruise port and it sounds as if the minister of finance, Hon Washington Missick is ready for a robust exchange on the notion. This is not the first time this idea is being put forth by the PNP Administration… and last week during his ministerial statement, Minister Misick shared that the EDF Funding 11 coming to the Turks and Caicos will be used in the transportation sector. “Mr. Speaker, to the development of a deep water port that will be strategically located to include a second cruise port. This will increase TCIG revenue from this subsector, as well as allow SMEs to tap into the new opportunities that these ventures provide. It is anticipated that such measures will reduce the cost of imports, and potentially reduce the duplication of social services by eventually linking the Caicos chain as one contiguous market.” Hon Washington Misick continued: “Mr. Speaker, I welcome public-private dialogue on issues regarding the ports, cruise industry and potential initiatives in any of the sectors. I encouraged further engagement between government, the private sector and even academia. As an aside, perhaps there could be specific curriculum offerings that are geared at tooling and retooling persons to maximize their potential in cruise tourism; by extension this broaden the skillset of the wider tourism sector.” Recommended for you Related Items:house of assembly, pnp, washingtonm misick Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more