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Fiat, new group rooted in the Marian virtues, invites Saint Mary’s students into conversation, fellowship

first_imgSaint Mary’s students will gather Thursday at 7:30 in the Sacred Heart Chapel in Holy Cross Hall for personal reflection and small-group discussions.Fiat, a Latin word that translates to “so be it” and references “Mary’s yes,” is the name of a new student group on campus started by seniors Amanda Fischer, Claire Conlon and Kathy Stalter and junior Alex Guevara-Stevens.Liz Palmer, the assistant director of campus ministry, said Fiat was created because these students felt there was “a need to have community life and to foster prayer life on campus.”“They specifically promote the Marian virtues on campus … they thought that Fiat would be a great way to integrate Mary into the lives of our students,” Palmer said.Palmer said that while Fiat has been sponsored by Campus Ministry, the students lead in organizing and hosting monthly spiritual events that “are a way for someone to give their story about the intersection of faith and life.”At each event, someone is invited to share a personal reflection on one of the Marian virtues and elaborate on how they feel it relates to their life and the broader community. Students then spend time in small groups reflecting on the talk and discussing how it relates to other parts of their lives.While considering the amount of interest that has been generated so far, Palmer said much of the group’s success is due to the way student leaders have approached members of the campus community.“Something I have been reminded of through the Fiat group is the power of invitation,” she said. “Our Fiat leaders have been doing door-to-door outreach.”The inclusive aspect of this group, which is open to people of all faith backgrounds, is essential to the environment that the members want to achieve.“I love that it offers a personal relationship with God in a communal context,” Palmer said. “As a campus minister, I constantly see the need for community among our students, so that’s my favorite thing about the events, that they are fostering that community.”Fischer, one of the student leaders of Fiat, said she is really excited about what she describes as a “student-led, intentional faith-based community.” During the group‘s monthly “signature” events, participants hear from speakers that talk about the Marian virtue for the month, then engage in small group time and fellowship.She went on to underline Fiat’s goal.“It is so simple, but that is exactly what Jesus did — He built a culture of encounter in a simple way, and that is our aim,” she said.This Friday, members of Fiat will be joined by Beth Hlabse. Hlabse is a mental health counseling intern at Holy Cross College and a research project manager at the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame, and is currently completing a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling with Divine Mercy University. In her talk, Hlabse will focus on the virtue of “constant mental prayer.”“So many of us don’t really know what prayer is or how to pray,” Hlabse said. “We don’t realize that prayer is the way we live in relationship with God … [and] the way we receive God’s love.”In looking at prayer through this different perspective, Hlabse found parallels with techniques she uses in her profession.“Many of us … fall into patterns of negative and destructive interior dialogue, or ‘self-talk,’” she said.These unhealthy tendencies can be addressed in different ways, Hlabse said, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, which assists people in recognizing unproductive thinking and particular stressors or misconceptions that might be causing it. The next step is then to reframe interior dialogue in a more realistic, constructive and positive way, she said.Hlabse will demonstrate “this process of tuning into and reframing our thinking is an opportunity for prayer” in her personal witness talk on Friday.“We can invite God into our headspace and consider how an all-loving God might be asking us to change the way we talk to and view ourselves,” she said.Tags: Beth Hlabse, Campus Ministry, fellowship, Fiat, Mary, prayerlast_img read more

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Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion Set for National Tour

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 After Lowell, the Sean Daniels-helmed production will play Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Rochester’s Geva Theatre Center, Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh’s City Theatre Company. View Comments The Lion Related Shows The Lion, written by and starring Benjamin Scheuer, will launch a national tour following its off-Broadway limited engagement. The tour will kick off on August 22 at Lowell, Massachusetts’ Merrimack Repertory Theatre. The off-Broadway production will end on March 29 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater. The Lion is a true story of love, loss, family loyalty and the redemptive power of music. Prior to the Lynn Redgrave Theater, the show has been performed in various incarnations at Lincoln Center, the St. James Theatre in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.last_img read more

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Lessons of the Week! Kristin Chenoweth, Daphne Rubin-Vega & More

first_img Kristin Chenoweth Star Files View Commentscenter_img Happy Friday/All Hallows Eve Eve/Wicked-versary! It’s been a particularly spooky seven days on the Great White Way, and we’re wrapping it up with an appropriately spooky Lessons of the Week! From a Broadway legend’s house of horrors to not one, but two human-dog hybrids, check it out…if you dare.Kristin Chenoweth Is Her Own ZooFirst, she played a singing poison dart frog named Gabi. Then came Vanessa Gekko the gecko (and talent agent). Now, the pocket diva is lending her voice to a dog. The Tony winner will play Fifi, Snoopy’s love interest, in the upcoming Peanuts film. Is there anything the Mistress of All Evil can’t do? Hey Cheno, we hear there’s a Cats revival coming up. And your pal Marlee Matlin also wants in.Benanti Is the New Mistress of All EvilSpeaking of Mistresses of All Evil, it looks like Laura Benanti is embracing the darkness later this season on Supergirl. In addition to playing Alura Zor-El (Supergirl’s mother), the Tony winner is also taking on (SPOILER!) the role of her evil twin sister. Does this mean a return of the side-eye on primetime TV?!Annaleigh Has Non-Human DreamsChenoweth’s not the only one to embrace her inner canine. Annaleigh Ashford is man’s new best friend in Sylvia, and at the play’s opening night party, she told us, “I always hoped I would play a non-human…and my dream came true!” All of Ashford’s previous performances have been borderline otherworldly, but they’ve all been humans. However, if you told us Essie was actually an alien, we’d believe it.Don’t Enter Sheldon Harnick’s BasementWho’s got three Tonys, two shows on Broadway this season and a basement full of Broadway stars? It’s Sheldon Harnick! OK, we’re pretty sure he was joking about the last one, but he did say when you find a performer who understands your work, “you want to adopt them, make them yours and lock them up in a room.” Looks like someone’s gotten into the Halloween spirit. Look out, Danny!Mara Davi Does Not Have the HerpMara Davi has had an illustrious career, from her current gig tapping up a storm in Dames at Sea to not being sorry on Smash to knocking out cold sores in Abreva commercials. The Broadway baby assured viewers that she does not actually have “the Herp,” and that TV spot has been a saving grace during periods of unemployment. But if you did have herpes, no judgment. Ship happens.Lydia Wilson’s a PinheadWhen she’s not delivering fierce monologues, flashing a familiar sapphire and aggressively leaning on desks in King Charles III, Lydia Wilson can be seeing surfing Pinterest. The Broadway newcomer revealed she’s obsessed with the site because it’s essentially “shopping for free.” Hey, Lydia: if you want to pin some Broadway marquees or, I don’t know, your Fresh Face portrait, we’ve got you covered.There Are Too Many Schuyler SistersLet’s see if we can keep track. Angelica (werk, werk), Eliza and Peggy…and Beyoncé…and Oprah. While we’re at it, add Brian d’Arcy James, Jonathan Groff and Andrew Rannells. The three kings put our lip-syncing skills to shame at a recent #Ham4Ham show as they flawlessly performed their own interpretation of a certain Hamilton tune. Is there anyone out there who isn’t an honorary Schuyler sister?!Jonathan Larson Still Keeps Daphne WarmDaphne Rubin-Vega is serving up some questionable eats as a Sweeney Todd-esque subway tunnel denizen in Empanada Loca. Dolores new character written just for her, but her costume comes from a crucial moment in Rubin-Vega’s past. She’s sporting the Mimi boots from Rent once again, and the hoodie belonged to Jonathan Larson. It’s a way for her to relive her “Lassie” moment. Just watch the video.Miriam Shor Has a Cheesy PastBefore she was serving statement jewelry realness on Younger and in real life, she was serving Chicago deep dish. At the Dames at Sea opening night, the stage and screen vet shared that her “fresh off the bus” first job wasn’t very glamorous. Instead of tapping her way to stardom or whatever, she worked as a waitress at Pizzeria Uno. Hey, a job’s a job, and those golden donuts don’t buy themselves.No One Mourns the Wicked, BruhNo performance of Wicked henceforth will be complete without a pre-show tailgate, complete with Idina Frisbees and Stephen Schwartz kegs. Thank Billy Eichner and Jason Sudeikis, who bro’d out over the musical outside the Gershwin Theatre. Check that Shiz out! Stand there with the Wizard, bruh! Feel things you’ve never felt, bruh! Let’s grab a slice of ‘za with Miriam Shor, bruh!last_img read more

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Avalon Variety

first_imgGrowers who are anxious to buy large quantities of the newest pecan cultivar, ‘Avalon,’ will likely be disappointed as supplies are low, according to University of Georgia pecan breeder Patrick Conner. The new UGA-bred cultivar will be released this spring.Conner is currently using graft wood from certified, nontopworked trees (those grafted in nursery) to produce Avalon trees. Conner has to see the flowers and nuts of a tree to identify them as being ‘Avalon’ before certifying the tree as a source of graft wood.“That requires you to grow them until they’re 4 or 5 years old, when they flower and fruit. At that point, I can look at them and certify them as true-to-type. Then we can use that wood to produce more trees in the nursery,” he said.A limited number of trees have been certified. In a few years, enough graft wood will be available to produce enough trees to meet demand, Conner said.‘Avalon’ is the first pecan cultivar released by Conner. The cultivar shows strong resistance to pecan scab disease, which is the biggest limiting factor to pecan production in south Georgia. ‘Avalon’ exhibited no signs of scab in sprayed orchards and limited traces of scab in unsprayed orchards during research trials on the UGA Tifton campus.‘Avalon’ is patented by UGA, and four Georgia nurseries are licensed to sell the trees. Conner expects demand for ‘Avalon’ trees to be high because it produces a bigger nut and has shown high resistance to pecan scab.“I really expect it to be quite popular. It’s an easy-to-grow cultivar. It doesn’t seem to have any strong flaws that have to be managed. I think it’s something that can work for a large number of growers, those who have limited acreage as well as those who have large acreage,” Conner said.Growers will only have to apply chemicals a couple of times a year with ‘Avalon,’ Conner said. In extremely wet years, producers can spray susceptible cultivars upwards of 20 times to counter scab disease, which thrives on moisture.“Even with full spray coverage on ‘Desirable’ trees, in a really wet year, you could still get severe damage and crop loss,” Conner said. “’Avalon’ gives you some assurance during a really wet year.”Pecan production has increased dramatically in Georgia over the past decade. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 new pecan acres have been planted in Georgia over the past five years, according to a recent survey by UGA Cooperative Extension.UGA will host a daylong “Beginners Pecan Production Course” on Tuesday, April 18, at the Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. Attendees can learn more about the ‘Avalon’ cultivar and find out about other factors that impact pecan production. Those interested can register at http://bit.ly/2nKhLV9.Pecans are a high-value crop for Georgia growers. Pecans were worth more than $361 million in farm gate value in 2015, according to the 2015 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report released by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.last_img read more

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Citizens Financial Group pays customers for helping the environment

first_imgCitizens Financial Group pays customersfor helping the environment Green$ense is a first-of-its-kind program that rewards customers with cash for reducing paper-based payment transactionsBURLINGTON, V.T. – (October 7, 2008) Citizens Financial Group today announced its Citizens Bank and Charter One customers will earn money for helping the environment by reducing paper through an industry-first incentive program that pays customers cash for making electronic-banking payment transactions.”At Citizens, we are committed to offering customers products and services that make a meaningful difference in their everyday lives,” said Theresa McLaughlin, Group Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Citizens Financial Group. “With Green$ense, we pay customers for changing their habits in a manner that not only makes banking more convenient and their lives more manageable, but also is beneficial for the environment. We are pleased to offer this first-of-its-kind program to our customers, and proud of the impact it will have on the environment.”Now available to new and existing Citizens Bank and Charter One retail customers, Green$ense rewards customers $0.10 for each electronic payment they make, up to $10 per month and $120 per year. Unlike other incentive programs, Green$ense deposits cash directly into a customer’s checking account on a monthly basis, providing greater savings and spending flexibility. And, rather than limiting cash payouts to debit card transactions, customers enrolled in Green$ense earn money for debit card purchases (signature and PIN), online bill payments and recurring payments, making it the most robust program of its kind in the industry.Enrollment in Green$ense is free for all Citizens Bank and Charter One customers with a checking account, including Green Checking, the bank’s free checking product. There are no minimum balance requirements and no hidden fees. As an added perk, customers who enroll in the program will receive an industry-first Green$ense MasterCard debit card made from recycled plastic. Customers also will be enrolled automatically in online banking with free Bill Pay and receive paperless statements.According to the U.S. Postal Service, the average U.S. family receives approximately 19 bills and statements and makes seven payments in paper per month. By eliminating these paper statements and processing these transactions electronically, the average family can save about seven pounds of paper, 63 gallons of water and 24 square feet of forest a year according to Cooler, Inc. Citizens and Charter One customers can calculate the individual effect they will have on the environment by reducing their paper-based transactions with a special online calculator available at the Citizens and Charter One Web sites.Customers who enroll in Green$ense will automatically receive their banking statements electronically. Using a conservative enrollment estimate, Citizens Financial Group expects the program to save 700,000 pounds of paper and nearly seven million gallons of water in the first year of the program alone.Each month, customers enrolled in Green$ense will receive an e-mail from Citizens or Charter One providing tips for a greener lifestyle and a summary of the impact the program has had on the environment.CFG is promoting Green$ense to customers throughout its retail footprint with a multi-media campaign that includes broadcast and online advertising. Green$ense promotional items have been printed on recycled materials.Customers can begin the enrollment process online at www.citizensbank.com(link is external) or www.charteronebank.com(link is external), by calling the bank’s 24-hour, live customer service line at 1-888-910-4100 (Citizens) or 1-877-242-7837 (Charter One), or by visiting any Citizens Bank or Charter One branch. All customers, existing and new, will then be required to “e-sign” through online banking to confirm enrollment.About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $161 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,600 branches, more than 3,500 ATMs and more than 24,000 employees. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 13-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. It is one of the 10 largest commercial banking companies in the United States ranked by assets and deposits. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is citizensbank.com.last_img read more

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One of Colombia’s Leading Drug Bosses Turns Himself in to DEA

first_img Following months of negotiation, Colombian drug boss Javier Calle Serna turned himself in to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on May 4, on the island of Aruba, the Colombian police announced. Calle Serna, also known under the alias of “El Doctor” [The Doctor], and his brother Luis Enrique formed a clan known as “Los Comba” (combatants) and were considered the highest-ranking leaders of Los Rastrojos [The Stubble], one of the leading Colombian drug-trafficking groups with ties to Mexico and Ecuador. Calle Serna will be tried in New York for conspiracy to import and distribute narcotics, the Colombian police indicated. A federal court in Brooklyn indicted Calle Serna in 2010 on charges of leading Los Rastrojos, an organization which allegedly sent shipments of several tons of cocaine to the United States, via Mexico, Venezuela, and other countries in Central and South America, in coordination with Mexican cartels, the DEA said. Assets attributed to Calle Serna in the United States have also been frozen since 2011. The police chief said that Calle Serna’s negotiations with the DEA took place over several months and were a result of the pressure to which he was subjected by the police in Colombia. León said that he was not familiar with the details of the surrender, but noted that in cases like this one, criminals usually provide information about the members of their organization and drug-trafficking routes. He also thought it “probable” that Calle Serna’s younger brother Luis Enrique, a fugitive from justice, “might be involved” in the negotiations. By Dialogo May 09, 2012last_img read more

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NextGen Know-How: Leadership is a behavior

first_img continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A few weeks ago, I attended an event for professional speakers where a well-known presenter shared ways to create connection with your audience. During his speech, he mentioned the town in upstate New York where he grew up. He grew up only 15 minutes from my hometown, so I was excited to talk with him afterwards. He certainly created a connection with me in that moment. We had something in common.After the session concluded, I walked up to him to say how great his speech was and started to tell him where I was from, when…he totally blew me off. He was so busy getting his marketing materials together that he didn’t even make eye contact with me. I was disappointed. Not because I had a need to connect with him on a personal level, but because he wasn’t practicing what he had just taught in his speech. The content of his speech was excellent, but the feeling I got from him afterward totally turned me off.In the speaking industry, there’s an unwritten rule that your speech is not really over when you leave the stage. You may have finished the content, but it’s important to stay connected to your audience until you leave the building. Until then, you are still “on” and your audience is still judging you based on your interactions.The same is true for leadership. As a leader, people observe your actions, even in the small moments that may not seem to matter. Leadership is a behavior, not a role. Everything you do has impact. Even when you are working late and only one person is in the office with you, or when you’re at the company barbecue, or when you’re at a conference out of town, you have an impact.last_img read more

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3 reasons you should go solar

first_imgNone of us are Tony Stark, so it’s unlikely any of us have an arc reactor that can turn our homes into “a beacon of self-sustaining clean energy.” But if you’re looking for a way to save money on energy costs in your home, look no further than solar panels. Here are three reasons you should go solar…It’s a great investment: Having a solar system (not the space kind) can do wonders for the resale value of your home. In 2016, a nationwide study by the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, saw resale values increase by an average of $4 for every solar watt installed. So, for a standard 5,000-watt system, your home’s value could increase by $20,000!It feels good to go green: Most of us do our best to recycle, and some of us even pick up trash when we see it. Having a solar system in your home is a great way to do even more. If you’re concerned about your carbon footprint, solar can reduce it by up to 20% annually.You’ll save a lot of money: Going solar provides you with a great chance of completely eliminating your power bill. Did you catch that? Even if you’re consuming more energy than your system produces, your power bill will still be drastically reduced. Who wouldn’t love for their power bill to be a smaller factor in their budget? 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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School boards urged not to expel problem kids

first_imgODT 16 July 2012 The principal Youth Court judge is asking school boards of trustees to try to keep every child actively involved in education, before resorting to expelling or excluding troubled students. Speaking at a board of trustees (BOT) conference over the weekend, Judge Andrew Becroft called for BOTs to think very carefully about the effects of the expulsion and exclusion of students. “We know that about 35 per cent, we think, of young offenders before the youth court aren’t at school – the research is clear that better than psychological intervention, better than counselling, better than most things is attendance at school,” he told Radio New Zealand. Participation and being engaged was a huge protective factor, he said. http://www.odt.co.nz/news/national/217255/school-boards-urged-not-expel-problem-kidslast_img read more

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Rudiger: I’ll get in trouble if Werner doesn’t deliver!

first_imgChelsea defender, Antonio Rudiger, joked that he will be in trouble if Timo Werner is a flop next season. “From the next season on he will have to deliver, otherwise I will get trouble from the club afterwards.” He added: “Although he [Werner] is not a classic penalty area striker, he has a certain robustness well suited to the toughness of English football. “Counterattacking may have been more difficult for him at Bayern Munich or with a top Italian team, who are always dealing with opponents who sit very deep. read also:Liverpool still hunt for forward after missing out on Werner – Castles “Even outside the group of top clubs, many teams try to play positive and attacking football against us. “This will give him the space he needs and hopefully he can use it as much as he did at Leipzig.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The German striker is joining his countryman at the Stamford Bridge club. Werner is signing from RB Leipzig in July. And Rudiger joked that after putting in a good word on Werner, the club would be upset with him if the striker does not score enough goals! He told Sport Bild: “Chelsea asked me for an assessment. “I have known Timo for a long time. “I made a clear recommendation to do everything possible to get him.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more