Saint Mary’s welcomes alumna as Regina Hall director

first_imgWhen Emerald Blankenship graduated from Saint Mary’s in May, she did not anticipate moving back to Saint Mary’s the following fall. Blankenship returned to campus last month, however, as the new Regina Hall director. “All summer, I went and did sales, and it just didn’t feel right,” Blankenship said. “Then, I got their call to ask me if I could consider applying for the hall director position, and it just kind of felt like I wasn’t done with Saint Mary’s yet.” Blankenship said this felt like the perfect opportunity to expand her skill set at a community in which she is comfortable. “I came and I interviewed, and everything just kind of felt right,” she said. “It was the kind of work environment I was looking for and a safe space to grow more professionally.”During her time at Saint Mary’s, Blankenship spent two years as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Le Mans Hall. “My residence life background has prepared me a lot because I am kind of familiar with the processes that Saint Mary’s specifically has,” she said. In addition to working in residence life before, Blankenship’s time at Saint Mary’s also instilled confidence and values in her that aid her in leading Regina Hall, she said. “I think it would’ve been harder to have this role if I hadn’t been at Saint Mary’s first,” Blankenship said. “Knowing everything that the College stands for and having those values in me really helps me uphold them within the hall.”Blankenship looks forward to instilling these values into her new residents this academic year, she said. “We have a great group of girls here,” Blankenship said. “They were all super respectful, super chill and they’re just excited to be here.”She said she is impressed with her staff so far, as they are already proposing many ideas for programs for the first-year students. “I’m really excited about my staff,” Blankenship said. “My staff is just incredible so far. They’ve been really connecting with each other and with their residents.”Blankenship said that she hopes to help her staff develop as leaders as well. “We’re trying to change the way that RAs look at their job and try to look at it more as a leadership responsibility rather than just a resume builder,” she said. “And they’re all taking it on really well.”Another aspect of her job that she enjoys, Blankenship said, is getting to know the residents and their parents as they move in.“I was really into when parents were stressed about things that weren’t going how they planned or scared about leaving their daughters and stuff,” she said. “I got to really get to know the parents a little bit more and help reassure them that this is a really great place to leave their daughters and they’re in safe hands.”Blankenship is enjoying adjusting to the new experience of living in Regina Hall as her residents did, she said. “I think that it was good for my first year to be in a first-year residence hall, because I already know how it’s done in Le Mans and how it’s done in Holy Cross, but I’ve never done it here [in Regina],” she said. “It was good to see that for the first time while they were also seeing that for the first time. We got to kind of work through it together.” Tags: Hall Director, Regina Hall, residential lifelast_img read more

Willamette Speedway hosts April 5 car show

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageLEBANON, Ore. – Want to see your favorite race cars displayed right before your very eyes? How about seeing all these drivers on the race track shaking down their mounts? How about all of this all in one day? That’s right, you will see both a car show and a test and tune play date all in one afternoon/evening at Willamette Speedway on Saturday, April 5. The car show will start at noon and last until around 3 p.m. with cars being displayed in the gravel area across from the pit sign-in building. Teams will then be allowed to take their car back into the pit area and get their machines ready for the test and tune session. This session is expected to last from 4 p.m. until dusk.Folks wanting to watch the practice from the main grandstands get in for free while pit passes are $15 and car and driver fees are just $30.For the latest news and stories regarding Willamette Speedway, log on to www.trophymotorsports.com.last_img read more

KIDA DECLARES NOGIG 2018 OPEN

first_imgThe Deputy Managing Director,Total Nigeria, Ahmedu Musa Kida on Sunday urged participants in the 2018 Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games to compete without anger or hate. He enjoined the athletes to demonstrate good sportsmanship and “lose cheerfully,” because tomorrow victory could swing in your favour.”Declaring the games open at the Chevron Recreation Centre, Gbagada yesterday, Kida who is also President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation said “we owe a lot of gratitude to the founding fathers of NOGIG who envisaged a platform to explore other avenues to compete among ourselves outside our occupational endeavours.”He pledged his commitment to NOGIG, saying, “as a sportsman, I want to pledge my support for NOGIG, any time they knock on my door.” He supplied all the trophies and medals being competed for at the games.In a ceremonial table tennis match, Kida defeated Esimaje Brikinn, GM, Public Government and Public Affairs Department, Chevron Nigeria. Kida was decorated with a gold medal. He challenged companies in the Oil and Gas sector to use a fraction of their profits to support sports in the country. “Sports is my first passion and it is a passion I will go down with.”Earlier, Chairman of the Organising Committee Aminu Zaria said the 2018 edition of the games was special because of the improvement in almost all aspects of the biennial competition.“When we came together, we set a task for ourselves. The task was to lift the NOGIG to the next level and that is what we are experiencing now.“The number of participating companies has improved from 9 to 13, the number of athletes too has improved and even the opening ceremony is different from what we are used to.”Above all, Zaria said it is not going to be business as usual as a lot of shocking results await some of the traditional winners.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Costa Ricas Solís goes rafting then bans dams from the Pacuare and

first_imgTURRIALBA, Cartago — After a morning of whitewater rafting with his family, President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree Saturday banning dams from the Pacuare and Savegre rivers for 25 years, then thrust the document into the air and said, “For Costa Rica!” Luis Guillermo Solís signs a presidential decree banning dams from the Pacuare and Savegre rivers for 25 years. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times Solís holds the decree overhead and says, “For Costa Rica!” Karl Kahler/The Tico Times“Signing is the easy part,” Solís said to volunteers earlier who took him on a short float down the Pacuare, his first rafting trip. “The hard part is the work that you have been doing for many years.” Solís adjusts his life vest in preparation for rafting. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times Solís puts on a rafting helmet. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times ¡Listo! Solís is handed a paddle. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesSolís, First Lady Mercedes Peñas, and daughter Inés, along with Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez, were briefed at the side of the river on the basics of rafting by longtime guide Luis Sánchez Hernández, better known as Luigi. Then with an “Adelante” from Luigi, they put their paddles in the water and began their float from a put-in near Rancho Bleak to a take-out in Tres Equis. Luis Sánchez Hernández, aka Luigi, gives Costa Rica’s first family a briefing on Rafting 101. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesAt one point the president, sitting in the right front, made a face when it looked like his side of the raft was going to crash into a boulder. But there were no mishaps aboard the presidential raft, and the first lady could be seen laughing as the boat was rocked by big waves. Hitting some rough water. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times All smiles, with one serious guide in back. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times Turn your hand over, Mr. President! Karl Kahler/The Tico Times After the rafting, a large crowd gathered at the event center at Rancho Bleak (pronounced “Blake”), between Turrialba and Siquirres, for a forum in which community members and government officials spoke. From left, First Lady Mercedes Peñas, President Solís and Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times“It’s really a great day,” Gutiérrez said, “because we managed to demonstrate that people do count. The old way of doing politics, of doing government by imposition is over.” From left: Environment Minister Edgar Gutiérrez, river activist Osvaldo Durán Castro and President Luis Guillermo Solís. Karl Kahler/The Tico TimesGutiérrez said Costa Rica has achieved electrical coverage in 99.4 percent of the country, but it has come at a cost, including the “immense environmental impact” of the Arenal dam. But, he said, “we’ve managed to make this great country unique in the world, because today electricity is generated 100 percent from renewable sources; we aren’t burning one liter of fuel to generate electricity.”He said that “when the people organize and demonstrate what they want in a respectful way, in a positive way,” the Solís administration will help them achieve their goals.“And today we’re achieving one of those goals, which is to save the Pacuare River and the Savegre River for 25 years from hydroelectric dams,” he said.The decree applies to hydroelectric projects of 500 kilowatts or more and will be in force for 25 years unless overturned by a future president’s decree.In a 2005 plebiscite, 97 percent of the electorate of Turrialba voted against granting permits for building dams on the Pacuare. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) has coveted the Pacuare’s hydroelectric potential for decades, though it is not currently part of ICE’s expansion plans because environmental studies are still being conducted — and because local opposition is immense.Critics say an ICE dam would uproot the indigenous Cabécar community that lives along the river and destroy Costa Rica’s best whitewater rafting.After Gutiérrez spoke, Solís asked the audience to rearrange chairs to make a circle, in the middle of which a table was placed for the signing of the decree. Gutiérrez and Solís signed it, and the room exploded in applause and cheers. Activists who have worked years to protect these rivers from being dammed hugged each other, some with tears in their eyes.“This is an act whereby we return power to you,” Solís said after the signing. The Costa Rican president addresses members of the community at Rancho Bleak after the signing. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times“I’m going to tell you this, the reality today conspires against the damming of water,” he said. “The investors who want to produce electricity in Costa Rica aren’t thinking of dams because they know that climate change doesn’t facilitate that. But even more than that, the communities aren’t going to permit it.”The audience, many of them from the local indigenous Cabécar community, applauded loudly. A diverse community, including many indigenous people, showed up Saturday for a forum at Rancho Bleak. Karl Kahler/The Tico Times“What are the obligations we’re going to leave to the generations yet to come?” Solís asked. “We need to learn from the lessons history teaches us and guarantee that we’ll adopt best practices and not commit the same errors we’ve made in the past. …“So, congratulations for what you’ve accomplished so far, but what’s left to do is much more. What we’re doing today is a testimony, nothing more, a testimonial expression of what this country can do in the future.”Contact Karl Kahler at [email protected] Facebook Comments Related posts:Dam the Pacuare? Over Turrialba’s dead body Water: It Flows Freely in the Streets Costa Rica legislature to hear bill allowing ‘green’ geothermal projects in national parks Costa Rica declines to vote on shark protections at international conventionlast_img read more