Notre Dame opens online courses

first_imgThe newest form of a Notre Dame education is now accessible through the University’s first set of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), currently available for registration through the online learning platform edX’s website.The courses, created in a joint venture between Notre Dame faculty and the Office of Digital Learning, will be offered through a partnership with edX.Course operations coordinator Sonia Howell, who works in the Office of Digital Learning, explained that the courses came to fruition after talking to faculty.“We went through the process of sending out feelers to faculty who may be interested,” she said. “Interested faculty submitted proposals that were reviewed by faculty boards, who decided on which courses would be offered.”Howell said the decision-making process required sifting through applications of some “superstar” professors.According to the College of Science press release, vice president and associate provost Dan Myers will teach “I ‘Heart’ Stats,” theology professors Gary Anderson and John Cavadini will teach “Jesus in Scripture and Tradition,” engineering professors J. Nicholas Laneman and Aaron D. Striegel, finance professor Barry Keating and law professor Patricia L. Bellia will teach “Understanding Wireless” and physics professor Mike Hildreth and math professor Annette Pilkington will offer “Math in Sports.”“All four inaugural courses are aimed at a global and nonspecialist audience,” according to the press release.Employees of Harvard and MIT founded the edX platform, Howell said.“Schools that use the courses include California-Berkeley, Georgetown and Dartmouth,” she said.The company was founded as a way to extend the vision edX CEO Anant Agarwal’s vision of a world in which education is a basic human right.“Notre Dame’s courses on the edX platform deliver on the promise we make as a University — to advance learning in the service of human flourishing both here on campus and in the wider world,” said Elliott Visconsi, the University’s chief academic digital officer.According to the company’s website, edX has awarded more than 100,000 certificates to individuals who have completed their series of necessary coursework. This does not include the vast number of students who fulfill course requirements for their own enjoyment instead of earning the certificate.Melissa Dinsman, a projects and operations manager in the Office of Digital Learning said she doesn’t imagine a time when online education will replace a campus-based learning environment.“We don’t envision a time when [education is obtained solely through] an online institution,” Dinsman said. “We’re not going to take away that traditional environment, but the online elements can be used to enhance those traditional learning environments.”Howell said she hopes to see the day when online aspects of education are utilized to their full potential.“We aim to improve the visual aspects of education that can be used to enhance student learning here on campus,” she said.Tags: edX, moocs, Office of Digital Learning, online courseslast_img read more

We are hoping for a great Support by the Fans, better than it ever was!

first_imgMiralem Pjanić is playing for Roma in the best shape he ever was, and he hopes he will transfer good play to the national team in the fight for the qualification to the European Championship 2016.“Great challenges are ahead of us, two tough matches. We have extracted the maximum of what we could get after the catastrophic beginning of qualifications. We made it to the playoffs and hopefully we will qualify for the European Championship. We will give our best to do as good as we can, especially to avoid receiving a goal in the first match, and we will try to win”, Pjanić said and added:“We are hoping for great support of the fans, maybe even better than it ever was. We also must be at the highest level in order to qualify for EURO 2016, which is the goal of the entire county”, said Pjanić, who believes in success.“Ireland is a national team of high quality, they are a fighting team, they run a lot and they are very strong physically. We will have to find a solution for them and I believe we will succeed in that”, Miralem Pjanić stated.(Source: read more

Funeral services to be held in South Haven, Sept. 12 for Minnie Conley

first_imgMinnie ConleyMinnie (Whitt) Conley was born on February 14, 1933 in Water Gap, KY to John Whitt and Ada (Coleman) Whitt.Minnie married Redmond Conley on March 27, 1948 in Pantsville, KY.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Redmond; three brothers; and two sisters.Survivors include her three children, George Conley and his wife Barbara of South Haven, KS, Billie Conley and his wife Marcella of Mayfield, KS, and Betty Tyree of Hennessey, OK; one brother William Whitt of Stevensville, TX; one sister, Mary Johnson of Syracuse, IN; 12 grandchildren; 36 great grandchildren; and 19 great great grandchildren.Funeral Services will be held at the South Haven Baptist Church in South Haven, KS on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.  Pastor John Minor will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 from 1 – 8 p.m. Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. A memorial has been established with South Haven Baptist Church.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home. To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Republicans Sweep County Freeholder, Sheriff and Surrogate Positions

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaThe Monmouth County Republicans were victorious in all the countywide races, easily retaining the sheriff, surrogate, and two Board of Freeholders seats on Tuesday’s General Election ballot.In the sheriff’s race, incumbent Shaun Golden beat Democrat Jeff Cantor, 159,310 to 125,078.In the surrogate’s race, incumbent Rosemarie Peters beat Democrat Vincent Solomeno III, 161,102 to 117,850.For two available Freeholders seats, incumbents Thomas “Tom” Arnone and Serena DiMaso won with 154,933 and 149,251 votes, respectively. They defeated Democrats Matthew Doherty and Sue Fulton, who received 127,195 and 126,270 votes, respectively.The votes do not include those from two voting districts, one in Freehold Township and another in Spring Lake Heights – where there was a problem at the polls and two machines had yet to be counted by press time Wednesday, the day after the election.Also, the totals do not include approximately 4,300 provisional, or paper, ballots that were not expected to be counted until the following week, according to the county election offices.The final tallies are not expected to affect the outcome of the races. Vote totals are unofficial until certified by the state, normally later this month.Golden, who also is the county GOP chair, attributed his party’s success to having quality candidates and the effort put into the campaign.“It was hard work, we’ve been running this campaign since January,” Golden said. “A lot of contacts (with voters).”Arnone echoed that.“A ton of hard work, a committed team that worked together,” Arnone said.“We did it the hard way,” Peters said. “We knocked on doors.”Peters, a veteran of six campaigns for Middletown Township Committee and in her third race for surrogate, said, “This was the hardest-working team I’ve ever run with.”“I think people in Monmouth County realized our message was a truthful one and Republicans built a beautiful county to live in,” DiMaso said.“We have so much to be proud of in Monmouth County,” Golden said. “From the parks to schools to public safety.”This means Republicans continue to hold all countywide seats:  sheriff, surrogate, clerk, and five freeholders.The race focused on spending, with the Republicans pointing to how they have kept taxes generally stable for years and the Democrats questioning how money was applied to the budget to stabilize taxes.Some controversy arose when the Democrats noted DiMaso had received health benefits through the county despite the freeholders having agreed not to take health benefits. However, DiMaso has fully reimbursed the county for her coverage.“I’m disappointed in the results,” said Doherty, who is Belmar’s mayor. “We thought we were in a good direction.”But Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump “steamrolled” in the county, meaning the Democrats were unable to ride the coattails of their candidate, Hillary Clinton.“I think we did have a great team,” Doherty said. “Sometimes, the best team doesn’t win.”“There’s got to be a winner, there’s got to be a loser,” said Cantor, who wished Golden well.Fulton complimented her opponents for “triumphing,” saying it was “a hard-fought campaign.”Solomeno could not be reached for comment.Cantor, Doherty and Fulton were undecided about future regional runs for office.“It’s too soon to say,” Fulton said.Cantor said he was focusing on his service as a member of the Marlboro Township Council. He said he did not know if he would run again for election beyond his township council seat. “This election took a lot out of me,” Cantor said.The Republicans, celebrating on election night at the American Hotel in Freehold, declared victory at about 9:50 p.m. when they came out of the “war room,” where insiders watched the vote tallies, and entered the main ballroom. Even before victory was declared, the atmosphere at the hotel was jubilant among the few hundred Republican revelers.Among those celebrating the countywide victories were Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a Monmouth Beach resident who preceded Golden as sheriff, and Congressman Chris Smith, who was re-elected himself.“I’m thrilled the voters recognized I worked real hard during my 10 years as surrogate,” Peters said. “It feels good to have your effort realized.”“Honestly, I could not have won tonight without each and every one of you in this room,” DiMaso said. “You are the reason I stand here victorious.”last_img read more


first_imgPETER MILLER, FINNEGANS WAKE, WINNER: “The horse ran great; Victor (Espinoza) gave him a tremendous ride. The horse is unbelievable. He just keeps firing. I wish could take the credit. The horse really has blossomed out here and really likes it out here . . . He’s got a great turn of foot and he’s a very ratable horse. Victor and the horse go together like six and seven.“We’ll regroup, I’ll get with the owners . . . the Santa Anita Handicap is a chance. He’s either go there, stay on the grass, or possibly run in Dubai, if that’s what they want to do.” JOCKEY QUOTES TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: The winning owners are Jerry Crawford of Des Moines, Iowa, who race as Donegal Racing, and Gary Hartunian of Los Angeles, who races as Rockingham Ranch. VICTOR ESPINOZA, FINNEGANS WAKE, WINNER: “No, I wasn’t ever concerned about catching Diamond Bachelor. I thought I could catch them anytime I wanted. This horse is unbelievable, he runs, he tries hard. He really likes it here in California, the weather, the track. Distance is never a problem. I thought last time, going 1 1/8 miles was a bit short for him but he took it well; today it was even better for him.”last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 6, 2015)–Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 American Stakes at a mile on turf for 3-year-olds and up has attracted a field of eight competitive older horses, headed by stakes winner Talco and multiple graded stakes winner, Winning Prize.Winner of the Thunder Road Stakes in his last out on April 4, John Sadler’s Talco will be seeking his third win in a row at the American distance. Though winless in his first four tries at graded stakes once coming to the United States in August of last year, the French-bred Talco has started to figure it out and seems to love the mile distance.Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Talco will retain the services of recent Kentucky Derby winning jockey, Victor Espinoza. He is 13-4-3-3- overall with earnings of $231,123.Though winless in his last four outings, Winning Prize was the winner of the 2014 Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf as well as the Grade II Arcadia in which he received his lifetime best, 105 Beyer speed figures in both. Second in the Thunder Road to Talco by only a head, the Neil Drysdale trainee will seek his first stakes victory since March 2014 on Saturday.The Argentine-bred by Pure Prize raced and was a multiple Group I winner in Argentina at the American distance with trainer Nicolas Ferro before coming to the U.S. in the summer of 2013. He is owned by David Heerensperger and Jose Nelson and is 17-8-2-1 overall with earnings $637,013.The Glen Hill Farm owned Enterprising will attempt to return to his winning form after a 10th place finish in the April 4 Thunder Road. Though winless in his last three outings, Enterprising was a winner of the Grade III La Jolla Handicap in August and besides his Thunder Road blemish is unbeaten at a mile on the grass.Trained by Tom Proctor, Enterprising will break from the rail with Gary Stevens aboard. He is 12-5-1-2 overall with earnings of $335,400.The complete field for the Grade III, American Stakes to be run as the 8th race on a nine-race card Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Enterprising, Gary Stevens, 121; War Academy, Corey Nakatani, 119; Winning Prize, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Gabriel Charles, Tyler Baze, 119; Talco, Victor Espinoza, 119; Little Jerry, Martin Pedroza, 119; Home Run Kitten, Joseph Talamo, 119; Bal a Bali, Flavien Prat, 121.                 The first post on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

FAO To Support Ebola Affected Farmers, Small Businesses in Liberia

first_imgIn support of the re-establishment of Ebola affected farmers and small business holders in the various counties in Liberia, the Food Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), has disclosed a plan to support farmers and small business holders in the country.The one-day meeting with farmers and small business holders in Kakata, Margibi County brought together over 60 women from five counties, Bong, Lofa, Margibi, Bomi and Montserrado, to help highlight their needs and sustainability in Liberia.Speaking yesterday on the BWI campus in Kakata, Margibi County, the head of the FAO’s assessment mission in Liberia, Vincent Martin, said, he was concerned about the affect of the deadly Ebola virus on farmers and small business holders and their immediate needs that would helped to re-establish them in their various areas.Mr. Martin explained that he was pleased to be in Liberia and meeting with citizens who have been affected by the deadly Ebola virus and help to ensure that his organization (FAO) would help in empowering farmers and other small business holders in improving their living condition.“We want to know the effect of the Ebola disease, including the economic challenges and how the FAO can provide  support to empower you.” He said the virus affected Liberia negatively and this required finding solutions that would better the lives of farmers and those into small businesses.”He assured the farmers and small business holders that the meeting will have a significant  impact in their lives, including economic empowerment and re-establishment of better living condition.  According to Mr. Martin, his organization will continue to support the Liberian people in the fight against the Ebola virus and ensure that farmers are supported in their farming activities, including the small business holders.Also speaking, the Minister of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan Cassell, said 60-65 percent of women were affected by the deadly Ebola virus during the early outbreak of the disease. “Women were always there to give care, even as the death toll affected them, too.”The Gender Minister attributed the lack of awareness and sensitization to the high death rate of women in the country but said, they had taken serious advantage  of the preventive measures in recent times.“Telling a mother that your child is sick and you don’t need  to touch that child is a difficult thing to do with. Telling market women that you can’t go to Guinea is a very serious problem that broke many businesses down in Liberia.She further explained,  “Liberian women were seriously making progress in their living condition, including economic empowerment, development, agriculture, going back to school, improving in small medium size businesses,” she narrated.The Minister said, if Liberian  women are being empowered throughout the country, the rest of the Liberia will be empowered, she added.“Most of the women are trained on how to borrow money and pay it back. We look at women who farm and do small businesses throughout the country in the empowerment sector.”She urged the women to make use of the opportunities provided by FAO that would help in the improvement of their living standard and the re-establishment of their activities. The one-day meeting was focused on the Ebola virus disease and women’s  associations recovery plan and sustainability in post Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more