Saint Mary’s announces new Dean of Faculty

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first_imgVickie Lynne Hess, a native of New York and previous academic dean of the American International College in Massachusetts, has been named Saint Mary’s new dean of faculty, the College announced in a press release Aug. 20. According to the release, Hess received her bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry from Mount Holyoke College and then pursued a doctorate in chemistry at Indiana University. “I am delighted that our search process brought us Dean Hess,” Senior Vice President and Provost Patricia Fleming said in a press release. “At this juncture in higher education, her prior experience as dean, as well as her background in science, will stand us in good stead. Increasingly more women are coming to us wishing to major in one of the sciences, math or nursing. Vickie understands the complexity of those curriculums. I am grateful to the faculty search committee for urging me to include her as a finalist in our search.” Under the general supervision of Fleming, the dean of faculty oversees curriculum and personnel dealings for all of the current undergraduate departments, interdisciplinary programs and special programs, Hess said. “Different programs around campus will be reporting to me,” Hess said. “I am really going to be looking at questions of faculty load. How much teaching are our faculty members expected to do, and what exactly does this teaching look like? Different disciplines have different ways of teaching, and I believe it is important to know and communicate these differences.” Hess said library faculty, the College’s Writing Center, the Center for Academic Initiatives and the section of the Academic Affairs Office that deals with advising will also report to her. With the College implementing a pilot honors program and a learning outcomes-based curriculum called the Sophia Program, Hess said she looks forward to working with the faculty to continue pushing forward College President Carol Mooney’s initiatives. Hess said in recent years, the public has asked higher education institutions for more accountability. In response, Hess plans to work with faculty to create more academic assessments. “The public wants to know what we are doing,” Hess said. “Academic assessments on departments and curriculum are faculty-led efforts, but someone needs to provide the structure to let it happen.” As a product of a single-sex institution, President Mooney said Dean Hess knows what Saint Mary’s is about and will be a great asset to the community. “Today, we are a pretty unique place,” Mooney said. “She has had similar experiences, so she appreciates what we are about here at Saint Mary’s.” Hess said studying science at Mount Holyoke made her realize how important and necessary institutions are that aim to empower women. “I remember being at the American Chemical Society national meeting with my adviser my senior year at Mount Holyoke, and there were times I looked around the room and I was the only woman and I didn’t even have a bachelor’s degree yet,” Hess said. “That is when I realized for the first time I was going into a ‘man’s field.’” Because she studied at a liberal arts institution, Hess said she can easily connect with Saint Mary’s and will continue to promote the importance of teaching Saint Mary’s women not only what they can do, but what they can become. “We are not just functions, we are human beings,” Hess said. “We have to prepare our students not for what is out there today, but for things they are going to have to learn down the road.” Yesterday marked the first day of the academic calendar, and Hess said she is excited for the campus to continue to buzz with students. “I am thrilled to be here,” Hess said. “I am excited about the warmth of the community. From the very first day, the community has reached out to me, and I feel very much at home.” Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at krabac01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Team Nigeria Finishes Ninth as Australia Wins 2018 C’wealth Games

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first_imgBy Femi SolajaAt the end of 2018 Commonwealth Games  yesterday in Gold Coast , Australia, Team Nigeria won nine gold, nine silver and six bronze medals to finish ninth on the overall medals table.The feat though achieved through personal efforts of most Team Nigeria athletes, was a spot below the eighth placement at the Glasgow Games four years ago when we won 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals.Aruna Quadri won Team Nigeria’s last medal at the 2018 Games edition  after clinching silver in the men’s  table tennis singles event, losing to Ning Gao of Singapore on Sunday morning.South Africa emerged Africa’s best team as they finished in the sixth position with 13 gold, 11 silver, 13 bronze medals.Kenya were 14th with four gold, seven silver, six bronze, Uganda 15th with three gold, one silver, two bronze, Botswana occupied the 16th position on three gold, one silver, one bronze and Namibia with two gold ended in the 19th position.Cameroon who had one silver and two bronze finished in the 32nd position, Mauritius were in joint-34th position with one silver while Ghana and Seychelles who only won one bronze, were joint-39th in the medal table.Hosts Australia, were the overall winners at this year’s games after amassing 80 gold, 59 silver, 59 bronze to bring their medals total to 198.England who were champions at the 2014 edition, came second with 45 gold, 45 silver, 46 bronze, India clinched third spot with 26 gold, 20 silver, 20 bronze.Canada came fourth with 15 gold, 40 silver, 27 bronze and New Zealand finished fifth after securing 15 gold, 16 silver and 15 bronze medals.Meanwhile the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, commended the team for not just doing the nation proud but better the performance at the last edition in Glasgow. “ I thank you very much for making us proud. We have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow. How many sports we competed in and how much money was voted? These are the factors which will confirm whether we have done better here or not. From the average knowledge of what I have, we have done better here than what we did in Glasgow.”The Minister also announced that arrangements to host those available back in Nigeria has been put in place.“This will enable us to interface, interact, cross pollinate ideas and enjoy ourselves. I don’t want us to access our success with medals. We should assess our success by participation and the way we conducted ourselves during the Games.It is also time to begin to invest in our athletes if we want to do well in sports,” he remarked. The next edition of the Commonwealth Games in 2022, will be hosted in Birmingham, England, from July 27 to August 7.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Eric Schneider’s 15 saves prevent Syracuse from getting into offensive rhythm

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first_img Published on May 17, 2015 at 6:29 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Eric Schneider knew what Syracuse was capable of. He had seen it when the Orange scored six goals in a five-minute span against Johns Hopkins on March 14.He knew it from the tape he had watched the week leading up to Sunday. And he knew it from the three-goal stretch for Syracuse that took just 33 seconds before the Blue Jays escaped with a win on Sunday.“That one minute and a half felt like an eternity,” Schneider, the JHU goalkeeper said. “When the seconds finally dwindled down, it was surreal. I couldn’t believe it.”Schneider continued his late-season resurgence for Johns Hopkins (11-6, 4-1 Big Ten), collecting 15 saves and frustrating Syracuse for the majority of its 45 shots. Aside from its late run, No. 2 seed Syracuse (13-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) never got in a rhythm, unable to go on more than a two-goal run in an eventual 16-15 loss on Sunday in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.SU attack Kevin Rice said his team was clicking at the end of the game, and still had the confidence that each shot they flung at Schneider would get past him.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We just needed that urgency earlier in the game,” Rice said.Syracuse came away with the faceoff after tying the score, 6-6, and fed the ball to attack Randy Staats. He stood nearly adjacent to the right of the goal, but had a good angle. His hard rip was hit up into the air by Schneider’s stick.On the next possession, Syracuse midfielder Tim Barber made an extra pass to attack Dylan Donahue. But Schneider moved up in the crease and hit Donahue’s shot out of the air. The rebound came out to Nick Weston, who had an open shot, but Schneider adjusted at the last second to prevent the ball from going in.“At any time their first six or even their second-line midfield can sling the ball. It makes you focus a little more,” Schneider said. “Luckily, my defense gave me shots early on that I felt that I could save and it let me get into a little bit of a rhythm.”Schneider had been having a difficult season. He had a stretch of seven games in the middle of the year in which he averaged allowing more than 12 goals. But throughout the last five games, Schneider has seen just 6.8 goals get past him per game.And even though Syracuse inflated the score late, he kept the Orange out of sync for better than 59 minutes.“Everybody wrote him off,” JHU head coach Dave Pietramala said. “He was as good as good could be today.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more