Vice President for Academic Affairs and Workforce Solutions

first_imgVice President for Academic Affairs and WorkforceSolutionsPurpose of Position: The Vice President for Academic Affairs andWorkforce Solutions serves as the chief academic officer of theinstitution and provides administration leadership and operationalmanagement for the College’s academic and workforce areas. The VicePresident directs strategic initiatives, long-range planningactivities and program development for the academic and workforceareas of the College; fosters an environment that motivates facultymembers and encourages innovative strategies for curriculumdevelopment and delivery; allocates resources, including faculty,staff, budgets, and space; and works collaboratively with others inthe College, local businesses and industries, the VirginiaCommunity College system, and the broader community to ensurecontinuous improvement of academic and workforce programs alignedwith the College’s vision, mission, and strategic goals. The VicePresident deeply values the engagement of faculty and academicleaders throughout the college/university in advancing a strategicvision and understands the role of academic leaders anddecision-making processes in institutional transformation. The VicePresident serves as an integral member of the president’sleadership team, working closely in conjunction with the remainingmembers to ensure harmonious and progressive leadership of theCollege. The Vice President works closely with deans and directreports to ensure a college community focused on studentdevelopment, learning, and success. The Vice President will applytargeted completion and retention strategies to strengthenenrollment in the service area.Duties include oversight of planning, scheduling,implementation, and evaluation of all credit and non-credit coursesand programs, academic support activities, and student servicesactivities at the college. This includes the preparation,management, and analysis of instructional, student services, andselected grant budgets. Additionally, the VP works with theVirginia Community College System, local economic developmentgroups, public schools, state and local agencies, accreditingagencies, other higher education institutions, and otherstakeholders to fulfill the mission of the institution.Demonstrated attributes include:Academic experienceCommitment to the College’s missionCommitment to student-centered teaching and learning and thebelief that all students have the ability to succeedExperience making strategic change with a sense of urgencyExperience tackling complex issues and making bold decisionsfor the good of students and the institutionHigh degree of emotional intelligenceExperience in effectively handing issues regarding students andfacultyStrong communications skills with direct reports and theirstaff members, cabinet-level colleagues, the president, and boardmembersOriented to building effective relationships and making thingshappenEffectively communicates the “why” ahead of and duringanticipated changesDemonstrated and continually evolving understanding of thestudent experienceRequired areas of knowledge and skillinclude:Experience working directly with faculty and studentservicesCollaborative leadership styleExcellent writing and oral communication skillsKnowledge of state-of-the-art teaching and learning techniques,including technological applications and distance learningExcellent customer service skills that demonstrate the abilityto work successfully with diverse individuals and groupsSuccessful experience working with workforce development,career and technical, transfer, and dual enrollment programsMinimum qualifications include:An earned doctorate degree from an accredited institutionSuccessful management and administrative experience in a highereducation environmentStrategic planning and budgeting experienceAccreditation and curriculum development experiencePreferred qualifications:Community college administration experience5 years of supervisory experience5 years of administrative experience, preferably at a communitycollegeSuccessful experience with the institutional accreditationprocessFor full description and to apply, visit:https://jobs.vccs.edu/postings/32842The Virginia Community College System,an EEO employer, welcomes applications from people of allbackgrounds and recognizes the benefits of a diverse workforce.Therefore, the VCCS is committed to providing a workenvironment free of discrimination and harassment. Employmentdecisions are based on business needs, job requirements andindividual qualifications. We prohibit discrimination andharassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, nationalorigin, age, sexual orientation, mental or physical disabilities,political affiliation, veteran status, gender identity, or othernon-merit factors.last_img read more

Pope Francis tells migrants on Lesbos ‘you are not alone’

first_imgPope Francis implored Europe to respond to the migrant crisis “in a way that is worthy of our common humanity” as he met refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos Saturday.Speaking at the Moria refugee detention center, the pontiff told migrants, some of whom wept and kissed his hand, that they were not alone. “Do not lose hope. The great hope we can offer one another is love,” he said.The pope told reporters traveling with him that Europe’s migrant crisis was the “greatest humanitarian catastrophe since World War II,” according to Reuters. “We are all migrants”, the pope said. Greek state television ERT reported Francis was planning to take ten refugees back to the Vatican with him, eight of them Syrian and two Afghans.The pope was joined by leaders of Orthodox Christians and the Greek Church. The spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians said that the world will be judged by how it has treated refugees, AP reported.“We have traveled here because the world has not forgotten you,” Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I said. “We have wept as we watched the Mediterranean Sea becoming a burial ground for your loved ones.”Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras welcomed the pope’s visit, describing it as an important opportunity to highlight the need to find a legal route into Europe for those fleeing conflict, AP reported.last_img read more

Dover gains help Byron, Johnson tighten playoff picture for Daytona finale

first_imgHendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and William Byron described their circumstance on the NASCAR Cup Series playoff bubble as “odd” and “unfortunate,” vying for the 16th and final provisional spot on the postseason grid with the regular season winding down. A points bonanza Sunday for both drivers opens up a greater possibility for both funneling their way in.Johnson finished third in Sunday’s Drydene 311 at Dover International Speedway, rallying from a Stage 2 speeding penalty and benefiting from some two-tire strategy savvy on his final pit stop. That result was one position in front of Byron, who regained his hold on the provisional 16th spot by four points over Johnson.RELATED: Race results | Three drivers clinch berthsBoth Hendrick Motorsports drivers finished among the points-earners at each stage break Sunday, helping them gain ground on Matt DiBenedetto, who ranks 15th in the playoff standings with one regular-season race remaining. DiBenedetto finished 20th and 17th in the weekend doubleheader, finishing in the points in just one stage. He’s now just five points ahead of Byron and nine ahead of Johnson.The 16-driver playoff field will be settled after Saturday’s regular-season finale, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC/NBC Sports App, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) at Daytona International Speedway. Ten drivers have clinched playoff berths with regular-season wins, and three more clinched on the basis of points after the Dover weekend — leaving three berths to be filled at Daytona.Both Byron and Johnson rallied from different forms of adversity. For Johnson, it was a pit-road speeding penalty Sunday on the 102nd of 311 laps that forced him to drive back into contention from 31st place. For Byron, it was Sunday’s cumulative comeback from a subpar 28th-place Saturday run that helped him keep postseason pace.“It was like a completely different race car and completely different race for us today compared to yesterday,” said Byron, who finished third and sixth at the stage breaks to pad his points cushion. “… As soon as we got the track position, we were able to stay up there. I think we were a little bit behind though since we really didn’t have a notebook from yesterday. I think if we had another race at it, we would run a bit better. Overall, this is good for our Axalta team. Now we’re going to Daytona where it’s going to be insane. I don’t think you can really points race. It’s going to be a race to be as aggressive as you can and hope things fall your way.”A new wild-card winner from outside the top 15 in standings at Daytona would take away another playoff berth on the basis of points, adding another layer of unpredictability for Saturday’s 400-miler to the fickle nature of superspeedway racing.RELATED: Byron discusses best run of 2020 | How playoff picture looks leaving DoverJohnson remained in the picture at one of his best tracks, home to 11 of his 83 career wins. When crew chief Cliff Daniels became the lone gambler among the front-runners by opting for just two fresh tires on the No. 48 Chevrolet’s final pit stop, Johnson briefly vaulted to the lead, lining up outside of eventual race winner Kevin Harvick. Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. slipped by him shortly after the restart, but Johnson was able to keep Byron at bay for third, lauding his crew chief’s strategy play on the team communications on the cool-down lap.“We had a really good car and I really credit Cliff for making that brave call for two tires,” Johnson said. “I think we were one of the fastest cars if not the fastest car over the last two runs, just unfortunately clawing our way back in from losing track position, and we didn’t have the best stop two from the end, so we really just had to gamble. I really appreciate his courage to do that. It netted a better finish. Certainly wish there was more there, but a great couple days here in Dover.”Johnson’s playoff fate for his final Cup Series campaign now rests in Daytona, a venue where he’s won three times — most recently with a season sweep of the track’s 2013 events. Johnson said he’s not overly concerned about the nerves involved, having been immersed in postseason tension in each of his seven title marches.“I’ve been doing this too long to worry too much,” Johnson said. “Championship pressure, thankfully I’ve been through that a bunch of different times. Maybe that’s ‑‑ I guess actually maybe that’s where experience will play through for me this weekend and I’ll be able to keep my head on straight, think, keep my emotions in check and really race with a clear and open mind.”DiBenedetto, meanwhile, was frank about his slide closer to the grasp of the Hendrick pair, lamenting his two midpack finishes at Dover and the possibility of approaching peril of Daytona.“Dover killed us. We were pretty horrendous both days,” DiBenedetto said. “I just tried to make the most of it that we could and it just wasn’t much. It was the perfect storm of really losing a lot of points and having a rough weekend. Going to Daytona. I hate to be negative but if we were going somewhere else I would feel better about it because we have been pretty strong at most tracks aside from here. I have struggled here. Going to Daytona and the Fords are strong but I have ended up at the infield care center the last two years there. We keep getting caught up in everyone’s mess. I am going to sit and hope and pray all week that we can just come out of there clean and make the playoffs.”last_img read more

Watch Bob Weir & Eric Krasno Join Twiddle With John Popper For “Eyes Of The World” At LOCKN’ 2019 [Pro-Shot]

first_imgBack in August, Bob Weir and Eric Krasno joined Twiddle during their set at LOCKN’ 2019 in Arrington, VA. For the majority of their special collaborative set with John Popper, the Vermont-bred jam quartet weaved Blues Traveler songs amongst their own originals.Midway through the performance, Twiddle welcomed guitarists Bob Weir and Eric Krasno for a cover of the Grateful Dead‘s “Eyes Of The World”. Thanks to a newly shared pro-shot video courtesy of Twiddle, you can now relive the Bob Weir and Eric Krasno collaboration on the device of your choice. Check it out below:Twiddle ft. Bob Weir, Eric Krasno, & John Popper – “Eyes Of The World” [Pro-Shot]The sit-in with Twiddle was just one of many Weir guest spots throughout the weekend at LOCKN’ 2019.  On Friday, Weir joined Edie Brickell & New Bohemians on “Deep Elem Blues” before later joining Old Crow Medicine Show on renditions of “Mexicali Blues”, “Cumberland Blues”, and “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?”. He also jumped in on sets by Oteil & Friends in addition to his own festival-closing two-set Bob Weir and Wolf Bros show on Sunday. That’s not to mention his couch-bound “sit-in” with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on the festival’s opening night.Next up for Twiddle is the band’s annual “Frendsgiving” run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, which is set for Friday and Saturday, November 29th and 30th. Buffalo-based four-piece Aqueous will offer support at both shows.Head to Twiddle’s website for a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, ticketing, and more information.Setlist: Twiddle with John Popper | LOCKN’ | Arrington, VA | 8/24/2019Set: Riverdrift, Syncopated Healing, Jamflowman, But Anyways ^ #, Eyes of the World %, Lost in the Cold ^, Mountains Win Again ^ #, Castaway ^ #, When It Rains It Pours ^, Hook ^ #^ W. John Popper# Blues Traveler Cover% Grateful Dead Cover w/ Bob Weir, Eric Krasno, & John Popperlast_img read more

Engineers Have Just Finished Drilling the First Geothermal Well in the UK to Use Renewable Energy

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorePhoto by United DownsThe deepest geothermal energy well ever drilled into the Earth’s crust has just been completed in Britain—and it’s set to become the UK’s first deep geothermal electricity plant.Back in November, Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) launched the drilling operations on site at United Downs. The company has now confirmed it has been finished—and at 3.1 miles deep, the geothermal pool is now the deepest well of its kind in the country.And with temperatures reaching 383ºF (195ºC), the company claims it is also the hottest geothermal well in the world. Dr. Ryan Law, managing director of GEL, said initial water flow tests at the site suggest the $22 million (£18 million) project will be capable of producing the UK’s first geothermal electricity and sustainable heat.RELATED: Exciting New Study Says That Crops Thrive Underneath Solar Panels—and the Panels Produce More Energy“We are delighted to have completed the drilling of these technically challenging wells,” said Law. “Reaching our target at the Porthtowan Fault Zone, at such a depth, was a fantastic achievement in geological and engineering terms and the initial flow tests are very exciting for unlocking the potential of the granite in Cornwall”Dr. Law said the United Downs site had truly been a test bed to show off the technology and its potential. Not only that, they believe the project can help allay people’s fears about geothermal energy.“What we are doing in Cornwall is vitally important for the whole geothermal energy sector,” said Law. “All eyes were on us. There has been an enormous amount of interest in this site from all over Europe so it was very important that we drilled these two wells successfully.CHECK OUT: This Revolutionary Blast Furnace Vaporizes Trash and Turns It into Clean Energy (Without Any Emissions)“The potential is enormous. We have identified at least another 20 sites in Cornwall so, planning permission permitting, our rig will be seen around Cornwall again in the near future.”Scientists and researchers from 27 universities have been involved in the project during the drilling phase of the project. Dr. Law said further tests will be required over the next three to four months before the actual geothermal power plant is built on top.While the drilling rig was a massive machine of steel and gears, the power plant will be no bigger than three double garages.One the plant is fully operational sometime in the spring of next year, the United Downs plant aims to supply up to 3MW of electricity, which is enough energy to power 3,000 homes.MORE: Just Add Water—New Salt Battery Could Help Spell the End of Fossil FuelsAdditionally, the company is excited for the plant to create jobs and bring value to the region.The wells are not straight, but directional (j-shaped) to intercept a target geological structure known as the Porthtowan Fault. The natural structure enables water to continuously circulate through the hot rock from the injection well and back into the production well.Photo by United DownsAs the water moves through the rock it picks up heat which can be extracted and converted into electricity at the surface.The United Downs project was established by GEL to demonstrate the potential of the deep geothermal resource in the UK to produce both zero carbon electricity and heat. The electricity and heat energy produced from the plant will be continuous (24/7) as geothermal energy does not suffer from the peaks and troughs that many other renewable power sources are subjected to.Power Up With Positivity By Sharing The Good News To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery

first_imgBuilding “C,” Third Floor270-956-0775Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.The Warfighter Refractive Eye Surgery Center (WRESC) provides services to active duty service members who are stationed at Fort Campbell and have at least 18 months remaining on active duty from the day of surgery. Combat Arms Soldiers receive first priority. The WRESC performs two types of surgeries, LASIK and PRK (photorefractive keratectomy). Both of these procedures use the same laser to reshape the cornea on the front surface of the eye. If you are interested in receiving refractive eye surgery, you may pick up packets anytime during business hours.last_img read more

Silca Gives Those Pesky Valve Stem Extenders the Silent Treatment

first_imgSilca’s new Presta valve extenders’ clever use of elastomers and sealants put an end to the annoying rattle inside the rim hole and prevent air leaks. On the outside, an elastomer ring is designed to sit snugly inside the rim’s valve hole and hold it firmly in place. That prevents it from rattling around until your nerves are shot, and it’s a good sight more attractive than electrical tape. You’ll need to measure the distance from valve hole exit to the inner rim bed and figure out the difference between that and you current tubes’ valve length to make sure it all lines up, but your sanity is worth it. On the inside, they worked with a company that specializes in thread sealing to coat the inner threads so they seal tightly against the tube’s valve threads. Then, they added elastomeric gaskets at both ends of the interface to further plug the joint. The result is no air loss. Or at least no more than you’d get with just the regular tube. But wait, there’s more… They’re available in two versions, the FVC (Fixed Valve Core, shown above) and RVC (Removable Valve Core, at top of post). The FVC threads over the stock valve, leaving the head twisted open to accept air. The top of the extension has threads, allowing it to be used with the current crop of thread-on floor and hand pumps. The RVC threads directly into the stock valve and repositions the valve core at its top. They both retail for $34 for package of 2 extensions. FVC comes in 45, 60 and 75mm; RVC comes in 34, 45, 60 and 75mm. The thread sealant is not a thread locking compound, so they say they’re reusable, too. Made in USA, available now. Silca.cclast_img read more

Carris Reels named business leader in energy efficiency

first_imgCarris Reels, Inc,Carris Reels has been named a 2014 “Northeast Business Leader for Energy Efficiency” for its commitment to lowering energy use. Nominated by Efficiency Vermont, the Rutland based reel and spool manufacturer is being honored for cumulative efforts that have reduced its annual energy costs by more than $190,000. The award is given annually by Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP), a non-profit energy efficiency advocacy organization, to highlight the energy-saving achievements of organizations throughout the region.“We are proud to recognize Carris Reels for their success and commitment to energy efficiency,” said Sue Coakley, Executive Director of NEEP. “Carris Reels provides an excellent example of how energy saving investments can improve a company’s bottom line, contribute to economic growth, and reduce environmental impact.”Carris Reels was selected for recognition for its efficient approaches to lighting, industrial processes, and building tightness. Particularly notable was the reduction of approximately $50,000 per year in compressed air costs. Efficiency Vermont helped Carris Reels hire a specialist, who identified two oversized compressors and air leaks throughout the distribution systems. The payback on the compressed air upgrades will be less than two years.“At first, we were hesitant to change our manufacturing process,” said Tim Lybeck, Operations Manager for Carris Reels. “But the data was compelling. I only wish we’d acted sooner!”The NEEP award also honors Carris Reels for its continuing monitoring of its energy use, to maintain ongoing awareness of building and equipment performance and processes.“We are proud to work in support of Carris Reels and we congratulate them on this well-deserved honor,” said Dave Adams, Staff Manager, Account Management, at Efficiency Vermont. “Their commitment to minimizing waste and optimizing facility and operational efficiency not only strengthens them financially but also reduces electricity demand in the Northeast. That results in lower costs for all of us, by preventing the need for new electric transmission infrastructure and associated utility rate hikes.”Carris Reels will be recognized, along with winners from neighboring states, in Newport, Rhode Island,June 2-3, 2014 at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit. The gathering brings together regional leaders in public policy, business, energy efficiency, and consumer and environmental advocacy to advance energy efficiency as the leading clean energy resource for the Northeast.Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external) Carris Reels, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of hardwood, plywood, and metal reels, as well as paper and plastic barrels. A Rutland, Vermont based company established in 1951, Carris Reels has 17 locations in Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, employing 180 people in Vermont out of 450 nationwide. The company is 100% employee owned. www.carris.com(link is external)Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships was founded in 1996 as a non-profit whose mission is to serve the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to accelerate energy efficiency in the building sector through public policy, program strategies and education. Our vision is that the region will fully embrace energy efficiency as a cornerstone of sustainable energy policy to help achieve a cleaner environment and a more reliable and affordable energy system. www.neep.org(link is external)  May 29, 2014, Rutland, VT – Carris Reelslast_img read more

Bike Centric Summer Solo-stice Challenge supports Ontario food banks

first_imgBike Centric, which specialises in ‘one-of-a-kind art, jerseys and cycling related products’, has launched a cycling challenge to ride on the Summer Solstice while supporting local food banks.Cyclists can register and set their own personal challenge to ride a set distance or time on the Summer Solstice, Saturday June 20.The cost of registration is C$25 and includes an embordered patch, sticker pack and finish certificate that will be mailed after the event. More than 25% of all registration fees will go to Cornwall Food Banks in Ontario, Canada.“Because of COVID-19, most cycling events have been cancelled,” said Joe McNamara, Bike Centric founder. “The Summer Solo-stice Challenge seeks to unite cyclists, inspire them to ride and encourage the sense of competition and companionship that the cycling community is well known for.”Bike Centric has chosen the Rotary Club of Cornwall as the charitable beneficiary of the challenge. This will distribute the money raised to local food banks.www.bike-centric.com Relatedlast_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgLancer 10U baseball team wins division title. The Lancer 10U baseball team, made up of students at Prairie Elementary, Highlands Elementary and Kansas City Christian, took their summer league division title on Monday. The team is coached by John Moore.Lancer Lacrosse players looking for equipment donations for mission trip. Lancer Lacrosse players Andy Swanson and Baker Stradinger are leaving on a mission trip to Jamaica later this summer where they will be teaching local kids the sport. The Swansons are asking anyone in the northeast Johnson County community with gently used equipment they no longer use for donations to take with them to Jamaica. Contact Baker ([email protected] or 913-909-2265) or Andy ([email protected] or 913-940-4730) to arrange for them to pick up donations.Bollier gets a third in Pan Am preliminary heat.  Bobby Bollier of Mission Hills came back from a bout of pneumonia to take a third place in his preliminary Pan Am Games in Toronto. Bollier was not able to place in the finals. A 2012 graduate of Stanford, Bollier said he was proud to be able to represent his country at the games and hopes to keep pursuing a chance at an Olympic berth. [Bobby Bollier of Mission Hills takes eighth in  butterfly at Pan Am Games – Kansas City Star]Non-profits can reserve tent at Mission Market. Area non-profits are invited to reserve the community tent for a week at the Mission Farm and Flower Market. The groups can promote their organizations during the Saturday market hours that will run until the end of September.The Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.last_img read more