Cover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum VitaeUnofficial Transcripts (Official transcripts from allinstitutions attended must be received prior to the second round ofinterviews)Statement of Teaching PhilosophyStatement of Research InterestsCopy of recent paper presentation or publicationThree references with emails and current telephone numbers All applications and required documents must be submitted usingColumbus State University’s online employment site and a completepacket must be submitted for full consideration. Electronictranscripts preferred. Please direct them [email protected]). If mailed, please mail them to Dr.Jan Burcham, COEHP, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA 31907. Ifapplicable, any international transcripts must be evaluated by anapproved foreign credential evaluator prior to submission.Contact InformationIf you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jan G. Burcham,Associate Dean, College of Education and Health Professions,Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA31907; Phone: 706-507-8519; or email [email protected] of EmploymentA successful criminal background check will be required as acondition of employment.Please Note: Visa sponsorship is not provided for thisposition. Job SummaryThe Department of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling inColumbus State University’s College of Education and HealthProfessions invites applications for a full-time, tenure trackfaculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor of ElementaryEducation.ResponsibilitiesResponsibilities include: teaching undergraduate and graduatecandidates in pre-service and advanced programs (ability to teachin multiple content areas – mathematics, literacy, assessment-preferred), both online and in person, mentoring master’s, Ed.S.,and doctoral students, and working collaboratively with internaland external partners and agencies. Responsibilities also includeeffective teaching and advising at the graduate and undergraduatelevels; assisting with program evaluation and collaborating withother faculty to review, revise, and implement program operationsand curriculum; supervision of student teachers, interns, andpracticum students; engaging in research and scholarly activities,to include service on committees of doctoral students; service tothe program, department, college, and university; and activelyparticipating in professional development and leadershipactivities. The Elementary Education program is a vibrant programthat is rooted in a constructivist theoretical perspective,includes highly collaborative and innovative faculty, works closelywith P-12 partners in Professional Development Schools, andprepares outstanding, highly sought-out teachers. The Department ofTeacher Education/Counseling, Foundations, & Leadership atColumbus State prepares candidates to be student-centered teacherswhopromote engagement and success for all learners.The successful candidate will perform service and administrativetasks necessary to enhance program, department, college, anduniversity goals and objectives; perform related tasks necessary toensure excellence in educator preparation at Columbus StateUniversity; and use technology for synchronous and asynchronousinstruction. The successful candidate will be able to foster anenvironment of professionalism and collaboration, work incontinuous improvement of educator preparation andeducationalresearch, demonstrate exceptional ability to function as part of ateam with university faculty and the community of practice, andengage in practices that support the University’s focus on studentengagement and active learning.Required QualificationsCandidates should have an earned doctorate (ABD considered) inElementary or Early Childhood Education (Pre-K through 5th grades)or a related field from a regionally accredited institution;evidence of two years’ experience working with elementary and/orearly childhood students (U.S. public schools teaching experiencepreferred); excellent written and oral communication skills;excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills; a record ofsuccessful research and publication or strong evidence ofpotential; a record of service and involvement, includingmembership in professional organizations, in the profession; andthe ability to use technology for synchronous and asynchronousinstruction.Preferred QualificationsPreference will be given to candidates who have the ability toteach multiple courses and content areas in the ELE program(mathematics, assessment, and literacy) and bring innovativestrategies to the Elementary Education program; have evidence ofsuccessful teaching at the college level in both traditional andonline environments; have Pre-K-5 teaching experience in U.S.public schools; have evidence of collaborating with Pre-K-5schools/partners in a Professional Development Schools; and haveknowledge and/or experience with program approval oraccreditation.Required Documents to AttachReview of applications will begin immediately and will continueuntil the position has been filled. Applications for part-time andfull-time faculty positions must include transcripts of allacademic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior tocampus visit if selected for interview. Applicants must have theability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and SchoolsCommission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, in particular aminimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. ColumbusState University is an Affirmative Action/Equal OpportunityEmployer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.Required Documents to Submit with Online Application:
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Funeral services were held Jan. 17 for Benjamin S. Gogliucci, 97, of West New York. He passed away Jan. 13. He was an Army Veteran of WW II and retired security guard for the Hudson County Schools of Technology. He was the husband of Antonette (nee DeSantis) Gogliucci; father of Tina Gogliucci-Colon and Annmarie Gogliucci-Ponce and father in law of William Ponce, and grandfather of Giana and Angelina.Services arranged by the Vainieri Funeral Home, North Bergen.
St. Joseph County asking for input to become more senior-friendly IndianaLocalNews Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Google+ By Jon Zimney – October 18, 2020 0 375 Twitter (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Indaina) A survey for seniors in St. Joseph County has been developed as the county has been accepted into AARP’s network of age-friendly communities. AARP wants to gauge how residents feel about eight different areas of concern, including outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, respect and social inclusion, work and civic engagement, and health services. The county needs at least 500 surveys to be taken, and they say anybody age 46 and above can take part.The following information about the survey was sent to 95.3 MNC from St. Joseph County:On January 15, 2020, St. Joseph County was officially accepted into AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, an independent affiliate of the World Health Organization Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities.The first step to become a member of this network was for the Board of Commissioners pass a resolution committing to working toward improving the quality of life for all our residents, regardless of age.The next step is to conduct a baseline study of how the community feels regarding the eight domains of outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, work and civic engagement, communication and information, and finally community and health services. For input, we need a minimum of 500 survey results. Any resident of St. Joseph County over the age of 45 can participate at http://sjcindiana.com/aarpsurvey. These responses will help the Age Friendly SJC Steering Committee identify areas in the community that need to be improved, and will aid in developing a future plan of action.The Age-Friendly SJC steering committee, led by Commissioner Deborah Fleming, DMD, also will be making paper copies of the survey available in both English and Spanish, over the coming weeks, at various locations throughout the community, such as libraries and food banks. Anyone wishing to complete a paper copy can also come to the 11th floor of the County-City Building, 227 W. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN 46601.Organizations or individuals wanting more information regarding the Age-Friendly SJC initiative, or the survey, may email questions to [email protected] Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleElves For Elders Still Serving Community At Safe Social DistanceNext articleLarge number of mail-in ballots won’t necessarily delay Indiana results Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
A group of school children from Cornwall and a student from Wiltshire have won a competition for ideas on how satellites could improve life on Earth, Science Minister Sam Gyimah announced today (Friday 13 April).Ellie Jones, Jessica Knight, both 15, Summer Jeffery and Emily Haddrell, both 14, from Truro, scooped £7,500 for the best group entry in the UK Space Agency competition with their Surf Safe concept. Ieuan Higgs, from Chippenham, received £7,500 for the best individual entry for his Infrastructure Planning and Development Analysis Tool.The SatelLife Challenge supports the development of science, data handling and technological skills, complementing the Government’s Year of Engineering campaign which is championing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the next generation.Science Minister Sam Gyimah said:“The UK leads the world in building satellites and we want to encourage young people like those entering this competition to get involved in every part of our thriving space sector.“The creative use of data from space can solve many challenges and help establish successful businesses. It’s a vital part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy to back the entrepreneurs of tomorrow as we build an economy that’s fit for the future.”Ellie, Jessica, Summer and Emily’s idea was for a wristband that uses satellite location data and communications services to identify the locations of swimmers and surfers in the sea.Ellie Jones said:“It was so exciting, finding out about the competition. We had never done anything at all like this before. As students living in Cornwall, the sea has always been important to us and from the very start we knew we wanted to do something involving the beach. It was such a surprise to find out we had won and every one was so happy when we got the email, for a long time, it didn’t seem real.“This whole experience has been amazing, we really enjoyed having the opportunity to do something like this. It has definitely given us the confidence to pursue STEM careers moving forwards.”When combined with tidal and rip tide data, this could provide real time tracking and identification of people approaching known danger areas, and provide coast guards or the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with potentially life-saving information.Jon Oxenham, RNLI’s Community Safety Manager, said:“It’s great to see young people thinking about water safety and creating new ideas which could save lives at sea. At the RNLI we are always trying to find new ways to save lives through innovation, data analysis, and new technology.”Ieuan Higgs’ winning idea was for a tool that would map change in urban areas using satellites and algorithms, identifying where building is taking place and potential sites for development.Ieuan, who is studying Computer Science at the University of Reading, said:“I thought it would be an exciting opportunity to do a project on a topic I am very passionate about. I came up with my idea after combining my knowledge of current space technology with my areas of interest in Computer Science – using both to form a realistic business solution I thought would be both useful and achievable. It came as a massive shock to see that I was one of the winners, but it was certainly a welcome one! This unexpected result has given me the confidence to continue researching and working on my ideas in my spare time.”The competition is split into three age groups: 11 – 16; 16 – 18; 18 – 22, and a further seven entries from across the age categories were awarded £5,000. The judging panel was made up of experts from the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell and industry.All nine winning entries will be able to pitch their ideas to a panel of ‘dragons’ from the space sector. In 2017 the competition winners were offered a mix of support including an offer to build a prototype, thousands of pounds worth of space on Amazon Cloud Services, access to data, business development advice and a visit to a satellite factory.With one in four of all telecoms satellites already built substantially in Britain, the government’s Industrial Strategy includes plans to work with the industry to grow the space sector and establish commercial space launch services from the UK for the first time.Today’s announcement follows the news that Oxfordshire-based firm Reaction Engines has secured a further £26.5 million to support the development of SABRE™ – a revolutionary new class of aerospace engine combining jet and rocket technologies. The new strategic investors are Boeing HorizonX Ventures, the investment arm of the world’s largest aerospace company Boeing; and Rolls-Royce, which has been at the forefront of British engineering for over a century.Full list of winners:Ieuan Higgs, 20, from Chippenham, Wiltshire (Best individual project)Infrastructure Planning and Development Analysis Tool: This tool would map change in urban areas using satellites – it would identify where building has or is taking place and areas where there is potential for development or where an area is becoming run-down. This change detection would use algorithms rather than be totally manual.Ellie Jones, 15, Jessica Knight, 15, Summer Jeffery, 14, and Emily Haddrell, 14, from Truro, Cornwall (Best group project)Surf Safe: This concept is for a wrist band that uses satellite location data and communications services to identify the locations of swimmers, surfers and other people just off the shoreline in the sea, which could be combined with tidal and rip tide data, to provide real time tracking and identification of people getting close to known danger areas. This could be used by coast guards, RLNI and other rescue agencies in the event of an incident.Kari Lawler, 15, from Castle Bromwich, SolihullCapturing Earth’s changes: An application that uses Machine Learning Deep Artificial Neural Network to regularly ingest and analyse Earth Observation data to learn what the what the Earth looks like, and detect changes and patterns across the globe. The application would also be able to identify the causes of natural disasters through providing details of historical events, to help with preparation and prevention in the future.Dylan Todd, 17, from Totnes, DevonMeasuring LED usage: This idea would use a spectrometer from space to identify whether light from the Earth is emitted from LEDs or from standard lights. This is important because LEDs are better for the environment as they are more energy efficient and progress in this area is of interest to environmentalists and the scientific community as well as local authorities and governments.Ben Schofield, 21, Thomas Green, 19 and George Nightingale, 19, from the University of SheffieldAutomated Person Detection: This idea uses drones for search and rescue. This is currently a military capability but the team showed how it could be used in a civilian capacity to identify life and deliver aid. They propose using machine learning to improve the ability of the drones to spot life.Jasmine Hurley, 16, Jack Whinnom, 17, Megan Goss, 17, Kieron Robson, 17 and Matthew Jones, 17 from Bedlington, NorthumberlandDisplaced Person Aid: This idea looks at people who are internally displaced and how satellites can help meet their needs rather than those who are refugees. One opportunity for its use would be when there is a natural disaster such as a hurricane where it could provide information in advance for people who would need to move out of the way of the storm.Thomas Franchi, 20, Christopher Law, 19, and Hammad Jeilani, 20 from LondonMEDrone: This idea uses satellites and drones to help people in isolated areas who cannot access basic health care such as vaccines, birth control or medicine. This would use satellite data to find a remote region, then a drone to gather terrain data from the air, sending the information back via satellite. The drone would then land and allow people to use Skype to talk to health professionals. The drones could also transport swabs or samples and medicine.Ella Richards, Eleanor Champion and Maddie Harvey, all aged 13, from Truro, Cornwall,Illness Tracker: This app aimed to map and model the spread of infectious disease. This would not only help individuals who wanted to avoid illness, but also health authorities in getting medication to the right place. It would use the GPS elements of satellites and comms for remote locations.Tek Kan Chung, 18, from the University of CambridgeSatellite Imagery for Traffic Management: This idea used satellites to identify traffic areas of problems and re-route people. The idea would use real time data, and then use pace cars to control traffic and reduce phantom traffic jams.
Thank you very much indeed Mr President and welcome to the new Yemeni Representative here.This is a good day for all of Yemen. I want to congratulate, commend Martin and his team for the work that they have done to bring about these developments. But as Martin himself said we should also thank and commend the Swedish Government, the parties themselves, the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, President Hadi, representatives from Kuwait, Emirati and Oman Government. And my Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Mr President, was very pleased to have been able to join his Swedish counterpart in Stockholm for these important developments. But above all I just want to stress how much we owe to Martin and his team and of course to the Secretary-General.If I may say so Mr President, this is what the UN is for. This Council’s united support has helped, I think, Martin and the UN get to this point.I will speak briefly today Mr President because I think we all have important work to do now to support Martin. I will come on to what Mark said in a minute. I was very struck by what Martin said about trust between the parties and what he said about international consensus.For the first time in two years Mr President the people of Yemen have been put first and we commend all the parties for taking that important step. We recognise their leadership. We endorse the agreements that they have reached but Martin’s cautions about it being a humanitarian stopgap are very well taken.I want to refer now to what Mark said about the humanitarian situation on the ground. That’s a very sobering reminder of the human consequences that are still at stake and of how many starving, sick and desperate people remain in the most vulnerable of situations.So Mr President we have no time to lose. As Mark said we need to bring about tangible improvements for the people of Yemen and we need to do that as swiftly as we can.Thank you to the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland for agreeing to hold a pledging conference. Mark set out an update on his five asks and refined them. We support those.From our side Mr President as the penholder the United Kingdom will resume work on the Security Council resolution with all our colleagues. We plan to endorse the agreements reached, support their implementation and set out urgent next steps. As requested we will of course work want with colleagues to address the monitoring requirements. We welcome the news about General Cammaert. I think that’s an extremely good step forward. We understand the importance of monitoring the compliance and we understand the importance of the UN having a leading role in supporting the ports. And we hope to be able to work expeditiously with colleagues to bring about a Security Council resolution which will give the firmest possible support to what has been achieved so far and provide Martin and the parties with a solid foundation as they move towards the end of January agreement on his framework and we wish him the best of luck with that.It’s vital Mr President, it’s vital that the parties who have made such good steps so far continue their good faith and take urgent steps to put these agreements into full implementation. I’m sure I speak for all colleagues on the Council to join me in pledging that the Council will do its very best to stay united and to work tirelessly together with partners throughout the UN membership to support what’s been achieved and move it on to the much desperately needed next stage.Thank you Mr President.
If you really love jam bands, you need to have a sense of humor. It’s part of the package. To fully appreciate the music and the often ridiculous scene surrounding it, you have to be able to laugh about it. As Brett Siddell, professional comedian and card-carrying jam band enthusiast, explains,It’s part of it. It’s such a big part of it. If you took out comedy from our scene, it’d be a disaster. It’d be horrible. Everyone too serious and insular and even mean. With humor, it’s this beautiful, silly, friend-making, lovely situation, with music as the soundtrack. We just kind of wanna highlight how damn funny some of this stuff is. It’s just so clear to us. And I think it’s clear to a lot of other people.The “we” he’s referring to is Wokes with Jokes, a team of comedians staging standup comedy shows which highlight the hilarity of the jam band scene. The group of comics, which features Siddell, Walker Berry, Ariella Wallen, Pamela Mahler, and MC Richie Alfson, is preparing to mount their latest show, “Wokes with Jokes: Standup Comedy about The Disco Biscuits and The Scene“, on Saturday, April 21st at Philadelphia’s Liaison Room before The Disco Biscuits hit the stage for their final night at The Fillmore.And yes, that’s “Wokes,” not “wooks.” Explains Siddell,“One of the first comments we got when we posted about this was ‘that’s not how wooks is spelled.’ Several things: First, of course, I know how to spell ‘wooks,’ I’m doing a wook-based comedy show! Secondly, there is this concept of ‘woke’ now too, I’ve even heard it in noun form here and there. A ‘woke’ is someone who says something like ‘I only eat grass that died naturally with its friends and family around it for lunch. And then do a bump off a toilet for dinner. And breakfast.’ More importantly, it’s off by a tiny bit to catch your attention, like Lyft, or Grindr, or Dwyane Wade. So it’s a little off, which is what attracts people. And also…um…it fucking rhymes!”Doing standup comedy about the jam band scene—joining two of his biggest passions—has been a goal of Siddell’s since 2011, when he and fellow Wokes with Jokes comedian Walker Berry brought a play-out boombox with a microphone to Mayan Holidaze in Mexico. As Brett explains,We’d bring it to the hot tub and put a huge ten-foot sombrero on and do standup. And just like this project, people didn’t understand what was going on for a little bit—they didn’t get it—until they listened for a second, and then they were dying. So ten years ago, or so, is really the inception of it, and we’ve just been trying to piece this together with more formality ever since then.While the idea for jam band standup dates back the better part of a decade, Siddell’s love affairs with both music and comedy go back much further. Says Siddell,I’ve been doing standup comedy for close to 20 years … And then in 2002, halfway through college, I went to High Sierra Music Festival to see The Slip. But I didn’t really know about any of this world at all. I saw The Slip play the late-night tent at High Sierra, and then this band Sound Tribe Sector 9 came on, and I was like, “Okay, I guess,” you know? And I was completely floored. Now we’re used to all that stuff. But I didn’t know that anything like that even existed.He continues,Flash forward a little bit, and I’m into both. I love comedy. I make a living doing comedy–I do that on the radio at Sirius XM–but I’m also so into this world. There’s an old motto of writing, which is “Write what you know.” And in terms of comedy, I was sort of sitting there debating all day because of that, because I’d go up onstage in New York City and be like, “Do you guys wanna talk about people on ketamine at all?” … These people don’t know what I’m talking about. I guess I’ll talk about banking? I don’t know…“Now, it’s kind of a meshing, things that I have experience in and love and find a lot of funny things in, and something I have been working at for close to two decades now, which is standup comedy,” notes Siddell. He adds,Why I say how long I’ve been doing standup so much…I think when some people think about what we’re doing, they think it’s just some funny kids on the lot…Which we are, I’m not gonna deny that. But we are all professional comedians that also will be going for it from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., and just be killing that the whole time…And if you laugh hard enough at that, which most of us do, you’re like, “Well what’s the other avenue for this? You can’t just be in the pit all the time!”Siddell is confident that this particular brand of comedy is perfect for the scene it lovingly roasts. “This scene, as you know, is rife with criticism. And that’s fine, you know? … But what I really think is fascinating…is if there’s anything people love more than the music in this scene, it’s talking shit about the scene!” he says, laughing. He continues,It’s so fascinating and so crazy to me and so hilarious, that to not expose that sort of hypocrisy would almost be a comedic fault. We love this stuff. Love. Love, love, love. … I think whoever’s confused or questioning whats going on, or if they think it’s like a roast…It’s kind of a roast, in the way that you’d roast your uncle. Jeffrey Ross, the roastmaster, the guy who’s synonymous with roasting now, his book is called I Only Roast The Ones I Love. That’s kind of the policy, even, of roasting.Just like big fans love to talk shit about their favorite band, people would love to talk shit about this whole concept. Brett explains, “I’d say [the response to Wokes with Jokes has been] about 4/5 positive and 20% negative, without seeing it. Because there’s 20% of people who have written, like, ‘Why the hell would I go see somebody make fun of my band?’ …And that’s the whole thing we want to make fun of! [laughs] Like, that’s exactly who I want to talk about.”Brett uses dessert to illustrate the comical nature of uptight fan criticisms: “You’ll be like, This apple pie is so delicious!’ And the guy next to you says, ‘Fuck this apple pie. I haven’t seen good pie since ’94.’”Siddell and company have now put on several sold-out performances, including shows focused on the Phish scene during the Baker’s Dozen. They also recently staged an Umphrey’s McGee-themed Wokes With Jokes during the band’s recent 20th anniversary run at New York’s Beacon Theatre, which was attended by bassist Ryan Stasik and, according to Brett, the entire Umphrey’s road crew. Explains Siddell,This was a big deal for us for a lot of reasons. Umphrey’s are friends of ours… There’s a new comedy club right across the street from The Beacon. This seemed like it was gonna be a home run. But it went even better than we really could have imagined because Stasik shows up, and the full crew. I mean, like, they did soundcheck and then they all came to our show. … Of course, they wanna come laugh about the band–it’s kind of like laughing at the boss! And Stasik…if you had to pick one [guy in the band] to come join in, you pick the silly bassist. Of every band! It’s like, let’s not overthink this. Let’s have the nicest, best-looking guy in the band. (Kris, I’m sorry, you’re close, but it’s Stasik).He openly appreciates Stasik letting the jokes roll off his back, a trick he has no doubt learned countless times over performing for opinionated jam band fans for 20 years. Siddell recognizes that he’s up against the same hard-to-satisfy crowd and the same potential criticisms that face the bands he jokes about. He muses, “I had one friend tell me, ‘You have really set yourself up for a bad reaction! They hate what they love, and they don’t even like you!’”But like the pro he is, Siddell seems unfazed. In fact, he seems to relish the challenge. “I guess final thoughts would be: If you’re curious, or even if you hate the idea, come,” he says, “Come shit on it. Come shit on it just like you shit on your favorite band.”At the end of the day, it’s all love. Wokes with Jokes just wants you to accept that and learn to laugh at yourself…ya damn wooks.Wokes with Jokes: Stand-Up Comedy About The Disco Biscuits and The Scene will take place on Saturday, April 21st at the Liaison Room in Philadelphia, PA ahead of the Disco Biscuits third night at The Fillmore Philadelphia. **Grab your tickets here**
So, I’m at a business and technology conference where I just ate crickets for the first time. It’s not really what I was expecting at this event. But, I do know what to expect at Dell Technologies World, April 30-May 3.Along with the awesome general session and guru speakers I wrote about yesterday, there will be a great opportunity for technology professionals to hone their skills and gain new certifications.“You get to meet the people behind the technology we use every day, learn about strategy and products for the future and also be able to meet peers from around the globe. Different horizons with the same passion for greatness,” one of last year’s attendees, Aloys, noted.Dell EMC Education Services recently launched a set of new certifications that help develop the highly-skilled talent who can help companies make transformation real, achieve business goals and lead the competition.“These new certifications bridge skills gaps at every stage of transformational maturity. They establish and validate skills required for digital, IT, workforce, and security transformation,” Christine Fraser wrote here on Direct2DellEMC last week.Education offerings and certification exams for converged systems and hybrid cloud platforms are available now. Multi-Cloud Expert certification will be available in conjunction with Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas.Starting now, IT professionals interested in earning the Dell EMC Certified Master – Enterprise Architect credential can apply to be considered to appear before the Review Board; the first review session will occur at Dell Technologies World. Visit the Dell EMC Education Services website to learn more.But don’t wait too long to register for Dell Technologies World, or you might miss out on some great prizes!Yes, if you register before February 28 (TOMORROW!), you can select one of these great prizes: Ring video doorbell, Bose wireless headphones, Alienware gaming keyboard, YETI cooler or guest pass to the evening event.
Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in a two-part series about Kramer Properties and Campus Housing, which both lease off-campus housing to students in South Bend. Senior Carolyn Conley was one of over 300 students who signed a lease with Kramer Properties before learning via e-mail last spring that Campus Apartments would be managing her off-campus property this year. “I was a little surprised that they told us by e-mail because that seems like something more important, maybe a phone call or a letter in the mail,” Conley said. Mark Kramer, owner of the local management company Kramer Properties, sold a portion of his portfolio to Gross & Cohen Real Estate Investors two years ago, but maintained management of the properties to ease the transition process. Kramer sent an e-mail to students about the change in management in February. “We felt that was the most efficient and quickest way,” Kramer said. “We urged them that if they had further questions, they could call our office, and many of them did.” As a result of negotiations between Kramer and Gross & Cohen, the terms of the lease students signed with Kramer were still valid after the transfer. Gross & Cohen chose Campus Apartments, a national management chain, to manage the properties, including Notre Dame Apartments. “I hadn’t heard of Campus Apartments so I was a little confused as to why Kramer hadn’t given us any indication that he was going to sell our house, but it wasn’t a really big deal,” Conley said. “I know everybody’s had a couple issues this summer with like the dishwasher being checked and needing to get everything set up.” After Campus Apartments hired new staff members in August, Conley said management has improved. “I think they’ve come up with a pretty good team so everything’s been running smooth since then,” Conley said. Conley said the team keeps in touch with students on a regular basis. For example, Campus Apartments delivered free HotBox Pizza to student residents earlier this semester. “They’ve been really good about timely response,” Conley said. “Their office is really accessible, so even though I don’t need to contact them very much, they seem like they are doing a good job of staying connected with the students.” Danielle Champagne became regional manager of Campus Apartments’ South Bend office in August. Champagne said student complaints have been “minimal.” “We do quarterly inspections,” Champagne said. “We go through and we fix problems that students sometimes don’t tell us about.” Champagne said faulty appliances are typical when students move into properties. “Whenever students aren’t here for two months, appliances sit, and sometimes they don’t know how to properly use the items,” Champagne said. “Next year, our goal is that, when students go in, to go in with them and show them how to use every piece of equipment in their house.” According to Champagne, Campus Apartments has already made the necessary improvements as a new management company in the area. The company has updated its website with an interactive map of properties’ floor plans and is hiring a leasing agent to add to the three-person, full-time staff. “We have a very steady staff who are young and fun and energetic, who are just looking to plan events and get to know the residents individually,” Champagne said. “Notre Dame students are a tight-knit community, so we just want to make sure that we are helping them in any way possible.” Champagne recognized the advantages of being a part of a national chain serving colleges and universities across the country. “I think being a national chain helps us because we do have a lot of structure that if ever we need something, there’s always someone there,” Champagne said. Champagne expects a strong leasing season for Campus Apartments, which manages more than 68 houses and 44 apartments in the area. “I think they are just going a little bit slower this year as opposed to last year,” Champagne said. Rent depends on the property’s location, amenities and other factors. Conley pays $475 per month for a five-person house on Wayne Street. Champagne said that rent would stay the same for next year. Campus Apartments also offers students around-the-clock emergency maintenance and ADT alarm systems. “It’s up to their discretion and their parents’ discretion to activate it,” Champagne said about the security systems. Senior Colin Parker, who also lives in a house managed by Campus Apartments, said he has not had any safety or security issues this year. “I feel very safe because we have been good about locking our doors even when we are home, turning on the security systems when we are home,” Parker said. “I don’t think Campus Apartments has had much to do with that.” When the house’s shower was clogged and wasn’t running, Parker said Campus Apartments responded the following day. “We took that issue first to Campus Apartments,” Parker said. “They did a very good job of turning it around and calling somebody.” Parker, who had signed with Kramer during the second semester of his sophomore year, advises students considering off-campus living to shop around early. “Go over to Campus Apartments and look at their options,” Parker said. “What was valuable to us was proximity to campus but also to other college students.” The second installment of this series will examine the changes Kramer Properties has experienced since selling many of its homes to Campus Apartments. It will run in tomorrow’s Observer.
On Monday, Saint Mary’s welcomed mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh who discussed her journey and shared career advice with students interested in musical theater. Tombaugh also performed her one woman musical, “It Just Takes One.”Tombaugh wrote, produced and starred in “It Just Takes One,” a one woman show about her journey to stage, from her first auditions in New York City, through her struggle to find the right guy and to living on her own while pursuing her dreams. The music in the show ranged from popular Broadway tunes such as “Cockeyed Optimist” from “South Pacific” to original songs and arias. Tombaugh is a mezzo-soprano, which means that vocally she has the capacity to play either a male or female role in a musical. Tombaugh has toured with a variety of opera companies and symphonies and has performed in such musicals as “Barber of Seville” and “Cinderella.”During her lecture, Tombaugh recommended that students start preparing for their careers while in college.“It’s not like one day you just wake up and say, ‘I’m a professional!’ You have to start practicing now,” she said. “This time for you is a very short blip in your career and the sooner you can start being proactive and learning how to be your own teacher and promoter, the better off you will be. There’s going to be a time where you’re out of school and you won’t have the resources like you have here.” College is the perfect “safe zone” in which students can start to realize their dreams, Tombaugh said. “I had always heard that you should create the life you imagine, but you can’t just keep seeing it as this distant thing in the future, you have to start taking tangible steps towards it,” she said.Tombaugh said students need to stop bragging, rather they should start to promote themselves effectively, as teachers, peers and colleagues can be the start of their network. “You have to decide what kind of person you want to be, and I have always known that I’m not the type of person who is comfortable throwing someone under the bus to make something happen for me,” she said. “If you start to view everyone as your asset, as your friend or network, not in a using way, but if you think, ‘their successes are my successes’ and ‘they have skill sets and information that I don’t have access to’ … then you are giving yourself a lot of power back.”Tombaugh said motivation is a key to success. “Find the happy medium in your personality,” she said. “If you are someone who is not super motivated, you have to think about ways to motivate yourself. I try to come up with a theme or mantra every year. This year, my goal is ‘simplify and streamline.’”Following one’s dreams requires effort, Tombaugh said. “Sometimes you need to just keep pushing to make something happen,” she said. Tags: Broadway, mezzo soprano, musical theater, Opera