UVM to participate in ‘National Roll Call’ on Veterans Day

first_imgAt 3 p.m.  the VCO and SGA will host a Veteran’s Day ceremony in Memorial Lounge in the Waterman Building. Speakers will include  faculty, students and staff and members of the Burlington community. The ceremony will also feature a performance by the UVM a cappella group Zest and a video produced by UVMtv.  The Veterans Collaborative Organization is an SGA-sponsored club that provides services and community for the 77 veterans and 75 dependents of veterans attending UVM.The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs professionals.Lt. Col. (Ret) Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator, said, “We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen.”### At 2 pm, members of the UVM and surrounding communities are invited to come to Bailey Howe to observe a nationwide synchronized moment of silence.  The moment of silence is taking place at the eleventh hour (Pacific Time) of 11-11-11: the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 2011 ‘ a few weeks after the tenth anniversary of 9-11.  “Many members of our community, no matter what their political views, are looking for ways to understand and honor the sacrifice that so many veterans have made, and to support the troops that are currently serving,” said Little, a junior in the School of Business Administration who served in Afghanistan. “My hope is that people will note and appreciate the readings during the day, and then come to Bailey Howe at 2 p.m. to observe the moment of silence.” He added that the flag display is meant to provide a dramatic visual for increasing awareness of the number of troops who have died in the wars.   “We are proud to be co-sponsoring this event with the Veterans Collaborative Organization,” said Katie Rifken, a senior psychology major and chair of the SGA’s Legislative Action Committee. “To so many of us, these wars are distant events. This is a way for our community to understand the very real sacrifice so many made and to honor these brave men and women.” University of Vermont,On Veterans Day, Friday November 11, members of the University of Vermont community will commemorate the more than 6,200 veterans who sacrificed their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars by participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call, joining more than 170 campuses across the country.UVM’s Veterans Collaborative Organization and the Student Government Association are sponsoring the event.  UVM is the only Vermont school participating. Beginning at 7 am, 25 UVM students, faculty and staff will read the names of all of the veterans in chronological order, beginning with the first fallen soldier.  Each reader will speak for 15 minutes from a podium in front of the Bailey Howe library.  The reading of the names will take about eight hours to complete. More that 6,000 American flags honoring the fallen veterans will be displayed on the green in front of Bailey Howe.  The Kappa Sigma fraternity will also spread a large canvas near the podium outlining an American flag.  Passersby will be invited to place a hand or thumb-print on the canvas using cans of blue and red paint.  According to Ryan Little, president of the Veterans Collaborative Organization, the National Roll Call both honors those who gave their lives for their country and offers a way for the UVM community to come together over wars that, for many, are remote from their lives. last_img read more

How to Avoid being Eaten by a Shark over July Fourth Weekend

first_imgAs the Fourth of July holiday arrives, is there more cause for concern when wading into waters off Juno Beach, Palm Beach, Lake Worth Beach or Delray Beach this weekend?Florida is the state with the most shark bites in the nation. We are about to find out why…murky water, lots of people, Early morning and dusk offer the least visibility. Track sharks in South Florida waters here.Lifeguards off Juno beach say they haven’t seen a shark attack in years. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t shark sightings. Jon Cooper of Westin and his two children saw a fin in the water off South Beach Pavilion in Boca Raton.Only three shark attacks were reported in the state in 2018, according to the International Shark Attack File, a scientific database of shark attacks housed at the Florida Museum of Natural History.Though the Sunshine State accounts for 25 percent of worldwide shark bites, 2018’s 16 unprovoked shark attacks was lower than the most recent five-year annual average of 30 incidents, according to the Florida Museum International Shark Attack File. Only one shark attack was reported in Palm Beach County.In Florida, most attacks come from blacktip sharks, which are a little under 5 feet long and weigh about 40 pounds. If they do bite a swimmer, it is usually because the shark thought the victim was a fish or seal.Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a professor in Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Biological Sciences says, “We’re seeing more seals than we ever have before,” he said, adding that this contributes to the increase in sharks.While the odds of encountering a shark aren’t high, Kajiura still advises swimmers to be mindful that there could be sharks out there. Floridians in northern areas like Jacksonville and Daytona “where the water’s much murkier” have more of a chance of a shark encounter.And as the human population grows much faster than the shark population, more people will be on the beaches and the number of encounters will increase.“And you’ve got muddy water with lots of sharks that are migrating north and it corresponds to this increasing number of bites,” Kajiura said.Kajiura reminds Palm Beach swimmers to exercise common sense when entering the ocean. Early morning and dusk offer the least visibility.“That’s when it’s hard to distinguish between a little fish and the sole of your foot,” he said.Also, don’t swim near someone reeling in fish. “If you see a lot of bait fish jumping in the water, that’s probably a good sign that a predator’s there. Might be tarpon. Might be Jacks. Might be a shark. “You’re asking for trouble at that point.”Safety tips: Don’t wear sparkly jewelry, don’t thrash around, don’t swim near fishermenSwim in a group: Sharks mostly attack when alone.Stay close to the shore: The farther away you are from the beach, the farther away you are from help if a shark does attack.Avoid dawn or dusk swims: These are feeding times for sharks, and they can see you in dark waters more easily than you can see them.Don’t swim if bleeding: Sharks can smell and taste blood.Listen to full interview with Dr. Stephen Kajiura, a professor in Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Biological Sciences here.Dr Kajiuralast_img read more

Champions’ 35th MVP awards

first_imgHOOP STARS—Bruce Atkins, left, and B.B. Flenory, right, were presented with their award by Diamond Models member Janea. One of western Pennsylvania’s longest running awards banquets was held at DiEmperios 4-star restaurant in Monroeville. It began with a special honor to the Champions Association by Ernie Bey who received an African-style hand carved staff.The evening featured awards to Pittsburgh MVPs, (most valuable persons). The keynote speaker and co-sponsor was Leah Williams Duncan.The proceeds will go to benefit the Champion Enterprises 25th annual Toys for Tots Christmas party.The 2010 awardees were Beverly Harris Walker, Sam Clancy, Tika Hemmingway, Rayco Saunders, Darnell Dinkins, Gloria Hill, Sheldon Ingram, Greg McGhee, Chaz Kellem, Bruce Atkins, Kevin Cameron, Joyce Ellis, Russell Bynum, Bill Viola, Shayla Scott, Ace Pippens, Paul Seneca and Gilbert Brown.The sponsors were Urban Settlement, Penn Avenue McDonalds, Attorney Jim Cook, Dave Smith Chev­ro­let, Attorney William Good­rich, Attorney Arnie Klein, Highmark and The New Pittsburgh Courier. The 35th annual Willie “Pop” Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Banquet did not disappoint. “The night of the Champions” brought out some of western Pennsylvania’s all time, as well as current champions including Local World Women Boxing champion and 2012 Olympic hopeful Tika Hemmingway, Super Bowl champion Darnell Dinkins and basketball greats Bruce Atkins and B.B. Flenory.last_img read more