Saint Mary’s joined forces with four other Holy Cross colleges this summer to create the Holy Cross Global Education Consortium (HCGEC), which will enable the College to broaden its study abroad programs. Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the College’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership, said the consortium will increase study-abroad opportunities for students. “It’s really the wave of the future how smaller schools, like us, can provide more quality options for our school and the resources that our faculty have,” Meyer-Lee said. The colleges in HCGEC include Holy Cross, Kings College in Pennsylvania, Stone Hill College in Massachusetts and Saint Edwards in Texas, Meyer-Lee said. In addition to the eight summer-study programs Saint Mary’s currently offers, Belles can now spend the summer studying in Peru, East Africa, or Spain and Morocco through Kings College. Meyer-Lee said the consortium enables Belles to study abroad in programs the College would not have been able to fill by itself. “And the Holy Cross family is just a very natural one that our students and [faculty] value,” Meyer-Lee said. “It’s kind of a formalizing of that relationship.” Saint Mary’s evaluated each program put forward by Kings College to make sure the options would fit students’ expectations and to prevent overlap among programs, Meyer-Lee said. “[They] didn’t overlap too much with what we already have and [provided] something sort of unique that would be attractive, so that’s in general why we opted into all three,” she said. The summer programs provide another option to students who have difficulty fitting semester-long programs into their major requirements, Meyer-Lee said. Some students who think they aren’t ready to go abroad for a whole semester also opt for the shorter summer programs, she said. “For some people, they do one of these at the beginning after their first year of study when they are kind of not sure yet, and often then they do find a way to spend a whole semester abroad because they get a taste of it and find it very compelling,” Meyer-Lee said. Saint Mary’s faculty members will be part of the teaching staff in the Peru and East Africa programs through Kings College, Meyer-Lee said. She said these faculty members can then bring this new knowledge back to their classrooms. “A wonderful value of the summer programs is that the faculties get to go, which then keeps them engaged internationally and able to bring those global perspectives to all the classes they teach,” Meyer-Lee said. Meyer-Lee said the consortium aligns with Saint Mary’s mission by encouraging assessment and understanding of the challenges of the contemporary world that Saint Mary’s women face. “Our mission within Saint Mary’s is to foster international competence, which is critical to empowering women, and to make a difference in the world,” Meyer-Lee said. “All of [the summer study-abroad programs] do that in one way or another. Contact Alex Winegar at [email protected]
Home Energy Improvement Loan Rate Drops One Percentage Point MONTPELIERIt just got a little more affordable for Vermont homeowners to prepare their homes for winter weather. The interest rate for the Warm and Weatherized Loan Program has dropped one percentage point since the program was first announced in September. The five-year fixed interest rate on program loans is now 2.75 percent. Earlier this fall, the State Treasurer’s Office partnered with TD Banknorth and Efficiency Vermont to make $2 million in unsecured loans available to homeowners who want to reduce their fuel costs by making their homes more energy efficient. Loans also are available to replace old, inefficient heating equipment. The interest rate for the loans is linked to the prime lending rate. As that rate has declined, so has the fixed interest rate for loans through the Warm and Weatherized Loan Program. The fixed interest rate is set at 1.25 percentage points below the prime lending rate. “The program gives Vermonters another opportunity to decrease their energy bills,” said State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. “The lower interest rate makes this option even more affordable to homeowners.” Loans are available through any of TD Banknorth’s 35 Vermont locations. Loans range from $2,500 to $5,000. Improvements eligible under the Warm and Weatherized Loan Program include, but are not limited to:Comprehensive whole-house air sealing;Added attic insulation installed in conjunction with air sealing where current ceiling insulation is six inches or less;Dense-pack cellulose in wall cavities that have less than 1-½ inches of insulation present;Lighting efficiency upgrades; andAny health, safety or moisture control measures associated with the improvement package. As a limited time offer through March 31, 2009, Efficiency Vermont will pay 10 percent or up to $500 of the cost of comprehensive improvements. This offer does not cover improvements that only address upgrades to stand-alone furnaces and boilers. The loan program runs through June 30, 2009. For more information, contact the TD Banknorth branch closest to you.-end-
The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (5-18, 0-10 Big Ten) couldn’t buy themselves a sorely needed win on Saturday, getting trampled by Ohio State (21-5, 11-1 Big Ten) 96-68 at the Kohl Center.Wisconsin has now blown a whopping 10 in a row, with their home record dropping to 2-10 on the year. As demoralizing as this already is, the vast majority of their recent losses haven’t even been close.Riley Steinbrenner/The Badger HeraldOSU entered Saturday’s match up ranked AP No. 14 in the nation and are sitting pretty in the conference standings. At 11-1 in Big Ten play, the Buckeyes only trail undefeated Maryland for the top spot in the conference.OSU’s leading scorer, Kelsey Mitchell, also leads the conference in points per game (23.2), and did not disappoint against the Badgers. It was business as usual for the junior guard and 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year as she scored 32 of her team’s points on six three-pointers and an outstanding 11-for-13 in field goals. Mitchell also totaled four assists and one steal in 25 minutes.Wisconsin’s leading scorer, on the other hand, had herself quite the unusual outing. Junior guard Cayla McMorris continued to distance herself from the dry spell she experienced in January. She tied Suzanne Gilreath for a team-high 14 points that came entirely from the free throw line.McMorris came up short on each of her nine attempted field goals but did not squander a single free throw attempt, sinking all of her 14 tries. In fact, success at the free throw line was contagious for the Badgers as they hit their mark 86.1 percent of the time.Women’s basketball: Badgers eyeing No. 14 Ohio State upset to end 10-game skidThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (5-17, 0-9 Big Ten) will try to avoid losing 10 straight games since Read…The points off turnover differential was symptomatic of the Buckeyes’ landslide victory. OSU more than tripled Wisconsin’s statistical earnings in that category, dumping in 31 points off of Wisconsin’s 19 giveaways.Second-chance points certainly had their influence on the outcome as well, as OSU scored 19 while Wisconsin only collected seven. The second-most prolific scoring offense in the conference did most of their damage in the paint as the Buckeyes pounded the lane with 38 points coming from the interior.Although easier said than done, at this point the Badgers just need to piece it all together. They’ve demonstrated all kinds of critical improvements over the course of their losing streak. Now it’s time they incorporate all they’ve learned so as to begin climbing their way out of the abyss that has been these last few months.This week Wisconsin stays home for another Big Ten match up, this time with Nebraska on Thursday at the Kohl Center. The game is set to tip at 7 p.m. and will air on BTN Plus.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — Scientist from NOAA’s national headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland spent the week in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, working with their peers to gather the invasive zebra and quagga mussels.Since the 1980s, these invasive species have made their way into the Great Lakes, endangering other species along the way. However, the mussels that are reeking havoc are also helping these scientist identify other potential problems in the Midwest and in the Great Lakes.“They’re very good sentinel organism for monitoring the uptake or possibility of uptake of chemical contamination in any type of biological organism,” said Senior Scientist Ed Johnson.Zebra and Quagga mussels have been devastating to their own bivalves, putting several types of native mussels.The scientist are part of a national monitoring program called “mussel watch.” The program started in 1987 and helps track chemical contamination through bivalves, organisms with an enclosed shell like oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops. Their work in the Great Lakes began in 1992. With help from the members of the NOAA-Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, divers collected zebra and quagga mussels to examine their biology and study the biological responses to determine if certain variations of chemicals are causing problems for other organism in that habitat.“We as organisms respond in many ways similarly to stress, including chemical stress,” said Johnson. “Why take a salmon or a trout when you can take an invasive mussel that serves the purpose in many ways as a better tool for monitoring because they don’t move.”The mussels will be used as the a clean site reference. Next week, the team heads to Milwaukee to study chemicals coming from the river and waste water outfall. They will be looking for chemicals from pharmaceuticals, hormones, therapeutic drugs, etc.Funding for this type of research comes from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. The work is also supported by the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement which is a bi-national treaty between the United States and Canada.For more information of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, visit http://www.regions.noaa.gov/great-lakes/index.php/great_lakes-restoration-initiative/For more information on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, visit http://www.regions.noaa.gov/great-lakes/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Great-Lakes-2015-Regional-Landscape-updated-05-28-15-4.pdf AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Senior Center Working on New Greenhouse for Healthier Meal OptionsNext What’s Trending for June 8