Professor offers advice in ‘Last Lecture’ series

first_imgThe Last Lecture series kicked off on Monday evening in Washington Hall with a talk by Maria McKenna, senior associate director of the Education, Schooling and Society minor. McKenna is also an associate professional specialist in the Department of Africana Studies. Sponsored by the academic affairs department of student government, the series asks student-nominated professors, “What wisdom would you try to impart to the world if you knew it was your last chance?”McKenna said she prepared her lecture by thinking about what she would want to say if she were giving a final speech to her four children.“If the only people who were in this room were my four kids, what would I want them to know?” McKenna said.She then began her speech by reading off a list of quotes and advice from her family and friends whom she asked for help in preparing her lecture. Although the content of each piece of advice differed, McKenna said she found a common theme of “keeping it real” and staying honest to yourself and those around you. She said she realized the importance of this maxim from an early age and throughout the rest of her life.McKenna said she assumed an incredible amount of responsibility in her family at an early age and was afraid to communicate her fears and insecurities to her parents. Ultimately, she was able to find a way to be honest with them and find peace. Even still, McKenna said relationships and life in general are inevitably messy despite what the culture around us says.“The world we live in tells us we have to look put-together,” McKenna said.McKenna said she is able to find happiness in the messiness and imperfection in her life, whether they be a massive pile of dirty laundry or commitments to taking care of others.“The faster we come to realize things are messy, the sooner we will be happy,” McKenna said.According to McKenna, everyone has many identities in life — from roles as family members and friends to jobs and duties — but individuals must not compartmentalize everything they do and risk losing their integrity.“Don’t confuse what you do with who you are,” McKenna said.McKenna said relationships are essential to finding stability in life, citing the support of her husband. When she was plagued with anxiety and considering suicide, McKenna said her husband saved her from despair and made sure she recovered. She said the honesty in their relationship was the basis for everything they accomplished.“You can’t be afraid of telling the truth in relationships,” McKenna said.McKenna quoted former Notre Dame professor Carol McLeod, wife of former Notre Dame basketball coach John MacLeod, who said relationships are a “90/10 deal and not a 50/50 one” and in order to have a successful relationship, you have to be willing to be on both sides of the split.Concluding her lecture, McKenna said when she finally dies, she hopes that people will remember her integrity and her willingness to give her all in whatever she did. Tags: Academic Affairs, Education Schooling and Society, Last Lecture series, Maria McKenna, Professor Maria McKennalast_img read more

Lindenhurst Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal DWI Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Lindenhurst man has admitted to driving drunk and causing the crash that killed a 56-year-old woman in the victim’s hometown of Huntington Station last year.Ryan Gurecki pleaded guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to charges of vehicular homicide, manslaughter, assault and driving while intoxicated.Police have said that the 35-year-old man was driving a Ford Explorer westbound on Jericho Turnpike when he struck a Ford Escape stopped at a red light that was waiting to make a left turn onto Route 110 at 9:23 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2016.The three people in the Escape were taken to Huntington Hospital, where Karen Holden died from her injuries. Her 57-year-old husband who was driving the Escape and her 23-year-old son were admitted to the same hospital in stable condition.Gurecki is scheduled to be sentenced May 5 by Judge Fernando Comacho.last_img read more

Tallebudgera Valley property sells for $2.2 million

first_imgA statement entry from the front.Billeroy is a sprawling acreage retreat nestled in the beautiful Tallebudgera Valley. “When we retired this was our project and so we put our heart and soul into it,” Mrs Bagnall told the Bulletin when the property hit the market.“It was the best change and we have thoroughly loved living here.” Inside the sprawling retreat. Take a dip in the pool.The single-level house features an open-plan design with the interior living areas flowing out to the alfresco pavilion overlooking the pool. The property has 100m of creek frontage and plenty of visiting wildlife.“It’s a lovely environment for kids,” Mrs Bagnall said.“We also have a family of kangaroos that have been with us as long as we’ve been here and well over 150 birds,” she said. 761 Tallebudgera Creek Rd, Tallebudgera Valley sold for $2.2 million this week.WHEN the owners of this Hinterland property bought the block for $450,000, little did they know it would sell for $2.2 million 15 years later.Vendors Maree and Ted Bagnall swapped their beachfront home in Wonbarra, a seaside suburb of Wollongong, for a 3.64ha “piece of paradise” in 2002. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North5 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoRelax in the alfresco entertaining area.The pair had the home designed so there was a view from every room of the five-bedroom house.This week a “high-profile” buyer snapped up the property at 761 Tallebudgera Creek Rd for $2.2 million.“The buyer is using it as a family weekender,” Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal said.“They loved the privacy and the views of the land.“It’s an urban rural lifestyle that’s close to the city.”“It is homely and the buyers wanted room for their extended family.”last_img read more

Alves: Messi feeling lack of support inside Barcelona

first_img “He always wants to be on top and you need people to build that. “The feeling now is that he always has to be doing everything for the team and he’s only human.” read also:Barcelona fans rate Messi their second best player this season So, does the Brazilian think that Messi could leave? “No, I don’t think so,” Alves responded. “He’s the face of this club, of this team and it would be the biggest mistake the club would ever make [if he left]. “It would be a mistake for such a player not to retire there and change the name of Camp Nou to Leo Messi.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Former Barcelona star, Dani Alves, believes Lionel Messi is feeling unsupported inside the club. The Argentine’s exasperation came to the fore on Thursday night as he did the post-match interview after Barcelona’s 2-1 defeat at home to Osasuna, which came on a night that Real Madrid became LaLiga Santander champions. “He’s a born winner, he doesn’t like to lose and it’s normal to get angry,” Alves told Catalunya Radio. “He wants to win every time, like me. “He’s been doing it for so long that you can tell when your team is giving [that feeling] and when it’s not. “That’s why he said it, he’s been at Barcelona for many years and he’s aware of what he needs to be able to win and aspire to great things. “He sees, what I feel, and that’s a lack of support. “Messi was the main course, but we were the perfect ingredients [in the past].Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A ComebackBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The Worldlast_img read more

The R&A boosts nine-hole golf with new championship

first_img20 Apr 2016 The R&A boosts nine-hole golf with new championship The R&A is demonstrating its support for nine-hole golf as an ideal way to play golf in less time whilst still doing so competitively and for handicap purposes by introducing a new championship for amateurs at Royal Troon this summer. The announcement comes as England Golf prepares to roll out its Golf Express initiative, which promotes nine-hole golf to busy people and has been described by ambassador Justin Rose as “A great way to play all the game in half the time.” Golf Express is part of England Golf’s strategy to make golf more accessible and attract more club members. It encourages clubs to offer nine-hole green fees and to hold after-work roll-ups for members and non-members. It was trialled in Staffordshire and is soon to be launched nationwide, with a dedicated website which will feature green fee offers and highlight nine-hole golf clubs. The R&A’s new championship will be played on Saturday 9 July at Royal Troon, giving the players the opportunity to play nine holes at the historic Ayrshire links on the eve of The 145TH Open. In 2017, the event will be expanded to cover golf clubs in Great Britain and Ireland with players being given the opportunity to qualify at nine hole events held by The R&A’s affiliated national associations in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Padraig Harrington, two-time Champion Golfer of the Year and R&A Working for Golf Ambassador, welcomed the initiative. “People who want to play golf are increasingly struggling to find the time to play and so positioning nine-hole golf as a legitimate alternative makes a lot of sense,” he said. “I’m really pleased to see The R&A taking the lead in this area. “For regular amateur golfers to be able to play The Open venue in championship condition immediately before the best players in the world is a fantastic initiative and I’m sure this new competitive format will encourage more people to get out on the golf course and play nine-hole golf.” The R&A’s extensive survey on pace of play and the subsequent Time for Golf conference in St Andrews last November highlighted the challenges many people face in finding time to play 18 holes, with 60% of the golfers surveyed expressing the view that they would enjoy golf more if it took less time. The survey also revealed that among 25-44 year-olds who are unhappy with the pace of play, 21% would like to see the playing time reduced by as much as one-and-a-half hours, while 19% said they would welcome the opportunity to play nine holes more often as an alternative format. Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said: “One of the messages that came through clearly from the survey and the Time for Golf conference is that people would play more golf if they could do so in significantly less time. Nine hole golf is not new but we feel it is often overlooked as a perfectly valid way to play the sport either with your family and friends or competitively. “We are delighted to introduce a nine-hole championship and will be promoting this format as a way of playing golf in less time which can have wider appeal among people who lead increasingly busy lives today. We are very much looking forward to working with the national associations to promote nine-hole golf and we hope to see more events being played throughout Great Britain and Ireland to cater for this important audience.” This year’s event will see 30 golfers playing a nine-hole championship at Royal Troon. Two players will qualify from events held at each of the 13 Regional Qualifying venues for The Open throughout Great Britain and Ireland with host venues Royal Troon Golf Club and The Ladies’ Golf Club, Troon each providing two players. The handicap event will be open to men, women, boys and girls who are members of the clubs taking part. Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Westport Winery Earns Three Platinum Medals in Best of the Best…

first_imgSubmitted by Westport Winery Just in time for Christmas, Westport Winery learned that three of their wines had earned Platinum medals in Wine Press Northwest’s 2013 Best of the Best Platinum Judging.Bog Berry Blush, a blend of Gewurztraminer and cranberry, benefiting the WSU Cranberry Research Station and Museum in Long Beach was one of the big winners. Captain Grays Gewurztraminer made with grapes from Red Willow Vineyards in the Yakima AVA brought top honors along with benefiting the Grays Harbor Symphony. The label for this wine was created by Westport watercolorist Barbara Sampson. Boat Shed Red a blend of Petite Sirah from Jones Vineyard in the Wahluke Slope AVA and Sangiovese from Red Willow Vineyards, produced by Westport Winery under the Maritime Wines brand, was the third honoree with a label featuring work by Tokeland artist Wally Mann.This is an invitational event for wines that won gold medals this year in international competitions from wineries in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Idaho. From there the wines were evaluated in a blind taste testing at the Clover Island Inn in Kennewick, Washington in October.Both Bog Berry Blush and Captain Grays Gewurztraminer are available for tasting at the winery. Boat Shed Red has been sold out for several months.In addition to these medals announced in the Winter 2013/2014 issue of Wine Press Northwest, the publication includes an article by Andy Perdue, titled More Than A Winery, which includes numerous quotes by Westport’s co-owner Kim Roberts, regarding her family’s strategies in creating what has been voted Best in the Northwest Winery and Wine Destination.Westport Winery, Restaurant, Bakery and Nursery are open daily at 11a.m. The winery is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The winery with its unique grape maze, extraordinary outdoor sculptures, and display gardens is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Westport and Aberdeen. For more information, call Westport Winery at 360-648-2224. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Keep Focus on Work Ethic

first_img“I chose Selkirk College because the strong programs and smaller class sizes,” says Iles, who will either take the Forest Technology Program or the Heavy Mechanical Foundation Program. “I also chose Selkirk College because I love living in the Kootenays and playing for a prestigious team like the Saints is an honour.”Iles is a two-way forward who is known for his ability to win faceoffs, but Heaven says it’s the overall style of play that made the Whistler native stand out.“He has an ability to get under the skin of his opponent while still contributing offensively,” says Heaven, who is heading into his third season as head coach. “His tenacious persistence will be a huge asset to our roster given his record of being a leader on every team over his junior career.”Harding is a six-foot defenceman who played Junior A last season with the Elliot Lake Wildcats in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL).“Connor is an extremely hard working individual with a desire and commitment to physical fitness,” says Heaven. “He competes extremely hard, has a great first pass and plays with edge. Connor should bring another level of excitement to our defensive core.”Harding will enter the Business Administration Program when classes begin this coming September on the Castlegar Campus.“I decided to return to British Columbia and attend Selkirk College for the quality education and championship history of the program,” says Harding, who is originally from West Kelowna.After winning a historic four straight BCIHL championships, the Saints’ drive-for-five was stopped short this past spring when they were defeated in the league semi-final by the Trinity Western University Spartans. The 2017-2018 BCIHL season begins in September. A culture of hard work is what has contributed to the massive success for the Selkirk College Saints over the last few seasons and the team has added a pair of recruits that will help continue the trend.Grant Iles and Connor Harding have committed to play for the Saints in the upcoming British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) season, both arriving with a proven record of tenacity and grit during their junior hockey careers.“There are not very many nights over the course of the season where our team gets out-worked,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven. “Both of these players have shown that they will fit in very well because of their commitment to compete hard every shift.”Iles arrives to Selkirk College after finishing his junior eligibility with the Creston Valley Thunder Cats of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). The 20-year-old forward scored 14 goals and added 18 assists while playing under former Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.last_img read more