first_imgAnn Curtis | The Observer Alumni Tim Gancer speaks with a participant in the 2017 Fall Career Expo.Planning for the Career Expo began last spring with choosing a date and reaching out to repeat employers and potential new employers, director of employer engagement LoriAnn Edinborough, said. The planning is a huge undertaking requiring organization of countless moving parts to ensure employers and students alike have a productive and rewarding experience.“A lot of the employers will say we offer one of the best career fairs around and I think we just want to make sure they have an unsurpassed experience while they’re here from our end of, you know, providing it for them,” Edinborough said.Edinborough said that due to the excessive heat expected for Wednesday evening, the dress code of the Expo has been switched to business casual attire to ensure a more comfortable experience. She also said one of the biggest developments this year is a new app, ND Career Expo.“With this career fair app, you can do a quick search, have a quick definition of what that company is and the industries that they’re seeking, so you have a little bit of a synopsis while you’re waiting,” Bridget Kibbe, director of undergraduate career services, said. “Then you can ask more of a strategic question instead of coming up and asking, ‘What do you do?’”On the student side of the planning, Kibbe said her team streamlined the way they did student preparation, switching from 30-minute appointments to resume reviews and workshops covering resume writing, general preparation and interview practice.“I think the big part is making sure we plan well in advance, and I think this year we certainly did a very good job in doing that,” Kibbe said. “We offered [workshops] across, you know, every day of the week, Monday through Thursday and on Friday and at different times, again, very well-attended, so that’s been a huge plus for us.”While some students may regard networking and trying to “sell themselves” to employers as their worst nightmare, Kibbe said that the career counselors work to dispel that view of the career fair in their meetings with students, urging students to instead focus on the valuable conversations they can have with alumni and employers.“We certainly want students to feel that if they have no idea what they want to do, this still is a great place to attend because it’s a discernment tool,” Kibbe said. “Just talking to alums who have probably been through this before themselves, you know, what was their career path, what did they get involved in on campus, what classes did they take, what activities.”Kibbe said all students, no matter where they are in their educations or career discernment process, should attend the career fair to begin to understand how the skills developed in their classes are preparing them for future careers.“It’s not about your major. It’s about your skill sets and what’s developed, so we don’t want students to feel like your major defines your career path,” Kibbe said. “For so many employers, it is about your competencies: your comfort level in communication, critical thinking skills, things like that.”Tags: career fair, Center for Career Development, Fall Career Expo Thousands of students will descend on Notre Dame Stadium this Wednesday evening for the annual Fall Career Expo. The Expo, which is the Center for Career Development’s largest career fair of the year, will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and includes representatives from 247 companies looking to hire students majoring in everything from English to biochemistry.“The Expo is open to all students — undergraduate, graduate, everybody’s welcome to attend,” Ryan Willerton, associate vice president of career and professional development.last_img read more

first_imgNewly-crowned PFA Player of the Year Gareth Bale dismissed talk of a summer transfer to Real Madrid as “speculation”. “It’s a massive honour,” the Welshman said. “To be voted by your peers is one of the biggest things in the game. It’s great to win it and I am delighted.” Ronaldo scooped both the young player and the main award in 2007, some 30 years after Andy Gray become the first professional to do so. Bale won the senior award two seasons ago when he shot to fame with a series of scintillating displays domestically and in the Champions League. Now he wants to take Spurs back in to Europe’s biggest club competition, but his manager Andre Villas-Boas claims he may lose the player if they do not qualify for the Champions League. Bale insists he is not paying any attention to those who claim he is bound for the Spanish capital, though. He said: “I just take no notice, it’s all speculation, I can’t do anything about it. “I just concentrate on my football and play as well as I can and do my best for the team.” Tottenham forward Bale picked up his second Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year Award on Sunday. The 23-year-old, who has scored 29 goals for club and country this term, also won the Young Player of the Year award, making him the first player since Cristiano Ronaldo to do the double at the prestigious awards night at the Grosvenor Hotel in central London. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe USC Good Neighbors Campaign reached its highest goal yet by raising $80,000 more than its original aim of $1.3 million for 2010.The Good Neighbors Campaign solicits donations from USC faculty and staff to raise funds for both the USC Neighborhood Outreach and United Way organizations.Funding is distributed in the form of university and community partnership grants to charities and programs around the surrounding area of USC. These programs range in focus from promoting education to assisting people in finding employment and housing.“We are just ecstatic at the generosity of the faculty and staff and their dedication to the Good Neighbors Campaign,” said Carolina Castillo, executive director of planning and development at the USC Office of Government and Civic Engagement.Castillo added that the increase in donations demonstrates USC’s continued commitment to being a partner in the local community.“This strengthens both the university and the community. It truly is a win-win situation,” Castillo said.In 2009, the USC Good Neighbors Campaign raised $1.2 million. This was aided in part by the USC Hospitals, which matched the entire amount raised by their employees for the campaign.Jonathan Spees, chief financial officer for USC Hospitals, said that they were encouraged to contribute to the campaign because they viewed it as an effective way of giving back to the community.“We thought this was a terrific program with lots of benefits,” Spees said. “We wanted to honor our obligation of giving back to the area around USC, and we thought, ‘What better way of doing this than by making a donation?’”Spees added that although it is unlikely these large donations will continue in the future, USC Hospitals still wants to support local programs and organizations that aid local community members.“We want to focus on giving back more diplomatically than just through cash donations. However, we haven’t had a chance to fully develop our community benefit programs yet, so that is something that we are definitely working on,” Spees said.The Joint Educational Project (JEP) has benefitted from grants from the Good Neighbors Campaign in the past, incorporating several thousands of USC student-volunteers.“In the past, we have usually received between $40-45,000 from the Good Neighbors Campaign. Most of the money goes to student salaries for coordinators who help to oversee the program,” said Christina Koneazny, associate director of administration of JEP.Tammy Anderson, director of JEP, said the organization writes an annual proposal for a grant from the Good Neighbors Campaign to help offset administrative and training costs.“For the many past years now, we have benefitted through the funds we receive to help us pay for our coordinators, specifically within our USC ReadersPlus program,” Anderson said.Chelsea Snyder, one of the student coordinators at JEP who receive their salaries from the Good Neighbors Campaign, said that raising this kind of money creates an enormous impact.“It’s very exciting to know that they not only achieved their goal but exceeded it as well,” Snyder said. “It’s so important that people from USC, and especially students, are willing to help their community and make a difference.”Lena Cronin, a sophomore majoring in communication, said she saw the Good Neighbors Campaign as a way to merge USC and the surrounding area.“It shows that students here aren’t just in a bubble, and that we’re socially aware of what is going on around us,” Cronin said.The Good Neighbors Campaign typically increases its annual goal by $100,000 each year, although a goal for next year has not yet been set.Castillo said USC Neighborhood Outreach has three specific funding priorities that will be considered for funding grants this coming year.“We want to focus on improving educational outcomes, particularly in K-12 students, improving health outcomes, particularly in the area of obesity and diabetes and supporting job training and small business development,” she said. “Ultimately, we just want to make a greater impact on our community.”last_img read more

first_imgIn fact, through a freedom of information request, DeSmog Canada has learned that government spokespeople were prepared to respond to questions about why it wasn’t referred to the utilities commission when announcing its approval on December 16, 2014.Government response was essentially that the proponent, B.C. Hydro, should be responsible for a review of its own project, according to DeSmog Canada.Swain’s panel made 50 recommendations to the provincial and federal government, but stopped short of rendering a “yes” or “no” decision. When asked why they didn’t, Swain says “we weren’t asked to” and alludes to the government’s instruction of not persuading First Nations’ opinion – which includes whether or not enough consultation was held.- Advertisement -The panel has predicted that in the first four years of production, Site C will lose at least $800 million because more power will be generated than needed at a cost of $100 per megawatt hour.Some questions Swain says he still wants answered include the real cost and availability of alternatives, how the province should use its Columbia River rights, how British Columbians will react to increased electricity rates, and how B.C.’s LNG industry will develop.New Democrat spokesperson for BC Hydro Adrian Dix is welcoming Swain’s criticism.Advertisement “New Democrats have been calling for years for the Site C decision to be put before the B.C. Utilities Commission,” writes Dix. “The Liberal government has preferred to make a politically motivated decision to press ahead with this $9 to $10 billion project without proper oversight and without good evidence that the power is needed or that the project is in the public interest.”Dix adds, “We are glad to see Harry Swain, someone with a long history of public service, agrees with us.”Construction of Site C, the largest infrastructure project in B.C. history, is scheduled to begin the summer of 2015. However, it is also facing a number of different legal challenges – including opposition for Treaty 8 First Nations.The dam was first turned downed by the B.C. Utilities Commission in the early 1980’s, and would be the third on the Peace River. It’s widely speculated that if built, Site C will flood 83 hectares of the Peace Valley and impact 13,000 hectares of land.Advertisement Follow this link to read the entire DeSmog Canada article.last_img read more