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Uruguay: Women make great strides in military

first_img Uruguay is continuing its more than decade-long effort to add more female troops to its ranks. Women comprise about 25 percent of Uruguay’s Armed Forces and can serve in combat, according to a recent survey on Armed Forces in Latin America, compared to an average of 4 percent in Latin American countries. By 2000, Uruguay’s Air Force, Army and Navy had female officer students. In 2000, a woman joined the Navy, the last branch to accept females. The Air Force and Army have been accepting women since 1997. The Uruguayan newspaper LaRed 21 projects that in four decades, a woman could become Chief Commander of any of the three military branches. “In 2013, 41 women are on officer paths in the Uruguayan Armed Forces. The law provides for a ceiling of 20 percent of female enrollees in the different military academies.” In 2014, the first female student from the Army Military School, where officers are formed, will graduate with the rank of Alferez (junior officer), according to the Uruguayan Ministry of Defense. The Air Force School accepted six female students to bring the total enrolled to 13. Of those, four will graduate as pilots and navigators this year. “Valeria Sorrenti Pírez completed Navy Senior High School in four years, and if she doesn’t flunk any exam will become the first female officer aboard an Uruguayan Navy vessel,” Navy Captain Eduardo Olivera told LaRed 21. The Military High School General Artigas has 518 male and 130 female students. The school is similar to most public schools except it offers basic martial arts and physical readiness instruction. Girls who are planning a military career attend this school. Victoria De Munno recalled her first days in the school following her arrival on Feb. 21. “I entered the Institute, very nervous but also excited about this new phase of my life. It is truly new and different from what I was used to. I came from a very small high school in the country’s interior and had to adapt to a school 10 times larger,” she said. De Munno recognized some of her fellow students from entrance exams. “It was good I didn’t know everyone – this way I had the opportunity to meet people from different parts of the country.” De Munno said each day brings a new challenge. “I’m here because I sought this challenge and I’m still trying to see if I am up to it.” Fellow student Lucía Mendiaval, said she gained skills that will help her in the private sector including learning to read a compass, and topographic map. As the number of women in uniform grows, Uruguay is modifying equipment including armored vehicles. “In the 6th Cavalry Regiment, teachers and students … changed the gearbox of a Polish armored vehicle and have also changed the steering wheel, which means that today it can be handled by a woman,” Uruguay Defense Minister Fernández Huidobro said. Well, it’s good that women have rights. Women should be treated well and with respect. OK, thanks, cheers. VERY BEAUTIFUL THE NEIGHBOURING COUNTRY HAS A SERIOUS PROBLEM. THERE, SINCE 1965, THERE IS NO POPULATION GROWTH; 60% OF ITS INHABITANTS ARE OLD PEOPLE AND MOST PART OF THE POPULATION LEAVE THE COUNTRY TO WORK. THEN, THE WOMEN HAVE TO GET ARMED, AND CERTAINLY, THEY ARE CORAGEOUS. I read your comment and I thought it was very objective, portraying the social reality in Uruguay. It is an excellent overview of our armed forces. At the troop level our armed forces are occupational, not professional, which means that young people enroll in these forces because of lack of jobs. To whom it may concern: I would like to know if when my granddaughter finishes elementary school, can she get into this school, without going to the basic regulated secondary school? I am grateful for any information you could send me. By Dialogo October 08, 2013last_img read more

Builders, bankers and risk aversion

first_imgThis time, most people would opt for the uncertain outcome, willing to risk the additional $15,000 for the 15% likelihood of losing nothing (the numbers are important; this wouldn’t work with, say, a 50-50 chance on the outcomes, or a bigger spread between the maximum and assured dollar amounts).The upshot of this, according to Tversky, is that we’re loss-averse, not risk-averse. When faced with a loss, we take on more risk in an effort to avoid or recoup the loss – sometimes to our peril.Examples abound. Consider Nick Leeson, the former derivatives trader for Barings Bank, at the time the UK’s oldest investment bank. Leeson made a number of ill-advised trades in the early 1990s. Rather than follow the adage that one’s first loss is sometimes one’s best loss, Leeson hid the losses from his employer, and doubled his bets, hoping he’d be proven right at last, and that he’d at least recover the losses.Leeson remained wrong, Barings failed, and Leeson went to prison.Other infamous examples come from Societe General and Sumitomo, but we needn’t look to such high-profile cases for evidence of this stress-induced loss aversion. Closer to home:The homeowner who, finding that his mortgage balance is now more than the home is worth, walks away from the house – effectively buying high and selling low (i.e., taking the risk that the home’s value will recover, a virtual certainty) – not to mention assuming the high risk associated with destroying one’s credit.The 401(k) investor who increases exposure to equities because the market is rallying strongly, just the time she should be questioning valuations and diversifying out of stocks.Her counterpart, who bails out of equities following a spectacular crash, thus assuming the risk of missing the next upside by selling at the bottom (incurring opportunity cost, just another side of the risk coin).All of these are actually examples of the type of behavior we’d typically see from bankers. Studies of serial entrepreneurs – builders – have found that they are willing to take risk, but only under two conditions: first, that their expected return is at least as high as the amount of their investment, and second, that they can afford to lose the amount they’re investing. The examples above may in some cases satisfy the first condition, but they certainly fail the second.Applying this to the credit union context, we should be willing to take risk if we can be reasonably assured of earning a return on that investment, net of the outlay. However, a survey of 1,500 executives in 90 countries found that executives are extremely risk-averse regardless of size of investment. Executives turned down opportunities even when expected net present value was positive at a projected 75% loss level. Instead, they only accepted a risk of loss from 1% to 20% regardless of investment size.This is decidedly banker-like behavior. Builders would invest in an initiative that returned positive value even at a 75% loss threshold.To remain relevant and competitive, we as credit union leaders need to be willing to make those investments, to take those calculated risks. Enterprise risk management can be of benefit in assuring that we have the capital to do so, as we’ll explore in our next article in this series.For more information about how enterprise risk management can benefit your credit union, contact Jeff Owen, Senior Consultant with The Rochdale Group, at (800) 424-4951, ext. 8011 or jowen@rochdalegroup.com. In this, our last installment in a series of articles on builders and bankers, we’ll take a look at the relative attitudes toward risk of each group (and perhaps debunk some misconceptions in the process). You may recall that our use of the term “builders” refers to leaders who can build a hot fire out of a matchstick, and “bankers” refers to those leaders who can bank the coals to keep the fire at a consistent temperature. One group represents the entrepreneurs of the business world, and the other represents the steady leaders who keep the business going.Our last article talked about the two groups’ attitudes toward risk, stating that builders tend to be risk-takers, and bankers tend to be risk-averse. But in reality, bankers will take risks in given situations: when faced with a loss. Thus they tend to be loss-averse, rather than risk-averse.Consider this exercise devised by behavioral finance pioneer Amos Tversky:Choose from two alternatives with equal expected payoffs:A certain gain of $85,000An 85% chance of gaining $100,000 and a 15% chance of gaining $0 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Hague Brian has more than 25 years’ experience in financial institutions and the capital markets, and has devoted 21 years to serving credit unions through various roles at CNBS, LLC, a … Web: www.rochdaleparagon.com Detailscenter_img In both instances, the probability-weighted outcome is the same. However, the second alternative introduces uncertainty, and uncertainty equals risk. Most of us would take the sure thing rather than run the risk of ending up with nothing (unless one is a riverboat gambler or a contestant on “Let’s Make a Deal”). So we avoid uncertainty – risk – and thus we are indeed risk-averse, right?Not so fast. Now, try part two of Tversky’s exercise:Choose from two alternatives with equal expected payoffs:A certain loss of $85,000An 85% chance of losing $100,000 and a 15% chance of gaining $0last_img read more

Gone mining

first_imgJUST AS the Russian Railways Ministry starts to implement its restructuring process which includes pulling out of non-core activities such as running towns and hospitals for railwaymen, comes news that it is to be granted the rights to mineral development along the Baikal – Amur corridor. Immediately after the BAM regional administration had been wound up (p149), Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Lobov approved a draft government resolution making the Railway and Economics ministries responsible for co-ordinating the development of gold, copper, titanium and oil reserves in the region.A new railway-owned subsidiary company Baminvest is to be formed to manage industrial production, and the ministries of Natural Resources, Fuel and Energy have been instructed to value the assets to be handed over. Lobov says the move will reinforce ’the geopolitical significance and importance of BAM for Russia.’ He expects the missing Severomuisk tunnel to be completed later this year, for opening to traffic during 1998. Railway Minister Anatoly Zaitsev has confirmed that work is under way on a rail bypass around Chechnya, which is expected to open in the third quarter of 1997. The link between Kizlyar and Makhachkala in the republic of Dagestan will create a corridor from Astrakhan to Azerbaijan along the Caspian sea coast. olast_img read more

Uig Harbor Scheme Includes Land Reclamation

first_imgImage source: highland.gov.ukFollowing the decision by Transport Scotland, CMAL and CalMac, to provide a larger vessel for the Uig/Tarbert/Lochmaddy Triangle lifeline ferry service to the Western Isles, the drafting and submission of a Harbor Revision Order and other construction consents for the new works required at Uig Harbor have now been approved.The final Masterplan Report has been completed, identifying the preferred improvement works, and this report has been submitted to Transport Scotland. Discussions are ongoing over the scope and timing of the terminal improvement works, together with the cost and associated increase in harbor dues, the Highland Council said in its latest release.Works include land reclamation, berthing structure strengthening and widening, new fendering, dredging, new gangway, linkspan refurbishment or replacement, passenger walkway shelter on the approach way and widening, the demolition and rebuilding of the existing old pier head, and relocation of harbor master’s office.A wave/coastal modelling study will be carried out during detailed design to consider engineering options for improving wind, wave and swell at the berth. When the new vessel comes into service, it is proposed to monitor the climate and berthing conditions which will inform the preferred engineering option.The inclusion of the Uig Ferry Terminal Upgrade within the Council’s capital program will be considered by Full Council in due course, the council said.[mappress mapid=”24559″]last_img read more

Arteta calls on Arsenal to put Euro pain behind them

first_img Loading… Youssef El-Arabi scored in the dying seconds of extra time to give the Greek side a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium, meaning the last-32 tie ended 2-2 after the second leg.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s acrobatic finish in the second half of extra-time appeared to have put Arsenal on course for qualification after Pape Abou Cisse’s header had sent the tie into an additional 30 minutes.But the last-gasp winner brought a premature end to Arsenal’s European campaign and Arteta must lift his side for a push to qualify for the Champions League through the Premier League.The club, unbeaten in the league since December, are ninth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Asked about the difficulty of finishing in the top four, Arsenal manager Arteta said: “(It is) very hard because looking at the table we’re still far from the objectives that we all have, but we’ve been far all season from it and we have to keep fighting.“The most important thing now is that the dressing room has to be strong and we have to keep going and react.“First of all, I have to convince them about what happened in the game and why they are not through in the tie.“If they continue to do that, there will be rewards like we have done in the last 10 games that we played.”Arsenal were knocked out of the Europa League by Olympiakos on away goalsRead Also: Tension as Man United star suffers injury setbackArsenal had shown signs of improvement since Arteta’s appointment in December but they were lacklustre for much of Thursday’s match, having gone into the second leg defending a 1-0 lead.“It hurts, big time,” said Arteta. “We had a lot of hope in this competition. It was a great way for us to be able to go to Europe and it is a very beautiful competition to try to win.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest Car Manufacturers In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’center_img Mikel Arteta has called on his Arsenal players to “keep fighting” for the rest of the season after last year’s finalists were dumped out of the Europa League by Olympiakos on away goals.Advertisementlast_img read more

Dennis L. Shadday

first_imgDennis L. Shadday, age 72 of Batesville, died Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health.  Born May 28, 1947 in Milan, Indiana, he is the son of Martha (Nee: Sandifer) and Kenneth Shadday.  He married Sheila Schutte June 3, 1995 in Batesville.  Dennis served in the Army during the Vietnam war and was a union heavy equipment operator for Nelson Starks Company before retiring in 2009.Dennis liked anything with wheels and engine.  A long time Harley owner, he also drag raced for many years and could usually be found in the garage working on an engine.  He was a fan of NASCAR’s Dale Earnhardt too.  His family teased that he liked a to eat, as well as relaxing in his easy chair and watching Netflix, especially westerns.  Dennis also possessed a unique laugh that made him easily identifiable.  He loved his grandchildren, who affectionately called him “grumpy” instead of grandpa.He is survived by his wife Sheila; daughters Miranda and Brittany Shadday, both of Batesville; sons Jared Shadday of Batesville, Ira and Elliot Shadday, both of Missouri; brother Richard Shadday of Rexville, Indiana and grandchildren Kenneth, Justin, Dylan, Brandon, Emma, Adriana, Serena, Veda, Courtney, Toria, Eleora, Branson, Emery and Trevor.  In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his daughter-in-law Amanda Shadday.Visitation is Tuesday, October 1st, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 2nd at St. Louis Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 and the Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.  Memorials may be made to the family to assist with expenses.last_img read more

Tigers capture Dawson

first_img Dawson began his career with Nottingham Forest, earning England Under-21 honours and securing a move to north London in 2005. The 30-year-old spent nine years with Spurs and became club captain following the retirement of Ledley King in 2012. “I have been here for almost a decade and have loved every minute of it,” he told Tottenham’s Twitter feed. “I would like to say thank you to everyone at the club, including the supporters. “We have enjoyed some incredible moments together and I hope the club continues to move forward in the future.” Spurs chairman Daniel Levy added: “Michael has been an outstanding club representative both on and off the field. “He has always given everything for the Spurs shirt – just one of the reasons he is so deservedly popular throughout the club.” Dawson becomes the Tigers’ sixth signing of the summer and joins Tom Ince, Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass, Andrew Robertson and Harry Maguire in moving to east Yorkshire. The centre-half moves to the KC Stadium on a three-year contract after both clubs confirmed the deal was completed via their official Twitter accounts. “Michael Dawson has completed a move from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee, the club are delighted to announce,” read a statement on City’s official website. Hull have completed the signing of Michael Dawson from Tottenham for an undisclosed fee. Boss Steve Bruce is still on the hunt for more signings before the transfer window closes but has found himself frustrated in his pursuit of Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes. Speaking before the Dawson deal was completed, the former Birmingham boss said: “It’s up to me to bring two or three in, we’re close to one in particular and we hope we can get that over the line.” He added: “I thought I had Jordan Rhodes 24 hours ago and it seems to be further away than ever. We’ve been negotiating for a week. “We’ll see what this week brings and hopefully bring in the two or three we need to give the squad a hand because we’ve already played five competitive games.” Dawson, who has four England caps, joins Curtis Davies, James Chester, Paul McShane and Maguire as Bruce’s options at the heart of defence. “The season Hull had last year was incredible,” Dawson told Hull’s official Youtube channel. “To get to the final of the FA Cup, secure their Premier League position and now we’ve got to look to build on that and that’s what we’re going to do. “The chance to be in the group stage of the Europa League with a game on Thursday, all we can do is build on it and look forward to the season ahead. “You need the squad and the manager is getting the squad together to compete in both or all competitions. The players and the quality we’ve got in this dressing room, I’m sure we can manage that.” Dawson’s older brother Andy spent 10 years with the Tigers as they rose through the divisions and the younger Dawson admits he feels like he knows the club already. “I know the club well with my family history, with Andy being here,” he said. “I’m just excited to get started. “The attraction is the whole football club, the manager, the squad of players. “I know the fans gave me plenty of stick last year when I was playing for Tottenham. Hopefully I’ll get a nicer reception now but it was all good fun. “I’m just ready and raring to go.” Press Associationlast_img read more

USC aims to recruit more native Chinese students

first_imgAs USC continues its path toward becoming a more global university, the undergraduate admissions office has implemented new tactics to recruit students from Chinese public high schools.Daily TrojanInstead of solely visiting the international high schools that typically send their students abroad for college, USC is now focused on spending more time in mainland China visiting students in public high schools, according to Kirk Brennan, director of Undergraduate Admissions.Brennan said the admissions office noticed an increase in applications from students in mainland Chinese public schools and decided it was important to continue to get the word out about USC.“We go where the great students are,” Brennan said. Over the past five years, USC has experienced a 250 percent increase in enrolled freshmen from China from 2005 to 2010.This increase in the Chinese student population not only reflects the new recruitment tactic but also mirrors the development of China as a growing global force, according to Clayton Dube, associate director of USC’s US-China Institute.“China now needs to transition from being a country of cheap labor to being a country of innovators,” Dube said. “There’s an economic ability to send students abroad, and there’s an economic necessity to send students abroad.”Although it’s not possible to predict whether this increase in the Chinese population at USC will continue in the coming years, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions does not have any plan to limit the number of applicants it admits from China.“Capping isn’t really in our thinking in any kind of arrangement; it’s impossible to imagine how disproportionally the market would have to grow to even consider any governing measure to control the population,” Brennan said.Brennan added that he thinks, the increased Chinese population is beneficial to both Chinese students and students of other cultures.“Our students have a better experience, we feel, by hearing from students with different perspectives,” Brennan said. “The more diverse the perspective from the classroom, the better the education.”Some international students say a larger Chinese population helps them ease into the new culture, as well as feel closer to home.“If you have Chinese friends, it’s easier to get updated about what’s going on at home. You have someone you can talk to about things like Chinese New Year,” said Sherry Wang, a sophomore from Beijing majoring in business administration.USC is continuing to work to unite the two cultures, according to Dominic Cheung, chair of the USC East Asian Studies Center.“We have already established a lot of impact in China with the US-China Institute … We are doing a lot to promote the interest of Chinese studies, both in large general education courses and also in upper division and graduate seminars,” Cheung said.A large international population is also beneficial to USC for dealing with international relations.“On a global scale the U.S. government is interested in having international students because we can directly show the world what the American way of doing things is all about,” Brennan said. “It’s a great way to spread good will.”The choices Chinese international students have been making upon graduating from USC have been changing over the past couple of years, according to Dube.Until recently, Dube said, many students have stayed in the United States or gone to Singapore or Hong Kong, instead of returning China.“The reason for this is mostly personal, they value economic opportunity and the choices they have in the U.S. and elsewhere,” Dube said.But according to Dube, China has recently been offering more job opportunities for individuals.Jing Pu, a first year masters student studying electrical engineering, plans to find a job in the United States after graduating from USC, but intends to go back to China after a couple of years because she still feels more acquainted with Chinese culture.“Many more people today feel like their economic future will be in China, but they will feel like it’s necessary to get some work experience outside China first,” Dube said.last_img read more

Bleach: Board UW’s Brueser bandwagon

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team needs to avoid a South Carolina-like let down this Saturday. They will need the same intensity and focus they brought against Ohio State to beat Iowa. One more loss and the Badgers are out of the Rose Bowl hunt. Blah blah blah.I have nothing to add to the football talk. Get a pass rush on Ricki Stanzi, win the battle in the trenches and all that jazz. The Herald sporting staff has done a nice job covering it all this week.Which means this column will go with a more obscure twist. I could talk about how the Packers Super Bowl hopes are damaged by injuries, or how the New York Yankees have a monetary advantage in baseball but… damn, the Dirty Bird beat me to those highly original topics.How about some college hoops talk in October?The Badger basketball team officially started practice last Saturday, putting on a scrimmage at the Field House amid the Ohio State hoopla (how’s that for athletic department synergy. Jack Donaghy would be proud.) Which makes for the perfect excuse to spread the good word:About the awesomeness of Mike Bruesewitz.The lone scholarship freshman last season, Brueser – “Bruiser” – (as he should always be called) had a fairly non-descript season, averaging 7.4 minutes per game, 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds. Some games he would factor heavily in the rotation and others he would bake in his warm-ups. Turnovers came in bunches – Bruesewitz’s 0.6 assist-to-turnover ratio was the worse of any regular on the team – and his jump shot was as erratic as Bo’s facial expressions toward referees.But there is a not-so-secret maxim in college hoops that stars are made on the freshman-year to sophomore-status jump. It is a common phenomenon around the country. Players adjust to the speed of the game, strength of the opponents and complex strategies after getting their feet wet in their first season of collegiate ball. Playing time opens up with departed seniors moving on, and the previously green freshman sees a rise in his numbers across the board in his second year.Look no further than the last three Badger stars for examples.Senior forward Jon Leuer, who’s name appeared on multiple preseason award lists, including the Naismith Watch, added 13 minutes a game of playing time and ticked up his points per game average six points in his second season. Junior guard Jordan Taylor jumped 17 minutes and nine points while permanently taking over the point guard role sophomore year. Even graduated senior Trevon Hughes (23 minutes, 10 points) filled the role to a tee his second year with Wisconsin.Enter Mike Bruesewitz. After watching Brueser flash for a season, it isn’t hard to diagnose what his value will be to Bo Ryan this season.According to statistics guru Ken Pomeroy*, Brueser finished last season with an astounding 18.5 offensive rebounding percentage.*Ken Pomeroy is always, ALWAYS, referred to as “statistics guru” before his real name. Look anywhere on the Internet and someone using Kenpom will call him “statistics guru.” I suppose this is a mark of success in life, getting a made up title to accompany your name. Based on online comments, my title is “Mother$!#&@% Moron” Michael Bleach.Offensive rebounding percentage? What hoops locution is this? Excellent question, invisible reader.Basically, offensive rebounding percentage just measures how many boards one player would grab off the offensive glass over 100 possessions. It is a much more effective rate stat, rather than a counting stat for the prowess of some banger on the boards.Brueser’s 18.5 percentage ranked third in the nation – or would have if he qualified in minutes – behind only Duke’s Brian Zoubek and Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins. DeJuan Blair, the greek god of offensive boards, grabbed 23.6 percent in 2009. Last year, Keaton Nankivil was the only other Badger in double-digits at 10.2 percent.Add it all up, and it means the Badgers have a weapon in Brueser Bo Ryan hasn’t seen since he came to Madison. Brueser’s ability to create extra shots not only has the benefit of, you know, more points, but the morale boost that comes with being an unstoppable beast on the boards.Just think about it – besides the rare white-man dunk in the Kohl Center, does any play get a bigger reaction from the crowd than a hustling offensive rebound kicked out to the wide-open shooter? The basketball bible has always stated the best time to get a three is off an offensive board. Look it up in Wooden 3:40.The morale effect on the opposing team is palpable. It is like giving up a third-and-ten conversion in football – you think your job on defense is done, and now you have to bang through screens for another 30 seconds. Playing Bo Ryan-coached teams is already like sitting through a biology power lecture. Now imagine the professor pretends he doesn’t realize the class is over, and keeps talking for another five minutes. No feeling is more brutal.With basketball season rapidly approaching, be the first to board the Brueser bandwagon.Not only is he the next sophomore stud for UW, he will be the third most important player on an NCAA-qualifying team behind Leuer and Taylor. You can count on it, or my name isn’t “Mother$!#*&@% Moron” Michael Bleach.Michael is a senior majoring in journalism and co-author of the blog “Paulbunyansaxe.com.” Send thoughts, comments and criticisms to bleach.michael@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @michaelbleach.last_img read more

USC hopes to expand mindfulness curriculum

first_imgSoni said he was interested in creating a course for incoming students with input from current students about what they wish they had known. “THRIVE” is one step towards realizing such a class in the future, he said. “Mindfulness helps people get in contact with themselves to deal with the difficult emotions that they have, helps them deal with the difficult thinking that they have [and] helps them connect to other people,” said Weiss, a senior teacher at InsightLA, a mindfulness center in Los Angeles. “It is a way to meet other people and interact, so it decreases loneliness and the negative feelings that people have.” In collaboration with the Undergraduate Student Government, the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention is planning to create more classes to help students manage stress, improve well-being and connect with the USC community. Because it is in its piloting phase, “THRIVE” is still being developed through collaboration from USG, the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention and the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Students who take “THRIVE” this semester will be able to provide feedback on the course’s content and practices for students in the future. “‘THRIVE’ gives students the space to breathe, slow down and think about what thriving looks like in college and beyond,” Lee said. “ Take this course to grow as a person, build new perspective and form incredible friendships.” Varun and marketing professor Allen Weiss launched Mindful USC in September 2014 to offer classes to USC students, staff and faculty who wish to improve their individual well-being and interpersonal networks. “If [“THRIVE”] is going to have the breadth and the reach that it needs to have, first of all, we really need student representation from all different areas of USC,” Uyeshiro Simon said. “Students should sign up for it now because … they are going to make a lasting impact at USC through their feedback in this course.” With the help of the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, USG and the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, have begun to imagine a class that introduces all incoming students to the value of habits that increases the University’s well-being in general. Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention Varun Soni said he recognized a need to improve the social connections and well-being of USC students who have come to his office asking for help. Associate professor Ashley Uyeshiro Simon and assistant professor Kate Crowley from the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy teach an undergraduate course focused on recent developments in occupational therapy and occupational science. The course, called “THRIVE,” is a one-unit, no homework class for students to grow spiritually and establish friendships with peers. “I have noticed over the last five or six years how lonely students have become,” Soni said. “Even though we are in an age where everyone is connected to each other digitally, we are also in a time where people feel disconnected to each other interpersonally …  [These classes are] really a way to think about connection, friendship and community building, etc., because college is such a great opportunity to grow in one’s personal relationships.”center_img “When I was taking the course, what I found most impactful was being able to gain new perspective through discussion [about] big ideas, such as civility and spirituality, with other students,” Lee wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Additionally, I loved the practical piece incorporated into the course.” “We are doing all this program evaluation because we are literally shaping this course week-to-week based on student feedback,” Uyeshiro Simon said.  “We are certainly making a lot of change in the Fall of 2019 based on what people tell us is great and not so great based on this semester and last semester. Uyeshiro Simon is encouraging students from all backgrounds including international students, veterans and students involved in cultural centers to enroll in a course to receive more diverse feedback from the student body.   USG President Debbie Lee, a junior majoring in political science, said she encourages students to enroll in the class. She said she enjoyed the course last semester because it was broken down into beneficial topics like time management through which students were able to reflect on daily schedules and priorities. The Mindfulness Lab, where Mindful USC offers five-week classes for one hour each week, was designed to create and incorporate effective and ongoing mindfulnesses practices in all aspects of life. Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention Varun Soni launched Mindful USC in 2014. (Jonathon Xue/Daily Trojan) As a USG student representative, Lee hopes that “THRIVE” will benefit students as individuals, as well as the entire USC community. Lee said she believes it is an avenue for current and incoming students to thrive in their college career and life in beyond. “We work with [USG] pretty extensively on this,” Soni said.  “It is in some ways a gift from students to new students. ‘[THRIVE]’ is a more ambitious curricular initiative. … There are some experiences and tools that we can provide to students in their first year, that will not just positively shape their well-being throughout college, but throughout their life.” USC’s occupational therapy course, “THRIVE: Foundations of Well-Being,” is only in its second semester. But students and faculty hope the class, which teaches students self-care and time management, will become a staple for all incoming students. last_img read more