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SMC alumnae in healthcare panel

first_imgFive Saint Mary’s biology alumnae discussed their careers in healthcare in a panel Thursday evening to answer current biology students’ questions and share the alumnae’s experiences in medical school.Dr. Anne Dudley, class of 2004, is now a pediatrician after attending Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa. Dudley said she is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or a doctor who uses her hands to treat patients.“The main philosophy is that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and that structure and function work together for healing,” Dudley said. “We learn how to use our hands to treat patients instead of only doing testing.”Krystal Holtcamp, class of 2012, will be graduating as a Physician’s Assistant (PA) from the University of Toledo in December. Holtcamp, who was Saint Mary’s co-valedictorian in 2012, said she was familiar with the profession because of her dad’s experience.“I came into Saint Mary’s thinking I wanted to go to medical school but wasn’t sure,” Holtcamp said. “My dad is a PA, [and had] been for 40 years … so I knew what the profession was. A PA is a midlevel provider. We can diagnose, treat, give therapies but will always be under the supervision of a primary care doctor.”Holtcamp said she knew she wanted to be a PA after completing many job shadows.“I shadowed a lot, that’s how I decided,” Holtcamp said. “I shadowed a lot of female physicians and asked them their opinion if they could do it all over again what would they do, would they stay in the type of practice they were in, and how their family life was because that was really important to me.”Michelle Smith, class of 2011, is now a physical therapist at a clinic after graduating from Central Michigan University in May.“I work in [an] outpatient clinic,” Smith said. “My clinic is more of lower functioning patients, like traumatic brain injury, stroke and elderly patients. We have pediatrics, but I don’t work with them.”Val Gillis, class of 2003, is now a Physician’s Assistant after graduating from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. She later got a job at Northwestern University in Chicago, where she is a PA for urology and works with infertility patients.“Urology, much to my mother’s dismay, is what I love and I’ve been doing it for nine years now,” Gillis said. “I ended up getting involved with the guy who does all infertility, and you’re thinking, well, urology and fertility, well, 50 percent of infertility is male infertility, so that’s sort of what we do. A subset of that that I do, that I am very passionate about, is I do fertility preservation for cancer patients, which is my favorite thing about my job. The youngest we’ve seen is a 13-year-old boy who was about to get chemotherapy and then up to 70-year-old men.”Class of 2008 alumna Beth Belock is now a veterinarian after graduating from Michigan State University’s veterinary school. Belock said Saint Mary’s prepared her for graduate school better than Michigan State’s pre-veterinary undergraduate program did.“Saint Mary’s prepared me very, very well for vet school,” Belock said. “Getting into that first year, you have a lot of basic science classes to get started with and even the people who had gone to Michigan State as the pre-vet program, in some instances, I felt that I was more prepared than some of my classmates. They were asking me questions about stuff, so I was like, ‘Yes, this isn’t even technically a pre-vet program, but I am definitely doing very well with these courses.’”Holtcamp said attending a liberal arts school puts an applicant ahead with regards to medical school applications and acceptances. It is much more interesting that the applicant didn’t just take biology classes, she said.“Saint Mary’s has so many opportunities, like study abroad,” Holtcamp said. “Do something that you think you will really enjoy and talk about. And school-wise, you will be so prepared. Most [medical schools] have had some Saint Mary’s students, so it’s known that science-wise, you will be so well prepared that they’ll know academic-wise you’ll be prepared. So just show how great, personality-wise, Saint Mary’s girls are.”Belock said it is important to have experience with people skills when applying to veterinarian school.“As much as you think you’re going in to deal with animals, there’s always a person at the end of that leash that you have to deal with,” Belock said.Gillis said being well-rounded is a big factor when applying to medical school.“You’re going to be having awkward conversations if you want to do medicine, and it’s going to be awkward and you can’t blush,” Gillis said. “You have to be able to relate and communicate.”Tags: alumnae panel, Beth Belock, biology, Dr. Anne Dudley, Healthcare, Krystal Holtcamp, Michelle Smithlast_img read more

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Lunch and learn explores legal issues affecting transgender community

first_imgWith transformative legal topics becoming more and more prevalent in our country and world, the Notre Dame LGBT Law Forum and Transgender Resource, Education and Enrichment Services (TREES) brought in experts to address these issues. On Tuesday, the two University student groups, along with the Hispanic, Black and Asian Law Students Associations, hosted a “lunch and learn” on legal issues affecting the transgender community.The panel was moderated by Caitlin Canahai, vice president of LGBT Law Forum. The panelists included Carolyn Wald of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Kara Ingelhart of Lambda Legal and Noah Lewis of Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund. All three lawyers work in LGBT law and have worked on cases from educational rights to restroom usage to cases pertaining to HIV or surgeries being covered by Medicare. In addition, Lewis was the first openly transgender student to graduate from Harvard Law School and to speak at Notre Dame Law School.Canahai began with a question about what the panelists think the most prevalent issues are in the country and world’s current legal and political environment. Both Ingelhart and Wald touched on the federal pushback that is arising and emphasized the importance of state and local laws to counter that pushback.Lewis highlighted the ability of our society to spur change in our legal system.“We are kind of seeing [the law] start to go backwards,” Lewis said. “However, I do feel more optimistic because the difference between now and the ’70s is that so many more trans people have come out and have been able to connect with one another and once you change society, it’s hard to go back, even if the law does.”Housing discrimination is one important issue to the transgender community, and is not just noticeable in apartment or home purchasing, but is also widespread in homeless shelters, mental health facilities, assisted living residences and prisons. All of the lawyers mentioned recent or current cases that involve mistreatment or misplacement of transgender prisoners.Wald discussed the impact societal changes have on the legal world. She brought attention to the work the American Civil Liberties Union does for the LGBTQ community through lobbying in Congress and collaborating with other groups on the ground.“You’re never going to get away from the importance of public opinion and public understanding,” Wald said.All of the attorneys present made it clear that the influence society has on changes in the legal system does not just stop at lawyers themselves. They stressed the fact that this event was open to the public and it is the greater community that needs to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community in order to bring about change.Tags: LGBT Law Forum, Trangender Resource Education and Enrichment Services, Transgender rightslast_img read more

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Tix Now On Sale to See Rebecca Naomi Jones & More in Big Love Off-Broadway

first_imgTickets are now on sale to see Rebecca Naomi Jones, Bobby Steggert and more in Signature Theatre’s Big Love off-Broadway. Directed by Tina Landau, the modern adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Danaids is written by Charles Mee and will play a limited engagement February 3 through March 15. Opening night is set for February 23. Related Shows Additional cast members include Emmanuel Brown, Lynn Cohen, Ellen Harvey, Ryan-James Hatanaka, Christopher Innvar, Preston Sadleir, Stacey Sargeant, Nathaniel Stampley and Libby Winters. View Comments Big Love In Big Love, fifty brides flee their fifty grooms and seek refuge in an Italian villa. Mayhem ensues, complete with flight suit-clad grooms, women throwing themselves to the ground and occasional pop songs. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 15, 2015last_img read more

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Daveed Diggs Lands Big Role in Black-ish

first_img Star Files View Comments Daveed Diggs(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Daveed Diggs Daveed Diggs certainly isn’t throwing away his shot! The Tony winner, who recently departed gargantuan Broadway hit Hamilton, has been tapped for the third season of ABC’s Black-ish. Variety reports that he’ll appear as Rainbow Johnson’s brother, Johan.Johan will be a laid-back hipster type, who is obsessed with his hair and a couple of trips he’s taken to France (we know he can do the accent!). Diggs’ character is set to make his debut early in the third season, which goes into production shortly. The series is scheduled to make its bow on ABC on September 21.As we previously reported, other projects on Diggs’ horizon include HBO sports mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy and the movie Wonder opposite Julia Roberts.last_img read more

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6 ways you and your credit union can help our heroes

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Send a care package to a veteranOperation Gratitude has been sending care packages to our armed services with the help of local communities since 2003. Now totaling over 1.5 million, the care packages sent contain snacks, entertainment, hygiene products, handmade items and personal letters of appreciation addressed directly to both active duty and veteran U.S. Service Members.Drive a veteran to an appointmentDisabled American Veterans offers a variety of services to disabled veterans and their families. Everything from helping with disability assistance, VA pensions, job programs and more. Volunteers are able to assist in any capacity from transporting our nations heroes to get the treatment that they need, to running a few errands they may not be able to do without help.Help a veteran heal with a companionThe road of transitioning back into civilian life can be a long one for many of our nations heroes, but medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly improve mental and physical health. The Pets for Vets team provides a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them veterans based on their personality to reduce the unfortunate stress, depression and anxiety that many of our soldiers experience when they return home.Help build a home for our injured heroesHome for Our Troop has been providing our injured veterans with specially adapted homes since Sept. 11, 2001. With help from communities like your own they raise money for building materials and labor free of charge to vets and their families.Help our wounded warriors get back on their feetThe Wounded Warrior Program provides rehabilitation, activities and career counseling for our nation’s wounded warriors and their families. Thanks to supporters fundraising and donating their time, over 100,000 warriors have had access to programs and services focused on physical, mental, and long-term financial well-being.Thank themWhile it may seem like it isn’t much, a simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way. Sadly, so many of our veterans don’t hear it enough, so next time you see a veteran or someone in active duty, tell them how much their service means to you.last_img read more

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UK election: PLSA urges new government to commit to better retirement income

first_imgNigel Peaple, director of policy and research at the PLSASusan McIlvogue, partner at Hymans Robertson, said there should be few surprises for pension schemes and trustees following the election as the Conservatives had pledged to continue their commitment to the pensions bill, bringing with it stronger powers for The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to hold all schemes to account.“[S]chemes should act now to avoid being caught on the back foot by the revitalised regulator on the horizon,” she said.Brexit pathway clearerCommentators said that for 2020, the election result reduces the chances of second referendums on European Union membership and Scottish independence.Many expect sterling to soar, some mentioned to $1.40, with billions of pent up business investment to be unleashed to boost the British economy.Several commentators said the strong Conservative win provided some near-term economic clarity as the UK will finally leave the EU and public sector net investment will increase.Dennis Shen, analyst at ratings agency Scope, said: ”The result gives the Conservative government its opportunity to at last deliver Brexit after multiple delays and on terms similar to those that Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed with the EU on 17 October.”Hetal Mehta, senior European economist at Legal & General Investment Management, said significant questions still remain as to the next stages of the Brexit process, however, not least the timeline for agreement on a ‘future relationship’ with the UK’s European partners.“Indeed, given the relatively brief amount of time left for these talks, we expect the new UK government to request an extension to the transition period beyond the end of 2020,” she said.James Clunie, manager of the Jupiter Absolute Return Fund, said the election was a critical one for investors. This was for reasons including that the Labour policies were ”strongly anti-investor: think nationalisation, effective expropriation of assets, windfall taxes and higher corporation tax.”He said that investors, including pension funds, individuals and charitable endowments, would have suffered, and that UK equities and sterling had been depressed going into the election ”out of fear of these policies becoming a reality”. As Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party secured an impressive majority in the UK general election, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has challenged the new government to ensure that the nation achieves a better income in retirement.The PLSA called on the new government to urgently follow through on its manifesto pledges for pensions, highlighting that it should promote better retirement outcomes for millions of UK savers by:carrying out the promise of the previous government to quickly increase the band of salary on which savings are made;widening the scope of automatic enrolment so it includes more people on low earnings with multiple jobs;increasing total contributions to 12% by 2030 with half from the employerNigel Peaple, director of policy and research at the PLSA, said: “Ensuring adequate contributions, fostering effective engagement and allowing well-run schemes to operate at appropriate scale provides the blueprint for making the greatest difference to the greatest number of people. We must get on with improving the system.” Helen Morrissey, pension specialist at Royal London, made some similar points. “While Brexit will undoubtedly be top of his to-do list, we urge the prime minister to make good on his manifesto promises to help low paid workers in net pay arrangements as well as addressing the long running saga of NHS doctors affected by the tapered annual allowance,” she said.Morrisey called for the pensions bill – “put into mothballs” after the election was announced – to be dusted off to allow the industry to make progress on issues such as the Pensions Dashboard.last_img read more

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Buyers are still hunting for properties

first_imgIN  ALL my decades of real estate, I’ve never seen the challenges of the past month, writes REIQ Townsville Zone chairman Wayne Nicholson. The REIQ was here last week to host some special forums to help the real estate profession take the all-important next steps as we recover from this disaster. It was good to hear directly from people affected and learn straight from the horse’s mouth what the biggest issues are and what they need from us by way of help and support. As incredible as it is to believe, parts of the city are still functioning and the real estate market is still operating. There are properties on the market and there are still buyers looking for a home. Of course, the flood is going to have a massive impact but it’s important to get back to business as usual as quickly as possible. I was recently in the Bunnings nursery pondering the best ground cover to use in my garden when a couple walked past me. The gent stopped and said to me: “Because presentation is everything, eh?! I read your articles”. Firstly, I want thank him and, secondly, it got me to thinking about these columns. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020If you have a topic you would like to discuss concerning the real estate industry please send it to me via email at: wayne@fnnicholson.com.au with the subject line: “REIQ food for thought” and I will endeavour to answer you. I am not a property lawyer and I can’t answer legal questions but if it’s a general real estate topic, I’ll be able to help. All REIQ member agents are available to the public to discuss any real estate needs at any time and provide a service if required.Do not hesitate to contact an agent for advice on real estate matters and be prepared for the agent to refer you to a solicitor if the matter is a legal question. Finally, I’d like to offer some thoughts about the real estate market in the months and years ahead. The REIQ has data that indicates that while we will have a short-term struggle in some areas, in the next year, two years and five years, we’ll very quickly get back on track. Additionally, there will be a lot of support coming our way from the government and we’ll amaze the rest of the state and the country with how well we recover and how fast.Let’s get to it, Townsville.last_img read more

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Dodge City Modified checkers fly for Gray

first_imgKevin Gray won for the first time in two-plus seasons at Dodge City Raceway Park, holding off R.C. Whitwell for the opening night IMCA Modified checkers. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (May 5) – Kevin Gray battled into the lead on the fifth circuit then held off Arizona’s R.C. Whitwell over the closing rounds to post his first local IMCA Modified win since August of 2015 on opening night Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park.Gray gridded the feature outside the front row, but it was pole starter Ryan Heger gunning into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Gray kept the heat on and raced back into the lead on the fifth lap.While Gray slipped away, Whitwell worked his way into second just past the mid­way point and closed in to challenge over the final circuits.  Whitwell poked his nose under Gray in turns three and four on the white flag lap and then took a shot on the high side on the final round, but Gray held steady to post the win.Recently back in the seat after a layoff of more than 15 years, Troy Burkhart wired the field to take the win in the 20-lap IMCA Stock Car feature.Burkhart raced into the lead at the outset from the pole position but had his hands full much of the way fending off Ron Hartman for the lead.  Burkhart sur­vived a final caution with just two laps to go to preserve the win.Four-time and defending IMCA SportMod champion Jeff Kaup opened things up in a familiar way by racing to victory lane in the 20-lap feature for his 17th Dodge City score since the 2012 season.Duane Wahrman picked up where he left off last season by winning the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.last_img read more

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Marshalltown’s Dale DeFrance Memorial postponed to June 9

first_imgIMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods round out the June 9 card.  Featuring both the 500th and final race in IMCA Late Model Summer Series history and a Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour program for IMCA Modifieds, the Marshalltown Speedway special has been postponed from May 7 to Tuesday, June 9.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, E3 Spark Plugs State and track points will be awarded. Complete purses and the numerous contingency awards to be given in all divisions are to be announced.  IMCA Late Model Ironman Darrel DeFrance will complete his perfect attendance streak in the Summer Series finale at his hometown track. The Modified feature is a qualifier for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  The Dale DeFrance Memorial will be broadcast by Speed Shift TV. More information is available from Kruse at 515 231-5444. “We remain committed to the health and well-being of everyone who is a part of race programs at Marshalltown Speedway, as a driver, crew member, spectator or track worker,” said promoter Toby Kruse. “We’ll follow guidelines or recommendations that are in place from the state for all weekly and special events.”  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – While it’s still going to be an event for the IMCA history book, the chapter on the upcoming Dale DeFrance Memorial just won’t get written when originally scheduled. last_img read more

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French club appoint Enyeama coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother CAF ready to support Egypt with missing AFCON trophy CAF, NFF celebrate Enyeama at 38 Ex-Lille and Nigeria goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has been named as new goalkeeper coach of French National 3 side Iris Club de Croix.The 37-year-old has been without a club since he left French top-flight outfit Lille in August 2018, and now he has been given the chance to commence his journey in management. In a statement released on Iris Club’s Facebook page, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner will train goalkeepers from the team’s reserves to the U16 division.Enyeama began his professional career at Ibom Stars in 1999 before teaming up with Enyimba, where he helped the Aba-based outfit win three Nigeria Professional League titles, two Caf Champions Leagues and one Caf Super Cup diadem.In 2015, he moved to Bnei Yehuda and in his debut season, he helped the Lions to reach the final of the Israeli State Cup as well as a fourth-place finish in the Israeli top-flight that earned them a place in the 2006 Uefa Cup [now Europa League].After two seasons at the Bloomfield Stadium, he was signed for Hapoel Tel Aviv.There, he was their chief penalty taker and inspired the club to two Israel State Cup trophies and one Israeli Premier League title. His impressive performances in Israel caught the attention of Lille and subsequently joined the Great Danes for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract.His maiden appearance came in the French club’s 1-0 defeat to Inter Milan in the 2012 Champions League group stage.In 2013, he went on a 14-game run without conceding a goal before he was beaten for the first time in 1062 minutes against Bordeaux.On the international scene, he made his debut in 2002 for the Super Eagles against Kenya, before going a step further to feature at the 2002 Fifa World Cup.He drew the curtain on his Super Eagles’ career after representing the country in three World Cups, one Fifa Confederation Cup and five Afcon appearances. Enyeama boasts 101 appearances and is Nigeria’s all-time most capped player, an honour he shares with current Super Eagles Assistant Coach Joseph Yobo.Recently, his former international teammate John Utaka was appointed as manager of Montpellier’s U19 team.Tags: AFCONClub de CroixVincent Enyeamalast_img read more

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