Saint Mary’s to host National History Day competiton

first_imgEvery year across the country, students channel their passion for the past through National History Day (NHD), a competition where students present projects through various media.Saint Mary’s is one such site hosting a regional NHD contest on Saturday, where students and professors will judge history projects made by local students ranging from grade to high school.Chair of the history department Bill Svelmoe said the College annually hosts this event.“Saint Mary’s has been hosting this one for many years now,” he said.The local students will present their projects mainly in Spes Unica Hall, where the history department is located.“[The projects] range from posters to papers to theatrical presentations,” history professor David Stefancic said. “And this year I have the pleasure of judging websites.”The competition organizes new themes every year. According to the National History Day website, this year’s theme is “taking a stand in history.”“The topics that I’m looking at are activism: … abolitionists, [the] Declaration of Independence, [the] Civil Rights movement in the ’50s, a young soldier from the Civil War, censorship [and] Tiananmen Square in China,” Stefancic said. “They have to do with social change and revolution.”While many history majors participate, students with any major can volunteer to judge the projects, Svelmoe said.“It’s not just [history] majors and it’s not like you have to really know what’s going on in history,” he said. “Remember, these are often little kids and, as a judge, you can request the age group [to judge].”Junior history and English literature major Brooke Lamb said it is a good opportunity for all Saint Mary’s students. Lamb said judging focuses more on the interview process and understanding what the students have put into their projects.“I think that anyone on campus could judge and [the history department is] willing to have volunteers,” Lamb said.The judges work in groups to examine and compare presentations.“You don’t judge anything by yourself — there’s usually three of you, at least, that are working together,” Svelmoe said. “It’s not all on you to crush some child’s dreams.”Judges score the students on their visuals and presentation and give feedback on the projects.“At the end of the day, you get together and you rank the presentations,” Svelmoe said. “The top ones advance [but] you try to say something encouraging about all of them.”Stefanic said student judging is a good way to see what young students are doing at lower levels.“You have a chance to see what’s going on there, particularly if you’re considering going onto teaching in grade school or junior high,” Stefancic said. “Also, you have a chance to meet some really cool kids.”The day also introduces local students to the College and Stefancic said the competition is a hidden recruiting tool for the students participating.“There have been instances where the students who were taking part of this met us and then decided to come to Saint Mary’s,” he said.Tags: Bill Svelmoe, David Stefanic, National History Day, SMC history departmentlast_img read more

Helping your contact center succeed in challenging times

first_imgIn dealing with the ongoing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), credit unions are facing great challenges to operate normally – especially in the contact center. As the largest member-facing department of a credit union, the contact center will feel unique stresses like few other areas.Credit union call volumes are increasing dramatically as members seek answers in these uncertain times. With limited or no ability for members to visit branches, they will turn to your contact center for human interaction and guidance. Not only are call volumes increasing, but it is also likely that the average talk time will climb as callers ask more questions and look for assurance, thereby prolonging the call.Here are some useful and practical tips you can implement in your credit union’s contact center environment to help your employees and members handle stresses and challenges during these uncharted times. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Man City vs Liverpool: Joel Matip and Diogo Jota start for Liverpool as Gabriel Jesus leads City line | Football News

first_img“I still can’t envisage anyone besides Liverpool or Man City winning the league. I just can’t see that. I know Tottenham have started really well and I hope they have a great season and there are more challengers, but I just can’t see anybody else lifting that league title besides the big two of the last few years.“I’d been very strong putting Liverpool as favourites for the title, but for the injury to Virgil van Dijk – not just one of Liverpool’s top players but one of the top players in the Premier League. And if something similar would have happened to, say, Kevin De Bruyne for Man City, who is their top man, I think you’d say the same for City. I think it makes for an even more interesting race, no doubt about that.”Paul Merson on why City must win at Etihad:“With the players Liverpool have got out, Manchester City have got to win this game. If they don’t, they’ll look at it as a major opportunity lost.“It’s an absolute must for them to win, not just for the three points, but psychologically. If Liverpool win this game and they’ve got the players of the calibre they have out, that’s not good for Manchester City. Then Liverpool will go clear at the top again.“Even with City’s game in hand, Liverpool going eight points clear would be massive. That’s the gap they gained this time last year when they beat City 3-1 at Anfield. And that was it, wasn’t it?” Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards form part of a stellar Sky Sports line-up on Super Sunday for Manchester City’s clash with Liverpool.The pundits join David Jones in the studio and Martin Tyler on commentary for an unmissable game.How to followManchester City vs Liverpool will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm on Super Sunday; kick-off at 4.30pm.Sky Sports customers can watch in-game clips in the live match blog on the Sky Sports website and app.Highlights will also be published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel shortly after the final whistle.Pre-match readingJurgen Klopp on preparing for ‘toughest game’ against City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 02: Sky TV presenters Micah Richards and Roy Keane before the Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool FC at Etihad Stadium on July 2, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Visionhaus)Image:Join Micah Richards, Roy Keane and more GRAPHIC Joel Matip returns to the Liverpool defence for the first time since mid-September and Diogo Jota starts, while Gabriel Jesus leads the line for Manchester City in Super Sunday’s big clash at the Etihad.Matip partners Joe Gomez in Liverpool’s defence, while Jurgen Klopp has opted again for a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Jota, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane behind Mohamed Salah.- Advertisement – Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action with Kyle Walker and Eric Garcia of Manchester City IMAGE PANELImage:Sadio Mane of Liverpool in action with Kyle Walker and Eric Garcia of Manchester City Jesus is named up front for Pep Guardiola’s side after scoring on his comeback from a thigh injury in midweek, while Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte and Joao Cancelo return to the starting XI.City are looking to close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.The pair have been title rivals for the past two seasons, with Klopp’s champions currently five points clear of Guardiola’s side, though City have a game in hand.The teams- Advertisement – Man City: Ederson, Walker, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Torres, Sterling, Jesus.Subs: Steffen, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko, Silva, Foden, Garcia.Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Matip, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jota, Firmino, Salah, Mane.- Advertisement – Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Jones, Shaqiri, Origi, Phillips.Keane, Carra, Neville, Richards at the Etihad “In all circumstances, this is always the toughest game,” he added. “Playing against Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola, is a proper challenge, a massive task.“I know what people are saying about them at the moment, but this is a sensational football team. That’s why it’s a very important game, a very difficult a challenging game, but an important one.“I enjoy preparing for these games because it asks for pretty much everything, you have to think about all the little details and then, in the end, still give the boys the feeling they can feel completely free in different moments.Jamie Carragher on why City and Liverpool remain title favourites: – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sarfraz named Pakistan Test captain

first_img(REUTERS) – Sarfraz Ahmed has been announced as the new captain of Pakistan’s Test side, meaning he will lead the team in all three formats.The role became available following the retirement of veteran Misbah-ul-Haq after the series against West Indies in May.Sarfraz, who is already Pakistan’s Twenty20 and one-day international skipper, was quickly touted as the name to take over, and Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shahryar Khan made the announcement at a ceremony to honour Pakistan’s successful ICC Champions Trophy campaign, which culminated in them routing rivals India in the final.“I take this opportunity to announce Ahmed as our Test captain in addition to one-day and Twenty20 captain,” Khan said.“I and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq had decided already and I think this is the right time to declare it.”It marks a steady rise to being captain across all formats for Sarfraz, who replaced Shahid Afridi as T20 skipper following an early exit at the World T20 in 2016, while Azhar Ali stood down as ODI captain in February.The 30-year-old has played 36 Tests for his country, scoring 2 089 runs at average of 40.96.On the appointment, Sarfraz said: “I am honoured to be appointed Test captain. I will do my best to lift the team in all three formats and will not rest on Champions Trophy laurels.” (Omnisport)last_img read more